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Friday, December 29, 2006

Bedtime is For Mommies
It is now 8:08 and the children are in bed. I have two great children, but I am one tired mommy. I now realize that bedtimes were not established because children needed more sleep, but because sometimes mommies need a little shuteye. We have had an exciting week. We had Christmas and then we went to Colonial Williamsburg for a little family cultural excursion. I will post pictures of our trip tomorrow after I get some rest. Goodnight.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Great Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas. Santa visited and he was very good to us. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve. I was so glad that it was on Sunday and we could spend the day at church thinking about the true meaning of Christmas. I was so excited because Alexa was wearing a dress of mine from my childhood. My mom brought it to me at Thanksgiving. I got it cleaned and it was so exciting to see her wearing it. Once she was dressed, Jeff and I asked her if she knew who wore this dress before. She answered with an answer that is usually right this time of year, just not this time. She timidly said, "Jesus?" It was so cute. I was sad to tell her that no, only mommy had worn that dress not Jesus.

Christmas Eve was great, we even had a visit from Santa at a friend's party. Alexa loved him and Dallin didn't scream this time, he just clung to me for dear life. Christmas morning was so exciting. Alexa was soooo excited. We had to blindfold her because her room is between ours and the living room. We wanted to capture that face on camera. We had so much fun! Christmas is so much more fun when there are children around. I don't know how many times yesterday Alexa said "Mom, Dad you are so great." "I love it" and "thank you" Last night as I was tucking her in for the third time(too excited to sleep) she said "Mom, Santa is so wonderful He must really love me." Oh yes he does!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas
I haven't blogged in a while because I have been running around doing a ton of errands getting ready for Monday. I finally finished my Christmas cards which will not get there by Christmas, but they say happy holidays so I am safe. We have been making treats and wrapping and singing. While I have been out on my errands everyone has been so pleasant. I was in the grocery store this morning and everyone was cheerful and happy. Even the woman at the post office was nice. She even wished me a Merry Christmas, I love hearing that.
I have also been running around with my kids this week because Alexa is out of school for the holidays. Alexa really loves preschool and I can tell she really needs that time to learn, she is kind of bored. I love having her home though, she is fun to be with. Dallin has been funny and crazy this week. He is getting to the point where he knows what he wants but can't say it so he is contantly say Ughhhhh! and pointing. He runs from room to room say no no! because he knows he should not be doing some things. He is such a ball of energy. I had some quiet alone time with him this morning and we were reading and he was even saying baa baa when he saw a lamb. I love that alone time with him. At this time of year I am so thankful for all of the blessings that I have been given and the happiness that truly is in the world

Friday, December 15, 2006

My Nose Sounds like a Bird
Alexa has had a little cold this week and today she was breathing out of her nose finally. It was still kind of congested so it was making a whistling sound. Alexa said,"Mom, my nose sounds like a bird." It really did.
We had a lot of fun today. We went into DC to the botanical gardens and saw the train exhibit. Dallin thought it was so cool. He also thought the trains were special. He kept standing in front of them and folding his arms like he was being reverent. Alexa was so excited and she said that this was the most beautiful thing she has seen in the world. It was a great holiday excursion.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas Program

Christmas Program
Alexa was in her Christmas program at school today. She had a great time singing. Here is a special version of "Go Tell It on the Mountain."

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Yesterday Alexa wasn't feeling well so she stayed home from school. I had a ton of errands to do so I called my friend Brynn and she said she would take the kids while I went all around town. Target-$50, Costco-$50 Michaels-$10. Running errands without your kids-priceless!
Broken Record
I do many activities throughout the day and this is how I sound while I am doing them.
Doing dishes-Dallin no!
vacuuming-Dallin no!
showering-Dallin drop the toilet brush!
emailing-Dallin stop dancing on the table!
driving-Dallin wake up!(he always falls asleep in the car) I have actually resorted to dancing and bribing with gummy bears to keep him awake. We all know that kids take better naps at home, right?
Our Crazy Days!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

1.Hey mom look that's a validation(dalmation)!
2.I'm not sick, my cough just hurts.
3.Are those oranges for me? Mom you're the best!(hug included)
4.Are we going to stay until the sun sets?
5.Mom, I want a sister. (she's not getting one yet)
don't you just love the mind of a four year old? I can't wait to hear what she says next!

Monday, December 11, 2006

First Day of Nursery

Not Picky

I thought Dallin was picky, but he is easily persuaded by his peers. I was babysitting two other boys his age today and he ate a ton of things he usually doesn't. For example, he ate grapes with his friends this morning and he didn't spit them out like he usually does. He also ate a quesadilla, he usually spits those out too. He then ate what I am most excited about. He ate a banana! He has not touched a banana in 6 months. He was watching his friend Brandon eat one and he thought he needed one too and he actually ate it. I guess peer pressure can be good. Hopefully it stays that way as he gets older.

On another subject, Alexa has been chatting with me lately and she has told me that she is going to be a mommy who listens to her kids and helps them clean their rooms. She also said that she needed to turn the TV off because it is not good to watch too much TV. She also loves to end her sentences with the phrase, "ya know?" I sometimes think she came to us from Minnesota. On yet another note, Dallin started nursery yesterday. It felt strange to sit through a full lesson. I found myself naturally running after my friends kids. I am sure it will get more normal each week. Freedom!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Banana in the eye, Oh My!
I got an intersting phone call yesterday at about noon. It was Alexa's preschool. They said that while she was eating her banana it hit her in the eye and she was really hurt. I was confused, when I got there they showed me that she had hit herself in the eye with the stem of the banana. Alexa is pretty tough, so I knew that if she was still crying there must be something wrong. Luckily, I have had many eye problems and have a great eye doctor nearby. I walked in with my two children, one with a black eye and the other just out of the crib from a jilted nap.
Anyway, they fit us right in. I didn't really think Alexa's eye was too bad because she wasn't screaming, she was just upset. I have scratched my eye before and it is horrible. Well, he looked at her eye and she had a large scratch on her cornea. He gave us some drops and she is fine. we went to McDonald's and got a Happy Meal and all was well. French fries can fix anything. This was the first emergency I have had with either of my children, but I know it will not be the last. Watch out for those bananas

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Uh-oh, the Lamb and the Gingerbread House

I write a ton about my 4 year old, but I also have the greatest little boy too. Sometimes I just forget to write as much about him because Alexa is always dominating my day with all the chatter. Today Dallin was definitely looking for attention. He has learned a new word. He loves to say "uh-oh". I was trying to write an email this afternoon and I turned around and he was on top of the kitchen table. He was throwing everything over the edge and saying uh-oh. He loves to climb now and he thinks he is so funny. I kept taking him off of things and saying no. He just said no and now he can shake his head too. He is getting smarter everyday. We were reading his favorite book this evening and he was playing peek-a-boo with the animals and saying uh-oh everytime we finished. He was even trying to say oink but it was more of a grunt.

Not to be left out, Alexa had a fun night tonight too. When my aunt was here for Thanksgiving we went to Mount Vernon. She bought Alexa a cute little stuffed lamb. Alexa has named this lamb Maddi Lamby. She takes her wherever she can, always bundled in a blanket to protect her from the cold. If it is not appropriate to take Maddi Lamby with her she asks me or Jeff to babysit her and she asks about her snacks and naps when she gets home. Can you say someone is watching me? I always ask those questions to a babysitter. Anyway, tonight we had a birthday party for Maddi Lamby. Yesterday we made a very pathetic gingerbread house, great for a lamb's birthday cake, but a bad excuse for a holiday decoration. It was a great celebration. Maddi Lamby is now 5 years old and a great addition to the family.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Thanks Babe
My husband as most of you know is a law student if finals right now. He is busy with studying, teaching a class, grading papers and being a great dad. He took time today to stay home with Dallin because he was sick and he let me go to church. I substituted in the nursery which was actually a great thing.
This is not the only kind thing he did. He helped me with a project that I had been working on all weekend. He spent more than 2 hours helping me get things right and making spread sheets for me. He is so busy and he still finds time to help me and he also did the dishes after dinner. He is amazing and I want the world to know.

Santa Claus

We went to our ward Christmas party last night. It was beautiful if I do say so myself. We made 150 snowflakes to hang from the ceiling. I made a lot of them and helped hang them. They looked great. Dinner was wonderful and Alexa and Dallin loved Santa Claus. Can't you tell that Dallin loved him so much? Well, Alexa did and Dallin had a great time hanging with Dad on the stage. At one point Dallin was so tired that he was just laughing uncontrollably.
It is finally feeling a little more like Christmas. Yesterday we didn't have to turn on our AC. It has definitely cooled off. Alexa told Santa what she wanted and she also made snowflakes for everyone. She wanted to make snowflakes just like I did. Hers were different but everyone seemed to be glad to get one from her. I know everyone likes to brag about their kids, but Alexa is so selfless it is fun to watch. She is always looking for a way to give things to others. She is a joy! Merry Christmas!