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Monday, January 29, 2007

The "Nonstop" Chaos

I thought that a nonstop flight from BWI to Salt Lake City was the best way to go with two kids. I was flying by myself so I thought that not having to chase them around some other airport would be a great thing. WRONG! By the 3 and a half hour mark they had both had it. The treats were no longer working, the battery on the DVD player was dead and their ears were hurting from the pressure. At one point they were screaming so loud that a woman offered to take Dallin for a "walk down the aisle" I passed him off because honestly where are they going to go? I then held Alexa as she whined about how much her ears hurt. I tried gum, candy and tickling her back, all to no avail. When we were just about to land Alexa was in so much pain that she was just moaning. She stopped for a moment and there was silence and then she screamed "I don't want to go to Utah." We were landing at that moment. Everyone in the plane started to laugh. I apologized to everyone but they all understood. At least everyone was nice and we didn't get kicked off the plane like those people in Boston.

I am so glad that we will be here for a while so we don't have a little while to forget about it. On the way back we have a layover. who knew I would be so excited about a layover. We are here to enjoy the cold of Utah. Boy, it is cold. We will also enjoy Cafe Rio and some time with family and good friends. Hopefully we will have some fun snow pictures to post soon.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Good Day!

Today was one of those days that you are glad that you are a stay at home mom. Sometimes I feel like all I do is change diapers and feed kids, but today I realized that I do so much more. Alexa came home from school today and played with a friend. After her friend left Dallin went down for a nap and Alexa and I had some time together by ourselves. Alexa is working on learning to read. We got out her books and we read together. It was so fun to see how she recognizes words and how she can actually sound things out now. She read about three of her books and she said she was tired so we just laid down on the couch and I scratched her back. It was so great to have that time together and we both shut our eyes for a few minutes.(Just a little bonus.)

After Dallin's nap he was well-rested and we had a fun evening. He actually took a two and a half hour nap. He sat with me on the couch and we read books. We mostly read the same one over and over and over again, but it was great that he was so excited to read. After baths Dallin ran around in just a diaper. He was so excited to be alive! He kept trying to play duck, duck, goose with me. He would put his hand on my head and said duh?!(that's duck) and run around me and then tackle me. We then spent more time reading and playing. I was so grateful that I was able to be with them today. I am blessed to be here with them.

Five things

1. Dallin sharing my hot chocolate with me and dancing after each sip.
2. Andrea-she brought Nick and Ryan over to play after school today and helped Alexa have a fun afternoon.(and me too)
3, Jeff came home in time to see the kids for a few minutes and put them to bed.
4. good friends
5. Crystal Light-I love it!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


I was hanging out with Dallin today and like any good Mommy I was trying to groom him. Sometimes I relate to those apes you see on the Discovery Channel. He has inherited ear canals that develop a lot of wax. I know gross, but if I don't stay on top of it it gets awful. Anyway, I was grooming and he was screaming. A few hours later I was in my room and he wanted to wrestle. I put him on the bed and I was tickling him and he was doing that belly laugh. I was having so much fun. Afer a while we both were lying on the bed because we were exhausted from laughter. As we were lying there he started to stick his fingers in my ears. When I moved he then tried to inspect my mouth with his fingers. I have also been checking his mouth lately for teeth. I then realized how annoying it is to be groomed by someone else. I am sure he will be happy when he can do these things himself. He was laughing so hard when he figured out he could stick his fingers in my ears and mouth just like I could in his.

Alexa had a fun, educational day at the local Safeway. Her preschool class is learning about nutrition this month so we went on a tour. We had slices of apple, turkey, salami, cheese, part of a sandwich and cookies. They forgot these kids were only 4. Alexa said she was so full of eating so much healthy food. We also saw a lot of seafood and Alexa gave this pouty face tonight as we were eating our humble soup and said, " I wish we had gotten some lobster at Safeway today." Maybe next time babe.

Monday, January 22, 2007

If The Shoe Fits
We had our first snow of the winter yesterday. Alexa was begging to get her boots on and go outside. I said, "Great, let's get them on and go out." After a lot of pushing, pulling and squishing we realized they did not fit. I bought them a little bigger last year so we could use them again. It only snowed once last year. I thought I was being so smart. I guess not.
Dallin was watcing this whole thing and he was screaming for the pink boots. I put them on and he was so happy. He started walking around with this funny little walk. He was so proud that he got to finally put on those boots.
Alexa put on her Nikes and her hat and we went outside to "play in the snow." By the time we got to it this morning it was really nothing more than ice. Jeff and I were so exhausted yesterday that we just couldn't take her out to play in the snow. We don't have a lot of room to play around here. She did get to pretend that she was making food in the snow, and then we got in the warm car and drove to the gym. Dallin didn't wear the pink boots out but he would have loved it.
5 things:
  • Hot chocolate again, it is even colder today.
  • Jeff warmed my car up and even scraped the ice off for me.
  • Dallin's dancing. He dances to anything,even the intro to NBC News.
  • Alexa's imagination
  • the gym, our only outing for a cold Monday

*thanks Natalie for the idea of 5 things. It makes me remember the positives everyday.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

New Nap Schedule

Well, in my last post I was complaining about Dallin always falling asleep at the wrong time. The last few days he has been taking a nap at about 10:30 or 11:00 and he wakes up just in time to go get Alexa. I get to take a shower and get some things done without feeling like I am neglecting either child. I guess Dallin heard about my post and decided that he would change his schedule for me. It is nice because we have been able to go on errands after preschool and have a fun time in the afternoon without worrying about naptime. What a blessing! Today is Saturday though and we were going to go read and play at the bookstore with a friend and he fell asleep on the way home from the gym so we had to come home. I guess you win some and you lose some!

We are definitely back to normal life with Jeff being gone 6 days a week. Today was like a normal weekday, but we didn't have to get ready for preschool. We went to the gym and after Dallin's nap we will hopefully get to go play at the bookstore. Luckily we live really close to a mall so we can go play inside because it is so cold now!

5 things I am grateful for today:
  • Hot chocolate
  • my skin! I finally went to a dermatologist and I love my skin again.
  • Teaching moments. A little girl wouldn't share with Alexa in the gym. I was able to teach her that the way she reacts is what matters. She understood that no matter what she feels better if she is kind.
  • Dallin's hugs and kisses. He loves to give "loves" now.
  • My wonderful husband who works so hard.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

My Love Hate Relationship With Preschool

As many of you know Alexa is in preschool and we both love it. She needs the social interaction and the learning and I love that she loves it. I get to let her spread her wings and learn those things that she won't let me teach her.(She likes to learn from others more than from me.) Anyway, it is a great thing. I also love that she gets to eat lunch with her friends and I don't feel like I drop her off and then pick her right up.

I also hate the schedule because without fail Dallin falls asleep in the car, or in his lunch, or like today, on the couch while I was taking a shower. I luckily have great friends who help me out. Brynn came over today so I didn't have to wake him up to go get Alexa. Andrea has also helped me by picking Alexa up multiple times, even if Miss Mende thinks she is trying to trick her. I have even gone so far as to ask Alexa if she wants to stay home and play with me. (I know, bad mom) I also miss her while she is at school. She will be in Kindergarten next year and then it is school for the rest of forever. I wish sometimes I could just make time stand still.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

uh, we're bored

really bored!

really, really bored!

Are there really people coming to our house?

We're not bored anymore!!!!!!

This week has been kind of a shock to our systems with Jeff back in school, at work, and winter finally showing up. We have been home alone a lot as you can tell with all of the pictures of Dallin in drag. He came out with the purse and Alexa and I just could not resist completing the job. At the end of the week we took our turn in the babysitting co-op. It was not lonely around our house anymore! But it was actually really fun!

We had eight children at our house last night from 4-8. Dinner was kind of hectic but all in all it was not bad. The big kids and I did some crafts and after dinner we watched a movie and Jeff and Nick wrestled. We are now free from doing it again for another month. I would suggest this to anyone because it was really okay.

Some more funny Alexa tidbits. "Dad, now you count while I hide. I will go hide in my room." Jeff to Alexa, "get Dallin out of his crib for us(we were tired). Alexa to Jeff, "Dad, is that a joke?"

"Mom why are you talking to Dallin, he can't talk to you,duh???

We are probably off to a week of boredom again, hopefully Dallin is not scarred!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


I thought that I was doing a good job as a mom, but I just realized that I can always do better and I am. The last few nights have been hard on Alexa. She has had both Jeff and I around every night for the last four months. It has been a shock to her to only have me here. I have made it a point to do things with just her before she goes to bed. She calls it "spending time." We have played Go Fish, Memory and tonight we played Littlest Petshop(a new happy meal toy) and Candy Land. After this I usually read to Dallin and Alexa gets ready for bed and then we read Charlotte's Web. It has been so great to just spend time as she says. I really do have some amazing kids.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Today Alexa and Dallin made some strides in the communication department. As we were eating dinner Dallin pointed to his yogurt container(which had a polar bear on it) and said be-uh?(obviously bear) I said bear and he said be-uh? again. I was so excited that something wasn't da, like everything else is. Way to go little guy. Alexa also made strides in the right direction tonight as well. I was so happy for her.

She figured out that sometimes people refer to themselves as me and others as you. She is understanding that there is a past tense and a narrative in life. She is learning to see beyond herself. It is so fun to see the learning going on. She is so funny too. As I was trying to get her to go to bed tonight I had to try and make her a deal. She has been really stalling at bedtime lately. I have been reading Charlotte's Web to her before bed. I told her that she had to stay in bed or we wouldn't be able to read Charlotte's Web anymore.(Obviously this was an empty threat. I would never stop reading her this great story.) She bought it though and said, "hmmm, that makes sense." I haven't seen her yet. Keep those fingers crossed.

Monday, January 08, 2007


We didn't have much to do today so we went to the gym. Alexa was so excited because yesterday someone at church gave us some hand-me-down shoes, which included a cute pink pair of Nikes. She was so excited to wear her running shoes to the gym. After the gym I needed to go to Wal-Mart. They just redid our Wal-Mart and now there are fish tanks full of fish. We stood there and looked at the small shark fish, the bubble-eye goldfish and catfish. Who knew that so much joy could come from a trip to Wal-Mart. We then stopped at Safeway and we rode the cart around laughing. Alexa has school every other day so Mondays are our time to just do things all together.

We came home to give Dallin a nap and do laundry, (least favorite Monday chore.) I had to listen to Dallin scream himself to sleep. We are usually picking Alexa up from school at naptime and he falls asleep in the car. On Mondays he has to fall asleep on his own. I was so sad to hear him cry but he needs his rest. I am home in my sweats because most of my clothes are in the laundry. Alexa is playing moving. She is packing to move to Colorado(she is a little excited.) It is truly a Monday.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


I usually just share stores about my kids and Jeff, but for some reason I just feel like telling the world how happy I am. I have had what I would call a very rough year. I have had my share of ups, downs, sideways and trials. I know that my trials are not as bad as some, but they are mine and they are meant to make me a better person, they are made just for me.

Like I said it has been a hard year, but what I have learned is that I want to be happy. I was able to go on a date last night with Jeff and we saw the movie "Pursuit of Happyness." It was so inspiring. It showed a man who was determined to be happy even though others in his circumstance were miserable. By most standards we would have said he had a right to be miserable because of all of the blows life had given him, but he did not choose the path of misery. He chose the path of happiness. I feel like I have been given the chance to follow the path of happiness. It seems that everyday I find even more reasons to be happy. Today Dallin cuddled with me, Alexa asked me who the daddy would be when she is a mommy. I was able to hold my friend's son today. He laughed and gave me kisses. I heard people bare testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ has lifted them up. I have found that even in this world that can be so terrible there is still so much to be happy about and I AM!

Friday, January 05, 2007

The Manny has Retired
For the last three and a half weeks Jeff has been home. His finals ended on Dec. 12 and he has been home ever since. He took this semester off of work because he had too much going on at school. He officially started a new job today and he begins school on Monday. It has been so wonderful to have him home. The kids have loved having him here for every meal and to have him to play with at any moment of the day. I have been in the lap of luxury myself.
I have been able to go on errands by myself, pick up Alexa while Dallin was napping, go to the gym alone, and even go to a girl's lunch without having to leave to pick Alexa up at school. He even picked up Nicholas so Andrea could stay too. Andrea has been referring to him as the manny. He has been a great manny and daddy, but now is time to return to the real world. We were both saying this week that we needed to get back to a real schedule because we didn't have enough money to just have nothing to do. He now has a wonderful paying job,(thank goodness) but we will miss having him around so much. Good luck and here's to a great semester.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Colonial Williamsburg

We live in such a great place for history and learning. Jeff and I both love American history and always want to learn more. We took the kids to Colonial Williamsburg last week. It was so cool to learn more and see what the capitol of the colony of Virginia looked like long ago. Here are some fun pictures of us enjoying ourselves!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Out With the Old
Today is the first of the year so I thought it fitting that I clean out my closet. I know that it is not spring, but it was so great to clean. I have been having nightmares that people might show up to my house and look in my closet and think that I am a messy person. I am a clean freak, but my closet had gotten away from me. I told Jeff that I needed him to just be with me for moral support to throw things away. He ended sitting in the closet surrounded by so much junk that he couldn't even get out. After it was all said and done we had about 8 bags of stuff to get rid of. Some donated and others had to just be thrown out. I feel like I have had some of those things for centuries and I am only 28 years old!
We woke up this morning and went shopping. It was great because we got to the mall while people were still sleeping and I actually got some nice things to fill in the holes in my closet. Jeff will attest to the fact that he now owns way more clothing than me, I had to throw so much out! We have done so much cleaning out this past week. It is great to start out the new year fresh.
...Some more precious moments from Alexa. As we were driving to a friend's house the other night she was telling us how excited she was to go back to school. She asked Jeff if he was excited to go back. Of course he said yes and they had such a cute dialogue. She said that she loved circle time and playing and doing crafts. She was so excited to ask Jeff if he was looking forward to getting back to school to do crafts. It is so cute that she thinks that they go to the same type of school.
Happy New Year!