"In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives. May we comply with the inspired counsel and direction the Lord has given us in the great plan of happiness. May we be worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost and follow the guidance of the Spirit as we navigate this mortal journey. May we prepare ourselves to accomplish the ultimate purpose of this mortal test- to return and live with our Heavenly Father."

-L. Tom Perry

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thing one and Thing two

The closet under the stairs isn't for junk anymore! It's Carly's "New House"

I love it when this happens, just not at 5:00PM
(below) Giving her baby a big hug. I love how passionate she gets and has to close her eyes!
*Has way too much energy!
*Loves to talk, sing and basically just make noise.
*She loves to watch movies with songs and can have it memorized after seeing it only a couple times.
*She loves to watch Curious George and Clifford the big red dog. Dora has phased out.
*She no longer takes naps but still has quiet time (most days)
*She can write letters A-E and count to 20 but usually skips 16. She knows all the colors and shapes.
*She has begun the art of nose picking.
*She gets excited when she can wear her "puppy panties"
*She hates getting her hair done.
*She is a child that thrives on a schedule.
*She will repeat something until we respond to her.
*She will randomly say "I love you so much mommy (or Daddy) and then proceed to say "and I hope you wisten (listen)."
*Some of my favorite words that she says are:
swim soup=swim suit
readymote=remote control
*She likes to dress herself.
*She likes to get into the wipes and clean.
*She likes to talk on the phone whether it's with someone real or pretend. She will make sure to tell me to be quiet if she is talking on her play phone.
*Has to have her door open at night with a night light. Every night I give her a kiss, she has to give me a hug and then I have to rub her back.

*still getting more teeth. He finished his molars and is now working on his upper side teeth (not sure of the technical name)
*Loves to cuddle but only if he's tired and has his blanket and his binky
*If he hurts his hand he has to have me kiss it.
*He loves to climb on our couch or bed and jump up and down.
*He's not a very vocal guy, he only says "Da-ye" (Daddy), Mom, Boo, bubbles, "Ni-Ni" (binky), ball, sometimes he'll say Carly and I think he's learned how to say his name, it comes out at "Ma" (he'll point to himself when he says it)
*He only takes one nap a day, but it is usually a two-hour nap. He goes to bed for the night in between 7:00-7:30 and wakes up 12 hours later.
*He is still hooked on his binky.
*He has learned to growl and he'll growl whenever he sees an animal toy.
*He has to bark whenever Skipper barks.
*He loves the sound of fast and loud cars.
*He loves to play outside.
*He loves to dance whenever he hears music.
*He loves to try and give Carly hugs all the time.
*He could probably eat more than me if I let him.
*He would much rather eat from the table than in his highchair.
*He will give kisses but you have to earn them.
*He will wave good-bye and say "Da"

Friday, September 25, 2009

"Treehouse" and a yellow duck

Carly got creative and decided to make a "tree house" They've made a "tree house" pretty much every day this week. It keeps them occupied and they actually somewhat play together (which is always a bonus!)

Letter D this week. This is her yellow Duck.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

my new sickness...oops...I mean Hobby.

So...you know when you play the game Tetris so much that eventually you start dreaming of the little Tetris blocks? (Okay, so maybe that is just me!)
Anyway....it's to the point now to where I am dreaming of flowers and bows. I think I need help! :) The sad part is.... (I know, could it get any more sad than me dreaming of flowers?!?) this is not even all of them. Some of these little babies have twins!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

another week....

We really didn't do much this week. I just stayed home with the kids and did the usually runs to wal-mart or target or the grocery store.
Sambo found Carly's pink cowgirl hat. I think maybe we need to get a few more boy things around this house.
This week Carly and I worked on the letter C. This was her cloud picture that she made.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

One year later.....

Well, early (early) this morning exactly a year ago we were listening to winds howling, trees crashing and rain pouring outside the walls of our house. I was laying in bed texting back and forth to my mom who was safe in Utah. Looking back I've realized I've forgotten a lot of details about that night and the weeks to follow (two weeks without power!) But I haven't forgotten to be grateful for the little things. At least I hope I haven't. Having food in my cupboards and foods in the grocery store, gas in the gas stations and most importantly electricity. I'm so glad that we haven't had the same issues this Hurricane season (knock on wood) but I am glad that I did experience at least one natural disaster. As weird as that may sound!
(Meet Hurricane Ike)

(looking out our front door)

(Our backyard)

Friday, September 11, 2009

What we've been up to...

So, this week has been a weird one. One minute I was happy, relaxed and the next I would be freaking out at Carly or Sam for something! This could be a "ladies days" problem (hilarious episode from Everybody Loves Raymond BTW) At times all I wanted to do was close myself in my room and be selfish and do something that I wanted to do. I'm sure most of us get those days. (not so much fun for the kids I'm sure) Today has been a better day, I tried to start off with a positive attitude and so far it's been going smooth!
Here is my first quilt that I made. It's very small. I didn't want to do a big one for my first one. I am really proud at how it turned out. Thanks to my friend Tasha ,who got me started, and the world of You Tube I finally finished it last night.
Here is one of the clips I made for Carly. I saw some on Etsy and thought I'd try it out. I am pleased at how well they turned out. She was excited to wear her "new bows"

This week I've been doing the letter B with Carly. It's a bit tricky for her to write, she's almost got it down but here is our Blackbird puppet we made.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Kitten, A friendly bug, and the Letter A

My cute Kiddos before church. (I know, we still have a binky face. We're working on that....just waiting till his molars come in, we don't want to make things worse than what they are!)

Sam discovered the kittens.

As we were playing outside this afternoon Carly and Sam discovered this little guy crawling around in the leaves. I think it was injured because it wasn't flying and after Carly got through playing with it, it probably wished it was dead! At one point I thought she was going to kiss it. She proceeded to talk to it (like it could understand) and she said "oh....your my best friend!" (should I be worried about that?)

The first of the month I started doing pre-school with Carly. She absolutly loves it! We are doing a letter a week with other activities based off of that. This is her proudly showing the letter "A" that she wrote all by herself.