Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Yesterday morning Pieper woke up before I did and she came in to my room and wanted to carry on a conversation with me but I guess I wasn't doing too well because she said, "Mom, use words not sounds. I can't understand what you're saying." I guess she didn't like the fact that I answered her by saying, "uh huh."
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
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Monday, October 27, 2008
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Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
While we were at the library we also had to make a bathroom stop because Pieper had to go "really bad and she couldn't wait anymore." She thought the bathroom was pretty neat as well because she was tall enough to reach the sink and the soap by herself.
Pieper also enjoyed the fact that the library has an elevator. She loves to push the buttons herself, which she usually doesn't get to do if Parker is around because he is afraid she is going to push the alarm (which she has done on more than one occasion).
When we got home from the library Pieper carried the books into the house by herself and immediately sat down and began to look at them. She spent about two hours looking at books and making up stories. Later that night she had to sleep with the books as well so they wouldn't get lost and she could find them first thing the following morning.
The next day when she got up she found her back pack and put all her books in their for easier carrying. She took her back pack every where with her. Later in the day we made another trip to the library and exchanged her books for new ones. This time we took Adriana with us and she got some of her own books (she was rather jealous of Pieper the day before).
When I was younger I loved to go to the library! My dream was to be a librarian and be able to read every book that came in the door so I would know what to recommend to the patrons. It hasn't happened yet but maybe when my kids are all grown up and moved away I will fulfill my dream.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
At this point I was thinking, "Something good came from this? Did any teachers see Harrison pushing his 'friend'? Is Harrison going to get kicked out of school?"
"On the next play Parker intercepted the ball and made a touchdown."
And then I came back to reality and realized that my two boys are best friends, despite the fact that they fight A LOT and they scream at each other more than I would like, they are truly best friends and would do anything for one another. I am so happy that Harrison and Parker can be friends and experience things together. I hope they will continue to be friends in the future and be able to share some really fun, exciting experiences.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Me: "Eat all your food Pieper."
Me: "Because it's yummy."
Me: "Because I made it."
Me: "Because you said you were hungry."
Me: "Because you haven't eaten since breakfast."
Me: "Because I didn't get you anything and it's lunch time and we don't eat all day long."
So at this point am I supposed to answer why I didn't get her anything or why it is lunchtime or why we don't eat all day long? Can you see my frustration. It just gets a little confusing for me and I can't think up enough reasons for everything. Sometimes I'll just tell her "because I said" which is promptly followed by a "why" from Pieper. Hopefully we can soon grow out of this stage and start having meaningful conversations that don't involve "why."
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I love how innocent kids are!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Parker had a great time playing in the unfinished pool area.I have not had a chance to take any pictures of the completed project but will do that in the next day or two.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Last Friday I had my niece Laura Ann sleep over and she was afraid of a rather large fly that was crawling around on the floor. Pieper quickly ran over and began to pick the fly up but I quickly caught up to her and told her to leave it alone because it was dirty. I told her that we (meaning Jeff) needed to pick it up with some toilet paper and throw it away. Pieper met Jeff half way into the bathroom and said, "I'll do it Dad," and she did just that. She picked up the fly with the toilet paper and then flushed it down the toilet.
Earlier today Jennifer was downstairs and she started screaming because there was a huge spider. Janet and I thought she was probably overreacting a little bit and figured it was probably some small house spider. Well when we got downstairs we realized that Jennifer was not joking and there really was a huge spider. Pieper said, "I'll got get some toilet paper." I quickly put that idea out of her head because it really was a huge spider that seemed to resemble a hobo spider a little bit and it seemed to be rather aggressive and I didn't want it to jump on her or bite her. I ran upstairs and got a glass bowl and put it on top of it so it wouldn't get away. I figured it would require some more assistance so we called my dad to come up and help us. He claimed that he took care of it but we never did see the spider. Jennifer's pretty sure it crawled away.
I pulled out this toy a couple months ago because I thought Madison might enjoy it but she was a little too short so it hurt her arms to sit there so she would just cry and cry. About three weeks ago I put Madison in it and low and behold she had grown a few inches so her feet could touch the bottom.
She liked it for the most part but every once in a while she would get upset because the toy would get away from her so she couldn't chew on it anymore. She would scream at the top of her lungs at the toys because she was mad at them.
I was on the computer the other night and Pieper came in to the office and stuck her butt out and said, "Mom will you do these up?" I looked over and she had her pants on backwards and needed me to zip and snap them up. Pieper is famous for putting her clothes on backwards and inside out so it was not big deal to her. The funny thing was that she knew it was backwards but she didn't care.
Later that night I was getting ready for bed and Jeff started laughing so hard. He called me over to where he was sitting and pulled on the back of the shorts that I had on. I guess I had put my shorts on backwards so the tie was in the back. Jeff thought it was pretty funny, mostly because it wasn't the first time I had done it. It usually happens at least once a week.
I guess I know where Pieper gets her bad habit of putting her clothes on backwards.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I had to take it easy for another week and could not drive during that time either, which just about killed me. I also had to rely on other people to help me out with my kids so I could take a nap or just rest during the day.
It was a rather crazy ordeal and I am still not back to normal but I am so glad that I got it done! As I have thought about the whole thing I had the thought that maybe Heavenly Father was trying to teach me a lesson about taking it easy and accepting help from other people, which are two things that I have such a hard time with but because of the surgery I was forced to do both. It is so much easier to serve other people than it is to receive service from others (at least for me). I also realized how precious life is and that things can drastically change in such a short time.
Pieper still asks me if my stomach hurts and if I need to go back to the hospital. Yesterday she said, "My stomach hurts, I think I need to go to the hospital like you. Maybe my stomach is bleeding (bweeding) too."
I feel bad that I don't have any pictures but it's hard to take pictures of yourself and since I am the only one in my family that ever thinks about it they just didn't get taken.
Monday, August 11, 2008
After the parade everybody went to Janet and Todd's house to visit for a little bit. It was nice to have some nice cold water waiting for us at their house.
Madison had a fun time playing with a balloon. I was a little worried that it was going to pop in her face but it never did.
After the parade we just sort of hung out and relaxed a little bit and then at 5:00 pm Joseph and McKell came and picked up Harrison, Parker, Adriana, and Pieper so they could go to my grandparent's house for a BBQ. We had a flight to catch that night for Washington so we had to leave and head to the airport.
Creed did pretty good but he wasn't really interested in watching the pageant he was more into throwing wrappers, candy, etc. (pretty much anything he could get his hands on) through the railing and onto the dirt. It was pretty entertaining to watch him.
We lucked out and got a seat on the lower concourse so we could fit Madison's car seat and the kids had a lot more room to play and stretch out.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Harrison found out that his teacher this year is Mrs. Beyal, which he is excited about for the most part. He is a little nervous because she loves art and he can't stand it. So we'll have to see how that all works out. Harrison is in the multi-age class, which means he has third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in his class. It's a great way for kids to learn and move ahead if they are advanced. I found out that a couple of my friends signed their kids up for multi-age and they are both going to be in Harrison's class. Both of their kids are girls and they are both in third grade so Harrison wasn't as excited about having them in his class as I thought he would be. His only comment was, "Great it looks like I'm going to be babysitting this year." Anyway...I was talking to Harrison about it again this morning and I made the comment that he would have to show them "the ropes" referring to Isabel and Addison (the two little girls). He sat there for a second and then he said, "What ropes?" I thought he was just kidding but he was dead serious. So for the next five minutes I had to explain what I meant by "showing them the ropes."
Tonight it was Adriana's turn to say the family prayer and she caught me a little of guard when she said, "God our strength will be press forward ever," and that was it and then she ended the prayer. I sat there for a second afterwards to make sure I heard her right and then she began to sing the rest of the song, which they had practiced today in primary. It was the cutest thing.