Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mothers Day Breakfast with Aidan

About a month ago Aidan's school did a Fathers Day breakfast for the daddy's and yesterday was my turn to go to the Mothers Day breakfast with Aidan. We had such a good time. Aidan's grandma was able to come too. The kids performed a few songs in the beginning. Here is a short video - Aidan is kind of blocked out by some of the other kids. He is wearing a light blue shirt with green stripes and behind his 'girlfriend' Lauren who is wearing red and a headband. He is in the center of the video. Listen to the words it is so cute.

Here are some other pictures too.

The other day when we went to the bank the boys got stickers and one of them was of a butterfly. Aidan decided to save it for Lauren. One day after school he told me that he gave Lauren the sticker and a candy cane at lunch time. He said that Lauren followed him around on the playground. Jared asked if that was okay with him, Aidan replied, "Of course dad, she's my girlfriend". He also told me that sometimes they hold hands! They are so cute around each other and very shy!!!

Adley has discovered that he can cross his eyes. He walks around the house looking at Jared and I saying, "Look two mommies, look two daddies" Funny kid!!!!

Girls weekend!!!

So this past weekend, my wonderful husband let me escape for one night and go with some girls from work to Pigeon Forge, TN. We left Friday morning and went to Dollywood - it is an amusement park, very country and lots of fun. One of the main reasons we went to this area was that one of the girls boyfriend is singing there. The Festival of Nations is going on right now at Dollywood and he is part of the Zambian Vocal Group - they sing Christian music and raise money for a school of 180 kids in Zambia. To check out their website go to www.zambianvocalgroup.com . They are very good and very funny. When we arrived at the park it started to downpour and our umbrellas didn't help very much - we were soaked and stayed soggy for about 5 hours. We went to T.G.I.Friday's for dinner and then went miniature golfing. After we got back to the hotel we played Guitar Hero on the PS2 for hours(I know not something you would expect out of a bunch of girls!). We had a lot of fun and stayed up until 3am. The next morning we went to Dollywood again and had a great time. Surprisingly not a one of us took a picture the whole trip. We got home late on Saturday night and it took me a couple days to recover from staying up so late - not to mention I had a head cold the entire time. I enjoyed going places without having to push a stroller, change a diaper, pack a diaper bag, etc; BUT I missed my kids and Jared terribly. I couldn't stop talking about them and I called them often. I appreciate Jared being willingly to hold the fort down while I had a break - he is such a wonderful husband and fabulous daddy to the boys!!!

Kindergarten Ready Rally

The beginning of this month we took Aidan to the mall where they had a Ready rally for the future kindergarten kids. They had several tables set up with fun things for the kids to do. We planted seeds, matched colors and numbers and even went through a tray line to show the kids what the cafeteria will be like.

Adley wanted to participate too!
Aidan with his trayThe boys on a school bus
Aidan was so cute - when he sat down in his seat on the bus he asked 'where is my seat belt?'

We took Aidan about a week later to the school to register for next year. They took him into a room by himself and did an evaluation so they could see what he has learned already. When Aidan was done I asked him what they asked him - he said they wanted to know if he knew his colors, shapes, numbers, the alphabet, etc. I asked him if he got them all right and he said 'Of course, it was easy'. I hope he isn't too bored next year.


We found this new place called Bounceville about a month ago. I took the boys with my friend Kendra and her son about 2 weeks ago. The kids had a blast. It is indoor and has a bunch of blown up things to play in.

Kendra, Eli and Aidan going down the slide
Anthony and Aidan
AdleyMe & Adley

We had a lot of fun and look forward to going some more during the summer. It's nice to have more options to choose from for the kids.

Sippy Cup Mastered!!!

Finally about 2 weeks ago Eli has learned to use a sippy cup - he can't drink from it sitting up - he still hasn't figured out that he needs to tip his head back, but at least he can do it laying down. Here is a picture!
The blonde hair is still hanging around - I love it - and his blue eyes!!!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Many posts in one!!!

"I don't want to clean up, I'm tired . . ."
If you have children then I am sure this phrase is oh so familiar to you. Yesterday after a long day of staying home and attempting to watch General Conference, my house was trashed. The kids had toys strewn from one end of the house to the other . . . Lincoln logs, Legos, cars, etc. But when it was time to clean up before dinner I got the usual response "I don't want to clean up, I'm tired." I hate it when they say that - they sure had enough energy to make the mess, I guess they should have saved some of that energy to clean it up. We tell the kids they can't eat dinner if they don't pick up. But then we get the response "but we are starving . . .". Well I guess if you were starving you would picking up rather quickly by now. The other side to all of this is when they beg for your help to clean up THEIR mess. Of course I am going to help my kids clean up their mess, but while I am cleaning up all of the cars scattered everywhere, this is what I hear "Mommy I need help - you' re not helping me!!!" coming from one of the boys that is cleaning up the lincoln logs. I have tried time and time again to explain to them that even though I am not helping them directly with their personal task, that if I wasn't cleaning up the cars, then they would have to do that next. Still to no avail this repeats it self almost every day. I do love my children, but sometimes they drive me crazy. Next time they want dinner, I will tell them "I don't want to make dinner, I'm too tired" or when they want to get dressed, "Sorry there are no clean clothes, I was too tired to do laundry."
While I am venting some of my frustrations as a mother, here is another one!!! Eli is 13 1/2mos old. He has been getting his clothes changed since birth at least 2 times a day (clothes, jammies), and he gets his diaper changed on average 3-4 times a day. So why does he insist on fighting me every step of the way when it is time to get him dressed. Now that he is walking he is always on the move. He never wants to be still. When trying to get him dressed he flails his arms and legs and screams like I am the worst mom ever. If he would only sit still it would take half of the time. Same with the diaper. Now I would like to think that as a baby having your bottom changed it would actually feel better than sitting in a poopy mess. But he resists diaper changes too. I always need to have one of the big boys trying to distract him, or finding him a toy or a book. If he would just lay still for 15 seconds, the whole thing would be over in a flash. Rather Eli insists on the 5 minute diaper changes, that end up with him rolling side to side or completely over, and me frantically trying to get the diaper switched out without getting poop on everything. Despite my daily frustrations with being a mother - it is one of the best parts of my life. I love it when they give hugs and kisses, or when they learn something new. I love to do projects with them and see how proud they are of themselves with the creation that they made. It is neat to see Eli's little personality show itself more everyday. I love my children. So for the days that I get frustrated I get many days of fulfillment too.

Easter and Jared's Birthday

Since I neglected to make a post about Easter or Jared's 29th birthday (boy he is getting old!!!), here are some pictures from both.

Daddy's birthday - opening Legos - yes he is 29 and still plays with Legos!!!

We had a nice day with Jared on his birthday - we went to the mall and he got some jeans and then we went out to dinner. The boys did great at dinner. We then came home and had cake (not really, I just bought Jared's favorite - Boston Creme Doughnuts). Then the boys went to bed and we watched a movie - Dejavu. Good movie but quite intense and scary. It took a while for me to fall asleep. Next time girl movie.

Adley playing a video game while Daddy opens his presents.
Dare Devil!!!
Eli found an egg - notice he is also carrying his fork - he has to have one all the time!!
Aidan searching for eggs!

Eli was sick about a month ago - he had a really high fever for about 4 days. The doctor couldn't find anything wrong with him - probably just a virus. Here is a picture of Eli when he wasn't feeling good.

Aidan has also been sick - he had strep throat last month, and now he has it again. Along with the strep throat this time he has a mild eye infection. After Jared had taken Aidan to see Uncle Craig about his eye and his pediatrician about the sore throat they headed to the pharmacy to see Pop-pop to get his antibiotic. Aidan made the comment "I am sure am lucky to have an uncle that is an eye doctor and a pop-pop that is a pharmacist." Lucky he is!!!

Well I am sure you are all getting tired after my marathon post. I will try to stay better up to date so that I don't have to post so much at one time.

I need Advice: Any suggestions on how to get Eli to take a sippy cup?????