Since Aaron had the day off, we decided to make a trip of it and go to Great Falls for the 4th of July and spend time with Eric, Amy and girls, and Quinn, Kasie, and kids. We enjoyed the parade– and it was not too hot this year– and then had a fun barbeque and a spectacular firework display! Before the parade started, there were people handing out free American Flags. Of course, we took them up on it!
On Facebook, I was invited to an event that I could not pass up. Banana Splits for Ryan. Basically, Ryan was a toddler with Downs Syndrome and also a congenital heart defect (CHD), and the heart defect was so bad that the doctors did all they could but were unable to repair it. The parents made the heart breaking decision to put a DNR order on him. People kept asking what they could do for the family, and the family’s response was to go and create a memory with their families and have a banana split for dinner– no chicken, no broccoli, no rice. Just a banana split.
I thought, “This is something I can do!” While I have never met Ryan, nor will I have a chance to meet him as he passed away last week, I did want to honor him and other CHD angels. So we had banana splits for dinner, and created a memory! And the kids thought it was the most wonderful thing– they could not believe their luck!
Benson, sadly, was asleep throughout the dinner. But he had mashed bananas for dinner a little bit later (Sorry, no pictures of him this time!)
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The day is soon approaching. FINALLY! After 4 1/2 months of being separated, our family is moving BACK up to Shelby this Saturday. While there is still some uncertainty about Aaron’s job, things are looking up. And we’re tired of being apart. We have found a nice little house to rent, and are super excited to be back up with the friends we have made in Shelby. Aaron is excited to actually start eating food again (no, Aaron, cheese and crackers do NOT count as food!), and I’m excited to toss the kids off when he gets home when I’ve had a bad day. I am looking forward to having my own kitchen where I know where everything is. We are excited to read and play games in the evening once the kids are down for the night (we won’t have any live TV, just DVDs, and we won’t have the internet for a while, until our Condo sells) and to have friends over for dinner and games. We are both thrilled about being able to live out of a dresser instead of boxes, of having a place for everything, and just to be in our own space together again. We are excited to be in a ward where we are actually members of the congregation instead of extended visitors, to have callings, and to be able to contribute.
We also want to publicly thank the L family for allowing Aaron to rent a room in your house. I know you’ll never read this, but we’re grateful.Â Also, thank you to Aaron’s parents for letting us tear apart your home. I am sure you’re looking forward to some peace and quite again
4 more days!
(btw– this does mean that in 4 days I will not be able to blog very often, nor will I be on facebook)
Each of my kids have been so different as babies. It’s shocking, I know. Really, it IS quite amazing how different they are– how each of the pregnancies were different, how each of them as babies have been different. All of them enjoyable, but all of them different.
For instance, each of my babies have been completely different when it comes to spit-up. Now, in this case, I do have a preference. None. That would have been Charlie. Kade spit-up until he was 15 months old. No joke. It wasn’t tons of spit-up at once, but it was pretty consistant until about the time Charlie was born. And, Kade was (and still kind of is) a non-stop drooler. He’s finally starting to stop drooling, although it still happens. Now, Olivia has been yet another completely different story. She doesn’t spit-up all the time. And most times it’s not much spit up. But on occasion,Â she has projectile spit-up, and in mass quantities. She spits-up while I’m feeding her, changing her, talking to her. This usually results in at least a change of clothing, both for her and for me, and sometimes results in a shower for theÂ both of us.Â Yesterday I had finished nursing and burping her and was talking with her, holding her at arms length so I could really watch her,Â when out it came. It flew over a foot and a half. All over my shirt. Just as we were getting ready to leave. I wiped up as much as possible but left with the wet shirt. (It is Montana, which means I knew it would be dry before I got to where I was going. Gotta love that about dry air, I guess! Quick evaporation!) She also is an occasional drooler. (Now, with the wholeÂ projectile thing… does that mean that she’s got an abnormally strong diaphragm? She must be a future singer!!!)
But, look at her. How can you not helpÂ loving her when she’s so adorable, even if she projectile spit-ups! While I have yet to capture it on camera, she’s starting to get really smiley. And she has an adorable smile! She’s also starting to “communicate” a lot more, and the boys are always asking me what she’s saying. I usually tell them that she’s saying how much she loves her brothers. Because, she does! (She is currently 7 1/2 weeks old)
Like I mentioned in the previous post, Kade is always, always trying to kiss her. While in this picture Olivia is screaming, it’s not because of the kissing, I swear! She decided she was tired. She’s very tolerant of the kiss monster of a brother.
The boys have taken to pretending they’re babies. They lie down on Liv’s blankets and try to swaddle themselves, and pretend to cry. It was all I could do to get them to smile instead of pretend-cry in this picture.
Well, I love these kids. While it is sometimes quite stressful, they are mostly sweet and wonderful kids
With a newborn, and especially with two very young older brothers, I am asked the same questions quite frequently. And they are good questions, with even better answers. These two are the ones I get the most:
Is Olivia a good baby? Does she sleep well?
Yes, and yes. As I suspected when I was pregnant with her, she has been a very mellow, very good baby. She really only cries under three circumstances– she’s hungry, she’s tired, or she’s in her car seat. It’s true. She’s a generally very happy baby.
Right after I feed her, if I lay her down on her back on the floor she will coo and talk and smile and kick and wiggle very happily for a good 15 minutes. She loves to be held, though, and when those 15 minutes are up she really doesn’t like much else. As for sleeping, she’s been amazing. My boys never went longer than 3 hours or so at night between feedings until they were weaned. Probably just as much my fault as theirs, but still. Never longer than that. They would go right back to sleep afterwards, but I woke up exhausted for a long time. Not so Olivia. For the past few weeks, she’s been going to sleep around 9-9:30 p.m., and most nights wakes up at 4:00 a.m. to eat, and then is back up again at 7-7:30 a.m.Â to eat. I am waking up rested. With a newborn! (She’s 7 weeks now) She then goes back down about an hour later until about 11-11:30. I feed her, and about an hour and a half later she’s down again for another long stretch. She generally is up around 3:00 or 4:00, I feed her again, and then she’s up off and on until she goes down for the night, with some power feeding (cluster feeding) going on with some short catnaps in between. It’s been awesome! And she’s learning already how to self-soothe and get herself to sleep. Seriously. The. best. baby. ever!
How to the boys like her?
Like her? No.Â TheyÂ LOVE her. ADORE her. Kade, especially. He can’t stop kissing her. He can’t resist! He is totally and completely enamored. Charlie, too, but not nearly as bad. Case in point– during Sacrament Meeting yesterday, the boys had a hard time staying sitting… They kept trying to get into the eisleway where Olivia was dozing in her carseat, to give her a kiss. Kade tries to kiss her as often as he can– when I’m feeding her, when she’s sleeping, when she’s on the floor or the couch, when we’re holding her, when he’s supposed to be eating dinner… He’ll steal as many kisses from her as he can. It’s very sweet.
As I said, Kade seems to be especially attached and protective of Olivia. Saturday, we were in the car, heading home after running a few errands. Olivia just woke up and was screaming because she was hungry. I tried to get her to take the pacifier (a funny thing in and of itself… she doesn’t seem to like them much, gagging on them and whatnot…) to calm her down, but she wouldn’t take it. Since I knew there was nothing more I could do until we got home, I just let her scream. But then, suddenly, it stopped. I turned around, and saw Kade, holding in her pacifier, stroking her head, and telling her, “shhhh, shhhhh… You’re alright baby. You’ll be just fine…” Heart meltingly sweet.
He also often comes up toÂ her and says, in the sweetest, most tender voice, “Oh, she’s so small!” or “She’s SO cute!” “She’s so sweet!”
So far, this having three kids hasn’t been too bad! Now, we just need to get back up to Shelby so we can be together as an entire family, and so daddy can spoil his baby girl and his two baby boys and his wife And, as far as we can tell, that will be in 2 weeks. 2 WEEKS! Hurray!
The boys are dressed. Olivia is fed and dressed. I am dressed. Diaper bag packed. Errands arranged. And I can’t find the car keys. I had them JUST LAST NIGHT. So I am not going anywhere today.
And, yes, we DID make some ice cream using the snow! (no, we didn’t eat the snow, but we–orÂ rather I–squished the snow to freeze the milk!) Snow has been falling now for 36 hous straight, not to quit until tomorrow. We’ve got 12 inches now, and should end up with about 18 inches… And then on Friday, it’s supposed to rain and warm up….Ah… Montana’s psychotic weather!!!
Looks like we won’t be going to church today… Kade is sick. Aaron is sick. Both are lethargic, with tummy aches… Hopefully this bout of illness won’t last very long.
And, of course, mothers never get sick
On Thursday, since I had just washed the two car seats (which were absolutely disgusting!) we decided to get Kade a booster seat. That way we could put away the clean car seat while it was still clean. Kade was ecstatic.
Aaron was very careful to not show Kade how to unbluckle the seat… Kade is a smart cookie, and the last thing we needed is for him to unbuckle himself while we were driving. We could just see it…
“Hi mom!” Kade would say as he sticks his head between the two front seats, a police car right beside us…
He figured out the refrigerator lock in probably 1 minute after we put it on… And the toddler-proof doorknob? That was all but worthless in a week or so…
I’m sure you can see where this is going.
We pulled up into Walmart yesterday. Aaron was driving, and I was arranging our babysitter for the night.
Suddenly, we hear the words we’ve been dreading, “I did it! I figured it out!”
It only took two days. ::sigh::
So now, we are in the process of teaching him that he can only unbuckle his seatbelt when mommy and daddy unbuckle their seatbelts.
OR we put him back into the “toddler-proof” carseat for a little longer…
A friend of mine listed some of her favorite things in her blog a while back, and it has made me think what some of my favorite things are lately. I have been truly blessed with so much, so I though I would take some time to share them with you. They are in no particular order, just as I think of them.
- Hearing Charlie laugh because of something Kade did, or the boys playing together.
- AÂ clean house. (A favorite because it rarely happens… and even then, it’s only when the boys are asleep!)
- Watching Kade as he learns new things (who knew that he knew his colors?!)
- Kade when he helps me pickÂ up his toys. He’s getting really good at this.
- Charlie’s smile when he’s proud of himself for doing something new or exciting.
- Aaron, when he takes time out of his day to call me or e-mail me, just because.Â Â
- Finding creative, healthy,Â and inexpensive ways to make things I like… like tortilla chips! (Corn tortillas are so cheap, and it’s so easy to make healthier chips that way!)
- Beautiful music, especially music that reminds me of growing up (Just checked out the Brandenburg Concertos #5 and #6 from the library… ah… sweet memories!)
- The boys going to bed at 7:00. Yes, there are inconveniences, but… oh, myÂ evenings are so nice and quiet!
- Getting to sit throught at least 1 meeting at church without taking crying/ornery children out.
- Reading the Book of Mormon.
- Reading. In general.
- Kade sticking his fingers in the snow and eating it. (Even though sometimes it’s pretty gross… He gets so excited!)
- E-mails from long-lost friends.
- Playing with blocks with both Kade and Charlie.
- Slobbery and sometimes slimey (especially as of late! Cold, cold go away!), but always sweet kisses from Kade at bed-time.
- Kade always insisting on climbing into Charlie’s crib so we can read them both a book.
- Kade saying prayers. our “our” dear “dear” Heavenly “Heabenly” Father “Fodder”…
- Charlie when he cuddles.
- Cuddling with Aaron.
- Watching two dear friends that Aaron and I set up getting engaged. And helping pick the ring out! ::grins:: That was fun.
- Going to the park and putting the boys on swings.
- Kade coming into our room in the morning and crawling into bed with us for a few minutes.
- Kade’s thumb and blankies (yes, the harem of blankies is back… I guess he needs three blankies to make up for one very far away dad.)
- Charlie’sÂ index and middle fingers. (He only sucks on them when he’s tired… and if he’s fussy, all I want is for him to find his fingers!!!)
- Aaron getting his Microsoft Certifications. (Okay, okay… he’s not done yet, but he will be soon! And then it willÂ be one of my favorite things… I get him back!)
- Playing games with friends.
- Tickling my boys. All THREE of them! And when Kade tries to tickle us. “Tee-ko tee-ko tee-ko!”
- Cellphones, and no long distance.
- Signing Time and Baby Signing Time.
- Aaron, when he suprises me with something sweet and unexpected.
- Always having enough.
- My health.
- My children’s and husband’s health.
- Computers and the internet.
- Looking at my wedding pictures and knowing that I am still, and even more so, in love with my husband. And that he’s still in love with me too.
- Having my in-laws so close.
- Having good friends.
- My family- sisters, brothers, moms, and dads, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews (and one on the way).
- My sisters are my best friends.
- Having friends over for lunch or dinner.
- The big blue sky of Montana.
- The fall leaves of Kentucky. (Oh how I miss those!)
- Beautiful art.
- Hearing Kade try to sing… Maybe someday he’ll be able to sing in tune!
- My testimony of the Gospel.
Well, that’s a list, but there’s so much more. I have been truly blessed!
In every language there areÂ subtleties that make it difficult to understand at times. For instance, when I was on my mission in Japan, there were words that sounded the same or similar and yet had drastically different meanings:
Nesshin (Neh-sheen) —>Â with conviction
Ninshin (neen-sheen) —> pregnant
Nikutai (nee-koo-tie) —> physical body
Nekutai (neh-koo-tie) —> necktie
Ame (ah-meh) —> rain
Ame (ah-meh) —> candy
and so on and so forth. They are abuntant in any language.Â Now, typically once can perhaps surmise what is intended by the context of the conversation and make an educated guess. Toddler-ese is not without its many issues. The context is typically missing. By that, I mean that since they don’t quite speak in clear sentances, nor do they always verbalize their entire thoughts before interjecting words, you get random words at random times, such as “bubbles!” in the middle of sacrament meeting, “basketball” (okay… “bakeh-ball”) while going grocery shopping, “E-yeh-wei-dor” (elevator) when getting into the car, etc. The words also often sound very similar if not exactly the same. ANd sometimes you can’t understand their words at all. The biggest issue for me is that sometimes he wants something and will ask for it, but you’re never quite sure what he means exactly, or which one he wants. For instance, here are some words in Kade’s language… (when necessary, I will spell them out phonetically)
Book —> Book (easy enough)
Book —> Milk (you gotta watch for the hand, which is a fist squeezing… sometimes… signing “milk”)
Nanna —> Bannana (easy enough)
Nanna —> Candy (again, you have to watch for the sign, which isn’t always there… a finger poking his cheek and twisting.)
The most recent addition has come to us as we have started potty-training. And, I must admit, this one is difficult for me. Especially since he says them both really fast.
e-yeh-wei-do —> elevator
un-wer-dare —> underware
Imagine his frustration as he is getting off the potty and he doesn’t want his britches. (yes, that’s what we call his diapers… and it’s adorable to hear him say “bwitches”… “Bwitches. On.” …. Thank GOODNESS he never omits the “w” sound… My nephew can’t say “k” sounds… it becomes a “t”, or a “p”. Kade is “Tade”. In the case of corn, it’s always “porn”. “More porn please!” hehehehe) He keepsÂ asking forÂ ”un-wer-dare”, and I keep thinking, “why is he asking for the elevator? Goofy kid!”… Yeah. Well, he was rather frustrated with me tonight because I didn’t understand. By the time I finally understood him he was in the dirty clothes where he knew he had a pair (yes, soaked, by the way) and wanted them but kept saying “yirty, yirty” and then he peed on the carpet. Well, there were a couple of issues I had with what he wanted:
- He only has 6 pair of underware right now, and they were all dirty or being washed.
- He goes to bed right after his bath, and did he seriously think I would put underware on him as he was going to bed after he had two accidents today (that’s fine, because he’s just learning) AND he’s a heavy drinker (doesn’t that sound hysterical with a 2-year old in mind?) and his britches are always soaked in the morning?
Anyway, I guess this means that I am going to need to buy two more packages of underware for him (6 each) And I will need to hire a translator for a while until he learns “Adult-ese” a little better…. Anybody understand Toddler-ese?
I think I will always owe a debt of gratitude to my friend Shauna. Yes, I was the one that chose to follow her advice, but, still, it has made a huge difference in the way I get my boys down and how tramautic it isn’t. I guess it was just one bit of advice- let them cry it out at about 2-3 months, and then going to bed won’t be bad for them. Crying it out, as in check in on them ever 10 minutes and clam them down, until they fall alseep. For some odd reason, it has enabled the boys to go to bed without fussing at all, and has made it really pleasant at bed time. And it’s made it really easy for sitters (i.e. grandma and grandpa) to put them to bed. Those routines are so wonderful… Eat, bath, brush, climb into crib, read, pray, bed!
Kade LOVES to brush his teeth. And flossing. He insists on it.Â I guess this helps to counter all of the candy we give him for potty training. And he also insists on us brushing our teeth (whomever is brushing with him) and will pull out the right toothbrush “Mommy toothbrush” “Daddy toothbrush.” That is not to say that Aaron and I don’t brush our teeth. I promise. Rather, this means that one of us every night gets to brush our teeth at 6:30-7:00 p.m. and then again at 9:30-10:00 p.m. He used to (and occassionally still does) climb up onto the counter and sit with his feet in the sink, but now that we have a littleÂ potty-seat that turns into a stool, we’re trying to get him to stand on that when he brushes his teeth. It makes me nervous to watch him climb from the toilet seat to the sink…
Kade has two best friends– Daddy and Charlie. Nothing will get Kade more excited that spending time with his Daddy, or when Charlie is awake and ready to play. And nothing makes me happier than to see the love that the three boys in my life have for each other! As I mentioned in a previous blog, at night Kade insists on “baby” coming to bed at the same time, and he climbs into Charlie’s crib, waits for Charlie to get put into the crib, then they play until we’re ready to read a book and pray with them. It’s SO adorable!
Both of our boys typically go to bed happy. Kade is almost always laughing right before we turn out the lights, which makes us happy, because it’s not a struggle. Charlie is also always full of smiles, although once in a while it does take him a little bit to go to sleep and so he’ll cry for a few minutes. Kade can go to sleep even if there is crying. On an intersting note,Â Kade never wakes up in the middle of the night when Charlie cries (the past few nights it has been an agonizing every three hours… a growth spurt, perhaps?) but Charlie will alwaysÂ wake up ifÂ Kade cries… He is a much lighter sleeper than his brother, unfortunately…
Anyway, as Aaron used to say every night when we were dating–
Goodnight, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite!Â
(started Feb 19, 2008) Well, I thought it might be fun… Kade’s answers are in bold, Charlie’s are in italics, and mine (Amaree)Â are plain typeÂ :)
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
I was named after my Uncle Ducky, Quinn Cade Boehme. Obviously, Mom and Dad changed the spelling… I love my Uncle Ducky!
I was named after my Grandpa Kravetz- David Charles, and also my Great-Great Grandpa Frank Oscar Bateman… Although my middle name is alsoÂ because Daddy really REALLY likes the name Oscar.
I was named after my Grandma and Grandpa Bateman. And they have given me much to live up to.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Today! When Mommy and Daddy put me in time-out. Again…
Tonight just before bed. I was TIRED!
I can’t remember if it was last night or the night before…
3.Â DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I LOVE drawing “Pictures”. I don’t really have a definitive handwriting style yet, however, unless you count scribble…
Does gnawing on pens and pencils and mom and dad’s hands count?
Hmmmm… Sometimes. And sometimes I don’t. And I can only remember being complimented on my handwriting once…
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?Â
Ham. Turkey. At least, those are the ones I can say.
Mom won’t let me eat lunch meat yet… Although I REALLY want to!
Pastrami, I think.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?Â
I have a kid brother… does that count?
I am the kid!
I have two little boys who make me laugh
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH
YOU?Â Â Â Â
Well, at this pointÂ in my life, I would only want to eat myself… A cannibalistic friend? Hmmmm….Â
I think I would have a good time with myself. But I’d most likely get annoyed with me too… Wait… I already do get annoyed at myself…
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?Â
I haven’t learned it yet.
I don’t think there is such a thing as a sarcastic cry, DUH!
Not a lot, but on occassion… But when I do, you know.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes Yes Yes
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?Â
Jump! Jump! I love to jump!
And I love being thrown in the air… falling is the best part, as long as Mommy and Daddy catch me!
Maybe…. Maybe not… I don’t know.
10.Â Favorite cereal?
Mommy lets me eat Cherrios and Frosted Mini-Wheats. I liked froot loops when I had them… I wish Mommy would buy the good, sugary stuff. And I LOVE oatmeal with raisinsÂ (meoh. raisins.)
Any cereal is better than the baby oatmeal stuff! I like that with applesauce. But I like big-people oatmeal, too.
Life Cereal, I think, is my favorite. Cinnamon life, even better. But I do like frosted mini-wheats too.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?Â
I don’t, but Mommy or Daddy usually does for me.
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12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
I’m pulling myself up now! Of COURSE I’m strong!
Willed? Perhaps. Muscle-wise? Naw… Not so much. But I can carry a diaper-bag, baby in a car-seat, and drag an almost two-year old behind me… That’s gotta mean SOMETHING!
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?Â Â Â
I-keam! I-Keam! More! MORE! Pease?
That delectable cold treat my mommy gives me sometimes? Oh yeah! ANy flavor will do!
Pumpkin Pie Blizzards are my fave from DQ… ANd I love black-cherry flavored things too.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?Â
Do I know them?
Will they hold me?
I think smiles… or eyes.
15. RED OR PINK? Red. Red. PINK!
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?Â
What’s not to like?
I don’t like being hungry. Or tired.
I don’t like how my face STILL breaks out… I don’t like that my jeans STILL don’t fit… I don’t like that I lose my patience with my boys, when they aren’t intentionally trying to drive me crazy…
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?Â Who? What! My blankie! MyÂ Daddy. My family in Kentucky.Â
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?Â
I don’t care. I can’t read.
I’m not even writing these answers…Â I won’t even notice if they DO.
IÂ could care less, actually!Â
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
I am wearing blue fleece feety-pajamas… with cars on it.
I am wearing yellow cotton feety-pajamas.
I am wearing food-covered blue-jeans and white socks. With grey toes and heels.
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Mint Ice Cream. And toothpaste.
Mixed Vegetables and Refried Beans. And Mommy-juice.
Home-made tostadas with home-made refried beans, taco meat, and the works, then mint ice cream, and then left-over pineapple upside-down cake.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Charlie’s snoring. Kade’s snoring. The hum of the laptop and the click of the keyboard.
(Finished March 4, 2008)
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Not sure. Probably green.
Can I eat it?
Maybe a light Orange… Or Salmon? Hm….
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23. FAVORITE SMELLS…. Candy! Oh wait, Candy doesn’t smell much… Cookies!
Food! Any kind of food! Especially the kind Mommy and Daddy share with me!
Chocolate. Rain. Clean Sheets (doesn’t happen often…) Clean babies…Â Â
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE
PHONE…..Â Aunt MissyÂ I don’tÂ talk on the phone yet My friend Shellena.
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25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?Â You bet. She talks to me on the phone!
I haven’t met her yet, but I’m sure I would miss her if I had met her!
Yes. And I wish I could spend time withÂ her and her baby!Â Â Â Â Â Â
26. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?
Dance Aerobics with mom
I don’t watch sports
I only listen to them as background noise… But football games are fun to go to.
27. HAIR COLOR? Blonde
Brown with blonde hightlights, courtesy of Kasie!
28. EYE COLOR? Blue BlueÂ Green
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No (x3)
30. FAVORITE FOOD? Raisins. Cup. Milk. More. Grapes. Orange… Cereal. Oatmeal, raisins.
Anything not babyfood. Especially if it’s off mommy’s plate.
Veggies and fruit. Just about any kind.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings (x3)
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Watch. Nemo. Â Finding Nemo Finding Nemo…
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Navy Blue with a green dinosoar on it
Gray UK sweater and a bright yellow shirt underneath
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter. Snow. More! (but I think I like to play outside at grandma’s house in the summer, too!)
I don’t know… I can’t remember, since I’ve onlyÂ had one of each…
Winter. Definetely Winter. With snow. Â
35. HUGS OR KISSES?Â Kiss. Hug. Tickle! Tickle! Tickle!
Hugs and kisses both.
Hugs. The nice, long lasting, good ones. And babyÂ kisses, too. Â
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?Â Cookies. Ice Cream. Cake. Candy. Any dessert is good toÂ me!
Any dessert mommy will let me have! Duh!
I like flan. Or home-made lemon bars.Â In a bakers-edge pan
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37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?Â It’s a lot of work! I don’t hold anybody accountable.
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?Â See above answer.
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39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Lots of Potty books. And books about trains and trucks…
Whatever big brother wants to read.
What ever Kade wantsÂ me to read…. And the Book of Mormon.Â
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Don’t have one.Â
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T. V. LAST NIGHT?Â Wheel of Fortune!
Wheel of Fortune
A little of the ABC special on the Royal Family in GBÂ
42. FAVORITE SOUND?Â Â “Where’s my baby boy!” <— Daddy when he get’s home
The boy’s laughterÂ Â Â Â
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43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?Â Rolling Stones. Rocks. Anything I can pick up outside.
Â Which one tastes better?
Beatles, for sure!
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?Â Kentucky
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?Â I can go potty!
I can scrunch my face up really cute. And try to eat dirt. And stand up!
I can sing… I like to sew… I do Photokami stuff…Â
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN..?Â Great Falls, Montana
47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?Â
See answer #37
Well, I haven’t tested it yet… I just got it…Â but I am so excited about it!!! So, I thought I would show some pictures of this new pan and put a link on this page for you. Yummy! I am going to test it out with lemon/lime bars today
Aaron found theÂ pan on his favorite online boutique, Wishing Fish: www.wishingfish.com
We finally got some more snow. The last decent snow storm was when Kade and I built the snowman back in November. It snowed a good portion of yesterday and hasn’t stopped today. It’s beautiful, and we love the snow. Kade got to really see and be outside with the snow falling in big flakes last night, and he learned the word “snow”. He LOVES the snow!
I had to take the car down to get the oil changed, and so I packed up the stroller, bundled up the kids, and drove down to Bennett Motors and dropped Yeddi Mobile off. Since the Subaru dealership is all of three blocks away, I figured we would walk home. Kade and I would walk, and Charlie was going to ride. Well, that backfired badly! Kade REALLY wanted to play in the snow and didn’t want to walk with me. All he kept saying was “snow! snow! snow!” I ended up carrying him like a football all the way home, to the chagrin of my back which is now hurting. BUt we played outside in our little courtyard for almost an hour, when he lost his mittens. He had such a grand time! Now they are going to sleep, and I think I will go down for a little nap too.
Before I tell the story, I need to explain some of Kade’s very predictable if not cute mannerisms. When he gets up from his naps or gets up in the morning, he knocks on the door to let us know when he is awake. When we open the door, he says, “Hi!”, and then dragging his blankie,Â walks straight to the fridge to get some “book!”, or milk. This is a pretty rigid routine, and he rarely breaks it.
That being said, Kade sometimes throws temper tantrums, as is typical of one-and-a-half year olds. When this happens, we usually (most of the time correctly) assume that he is tired, and so I put him in bed and tell him that when he can be happy, he can get up. Well, he either falls alseep, or will wait a few minutes, and then knock in the door. When we open the door, he says, “Hi!”, and will run off and play. Well, today being Sunday, he didn’t get his nap like usual. So, around 4:00 p.m, Kade was throwing a tantrum because he was tired and didn’t want to stop talking to his Grandma Matthews on the phone. Well, I put him to bed only to hear him knocking a few minutes later. “Hi!” said Kade cheerfully. Because I knew he was tired, I told him, “No, it’s nap time, you need to go back to sleep.” All he said, while sobbing, was “Happy! Happy! Happy!” It broke my heart! I still made him lie down, told him I loved him, and left him. A few minutes later, knock knock knock. Kade was up again. “Hi!”, he said Cheerfully, again. I asked him if he could be happy, and he said, “Happy!” and walked off with his blankie and was cheerful until bed time.
After dinner, Kade was looking really tired, so Aaron asked Kade if it was bed time. He immediately waddled off with his blankie to his bedroom, so Aaron went in behind him and put him to bed. A few minutes later, knock knock knock. So Aaron went to put him back to bed again, and Kade kept saying “Happy! Happy! Happy!” while tears ran down his little face. Talk about breaking a dad’s heart! But, Aaron tucked him back in and gave him some love and put him to bed. And he was out cold.