The Armor of God

We’re visiting St. George this weekend and always love attending a different ward.  Even after a terrible night of kids waking, hubby with allergies, hardly able to get some real sleep we somehow managed to crawl out of the house and get to church!  I really honestly still wonder how or why that happened.  I’m notorious for ditching church any Sunday we aren’t attending our home ward!

The boys wore their matching purple ties and were completely surprised to see that Grandpa Cox also had a purple tie!  They got quite a few compliments!

Mikey insisted we go back to the primary room after church so he could pick up his shield! 

Well, apparently the presidency made enough shields for each primary kid so here’s Mikey sporting his new favorite dress up attire!  Don’t you love when people go above and beyond the call of duty to serve?  I guess I needed a little lesson to make sure I’m always putting in 100% and doing all I can!

The Armor of God

Cell Phone Unloaded

I do not have a smart phone nor do I want one!  That’s fine for a few more months I think.  I take a pic with my cell phone, send a pic msg to my hubby who, then with the click of a button, can email me the pic.  For some reason the cord to connect my phone to the computer connects, but doesn’t pull anything off my cell phone.

I personally like my method of retrieving cell phone pics, but I think he’s getting a bit tired of it.  It would be nice to blog from to my phone, but I’m not ready to read emails, read blogs and facebook updates and surf the net any time I want.  I just don’t want to be that connected to my phone.  I might as well have it attached at the hip as another limb or something.

Well, here’s a bunch of pics that were taken with my camera over the longest time that are finally making it to the blog.  Oh, I can’t take pics with my phone anymore, because the memory is all used up and I need to delete pictures.  Nothing like motivation to get me into action!

Oh What a Week

Mike and I were the speakers in church today.  Are Mormons the only ones who have their congregation members give the sermon each week?  That probably would be weird, but kind of nice for a person-not-of-our-faith to experience.  I’m glad I won’t have to do that for a few more months at least!  I read my favorite faith promoting story about THE FILE ROOM and talked a bit about food storage.  I love those things! 

On Sat. I’m hosting a Grocery Smarts class to teach people how to use a free website  to help them buy groceries at the lowest price possible!  I love this kind of stuff.  And I’ve had a few people already RSVP which really settles my nerves as to whether people will show up or not.  Why would you not show up?  You learn how to shop smarter and save money!

My mom is making the boys matching St. Patty’s Day ties and Hannah will have a matching St. Patty’s Day dress made from the same material.  I’m excited that she’s excited to do those kind of projects, because I’m just so not in the mood.  I did however finally finish the rag quilt I’ve been working on for 3 years!  It’s washed and delivered to my sis-in-law with a note stating: Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas for the rest of your life!  So glad that big ole pile is out of my closet.

Oh, got diapers B1G1 Free yesterday at Walgreens!  Can I even write a post, have a regular conversation, speak to a stranger without mentioning shopping and getting a good deal?  I’ll get back to you on that question once I finish my shopping trip =o)

We need to do our taxes still!  Pretty sure we’ll owe money, since we prefer to have money collect interest in our bank acct every year rather than someone else’s, but maybe just maybe this will be the year we get a nice hefty check from jolly ole Uncle Sam!  I’m pretty sure I’m dreaming, but it’s a good dream at least.

I need to collect moving boxes this week.  There’s a chance we will be moving an entire house full of furniture/ belongings out this weekend and it falls on us to do it.  We are not moving, someone else already has and left everything behind.  Packing up someone else’s treasures actually sounds like fun to me except that we can’t have any of their stuff.  So basically we’re the free packers and movers.  We should be really good at this by now!

Hannah Bear is scooting.  Not crawling or pushing up off her stomach, but sitting (you have to sit her up) and stretching out and somehow moving across the room.  She really is such a good baby.  I’ve decided that babies at 7 and 8 months are finally wonderful and exciting and worth keeping.  Oh, she can sleep through the night too!  That’s totally worth mentioning, because the other 2 kiddos were closer to 18 months before we finally saw eye to eye on the whole sleeping at night issue.  She’s done it all by herself.  And she only sleeps in her carrier.  I mention this, because I’m sure there’s some new mom in blogger land who’s fretting over her child never seeing the slats of a real crib.  This one’s for you dear fretting mother!  My kid sleeps in a  carrier and not a crib either and I’m going to keep on doing it until she’s too big or I really see signs of flat head and require a baby helmet to shape it back to normal.  She seems fine to me!

Mikey has informed us what he wants for Christmas already!  The kid just had a birthday last month, but I guess when you become aware of holidays and months and stuff then you start planning early for the next big present receiving celebration!  He has covered our entire house in art work from preschool, primary, and his own original creations.  It was bothering me, but now I just embrace this arts and crafts movement and proudly display his creations.  Well, actually he is well versed in tape dispensing so he tapes his work where ever he wants!  And he somehow knows if I’ve removed piece 217 from his ongoing collection spanning in the six hundreds, so I’ve just given up.  They are pretty cute and I’m sure it won’t last forever so if you’re ever visiting our museum, make sure to check out the train tracks that span all over the house and view the art work, hung appropriately at a preschoolers eye level!

Josh supposedly has asthma and now has a nebulizer and does a breathing treatment every morning and night.  He’s fine in front of the tv, but starts hacking up almost phlegm as soon as he takes off to see who rang the door bell, who moved his train, or what Mikey is doing to tease him from the other room.  We’re trying to get a grasp on things, but it’s hard!  You want your kid to be active, but when they cough till they hurt from doing so, and the only thing that keeps them calm is being stagnant, then you start to wonder and worry.  He’s started defying nap time and I have unfortunately caved in and agreed.  Must do better this week…

Well there’s some little amusing tidbits from our life this week.  That reminds me that I need pineapple since I’m down to 2 cans and the whole talk of produce prices rising  50-90% in the upcoming weeks has me nervous.

All in a Day!

It’s been kind of an off day.  I woke up a bit on the late side, which always throws me off of my game, but the baby was sleeping in so I did too! 

She doesn’t do that so much anymore, the sleep thing that is.  She’s got a really weird burping  problem where she always has to burp.  Just when you think you get all the burps out and get her sleeping she’ll wake up within the hour with real tears and the uncomfortable painful shreiks, because she has to burp.  It’s just become my daily routine to hold her a lot throughout the day to keep her comfortable and happy.  So she doesn’t really take 2 naps like she used to. If I get 1 load of laundry washed AND dried then I feel successful!  Well today she fell asleep on her belly while playing on her playmat!  This is progress!  The first nap was maybe 30 minutes and she’s sleeping again now!  Knock on wood.  Taking down Halloween decorations filled the time. 

I of course thought that kidlet #3 would be so easy to manage and I could soothe my baby all while sitting down and mulitasking.  Not so much!

Dear little Josh didn’t take a nap today.  I didn’t even fight him over it, even though I know he needs a nap.  And he’s the kid who only knows loud and louder which is difficult when the little baby finally gets herself to sleep.  But today while watching tv he busts out singing Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam and reminds me once again that small and simple things can prove great things!  I don’t give this kid enough credit, but he’s got such a soft sweet side that I usually forget it exists since he wakes up screaming hours before normal people even think about waking up.

And Mikey!  He’s in preschool now and has picked up on  what other kids say and do.  Some of it I’m okay with and others I know it was just a matter of time.  “I’m too tired,” or “I don’t want to.” seems to be his favorite answer to whatever I ask him to do and he’s becoming quite competitive.  Today he’s really tried my nerves.  Note to self- don’t take kids along when donating boxes of their old toys. 

It’s not too often I’m ready to throw in the towel, but today was pretty close.  Being a parent isn’t always easy, but I’m glad I’ve improved my patience a tad and that I was a classroom teacher before I was a parent.  The whole no spanking thing comes pretty easy to me, but sometimes it would be nice to send these kiddos away to someone else for a while like I did at the end of the school day and then greet them happily at the door the next morning =o)

I just wanted to get something out there on the blog to help relieve my tension I guess.  I know I am truly blessed to have kids and to also be able to stay home with them each and every day.  I’m not complaining, just admitting that some days are better (and worse) than others.  Today was one of the more difficult ones, but I do see the good in them.  And would you believe it?  The baby is still sleeping, the kids are finally quiet while they bask in front of the tv watching Cyberchase, and my freezer meal that I didn’t have thawed out is cooking away in the oven.  There’s a bit of smoke in the kitchen- the paper label and tape affixed to the foil top of my freezer meal is burning.  Note to self- follow your first instinct next time to remove the label before baking.  Let’s hope dinner still turns out okay!

Glad the day is almost done and that hubby is on his way home from work. I look around and see so much stuff that needs to be cleaned, fixed, put away, etc. that I just get overhelmed.  We still have boxes to unpack!  Can you believe that?

We’re Still Here!

Baby, then move, then have bad internet and a server down and blah blah blah… I’m back! We’re back and ready to start blogging again.

Hannah is becoming a little chunk!  She’s had a great day today!  She slept the whole time we went swimming at the Lagoon (community ctr) and has slept all afternoon too!  Last night she slept from 9pm to 5 am!  I’m enjoying those kind of days.  She’s starting to smile and she has dimples =o)

Josh is getting used to his role as the middle child.  He has a naughty and nice demeanor about him and you just hope he wakes up having a good day.  He loves giving Hannah kisses and says over and over “okay Hannah, it okay Hannah” when she’s crying.

Mikey is super helper to pick out a hair bow every morning and go get me a new oufit for Hannah when she’s had a bad blow out.  He likes to hold her too!

We’re adjusting to life with 3 kiddos.  I’ve only taken them 2 places by myself- CVS and Smith’s to do some much needed shopping.  I think I’ll wait a it longer before attempting that again =o)

Life According to Mikey

We were driving tonight and the sun kept glaring in Mikey’s eyes which was making him upset.

Mikey: I want to pray to Heavenly Father that he will make the sun stop shining in Nevada.

Me: Ok, tonight at dinner with Grandma you can ask for that.

Mikey: No.  I want to pray now.  Dear Heavenly Father, PLEASE MAKE THE SUN STOP SHINING IN NEVADA! Amen.

Mikey: Mom, the sun is still shining.  He didn’t make it stop.

Me: Well sometimes what we want isn’t what Heavenly Father wants for us.  So maybe he wants you to wear sunglasses from now on when you get in the car and it’s going to be sunny outside.

Mikey: Oh, I don’t want to wear sunglasses.

(Tonight while getting ready for bed)

Mikey: I should get 4 blankets, because I’m 4 and Josh should only get 2.  You should get 28 blankets mom and daddy should have 29.  How old is Grandma N?

Me: I don’t know.  I think like 48 or 49 maybe.

Mikey: Well you should know.  She is your mommy!

Day at the Museum

So my ward has weekly playgroups and then monthly field trips for moms/ dads with little kiddos who aren’t in school.  We went to the Lied Children’s Discovery Museum and seriously could have stayed until closing and still had tons to do!  My boys loved it!  I met a friend who I haven’t seen since Jr. High and of course, we pick right back up where we left off and got caught up in the short amount of time.   This was definitely one place we will return to in the summer since there’s so much to do and see and for all ages!

My Big 4 Year Old

So Mikey had a pretty fun birthday this year.  We did go visit my parents for the week, but my pregnancy brain didn’t plan well enough for us to participate in the winter ice fishing festivus.  We were only 1 day late, but missed all the extended family and fun little cousins who joined us last year.  We did have a family party and homemade cake with Uncle Brian, Aunt Heather, Luis and Megan, and my parents.  Mikey got a Cars stool that my mom painted, a sticker maker, and a large piece world puzzle since he’s mastered the USA puzzle and some other stuff. 

We had lots of snow during our trip and my boys loved playing in it.  Living in Vegas sure keeps us sheltered from the elements having to buy things like snow boots and snow pants.   My car actually got stuck and required towing, then the battery died which was scary since it’s a hybrid, but after staying an extra day and Grandma’s we made it safe to the other set of Grandparents.

Mikey got cupcakes, balloons, pizza, and a shopping spree with Grandma (with no little pestery brother or parents) when we got to their house.  We played with cousins and then headed home to Vegas to try and make it in time for 9am church the next day!

Mikey’s stats:

38.5 lbs and 39 inches tall

has started a foreign stamp and a state quarter collection

loves arts and crafts- especially cutting up my scrapbook paper with decorative scissors and using a glue stick to glue them together.  He then tapes his masterpieces to the walls of the house.  He spells out words with letter stickers to let you know who the pictures are for.

Is a Sunbeam in church and already given his 1st talk.  We printed out little pictures next to the words to help him remember what to say and he did great!  He only needed help to remember 1 word.

loves singing primary songs.  Here’s what he’s learned so far for the song to learn the  Books of the Old Testament.  I crack up when he says Equisi-nasties for Ecclesiastes.

fave cartoon: Super Why

fave food: grapes

fave color: green

fave movie: Dora

fave song: stuff on the piano

A Reminder that I Live with Boys

(On Sunday morning while getting ready for church)

Daddy: Mikey, look up at the ceiling and pretend to look at a cute girl while I put your necktie on.

Mikey: Ok

Daddy: So which cute girl were you thinking about?

Mikey: Mommy!  She’s the cutest girl I know.

Mommy: Will you please go check in my closet and bring me my bras so I can wash clothes today?

Mikey: Mommy, what’s a bra?

Mommy: Good question.  I’ll go look for them.

(later that night)

Mikey: Oh mommy, those pajama pants are just so adorable on you!  I like those colors so much.

He’s obviously picked up on my vocabulary.

My Angel Has Sinned

Well Mikey has finally done something we never thought we’d have to deal with in this house, at least not him.  He’s our well-behaved, follows all the rules, tells us when someone else isn’t following the rules, smart, little boy who last week before Christmas got curious.   We didn’t find it until today!

When all was said and done he managed to highlight the back of our doors in 2 rooms with yellow, blue, green, orange and pink highlighters.  He then got on a chair and continued to highlight on the doors and walls from a higher location.  And that wasn’t enough!  Then he used a whole roll of tape to decorate the doors and walls in these two rooms until the spool ran out.

The funny thing is last week (I think Christmas Eve) I heard him playing with the tape and thought nothing of it.  He usually hangs his pictures and presents for Daddy on his office door.  And I was going to walk into my office and he says, ” Oh no mommy, don’t go in there!  It’s a huge mess and we’ll need to clean it up!”  I peek in and all I saw was my wrapping paper mess from the night before.  Little did I know.

So of course we’ve talked to him and worked together with him to clean up what will come off the walls and doors.  We can’t get too upset, because I don’t think we’ve ever told him before now that we only color on paper.  Lesson learned!  And a lesson in parenting as well!  Make the punishment fit the crime and maybe we shouldn’t have waited until Christmas to give him coloring books, easel refill paper, and art pads!