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.

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

Holy December Batman!

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Uh, is anyone else wondering where the year went and how December arrived so suddenly?  I remember our Halloween in California and then  just Sunday we arrived home from Utah to resume life after our Thanksgiving feasting.  I’m in awe!  It’s December!

Well we have successfully taken down Halloween decorations and the tree is up. We only put the tree up so the Christmas Train has something to go around.  Turning on the train is seriously a nightly December ritual and might be the only thing our boys enjoy about the whole holiday season. 

And Mikey did a very nice job hanging the ornaments on the tree today.  While the top 1/2 is a bit bare, I’m sure  when Josh wakes up from his nap to discover the hanging goodness and he will force us to move everything up a few feet and leave the bottom 1/2 bare. 

And to all those Christmas card sending maniacs who mail before the calendar even reads December, know that I have received my FREE photo cards with envelopes and shall be making a much earlier trip to the Post Office compared to last year (I sent them out during January with a “better late than never” attitude).  I’m still debating on my Christmas song parody to write out for our family Christmas letter.  Can’t rush perfection, or lack of any ideas =o)

I’m really excited for Christmas this year.  Maybe because I did really well in August to toy shop at KMart when toys were 75% off and I used coupons =o) or because I’m determined  to finish up some unfinished Christmas craft projects.  Really, I’m going to finish them!  My kiddos are old enough to open presents and get excited for them, which I think is the best part of being a parent during the holidays.  Oh, and sipping hot chocolate with marshmallows is delightful too!  There’s just so much good holiday cheer and excitement this year.  Anyone else super excited?

The Cat in the Hat

 

Tonight I read Mikey the classic book by Dr. Seuss.  After the Cat cleans up the mess and leaves their house again the mom comes home and asks the kids what did they did during the day.  The last page asks the reader something like, “what would you do if your mom came home and asked you?”

So, I asked Mikey, “If the Cat in the Hat came to play at our house for the day, would you tell me?”

Mikey: (with a huge grin on his face) “No mom.  I wouldn’t tell you the Cat in the Hat came to play at our house.”

I wonder if I should be worried.

Look, There’s Utah!

The sun was shining in the house and made a shape on the floor in front of the stairs.  Mikey came to us and said, “Look, there’s Utah!”  and then proceeded to jump over it while exclaiming, “I’m jumping over Utah. I’m jumping over Utah!”

He was totally baffled that his Utah sunlight shape disappeared and resembled something closer to Colorado or Wyoming after an hour since the sun had moved.

New Vocabulary Words

So I’m babysitting 2 days a week which is nice, because Mikey can have some friends and I can get things done while they entertain eachother.  Well today the 5 year old power ranger lover introduced some new vocabulary to Mikey.  My little 3 year old now throws around the words “battle” and “fight” which I’m not sure what I think about it.  It’s not so bad I guess when you put it in context of how they were playing and using their new vocabulary words- placing little Geo Trax people on the train track for the trains to come by and hit them and knock them off the track.  Basically they were playing ‘chicken’ with people and trains.  At least they weren’t duking it out with fists and noses on my couches or the train table, right?  We still haven’t played with toy guns of any kind, so I can be happy about that!

Mikey is 3 Years Old

The week before Mikey was born (a little over 3 years ago), my mom rolled her Explorer on the highway after she took her seat belt off to remove her jacket.  She spent the night in the hospital and had to tell me only 1/2 truths  (car problems) about why it was taking her so long to come down to see me so I wouldn’t go in to labor.

2 years ago, my Dad drove from Vegas (celebrating Mikey’s bday) back home only to get in a 4 wheeling accident (wearing no helmet) where he faced either running head on into an on coming vehicle or drive over the ledge and head down close to the icy river.  He chose the latter, rolled a few times,  broke some things, had a long ambulance ride to the hospital about 45 minutes away.

Last year we celebrated by ourselves for fear someone else would have bad luck with moving vehicles!

This year we opted to go see these “unlucky” grandparents and celebrate Mikey’s birthday up there, hoping and praying the weather would be good and we wouldn’t get in a wreck!

Couldn’t have been better conditions!  We had a reunion with some extended family, went ice fishing, sledding, 4 wheeling on the ice, had a party, and celebrated like crazy!

I’m afraid we can’t top this party even if we wanted to.  It was simple, with family, a Cars cake the Mikey really wanted Grandma to make, and just lots of fun with 2nd cousins he’s hardly known until now! Yay for family parties and Happy Birthday Mikey!

The Cookie Jar

I told Mikey he could go get a muffin out of the cookie jar and eat it since I was tired and wanting to take a nap.  Well not too long after closing my eyes I hear Mikey calling me to come help him.  He told me everything that happened and I’m still amazed that this kid doesn’t lie or stretch the truth.  I surprisingly didn’t get mad, but I did take pictures anyways since I don’t have many of these moments in pictures. 

He told me the lid broke while he was trying to get a muffin and that we should try to glue it back together.  Too many pieces, so we just have a cookie jar with no lid now =o)

Applesauce Take 2!

Well I gave it another try and made some more applesauce.  This time we got 8 jars of applesauce, 2 large apple crisps, and 4 small apple crisps made.  And I still have apples left over I need to use soon to make something.  I wasn’t playing dress up by putting Mikey in a dress.  He’s wearing the only apron I have that kind of fits him.  He loved wearing the Mikey apron and loved being my little helper.

Winter Wonderland

So to beat the heat this weekend we met some friends up at Mt. Charleston for the first ever Mt. Charnival Celebration to welcome the first day of summer. It’s a good 20 degrees cooler up there than in “the valley” so being outside is actually allowed and encouraged really since it’s a nice national forest/ rec area. Mikey had his first experience with big animals, carnival games, nachos, jump houses,a horse ride and a sunburn!! Despite the cool breeze and comfortable temperature, we totally forgot the hat, sunblock and sun shades for our toddler!! You can bet we won’t be forgetting those again any time soon! We had a wonderful time and the horse and buggy ride was our favorite!

Mt. Charleston is the closest place to go in the winter to play in the snow and surprisingly there was still some snow on the mountain tops when we went up. We even checked out the little Holiday Shoppe that sold Christmas ornaments and realized it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!