Monday, December 12, 2016


I was helping E write a talk for primary in October and we were talking about prayer.  I love one of his remarks.  He said, "Prayer can help you when you're in darkness."  I love that kid.  Can't believe he turns six this week!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

a plea

Andrew was helping H say her nightly prayer one night this week because she was "so so tired" and couldn't do it by herself.  She was repeating pretty much everything he was prompting her to say, except for one thing, which she completely turned around and had me laughing.

Andrew: I am thankful for a mommy who loves me.
H: Please bless Mommy will love me.

Oh, I do, sis, I do.

I really have the best parents ever

They took the kids swimming and had the older two over for a sleepover last night.  It was so nice to spend some time alone with my husband.  Even just a few short hours away from my kids makes me love them all the more and marvel over how wonderful they are.  I love being able to reconnect with Andrew; I really like him and it's nice to remember and be reminded of it.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

of late

The baby is napping and I'm missing church again to be with him.  I am looking forward to having church at 9 in a few weeks; I will be able to go AND nap the baby.

Winter is officially here.  The first half of November was so sunny and temperate.  We spent as much time outside as we could and I'm glad we did.  We are trying to figure out ways to stay active now that it's COLD!

N is down to one nap.  Yesterday it was a full three-hour-nap.  He's been asleep now for over two and a half hours.  It can be tricky keeping him awake until after we drop E off at school, but we're figuring it out.  N is so busy and wants to go, go, go all the time.  He is walking so well and like a seasoned pro.  He is jabbering (and shrieking) a lot more.  He loves pulling everything out of the cupboards.  He loves sitting by his bin of books and pulling them out and reading them one by one.  It's adorable.  One of my favorite things he started doing a few weeks ago is when he clasps his chubby little hands together when it's time to pray.  Too cute!

H is a chatterbox and always carrying around various collections.  She will often say something and I will hear the word mom or mother, and so I will ask her, "What, honey?"  She will respond, "Oh, I wasn't talking to you," or, "I was just talking to my imaginary friends."  Oh man, such an imagination!  She discovered the CD collection at the library so we've had "Frozen" music blasting as well as various Disney songs.  H changes her attire various times a day and is slowly coming to terms with figuring out how to layer (wear a coat) in this winter weather.

E is getting beyond excited for his birthday.  He loves going to school and has begun to read simple books.  It's so fun to see him catch on and start to spell things and recognize words.  He has some pretty good art skills and I love seeing the drawings he comes up with.  He can swim the length of the pool on his back; he was able to do that this summer, but we haven't been swimming very regularly, so the fact that he's retaining his swimming skills without much routine practice is hopeful to me.

The kids watched "Mary Poppins" this weekend and H was singing "A Spoonful of Sugar" while E was repeating the Chimney Sweep song.

Well, the babe is waking.  Adios.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


October was not the healthiest month for us around here.  We started off with E barfing between Sunday General Conference sessions.  N puked about a week later.  Then pink eye had its fun running its course starting with E, then H, then N, then me; Andrew was spared.  E got chicken pox over fall break and then I got strep throat.  Good times.   Well, not really, but now we are appreciating being healthy all the more.

I'm not a know-it-all

a conversation we had this morning in the car:

H: Who's that guy?

Me: What guy?

E: That biker guy?

H: Oh! It's not Aaron.

E: Mom doesn't know everyone in the whole entire world.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

google searches

things I have googled in the past 24 hours, in order as well as I can recall:
  • Chicken pox images
  • Chicken pox contagious
  • Can you get chicken pox even if you have been vaccinated? (Answer is YES, a lowly 2%, but someone has to make up that two percent.)
  • Chicken pox images (again)
  • Mulloscum
  • Chicken pox remedies
  • Can you use hydrocortisone on chicken pox? (Answer is NO.)
  • Calamine lotion
  • How long is chicken pox contagious? (A while...)
  • Babies and chicken pox risk
  • DIY Peter Pan hat
  • How to make an oatmeal bath
One of these is not like the others; I need to finish E's Peter Pan costume and looked up some ideas to distract myself from the previous worrisome day and the not very restful night. 

Recording to remember. This month has also included barfs for boys and eye infections for both of them. Ugh. Hoping for more abundant health!