Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sayings today . . .

Mama: Don't put your feet in Bethy's face.
Elijah: Her likes my toes.
Mama: Don't make the baby suck your toes.
Elijah: Her likes sucking my toes and it feels AWESOME!

Ugh--wrong on so many levels.
Might need to plan on getting a van sooner rather than later since both kids had their feet in Bethy's face when we pulled into the garage.

Lydia also came up with a little song--sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle little start about a hundred times a day . . ."Twinkle twinkle little baby . . . how I wonder what you gravy!"

Monday, December 27, 2010

Talking talking talking

OK--With one week before her birthday I fear I may have to bail on Bethy's word list. She is talking up a storm here lately. Today she said: bacon, snowman, Ariel (as in little mermaid), tea, party and much more. Its amazing. She seems to finally have connected that EVERYTHING has a name and she can say it! She mimics and talks and its just wonderful.
I can't believe in one week I will have a one year old.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Baby Santa

One of the things I love the most about Christmas is that I don't have to listen to Wiggles or Raffi in the car for a whole month! I've got my old Mickey tapes of Chistmas music and a CD of all sorts of classics. The season started out with Feliz Navidad being the kids' favorite==only it was "Police Naughty Dog" that slowly morphed into "Please Mobidot" and now it is "Police Mommy-dot"

Lydia has a new favorite--Santa Baby. Only she calls it "Baby Santa song" She is not very good with the lyrics but she was humming along and said: "I don't want Chex in my stocking-I want candy." You know because the lyrics say--fill my stocking with a duplex and checks. I thought it was funny. She also told Bethany the other day when she was wearing a red outfit and her santa hat that "I been an awful good girl this year and I got to mention one little thing--my ring-not calling me on the phone."

Walking

Its happened--Bethany has officially started walking. Two days ago she stopped crawling for the most part and started walking around. Yesterday at the museum she was all over the place.

No more babies in this house!

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Little update on us . . .

Wow--I had no idea I could be this busy! Three kids, Arbonne parties and orders and deliveries, turning 30, Christmas Theater . . . the list goes on and on.

I had a great 30th birthday. My mom and Justin planned a surprise party for me and Justin even missed Christmas Theater to come out and be a part of it. The best present is the netbook he got me--I am actually in my bedroom now blogging! I also absolutely LOVE LOVE the cabinet my parents got for me. IT is an antique and I now have a place to store my bread machine and mixer and stones. It is wonderful not to have to wach them every time I want to use them--they used to be in the outside garage.

Christmas Theater was a huge success this year. It was time consuming as always but Justin had a good time and the production ws very funny.

The children had their little program last night and they both got up and sang. I had to stay home with a teething, grouchy baby but Justin wen tiwht them and Granny and Grampy and NAna and PApa were able to go. Lydia stood up there and rang her bell and did her little movements all while clutching her lovey. Elijah was also obedient and did his little part of the program. I was surprised at how well they did.

Elijah had his 4 year old checkup last week. He had to get 3 shots and his blood drawn. We were worried he mightbe anemic. It was absolutely hilarious to watch him get a blood draw. We walked in to get "labs" because it was already after the shots and I didn't want him freaking before he had to. He saw the chair with the little dop arm on it and shouted "Mom! They're going to blood me!!" The nurse went to go get anothe rnurse to help hold him because she could just tell he was going to freak and freak he did. He was screaming and trashing. He held still when I told him they would have to stick him again if he moved. He was just screaming then he started threatening: "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy--come save me and beat these ladies up!" After they were done he looked at the nurse and said :" My daddy is going to hear about this and come back and punch you." I was trying so hard not to laugh out loud. He survived though and there is nothing wrong with him at all.

Lydia started having a paci again at night. I feel very conflicted about this. She has been without one for months now but the nap went with it. A little friend of hers at school sucks his thumb and she started this past weekend. I couldn't get her to stop and her teeth already started to move. After talking with Justin we decided to just give the paci back in hopes of knocking out the thumb sucking. IT is working so far. I just hate hate that she is going to have to give it up again. It was so horrible the first time.

Bethy is cutting her molars and she is telling the whole world about it. Its awful. She is fussy all night long. Thankfuly her pleasant disposition prevails during her waking hours. She is just a delight and so easy to be around most of the time.

Bethy is walking more and more. I don't really count it as walking until they prefer to walk adn can just take off. She is still just stepping--though she can do upwards of 15 steps now. She says "uh-oh" and gives the best hugs and goes "mmm-mmm" when she hugs you. She blows kisses and gives high fives. She is so sweet!

We have been busy with playdates. We had a bag decorating party for Arbonne a week ago and then today had a shirt party. I got 20 shirts and sewed trees on them and then the kids decorated them with paint and sequins. It is one of those crafts that I think is going to take a while and its over in 5 minutes!! We had so many kids though that we took it in shifts and it was fun. The playdate was crazy but thankfully my kids are great at sharing and we didn't have any squabbles about "MINE!"

This past Saturday we had our pseudo-Christmas with my mom and dad. It was WONDERFUL!! Friday night the olders went over and went ont he horse drawn carriage ride twice and then had a sleepover party. Justin, Beth and I got over there at about 9am. We spent the whole day there and got home about 7pm. Justin and I ran a quick errand during nap time but it was very relaxed. The kids got to play with stuff as they opened and we weren't rushed. It was so nice to spend the whole day there and not be trying to get somewhere else. I know it isn't the same for my parents to not be able to do it on Christmas day but I think a new tradition may have just been set because I loved it and so did the kids.

Well--looks like theibuprofin finally kicked inand beth is sleepy again so I am going to put the little netbook down, creep quietly out of the bathroom where I have been hiding listening to her fuss and fret and hit the sack. 5am comes mighty early around these parts and often a kid or two comes into my room earlier than that!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Look Out

Today Bethy walked across the room to daddy. She is still preferring to crawl but she can stand up without holding on to anything, get up without holding on to anything and take 7 or 8 steps without falling.

Yesterday she took 5 steps, paused and got her balance, then three more.

This babe is on the cusp of walking and we are all so excited!! I love this milestone because it means no more FILTHY hands at the playground and so much more independence for her. I can hardly wait for her to take off.

I am impatient because she is holding practice sessions throughout the night. All the kids did it--when they were about to master it is was several nights of not sleeping well. It is like her little brain and body just can't turn off. She'll wake up and waddle back and forth in the crib or pack and play. Once she's got it I am hoping she'll start sleeping again.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Ho Ho Ho

Today we went to Dean's Farm to meet Santa. He was in for the day taking requests from Wilson children at his remote workshop location. He brought with him snow flurries. The kids are out there right now in the snow with daddy, nana and papa getting ready to go to the Christmas parade. I digress . . . .

When you get to Santa's workshop you can write your name on the naughty or nice list. Elijah was proud to get to write his own name.
Here's Bethy at the animals. By far the biggest hit of the day for her. Lydia wasn't really sure about the hayride--she doesn't like loud noises so she didn't crack a smile until the tractor was pulling us and she saw that it wasn't going ot be very loud.

Santa came out of the workshop at Dean's farm to greet us and held Elijah. Elijah was thrilled!



Lydia was pretty happy to meet the big man himself and tell him she wanted "Princess stuff" in her stocking. Elijah told him he wanted "surprises" in his.




Elijah was THRILLED to ride the hayride.





Bethy did NOT like Santa. She did smile and give him a high five after this shot though so she isn't traumatized forever.


Earlier in the morning I snapped these happy shots of my angels. Couldn't resist showing off their cuteness.

















Thirty!!

In one week I will leave my 20's behind. Wow! Hard to believe. I've done a lot these first thrity years. . .
I've been to Paris.
I've lived in Spain.
I've graduated with highest honors from UNC-CH.
I've gotten my Masters degree.
I've learned two languages other than English.
I've eaten some weird stuff ...goat testicles, octopus and a suckling pig top the list of YUCK!
I've gotten married.
I've given birth to two children at home.
I've given birth to one child at the hospital.
I've been in a car accident.
I've been mugged.
I've broken someone's nose and arm.
I've survived a knife fight.
I've broken bones.
I've weighed over 400 lbs.
I've lost over 200 lbs.
I've bought a new car.
I've survived two root canals.
I've been electrocuted twice.
I've learned how to strip wallpaper, fix a toilet, install a faucet and install a light fixture.
I've learned how to drive a car and a lawn mower.
I've been parasailing.
I've been deep sea fishing.
I've been to the Grand Canyon.
I've been to Hawaii.
I've learned how to change a tire.
I've learned it is possible to go weeks with very little sleep and still function.
I've learned how to cook.
I've learned how to make and decorate some pretty awesome cakes.

but you know . . .not much of that matters because I can't store up these treasures here. I've learned that the most important thing is something that I haven't done--its something I have recieved. My salvation.

In these next thirty years what can I hope for ???
  • I hope that my children will come to know and love Jesus and accept his salvation.
  • I hope that my parents and in-laws and the rest of my family will come to know and love Jesus and want to fellowship with other believers and become involved in a church.
  • I hope that I can stop focucsing on the here and now and what I cannot change and start focusing on the eternal and what really matters.
  • I hope that I can look back on this time and remember all of the fun memories we were making and remember it as a happy time.

Friday, December 03, 2010

My Little Princesses

Last night Chick Fil A had some real "little girl princesses" and I took Lydia on a special mommy-daughter date. She picked out her own outfit--brown shorts, tennis shoes with no socks, a christmas turtleneck, a princess coat and of course-a hat! Got to love the 2 year old style. She was ADORABLE (but I am biased). Here she is with the Princess.
And here is princess Bethany doing some dressup--how cute is she??Finally, Bethy is 11 months old today!!! Here she is yesterday after lunch. The Kiefer got a bit out of control so she had to go straight to the sink. She didn't sleep though the night last night but the two nights before she did.
She's taking 2 and 3 steps pretty regualarly now but not walking. She can stand on her own for a while.
She can say a lot of words and loves to say "hi!" at people to get their attention.
She loves her pacis and her fuzzy loveys.
She DOES sleep in the car but only when she's alone.
She is still nursing but only about 4 times a day now.
She is a big eater and loves beets and tomatoes the most right now.
She is loving her sissy more and more but still ADORES her brother above all others!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Funny Things They are Saying . . .

Lydia dreams about Princesses every nap and every night. Thunder makes her "Freak out." Their favorite Christmas song is "Police Naughty Dog" (Feliz Navidad). They also like the "Baby Santa" song . . .you know, the one that goes: "Santa Baby, slip a sable under the tree for me . .. been an awful good girl. Santa Baby, hurry down the chimney tonight!" Elijah likes all kinds of vegetables "becept" (except) beets and asparagus. And Indians shot Pilgrims with a "Bone and Arrow."

Those are just some of the funny things going on around here.

Been kinda slack with the posts. The Arbonne business is going great but it is taking up a lot of my down time to do the trainings and get my stuff organized the way I want to. Once I learn the system on the computer I feel confident that it will not take me as long as it has been to do my parties and I'll be able to get back to blogging again.