Thursday, January 27, 2011


We don't have too many rules around here. My kids climb, run around barefoot, get their own snacks etc. I was talking with Lydia today and she told me:
"Mom--its a preschool rule that you don't put food down your pants."

Yeah that's a pretty good one I think. We don't generally have a problem with that at home mostly because my kids don't usually WEAR pants. I swear in more than 1/2 the pictures I scrapbooked 2 weeks ago Elijah was just in skivvies.

She then continued . . .
"and you don't put toys down OTHER peoples pants either."

Not really sure what is going on with the 2 year olds but having firm rules about shoving stuff down people's pants is a good policy.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Riting . . .

Elijah has been way into the writing lately. Thank goodness because he desperately needs practice! His handwriting is about as good as his daddy's. Today he wrote on the white board where we keep the grocery list:

Jahle (jelly)
cacees (cookies)
gud and sawr saws (good and sour sauce)

He also wrote "mune" (money) and stuck it on a note and he has drawn several pictures of monsters and labeled them "monstr"

I love how much he's reading and spelling and just loving words and books! We got this book from nana for Christmas and are on lesson 28 of it. He loves it and I love how easy it is. He is thrilled to be able to sound out a lot of words now.

Monday, January 24, 2011

What We've Been Up To . . .

Bethy went to the dentist for the first time. She didn't bite. She didn't cry. All in all an excellent job! Last Saturday my mom called from thebeach because Elijah was blue, having trouble breathing and in distress. She took him in and he had pnumonia. After a shot in the "bohonkus" a chest xray to confirm, steroids, antibiotics and some breathing treatments the little mister is back to normal. I am so incredibly happy those breathing treatments are over!! They made him wired and the steroids made him MEAN. I ended up with a bloody nose and clump of hair missing one day when he threw a tantrum.
And my mom turned 60 years old and we had a surprise pirate party. She showed up to the house expecitng to get a present from the kids and a night out with just me (dinner at olive garden and shopping) and we were all there in pirate garb. She totally didn't expect anything!! In fact grampy had really played it up by acting upset that i was the only one who got to do anything special with her on her birthday. Loved it!


Pirate baby

Pirate Elijah

Pirate Lydia who spent the whole day shouting "arrrrrrgh" and "Sugar me timbers!"

Mommy and Bethy

The cake--treasure chest. I love not doing the tombstone theme for the 60th birthday! We did hamburger in paradise for my dad.

And that's what we've been up to. The blog is low on the list of priorities now. I am working part time at playdate, working my Arbonne business (I made District Manager level now!!) and keeping the children. Elijah is learning to read so we do "school" every day now. He is reading more and more words and its just amazing. It has really "clicked" for him. We're busy to say the least. Its just amazing how keeping the house tidy, the laundry washed (thanks in big part to Justin who picks up the laundry slack), the pantry filled and dinner can take so much time. Loving it though!

Monday, January 17, 2011


Cool offed and Cool offing (as opposed to cooled off and cooling off)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Happy Birthday Party Beth!

I didn't take a single picture so it will be up to the guests to supply them to me.

Today we had Bethy's bday party. I am sick with a horrible sinus infection. So sick that I braved the neti pot for the first time because I was desperate for some relief from this fever/chill inducing, head throbbing, teeth aching sinus infection. I was most difinately not the life of the party or the hostess with the mostest. I felt horribly crappy for acting so BLAH because my Mother, who had MAJOR dental surgery yesterday, skipped her pain medication, put on makeup and was smiling and acting normal (except for she's on a liquid diet and can't open her mouth). And Justin sometimes wonders why I am so stubborn when I am sick and don't let him wait on me. Look what I have as a role model!

Anyway . . . I digress . . .
We woke up, decorated the dining room, got the chips and punch made, ordered the pissas at 8am (thank goodness for order ahead feature--itis now our birthday party go to). My dad ran by with a prescription for my sinus infection only he got my amoxicillin and my mom's pain killer vicodin mixed up. Thankfully Justin read the bottle before I popped one of the pills. That would have made for a VERY interesting birthday party.

Lydia and I ran out during Bethy's nap to get ice and balloons. We had fun just her and me. I love being able to do one on one stuff. While we were gone Justin cleaned the bathroom, straightened the playroomwith EJ's help and started in on the vacuuming. I have to day he did a great job.

The guests showed up the older two "helped" Bethany open her gifts. We dove into the birthday cake (which was supposed to be a cat but looked more like a bear wearing a cat suit) and ate pizza. The cake was tasty. Bethany loved it--yesterday it was in the fridge chilling so the two halves would stick together before I iced it. Bethany kept asking me to open the fridge so she could see it (not in so many words it was more "Kiddie CEK!" then grunting and pointing at the fridge.) I'd open the fridge and she'd shout "CEK!" and wave at it then laugh. It was wonderful.

Then the party guests left, we put Bethy down for her nap and let EJ watch some spiderman cartoons and I snuggled Lydia in the chair and watched Princess movies with her. I was hoping she'd sack out but she didn't. While we were snugging Justin cleaned the whole kitchen up. Very nice! And the kids were down at 6:30 since they didn't have naps so that was nice too.

It flurried snow off and on all day but nothing stuck. Justin and Bethy took a walk so I could do school with the older two. Elijah is absoultely loving school at home. We're on lesson 16 of 100 and he is still asking to do it every single day. It is great! He knows the sounds : m, t, d, r, s, short a, long e, short i and is reading all sorts of words. He is so excited to be able to pick words out of his books that he knows. He can also write words using those sounds. I asked him to write "mist sat sit rat" today and he did it! It was great and he was just beaming. Lydia knows m and s and loves to have Elijah teach her "school."

That's about it for the party. Beth got bristle blocks, some stuffed animals, some music stuff and some of those books with the buttons that play music and a stacking toy and a lunchbox with her name on it. I think that's just about it but I may be forgetting something. Sorry if I forgot your gift.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Saucy Cupcake

Lydia came home in some purple pj's with cupcakes on them. They were a pair granny had hidden away. Elijah started calling her "saucy cupcake" Not sure if it was the long day, the relatively late night (8pm is late for our kiddos to go to bed) or what, but the name cause me and Justin both to go into fits of laughter. Of course our delight only furthered Elijah's efforts and the name has stuck.

Lydia is our little "saucy cupcake"

Monday, January 03, 2011

Happy Birthday Bethy-poo!

I can't believe my "baby" is now one!

She is walking, talking, singing, laughing and wonderful! She is a great kid all around and one of the best unexpected blessings we've ever recieved.

  • She loves her loveys and her pacis.

  • She sleeps in a room with her sissy.

  • She is well aware of when she's tired and willingly lays down for naps and bed.

  • She still nurses--no telling when we'll give that up.

  • She is walking.

  • She loves music.

  • She loves animals--especially "kiddies"

  • She usually loves bathtime and laughs when Elijah pours water over her head but freaks when I do it to wash her hair.

  • She loves bananas. They are probably her favorite food.

  • She loves food--she is our little chow hound. Beets, olives, anything we're eating, beans, broccoli and pizza are some of her favorites. She also loves tomatoes. Both girls do and EJ can't stand them . . .weird.

  • She gives open mouthed kisses and hugs and says "mm-mmm"

  • She can be nursing in the bed first thing and hear a door open--she'll pop off and "Elijie??" a second later when Lydia's door opens she'll day "didia?"--she knows what each door sounds like-it just cracks me up.

  • She's got 11 teeth