Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dear S

Dear S:

Happy Birthday!!!

Do you know how much I love you?!  You have grown so much this year. All the phrases that you used when you were growing are mostly gone "I can't like that" and the like.  You love to talk.  I think if you could do it all day every day, you would.

You learn very quickly and you delight in teaching Tommy everything you learn.You love to quiz Tommy on his addition and some times tables.  You are learning to read and can read very well, but I don't think you realize it yet, but I do.

You can do your homework on your own.  You love Polly Pocket and computer games. You love playing Bay Blades with R and T and watching Phineas and Ferb.  You love family movie night and are the first one to remind us of Family Home Evening.

Your laugh makes me happy.  You mirror my moods perfectly--especially when you feel grouchy. :)  You are the first one to tell people they look nice. You make friends easily. You make people happy with your kind words.

You love to go places (any. place.).  You make plans like crazy. You love money. You save a lot of your money and if you want to spend money you try to earn a lot and then spend what you just earned with glee.  The money you are the most proud of earning is all the dollars you get from the tooth fairy (a lot).

You love Jesus Christ.  You love to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and everything about it---temples, forever families, scripture stories, etc.

I love you more than air! You're great!



Monday, January 30, 2012

Inside Activities

 You're stuck inside the house because it is freezing outside. What better time is there than to pull out all the fruit and make a fruit face journal.  Really fun, healthy and tasty.  Sliced orange smiles, kiwi smiles, grape filled grins, and looks of disbelief at how huge ones cheeks can really get.  It's also much more fun if mom participates (at least that's what I thought growing up).

Then there are the string cheese sword fights with string cheese in the mouth, hands are not allowed. Protective eye gear will be needed .

 Then if you still want something to do and have a spare roll or two of toilet paper make one another mummies. Race if you want.  It's all up to you. :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sometimes. . .

Sometimes life throws a snowball in your face.

The trick is to smile and throw them right back.

Friday, January 27, 2012


T (age 3) told me, "I can't use that blanket. It tried to eat me last night." 

Yesterday he asked me, "Mom, please fix me strawberry cookies with strawberries and meat." :D

We don't usually have cookies with meat, or strawberries.  I made snickerdoodles.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Favorite Quote of the Day

R, S and T took different turns in the car to exclaim wonderfully,

"I love my life!!"

This was right after we went to Home Depot and pretended the beautiful kitchens were ours [Mmm, hot chocolate chip cookies! This is my brand new kitchen, no water fights here.], then we moved on to refrigerators [Oh my, look at all our delicious food, won't this party be fun.], dishwashers [I need a big one], washers and dryers [I love my laundry room--it's so zen]  and on to the bathrooms [I prefer the hot tub sized tubs with the shower right next to it]. I can dream, can't I?!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Evening Exaustion

T: Mom, look!
M: I can't.
T: Why?
M: Because I'm in mind mush.
R: Where's is mind mush?
M: Somewhere between sanity and insanity.
T: Why?

I turn and look and he's got his shirt off with the neck of the shirt around his waist.

Evening exhaustion has set in.

Now he's doing the native VDG dance.

I love my life.  Bed time. . .  soon. 

I can do this!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Family Home Evening

Look at my hot hubbie!  I'm sooo lucky! :D

My children love the one day of the week, we call it Family Home Evening or FHE for short, where we spend 20 minutes together having a short lesson and then the . . . game.  The game is really the highlight at this point, but I just love their enthusiasm.  They are excited to participate in the lesson because they know the moment the closing prayer (we open and close with a prayer) we will all play a game together.

It is the time of the week that there is guaranteed family laughter. Seeing my family laugh together pretty much is at the top of "my favorites" chart. It is then I think, if there is a moment that I want to be in my heart forever--it is now.  Oh how I love my dear ones! :)


T practiced a lot with drawing today. I made add some of his masterpieces.  After he was done with each one he would run up to me and say, "Mom, do you love it?"

What a mom going to say to that--even if it's just a single line (which happened around 12 times or more)?

"Yes. Tell me about it?"
"Add more and we'll talk."
"I think that's how a lot of great artists started out, son."
"Can't go wrong with the basics, sweetie."

I'm at a loss. But, it means a lot to me that he craves my validation.  All of us crave validation, constantly.  It's probably one of the things in mankind that will never change.

I've posted it before, but--just in case you haven't seen it yet.