Posts Tagged ‘Children’

Cookie Monster ABC’s

Sometimes, something is just too cute.  In the midst of all the ickyness in the world, it’s always good to have a little laugh!  This is great, and kids love it, too. 

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I love my kids! They truly are wonderful! I can’t believe the amount of joy they bring to me, on a daily basis. God sure knows what he’s doing with this whole family thing! It’s the best!
The following are some pictures of my little ones, bringing huge smiles to my face!

The boys were playing in the backyard for something like 3 hours the other day. They had a blast making and playing with mud. I mean, come on, what’s better than that? Life was good, and I just had to smile. Just complete and total joy for them. It’s awesome. (They are washable, after all.) I love it!
Top to bottom: The boys both sitting in their mud puddle and smiling for the camera; Logan standing on the picnic table doing some kind of Tarzan thing; Gavin showing his happiness, and his dirt.

Daphne and her best friend, Sydney, had a craft and play day. It was great fun. First a trip to the craft store, where great fun was had by all, then they got to color these nifty flowers and butterflies. They are so cute together, and they love spending time with each other!

Top to bottom: Sydney taking a picture of Daphne; Daphne coloring her butterfly magnet; the girls working with their respective crafts.

Genevie got a loom I use to make knit hats and somehow got her head through it. After that, it was stuck. I tried every which way I could to get it off, but we had to have Grandpa come cut it off with some super strong pliers. (I’m just glad we didn’t have to call the fire dept. to come get it off.) So, while we were waiting for Grandpa, I decided I might as well get a few pictures. So silly!

Top to bottom: Up close of Genevie with the loom necklace, looking happy as can be; Genevie looking at a book while we waited; the loom after it was removed.

Just a few miscellaneous pictures.
Top to bottom: Logan was giving a family home evening lesson, and he was showing us all kinds of different things that Jesus and Heavenly Father made for us; Gavin was showing me his awesome scooter tricks; Daphne and a huge smile; Grandpa and the kids reading stories together before bed; another one of Grandpa and the kiddos, reading to them like he used to read to me (I’ve definitely got THE best dad in the world!)

The Lord has blessed me with the most wonderful family! I love them more than I can possibly express! How grateful I am that we have been sealed together forever! What more could I ask for?!

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Another Christmas gone by, and I feel bit strange about it this year. We really didn’t have much in the bank for presents, and made the smart decision not to use the credit card this year. We got the kids 2 things each, which is less than we’ve ever done. Oddly, though, they were all just thrilled with those 2 things, and couldn’t care less that there weren’t more. At first it was hard for me; I wanted to get them so much. But, I soon came to realize that the amount of presents doesn’t matter. Santa still came. The kids were ecstatic Christmas morning, and quantity didn’t matter. It was really very touching to me, and the big slap in the face I needed.
I’ve always loved Christmas! As a kid, I just knew it meant presents and a big dinner. But, my parents always taught me about the real meaning of Christmas. As I grew, I learned to appreciate it more and more. After I joined the Church, my testimony of the Savior and the glorious events of His birth grew even more. Over the last year and a half, I’ve gained an amazing testimony of the Atonement, and my appreciation of and love for Christ has grown to levels previously unimaginable for me. I have such gratitude in my heart for Christ and ALL He gave to me, and all of us!
Sadly, I’ve lost sight of all that over the last couple Christmases. Not my conscious decision, but by getting carried away in all the gift business. I’ve commented to a few people that this year and last year, it just hasn’t “felt like Christmas.” I’ve had this longing for something that has been missing out of the holiday. At first, I thought it was missing those family members that aren’t with us. While that may be part of it, I realized that my problem was I was focusing most of my attention and energy on things that really didn’t matter. What I needed to do was focus on the Savior, not just His birth, but His whole life, death, and resurrection. What magnificent events!
Once I re-focused on what mattered: Christ and my family, I felt at peace again. I had no stress, no worry, no sadness about Christmas. I felt joy in my heart, and wanted to shout from the roof tops, “Glory to God in the highest!”

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
~Luke 2:8-14

To learn more about the Savior, please click here.

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Kids, gotta love em!
The other day, Gavin and Daphne got a hold of a tube of diaper cream and proceeded to make a grand mess with it. (I mean, come on, what 4 and 2 year olds could resist?) So, needless to say, when I found it, I was not a happy mom. They got it all over one of Genevie’s toys, and all over Daphne, and some on their clothes. Now, anyone who has ever used diaper cream knows what a nasty thing it is to clean up. So, I put Gavin to work cleaning up the toy, and Daphne clearly had to go in the tub! It was all over her hair, so I washed it twice. I thought I had it out, until it started to dry. Her hair was so oily from all the diaper cream. I didn’t know what to do get it out. So, the next day, I asked Adam’s mom, who suggested using dish soap. The idea being all the grease fighting power would take the grease out of her hair. I happy to say that now, after two washings in dish soap, it finally looks like it’s out! Hooray!
So, there are lessons to be learned here: 1. Keep the Desitin up high. 2. Keep plenty of dish soap on hand for when the kids climb up to your high place and get it down (cause they will).

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A tired happy birthday baby girl!

Yesterday was Genevie’s 1st birthday! Holy cow, that came so fast! It really doesn’t feel like it’s been a year since she was born. But, it has. Now she’s climbing and walking and trying to talk. It’s crazy how fast the time goes by! But, I love it all! Genevie is so wonderful and I just feel so blessed to have her in our family! The same can be said for all of my children. It amazes me how much love I have for each of them, and when I think I can’t love them anymore than I do, I find that I do love them more–everyday my love for them grows! They are wonderful and amazing children. So sweet and innocent. Children are the essence of purity and they are so close to the Lord. They are wonderful. I firmly believe that the most important thing I will ever do is raise these children. Parenthood is such a tremendous blessing!

We had some friends over yesterday to play, and Genevie was feeling very tired around lunch time. I thought I’d give her lunch, then have her take a nap, but she had other plans! This was too precious!

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Rock star

Logan told me the other day that he wanted to be a rock star. (Who knows where that came from.) So, I immediately got an idea and told him that I could make him a rock star. He thought that was great. Well, I forgot about it until today when he asked me when I was going to make him a rock star. I told him shortly, and he went off to play. (Here’s the part where I thought I was going to make him mad.) So, I went outside and got a small rock out of the yard and drew a star on it with a marker. I took it to him and told him I made him a rock star and gave it to him. At first he didn’t seem to care for it. But then he smiled and liked it. After that I had to make Daphne and Gavin rock stars too. So, I played a little joke on Logan and it ended up making all the kids very happy. Go figure.

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I am a Child of God

Yesterday brought to mind the famous line from the movie “Gone With the Wind”, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
There have been many, many Sundays where it is just the kids and me at church, without Adam. While this can be extremely aggravating, I do my best to go and do the right thing. I know that the kids need that in their lives and they need me to show them that even though it is hard sometimes, we still go to church, because that’s what we’ve been commanded to do. There are many times when I wonder why I even bother because we are late and miss sacrament completely, or we spend all of sacrament in the mothers’ lounge, or I just spend the entire block of meeting wrangling children. I go though. I know I need to go. And usually, I feel the Spirit. Once in a while, I actually catch the message or a lesson.
Anyway, yesterday was one such day. However, this time it was different. One reason was because I changed my attitude. I decided that I was going to have a good day. We got up at the same time we normally do, but this time, we were ready on time. I didn’t rush us or anything, we were just ready. So, we ended up getting there during the opening song. I don’t even know when the last time that happened. So we sat in the chapel instead of the mothers lounge. I had recently made some new file folder games for the kids, and we brought those. Even though I told them that they couldn’t get them out until after the Sacrament had been passed, they did really good. We all left the chapel to go an feed Genevie, and the kids did good then. When we went back in, Gavin got in trouble and started screaming, so I had to scoot him out of the chapel fast. I had Genevie in one arm and I took him out with the other, promptly putting them both down on chairs in the foyer. Gavin was screaming, but I held his arms (this is a new time-out technique we are using on advice of a counselor). I didn’t yell at him or anything, just stood my ground with the time-out. All of a sudden behind me came a sweet sister who asked if she could take Genevie while I was dealing with Gavin. Normally, I probably would have said no and that I could handle it, but I’ve learned to accept help when I need it. So she walked around with Genevie. Then, another sister came out and said she came to help too. I just asked her if she could sit with Logan and Daphne, who were in the chapel. It was wonderful because I knew the other kids would be fine, and I could focus on what I needed to do with Gavin. After the time-out ordeal was over, we all went back in and finished sacrament in the chapel. The kids were a little noisy at times, but it all worked out well. After sacrament, I took them all to class, and went to relief society. Genevie was very cranky during the lesson, but I did my best to participate and I would take her out if she got too loud. After relief society was over, another sweet wonderful sister came up to me an told me that she loved me and gave me some wonderful words of comfort. Then we had Sunday school, which Genevie slept through. Afterward, on my way to get the kids, I was stopped by one of the counselors in the Bishopric. He told me he admired my tenacity in bringing all 4 kids to church on my own week after week. While he was talking to me, the relief society president chimed in and they both offered some lovely words of encouragement and comfort. I went and got the kids and we went home, all of us in a great mood.
This Sunday was the best I’d had in a very long time. It was wonderful! Even though I had problems with the kids and we drew attention to ourselves during sacrament (things which not long ago would have sent me into a horrible mood), I maintained my good attitude (and it really wasn’t hard to do so, surprisingly), and I received help from others. I really felt like the arms of the Savior were around me! I just felt so much love and compassion, and it was real and genuine. I am fighting back tears right now because it just meant so much to me.
The Lord knew what I needed yesterday, and he provided for me through others. It was so wonderful!

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Genevie Walks!

On Sunday, during Sacrament meeting, Genevie stood up and took a step all by herself! Everyone in the family saw it and it was very exciting! She’s since done it some more, but no more than two steps at a time. She’s very shaky on those legs. But she keeps trying, and she’ll be going steady soon. Then she’ll be running – UH OH!

But I’m very excited for her!

Where has the time gone? Seems like such a short time ago that we took this picture of her in her blessing gown. She was about 6 weeks old then. In this other picture, that we took just a few days ago, she’s 11 months old, and climbing all over the couch. It’s going way too fast!

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I got yelled at by Dr. Laura!

Yesterday I was at my wit’s end, trying to get my kids to clean their rooms. I got very frustrated because they just weren’t doing what I had told them to do. So, I went into another room and knelt and prayed for guidance. I had planned on just taking everything away, but I knew that wouldn’t really work, and was too extreme. So, while praying, I calmed down and felt that I should try something new. Then it hit me: call Dr. Laura! Surely she has a solution for how to get your kids to clean up after themselves. I looked at the clock, and it was a couple minutes after noon; her show had just started. So, I called in, and what do you know, I got through! I was pretty surprised. I told her screener my dilemma, and gave her tons of info about me, like how long I’ve been married, how old my kids are, how old I am, etc. Then, next thing I know, I’m on the air with Dr. Laura. I thanked her for all her kind words of support for our troops, which really means a lot to me. Then I told her that I was 25 and had 4 kids (an I am my kids’ mom), at which point she asked their ages. After telling her, she said, “You’re the epitome of ‘bare foot and pregnant.'” That made me laugh. I told her I love what I do. Then I explained my problem to her. This is where she yelled at me. (Well, not really yell, more like just sternly telling me that I was ridiculous.) So, she said that I couldn’t expect them to understand the importance of cleaning up at their ages. (And thinking about I, I know she’s right.) So she said the thing to do is offer them “rewards” of sorts. Like if they want to watch a movie, say, “If you clean up all the blocks, we can watch the movie.” I realized she was right, and just said OK. After I got off the phone, I felt much better. I changed my attitude and went in and worked with the kids to do clean up their rooms, in a positive way. I didn’t expect them to do it all themselves, or understand the importance of it. I just made it more fun for them. It actually worked really well. So, I felt much better, and I’m sure the kids did too. So, I’m grateful to Dr. Laura for giving me the reality check I needed. Who knew that the Lord would answer prayers through Dr. Laura?!

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A lot has been happening the last week or so. First of all, to address my last post: that horrible immigration bill was defeated! (At least for now.) Hooray!! I’m so glad. Now we shouldn’t see a revisit of that until 2008, so we’ve got a little bit of time anyway.
Next, on Monday night, our sweet little baby puppy died. He just stopped breathing. Adam tried CPR and mouth to mouth to get him breathing again, but it just wasn’t meant to be. We buried him in the backyard Tuesday morning. We were all upset about it, but I think I took it the hardest. I’m feeling better now, but I really miss him.
Here he is with Adam, just 2 days old.

Ok, what else? Saturday, we started laying the new flooring in our house. I’m so excited about it! It looks great! I am so very grateful to our wonderful friends who came to help us! It took 7 hours on Saturday just to do the one room. I’ll have to find some way to repay them all! Then, Tuesday, my dad and Adam got another room done, which took about 4 hours. So now, I think we are about half way done. Oh, I will be so excited when it’s all done.
So, yesterday was Independence Day. I love this holiday! It’s so wonderful to celebrate our nation and the freedoms we all enjoy. I think we often take for granted what we have been so blessed with. There is no better country on the face of this earth. There is no other country where the people are free in thought, religion, work, school, where they live, everything. It is amazing. I know that the Lord had a hand in establishing this nation, and that the founding fathers were truly inspired by Him. It is remarkable to be here, and I wish more people would realize that.

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