Monday, June 30, 2008
I put the stroller in the sun for a better shot of their faces.
But the title of this post applies in part to another sleeping problem for Max. He got out of bed twice last night. What's the deal? He always has gone 7p-7a with no problems. JB caught him last night the first time. We thought it was an intruder -- it scared me half to death. Then at 1 AM I caught him dragging his blanket to the couch just like it was morning. He never said anything each time he got out of bed though. Also, JB and I both have gone in there to retrieve a hungry Ben in the past and have found Max sleeping on the floor next to his bed. "Cover me up," he'll mumble.
His other adventures the past three days have been sad -- three big bonks in a row. He fell off the rope ladder at the elementary school playground on Friday and got a big rope burn/bruise on his neck. It's now yellow and red and not pretty. Then in nursery on Sunday he ran into the head of another child. I'm sure he saw stars, because his nose is bruised. Then later Sunday he slipped on our hardwood floor and bonked the front door. He's got a big goose egg and cut on his forehead. But he's been such a trooper about it all. He'll sometimes look in the mirror to check how his hurts are doing.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Ben loves it! (Cell phone camera, sorry for the quality -- but look how cute)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
1. I was almost 9 years old, and the second oldest of 7 children in the family.
2. We moved to Maryland after years of living overseas for my dad’s job
3. I loved my pink bike, and transitioned from my Popple (remember those?) and Cabbage Patch doll to Barbies
10 years ago ... 1998
1. I was almost 19 years old, and the second oldest of almost 12 children (the last, Sarah, was born in 1999)
2. My family was in Missouri, and I was at BYU, applying to the Broadcast Journalism program and for a study abroad in Madrid (I made it into both)
3. I lived just a block away from the shoe store JB owned in Provo at the time, but we never met
5 years ago ... 2003
1. I was almost 24, and was living with my best friend Autumn downtown (we had so much fun)
2. I was promoted to full-time radio reporter
3. I officially met JB early in the year at a BBQ, and we got married November 14!
1 year ago ... 2007
1. JB and I went on a Caribbean cruise in March
2. Maxwell turned 2 in July
3. Benjamin was born December 6
4. My brother Peter returned from a mission in August, my brother Michael and wife Bethany had a baby boy, Nathanael, in April (after my little brother Enoch Nathanel who passed away in 2006)
So far this year ... 2008
1. I returned to the radio station full-time and added a new show
2. Ben is teething
3. Max is potty-training (#s 2 and 3 don’t go so well sometimes)
4. JB’s little brother returned from a mission, his sister Sarah got married, I flew out to see my sister Bekah get her MBA all in the month of May
1. I voted (Max kept the sticker) and took the boys on a walk
2. I got part of a nap when Max and Ben overlapped naps
3. JB made yummy breakfast burritos for dinner
4. I started reading The Geography of Bliss and was in bed at 8 PM
Today ... June 25th
1. I woke up at 3:30 AM (this is normal for my job)
2. I will put both boys down at the same time for naps
3. We’ll all go on our almost-daily walk around the park
4. I will make cookies to take with me to Young Women tonight
Tomorrow ... June 26th
1. Same early alarm and nap goal
2. I will watch “So You Think You Can Dance” on my DVR
3. I will make more cookies to take with me to the kick-off of Stake Youth Conference
Next year ... 2009
1. I will turn 30
2. I have high hopes Max will be potty-trained and Ben will be done teething
3. I would love to take a fun trip with the family
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Andrew, Daren, Max, JB and Ben. Look at Ben already trying to ham it up!
I love how the boys are looking at each other in this picture.
Besides being worried that some gigantic bug would bite my boys and give them the West Nile Virus, or that they would fall into the campfire and be forever changed, we had a really nice time.
We also had a nice time Saturday with some friends over for a barbque. Part of the fun included rides around our backyard in a wagon. Max never gave up his spot. He's no dummy! He's also not very chivalrous yet....
By the way Ben grabbed my laptop keyboard and ripped the tops of two letters off. "J" and "B" now take some concentration and pressing down. Too bad that's the name of my husband!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Hello everybody. We had a really great weekend. On Friday I got to live my dream of playing golf at the Salt Lake Country Club. It was awesome! Saturday we went to a pig roast at our friends' home. The pig was cooked to perfection and Max had a fantastic time. Sunday Mary took great care of me with some of my favorite candies and we had dinner with my dad. The biggest news of the weekend is that Ben managed to pop through his first two teeth!
From Mary: JB was able to golf there through an acquaintance of a friend. One of his life's goals is now to be a member of the country club. Second life goal: to be a millionaire (and therefore afford the club membership).
Max jumped in this inflatable until he was sweaty and exhausted, but kept going back for more. He had it all to himself during dinner when the other kids were eating. Smart Max!
Here's Ben at the party feeling for those teeth. Two pearly whites on the bottom!
JB the proud dad with his two boys and his proud dad.
Happy Father's Day JB you cute awesome funny super dad Happy Father's day to my wonderful dad and father-in-law as well.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
We bought them at Costco. Everybody's been talking about how you can get four tomato plants together on sale at Costco, so today we sauntered down there to claim our own. A lady swooped in front of us and bought the last of them: "Hurry, Belva, get over here with that there cart!" The Costco worker nearby said they didn't have any more in the back. Stunned, we walked around the store half-heartedly nibbling the samples and picked up milk, cheese, tortillas, and extra stuff we really didn't go in there for. I took a picture of Ben loving the feel of the cart bars between his toes.
Usually when he wakes up in the morning or from his nap he calls for milk like a baby lamb -- he really does bleat when he's thirsty. "Milk. Milk! MILK!" It's gets louder. Everytime I have to prompt him, "What do you say?" and he shouts back, "PLEASE!"
It's funny that the only times he doesn't forget to say please are the times he's asking for something I obviously cannot say yes to. "Please can I sit couch a little while?" (even though it's bedtime). "Please can I drive that fire truck?" "Can I ride that motorcycle please?" "Can I play with that knife please?" "Can I have some deer milk please?"
Thursday, June 12, 2008
This morning I pushed snooze to find out what happened next in my dream -- Jim and Pam from "The Office" were talking. Jim left Kevin a random phone message to prove he was working and not just plotting another Dwight prank, when suddenly Pam announced she was quitting Dunder-Mifflin to focus more on her art and hopefully plan a wedding. Then she looked at Jim as if to say, "Are you going to propose any time soon?" Jim took a breath in, started to kneel -- then buzz buzz buzz my alarm went off! Snooze did not bring back the scene. I think my subconscious mind is mad there was no proposal in the season finale last month.
I dreamed last week I was running to catch a flight to Paris, but my sister Bekah said we had plenty of time. I was scrambling to get enough snacks, clothes and toys for my boys for the trip.
A couple of times I've dreamed that I'm in water or other thick fluid, and I'm trying to keep Max or Ben from drowning. Those are weird dreams and I don't like them. Any analysis?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
For example, a week ago Wednesday night, our activity was jewelry making. I was so excited I forgot I was there to help. Here's the scene:
Me: Ooooooh, look at all the pretty beads!
13-year-old: Could you help me start this bracelet?
Me: Um, I have no idea how to do that. Oooooh, look at this bead! Move over.
Then last Wednesday night we drove very far away to tour a famous mine. It closed a minute before we arrived. So we went to get shakes. I got all giggly sitting in the booth with them -- we were commenting on the scent of the nice cleaning solution an employee was using nearby. As we finished our ice cream I wanted a picture of all of us at our activity to show with other pictures at the end of the year. Something came over me (this was a time I thought I was 14) and I snagged the cleaning bottle to put in the picture with us. The employee came back looking for it and I was quite embarrassed when I was caught red-handed. Once again, sorry girls. I will try to be more grown-up next time!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I didn't get to mingle much with any body there though. It seems once you have children you spend most of the time keeping them clean, occupied, quiet and safe when you go anywhere. But we had a really nice time.