Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
2)How to help my 3-year-old poop on the potty
3)Summer temps roaring back after a teasing taste of fall
4)My squeaky sounding brakes (They were just fixed. What's the deal? What do I do?)
5)How to keep my 3-year-old from freaking out about #2
6)What's making almost 9-month-old Benny wake up two times a night again (Earache? Teething? Hunger? Light sleeper?)
7)What to eat for lunch. This all depends on my story assignment today. Will I be sent out in the field without my refridgerated lunch or will I make it home in time to eat something there?
8)How to transport potentially 11 Young Women, my two car-seated boys and me to our church activity tomorrow night. We are touring KSL, but the other leaders are either out of town, or at the Scouts' Court of Honor up the canyon to watch their boys get merit badges (JB's partly in charge of it so he can't take our boys). Do I rent a bus? Beg a mom w/ a minivan to come along?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I'll also miss the volleyball events, and the feeling that I "could have been a contender!" I played in middle school but that was it. Could I have been the next Logan Tom? Maybe not; I am 5'7" and those girls are tall ("Amazons. How did you all find each other?" - Dwight, The Office).
By the way, why have I not been able to touch my nose to my shin by now? This would have helped me in so many events. Diving, gymnastics, synchronized swimming, long jump, etc. These Olympics have left me with a desire to take better care of myself -- either by running, swimming or at least stretching more.
Our tomatoes are flourishing. Max loves to go check on them with us.
The cherry tomatoes are going crazy. I'm warming up to cherry tomatoes now. I've always thought they were like raisens -- too much of a surprise when you pop them in your mouth.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Let's take a closer look at that sleepy face:
He was having quiet time on his bed and fell asleep. I think it shocked him that he fell asleep and he woke up grumpy after a half-hour, so I took him out to the couch so as to not wake up sleeping Ben, and Max fell back asleep on the couch. I feel compelled to share all of this with you because a) I have pictures and b)I got a nap b/c of this and feel, again, fantastic. That was yesterday. Today he took a short nap too after moving his books, bookshelf, toys, rocking chair and bed around the room. It tuckered him out!
We went to a BBQ festival downtown today but were disappointed. I know this state isn't known for its barbque but we thought the best of the best would be there. We sampled a few of the vendors but our favorite place, Pat's, wasn't represented there. Frankly I think JB's smoked ribs and pork are better than what we ate today. Mmmm, maybe it's time to make those again, hint hint.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
There are cornfields on all sides. Here's my youngest sister Sarah in the backyard.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Driving to work in the morning the temperature is cooler. It's been cooler during the day too. As I drove to Provo for my brother's recent graduation and saw the Y on the mountain, I got butterflies in my stomach, and felt like I should get ready for the first day of class. There's something about the fall. I may like it better than spring. It's a time of new beginnings and football and pumpkin pie and seeing friends again after the summer vacation.
I imagine as I get older these college-aged feelings will fade even more than they are fading now. I hear from parents that you get different feelings as fall approaches, because your kids will be going back to school (unless they are on the increasingly popular year-round schedule). By the way I'm sure I'll cry when my boys head off with their little backpacks. Thankfully that's still a few years away.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Other times I'll hear giggling in the boys' bedroom. I go in and find Max in the crib with Ben. This marks the fourth time he did this.
Hopefully this means they'll be best friends. But judging on how many times I hear Max yell "No Benny!" everyday I doubt they'll always get along.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Naptime, such a good time.
Time for Max to rest
but more importantly,
for mom to sleep.
To sleep, perchance to dream
ah there's the rub.
No more dreaming, no more sleeping!
Max is done.
But, Ben has only begun...
(Written off the top of my sleepy head on this the third week in a row Max has not napped in the afternoon of 2008. )
Monday, August 11, 2008
Max also ended up being so excited about JB's birthday that he told a few people about it at church, and when we were at JB's parents for dinner he greeted everyone at the door with, "It's my daddy's birthday!"
One present that was fun to make and give was the boys' footprints on a tile. I went to Color Me Mine with them. I have very few painting/artistic skills but I knew I wanted to have the boys make their daddy something. I ended up having the studio tech help me paint their feet and we pressed it down onto the tile. It took a few tries with Ben because he kept wiggling. The paint got all over my pants. It's a fat footprint. I love baby fat feet. Max's footprint looks huge. He's three but it looks like an 8-year-old stepped on that tile. I thought it would have been funny if I would have done it too, but a bigger tile would have cost more. I'm a size nine, 9 1/2 in most shoes but 10 in a running shoe. Wouldn't that be funny though, with "Mary, August 2008" written underneath?
But enough about me. Happy birthday lover! I also can't believe it was five years ago this weekend we got engaged. Best thing I ever did was say yes.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Ben is really trying to keep up with Max. I think he's climbing and pulling himself up before Max did. Ben turned 8 months old this week, and to celebrate, he pulled himself on top of Max's birthday suitcase.He's so proud of himself! By the way Max promptly also climbed onto it too to show he was also very skilled.
Max walked at 15 months. I worry Ben may walk sooner. Once they walk, they run, and there's no stopping them.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Here are Michael, his wife Bethany, Joe, Ben, me and James posing with a whole bunch of the door. Hey, at least the stranger was nice to take the picture for us.
Bethany tickles Ben to get him to smile. Joe likes to do funny faces for the camera.
Monday, August 4, 2008
"Mommy, can I play with the radio?"
Me, mumbling with my eyes closed, "No, it's nap time now. Lay down."
Max, whispering: "I need a bandaid."
Me: "Still nap time. Close your eyes."
Max: "a b c D EE FFFF GGGGG!"
Me: "Be qui....zzzzzzzz"
My favorite moment though, is when he wiggled closer and said "Mommy, that's Jesus in that picture on the wall." I couldn't really shush him for that, now could I?
I think I'll still put him down at the same time every afternoon, but if he doesn't sleep it will have to be called quiet time from now on. Same rules of staying in bed apply. I need it!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
1 pair of jammies
4 pairs of underwear
3 pairs of shorts
1 couch cushion
1 car seat
1 kitchen floor
I'm still waiting for the "priceless." The weird thing is, he did use the potty four times today by himself. The non-potty times were for pooping (twice ) and not even trying to make it to the toilet in time for peeing (twice).
Friday, August 1, 2008
See Ben's scraped nose? He's such a trooper though. At dinner Max was making him laugh like crazy. For fun we went to Shivers, where kids can eat their meal on a train. Max didn't want to eat, just play. When I said it was time to go, he said, "Can you leave me here?"
Doesn't Ben look so content? He's growing out of his seat but it's so convenient. I just love chubby thighs.
Anyway we all have itchy runny noses now. Why do colds come in the summer?