Friday, November 30, 2012

inGRATTITUDE

Last year I did this post about turning things you grumble about into reasons to be grateful. I know it's past Thanksgiving time (which Addie reminded me when I tried to give her leftover turkey for lunch) but I'm having a hard time feeling like it's Christmas with it being the 80 degrees. So forgive me for being a little grateful for a little longer!

~I'm grateful for the amount of time Jared has spent working this year because it means he still has a job and is able to provide for our family.

~I'm grateful for yard work almost every weekend, because it reminds me that we actually have a house to live in and maintain. Also, it gives me the chance to be outside and see the wonderful and beautiful things God's created for us.

~ I'm grateful for the nasty grub I found in my garden yesterday...now I can stop teasing Jared that he was just making it up about grubs eating the grass' roots. Guess you were right, Babe!

~I'm grateful that the house has been extra messy lately, because the kids are playing with the toys they have instead of laying on the couch watching TV.

~I'm grateful that we have a ridiculous amount of flies in our house lately, because I have become extremely grateful that I didn't live in a time period where there were no window screens and so bugs, varmints  and nasties were in the houses constantly.....I am so thankful!!! I think I would literally go crazy- I feel like I already I am with just the flies to kill!

~I am thankful that it is sick season because we live in a time where a flu or a cold isn't very worrisome, and so I don't fear for my kids' and husband's life when they get ill.

~I am thankful for preparing preschool lessons because it gives me the opportunity to teach Adelyn and her friends something- it also gives me the kick in the pants I need, because otherwise I probably wouldn't do any sort of preschool stuff with her. So I guess it also makes me not lazy :)

~ I am thankful for the body I have and all the things it does. There are many people out there with health problems and missing arms or legs, and I know I should be more grateful instead of complaining about petty things.

~ I am thankful that our car isn't the latest or greatest vehicle out there- because it performs well and gets us where we need to go- which is all anyone really needs anyway.

~ I am grateful Jared works late sometimes, because it makes the kids and I so much more excited to see him the next time.

~ I am grateful for our neighbor's loud barking dogs....I sort of rely on them when Jared's gone to tell me if anyone is sneaking around at night. They would certainly let the whole neighborhood know!

~ I am grateful my kids throw tantrums sometimes and that they frustrated the heck out of me because I'm pretty sure that's normal so it means they are developmentally where they need to be! :)

I'm grateful for a lot more things, I just didn't want my list of things I grumble about to go on and on...so a few more things that I truly love are my sweet, forgiving, and compassionate husband, the best kids I could ever ask for, the greatest parents in laws out there, wonderful family, extended family, and in laws, and lastly a Heavenly Father who loves me and listens to my prayers.




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

there's a first time for everything...

We've had a couple fun "firsts" this last month that I wanted to record!

Dallin's first hair cut! It had been long overdue, but it just got more and more difficult for me to cut it because the longer it grew, the curlier it became! And I've heard from several moms that once you cut it, the curls don't come back....Arg! So it took me a long time to want to cut it for that reason.....even so, I really hope they come back!! 
Before:
Dallin did really well (I did it while he was eating) but that also made it difficult because he was in his high chair, which was hard to get the back of his head. This was my first time cutting boy hair, and I didn't do a very good job because I was blindly trying to cut the back, make it even, and do it as quickly as possible. After I was done I just wanted to shave the whole thing- I thought he looked silly- but Jared said to let it grow out so I could try again.
After:


Addie's first was going to the dentist! We started talking about the dentist visit weeks prior so that it wouldn't be a scary experience and she'd know what to expect. Considering how tough new environments can be for Addie- she did awesome! Only once did she slightly start freaking out, but it was only because they were trying to do x-rays and trying to adjust the thing in her mouth 500 times. She also wasn't crazy about wearing the heavy vest. We decided to try next time! She got to pick a couple of toys from their treasure chest and she still excitedly tells friends, "I went to the dentist!" so I guess it was a successful first exposure to dentistry! :)
 Of course Minnie and Blanket had to accompany her with all this new stuff going on!

Yay for new things!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Jared's Hunting Trip


A couple weeks ago Jared left from Tuesday to Sunday to go hang out with his brothers Eric, Kyle, and TJ and his dad in Tennessee and Missouri. Every year they get together for a hunting trip, but for one reason or another (usually finances) Jared hasn't ever gone in our 4 years of being married. It was definitely time he went!  I made sure he brought our camera along so that we could see what they did and have record of this fun event! I have to say, I was impressed that Jared took a lot of good pictures- I was worried he'd only bring back one picture or something ;-). 

His oldest brother, Eric, shot a buck, which was unfortunately the only luck they had. Jared actaully saw a 10 point buck (something very rare- for those of us who don't speak hunting lingo) but didn't have an opportunity to shoot. I love the picture of Jared with Kyle, Eric, and his Dad- so cute! (ahem, i mean manly.... :))



They also went golfing, out to eat, and saw the new James Bond movie, and of course spent quality time together hanging out! It sounded like a lot of fun and I know Jared loved seeing all his family that he hasn't been around for awhile- everyone's kids are getting so big! I'm so glad he was able to go this year!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Glued to the Tube

I don't think it's a big secret that Addie loves her movies. It's just how she's been since we started watching "Baby Signing Time" and it evolved from there. Weirdly enough, before I let her watch those shows, I read a book on how TV effects children and basically vowed that my kids wouldn't be watching shows until they were at least three. Right. Well that didn't work because I found out how easy it was to have an electronic babysitter while you are making dinner, cleaning bathrooms, or just need a break. The movies were an easy option, she loved them, I liked watching some too, and it was an easy fix for most things and tantrums. Win for everyone, right?

Well this week I'd been thinking about when we'd gone to CA and how we hadn't watched as much TV and how nicely she'd played and how interesting it was that she was a NORMAL KID. As weird as this sounds, I think Addie had become an addict to the TV. I've been noticing for awhile how she hardly read book, or played (like she used to) and that all she wanted to do was watch TV the second she woke up, ate meals, returned home, went down for naps, etc. It was becoming ridiculous  And as much as I'd tried to say no- her tantrums were not enjoyable, and I'm ashamed to say I gave in a lot because I just didn't want to put up with it.

So this week I decided enough was enough. She didn't need to watch a show she needed to be a normal kid! So Monday I just decided I was going to drastically reduce the amount of TV she watched. Talk about withdrawals! The first 3 days or so were terrible all she did was whine, cry, scream and beg to watch something. I really wondered if it was worth all the effort and annoyance of it all. But I tried to keep us busy and out doing things and going places so we weren't at home and available for watching movies. It was worth it! Two days this week she didn't watch a single bit of anything (which is HUGE) and I've only let her watch something once (man I'm such a bad parent!) on the other days. 

I could have never predicted the results......She has been a completely different child!! Hardly any tantrums or fits (besides those initial few days) and NONE on the days where she watched nothing. She is a better listener, more agreeable, plays much better with Dallin, less irritable, happy, plays willingly, and is frankly so much more fun to be around! I couldn't believe it! Granted, it's been about 3 days of this, so maybe it won't last- but I'll take it! She still asks to watch shows a lot, but I just tell her not now, maybe later (which I feel bad for keep blowing off her questions like that) and mostly she is okay with it. I try and engage her in something else if she starts getting upset about not getting her way. I came to the realization that it is so much easier to say no and get a minorly annoyed response, than a full blown tantrum because she watched a movie and wants more and is then grouchy the remainder of the day.

Pretty interesting, and so far we've had so much good come from avoiding TV that I am all fired up and almost ready to throw the screen into storage! haha Though don't know if that would be such a good idea with it being football season and all ;-)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween fun

There are a lot of opportunities to have Halloween fun here in AZ (maybe to compensate for the fact that it isn't even cold yet and still feels like mild summer???) and we tried to do all the fun things we could. Jared and I both love the "fall" season and Addie has really enjoyed and understood Halloween better this year too. She was really good at saying, "trick or treat" and "thank yous" and Dallin even caught on to the idea with grabbing a handful of candy and knocking on the doors. It was pretty cute to see them enjoying themselves!


Addie really loved riding this "train" and seeing as we had an extra ticket, Addie got to go by herself after Dallin and I rode behind her. Lucky girl got to go twice! It was pretty crazy seeing her go off on the train by herself. It rattles my brain that we have a 3 year old now!! When did she get so grown??
That is a corn box Addie is playing in- cute idea instead of using sand!

 Before Halloween itself we attended Disneyland's costume party, our ward trunk or treat, carving pumpkins, Halloween playgroup party at the park, and a local pumpkin patch. Whew! I also have to put in here that Jared is the best pumpkin carver EVER! Addie decided she wanted a Minnie Mouse carved in her pumpkin and Jared was so good about doing it for her. Not sure if you can tell by the picture- but it was a very detailed beast of a thing to carve. Jared is the master carver and never complained (like I would have....artistic things are not my strong point . So way to go Jared! He did a ghost and I did a cat (that he outlined for me) pumpkin. Basically he did all of them haha :)

Look how cute the kids look in their costumes! If only they would have worn their ears for longer than it took me to take this picture.....