Sunday, January 30, 2011
What a wonderful program! It was so organized and geared right at the children. As I sat there, listening, Micah reached over Chad to me and looked right in my eyes and told me he loved me. Then he told me again. And he reached out for my hand. At that moment I felt how much I love this boy I have the privilege of raising and teaching and loving. He changed seats so he was right in between Chad and me. We sang, "I'm Trying to be Like Jesus" and I heard his sweet voice singing those words. It came to me how, in my Patriarchal Blessing, I am told of strengthening my family through the singing of hymns, prayers on bended knee. I felt at that moment that the commitment Chad and I had had gotten us to this point. Our commitment to the gospel, to each other, and to our children. I thought of all the Family Home Evenings we've held, the songs we've sung together, the prayers we've said. And I felt like this is the reason we do it all. So Heavenly Father's child is taught what is necessary for him to return to Him. It is hard to put into words.
It occurred to me, as it does frequently, that having my children be this small is as a blink in time. It goes so quickly. Micah will be baptized. Next he'll receive the Aaronic Preisthood. Then, before I know it he'll be leaving for a mission (sob!). And by that time he's all grown up and moving on with a life separate from us. It's almost painful to think of. I just hope we're teaching him now everything he needs to make good choices, be strong against temptation, and be kind. He is such a good boy and a real joy.
After we ate hot dogs, tater tots, and oranges (well, I don't think anyone touched the oranges, actually), we went downstairs and I attempted to explain a game to them. There was so much squealing and running around, I could see this was getting us nowhere. So on goes the Wii and we did 3 "Just Dance Kids" songs. Almost all the girls were up and bogeying, myself included. That was perfect for the moment: it was organized, but they could spend some of their energy here.
Ella, Dad and I love you so much! We want to remember you as you were at 5 years. Here are some things about you:
*Love to play Polly Pockets alone. Will shout out, "Leave me alone! I want to play by myself!"
*Really like scripture study. Especially if there's a Gospel Art Kit picture involved.
*When Dad teases you, you say, "Da-ad!" pout, and give Dad a playful sock in the arm.
*Love listening to stories: Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House
*Have to have hot chocolate and your blanket as soon as you wake up
*Sometimes you have a lot of volume when you are talking
*You are competent in the chores you have: bathroom, cleaning room, emptying garbages, etc.
*Love having books read to you.
*Like to do Daisy Scouts with Dad, since the boys do Cub Scouts
*Like to dress up in dance clothes, dresses, anything girlie
*You can be shy around others, but not so at home
*You'll gladly share your primary lesson with our family during Family Home Evening
*When you have your picture taken, you're very photogenic and almost always tip your head to one side and really pose for the camera.
*Not afraid to get in and wrestle with Dad, Colin, and Micah
*Like to write sweet notes and leave them for Mom and Dad
*Your favorite meal is spaghetti. You are thrilled when you hear we're having this for dinner. You wear an apron when eating this! But you're getting better at keeping your food on your plate.
*You are learning to read (and are learning so much!), but tire quickly and would rather have us just read to you.
Little Mira. Already wanting to be picked up.
Friday, January 28, 2011
The talented Kim. I told her, "I want to be hands on so I am actually doing it, but I want you to talk me through it." She was a great teacher. I know that on the inside she must have been itching to grab the bag away from me and make it perfection, but she didn't let on.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The last couple of times we've been on the phone with a grandma, we've put the phone up to Matthew's ear. I love watching his reaction. A smile and intent listening. For a minute, anyway.
I just finished decorating for Ella's birthday. In fact, it's almost 11pm and I'm exhausted. But it sure looks pretty, doesn't it? I can't wait to see Ella's face in the morning.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
*"How's the Matthew-boy?"
*Picks him up out of his Jumperoo or from the floor (that's as much weight as she can possibly carry, and it's a little precarious at that) and brings him to me.
*"Let me hold him, Mom."
*"Oh, baby, do you need a toy? Do you? Do you?"
*Tries to feed him. Tries. Without shoving the spoon into the back of his mouth and getting food all over.
*Begs to change his diaper (as long as it's not messy)
* Loves to pick out his outfits
*Styles his hair. Even if it's just her spit and hands! Lol.
*Picks him up out of his crib when he wakes. Brings him to me.
*Brings him toys
*Puts blankets out on the kitchen floor for him to sit/lay on so he can be near me while I work in the kitchen
*The first one to smell if there's a stinky diaper
*Holds him and walks around with him to calm him down
*"Mom, you are so lucky because you get to be with him all day long. I wish I could stay home all day with him. When I grow up, the mom is going to work so I can stay home with the baby." Aw!
*Picks him up out of bed.
*Carries him around, trying to soothe him when he's upset
*Is very aware of any distress Matthew is in
*Shows him off to any friends
*Will stay home and babysit (while Matthew's sleeping) if I have to run somewhere quickly
*Can't stand to hear Matthew cry. Picks him up and brings him right over.
*Likes to blow gently in his face to elicit that funny look babies get.
They all want to be up close and personal when I'm bathing him or changing his diaper. I have no personal space whatsoever when it comes to feeding him, either. Matthew loves having all these people to entertain him.
These days Matthew is sitting up really well. When on his belly, he can turn in circles to get to something. He's starting to scoot a little. I think he understands the word "kitty," because whenever I say it to him, he looks around for Tiger. He's still exclusively attached to me. No one takes the place of Mom (makes me feel great!). He's getting more used to baby food. Still just once a day. I mixed rice cereal with a little squash today and he ate it well.
His eyes still look blue. Two bottom teeth rein. Hair and lashes are turning blonde. Drools, but not excessively. Loves bathtime. Doesn't love the jumparoo or high chair so much. Goes to bed best when static is on the radio. Chews, doesn't suck his paci.
Friday, January 14, 2011
You can see Colin (the back of him, anyway, #8) working a drill with Gordon Hayward.
Before taking off, Matthew's getting a little rice cereal. He's now starting to get more in his belly than all over us when he spits it out!
We had a docent take us through the capitol. Although I've driven past it many times, I've never actually been inside. We had a watered-down version, but still learned some things. This is the Senate Room. We learned that this room depicted the sky with the color scheme and murals. The House of Representatives room had earth tones and mural. This is to signify that the Senate is above the House of Representatives.