Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Binkie Weaning: Day 2

Nap times for the past few days have been a LITTLE rough, but nothing too hard to handle. Although I was tempted to just get the dang thing and plug his mouth so he'd stop squirming so much. Eventually, after many position shifts and lots of calming and soothing naps DID happen.
One thing I've noticed Jake doing more is babbling. He's SO noisy! I never realized it before because he had his mouth plugged up with the binkie. Family Home Evening last night was so hard to hear! The kid was constantly "BUH buh BUHHHH!! Ma-ma DAAAAAAA!! Guuuh!! Mama!!" At one point, after throwing something on the floor, he babbled a bit and then yelled, "MAMA!!" I guess that was MY cue to pick it up for him! *eye roll*
Anyway, he's also learning to spit with his tongue. He's getting pretty good at it too. Cameron's never gotten that down...and it's an important developmental step for speaking. (NO, seriously!!) He's just a cute, ENERGETIC boy!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Binkie Weaning: Day One

I'm tired of Jake dragging his binkie across the floor, and I also think he's getting a little too old to be contantly popping his binkie into his mouth (even in his sleep...) So I've decided that he will only have the binkie at bedtime. (Not even naptime, because the kid sleeps SO much...)
So far, he's doing well....but naptime WAS a bit rough!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Summing Up

Spring break officially ends on Monday when Cameron can go back to school. Both of us are thrilled. It's been a VERY long, yet short week.
I'm glad it's done, because I want to still love my child after this is over.
Am I the only one who gets tired of having a bored child ask me what's going to happen next? How about the only one who tells the child he's NOT in charge and to leave the baby alone? It's when Cameron's at school that Jake can actually do his own thing and just be ALONE!
Just a few more days....Spring break MIGHT have been a little more enjoyable if it hadn't snowed so dang much! *grumble*

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Day on Spring Break With MY Family

Today was quite fun. We went bowling, where Steve kicked butt, and I totally LOST (even to Cameron!)
Jake wanted to get in on the fun too!
Then I decided to get some actual Rubba Undies pictures....enjoy! (Yes, I did this IN the store, and was NOT ashamed!)
When Cameron was at therapy, Steve and I tried a new ice cream place (YUMMY!) and next door found a fun little gorilla. We HAD to take pictures with him.
Now we're winding down for the day. Cam has self-exiled himself to bed (he's been kinda ornery with the baby), Jake's pulling videos off the shelf, and crying for his missed naps today, and Steve is watching some random movie on tv. It's been quite a fun day! :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Break

This week is Spring Break, and I'm not quite sure whether Cameron is excited about it, or upset that his schedule has been altered.
Today's activities were watching videos while mama napped. (I never said that I didn't like Spring Break!) :)
Tomorrow the plan is to take Cam bowling. That ought to be fun!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My Silly Sleeping Baby

Just a few cute pictures to make my blog a more happy place to be. :)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Never Again

I'm serious, I will never ever EVER host a school-night sleep over unless I want to be arrested the next day for murder.
Cameron and Kenneth giggled, talked and were naughty all night long. Neither one would listen when I said it was time to sleep, the only way they listened was to have Steve get after them. (Thank goodness he was home!)
Then when Jake woke up at 5:00 am, the boys woke up and talked and laughed for QUITE a while.
Cameron, who is very used to sleeping a certain amount of time (8:00 pm until 7:00 am), woke up grumpy and crabby. He threw THE BIGGEST tantrum this morning...I had to drag his sorry body to the bathroom to get him cleaned up for school!
I love my friend, I'm glad I could help her out, but school-night sleep overs are NOT happening again.
Not gonna happen again!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Lost in Real Life

I've been pretty sparse online lately, and I apologize....
Last weekend Jake was sick. He's got Thrush (for the FOURTH time....we're gonna kill it DEAD this time...I SWEAR) and Sunday morning he woke up with a NASTY cough that was making him gag and nearly throw up. I decided that I'd keep him home to prevent other kids from getting whatever he'd had, not that I was worried about him being "sick" but I didn't want to share. Then we WERE going to go visit my parents on Sunday, but an overly-long home teaching visit tore that idea all to pieces. :(
Jake's also been getting into EVERYTHING. He crawls away from us faster than we're used to. He's demolished several good books (BOARD BOOKS) and some of our church magazines!! There's a nearly perfect hole in the back cover of the October Conference edition!
Saturday we had a surprise visit from Steve's brother, girlfriend and their son. I wasn't really looking forward to it, because I'd already had plans and I REALLY didn't want to clean my house, but once they came I had an enjoyable visit with them.
Sunday the local newspaper came out with it's special section, "Born in '08." We'd entered Jake, but some little girl in a pink tutu won for June. :( I think the judges were blind. My baby was THE most beautiful in the WHOLE edition, and NO, I'm NOT biased at all! ;)
I've also decided that just because I have a computer in my home again doesn't mean that I *have* to be online all the time, so I've tried cutting back.
I've realized, after a complete night full of Facebook dreams, that I was doing too much non-stuff online. I dreamed that I was reading all of my friends' status updates AS they happened. (I guess that kind of a thing is called Twittering, but I'm not "hip" on that kind of a thing...Facebook is as "cool" as I can be.) I just really needed a reality break.
Dealing with a sick kid is as REAL as I want to be.
On a happy note, my good friend had her baby today. (I'm watching her son for her while she's in the hospital recovering.) Congrats to Baby Javin and his not so SMALL status. He weighed in at 11 POUNDS 5 ounces. HOLY MOLEY!! Good thing the kid was a c-section! Recover quickly, Janet! :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I must have an addictive personality...in the last two days I've become hooked on this viking game and this bubble game.
Someone SAVE me!! :P

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Gone With The WInd??

The last few days the wind has just been HOWLING here. When I was younger I absolutely LOVED the wind. I would lean into it and just let it hold me up. (Mind you, I was MANY MANY pounds lighter, and very innocent about falling flat on my face if the wind just happened to shift.)
Now I'm older, and I'm usually carrying a baby in it. I have to admit, I don't love the wind so much anymore.
Today when I went to the school to pick Cameron up, the wind was SO fierce that it took Jake's breath away when I took him OUT of the van. He was sucking air until we got inside out of the gusts.
Then on the way home from therapy it, again, sucked out the child's air. He was struggling until I got him buckled in the car seat. Once we got home, I finagled it so that I had the door unlocked and ready to just hurry my boys into the house and out of the wind. Wouldn't you know it, Jake was asleep. He'd been fighting his nap ALL day long, so I really didn't want him to wake up, but once we left the car mean Mr. Wind sucked the air away again.
My poor baby is now WIDE awake, jumping around, being silly, and his nap is GONE with the wind. *sigh*
This wind is so terrible. It's making a normally beautiful day FREEZING! And our heat is on the fritz. And the Landlord said he would come and fix it TOMORROW....extra blankies for US! :S

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Memories...Fickle Little Things

I don't know if I've really mentioned here how bad my Grandpa's memory has gotten. A year ago, he remembered a lot, but had many forgetful moments. Now, he barely remembers anything. It's been really hard to see him start to go this way. For a LONG time he didn't remember that his wife had died. On a daily basis we'd have to tell him, "Yes, Grandma died. Yes, you were there for her funeral. Yes, you got to say good-bye to her...." It was SO hard. He still has days when he forgets she's died. He has her funeral program on a little table by his recliner. He will rub it often.
The funny thing with his memory, though, is that he remembers things that he did a LONG time ago REALLY well. And he's funny when he tells you about the stories of his youth. He'll start out telling you the original story. Then he'll start saying something else, and for some reason he'll loop back to the first story he told you, only he makes it just a little better than what really happened. Then he'll start saying something else, and go BACK to that story, again, making it just a LITTLE more sensational than it was before. This loop continues for HOURS!
I try to visit him on a weekly basis. And usually I succeed. Yesterday, Steve and Cameron had days off, so we were going to go visit Grandma (my mom). As we drove to her house we drove past the facility where Grandpa lives and saw her car, so we decided to visit Grandpa as well.
While we were visiting, the facility performed their monthly (I think they do it monthly, anyway...) fire drill. It was LOUD and flashing lights everywhere. Grandpa looked at my mom and said, "What do we do?" Mom said that it was the fire alarm and we should get outside. (That IS what you do during a fire drill, right?)
So we all gathered up our little things and got coats on (the wind has been howling here lately...) and went to the nearest exit. The people who work at the facility were trying hard to get the fire alarm that they'd pulled to stop blaring, and we were the ONLY ones to go outside.
Grandpa lives on the backside of the building, so we took a LONG walk to get to the front to find out what was going on and if it was okay to go back inside. The whole walk back, Grandpa would ask, "Why do you suppose they did this TODAY?!" I told him it was to break up his day. *giggle*
Once we got to the front door, the people in charge were holding the doors open and telling us that it was okay to go back inside. They got the alarm turned off, and we went back to Grandpa's room where his memories of fire drills took over.
How is it, a man who doesn't remember WHO my baby is (he asks EVERY few minutes who's baby he is, and if he walks yet, commenting on how cute he is...) can remember a short little fire drill??
The story this time? When he moved to Caldwell (western Idaho) he went to high school. (When he lived here he went to a one roomed schoolhouse.) His first week at the high school they had a fire drill. It was the first time he'd ever been in one, and he was a little nervous that the school was actually going to burn down. I guess the school was completely made of wood, and was VERY flammable. The interesting thing about this fire drill was that the fire department had figured out a way to get smoke INTO the building.
This story repeated itself over and over. At one point, he told us that it wasn't at his high school that he'd had the drill....it was at a plant he worked at.
Yes, memories are funny things. I'm just SO glad I still have mine!

Pay It Forward

I commented on my friend, Mattmom's blog for this post

The first five people to leave a comment on this blog will receive something made by me. However there are some limitations.

1. I make no guarantee that you will like what I make.
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It will be done this year.
4. You have no clue what it is going to be, poetry, clothes, paper goods, or a little invention of my own. I may bake something and mail it you . Who knows? Not you that's for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

Here's the catch, if you choose to do this. You must post this on your blog and be ready to make something for five people too. This will be fun! When you receive the fabulous item I make you, you must post a picture of it on your blog.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Soooooo tired.....

I had to put Jake down, because he's gotten SUPER clingly lately, and I just needed the break. What I didn't realize, was that he was exhausted.
Here's what happened:

My little reader! <3

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Be Positive

Lately I've seen a lot of negativity (and even been a bit negative myself....)
So I've decided to post the positive things going on in my life right now. Because I want to find the JOY in my journey.
~Steve has a job. I know this isn't always a positive thing, but in this economy, it is HUGE!
~Cameron is doing SO well on his medication. He's a new child. He had a rough few weeks, but we've finally found the correct dosage! YAY!
~Jake is a completely typical child. He's such a little smartie-pants too. He's picked up SO much...to mommy's chagrin!
~I have a home that is comfortable and very homey.
~I have clean sheets to sleep on tonight. I LOVE that freshly laundered smell!
~I'm getting a shipment of my favorite smelly things this week. I'm SO excited. :)
~I have a cute hair-do that I can just blow-dry and go with. SOOOOOO wonderful!
~My boys love playing with each other. Not only that, but they LOVE each other. I'm truly blessed to have that!
~It's been raining all day today. Exciting....that means spring is just around the corner!!
~The yummy Easter treats are on the store shelves!! ;)
~I've got one pile of my many piles of papers filed in my filing cabinet. It's a start!
~I FEEL cute today. You know how you have those days when you just feel "blah?" And then there are those days that you actually FEEL "cute!?" Today's a cute day!
~I have many friends who do SO much for me.
~My husband LOVES me and I love him. (That's probably one that should have been at the top of the list...)
There really is much to be happy about and be grateful for.
"In all of living have much of fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured." (I don't know who said this, but it's a saying that I got from my stake enrichment meeting and I've got displayed by my computer.)

Monday, March 02, 2009


There's no school today. It's a teacher work-day.
Cameron needs his medicine refilled. (He's taking some other meds.)
Jake AND I have a sore throat/barking cough.
Oh, JOY!