I have that disease that it seems most parents have. Despite the fact that I carried each of my children for 9 months, gave them their names, and have cared for them most of their waking moments since then, I can’t remember those same names. Sometimes I flat out call them the wrong name. But most times, I catch myself in the middle of saying the wrong name, and the two names end up combined. This is most evident with Adam. I frequently begin with Robbie, and end with Adam. He has become Radam. I feel like I’m in a Scooby Doo movie. I didn’t realize how often I did it until Adam asked me one day, “Mom, why do you always call me Radam?” When I explained, he looked at me with his big, brown 4-year old eyes, and said, “But my name is Adam.” So, I’m trying to work on it, so Adam doesn’t grow up thinking his name is Radam. Of course, I called Kelsey by her cousin’s name this morning, so I’m not sure it’s working!
Yesterday was a BEAUTIFUL day, and it was windy, so we decided to go to the park and fly kites and play baseball. We had so much fun!Here’s Robbie:
And Emily, who I think enjoyed the kite flying the most. She got hers pretty high!
Adam didn’t have a nap, and was whiny, so he lost interest in flying kites pretty quickly.
Kelsey just wandered around looking and playing and putting things in her mouth. Oooh, an acorn!
And, here’s a video, just because we can! (Thanks Jeff for the new instructions for your technologically inept sister!)
For those of you who don’t know my youngest son, Adam, he’s hilarious. He says the funniest/cutest things. Of course if you laugh at them, or tell him he’s cute, he gets embarrassed and mad. So, Jon and I have almost joined a gym. We are on a trial membership right now, and I have been going every morning. They have an AWESOME area where they watch kids, and Adam loves it. Unfortunately, yesterday I decided to work my arms, and this morning, they hurt. A lot. So, I told Adam we weren’t going to go. He looked at me, completely serious, and said “But Mom, you need to go work out. You need to be healthy.” How can you argue with that? So, to the gym we went. The good news is that I worked my legs today, so I won’t be able to walk tomorrow.After that, Adam walked in the kitchen and saw that I hadn’t taken my vitamins. He then proceeded to get them, carry them to me and inform me that I needed to take my vitamins to be healthy. He even got me a drink of water to take them. What a good kid he is! And, thanks to him, I’ll definitely be more healthy!
I’m not really a simple, no-frills kind of person. Anything I do is inevitably complex. If it’s a handout, it has a bow. If it’s a party, there will be roughly 30 different activities. If it’s dinner for someone, I will spend all day preparing it. I think too often I get caught up in making things MORE than they need to be. Tonight I realized the value of simplifying. I took the kids to the park. Nothing big or terrible exciting. There were no TVs with entertaining shows to watch. There were no board games that played music and popped. There were no video games with amazing graphics. We didn’t have a snack. It was just kids running around and playing. As I watched them, and especially Kelsey, I was just struck by how often we think we need to do bigger and better things, whether for our family, or for an activity, or for church. Kelsey smiled ear-to-ear the entire time we were there. She ran around and giggled when I pushed her in the swing. It was amazing watching her discover things, and watching her tentative steps become confident. I kept wishing I had brought my camera to capture just a little bit of that simple, childlike fun. I am so grateful for the reminder that we don’t always have to do things the hard way for them to be rewarding.
I’m always looking for new things for dinner. Frankly, unless it’s deep fried and comes in a box stamped “McDonalds” Adam won’t eat it. But I had success tonight. I made shisk-ka-bobs, and the kids loved them. The same kids who will whine about eating all their chicken downed that same chicken when it was on a stick. Robbie even asked me if he could take some for lunch tomorrow. And Robbie doesn’t EVER eat anything other than Peanut butter and jelly for lunch – including on most of the pizza days at school. So, I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I wonder if it would work with broccoli . . .
I thought I would post just a little bit about our Valentines Day. It actually turned out to be a really cool day. Jon and I kind of decided to tone down Valentines Day this year. For the kids, we just got them one of the cheap boxes of chocolates and a balloon. Plus, we heart attacked the house before they woke up. It was great! I cut out a bunch of hearts, and Jon wrote miscellaneous things on them – “Luke Skywalker rocks” and “I Love High School Musical” and “Dad is weird”. The kids loved it! As for Jon and I, we decided that we wouldn’t get each other anything because we just had to sign both boys up for baseball and buy numerous birthday presents. Instead, Jon got a babysitter and we actually went out on Valentines Day. We haven’t done that in forever. We kind of remember why now, because there were approximately 4 million people everywhere. So, instead of waiting 1 1/2 hours anywhere, we went to Pei Wei, which was awesome. It’s great food, it wasn’t totally crowded, and I still got to be with Jon. It was just cool to hang out with him. We still like each other, which is just weird.The best part of the day though was our kids. Robbie brought home a little book he had done in school about people he loves. And the entire book was about his family. It just made me smile.
Then, when we got home from our date, we went in our room to find that Emily had heart attacked our room. She had taken down some of the hearts we put up, written “I love Mom and Dad” or “Happy Valentines Day Mom and Dad” on them, and taped them above our bed.
Robbie had even taken some of the hearts and put them above his and Adam’s bed. I am just so grateful for my little family and that we all love being together. I suppose that’s more what Valentines Day is about than the candy, and flowers, and presents. Something simple, but really cool!
I have become pretty immersed in politics in the last several months. I haven’t posted about it, because I don’t want to bore anyone, and I know most people don’t share my affinity for it. But, yesterday, on my way home from errands I saw something hilarious. I was getting off the freeway, and there were two police cars on the shoulder with someone pulled over. I couldn’t see who it was until I was right next to them. And I just burst out laughing. See, the person that they had pulled over was driving the Ron Paul-mobile. It had signs all over it – signs with his picture. (Sidenote: I don’t think they should put Ron Paul’s picture on things. Every time I see his picture I want to watch Lord of the Rings because he looks like Gandalf. Do we really want a wizard for president?) But it didn’t stop with the pictures. No, this guy had little flags at the four corners of the car, like the presidents do. Now, the car looked like a 1980s Oldsmobile. Seriously funny. Do you know what the funniest part is? I couldn’t figure out if they pulled him over because it’s illegal to drive with flags on your car, or because he was supporting Ron Paul, so he must be seriously impaired. (I’ll make my apologies now for anyone supporting Ron Paul. Hey, I’m FROM Texas and I don’t like him. So, sorry!) Anyway, it just made me smile. So, enjoy/deal with my brief foray into politics. I can’t promise it won’t happen again, but I won’t make it too much of a habit.
Two weeks ago I commented to Jon that we are so lucky because we never get sick. So, guess what happens? We all get sick. Not so much fun. Especially for all of you, because I’m SURE you’ve missed my witty and insightful blogs. I think (but don’t quote me on it) that we are almost better. Emily should go back to school tomorrow, unless in the next 12 hours she manages to contract some other sickness. Hey, we haven’t had strep . . . Anyway, here’s what we’ve been doing for two weeks!Number of Gees sick in the last 2 weeks: 5 (Robbie has somehow escaped all the germs.)Different things we’ve had: 3People with the 24 hour stomach virus: 5People with flu: 4People with ANOTHER UTI: 1 (Yeah, I’ll give you one guess which one that is . . . )Days of school missed by Emily: 6Times I’ve had to pick Emily up from school sick: 2Loads of laundry done: Too many to count, but I’ve gone through 2 bottles of laundry detergent.Hours of movies watched: I’m not sure, but the TV rarely even has time to cool down now.Tissues used: 1/2 a boxTimes we’ve eaten out/had dinner brought to us: 4I’m REALLY, REALLY, REALLY glad we are almost better. And if you have any germs, please don’t come to my house!
So this is Jeff… I am posting on y’all’s blog to test out a new plugin I just installed that will make it easy to post google video’s. I know that has been a problem in the past and I want to make it as easy as possible. :)If this works, all you will have to do is type
[googlevideo:URL] in where the URL is the URL of the video. So a your post from last week would be:
[googlevideo:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6339229980364923143&hl=en%5DIt also works for YouTube video’s following the same pattern:
[youtube:URL]This is a great video I found on YouTube about President Hinckley… if it displays then it is working! 🙂
Okay, I have been tagged several times, and never done it. Mostly because I really don’t think I’m remotely interesting. But, in the interest of boredom, I am going to combine all 3 of the tags into one giant tagfest. Here’s my 6 things you never knew about me/4 things list/Husband tag. Oh, and I’m going to cheat and abbreviate all of them.SO . . . . . 3 things you never knew about me:1. I’m superstitious. When I was a kid, I always did the holding my breath by a cemetary thing, lifting my feet off the floor when I went over the railroad tracks, etc. Now, it mostly applies to sports. I am determined that my teams win or lose depending on whether I am watching. And it could go either way. If they lose while I watch, then I won’t want to watch the next game. If Jon’s wearing a Mavs shirt and they win, then I’ll secretly try to get him to wear the shirt for the next game. Logically, I know it makes ABSOLUTELY no difference, but I still feel that way.2. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, one of my favorite movies was “It Takes Two” with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in it. (Seriously, embarrassing!) To this day, if a new movie comes out with them in it, Jon will point it out and ask if I want to rent it.3. One time when I was 20, I went to see a lounge singer at a casino in Vegas. It was in one of the hotel bars, and I wasn’t supposed to be there because I wasn’t 21. Whenever the security guard walked by, I had to run hide in the bathroom with one of my friends. Just to clarify, there was no drinking or anything. My friends just thought this guy was great! I think that may be the most rebellious thing I’ve ever done.AND . . . 4 things about me:4 Jobs I have had in my life:1. Snowcone maker extraordinaire2. Secretary3. Insurance biller4. Bank teller4 Places I have lived:1. North Salt Lake, UT2. Las Vegas, NV3. Arlington, TX4. Fort Worth, TX4 TV Shows I watch:1. The Office2. Lost3. Survivor4. Chuck4 Things I’m looking forward to this year:1. Robbie getting baptized in August2. My brother, Brad, coming home from his mission in June3. My new niece/nephew (x2) this year4. Christmas . . . cause I love Christmas!AND . . . My husband tag:How long have you been married?8 years, 7 monthsWho said I love you first?He did . . . “Uh, I think I love you.” Seriously.Who is smarter? Depends on what you need. Something crafty? Me. Accounting? Jon. Overall, I would give Jon this one. He’s one of those annoying people who don’t have to study, but still do extremely well in school. He remembers EVERYTHING!Who does laundry?I do, but only because he does it wrong.Who pays the bills?We have bills?!? I guess Jon must pay them.Who drives when you are together?He does – I don’t think he likes my road rage.Who wears the pants in the family?Robbie, Emily, Adam & Kelsey 🙂