Wednesday, June 27, 2012

De-pacification

At therapy yesterday, I was taking Trevor's pacifier so he could go eat his chicken with Ms. Jill {which he did, all of it!}, and I saw that there were two huge holes at the base {compliments of teething Callen}. I mean, this thing was literally hanging on by one side of silicone... and I don't need any choking hazards. So, I had him go put it in the trash. Yeah. He didn't understand that it wasn't coming back, and last night was ROUGH, to say the least when reality set in. Especially, since Callen's paci had disappeared {probably left in the waiting room}. Trevor wouldn't eat dinner and screamed and cried through that and bath time. It was so sad. He literally couldn't calm himself down and was making himself sick. Finally, he asked for me. So I go grab him and we sit in the rocking chair and I sing him every primary song I could think of, off of the top of my head. He eventually calmed down... I wasn't sure if he was asleep or not, because he kept huffing. You know, the kind of inhale you involuntarily take after you've been sobbing for a while. So I laid him down in his bed, and sure enough, that sweet boy was passed out cold, but still heaving in his sleep. I fully expected it to be a long and rough night for both of us.

He slept ALL night long, until about 7:00am, which for him, is sleeping in. Many prayers went up in his favor last night. They were definitely answered. This morning he came and got into bed with me and was whining for his paci and I told him that the paci was gone and couldn't come back. I told him what a big boy he was, and that he didn't even need that paci last night.  Then, I told him that daddy had fixed netflix and he could watch Diego... so he went and sat on the couch and waited. He hasn't mentioned his paci again, yet. That in and of itself, is not normal. He usually whines and cries for hours when he is without it, unless he is distracted.

So here goes de-pacification. Hopefully, it continues to go this smoothly!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Family Circus Defined

I'm on the phone with Apple, finding out how much my computer repairs are going to be {free, aside from the battery, woo hoo!}

It's quiet. In this house, that is NEVER a good thing {if the kids are awake}.

So I start perusing the house to find each of them.

Bailey- is in her room building towers and huge freakin' robots with blocks. She is really good at that, and really loves it.

Trevor- this is the one I worry about. He's not playing blocks with Bailey like I had thought. He's in the kitchen, with scissors. He has opened a brand new bag of chocolate chips {which will make him sick} and he is shoveling them in his little mouth.

Callen- somehow managed to get my soda cup and is carrying it around the house. When he realizes that I see him, he turns and waddles away as fast has he can in a frenzy of excitement. I take the cup, obviously.

...and now that I realize it. That cup was empty. I don't remember finishing my Dr. Pepper. Which means... it was Trevor; he must have finished it and threw it on the ground for Callen to get.

I go back into the kitchen, Trevor has ANOTHER pair of scissors, and is cutting up the paper towels. He seriously LOVES to cut. I'm just really grateful he has the fine motor skills not to cut his hand. He gets a hold of scissors SO much. I think he goes around searching the house for them, because I hide them. {This time excepted, I hadn't had the chance to put them away yet.}

Seriously, THIS is family circus, defined.

The poor apple guy was probably wishing he had soundproof headphones on. I know I was.

I guess it gives us something to laugh about... eventually.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Facelift!

My computer is going to Apple tomorrow to get some work done. It's going to take about a week {unless they've gotten more backed up...} , so I wanted to say sorry about the absence, and I'll make it up to you when she gets back from the spa :) Thanks for all your patience and support!

Quiet Games

So, we dread church on Sundays. Mostly, because getting the three kids to be quiet and sit still for over an hour, is impossible.

It's exhausting and you spend your time chasing babies in the hallway and rarely get much out of it. This is just the phase we are in right now, not always.

Anyhow, so I've seen a lot of people doing these folder games. Here are some links for them I've been using:






I've had trouble getting the first link to print. It seems there are a lot of redirects. 
But the file folder games are not why I'm posting right now. I'll let you know how they work out, though. 


I was in the lobby with Callen a couple of months ago, and a friend of mine had his 2 year old daughter out there. She was playing with this little quiet game, and I thought it was the neatest little idea. I never could have come up with it on my own. I guess his wife had a quiet game exchange with some friends and one of them had made this.


It takes: 1 pringles can, colored pipe cleaners, a whole punch, whole reinforcers... and that's really it, though I wrapped mine in scrapbook paper, because I have enough to build a house out of... plus it's just cute.


Trev sat and played with it for at least 10 minutes. He even was matching his colors up correctly, most of the time, which was a shocker. We have been having trouble with our colors, I think he might be color blind, seriously. So I'm not sure if he just understands to put the same ones together, or if he knows them or not.

We have what's called Stake Conference next week, though. That means it's only two hours of church, but two hours in the chapel. That means... my kids need lots of quiet entertainment. So I got home from church today, and figured, why not. It took about 5 minutes to do. Super easy, super self explanatory, educational, quiet and if they destroy it... I can easily replace it.

My goal is to get some file folder games done by Sunday, so we have lots of new options!

Anyway, I just thought I'd share for those who haven't seen it before.


1 year!!!

 Sweet snuggly guy. He was only a few days old here...


Oh my goodness. This past year has FLOWN by. I very distinctly remember where I was a year ago. I had a busted ladyland and big whopping almost 9 pound baby boy.

I can't believe it's been a whole YEAR {or that I'm about to do it all over again, c'est lavie}. Oh, magoodness, I just LOVE this boy.

We pretty much freaked out when we found out we {and by we, I mean me} were pregnant with Callen. What a waste of energy.

Dairy allergy aside, he has been such a great, easy going baby. Now, he's pretty much a toddler. He walks and boy, does he talk {and of course, we commentate in speculation of what exactly he might be saying... it's more fun that way}. He climbs in true boy like fashion... and he is a HAM. I don't mean a fatty... though he's a good sized little brute, he is hilarious.

I mean seriously, this guys got jokes! He loves to be gotten. When I come at him and say I'm gonna get him, he laughs and smiles and runs AT ME. He reminds me a lot of Bailey as a baby, and that might be why they have a special bond. I kid you not, since he came out, they have just had this special relationship. When he was/is fussy, she'll sing to him and he shuts right up {most of the time}, he loves to cuddle everyone, but he cuddles Bailey a lot longer than Trevor. I can't even explain it, it's just neat. The kind of neat that makes you appreciate all the rough motherly times, when you see your kids loving each other- pure, and utter, deep founded JOY.

He's a smart one too. I assure you, if he was dumb as a rock, I'd probably call him out on it. That's kind of how I roll. I am all about honesty {for the most part}. He amazes me sometimes, with the things he does. He is such a special kid, and adds such a great dynamic to our family. I feel like such a dunce for freaking out so much about ANOTHER baby. Heavenly Father sure does have a sense of humor...but I showed him... I only freaked out for about a week this time.

Anyway, here are some pictures from his party. Thanks so much for all those who came and celebrated with us!!

Sorry in advance for the crappy pictures... my camera has been fritzy, I really need to learn how to use it properly.

Big top circus tent ceiling

 He woke up and immediately found the balloons, he had so much fun.


 We added some balloons to make that chandelier a little more festive... and so people would see it and not bump there heads, like Jeffrey did.

 The kids found the punch balls, and kazoos and this poor table had no hope. 

 My sweet niece Mackenzie, sorry... she is so freaking cute, I had to add one of her and her little festive outfit!




 Kisses for daddy, he loves his daddy... A LOT, A LOT. 

 His smash cake was disappointing. 1- because it was hiddeous, the vegan butter kind of liquifies when it gets room temperature... it makes for ugly icing... tastes fine... just ugly. 
 It turns out, he could have cared less about the cake. Which was a shocker, he eats almost anything I give him, who knew!
 His cousin Kaitlyn was helping him figure it out. 

 He knew just what to do with his presents... one of the shocking moments for me... because well, he didn't learn it from me... 


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Silent E's

Driving in the car this afternoon, I hear Bailey starting to sound out the letters in the word PURSE.

I used it as a teaching moment and had her make the sound and coordinating letters in a row. We got to the E at the end... and I tried to explain that it's a silent "e".

Then she asks "Why is it silent, mommy? Does it have tape over it's mouth?"

After I laughed and told her I love her, I decided to just go with it. I couldn't remember the rule as to WHY it's silent {years of student loans wasted there}, and then what she had said, clicked.

So I said "Yes, it's kind of like it has tape on it's mouth. You can see it and it's there, you just can't hear it."

I don't know if it really sank in to her, but I was impressed by her, and impressed by myself, usually I would launch into one of two options.

Option 1: Try to explain it in terms that are far too complicated for her to understand and end up not making any sense in the end.

Option 2: Simply say "I don't know why, it just is." Then later on, I would think of the perfect reply... a day late.

Sometimes I have these moments of clarity. It just, man, the simplicity of how she thinks, just worked out. I tend to overcomplicate EVERYTHING.

She's so smart. I love that girl.