Sunday, November 30, 2008

Initiation

Now just for the record, I dont generally do laundry on the sabbath - but today I have now done three loads. I expect Brenna was doing at home was Melia was doing in sacrament - that is to say .... umm how does one put it nicely - pukeing her brains out. =) (do you think there should be an 'e' there?) I just thought i would inform anyone who wasnt there or doesnt respond instinctively to the sound of puking. You may have missed my booting it out of sacrament hauling my daughter who left a trail from the pew to the bathroom and covered us both. First load - both of our sunday clothes. 2nd - the blanket which caught the second round. 3rd - her sheets since she peed her bed which she has been in all day (its hard to be annoyed about it when she feels burning hot and cant even walk let alone get on the toilet). Now i must tell you the amazing part which I deserve an award for - while hauling my lovely daughter out and cleaning her and everything else touched by the love I DID NOT embarrass myself by joining her in her lovely activity and am very proud of myself.


There are so many lovely moments I feel are a kind of fun initiations into motherhood - first labour, first dirty diaper, first time you are peed on (boy or girl), first stitches, first broken bone, first artwork of vasaline, first temper tantrum, first puking in sacrament,... the list goes on and on i think. Any other ideas on the fun initiations into motherhood?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Bookworm tag

So Emily tagged me with this bookworm thing where you:

Pick up the nearest book to you, open to page 56, write out the 5th sentence along with the next 2 sentences. THE CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL.


So mine is the ever inspiring Happily Ever After Stories from disney which actually has 303 pages believe it or not!


Here goes: Within minutes, the Genie reappeared. He did a quick fashion show for Jasmine and Aladdin. Do i go for the handsome banker look? Or maybe the preppy golfer thing? Or what about a surfer dude with a 'tude? Which one is best?" the genie asked.

If you want to know more about what the genie chooses or the actual point of the story you have to come over and read it or go buy it yourself - i know you are all dying to know all about the story =)
Lets see who wants to play next? Now im sure Stephanie and Nancy want to because today is thursday and definately Kristen because its currently 4:44. Have fun rationalizing not picking the closest book to you and finding something at least moderately interesting!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

from my daddy

I was showing off my wedding book that my awesome mom made me the other day and I read again the song my dad wrote and sang for me for my wedding. I love it and cried again so I figured I would share it:


I STAND AND WATCH AS YOU WALK AWAY
I GUESS I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU'D STAY MY LITTLE GIRL
BUT EVEN THROUGH THESE MISTY EYES
I CAN STILL RECALL
THAT THIS IS WHAT I WANTED AFTER ALL

I STOOD AND WATCHED AS YOU CAME TO EARTH
A LITTLE GIRL WITH PROMISE IN HER EYES
WITH EYES WIDE OPEN AND DIMPLES WHEN YOU SMILED
THE WONDERS OF THIS LIFE WERE YOURS TO SEEK

I STOOD AND WATCHED AS YOU LEARNED TO READ
AMAZED AT YOUR DETERMINATION EVEN THEN
THROUGH ALL THE YEARS OF BICYCLES AND BASKETBALLS
EVEN THEN I KNEW THAT THIS IS WHAT I WANTED FOR YOU

FROM THE DAY YOU WERE BORN
YOU WERE A FREE AND NOBLE SPIRIT
ALWAYS VALIANT AND TRUE
AND FROM TIME TO TIME YOU'D STAND ALONE
YOU ALWAYS LOOKED LIFE IN THE EYE
LET NO OPPORTUNITY BY

NOW HERE YOU STAND ON THE EDGE OF TIME
THE PROMISE MADE , THE JOURNEY STARTS
AS YOU TAKE HIS HAND THERE'LL BE NO MORE STANDING ALONE
AS YOU START YOUR JOURNEY HOME

AND NOW A WORD OF ADVICE
THROUGH THE YEARS THERE CAN COME SOME DARK DAYS
REMEMBER THEN WHO YOU ARE
AND NEVER, NEVER LET THEM BREAK YOUR SPIRIT
REMEMBER YOU'RE NEVER ALONE
TOGETHER YOU CAN TAKE THEM ON

NOW HERE YOU STAND ON THE EDGE OF TIME
THE PROMISE MADE, THE JOURNEY STARTS
AS YOU TAKE HIS HAND THERE'LL BE NO MORE STANDING ALONE
AS YOU START YOUR JOURNEY HOME

I STAND AND WATCH AS YOU WALK AWAY
I GUESS I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU'D STAY MY LITTLE GIRL
BUT EVEN AS YOU WALK AWAY I CAN STILL RECALL
THAT WE'LL STILL BE TOGETHER AFTER ALL

Thursday, November 20, 2008

FHE and me!

Yay! Family home evening can officially begin now! I know it does't require a board but im still excited to have one that I made. If you are curious if it just looks big in the picture - dont be - it really is MASSIVE! Maybe this will help me remember to have a formal FHE since Melia is old enough now for us to pick up our game.


here is a close up - the ho is not actually intentional but it is funnier after boston pizza =)
here are some poems, for me really, but you can read them =)
the annoying part about this is that in order to make a space here you have to put something in that space so i used one dash for a space and many dashes to separate poems, in case you care!
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sometimes i wish
i walked like you
or talked like you
or dressed the way you do
-
but most times
im happy to be me
-
people know me for me
they know where i come from
they know where i am going
and that i want to stand tall
right here, right now
-
im happy to be young and foolish
i dont mind making mistakes to grow
im happy to learn from the pros
i enjoy the opportunity to watch the everyday heros
im happy to teach your children
i love to see each new moment of understanding
im happy to encounter new skills to develop
i live to create beauty and give compassion
-
sometimes i wish
i was like you
but mostly
i LOVE to be ME!
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insecurities
in lower case
because they are
rarely bold
what am i insecure about
you may ask
oh the usual
i like to respond
but i dont let it bother me
-
this is me
i am she
the girl who
dances with everything
dives hard in volleyball
yells because i can
fights hard and forgets
loves people till i cant anymore
prays informally
sarcastic to a tea
scares primary children
is addicted to baking
loves to meet new people
isn't creative but wants to be crafty
treasures my husband
learns tons from watching people
and generally senses other poeple insecurities
i am only insecure
about certain things
around specific people
most of the world
can drool or criticize
and i really dont care =)
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there is my love for the day!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Four foolish fancies

1. Companies who do not deliver to Canada suck. Yes maybe that is negative - but I am bitter! I want my Christmas present NOW - not in six months!!

2. Kyan has finally decided that drinking milk or water out of a sippy cup is preferable to dying of thirst. It has been a battle for the last week or so since he decided to stop nursing and therefore would not drink anything unless it was out of a normal cup - and then only water. Then he would almost drown himself in the normal cup - very stressful.

3. Melia has started to thank daddy for coming to visit our house. Yes, he has been working a lot lately but I still think that is a little harsh. She often informs me that daddy is crying at work because he misses her and he needs some hugs.

4. Loving the snow! Sorry Kathy but Melia has been praying for snow for some time now and she wants to build a snowman - now. We ran outside to play in the little hail/snow dump a couple days ago since it was gentle enough to play in but still fun.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Stolen Creativity!!!

Yup its true I have loved this idea since I first saw it on Joanne's wall and have been plotting and planning for years to create a Randa version of the fun display. She has since moved on to bigger and better things so I feel less like a punk for copying the fabulousness.



Can you guess what the next picture is? The picture does contain some lovely hints...thats right!It is Vance's creation to hold my cans in my food storage. You would be amazed what can be created out of storage crates! He custom built the spaces to hold the cans we use the most and therefore store more of so my storage room is getting closer to being "in order" and totally planned.


Now these pictures, I felt, truly captured the comradarie of my two little angels. (Point of interest - fabulousness is actually a word whereas comradarie is not - at least according to my writing program). Melia loves to hold and maul Kyan while Kyan just loves to be in on whatever she is doing. The entertainment is now beginning to go both ways where they both think the other one is funny - not just both of them laughing at Melia. She is teaching him the lovely art of screeching which I vastly appreciate but its hard not to laugh when he copies her screech and busts up laughing at himself just because it is funny when Melia does it. Melia is such a smart little punk though and is at that point where she will remember and parrot what you say at the most interesting moments. Like announcing in front of my family when she heard Kyan wake up, "umm...(hands on hips) I think that's whineypants". My mom laughed for a good twenty minutes. Then on a drive to calgary when I forgot to give her a requested hug I said I would give her a hug when we got there she propmtly responded "you'd better you little punk ". I dont know where she gets these things!



Now, recently in playgroup they have started putting up lovely signs about following your children around, playing with your children and in general not allowing them the space and opportunity to develop social skills with other children which I think is very important and half the point of coming - the other part being adult conversation. Since Stephanie and I are very obedient mommy's we decided to build a . . . playpen (some people might call it a cage) for our sweet little angels and force them to become friends. Kyan, being the gallant hero that he is, worked very hard to break down the walls of the prison to free the fair Tessa but the evil mommy just kept rebuilding the wall. Eventually due to his heroic determination he won the day and destroyed the evil fortress so the fair Tessa returned to her palace to be pampered and waited on hand and foot like any true princess.
















Sunday, November 2, 2008

TRICK OR TREAT!

Well we had fun dressing up this year and Melia loved trick or treating after the first few houses. At first she was too shy to say anything but after a couple houses, some candy and lots of dogs she got right into it. The funny thing was running into stephanie's boys trick or treating alone! Now I ask you does she seem like the irresponsible type to let her children run wild like that? I didnt think so but there they were! At least they didnt have Ellison and Tessa. What is the world coming too!! he he he. Okay so she was at the house behind them but for a couple moments I was quite shocked and horrified =).

Here is my little bug all ready for the party:


She wore her other outfit for trick or treating for variety and I was feeling guilty since her tutu was a little short =).

At least Vance was excited eh? I told him he was not allowed to grow his hair out like that and he agreed completely since it kept getting caught in his beard.




And of course the cute couple of the year - Vance was also concerned about Tessa putting the moves on our sweet boy at such a young age!!