Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fumbles and blunders

Brain Power! What is that exactly? I don't think my brain has functioned properly for several years now. And although it can be annoying as I double book events on the same day, forget to show up for visiting teaching, and misplace my keys 4 times in one day; it can make for some quirky, unintentionally rude and often funny conversation. Here is a sampling of one such conversation

Chet and I were enjoying some alone time while the kids were taking a nap or outside playing ( I'm sure you can figure out which kids were doing what). Chet headed into the kitchen to grab a snack and decided to wash his hands. But he can never just wash his hands, he always also splashes water in his faces and runs his wet hands threw his hair. I, in slight frustration but also curiosity exclaim:

" Why are you always wetting yourself, you make such a mess. You wet yourself all the time."

Chet starts to giggle

" What is so funny. I don't think it's funny to stand there and wet yourself, and now I'm going to have to clean it up."

Chet- "Do you hear yourself"

" Of course, I always hear myself when I have this conversation with you. If you are going to wet yourself, at least do it in the bathroom, not in the kitchen, where I have to clean it up before I can cook. You wet yourself like 5 times a day in here."

Chet-" You know if some one heard us talking right now, it wouldn't sound very good."

I stop to think about what could possibly sound bad. And then it hits me. Wetting yourself could take on a whole new meaning if you weren't actually watching someone spray water on their face. Frustration was soon replaced by roaring laughter, and humble apology

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shout out

It could of been terrible

It could of caused chaos

It could of required entertaining three kids for hours in an enclosed space

It could of brought scary news

It could of brought me to the edge of insanity

It could of brought me to tears

Thankfully, none of these things came to pass, due to a charitable best friend, and two fantastic visiting teachers.

So what is this "it" that causes me to be so dramatic ? ( Like it really takes much of anything to get me that way!)
"It" wan an urgent doctors appointment with my little munchkin. He was lethargic, only awake for a total of 50 min from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. which is completely out of character for him. I was in panic mode.

In swoop my band of angels. Alyssa is picked up from Activity Days and carried away to play at a friends house. Visiting teachers arrive to teach, and leave not only lifting my spirits but with Peyton in toe so he doesn't have to sit through a potentially long appointment. I was able to calmly make my way to the doctors office knowing my family was safe and I could focus on the one little one.

Thanks ladies! your kind hearts and willingness to serve made a stressful day workable, and two kids happy and well entertained.

It did bring me relief

It did renew my testimony

It did make me grateful for Health care

It will buoy me up for the rest of the week

Friday, March 13, 2009

Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Babyhood

It's time for dinner. The aroma of Pad Thai fills the room as the family sits down for a fulfilling meal. Camden is eyeing the noodles with anticipation. Unfortunately, they contain peanuts and he is not yet at the stage where he can eat peanut related products. I scoop him up and bring him to the cupboard to pick out his less tasteful but healthy meal.

Mom- Camden, what would you like to eat?

Camden- ne ne ne ne uh uh

Mom- would you like some green beans?

Camden- *sigh*

Mom- How about crackers and peaches?

Camden - ( silence )

Mom- Oh, did you want noodles?

Camden- Ya Ya

Mom- But you can't have those noodles

Camden- ( gives me a pouty face )

Mom- You want noodles?

Camden- Ya Ya

Mom- how about I make you these noodles instead ?( showing him plain macaroni noodles)

Camden- ( thinking it over, touching the bag)

Mom- Should we make you these noodles?

Camden- ( practically whispering, less enthused, but positive) Ya Ya

All's well but ends well, I guess

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Todays favorites

I have spent far too much time lately grumbling like a troll under a bridge. Sick kids be darned, sleepless nights - bring it on, dirty house- just let it be; it's time to roll out the positive.

My parents were here this past weekend, and I am still kicking myself for not taking pictures. But pictures or not we had a fabulous time. Mom and I laughed and cried ourselves through the production of WICKED. Just as good the second time around, in fact better, because I had mom to enjoy it with. Dad fixed up the house nicely, and Chet Cleaned the Sunday dishes all by himself without being asked. Thanks sweety, you rock!

And Today as I reflect on the week thus far, I have found many things to be grateful for. Here are some of my favorites of the week.

Peyton having a sudden desire to take pictures. I may actually get chronicled as part of the family now, even if my eyes are closed.

The sunshine beaming in the patio window of my bedroom. I have found the kids laying out like cats, stretching in the sun. Camden will stand forever watching the trees sway in the back yard.

Comfy slippers. I have several pairs, These are my favorites of the week. I am never without a pair of slipper on my feet in the house.

Scriptures for Latter-day Saint Families. Our morning Scripture Study has been truly enriched by the wisdom found in these books.

Walking into my daughters room and finding a Canadian flag proudly displayed on her night stand. For all the mocking of CAN-A- DUH, there is some heritage pride blooming in her.

The sweet sound of piano music flowing through the house. Since Alyssa has begun piano lessons again, you can find her tinkering throughout the day perfecting the craft.

The fruit storage unit in my fridge. Silly I know, but I love that I can wash the grapes, place them in the unit and they stay fresh and crisp for weeks. Yummy!

The return of Pad Thai at Costco. We love Pad Thai, and making it from scratch is a pain and far too much work . This Brand appears off and on at Costco and is fantastic. It has made a return and we have stocked up.

And finally, the new favorite sleeping arrangement. The blow up mattress has remained filled since mom and dad have left. The kids can't get enough of this fancy pillow top mattress. Alyssa and Peyton have shared the bed for three nights in a row and slept quite peacefully. Eventually it will have to be put away, but for now, it is something they enjoy together and that doesn't happen often.

I'm sure next week will bring all new favorites, but we will enjoy these for now and look forward to what the following days bring.