Tuesday, December 13, 2011
One of the sisters who spoke is one of the women that I admire and look up to the most in my ward. And amazingly, I was able to pay attention to portions of her talk in between books, baby wipes, snacks, blocks, farm animals and coloring with the little folk.
Anyway, during her talk she referenced an address given by Julie Beck titled "Mothers Who Know." It piqued my interest so I read sister Beck's talk the next day and it was just what I needed to hear. I love it when that happens.
My favorite quote from her talk:
"Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all."
I'm so grateful for the powerful examples of amazing women I have all around me, including firstly my own mom.
Friday, December 9, 2011
It sounded like an intense battle between two people. At least. Each line is a different voice:
"I have a super saw. Oh look at you.
I can use a vacuum to get you.
Hurry get that saw before he did!
I’ll vacuum up you! This will vacuum up you!
Oh not it won’t!
[now singing star wars theme]
I’m the master of the 'Univorse'! (Yes, he does watch Heman...)
You. Can’t. Stop. Me! Brah brah brah brah jaw jaw jaw
Grinch Grinch grinchy.
[Lots of sound effects]
This is a gun.
Now I”ll try to stop you!
Oh no you can’t.
[Machine gun sound.] (This part was intense...)
Shoot left! Shoot right! Shoot left!
Go Logan! Go logan! Go logan! You’re doing it You’re doing it! Go Logan! Go Logan!
YEA LOGAN!!!!! You did it boy. You did, it, buoooy. And I’m soo proud of that.
I have nothing left.
You 'Octomus Prime.' You have to go in time-out.
I have nothing left. Well you can, sort of.
Because I have the problem gun. (What's a "problem gun"? Sounds a bit dangerous...)
No! You can’t have mine… because... saw fight!!
You have an awfully terrified ballick."
The battle is still going... I have to make dinner now. And Lincoln spilled the whole box of Lego guys/accessories.
Monday, December 5, 2011
We've been enrolled in the PEIP program (Provo Early Intervention Program) since September and it has been so fascinating to me. I'd never imagined all that goes into the process of little ones learning to speak. We've had a child development specialist coming to our home twice per month, teaching us different techniques to get Lincoln involved and engaged. It really has been a whole family process, not just focused on Linc. Shay is SO great with the boys and they love it when she comes.
I also just finished a series of 12 child development classes, and we're enrolled in a floor-time model class right now. Then at the beginning of the new year we're taking a Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk class which will be wonderful.
He's been communicating a lot more lately and has a couple more words. He's really latched onto signing lately and it has been a life saver being able to know what he needs. He's now bringing toys to us to try to engage us and also for help. He will stay engaged in activities for longer now and tonight I was actually able to read a book to him... mostly. His attention span is getting a bit longer and I love it. He actually has more desire to interact with us. And the boys are actually able to play side by side in the same room (without us present) for a little bit now without crying and shouting ensuing. Overall, he has been a much happier boy these past 3 months.
Anyway, I was able to capture most of Linc's latest words on video. I posted two videos here, they have some of the same things, but are different. This is mostly for the grandmas :)
Friday, November 18, 2011
This has Ben written all over it.
Ben walked in the room to find Logan not only cleaning up the boxes, but he wouldn't stop until they were completely organized and color coded.
I can't deny this does give me an itch to get up and start organizing :)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
(Except it sounded more like "Ho-ho, Ho-ho! A pirate's life for me" ha ha.)
The shirt just needed a little altering - no biggy. I made a little vest out of left over black felt, tore a rectangle from left over red fabric, snagged a pirate hat at a party store, found a gun and do-rag at the dollar store. I made a gun sling for him from left over fabric and heaven knows those boots are glued to his feet already. Voila, one crazed pirate ready for his preschool Halloween par-tay.
Oh, and the bag. He kept requesting a loot bag with skull and crossbones on it and I couldn't resist making one. And the patch has been hanging around ever since Monkey lost his eyeball.
On Saturday before Halloween we went to Gardner Village to hunt for witches (this is our tradition every year)
Lincoln is obsessed with dogs and cats
gobbling up their cookies from the bakery (prize for doing their witch scavenger hunt)
Then Halloween. One of our favorite days of the year!
Started the day out with pumpkin pancakes with chocolate chip faces, of course.
Logan had a Halloween party at preschool and came home with a brown bag full of loot.
After preschool the boys went trick-or-treating at Ben's work.
Almost everything in Lincoln's bag was half gnawed on because every time something new got put in his bag he'd fish it out right away and shove it in his mouth, wrapper and all. :)
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Logan took his first field trip with his preschool to the Vineyard Pumpkin Land. He was SO excited all month long for this field trip. He had so much fun with his buddies looking at pumpkins in the patch, looking for ghosts, witches, "square crows" and all things spooky and playing in their play ground.
Logan, on the other hand, is completely proud of his creation.
Logan sprinkled and poked all of cupcakes himself and licked plenty of fingers along the way. Don't worry, he also washed his hands plenty too :)
Sunday, October 30, 2011
The newest in church news:
Logan participated in his first primary program a few weeks ago and it was so sweet. He had a long-ish part to memorize but he rocked it - I was so proud of him and I love how proud of himself he is at the end of the video.
Also, last Sunday was Lincoln's first Sunday in nursery! It was so wonderful to be hands-free in Relief Society and Sunday School. He walked right into the nursery and sat right down at the table to do puzzles. No problem, didn't even look back. And today he had just woken up from morning nap so he cried just a bit when we left but got right over it.
And I love that my great friend, Jackie King, happens to be his nursery leader. She is so good with the kids. We actually went to High School together and she was one of my bride's maids. And now she is attending the Spanish branch that happens to be combined with our ward (the youth and Primary are combined). And Linc knows her a bit, or at least she knows Linc, so that's made the transition easier.
Then last week for FHE we broke out a game of twister that I don't think we've even played before in our 9 years of marriage. Logan LOVED it and keeps asking to play it. It has been good practice for learning his lefts and rights, too.