Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mothers Who Know

Sunday morning as I was saying my prayers I prayed specifically that Lincoln and Logan would be content and happy during church so I could listen to part of the talks.

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

According to Logan

I was on the computer looking at movie times just now while Logan was around the corner playing with Lego guys at the kitchen table. All of a sudden I tuned in to his conversation he was creating amongst his Lego men and I just started typing what I heard. He had no idea I was taking notes. :)

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

Lincoln's Words

I'm waiting for pictures of Thanksgiving that are on Ben's lap top (hint, hint honey). And I also have a fun trip to Zions and a trip to Disneyland waiting too. But until then here's Lincoln!

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 :)