Monday, November 23, 2009

Uh oh!

Liam was hanging out in his crib while I was cleaning up my closet in his room. I left for a few minutes, then I heard "Feet! Booboo!" Here's what I found:
He tried to get his foot out by taking his pants off. It always amazes me how little appendages get stuck in places and they just can't seem to get without a great amount of finagling. Fortunately, Liam was pretty calm during the whole thing.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kai's second grade program

Kai did a great job! There were some great pictures of him smiling in the slide show. While waiting for the program to being I snapped this picture of Liam. What a sleepy boy! Love his hair!
Coby took a bunch of pictures as well.
Coby's class mate, Katherine
Coby's friend from church, Chloe.

Gratitude Days 19-30

Day 19 The dentist
Seems a little weird to be grateful for the dentist, since I generally end up getting some work done. Nothing major just root canals. ;) But I'm just really happy with our dentist and the hygienists.

It was not enjoyable to visit with Florise the Floss Nazi, my last dentist's hygienist. Every cleaning with her was torture!! It always felt like I just had a wire brush scrubbed over and into my gums. I'm wincing just thinking about it. But at this office, I never feel like my gums have been gouged out, but my teeth still feel clean.

The boys love the glasses they get to wear. Once their cleaning is over, they love to put their token in the toy machine. Kai was very thoughtful and asked if he could have a token for Liam so he could get a toy. (They each have one)

P.S. I have a card that will give $50 of any dental service at their office.

Day 20 School Programs
Kai had his second grade program "Everybody Smiles in the Same Language". It's just so fun to see him sing his heart out and smile his biggest smile. I'm super glad that this time he went to the potty before the performance, instead of during like last year. :p

Day 21 Snuggles
My boys are super snuggly. I love Saturdays and Sundays when we all pile up on the couch to watch a show and snuggle together.

I'm so blessed to have the gospel in my life. I know that my Redeemer lives and loves me and my family. I know that Heavenly Father is always mindful of us, and never gives us more than we can handle. I know that the scriptures are true and testify of our Savior and the atonement. What a wonderful blessing the atonement is! I'm grateful to know that one day I can be reunited with my father, and that my family is forever. My life feels so rich and full, and I know that it is because of my faith in, my testimony of, and my endeavors to be like Jesus.

Day 23 Giggles
The boys laughter never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Day 24 Connections
I'm grateful for the friends and family that I have & for their friendship, love and support. It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends and to enjoy an evening out with my family.

Day 25 My kids
My life would be pretty dull without them. I never know what's going to happen next. I know to some it may seem like I complain about my kids a lot, well cuz I do. But I want you to know for all that complaining, I hold them near and dear to my heart. I do enjoy them and their amazing spirits.

My sister wasn't feeling too great, and was in need of a blessing. What a comforting feeling it is to know that my husband is able to exercise that power faithfully.

Day 27 Jason & Maria
My brother and his wife, let us stay with them for Thanksgiving. I'm grateful that they were willing to open their home to us. It was a warm and uplifting place to stay. We can be a handful, especially when the boys wake up squawking at 5:30. I'm still surprised though that he wants to repeat the experience. He must really love us!

Day 28 DVD players
I don't know how parents survived road trips without them. The boys entertain themselves in the morning with the promise of the DVD players as a reward for good behavior. It works like a dream.

Day 29 Heaters
The house was freezing when we got home. Our central heater does a great job of warming the second floor, but just doesn't get the job done on the first floor. Our first winter in this home, we purchased an oil filled heater that warmed the first floor well. Liam and the heater got into a tussle and Liam won. The heater is no more, and it is so cold.

P.S. Here's our new heater, photo courtesy of Coby
Day 30 Tomorrow is December
Woo hoo! My Christmas season begins! I've really enjoyed listing the things that I am grateful for. I'd almost like to continue doing it. The season of joy will begin, so I think I'll list things that bring me day to day joy, my simple pleasures. I'll do it in 10 day increments so I don't fall behind.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gratitude Day 18


Today, while catching up with a friend on the phone, I was able to unload & load the dish washer, hand wash dishes, wipe the table and counters, sweep & mop, and do two loads of laundry.

Often, my Mom would try to guess what household chore I was working on while chatting with her. She got a kick out that I was still living up to my teenage nickname of Princess Clean.

But I feel so glad that I was able to reconnect with my friend and still managed to get my house clean.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gratitude Day 17


We love to read and we have lots of books. During the summer, we stop at the library every week and each boy loads up their library bag to over flowing with books. When the school year starts, it's hard not to order from Scholastic Books each month.

I love the things they learn, how they can be taken to other places, learn lessons through a story or expand their horizons. Books are a wonderful magical thing.

My only frustration is knowing which book is appropriate for Kai or Coby's current reading level. I want to challenge them with out making it so difficult that they/I become frustrated with their inability. Some books have a level on the cover, but even those vary from publisher to publisher. Or there are the books we have read together that Coby now wants to read on his own but it turns out to be a retelling of how he remembers hearing the story rather than an actual reading.

So, I love the PTA Book exchange program. Every day the boys bring home a book that is at their reading level. No guess work!! It's enjoyable and not overwhelming. I also enjoy the opportunity to help change out the books on Tuesdays. I like being able to help out Coby's class.

It's wonderful having them read books to me.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gratitude Day 16

Washing Conveniences

I love having a washing machine, dryer and dishwasher.

I toss in a load before breakfast. When we head upstairs finish getting ready, I toss the load into the dryer. Once the boys have left, I unload and load the dish washer. It is all so marvelously easy.

Except the days when I have to wash half the dishes by hand because they simply do NOT go in the washer. But at least I don't have to haul water or dishes anywhere.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


K: Mommy, I think you put my presents out all night.
M: So you're saying I'm Santa (with an incredulous voice)
K: Yes because no one can read minds. Santa can't know how good or bad we are, but parents watch us all the time and know us.

Jake says that's exact reasoning he used with his parents at Kai's age. I'm kinda sad that he knows, but at the same time I'm looking forward to when Coby figures it out so they can be my helpers for Liam and Baby #4.

Gratitude Day 15

Visiting Teaching

It's huge pick me up to visit with my sisters. I love spending that time with them to discuss life and the gospel. I feel so uplifted afterward.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gratitude Day 14

My Hubbie the Instructor/Advisor

I'm grateful that he willing to give his time to be an advisor to his students & their club, the Game Shark Order. He plays pool & video games, and watches "crappy" movies (which included Twilight dubbed with a hilarious rifftrax). So he's having fun doing it. Too bad he's too sick today to make it to their BBQ. :(

Friday, November 13, 2009

Gratitude Day 13

Manner Class & Sis. Daines

It seems that manners/etiquette is becoming a lost art. I think it is an important aspect in our interactions with others. Coby attends a Manners Class that Sis. Daines teaches weekly. He is able to practice what he learns with the 5-6 other kids in his class, and hearing out words from another adult's mouth often helps the concept to click.

Thanks Janae for inviting Coby to be part of your class.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gratitude Day 12

If I've seemed a little forgetful, tired, or sick lately. This is why!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gratitude Day 11

Morning Devotionals

Every morning after showering, getting a load of laundry in the washer, and the boys are dressed, we have a devotional. We sing a song from this year's Primary Program, say a family prayer, recite our family motto, recite the scripture of the month & pass it off if the boys have it memorized, then I share a portion of a chapter from the Gospel Principles manual. It has been such a wonderful way to start out our day. And the boys love it. They will remind me if it seems I'm taking too long to get to it.

I'm grateful that the boys look forward to learning the gospel with me and the building and fortifying of our testimonies that we do each morning.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gratitude Day 10


Today, as I feel sore from yesterday's awesome Tahitian dance class, I can't help but feel pleased that I'm exercising and doing it in a fun enjoyable way while learning a new dance.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Gratitude Day 9

My Hubbie the Cook

He is just awesome. After a long hard day at work, he is willing to cook dinner because I haven't been able to lately. Today, he went above and beyond. He stopped at the store to pick up everything he needed, got home, and went straight to cooking. He made us the most delicious cheese steak sandwiches. I'm so grateful that I married a man who loves to cook.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gratitude Day 8

Church Callings

They give us such wonderful opportunities to grow in ways we have never imagined or to help us realize what are talents really are or how much a seemingly inconsequential talent/skill can be used in building the kingdom.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gratitude Day 7

Racquetball and my BIL, Jeremy

Jake likes his exercise in the form of racquetball. I've tried to play with him but I'm 1) just not coordinated enough to play, 2) not patient enough to learn to and 3) too scared of the ball hitting me.

I'm a grateful for the times when Jerome is attending the Y and can play with Jake.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Gratitude Day 6

Bedtime Routines

We kneel down for family prayer. Then we have family hug as all the boys vie for the middle.

Then we have butterfly and Eskimo kisses, which the boys absolutely love. It's sweet when they ask for them at bed time. A butterfly kiss on each cheek, then an Eskinose - our nickname for eskimo kisses. I'm grateful that they love to share their affection for us in a fun way.

Then it's Liam's turn. Since Kai was a baby, we have recited The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boyton (She's a family favorite) to each. We act out various parts with the highlight being letting baby turn off the light. Then we let him "rock, and rock, and rock to sleep".

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gratitude Day 5

Baby Words & Actions

Liam will let me know when he needs a diaper, he says "biapur" as he pats himself.
Whenever we walk past the Fun Center in Walmart, Liam says "Weee? Weee?"
Every time we walk up to the house, Liam says "Ding Dong! Push button!"
He stands at the back of the couch, and Liam says "Nap!" and points up to his room.
At breakfast, Liam says "che che" and points to whichever cereal box I'm holding up.
I ask him if he wants something to eat "Num!"

He loves "bapples" = apples, he loves to nab one while we are shopping.
Cashews = cachew
Shoes = chews

I'm grateful that Liam is healthy, active, and loves to talk.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Gratitude Day 4

My Polynesian dance instructor, Lani Podzwikowski

I love that each week, she challenges us with new techniques & shows us how to implement them into new dances.

We review dances she has taught previously, which allows me the opportunity to watch and slowly learn the ones I've not learned yet.

I'm grateful that we are using implements. In the last year and a half, I've used my 'uli 'uli and puili more than I ever did in my youth. By the end of the year, I'll know a dance for each. Woo hoo!
Hula Competition from my youth

In doing research for her, I've learned so much about the history and origins behind a number of songs. It is wonderful to me that I have had this opportunity to expand my knowledge of my Hawaiian culture.

Now, if I could just find someone to teach me the Irish jig.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I'm not a fan of Christmas before Halloween, and I barely tolerate it during my. Oh, and Christmas songs on the radio before Thanksgiving, well, let's not go there. My Christmas season begins after Thanksgiving dinner, when my family decorates the tree. It ends on Three Kings Day, Jan. 6th.

Apparently, I've been very open with my contempt for Jolly Old St. Nicolas hanging out with cobwebs and vampires.

A few weeks ago, while shopping at Walmart with Coby and Liam, we stopped in the fabric section. There was an abundance of Christmas crafts along side Scarecrows and such. Coby commented loudly so the nice lady at the cutting counter could hear: "Mamma, what's with all the Christmas decorations? Halloween hasn't even happened yet!"

Um! Find myself in a bit of a quandary. You see, we had just seen some Christmas decorations in another section and I mentally groaned, but when I saw these crafts, I didn't cringe. Why? What made the difference in my mind? Then the explanation just flowed out of my mouth: In the craft section, it's ok because people who like to sew or craft things like to see examples of crafts they might like to try. They need to see these ideas early so they have time to get everything they need and to create the craft in time to decorate for Christmas or to give the crafts away as presents. The lady behind the counter piped in with "That's right!"

A Gratitude List

Thanksgiving is a fabulous holiday. Not just because you get to spend time with extended family or stuff yourself full of delicious food, but because it allows us the time to stop and think about what you are most grateful for. To me it is the perfect way to prepare for the Christmas season, which is why I don't like other holidays encroaching on this contemplative time.

A blogger I like to frequent is posting My Gratitude list daily. I really like this idea so I think I'll start doing it. Tomorrow.