Standing on the window sill watching the garbage truck-
L: Thank you garbage truck for taking the trash!
C: Kai, I can see your uvula!
Sitting on the couch-
L: Snuggle, just da me!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Standing on the window sill watching the garbage truck-
Sunday, December 19, 2010
- 3 hours of church (time well spent)
- Within minutes of getting home the yelling and back talking commenced.
- Within the first hour home all four boys were crying ALL AT ONCE!
- Another hour dealing with tears, fighting, and the aftermath of a gingersnap baking session, while Jake delivered goodies to the families on his route. Yum!
- Lunch preparations, finally got started around 2:00, but nothing would be out of the oven until 3:05
- My back went out and I couldn't bend over. D'oh!
- Jake and the boys went to tithing settlement. (3:00)
- I parked myself on the couch to feed DJ. I had no intention of moving from that spot until I absolutely had to. It hurt way too much to sit down or stand up. . . oh, and the boys ate a doughy lunch, whoops! (3:30)
- Home teachers came by. Liam brought down his favorite stuffed animals to share. (3:45)
- Jake and I finally eat. (4:10)
- Visiting Teachers came by. Liam talked and head bobbled while DJ babbled. (4:15)
- Liam finally went down for a nap. Only 4 1/2 hours late. (4:45)
- I started cutting out some letters to appliqué on a quilt, even though it's likely that I'll not finish the quilt on time. Stupid back! But at least I don't have a cracked rib like my friend.
- The afternoon improved as we watched A Christmas Story, and enjoyed some of those fantastic gingersnap cookies. The boys liked them with white frosting on top. I have to agree, but only a very thin layer.
- We also watched Jeopardy. The boys did really well on two categories: Colorful Foods & Comic Book Villains. We grow foodies and nerds/geeks in this here house.
- DJ did not want to go down for the evening, despite all the eye rubbing and yawning he was doing. He just wanted snarf down some food then veg in front of the TV. What a potato!
Friday, December 10, 2010
I can't believe how the time has flown. DJ is now 6 months old.
He is a delight to have in our family. The boys adore him. He is frequently bombarded with hugs and kisses from his brothers. Coby is grateful for his cuteness.
He is a happy baby. He loves tickles.
He sleeps through the night. I love that he sleeps with his legs tucked into his chest.
He loves to snuggle with blankies.
I love when I pick him up he grabs me tight and snuggles into the crook of my neck.
I call him my "Snuggy Bug" and "Lovey Dove"
He goes through two cans of formula a week.
He has exczema. All over his arms, legs and face. :(
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Here is a video you have to see if folding fitted sheets compactly escapes you:
Ooh, check out this one for quick folding shirts. It's like magic. ;)
Posted by Michelle Walkenhorst at 5:55 PM
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Even the 6 month old. An attempt to multi-task by writing a quick blog post while feeding DJ was met with resistance. He wanted his bottle and the TV too. He struggled and fussed until he positioned himself in just the right angle so he could watch Umizoomi and eat. However this new position made it impossible to write. I abandoned all hope of writing, and read instead. Multi-tasking prevailed!! Woo hoo!
In the past, this fixation had been so overwhelming that it interrupted the boys sleep. They woke up in the middle of the night to watch TV or play the Wii. Playing from 1-7, then continuing with their day made for very two cranky boys.
We installed an alarm, that we set before going to bed, which went off any time someone went down the stairs. We are awesome!! Finally, they were able to get rest, and a modicum of peace was restored.
You know? The family I met at Thanksgiving Dinner may have the right idea of just abandoning the electronic babysitter altogether. There'd be a mutiny if I tried.
Posted by Michelle Walkenhorst at 9:26 AM
Thursday, December 2, 2010
You know you've neglected to clean the porcelain throne, when your two year old will not deign to pee in it's filth.
L: It's yucky, Mommy! Clean it! Peez.
I clean it up
L: Tank you, Mommy! Now, I can pee.
Another thing I've neglected the blog. Sorry! Who knew raising four boys was so time consuming?
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
What vegetable does a pumpkin turn into when an elephant steps on it?
How do you fix a broken Jack-o-lantern?
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
I like to put little notes in the boys lunches to let them know I'm thinking about them. This week, I gave them Halloween jokes decorated with Halloween foam stickers. They love to tell jokes! Kai's teacher has said that he should be a comedian when he grows up.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This post is in response to a question on http://thestoryofamom.blogspot.com. Do you remember this post on cleaning?
After 7 months, the system is still working. I am in shock! It was a bit rocky at first, but after 2 months we got into the groove of things. Now, it's just part of our daily routine. Of course, there are still occasionally complaints about being worked too hard (before they've even started or when I have them actually remove the dirt instead of just wiping over it), but it is a vast improvement to our previous method. I tweaked the system it a little.
Doorknobs and lights switches & plugs were being cleaned super fast. I combined them and added the floors. Kai is thrilled to be able to use the vacuum. Coby would love to but it's just a little to unwieldy for him to use. When it's his turn he sweeps or picks up bits from the carpet.
I color coded the chore slips so monthly, weekly, and bathroom chores were evenly distributed.
Monday, September 20, 2010
C: Mommy, on my spelling test there is a note. It says "Coby was eating paper. I do not think that is funny."
M: I lean around my computer to look at him.
C: Mommy, I'm sorry I ate my spelling test.
My previous hair lady would know what to do. She could fix it. She is fantastic. She knew exactly what looked best on me. I was never disappointed with a style she chose for me because
- It looked great.
- It was easy to duplicate.
- It was low maintenance, if I wanted to wash and go I could.
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Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
C: S almost pushed me into the river. I could have cracked my head & died or lost all of my technology.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
M: Look Kai, the dentist sent you a Happy Birthday email!
K: Oh, I'll go brush my teeth.
K: Do you know what my favorite part about going to the doctor was?
J: Getting a sucker?
K: Uh, my second favorite thing?
K: Getting to pee in the cup and putting it in the mini door
C: We thank you that Mommy could have DJ, so we can have some cuteness in the house.
I mentioned to Jake that I needed to pump and he burst out into song-
You're gonna get your, get your pump; hook it up to your lady lumps. Your lumps, your lumps, your lovely lady lumps.
K: Liam, what's your favorite color
C: He'll just say the last thing you said. Green!
K: What's your favorite color?
Reason for taking my phone-
K: I wanted to know what it felt like to have a phone in my pocket.
Reason for not using the toilet for his poo -
K: Because I didn't want to.
At least it was stashed in TP bundles. On Saturday, he will be cleaning all the bathrooms in the house.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Grosgrain: SILHOUETTE MACHINE GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!
This machine looks awesome.
I hope to use my friend's so I can decorate Kai and Coby's shields and swords.
Posted by Michelle Walkenhorst at 10:10 PM
Sunday, August 22, 2010
J: It's hot. He turns the fan on
C: Oh, no! I hate the bluffeting sound!
M: Someone's seen the Dyson fan commercial.
Coby insists that DJ has a tooth coming in. During a number of family prayers, Coby has asked "Please bless that DJ will get all of his teeth"
He is my first binky baby, but he has since discovered the joy of gnawing on his fist when he is hungry.
He pushes at the bottle when he is done eating, and it seems like he is batting at the toys dangling above him.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The boys are fascinated with Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Jake read the first book to them and we recently watched the movie.
C: Moma, you know the part where Grover is holding up Medusa's head and says "Guys, I cannot pee with her watching!"
K: We made a song about it!!
Both boys: I always feel like Medusa's watching me. And I CAN NOT pee!
They bust out in a fit of giggles. Giggles, I tell you.
The boys went over to the Clement house to play. They climbed all over the tree in the back yard. At one point Kai climbs up with a weapon and says "Now, I can shoot anyone who surrenders."
Thursday, August 12, 2010
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Saturday, August 7, 2010
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Friday, August 6, 2010
Since we have another member of the family, I need to make an addition to this post.
6. Daniel Jackson 'Imiloanahoku Walkenhorst
Daniel = Hebrew: God is Judge
Jake's dad's name is Danny
Jackson = English: Son of Jack
(Diminutive Form Of John: God Is Gracious)
'Imi.loa.na.hoku = Hawaiian: seek far the stars or Star Explorer
the dot represents the break between each word for the literal translation of the name.
'Imiloa also has a figurative meaning of one with great knowledge or avaricious knowledge.
Any guess why we came up with this name?
Saturday, July 31, 2010
C: Can I have that without the bun?
a reasonable request, he is allergic to them
A mom: Do you have $5? ;)
C: Oh, yeah! I left it in the car.
Sweetie, this isn't Disneyland.
The birthday party was dog themed. As part of the activities the kids went to dog obedience training, a fun obstacle course. The trainer would ask the dogs to a variety of activities, calling the "dogs" to attention. Coby asked if he could be a kitty instead, then the boys requested that they be called the Pikachu Brothers. They like to follow the beat of their own drum.
Buzz-Buzz Busy Bees has a sound chip in it of . . . buzzing bees.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Generally, my problems with potty training have been: 1) remembering to take the boy to the potty, 2) sitting there waiting for him to do something. It seems to take FORever.
Liam was showing all the signs of readiness, but I had no intention of potty training right now, since it's recommended not to do so during a transition period, like a new baby in the home. However, Liam was asking to go potty at least once a day.
I decided to take him to the potty when I went, to get him accustomed to the idea and serve as a reminder to myself that he needed to go. He sat on his. I sat on mine. He has graduated from his little potty to the toilet, and he asks to go throughout the day.
To avoid getting angry because I felt like I was spending an eternity waiting for something to happen, I finally got smart and set a timer. When it goes off, Liam says "Times Up!" and hops down to wash his hands. It works most of the time. Not an everyday or several times a day battle. Phew!
So with my issues resolved, we move forward at a snail's pace. :)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I do so wish I could take the advice: Take a nap when your baby is napping.
I say how?? Here are my difficulties in taking a nap:
- Napping generally gives me a headache.
- Coordinating nap times. Liam goes down at 1:00. DJ isn't on a fixed schedule. So he may sleep sometime between 12:30-2:30.
- Household chores don't get done by itself.
- Two other children - who it seems cannot be trusted
- I feel rested, I stay up late, so I feel tired the next day. Vicious Cycle.
Posted by Michelle Walkenhorst at 10:54 PM
Saturday, July 24, 2010
After a discussion about double dipping -
At dinner, Liam sang to himself "I love beef and chicken"
Sunday, July 18, 2010
K: Everyone frowns, even when they are snorkeling.
After taking a bite of a Sweet Breakfast Wrap -
K: Cow nuts! This is good
M: Try a different exclamation!
K: Chiming chungas!
C: Moma, Getting no one up in a panel house is very rare.
C: How do they get ice dry not wet?
While pouring a bowl of Cheerios, Kai sang this to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star -
At Singing Time, Kai chose If your Happy and You know it. He requested that we clap our hand and quack like a duck. He does the best duck imitation.