Thursday, January 31, 2013
Kaydon. KK. KAY KAY. Buddha. This little man is a hoot! He has so much personality. He is super shy around people outside of the family, but at home he is a crack up! He loves to do dance moves and tell us that he knows he is "hot" and "sexy." Then he just laughs his little heart out. He thinks he is hilarious. I do too. He loves to cook. He loves to play with action figures. He LOVES his DVD player and watching all of Nana's awesome movies. He loves to sing. He loves to snuggle with his Mama. His Mama loves that too! He also loves to practice his recorder. He has a little spot set up in the music room. He practices that thing three to four times a day. He loves it. He loves going to the Library with Nana. He loves cuddling with Brooklyn and taking care of her. He loves buy things for other people. He loves to serve. He has such a big heart.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Last Saturday night, the boys and I had to watch Durbin. It was fight night, too. So, we packed up some yummy food and headed to Farmington. The boys brought along their DVD players to watch their movies. I watched my fights, they watched their movies, and we all tried to control Durbin. He was SO naughty! He bit me. He ate Braxton's shoe. He kept trying to get on the counter to get real food. We were all exhausted when we left that night! Still, the boys love playing with him and I'm pretty sure the boys wear him out!
Friday, January 25, 2013
School = stress for me. A lot of stress... like wishing death would befall me prior to having to go take my first History quiz last night-kind of stress. Bad, bad stress. Like Miss Birdie having to talk me down from the ledge-kind of stress. Like I was at a point where I would rather vomit up dog crap than take my first quiz-kind of stress. You get the point. I will have you know that I didn't do any of the aforementioned deeds. Self-control. I did go to class and take the quiz. I have no idea what I got on it... I don't even really care at this point. The fear from that moment is over. I made it. I did it. I lived. All is well. Therefore, on my way home, I stopped at Dairy Queen, purchased an ice cream cake, had them write "way to go" on it in pink frosting (they couldn't fit my name on there), and took it home to celebrate good times with the quorum and the Nana.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Brooklyn has a role for each of the boys. If she wants to play animals or monsters or trucks or hide and seek, she goes to Kaydon or Colton. They are often times found with leashes tied around their bodies, crawling on the floor, barking like puppies. If she wants a sippy cup with milk, or a bowl with cereal, or someone to tattle on, she goes to "Dude" (Braxton). If she wants to cuddle or feel protected or play really awesome games, she goes to Jackson. Jackson is so great with her. During Sacrament Meeting, she is always SO proud to see "her" Jackson passing the Sacrament. There was a time when she would stand up on the bench and yell his name while waving. One day, Jackson had a friend over and Brooklyn was NOT happy! She told that friend in no uncertain terms that he was to go home because Jackson was "her" Jackson. On Sunday, she got her pillow and her blanket (which is a full sized comforter) and dragged them over to Jackson. She had her sippy cup and told Jackson that she wanted him to hold her. She got in his lap and went right to sleep. It was so sweet to see Jackson just chillin' in the chair while she slept peacefully. Love these two!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I was looking through my camera last night and found these self-photographs of My Peanut Man. Braxton loves wearing hats and so I think that it's pretty cute that he took a bunch of pictures with different hats on!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
We celebrated Josh's birthday a bit late. Better late than never! We went to a Grizzlies game with the whole famdamily. That was fun! Oh, the fights! Then, we went to Smash Burger for dinner. Oh, the goodness! Yummers! After the game, we went to a hotel close to the Maverick Center. I did a little decorating with the help of the kids. We SO had whoopie cussions for the kids to play with! Josh was not impressed. Oh, but I was!! Then, the kids got to swim on Sunday. They got to swim their little hearts out. I sat in the hot tub. Oh, Heaven! The kiddos wore themselves out happily. It was a very fun birthday weekend for the old man!
Monday, January 21, 2013
So, as I have stated before, I have chosen to go back to school to earn my Associates Degree in General Studies. Before I began having children, I completed about 1/3 of the credits necessary to earn it. Then, I stopped going to school. I really haven't thought about going back to school since then. Things in my life haven't exactly been "going back to school" material! A few trials here, a few trials there... going back to school was the last thing on my mind... literally.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I went to lunch with Janie (Nay Nay) and Lilly Bug today. Oh my goodness, these girls! I could not get enough of them! Janie hardly ate anything. She had SO much to say! I know her favorite color, her mom's favorite color, her teacher's favorite color. She told me that "Ci Ci is SO mean sometimes but May May is always nice AND May May has SO MUCH duct tape!" She told me about how she got so much more play dough from her mom for Christmas and she "LOVES it!" Lilly Bug talked and talked but I only understood about four words... and not for lack of trying! We watched "Oh Toodles!" on my phone and Janie played games on the phone. I am going to have to do this like once a month! They made my day!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dearest JH: Thank you for checking on me multiple times during my History class last night just because you knew that I was really scared. Thank you for bringing me hot cocoa from Starbucks randomly because you know it makes me happy. Dearest DVD: Thank you for holding down the fort on the back row of Zumba class with me. Thank you for not laughing at me when I am yelling "owie!" Thank you for getting water after every.single.song just like me. Thank you for assuring me that yes, this really is going to hurt ALL.DAY.LONG. Only a whole semester of this! Dearest Nana: Thank you for having my back. Thank you for getting up early to feed the quorum and get them off to school every morning. Thank you for staying up with them until bedtime because I have to go to bed so early for early morning classes. Thank you for having faith in me that I really can do this. Thank you. Dearest DL: Thank you for promising me that next time I can have whatever I want... including a golf cart to drive around campus! Even though I am pretty sure that 1) you have no idea that I have a blog, therefore you won't be reading this and 2) you probably don't have the authority to promise me a golf cart anyways. Dearest Quorum: This is really important. It's important that Mommy gets a College Degree. Thank you for cheering me on and for being patient. Thank you for your hugs and loves and sweet notes. Thank you for believing in me. When I walk down that row for graduation, which I WILL, I want every one of you to be there to celebrate with me!!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Yesterday was my first day back at school. I have been a nervous wreck... literally. Terrified. My anxiety has been out of control. My Braxton got decided to help me out and get me ready for my first week of school. He got the gym bag ready for Mondays and Wednesdays when I have Zumba. He got my back pack ready for Tuesdays and Thursdays when I have History. He laid everything out on the couches and organized. He even put my pens, pencils and highlighters in one of his pencil boxes. I MIGHT be the only College student in class with my very own pencil box. Every time I open it, I will think of Braxton who worked so hard to make my first week back the best possible.
Monday, January 14, 2013
We accomplished our January service project over the weekend. We made cookies, cake pops and peppermint bark. Then, we packaged them up and wrote a cute little note for my cousins, Shanna and Holly. They are college students and we thought they might need a little pick-me-up. Hopefully they will receive our "sweet" treats in the mail early this week.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Cake pops! Josh bought me a cake pop maker. I love it. It's the easiest dang thing! I love decorating them. I need to get way more creative and have a lot of fun with it, but it's a really easy treat. I have a bunch of ziplock bags in the freezer with cake pops in them. I can pull them out and decorate them anytime and it's a super easy treat!!
Monday, January 7, 2013
Since Christmas, we have been a family full of chill! Besides the fact that the temperatures are crazy and bitter cold, the kids each got a DVD player for Christmas. Best gifts ever!!! It was a great gift for them, but a better gift for me and Nana! Kaydon watches a movie a day on "his spot" on the couch, just quiet and content. It has been a great calming device for Colton. When he is struggling, I can tell him to get a movie and quietly watch it on his bed and he will, and it really does calm him! Braxton watches a movie every night while he falls asleep and Jackson watches movies whenever he feels like it. Brooklyn switches back and forth between the boys' players. Whichever movie she feels like watching is the one she watches, sippy cup and all. And, what does the Mama do? Well, sometimes a fall asleep!