Kneeding the dough
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
For example, I will never forget that when we were expecting our first child, my mother-in-law told me (paraphrasing)- Don’t let Jeremy tell you otherwise, he knows how to change diapers.
What memorable advice have you been given? And remember please keep your comments Kristin-appropriate. That means G-rated, or at the most, PG.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Anyway, this year as a Sunbeam, Nichole got to be part of the Primary program. She knew her part so well. As the weeks got us closer to the program, we'd ask her, "Nichole, what is your part in the Primary program?" She would let us know, "My family loves me." We were ready.
The day of the program arrived. It started off so well. Jeremy fixed us all pancakes and eggs for breakfast. Everyone was so happy and getting along so well. Nichole was still ready for her part and we were all excited.
Then came time to get dressed. Jr. fought us getting his clothes on. Nichole decided she just wanted her pajamas on and wanted to sleep. She didn't want to wear shoes. Needless to say, our mood wasn't as chipper when we finally got everyone out to the car.
By the time we got to church, we were a little better off. Jeremy took Jr. to Nursery while I took Nichole to Primary. She was a little hesitant about going and sitting down with her class, but it was all right. I fortunately got to enjoy a good lesson in Relief Society then in Sunday School with Jeremy, so by the time Sacrament Meeting came along, I was in a very good mood.
Jeremy went to get Jr. from Nursery and I went to get Nichole from Primary. Hmmm, no kids in the primary room. O.K. It's happened before where Nichole wasn't in the primary room when I went to get her. In one instance, she had gone to wait in the nursery room with Jr. I also thought maybe they'd practiced the primary program in the chapel. I caught up with Jeremy, quickly looked around the chapel while going through it (though there were a lot of people in there), but I didn't see Nichole in the chapel and she was not in the nursery room. The search began.
I know it's hard to keep track of all the kids in Primary, so I don't blame the teachers when little kids get away. I'm just not used to them not keeping my child until I get there (this is my oldest child- first year out of nursery, where they do hold on to the kids- big ward). And it does get kind of scary when you can't find your child where you expect them to be.
So, I started from the chapel and went around the whole building (including checking in the bathroom) until I got to the other side of the chapel. I saw one of Nichole's teachers coming out of the chapel and asked if she knew where Nichole was. She said she thought the other teacher had her. Then I saw the other teacher come out of the chapel. I asked her if she knew where Nichole was. She said that she told Nichole she could sit with her family until we got there. So, she was somewhere. Phew. I must have not looked in that area when going through before and just missed her.
I went in and saw Jeremy pointing to one of the back pews. There was Nichole with her teacher's family, playing with the boys in the pew ahead of her. I went over and told her she could come sit with Mommy and Daddy and Jr. until it was time to sit up front for the program. She did not want to move. She wanted to stay right there and not sit with us.
I promise you, I am a nice Mom. I try to treat my children well and I would say that they are happy children. They're not afraid of me. But sometimes they just like a change. It wasn't anything against us. Nichole just wanted to sit with her teacher's family. They said it was okay, so I went over to sit with Jr. and Daddy, looking back from time to time to check on my little girl.
When it was time for the program, Nichole went up to sit with her class on the stand and the program began. Jr. was climbing around on our pew, but as soon as one of Nichole's classmates sang a solo into the microphone (this kid, no fear, she did such a good job, and she's only 4), he immediately stopped and watched.
Then it was time for the Sunbeams to say their parts. Jr. got excited when Nichole went up to the microphone. As soon as she said, "My family loves me," he called out, "There's Nichole," and as soon as she got down to go back to her seat, he jumped off my lap and said, "I'll go get her." Uh oh. I tried to explain that he needed to stay with us and just watch Nichole in the program, but that just set him off. I had to take him out in the hall because of the screaming. He loves his sister and just wanted to be with her. I got him calmed down by looking at a picture of Jesus in the hall. We talked about how Jesus loves him, and at one point a man came out in the hall with his daughter. I told him how Jr. wanted to be up with his sister and was having a hard time. Jr. looked at him and said, "Jesus loves me." Oh, so precious. Nichole had her part to say in the Primary Program and Jr. was saying that just as if he was part of the program.
He didn't stay calm, though. I tried from time to time to go back to the chapel and stand in the back or right outside the door to watch and listen, but Jr. would not be calm then, so I had to keep taking him away. He was tired. Jeremy came out and took Jr., changed his diaper, then held him so I could go in and finish watching the program. I got in there during the closing remarks. Jeremy brought Jr. in during the closing song. The poor little guy was asleep.
So I missed most of the Primary Program, but I got to see Nichole do her part. And she did it well.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Another idea we adapted from the magazine was making spiders out of egg cartons and pipe cleaners. The kids painted the egg carton pieces, they picked out what color they wanted the pipe cleaner legs to be, and I punched holes for the eyes. At night we could put electric tea lights in them to make glowing eyes. After a while, the kids just enjoyed playing with the tea lights and pretending they were birthday candles to blow out. We sang a lot of Happy Birthday in October.
Toward Halloween, the kids painted little pumpkins, which is a lot less messy than carving.
It's fun to create.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I figure since it's almost halfway through November, I better catch up on how October was for us. I'll start by sharing some more of my husband's talent.This shows his versatility in balloon sculpting. Here are a small scarecrow and a large scarecrow:
The small one Jeremy would do in a restaurant setting for tips, while the large one he made when he was hired for a Halloween party (one of those parties where we enjoyed the perks).
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
mnnnmn m mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmnmmnnnnnnnmm,,,nklm
Dear, Nichole. You are a beautiful girl.
Nichole loves me.
I love Heather. Amen.
Nichole love me. Amen. So happy.
Nichole love my mom and dad when I was happy.
Dear Nichole, when I was dear, when I was a baby. Amen.
When I was so happy. Amen. When I was a daughter when my mom helped me to pick me up.
I'm so glad with f. F was this one. Amen.
D [I couldn't quite understand her nonsense words she was saying as she was typing].
[This one was also hard to understand, but it ended with Amen.]
So [more nonsense words] when I was going home, when I go home, fff when I go fff, it means 10. 12345, it means 5 and I'm going to get to the 5.
Nichole [nonsense words again]
Hey, what you are. Hey, what you doing with my balls? Nichole, what you are it a R when you go away, we not go away 'cept Darby. See. What are you doing with my toys? What are you doing with my chocolate toys, my chocolate food? Food, food food. What are you doing? What are you? Hey what you doing with my chalk? Hey, what you always go away. We not always go away with V. vvvvvvvvv [etc. etc.] D, what are you doing with B? What are you doing with shapes? When I was I was a f. I was not a letter. I was a letter F.
[nonsense] Q, always in o-wee. A [nonsense, nonsense] Q. TTT, always Timo. Timo. All in for Candyland. All way [or o way]. [something else] He He He. R with He. He He He He He. Hey-o with Hey-o.
[Then I had to go in the other room and I wasn't able to hear what she was saying as she was typing, so your guess is as good as mine].
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loveth at all times..."
Quote "A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
Kristin says: These things really describe Jesus Christ. He is our ultimate friend even when we're not being the best friend to Him. He knows us so well and still loves us even when we make mistakes, even when we don't show enough gratitude for what we are given.
I have been blessed time and time again to have the Savior in my life. So many good things have happened to me from following His example. He is the best friend I could ask for.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Bless Daddy to drive safely. So he can get home and sleep and we will not wake him.
My precious daughter. It was beautiful.
When Jeremy did get home, the kids were on the couch eating some pancakes. I told them that Daddy was home and that he would need to lie down on the couch. They immediately moved to sitting on the floor so Daddy would have access to the couch.
I love my kids.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Jeremy's and my schedules overlapped Thursday evening so we took the kids over to some friends' house. Nichole became very interested in the red coat, so they said she could use it for Halloween. Thus her little red riding hood costume.
Jeremy wore his safari outfit and built a skeleton for a Halloween party he was hired for.
And me? Well, I'm just cute. Not everyone can fit in their own trunk to pass out candy during the trunk or treat. We got two big bags of smarties to hand out and didn't even get through the first bag.
And in the last picture in the middle of the bottom, doesn't it look like Jr. is floating (click on the picture to see a bigger version of it)?
And for those of you who don't know what trunk or treat is: Church members bring their vehicles to the church parking lot, open their trunks and let the kids come around trick-or-treating to the vehicles. For us, with our little ones, I'm glad our ward does it because they go around getting their candy in one spot and we don't have to drive around to so many different neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating. And it limits the amount of candy they get.