Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's up with us lately

So...I'm really bad at updating the blog lately.  My excuse it because we don't do anything interesting!  Plus I'm not that great about taking pictures and I like to always have pictures on the blog.

I thought I'd let you know what's up with each family member.

Adam: Adam is taking the CFA level II this Saturday and is pretty overwhelmed.  He hasn't had as much study time this year.  His job is also sucking the life out of him, so he has tried to fit some job-searching in but it's hard to fit everything into a 24-hour day!  Thankfully for his state of mind, his boss insisted that he take off next week. We're looking forward to a real vacation and trying to figure out where to go and what to do.  At church Adam is the Stake Financial Clerk and really enjoys his calling.  I like that it's less time-consuming than Scoutmaster.  He gets to visit the other wards a lot, which is sometimes tricky with only one car, but we make it work.

Me: I spend my time reading and sewing.  I need to read less and sew more though, because my Etsy shop is doing really well and sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with it.  It's bridal season and I get lots of orders for bridesmaid clutches.  I really enjoy those orders.  I'm proud that I've been able to buy several things this year with my shop profits, like suits for Adam, a laptop for myself, and a carseat for Katrina.  Now I'm saving up for a family vacation to see my Utah family.  We spend most of our time at home and I'm always trying to get myself to take the kids out and play in the mornings but instead we sit around watching tv or the kids run around and play together while I do computer stuff for my business.  I've got to get better about getting them outside and doing fun things!  At church I'm Katrina's Sunbeams teacher, which is really fun.  Unfortunately, we're losing approximately one child per month this summer to moves, and we just had a few kids leave when their branch moved to a different building, so our class will be down to three kids by the end of the summer!

Katrina: Katrina is a really cute kid.  She's smart and often talks about things that I have no memory of teaching her, so I know she picked them up from her games she plays during Daniel's naptime.  Yesterday she was singing the vowels in the alphabet.  Katrina has a really large vocabulary but is still kind of hard to understand.  Her speech isn't very clear sometimes.  We try to get her to speak slower and clearer (sometimes I sound like the mean mom from Tangled: "Don't mumble!") She loves other people and every time we go to the park she runs off to ask the closest little girl if she will be her friend.  She's so social and I feel bad that I'm happier at home.  I'm looking into preschools for her in the fall but they are really expensive around here.

Daniel: Daniel is kind of crazy.  He goes from being super cute to yelling his head off at the drop of a hat.  I try to avoid triggers, but at the same time, I get really sick of his mood swings so often I just ignore him when he starts, which makes his tantrums worse.  Thankfully he's really affectionate and sweet, but he can be pretty invasive in his affection, climbing on me and smothering me with kisses and caresses that quickly turn into giggling while slapping or pinching me.  It's a hard balance with him these days and I don't always know how to deal with him.  He's got a big vocabulary too and it's fun to hear his sentences.  Whenever he sees me after a period of absence he grins and yells, "Found it! Found the mommy!"  He still uses both hands but definitely favors his left hand.  He's pretty musical and likes to sing songs with familiar tunes but inserts his own words.  Daniel seems to be getting closer to pottytraining. I'd really like to get him out of diapers before he goes into Sunbeams in January.  The other day we were getting some frozen yogurt and I turned around to see Daniel bending down and picking up his diaper, which had come off and slipped out of his leg hole (the velcro on one side needs to be replaced).  The girls nearby thought it was hilarious thank goodness and not disgusting (it was a dirty diaper), and I quickly whisked him off to clean him up.  With no replacement diaper he had to eat ice cream in just his shorts, but there was no accidents thankfully!

So that's us right now!  Hopefully our life will get less stressful once the CFA is over. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lightning damage

It's become increasingly rare for me and Adam to spend the evening watching tv and doing nothing else.  Usually I'm sewing, he's studying, and we don't watch tv together.  But last night neither one of use felt like doing our normal things, so we ended up sitting on the couch and watching three episodes of Doctor Who while listening to a rather remarkable thunderstorm outside.  It was pretty surprising that Katrina didn't wake up, since normally thunderstorms send her into a panic.

After Doctor Who, it was around 12:30, but we still were too lazy to actually get up and go get ready for bed, so we sat there reading and watching movie trailers.  The storm had basically stopped.  Suddenly out of nowhere, we heard a monstrous CRACK with a brief flash of light outside.  It really sounded like a cannon shot.  I shrieked and Adam jumped, but the lights were fine, and our kids didn't even stir, and we had no idea whether the lightning and struck our building or somewhere close by.  It's a three story building and we are on the bottom floor, so it was hard to know what actually had happened. We thought we smelled burning, but it was faint.

And then I went to brush my teeth.

 Our mirrors each had a couple of these circular spots.  They weren't on the surface.  We couldn't clean them off or anything. I've heard stories of lightning hitting houses and charges shooting out of electrical sockets but that didn't seem to make sense in this case since the damage is not on the surface.
 I went to the bedroom and found plaster on my pillow.  Above the bed the wall looked like this:
 And then here is the part that sends chills through me:
That is Adam's pillow.  I had to push it down to take the picture.  Can you imagine if he had been laying right there?  Probably the worst damage to us would have been flying plaster, but can you imagine how shocking it would be to virtually have the wall explode above your head?? Last night I was feeling bad for our laziness in not getting to bed before midnight, but once I saw this I was super grateful.  I took these pictures for record of the damage and called our managers this morning.  They were baffled.  I'm looking forward to the maintenance man coming over later today to fix our clogged sinks (separate issue) so I can show off the damage, haha.

Interview with a couple of preschoolers

Here is an interview I did with the kids last week.  Sorry for their partially clothed state--Katrina has a hard time remembering to put her pants back on after using the bathroom, and Daniel had just had a period of "naked time" for diaper rash treatment so he's just in a diaper.



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Facebook quote round-up

I'm sorry that my blog has taken such a backseat lately.  When something funny or postworthy comes up, I usually just post it on Facebook.  Since not all my family reads facebook, I thought I'd have a post with a bunch of quotes from my facebook status updates, or at least the funny ones. :]

December 10:
I may need to correct some of my kids' misconceptions. Katrina came up to me today and said, "I'm the Tooth Fairy. Go to sleep; I'm going to take your teeth!" Then Daniel put on some cat ears and came up to me saying, "Exterminate. Exterminate."

December 30:
Katrina's letter: "Dear Friend, I like to sing with you. La! Love."

January 4:
Today I showed Katrina how to type her name. I typed her name then had her type it. We did the same for everyone in the family. I typed "A-D-A-M" and she typed "A-D-A-H-I-K-M" and proudly told me she did it "with a K!"

January 7:
Daniel was so completely happy with his IKEA ice cream (his first ever ice cream cone) that he was saying in the car on the way home, "Thank you, you're welcome, Mommy, for Ife Weeem."

January 8:
Katrina and the other sunbeams did really well today in their first singing/sharing time. But during sharing time at one point, Katrina disagreed with the lesson. She turned to me and said, "Daniel is not a prophet. He's my brother!"

January 15:
Katrina just ran out of the bedroom yelling, "Ahhh! I saw the Holy Ghost! Ahhh!"

January 17:
Katrina is just full of funny things lately. I asked her what her favorite dinosaur is and she said, "A dromeosaurus, they're the pinkest!"

January 17:
Music to my ears...Katrina: "More vegetables please, Mommy!" Daniel: "Mo vehabababalll peese!"

January 31:
Wow, Katrina actually learned something from Family Home Evening! Today she's telling Daniel, "it's okay, I forgive you" when he's mean to her.

February 10
For some reason Daniel named his turtle pillow pet "Ducky." He often refers to it as "Cute Turtle Ducky." And sometimes he calls it "Ducky Werewolf." I have no idea where he got this!!

February 12:
I told Katrina we would need to save up money to buy something that she wants. A few minutes later she came up to me and said, "I have a great idea!" Me: "What's that?" Her: "Make money!" Profound, kid!

February 17:
If I didn't know about Katrina's obsession with typing "Chuck", I would think we had a ghost in the house. It seems like every time I come to the computer she has typed it in whatever document or window that is open.

February 20:
During lunch the kids were walking around the apartment together. I asked, "Are you done?" Katrina said, "no, we're just strolling."

February 21:
Earlier today I called Adam at the precise moment that he picked up the phone to call me, so I heard one ring on my end but he heard nothing, just me saying "hi!" instead of the dial tone he expected. But that's not the craziest part: a few hours later we did the EXACT same thing again. Are we on the same wave length or what?

March 3:
Okay, kid, I'm okay with being a jungle gym but NOT a punching bag! Daniel has always had a hitting problem but lately whenever something makes him mad he comes over and hits ME. "Nina not sharing!" Thwack! It's so awful it's almost funny.

March 6:
I told Adam in frustration how I couldn't find something anywhere online, and Katrina jumped up and yelled, "I can! I have great eyesight!"

March 14:
I just got the funniest wrong number call. I answered hello and an old woman said snottily, "Who is this, Lady Gaga?" A little speechless, I just said, "Who is this?" She answered, "Is this Edward?" I told her no, it was a wrong number, and she sounded mortified as she apologized and hung up.

March 16:
A 3 year old's logic is hilarious. Me: "You need to wear a shirt underneath that jumper." Her: "I changed my mind, I don't need to wear a shirt under it."

March 19:
Quote of the day from Katrina: "I can't find my white blanket! It's white and fluffy and it looks like a white blanket."

March 22:
Quote of the day. Katrina: "Daniel, no swiping! Daniel, no swiping! Daniel, noooooo swiping! Say 'Aw, man.' "

March 24:
Adam: "Are you an angry bird, Katrina?" Katrina: "I'm not angry! Look into my eyes, Daddy. These aren't angry eyes, these are happy eyes!"

April 4:
Daniel came up to me and said, "all finished!" And then I looked at him.

April 5:
So it turns out that Katrina figured out the Quick Print icon yesterday while playing on the computer...

April 7:
It's probably backwards that we tried to teach Katrina about Easter by referring to Chronicles of Narnia. Me: "And then Jesus died and came back to life..." Katrina: "Like the nice lion!"

April 9:
We just cleaned and vacuumed our living room, and in response Katrina asked, "Is someone visiting us?"

April 18:
Katrina just pointed at a picture of my brother (Rob) and thought it was me!

April 22:
Sunbeams tell me all sorts of crazy things. One told me all about her new little sister (I think that's news for her parents!), one told me about the baby in her mommy's tummy (that could be fiction as well), a visitor told me about her mommy being in jail (sadly true I think), another visitor told me his family doesn't have a home (they were on vacation) and Katrina told me all about how she goes to school on a school bus and has a pet (news to me!). This just reinforces to me not to tell Katrina anything I don't want her sharing, and also that kids have funny imaginations and to them the line between reality and imagination is not always clear!

April 29:
Katrina has absolutely no interest in learning how to write her own name, but can write the name Chuck and now Celestia (that one's from My Little Pony)

May 4:
Tired of waking up everyday to Daniel pounding on his door, I left it unlatched last night. Instead, I woke up to him standing next to my elbow, grinning, holding a bag of yams he found in the kitchen.

May 4:
I just heard from the other room Katrina saying: "No babies on the table! Mom, Daniel's on the table!"

May 8:
I am so grateful to have very polite children. When I ask Katrina to do something she doesn't want to do she will brightly say, "No please!" and then run away. When Daniel comes across something that he disagrees with, he yells, "No ganks! No ganks!"