Thursday, January 29, 2009
The week started off pretty crappy actually. Monday was one of those days that everything just spirals out of control, and absolutely nothing got done, and you just feel horrid all day long! And then on Tuesday, Haley's teacher told me that she hasn't been behaving very well in school. She has started to talk back to the teacher and is screaming when she has to be in time out!! And so it begins...my ultimate fear...not behaving in school!!! OK, actually I have a lot fears...but we won't go there right now. So anyway, I was so disappointed. When ever a teacher says, "Hey, do you have a minute?" when you're picking up your kid, it's not a good thing! So anyway, Haley and I immediately created a incentive chart when we got home (the teacher in me was kicking in) and a prize that she gets to pick out (it was a My Little Pony) to work toward. It has worked wonders this week!!! She has been so excited about it! Yesterday, the girls did a huge amount of playing together with NO FIGHTING!! I couldn't believe it, I kept waiting for someone to start screaming, but it never came! And I mean real playing...together...not side by side in the same room...TOGETHER! I know, I know...I'm sounding gaggy right about now...very unlike my normal posts. But I don't care! My kids were PERFECT yesterday!! Yay, for me, I'm such a PERFECT mom!! PERFECT, PERFECT, PERFECT! Ahhhh, even it's just for a day...I'll take it! Sometimes moms need a good day, just to keep them sane...because the next day will most likely return to normal...hell. Just kidding... I love being a mom...honest!
So anyway, back to the prize. Today when I picked her up from school, the teacher said she did super! So Haley got her last sticker she needed to get her pony. So on the way home, that's what we did, and Haley wanted Morgan to have one too. Lucky me! And you won't believe what pony Haley FINALLY got...her prized Rainbow Dash!! Something about seeing both those girls skip (ok, maybe they weren't skipping, but it does make a better visual) out of the store holding their ponies, and Haley so proud of herself...ah, just makes my day! We made up another chart this afternoon. The prize she chose...a camera. Needless to say I added A LOT more squares for her to fill up to get it!
Monday, January 26, 2009
If all of the eight desserts listed below were sitting in front of you, which would you choose ? (sorry, you can only pick one)! Trust me...this is very accurate. Pick your dessert, and then look to see what psychiatrists think about you.
REMEMBER - No Cheating.
Make your choice before you check the meaning.
Here are your choices:
1. Angel Food Cake
3. Lemon Meringue Pie
4. Vanilla Cake With Chocolate Icing
5. Strawberry Short Cake
6. Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Icing
7. Ice Cream
8. Carrot Cake
No, you can't change your mind once you scroll down, so think carefully about what your choice will be.
1. ANGEL FOOD CAKE -- Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy items. A little nutty at times. Sometimes you need an ice cream cone at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike and immature at times.
2. BROWNIES -- You are adventurous, love new ideas, and are a champion of underdogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up you whip out your saber.. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor and direction. You tend to be very loyal.
3. LEMON MERINGUE -- Smooth, sexy, & articulate with your hands, you are an excellent caregiver and a good teacher. But don't try to walk and chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times, you set your own style because you do your own thing. You shine when it comes to helping others and have many friends.
4. VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING -- Fun-loving, sassy, humorous, not very grounded in life; very indecisive and lacking motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.
5. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE -- Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people, can be counted on in a pinch and expect the same in return. Intuitively keen. You can be very emotional at times but a true person in every way. You like to do things for yourself and help others learn about themselves.
6. CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING-- Sexy; always ready to give and receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious, and passionate. You can appear to have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. Love to laugh.
7. ICE CREAM -- You like sports, whether it be baseball, football, basketball, or soccer. If you could, you would like to participate, but you enjoy watching sports. You don't like to give up the remote control. You tend to be self-centered and high maintenance.
8. CARROT CAKE -- You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh. You are fun to be with. People like to hang out with you. You are a very warm hearted person and a little quirky at times. You have many loyal friends. You were meant to lead and teach others. A wonderful role model.
In case you are wondering, I chose the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. It was a hard choice of that or brownies...really anything chocolate and I'm in heaven! I think it was fairly accurate of me. Sexy...OF COURSE! Creative...hmmm, debatable. Adventurous...I think so! Ambitious...most of the time. Passionate...of certain things, yes. Cold exterior but warm on the inside...funny, I heard this a lot about myself growing up...wait, people still tell me that. I have a tendency to look mad sometimes, when I'm not. Or I guess I could be at the time. And not afraid to take chances...not so much on this one. Ryan is more of a risk taker then I am. And loves to laugh...who doesn't?!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
She made an igloo out of a cup, frosting and mini marshmallows; a penguin out of egg crates and paint; and she drew a penguin on sticky paper to hang in her window. They also played a tag game which absolutely confused Haley. It was basically what we know as freeze tag, but they called it some penguin name. Anyway, when they got started there were about 20 kids racing around and then there was Haley who just stood there in the middle of it all, with this completely bewildered look on her face. No one tried to tag her since she basically looked like she was already frozen. I think she just enjoyed watching everyone run around. Then they grouped the kids together on the floor and the instructor threw out little goldfish snacks to them. The idea was that they were penguins and they were supposed to catch the fish in their mouth. But of course it turned into a free-for-all...everyone just grabbing up what fell on the floor, because honestly, what kid can actually catch a fish in their mouth?! Probably not the most sanitary game , but pretty entertaining for us parents to watch!! She pretty much eats off the floor on a daily basis...so nothing new there! Then they ended with a cute story.
I'm amazed at how social Haley is! It didn't take long for her to tell her life story to the first instructor she saw. All the lady asked was, "Do you like animals?". That opened a huge can of worms!! Haley told her about Una of course, who she says is her daughter. And then she told her about Lucky her cat. Which I'm pretty sure the instructor thought is was a real cat, but I didn't fill her in that is was actually her prized stuffed kitty. Haley did a great job at making it sound so real! If I didn't know Lucky, I would have thought it to be real too! "She's soooo soft. And she loves to play and she always licks! She's such a silly cat!". On and on! And then any kid that sits down she immediately says, "Hi, do you want to be my friend?!". So cute!
So anyway, she had a great time...we'll have to do again sometime!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Just a few of my favorites:
OK, this is like the mother of all cookbooks! I'm pretty sure every household has this one, and probably everyone got it as a wedding gift too! Wait, I think I bought mine...crazy! Well, anyway, great cookbook!
Barefoot Contessa at Home I just got for Christmas. I love all the Food Network chefs! OK, maybe not all...there are a few that really bug me! Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) is a bit hoity-toity when you see her show, but she has great recipes!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
So because she did such a super job and I'm so proud of her for doing her best, she got to be the first to use our new Red Plate at dinner. I know this is a tradition that many households do, I know I loved it growing up! So I finally found a great plate and we're starting the tradition this year in our house!
So there you have it! Now I just hope she passes the class so she'll be ready for the next level in the Summer...ahhh, Summer, how I miss you!
Also, after her lesson I went ahead and bought a three month pass for the family. Maybe it will help pass the time while I'm waiting for the weather to warm up. So I think we'll be going to the pool quite a bit. They have racquetball courts there too! Oh, how I would love to play! Too bad they don't have a babysitting center there...bummer! In college Ryan and I played a lot of racquetball!!
Funny story: I was playing cut-throat (I think that's what it's called when you have three players) with Ryan and Serjon (not sure I spelled his name right). Anyway, they are probably the two biggest guys at the school, and I'm like the smallest person at the school. So anyway, their arm span was huge, and if you've seen the courts they're not very big. So you can imagine how scary it was for me. I concentrated more on not getting hit by their rackets then I did at trying to hit the ball! Anyway, I eventually got hit...yes...in the face...by Serjon. I'm not sure if I ever played cut-throat with them again. Also during that year Serjon crashed me on a bike ride. I fell into a huge icy puddle, yea, it was like 30 degrees outside. And then he also took me out during a game of Ultimate Frisbee...hurt my knee pretty bad. After that I think I got a restraining order against him! Stay away from Croatians, they're up to no good. Just kidding, of course...we still loved him!
Monday, January 19, 2009
In other news, I enrolled Haley in swim lessons again. And if you remember from last summer it was quite an experience...and I don't mean a good one either! The teacher asked that she repeat the same level again, so I thought she could do that in the Winter (and hopefully pass) and then she'll be ready for the next level swim class in the Summer. So last week I told her she'll be starting her "water fun class with all her friends" (I'm trying to make it sound less scary) and she still freaked out about the whole thing. Great. So on Saturday we took a family outing to the pool to get her accustomed to the water again. It went really well! She loved it! And she even put her head under the water when we played "ring around the rosies"! So far so good! She starts tomorrow...wish us luck!
On Sunday Ryan and I had our first day working in Nursery (taking care of all the 2-3 year olds for nearly two hours). Let's see...how should I say this...well...this job is going to be very challenging for me. Let me explain... Let's go over my week at home shall we: Monday: break up fights between Haley and Morgan. Tuesday: break up fights between Haley and Morgan. Wednesday: break up fights between Haley and Morgan (are you seeing a pattern here?) Thursday: break up fights between Haley and Morgan. Need I go on?! So as you can see, come Sunday, well...did I mention this will be a very challenging job for me?! But, in any case, I'm always up for a challenge! I'll do my best!! Plus, how can I turn this job down when there are so many women and men (with children of their own during the week) who have gone through just this? Luckily for Ryan and I, we only have to do this job every other week. So I do get some adult interaction at church at some point. Please keep in mind that I've been teaching Primary for two years already! Can I complain just a little?!
So yeah...the girls are always, ALWAYS fighting...it seems anyway. Unless they are engaged in an activity that involves having their own materials (no sharing needed) such as painting, play-do, coloring, etc. they get along great. However, as soon as I try to accomplish something and leave them alone...let the games begin or the WWF, which ever! So anyway, I'm at my wits end!! And so many other parents say, "Oh, it will get better as they get older." NO, NO, NO! It's getting worse as they older!! If you think about it, Morgan is only getting better with her speech, so she's becoming more and more vocal about things. Two stubborn girls!!
Have I ever mentioned Winter is very hard on me...I have a tendency to complain quite a bit more then any other Season...it seems.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Here's Haley ripping it up!
This is how Morgan started...all smiles, and loving it. After a few laps, it quickly turned to the below picture. Future speedskater? Hmmmm....maybe not yet.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Every Monday I read Erin Stewart's column. She's a new mom, and she writes about Motherhood type stuff. Mostly I enjoy it, however, sometimes she can sound a bit too much like articles I read in Parents Magazine. And we all know I'm a Parents Magazine hater! But today's article I couldn't agree more with her!
To go with her article, this is a picture of a "toy" I saw in the grocery store checkout this morning. Potty Putty, and yes, the container is in the shape of a toilet. Lovely!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I know...I'm being very immature.
A recent conversation with Haley while she was playing with her Princess Doll:
Haley: "I like Morgan's Cinderella better, she has boobies."
Haley: "Yeah, her boobies are sparkly!"
Me: "Show me...where?"
Haley points to the jewel at the bottom of the doll's dress.
Me: "OH!, you mean rubies...the rubies are sparkly!"
Haley: "Yeah, the rubies."
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
At what age do you have to be to not have to worry about pimples?! When I was in high school I always thought how at least when I'm older I won't have to deal with pimples anymore.
Wrong-O! I was just thinking about that because I'm getting two big ones right now on my face...ugh!
I also remember being younger, probably around 5 or 6 and being obsessed with the name Cindy...I know, weird! I thought Cindy sounded so mature. Now I just think of The Brady Bunch, and that Cindy was anything but mature. Wasn't that her name? I also remember putting paper clips on my finger tips to pretend I had long nails. (I think every little girl did this) I had this summer school teacher one year that had long nails. When she talked she would emphasis a lot with her hands and her nails would knock against each other making this really neat clicking sound. I was completely mesmerized by it...it's really the only thing I remember of that summer! Anyway, I was so obsessed with the idea of getting older. Now that I'm older I'm not into long nails at all, I keep them short, always. Strange how that is.
I have no idea where I'm going with this post. Well, there you have it...Kelly's random thoughts for the day.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
We also went to the beach a couple of times. Haley was dying to go! We told her it was too cold to swim, but of course that did not stop her. She and Morgan got drenched both times and loved every bit of it! Our car is still covered with sand.
I did quite a bit of riding too! I had to burn calories somehow, since I'll I did was eat, eat and eat some more!
Christmas morning! Haley found her Penguin, which she named Tra La La. If Christmas ended there she would have been a happy camper! Morgan found a new Piggy back (not sure where it is in the photo). She was pretty excited too, she broke hers a while back and has wanted a new one ever since.
This year my mom sewed the most amazing aprons for all us girls! I love them!
Here's my dad and brother trying to clear the driveway...they did do it eventually!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
It started snowing at the In-N-Out in St. George yesterday during our drive home. Yes, you read right...SNOW in ST. GEORGE!! So...we knew we were in trouble and the drive was pretty much doomed from that point on.
It was white-out conditions from St. George to the Cove Fort exit. For all my out of state readers, that's a long freakin way! As Ryan would say...we were all suffering from CSS (Can't See Sh-t) from all the snow.
I'm still recovering...maybe I'll do a real post tomorrow with pictures from Christmas.
Ugh...I miss Long Beach.