Ok…here are my good things for last week – in no particular order…
Lunch Ramblings – Ellie said to me during lunch “I’m full eating those mommy (pointing to her veggies), but I’m not full eating those (pointing to her fishy crackers).” Then when Addie refused to eat her turkey she tried to persuade her by saying “Come on Add…it’s really bubble gum turkey!” Addison then ate every bite.
A trip to Costco was a very good thing this week. First good thing: I made it through the store with BOTH girls staying in the cart the entire time (with the help of various snacks). That never happens. Second good thing: Fall stuff has arrived! So fun to cruise up and down the aisles looking at Fall paraphernalia and Halloween decor. It’s so boring in the summer with nothing to buy but diapers and toilet paper. I bought the most beautiful Fall wreath. Before you know it, all the toys will be in for Christmas! I know some people get annoyed that the stores start selling holiday stuff so early – just a ploy to get the average consumer to spend spend spend. Well this consumer LOVES IT! Costco just got really fun again.
Bran Chex. I so love my Bran Chex. I’ve never been a breakfast eater. I’m just never hungry in the mornings and I don’t like pancakes, eggs and the usual breakfast menu. But I know…breakfast is the most important part of the day…blah blah blah. So I try to eat breakfast. The only thing I like to eat in the mornings are Bran Chex. So imagine my panic when at one point our local grocery store stopped carrying them. I shopped around and couldn’t find them anywhere! Kenny came to the rescue and for part of my Valentines Day present last year gave me this Bran Chex pyramid. He had ordered them from Amazon.com! What a doll. We’ve been ordering them by the dozen from Amazon ever since and each day I eat a healthy breakfast. Plus we count it as our food storage. If there is any type of major disaster, Bran Chex will keep us alive. It’s a win win. Love my Bran Chex.
Mat. Mat sat. Sam. Sam sat. Mat sat. Sam sat. Mat sat on Sam. Sam sat on Mat. Mat sat. Sam sat. The end. These are the words from the first book Ellie read. My Ellie is starting to read! I’ve been working with her for a year on letters, sounds and handwriting and each night Kenny tucks Ellie in and reads to her. A few nights ago Kenny called me up to her room at bedtime and Ellie read her first little book that they had been practicing. It was so cool! I helped teach many children to read teaching school, but nothing feels as good as when you first hear your own child sounding out letters and reading. Unreal. The three of us did our happy dance around the room. This wasn’t just a good thing…it was a great thing. I love you Ellie – I’m so proud of you!!!
One afternoon this week I was desperate to keep my kids entertained and thinking just shoot me now if I have to go to the park one more time. Then I suddenly remembered me and Car “painting” the walls with water at my grandma’s house for hours when we were little. I got out some buckets and paint brushes and that did the trick! They were so entertained and I was able to get tons of stuff done around the house. So nice! So now I’m thinking hmm…what else did I do as a child that could entertain my kids? I mostly just remember fighting with Carly and running around the house with a jar of peanut butter – my only defense against my stronger sister since she had a peanut allergy. Ahhh – the good ol‘ days.
Speaking of my sister Carly, these next pics are of her little Claire. I’ve had no luck persuading Car to start a blog (even though I know hers would be more entertaining than Saturday Night Live) so until she gets sick of me bugging her enough to just start one, I feel it is my duty as a good aunt to show off Claire because she is just
TOO STINKIN‘ CUTE!
The start of each year is a great time to set goals, to evaluate your life and think about how you can improve it. I love to set goals and enjoy doing it every year. The only difference is that I do it in September instead of January. I don’t really know why, but for me this time of year just seems like the right time to make a fresh start. Maybe it’s because summer is so crazy/busy that by the time September gets here it feels like time for a schedule and some order. Maybe it’s because I still have the school teacher in me that looks at the “year” as being from September to June instead of January to December. Or maybe it’s just because in January I’m coming off of a holiday high and am in no mood to set goals. I’m much more in the mood to hole up in my house in big comfy sweats eating like it’s still December. Whatever the reason, I like to set my goals in September. For the past four Septembers one goal has been the same – to start a gratitude journal. Write down five things each day I’m grateful for. (My mom is big on this – she has spoken to many groups about gratitude and being grateful for the little things that make life so great). I’ve started this so many times and for some reason I just never continue with it. I write my five things faithfully for about five days and then forget about it. It’s a goal that just isn’t sticking! So instead of setting myself up for failure again this year, I’m going to try to simplify. Instead of five things a day, I’ll write five (give or take) things each week. And instead of a gratitude journal, I’ll write them on my blog. Maybe this way I won’t set myself up for failure once again. I’m going to call them my “good things.” Little things during the week that made me happy.
Just got back from a camping trip with my fam – so much fun! We camped around Brian Head and it felt so good to be in the mountains again. I grew up camping a lot and have so many fun memories from our trips to the mountains. I love that my girls will have some of the same memories. It rained a little on and off the first two days we were there and I loved it! Nothing like the smell of rain in the mountains. This trip was Ellie’s first time sleeping in a tent and she had so much fun. Kenny slept in the tent with Ellie while Addie and I had other sleeping arrangements. I wasn’t quite ready to do the tent thing with a two year old so my mom, Addison and I enjoyed sleeping in the Cedar Breaks Lodge and Spa each night that was about 20 minutes down the mountain. Nothin’ like enjoying camp when you’ve had a good nights sleep and a shower. :) Kenny’s excited for next year when we can all sleep in a tent. I’m thinking “crap…now I’ll have to have another baby so I have an excuse to sleep in the lodge!” j/k – kind of. Anyway – the trip was a blast. We had so much fun just hanging out together. My girls especially loved riding around on the four wheelers. They wanted to go again and again and again…
So I’ll be doing laundry for the next ten days…all I can say is well worth it!