Sunday, February 26, 2006


Well, you all guessed correctly. Baby #4 is due at the end of October... although my babies love to be warm and cozy inside me, so we are anticipating an early November arrival...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

A Riddle For You

Here is a little riddle for you...
What is #4, #10, and #12 all at the same time?
The answer tomorrow, unless any brave soul wants to hazard a guess.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Are they words on it?

Ethan has become quite the reader. He is at the phase where anytime he sees words he has to read them. When I read books to him, he will interrupt me all of a sudden and start reading words at any given spot on the page. He is getting very good at figuring out all the different sound combinations (the english language is SO hard!) I remember Andrew going through this same phase, and Elliott says he remembered it when he was a kid too.

Emma is discovering words too... The other day she was singing the end of the ABC song at the top of her lungs in the post office, and anytime she sees something with words on it, she says, "Are they words on it?"

One of my favorite parts of motherhood is seeing little minds develop and grow. Interestingly enough, this is just what my major (Human Development) was all about... I think it gives us a little inkling of what Heavenly Father sees as we progress through our lives.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Thas my favite colah!

Many children have a favorite toy they like to take everywhere with them.
Emma has a pink button.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Doctor, Doctor

This morning, Emma and I took Ethan to a pediatric dermatologist to have a wart burnt off his ear. This is the second time this skin tag has been burnt. The first time, at our regular pediatrician, Ethan didn't cry, even though it hurt a lot. This doctor told us that she has a better method than most pediatricians, but it also hurts more. She wasn't kidding. Ethan was as brave as can be, but there were tears coming down while she was burning it, and after the dermotologist left the office Ethan really started crying. It was very sad.

This afternoon, Emma was playing with her dolly and told Elliott and I that her dolly had a bump on her ear, and had to go to the doctor. Then she and Ethan got out the doctor kit and proceeded to "burn" the baby, along with a myriad other procedures. Do I hear Harvard Medical School calling our name?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Awesome LDS Story

Check out this cool story.

I especially like how Torah says she was taught to expect great things in her life. Not that I was taught differently, but for some reason I go around waiting for something bad to happen... my big trial in life, if you will. I don't feel like I struggle in life as much as many people do, so I am always waiting for some big disaster to hit! I need to get over that... to expect the good that Heavenly Father wants for me. I think this article will help me change my outlook!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Shhh, don't tell Neal!

I really want my sister- and brother-in-law to move out here when he is done with his dental residency/internship/extra schooling thingamabob. But he doesn't want to move anywhere that is "cold". (yeah, yeah, like a little bit of cold in Indiana is worse than a Houston summer!)

My son Ethan, on the other hand, is one of those people who likes to be cold. He never wants to wear his jacket, and will rarely keep a sweater on.

This morning, just before I left to take Ethan to school, it was 19* F, and with the windchill, it felt like 9*. As we pulled out of our neighborhood, Ethan said to me, "Does it get cold in California?"
me: "no"
Ethan: "I want to move there."

My Favorite Dinner

Dinner in our house can be a trying time for dear old mom. It is hit and miss what my kids will eat. Tonight, though, we made a breakthrough. It just goes to show that if you force your children to eat something enough times, they may actually start to like it!

Almost every Monday night, for the past six months, we have had salmon for dinner. Salmon is easy to fix, easy to clean up, and I always feel extra healthy after eating it! I like to fix it by sprinkling it with dried dill, and then covering the top with lemon slices. I bake it in the oven at 425* for about 22 minutes. I like to serve the salmon with rice (cooked with 2 veggie bullion cubes) and peas (microwaved in a bowl of water for 3 minutes, what could be easier?)

When I first started cooking this, Emma would eat all of it (she call it "pink" and it has always been one of her favorites), Andrew would eat the rice and peas, and Ethan would eat only the peas (have you ever heard of a child who didn't like white rice???) Tonight, when Ethan asked what I was making for dinner, I expected the usual complaining. Imagine my suprise when he said he loves salmon, and proved it by gulping down his portion first thing. Andrew used a little ingenuity to decide he likes salmon when it is mixed with the peas and rice.

Everyone ate all their dinner tonight.. wow... I am one happy momma!

Friday, February 10, 2006

new blogs to follow...

Elliott has never really liked the name he chose for his blog. So, to honor Emma, who every morning asks us if she can have "chucky larms" for breakfast (it is only a Sunday treat), Elliott started a new blog with that title.

I am also happy to say that Stephanie's trend has caught on with two of my sisters and my pop... so they now have blogs too. Elizabeth's is "Dorm Living 101", Judy's is "Mindless Chatter", and Dad's is "News from Pasadena". All links can be found in the links section of my blog.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Blogs... cheaper than therapy, and less side effects than Prozac!

I was ready to write this whole song and dance about how I am bummed out on motherhood today, but I don't want to bum you all out too! Instead, I am going to write one brillant thing each of my children has done today:
Emma - Following her brothers' examples, tonight when we had veggie tacos for dinner, Emma put her olives on her fingers and said, "wook, mom, I'm a awien"!
Ethan - Today when I was taking a shower, Ethan took great care of Emma and made sure she didn't get into trouble. I think he may have even read her a book, with his newfound skill!
Andrew - For his homework, Andrew had to cut out a ruler on his math sheet. Later this afternoon, I needed the scissors to cut a package open, and they were back in the drawer where they belonged... Andrew had put them away without me even asking him!
See, I knew it was a great day after all!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Warning *** this post has lots of "bathroom" talk!

uh-oh, I hope no one has stopped reading my blog due to lack of posts... I have been really busy with Primary, and then we had Elliott's parents in town. That was really fun, but kept us moving!

Today Elliott and I went bed shopping for Emma. That is right, she has graduated out of her crib... She is pretty wiggly when she sleeps, and the crib's size is too small. I guess I had better hurry and get her quilt made. I am most excited about this milestone because we decided when Emma gets her new bed, we are going to cut her pacifiers, so she can be done with them. Hopefully this won't be too truamatic!

Emma also is embarking on a second milestone... using the potty! Actually, I have been trying for a couple of days to get her to use the toilet, but she refuses to go on it... a little frightening I guess. Yesterday I even bought her a Cinderella Barbie (as the ultimate reward) and lots of princess and Elmo underwear. Each time she uses the toilet, she gets a starburst, and on her 5th poop in the toilet, she will get the Cinderella. However, she wasn't wanting to even get on the toilet, so I bought her a little toilet, which we dubbed her "princess" toilet. I am going to get princess stickers for her to decorate it with each time she uses it! She wouldn't get off of it this morning, although she didn't actually do anything in it yet. I am going to try again when she wakes up from her nap.

Wow--- this means she actually will be a little girl and no longer a baby...