Thursday, July 11, 2013

Learning to Spell

As you may or may not have picked up on, James is pretty enthralled by letters.  He'll spell just about anything he sees, make up songs about letters on a whim and run around telling people that "the letter B makes a buh-buh sound!" (or whatever his letter of choice is at that moment).  We try to limit our TV intake, but two of his favorite shows are Super Why! and Word World.  I actually don't feel bad about letting him watch those because he's picked up a lot from those shows.  Recently, he's started remembering how to spell specific words.  I decided to take a video of him attempting to spell some words.  He does a pretty decent job for a 2.5-year-old.

(You'll have to forgive my loud voice and breathing sounds again.  I really need to learn to hold my phone farther away from my mouth!)




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Birthday Fun

I love my birthday.  But really, who doesn't?  Mostly, I think it's because you have permission to feel totally special and most of your family and friends take the time to make you feel awesome, at least for this one day.  I always wake up with this excitement in my chest, just knowing that it's my birthday and that I can pretty much do whatever I want.  I am such a kid.  :)

My mom was able to get the day off of work for my birthday and she graciously kept James overnight last night.  David's regular day off has been Wednesday up until this week (go figure) because he's in training for a new position.  The upside, however, was that he got off of work by 5pm all week, so we were able to go out to dinner last night while my mom had James and also spend the evening together today.

First of all, I got to sleep in.  Sort of.  It was storming on and off all day, so I was awakened at 7am by a thunderclap so loud that it set off a car alarm twice.  I stayed up for about an hour and a half, which let me see David off to work.  He gave me his gift before leaving for work, which was the book The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  I was so excited to start reading it!  I knew that I would finish my current book very soon, so I started reading in order to finish it, and coincidently, fell asleep.  I didn't get up again until about 10am.  (What!)

Soon after I woke up, my mom came over with James and we ran a couple of errands.  Afterward, she treated us to a birthday lunch for me at Mark Pi's, which is an awesome Chinese buffet nearby.  Later on, we went over to my brother's house to celebrate with an ice cream cake.

I also got a couple of well-timed birthday cards in the mail, too.  One from my aunt and one from my in-laws.  A completely relaxing, fantastic day.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Ninety-Fivey-Seven

My child is a hoot.

So, a while ago (maybe eight months or more?...), James noticed the numbers on our house.  There's a placard by our front door, as well as one on the little wooden fence surrounding our tiny townhouse back patio.  We generally park in the parking space directly behind our fence.  One day, while getting in the car, James noticed the house numbers on the fence and began to recite them to us.  It went something like this:

James:  "I see numbers!  Four, ninety-five and seven!"
Either me or David:  "Good job!  That's our house number, 4-9-5-7."

This went on for some time, with James always throwing "ninety-five" in the middle.  (It's important to note that it's "ninety-five", rather than just nine and five because Lightning McQueen is number 95 in Cars.  We're pretty sure that this is why he says it that way.)  Eventually, the four got dropped off completely and the five turned into "fivey".  (Probably because of the "ninety" part preceding it.  This is also just our guess.)  Since then, James doesn't usually refer to it as our house or home, but rather as "ninety-fivey-seven".

So, back to present day.

Yesterday was Sunday and I woke up with a stomach bug.  I could kind of feel it coming on Saturday, so I was afraid that I'd caught something.  Since I teach in Primary, I didn't want to go to church and give it to anyone's kids, so I stayed home while David and James went to church.

When it was time for them to go downstairs and leave, I was standing at the top of the stairs while James was slowly climbing down them backwards (so that he could look at me while going down).  In the cheeriest voice I could muster under my current discomfort, I said to him, "Bye, James!  Have fun at nursery!", to which he replied, mimicking my tone with eerie exactness, "Bye, Mom!  Have fun at ninety-fivey-seven!"

We about died from laughter.  Maybe it's just funny to us because he's our crazy child, but it still makes me wonder, where did we find this kid?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Baby Emmy

Last Friday, on June 21st, my sister-in-law had a baby!  Her name is Amelia Brynn Atwell, but everyone has been calling her Emmy.  I was fortunate enough to be able to take some pictures of her today, along with a couple pictures of James.  I thought I would share those with you now.







Pretty stinkin' cute, right?  She's a doll, and so mellow.  Tony and Jen are one lucky set of parents!

In addition to baby Emmy, another sister-in-law, Heidi, who is married to David's brother, Chris, also had a baby girl last week on Tuesday.  Her name is Tallulah and we can't wait to meet her.  Chris and Heidi live in Las Vegas, so we've only seen pictures of her so far.  We went from having only one nephew (and no nieces) to getting two nieces both in the same week!  How fun is that?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

That Kid of Mine

For reasons unknown, my child did quite a few things today that I found adorable or amusing.  I thought I'd share those with you.

Breakfast at IHOP
This morning, we all went to IHOP for breakfast with my mom, my brother Tony and my sister-in-law Jen.  James looked at the kid's menu and decided that he wanted pancakes, which he continued announcing to us until the server came to take our order.  Then, unprompted by anyone, James turned to her and said, "I want some pancakes."  I decided to order a breakfast that came with french toast and pancakes so that I could give the pancakes to James, keep the french toast for myself and avoid spending $5 on something that could quite possibly be thrown onto the floor.  When they brought us all of our food and the server didn't hand anything to James, he turned around and asked her, "Where are my pancakes?"  Clearly, he'd ordered pancakes and wasn't given any.  (By the way, he did get his pancakes.)

Shopping at Target
David had to go to work after breakfast, but the rest of us ran a handful of errands together, mostly in preparation for Tony and Jen's baby, who is due in a few weeks.  One of our stops was Target.  While Tony and Jen were at the customer service counter making an exchange, I walked across to the dollar section with my mom and James.  My mom saw a pinwheel, decided that she wanted to get it for James and handed it to him.  I showed him how to blow on it and make it spin, which he did for a few minutes.  Then, right as Tony and Jen were walking back to us, he shoots his arm out in the air, pinwheel in hand, and shouts, "Expelliarmus!".  He continued to do that randomly throughout the entire shopping trip.  We all got a pretty good laugh out of that.

Shopping at Babies R Us
This was another one of our stops.  While we were there, he saw the cool toddler beds that were shaped like race cars and trains.  He got pretty mad at me when I steered him away from them, so Uncle Tony promised him that he could get out of the cart and look at them if he was a good boy while we were shopping.

Here he is, living it up in his little toddler dream land.  He still threw a bit of a fit when we actually had to leave, but it was so cute watching him explore everything.

Picnic Lunch at Home
After all of our shopping was done, we (meaning my mom and James and myself) came back to our house to have a little lunch and to let James play outside for a while since he'd been dragged around all morning and half of the afternoon on our shopping excursions.  James was nibbling on his food here and there as he was playing, which was fine by me.  Then, out of nowhere, he sits down at the patio table, picks up one club cracker from his lunch, takes one bite, sets it down, picks up another cracker, takes one bite, sets it down... you get the point... until he's bitten each cracker one time.  Mind you, he was quick and precise about each bite.  After he lays down his last bitten cracker, he immediately jumps up from his chair to go play.  It was the most randomly hilarious thing, but it was probably one of those "you had to be there" moments, so I'll forgive you for not being as amused about this as we were. :)

That's pretty much it for our day, except for the part where James broke the baby gate to the stairs, but that wasn't amusing, so I won't share that.

I think I have the funniest, strangest kid out there.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Getting Better

At least, we hope that's what's happening.

Things have been a lot smoother this week than they were last week.  The funeral is over and David has been feeling quite a bit better.  He's still weak from not having eaten much last week and the fact that he has to take it slow with what he can still keep down now, but we're moving forward, so that's good.

Other than that, I've gotten back on track with my reading goals.  I got derailed during March and April for reasons mostly unknown.  I think part of it was the fact that the book I was stuck on, Emma, was 580+ pages and I hit a really boring section in the middle, so I lost my motivation to read for a while.  I only planned on taking a small break from it, say for like a week, and then coming back to it, but that week turned into about six or seven.  Oops.  I picked it back up about a week and a half ago and was finally able to finish it.  It really is a good book, with the exception of the boring handful of chapters in the middle.

I've decided to start reading The Hunger Games again.  I was going to wait until closer to November to reread them, since that's when the Catching Fire movie comes out, but I was feeling really in the mood for them right now.  I think I might pick up the Ender's Game series again too, since the movie is coming out on November 1, just before Catching Fire.  I'm pretty excited about both of those right now.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Some Weeks

Some weeks are definitely better than others.

This past week has been ten shades of exhausting.  When people post stuff on Facebook about how they've had a really busy or exhausting or otherwise event-filled week, I usually don't give it a second thought.  Everyone has crazy weeks at some point or other, right?  No big deal.  Unless I know of a specific event that truly justifies their claims, I usually assume that they're blowing it out of proportion, at least a little.  (I can't be the only one who does that when they're tired.)

From now on, I shall cease to judge other people's "I've had a long week" postings, because I have truly had an insanely long week.

"So, Tiffany, what happened to make your week so long?"

Well, I'm glad that you asked...


MONDAY

David stayed home from work because he wasn't feeling well.  For those of you who don't know, my husband suffers from ulcerative colitis, which means that he has ulcers in his colon and intestines.  Absolutely no fun.  He had a flare-up, his first one in almost a year, because we had to switch medications on him and the new one wasn't working.  We had an appointment with our family doctor because we needed a new referral for a gastroenterologist for David because his current one wasn't cutting it (which is another long story for another time) and our family doctor wanted to see what was going on with David before he could refer him to the right doctor.  He prescribed David something for nausea and something to help with stomach acid to keep him from getting sick.

It wasn't too horrible at this point, but it's only Monday, so you know that things only went downhill from here.


TUESDAY

David had an appointment with his new GI.  He got two more prescriptions from him.  (Here, pharmacy, take all of my monies.)  He felt okay enough to go to work that afternoon.

Later, I found out from my mom that one of my aunts passed away earlier that morning.  She was only 58 and had been struggling with cancer since last fall.  Also, her husband (my uncle) had just passed away last January.  Sad times all around, especially for their two sons who are both within 5 years of my age.  Since this was my mom's step-sister, she was given bereavement leave at work so that we could go to her funeral.

Also, later this night, David came home from work feeling even worse than he did on Monday.  I could tell that he was warm, so I took his temperature, which turned out to be 101°F.  Thankfully, Wednesday was his day off and we were hoping that he could get better before having to go back to work.


WEDNESDAY

He got worse.  Aside from all of the nasty side effects of this flare-up, David wasn't able to eat anything at all.  He spent all day in bed and was barely able to keep down the water that he drank in order to take his medication.  I felt so terrible for him.  His fever didn't get any better either.  Since he was on so many new meds, I didn't want to risk anything by also giving him Tylenol for his fever, so I spent the better part of the afternoon on the phone with our pharmacy, leaving messages for his doctor and calling the Nurseline in order to make sure that he wouldn't be made worse by taking something for the fever.  He was eventually okayed to take the Tylenol, which helped a bit, but he still couldn't eat anything.


THURSDAY

David was feeling even worse still, so he stayed home again.

Mom and I also made plans to go to Zanesville, which is a little more than an hour away, for my aunt's funeral.  Her calling hours were on Friday and the funeral service was on Saturday, which meant a lot of driving for us over the next two days.

David finally got so weak that he eventually decided that he needed to go to the hospital.  Technically, this was at 2am, so I guess it counts as Friday, although we never actually went to sleep because David was having problems staying asleep, so it felt like a very long Thursday.  My mom came over to stay with James while we went down the street to the hospital.


FRIDAY

At about 7am, we got home.  They gave David some fluids and pain killers, which helped him a lot. We were able to sleep once we got home.  My mom also came back and got James once he woke up so that we could sleep.  That was a huge blessing!  We ended up being able to sleep until about noon, at which point I forced myself to get up because we still needed to drive to Zanesville that evening for the funeral calling hours.  My mom was even so awesome as to pick up another prescription for David while I was getting ready.  David was feeling well enough from being at the hospital that I didn't feel bad for leaving him alone all evening.


SATURDAY

David felt well enough that he went to work again.  Mom and I went to the funeral service in the morning and were able to make it back by David's lunch time, at which time I picked him up from work, as he was still feeling really weak from not eating anything for the past week.


* * *

And that, my friends, is what our week has been like.  We all are pretty wiped out from all of this and have been completely lazy today.  I feel like we've earned it.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring Is Here

A few days ago, my mom and I bought some flowers and garden plants.  This, of course, motivated me to clean up our back patio area so that we had a place to put all of our new plants.  Cleaning it all up made it possible to play back there, so James has been spending a lot of time back there playing on his slide and playing on the table and chairs that we now have back there, thanks to our fabulous dumpster-diving skills.


We are so happy to finally have some nice weather that is (seemingly) here to stay!  Hope everyone else is staying warm, too.  :)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Fun

We had a fabulous time this weekend, preparing for and enjoying Easter.  If you are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram, you've probably already seen these photos, but I wanted to blog them anyway.

Here is some of our Easter fun...

We colored eggs on Saturday night at Grandma Bonnie's house.  Even though James was sick, he loved dipping and "checking" the eggs.

James loved going through his Easter basket and finding his goodies.

Here he is trying on his new hat and gloves.  The set was only $2 and he should grow into them by the winter.

Here we are at Easter dinner!

Here, James is showing off his loot from the Easter egg hunt.

James got a Lightning McQueen kite in his Easter basket.  The weather was perfect when we got back from dinner in Dayton, so we spent the rest of the evening flying it in the yard.

I absolutely love the look of joy on his face.  He kept begging to go back outside, all the way up until bedtime.

We had lots of fun this Easter.  Hope you did, too!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Singing Sensation

I know that I told you that I would blog everyday in February.  At that, I have failed spectacularly.  Mainly, it was because I failed to take into account the fact that we'd be in Illinois for nearly a week.  As an added bonus to our vacation, all three of us got sick while we were there, but I got the worst of it.  (That's pretty unusual.  I'm normally the healthy one who gets to take care of everyone else.)  Once we got back, I still wasn't really feeling like doing much of anything, so no blogging happened.  Then I just became complacent.  Now it's the last day of the month. :)

However, to reward you for your patience with my unreliableness, I shall show you a video.  It's James, naturally, and he's singing I Love To See The Temple.  If you know the words, you can pick out what he's saying, even though his singing style is a bit crazy.  I tried to get him to sing another song, but he started making up stuff at that point.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Long Day, Again

I'm not trying to complain, because it was a productive day, but it was pretty long.

We ran around doing lots of errands to get us ready for our trip tomorrow and my mom came over after work to help me get things together.  James did great napping and was pretty well-behaved, so that was a super big plus.  We're ready to go now.

Now we're watching the teen Jeopardy tournament before turning in early.  We're so awesome.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Laundry and Packing and Tantrums, Oh My!

That about sums up my day.

Since we're leaving for Illinois on Saturday morning, I spent the day doing laundry.  Naturally, everything was dirty, so it truly was a day-long event.

I have successfully packed our whole suitcase, sans toiletries, and laid out our clothes for the trip.  All that is left to do is grab the last minute everyday-use things and hit the road.

I'm not sure if James was just acting up because Daddy went to work, or because I was paying too much attention to the laundry, or because he was just having one of those days.  Whatever it was, it wasn't much fun for either of us.  I was able to successfully divert him a number of times by employing his help.  This included having him match socks with me and bring me clothes hangers and letting him play in the empty laundry basket, but these things were pretty short-term solutions.  By the end of the day, I think he was just as tired as I was.  He crawled into bed all by himself and I didn't even have to remind him about the staying-in-bed rule.

We definitely need this vacation.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Our Day

Blogging everyday means that I don't always have something exciting to say.  So today, I'm just going to tell you what we did. :)

This slide was clearly labeled as
being for 5-12 year olds. This makes
no difference to my dare devil.
Today is David's day off.  We started out the morning by playing with Legos.  (This is always a hit.)  After that, we decided to venture out and get a few things done.  Since we're going to visit David's family in Illinois this weekend, we decided that we needed to finally put those two new tires on our car.  If you remember, we had to replace two of our tires last month and have been running on our spare (albeit a full-size tire, but still...) since then.  We figured it was time.  We went in to the shop and set up an appointment for 3:30 this afternoon.  After that, we went to run more errands and then went to a new place for lunch called Graffiti Burger.  It was really delicious!  After running some more errands, we finally took James to the park so that he could play on the slide.  Going on slides is one of his favorite things to do right now.  He was pretty upset when we had to leave, but we had fun anyway.

After all of this, we came home and napped.  Right now, our car is getting its new tires and we're watching... wait for it... Brave.

Later, my mom is coming over for dinner.  All in all, I'd say a pretty good day.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Doctors

Can I just say that I do not like dealing with doctor's offices?

I have not had very good experiences since we've lived here while dealing with our various doctors and their staff.  It's not like their mean or anything, but I haven't really felt like we actually matter to any of them.  Just a random rant for today.  Today has been rough enough for other reasons, but this was just another thing that would have been nice to avoid.

Monday, February 4, 2013

James' Latest Obsession

Just like anyone else's child, James goes through phases of obsession.  Usually, he gets obsessed with something on TV or a book.  Occasionally, it's a toy or a song.  But mostly, it's something on TV.  I try to limit James' amount of television each day, but some days are better than others.

Right now, he's completely enthralled with the Disney movie, Brave.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that we've watched it nearly every day for the past month or so.  But you know what?  This is one movie obsession that I don't mind at all.

I absolutely love this movie.  This is way better than when he was obsessed with watching Cars 2 every single day.  I think he gets his Cars fix from playing with his plethora of Cars toys.  I like it that way.

He's also in love with the cartoon Super Why! right now as well.  It's not as bad as Brave, but he'll usually ask to watch an episode each day.  Some days, I'll let him.  His maximum TV time for each day is 2 hours (as that's the recommended limit set by the AAP, so I adopted it), which means that him watching Brave and Super Why! in one day makes for 2 hours of TV.  I try to keep it lower when I can, but since he's such an active boy and since we read so much, I don't feel bad about it, especially since his TV time is scattered throughout the day.  And some days, we don't watch any TV at all because we're running errands or playing outside or doing something else that distracts James from the television.  I try to make that happen at least once a week.

So, what are the obsessions in your house?  I can't be the only one with this phenomenon.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Where Have All the Good Men Gone?

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of relationship posts on Facebook.  I see people complaining about boys (or girls) in general.  Okay, fine.  I see complaints about how frustrating the dating game can be.  I get that.  But recently, I've been seeing an inordinate amount of posts referring to the poster's baby daddy drama.

I've got one thing to say about this...

I am so grateful for my husband.

I have a seriously attractive husband who is kind, faithful, hard working and dedicated to our family.  I'm not trying to rub this in the face of people who aren't fortunate enough to enjoy this blessing, but rather emphasize how important it is to find a mature man with whom you can create a stable, loving family.

I don't want to go into this in length, because I'm pretty sure that my blog readers aren't any of these baby daddy drama posters, but I just wanted to let everyone know how grateful I am for my wonderful husband.

That is all.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Being Moderate in An Extremist World

For those of you who read my blog, you know how it goes with me and "issues".  I get pretty passionate about the things that I believe in.  But that's pretty common in today's political climate.  If you aren't passionate about your views, if you don't speak up about what you believe in, you're likely to be trampled under the feet of louder voices.

Most of these louder voices, however, tend to come from ends of the political spectrum, rather than from the more reasonable points throughout the center.  You hardly ever see people posting picture quotes about how politicians should focus on working together rather than focusing on winning.  It is the very reason why Jon Huntsman didn't win the Republican nomination last year.  Voices of reason are easily drowned out by irrational extremism.

You may or may not know this, but I am a huge Aaron Sorkin fan.  He writes intelligent, thought-provoking television, including two of my favorites shows, The West Wing and The Newsroom.  When I think of my own political views in comparison to the extremist views that are bouncing around out there, I think of a quote from The West Wing.  In one particular episode, President Bartlet is interviewing a judge for possible appointment to the Supreme Court.  This judge, who is a moderate, makes a statement about his moderate views.

He says, "There are moderates who are called that because they're not activists, and there are moderates who are called that because sometimes they wind up on the left and sometimes on the right."

I think that calling myself a moderate can be quite a bit misleading, because that quote is completely accurate.  When politicians think of moderates, they think of how they can sway these weak-minded, apathetic individuals to their way of thinking just long enough for them to cast their ballot.  But what about those moderates who actually do care?  What about those of us who actually have an opinion on specific issues, but don't fit the typical Republican or Democrat molds, sometimes ending up on the left and sometimes ending up on the right?  It can be difficult to get other politically-minded people to take you seriously.  Why?  Because extreme conservatives will alienate you as soon as you come down on the side of a liberal idea, and the extreme liberals will do the same to you when the opposite is true.  This has happened to me many times, even amongst dear friends.  Very few people want to hear what you have to say unless you agree with them all the time.

And if people only want to hear what you have to say if/when you agree with them, what is the point of a political discussion anyway?  If Facebook serves as any example of our society (which, let's face it, it kind of does), then is the point of a political discussion simply to try to shout your view the loudest and shun all of those who disagree with you?  If so, we are in a very sad state.

This country was built on conservative values and liberal ideas.

Extreme Republicans:  Do you think that we'd even have this wonderful, free country of ours if our ancestors sat around, all over Europe, thinking, "Welp, this is the way it's always been.  These are our values and nothing should ever change.  We shouldn't even try."

Extreme Democrats:  Do you think that we'd have such a solid foundation in this country if we casually discarded our most fundamental values simply to accommodate the whims of the masses?

Extreme Everybodies:  Do you think that if you shout over the other guy's ideas that it is going to make you look intelligent?  Do you think that if you shout loud enough and long enough that anyone will just stop and say, "Gee whiz, why didn't I see that this side had a super rational take on the situation?  I should change my point of view immediately!"

Um, no.  Actually, mostly never.  Almost no one is going to be swayed by yelling or extremist behavior.

Extremism doesn't fuel good political commentary; it fuels fire from embers that already exist.  If you don't already hate/worship the President, you aren't going to be swayed by someone who is shouting about how you should.  You could, however, be swayed by someone who presents a thoughtful, intelligent argument with facts and legitimate examples.

Now, I do want to say that you can possess mostly conservative/Republican or liberal/Democratic views on political subjects without being an extremist.  No matter where your ideals lie on the spectrum, you can be reasonable, thoughtful and refrain from spreading hate.  It's entirely possible (and highly encouraged).  However, if you repeatedly share misinformation about "the other side", spread hateful remarks about the President (past or present) or say anything else that serves no real political purpose other than to fuel unnecessary fires and "win the partisan battle", I'd advise you to reconsider your actions.

As a Christian, I am encouraged to stand up for what I believe in.  This is what I believe in, and it is the strongest conviction that I have, next to my testimony of the Gospel.  If we continue to tear each other down, if we continue to shout simply for the sake of drowning out others, if we continue to spread animosity through our words, we will no longer have the Spirit of the Lord in our lives.  We will not have His direction.  We will not, as a country, be able to accomplish anything of worth until we learn to listen to each other and work together.  No dictator or oppressor ever came about because everyone was working in a spirit of love and cooperation.  So even if you dislike our Democratic President or our Republican Congress, there are still ways to have your voice heard while still supporting our leaders.

The goal of political activism is not to win for your party.  It is to win for the people.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Welcome, February!

Who else finds it hard to believe that a month has already gone by since the beginning of the year?  Seriously.  Whenever this happens, I feel like I just missed out on something.  This time, I'm pretty sure I let my blogging slide.  So this month, I'm going to do a Blog-A-Day run again.  We'll see if I can keep it up like I did last July.  This will be my post for today.  (I'm already so on top of things.)  I'll start things off tomorrow with a lovely political post that's sure to cheer you all up!  Here we go!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jamesisms, Part 2

When something falls/drops/tips over...  "It's okay, Mommy.  I'll fix it!"

When we open his bedroom door in the morning, he'll have his Book of Mormon in his hands...  "Book of Mormon stories?"

"Mommy, watch Brave."  (There is nothing fascinating about this one.  It has just been happening every day for the past week or two.)

"I'll do it, Mommy."

When we catch him out of bed during nap time or bed time...  "No play with toys."  (This is always followed by him running to his bed.)

"Oh no!  I dropped Rodney Queen!"  (...or whatever he happens to drop at the time.  Usually, it's Lightning McQueen.  And usually, this is a dramatic exclamation.)

"Mommy, 'nuggle?"  This one is my favorite.  I love it when he wants to snuggle with me.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

This Past Week

This past week hasn't been terribly awesome or horrible, but it's been a bit of an adventure.

To start things off, we had to replace our car tires.  And since we own an SUV now, and not just a little car, tires are much more expensive.  Apparently, three of our four tires had nails in them.  How does that even happen?  We figured that we either ran through a spillage of nails somewhere or that our neighbors sabotaged our car.  (We sent a letter to our rental agency in November to complain about their loud music, so we thought they might've figured out that it was us.)  We're pretty sure it's probably the former, but we have no idea.  Luckily, we had an extra full-size tire for a spare, so we were able to get away with replacing our two rear tires and putting the spare on the third one on the front.  We just need to wait a couple of weeks until we can get the other two replaced.

Then, yesterday, I went to heat up some leftover chicken nuggets for James when I realized that our microwave wasn't heating up.  It was running as if it was fine, but I'd take out his nuggets out and they were stone cold.  David played around with it and realized that it was dead.  Super.  So when my mom got off of work, we went out and bought a new microwave.

We are also pretty sure that our DVD player is going out, which is awesome because we definitely needed another expensive thing to replace.  (At least this one isn't a necessity.)

Bleeding money isn't the only thing we've been doing, though.  Plenty of good things have been happening.  David has applied for a bunch of jobs at universities in the area.  Most of the jobs are for technical or administrative support.  Since that's what he did for BYU for all four years that he went there, we're pretty sure that he should be able to get a job at one of these schools.  Plus, if he does, he will most likely get tuition credit that will help us with getting him his Masters degree.  We're just waiting to hear back now.

James has been learning to spell and sing.  He spells words everywhere we go now.  He doesn't know what he's spelling, but we tell him, so I'm sure it won't be long before he starts remembering words.  He can recognize and spell his own name, though.  We've also been listening to Primary songs on David's phone each morning.  James loves to carry it around, and sometimes sing and dance to it.  Here's a video of him enjoying one such song.




We are also excited because we will have two little nieces this June!  My brother and his wife are expecting a little girl, and we've known about that for a while.  However, we just found out last week that David's oldest brother and his wife are also expecting a little girl.  Their due dates are only a day apart too, so that's exciting.  We definitely need more girls in this family!

That's all for now.  More updates (and videos) to come.

Friday, January 4, 2013

My New Reading Goals

For the record, this is NOT a New Year's resolution.

I already read books pretty often and I make goals at all times of the year for my reading.  Since my last list ended with the end of December, I'm starting a new one today.

My goal is to read 24 books this year and I'm pretty sure that I'll read more than that, because when I find a book series that I love, I have a hard time putting it down, but I wanted to make the goal for the whole year so that it was attainable.  If and when I hit 24 books, I'll make another goal for the remainder of the year.

I already updated my reading list tab, if you care to see what I've read or what I'm currently reading.  If you don't care, that's fine too.  This is more for me than it is for you.  However, if you have any good suggestions on books that I should read, leave a comment.  I love new books!  I'll probably be rereading a lot of my old favorites this year, but I want to mix it up a little, too.

I'm starting off with three books by Rick Riordan called the Kane Chronicles.  David got the set for Christmas from my brother, since he really loves this series, and he agreed to let me read them first since I'd never read them before.

Anyway, that's my update.  Let me know if you have any good suggestions!