January 27, 2008

Goodbye President Hinkley, I'll miss you.


We were at my parent's house this evening for dinner and my brother received a text message that President Hinkley had passed away. My first thought was disbelief. We said, turn on the computer. Let's verify this. I remember hearing through an email when President Hunter died. I had thought that was a joke...I mean he'd just been put in less than a year before. It's funny how much of a difference a decade makes. In 1995, I was living in Russia. We had email, but not so much internet.
When the reality hit me that we don't joke around with news that the prophet died, I felt a stab of pain in my heart. I just love President Hinkley. He has been such a great part of my life. Pretty much my entire adult life. I will miss him. I am so happy for him that he is now with his wife and experiencing another part of eternity.

It's a GIRL!

We are excited to announce that we finally got our girl! Her name is Katina and she has come to live with us and be a part of our family. I have known Tina for a few years and when I was 14, I used to babysit her brothers. Her mom died three years ago and after moving to different places every few months since then, it was time to have a stable home. During this time, I have served as her financial guardian and now she would like to have us be her custodial guardians. She is 17 and in her junior year of high school. Our living quarters are a little cramped right now, so it'll sure be nice when we get our new place and have a little more room to breathe :)

January 23, 2008

Honk honk


We started doing ASL with Graeden when he was just under a year old. He didn't talk right away, so it was helpful in getting him to communicate with us. Elliott watched the "Signing Time" videos with us and can do a few signs, but pretty much bypassed the whole thing because he found he could just say what he wanted faster than signing it.
Jett has now really taken to signing...ever since we told him that he had to stop crying and grunting whenever he wanted something instead of just telling us what he wants. So, he signs. The crying and grunting has been cut tremendously. One of the funniest signs he does is "up". He says "uh uh" and does a sign like the gesture commonly used if you want a trucker to honk. It cracks me up everytime.

Climber

Evan made it to the top of the stairs today on his own. I caught him earlier this morning on the first landing but thought it'd take another week or so before he made it all the way up. ha ha. He's exploring the house now at 7.5 months old.

January 20, 2008

Amateur Chess Mate



Graeden played his first game of chess tonight. He did well and remembered how most of the pieces moved. Tymon enjoyed the first game, the second was belabored and the third tortuous...but maybe that's because Tymon won the first two games. In order to keep Graeden excited about the game, he had to let him win one.



First Stair


We call him Mr. Cutes...and he surprised us with the stair trick. He didn't get very far (one step) but he celebrated by bringing his own balloon.

January 10, 2008

Mr. Elliott's new coiffe

"Cheese!" Elliott looks smashing in his new do. Does he look more like me or Tymon? ha ha ha.

Look Who's Crawling!

Evan has officially grown up and become mobile. Yesterday he moved his hands a couple of steps forward before falling to his belly. Today I counted 6+ movements. Tomorrow, I won't bother counting.

Taking back my neighborhood...one tag at a time.

I just wanted you to see a face off between "The Eraser" and some vandal's pen used to tag our mailbox. The first photo is me scrubbing the markings for about 10 minutes. There was some fading going on so I knew that the eraser was doing it's job. I tried GooGone to see if that would help. Nope, not a bit. Photo #2, Tymon had told me that hairspray was supposed to help with grafitti so I put it to the test. Photo #3 is after a couple of minutes of the eraser ACCELERATED by my tried and true, mega hold can of aerosol Aquanet hairspray. I can't believe it worked. It doesn't work on everything though. The other side of our box was tagged a few days after the first side. They used some sort of paint. The eraser faded it a bit (it was very black) and the hairspray faded it a bit more...but it's still there. I may try to go out there again, but what frustrates me is that I'll end up spending about an hour trying to scrub off what it took them less than a minute to write. Who are these hooligans, anyway?

January 5, 2008

The Eraser


You have got to try this product if you haven't already. It took Elliott's artwork off of our bathroom door (ball point pen.) It devoured Jett's pencil scribble on the wall. I'm not sure who had the red hands that touched everything in sight...but this little piece of magic just erased it all. I found that after taking to my refridgerator door that there is actually a little gloss to the finish. Bye bye crayon. This thing is unbelievable. I love it.

January 3, 2008

New Year, New Me


I gained about 25 pounds for my darling little Evan. And well, when he came, I lost 10. I thought nursing was supposed to help you lose weight, but alas, no. It didn't help at all and now he's refused to continue and prefers a bottle. I've lost hope that I can do nothing and get a great result. For the last 6 months I have to lay on the bed to get the zipper on my pants up. The lousy low-rise jeans execerbate the problem. Tymon likes to put toys in the back of my pants when I'm bending over.


I've joined an aerobics class now in hopes that I can lose the rest of this weight and gain more energy to chase my boys all day. I'm thinking that if I don't do it now, it'll just get harder later...and I'll have to buy another wardrobe. This poor guy in the photo probably thought a nice round rump was sexy. Then sexy took a turn for the worst.
 
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