Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Choosing my battles

As parents we must carefully choose which "battles" to fight with our kids. I have found that tackling 1-2 big battles at a time is plenty. If we are having food issues, bedtime issues, and discipline issues we don't tackle them all at once. Sure this may make me look like a bad parent to onlookers, for instance if that means our two year old eats 1/2 a loaf of bread for dinner at the restaurant. What a bad parent I am to allow such a poor diet! What the onlooker didn't notice is that for the first time in a month my child isn't throwing a fit at the restaurant. As soon as we take care of the fit throwing (a mix of teaching obedience and proper discipline), we will work on the diet, etc. (And by the way judgmental onlooker, she ate a plate full of broccoli, a banana, and a cheese sandwich for lunch!!...may we all judge less and less...) AND working on the diet will be a lot easier when obedience and discipline is established.

There are a few battles that I have chosen not to fight in the past 6 months, knowing that other battles were more important at the time. But they are also battles that I really didn't want to ever fight. I was hoping they would work themselves out on their own. Alas, we are finally tackling them and really getting somewhere! 

When Jenna (3-year-old) was 2 she wasn't the typical "ALL BY MYSELF!" kid.  She sought independence in some areas, but for the most part she would rather I do things for her. I have to specifically decide to GIVE her independence because she will rarely choose to take it on her own. Recently it is getting dressed. Most kids figure this out on their own but I have had to teach this to Jenna. And it has been a battle. One that we have fought and then let die and then fought again and then let die again. Thankfully in a month we went from mommy helping her get dressed from head to toe to Jenna doing almost everything on her own! It is exciting, she is proud of herself, it takes forever... but it's worth it.

Here she is, dressing herself.  Her favorite way to be silly is to put her pull-up on her head, or get her shirt stuck on her head and run around like a crazy silly girl.  

Good work Jenna! Here's to the next battle to be fought! And by the way, I fight these battles with you because I know you can do it, and we will both be better when I win. :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Four jobs I've had:
1) American Eagle Outfitters
2) Local Radio station, director of trafficing
3) Resident Assistant in college
4) Cutco sales

Four movies I've watched more than once:
1) Elf
2) Cinderella (thanks to my three year old)
3) The Incredibles
4) See No Evil, Hear no Evil (tv version)

Four places I've lived:
1) Oregon
2) California
3) Austria
4) England

Four TV shows I watch:
1) Lost
2) Survivor
3) The Office
4) Wheel of Fortune

Four places I've been:
1) Italy
2) Spain
3) Switzerland
4) France

Four people who email me regularly (doesn’t include blogging comments):
1) my Bible study girls
2) Sister
3) My parents and Eric's parents
4) Church

Four of my favorite foods:
1) P.F. Chang's lettuce wraps
2) Red Robin chicken teriyaki burger and fries
3) Gelato (ice cream...yum)
4) Artichokes

Four places I would like to visit:
1) Hawaii
2) Israel
3) New York
4) Road trip to visit our college friends

Four things I'm looking forward to in the coming year:
1) Investing in my family
2) Planting and caring for my garden
3) Birth of Glover #4!!

Four friends I'm tagging:
1) Jenne
2) Keely
3) Eric
4) Anyone who wants to be tagged...

Monday, April 28, 2008

Mimi's visit

Eric's mom flew back to Oklahoma yesterday after visiting for a long weekend.  The long weekend was TOO SHORT!!  We had such a wonderful time with her, and the girls loved every moment she was here.  Papa couldn't come this time and Jenna asked at least 12 times if Papa was coming, and where Papa was.  She loves her grandparents so much.  It is such a blessing to have 4 amazing grandparents for Jenna and Elsie to learn from, spend time with, and be loved by.  Thanks for coming Mimi, and we hope Papa can join the fun next time!!  

Thursday, April 24, 2008


This is a long video but I thought I would post it for family or friends who are interested. Heidi, if you are reading this you have to watch the first 30 seconds or so :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


This was our conversation on the way home from Good Shepherd today.  It represents almost every day and every conversation Jenna has...

Jenna:  "Ashlynn was there today!  She was wearing a dress in class.  In class no one even pushed me!  I just walked and didn't bother anybody and nobody bothered me.  Bees just leave you alone if you don't bother them.  Bees like honey.  Pooh likes honey.  He eats it with his hands.  We shouldn't play with our food.  What's for lunch mom?"

Me:  "Huh?"

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Games and Trouble

First, games.  We have been enjoying games and puzzles lately, mostly Go Fish and Memory.  It is fun to play together as a family after dinner.  I imagine it will be more and more fun as the kiddos grow up!  But Jenna is already beating me at Memory.  She takes after her father :)

And by trouble, I mean that Jenna has been getting into a lot of it lately.  I have to watch her close when she is with Elsie.  All of a sudden the poor girl is a toy instead of a baby girl.  Here's what happened during a photo shoot the other day...

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Elsie's first nickname has returned.  When she was born, Jenna started calling her "Sweetie".  She hasn't been called that for several months, but amidst her little cold the name returned.  I think it might have to do with how sad her eyes look when she is sick.  Poor little sweetie.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Rolling and bugs

No more secret, only do it when nobody is looking, rollovers.  We have officially seen Elsie roll on several occasions.  It is cute and I like it.

In other news, Jenna got bit/pinched/stung by a bug yesterday while we were washing the cars and is now PETRIFIED of any creepy-crawly thing.  We were outside a good portion of the day and she constantly wanted to hold someone's hand in order to get through bark dust (where a bug might be hiding) and was terrified at one point of a leaf that was brushing up against the back of her neck.  Scared stiff in fact.  She just couldn't move away to see it was a bush!  Anyways, we are working through that.  I think we made a bit of a breakthrough this evening at bedtime.  We were talking about bugs and I was telling her that bugs are scared of us and that we can just leave them alone.  Well to this she said, "Ya, they just don't know my name is Jenna!"  First she is petrified of them, and now she wants to introduce herself and make friends.  Hopefully we will find a happy medium.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Family trip to the zoo!

Eric had the morning off so we took advantage of the opportunity and headed to the zoo!  It was rainy, but that didn't bother us too much.  We had so much fun.  

Favorite Quote of the Day:  Jenna took her pass to the ticket lady and when the lady reached for the ticket, Jenna SHOOK her hand and said, "My name is Jenna, it's nice to meet you!"
Favorite animal:  The polar bear was so fun to watch as he/she played with this red ball, throwing it up in the air with his ginormous paws!
Learning moment:  Bats hang right-side-up to go to the bathroom, not that you really needed to know that.  But it's good to learn something new every day :)  

It was the best trip to the zoo.  We all had a great time, it was so good to be together, and it was a blessing to be out at the zoo. 

Here are some fun pictures of the girls...
Elsie trying to eat Jenna...
Jenna squashing Elsie...

Monday, April 07, 2008

Running errands

I realized this morning that today was errand running day, and that I needed to go to...

1. Winco (groceries)
2. Walmart (store brand formula that works for Elsie)
3. Freddies (store brand pull up that works for Jenna)
4. costco (frozen chicken and a few other things)
5. Albertsons (to use a great Albertson coupon for cereal that expires very soon).  

Hmmm.  Two kids, one who takes 3-4 naps a day.  I wish I could do it all in one outing and save some gas like that commercial tells us to do.  But it is noon and we made it only to Winco.  I'm thinking I won't be able to do everything today.   Winco wears me out!  The whole trip was fine until the last 15 minutes when Elsie was DONE being in her carseat (she tries with all her strength to get out by lifting her head and feet into the air for a good 20 second stretch).  We made it home and one child is crying out of hunger, and the other is following me around as I go in and out to bring in the groceries, asking if she can have a snack, if she can have lunch, if I will help her ride her bike, if we can PLEASE go to Fred Meyer so that she can play in the play area (Cherry park has child care!), etc.  My eyes are starting to cross!  I send Jenna to her room for "free time", put all the groceries on the counter, make a bottle and feed Elsie.  This is what makes the grocery trip take ALL morning!  It isn't the actual time AT Winco, it is all that comes with it.  I feed Elsie, put her down for a nap, make Jenna's lunch, heat up some left overs for myself, and eat while putting the dishes into the dish washer and the groceries away.  So, does this sound familiar to anyone out there?

Friday, April 04, 2008

a quote I meant to share a while ago...

When coming to the table for Easter dinner Jenna said to Jackson,

"Remember Jackson, you're the coolest and I'm the prettiest."

book review

The Secret Life of Bees was a great book.  It is a quick read, well written, and a really great story. I enjoyed so many things about it, so thanks Keely for suggesting it, and no I will not pay you for your book opinions :)