Monday, July 28, 2008

Nine month check up

Elsie had her 9 month appointment today and I am happy to announce that she is within the percentiles!  She's 95th percentile for height and 97th percentile for weight.  I forgot the paper work there, but from what I remember she was 23 pounds and 29 inches.  Her head is in the 57th percentile.  It is nice to have the dots on the graph be within the graph lines.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Ginormous is a word.  It's in the dictionary thanks to Buddy Elf.  Anyways, what is a girl to do when she is home alone and spots a GINORMOUS spider crawling on the ceiling in her bedroom?  The choices...

a.  Considers staring at it for the next 45 minutes until husband gets home 
b.  Considers smashing it with a shoe, but fears that she will not quite get it and instead just fling it off the ceiling and into her bed.
c.  Considers  smooshing it but fears the dreadful "crunch" sound, and dreads the skittish run into the bathroom to flush it down the toilet (just in case it is still alive somehow).
d.  None of the above.

Here's what I did...
1.  Watched it for a moment.  It wasn't on the move.
2.  Prayed that it wouldn't make it's escape while I planned for step three.
3.  Ran like lightening to the hall closet to retrieve the vacuum.
4.  Ran back to the room, spotted spider.  Thank you Lord.
5.  Plugged in vacuum, and sucked that spider deep into the machine, making sure that it was never coming out.  
6.  Blogged about it.  Hey, I'm proud of my accomplishment.  
7.  Scratched my neck a few times, and brushed at my legs.  It feels like they are all over me!  I think the large spider sent his friends...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Family Hike

We went for a scenic drive today, trying to find this:
On our way there, we passed by Crown Point, and while driving next to it Jenna said, "Oh my goodness!  It's a castle!  WOW!  (sigh) God is so amazing!"
Here's the happy family.  We almost got the waterfall in the picture.  You can see a tiny bit of it, above my head on the far corner.
It was a fun morning :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Today's lessons from my family

Jenna taught me:  To stick to my word
Jenna knows by now that she has to wait until 7am to come into our bedroom to get up for the day.  She is great at it, but for the past week she has been coming in at 6:30 and then again at 6:38, and again at get the picture.  This morning I was so super grumpy when she came in for the second time at 6:48am.  I didn't want to face the day because I just didn't know how I was going to handle it.  I could hear her in her bed, hollering and yelling for me, and I could hear that she had woken up Elsie.  Argh.  I just laid in bed, praying and trying to come up with a plan.  Finally I figured out what I was going to do, and headed into Jenna's room.  We talked, and she was very aware of what she had done wrong.  So I went for it.  I said, "because you got out of bed two times and then yelled and complained, you have lost your tv privileges for the day."  For her that is a very extreme punishment.  But it is even more of a punishment for me.  That meant that no matter how the day went, I couldn't cave and turn on a show.  She doesn't watch a ton of tv, but she watches some.  And while she does I have some quite time to do a few quite things.  I know, I know, judge me if you will.  Maybe I will change this habit someday, but for now it works really well for us.  But that's not even the point that I am trying to make here.  What I am trying to say is that I was reminded again how important it is for me to be consistent and a mama of my word.  If I say no tv for the day, then I can't cave in.  That means two important things for me.  First, that I need to be very careful choosing how to teach.  I have to be able to go through with whatever it is that I set forth.  Second, I have to stick to it.  And when I do, I think and hope that a lesson will be learned.  This whole day wasn't really about her waking us up before 7am.  It is about her obeying and respecting us, and us staying consistent to the standards we are setting for the family.  Wow, that was a lot more in depth that I was originally planning to go.  It was a learning day.

Elsie taught me:  Crawlers aren't the best sleepers
As a crawler, she can also sit up on her own.  And once sitting up in your crib, it is hard to lay down and go to sleep!  So, we had a lot of fake out naps, frustrated cries, early wake-ups, etc etc.  It will probably just take some time to get through this one.  Quick side note...Elsie has all of a sudden started to snuggle with me right before I put her down for naps!  Ahhh, my heart just melts as she lays her head down on me, and we take turns sighing back and forth (she mimics my sighs).  

Eric taught me:  Hubby is awesome (I already knew this!)
Eric did all the laundry this morning before he went to work and stayed with the kids while I went garage sale-ing.  Thank you thank you thank you!!

I taught me:  Eating less is a big key to weight loss
It's true, eating less calories actually helps with the process of losing the baby weight.  What a concept :)


Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Crawler!

Sometimes she just kills me with her cuteness!  I am biased because I'm her mama, but seriously isn't she the cutest!!  

Elsie took her first official forward crawls today.  The whole family was watching her when it happened.  It's pretty exciting for us to have a crawler.  Jenna went straight from sitting to walking, so it's been fun to watch Elsie learn the skill.   

Monday, July 21, 2008

Family outing!

We rode the max downtown, 
and saw the amazing sand creations (that's a super mario brother in the background).
Elsie ate some sand (she has quick hands!), 
Jenna could have played in it for hours.
Elsie stole a sip of Dad's ice tea
And then we headed home.  A very fun time was had by all!!

It is funny that I mentioned Elsie getting a tooth and all the google ads are now about dentists and teeth whitening, etc.  I find that funny.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Elsie is 9 months old today!  It is hard to believe that it's already been nine months, yet it feels like she has always been part of the family.  Here are the top 10 things Elsie is up to right now...

1.  Trying so hard to crawl.  She is rocking on all fours, but the only direction she can go is backwards.  But she can roll anywhere she wants to go.

2.  Teeth!  Well, tooth.  The first one broke through finally!

3.  Real and Fake laughter.  She is very giggly, but will also join in with the family and laugh right along with us in a great burst of fake laughter.

4.  Curly cute.  Her strawberry blond hair is getting curlier and curlier, and it just matches her adorable personality.

5.  Skills.  She can clap her hands, wave bye-bye, and also raise her hands to the sky on cue (how big is elsie...SO big).  

6.  Friendly and shy.  She is smily to most strangers, but sometimes she hides her face shyly.  

7.  WIGGLY!  She is very squirmy.  Changing her diaper is a wrestling match, and the kiddo is strong!  She has some serious core strength!

8.  Sounds.  She is starting to practice saying different sounds.  "Baba, mama, and dada" are the main ones.  

9.  Good dexterity.  She is good at the 'grab & stuff' technique of eating.  A lot of it ends up down her shirt and in her lap, but she is getting better.

10.  Loved to pieces.  Sometimes I can physically feel my heart ache with love for my family.  She is so loved so much by Eric & me & Jenna, and all the extended family too.  

Friday, July 18, 2008


Tomorrow Elsie will be nine months old, and in anticipation of doing yet another blog about the baby, I thought I would do a good long one about what Jenna has been up to lately.  So, here is a little bit about Jenna.

1.  Imaginative.  Yesterday Jenna had on her "super power bracelet" (it's from the dollar store, and it has a red flashing jewel - awesome).  She would push one button on her bracelet to make her fly, and then another button to make blueberry pits that the bad guys would fall in.  Then she would cover them with bad blueberries.  

2.  Social. When asked the question, "What is your favorite thing to do" Jenna says,
"I love to go to people's houses, and for people to come over here."

3.  Friendly.  She makes friends with kids everywhere we go.  I sometimes forget that she used to be my shy little toddler.  Yesterday we were at the Fred Meyer self-checkout area and Jenna made friends with a little girl checking out next to us.  They were copying each other and when we left the little girl yelled at Jenna, "I WILL MISS YOU!!!"  It's funny how they make friends within seconds.  

4.  Intelligent.  I love watching a young mind learn and develop.  Right now Jenna is interested in learning to write her numbers and letters, and is learning to read just a little bit.  She also loves to rhyme everything.  If I say, "Get your pajamas on" she will say, "bit your babamas on?!" 

5.  Super-kid-abilities.  She has the power to turn her ears off completely.  This strange power usually shows up in the evenings when she is really tired.  It is a super-power that I hope she grows out of.

6.  Artistic. Her favorite medium is paint. I taught her how to paint rainbows the other day, and within minutes she had painted about 12 beautiful rainbows. They are all over our fridge, making the kitchen a happy place to be.

7.  Encouraging.  She claps and cheers for Elsie as she tries new things. 

8.  Special.  I asked Jenna to describe herself and she said one word.  "Special."  I agree.

9.  Musical.  She often has a song on her lips, and it is usually one that she has made up.  If she sings it enough, we make it a household hit because it gets stuck in all our heads.

10.  All around joy.  We love her so much, we are her biggest fans, and we consider it such a privilege to be her parents.  

Saturday, July 12, 2008

two things...

1. Swollen gums. Very swollen. I hope the first teeth pop though soon.

2. Rocking on all fours. I think have some baby proofing to do...

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Jenna wanted to feed Elsie her baby food.  
And then Elsie played in the drips.

And then they took a bath.

Monday, July 07, 2008


Thank you to the good citizen who found my wallet in a shopping cart outside Walmart and returned it to customer service.  Thank you LORD, and thank you kind citizen.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

So that's where she's hiding em

I set cheerios on Elsie's high chair tray and poof, they disappear like magic.  She doesn't have any teeth so I was starting to become impressed by her gumming skills.  Then I found them.  (Actually, Jenna did.)  I think the food just falls next to her and disappears under the cushion.  Wow, it was a lot of food. 

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July!!

Thursday, July 03, 2008


Friends, family, and lovely blog stalkers!  I would like to announce that Faith and I have started a NEW BLOG!  It is called "Choose to Bloom" and we are very excited about it.  So, visit our new blog at:
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