Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
When she finished she decided she wanted to send it out to Granny Garnica for part of her birthday present. She sure put a lot of time, work, and detail into this: there is a little circle in every single one of the little squares! We've got one patient and meticulous little girl.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sheri Dew quoted C.S. Lewis from his book, Mere Christianity, writing "that as we begin to mature spiritually, 'we begin to notice, besides our particular sinful acts, our sinfulness; we begin to be alarmed not only about what we do, but about what we are. This may sound rather difficult, so I will try to make it clear from my own case. When I come to my evening prayers and try to reckon up the sins of the day, nine times out of ten the most obvious one is some sin against charity. I have sulked or snapped or sneered or snubbed or stormed. And the excuse that immediately springs to mind is that the provocation [against me] was so sudden and unexpected: I was caught off my guard, I had not time to collect myself. Now that may be an extenuating circumstance as regards those particular acts: they would obviously be worse if they had been deliberate and premeditated. On the other hand, surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth...If there were rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man: it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am.'"
Before I became a parent, and more specifically a parent of two toddlers, I felt like I was a pretty patient and even- tempered person: I didn't think that was anything that needed to be improved. And just to avoid a misunderstanding, I want you to know that I NEVER and will NEVER hit or use mean language with anyone, child or adult. What I'm referring to is when I get weary from a long day of using self control and patience, I'll sometimes give myself permission(or that's what I think I must be doing) to let up a little of my self control and raise my voice a bit louder, scold and sometimes drag a child to their room for time-out when really I knew better, knew that I could have handled that situation with more love and kindness and respect for the child. So after reading this quote from C.S. Lewis, especially the part(I'm going to repeat it because it was so important to me) which reads:
On the other hand, surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth...If there were rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man: it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am.'"
I have realized that it's something that I really need to change about myself and that I am going to do. I'm not just going to try, but I really will fix this about myself and I'll fix it now. I don't want something that I know I'm doing wrong but not willing to work hard enough to fix, effect my children in later years, I wouldn't want them to behave as I behave now, I want them to behave better... so I will master that part of me and be an example for them of how a good Christ-like person should be at ALL times and not just when it's convenient or easy for me.
So anyways, these are my thoughts for the day. I'll keep praying for help because I know I can't do this on my own...putting off the natural woman isn't an easy thing to do :).
Monday, April 21, 2008
Also, for all you Twilight fans, click on the link below to view a movie clip:
Friday, April 18, 2008
Yesterday I took her in to the health center and she received 6 vaccines in three shots and one as an oral liquid. I feel bad that because her parents messed up she won't have the normal statistics records with height/weight that our other children got so I decided to do that on my own. On our home scale she weighs 10 pounds and is 24 inches long. Online I found an infant growth chart percentile calculator which put her in the 15% for weight and 87% for height which are average percentages for our children.
According to 'Doctor Mom', Annabelle is a beautiful, healthy and happy baby. We love her so much and are very grateful for the sweet spirit that she brings into our home.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I put Annabelle in the saucer for the first time today(she's 2 months now), but she's still a bit wobbly so I stuck a stuffed animal(kangaroo)in the seat with her to help hold her in place. She really liked being able to sit up straight and look around. But I couldn't keep her in there for too long because the other two kids couldn't seem to help themselves from spinning her around and aggressively playing with all of her toys on the saucer which was scaring her. And here's a picture of beautiful Elisabeth that I took earlier on this week. We love you Daddy and miss you heaps!
P.S. keep scrolling down because I posted 2 others today
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Yesterday for my birthday celebration we got a HUGE pizza from the Pie and then Scott and I were able to attend the temple together while the family babysat the kids, which was something we haven't been able to do since Annabelle's birth.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I don't know how she did it but she was laying on her back in the bassinet and somehow she must have rolled over and out of the bassinet (thank goodness it was pressed up against my bed!), onto my bed, on her tummy! Crazy girl, we're going to have to put the siding up again today.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
6 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
¼ cup sesame seeds (I didn’t have these)
1 tsp almond extract (optional)
1 ½ cups honey
2 T vanilla
2 cups nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup oil (I used olive oil)
Mix grains, nuts, and seeds thoroughly. Pour oil and 1 cup of honey over mixture and stir well. Spread on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Stir occasionally while baking. When mixture is golden brown, take it out and mix in vanilla (and almond extract, if using). Put back into oven and bake 5 minutes more. Pour granola into large bowl and drizzle ½ cup honey over mixture. Stir well and allow to cool.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
So conference was this weekend and it was neat watching the first session and participating in the sustaining of the new Prophet of the world, Thomas S. Monson. I was 11 or 12 when President Hinckley was named the 15th Prophet and I'm guessing I missed the session when they sustained him because I don't remember anything about it.
A few of my favorite talks had to do with parenting. Russell M. Nelson(one of the 12 apostles) said, "When giving necessary correction do it quietly, privately, lovingly and not publicly. If a rebuke is required, show an increase in love promptly so that seeds of resentment may not remain.... Do not try and control your children, instead listen to them. Help them to learn the gospel. Inspire them and lead them toward eternal life. You are God's agents in the care of children he has entrusted to you. Let his divine influence remain in your hearts as you teach and persuade. " This reminded me of an experience from over a year ago. We (me, Scott and the kids) were at a children's museum and there was a little boy, probably 3 years old, who wasn't listening to his father. His dad grabbed him by the arm and shoved him down in the corner. The little boy was crying and this made him cry harder. His dad angrily hit him and told him to be quiet. Of course this made the boy cry out even more. So the dad hit him again and again told him to be quiet. I had some very intense emotions well up inside of me, I felt like I should step in or say something, but what? The father kept at it so I just stared and moved closer, very close and just watched and then the father looked up and stopped. I wish that I could have had the courage to say something. I remember reading a story of a woman who had approached an offending parent and told them to stop their behavior. The parent responded, "Lady, it's none of your business." to which she replied, "It is my business, it is everyone's business." Like Elder Nelson said, children are a gift from God, on loan to us as parents, we are their agents and how we treat them is certainly His business and ours also.
I also loved M. Russell Ballard's(one of the 12 apostles) talk that he gave specifically to the young mothers. I especially liked his ideas on what husbands and children can do to help reduce the pressure for us so that we can enjoy the family. I told Scott afterwards that I would love if he took Elder Ballard's advice and scheduled evenings together for just the two of us! Wouldn't that be nice to one day have your hubby walk in the door and say, "honey, a babysitter will be here in 5 minutes so get ready and let's go out on a date!" When Elder Ballard addressed the children Elisabeth looked up from her art project and listened intently. He told them to help their moms by picking up their toys, making their beds, helping with dishes and to put their arms around her neck and say I love you...after listening to that last part she climbed up on my lap and did just as he said, and she even added a sweet kiss on my check. I love and look forward to conference. I know that Christ lives and that He loves us; He loves us so much that He gives us modern day Prophets and apostles to lead and guide us. I hope that I will remember and apply the principles that they've taught into my life so that I can be a better person.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Yesterday I went through all of our kitchen cabinets and drawers and rearranged things so that they would be baby(toddler) safe. I moved all the medicine and our block of knives and extra steak knives up above our refrigerator in a cabinet that's even hard for me to get to when I'm standing on a chair so Charles has no chance, unless he learns how to throw a rope up there and climb :), hopefully that won't happen or at least not until he's older. I also had a talk with Charles yesterday and told him that if a door is closed and has a white handle on it(meaning child proof door knob), he's not allowed to open it and if he needs something from inside he can come get me and I'll help him. So far he's following that rule about 50% of the time which is great considering it's only been a day. I think he's just forgetting and it'll take some time to get used to. Now all I have to do is get 2 new door knobs that can lock from the outside with a key so that we can have a 'safe room' for baby Annabelle to sleep in and a 'safe room' for all of our cleaning supplies, art supplies and other things that we really don't want him playing with.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
This afternoon I got an important phone call when the kids were being extremely loud so I shut myself, and the baby in the bathroom so that I could hear. We were in there for a minute or two when I got off and heard Charles crying, I wasn't too alarmed because Char cries fairly often. I followed the sound of his voice and found him in the kitchen, on top of the counter(he'd pulled a chair over from the table), next to an open cupboard, standing up over his own vomit with an entire bottle of red gel stool softener pills scattered all over the counter! Also the kids 'gummy vites'(multivitamins) were down on the counter(they're normally up high in the cupboard with the stool softeners and other meds) and there was a single gummy vite among the stool softener pills. I stood there in horror for a second before I sat the baby down and ran over to Charles to further investigate the scene. I quickly scanned the bottle which said to call Poison Control if a child gets a hold of it so I pulled out my cell phone, called Scott and had him look up the number for me. Then I counted all the pills; there were 91 and the bottle came filled with 100 but I knew I had taken at least 5 or more after I had the baby so Charles couldn't have had more than a couple. I called Poison Control, they asked me several questions and to my relief said he'd be fine, maybe have some diarrhea, and to call if anything changed otherwise they'd call tomorrow to check up on us. After I got off the phone I found one more pill; this one was in the vomit and had a bite mark through the middle. My theory is that he opened the bottle, dumped out the red, shiny, soft pills and thought he'd try one, tried to bite and swallow it but gagged on it and then threw up. I don't think he actually swallowed any because of how many I counted and because he hasn't had any bowel movements since then and after I cleaned up his vomit he seemed fine.
As a parent, I think I've never been more scared in my life then when I walked in on this scene. I'm very grateful that nothing terrible happened and that I was able to figure out that the location of our medicine cabinet isn't working without someone getting seriously poisoned. Charles has taken baby proofing to a whole new level for us. He figured out baby gates, he can get up in very high places and can open doors with the child proof handles on them. I'm always worried for his safety now because I can't always be there to protect him, for instance when I'm in the bathroom or helping another child or holding a hot pan etc., he could just slip out a door or get into something dangerous. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about this yet. He is just over 2 now and understands a lot and so I think tomorrow I'll have a couple of safety talks with him and hopefully that will do the trick. I'll also be praying for some some extra help (maybe I can get some extra guardian angels). If any of you have other ideas I'd love to hear them. I was nearly at a breaking point today and was so extremely grateful when Scott got home from work so that he could hold me for a minute and tell me that everything is alright.