31 December 2010

That's what I get for saying I like my calling

 About 5 months ago I was called to be a Nursery teacher in my ward. To say I was surprised would be a complete understatement. I was currently serving as the ward Music Chairperson and the Relief Society chorister. Pretty low-key responsibilities and I liked it that way. I'm still the music person though. So I was not thrilled with that calling. I dreaded being in charge of the little people for 2 hours. I mean I get enough of that at home but I accepted the calling.

For a 4 or 5 weeks, I really did not enjoy being in the nursery. I was a burden, and I really wanted to be somewhere else. Then I remembered that I hadn't been set apart. (For those of you not LDS, we receive callings to serve in our congregation. When we do we receive a special blessing to help us accomplish these callings and we call that getting set apart). I had been sick, my kids had been sick, I'd been out of town--all kinds of things kept getting in the way. Honestly I can't really remember much of that blessing except that I will make great friendships while serving, but something changed after that day.

I really began to enjoy being in Nursery. I began to love the kids. I began to embrace my time there and make the best of it. I even felt the Spirit during the short 5 minute lesson time. I do enjoy my calling. It's tiring, but I like it. In fact the other day I was telling T-Bone that I'm surprised that I like it so much considering the hesitation I had at the beginning.

Well serves me right because last week I was called as the Nursery Leader instead of just a teacher.

Why oh why did I ever say I liked my calling? No really, though. I'm actually looking forward to the challenge.

28 December 2010


We decided that Christmas Eve would be a great day to go enjoy the Christmas thing they have going at Sea World. Our passes have been so great this year! We've definitely gotten much use out of them. My sister and her family came and my Dad and Karen. It was a beautiful day! We originally planned to go Wednesday but with the storm we postponed it. It was a good thing we didn't brave the weather and go anyway because they closed the park due to flooding. The rain was crazy last week! Anyway, Se World was great except Mr. Smiley was kind of grouchy. About an hour later he was sitting on my lap and I realized how warm he was. Fever city. We saw another show and a couple more animals and then decided to get the little trooper home to rest. He ended up having a fever of 102.5 all weekend. Poor little guy.

So Christmas Eve evening was pretty calm once we got home.  We read the Christmas story in the Bible and then The Night Before Christmas and then Mr. Smiley went to bed at 6:45. I had planned to spend  little more time with Big Sister talking about Christmas and getting ready for Santa but she was intent on going to bed with Mr. Smiley too.  So there we no cookies and no note left out for him. The funny thing is that at 7:30 she called out to us that she couldn't fall asleep. I let her come out and have a drink of water and then sent her back to bed. A little while later she did the same thing but since it was getting much later I told her she needed to stay in bed. I'm pretty sure she finally feel asleep around 8:15. Silly girl. Mr. Smiley woke up three times that night so T-Bone and I took turns getting up with him. Consequently Christmas morning came a little too soon for us, but not soon enough for Big Sister! We had a small but wonderful Christmas. All Big Sister wanted was make-up from Santa so he brought her that and a new Barbie. Here are some pictures (most of them will only be exciting to me, but feel free to browse! :) :

 Merry Christmas!


10 December 2010


I noticed with my last post that I can now type in align left again~! It's been a while. It was stuck in center for months. It's the little things these days...

Anyway, so there is a bunch of stuff that I've been mulling around in my head lately and because this is my blog it's going here.

We got a note in the Wednesday envelope from Big Sister's school that someone had pertussis at her school and our children may have been exposed. Now I get the whole wariness of immunizations. I really do. I don't like giving them to my kids. I think that many of them are just ways for the pharmaceutical companies to make a lot of money--especially the flu shot. I also know that some children have reactions to them and I'm really sorry about that. But, and this is a big but, I do it for the good of society. I do it because babies die. As of September 18th, California has had 4,018 cases and 9 deaths this year of this disease. Immunizations help people. Don't put my children in danger.

Moving on...We got our Christmas tree on Monday. Last year we had a two foot tree on our side table and while it was festive in a much smaller scale, this year we decided we wanted a regular size tree. I was sucked in to the Bed Bath & Beyond ad of a 6 foot artificial tree for $50 with a 20% off coupon so for FHE on Monday we headed over there. I couldn't believe they were even selling it. I wish I had thought to take a picture. It was the thinnest Charlie Brownish tree I had ever seen. Needless to say we took one look and kept walking. Instead we played in the back of the store. T-Bone thought it would be fun to try out the fluffiness of the pillows on the bedding displays. He loved it. After our shenanigans at BB&B we headed to Target and found a much better looking tree for the same price.

We had only one string of lights that worked so after a couple days I finally got out to buy some. On Wednesday night Big Sister decided she wanted to decorate the tree. I was in the midst of making dinner so I told her that she could decorate it but that I wouldn't be able to help her until dinner was in the oven. Not five minute into decorating she asks me, "Mom can you help me find...." She paused not knowing what they were called and I seized the opportunity. "No, honey. If you can't find what you are looking for right now, then go do something else." Without missing a beat she asks, "You mean look for them?" **face palm** Turns out she was looking for the hooks to hang the ornaments. We only have two boxes of Christmas decorations and she "looked" through both of them. After dinner T-Bone helped her "look" for them. They were no where to be found. Then I stuck my hand in one of the boxes and not 10 seconds later pulled out a bag of hooks. I remember my mom being so frustrated with us kids because we could never find anything so now I know how she felt.

The tree is now decorated. Big Sister was nice enough to decorate the bottom two thirds of the tree with clusters of ornaments. I wish I had taken a picture. My plan was to systematically move 5 or so ornaments each night so that she wouldn't notice that I had redecorated the tree, but that wasn't necessary. Mr. Smiley helped me the yesterday. Whatever ornament he could reach he would very helpfully pull off the tree and bring to me. Then I would just stick it up on the top undecorated third of the tree. We finally have one of "those" toddler trees. I've given up this year on the "pretty" tree like I've had in the past. Maybe in a couple years.  Ah who am I kidding? In a couple years the tree will be overridden by my children's homemade and "sentimental" ornaments. That will be a nice phase in tree decorating.

Mr. Smiley is at a fun age. He's learning to talk and has started saying quite a few words. Yesterday he said "apple" clear as day. Mostly it's just intonated babbling. You know, the kind where he is talking super intently and pointing and gesturing but you have no idea what the heck he is trying to say. I love it. He can say shoe (which comes out shi but it's always the same), bubble, blanket, here you go is always na-na while he hands us something, all done, diaper and a few more as well. Plus he signs more, all done, food, please and we are working on thank you. He is super fun to have around the house. I love watching him learn and grow!

And finally, next week we are going to be in the audience of the Conan O'Brien show! T-Bone is thrilled and I'm pretty excited too. He just cracks me up. If you haven't seen him in jeggings, I leave you with another video.  Just don't drink anything while watching this. I'm warning you. I cannot be responsible for soda/water/milk/Koolaid all over your computer screen. I'm having a little trouble with the embed so here is the link: http://www.tbs.com/video/conan.jsp?oid=236630&eref=sharethisUrl

So long...

06 December 2010

02 December 2010

Happy #6 Big Sister!

She's finally 6! She had to wait all year to be six because she has the last birthday in our family. Nevermind that we all have to wait a whole year for her birthday....She wishes that her birthday was January 1st so that she didn't have to wait a whole year. But she's 6 now! And beyond thrilled. 

This year I gave her the choice of having a couple friends go bowling or have a few more friends over for a party. She chose a party with a Tinkerbell theme and invited some girls from her 1st grade class. So reluctantly I dragged myself to Party City and bought into Disney's commercialism by buying a plethora of Tinkerbell products. What I want to know is how Tinkerbell even became "something". She was a tiny fairy that sprinkled pixie dust in Peter Pan and now she has her own movie and product line??? Anyway, Big Sister is super excited so that's what matters. I'm happy to push aside my distaste for all things commercialized-Disney for the happiness of my child this year.

Some things about Big Sister lately:

She has been super helpful around the house. She loves to help me clean the bathroom, put away the dishes in the kitchen and wash windows. Let's hope that keeps up. She doesn't like putting away her clean clothes though.

She is reading like a champ now. Something clicked halfway though Kindergarten last year to where she figured she could read simple words, but just in the last couple months she has excelled with reading. She is getting much more confident. I'm so proud of her!

Her favorite foods are pizza and spaghetti. She loves to ride around on her razor scooter but her favorite thing to do is jump rope. 

We love you Big Sister! Happy Birthday!