Friday, October 28, 2011
For our last Family Home Evening activity we combined two of the boys' favorite things: painting and pumpkins. I know that sounds a bit extreme to say our boys have a love for pumpkins, but they really do. Before we got around to painting our dear gourds, Palmer actually slept with his in his bed, put it on the couch with him to watch morning cartoons and took it to the kitchen table with him for breakfast. Now that they are painted, they sit proudly on our front porch. Every time we come or go, the boys give them a loving pat, and point out who's pumpkin belongs to whom. Greg painted Muno from Brody's new favorite show, Yo Gabba Gabba on his pumpkin. I painted the pumpkin with the stars and swirls. Palmer painted the "artistic" pumpkin with the splotches of different colored paint and Q-tips stuck to it, and Brody painted his orange pumpkin with orange paint.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I've also been watching what I eat. I along with my sisters, my dad's wife Betty, and a couple of my friends have all been following the Weight Watchers PointsPlus plan. I'm really liking this new plan, and have had a lot of success with it. Instead of counting calories, the plan counts carbohydrates and focuses on incorporating more whole grains, more fiber, more protein and more fruits and vegetables. In fact, all fruits and most vegetables are free, so I never go hungry.
With working out and eating better I've lost 18 pounds in the past seven weeks. My goal was 20 pounds in two months, and I think I'm going to make that goal. And after that, I plan to just keep going!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Palmer randomly starts laughing as we pull into our driveway.
Greg: "What's so funny, Palmer?"
Palmer: "Mickey Mouse parks his car in the garage! He's so silly."
(We obviously need to clean out the garage!)
Palmer, while playing outside in swimming trunks, and looking down at his chest: "I have two butts."
Palmer after after tracing my body with sidewalk chalk and surveying it to find a big squiggly blob: "Well, it's close."
Auntie Rie to Palmer: "What do you learn at preschool?"
Palmer: "I learn about time outs and the thinking chair and don't talk and listen!"
Palmer during sacrament meeting put a gummy worm in his sacrament cup and showed it to me saying: "He's going potty."
Brody calls: his Pappy "Happy," pizza, "haha," Kit Kats "Kitty Cat" and his new favorite television show - Yo Gabba Gabba, "Babba Bo Babba Babba Babba."
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Christmas Gift Bags - Free! We should have 2-3 of these bags available per sister.
Wooden Nativity - $3.50. If ordering more than three of these cute nativities, we ask that you get in your money as soon as possible due to the amount of time they take to cut out.
Magnetic Weekly Dry Erase Menu - $3.50. These are personalized; let me know what you want it to read at the top, examples: "Hess Family," "Our Family," "Nancy's," etc.
Eye Spy Bag - $5.00. Each bag will include a card with objects for children to find and will be glued shut.
Hunter 27th Ward Cookbook - $6.00. 178 pages, over 360 recipes from the ward members. Printed and bound. We will offer an electronic version of the cookbook at the activity for free, but it you want a hard copy, it will be much cheaper to order it through us. Kinko's charged me $25.00 to print and bind my demo copy!
Quote Plaques - $6.00. Four quote options are available: "Family a gift that lasts forever," "With God all things are possible," "Love One Another," and "LOVE makes a house a home."
Sunday, October 9, 2011
We celebrated Brody's second birthday with extended family members and a couple friends last Saturday. We had a farm themed birthday because Brody is a lover of animals. We served a meal perfect for country living: barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, grilled corn on the cob, baked beans and jello salad. Aunt Andrea made the super cute, and yummy Schmidt's Bakery cake (love that we have a professional cake decorator in the family), and he did a great job blowing out his candles. All the kids wore a farm animal hat of their choice and we played pin the tail on the donkey. We gave him a kid Black and Decker tool set, which he has not stopped playing with since. He also received: a farm set for wheeled animals, a coloring book and crayons, a Fur Real Pet, and cars and a car mat. He had a wonderful birthday!
He has learned: to speak full sentences, wash his hands, to climb up the counters like his brother, to climb up/through playgrounds and play places, to say and identify all his body parts, to tell us when he needs a diaper change, to open doors, turn off and on lights, to blow his nose, to match shapes and colors, to vacuum, to sit at the table, and to drink from a cup
He likes: hot cocoa, candy, chips and pop, his stuffed animals (especially teddy and hippo), cars, balls, Elmo, squirt bottles, cleaning, playing in water, electronics, wires, tools, bubbles, cuddling, animals of all kinds, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "The Little Green Frog" song, and playing with his brother and friends
He dislikes: having to share, brushing his teeth, and being alone.
Things he does that makes us laugh: speaks in a small high pitched voice whenever asked to repeat what we say (thank you or a prayer), says yes to just about everything, funny faces, very excited squeals, and big laughs and cheesy smiles.