Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sweet Christmas Wishes

I love having small children at Christmastime.  Their Christmas wishes are so sweet and innocent.

This year Palmer wants the following: 2 scooters (one for him and one for Brody), checkers and a big coloring book.  He's made a few Christmas lists and these three items makeup the list everytime.  When I asked Brody what he wanted for Christmas he said, "a towel toy," a.k.a. a hooded towel.  I think Santa shouldn't have too much trouble filling his sack this year.

And as a bonus, whenever we are out and about and the boys ask to buy something, I just reply, "Maybe you can ask Santa for it for Christmas."  They are always excited about that prospect and are happy to move on from the wanted item without any complaint.  I doubt this trick will work too much longer, but I will take advantage of it while I can!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Four Month Old Twins


The twins are now four months old.  They have gotten so big the last month.  They are really long, like our other children, and have outgrown single birth babies in our ward who are older than they.  After a relapse from sickness, they are once again sleeping through the night.  They are happy most of the time and bring so much joy to our family!  They are really starting to notice each other and smile at each other, which is so cute.  This is what is going on with the twins at four months of age.

Archer:

Archer talks nonstop, high pitched and loudly.  We all love to listening to his baby babble.  If he happens to not be talking, then he is blowing bubbles.  He's also recently adopted a bit of a temper and will yell when he is upset.  He can not eat enough these days.  He is always very ready for feeding time and drains his bottle quickly.

Stats: Weight - 13 lb. 12 oz (25%), Height - 26.1 in. (86 %), Head Circumference (8%)

He has learned: to reach and grab objects

He likes: to face out when being held, his bouncer, the swing, mobiles, rattles, eating, being sang to, being talked to

He dislikes: being cuddled tight against you, belly time, his binkie

Things he does that makes us laugh: high pitched emphatic talking, often has his fists up in the air, big gummy smiles and big laughs

Avonlea:

Avonlea just gets sweeter and sweeter.  At first we thought she was pretty feisty, but now she is usually more laid back than her brother.  She is still very sensitive and get scared and cries easily.  She loves to be held and cuddled.  She does talk, but quietly.  Her laugh is more subdued and quiet as well.  She has not been a great eater this past month.  Mostly because she is always congested.  She is so congested that she is constantly snorting.  Her doctor checked her out and said nothing was wrong; that she probably would clear up as she gets older and her nasal passages get bigger.

Stats: Weight 13 lb. 3 oz. (35%), 25.75 inches (93%), Head Circumference (5%)

She has learned: to reach and grab objects

She likes: being held and cuddled, the bouncer, the swing, mobiles, mirrors, rattles, watching television, her binkie when she is having a hard time going to sleep, being talked to and belly time

She dislikes: loud sudden noises, medicine, being alone

Things she does that makes us laugh: snorts a lot, pulls her hairbows over her eyes, sweet smiles that comes very easily, and looks of absolute devastation that also come very easily, and little soft laughs

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Little Artist

Palmer has become quite the little artist!  This a collection of pictures he made a few weeks ago: a frog, a birthday cake, a house and an apple tree.  He loves to draw, color and write.  90% of the time you can find him with paper and some sort of writing/coloring utensil in his hands.  When coloring in a coloring book he always stays in the lines and usually colors objects in their correct color.  He also likes to write letters and lists (which he always has to read to me since they are composed of random letters).  And several times he has even written music - with different notes and even ledger lines.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Time Out for Women 2012

I was able to attend Time Out for Women this year again.  It was wonderful as always!  This years theme was "Seek the Good."  And all the presenters definitely inspired me to do just that in my own life.  Here is just a thought that I found especially poignant from each of the presenters.

Friday:

Jenny Oaks Baker - She showed a picture of her as a child being read to by her father, Dallin H. Oaks who at the time was the President of BYU and therefore a very busy man.  She reiterated her father's good, better and best advice - that we should be choosing to do what is most important.

Virginia H. Pierce - She spoke on forgiveness.  She said when we have a damaged relationship between us and another person, the most important relationship we need to repair is the relationship between us and our Savior.

Sherri Dew - She spoke about what we know as Latter Day Saint women.
  1. We know who we are and why we are here.
  2. We know why we are different from men.
  3. We know men and women are meant to be together.
  4. We know that a virtuous woman is more influential than a woman who is not.
  5. We know how to head and how to follow.
  6. We know who's church we belong to.
  7. We know women are vital to the church.
Saturday:

Mercy River: My favorite song they sang was "Better than a Hallelujah."

God loves a lullaby
In a mother’s tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes
God loves the drunkard’s cry
The soldier’s plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
The tears of shame for what’s been done
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Chris Williams - His family was hit by a teenage drunk driver, killing his wife, daughter and one of his sons.  His initial thought after the accident was that he had to let it all go and forgive the teenage driver.  He said, "I am grateful that God provides tragedies in our lives, because they teach us to love."

Sara Wells and Kate Jones from Our Best Bites - They talked about the reality of being a mother.  They pointed out that no one's family turns out the way they imagine.  Families are messy.  Life is messy.  The Lord is okay with that.

Brad Wilcox - He spoke of all the different names for Jesus Christ and their meanings.  He said not only do we learn Jesus' names, but he know ours.  His favorite title for Christ is Emmanuel because it means God with us.

John Bytheway - He encouraged us to surround ourselves with good because, "the way you spend your days becomes the way you spend your life."  He said surround yourself with greatness because you become what you surround yourself with.

Emily Freeman - She said we learn our lessons in the middle moments of our life stories, during the trials.  In those painful situation we learn:
  1. We learn that the Lord is mindful of us.
  2. We learn to trust in His word.
  3. We learn to trust His timing.
  4. We learn to trust His example.
  5. We learn to trust that sacrifice will lead to miracles.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Halloween

We indeed did have a happy Halloween in 2012.  The boys went to a neighbor friend's Halloween party.  We all attended our ward's Truck or Treat, and we completed the celebration by good ol' door to door trick or treating around Grandma Nancy's house in Daybreak.

The boys costumes were generously provided by Pappy and Grandma Betty this year.  They got a lot of use out of them throughout the month too.  Palmer wore his knight in shining armor costume to his Preschool Party, to a friend's party, to the ward party, on a free cupcake outing to Sweet Tooth Fairy and trick or treating.  Brody wore his fireman costume to his fireman birthday party, to a friend's party, to the ward party, to Sweet Tooth Fairy and trick or treating.



The babies' costumes were simple this year.  I am all about babies being comfortable during Halloween festivities.  I've done the big bulky and hot costumes on babies in the past and am not a fan.  They each wore a glow in the dark skeleton sleeper (boy and girl versions).  They are such cute babies as it is, but I personally think anytime they are wearing matching clothing they look even cuter!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Family Pictures 2012

This month we gathered up the whole clan and went in for our annual family photos.  The photo shoot also counted for the twins' three month pictures.  Oddly, Archer was the only one of the kids who had a hard time.  He is usually our most content child, but on this day, he was not happy.  We really only got one family photograph that he wasn't crying in, so that is the one we picked for our Christmas cards.  I like a few of the other family pictures better in general, but we had to go with the one where everyone was somewhat happy.  I really love the individual pictures of the kids this year.  I may be just a bit biased saying so, but I will anyway.  I think these four kiddos are the cutest kids ever!














Friday, November 9, 2012

Middle Moments

At Time Out for Women Emily Freeman spoke about lessons that we learn in the middle moments of our lives.  She said when we reach the of a story we know why things happened, but it is in the middle of the story that we learn.

Since I had the twins, I have not gone a day without feeling overwhelmed.  Yes, life is getting easier as the babies grow and definitely easier than when Greg was on his two week business trip.  I really felt like I was in suvival mode during that first month postpartum.  Now I have pretty much returned to life as I used to know it.  I cook, workout at the gym, run errands and attempt to keep up on the housework.  Even though it has gotten easier to care for the twins, the abundance of help that I was receiving from friends and family has dwindled quite a bit.  Don't get me wrong, friends and family still step up to serve when needed, but for the most part, I make it through the day with my four young children on my own.  And more often than not, I feel like there isn't enough of me to go around, and thereby I find myself spending day after day exhausted, overwhelmed and feeling like I am coming up short.

Take for example, a couple Sundays ago.  Greg was speaking in sacrament meeting and so he was sitting on the stand.  Both babies were fussy during this time.  I ended up running back and forth between the chapel and the foyer with one or two babies in tow several times.  Throughout the meeting, I had four people having to help me with my four children.  We needed to feed the babies during Sunday School and Brody had a cold and wasn't able to go to nursery.  We decided to just stay in the foyer with the three kids since neither one of us would be able to attend to Brody in class and he would likely disturb everyone else.  I took the babies to Relief Society and Greg took Brody to Elders Quorum.  I had to change Avonlea's diaper during class and just as I walked back into the room, she threw up.  She threw up a lot, and it went everywhere: all over her, all over me, on the carpet and to my embarrasement as I found out later, in another sister's diaper bag.  After I cleaned her and myself up as much as I could in the bathroom, I returned to class to clean the floor and collect Archer.

As I was packing up to go home to change and shower, a dear sister in our ward leaned forward, tapped me on the shoulder and said in all sincerity, "You poor thing.  Your life is so hard."  This sweet women, who was so compassionate toward me, who was so aware of the hardships of my day, had recently discoverd she is the end stages of cancer and only has a few months to live.  Needless to say, I was left speechless by her comment.  I could only think how hard HER life is!

Yes, I have trials, and at times they seem very hard, but I would never want to trade my trials with with another person.  My trials are mine because I can handle them.  I can handle spending the day running from toddler, to baby and back again.  I can handle Lite Brites on the floor, throw up in my hair and loads of laundry that never get folded.  I know the pace of my life will eventually ease up a bit; I am in a "middle moment."  And this certainly is a precious lesson to learn during this middle moment.