Saturday, January 31, 2009

We call him, Mr. Clean

Evan thinks that it is O.K to wash the dishes in his birthday suit!!!

Little Pink Snow Bunny

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Church and it worth it?

The infamous question many (if not all) parents ask themselves, every Sunday as they roam the halls with their noisy creations: "is it worth it?"

We had one of those days, today. Evalie is our little bundle of joy, and exuberance and craziness and energy and curiosity and well, I'm sure you get my point. Her volume is set to one level: LOUD. Ironically when she promises, "Mommy, I will be reverent" this plead is on full blast. Any amount of shh hing falls on cute little deaf ears. Then there is my son, Evan Thomas... it's like they are each other's batteries. They feed and grow off each other's energy.

Sacrament meeting, it's always fun. ha ha. My son lost patience early on, and thankfully my sister was able to take him out. Shawn was busy passing the Sacrament and this turned out to be a huge distraction for Evalie. Try as I might, I couldn't pursued (or even threaten) her to sit reverently, or even sit at all. When Shawn was close by our pew she would say, "Hi Daddy!" and because she didn't receive any acknowledgement, she said again unbelievably louder, "Daddy!!!" I lost the battle, it was time to retreat to the Fourier.

Let the races begin!

Tom thought it was super fun to have his sissy join him in the hall. Great, two against one. I wish I could have taken a video of them playing together at church today. It really was hilarious. They know Mommy is trying to quiet them down, which of course makes their game more fun. And, how can I discipline my babies when they are being nice to each other, smiling and giggling?

Evalie is now a Sunbeam...Yay! Unfortunately, she doesn't understand that in Primary we don't have snack, water and run around the room breaks. She loves singing time, and did a great job sitting in her chair and participating. You can hear her singing over the other children's voices. She sings out of tune and the wrong words, but who cares?! I think it's adorable. However, as soon as the singing and games stopped, Evalie lost all patience. First it was, I'm hungry, then I'm thirsty, and finally "Mommy, I have to pee!" At this point, we abandoned the idea of making it to her Sunbeam class.

So, I know that I'm not the only parent dealing with this, thank goodness. I'm getting thru it by reciting in my head the well-used phrase, "This too shall pass." Eventually, my kids will make it thru church and I will someday be able to attend Sunday school class. Then I will probably miss chasing my babies in the hall and wrestling with them in Primary. Whenever I think about this one of my new favorite songs, by Trace Adkins pops into my head:

"You're gonna miss this, you're gonna want this back, you're gonna wish these days didn't go by so fast, these are some good times, you may not know it now, but you're gonna miss this."

So True.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I'm so happy that I was able to stay home last night with my family. I was on call at work and after working Christmas Eve and Christmas, I really didn't want to miss out this time. I work for Beehive Homes, an assisted living facility and I really love what I do.

I work the swing shift, so I'm not around when it's dinner and bed time. That is why last night was a huge treat for us all. I made sure the house was clean and festive and prepared a nice home cooked meal. We actually sat at the dinner table, which generally doesn't happen 99% of the time. Shawn and the kids usually microwave something and sit on the couch to watch cartoons during dinner. Sometimes Grandma will feed them. (Thanks Mom!)

Our family was too exhausted to stay up and welcome in the new year. That was until Evan decided that he needed a bottle at exactly 12pm. Daddy was the only coherent one, and after retrieving the bottle, gave me a very nice New Year's celebratory kiss. Thanks son!

Today Shawn and I are working, but I have had all morning with my kids. Evalie decided that she wanted us to rock the same hair-do. She calls it the, "Barbie and the Diamond Castle Princess hair!" She's so adorable.

Happy New Year everyone. I hope that 2009 will bring much happiness and prosperity to you and your families!