Saturday, January 31, 2009


Lately my words have been running together, and I just can't seem to get out what I want to communicate effectively. VERY FRUSTRATING.
But yesterday, I realized I hadn't been blogging because I am frustrated with my lack in communication skills!!! So... as I was thinking about communication, I remembered several funny things Ryan has said lately. He also is trying to communicate effectively (the only difference is that he is 3!) and therefore constantly learning new words and "trying them out". Haven't posted a Friday funny in awhile, but this was sufficient for comedy in our household.

New Words: gamey, gooder, notice, bettery, idea.

Now let me expand....

define gamey:

Joe: Ryan I think its time for you to go to bed.
Ryan: Um... I'm hungry.
Joe: Ryan, every night you try this... and remember that you need it eat when it's dinner time and not at bed time.
Ryan: I'm GAMEY.
Joe: Oh really, what is gamey?
Ryan: It means I really NEEEEEED to play games still.

When I was sick last week Ryan said - " I have an idea, you go pee on the potty, poop, brush your teeth (his bedtime routine) and get in your bed dcuz you're sick and my idea is I stay awake all night (he thinks I stay awake all night).

One morning we were driving to daycare and I told Ryan that spring would be here soon, and he says "I didnt NOTICE that"... ( a new word in his vocab)... then I proceeded to ask him where he learned the word. He said " I just noticed it." I couldn't help but laugh!

The last tidbit is that we were driving home last night from the store and Ryan wanted to go home and eat ice cream from his house not the store because " it is gooder". So I tried to explain that gooder is not really a word, but better is. So he should say "The ice cream at our house is better.".... SO with all seriousness, Ryan says "Daddy the ice cream at our house is bettery."....

So all of this is from Ryan, but Logan is having more and more moments. Most of his moments are actions... copying Ryan ALOT. His newest fun thing is telling our dog BB, "no-no".

Our lives are often consumed with children's needs and wants around here, but the funnies and the love make it alllll worth it! I am looking forward to the new things we will learn this next week... maybe just maybe I will blog something other than my Friday funnies!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Super mom...

More like super whiny mom. That has been me this week! But I must say, never before have I admired my mom more. Around the end of last week it all started. Joe had a cold, then on Friday I was feeling pretty miserable by the end of my work day. Even so, I had "plans" for the weekend and wasn't going to let a petty cold get in my way. NOT. By Saturday morning, I was not wanting to move! I thought it was the worst cold ever.**( I don't EVER remember my mom whining about not feeling well, unless she had a migraine. But the flu? Nope, no whining. Just one amazing mommy.) ** So we made it through the weekend and I had off on Monday because Joe was having oral surgery during the day and was going to need a driver. Simple thing right? Once he was home he was pretty sore as we expected. By this point I was completely "ignoring" the cold like symptoms, along with the fever just to get through the night. Surely I would feel better once I went to work tomorrow. Off to work I went, not saying a word about not feeling well ( I didnt want them to know I was such a baby!). So when the sitter called and said Ryan was screaming and pulling at his ear I was somewhat relieved that I might get some rest too! Selfish, I know. Anyways things have just been "progressing" it seems around here, and I wonder will it ever end? Both boys now have ear infections, I have strep and other junk going on, and Joe now has a dry socket where he had surgery on Monday! SOOOO how do moms with 4, 6, and 8 children do it???? How did MY mom do it while working full time and having 4 children??? I have never been more grateful for my mom. I always remember her being sympathetic while we were sick.... and loving us... even if she didnt feel well. Every negative thought I have I start to wonder what is God trying to teach me through this? Yes, it happens to all moms out there. But do all moms have the right motivation, and attitude in caring for their children? Is he teaching me patience? Or is he simply bringing me to realize that NOTHING is done in my strength but His. And then I wonder, how many times my mom went to God asking for HIS strength and not her own. How many times has he provided strength to all the moms out there? His grace, love, and mercy amaze me. I'm thinking I should stop aiming for "super mom" and start aiming for being FILLED by Him, with his Love, Mercy, and STRENGTH.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Friday Funnies...

So lately, as soon as Ryan gets to something difficult (in anything - games, peeing, putting on his clothes, etc) he says "he's done" or "you do it for me".... so the other day we told Ryan that just because you come across something that might take some work to do you shouldn't give up. Our motto has been try, try, try again. Obviously we will help him, but want him to see how rewarding it is when you succeed after putting in your all, or even failing first. So last night Ryan was playing a game, and said " Dad, God wants you to help me". WHAT?! Wow - talk about learning manipulation early... we have a lot to work on, but it was definitely funny.

At Christmas time Ryan received cowboy boots, hat, and vest for Christmas -- and LOGAN has been the one sportin' it almost EVERY day! He has even learned how to say "yee haw". The other day right after bath time he was still naked, and he walked into the bathroom where I was with Ryan - naked except for the vest and hat and shouted ' YEE HAW!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

My New Years Resolution...

I fear my New Year's resolution will be something I always struggle with. Yeah there are lots of those things like overeating, weight, impatience, the list goes on... but this is something very real and frustrating to me. Something that I never thought would be an issue - but it has become one. VIDEO GAMES. Yep, I said it. No, I am NOT obsessed with playing video games, I am far from it. They can sometimes ruin my day - mostly - MY ATTITUDE. My amazing husband has a great gift for playing these, and it is his favorite hobby. In no way do I want to take this enjoyment away from him, I just prefer to have nothing to do with it. In past, I have made some attempts to involve myself in them, by finding games I would like to play and getting him involved. Did you see how that worked? They were games I wanted to play. Not necessarily what he wanted to do. So selfish, I know. So until today, I genuinely thought that was a "good enough" effort... involving myself with them, even if it was something I chose to play. BUT anyone who knows Ryan knows that he ADORES his daddy, and wants to be JUST like him! And he is. So for Christmas Ryan got a few games... some that he could play with us, and some he could play alone. Well since Christmas I have hardly seen the kid, and it down right ticks me off. I think all things are good in moderation. That is a philosophy I truly believe. Then today Joe reminded me to "find something else to preoccupy him specifically" to deter his mind from ONLY wanting to play the games. So I thought about it and decided I would play a game he wanted to play and REALLY pay attention, and get involved. So as we were playing a short demo game, Ryan was just giddy telling me what everything was and what I was supposed to do. Joe said to me " Heather, he has watched this demo 50 times, but never been this excited. It's because you care about something he loves." THAT WAS HARD FOR ME TO HEAR. So my resolution is to be more in tune with my children, and their unique abilities, even if it's not something I really enjoy.