Monday, December 29, 2008
(don't forget to turn of my music player on the right hand side of the blog before playing the video)
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Dearest Family and Friends,
It seems so hard to believe that a year has already flown by, yet here we are with the Holidays upon us and me scratching my head wondering what has happened over the last twelve months. People often laugh when I tell them that I always find writing Christmas letters hard; you’d think with the newsletters I send via email and my regularly updated blog I would be able to just whip one of these out. I think my problem tends to lie in the desire to keep it fairly short (since we are all reading at least 500 of these a Christmas) and not bogged down with little things. So, that being said; with not further ado: The 2008 Mighty C’s Family Christmas Letter.
To get things started we dive in with Frog Prince. I can hardly believe that I am the mother of a five year old already and yet the boy has quickly grown from a preschooler to a full on, ‘boy.’ Since his birthday falls after the cut off for entering Kindergarten, The great FP got to attend one more year of Preschool this year. He LOVES it. His best friend in the world also falls into the same boat of late birthdays, so instead of being a year ahead of this boy in school, the two will end up in the same grade. He is steadily moving along with learning all of his pre-reading skills and has even mastered sounding out some basic words (as well as the unbelievably hard, ‘cried’). If I had to name the three great loves of Frog Prince’s life they would be, in order: frogs, Disney’s Cars, and Peter Pan. While FP is naturally a rather timid and reserved boy when it comes to adventure, at any given point during the day I can find him zoom around the house with Sheepie pretending he is Lightening McQueen (the hero of the Cars movie) or battling to the death as Peter Pan. One of Frog Prince’s great adventures of this last year was getting to ride on an airplane. He’d been once as a very very young baby, but this time it was without mommy or daddy. In March he got to fly out with his Nana to visit his cousins in Chicago for two weeks. It was quite a step in independence for him, and he and his little stuff froggie took it in stride. On December 4th FP officially left the world of preschoolerhood and turned five. He got to have all of his friends, from school and church, go out to eat with him and have a big birthday party. He now reminds us everyday about how great it is to be a ‘big five year old.’ With his birthday, he got to begin piano lessons and has shown great attention and dedication to learning how to play. He has also taken a great interest lately in competitive running and sledding in the several feet of snow we’ve received this winter.
If there was ever a child that marches to his own drum beat it would be Sheepie. I am not sure if we set ourselves up when we named our child ---and then handed him a stuffed tiger named, ‘Hobbes,’ but in all regards our sweet boy is living up to his namesake. Sheepie’s biggest accomplishment this last year was becoming fully potty trained. It’s funny to think that this only happened about a year ago, since he has done so well with it, but about this time last year we began the process and by the time the second term of preschool started (before he was even three) he was completely potty trained and ready. Over the summer Sheepie celebrated his third birthday with his, ‘first big boy party,’ (which means he finally got to invite friends to his birthday). The theme was –as it seems to be in his life in general—Finding Nemo. Sheepie LOVES Disney’s Finding Nemo, and it has been fun to watch his life; including things like daily head to toe dressing, dolls, and even the way his room is decorated revolve around this particular movie. He has also developed a strong love for WALL*E, as well (which is another Disney movie). He, too, is thriving in preschool, and I can hardly get in and out of the building without a handful of his teachers telling me how much they love Sheepie and that he is the cutest kid ever. He is steadily learning all of his pre reading skills as well and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is reading well before entering Kindergarten. Beyond his affection for Disney movies, some of Sheepie’s current favourites this year are: Hobbes (his best friend/ stuffed tiger), his blue blankie, Star wars and lightsabers, and riding the monorail ( a lingering bit from our trip to Disneyland this spring). Finally, Sheepie has recently declared that when he grows up he wants to be a Fireman.
In March, we were very excited—albeit a bit surprised—to welcome Boy into our family. Boy wasn’t due until the end of April, however he decided that he knew better than the rest of us, and arriving five weeks early, was born on March 22nd, 2008. He was a healthy 6 lbs. 6 oz. and 20 inches long, and besides mildly underdeveloped lungs and digestive systems completely healthy—not bad for being a preemie! The truly fun part of his early arrival is that he was born on his father’s 28th birthday; and since we’d already picked out the name (he has the same name as his Dad) it was an even more fitting arrival. From the time he was born to when I now write this nine months have already passed and the time seems like it’s flown. I can hardly believe that the round little butterball I see crawling around my house is the same tiny baby that was hooked up to all the monitors in the NICU. His is up and crawling and standing when holding on to things, and has already learned how to say ‘Daddy’ and ‘Hi’ and use them correctly. He also has an amazing ability to parrot people’s worlds; although he doesn’t know what he is saying and can’t use them again later, he often will repeat words that people have just said and do so extremely clearly. It’s quite amazing and I’ve never seen another baby do it. All and all he is a gem and I find myself being able to cuddle and snuggle him more than I ever imagined I would for my third child. I think that since he got off to a kind of bumpy start, he’s been making up for it by being extra cute and cuddly.
As for Hubby and me, we’ve had a few adventures this year as well. After years and years of lobbying, I finally got my wish and we bought a motorcycle—the irony was at the time I was pregnant, so I had to just sit and watch while Hubby zoomed around. With the rising gas prices and his longer commute Hubby decided that the 70 mpg the motorcycle would get sounded pretty good. Now I think he can’t imagine not having a bike (and I am pretty happy too!). Our family also took our first really big family vacation this year: Disneyland! About a month after Boy was born, we all headed down to Southern California with the kids and our quasi-Nanny/babysitter extraordinaire Kaitlyn. Along the way we stopped in Sacramento and toured the capitol and the train museum, the Hollywood district, and then stopped briefly in San Francisco to spend a bit of the afternoon with a friend of mine, riding the cable cars to the wharf and such. It was a lovely vacation and went very smoothly since we had an extra set of hands to help out and allow Hubby and me to go out in the evenings and enjoy the more grown up places like Downtown Disney. The major adventure of the year for us was Hubby’s eight weeks business trip to India toward the end of the summer. He had to go and work with a team from his company that is located in two parts of India and so I got to play the role of single parent for a few months and learn just how much I love having him around! He had a great time and was even able to have his dad come out and sight see with him for the last week of his trip. He also brought back amazing presents!!!
As we come to a close on this year, we find our family happy and healthy and glad to have one another. We hope that you are all doing well and that you might find joy in the season. May the Lord bless you all and keep you safe and happy in the coming year.
The Mighty C’s
20 YEARS AGO (1988):
1. I was 6 years old and in Kindergarten. Mrs. Cohen was my teacher and AMAZING!
2. I lived in Orange, California and was way too spoiled for my own good.
3. My little brother Doug was born
4. I am pretty sure it was when I learnt to ride a two wheeler.
10 YEARS AGO (1998):
1. I was a Sophomore in high school.
2. I had just moved to Keizer, OR.
3. I got my drivers license.
4. I worked in a pharmacy.
5. I visited NYC for the first time.
5 YEARS AGO (2003):
1. I celebrated my first wedding anniversary.
2. My first son (Frog Prince) was born
3. I took my finals that year with a three day old baby.
4. My brother came to live with us when he was 15.
5. I was in Godspell at a local theatre.
6. I spent the summer doing some white water rafting and camping (two of the greatest things around).
7. We moved three times.
1 YEAR AGO (2007):
1. I celebrated my 5th wedding anniversary.
2. I was celebrating my middle child (Sheepie's) 2nd birthday
3. We celebrated owning our house for two whole years.
4. I learnt that we could live without TV happily
5. My dog Wriggley had to be put to sleep.
THIS YEAR (2008):
1. My third son (Boy) was born.
2. I learnt that there is power (and I look amazing) in skirts, high heels, and angel red lipstick!
3. We took our first real family holiday: Disneyland!!!!
4. Frog Prince turned 5 and sheepie turned 3.
5. My husband went to India for 2 months/ I learnt the lesson of single parenting.
6. We read the entire Book of Mormon as a Family.
1. Celebrate our 7th anniversary.
2. Celebrated Boy's first birthday
3. Frog Prince will start Kindergarten.
4. We will take a summer vacation (hopefully to take the kids hiking around Crater Lake).
5. I will turn 27.
6. Be on step closer to adopting a baby.
7. Read the entire Old Testament.
8. Have yet another year of awesome Halloween costumes.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Today's post mostly though is to try and remind myself why I like putting up Christmas decorations. Since I was busy all last week with the Stake Creche, I just let my house go.. and now it's gone; trashed, capoot! I have managed to catch up on washing all of the kids clothes, but I haven't fold them yet... and the dishes are done; but the house isn't even close to clean.... You'd likely pass out of you saw the present state of my dining room (let's just say dogs+pizza box= badness!)
But still I want to put up my Christmas stuff. It's almost half way through December and they aren't up..... so this is my little time to just aimlessly ramble for a few minutes in hopes that it inspires me enough to go push through the cleaning and get the boxes out of the garage.
I don't know if it will actually snow here this weekend (snow in Corvallis is always such a joke) but I have decided that I will never forgive myself if it's snowing and I don't have Christmas up... you could just hand me a name tag that says 'hi my name is... Grinch.'
I guess there is always the driving factor that all my in laws are coming for supper on Sunday. ( of course I will have to clean the house again between now and then, but it'd be much quicker if I wasn't wading through 'lakekidshavewaytoomanyclothes' in my family room.)
Alright... /end pointless rambling (god bless the person who created blogs)
Time to roll up my sleeves, pull up my sister in laws blog mix; as she has the best Christmas music mix, and start a sweepin' and a moppin'.... Maybe then I will feel inspired enough to update on something a bit more fun that my mindless ramble.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I believe the last time I really cut my hair was about 4 or so months after Sheepie was born. Today I had 12 inches cut off and I donated it to locks of love.
The woman at the salon said that I had enough hair on my head to contribute to up to four wigs. It makes me really happy to know that my hair will be able to help some children feel a bit better about their medical situations.
It's so different from what I am used to, but over all I am really happy with how it turned out and think that I will probably do it again in another three years or so.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I love Elder Maxwell (he was an apostle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and has passed away). He was always one of my favourites. It is so nice to hear the worlds of some years ago still ring loud and true in today's society.
(( If you don't normally turn the blog music off, don't forget to before listening to this video.)
Thank you Elder Maxwell for reminding us of truths that are being rapidly forgotten.
never has been, nor will there ever be another little boy like my Sheepie!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
~ Boy sat up for 15 minutes straight; without falling.
~ My spinach quiche was amazingly good! (I'm having more for breakfast this morning.)
~ Family Home Evening was perfect.
Frog Prince conducted the meeting for the first time.
Sheepie 'played' the piano for us during the songs.
I decided to use my new nursery manual to do the lesson and it went GREAT.
The kids kept coming up with one activity after another.
~ Where we were in the scriptures that night actually talked perfectly about what our FHE lesson covered; without trying.
As a side note, does it seem normal for my son, who is only a CTR5 to have spoken three times already in Primary this year? We have a decent sized junior Primary, but he just came home with another slip saying he has to give a talk next Sunday.
I mean, yes, FP does rock. He can stand up there and deliver his own talk, which he wrote by himself, ( I can sit in the back and watch) at only 4 years old...but 4 talks in a year seems like it'd be a lot. Maybe I just don't know how primary works.
Either way, FP you are a rock star... and give the best talks in junior primary!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I got caught up on several projects that had fallen by the way side.
I didn't get the froggie quilt worked on at all, but that's okay because my sewing machine was being EVIL today.
And I found out that the fabric store will have it's flannels on sale for 99c a yard the day after thanksgiving ( I have a lady from my church who works there and was teasing me because she hadn't seen me come into the store for almost a week).
I made a super cute demi apron out of some old sweet dinner napkins and lace that I found at Goodwill.
I did, however, really burn my finger on a hot glue gun. It makes typing a bit tricky, but now I can call it my war wound for a day of productive crafting.
Oh yeah, and the Wassail (from the Apple Lady) and the soups were fantastic. This year there was finally something that was vegetarian-- two actually-- that I didn't have to bring!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sheepie is truly my squishy boy!!! In this picture you can see him helping stir the whole wheat batter for pancakes the other morning. This was done in conjunction with the 'pancake dance'. I wish I could get videos of such things, because they literally make me have to bite my lip to keep from laughing.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Can you tell we took this at the end of a LONG day. Sticky faces, rumpled costumes, and really tired parents.
(and my poor broach got smashed.)
Boy's hood on his Koopa outfit kept covering his face, so this morning I quickly made him a
Toad (he's the mushroom sidekick) hat, and he was cute as can be. Wore it all day!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I love this! Sheepie has only ever seen Count Dooku on the Lego Star Wars game for our Wii... He now loves to pretend he is Dooku in light saber fights. Last night he surprised us by, out of no where, using his 'electric hands' on Hubby. (If you've not seen the newer movies,I'm also talking about the electric beams the Emperor shoots out of his hands in Return of the Jedi.)
That's right, I caught the flu. Hopefully, this means I will get through the rest of the season without getting sick again?
I promptly crawled into the shower and slept (yes, I know it's not safe to sleep in the shower, but hey! it seriously is the only way I get any sleep when I'm sick, because I get so cold I can't really regulate my body temp.) Anyway, like I said, I crawled into the shower and stayed there for about two hours. Hubby, who was also sick, crawled into bed and was asleep by the time I got out.
Around 10 pm I decided that action needed to be taken. I called my little brother, Doug, (Doug, you are a rock star by the way!) who happens to be a rock star, in case anyone didn't know that, and asked him if he'd not only buy me 7-UP and saltine crackers, but then drive them all the way out to my house. He did, and when I woke up again around midnight, I had 'sick food' waiting for me. He even threw in some Gatoraide to sweeten the deal.. THANKS Dougie!
Wednesday, Hubby worked from home so that he could do things like pick the kids up from school, and play with them. Me-- I stayed in bed.... well not the whole time, but I have done nothing for the last two days. If you look around my house you can tell. I figure Friday I might actually care enough to clean up again (sorry, Hubby, your amazing wife is 'out of the office' for a few days!).
However, Wednesday the kids had their Halloween party at school. They get to dress up and then go trick or treating around all the different High school classrooms. All the kids looked so cute in their little costumes. I have to admit though, I am extremely partial to a pair of really good looking plumbers though!
Tuesday the kids were still sick, and as such had to stay home from school... NO FUN!
Well, okay, I think the kids had fun; I made them lay on the sofa all day watching movies. This way they were calm and quiet. It lasted for about a half a day until they went crazy and wanted to run around and play. That is when all the train sets came out and took over my living room.
That night when Hubby got home and we'd had supper it was pumpkin carving time.
Sadly, by the time all the pumpkins were carved and done, Hubby and I were both feeling sick as well...
Monday, October 27, 2008
It's a beautiful day in the Neighbourhood, and I love Autumn! Something about the changing colours, misty mornings, warm sweaters and hot apple cider and pies that make me remember that living in Oregon truly is as close as a person can get to heaven on earth.
I can't think of another place on earth where I'd rather live. There is just something about the smell of smoke curling out of chimney's; the luscious mix of evergreens and fire coloured leaves; watching kids in their coats and hats standing waiting for the big Yellow Buses; the way you can see your breath in the mornings, and the amazing stars in the clear autumn nights!
...Captain Hook finally caught Peter Pan!
... we explore the local Historical Society....
... just because it looks like a fun place to go.
It's the Day...
... I wonder why...
...Women ever stopped dressing so feminine and beautiful.
It's the Day...
We continued living...