December 30, 2008

Birthday Celebrations

I know this is a little late, but I needed to write it down for my records.

This year my birthday was one of my favorites. I felt  like the whole first half of the month was just one big celebration.

My birthday was on Sunday this year and so Ryan and I celebrated on Saturday. It started Saturday morning. Ryan got up with the kids and took them to McDonalds so I could sleep in. Then when they got home Ryan said I could go shopping or do whatever I wanted, until it was time to go to dinner.When I got back we cleaned up, dropped the kids off at Ryan's grandparents and we went to dinner at Red Robin(I had to get my free birthday burger). We took some ice cream back to Ryan's grandparent's house to eat with them and play games. IMG_4384

On Sunday, my birthday, my niece  Mia was blessed. So I was able to spend the whole day with my family and share my birthday with Mia and her special day. My family sang Happy Birthday and we had cake. The best part is Ryan took complete care of the kids all day!! He got them dressed, changed every diaper, fed them, and got them all ready for bed. After the kids were in bed Ryan let me watch two chick flicks, and didn't complain once. :) It was a nice relaxing day!IMG_4392 My mom and Mia

Then on the following Wednesday we had a luncheon with some of the other ladies in the ward who have December birthdays. It was fun to get together and get to know them a little better. Thanks Alicia for putting it all together.

The next Sunday Ryan's family had a little party for me, and his mom was so nice to make me a yummy chicken and rice dinner. Then for dessert we had my favorite: Chocolate brownies with ice cream. I am so lucky to have such great in laws.IMG_4507

It doesn't end there. On Thursday the 11th my friends, Lisa, Amy, Ashly, and Ulia took me to Chile's for appetizers and Paradise pie. When we were done eating we didn't want to go home so we headed over to Target to do a little shopping, and be a little silly. Thanks girls. It was so fun!IMG_4463 Ulia, Ashly, Lilly, Amy, & Lisa

And to end my wonderful birthday (or should we say two weeks?) Me and my best friends from high school,Jill, Megan, & Hayley headed up to Park City for a fun overnighter. We had so much fun shopping, eating, and reminiscing. I had a blast and this was one of the best birthdays ever! IMG_4482 Jill, Megan, Hayley

Thanks everyone that made my birthday so FUN!

December 18, 2008

Who stole my Christmas Spirit?

I have to admit, I have no Christmas spirit this year. Usually I love, love, love Christmas. I love all the decorations, the anticipation, buying gifts, seeing lights, the music, and all the magic.

This year, not so much. I had all these great ideas of things to do a few months ago, and now it is here, and I have no desire to  do anything. It just doesn't feel like Christmas. Maybe, it's the economy, or maybe I am just lazy.

I barely got my Christmas cd's out two days ago, I haven't done one fun activity with my kids(yes, I know I am a terrible mother), I haven't wrapped one gift, I haven't watched one Christmas movie, and I only put my tree up because Eli begged me for days to do it.

I don't know what is wrong. I am trying to catch the spirit. It's just not happening. I think I need to try a little harder. Any ideas? What can I do to bring the Christmas excitement back into my home? 

December 09, 2008

My little bundle of JOY!

We went and saw the lights at Temple Square, and it was the first time I have really bundled Hallie up in all her winter gear. I think she looks so cute.


Hallie with cousin Luke


Hallie with mom


Hallie with dad


(Eli was in Idaho with grandma, so I don't have a pic of him. It's not because we gave him away).

December 05, 2008

Thumbs down to turning 4!


I do not know what turning four morphed my sweet little boy into, but he is no longer sweet and innocent.

Since turning four, and I mean literally since his actual birthday he has been a terror.

He throws tantrums over EVERYTHING. This is my kid who maybe threw 5 real tantrums his first three years of life. Now he probably averages 5 tantrums a day!

He is destructive. He lies. He whines all. the. time.

He argues everything. Especially cleaning up his room and playroom. The newest trick he plays when I tell him to make his bed and clean his room is to first complain, whine, and argue with me telling me he can't and that he doesn't want too. After telling him he can't come out until it is done. He then throws all his covers and pillows on his bed in a pile (his idea of "making" his bed).. Then throws all the stuff on the floor under the bed or pushes them to the side. (Because I told him I didn't want anything in the middle of the floor. I guess in his mind if it is against the wall, it isn't in the middle of the floor). ARGGH.

He tries to be sneaky and hide things.A couple weeks ago he got in trouble and Ryan said that he was going to take his giraffe away (this has replaced tiger). Eli went into his room before Ryan got there. When Ryan walked in he noticed Eli's giraffe wasn't on Eli's bed. So Ryan proceeded to the closet (one place he has learned to hide things, under his bed being the other). As Ryan was walking over there Eli asked him what he was doing. Ryan opened up the closet and sure enough there was Giraffe. Ryan picked him up and Eli says, "I should have hid him better huh, dad?" And that is my new Eli. Of course he doesn't see it as a bad thing hiding his giraffe he just saw that he didn't do a very good job hiding it.

What am I supposed to do with this kid?? I am literally going crazy. Nothing we do helps. We take his prized posessions away. He cries for a minute and then gets over it. We send him to his room. Again cries for a minute and gets over it. We take privilages away. He doesn't care. We tried the sticker chart where got a sticker every time he did something good, and could earn things. Problem is he's never good enough to get very many stickers, so then he gets bored with it.

Any suggestions? Or better yet, anyone want to take him and whip him into shape? But then you have to give him back when he is a perfect, polite, well behaved little boy.

PLEASE someone tell me this isn't going to last the whole 4 years. And if so please tell me 5 is better.