Monday, April 07, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Our Beautiful Trees!

When I left to take Jane to school, the landscapers were out front working on the lawn. When I came home after running some errands a couple hours later, I found this...

Talk about devastation! I have NEVER been one to cry over a tree being cut down and in fact, balked at the idea of my home town spending millions to relocate an old tree so they could build a road where it originally stood. This, however, has made me change my tune. If I had known they were going to cut those BEAUTIFUL trees down, I seriously would have chained myself to them. I would not have let them take them. Sure, they were getting so big that the lawn stopped thriving and the garden couldn't grow because the trees blocked most of the sun but they have provided luscious greens in the summer and heart warming reds, oranges, and yellows in the fall. They have provided a beautiful backdrop to many photos off our balcony and much needed shade and privacy to our home. I will miss them DEARLY! Oh, I'm so sad!

Here are some pictures we've taken over the 7 years we have lived here in memory of those two parts of our lives...

They were my favorite thing about fall. The beautiful colors that lit up our street. Those trees were the backdrop to my first pregnancy:

Those trees were a place where sisters could sit and share secrets:

 Where 3-year-olds could take their first year of preschool pictures:

 Where ladybugs could take their first steps:

Where sweet doctors could crunch in the leaves:

Where monkeys could climb their first trees:

Where Cabbage Patch Dolls could stand and watch the leaves change colors:

And most of all, those trees were a backdrop to SO many memories of my babies as they grew from little squishy cuties... 

and curious explorers...

to crazy "super hero fishing cowgirls"...

Oh, a part of me had died. I wish I could go back just 4 hours and make it not happen!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Jane has an hour of Mandarin every Monday in school and she NEVER tells me what she learns so I assumed nothing was sinking in until last week she burst out of independent time and declared, "I can sing head, shoulders, knees, and toes in Mandarin!" I was completely in shock as she did it so I made her do it like 5 more times and once more so I could get her cute self on video. Go Jane!


This morning Jane drew me the best picture ever. I never want to lose it so here it is...

The story: We are walking on the sidewalk to find each other. Jane had been looking all over town to find me because she wanted to go to the park with me. 
She made sure to get our eye and hair colors right as well as our skin color. She asked, "What color skin do you have? Llama color?"

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Potty Day to Wendy Mae!

A week ago I would have told you I wouldn't even think about potty training Wendy until she was at least 3. I had a really bad experience (4 hours in the bathroom) with her a little while ago where I tried to teach her thinking she was ready but she clearly wasn't. Last week, though, she showed HUGE interest. One time she came in to use the potty while I was showering and totally did it! Another time I found her taking off her diaper and wiping herself because she had peed just a little in her diaper. TMI I know, but I don't want to forget walking in on that crazy girl and seeing how proud she looked because she knew she was being a big girl.

We chose a weekend, made sure we had no plans and got ready to potty train my baby. We did the same thing we did with Jane, taking Wendy to the bathroom every 15 minutes and if she was dry we'd give her a Skittle or M&M (Jane would get one too and cheer for Wendy). She had 4 accidents the first day (only 2 bad ones) and even stayed dry and used the potty when we went out for Potty Training Day burgers! The next day we had church so she only used underwear the 2nd half of the day and only had one accident. That night we celebrated with Happy Potty Day cupcakes (pictures below)! Today she only had one accident and we even ran a ton of errands! My favorite was when we were at Target she was in the shopping cart and said, "potty, potty!" I took her and she went, and was dry! She is really getting it. I'm so proud of my munchkin!

Here are some pictures from Sunday night of the girls enjoying some snickerdoodle cupcakes. Excuse the low quality of the images... I had to use my phone.

Wendy Mae, 2 years & 5 months old.

She's so proud of herself!

Ok, enough smiles, time to dig in!

Of coarse Jane got in on the cupcake action!

She's a great big sister, cheering on Wendy as she learns to potty train and as Wendy learns new words. She gets so excited for her when she says a new word and makes sure to tell me. Tonight during Wendy's prayer she said, "Jane" clear as day instead of "Iya". We both gasped, giggled and clapped at the same time.

I had to go back and look at Jane when we celebrated her Potty Training Day when she was 2 years and 3 months old. Here is my super blonde, happy girl!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Random good times

What have we been up to lately?

We had crepes for breakfast. This is Jane showing me her chocolate fingers. Someone was excited I made her the breakfast of her choice!

Wendy was pretty excited too so she had to show me her messy fingers as well.

They didn't stay messy for long. Quickly licked clean.

We went to a grocery store we'd never been to and after noticing they had $1 mini gelato we HAD to get some. Chocolate for Jane cause that's her fave and lemon for Wendy because it's white and doesn't stain :)

Jane ended up eating half of Wendy's before starting on hers. Classic. I think we'll have to go again. There were lots more flavors we didn't get to try!

Jane got some super powers! Meet Spiderman, Wolverine and Ladybug.

Careful, these aren't superheros you'd want to mess with.

We rode our bikes to a local park that had just been re-done. It's awesome now. Wendy has been VERY adventurous and after only one failed attempt, climbed to the top! What a change from the younger, super scared Wendy Mae!

She's a huge fan of "big girl" swings now. She now says, "puppy" for underdog about a thousand times every time we go.

The weather has been super cold so if it's even a little warm, say 30 degrees, we'll go to the park. This time it was a little too chilly as I noticed I could see my breath before we left. Hopefully it gets warmer sooner rather than later so we can go more often.

Wendy has also shown interest in potty training. She will poop in the potty and lets me know when she needs to go (or needs to go more after using her diaper a little). So proud of her! We're going to give this almost 2.5 year old a potty training party on Saturday and pull out the big girl undies! She's still only really saying one word phrases but has started to say, "I don't know" in the cutest way possible. She says it like it's one word and folds her arms under like she's a chicken. Love it! Otherwise, she sounds like a cave woman... "Me. apple." "Me. Help." "No. Iya."

We're looking into getting Jane a 2 wheel bike with petals for her birthday in May. She was SO excited to go to the bike shop to try one on for size. We'll get the one we want ordered and she'll be thrilled. Then, we'll get Wendy on the balance bike.

I am in the last week of my 2nd trimester and starting to want time to speed up so he's here already but also want time to slow down because I'm terrified of all the new baby stuff we'll have to go through again. Maybe I'll just try to enjoy these next 3 months of being with my two big girls!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Awkward Easter Dress Pictures

The girls ended up wearing their Easter dresses to church this last Sunday so I took some pictures after Church ended. We meet at a school right now while they build our new building downtown so that's why you see a school-type stairwell here.

I did not get one good picture of the two of them at the same time but I did get a bunch of awkward expressions/poses so obviously I am going to post them...

Eating apples and taking pictures does not go together very well.

 Jane just learned this hand on the hip pose and did it for about 50 of the pictures I took.

I'd get a good one of Jane and then Wendy would give a super silly cheese face.

She's trying so hard though. Maybe I should have just let her eat her apple.

There's a cute Wendy face. 

Whoa! What happened? Oh, I asked for silly faces.

The one-handed monkey face from Wendy and who knows what from Jane.

 I'll try again when Easter get a little closer. I've got to get some use out of these dresses since they cost me $2.50 each... that's right, only $2.50, thanks to Target clearance and a little forethought!

On a seperate note, we went out for Chinese a while ago and loved our fortunes because they all seemed to match us...

Me: A financial investment will yield returns beyond your hopes. Yes!!! I do the finances and make all those decisions so, sweet!

Brandt: Your leadership qualities are greatly admired. He is the Elder's Quorum President at our church so maybe that's what it's talking about?

Jane: You are often the life of the party. Very, very, true for this crazy child.

Wendy: Others enjoy your radiance. Radiance would sum her up nicely :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Baby Boy Bumper Drama

Yesterday, as Wendy and I were on our way home from Target, we were rear-ended. It wasn't THAT bad, we just needed a new bumper (again) and we felt fine so I didn't think anything of the baby being hurt. All the drama, awkwardness and uncomfortableness of the guy not being insured and wanting me (begging me) to not call the cops kind of overwhelmed me. We eventually just drove over to the mechanic and the guy paid him for the new bumper and we parted ways.

A few hours later, I was at Jane's school playing when a friend commented about getting the baby checked out just in case. I asked a couple other friends and contacted my doctor. All of them sad the same thing... that I should go to the ER just to be safe. I dropped off the girls at Nicole's house and headed to the hospital. Little did I know things were actually not a-ok.

Swinging together at the park before heading to the hospital. They were beyond excited (like Disney World excited) to get to play at the park for the first time in MONTHS!

They did the first set of labs and said that I needed to stay overnight because I had Thrombocytopenia, or a low blood platelet count. I remember having this with Wendy (sorta remember) but they were worried. Even more so, they were worried because I had Fibrinogen, something that has something to do with blood clotting. My numbers with that were low and they only get low when there is a tear in the placenta.

Needless to say, I was a wreck emotionally. I felt fine and really I wasn't TOO worried about the baby (I trusted he would be fine) but all the events of the day wrapped up like this was just too much for me. Brandt came home early and got the girls, put them to bed and then came over (some friends stayed at our place for a few hours). It was so nice to have someone there with me. I desprately needed to hold his hand.

The next morning, they did another set of labs and they came back a little worse so they wanted me to stay for another set at noon. Brandt brought the girls up to visit and that really helped. It was so nice to see them. Jane was really worried about me and gave me lots of snuggles and smiles. Wendy faught for my attention too and when they left she screamed because she didn't want me to have to stay longer. I'm glad they love me.

Entertaining me with funny faces before showing me their ballet moves.

I went in for an ultrasound and it was super nice to see our little gentlman. He's perfectly great and seems to be doing fine.

Love his little nose and look, he is holding the heart he made for me during his downtime at the hospital because he just loves me so much!

They did another set of labs at noon and they came back a little better so they said I could leave around 4 or 5pm but that I will have to be monitored because my numbers are still low which means there are still issues. I have to go back in on Thursday to get more tests done to see where things stand.

I eventaully got to leave at 6pm and boy am I happy to not have to eat hospital food or be hooked up to machines. I am also glad to leave with a kicking baby inside my tummy instead of in the NICU.

Feeling very grateful for blessings and all the love my friends have shown me. Thank you for all your prayers!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Day to day with the kids

Yesterday and today have been great days. I think it mostly has to do with the mood Jane has been in. Wendy came down with croup night before last so she's been sick but the steroids helped really quickly so she's back to normal now. Jane has just been in this super sweet, wanting to help and happy mood and I LOVE it! It's a drastic difference from 2 days ago when I was exhausted by lunch time. I told the girls, as they were eating, that I was tired of being the mom for the day (don't judge me, it was an awful morning). Jane said, "Oh, you should just take a rest! When I get tired of being Jane I just go to my room and take a rest on my bed or just read a book." I glanced over at the 6 loads of laundry I just washed that needed folding and got sad that I couldn't just take a rest but her spunk helped.

(Showing me her sweet face after requesting I take her picture. Isn't she a beauty?!)

As I was reading bedtime books to Wendy last night, Jane made me close my eyes so she could surprise me with something. When she allowed me to open them she had cleaned her whole room without being asked and had even folded all the blankets on her shelf PERFECTLY! Earlier in the day she made her bed without being asked too!

Today I was organizing and folding all the boy clothes we have and was getting a little grumpy because the girls kept knocking over all my piles. Eventually Wendy went to her room to play and Jane decided to help me. She mostly just chatted with me about baby brother and folded his little hats but after we were done she said, "When brother comes out to play I will tell him that I did all of this for him." I said, "And what will you tell him about me?" She said, "That you helped a little bit (showing me a little bit with her thumb and pointer finger)."

 (The other day I told Jane to go take off the dress up she was wearing so she could eat dinner and she came back out wearing something else... The sweater that belongs to my build a bear, Christopher. I can't believe she got that thing on! I had to peel it off of her, pulling on it while using my foot on her tummy as leverage. Oh and that's her moose's scarf.)

The most amazing part of my day though, was when she brought me a book while Wendy was napping and said, "It's reading time!" About halfway through, she put her hand on my belly to feel the baby and kept it there while she finished reading. She is getting SO good at reading and has been SUPER sweet about this baby boy. She's so excited for him to come!

Wendy on the other hand is already angry at the baby for being in her way when she wants snuggles and for being the reason I can't pick her up anymore but she is also saying "baby boy" almost as much as she says "baby Jesus" (which is ALL the time) so that's gotta mean something... Ok, I have no idea what that means. She's learning a couple words a day and repeating random things I say. I love hearing her talk even if it isn't conversational sentences.

 (Wendy's new favorite thing is making this face. I call it her "melting face" because she has so much skin on those squishy cheeks of hers that she can contort it so that her eyes look like they are going to ooze out. I love it.)

Tomorrow will be a new day and bring who knows what to the table but I will have enjoyed these last 2 days with my little girlies. I have always missed them after they've gone to bed and can't wait to see them in the morning (no earlier than 7am...).

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

La La Too

With Jane in school, Wendy and I get to go on little dates almost whenever (MWF) we want! Last week we went and got some donuts...

After noticing the knife and trying to brush her teeth with the sharp side, she got down to business cutting pieces off her donut.

Little munchkin so happy about her leftovers. 

When we first stopped in, we went straight to the bathroom. I was trying to wash my hands because you can't eat donuts with Chicago-germified-hands but there wasn't any soap left in the dispenser. I was trying and trying to get the last drop out while Wendy was grunting and squawking and calling my name. After a bunch of "just a minute" and "Wendy, hold on" I looked over to her where she was pointing very proudly to a different dispenser on the other wall that I hadn't seen. She was trying to help me the whole time and knew just what I needed! Smart girl. It's so hard to remember she's a big girl because even though she's learning new words daily, she doesn't speak in sentences. She IS a big girl and is SUPER intelligent.

Today, we went to Target (where for the first time she demanded to "wok" (walk) and actually did for half the time) and then headed to McDonald's for lunch. This girl can eat! I can't get away with buying her a chicken sandwich and splitting a medium fry anymore. She called just about every man "Dad" and when I'd say it wasn't dad she would look at me with a curious face and say, "Man?" Yes, Wendy. You may call him "man" if you wish.

We came home and she went straight down for a nap but not before giving me a high five and asking for a "huck" and "kiss". She is such a great napper (knock on wood).

Anyway, I love this munchkin. Apparently, she loves me too because on Valentine's Day she said, "la la too" for the FIRST time unprompted after I told her I loved her.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Jane and Wendy: The funny things they do

-Wendy just randomly came up to me and said the following, complete with the correct robot movements...

"Baby Jesus beep bop boop."

Quite possibly my favorite ever.

-Jane had woken up twice because of bad dreams she had after watching Beauty and the Beast for the first time. After much conversation, some water and a trip to the bathroom, I decided to tell her what I did as a kid when I was scared. I told her how I would pray before bed every night and said, "if I was still scared I would put my blanket over my head and say another prayer." She responded with, "but putting a blanket over your head doesn't make any sense." Says a 4 year old who asks to be my pet dog every morning and puts underwear on all her animals as hats...

-Jane is in love with her cousin Lily and as she was playing with her she said, very surprised, "Lily has pictures of me in her eyes!"

-You think I'd know better by now than to...

Tickle my 4.5 year old to get her off of my head. She only got off (by me throwing her off) when I noticed I was wet. Unfortunately she has the world's best laugh so I LOVE tickling her. Next time, I just won't do it while she's near my face.

-Jane burst out of her room SO proudly saying, "Look! I'm a church leader!

 -Taking her dishes to the sink after breakfast, Jane said, "Ouch! I stepped on a toy! Do you ever have that feeling like you stepped on a toy?"

Yes, Jane. Story of my life.

-After an hour of sleeping, Jane just came out of her room completely sleep walking! I had no idea what she was doing at first because she wasn't responding to me but this is what happened...

She opens her door, stops, and acts like she's drinking the door (making the drinking sound). Then she walks over to her art table, picks up her marker tub and starts drinking it (kind of gets caught off guard as the markers tumble out all over her face). I take her to the bathroom and ask if she needs a drink of water as she drinks a pretend cup from her hands. I almost wet my pants holding in my laughter so I pawned her off on Brandt. He gave her a drink and then asked if she needed to go potty when she says "no" but grabs the toilet paper, tears some off, wipes her bum (she's fully clothed) and hands it to Brandt. As he leads her back to her room, she grabs her headband and climbs into her bed through the most awkward opening.

I can't stop laughing, picturing the markers hitting her in the face and her shaking them off still trying to drink.

-Jane's hitting the printer, turning it on and off and yelling at it. I came in the room to see what in the world she was doing and she was screaming, "Give me a coupon! Just give me a coupon." She turns to me and said all exasperated, "How do I get a coupon!?!?!"

Ha! She's my girl.