Monday, April 19, 2010

April Fools & Another Birthday Quiz

Good eye, people. Two of the pictures in the post below were Allie! Everyone is always commenting how alike Allie and Kendall look, and when I was going through pictures Allie and Detmer always thought Allie was Kendall, so I wanted to see if I could fool everyone. The "front of the 'do" is Allie, and the sleeping one at the bottom is Allie as well. I love my little twins!!!

Happy Birthday to my big sis, Cami! I did a birthday quiz for her, but since most of the readers of this blog don't know her that well, I decided to invite a special guest to answer the quiz questions.

Please welcome April Bright. April is a representative with Destination Homes. She is the girl who sits at the desk in the models and helps to show people around. She has willingly volunteered to take our quiz today.

Kira: Hi April. Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions to Cami's birthday quiz.

April: No problem, I'm happy to be here!

K: Please tell me the name of Cami's husband?

A: Oh, that one is SO easy. Why, when she came to tour a home last summer she talked about him non-stop! Seriously! I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, his name is Spencer.

K: What does Cami's husband do for a living?

A: Um, he's an attorney. Which is weird, because I know she refers to him as doctor when she introduces him. But I distintly remember her mentioning he's an attorney. Maybe some attorney's get their PhD?

K: Yeah, April. Maybe. I'm a little unclear on that as well. Please tell me how many children Cami has.

A: Oh, this one is easy as well. She was so excited assigning each of them a room. She has four children: Dallin, Fox, Eliza, and...I apologize the name of her brand new baby girl escapes me.

K: No problem, April. You've done all that you can do. Anything else you'd like to add?

A: Sure. I hope Cami has a very happy birthday and that this year is filled with getting grossed out and disgusted with Grossia's so that she never wants to go there again. I also want to give her a little peice of advice. I'm not allowed to disclose the, ahem, dollar figure of the houses Cami was interested in, but I just want to remind her to hold on to Dr. Reid very, very tight.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Many Adventures of Kendall Moose

One of Kendall's favorite activities is jumping on the trampoline. I know what you are thinking. Surely, a baby who jumps on a trampoline can walk, right? Well, you'd think so, wouldn't ya? But Kendall's not your average baby, clearly. She FINALLY started walking about two weeks ago. I guess the tramp was just helping her build up those muscles. The problem with babies who crawl for nine months is they get really good at it. Everywhere we go I have people comment on how fast she crawls. Which is why she still prefers crawling to walking, mostly. Last weekend Allie and Detmer spent the weekend at Kelly's. Dave told Kendall, "learn to walk, they'll think you're a big girl and you can go to." Which is funny, because she always wants to walk around Kelly, which is the only time she wants to walk. She loves going to Kelly's, so maybe in this case bribery will work for us.

These first three pictures all happened within ten minutes of each other. This is a busy girl.
I love the sassy look on her face in the picture below. Those chocolate chips were on the counter (not even close to the edge). Kendall made quick work of pushing her trusty tote over and climbing up to get them. I have no idea how she reached them, but she was a girl on a mission. When I "caught" her she just gave me that look, like, "that's right."
This picture is for Cami. She always says she can't believe how long Kendall's hair is getting, but I don't think you can even tell that well from the front. She's getting so dang big!
The front of the 'do.
One of her favorite things to do is climb into the dishwasher, so as to make it twice as long for me to load/unload.
Her favorite backyard toy. She LOVES the great outdoors.

So much fun to play with Allie and Detmer.

Beautiful bed head.
Kendall almost got me arrested today. I asked Kelly to hold her while I got my grocery's out at Sam's Club. When I finished, I went to grab her back from Kelly. She screamed at the top of her lungs. Who would've guessed I'm her mother? Then, when we were leaving Sam's Club Kendall screamed and was reaching for Kelly the whole way out. People think it'll hurt my feelings, but quite the opposite. I love when my children become more social. With all three of them, it has happened right after a serious bout of never letting me put them down, and it is always welcome. I love how social they are.
She is starting to make her animal sounds and I love it! Her woofs and meows and quacks are the cutest. She also says "Iloveyou" so well now that anyone can understand it.
Whenever I say "who wants to go to the store?" Or some other question, she (just like Allie and Detmer) raises her hand and says "me". And whenever she does something cool like that and she knows we'll fuss over her, she looks around with a gloating expression on her face, making sure everyone has witnessed how adorable she is. She also fully expects us to clap for her whenever she does something cool. If we clap the first time she does something, we better be planning to clap everytime she does it. She is so much fun! We love this baby!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Never!

I wasn't going to post about LDS General Conference. For whatever reason, I just decided not to. But, it has been on my mind all week, and I've really enjoyed going back and reading other post I have made about conference. Also, writing stuff down helps me remember it better, and we all know I need help remembering.

I loved this conference and appreciated the majority of the talks being centered around the family. My family is my most prized possession. I will do anything and everything I can to keep my family strong and happy. Dave and I were able to listen to this conference better then we've been able to in years. The children were happy to stay away because they knew if they came in they needed to be quiet and that didn't happen! We tried to encourage them to watch when President Monson spoke, but then we didn't get to hear the talks! I remember I didn't start voluntarily listening to conference until I was in ninth grade, so I'll give them some time. I haven't met too many three or four year olds that are excited about people talking on TV.

One of my favorite talks was by David A. Bednar, where he gave three simple steps to help parents be watchful over their children. "(1) reading and talking about the Book of Mormon with your children, (2) bearing testimony of gospel truths spontaneously with your children, and (3) inviting children as gospel learners to act and not merely be acted upon. Parents who do these things faithfully will be blessed to recognize early signals of spiritual growth in or challenges with their children and be better prepared to receive inspiration to strengthen and help those children."

As Dave and I discussed Elder Bednar's talk, we agreed we are doing good in all these areas, but need to do better (so we can be our best, of course). In the few days since conference I have already noticed a big difference in our scripture study. Before it was like Dave and I read while the children did whatever just so we could say we did it. We have made an effort this week to discuss what we have learned. I told the children if they can pay attention to a show, they can pay attention during scriptures (they love watching shows), so if they don't listen during scriptures, I'll assume they won't be able to listen to a show. The first night of trying this, I got done reading and asked Detmer: "What did we learn in the scriptures tonight?" He said, "um, it was about Jesus." Lucky guess!

I have recently incorporated this book into my personal scripture study and I can't begin to describe how much it has changed my comprehension of the scriptures. I think it came from my dad's house when he moved, but I just recently started using it and my Book of Mormon is a brand new book to me. I have been able to truly become immersed in it and follow the stories so much better. It is pricey, but it is an excellent investment. There are so many characters in The Book of Mormon with the same or similar names, not to mention the characters who only appear briefly, but do something magnificent. I feel so much more prepared to teach my children with the help of this book.

I loved President Monson's talk about the boy Jason, who, shortly after turning 11 years old became ill and was hospitilized several times. President Monson said "Last summer, not long after Jason’s 15th birthday, he was once again admitted to the hospital. On one of his visits to see Jason, his father found him with his eyes closed. Not knowing whether Jason was asleep or awake, he began talking softly to him. “Jason,” he said, “I know you have been through a lot in your short life and that your current condition is difficult. Even though you have a giant battle ahead, I don’t ever want you to lose your faith in Jesus Christ.” He said he was startled as Jason immediately opened his eyes and said, “Never!” in a clear, resolute voice. Jason then closed his eyes and said no more." (If I had to pick just one talk that I think everyone should listen to, this one is it.)

I also loved when President Monson said (in the same talk), "Our Savior lived again. The most glorious, comforting, and reassuring of all events of human history had taken place—the victory over death. The pain and agony of Gethsemane and Calvary had been wiped away. The salvation of mankind had been secured. The Fall of Adam had been reclaimed."

I would love to hear what everyone else's favorite talks were. Often times, a talk that didn't effect me at all during conference ends up to be my favorite when I read it in the Ensign. Other times, I can't wait to get the Ensign to review my favorite talks.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I love her

Thanks to a visit to cousin Maggie's house today, my Allie has been able to really enjoy this April Fool's Day. I've had at least twenty practical jokes played on me so far. We'll have to work on them though..."Mom, you're turning green!" "Mom that is an 's'" when it's really an A. Luckily with my sharp acting skills she feels like the accomplished little prankster, but as a pretty decent practical joker myself, I look forward to teaching her a thing or two in the years to come.People say they don't look forward to birthday's as much as they get older. Around here, though, it is twice the celebration. It might as well be Allie's birthday for how excited she gets. I absolutely HAD to put candles in the cinammon roll cake Dave got for his birthday, so Allie and Detmer could enjoy blowing them out.
She wrapped her little heart out on Dave's birthday. She kept saying "we're busy little bees getting ready for Daddy's party. Knowing that she would want to wrap any random object, I thought ahead and bought little candies for her to wrap for Dave. As soon as I told her we were having Dave's birthday party (a couple days before his birthday) she knew exactly what to get him. Daddy soda (IBC Cream Soda). She was very excited to present it to him on his birthday.
She is a Daddy's girl and has been ever since she was a little. We sang karoke on Dave's birthday and Allie loved being serendaded.
Remember Cougar Alice? She has been well cared for (with one trip to the "hospital" for seam fixtures). The other day I said something about Allie being Cougar Alice's mom. She said "I am not her mom, her mom lives in bear heaven so I take care of her." So that is the story of Cougar Alice's adoption, in case you wondered.
Allie hates red eye pictures! Everytime I show her a picture of her with red eye I say "UH-OH Allie. LOOK! You're an alien!" She gets so mad. Although sometimes she will say "Mom, show me cousins when they're aliens." She mostly hates it when it's her.
It is inevitable when I download my pictures onto the computer, I will find several that look like the two above. I always know when Allie has gotten her hands on the camera. I especially love the ones of me right after I have worked out, after I've showered, or my all time favorite, extreme close-ups.
I don't let Allie dress herself if we are leaving the house. I sometimes let her pick out a shirt and give her two different shoe choices, but she never dresses herself all the way (look below to see why). She is in love with her orange shoes and would wear them everyday. Unfortunately, they really don't go with too many of her clothes, so I love when I can pick out an orange shirt and let her wear her orange shoes. She insisted on wearing the vest in the above picture, and since I am usually so strict about what she wears, I let her keep it on. I think she was in shock for a little while.
These were two days where she got herself dressed. I love that she thinks what she is wearing is perfectly okay. Gotta love the fashion sense of little girls!
-She is the best big sister. Every morning, me and the three children lay in bed together for a little while, and she and Detmer always want to be by Kendall.
-As soon as she gets home from playdates, she heads straight for Detmer to give him a hug.
-She loves gymnastics. The other day she started to really make progress on her cartwheels, so I started telling her how awesome she was doing and I can't wait for her to show Dad. She said, "yeah, and Heavenly Father is going to be so proud of my cartwheels."
-She is getting so good at reading. It's been so awesome to watch her catch on to sounding out words and putting them together. She also loves writing and is constantly asking me how to spell certain words.
-The other night Dave was putting the remotes away and the TV turned on. Dave was like "who turned on the TV?" And Allie said, "was it Heavenly Father?" She asked me the other day if Heavenly Father is magic. I wish I knew half the things I should to be able to keep up with this girl!