Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday thots/activities/musings

*This picture has nothing to do with anything, but hey, it's a Chicken! Wahoo! Got to love the chicken.

Whew...what a day. Glad it's over, even if it was a pretty good day. Eleven o'clock church is nice in the way that you can take you time to get ready and sleep in a little. It's awful in every other way. Seriously, give me 9 am church any day. Maybe I'll feel differently when my kids are grown, but right now...11:00 = blah. Anyway, I realized the other day that my temple recommend was expired (how embarrassing) so I got an appointment set up today for 10. I thought Sunday was the day to do it because Dan is normally home, but he had to work today, so I lugged all the kids to church an hour early and told them to just wait for me. And they did. And they were good. And quiet. And just cute. Instead of going home after the interview we just stayed at the church. I'm not sure if that was wise or not, but that's what we did. I actually thought to bring toys for Milee to play with and the kids all jumped on them and played for the 40 minutes that we were waiting for church to start. I didn't have to take Milee out once during Sacrament, which was nice. However, I did have to take Cole out. Apparently he got really distressed that he didn't get to take the bread. Why he didn't get any is beyond me. It was right in front of him, but for whatever reason he didn't get any. And he also didn't get a nap. So, with those two combined he had a major melt down....over bread. Weird. Whatever. He eventually calmed down and we went back in. I love that he enjoys his Sunday classes so much. I'm thankful that all my kids go to their classes now with no problems (progress you know...progress). It struck me today that they are growing up. Sigh. Kember doesn't wait for me anymore. She runs off to class by herself. Gets drinks by herself, goes around the church by herself. Don't get me's nice and convenient but still sad that she's getting so big. And it's rubbing off on the boys. Ah well.
Missionaries spoke in church today, and the ward mission leader. The last guy made a comment that got me thinking. He said something like, "Are we focusing on the people or on the possession?" It made me think about my parenting style (or lack there of I suppose). I think I spend more time focusing on the possession rather than the people. Things to work on, things to change.
After church I dragged the kids back to get my recommend signed by the stake presidency. We had a wait a little bit longer this time. A lot of people had the same idea I did. They were all really nice though, and played with the kids. After a while I sent the kids off to go listen to the choir practice. Some random people watched the kids for me while I went in. Aren't random people nice? I love friendly people.
Milee is so funny. She chooses the most random times to be shy, and even more random times to be outgoing. She was really tired today at church (did I mention 11 isn't my favorite church time?) but during Sunday School she just goes right up to this random grandpa guy and leans against him. She'd come back to me for food, and then go right back up to him and lean on him again. Weird. She won't go to people we know and see all the time, but random grandpa guys, sure why not.
All in all it was a great day. Church is tiring under the best circumstances (totally worth it, don't misread me) but even more exhausting soloing it without Dan. Maybe someday his schedule will be better. Here's hoping.
Oh, and I got a calling today! I am so excited. I've been wanting a calling for 6 months. I'm on the mid-week RS activity (or whatever it's called now) committee. I'm excited. It's nothing big, but it will get me involved. Should be really good.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chop chop

Kember has been wanting to chop her hair off for quite some time. Which in my opinion was sad because she had beautiful long hair (which didn't always look beautiful because someone didn't always do it...). Dan didn't like the idea because he likes long hair. He was trying to talk her out of it, and when he asked, "Why do you want to cut your hair?" She answered, "So I can give it to kids who don't have any!" And can you argue with that? So, I got off my rear and told her that after Christmas we could go get it cut. Apparently there is a hair school in Heber (who knew?) and so we loaded everyone up and went over. I think she looks adorable. But when they first cut it off I said, "Wow, that's short!" She really likes it though, and I think it makes her look a lot older. And, I even mailed off the hair to Locks-of-Love....I'm pretty impressed with myself (even if it did take a couple weeks to do it).
You look beautiful babe!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Snow Day!

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a lover of snow, and I have been thoroughly enjoying the non-snow winter months that we've been having. The kids however have been mourning winter without snow (which I find interesting because it's not like they really know what snow is like...we didn't get much in St. George and they were really little in Pullman, and we didn't play in it much there. Snow - hater...remember) So, when it snowed here they got really really excited. I was so proud of Kember. She went right out and built a snowman all by herself. She's never made one before (no commentary on the fact that my 6 year old hasn't ever built one before...I know it's pathetic). She did it all by herself, and I think she did a great job, even if I do say so myself. Cole was out the door next and was jumping and playing and having a great time. Caden took a little longer to get out, but he had fun playing in the snow too.Mom and dad called me and went to the store for me so I didn't have to go out in inclement weather. Nice huh? Thanks guys!

Dan got stuck in SL and Provo trying to get home from work...and wasn't the happiest I've ever seen him (can you blame him though? he gets off work at 7, and didn't make it home till after 10...and he didn't bring a coat. Trying to get his tire chains on and off made him soaking wet...poor guy).

And these pictures aren't from the snow snowed earlier, but didn't stick around and the boys were just so excited they had to go out right then. No waiting for snow gear...just wanted to get out there.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hey Kember, you're missing something!

Well, it finally happened. Kember has lost a tooth (actually, at this time she's lost two...). It surprised me quite a bit because she didn't get her teeth until she was really old (for a baby) so I was expecting her to lose he teeth a little later. She was sooo excited about it though. She had me make a little toothfairy bag where you keep your tooth and the tooth fairy leaves a surprise inside. She lost another tooth a couple days later and the toothfairy almost forgot to come...Oops. The first night the tooth fairy didn't leave it in a good place and when Kember woke up she was very concerned that she could find anything under her pillow. The tooth fairy needs to work on her placement. The bag fell off her bed and on the floor. It was very worrying to this little girl.She loves to stick her tongue out of the little hole in her mouth. She's kind of cute!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Five years and counting

Well, it happened. My sweet little boy had another birthday. Really, another one? Well, I suppose it is inevitable. Since Caden's birthday was on Sunday we celebrated more the next day. Although he did think I was pretty cool when I made him stuffed french toast for his breakfast that morning! (It was yummy too...and pretty. Go figure) We drove to Aurora, and celebrated a little bit there. Caden is still waiting to celebrate with the Linford's (we got sick and cancelled...which wasn't hard cause I only told my mom about it...hmmm....good thing we cancelled) and his friend party. That will come in time. I'm just a little lazy now. It's actually all planned, Caden planned it with me about a month ago, I just need to invite people. Are we seeing a pattern here? I'm definitely seeing something.
Anyway, the party in Aurora wasn't much, but I did run to the dollar store and buy some balloons, Crepe paper, and a banner (and a special cupcake and cake...for some reason Caden really really really wanted a store bought cake. I was going to be offended, but it definitely saved me time :). I had the kids decorate and Caden kept saying, "This is the best party ever!" Who needs games? Just blow up some balloons and have the kids tape stuff to different places! See the pretty wrap job? (And the lovely chocolate cake face?) That would be grandma. Me, I'm a Linford, and we don't wrap...we use the bags from Wal-Mart where we bought the present. (Okay other Linford's, no correcting me if this isn't true...just go with me on this.)
Caden was really hard to shop for. We kept asking him what he wanted and he said, "I don't care...something boyish." Well, at least he didn't ask for something girly :)And just because I think she's cute...Maybe after we have the friend party I will post more pictures, guarantees.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oh, Milee

This is what happens when you think your child is safely contained in a high chair, and it turns out you didn't buckle them tight enough. I was in the other room and I heard weird sounds. Milee had climbed out of her high chair, which was next to the counter, climbed on the counter and decided to finish breakfast in the sink. What a stinker. A cutie though...