Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Getting to Know You- A to Z



My friend Emily did this for her Baby Aiden and tagged James, so this is all info about my baby...makes it a little tricky since he is just shy of 10 months old, but we will do out best, kinda fun!

A attached or Single: Single for many many MANY years to come I hope.

B best friend: Beth and mommy

C cake or pie: any adult food will do, but probably cake.

D day of choice: Saturday

E essential item: Bippy (aka Blankie to the rest of the world), Bottle

F favorite color: yellow (color of his bippy)

G gummy bears or worms: Prolly be worms, boys like worms

H hometown: Riverton, UT

I indulgences: Snuggling mommy, eating treats

J January or July: July

K kids: He loves having any and all other kids around

L life is incomplete without: Beth, Bippy, and FOOD

M marriage date: Mommy and Daddy were married March 27th, that's all I need

N number of siblings: 1 sister

O oranges or apples: Apples, although he doesn't like them in their sauce form

P phobias or fears: not much this kid is afraid of so far...he didn't even freak much when he fell down the stairs :(

Q quotes: Da da da da da da Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba

R reason to smile: Someone just looked at me! I stood up! I'm awake!

S season: Well, he's really only been really playful through fall and winter...

T tag three friends: I tag um....I don't know...anyone that wants to do it.

U unknown fact about me: I can climb a whole flight of stairs by myself. And I can now pull myself up to a stand on just about anything and sit back down when I want to (most of the time)

V very favorite store: Anywhere I get to go with mom and Beth. (Usually Harmon's or Target)

W worst habit: Not leaving the computer alone while mommy types.

X x-ray or ultrasound: ultrasound

Y your favorite food: Bananas, Mac and Cheese, Formula

Z zodiac: Aries (I think)

Monday, January 28, 2008

President Hinckley


Yesterday, President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint passed away. This is a very sad thing for so many people. He was such an amazing man. He was so dynamic and cheerful and above all, close to God. It hit me really hard and I am incredibly sad that he has left this life, but also happy for him that he has been able to reunite with his beloved wife and been able to be relieved from his heavy responsibilities that he has carried for the past 13 years that he has served as the Lord's mouth piece on earth.

I had this picture in my mind last night of throngs of people standing at the gates of heaven waiting to see him. There were all the past prophets of the church waiting to meet with him in counsel...sort of a debriefing, and then just lots of people wanting to hug him and shake his hand (ancestors and members of the church and such), and then off to the side, by herself, was standing Marjorie, his eternal wife. The way I see it, he only had eyes for her. He had the usual smile of his for everyone, but he waved to everyone in a way that said, there will be time for all of you in a day or two, but I got some time to make up with this lady. I'm sure he is a very very happy man right now. Nevertheless, I will miss him very much. I know that he was a Prophet of the Lord, but I also know that the new prophet will be exactly who the Lord designates and who we will need in this new time for the church.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Little Known Facts

My sister Debbie tagged me to write 7 little known facts about myself. I, like her, leave little unsaid, so its really hard to come up with things, but I will do my best.

1. I inherited every negative health trait my parents had to offer. Asthma, Eczema, Allergies, Cholesterol issues, Blood sugar issues, Migraines...you name it. I like to think I got a few good things from them too...I hope.

2. I had 5 (or was it 6?) declared major in college. And that does not count the many I had declared in my mind but didn't make it to the office before I changed my mind again. I like to call myself a Jack of all trades, master of none.

3. I have a tendency to worry a lot. I had the beginnings of an ulcer when I was in 3rd grade.

4. I play the piano, flute, piccolo, and oboe. I used to have guitar on the list, but its been far too long so I can't count the 3 chords I remember. I probably shouldn't count oboe any more either, but I'm sure it would come back to me if I tried hard enough.

5. I have lost 26.5 pounds in the past four months. (That is the update as of this morning's weigh in.)

6. I have a horrible weakness for sour candy. For most people its chocolate, for me its sour candy. (not that I won't eat chocolate, or any other not healthy thing if its in front of me, making the above comment a HUGE accomplishment for me.)
7. I'm kind of obsessed with all of the clothes in our house being right-side-out. Whenever I fold laundry I always turn everything right side out and Ryan doesn't. It drives me crazy when I find things hanging in the closet inside-out.

Well, there you have it. Who knows how interesting those things are...but that's me for you. I now tag Emily Aune, Emily Benson, Jenny Brumfield, and Nicole Willard. Come on, its fun! :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thoughts about my kids

I'm really behind on posting and on uploading photos, so this is going to be a photo-less post temporarily (not anymore!), but I want to post what i'm thinking about my kids at the moment.

James is doing much better, thank heavens! He still fights sleep more than he used to, and he still occasionally wakes up in the night, but is usually only awake for a matter of minutes instead of hours...phew! But mostly, lately it has been really hitting me how grown up my James is getting! Just now, while I was writing this post he crawled over to the steps and started climbing! Ahh! He's not supposed to do that yet.

He has pulled himself up to a stand a handful of times on them, but to go from that to climbing right up them...*sigh* my baby is growing up too fast! He also has pretty much decided that baby food is a thing of the past and real food is the way to go. He can eat an entire banana in one sitting and quite enjoys it, especially if he can get his hands in there and make a nice mess in the process. He has also discovered the pure joy of macaroni and cheese.
I'm a little sad about this, not because I will miss buying baby food, but because I'm not very good at coming up with nutritious things that kids will eat, as I've mentioned before, so I'm afraid he won't get nearly as nutritious of a diet as he has been getting, but I'll do my best. He is such a sweet little kid though. He is getting quite the personality. Its just somehow so sad to see him growing up. I'm one of those people that really enjoys having a little baby that depends on me, as long as they give me enough sleep of course :), and wants to snuggle me, at least at bottle time, and now he's getting so big that I know those days are dwindling fast! I mean, Beth still needs me, and still needs to snuggle with me sometimes, but you all know what I mean...its just not quite the same when they grow out of that baby stage. So, hopefully he will forgive me if I cling to his "babyness" a little bit longer.

Beth has been VERY two lately. Time-out does not seem to be doing the trick lately either, but we're trying to be consistent (trying being the key word, we pretty much stink at this discipline thing). I think part of it is boredom though. If I keep her occupied enough things seem to go a lot better, the problem is I'm no good at it. So if anyone wants a play date!...but anyway...Right now Beth is playing with her cousins Jarom and Jordan. They are having a blast! They have all been playing together so well. Beth just follows them around like puppy dogs. She loves to play with older kids. She has a fantastic imagination, but not enough experience to really come up with ideas on her own, so if an older kid comes up with a game to play, she is so into it. She can pretend with the best of them. I can't tell you how many hours our laundry basket has spent as a boat or a car or even a turtle shell. I love when she gets to play and gets more and more ideas to feed that mind of hers. I hope she stays that creative. I don't think I'm an extremely creative person and I always wished I was more so. I get a real kick out of watching her.



So, those are my kids, and my thoughts at the moment. Hope you don't mind reading all my random thoughts.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sleep Strike!

My son is on a sleep strike. I don't know what to do! I've tried everything. I let him sleep whenever he wants to, even when its not convenient, or I've tried restricting his sleep in the day so that he'll go to bed earlier, but nothing seems to help. He keeps waking up in the middle of the night WIDE awake. We don't pick him up unless we get really desperate, we just sit by his crib rubbing his face or tummy or just sit there so he can see us. It takes an hour or so most nights these days. Sometimes, we eventually give in and feed him a bottle to get him to sleep again, but we try not to so he can be retrained to fall asleep on his own. He is teething a little so we've done Tylenol, that hasn't done much, and he doesn't seem to be sick any more. And its not just at night. His daytime sleep has been affected too. Yesterday he slept a total of slightly more than 1 hour all day, and that was in three naps. You have to understand, this is a kid that usually takes 2-3 naps and then sleeps 12 good hours on a regular basis and we've had several bad weeks with only an occasional good night here or there. Ryan is fighting him to sleep as I type. He had a good nap this morning but when it came time for his afternoon nap he was wide awake...its fine for a while cause he's happy but then it becomes painfully obvious that he's ready to sleep and he won't! Yesterday I went on a drive just so he would sleep for 20 minutes. What has happened to my baby! I know he's getting older and might want to transition his nap schedule a little, but this is not like that... I remember Beth going through phases like this, but they were short lived (and of course, she took a binky which always helps with sleep situations). I'm exhausted! Its one this when you are used to a kid that doesn't sleep, still no fun, I give you that, but your body adjusts! Does anyone have any suggestions? I need help! Okay, rant over.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Darryl's Birthday

Yesterday, January 16th, was the 46th Anniversary of my brother Darryl's birth. I say it that way because my brother died over 21 year ago from Leukaemia. We like to celebrate on his birthday and remember him with a slice of apple pie since that was his dessert of choice. I had my brother Dion and his family over for the celebration. A few years ago Dion put together some DVD's of memories and pictures and old home movies so we watched those and laughed and cried. Its always a special thing for me. I don't have a lot of memories of him, I was only 4 when he died. But its very important for me to keep his memory alive and to teach Ryan and my kids about him. So Happy Birthday Darryl. We love you!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Husband Tag

My sister Debbie had this on her blog and it looked like fun, so here I go, a little more about my husband (he'll hate this, but hopefully forgive me).
I would put a picture, but he is majorly camera shy and I don't have a single picture of him on this computer!

What's his name? Calvin Ryan Owen, but he goes by Ryan since his dad's name is Calvin.

How long did you date? Officially, only a little over a month...but we knew each other and were good friends for quite a while before that.

How old is he? 27.

Who eats more? This one is hard actually...I can definitely hold my own, but he probably eats a little more. I could be saying that to make myself feel better though.

Who said 'I love you' first? He said the actual words first, but he definitely had some strong hints from me first.

Who is taller? Ryan. He is 5'10'' and I am 5'5''

Who sings better? I do. Ryan does just fine too, he believes he can't sing, but he can.

Who is smarter? Hmm. I would say Ryan. We are smart in different ways, but he's pretty brilliant in my opinion. He doesn't like being a student though, he'd rather learn things on his own.

Who does the laundry? I usually do, but Ryan will chip in whenever I need help with it.

Who does the dishes? We both do dishes, but I must say the majority of the time Ryan does them.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Ryan.

Who pays the bills? Me. Money stresses Ryan out too much.

Who mows the lawn? Definitely Ryan.

Who cooks dinner? I usually do. But when I've had a hard day or am being too lazy, he'll do it...but he doesn't have a huge repertoire.

Who drives when you are together? We probably share it pretty equally. Ryan doesn't like to drive and gets enough of it with his commute, so I drive fairly often.

Who is more stubborn? Depends. If its about going to the doctor or something like that, definitely him!

Who kissed who first? I would have to say that I kissed him first. He needed a little help.

Who asked who out first? After I hinted at him a lot, he finally asked me out.

Who proposed? Ryan. But I think I brought up the idea of marriage first, but I don't remember for sure.

Who is more sensitive? Probably me.

Who has more friends? I guess I probably have more friends. But Ryan spends more time with him friends than I do with mine.

Who has more siblings? Me. I have 7 siblings, he has 4.

Who wears the pants in the family? I don't really know what that is supposed to mean exactly...I'd say we make decisions together if they are big, but Ryan is the head of the house I suppose.

Anyone who wants to tell us more about their husbands...I tag you!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Recipes

I need new recipes. I feel like I've been in a total cooking rut and Ryan and I haven't even been married 4 years yet! I have tried two new recipes this week, they both went over okay, but nothing to write home about. And, of course, Beth wouldn't eat either of them. She's in a totally picky eating stage and I don't think she's eaten anything but eggos, yogurt, applesauce, and string cheese for the past several weeks (unless its candy, fruit snacks or cookies of course). So does anyone have any brilliant recipes that are kid friendly? We are trying to eat healthy around here and I just can't seem to come up with anything that is healthy and that Beth will eat. I'm getting pretty tired of making two dinners or having a battle and a hungry kid if I don't. HELP! I'd appreciate any advice.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Haircuts

Okay, its about time for a happy, less yucky post! Today Beth and James got new haircuts. It was James' first real haircut, so it was quite an exciting adventure. We go to a place called cookie cutters, which is basically a godsend for kids haircuts. Beth absolutely LOVES going there and getting her haircut, she's been talking about it for a week or more, and since they both needed cuts, and we all desperately needed to get out of the house, today was the day! I forgot to take the camera, dang it! So I didn't get the cute shots of them sitting in the special chairs. (Beth's was a cute pink car and James sat in a little red car made especially for their smallest clientèle). They both did really well, no tears or fussing whatsoever, that's the beauty of this place! I tried to get some good pictures when we got home, but they weren't really cooperating, but here's the best I got!



They always do Beth's hair so cute. I'm not great at doing her hair, but luckily with all those curls I don't have to do much most days.
And since my recent posts have been lacking in pictures, here are a few adorable ones of James a few days ago. He loves to play under the piano for some reason, even though it has caused more than one head bonk. He had a really bad hair day that day too...its hard to see in these pictures, but he looked like a rooster all day!


As for the kids health...it seems to be much improved. I think Beth is just about over it and James is getting there. He's been keeping food down pretty consistently for the past 24 hours, and he slept pretty well last night (HALLELUJAH!). Looks like we survived another fun winter illness!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Seriously?!

Okay, so last night James woke up at 10 barfing...yes Beth passed this lovely bug on. Only James got it much worse. He barfed for about an hour and half straight (including on his bed, our bed, the floor, and all over himself of course) and then threw up every 20-30 minutes until about 5 am then was restless and dry heaving after that, and is still awake as of 9am. Yeah, I'm a little tired! The only way he would sleep at all is if someone was holding him, so Ryan and I took shifts. Poor guy is so tired and empty. I hope this is a short bug! On the bright side Beth didn't throw up last night...

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Yuck!

So somehow Beth is capable of barfing in the middle of the night and sleeping through it! When I went to get James out of his crib this morning the hallway smelled faintly of barf. Our house unfortunately tends to have a lot of faint unpleasant smells, but I thought this was odd. James was clean so I started to wonder about Beth. I went in her room to check on her and she was fast asleep covered in vomit. Her hair, her face, her pj's, her sheets. (sorry to be graphic) But she was sleeping quite peacefully, and I figured it would be bad to wake her up if she was sick, so I just let her sleep, thinking she'd wake up any minute. Of course she slept over an hour longer and the whole house smelled like barf at that point. Ugh. So when she finally did wake up we gave her a bath and washed everything in her room. In the process of the bath James got a little too excited and did a head dive into the bath tub, fully clothed of course. What an adventurous morning. Beth seemed fine the whole rest of the day, not a huge appetite and a bit sleepy, but no more barf. Thank heavens! Hopefully it was a fluke, the house smells okay this morning, so that's a good sign. Wish me luck!

***Note: She woke up covered in barf again...while I was at Choir practice. Poor Ryan had to deal with the aftermath. And he stayed home from church with her and James. What a champ!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy Moment!

Today, just after the official end of the holiday season, I went to the store and bought these jeans

They aren't anything terribly special. They are comfortable regular jeans, but that isn't the happy part. They are TWO sizes smaller than the pants I wore into the store! I knew my pants were getting big, and I was hopeful that I would be able to get a smaller size, maybe even two, but its so exciting! Every pair of pants I took into the dressing room fit. I haven't had that experience in a long time! Like I said, I didn't buy anything special cause I'm hoping that I will drop another size or two in the next few months so I don't want to spend a bunch on clothes, but I'm just thrilled that its working! I'm wearing smaller clothes! WOOHOO! I'm a little excited, can you tell?

p.s. I've added an element to the sidebar of my blog: Happy Thoughts. When I was in College my roommates and I would come up with a happy thought at the end of each day to help us stay positive amongst all the chaos of life, so I've decided to try that again, its great fun!

Funny Kids

I've just got to share the very funny thing that Beth did the other night. We were over at Grandma and Grandpa Owen's house and Beth was playing with Grandpa. He was flying her around and of course she kept wanting to do it over and over. So when Grandpa wanted a break, he told her he was "pooped" and needed a rest. So Beth promptly walks over to him and says "I gotta check your bum" walked behind him and sniffed! Then she walked around and says, "you okay." It was SO funny! We laughed until we almost cried. Obviously she has not learned the meaning of the phrase "pooped." So funny...only a little kid would think to do something like that.

Also, I have to say that Sleep is a really beautiful thing. James has been having a really hard time sleeping for the last couple of weeks. We've been so spoiled by him for most of his life that its really hard to go back to waking up a lot at night. I haven't really been able to pinpoint what the problem is either, which makes me crazy. We thought maybe an ear infection, but that didn't seem to be it. We thought maybe teething again, but that doesn't seem to be it either. It must be all the excitement of the last couple weeks, and the fact that he has mastered crawling and sitting up from any position so he thinks if he wakes up he's got to sit up and call for us. We have been trying not to pick him up so he'll learn to sleep again. Last night he slept through the night again, so hopefully that means he's retrained...but I'm not holding my breath just yet. But man, a full night of sleep last night was amazing! But I really can't wait to have my sleeping baby back! Luckily Beth has still been her great sleeping self. She's been going to bed pretty late the last little while cause of all the parties and such, but she makes up for it by sleeping in, so it all works out. I know a lot of you think I shouldn't be complaining, but its hard when you are used to sleep again! Anyway...

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2008!!!

I can't believe it is already 2008. Happy New Years everyone! I feel like I just graduated from high school about two minutes ago, and now its been 8 years! Wow, time really does fly. 2007 was quite a year for our family. It brought our new kitchen. It brought us Beth's extensive vocabulary and her love for talking. It brought our new baby boy and all of his first milestone, rolling, crawling, and pulling up among other things. It brought lots of new friends. It brought innumerable diaper changes and loads of laundry. It brought several illnesses including one bad enough to warrant an ER visit. And we mangaed to lose some pretty good weight. Overall it was a fantastic year and I'm almost sorry to see it go, but so excited to see what 2008 will bring. And as is tradition with the coming of a new year, here are a few new year's resolutions. I have about a gagillion but here are a few of the highlights.

Be a better mom to my precious kids.
Be more faithful at scripture study and prayer.
Reach my goal weight. (I'm over half-way there so hopefully I can get this one this time!)
Read good books.
Participate in the family triathlon.

Well, I hope you all have a fabulous New Year!