Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

An Easter Recap


On April 11 Jaelynn got to enjoy her first egg hunt...and enjoy it she did! I can't even explain to you the joy that filled my heart as I watched her find those little plastic eggs. Yeah I was just an egg hunt but seeing her face is what did me in. It made me once again grateful at the chance to see the world through her eyes for a split second.

To say she did well is an understatement! At one point Jaelynn set her basket down because it was too full and heavy and just ran to the eggs and back to her basket. Then Grandma came to the rescue and stuck some of the eggs in her pocket! At the end of the hunt Jaelynn dashed across the park yelling "Papa!! LOOK!!" Kevin had to miss the hunt but I did get tons of pictures and a couple of videos. If anyone can tell me how to load a video I'll put one up.

I also decided that dying eggs would be a great activity for us. I won't say much about it because it was kind of a flop this year. Jaelynn thought we were all having coffee and Kevin was really not in the mood. But it did yield me lunch for a couple of days!

We spent Easter with our families...splitting the time up as best as we could. Thanks to the wonderful haul that Jaelynn brought home at the egg hunt, the Easterimg_1199 Bunny didn't have to bring any candy! He did bring some very fun bath toys though....which later turned out to be a little much for my neat freak of a daughter! (Don't worry...I will elaborate on this in a separate post...I'm just sad that I didn't get any pictures!)

After donning our Sunday best we headed to church to watch the Word of Life team put on an amazing drama. It gave me chills and made me cry. It was also a great reminder that Easter isn't about dying eggs, Easter egg hunts or the Easter Bunny. It is about Christ dying for all of us and then rising again. The ultimate sacrifice.

And because I'm so not busy and I don't have enough going on I decided to host an Easter dinner that evening! It was fantastic but a major last minute decision...which I hate. Kevin, Jaelynn and I were at Fareway at 7 pm, the night before a holiday trying to find a ham. We wound up with a 20 pound ham. Not only did we all stuff ourselves silly but everyone was sent home with a bag of ham and my homemade rolls!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The eating strike is over!!

The past couple weeks have been rough at our house around meal time. For some unknown reason Jaelynn just decided that she didn't want to eat anymore. If she did eat it was very very little. I started to panic a little. Jaelynn has always been an amazing eater for me and now suddenly she was turning up her nose to even chicken!! Kevin and I just had to wait this out and use a little tough love. We would fix her plate and she would have to eat at least a few bites before she could get down. If she asked for a snack later the answer was no. In my defense...I don't put food in front of her that I know she won't eat. For instance...if we are having tacos I will fix her chicken nuggets because I know she won't eat tacos. This didn't just happen at dinner. It was happening at breakfast and lunch too! But over the weekend that all changed!

Saturday morning Jaelynn actually ate a really good breakfast! Then we made the long drive to my brothers and around 2 we had lunch. She ate again....2 pieces of pizza! Since she had done so well for 2 meals I didn't have high hopes for supper but she shocked me once again! This week the reports from Monica and grandma have been good...Jaelynn is eating and asking for seconds.

So last night I fixed one of her favorite meals...spaghetti of course! We sat down to eat and Jaelynn took 2 bites and said she was done! I told her that if she ate all of her supper I would give her a special treat. What do you think...did this plate deserve dessert or what!?img_1170

True to my word I let her have a chocolate pudding herself....


But at least she ate.....

Mommy brain fart

The sad thing is I don't even have an excuse. Like I can usually blame things on waking up late or dealing with a crabby Princess in the mornings but not this time.

This morning I woke up at 6 like always. I wanted to get up at 5:30 to spend some time with the elliptical but no big deal. I spent the same amount of time in the shower and by the time I was getting dressed I was actually ahead of schedule.

I went downstairs and it was actually before 6:30! I started the coffee and filled my water jug. Fixed my toast and decided against bring my lunch. Let the dog out, fed and watered him and loaded the car. By 6:40 I was heading back upstairs to set out Jaelynn's clothes and wake her up.

I like to leave plenty of time in the mornings to cuddle because Jaelynn doesn't like mornings...not even a little bit...unless she wakes up on her own. So we snuggled until 6:55 and went back to her room to get dressed and do her hair. We headed downstairs and got our shoes on and were out the door by 7:06.

We were headed into town and I could hear the little turkey back there trying to undo her shoes. I told her it was chilly outside so they needed to stay on! We get to Monica's and I plop Jaelynn down to take her shoes off. Then I saw it.... I put Jaelynn's shoes on the wrong feet!! I'm sure it isn't the last time I'll do that but I really hope in the future I have an excuse....

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday!!

Saturday we made the long drive to my brother's for Jaiden's first birthday. Jaelynn was an absolute dream in the car. This was our first "road trip". She slept most of the time which gave her about a 4 hour nap all together on Saturday.

Because my brother lives so far away we don't spend much time together and the girls don't really see much of each other. Jaelynn sure does love her cousin though! She gave her kisses right away and kept talking about the baby we bought her. She also sang Jaiden her own version of happy birthday. Very cute!

Saturday night we went over to our good friend's house for pizza and hang out time. The kids were all really good and "Uncle" Brian decided to bring out his old He Man action figures. I think the big kids had more fun playing with them though!

Let's see...I'll bullet point a couple of funny things that have went on in the past few weeks:

-I stepped outside to light the grill and my MIL stopped by. I checked on Jaelynn who was playing in the living room and ran out to talk to MIL for a few minutes. When I came back inside my daugther had no now we have to be very careful about sweat pants because she is starting to undress herself....

-Sunday morning Kevin was watching Jaelynn and she figured out how to take her diaper off....We are now in big trouble!!

-Last night Jaelynn learned how to say cock-a-doodle-doo. It is soo stinkin cute!

-Full sentences are coming with regularity these days. Sunday morning it was:
"Mommy wake up! I want to watch tv!"

That is all for now! Oh, I'm reading the Twilight series and loving them! I just started the 2nd book so no spoilers please!!