Thursday, July 31, 2008
Hollie & Kelden both loved having a little playmate (even though they missed you, Jackson, Annie & Will!). They're only 4 months apart, so there were some non-sharing moments, but they played great together for the most part.
Friday, July 18, 2008
8 Things I Love/Am Passionate about:
8 Things I Want To Do Before I Die:
Go scuba diving
Swim with dolphins
Go to Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio
Travel, travel, travel - Egypt, Italy, Hawaii, New York & another cruise to the Bahamas
Move to Daybreak (we've been in love w/DB since the first phase & it keeps getting better & better)
Be in the temple with all of my children
Go on a mission with Sam
8 Phrases or Words I Say Often:
Can I have a kiss?
I don't think so, Dave.
Oohhh, I love you!
Hollie Paige! (in a stern, reprimanding voice)
What the crap, man!
How's my princess?
Coolio (Scrubs fans, you should know this one)
Anything Stephenie Meyer - Twilight series & The Host
Odd Thomas (and sequels)
Ender's Game (and sequels)
Pride & Prejudice
The Book of Mormon
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
All of Hollie's books, but especially Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon & The Thingumajig Book of Manners
I think that was way more than 8. Oh, well. I like to read, what can I say.
I also had to add books that I detest -
Jane Eyre & Little Dorrit (Miss Cassie Stanfield Campbell, if you're reading this, I know you feel my pain, too.)
8 Things I've Learned or Remembered This Past Year:
There is nothing more wonderful or challenging than raising children
I have a deep passion for photography. I can't imagine my life without the joy of capturing beautiful moments.
It is possible to do 15 things at one time.
I am in love with vampires.
My heart can literally melt with just one smile from a little blue-eyed doll.
Picking up the same room 8 times a day can nearly drive you to drinking.
LOST is the greatest tv series, ever!
Life goes by too fast. If you blink, you'll miss it.
8 People I Want To Tag:
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I love you my little peanut. Thank you for being mine.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I just don't know what to do with Hollie. She screams when I put her in the car. She screams when I pull her out. She screams when I change her diaper. She screams when I wipe her face. She screams when I won't let her play in the toilet. She just screams. Literally, every time I guide or direct her behavior. Every. Time. I know I must not be meeting her needs, but I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I just don't know how to help her.
I really think this transition into toddlerhood is going to kill me. Hollie was an easy baby. Really easy. I never felt sleep-deprived or overwhelmed. Never. Not once. I had this sweet little angel & every moment was cherished. It seems like overnight, however, she has turned into a monster that I want to beat on a daily basis. I hate to admit that. I hate it. I feel so helpless. Especially because she communicates 6-8 months ahead of her age. She's using full sentences, for pete's sake! She shouldn't be screaming. She knows how to tell me what she wants, but chooses not to. She's smart & stubborn & ridiculously independent. Which, apparently, is a wicked combination.
So, my plea to the blogging world is please help me. How do I get her to stop screaming? Any ideas? Books? Any anything?
P.S. Here is a little preview from the Bird. She looks like a little darling here, doesn't she? Don't be fooled. Thankfully these moments do still come, few and far between although they may be.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
You Are Ariel!
Headstrong and fiesty. You have a mind of your own that's full of romantic dreams about the world around you. Exploring exotic places is your ultimate dream, and although you can be a little naive you'll realize that there is something to be gained from your family's wisdom.
Which Disney Princess Are You?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I would love to post all of the summer goodness from the above-stated activities, but I must get to work. So, for now, here are a few from Hollie's first day in Nursery (can you believe she's 18 months!?). Which, she loved, by the way. Not a single look back. Zero tears. Didn't even notice we were gone. I'm told it's better than hysterical fits, but I'm not convinced. ;O) I will admit, however, our darling sunbeam class goes much smoother without the 1-year-old addition. And Hollie is much happier now in her own class. Her teacher says she's doing great, other than the fact that she is a climber. Sorry, Brother Brochinsky. We're working on that. I can't stop myself from peeking in there every 5 minutes, though. I love watching her interact. She's growing up way too fast, but I love watching the process.
This is Hollie doing the actions to "I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee..." She was really excited to learn a new song.