Friday, April 29, 2011

Inspired by Cinderella


 I was doing a pretty thorough house cleaning before some people came to look at the house and she found my bucket. Her dad was pretty proud and snapped these photographs. She decided to take after her mother by scrubbing and singing. Sing sweet nightingale.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Two-year-olds: I can handle.

Thunderstorms: bring 'em on.

Tornado warnings: They concern me.

Big spider found while visiting our new house today: Terrified! Notice the small spider next to it for a size comparison. This thing was huge. I guess that's what creeps out when a house is left vacant for a year or two. Yuck. And no, I didn't touch it.

22 days we until move in.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Randomness

I love it when Bee plays by herself. She usually sings as she goes around playing with her toys. And even though potty training is on hold at our house (she has NO interest), she loves to take her stuffed animals to the potty.
 

Monday, April 25, 2011

New Friends

We've had the privilege of getting to know some new friends as they've been moving here over the past few weeks. We've already gotten to know them well and are so excited to have them close by. They are a young family with two adorable boys: C. who is two and a half and N. who is nine months old. I love these boys, especially N. He lets me hold him and cuddle with him and doesn't cry at me. Lately I've really enjoyed holding babies. I kind of want one of my own, but it IS nice to hand them back to their mothers once they get cranky. :) And other days I'm overwhelmed just taking care of my one child. Maybe Heavenly Father is just waiting until I figure out how to be patient with this first one before he blesses me with another. We're at peace with the whole infertility process right now and have faith that He knows what is best for our family.

Anyways, this family just purchased a home only a few minutes from ours. They have a beautiful backyard with a swing set/playground and a trampoline. Bee asks to go to their 'park' on a daily basis. Here are two pictures that I took while we were there. I didn't get very many pictures because mostly we just played and played while their mom was unpacking and/or painting/cleaning. I now want to buy a swing set and a trampoline. For now, Sierra will just have to put up with us coming to visit often.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Colors

Bright colors are so inspiring. I love the greens in this plant right now. It makes me so happy just to look at it. Bee likes the decorative turtles in the plant.


Maybe that is why Easter is such a perfect holiday. The air smells great and the world is full of beautiful colors. Yay for Easter eggs, Easter flowers, Easter candy, etc.!!!!



I love that this time of year is the anniversary of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I couldn't think of a more perfect symbol (other than Christ's resurrection) of renewal than spring. I feel so cheery and peaceful as I enjoy the spring days and it makes me more grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who created this Earth for me and then sent His Son to perform the ultimate sacrifice for my benefit. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ's atonement. I hope that I can take the time necessary this year to be a little better and more Christlike as I contemplate His love me and for all humanity. Happy Easter/Spring and celebration of the Resurrection!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Zoo

Sometimes I joke with Bee about our house being a zoo. She thinks it's funny. I ask her which animals we are and she plays along. Apparently she's a 'monito' (monkey), dad's a 'gorila' and I'm a 'gorila.'

I wish we had a closer zoo that I could buy a membership too. I would go often. I love observing the animals even though I sometimes feel bad about them being caged. I'm a slow zoo visitor. I could spend fifteen minutes at each exhibit just watching the animals. I feel so much awe at the variety of creations on this world. I love it all. Bee enjoys it too and wants to go back to the zoo. It's a two hour trip to Louisville, yet I'm almost willing to jump into the car and go again just because we both like it so much.

We went a few weeks ago with our good friends and had a crazy, but wonderful time. The warm, humid weather surprised us and we ended up with some cranky kids by the time we were finished. We also encountered large crowds due to spring break. I loved it, though, and was proud of my friend for surviving the day with her three children. In retrospect, I probably should have been more help to her.



Although she loved the animals, I think her favorite part was playing on the rocks.

Gorgeous!

SO BIG!! This tiger was beautiful and was pacing around the edges of the enclosure the entire time we watched.

The petting zoo only had three goats and two donkeys. Bee got butted in the face by a goat and was more cautious after that.

We waited for about twenty minutes to feed the parakeets. I wish we had gotten some pictures. The kids loved it when the birds climbed on their arms. It was the highlight of the day for the first grader. My little one got pecked at by a bird and spent most of the time crying. Oh well.

Bee was exhausted by the time we finally made it back to the car (as was I, I didn't know if I was going to make it. The weather was so warm and sleep so inviting) and was crying in the backseat on the way home. She had lost her pacifier and I couldn’t reach it. One moment she was crying hysterically and the next she was out. I looked back to see her asleep with the water bottle still balanced on her mouth. I grabbed the camera and tried to aim as best as I could while driving sixty miles an hour on the freeway. Most of the pictures I took looked like this first picture, but at least I got one good picture.
 


Thanks to Jenny for letting us come to the zoo with her and for getting us in for free.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Super Dad

I love seeing Benjamin as a father. He has always been a fabulous friend, boyfriend, husband, confidant, support, man, and eternal companion. While I thoroughly enjoyed those years of our marriage where I got him to myself, I do love seeing him with his daughter. These two adore each other. He comes home from work and these two always excitedly greet each other. Sometimes I feel jealous, but mostly I'm happy about it.

Bee is starting to fight for time with him. She claims that he is her "esposo" (husband) instead of my "esposo." She gets in between us and pushes us apart when we are hugging so that she can get a turn. I love how much she loves her daddy. She talks about him all of the time and always wants to go to "Centa collegsh" to visit him. She often walks around the house during the day asking "where's my daddy??"

Benjamin is a great father and always makes her giggle, smile, and laugh. He is also patient with her as he helps with the more mundane chores of parenthood including: feeding, cleaning up, diapering, brushing teeth, and bedtime routines. I am usually done by the end of the day and have little patience for night time. Ben, on the other hand, will tell her long bedtimes stories that have her giggling and smiling. He expresses his love to her with lots of hugs and verbal expressions of love. It must have sunk in because Bee now tells us multiple times a day that she loves us "muchisisisisisisisisisisisisisisimo."

I am so grateful to have him by my side every day. I really feel like I would never make it without his help. He lifts me up when I am ready to give up. He helps with all the household chores that I probably should have gotten done during the day. He works so hard to make our lives so happy.

Lately I've been more of a nagging wife than I should be. I want him to be able to do things the way that I want them done and I want him to read my mind. I love how patient he is with me anyway. I can tell that he gets frustrated when I expect him to do things a certain way without ever making those expectations clear to him. Yet, instead of giving up, he tries to do things "my way" the next time. What a sweet guy. I really appreciate him and my new goal is not to micromanage and to express more verbal gratitude for all his efforts.

One of the ways in which I micromanage has to do with dressing the baby. Ben claims no expertise in this area. His goal is always to make sure she is covered well and is prepared for the elements. For example, one day I was out and she wanted to wear a dress. He wanted to keep her warm and made sure she had a shirt underneath and pants. He worked hard to create this outfit and was a little deflated when I told him it wasn't quite what I was expecting. Oh, and he never really touches the hair.

She's crying because I wouldn't let her watch a movie.
However, this morning he was in charge of dressing her again. He tried hard again, and remembered the suggestions that I gave him last time (i.e. busy patterns don't usually go with other busy patterns). He did such a good job. She had on a cute white shirt, matched with pink pants and white sandals. Then he added a warm pink sweater that went perfectly. I don't have a picture, but she does look great. Thanks Ben for being so wonderful. We love you!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ladybug Girl

We love reading books. We love library books. I always go overboard and check out something like twenty children's books every other week. Sometimes I check out more on the off week which always throws me off when it comes time to return them all. Lately we've found some books that Bee loves and that she wants to hear over and over and over and over and over and over again. She laughs harder at the book each successive time I read it to her.

We found this fun book the other day and it's one of the favorites right now.

This morning after reading this book for the umpteenth time, Bee decided that she wanted to dress up like Ladybug Girl. She found her bee skirt, her white sandals, her yellow shirt, her wings, and her antennae. Then she went around calling herself the ladybug girl even though she looked more like bumblebee girl.


Then I got excited about her interest in dressing up and making literature come to life. Here's where I took over. The sandals were replaced with boots. She's never worn these boots before because I never was able to get them on her before. Today I was persistent. They fit once they were on. The yellow skirt was change to red and the Centre shirt was replaced by a red sweater. I covered the wings with red tissue paper and sewed on some felt circles. I then sewed red circles over the yellow ones on the antennae. She loved it and loved going to the park all dressed up just like the character in the book had done. The only thing I didn't like was that the extra layer of felt made the antennae too heavy. I'll have to work on that.







If this looks like she is about to face plant into the dirt, it is because she did. No harm done, though.




Ladybug Girl off to save the day.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Self Portrait

This is Bee's first self portrait that actually kind of looks like a person (or maybe a fish). She drew the two eyes, the mouth, and the head. Then she made lots of other scribbles that represented various letters and objects. Everything pictured was drawn by her, even the heart.

She drew these during early morning Seminary on Friday. Benjamin was out of town and she somehow decided to wake up at 6:20 a.m. She proved a huge distraction to the students as they were much more interested in watching her than listening to me. Cinderella, conveniently playing in the other room, saved the day.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Ring(s)

 Picture courtesy of Google images.

As is traditional in our culture, Benjamin generously gave me a beautiful engagement ring as part of his asking me to marry him. He even let me choose the ring that I wanted ahead of time so that it would be exactly what I wanted and it is. I love it and almost never take it off. Benjamin, on the other hand, only wears his ring when social pressure requires (i.e. at work, or out in public where people might notice). It spends most of its time tucked away in a pocket.

Ironically, however, Benjamin and I both lost our rings.

He lost his over six months ago. When he moved here, I stayed behind to sell the house in IA. That left him with only a bike as his means of transportation. He lost his ring during this time and assumed that it must have been jostled out of his pocket during one of his long bike rides. I noticed immediately when I arrived here that the ring on his finger was a cheap box-store knock-off and then, and only then, was I informed that he had lost his ring. Luckily, it wasn't too much of a financial investment. Why buy him a nice ring when he didn't even want one anyway and when he might lose it? Even though this was several months ago, we have never replaced the cheap knock-off ring.

I lost mine a few nights ago. My ring finger has a sensitive spot underneath the nail and often throbs. It throbs especially strong during storms and rain. I guess I have a barometer in my finger. That night the rain was pouring and my finger was bothering me. I vaguely remember, I was probably asleep, taking my ring off of my ring finger and putting it onto my pinkie finger. That night was fraught with several child wake ups and I trudged back and forth between my room and hers several times. The next morning my ring was missing. I didn't have time to look for it that day and felt its loss all day. Benjamin seemed a little worried, I could see his little mind whirring trying to figure out how he would find the funds to buy me another one or deciding if he'd actually be willing to do so. Luckily, I found it the next morning under some pillows near Bee's bed. Phew. I was worried that he was going to buy me a knock-off ring that would turn my finger green. ;)

That evening Benjamin was cleaning out his backpack while preparing to take it with him for a conference. I heard him say something like: "well what do ya know!" He then came into the kitchen and showed  me his wedding ring which he had found carefully tucked away into one of the pockets of his backpack. I guess he didn't lose it on the side of the road somewhere. I then lifted up my hand and showed him that I had found my ring as well. How coincidental that we found both lost rings the same day.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Not a Prank, Just Cute

Happy April 1st.
Dancing at the zoo.

P.S. This was supposed to publish on the 1st, but obivously it didn't. I'm not sure why.