Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Funnies

*Thing 1's prayer this morning:
"please no bumble bees because they sting you on the head, but thank you for their honey. Thank you for mommy, daddy, Gummy bear, Thing 2, and Buttercup, but no thank you for the devil"

*We looked up our home on google maps and then Thing 1 asked to see Jesus' house and I told him that Jesus doesn't have a house, but then he remined me, "what about the temple?" Thing 1's response when we looked up the LA Temple on google maps, "Jesus has a swimming pool too?!"

*Thing 1's response when I asked the boys what things Jesus gave to us, "Jesus gave us bunnies so daddy can shoot them."

*Thing 2's answer when I asked the boys last week what the Army guy told them he does for a living, "When people try to mess with our country they shoot down their planes." Thanks Army guy. He visited their school during summer camp.

*We arrived home from getting lunch one day, and when I unpacked the food, a toy was missing from a kids meal, so I said, "Ugh that guy was a bone head." Thing 2 then said, "He was a skelleton?"

*When ever we arrive somewhere, Gummy Bear always says, "What is this place?"

*Gummy Bear will frequently look at me and say, "I want to go home." Most of the time, we are home. I think he misses his first home in heaven.

*Gummy Bear LOVES to shake mannequins hands whenever we walk through department stores. Today we walked through Macy's and he walked up to me and said with a smile on his face, "uh, oh", in his hand was a hand-- a mannequins hand. I had no idea how to put it back on so I gave it to a gal who worked their.

*Gummy Bear knows how to manipulate, whenever I discipline him he hugs my legs and says, "I need you mom."

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Fun

Well summer has officially started, maybe not calendar wise but the boys are now home for the next two months. I'm excited to have them home, they grow so fast that I'm looking forward to our time together. This is their second week home and it's been pretty wild, but what else does one expect with three very active boys? It's nice not to rush and make sure Buttercup has been fed and is content, while trying to get everyone dressed, fed, and ready to get to school on time. Believe it or not, even though school is only two minutes away, once Buttercup was born, we ran late often.

I've got things planned for them, we do some sort of art everyday and review the alphabet. Thing 1 and Thing 2 will actually be going to a summer camp for two days a week, just so they get out of the house. I'm not too thrilled about it, because once again, I will be rushing and this time school will be 20 minutes away, but I know that the boys need to get out of the house. Poor Thing 2 asks me every morning where we are going that day, but it is impossible to take all four kids somewhere everyday. I can be daring every once in a while and take all four of them on a quick trip to Target, or Vons,(especially if we are in desperate need of diapers and formula) or to get a treat at the cupcake shop, but anything more exciting than that i.e. the mall play place or park, is not happening without the help of daddy or a friend.

Gummy Bear is on the waitlist for his age group for summer camp, but I don't mind having him home with me for a little longer, this will be good, then I can attempt to work on potty training with him. He's afraid of the big toilet, he says he'll fall in (I highly doubt that) but there is a Lightning McQueen potty that he seems pretty interested in, so I may just have to pick it up for him :0) Today I actually picked up those cute denim looking diapers by Huggies, and he like them. He looks pretty studly in them, I may have to take him for a walk in those and see the reaction he gets from all the little girls in the neighborhood. Hopefully you know what I'm talking about if you've seen the commercial.

I've taken up a new hobby, bow making. I've been making bow hair clips for Lilly, and it's been so fun. I'm not that good at it yet, but this is the first time in my life that I've ever been able to envision something in my head and create it. I've got paintings in my mind, that'll never be, the same goes for movies, music videos, and novels. Who knows, maybe the book thing will happen someday, but not anytime soon.

The kids have been doing so good, here's a quick update:

Thing 1
Thing 1 has been growing so fast, he's about 2/3's my height. I think he may end up being super tall. He's always been very curious about things and is known for setting off alarms when we go out and for taking things apart to figure out how they work. The alarm thing hasn't happened in two years but, we've stopped him from pulling the fire alarm at church a few times. It's always been one of those slow motion, flying through the air moments and reaching his hand just in time, right as it was about to pull down on the lever. He's had a rough 24 hours and I'm not making this up; he's gotten his hand snipped by a mouse trap, almost touched the fire while I was warming a tortilla, getting into daddy's screws, and also getting into our art supplies, (I noticed teeth marks in one of the glue sticks LOL) But Thing 1 is so very sweet and he's a smart boy. His speech is improving and he is telling such funny stories and is always reminding us about the choices we make by telling us, "Jesus doesn't like that.", or if one of his brothers is making a bad choice, he'll say, "He's listening to the devil." Yeah, he got that one from me. My car got egged one day and he and Thing 2 kept asking why someone would do that and I said something like this, "People make bad choices because they aren't doing what Jesus has asked them to do, so they are listening to the devil whispering in their ears to make bad choices." So ever since then, that's what we hear when we make a bad choice.

Thing 2Thing 2 has the memory of an elephant. He remembers everything you say or do, so be careful not to tell him you will get him something or take him somewhere because he'll nag you until you follow through. He'll remember things from years ago, like trips to Disneyland or things that happened in a store. He's also very funny and a jokester. He'll hide things from people and play tricks on them. He likes to trick my cousin Patty when she is babysitting them. He is just a funny kid who wants to make people laugh. He is also crazy about Buttercup, he is always there to make her laugh and smile when I am making her a bottle. He is very gentle, I know I can trust him when he's near her. The other boys love her and are good to her, but I need to keep an eye on them.

Gummy BearGummy Bear is hilarious. He loves to laugh and be silly, he's still learning how to be reverent during family prayer and scripture reading, but he loves to say the prayer and will volunteer to do it everytime, but obviously doesn't always get chosen with two other boys. He is learning his shapes, colors and counting very quickly, thanks to his big brothers. He speaking very clearly and will return with Thing 1 and Thing 2 to preschool in August, this will be his first preschool experience.

Buttercup has aquired quite an array of nicknames already.  Charming thinks I'm crazy with giving her all these nicknames, but she's just a sweet cutie pie. She is growing so fast and loves to be around all of us, she is always smiling and happy. The only time she really cries is when she's hungry and fighting sleep, this little girl will kick and wiggle and cry as she fights sleep. When this happens, I'll sing to her "Don't want to miss a thing" by Aerosmith. I love this little girl, having Buttercup has taught me so much about myself and how I need to be a better person. I've always been humbled by my boys and have always sought to show them the proper example of a woman, a mother. But now that is increased by a million just by being a woman and having a little girl that will look to me as an example.

I love my kids and am so grateful to be there mama. I love Charming, he's a great daddy and he's my best friend. Our life is crazy and hectic at the moment with the kids and all the changes in Charming's business, but life is good and we are all healthy and happy and that's all I could ask for.

I'm going to deactivate my FB at the end of this week, I'm just waiting for a couple of orders to come in from a few of the WAHM's on FB and then I'll deactivate it for the summer while the boys are home, I just need less distractions and want to be more focused on my kiddos.

Monday, May 16, 2011


I remember telling Charming in the beginning of this year that 2011 was going to be a difficult year, he asked why I would say that. I said that because this would be a year full of changes; we anticipated the birth of Lilly and we were moving out of our home office into a new commercial building, and we were both going to be super busy with the elements of our roles, me as the mother and homemaker and he as the bread winner, business owner, and father.

It's only mid May, but so far, I have been correct about 2011 be a difficult year. We've already lost two friends, each loss being unforeseen and heartbreaking, but with both losses there seems to be arising miracles and blessings.

Buttercup is now almost three months old, and I have been busier than ever. Don't get me wrong, I love my calling as a stay at home mother, but I can be stretched thin at times and I wonder if each child is getting a fair amount of my attention. I don't think people truly understand how busy I can be. I am a mother of four kids all born within four years of each other. I love it, but like I said, I am super busy.

Having Buttercup makes me miss my mother even more. She passed away before any of the kids were born, but I think that having a girl and me now having that mother daughter relationship, really emphasizes what's missing in my life. I really miss my mother, and this past Mother's Day was one of the hardest I had in a long time.

Charming has been very busy too. Charming has been making changes to the business and the business is growing. We've hired some new people and each person is taking on a different role and responsibility, he is also making changes to how things are done. He's basically changing how things are done. Our business has outgrown our little in home office in our garage so we are moving that into a commercial building. It's a bittersweet thing for me. I'm going to miss having the comfort of knowing that I had friends and help in the next room, especially during emergencies like when Thing 2 needed his stitches (that story is in a few post below). Hopefully no one else will get that hurt again, but with three wild boys, who am I kidding.

Buttercup has added change to the home, of course I can't say that there is anything about that. She adds a new dynamic, a sense of meekness and sweetness. The boys just adore her and love her, they love to shower her with hugs and kisses and almost fight over who can make her smile or laugh first.

So when I said "difficult" I didn't mean in a horrible way, I just meant that this year would be difficult for us with all the new changes taking place, making Charming and I more busier in our own roles. I wonder what the rest of the year will bring, I hope it's good for all of us.

I've also changed the URL and title of this blog, so for those who have been following, now you know. I also promise to be more up to date with this blog, I know I say that with every post, but I mean it this time.