Sorry for the lack of pictures and delay in Christmas pictures. Deacon has been sick and both kids are keeping me on my toes (feels more like flat on my rear) as usual. Pictures coming soon! Happy New Year's Eve!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
We have had a busy but great Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I have a lot of pictures to post, but I am going to wait until tomorrow.
Most of you know how I love Christmas music. I would listen to it all year long, but then I wouldn't have any friends. Anyways, the songs I really love the most are the traditional religious Christmas songs. They have so much more meaning than we give them credit for, because we are so used to hearing them! Take the time today to concentrate on the words and what they mean. And here's a sample of one of my favorite songs.
Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing"Glory to the newborn King!"
Posted by Dean at 9:05 PM
Friday, December 19, 2008
Guess what we did this week? We filmed a short Christmas greeting that will air on KCBD sometime in the coming days.
These are Dean's grandmothers. We made candy with them this week. How cool is it for my kids that they even get to know their great-grandmothers? And, their great-grandmothers are best friends!
Here's my tree. It fell down last week and I had to re-fluff it and redo the ribbon and everything. I love Christmas trees. I remember sitting under ours when I was a kid and staring up at the lights while listening to Mariah Carey Christmas CD on my discman. If I had time to do that now, I'd probably take a shower instead.
Posted by Dean at 9:39 PM
Sunday, December 14, 2008
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Brace yourselves! I think I heard Deacon's first word. I'm not 100% sure, but I think he is trying to say "Lola." But it sounds like "La-La-La-La." Very cute. Of course I could be just expecting him to talk because Lola said words at 6 months, BUT I really think he is saying Lola. Or La-La. And now he is eating paper, so I must go.
Posted by Dean at 7:43 AM
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sweet little Deacon turned 8 months on the 1st. He is still a happy, content baby. He crawls everywhere-all over the house, and pulls up onto everything he can. He loves to stand up. He is starting to sleep longer stretches at night, too. He recently found his voice and loves to squeal and sing.
Posted by Dean at 2:17 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I was tagged by Denise!
(I actually started this a week ago. Sorry. I'm a little behind.)
2. Desperate Housewives
4. Brothers and Sisters
5. Eli Stone
8 Favorite Restaurants
2. Taco Bueno
8 Things That Happened Today
1. Went grocery shopping, if 1 am counts as today
4. Got fingerprinted so I can renew my nursing license
8 Things I Look Forward To
4. Valentine's Day
7. Watching my kids grow up
8. Vacation next year for our anniversary
8 Things I Wish For
1. My kids to stay little
4. To live out in the country
7. My house to clean itself
8 People I Tag
Posted by Dean at 7:00 PM
Dean fried our turkey, it was really pretty! And yum!
Turkey cake balls crafted by my sister, Lola, and me.
Lola's placemat she made at school. It says "I am thankful for flowers."
One of my favorite cousins- Tim (Countrybabe) and his wife Karen.
Lola took this picture.
We were so full. I thought Hillary was going to throw up at one point. It was that full feeling that takes hours to go away, you have to sleep it off.
Bolt and Joey - 2 pretty Golden Retrievers.
Posted by Dean at 5:04 PM
Sunday, November 23, 2008
It is about 1:30 am. Dean got called around 12:45 that something needed to be done at work, and there was no one to do it. So he went and did it. Even though it's not his job. For the second time tonight. Earlier he went to fix a computer that crashed. He's just a really stellar guy. If it was me, first of all I wouldn't have answered the phone. Secondly, I would have turned it off after I knew who it was calling me. He was about to go to bed, and has to be there at 8 in the mornings. He's just a good person. He cares about his job not just because it is a paycheck, but he cares about the quality of work that gets done.
Also, you should see the spotlessness (is that a word?) of Lola's room. He cleaned it with her after he got home from work the first time tonight. Did I mention it's Sunday? (Monday) Anyways, All him. So not me. He's a good cleaner.
Here's a picture of us last year in Vegas. I love him.
Posted by Dean at 11:34 PM
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Last week and the week before were very challenging for me as a mom. And as a person. I can't pinpoint the exact day that it all started, but everything seemed to spiraling out of control. To start with, I was VERY tired. For those of you who don't know, I work nights. Usually 7pm to 7am. During the week I leave early at 1am, come home, feed Deacon, usually get to sleep by 2:30 or 3, get up and feed Deacon again between 5 and 7, go back to sleep, and get up with Lola usually around 8 or 8:30am. I used to get a nap those days in the afternoons, but lately it is virtually impossible to get the kids to sleep at the same time. Sometimes I turn around and go back to work that night. It finally caught up to me.
At the same time, Lola started behaving very "unbecomingly." This is not typical, she is usually a really well-behaved kid. All of the sudden, every bottle of shampoo, lotion, conditioner, NAIL POLISH, etc, became her toys. She also enjoys shredding paper towels and toilet paper, and drawing on paper plates. She made a couple of attempts to physically harm her little brother. Then there was the "Play-Doh incident" that you will all remember.
None of my efforts to discourage this kind of behavior were working. Not even positive reinforcement for when she DID do something great or helpful. The corner, time out, loss of priveledges, taking away toys, and spaking (as a last resort)........nothing worked.
The thing about three-year-olds is that they can't always express what they need. They can say what they WANT, like juice, a snack, to watch a movie, a new toy, to go to the park, etc.......but they can't always verbalize their needs.
"Mommy, I need to to pay more one-on-one attention to ME." "I need more outlets to express myself and have fun."
This is what Lola's terrible behavior was trying to say.
Lola's mother was so tired and frazzled and worried about having a dirty house that I didn't recognize this.
So, this week, instead of basking in my unrelieveable state of exhaustion, we have had playdates. Twice. Our new "hangout" is the mall playground with our friends. Then we walk the mall, window shop a little, and eat some Chick-Fil-A. Also, I have let Lola do more "arts and crafts" as she calls them, which involves tearing up paper and gluing it to paper plates, or drawing on paper and making "cards." Most importantly, I have made every effort to spend individual time with her and positively reinforcing everything she does. It has really made a difference. She has only put one thing in her hair: mousse. And guess what? My house doesn't look any worse than it did before. The biggest and best change is that she seems more like a happy and fulfilled child.
Please pray for all of us that things will continue to go well.
Posted by Dean at 12:58 PM
Monday, November 17, 2008
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