Friday, August 1, 2014

BBQ

So, my doctor wants me on a low-sugar, low-carb diet... and I just haven't been able to do it. In fact, I'm doing worse just because he told me that. Ack! Any tips? I've been reading www.IQuitSugar.com for inspiration, but it hasn't hit me yet.

We've had a few BBQ's this summer and who can turn down BBQ chicken, honey jalapeno cornbread, baked beans with brown sugar, and peach cobbler and ice cream? I don't know, I sure can't... won't... don't. I've been doing better at limiting my portion sizes to a more reasonable amount and I've learned how to consume tons more veggies in my diet (green smoothies, yay!), but still. I'm having a hard time limiting carbs and sugar.

We had a BBQ to break in our new place and invited a bunch of folks. Our Bishop even stopped by and was like, "My wife's gonna kill me - she made dinner tonight!" as he was downing some good ole Southern cookin'. Ha ha ha.

The kids and the men-folk shot basketball and we all sat around and talked and ate. It was fun. :)

My favorite quote of the night was Zay, holding a friend's new baby: "I don't get it. I don't know why babies love me. I try to be as intimidating as possible. I guess they see my spirit." Lol.

Pictures! And a couple videos! Sometimes I take videos at the most random times. When nothing specifically special is happening. Just because I like to document normal moments in time. Things I'll watch back years later and remember how I felt in that moment. So, yeah. That's what I did here. :)

Peach cobbler, after it was already half-eaten. :)

Kal trying to block shots.

Zay shooting one-handed.


Love this basketball form! Ha!


I <3 my friends.


Love that face!

Always trying to keep up with the big kids. :)




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P.S. - My dad felt like he needed to tell me to put water or sand in the bottom of that basketball goal before someone got hurt. Ha ha. Yes, yes I know. We filled it up with water, but the wind still blows it over, dumps the water out, and then we forget to fill it back up. The wind is fierce here and that goal doesn't stand a chance, especially when we make it really tall. Meh, no one cares. It's plastic. Ain't gonna hurt nobody. :)




Thursday, July 31, 2014

Leaving Both Doors Open

I've been talking a lot about fertility and trying to get pregnant again. And I still want to do that. Zay would love to experience the whole pregnancy thing with me. And I would love to think I have more control with trying to get pregnant than I do with trying to adopt. But honestly, as excited as I am about trying again... and as much as I feel it could work if I try long enough... we both still feel like we just can't close the door on adoption. Every deadline we give ourselves to be done with trying to adopt comes and goes and we're still here. So, right now... we're leaving both doors open. And we'll see what happens.

Our profile is up on LDSFS' website www.itsaboutlove.org ... but with all the changes our agency is going through, we've learned that their website doesn't get much traffic and that we should branch out to other ways of networking. We were matched with Miss H through Adoptimist.com ... so we've got our profile up on there right now and I just added some new pictures to it. I paid for one month of their premium service, just to see if it helps us make any connections faster. But I'm all about the free service most of the time. But the premium service is cool, because they make little ads like these for you and give you a toll-free number:

http://www.adoptimist.com/xavier-alice-anne

There's a section on Adoptimist to record your adoption journey, so I wrote a post there and I'll repeat it here:

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Someone's Missing


I remember before we adopted, we would try to imagine what our life would be like with kids. We had A LOT of time to think about this. We were already married 6+ years by the time we finally became parents.

Kal has been such a healing, adorable, hilarious force of nature who has swept into our lives and made it infinitely more meaningful. We couldn't have hand-picked a more perfect little guy to join our family. He was exactly what we needed and he fit in like a missing puzzle piece.

I knew he was out there somewhere. Xavier worried that we wouldn't find what we were looking for with adoption, but I remember distinctly the feeling that we had a son and he was coming soon! And that we needed to hurry up and get our adoption paperwork completed because we needed to find him! Many nights I sat up thinking/crying about how in the world it was going to happen.

Kal came to us very quickly after that and we recognized him immediately when we held him. I wasn't as emotional as I thought I would be (on the inside I was! just not outwardly). I just held him and grinned. And nervously sweated (ha ha) as we met so much of his birth family at the hospital and worried over his birthmama and how she was holding up.

For those first two years, our family felt "complete." We had all we could ever ask for, really. One huge blessing. The answer to our years of prayers was right there in front of us. Walking and talking and playing and learning. Our hearts overflowed with gratitude and love.

We enjoyed the heck out of those baby days and have grown as parents and in our marriage. Then as the dust settled and we found our groove and realized how much we really, really love being parents, we knew we wanted to do it again.

Kal deserves a sibling. He's so social and hates leaving his friends. He is so sweet and polite and would be so gentle and protective with a baby. He's full of energy and loves to play sports and run and jump and wrestle. He'd be amazing with a little brother, I know. They'd be best buddies. He doesn't have a problem with dolls and playing in my hair accessories and the movie "Frozen," either! So he wouldn't have a problem with a baby sister, that's for sure! Most of his friends at this stage are girls and he'd be amazing with a little sister, too.

We have room for more children in our hearts. We want another baby and infertility is keeping us from adding to our family. Adoption has been the answer for us and we'd love more than anything to have it all fall into place a second time the way it did with our first.

The past year of trying to adopt again has been hard. Two failed adoptions have knocked us down emotionally, but we're still here. We know there's a child for us, a birthmama who will want us to parent her baby and will follow through with her plan because it's the best choice for her and for her baby. I know it. It happened before.

There's someone missing still. We just don't know where or when he/she is coming to us. So, we wait. As patiently as we can. With open hearts.

-- Alice Anne, hopeful adoptive mom to Baby #2

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xavier and alice anne hoping to adopt adoptimist





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lagoon

A friend of ours had some extra passes to Lagoon and Zay had to work, so Kal and I jumped all over that opportunity! Love when that happens. Wish Zay could've come, but he really doesn't enjoy amusement parks or crowds or traffic, so he probably wouldn't have had as much fun as we had on our own. Oh, well. To each their own. :)

When we got there, it hit me that Kal was going to be getting on his very first amusement park rides!!! Ahhhh! I'm too overprotective for this! Ha ha. Nah, I pushed him into the first line I saw and was super excited for him. The littlest things mean so much when it's your kid. I'm in love with every little milestone he reaches. He was pointing at this ride and that ride, wanting to get on all of them at once. Zay wanted pictures, so I texted him along the way.

I texted my friend and tried to meet her at this big ladybug ride so she could bring me some sunscreen before I burned. I told her, "I'm by the ladybug." And like 10 minutes later she showed up laughing because she couldn't find it and was lucky she caught sight of me. She thought it was a mushroom when she finally saw what ride I was talking about. She told me, "I went up to this lady and asked her where the ladybug was and she looked at me and was like, 'Ma'am are you ok?' Whaaaat. I don't get it. She acted like she had no idea what I was talking about, so I was all confused. Like, huh?" HA HA HA. I could not stop laughing at her after that. I kept asking her, "Hey - are you ok???" The lady probably thought she was drunk/high/crazy... something. I could totally see that. "Ma'am are you ok?!" HA HA HA.

Kal makes instant friends anywhere he goes, so meeting my friend's son for the first time (who's way older than him) didn't faze him in the least. Immediate friends. Kids are awesome that way. I love how social Kal is. They ran around like crazy and I confirmed what I thought I knew about Kal - he's definitely a runner and one of those backpack leashes would've been amazing at a place like that to keep him close to me. I'm not a fan of darting through crowds to find my child.

He had a blast, so I did too. Only a couple of meltdowns because I wouldn't let him ride a ride more than 4 times. Oh, boy. I'm a mean mom, I guess. Lol. I let him get on most rides by himself and I watched from the sidelines, just beaming at him. He's getting to be such a big boy! We got on some of the bigger rides together, roller coasters and everything. And he would be scared, but after it was over he'd want to do it again. Ha ha. Silly boy. We even got in the very first car of a roller coaster and was so proud of him! Cuz I was scared! Ha ha. He kept trying to throw his hands up, but then get scared and grab onto the safety harness.

The ride we waited the longest for was Rattlesnake Rapids. That one's fun because you get SOAKED. Kal was terrified of the water, so when we were headed under a waterfall I threw my shirt over his head to try to protect him... ha ha ha... it didn't work. 

I spent my whole day ushering him from one thing to the next. I don't know how many hours we were there, but I sure slathered on that sunscreen and was actually surprised I didn't burn more. I burn so quickly. My friend's company served us all lunch and gave out prizes. That was awesome. We ended the day at Lagoon-A-Beach, where Kal went down water slides all by himself and everything. He LOVES the water. It's so weird that he's afraid to touch it at first. I definitely need to get him into swimming lessons.

Pictures!







This is the ride he had to go on over and over and over, because there were different color cars and he had to try them all. :)

Lunch.


This one shoots water at you and you have to move your car up and down to avoid it (or hit it if you want!)..

The ladybug ride... ha ha ha.

His first ride by himself! He'd go, "Whooa - oh!" and smile big. :)

Lagoon-A-Beach & Rattlesnake Rapids

Friend's boyfriend... he doesn't like amusement parks either. Ha.

Good times. :)





Friday, July 25, 2014

Volunteering at the Animal Shelter

As part of my penance for re-homing my cats, I started volunteering at an animal shelter...

Just kidding. But it did take a little while for me to stop feeling guilty for doing what was best for our family and my kitties, who needed way more attention than I was able to give them. They are in a better place and finding them a new home was one of the many things I did to overhaul my life and alleviate some stress the last few months. It's a conflicted feeling, but I'm so glad to be pet-free for a change. No litter boxes. No cat hair on ALL of our clothes. The cats were always a source of contention with me & Zay as well, so it was better for all of us when they found a new home.

I'm not doing it for penance. The timing is just coincidental. :) But I really am volunteering at an animal shelter a few hours a week! I'm exploring a completely different avenue for my future career goals. I love animals. They're much easier to deal with than people, I think. I always wondered if that was the direction I should've went career-wise anyway, so I'm giving it a shot and trying to see if it's something I really do enjoy. And I've gotta figure out what I wanna be when I grow up sooner rather than later!

Yes, I'm considering finding a job and going back to work full-time! Eek! For two reasons - for Kal & for me.

Part of me wants to go back to work because Kal is so ready for pre-school. He is super social. Waaaay more social than me. And really needs that constant interaction with other kids. He loves Church because of Nursery. He loves all the playdates we do. He loves our neighbors and will follow them around all over the orchard. He cries big wailing tears whenever we have to leave his friends. What I wish he had was siblings, I really do. Built-in best friends. But while that isn't happening, I'm realizing I can't keep him home with me until he's in Kindergarten. I'm not ready to let him leave me yet, but I know him and he needs to be in school earlier than I had planned. It's just his personality. And I'll need to get outta the house if he's gonna be outta the house, so as soon as I get him in pre-school I'm headed back to work.

The other part of me wants to go back to working outside the house because being a work-at-home mom can drive you cRaZy a little bit. It's definitely been fun and flexible. And I get to be the boss and that's fun! Ha ha. But my career/business-minded self is starting to roar and trying to get out. I love the routine of getting ready for work and leaving the house and working and coming home. Staying at home I've had to create my own routine and it can be frustrating to get everything done. If Kal's at school and I'm at work, at least the house stays clean while we're gone, right? Ha ha.

As crazy as it makes me sometimes, I do love being at home with Kal right now. I go back and forth about it. I think the only thing that could throw a wrench in my plan to go back to work full-time is if I get pregnant or we adopt, of course. Kal has had one of us home with him his whole little life and I really think that's ideal. So if another baby came to our family (miraculously), I would re-consider EVERYthing. I would want them to have the same thing - that constant one-on-one attention for the first few years. But for now, I think exploring this working-with-animals thing will help me adjust back into the world of work and give me some idea of what kind of work environment I'd like to get into in the not-so-distant future.

So far, volunteering at the animal shelter has been wonderful. Right now I go in once a week for a few hours. They are always swamped. They have so many animals come in every day, and so many animals who have been there for awhile and no one has claimed them and they need to find a new home. Part of me really wants to advocate for some of the animals, so I'm thinking I might post pics and a little blurb about some every once in awhile. We'll see. :)

Mostly what I get to do is I show people around if they're looking for their lost pet or want to adopt one. I get to brush some of the animals who look like they haven't been touched for years. That's messy, but fun because they get SO happy. And I clean. They have to clean so often, they always need help sanitizing everything. It's nice to dedicate myself for a few hours and then go home and not have to take care of our own animals. Ha ha.

Cuuuuute. I have a friend who is looking to get a small dog, so I send her pictures every time I go in.

Isn't this the cutest/ugliest thing you've ever seen?? These dogs have already found new homes.

This sucker's a 31-pound cat named Winston. :) HUGE! He almost knocked me over when he rubbed against my leg!

If you've ever thought about volunteering at an animal shelter, it's easy peasy. Just look one up and give them a call. They always need help with taking care of the animals and cleaning and helping with cat/dog adoption drives. They'd love to have you! I had to get a background check and go through some training at this particular shelter because they also have inmates volunteering on the premises as well (you have to know how to work with inmates safely and appropriately). But after that I can come in as often as I'd like and help with whatever needs to be done. I'm trying to learn everything I can about working with animals in general and how a shelter runs vs. being a vet tech. I've learned a lot and the ladies working there always make me feel appreciated and are willing to teach me everything they know, so it's been a great experience so far. We'll see where this takes me. :)

"Like" my shelter's FB page HERE.

I do have to fight the urge to take home all the itty bitty kitties. A room full of kittens is pretty much how I imagine heaven to be. They're so cute and squeaky and rambunctious, ha ha. But I think we'll hold out on getting any pets until we buy a house with a big fenced in backyard. Then we'll probably get a dog. An outside dog. And call it Zay's dog, so he'll have to take care of it. Ha ha.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I'm Reading


Absolutely TOO HOT to be outside for very long right about now. Reading inside in the A/C it is, then!

Last year I started attending Book Club at Church and I also found a good reading buddy who is letting me borrow stacks of books from her collection. So I've been reading a lot more actual books than I have in years (I've been hooked on blogs for so long I forgot how fun it is to read fiction!)... I've been to the library and browsed books for fun and I don't even remember how long it's been since I've done that. As part of my effort to de-stress and kick back and relax more often, I am reading up a storm!

Also, I want Kal to be a reader and I want him to see me reading. We read together at night, but I wanna catch him reading by himself. I know he's only 3, but he's got most of the books we read memorized. He'll quote them throughout the day and if I say half of a sentence he can finish it easily. I'm proud of him, but I wanna do better... both with my own reading and encouraging him to read. :)

My reading buddy even made me a huge spreadsheet of books I should read in different genres to decide what kinds of books I like... I told her I didn't know what I liked and wanted to try lots of different genres. (P.S. - I giggle when I meet people who make spreadsheets as much as me.) Every time someone recommends a book, I put it on my Goodreads list. Befriend me on Goodreads HERE and share your faves with me so I can add to my ever-growing to-read list! (Right now I've got 548 books on my to-read list... lol.. this is gonna take a lifetime at my slow pace!)

I was a bookworm when I was a kid, but high school distracted me socially and I didn't spend as much time reading (cuz I was making googly eyes at Zay... ha ha). In college I specifically took literature classes when I could so I could be exposed to different kinds of books and be forced to read for class. I fell in love with philosophy and philosophical books. Now I'm trying to branch out and read lots of different kinds of books. Book Club and my generous friends who let me raid their collections are getting me off on the right foot.

This is what I've learned so far:

  • I love LDS books, general Christian books, and religious books in general (some of my favorite books have been about Islamic, Jewish, or Hindu religions). This goes back to my love of philosophy. I seriously enjoy learning about people and their relationship with God, no matter what it looks like. It's all interesting and uplifting for me. I can learn about a certain religion, understand it and where the followers are coming from, decide whether or not I think certain aspects are actually true, and be uplifted no matter what. Truth can be found everywhere. For my Mormon (and non-Mormon) friends, have you seen the article "I don't think God is a Mormon"? It's a great perspective on what being a "Mormon" really means. At the heart of our religion, we believe in personal revelation. And that the light of Christ is found in people from all walks of life. And that He loves each of us the same, both black and white, bond and free, male and female, Jew and Gentile... and speaks to each of us personally if we seek Him. Revelation did not end with Biblical times.
  • I love historical fiction.... for example, stories that took place during the Civil War (The River Between Us ) or on the Titanic (The Dressmaker )... things like that. I think it's because I love history - but history itself is hard to tell as a story, because different people reported different perspectives when they recorded history. But with historical fiction, the author can take artistic liberties and tell a story that encompasses the feel of the historical time and may represent bits and pieces of real people's stories, but it's not bound to the hard facts about what actually happened. It can take you on a journey to see a historical event from a different angle. That's fun!
  • Similar to religious books and historical fiction, I love love love Biblical fiction as long as it doesn't stray too far from Biblical principles. There are tons of stories in the Bible that are not fleshed out well and are a lot of times hard to even understand what's going on at all. To read different fiction interpretations of what happened helps me to understand how I can interpret Scripture better and imagine a whole scene and what might have happened given the context of the story rather than being limited by a few stilted Bible chapters or verses. (Check out Orson Scott Card's The Women of Genesis series... so good.)
  • I don't like love stories that border on porn (50 Shades of Grey) and/or stalking/abuse/unhealthy relationships (Twilight). I don't like love stories where I can't figure out how the people actually fell in love... they're just desperately in love all of a sudden and I'm like, "How? What happened???" I'm also sick of love triangles/adultery as a common theme. Especially when it's two guys fighting to the death over a girl who has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • I do like more of the innocent, young love, first love type stories. Those are love stories I can get into. (Think: just about any Taylor Swift song, but in book form.) And I can handle a love triangle if there's a point to it and some substance to the story.
  • I like twists on fairy tales (Think: the show Once Upon a Time, but in book form). I liked the book Enchantment for that reason, although it wasn't really a twist but it's own story. They liken it to Sleeping Beauty, though.
  • I like stories that involve time travel, if it's done well. Enchantment's got that as well and I loved it. :)
  • I love books that take place in the South (Think: the movie The Man in the Moon, but in book form).
  • I refuse to read Harry Potter. I just can't do it. Too nerdy for me (sorry, friends!)... :) On that same line, I can't do Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. Not yet, anyway. That's too much out of my comfort zone. I do like nerdy science-fictiony humor, though. Like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is hilarious, I think.
And that's what I'm learning about myself lately as I soak in books and catch up on classics that I should've read in high school like everybody else, ha ha.

I still read my blogs, though. When I was first researching fertility and adoption I found tons of people going through the same thing and I've followed their individual stories for years through their blogs. Seeing someone finally welcome their child home??? Best story ever.

Like THIS ONE from Blessings and Raindrops. This brought huge tears to my eyes!!! Watch their homecoming video HERE. And read their love in this dedicatory post for their daughter's foster mom who took care of her thousands of miles away in the Democratic Republic of the Congo until the country finally issued her exit visa. This is the country I wanted to adopt from, but 1) I don't have the money and 2) they're having issues with international adoption right now and put a pause on most of them. But watching this story unfold has been AMAZING. I'm a sucker for a great adoption story.

AND when people finally, finally get pregnant after years of trying. Like THIS ONE. Her answer to the question, "How did this happen?" is "I never, ever, EVER stopped trying." Love it.

I read tons of blogs. Way too many. But one blog that particularly caught my attention and I got hooked on is called The Moments We Stand. This woman literally found out in the same night that her husband was cheating on her AND that he was murdered by the husband of the lady he was cheating with. Since then she's been working out her anger and grief over the loss of her love, her partner, and the father of her 5 children... yeah. FIVE CHILDREN. She's documenting all she went through to find love again and get through a murder trial and live in the same general area as the woman her husband cheated with. Intense. But she tries to find meaning in every little experience. She's not a master of words, but I get her points and I feel her pain. And I fight that much harder to protect my marriage from outside intrusions after realizing how hard Satan is working to destroy families and how easily people can be fooled. It's been a good experience to read this blog and learn from someone else's struggles. It's always better to learn from other people's examples and be prepared than to learn the hard way, right?

So... yeah. That's a little tiny bit of what I've been reading. What have you been reading lately???




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer is for Swimming

As soon as we moved, we had to stake out the nearest swimming pool. It is entirely too hot not to! For Utah to be known as a snowy place, it most definitely does get hot and bright in the summer. Gah! It's a desert, I have to remind myself. So we found a pool in the shade, 2 blocks away at a friend's apartment complex. YES... our summer is SAVED. And my pastey white self can stay safe and pale in the shade while still getting my swim on, lol.

Kal has a love-hate relationship with water so I'm trying to get him used to it. He's terrified at first and fights me and then when he's in, he loves it and cries when we've got to leave (we're only leaving because we've been there for hours, geez). Any tips on getting kids comfortable with water? Swimming lessons, maybe? I want Kal to be comfortable in the water and know how to be safe. I had to teach Zay how to swim when he was already a grown man. That ain't happening with Kal, I know that much!

I love swimming. One of my favorite things to do. Can't wait to be in tip-top swimsuit shape again (I'm getting there! slooooowly). I'll still blind everyone with my white skin, but I don't care. I embrace my paleness. I'm basically translucent... it's pretty cool. We have a wide range of skin shades in our family. :) 

My super tan boy! As soon as summer hits, he gets deep brown. Love it.

You know what the best thing about pool pics is? Spotting other folks in the background...

Friends. :) ... and a couple of fun random folks in the background.

Me & Kal... and someone's back... and someone's toes. Tee hee.




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Feeling at Home

We looooove the new place we're living in. Feels like home. For serious. Like, there's a peach orchard next to us and a cherry tree in our yard. That seriously makes me happy! Too bad this is yet again another temporary place if we really truly move to Georgia next year (that's the plan...), but we're enjoying the heck out of it while we're here. And it's so nice to finally love a place and know that we're not leaving here unless it's a BIG MOVE out of state. Zay thinks we're going to like it too much here and never wanna leave. I think he's right, but we both know Georgia is where we need to be. I'm just gonna be clinging hard to all that I love about this place until that time comes.

We're getting to know people in our ward, but I still head back to our old ward to see friends there every once in awhile when I'm down that way:

At a ward BBQ at our former RS President's house.


Helping set up!

I got this painting of the Mt. Timpanogos temple for our living room at a ward's Women's Workshop. Kal was sealed to us here. He knows it as his temple. :)

I don't know why I don't have pics of actual people, ha ha. I loved our old ward! But we'll make new friends at church here in our new place. Kal is already adjusted and makes friends at the drop of a hat. And he loves his new room. It's SO big. I actually measured it, because I wondered how many children we could get approved for if we did foster care here and it was close to 200 sq ft. But that lucky little sucker gets it all to himself, cuz I don't think we'll do foster care just yet (I think we should do it after we make that BIG MOVE and get settled into Georgia).

One day I was washing the dishes and looking out the kitchen window at Kal trying really hard to ride his bike (he's just now getting good at it) and I realized - we've never lived in a place that had a window over the kitchen sink before. It kind of amazed me how noticing something small like that meant so much to me. Looking out over the yard where Kal is playing while I'm getting some dishes done... I don't know. It was one of those "perfect moments" and I wished I could capture that feeling and just live in it always.

We live next door to one of Zay's best friends. They met at work and instantly knew they were meant to be friends. Any of you watch the show Psych? They totally act like Shawn & Gus when they get around each other. I don't know how many times I've slipped up and called him Shawn instead of his real name, lol.


They are hilarious together and his wife is a sweetheart. I love that we can just sit out on our porches with our neighbors and feel completely content, sharing our food, and laughing at (and mean with) Kal... he's a clown and loves to entertain people. There's been a couple times when our neighbor's wife has come out to water her flowers and Kal has randomly stripped down naked in the yard. Yep. She's like, "Kal! Where are your pants???" And he'll just grin and put his fists on his hips, naked as a jay bird. My goodness, boy. I knew I shouldn't have taught him how to pee outside, lol. He also likes to go over to their door and peek through the screen and say, "Hiiii!" Ha ha. I think he has a crush on her.

My mama likes to send me things in the mail all the time. She's so sweet. I don't know how many times I get a letter (like, the 5 page long kind of letters) or a card or a package from her. Not to mention all the hours-long phone calls! My mama can talk/write as much as I can. Kal calls her "Granny B." If I catch Kal pretend-talking into my phone, I'll ask him who he's talking to and he'll say, "Granny B!" Ha ha. She sends him books and little gifts whenever she can. Getting stuff from her reminds me of home all the time.

"Happy Early Christmas!" ha ha ha... I'm pretty sure she sent this in May.

Anyways, we're all unpacked now. Definitely settled in. Packing and unpacking this last time encouraged me to purge a lot of baby stuff. I still had formula, clothes, a swing, diapers, bottles, bassinet. All kinds of things. I figure I can get those things when I need them... I really don't need to hang onto them. Hanging onto them is like hanging onto trauma. Letting them go is a relief.

What I'm really excited for is to super simplify right before we leave the state. THAT'S gonna be a blast! Have a yard sale and get rid of every single last thing we own. That's gonna be awesome. Freeing. Simplifying to the point where only our essentials will be in the van with us when we make that cross-country trip to start over. I don't know why, but that sounds so fun to me.

But I won't get ahead of myself. Enjoying the present is priority #1 for me right now!




Saturday, July 12, 2014

"Frozen"

My child, along with everyone else's it seems, fell in love with Frozen the moment he watched it. Yep, boys love it too. Ha ha. I know everyone's sick of it by now, of course. But I never wrote about it and I think it's important to document Kal's love for this movie!

Every night I ask Kal what song he wants me to sing before he goes to bed. The usuals are "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "Popcorn Poppin'," "The Wise Man & the Foolish Man," "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam," and "Let It Go." Seriously. And I have to sing the whole thing from the beginning or he'll correct me (sometimes I try to cheat and skip parts). When we're walking home from Church on Sundays and I ask him what songs they sang in Nursery, he'll say, "Let It Go!" and I'm like, "No you didn't!" Ha ha. He just giggles.

Personally, I think the movie has too many plot holes...

Video of Everything Wrong With Frozen In 10 Minutes Or Less (Warning: language!):


But I think the music is fabulous, so I don't mind watching it as long as we limit it to once a week. Ha ha.

A friend told me about an event a local animal shelter was having and "Anna, Elsa, and Sven" would be there. I told Kal about it and he just lit up. YES, I wanna see Queen Elsa! YES, I wanna see Princess Anna of Arendelle! Tee hee. I hear him playing in his room by himself sometimes and he'll be announcing all dramatically - "Princess Anna... of Arendelle!" Makes me giggle.

That morning I got him ready and told him there would be lots of fun animals there. And that we'd get to meet Elsa and Anna. He was thrilled. We got there and the first thing he saw was a FIRETRUCK. All thoughts of Frozen went out the window and he was glued to that thing. He crawled right up in it, took a seat, and was trying to figure out how to buckle himself in. I only managed to talk him out of the firetruck by telling him that there was an actual fireman jacket and helmet and gloves he could put on! I didn't get a picture of him all loaded down with the heavy fireman gear... but he was SO CUTE!


They had lots of animals there from animal rescues in Utah.


Kal had no qualms about walking right up to this alligator and petting its tail. Apparently someone had tried to keep this thing as a pet for a few years before it got taken away from them. You can't keep alligators as pets!!

"Sven," the reindeer

We finally found Elsa & Anna... and Kal was terrified. Wouldn't look them in the eye. The ladies were so sweet to him, though. Referred to him as Prince Kal. He was just too overwhelmed in their presence, ha ha ha.


Shoving food in his mouth to avoid looking directly at them. Star struck, I guess!

Elsa's hair cracks me up in this one, but it was the best shot we got! :)

We ended the day standing in a very long line for balloon animals. This lady and her balloon utility belt was funny, but she was good at what she does... and looked exhausted!

Sword fighting with their eyes closed, lol.

It wasn't till we were leaving that Kal was like, "I need Queen Elsa!" and he was all sad that he didn't talk to her. Too late, kid!

The Frozen love continues, though... We went to UVU with some friends last night and watched the sing-along version and ate popcorn and ice cream. It was fun! Something about this movie makes kids go nuts and I had to hold Kal in my lap a few times when he was just getting TOO wild to get him to settle down. But I love little kid events like this where everyone expects the kids to go crazy. :)

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Pictures!

Being goofy with his friends, hiding under blankets.



The gang.

Got to steal this lil babe. She doesn't snuggle with anyone but mom, but she loved me! :)

Precious!! :)

Mmmm... chocolate.

Thanks, Frozen. For being such an awesome source of fun for this boy!




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