Sunday, May 31, 2009
And let me just say- my little sister does not play by the rules. She proceeded to dump a whole bucket on me when I wasn't looking....I'm still out for revenge Em....
Here's a little clip of Emily, Bella and Tyler paying around in the cool fountains. Watch for Bella's self-soak near the end :-)
Friday, May 29, 2009
Do you ever sit at the dinner table and listen to everyone's conversation and think, "what if someone was watching us right now- how weird would we look?!" John and I are totally intrigued (and maybe a little embarrassed of it...) and addicted to reality tv. Voyeuristic? maybe....guilty pleasure? Definitely.
Go ahead and admit it- you know you've seen at least one episode of 18 Kids and Counting!! And I used to love to watch the daily temper tantrums and toddler talk of "John and Kate plus 8" **(before all the drama and tabloid stories....its such a mess now!) But anyway, here is a little glimpse into our dinner table talk one night. But first let me set the clip up-
Ty is learning to use his fork and spoon at every meal...so notice how he struggles to eat his rice :-). And Bella had been put in time-out at school this day because she and her best friend Erin were kicking books in class (also note Bella's oh-so-lovely hairdo after waking up from her nap) So here is how the conversation went.....
One eggs has a few little "pecked" holes in it, like maybe a bird is about to hatch. Now I'm so excited about my little baby birds that I'll drag the ladder out each day and check to see how they are doing. I'll definitely take pictures when the little birdies hatch :-)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So moving Emily in took up most of the weekend, but yesterday as she grocery shopped to fill her new kitchen, John and I had a "family day" and took the kids to Desert Ridge where they played in the fountains (video soon to come...) and we ate Paradise Bakery outside in the shade. Do you ever have those moments where you have absolutely no idea what the date is, or what time it is? John and I both had one of those weird moments where we could not even tell you the date or time...it was just one of those pleasant summer days where we totally lost track of all sense of time.
Apparently the kids love soaking up the water because as soon as we got home, they begged to play in the splash pad. So on came the summer music on the outside stereo, and out came the Otter Pops! Otter Pops remind me of when I was a little girl swimming in the pool until all my toes and fingers were water-logged and wrinkled. Bella and I even jumped in the pool and the temperature was heaven! Refreshing but warmed from the warm sun.
A trip to our neighboring Yogurtology rounded out the day; the perfect summer nights' ending.
I added more pictures to our summer album: http://picasaweb.google.com/Bri.and.John/SummerFun2009#
More to come later! have a great day
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Anyone tired of video clips yet?
I know they aren't' always the most exciting :-) They are mostly just little simple moments that make me laugh. So last night Tyler had ravioli for dinner...and we still aren't sure how much he ate, and how much ended up on his face....here's the proof..
P.S.- Watch for his "excited face"- it cracks us up!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Today Bella doesn't have preschool in the morning, so with both kids at home bouncing off the walls, I figured it was a good idea to take them somewhere where they could really bounce. So after running a few errands, we headed off to an inflatable jumpy-place where they have a preschool-playtime for kids under 5. Bella, of course, had a ball. Tyler tried his hardest to keep up with his big sister..but that's hard to do!
We didn't stay too long...just long enough for my kids to get tired out :-) Plus, is it just me or are places like that total overload?! Between the loud music (preschool music mind you- a person can listen to Dora the Explorer songs for only so long!) and the weird colored carpet and walls (for those of you in my generation, picture the decor theme at "The Max" on Saved By The Bell....you know what I'm talking about!) and add a few dozen toddlers running around and you start to feel a little dizzy!
But they had fun, and will sleep well at nap time today :-)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
One of the little things I enjoy the most about being a mom is watching my kids learn to do something...and then develop a love for something. It just tickles me to see how they are becoming their own little individual!
For instance, Isabella loves coloring and painting. Maybe because I've bought her coloring books and art supplies and have been coloring with her since she was about 18 months old...or maybe she just finds a lot of happiness when she sits down to do artwork. It may seem like a small thing...like the small moments you spend with your kids don't really have an impact...but I vividly remember reading with my parents from as young as I can remember (about 3). And I grew up loving to read. To this day, I am an avid reader.
For my own kids, Bella and Tyler both LOVE being read to. Love it, love it, love it. Bella also loves artwork and doing puzzles. Tyler loves figuring out shapes (in his little shapes puzzle ball) and he's obsessed with balls...specifically basketballs. Wonder where that influence came from ;-) From the looks of it, Bella will be creative like her mom and Ty will excel at sports and math like his dad :-)
So whenever I feel overwhelmed and frustrated with the day-to-day business of taking care of our house and two little kids....I try to catch myself and remember that I only get these baby/toddler years for so long, and they are sooo important. I don't want them to have memories of sitting in front of the TV, or having to entertain themselves. I want them to always remember how their parents played with them, read to them and encouraged them in the things they love!
Enjoy a little clip of my budding artist painting after breakfast this morning :-)
Monday, May 18, 2009
For those of you who have never been, Legoland is perfect for young kids!! We've taken the kids to lots of places (including Disneyland) but Legoland takes the award for best park for toddlers. Even Tyler has fun playing on the play structures and he gets to ride some of the family rides. Bella absolutely LOVES roller coasters and fast rides. She's definitely her Daddy's girl. John is already dreaming of the days they can take little weekend trips away to Six Flags or Knotts Berry Farm to ride all the giant coasters.
Click here for more pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/Bri.and.John/SanDiegoWeekend#
I know, I know- 26 is hardly anything worth complaining over. And for the record, I like to pretend that I am staying 26....so no need to remand me about a certain birthday in September.
A few more pictures are here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Bri.and.John/EmilysBirthday#
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I know it has been a while, but I am busy enjoying some time away from the beloved computer to spend some happy quality time with our little family in San Diego!
I will have lots of pictures and stories (and a couple hilarious videos!) to post when we get settled back at home. Have a blessed weekend! :-)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
So with our busy week and the birthday plans we had for John, I totally forgot to blog a little tribute to him!
I love my husband for so many reasons. He's respectful, responsible, handsome, kind, he can make people laugh and feel comfortable, he's totally and completely in love with our kids, he always puts me and the kids first before anything else, and most importantly- he loves the Lord.
He's everything I want our son to someday be- and more. Tyler wants to do everything his dad does...you can just see the way he studies John and tries to mimick him. And Bella thinks her Dad is her own Prince Charming. She reminds me all the time that she is going to marry Dad, and I believe she's really convinced of that!
So to my best friend...my partner..my husband of 6 years, and my love- Happy Birthday Babe! XOXO
PS- The picture above is a flashback from 2005...when I was 8 months pregnant with our Bella!
Here's me and my girl. She was saying "cheese", but was concentrating so hard on saying cheese that we didn't capture much of a smile!
Ok, forgive me as this is my first post (This is John posting...Bri doesn't know that I am doing this). I am not sure what font Bri uses and I am not sure what formatting I should use...but I just wanted to add a post and say Happy Mother's Day!!! This video is for you Bri, and it was a test with a new video camera I got you, so now you are obligated to shoot video and put it up on our blog for all to see. It is now your obligation as a mother ;). So, enjoy the video:
and here is one of Tyler dancing around for the camera.....
Saturday, May 9, 2009
It doesn't take fancy toys or expensive clothes...it doesn't mean buying extravagant gifts or giving them everything they ask for....
Thursday, May 7, 2009
That's all that counts :-)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
5. You can change your patient's bed linens with one hand while holding your patient in the other.
11. You have ever shown a doctor a green residual while they were eating.
12. You have put an intensive care patient in a swing.
13. You don't get excited if your patient has a heartrate of 180.
16. You use a rubber band for a tourniquet.
18. You tell people what you do and they think you sit around and rock babies all day.
And John got me this little treat to spoil myself....
So if you know someone who is a nurse..or you happen to need a nurse today (hope not!) given them an extra smile to let them know you appreciate their love and work. Yay nurses!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
They have such joy in their little faces and I know they may never remember these lazy days together or the little moments that have made me laugh so hard.....but I have them forever etched in my mind.
How cute is this??!! Bella was scared about doing back floats, and her friend in her class leaned over to comfort her and make sure she was OK! It was so precious to watch.
As we start to head into summer, I will try to be really good about documenting all of our summer fun (especially for those of you who are far away this summer..we miss you Nana!!) Stay tuned for more!