Friday, May 30, 2008
This is a video of Anna and Carter after lunch. We were trying to get Carter to clap his hands, and this day he started doing it! It is sooo cute, but of course as the mom, I think all that my kids do is amazing! Anna, watching and participating, noticed that too much of the attention was focused on Carter and not herself, so then she starts competing for my attention. Anna does not normally like to perform anything for anyone! We have had a hard time getting her to do any of her cute things she does on video! So, this video is priceless for we got Anna to "perform" too! Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Anna got a bike for Christmas in 2006. She has not been able to ride it until just recently because her feet couldn't reach the pedals! She has been dying to ride her bike since she got it, so you can imagine how excited we all were when she figured out how to finally pedal the thing!!! Here is a video of her literally riding it all by herself for the first time! I am so proud of her...she is becoming such a big girl! It has been sooo much fun seeing her reach milestone after milestone! I am so glad I have had the opportunity to be home with Anna and to be there for each and every accomplishment and failure too. To all of you mothers out there who stay at home with your kids I say, "Way to go!" Being a mom is hard and women give so much, sacrifice so much, and expect so little in return. You go girls!!
President Ezra Taft Benson said that "a child needs a mother more than all the things money can buy. Spending time with your children is the greatest gift of all" (Come, Listen to a Prephet's Voice [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1990], 32) So, all of you moms out there, if you are having a bad day, or your children are driving you crazy, you remember that the women are the Lord's secret weapon and He needs us in our homes influencing our children and being there for them. Remember:
Cleaning the house
While the children are growing
Is like shoveling snow
While it's still snowing.
As moms, we can't do everything, but we must focus on the time that we do have and make the most of it. Sometimes it means putting off the dishes and mopping the floors and sittiing down with our children and making our time theirs. The time we spend with our family is priceless. Do the best you can and don't feel bad about anything! We should feel grateful for our opportunity to serve, nurture, and teach our children.
May 1, 2008 we got a huge snow storm! I figured I would take advantage of the opportunity and build a snowman with Anna! We had lots of fun and Anna really enjoyed eating the snow! She enjoyed feeding Carter the snow too! After Carter woke up from his nap, we took him outside too, where he got to experience the snow for the first time up close and personal! He kept touching the snow and pulling his hand away, trying to figure out the stuff! He enjoyed Anna feeding him the snow! As you can see from the pictures, Anna and I built an awesome snowman with wings! Very cool! I was pretty mad that it snowed in May, but after our little activity, I was glad we had a chance to play in the snow and make a fun memory together!
Have you ever seen such an awesome snowman before? Here is Carter touching the snow...he seemed so puzzled about it all!!
Here is Anna chowing down on a nice chunk of snow and then giving a baby-bite of snow for Carter to enjoy too...how nice! Only a few hours after we made our snowman it was melting and falling apart! By the end of the day, half of the snow was gone! Crazy!
Ever since we got him home, Carter has been a great eater and sleeper! We learned a lot with Anna about what NOT to do! One thing I vowed never to do again was let my babies sleep in my arms! I let Anna do it, and she never would sleep in her crib! I had to teach her to fall asleep...whew, that's hard! With Carter, when he would get sleepy, I would feed him, and then put him in his crib, and halleluia, he learned to go to sleep by himself! It is the best thing any parent could do for their child and for themselves!
Carter is a happy little boy and he loves mom and Anna. When he started laughing, it was Anna that he would laugh for, not mom or dad! Anna has loved being a big sister and helps a lot...sometimes too much! I found her feeding Carter various things he would definitely choke on or things he just couldn't have yet! She is always piling toys on his lap and telling him what is and isn't OK to do!
Carter just barely started to crawl Memorial weekend and we are all so excited! Just like his sister was, Carter discovered he could walk holding mom or dad's hand, and that was all he wanted to do! If we layed him on the floor, he would cry like we broke his heart! So, for awhile there, we listened to a lot of crying from him as he pleaded with his eyes and his wails for someone to walk him around!! Anna would show Carter how to crawl all the time, so now when he crawls Anna excitedly tells me, "Mom, bubba's crawin, come see, come see!" She has also come to realize that now Carter can get to her and her toys....not good! She tells me quite often to take him somewhere else, to put him down for a nap, to feed him so that he won't get to her and her toys! Her newest phrase is, "Mom-mom, Bubba's buggin me! Yeave me ayone bubby!"
Carter is curious about everything, and has to explore every nook and cranny of our apartment! He loves books and paper and anything Anna has in her hands! He also loves little, minute pieces of anything left on the carpet, where he promptly puts it in his mouth! Then he screams and cries when mom has to pry it out of his mouth! Did I mention that I vacuum a lot? Carter eats heaps and mounds...he now weighs over 20 pounds and is in the 75% for his height! His favorites are macaroni and cheese, cheddar cheese, little chocolate chips, ravioli, bananas, apples, applesauce, graham crackers, ritz crackers, licorice and suckers, yogurt, green beans, beans, any pasta....list goes on and on! It has been so great to have a baby be such a good eater! Anna was the pickiest eater ever! Some days we wondered if she would end up just starving because of all the foods she refused to eat! Luckily she is growing out of that some!
Well, this post is long enough, and there will be much more to come! We love our kids more than life and it has been our greatest joy to watch them grow and develop and learn. Parenting has also been the toughest thing Russ and I have done and we rely so much on the Lord and those who have gone before us! Thank you to all of our family who have been such a blessing to us in our times of need!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
-Vincent van Gogh
Anna never crawled until after she learned to walk! Anna hated being on the floor and refused to even be in a crawling position! All she wanted to do was hold mom's hand and walk everywhere! Of course, as anyone would assume, mom did just that! But we would advise parents to encourage crawling first! Amber just about broke her back leading our little Anna-bug all around the house for months!!
Anna loved to read books, play with her babies and stuffed animals, color, swing and dig in the sand, play with grandpa Meredith, take baths, and most especially be where mommy was! We could say she was and still is a Mommy's girl! Anna has always loved animals and has a special interest in dogs and cats. She loves going to the fair to see the cows, horses, goats, sheep, and pigs!
Anna could be classified as a "grumpy" child and has learned the art of sticking out her bottom lip! She is not one to wake up with a smile upon her face, and has always been grumbly in the mornings. We have to give her some space and time to "blossom" in the mornings!
On the other side, Anna is very imaginative and creative, and she loves to build and create. She loves building with blocks, Lego's, or anything! She also has a flair for drawing and painting...hmmmm...wonder who she got that from? She is becoming quite the little artist! Anna is also very organized and always does things in a certain order and fashion. If that order is interrupted, she can get very frustrated! Ever since she was little, she loved to put things in a bucket, then take them out one by one. She would also line toys up all in a row on the floor, or arrange them in a certain way in her doll house or whatever it was she was playing with! If mom or dad did something the wrong way, or out of order, she let us know!
As we have watched Anna grow, it has been very satisfying and full of surprises! We have not been the most perfect parents and there are times when we feel like Anna has more to teach us than the other way around! We are learning as we go and find that all we can do is try our very best, and then the next day try a little harder!
Monday, May 26, 2008
One saying I heard once and have loved ever since, should be hung in every home:
"Pay Attention to what you Love!"
Oh, may we pay attention to our little ones for they are our greatest blessings!!!
These choice little spirits that are sent to our homes are priceless and nothing is more important than to raise our children within homes where there is love, respect, patience,values, integrity....where mothers are there to nurture and teach, and fathers are there to inspire, guide and direct...
President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, "The strength of the nations lies in the homes of the people. God is the designer of the family. He intended that the greatest of happiness, the most satisfying aspects of life, the deepest joys should come in our associations together and our concerns one for another as fathers and mothers and children" (Ensign, May 1991, 74).