Friday, March 31, 2017

Short and sweet

1. On the phone with Ryan, Lila said, "There were no parts of my allergy doctor re-ppointment that hurt!

2. 39 minutes after I tucked her in, Lila came in to my room and told me, "My allergies are just tellin' me to stay awake!"

3. I wasn't feeling well at bedtime. Reed asked, "Well is your stomach okay?" I told him that my stomach was what hurt and he asked, "Well is there anything I can do to help?" He was so sincere and so sweet about it.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


1. I knew today was insanely windy just by walking outside--and that fact was confirmed when, right before we left to pick the boys up from the bus stop, my phone lit up with a weather alert: High wind and dust storm in effect until 11 pm, avoid traveling. Winds gusting to around 60 MPH late afternoon. (!!!) Luckily, our "travel" was limited and once we were all safely ensconced in the house the only sign of the wind was the rattling windows and the roaring outside.

2. Lila wanted to read in the hammock. This was pre-wind warning, so I went for it even though it really was crazy windy. We had a good time and she even gave me some good cuddles. I did feel pretty bad this afternoon, though, when her eyes and cheeks were red and puffy even after allergy medicine. Sometimes I'm torn between keeping her inside to avoid allergy problems and just letting her enjoy the outdoors. Her allergies are ever-present at this time of year, even when we DO stay indoor, so we usually end up just going outside and dealing with the consequences.

3. Yesterday, Lila and I were rock-a-byeing for her naptime. She was cuddled into my arm, facing away from me, and she just wanted me to rock her. I'm fairly positive she fell asleep for a few minutes, though I can't be sure because I couldn't see her face and even her awake breathing is currently loud because of her allergies--but I'm going to go ahead and say she was asleep. IN MY ARMS. It's been a while since that happened.

4. I read a blog post on The Small Seed, a faith blog that is run by several girls who went to my high school. Anyway, they had a mini series on lighting the fire of our kids' faith in regards to scripture study. I cam away from the series wanting to make our scripture study better, but not knowing exactly what to do. For starters, I'm just happy that we've been able to establish a consistent habit of reading scriptures every day. This is huge for us and we've done really well with reading scriptures as a family for a little over a year now. But some of the ideas on the blog just seemed so involved and--this sounds even worse typing it out than it did in my head--I knew that if it took a lot of extra effort, I wouldn't do it, and our scripture habit would fall by the wayside. I couldn't complicate things and I needed to find something that worked for us. The blog had simple ideas, too, but none seemed quite right. In the end, I pondered some of the ideas in the blog post as well as what has been most effective for us in the past. Here's the list I came up with:
*Boys need to have their scriptures and take turns reading
*Let Lila "read" at least once (we whisper in her ear and she repeats out loud)
*Try having Lila look at the pictures in our illustrated Book of Mormon instead of just having her scriptures
*Start with a song and a prayer
*Bear testimony every day
*Ask questions, clarify, summarize

I started implementing these things at the beginning of this week and did not notice a huge difference, but was happy with our scripture study overall. Then tonight, while we were reading Jarom 1:8,

And we multiplied exceedingly, and spread upon the face of the land, and became exceedingly rich in gold, and in silver, and in precious things, and in fine workmanship of wood, in buildings, and in machinery, and also in iron and copper, and brass and steel, making all manner of tools of every kind to till the ground, and weapons of war—yea, the sharp pointed arrow, and the quiver, and the dart, and the javelin, and all preparations for war.

Reed started asking a slew of questions. Is this the Nephites making weapons? Why were they making weapons of war? Does that mean they were wicked? Why does it say machinery? Would they have even had machines? What kind?

Then, after discussing all his questions, which was really fun, he said, "Have you noticed that whenever they are prospering and like doing really good that they get wicked again?" And YES, I had. And I was so pumped that he had, too.

Asher at this point was dying because he'd been reading when Reed started asking questions and every time he started reading again Reed came up with yet another question. And then when Reed was all questioned out, Lila interjected, "Mommy? You know that thing you just said? Can you say it all again?" I summarized, and then she wanted a story. Um, the scriptures ARE the story baby girl. Asher was happy to get back to his turn reading.

5. And speaking of Asher reading, Asher took an accelerated reader quiz today and got 10/10! Only a very small handful of kindergartners get to do AR and we are blessed that he is one of them. He often misses a question or two, especially on the longer tests, and getting 100% was a great boost for him.

6. Speaking of Accelerated Reader, Reed has 300 points. THIS SCHOOL YEAR. I'm not even joking.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This Morning + Other Random Recollections

1, Lila wanted to be wrapped up like a burrito. I wrapped a giant burrito baby, then Reed went and laid next to her with their heads touching and wrapped his leg around her. They reminded me so much of tiny Reed and Lila--when she actually was a burrito baby and when he would lay next to her with their heads touching.

2. Reed was Lila's doggie and gave her a horseback (dogback?) ride to "grandma's house." Asher tried to be Lila's dog but collapsed under her weight. Lila tried to be Asher's dog but was laughing too hard to go anywhere.

3. The game evolved to where Lila became the doggie and the boys were to doggie catchers. They'd send her to my room to wait with me, then tell her to come. As she ran down the hall, they'd jump out from their hiding spots (once in the game closet, once with Asher on the stairs and Reed in the laundry room) and throw their blankets over her, then "gently" tackle her to the ground. They already have plans to continue the game after school.

4. Asher's homework is checked each Friday. Today is Wednesday. He was worried because we hadn't filled out his reading log and I hadn't signed the line that said he did his Lexia. I tried to ease his mind and explained about the Friday homework check thing, but he was so worried that when we got to school we pulled out his folder and filled out the information. He wants to follow the rules and gets upset if he doesn't, which is something that is both endearing and maddening. I am proud of him, though, for being so conscientious about his homework.

5. Another thing Asher is dilligent about is combing his hair. Whereas Reed hardly ever combs his hair--especially since cutting it--Asher combs his immediately after his shower and every morning before school without being reminded. Luckily, Reed's hair almost always looks fine and lays nice. Asher has a patch in the back that always wants to stand up--which has been the case since birth! Yesterday (not this morning, as the title implies), Asher FORGOT to comb his hair. But, wonder of wonders, HIS HAIR WAS LAYING FLAT. Good thing, too, because he was really worried when he realized in the car that he hadn't combed his hair. Miracles never cease. He decided that the flat hair phenomenon was due to his combing his hair twice the night before.

6. The boys and I have been listening to Harry Potter every night. We are on book 5--a first for both Reed and Asher. Reed had already heard 1-4, and he enjoyed hearing them again, but seeing him hear book five for the first time has been magical (see what I did there?). I read the first three books, but when I had my surgery I was too dizzy to read (sounds weird but it is true. Dang hydrocodone.), so we started listening to the audio versions. And the audio versions are so delightful that we've continued in that vein!

7. Speaking of reading/listening...we used to play legos while we listened, but, after many complaints from Reed that he couldn't fall asleep FOREVER and some googling by me, we've started listening to Harry in bed with the lights off. The time is pleasant and Reed is having a much easier time going to sleep after.