Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Random funnies

It looks worse today because she picked at it. My awesome cousin Leah got the girls matching boots and they are so stinkin cute! Look at all those chompers. She has 20 teeth! Audrey adores Mrs. Teri! She is an amazing teacher. This was at their apple picking field trip.

How many times have I told Audrey to not run with a stick in her hand or she might fall and poke her eye out? MANY. Today I went to pick her up from preschool and she has some nice scratches right next to her eye and a busted lip. I bet you can guess how that happened!! Mrs. T felt terrible about it but it really didn't faze me and you probably know why. Of course I made sure she was okay and looked into her eyes and everything making sure there wasn't serious damage. But come on, how many times must I say do not run with sticks in your hand?

Audrey, always my funny girl, came running in my room this morning saying there wasn't any underwear in her drawer. I did all the laundry yesterday, folded it, and put it away so I was thinking, what the heck? I went and looked and sure enough there wasn't any underwear in her drawers. So I went searching around the house looking for 15 pairs of missing underwear. You know where I found it? In Audrey's backpack. I think she has some hoarding tendencies because she does things like that all the time. Not just with her socks and underwear either, sometimes she hides all of Peyton's as well. Now, when anything goes missing I ask Audrey first and 9 times out of 10 its in her backpack, her purse, or her pillowcase. This is another reason I always check her pockets before we leave school. She likes to hoard toys and forgets to put them back when she goes home.

I think Audrey is going to be a policewoman. She loves making people follow the rules and she is the biggest tattletale. We can be a block away from a red light and I will hear STOP STOP STOP MOMMY STOP THE LIGHT IS RED!!! Same with stop signs. Today she came home from school and told me all about how Lisa (her schoolfriend)got in trouble for not sitting quietly during story time. Then she says, "But I was good and I was quiet so I got a piece of candy, I was so good." At home, if Peyton comes anywhere near Audrey I will hear,"Peyton touched me!!!" She is so funny.

Peyton too cracks me up. She loves to climb in and out of diaper boxes. That entertains her for quite a while. Her favorite place in the world is the kitchen. She loves pulling every single pot and pan out and spreading them everywhere. Then she will move onto the drawer with all the spatulas and cooking utensils and proceed to empty it. She loves being chased around the house. She likes to wrestle with Daddy. In fact both the girls would wrestle with him all day and be perfectly happy. She loves to figure things out but at the first sign of difficulty she will literally grab my hand and make me help. For example, we have the Melissa and Doug puzzle pieces and if something isn't fitting in correctly she will grab my hand, put it on the piece and guide it to the board so I will put it in for her. Unfortunately for her, I make her do it so she learns I can't do everything for her. Both the girls love to dance! It doesn't matter what kind of music it is they both wiggle and shake and spin in circles, its too cute.

Peyton definitely doesn't like being told no. I took my camera away from her because the poor thing is on its last leg so she really shouldn't play with it, and she threw herself on the ground whining. I just walked away which made her even more angry. She just followed me around crying until she found something else she wanted to play with.


I started this post yesterday and didn't have time to finish so I will finish it up right now. Audrey, Peyton and I were sitting down to eat lunch today and here is our conversation:

Audrey (randomly) "I will be your friend but only if you are a cow." Me "Uh...okay." -I know, genious response. But what would you have said?
(Meanwhile Peyton is just smashing her babydoll's face into the food on her tray) Audrey "Okay Mommy you better Moo or I won't be your friend!"

Seriously, what would you say to that? Half of me wants to Moo because I know it will make her happy but the other half says maybe I should talk to her about being friends with everyone because that's nice. I can totally remember being little and telling people or being told, "I'm not going to be your friend anymore! or I'm not going to invite you to my birthday party!" in the brattiest voices possible. I'm glad its just one of the phases that they grow out of.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Flu shots, gumballs and a spice rack

Do you love my fall decor?

This is how you know you are a domesticated housewife. I was SO EXCITED when Paul built my new spice rack for above the sink.

Last week was crazy. Peyton turned 1! She had her well baby check up on Wednesday and received her flu shot. I am all for shots and immunizations, however, I HATE when the girls have bad reactions to them!!! Back when Audrey got her chicken pox vaccine she had a terrible reaction with rashes, hives, and a high fever. Peyton had a bad reaction to her flu shot. She received it Wednesday morning around 9:30 and by 7pm she was throwing up uncontrollably. She was shaking and had a fever and could not lay down. I stayed up with her most of the night because, well, I'm mom and moms do that. Paul stayed up with us until 12 or so then got some sleep. I forgot to mention that my midterm is Thursday at 8:00am down in Bakersfield. So she finally went to sleep around 1:30 which means I got about 4 hours of sleep and then woke up to go take my test. I know I'm still young but 4 hours of sleep does not cut it for me anymore. Needless to say, my test score was not my greatest, I managed to get a C. Back to Peyton...the next day (Friday) she is fussy and whining nonstop so I called the doctor and she said of all her patients only 2 have had this reaction. She is doing much better now but that was not fun. I would do anything to trade places with my kids when they are sick. Its the worst feeling having a sick baby that you just want to get better but there isn't much you can do.

Audrey is so funny. We had to go to the mall to get her some more winter clothes and as we are walking in she saw the gumball machine. For those of you that know us really well you know our kids VERY RARELY get candy/cake/sugary stuff. We just eat pretty healthy. But anyway, she saw it and begged to have one so we told her on our way out if she has been really good she can get one. That morning she swiped some quarters off our dresser and stashed them in her pocket (apparently she can be quite a klepto sometimes-more about that later) so she was excited to use "her own" money. On our way out she was jumping up and down so excited to get her gumball and put her quarter in. It didn't work. It ate her money. She had two quarters left so she tried another. It didn't work again. If you could see the look on her face you would have bought her the whole machine. She was devastated to say the least. Paul pounded the machine trying to get one to come out for her. So she tried her last quarter and it worked! She was happier than a kid on Christmas. She was screaming, "Daddy went BOOM (she motioned hitting something" and it WORKED. It really worked. I'm so happy. Oh I'm glad it worked. That was my last one and it worked!" So all day she talked about how Daddy went Boom and made it work. She cherished that gumball for about 4 hours. Should wouldn't even put it in her mouth for 1/2 an hour, content on holding it and telling it how happy she was.

We are heading to the pumpkin patch this week so stay tuned for some really cute pictures.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Routine please?

Audrey's first haircut!

October has been/will be such a full crazy month for us. We love having lots of things to do but sometimes I miss our boring routine.

We went to Prescott last weekend which was a lot of fun. It's funny because I get excited to go and then I remember how much I hate driving 7 1/2 hours with two kids. I almost think it's worse with both Paul and I versus just myself because for some reason the girls are way more difficult with both of us. At least the drive back wasn't as horrible as the drive out there. Maybe that's because we left at 3am instead of 1pm. Either way, it's not a fun drive.

Saturday we had the girls' baptism at St. Germaine's. It was a wonderful ceremony. The Deacon that performed it was so nice and even had a sense of humor. Not something I generally associate with a catholic church, don't ask me why. Anyway, we had lots of family there and the girls did so well. Peyton got a little fussy while he was praying but she was bored, its not like she understood that you should be quiet during prayer! All she could think about was getting down and pulling all the flowers on the alter off. Audrey wore the dress my Grandma Sundquist made for me when I was baptized and Peyton wore a dress my Grandma Duthie made.

After the baptism we went back to my mom's house and had Peyton's first birthday party. We played a game called Quelf, if you've never heard of it, try it. It's the most random, funny, crazy game I have ever played. Audrey and Klayton ran around ALL day playing. Those two are best friends already. Peyton loved all the attention and received so many great gifts. I'm so thankful a lot of my family was able to be there because I miss being around them.

Sunday we woke up early and went to my grandma Duthie's house for her famous pancake breakfast. All my cousins on that side of the family were able to come and it was a blast seeing them and meeting my new cousin-in-laws.

The rest of this month is going to be nonstop. Today Audrey had school pictures and she had on such a cute outfit. Thursday I am helping out her class for their field trip to the apple orchard. Next week is Peyton's actual birthday and I have midterms. We also have to find time in between all this for Paul to go down to LA and meet with the coast guard recruiter to schedule his ASVAB and another test. Some of you may not know but Paul is going to apply to the coast guard's blue 21 program which guarantees a flight position after officer school. It's a very competitive program but Paul is the perfect candidate for it. We will see what happens...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall is just right

I LOVE fall. I have to say it's my favorite season. I love the coloring of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, the need to hang some festive fall decor, everything about fall feels peaceful to me. I am searching for "the perfect tree" right now for some beautiful fall photos of the girls. The problem is it can't be too tall or you won't see it and the leaves have to have all the right colors. I know, all these expectations over a simple tree.

We are gearing up for our Prescott trip this week. We leave either late night Wednesday or early morning Thursday. It just depends on what time Paul gets off work Wednesday. It should be a fun visit. I love seeing family and friends and catching up with everyone. Paul surprisingly says he is really looking forward to going out there. Never in my life would I think Paul would say he is excited to go to Prescott. HAHA. We are having the girls baptized on Saturday and following that we will have Peyton's first birthday party.

Even just typing "first birthday party" brings tears to my eyes. I can't believe she is turning one and walking all over the place already. I wish she would stay a baby forever and always want to cuddle with her mommy. She is driving us a little crazy though because of her picky eating. ALL she wants for every meal is a PB&J. Really!? That has virtually no nutritional value! Maybe a few grams of protein in the peanut butter but that's it. So we have been trying to sneak in fruits and veggies with her meals but her anti-healthy-food eyes always find it and she picks it out. We will just have to keep trying. Luckily, I'm pretty persistent when I want something so we will see who wins this battle of the wills. She loves to "share" things right now. Meaning she gives it to you but you must give it back when she's ready. We are working on that one.

Audrey is just a ball of energy. Some days I don't know how to keep up with her! Like her Daddy she has to be moving nonstop all day. Her art projects at school are starting to look amazing. She really takes her time and works on making them look just how she wants it. She did not get her creativity from me though, that one is all Paul. Maybe some art lessons from Uncle Steven are in the future?? She is still completely infatuated with rocks. Every time we go for a walk I have to empty at least 50 that she had to bring home in the stroller. I learned pretty quickly to ALWAYS check her pockets before doing laundry. It turns out the loud thumping in the washer was not just from a heavy load, she snuck some decent size rocks in her pockets that I missed somehow.

By the way, I thought taking statistics would be much easier than calculus and now I am seriously reconsidering that thought. Statistics is not such a walk in the park. I have to thoroughly apply myself to understand what I am doing. I do love my anthropology class though. It's very thought provoking and makes me question all kinds of things in today culture.

Pictures to come...