Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
The other night, Brody looked like he really had to go potty, and when I asked him if he had to go, he said "yeah, potpot!" (Potpot is his word for potty). Excitedly, we got his diaper off and he sat on the "potpot" for a little while, then exclaimed "all done!" When he got off of the toilet, I looked to see if he had done anything, and sure enough...he had poopooed on the potty! I was so excited, and my Great Aunt Emily had given me an M&M's dispenser to use as potty training treats. Of course, Brody got 2 M&M's for going #2. His little mind did not grasp the concept though, and wanted "moe" (more). When I sweetly praised him and told him that he only got more when he went potty again, he got very upset. We left the bathroom and shut the door, which caused an all out temper tantrum.
Later that night, I went into the guest bathroom, and forgot the shut the door behind me. Nick and I were in the living room, and I wondered "where is Brody?" I walked around the corner, and this is what I found:
"I said I wanted more mom! So, I got more.""Don't worry about me, I can get my own."
Our cute Walgreens M&M Dispenser
He loves touch and feel books. This one was given to us by the Dragovich's before Brody's birth.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I think back to a couple of years ago, when Nick and I were first married, I prayed for patience. Boy, was I EVER given opportunities to learn patience. Nick and I joked about how you should NEVER pray for patience, because you will definitely be tested to the limit. I got through it somehow though.
These are the ways that I am trying to improve my patience:
1.) Rather than yell at Nick for leaving dishes in the sink, I can politely say "Babe, dishwasher's dirty."
2.) Hug Brody when he is mad and hitting, instead of getting angry and frustrated.
3.) When Brody asks to watch Cars for the 4th time in a day, I can say "I know you would love to watch Cars, but we are going to read a book, or watch something else instead today. Maybe tomorrow we can watch Cars again."
4.) I am going to sing to my babies when I put them down at night. Bedtime has always been a struggle in our house, but over the past week, Nick and I have been singing Brody 3 songs before bed and we walk around the room with him. I have noticed a dramatic change in his ability to fall asleep easily and sleep longer in the morning.
5.) Finally, I am going to take more "me" time. By doing so, I am more relaxed and have the ability to be more patient with my loved ones.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
"hmmm...that's very interesting!"
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
"I'll do the mouse, mom" So Cute!
"Oooooh!" Brody making the music start on PBSKids.com
Another one of Brody's favorite things to do at Nana's is eat COOKIES (I'll admit, it's my favorite thing to do at Nana's also.) Brody loves the Snackwell's devil's food cake cookies that my sweet Aunt Emily buys for him.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Today, was a lazy, crazy, Sunday! Nick and I laid around all morning, while looking over lessons, dozing on and off, and taking care of Ava (the dog we were puppy sitting.) I decided at 11:53 to take an "official nap". You know, one where you actually go in the bedroom, set the alarm, and sleep for a good hour. HA! Brody was asleep in his crib, Nick was asleep on the couch, and Ava and I were in dreamland in the bed.
My alarm went off at 1:00 p.m., just enough time to get up, shower, eat lunch and get Brody ready. So I thought. Instead, I decided that 50 minutes would be enough, so I hit snooze for another 10 minutes. Then again, 10 minutes later. When I came to my senses that 40 minutes was NOT enough time to get everyone ready to go, I started panicking. I got Nick up, hopped in the shower, ate lunch, and by the time I was getting Brody out of bed, it was 1:53. He was not too happy about being woken up from his nap, as you can see from the pictures.
We finally made it to church...at 2:10. Luckily, we didn't miss the passing of the sacrament. Hopefully next week, we will be a little more organized, and a lot less lazy!
Brody has found a new passion recently. Photography. He loves it when I get my camera out, and is eager to put on his oh so cheezy smile for the camera.
He has begun getting a little "upset", we will say, when the camera is out though. He wants to be the one behind it. Yesterday, I gave up the fight, and let him take the pictures. These are the masterpieces he came up with. While viewing them, he would say "oooooh!" or "wow!" We are so proud of our little photographer!
The day was May 14, 2005. It was my 22nd birthday, my mother's birthday (I won't disclose her age at the time), and the day that I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas. Nick and I had only been dating for a couple of months, but we were very much in love, and I had a feeling that the engagement was coming soon...although, I didn't realize it would be THIS soon.
Nick called to wish me a happy birthday, and asked that I come over, so that we could go on a walk before graduation, and my graduation party. He felt that we wouldn't have much quality time to spend together on my birthday, and he wanted to be alone, if only for a few minutes. I was highly stressed out at the time, because here it was, 10:00, and I had to be in Fayetteville in an hour to take pictures with my dad's side of the family. I told Nick "We can go for a walk, but it has to be quick." Boy was I wrong!
When I arrived at Nick's house, his mother urged us to get going, so that I wouldn't be late. Here I am, thinking that we are just going to go on a walk around the block. Wrong again! Nick told me to get in the car (I'm thinking...okay...it's 10:15, where on earth are we going?) Then, we headed towards Bella Vista. "BELLA VISTA?! We don't have time to go to Bella Vista! I have to be in Fayetteville in 30 minutes!" Those were my frantic pleas for him to turn around so that I could get in my car and head south.
Nick convinced to me to just walk to the waterfall at Tanyard Creek with him, and then he promised to have me back at my car in time to head to Fayetteville. I compromised, and said we could walk to the waterfall, look at it for a second, then we had to RUN back to the car.
We got to the waterfall, and Nick handed me a sweet card, and appologized to me, for he hadn't gotten me anything for my birthday yet. I was a little dissapointed, but understood. He said he hadn't had time to shop for me, but he knew how much I loved getting cards.
We got to the waterfall, and he wanted to walk above the waterfall, to the reservoire of water that poured over the rocks to make the watefall. Reluctantly, I went. We sat down by the bank of the water, and he told me how much he loved me. Then, he looked into the water, stood up, walked out a couple of feet, and grabbed a large shell. He played with the shell for a minute, and then told me he couldn't open it. At this point, I was totally oblivious, and thought "why can't he open it? You can tell it is open already." So, I went along with it, and I opened the large shell. Inside it was a medium sized shell. I am still totally oblivious, and thought what a strange shell to have another shell inside. So, I opened the medium sized shell, and inside it is a small shell. Now I am catching on.
I opened the small shell, and in it is a beautiful diamond ring. My mouth dropped. I looked at Nick...wondering if he had done this, or if we had just found someone's ring in the lake. He again told me how much he loved me, and that he wanted to spend eternity with me, and he asked me to be his wife. Of course, I said yes, and I was crying. After I said yes, we heard laughter in the background, and his friends were standing on a hill taking pictures of the whole thing! They had also been present to safeguard the ring while it was in the water.
Needless to say, we had our moment, then reality set in and we RAN as fast as we could back to the car! What a wonderful day!