Monday, June 30, 2008
Michelle's Wedding Scrapbook:
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I recently read that in an effort to curb whining, one mom implemented the following rule: if a person asks for something and the answer is no, asking again will never change the answer. The exception? If the person puts the back of his hand on his forehead like a maiden in distress and repeats the phrase, word for word, "Alas, I fear I shall perish without it," then maybe -- just maybe -- the answer might change to a yes.
Go on... try it.
Husband: "Honey, I'd really like to get that new golf game for the Wii."
Wife: "No, we just don't have the money."
Husband: "Alas, I fear I shall perish without it."
Okay, you'll probably still say no, but at least you'll both be laughing.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We're having a little get-together, barbeque style on Monday to celebrate that Kirk is finally done with school. Yeah! You're all invited (at least, if you live in Utah, you're invited), and here's the info:
Monday, June 30th at 6:00 p.m. at our house (not posting the address here or Jay would chastize me... ask if you need it)
Bring a salad, dessert OR side dish AND a lawn chair
Burgers, dogs & drinks provided
We hope to see you there.
**Cute postcard to follow via snail mail**
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The best Daddy in this world (Kirk) got Mario Kart for Father's Day, and you can see that the whole family is enjoying it!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Alex will climb on anything, and lately one of his favorite spots has been at the computer. At least once each day, I find him in the office on the chair, just typing away.
Friday, June 13, 2008
If I had realized that PT for kids was like a big playland, I would never have taken Adam with us. He proved to be a bit of a challenge, but we got through it. The therapist had Alex try a few different activities, but he was mostly grouchy because I had to wake him up too early. She was able to tell me, though, that his biggest problem is that he has a larger-than-normal range of motion in most of his joints, but particularly his hips. This causes him to be very wobbly, and actually allows his feet to turn in. Most kids have developed tighter joints by this time, but Alex has not. In part, this is apparently due to "W" sitting. (Picture a child sitting on his knees, but with his feet out to the sides forming a W.) So, no more W sitting for Alex.
The therapist said that there is no real reason to worry; many kids don't walk until 15-18 months. Beyond that, they don't really take not walking seriously until a child is 2 years old. She said the best thing for him right now is to try to develop muscles to compensate for his joints, and for us to try to keep him standing as much as possible so he can wear the grooves into his joints that will eventually make him feel stable. She said he'll just need to spend a lot longer than most kids in the "pre-walking" activities until he has built up his muscles and refined his joints.
She also prescribed taking him to the kids play center at the West Valley Fitness Center. She suggested that I get some knee pads and get right in there with him. Since he loves to explore, she thinks this will really help him build his muscles and his confidence.
I feel better after the appointment, because at least now I understand what is going on with his little body, and I have some ideas of how to help him. I will also have answers for the MANY people who constantly ask why he isn't walking. I'll just tell them he'll get there one step at a time.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Two Sundays ago, we got the news that our ward would be splitting. The meeting that evening revealed that it was more of a realignment than a traditional split, but the short version is simply that we, and many of our Hunter Village friends, are now part of the previously existing Hunter 4th Ward. Any members from the old Hunter 4th still retain their callings, while those of us imported from Hunter Village each got a fresh start. That's where this blog's title comes in.
My part is the "No Change." Although I got to enjoy Monday, Tuesday, and most of Wednesday last week with no calling, on Wednesday evening I was simply reinstated to my same position: Ward Music Chairperson, or whatever that calling is called. I'm still in charge of selecting hymns for Sacrament meeting, arranging special musical numbers, organizing the organists & choristers, and leading the ward choir. I'm neither excited nor disappointed. Something new may have been fun, but at least with this I know what to expect.
Kirk, however, gets to claim the "Change." On Sunday, he will be sustained as the Ward Mission Leader. I think he has a better idea than I do of what this is going to entail. All I know is that he will have meetings every Sunday, that he'll probably end up doing quite a few exchanges with the missionaries, and that he'll need to be out visiting people a lot. Oh, and I know he'll be awesome at it. He hasn't come to that conclusion yet, but I know that his way with people will be really effective in this calling.
All in all, we're excited about our new ward (although we'll miss seeing some of our old friends each week), and we're ready to embark on this Change/No Change journey.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
This process is quite an adventure for Adam, who loads up dump trucks full of the rocks and helps put them in the back of the jeep. Tuesday when we were getting a load, little Alex even helped. I laughed so hard when I saw him crawling through the dirt, one small rock clenched in his fat little fist. I wasn't sure he knew what he was doing until I saw him pull himself up using the bumper, and then he placed his treasure among all the other rocks in the back of the jeep. He then lowered himself down and crawled off to find another rock. I am just always amazed at how quickly a one year old can figure the world out.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
It was also really interesting to learn a bit about soccer fans. Lisa had been telling us on the ride there that soccer fans get really annoyed if a fan does anything to mess with the game. Since the clock doesn't stop for anything, the fans get really upset with any delay of game. She explained that you're not allowed to keep a game ball if it goes into the stands, and that if you try, the fans will turn on you, because they need that ball on the field to keep the game going. Well, sometime during the first half of play, a fan in the section next to us threw a cowbell onto the field. Security came to handle the situation, which turned out to be pretty easy, because all of the surrounding fans were pointing to the guy who did it. When security escorted him out, the fans in that section sang very loudly, "Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye," and everyone cheered.
Another thing I really liked was an advertising campaign Lisa told me about where individual RSL players shared a list of their accomplishments and ended with, "Who am I? I'm a ReAL Salt Lake Player," never calling attention to their individual identity. I've often ranted about the current trend in the NBA where the players seem far more interested in themselves than in their team. It gave me hope to think that maybe a sport still exists where the team comes first. Lisa commented that this attitude is one she'd like to see in her future children, and that she considers most of the RSL players to be worthy role models. It's nice to know that still exists.
All in all, the weather was great, the game was well played, and the company was fun. It was a great way to spend our Saturday.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
"Five years later, there's a plumber working on the water heater
Dog's barkin', phone's ringin', one kid's cryin', and one kid's screamin'
She keeps apologizing.
He says, 'They don't bother me. I've got two babies of my own.
One's 36, one's 23, huh, it's hard to believe,
You're gonna miss this, you're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast.
These are some good times, so take a good look around
You may not know it now, but you're gonna miss this.'"
I'm not much of a cryer, but I was really caught off guard by the emotion as I thought of my two boys. Most days seem so hectic, and more than once I've found myself longing for the days when I don't have to wipe anyone's bum but my own. But this song really helped me to put all the stress into perspective. Someday my boys are going to grow up, and I will wish I had the days back when Adam babbled constantly about who-knows-what, and when Alex's only word was "Mom." I will miss watching Alex's chubby little body crawl right on top of his brother to give him a big, open-mouthed goodnight kiss. I will miss trying to explain to Adam the differences between the words "why," "when," "what," and "where," although at this point, I'm not sure we'll ever get to that point. I will miss looking into my rearview mirror and seeing either two huge smiles or two sleeping kids. Maybe not every moment is great, but enough of them are that I know I'm gonna miss this.