Friday, October 3, 2014

Edison and the airplane

Edison headed out the sliding glass door to the back yard with a small toy plane in his hand. As he went, he told me, "I go fly the plane in the clouds."
"Ok. Have fun!" I called after him.
"Bye bye!" he replied.
I watched him through the window as he reached up as high as he could and stood on his tiptoes, straining to reach the clouds. After a good 30 seconds of effort, Edison returned to the screen door and announced, "I can't reach it."
How adorable is that? He thought he was literally going to be able to fly his toy up into the clouds! This kid is such a sweetheart and he brings so much joy to our family.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Emmett's Reading of Matthew 7:9

Our family recently finished reading the Book of Mormon from beginning to end and moved on to reading the New Testament together. Last night we were reading in Matthew chapter 7. David was helping Emmett read verse 9, which says, "Or what man is there of you, who if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?" To help the kids understand what was being said, David asked, "Emmett, how would you feel if you asked me for some bread and I gave you a stone?" ...Emmett smiled and nods his head. I figured maybe he didn't know what a stone was, so I rephrase the question, "If you were hungry and asked Daddy for some bread and he gave you rocks instead, would that make you happy?" Emmett's smile broadened and he exclaimed, "I love rocks!"
After David and I stopped laughing, we tried asking if the rocks would help him not be hungry anymore. I'm not sure how much he got out of that, because when we moved on to the next verse that says, "Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?" and explained that serpent means snake, Emmett responded with, "The caterpillar ones are my favorite!"
I guess this particular scripture is one we'll have to revisit when Emmett's a little older.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Edison Plays Hide and Seek

As I was cleaning up after this evening's meal, I hear Edison - who had shoved his way behind the ottoman - say, "A, B, C, here I come!" He then dashed out from behind the ottoman, raced around the kitchen island, and laughed at Liliana, who was still seated at the table. He's so much fun!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Edison's first complete prayer

We have tried to help Edison say prayers several times before, but he usually just says, "no" and that is that. Tonight Edison actually repeated the words of our family prayer at bedtime. All was going well until David said, "We thank..."
Edison repeated, "We thank..."
David: "thee..."
Edison: "thee..."
David: "for..."
Edison: "five..."
Laughter ensued -especially from Liliana and Emmett - and it took awhile to get everyone calmed down, but he did manage to complete the prayer. It was a sweet and silly moment.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Liliana's dance recital and Emmett's thoughts about it

On Saturday, Liliana had her first dance recital. She performed a tap number with the girls from her pre-ballet/tap class, combined with another class. The girls had so much fun, and I was able to be with them backstage as a parent volunteer and see how excited they were.
Earlier that day, Emmett asked why he wasn't going to the recital. I explained that we thought he'd get bored, so we arranged for a babysitter to watch both Emmett and Edison during the recital. Emmett told me, "Next year I will do a recital and nobody can come." I guess he was a little jealous, but when we got home, he admitted he had a lot of fun with Tori (the babysitter) and said everyone can come to his recital next year, except Liliana.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Midnight Reader

I think it's safe to say that homeschooling has been pretty successful for us thus far. A few nights ago I went to check on the kids before going to bed myself. Seeing as it was 10:30pm, I fully expected to find all the munchkins sawing logs. Emmett and Edison were out, but Liliana was huddled under the nightlight in her room, reading a book. I asked her why she wasn't sleeping and she told me she liked the story so much that she didn't feel tired because she just wanted to finish. She was about 3/4 of the way through the 2nd book in the Boxcar Children series. We had just begun reading that book together the day before! Way to go, my little kindergartener.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Emmett's morning musings

Emmett, while eating breakfast: "I think when I'm done with this pancake and I go potty, it will be like a flat poo."
I guess he thinks the shape of his food will affect the shape of his you know what. Kids think of the most interesting things.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Heavenly Father, Are You Really There?

Emmett offered to say the prayer before we ate dinner last night. As he started, he obviously got his little mind mixed up with a primary song because rather than saying, "Heavenly Father, we thank thee..." he said, "Heavenly Father, are you really there?" ...long pause, then "wait..." and he looked up at me, confused. I started to chuckle and reminded him that those words are the beginning phrase of the primary song, A Child's Prayer, and that he must be getting mixed up with that. He and Liliana started laughing hysterically. Every time we tried to start the prayer over again for the next five minutes, they'd begin cracking up again. At least I know he is paying attention during signing time at church, right?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Edison's new chompers

Edison didn't start getting teeth until he was 9 months olds. Between 9 months and about 11 months he popped through his two bottom center teeth and the four center top teeth. Those 6 teeth remained his only real chewing power until Edison turned 16 months old and began cutting a molar. Up until this point he would look like he was pursing his lips every time he chewed because he would have to hold his food right in the front of his mouth in order to chew it. Last week, as Edison hit 17 months of age, he popped through another lower center tooth and a molar on the other side. His gums must be pretty sore because although Edison is not a finger sucker, he has spent much of the past couple of days with his fingers in his mouth, gnawing on them and drooling like crazy. Poor baby. I hope he feels better soon.