Thursday, July 18, 2013

an insta-summer

For some reason, I seem to think that our lives are only worth blogging about when something exciting happens (which for us means we do something outside of our apartment or there is a holiday). I forget that the whole purpose of this blog is to document our family life- even if we are boring and do nothing exciting ;) I want to remember the little stuff, too. I'm trying to be better with writing about more "normal" and possibly boring things that go on around here, which may mean I'll lose a couple of readers but let's be honest...this blog isn't exactly hoarding in dozens of comments anyway :)

Some "little things" that have gone on lately are:

*lots of smoothie- concoctions.We love our smoothies around here. Whenever I turn on the blender T says, "ARE YOU MAKING SMOOTY?!"

*cable. I hate it and love it. But it's only costing us $5 extra per we might keep it around.

*whacked off most of my hair a few weeks ago the day before the 4th. I LOVE it so short. It's probably my best hair cut ever. And the place I went to is my new favorite (albeit more pricey than I have ever paid for my hair...)

*we have been spending more time IN the apartment and not out & about because we finally have air conditioning. That thing is heavenly and I never want to turn it off. I don't how people "back then" ever lived without it! When the missionaries came over last night one of them said how nice & cool it felt in our apartment- we've definitely never heard that before!

*Talmage took a huge leap in potty training. He now goes #2 in the potty! For a few days prior I let him nap in his underwear and put the little potty in his room in case he had to go. This was huge- he always slept in a pull-up be it nap or bedtime. When I didn't give him the option of having a pull-up it was like magic- he suddenly became completely unafraid and was even excited that he could use the potty instead. Right now I'm trying to convince him that the big potty is a better option because FLUSHING the poo is way more fun. He alternates between little and big potty, but honestly I'm just glad to not use as many pull-ups....those things are so dang expensive. I don't know how we will get him to sleep through the night with underwear...any suggestions/advice from you expert potty-trainer moms? (besides no water before bedtime) I've been told to wait until they wake up in the morning with a dry diaper, but he is always soaked. It's really gross, actually :(

*Charlotte is going to nursery! She's only at the 17 months mark but we're going in there with her and supervising, getting her in the groove of things. She does so well and totally belongs there. Our nursery leaders are wonderful, too. It's two grandmas and they are awesome. They have such a routine in there and they interact with each child- not just sit there and babysit. When I went in there with her one time one of the leaders had baked homemade banana bread for the kids- talk about royal treatment! I wouldn't mind being 2 again ;) The best part is just watching her interact with kids close to her age- she is a very social toddler!

*Jonathan got a new calling in scouts as assistant scoutmaster. Before he was teaching the 11 year olds and now he is with the 12 year olds- which means he gets to go on scout camping trips! They've already gone on one camp out and apparently it was a riot. The boys caught a frog and brought it to him, begging him to cook it so they eat frog legs. Killing harmless creatures and eating them for sport totally goes against Jonathan's nature but he wanted to be a "cool leader" so they cooked the poor froggy. Now on Sundays the boys come up to him and say, "Hey! Frog slayer!" while giggling uncontrollably. He hates it but it makes me laugh because they love him for being "that leader that cooked the frog that one time." Guess he got what he wanted! hehe.

Other than that we're just soaking up the sunshine and enjoying this gorgeous summer! Oregon is probably the best place to be during the summer months- the green forests and rolling hills, berries galore, and beach-access is hard to beat! With the exception of a tropical island of course :]

took Talmage to the park next door for some t-ball. He hit the ball a few times and one of those times the ball went straight into his sister's face (she was watching on "the sidelines"- content in the stroller). Out came the pouty lip, then the trembling lip, and then she lost it. Cried for a looooong time. poor girly..I was trying hard not to laugh or scream for joy from the fact that he hit the ball so well!

free slurpees from 7-eleven on 7/11!

she tried to copy her bro by going head-first. ha ha

movie time!

berry-picking at Fordyce Farms

being silly while waiting for dad to come home :]

splash pad and park

except when she's teething...

storytime and dino exhibit at local library
It still hasn't felt like summer started though...probably because we haven't even gone to the beach yet! Guess we gotta get movin on that one ;)


Mark & Rachel said...

Potty training: dont do the pull ups! Haha. I would set my alarm for 12:30AM (he goes to bed at 7:30) and take him to the potty. Then on about night 5 he woke me up. Good luck!

Lindsey Dennett said...

haha. I was so against pull-ups and said I would never use them but it was either that or 1. underwear all the time which he would completely soak at night or 2. diapers. and I wanted him out of the diaper mindset. soooo yeah, I hate the things but they have made the transition much smoother for him, I think :)

Markie said...

Lovin' the new blog layout! They're always so cute, and totally my style (or maybe what I want my style to be), it really reflect you. I also love the way your decorate your house, so that's probably why I like it so much. I need you to come and decorate for me. I would pay you. Okay, I'm done with my little rant. But seriously, so cute. And I LOVE that hairstyle on you, you work that short hair so well.