Archive for June, 2008

I’m shy.

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Eden today did not want to go to class. She told me she was shy.
I wonder if waking up at 6:30 am and going to bed late had anything to do with it?

I stayed in the nursery ’cause I had nothing else to do and I thought it would be easier for Eden. She stayed with me the first hour and sat on my lap.

The second hour we had Home and the Range, a RS activity that’s the first Thursday of the month for our ward, and she sat with me once more. She kept telling me she was tired, but she didn’t want to lay on the floor. There was a toy that another little girl had brought and she played with it until the little girl noticed and came and took some of the characters. It was a house with plastic Winnie the Pooh characters. Eden then got sad and didn’t want to play. I got one character back and that only cheered her up a little. Then the older kids came in and took over. There were three, besides Eden, and they all pushed and shoved their way to the toy and took the characters. Poor Eden was so sad.

Eventually she decided she wanted to play on the stairs with the other kids and cheered up.

She just hasn’t been herself lately.

Potty training has gotten harder. She hates going on in the morning  and she only goes once maybe twice in the potty when we’re home.
Whenever I ask her to go sit on the potty she gets really upset and it becomes a fight.

If I thought I could handle cleaning up the messes I would put her in panties and try to have lots of patience as she pees on my floors and towel covered couch or poops in the underwear on a daily base, but I know my shoulder can’t handle that.

She just hasn’t been her usual cheerful self, but a stubborn 2 year old who goes to time out two or three times in a row because she refuses to listen or do what she’s been asked.It’s just not like her. Usually one time in time out and she’s ready to do what she’s been asked.

Evenings are the hardest but thankfully I usually have Jon home to help me deal with her, but it’s still frustrating.

Personal Space

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Eden likes her personal space when it comes to strangers.

While at Payless the girls were playing and I was looking at shoes. These two women came in with a toddler, somewhere around the age of 2, but just barely 2. The little girl was very nice and gentle but she kept hugging Eden and patting her back, but Eden was not enjoying it. She kept coming over to me and wanting me to pick her up, but I couldn’t so she’d tried to hide between my legs once or twice. The little girl just kept hugging her. Lilah thought it was cute.

I felt a little bad in letting the scene take place since Eden was obviously not wanting it, but there was never any meanness in the other girls demeanor, just curiosity and love.

I’ve also noticed that she is either oblivious to some strangers that wave or smile at her, or she tries to ignore them and not make eye contact.  While walking around the gym last night during Lilah’s class, it’s just a big circle like Woodbury for those who went there, an older woman walking the other direction would smile at her each time they passed but Eden always had her head down when she passed the woman. She was five or ten feet ahead of me so I was never able to ask her to wave, which she does if I ask. She may have been shy since she was on her own and not right next to me.

She also ignored the car wash attendant that was waving at them before we entered the wash.

I think she just likes her space and that includes smiles and unwanted attention.

Just kidding

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

I thought I’d be home all week doing nothing so I’d be able to blog, but uh, I haven’t.
I’ve decided my scar will be big no matter what and that sitting at home is no fun.

Tuesday at 10:30 am they have story time at the library within the Springs Preserve so I thought it’d be fun to go, plus we could visit Jon’s parents and then hit Trader Joe’s ’cause they’re all relatively close together and I only needed light things like bread and crackers.

So we went to story time. The grandma aged worker, or around 70 aged worker, read stories and then began interacting with the family of three kids and a mom that had been there when we got there. The worker/ volunteer was interacting with the other three kids and not talking to Lilah, like at all. Eden was by me and not wanting to sit at the table so she wasn’t there to ignore.  I felt like it was a little awkward  and left, but I’m pretty sure that the three board books she read was were all she had planned since the last book was read at the request of the little boy.

We had fun and visited the places the girls love. Lilah was a huge help. She carried all we needed in her back pack, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to go. She did leave it behind one time and we had to retrace our steps to find it.  I don’t mention that she forgot the bag to others while she’s around because it was an honest mistake, I forgot it too, and I want her to remember how much she helped me and not that she almost lost the backpack.

We went to the Blake’s for lunch and the girls had fun playing. Lilah ate two pieces of half corn on the cobs and finished Eden’s off. That has got to be her favorite way to eat corn, or any food.

I then got a little lost looking for Trader Joe’s and had to call Jon to look it up for me. We got there and it went mostly OK. I was the mom letting my kids run a little wild in the frozen food area. They were just being silly until they almost tipped over my cart by climbing onto the side of it. Then they stayed by my side.

Today I did a number of errands in my Target shopping center. The girls got pretty good at staying by my side once we got to Target, we’d gone to three other stores, and they behaved the best they ever have in Target, at least for not being in the cart. The worst part was the heavy shopping cart that I had too push.

I’ve left all the stuff in the trunk for Jon to get out when he gets home. Most of the bags would be fine for me to lift with my left arm, but I’m too lazy and Jon would want me to wait anyways.

Britta had made gifts for Lilah and Eden so they came by this afternoon. The girls played and Sam and I talked. It was nice since she wasn’t up to doing much and I’m not suppose to do much.

I also had my car washed this morning and it rained this afternoon.

I’m not dead yet!

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

On Saturday I dished out the last pieces of my birthday cake to the girls and I. I hadn’t asked Jon if he wanted any at first because he usually doesn’t like the temptation. In fact he’s decided next year he doesn’t want a cake for his birthday and he mentioned not wanting one this year but we baked him one anyways since the girls were already looking forward to baking him one. I ate most of his carrot cake birthday cake because he was trying not to.

Apparently avoiding my birthday cake was not as easy. He likes German chocolate cake more than regular chocolate cake and the buttercream frosting was tasty too. I’m sure being home all day and having the munchies didn’t help. (He’s always hungrier when he’s at home and the only snack foods I have for him is cereal, crackers, cottage cheese, nuts and fruit. He goes through his daily intake of each snack food easily each day, as a snack and with meals, when he’s home all day. )

So I dished out my piece of cake and asked Jon, mostly to be polite, if he wanted any of the cake. He said he did. I didn’t really want to share and pretended to be sad as I gave him a small piece. He joked that he was eating the cake to help me. So I joked back that he thought I was fat. His response was he didn’t think I was fat but wanted me to live longer. My response was I probably am going to live longer than he does, so I need to catch up with him so he doesn’t die first. (I should outlive him by sixteen or so years if you look at the life span of men verses women and the fact that he’s eight years older than I am.)

Lilah has taken off with my comment about dying.
After our joking she asked if I was gonna die soon and then insisted that I was gonna die soon when I told her that I’d live for a while longer.

At church she mentioned I was gonna die soon.

Then today after lunch she mentioned it again.

I’m not dying anytime soon!
At least of natural causes.

Farmer’s Market

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

On Thursdays the Springs Preserve host the Las Vegas Farmer’s market in the pavilion there. You don’t have to  pay or have a pass to get in and go to it, but you can’t go into any of the exhibits unless you’ve paid and gotten your hand stamped.

Jon and I thought it would be fun to go, so I told Sam, since she had also mentioned being interested in it, and we met up with her and Britta that night. It goes from 4-8 and we got there around 6:30pm. All the produce vendor’s were from Southern California. Their were also hand made items like necklaces, bears and other more natural products. I thought of my BIL Brien when I saw the handmade necklaces because they had colored fresh water pearl necklaces and he buys those for Andrea. She has like twenty different pearl necklaces that are all different colors. OK maybe not twenty but a lot.

The produce prices weren’t too bad. We bought most of our produce for the price of sales we’ve seen around town.

Avocados: $1.25 each
Cucumbers:$.50- down from $.75 each
Cantaloupe: $1 each

Then what we paid the most for:
Peaches: $3 a basket, a basket held 4 small peaches
Strawberries: $3 a basket, or 3 baskets for $8. A basket being around 16 oz. (The small strawberry baskets that strawberries use to come in.)
We were buying the 3 baskets for $8 but the guy only had 7 baskets left, so he tossed in one more basket, so we got 4 for $8 and then he had only one more “deal” left. He also told us a reduced price for asparagus, but we didn’t need any asparagus.

I learned if you go later in the evening the vendors start reducing their prices if they still have a lot left or if they’re trying to move out the last of it, so I think they just reduce their prices as a whole.

I got my cucumber for $.50 because she was talking to a man there who buys a lot of cucumbers and she reduced the price for him, no doubt to encourage him to buy more. I think they were gonna buy 15, then I bought one and the vendor said they were going fast, so then I heard him say around 20.

The produce we bought has been delicious. Literally the best peaches I’ve ever tasted and the strawberries have been sweeter than we’ve gotten at the store. Sunflower Market has had some pretty good strawberries, but these were much better as a whole.
The cucumber was also very tasty, I wish I had bought 2 or 3 and the cantaloupe was ripe and ready to eat when we bought it.

My avocados are still ripening but that’s normal. They’re nice large avocados so I can’t wait to put them in a salad or on a sandwich.

After the market we went and looked at the animals with Britta and Sam. Lilah wanted to show Eden the fox. It hadn’t been in it’s cubby hole when we went there as a family but she saw it on her date with Jon. Sam hadn’t even seen the fox yet because it’s always hiding. We were lucky and it was awake and in the display area. The girls loved watching it and loved it when the fox  would yawn. They love it when any animal yawns for some reason. I guess it’s just funny to kids. Then we let them play and they had lots of fun before we packed up and went home.

Jon was also a doll. He took Eden to the bathroom since you have to lift her onto the toilet, carried our bags of produce, and held my purse for me.

I’m so happy my husband is manly enough to carry/ wear his wife’s purse.

Back to Work.

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Jon went back to work today. Eden asked where Daddy was this morning since he’s been around so much. He had left while the girls were still asleep and he let me stay in bed and rest rather then get up. She was a little sad that she wasn’t able to say goodbye, which they usually are whenever he leaves while they’re alseep.

I really like having Jon around. At Christmastime he takes a mandatory week off and it’s always nice to lounge around, do whatever and leave parenting to him. Well, not all to him since I get impatient quicker.

My shoulder is already bothering me a little this morning. Who knew 2/3 of a gallon of milk could be so heavy? Jon’s been pouring milk and pushing Eden up to the table so I had forgotten how heavy she was too. I know I also overdid it last night before bedtime . I wiped off the table, left handed but you still have to bend over and use your back muscles, and I swept. Two things that were greatly weighing me down. (I like to keep my table crumb and spot free and a crumby floor really gets to me too. ) I just hated the thought of asking Jon to do those two chores because he had so much he’s had to do and I know how hard it is to have no help. (He helps often, but when he’s gone on business trips I get pretty down on all I have to do.) Eden was also being very difficult and not going potty before bed so I put her on the toilet and then I picked her up to get her to wash her hands. It was a very difficult bedtime and probably one of the worst tantrums she’s ever thrown.

I’ve learned that icing my wound really helps to relive any aches it might have, though I’m sure I’ve already stretched out the wound with all I’ve been doing. She tried to reinforce the wound with stronger stitches, no doubt because my other scar is so big.

I’m taking it easy for the rest of the day. Lunch should be pretty easy and I’m not sure what I’ll make for dinner, but I’ll try not to lift anything more than a pound. I’ll just try not to lose my patience with the girls. They’re in their room playing so I’m gonna let them be and put on a movie to distract me. Hopefully they don’t make too big of a mess, and even if they do they’ll just need to willingly clean it up.

I actually have a few different blog post to catch up on or do, but I figured I’d do them throughout the week since I have nothing else I’m allowed to do.