Does it get much better than the abc's in your underwear. Elmo underwear, actually.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here are several characteristics that make her incredible in the eyes of her mom:
Genuine kindness. I have watched this little lady go to a park and she will ask me if she can go make a friend. She walks right over to some other little lady and introduces herself and asks if she wants to chase her or swing or slide. And she is so good at including the one that has been left out. I like that.
She tries to help others be happy. On my birthday, Monica and I hiked with the kids to a waterfall (it was only 3/4 mile so not a huge feat), but her friend Dillan was not impressed as soon as we got out of the car and let us all know about it the first half up. It was quite funny to me, but I'm sure that's because I'm not his mommy. Anyway, I just watched Emma watch him and observed her several times attempting to get his mind excited over the upcoming tree that had fallen or inviting him to be the leader. She's watched her mom try the distracting technique, apparently. Actually, I'm just really impressed that she was that kind of a friend that she wanted him to be happy.
She has such a soft heart. Last night was a rough night as far as getting the kids down. It was Jack's turn to be with the bishop during interviews so he was at the church. I was out of patience, also. Sadi was crying and so ready to nurse and go to bed, Emma was wiped out tired and had school the next day so she needed to go to sleep, and Jackson hadn't had a nap and was beyond tired so he was irrational and we could throw logic out the window. After several attempts to get Jackson calmed down to say prayers and get in bed, I used a very frustrated motherly tone (i.e. yelling) that didn't bring good feelings into the home. As I walked in to check on the kids later, Emma peeked over her bed and asked why I was crying. I wasn't crying. But I looked up at her and could tell she was about to lose it. I gave her a huge hug and she broke down bawling and didn't like that Jackson had felt so sad and that I had yelled at him. I love that she has empathy toward others. I really think she has a gift to feel what another person is feeling and show empathy toward them. She is just awesome.
She is responsible. She makes her bed every day, keeps her own room clean, and is always getting better at doing something I ask the first time, which I so appreciate.Her laugh is contagious. She is so happy and energetic and fun to be around.
Hey Emma, I love you to pieces, my princess. You've been such a great daughter and friend. I just think you are awesome! Happy Birthday, Sis. Love you, Mom
Friday, September 12, 2008
This is what I saw.
These things play dead, by the way. So it is lying there, lifeless, but whenever Jack hits it, I see it's tail come out the other side of the dresser and then it runs back in to play dead. I told Jack I was going to our neighbors (Ben/Carrie who is Emma's violin teacher) to get a broom and ask for help.
Ben was very willing to come over. He was already armed with gloves, but all he had was a push broom because they just moved in and their broom was still at the other house. And Carrie jumped right in and said she was grabbing her camera (otherwise I would not have these pics).
I make my stories way too long. Anyway, we made this barricade so that it could only go one way, straight through the door. So Jack whacked this thing out and it started running right for the door and then changed its course. He turned around and ran right back for Jack and jumped over our barricade, ran through my dining room and into my kitchen where it found alittle nook where I keep my broom. mop, and stepstool. So here's the video of the little sucker making its way out of our house.
He ended up not going out the gate to freedom, but under a different gate into our backyard and into a tree. So from there Ben whacked it and it jumped onto ou fence and ran over into their yard. I didn't get my house clean. It was around 1 am when this whole thing finished.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This is a list of a few (29) of the things that I love about you. I hope you've had a wonderful Birthday.
1. When you make a decision, you are fully committed, I have long since learned to watch my step when you are determined to clean the house, there’s not a dust might that’s safe.
2. You have an amazing spiritual sensitivity. I believe you have saved us from many a challenge in our lives because you have followed the spirit. Thanks Jaima
3. In each of our various houses you have quickly made them a home, not just in accoutrements, but in attitude and spirit as well. Thanks Jaima.
4. You are ever patient with me, anyone who knows our situation knows I have signed on to 12 years of training/school and you have patiently taken care of myself and our kids through it all. Thanks Jaima.
5. You are always very attentive to our children’s needs. I’ve never once worried about the needs or progress of our kids because I know you have that covered. Thanks Jaima.
6. You have always been supportive of my crazy ideas and hobbies. Climbing wall in the basement of our KY apt. – need I say more. Thanks Jaima.
7. For the past year you have been essentially a single mother since I really have not been around too much. Q3 call at one of the largest Level 1 trauma centers, need I say more. Thanks Jaima.
8. Five years ago I drug you from your comfort zone and family in Id and you have thrived in spite of many hardships. Your a real trooper. Thanks Jaima.
9. You have a wonderful musical ability. Your talent is impressive and it is such a blessing to have your music in our home. I love that our kids favorite past time it dancing to their mothers piano playing of some crazy song. Thanks Jaima.
10. I love that you have done such a great job over the last couple of years at keeping your “journal” by blogging. You probably doesn’t realize it but I often go to the blog to find out what’s up with our family. Thanks Jaima.
11. You have always had a deep concern for your parents which shows great character. I have no doubt that you will take care if them if age ever requires it.
12. You have a wonderful, enviable relationship with your mother, and you are most certainly her best friend. But best of all I can see the same strength of bond between our daughters and you, a gift they will cherish throughout their lives.
13. I have often had many strange, some may even say stupid ideas, (such as purchasing a car on the internet that can not be licensed) that most folks would think I am crazy for but you have enthusiastically been at my side more supportive than one might expect. Thanks Jaima. It means a lot to me.
14. Long ago you urged us to carefully monitor what media was brought into our home and it has been a true blessing in our family to keep out so much of the filth of the world. Thanks Jaima.
15. Over the past few years you have dove into many books and I’m always impressed with the love you have for reading. Having said this I by no means want a new “twilight” to hit the shelves any time soon.
16. You have a unique connection with our children, from the day they were born you have served them so much they love you to death. Thanks Jaima.
17. I recently have enjoyed seeing the mother hen instincts come alive in you in protection of your little ones. Just as it should be. Thanks Jaima.
18. I love that you always insist on having healthy delicious food in our home. I am sure that any set of missionaries who have been to our house could attest that no matter what day they stop in they are going home with bags of fruits, vegetables, breads, condiments, and yes even prune juice. Thanks Jaima.
19. Speaking of bread and your quest in life to be a fantastic bread maker, even though I thought you had arrived at that point many years ago, I was so very wrong. The bread you make now somehow is sooo much better. Thanks Jaima.
20. Since we were married I have made you try out many various types of food (Vietnamese tonight) and I love how you so often bring home what we tried at some restaurant and begin making it at home. Especially Indian food. Thanks Jaima.
21. Your beautiful, naturally. I’ve always thought that and you only get more beautiful every day. No artificial flavors added. I guess I ought to thank the man up stairs for this one.
22. You laugh with me, even though I am sure most would cringe in embarrassment. Thanks Jaima.
23. Jami, I love how outgoing and personable you are, and that you quickly put our family in the “Social Pipeline” in each place we have moved. Thanks Jaima.
24. I gratefully am kept up to speed and informed by you on political issue’s and I love that you are about as conservative as they come. Thanks Jaima.
25. Jami, your a wonderful friend and I think its great how you not only keep in close contact with, but also seem to be up to date on each one of your friends at any given time. Its quite incredible.
26. You are surprisingly tough for a little lass. You have taken head on 3 c - sections with such strength, no complaints, and very little pain meds. Way to go Jaima.
27. It is awsome how very personal you are with your church callings and how you make a calling much more than a duty or task to accomplish but a personal mission. Case in point, your YW love you.
28. From Day one Jami, you have seen potential in me that I don’t know I would have ever seen in my self and you most certainly have inspired me to be more than I had planned. Thanks Jaima.
29. WHAT A MOTHER / WIFE !!! You are always praying for, thinking about, caring for, nurturing, loving, helping, teaching, kissing, hugging, playing with, worrying about (and on and on) your children and myself. Oh how grateful we are that you are our wife or mother. I LOVE YOU JAIMA!!!
Jackson hugging her goodbye. He talked about her the whole time she was gone and kept asking if we could either go watch her or pick her up.
Instead we went to the grocery store and her decorated himself, Sadi, and me with the stickers the clerk gave him.
Sadi took a nap, but not near long enough because of having to pick up Emma. This could be tricky, but she's so awesome I'm guessing she will be just fine. When we got home from picking up Emma, I laid Sadi down and she slept 4 1/2 hours. She must have been beyond herself tired.
Emma came home excited about her day and can't wait to make more friends. She told me she played with a friend (who I think she names herself because she never asks them, but calls them by this name. This girl is "Shyla.") and someone else was mean to her but she kept playing with her. I think she was trying to tell me she was sticking up for her by staying playing with her. However, I hope that didn't happen. IT's the first day of school. Those kids better not be mean to each other already. We'll see what she thinks about her second day tomorrow.
Monday, September 8, 2008
We did a fun little hike and went to the top of a woosy waterfall. Sadi slept the whole time and my back was pretty dang sore by the end.
We had some dang good food. My favorite, though, was fruit and that cream cheese, marshmallow cream, and orange zest dip. Also, can I just say that I LOVE that Costco is selling uncooked tortillas?!?! They're so dang good. We had some great breakfast burritos out camping and felt so cool cooking our torts in the wild!!!
She has been the sweetest, easiest baby. I've been saying that I get a little credit because maybe I'm getting better the third time around, but it's not true. She's just awesome. We had Mike and Lilian over again last night for dinner. When they got there at 5:30 Sadi Jade was beside herself. She was wiped out tired and can't sleep unless she is bunted. I put her down at 5:45. She woke up to eat at 11:45, then at 4:30, and then
7 am she was awake for around a half hour and wanted to go back to sleep. She is so easy.