Monday, January 30, 2012

Today is one of those days....

When I want to quit my job as a parent and go back to my full time job, that was less full time than mothering.
Today I am tired of fighting for naps when my 1 yr old cries whether she is in her bed or out, whether I am holding her or not.
Today I must look at pictures of that happy smiling 1 yr old through the past year so that I remember I really don't want to go back to my full time job, even with all it's vacation time and sick days.
Even though she has the 5th poopy diaper in as many hours I have to remind myself that I love this job I chose, even if I don't love it today.

Just thought I would post in case any of you wondered if my life was just sparkly and perfect....ok, so I know you don't, but really I'm posting because saying these things to my screaming 1 yr old would just be cruel.

If you need me I'll be in the rocking chair upstairs staring down my 1 yr old.

Monday, January 16, 2012

A letter to E

Dear Elizabeth-
You are 13 months this week! I can't believe that you have been in our lives for so long, but couldn't imagine life without you. I wanted to take some time to write a few things about you:
-You LOVE animals. Pictures of them, toy animals, and yes even real ones. Your love used to only extend to dogs, but has recently grown to everything in the animal kingdom. We took you to a petting zoo today and you could not get enough. Grandma Heiner gave you a book all about different animals and you squeal in delight every time you see it.
-You are becoming very independent which for me is both great and hard. A month ago you would have let us feed you and often we did because we didn't like the mess, but some switch went off in your brain recently telling you that you can do it all by yourself. This is everything from feeding to figuring out your toys. I love to watch your brain learn and grow, but it is also hard for me to let go of the 'baby' phase of your life.
-You cannot get enough music. Whether it is on the radio, played by mom or dad, or created by you on the piano, you dance your little heart out and jive with the beat. You also conduct the music at church which always makes the ladies smile.
-You are trying to ditch your naps and just in case you are wondering this is not cool with me. You will go a few days on 1/2 hour naps and then all of a sudden sleep for 14 hours in one night. This wouldn't be problematic if I didn't spend the last two hours of you sleeping checking up on you.
-You love books. You will go to your little corner of the front room and read books and talk to your self and giggle at the sight of every animal, and then scream to make sure that I am still around.
-You are crawling like crazy and have learned to cruise along the furniture and go up and down stairs. Your dad keeps trying to teach you to walk and I keep telling him that it's ok if you don't for a little while.
-You are really helpful. You love to help clean up your toys, but most especially your blocks, Grandpa Heiner made you 100 blocks and I think you would put them all back in their bin one by one. You also love to help cook, and your dad is much better at letting you cook than I am, I promise to work on that in the next few months.
-You are starting to talk/sign more. You now sign drink, more and eat (not all the time, but I'll take what I can get). You will say Mom and Dad and every once in a while woof (sounds more like uf uf uf) because that's what a dog says. You are also getting very good at pointing out facial parts, mostly nose and mouth since Dad and I both wear glasses right now so it's hard for you to point out our eyes.
-Did I mention you have learned how to throw a tantrum? Yeah, that's all I'm gonna say.
-You are also a joy to us and everyone you are around. I can't count how many times people come up to me and say, "Your baby is SOOOOO happy."

Thanks for being a member of our family and for bringing so much joy to our lives. You are challenging, hard, make us crazy and make us cry (ok, most make me cry), but you also bring us indescribable joy, love, lots of happy tears and laughter much more often that the rest. We love you.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Christmas Trip

This picture pretty much sums up our whole trip. Evan playing the part of all of our family, so excited to see Elizabeth and can see where this is going.

We headed to Utah on the 21 so that we would be there in time for Heiner family pictures. On our way we took a detour and went to Arches. The plan was to get out and hike a bit but Elizabeth was sleeping so that didn't happen. Instead we just drove around for a while and took pictures from the car.

This place is gorgeous and we decided we might be going back for a weekend to explore when it is a little warmer.

We mostly forgot to take pictures on this trip. Which is a bummer since we got to snuggle two brand new babies. Our friends Nate and Vicki had a beautiful baby girl and we headed to Logan to meet her the second night in Utah. The same day as the family pictures we did our family Christmas party. Bryan's family has this awesome tradition where the siblings rotate gift giving but the gifts are homemade. All of his siblings are so creative and I love to see all the ideas and love the time we get to spend together. I did get these two pictures of Jill opening the present we made her. Some pillow cases and some slippers. She loved them and I was so relieved.

After our time with the Heiners we headed to other places in Utah and Idaho to visit the Roberts side of the family. It was so nice to spend some time with my siblings and to have a chance to just hang out with each other. I also got to hold my newest nephew Spencer Curtis McCoy. Ooo he is so sweet and I just wanted to eat him up. Then we got to celebrate the last day of 2011 (because we wanted to get some sleep so we didn't stay up until midnight) with some of my family at the Wilding house. It was great.
We were going to head home on Sunday but decided instead to go to Amy's house and spend the day with the kids. Elizabeth had a good time playing with the cousins......but mostly their toys.

Bryan's mom got Elizabeth and Jan these matching dresses and they are ADORABLE, right? So of course we took some pictures of the two of them together.

This one is hands down my favorite. Kelby was making funny faces at them and they were both giggling.

And this was the end.

She was obviously ready for a nap.

And that was the end of our trip. We got home and both breathed a sigh of relief because we could finally put our baby on the floor without hearing screams of bloody murder.
Thanks to everyone for all of the great times, gifts and for letting us stay at your houses. We love you.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Why I love Christmas Cards

Even though they are a pain and a half to put together, label, stamp and send I love Christmas cards. Not mine as much as those I get from everyone else. Here are the reasons why:
1-I get to see your pretty faces and the faces of your funny and cute kids. All the people that we don't get to see throughout the year but think of often and yes, even pray for, we get to see and hear about in a Christmas card. I love to see how much children have grown, and what parents are up to.
2-They remind me of what is really important. Family and friends and our Savior. No one ever talks in their Christmas card about how many times they cleaned their kitchen, or the number of times they vacuumed. How many times did I dust this year? don't know How many times did I kiss my baby's cheeks? About a million, give or take a thousand. Those things that make the Christmas card or letter are those things that really matter. That doesn't mean that I will always include the most important things, but it means that maybe I can stress a little less about how many times I clean my bathroom in a week and a little more about the times I read to Elizabeth, or really talk to Bryan.

Thanks for sending me your Christmas cards, they are one of my favorite parts of Christmas and especially the new year.