Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hot stock tip

My little family is quickly increasing the price of stock in Band-aids all by ourselves. So hurry and call your stock brokers.

Karaia's legs look as if she has been in a recent battle with a thorn lined baseball bat and lost. Not to mention her fingers, elbows, hands, arms, and nearly any place clothing (summer clothing) does not cover. Her biking skills keep improving but so does her dare-devilness.

Beckham tripped today and had a run in with a very grumpy tree branch. There was a bit of skin still on the gouge that needed to come off, but all he wanted was a band aid. I calmly explained to him the skin needed to come off first. HE informed me that I would NOT be touching his wound, but that he really, really, REALLY wanted me to call Nurse Meghan (my sister who happens to be a nurse) to come and fix him.

"I just want Nurse Meghan!!!! WAAAAAAA!!!!! Don't touch it!!!! Call Nurse Meghan!!!"

I finally distracted him enough to get it off myself, but he still wanted to call Nurse Meghan and inform her that his Mother, of all people, actually tried to perform obvious medical procedures that require years of training. She tried to stand up for me, but I'm pretty sure I'm still on his black list and that my medical malpractice hearing has already been scheduled.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Growing pains

On Friday, April 18th, we registered Karaia for Kindergarten. She was soooo excited. Mom, however, was a bit sad to see this day come. Don't get me wrong, I know she is going to do so well and have such a great time, but I know I will miss her. When did she grow up?

And because apparently I didn't feel like she had grown up enough, we took her training wheels off her bike when we got home and in 10 minutes she was riding a bike all on her own!! She was a bit frustrated that absolute perfection in two wheeling did not immediately descend upon her, but she didn't let that stop her. It's nice to see those strong characteristics in your children.

She is outside every chance she gets and now, 4 short days after her first wobbly pedal, feels confident enough to start trying tricks. That's right, tricks. Her favorite is to see how sharp she can make a turn without turfing it. Yeah.....it's my favorite.

Thank goodness these two wheels don't also come with a motor!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I was so grumpy today. The kids, actually, were very well behaved, but through my grumpy glasses they were mostly annoying. It's just so impractical to be grumpy when your kids are not. Seriously.

What a waste of what WAS a good day...now that I am quite myself, for the moment, I realize that.

Being a girl is hard some days.

More info?

The Today Show did a follow up show on their BPA in bottles.

They pretty much told people that they really don't know what the results of exposure to BPA is. They don't really know if there is a safe way to wash them in a dishwasher or heat them in the microwave. There hasn't been enough time. Fair enough.

The Dr did say, "If I had to ere on the side of caution, now intuitively as a mom I'm speaking, if you have an option, don't use those, use others."

For me all this means is that for my kids I will try and avoid using plastics that contain BPA and I will be purchasing new baby bottles, but I'm not too concerned with the water bottles Kevin and I use. If anything I'll just start washing those by hand.

I think the message here is use the most caution with your children since we don't know what the effects are, and just be aware that there is a possibility of a problem out there so be smart on how you use the 3, 6, and 7 plastics.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Z recommends

I cannot seem to edit my last post. The link to the article was incomplete. Here is a link that will work.

Z recommends

I found it very informative and I LOVE that they have wallet printout available!


BPA (Bisphenol A) has been in the news recently. In fact, on the Today Show this morning they did a whole segment about it.

I'm sure like me watching that video has made you quickly mentally scan every bottle in your home. I was especially concerned by the baby bottles AND sippy cups AND binkies. I did my own research on this and decided to provide a list of BPA free bottles as well as an article that did a good job of explaining things to me.


I encourage you to read that article as it has recently been updated.

On that note I have to point out that I have older children raised mostly on bottles and I can see no development issues. However, people used to use lead paint in nurseries. I think this is probably the same thing. Just because you can't see the effects right away doesn't mean there aren't any.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Lesson from the women

My mom turns 50 today!!!! Happy Birthday, Mom. There aren't the right words to express the depth of gratitude and admiration that I feel. You have this amazing ability to keep going even when I know your body tells you to quit. My children can feel your love just by sitting next to you and they feel of their worth. Thank you for teaching me of the best things in life and for guiding me to be the best I can. I love you!!!

We surprised Mom with a party on Friday. My sister Annie even flew in all the way from OK. The party turned out wonderful and my mom couldn't have been more surprised.

While Annie was here we got to spend a bit of time with each other and I always walk away with some amazing lessons. The top two that stand out are:

Lesson 1. As I was trying to listen to Conference this weekend and failing miserably due to the fact that within the walls of our home we have small children who were trying NOT to listen to Conference, I mentioned to Annie about how it is a fine line trying to teach the kids reverence but not making them dread Conference. 4 hours in one day is a long time to sit quietly. I'm sure she doesn't remember what she said, but I do. She casually mentioned, "That's when you just enjoy being together. Consider it family time."

Isn't that pure gold? My kids are very young and demanding them to sit still and be quiet that WHOLE time just chases the spirit right out the door for me. SO rather than resenting them for the reality that their attention spans are not 4 hours, or even two hours, long (I mean I can always READ Conference in a month right?) I should just relish in the fact that we can have some uninterrupted family time (with Conference still on of course). Inviting the Spirit to help teach my children to look forward to Conference until they are old enough to also be taught by the talks. Brilliant. Did I mention she's my younger sister?

Lesson 2. You need to make a big deal about someone who is visiting from out town. Even if you feel as if they are always near because you get to talk to them all the time and you feel very connected. Just because you feel that way doesn't mean they do and it's always nice to have a someone fuss over you if you've been away. (Can you tell I dropped the ball on this one. Pretty sure I need a do-over)

Despite the fact that I probably heard half of one talk all weekend I feel very uplifted and enlightened. We'll call that a success.