I have been married to Ty now for eleven years - he is a wonderful husband and father! We have been blessed with three amazing children! Cash is 9 and is an energetic and animated boy to say the least! Vanna Marie is an independent and beautiful girl who is 7 and who loves to sing and play the piano. Rosalie is our little sweetheart (almost four now) - we enjoy her addition to our family so much! I love watching the kids interact with one another and spending as much time as possible together as a family.
*As I was teaching Cash about cows, I would ask him, "What is a baby cow called?", "What kind of things can we make from the milk we get from cows?", etc. I asked Cash the following question as well: "What do we call daddy cows or boy cows?" To which he responded, "Cowboys!" - I thought it was a pretty clever answer.
* We just got a kitten and whenever he is relaxed and purring near Cash, he is sure to inform us that the kitty "is burping" (it's how he says purring which I think is so cute/funny).
*I asked Cash to hold a picture of Jesus Christ for me while I was preparing my Sharing Time for Primary and as soon as he got it into his hands he hugged it and said, "I love Jesus - he just my best friend." It was such a sweet reminder of the love we should have for our Savior as well as a reminder of the true friend he is to all of us - of his love for all of us! October 2010:
*Ty was wrestling around with Cash and said "Cash, you're such a goofball, do you take anything serious?" Cash answered, "yeah.". "What?" asked Ty. To which Cash responded, "macaroni and cheese."
*Cash: "twice and a half"
*Cash: "It's my pleasure."
*Vanna is always getting into my lotions and lip gloss and whenever I discover her in the act of doing so, so reassures me that it's okay for her to be getting into my goodies by holding up her hand in a 'stop and listen to me' motion and says, "tiny tiny tiny bit" while pinching her thumb and index finger together. I guess if it's just a tiny tiny bit, it's okay right?!
*Cash: "That was totally wicked awesome!" He's so animated - love his use of adjectives!
*When Cash gets scared at night we'd often ask him to be brave and try to comfort him by asking him to say a prayer or reminding him that Jesus is watching over him through the night and that we're only across the hallway from him, etc. Lately, however, he will tell us he's all out of brave or that he doesn't have anymore brave.
*I still have to help Vanna wipe when she goes big potty so when she asked me to help her the other day, I went in to the bathroom to find nothing in the toilet. She adamately claimed to have gone though so I thought maybe it was just a tinckle and wiped her anyway. Well, when I discovered that she was actually dirty I asked if she went potty again. She said, "yeah in Hank potty-garage." When we were through, she went out to the garage where our cat's litter box is to show me that yes, indeed she had gone poop in the cat's litter box. Ahhh! I guess I should be glad it wasn't anywhere else - but still, how nasty. We had a little talk and I hope it doesn't happen again - it will certainly be a good blackmailing story and looking back, it was pretty hilarious.
*Cash: "I'm getting so grumpy at you!"
*Cash: Cash sneezed today and afterward informed me that I forgot to say "bless you" so of course, I said, "Oh, bless you". He responded with: "Thank you for that - I appreciate it." He's using such sophisticated terminology lately (like "terrible, beautiful, awful, just horrible" etc.)
*I asked Vanna to put a pair of her dirty socks in the dirty laundry basked (located in the kids' bathroom). Well, instead of doing as I asked Vanna flushed them down the toilet! I don't know where she's getting these peculiar ideas lately!
*When I have to get after Vanna for one thing or another, she'll begin crying and put me on a huge guilt trip by saying, "You make me sad Momma, you bein' mean Mommy!" Ohhh, isn't that so heart-breaking?! I really do feel so mean when she says it.
*"Don't get mad - be glad!" The kids saw the Glad (garbage bag) commercials on TV once and they picked up on their slogan right away and are so clever in their use of the slogan in our home. Often times when I get grumpy they'll burst out with "don't get mad - be glad/get glad"! Oh what a quick mood lifter!
*The other day I had to put Cash in the corner and when I did he sobbed, "You're breaking my heart to piece". Well this did break my heart and I had to explain that I don't like putting him in the corner but when he chooses to be disobedient there has to be some sort of consequence. This did nothing to console him - btw where do all his dramatics come from? :)
*Vanna in her loudest voice will sing/say: "I don't know - I been told!" - like the army chant and Cash says it like this: "I don't know what I've been told!"
*When the kids were away to Grandmas and Grandpas while I was on bedrest, Cash would occasionally get home sick. My mom told me one day that on one of Cash's particularly hard nights (just before they got to come home), he was listing off all the things he didn't like about his Grandmas and Grandpas homes and one of them was their decorations. He said he only liked the decorations at our house. I thought this was a funny (albeit sad too) comment - it was just Cash's way of saying he was ready to come home!
*In his prayers, Ty will often pray that I will be able to "carry the baby to an appropriate time" (or something similar) and Cash has picked up on the idea and so in his regular prayers he will say, "bless that Mommy can carry the baby to the doctor" or "bless that Mommy can carry the baby and not drop the baby". It's really quite darling and quite hilarious at the same time with the way he must be thinking of "carrying".
*In her recent prayers Vanna always prays for her baby sister: "Bless the baby can be safe and reverent."
*When I have to get after Cash for misbehaving or not listening, etc. and afterwards we talk things over and/or apologize, Cash has been saying, "Do you think you can try harder to be a better mommy?" What he means by this is: Will you never put me in the corner again?":) After I let the slight sting of guilt wash over me, I then say something real clever and turn it back on him, such as: "Do you think you can be a better listener?"
*Rosie snorts when she really gets upset and cries.
*Vanna is so good about always randomly saying "I love you" to me every day, several times. Now she also says, "I love my baby" referring to Baby Rosie. So sweet!
*As I was giving Rosie a bath when she was only a couple weeks old, she grabbed hold of her hair (she has a whole head of long blonde hair) and locked her little fingers in a fist around it (why is that babies often have their hands in such tight fists?:) and would not let go. She was pulling her own hair. When I finally managed to pry her fingers loose, her head in that area was bright red from her tugging - but she never cried through the whole thing! I just thought it was so funny!
*At 7 weeks, Rosie consistently sleeps 51/2 to 61/2 hours for her first stretch at night. Then, after I get done feeding her, she usually sleeps another 2 to 3 hour stretch before she's really awake for the morning.
*Also at 7 weeks, Rosie smiles all the time. Early on, she'd often smile just as she was dosing off while nursing, but now her smiles are for real-when she's fully aware. She's such a good happy baby. We're so blessed to have her in our family!
*In Vanna's prayers lately she's been praying for the missionaries but she pronounces them: "the marry missions". :)
* The other day Cash asked me to guess what his favoritest show in the whole wide world was. I guessed Cars 2 (because we just checked it out from the Library and I knew he was excited to watch it for the first time). His response was, "Well, that is my next favoritest...and Scooby Do but what do you think is my very favorite?" I said, "I don't know, you tell me." His reply, "GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!" This proud mom was beaming!
*Cash sometimes calles cigarrettes "smokearrettes" when he's trying to explain that he saw someone smoking and that it's not good for you, etc. etc.
*Vanna heard Cash say the following (and keeps repeating it as if she cleverly came up with it all on her own :) -
Vanna: I know how to make you say "how". Me: How?
*Vanna has always been so good to tell us she loves us and for months now, just randomly, she will come up to me and/or Ty and say, "I love you with all my heart." It is the sweetest thing and certainly melts your heart!
*The other day in the van, the kids pulled out their scriptures (they like to carry them along with us in the van) and Vanna started: "Chapter 1, and it came to pass...." I thought it was so funny that she recognizes that common phrase in the scriptures and repeated it on her own.
*A friend of ours had a 8-yr. old (Macie Jensen) who was being baptized and when she was asked who she wanted to speak at her baptism, the young girl said, "mmm...Vanna". Her mom had to explain that Vanna was probably too young to speak and that maybe it would be nice to choose someone from her family to speak. She shared this with me and I thought it was so sweet, I had to record it.
*Vanna - "Do I have school tomorrow?" Mom - "Yes." Vanna - "Awww man (in her best drawn out whiny voice)." Mom - "Don't you like school?" Vanna - "Well, I DO like the snacks." That's our sugar baby! :)
*Over dinner we were discussing the need to take care of our things. The kids would say things like "well, if it breaks we can just buy a new one" and Ty said something like, "Where do you think money comes from? do you think it grows on trees?" Vanna responded, "No Dad - it grows in the ground!" :)
*Cash came home the other day with a new song he's learned from school: "Girls go to college to get more knowledge, boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider!" Funny he didn't use it to his advantage and switch the girls and boys around. :) Anyway - where do kids come up with this stuff right?!
*Cash and Vanna were at their friends' house playing in the back yard when the neighbor came out and yelled at them to "get the h... away from her property before she calls the police" and the like. You can imagine how this upset all the kids who didn't even realize they were near her property line. It just so happened that I was there to pick the kids up right after this happened and when we pulled into our driveway, the waterworks began. Cash particularly wouldn't settle down. He kept saying, "I don't want the cops to come and put me in jail!"