Sunday, August 13, 2017

big lip

B had a dentist appointment on Wednesday.  While his lip was numb he chewed on it, bad.  I've never had this happen with one of my kids but now I know to be careful with B.  His lip got huge and infected.  I took him to the doctor Friday and he got oral antibiotics.  It's responding well to the saline washes and antibiotics.  It's almost back to normal size but still has a big yellow area and scab.  Poor boy.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Little red headed fish

Today I took the kids to a pool with a diving board and water slide.  It was just $18 for 6 of us to go.  Nice!  The oldest 3 were busy on the fun stuff.  L was attached to me and I wasn't watching anyone but my little boys.  So I let B swim with his life jacket for the first hour.  Then I let him take of his jacket for the first time.  He never put it back on!  He worked from the "sinking submarine" phase of swimming to the "swim to mom" phase to then staying within a few feet of the wall and regulating himself.  Wow!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Yeah, I'm cute

This is B with a buzz cut which is not the most cute haircut on him, but he's still very cute.  Can I just say how much I appreciate having children that don't get in the yucky water?  I've thought, over the years, "what would I do if my child fell in this nasty water?"  And I've never had to jump in and get them.  Thank you children!  Yesterday we were at a park and my friend said her son would just run right in the water, then he did.  As he ran in full steam and went under, she calmly went in up to the knees in a skirt, and fished him out.  Wow!

Sunday, May 21, 2017


I don't think I've posted a picture of B's haircut.  He's so cute.  lP had cut a patch of hair from the top of his head and from his bangs.  His hair was otherwise long on top.  So I just gave him a short cut on top and faded the sides a bit.

B has been passing off his sign language everyday.  Last night he sat down with another sign language book and signed everything in the book.  He was so thrilled with himself for knowing all the signs.  "It's just like Signing Time!  I know all these signs!"

Signing Time was on lather that night and something funny happened.  He ran into the kitchen saying "That was funny." over and over until I bent down and agreed and thanked him for sharing that with me. 

He is so dear and his excitement is so precious.  Whenever I give him a kiss he gives me one on my cheek.  I love his joy.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


B's daily work is now passing off Signing Time vocabulary.  He shows me the vocab for one episode that I read off a sheet.  Thanks Signing Time!  On most days B or P will come along and sign with him for part of the list.  It's so sweet.

B is such a child.  Everything good about children, B is.  He's sweet, and quick to obey.  He gets into things but he didn't mean to cause trouble and quickly apologizes.  He looks you in the eye, says "I love you" and gives you a peck on the cheek then turns his head for you to return the same.  When the scriptures talk about being as a child, meek, submissive, humble... they are talking about B.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

beautiful day

We were in DC and B enjoyed the dandylions.  He's such a sweet boy.  Today he said he'd like to eat something like a brownie.  Lucky for him we'll make some for FHE tomorrow.  Sometimes I can't believe how lucky the children are.  On the one hand they get to have so many wonderful experiences, and treats.  On the other hand they have few enough luxuries that they are genuinely appreciative of their once a week treat for FHE.  They get treats at church sometimes or on a random day I might make something.  But they can count on a treat for FHE that they get to help make.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

wanting to read

B has a unique super power that he inherited from P.  P is able to sing by just mimicking the shape of your mouth.  B does the same thing with reading.  He is able to mimic the words I say in singing or reading just a split second after I say them.  He really sounds like he is reading in time with me, just a tiny bit slow. 

I've assigned the other children to read a book with B every day as part of their work.  I'm also enjoying reading with B a lot.  He's so fun.  He just has such a visible delight in everything.

B is also very good at climbing.  It's amazing the places he get up to on the playground.  Fortunately he looks more like a 5 year old than a 3 year old.  People always felt anxious with my little girls climbing so much.  But B looks old enough to be doing the high climbing and perching.

B can ride a bike with training wheels very well now.  He has ridden around the block twice now.  He's learning to pull aside when a car comes.  It's so sweet watching him learn to use his body and have so much fun.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Watching the wheels turn

P took B and lP to see a rocket launch on a day that M and G had a soccer game.  These kids are so lucky.  Unfortunately the launch got scrubbed at the last minute. 

M was recently in trouble for filling a box with gummies she took from the pantry.  B brought me the box today and his eyes were rolling, he wanted some gummies.  I asked him if he wanted to share some gummies.  His eyes rolled some more.  "Yes..." he said in his slow, adorable way.  "I do not want to sneak.  I want to share."  He happily opened the box and crammed one in his mouth.  He took another out of the box and ran over to G.  He gave one to each of the other children, a couple to L, and several for himself. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I amn't

B has invented his own contraction and hasn't grown out of it.  He's the most sweet ant contradicting little boy.  Today in church one of the missionaries was speaking and said that families are strengthened by reading the Book of Mormon.  B said "No it isn't.  It is strengthened by our good works!"

One time when P was eating brownies B said "Can I have a Brownie?  I don't have any chocolate food in my mouth." 

His way of asking for things is so delightful and his happiness so adorable. 

When we correct him for childish things, since he's 3... he is so sincerely chastened.  "Yes, mom." his polite response. 

He's adorable. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Today we were reading the lift-the-flap book about Daniel.  B showed each page to me and commanded "Read it!"  As we got to the page about the lion's den B looked nervous.  The text read "God protected Daniel, he sent...(lift the flap)... an angel."

"Yes!" B said.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sweet replies

B has made a good transition to Primary.  He now prays for this Primary teachers and presidency.  It's so sweet. 

At night as B get settled for bed, which he does so well, I say things like "I'm so glad you're my boy" and he'll say "I'm so glad you're my girl."  He's always repeating things we say and altering the sentence to fit himself.  Last night as I put him to bed he looked at me and asked "Is your name ... E?"  It was so funny.  Then later as I said "You're my favorite B."  he said "You're my favorite... E"

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Today B graduated to Primary.  B has always loved nursery.  He's never cried for us.  He has cried and told me that "You don't go to nursery!  Only I go to nursery!" one week that I was subbing for music time.  During the last year he was willing to let me sub a few times without freaking out...

B did not want to wear the graduation cap.  B did not want to hug his nursery leader goodbye.  B did not want to sit on the front row with the other sunbeams.  P came in and took B up to the front row and sat with him.  B cried but did not leave. 

I talked to him about it today after church.  He said "It was not what I expected."  I asked if he missed nursery and he said "No I did not miss nursery.  I went to nursery!"