Showing posts from December, 2009

Virginia ("little maiden")

I think the meaning of Ginnie's name really describes her well.
Last night, it was a drink of water she needed at three am.  Maybe she was a little scared to go all the way to the other side of the house to get one, because usually she has no problem getting it herself if need be.  She sort of came grown up in that sense.  After she got my attention, she politely asked, "Can you please get me a drink of ice water, Mommy?"  She is not one to ask for much ever, so naturally, I jump at the opportunity to do things for her, even in the middle of the night.
After drinking a little she simply said "thanks", then carefully placed the cup on her desk in her closet - slid the closet door shut and climbed into bed without another word.
  Tonight, around the same time in the wee hours of the morning, I awoke to find her standing next to my bed saying my name quietly, patiently, repetitively.  When I finally answered, I heard "Mommy, I need help.  My sleeve is inside …

Christmas Dresses

Lots of pictures, I know.  But obviously I'm a little excited about my digital camera.  I can finally take pictures again!

Here are the girls playing in their Christmas dresses.  They have been sick the last couple weeks so have not worn them except to go visit Santa, and Angela wasn't feeling good so was clingy enough that she screamed when we tried to put her near him...even on a rocking horse.  That didn't work.  So here is our only documentation of two new dresses that may not get much of any use.

Little Mommies

My Mom made the girls little dresses and head pieces for their dolls, as well as pillows and blankets to match their new pajama's which she also made.  Just before going to sleep tonight, I decided to sneak some pictures of them caring for their dollies.  Ginnie insisted that her dolly needed her jammies on before going to bed.

Hyrum and Ginnie just before scriptures and story time.

Christmas Day

It's been a fun day overall.  I didn't get many pictures, and am not really good at photography.  But, I did get a new digital camera for Christmas, so here is a peek of what we've been up to today.
The Boy and His Blob is our new family Wii game.  A boy explores using his blob who can change into many different tools.  His quest is to find treasure boxes, then the magic door leading to next levels.  Each new world comes with new or different tools.  He has his bouncy ball, his heavy ball, ladder, hole, anchor, trampoline and many other useful items to choose from.  It's really a great game for critical thinking.  My son and husband have pretty much been glued the entire day, and it's almost as fun watching.

Another favorite gift was a Moon Sand set from cousins.  Not my favorite to clean up, but loads of fun to  feel the texture and mold things out of.

And of course, dollies are always a favorite around here
This is a small view of the girl's room.  The white c…


Marriage is refining, like no other fire I've ever felt
Pulling, tugging at one's innermost selfish qualms.
Slowly teaching tolerance, patience and love
The kind that endures through every kind of tempest.

At first, heightened emotions - thrill, excitement, dreaming.
Once that fades, reality and a different sort of high.
Part of life, part of growing as a new unit, the things
that make up strong families -
Anger, regret, impatience, cold disharmony sneak their
way in without invitation; quickly, readily.
Faith and determination, hard core commitment
pulls one through...hope that somehow, things
can change for the better, even while drowning in a
brief moment of despair.
One learns the true meaning of forgiveness, humility,
kindness, compassion.

Marriage in the real world takes great depth of character to
stick it out; coping, letting doubts and hurt depart becomes
the way to survival.  Refreshes, awakens, and eventually
triumphs over all that would drag us down as individuals…


Hyrum has been reading the first set of books from hooked on phonics.  He is loving that he can sound out words and read stories.  Well, today, Ginnie asked if she could read too.  So, I let her.  She's just as quick if not more quick at reading than Hyrum is.  I haven't been working with her on workbooks or anything lately, and she sure seems to be starving for intellectual stimuli.  She catches onto things so quickly, it's unbelievable.  I'm excited to watch both of them discover the joy of reading.  Since they were babies, I've read every day to them.  I look forward to new Library books equally as much if not more than they do.

Angela is sort of turning back into a baby.  She's been extra clingy, and is having major withdrawals from her "ba" which I let her have once a day for her whole milk until now.  She now has discovered binkies which she has NEVER used or had an interest in before.  She's the type that will attach herself to someone or s…