I haven’t been feeling super great this morning and I left the kitchen I was cleaning and went into my bedroom and sat down. 5 minutes later I hear the girls, who had been building a fort in the kitchen so they could play near me, start buzzing to each other. Grace, “Milla you need to go find Mom!! Find out where she is and what happened to her!”. Milla, “yes I will Gace! I will find dat Momma!” True to her promise she bursts into my room a few minutes later, “dare you are! I finded you Mom! Did a ghost git you?! Was it a ghost?!” Me, “nope, a ghost did not get me I’m just sitting down for a sec”. CJ unconvinced, “was it a monster?! Did dat monster git you Mom?!” Realizing she was truly hoping for a thrill I told her it was a monster so she could run back to her sister and tell her the exciting news.
Ahh, New Year’s morning! When the older people and the Mormons are enjoying their celebratory breakfasts and everyone else sips on their black coffee and gatorade. 😉 Happy New Year!!! #Maytherecoverybeswift#NewYearsDay #2017forthewin
12/31/16 Sometimes I think as a parent you get called into the toy room as the referee. As they’ve gotten older and play together more I often don’t hear from my children until they are upset and fighting or telling on each other and it’s easy to get discouraged or worried. But you know what is a really good idea?! Playing with them in THEIR element regularly. I was so blown away this morning, sitting in their toy room for a couple of hours. I haven’t been in here for more than helping them clean or a few minutes here and there, in a while. There were SO many pleases and thank you’s and sorry’s and, “can I help you with that sister? Are you ready to play this now or do you want to finish you thing first?” “Oh no did you get hurt?! Don’t worry my bear will kiss you!” There were a couple squabbles but really…they’re awesome! #flyonthewall #thingsthatgiveyouperspective #sisters#somuchlove #NewYearsEveFamilyTime #theygetmorethanwethink
12/30/16 We got to have a lunch date with Craig today after CJ’s Dr. appointment. He had to run back to work as the girls were still finishing up and as he’s walking out the door Camilla Jane stands up in her little pink pea coat with her two little pig tails and yells loud enough for the entire restaurant to hear, “Bye Papa Bear I loves you!! I loves you Papa Bear I loves you dary much!!” then as she realizes everyone is watching her and giggling, “dats my Papa Bear guys! Dats my Papa Bear!” Lol #CamillaJane#Youneverflyundertheradarwitgchildren #DatsmyPapaBear!
12/27/16 To say that Camilla Jane has been difficult to feed lately is underselling it. Tonight’s bit included, but was not limited to, pretending that my food was offending her pretend Echidna. CJ, “ohhh, are you scared echidna?! Isokay! Are you scared of dis food?! I sorry, I save you from dis Momma’s food, is otay, don’t cry echidna! Ohhh he’s kying!!!” Lol #Justeatyourfoodkid! #LovemyCamillaJane #CanIHireADinnerFeeder?
12/26/16 I’ve been meaning to post this for a bit but the girl’s Uncle Jason recently bought them these Bronco Jersey’s. It was a nice gesture but Grace refused to put hers on. She was even bribed but flatly declined. Lol A few days ago I suggested to her that maybe it would be a good shirt for wearing when she might get dirty and she immediately said, “okay! I could do that! This is my getting dirty shirt!” Then she turns to me and says, “Mom? You know why I couldn’t wear this shirt before?!” Me, “how come?” G, “we don’t like the Broncos, Mom!! We just DONT. LIKE. The BRONCOS!” lol Sorry Jason, her father has trained her well. 😉 Then Camilla Jane, who has liked hers from the start then insisted I find it for her and pipes up, “I yike dis shirt cause I yike Uncle Jason and I yike dat basketball!” 😂 #Niecespieces#Wearenotasportsfamily #SorryJason #ButTheyDoYikeDatUncleJason#BroncoBasketball
12/21/16 So I set out to make an almond pastry trying to mimic the almond croissants we had in Australia. And these are not the same thing for sure but surprisingly close. Satisfies that same need if that makes sense, you should try them out. And then give away all but one or two, really it’s a great system! 😉
Starting to smell awfully yummy around here! Dear Neighbors and Twin Falls friends, we would love to bring you a little gift! If you want to do my poor delivery husband a favor and send me a message or text with your actual address that would be awesome! He doesn’t seem to appreciate my, “no they’re the ones next to the tan house!” instructions somehow. 😉#Helpthedeliveryman #sendyouraddress #Alsotellmeifyouhaveanutallergy#Weloveyouall!!!
12/20/16 We had leftovers for dinner tonight and were all waiting for Camilla Jane to come to the table. She however was taking her sweet time putting on her Minnie Mouse slippers. Me, “Milla hurry please we’re waiting”. CJ, “I can’t hurry Mom I n putting on deez slippers. I wealy yike dem!” Me, “well would you like some help?” CJ, “no Mom I yika do it myself otay?” Me as a last resort, “well you better hurry, I’m going to eat all your dinner!!!” Milla, “okay tank you Mom! Tank you eat my dinner, I don’t yike dat dinner again”. Face. Palm. #Toddlerswhotaketheirtime #whichisalltoddlers
Gracie’s Birthday Poem
Yesterday we sat and talked, of how you’ve grown and where you’ve walked
Of your favorite shoes and your cute little sister, and how “that Dad” likes to call you Mr.
I told you that you’re my favorite at 4 and that I really don’t think you need to grow MORE
And you smiled a much too grown up grin and said Mom, it’s okay you can hold me agin
And when I am 6 and 7 and more, I will still let you hold me, but I just can’t stay 4.
So I have decided that I GUESS it’s alright if you must turn 5 at the strike of midnight.
I love your sweet voice when you sing after prayers, and I love when you dance round our tree,
And it’s really my favorite to hold your cute hand and to hear you say you love me.
Thank you Ms. Gracie from “that Dad” and myself, for trying to do as you should,
For you’ve conquered your obstacles beautifully this year, and really you make us look good.
12/12/16 Two of us are “doing homework”, one of us is waiting for dropped foodImeanguardingthekitchen, and one of us is making dinner. Guess which one is making snow angels on the kitchen table while she combines “I Am a Child of God” with “Old McDonald”?? That’s right, the one who wants a hippopotamus for Xmas. 🎶 “I am a child of Gooood and heee has sent me here….and on his farm he had a chicken, e i e i oooo!!” 🎶#Thingsthatkeeplifeinteresting #CamillaJane #Shesawesomelikethat#ourDearFonFonIsVeryPatient
12/12/16That song is trouble. Me, “Milla do you even know what a Hippopotamus IS for sure?!” Milla, “yea I do. Isa animal. I want one dos”. In between each of those written things was me saying, “okay but what ELSE do you want to ask Santa for?!” #CamillaJanesLetterToSanta #TrulyThisIsAllSheWouldSay
12/11/16 Milla selfies. 😱, 😡, 😊,😭 , and 😳 !
12/10/16 They got to watch Finding Dory, and then here they are with their very first meeting with Santa Claus! Camilla Jane was about to burst into tears but then Mrs. Claus offered her a candy cane and it was all good from there. 😉Thank you Glanbia, for another super fun family event, they really had a great time! Craig Taylor
The many nervous faces of Grace waiting to meet Santa for the very first time. She did great though. 🙂
Waiting in line to see Santa selfie!
12/06/16 We went to Old Navy yesterday to get some things for Camilla Jane. She socialized with all the children she could find, and declared them her best friends, climbed onto a Christmas display and sang the Happy Birthday Song at the top of her lungs(before I got her down), and repeated over and over, “I don’t YIKE clothes, no I don’t WANT a shirt I don’t YIKE them” until I found this one. Lol it says, “sisters make the best friends” and they are smitten with it! Although sometimes she tells me it says, “koala” instead. 😉 Also we found another shirt with a fox on it and she says she likes that as well, but the other ones she will wear but she doesn’t “yike”. #Millaisnotashopper#butIbetshelllovekaraoke #Sisters #lovemygirls
12/05/16 Camilla Jane quote of the day – Today was errand day and we drove around a lot. I was hoping to finish and be home for a late lunch but I broke down around 1:30pm and decided I’d let the girls each eat a yogurt pouch in the car as they were “starving!” and we still had 2 stops on the list. We pulled over, I opened the pouches and proceeded to give a full 3 minute lecture on why it was VERY important to not spill said yogurts in Daddy’s car. I had them repeat after me and say things like, “I will be sooo careful”, I was very thorough. Two minutes into the drive and a little voice behind me goes, “ahhh! Oh no!!! I spill my yogdert evywheres!!! Ahhh dis is a mess!!!” I frantically look in the rear view mirror to witness the damage and instead I see her calmly holding her yogurt, cracking up and she finishes with, “I kidding I not spill! I jus say dat to you. I jus tell you dat.” Lol #Twoplayspranks#Shesnotoldenoughforthisstuff #CamillaJane
12/02/16Well it’s 11:30am and I’ve done nothing. Nothing that is except read the library books we collected yesterday to these two for three hours. #Bestmorningever #Christmasstories #theyhadablast #CamillaJane#GracieLou #RosiePosie #backtorealityifwemust