Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
It was a family party that included cousins. When there are six kids, it feels like a party, so I didn't feel the need to invite anymore kids. Carter got a lot of tools for his birthday. We also got him a scooter but instead of riding it, he grabbed a tool and began fixing it.
A little something about Carter:
- He loves tools
- Can swim without floaties
- Is potty trained but prefers to pee in the grass.
- Is almost 25 lbs., which puts him in the first percentile for weight.
- Loves to read about trucks, trains, and machines.
- Growls a lot!
- Drinks chocolate milk all the time.
- Likes to play with Gavin, Renée, and Jinx.
- Loves when Daddy comes home.
- Sleeps in almost every day.
- He still sleeps in a crib and sleeps in almost every day until at least 8am.
- Loves his blanket, Night-Night. He won't even let us put other blankets in his crib with him.
- Still takes a nap most days if we aren't running errands.
- Can be as sweet as can be when he wants to.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
We also visited the Menil Collection, which was all free:
The Rothko Chapel - Franc Rothko was commissioned by the Menils to paint large scale paintings to fill the non denominational chapel. It was very interesting to see.
Byzantine Fresco Chapel - An original fresco from a chapel in Crete, dsiplayed in a unique way. I loved this because I have never been able to see Byzantine art in its' intended environment.
Cy Twombly Gallery - Some of the work was very powerful but it wasn't my favorite.
Menil Gallery - This little museum was a gem. Not only was it free but it held some real treasures. There was a great deal of surrealism which isn't my favorite but was still a powerful art movement. There were so many ancient artifacts that it had Erika saying, "I can't look at any more artifacts!"
Dan Flavin Enstillation - The neon light picture pretty much sums this up. Huge empty room with neon lights on the walls. It would make a great night club.
After all this art we ate Greek food and then caught the Relief Society Broadcast. We stayed with Erika's grandparents who were very nice to us and fed us the biggest breakfast I have had in a long time.
The only stressful thing about the trip was that on Thursday Sam called me and said that he had to work late on Friday and that he also had to work on Saturday and Sunday. Jeff, Erika's husband volunteered to watch the kids until Kid's Club starte at 5pm on Friday night. On Saturday I hired a babysitter who was there almost 12 hours. I included a picture of the instructions that I left her. Alycia let the kids sleep over on Saturday night and took them to church. It all worked out but it was crazy getting ready.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"I am too tired." - Gavin
"I am tired too but we still have to get up." - Tiffany
"Okay, we will get through this together." - Gavin
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I have been potty training Carter so he spends a lot of time like this. Here he is doing yard work in just his underwear. Carter is by far my most difficult to potty train. It was a huge power struggle but he is doing okay now. I always sang my kids a potty song as a reward but Carter doesn’t like it. He just likes me to say, “You did it!” After each time Carter says, “again.”
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