Sunday, March 23, 2008


neighborhood party
the trailers behind the quad

friend, friend, hannah, emily and bridget
after the wright house egg huntemily and hannah reenacting the egg toss
This weekend started out with a neighborhood egg hunt and party that my friend across the street does. She goes all out and rents a bounce house and hides over a thousand eggs for the kids. Each egg contains a slip for a prize and some have candy too. She goes all out with the prizes- my kids come home every year with tons of new toys and candy. This year Jess borrowed a trailer to pull the kids around the street behind a quad. It was a hit.

Today Jess spoke in Church and then right after church we headed to the Wright House for another neighborhood egg hunt. The kids got a bunch of candy and then came home to watch the movie they got from the easter bunny (Enchanted). The easter bunny also brought them swim suits and Hannah gave me the eye when she saw the Old Navy tag on hers. I said, "why are you looking at me that way?" and she said, " I know you like to shop at old navy. Are you sure you're not the easter bunny?" I just laughed. I think the end is near for hannah and emily to still believe.

This evening we went to my Aunt Louise's for dinner. She is so good about hosting everyone every year. There were probably about 65 of us there and we had the traditional egg toss and then egg hunt with regular eggs and then money eggs. Hannah came away with $16, but bridget and emily only got a little more than a dollar. Emily was bummed, but a good sport at the same time. The girls had so much fun playing with cousins. I can't believe school starts again tomorrow. I guess things will get back to normal again.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Update on Tessa

Well, as you can see from the time of this post I'm up because Tessa is up. But, I didn't go in to get her- I just let her cry like I'm supposed to. (That is what I'm supposed to do- right?) Well, after a few minutes she wasn't crying anymore so I went in to see if she was really asleep and I found her in her crib laying on her tummy with Bridget in there with her patting her back with the music from her crib toy playing softly. It was the cutest thing. Bridget put her finger up to her mouth to "shhh" me and motioned for me to go out. The scene just cracked me up. I really believe that Bridget has an old soul. A few minutes later Bridget came out of her room and said to me, "see mom, I know how to get babies to sleep." Now I just have to get Bridget back to sleep. The big question is, should I put her to sleep in my room or let her continue to be the one to sleep train Tessa?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Here's another one

My cute baby Tessa. 10 months (before she was tortured) and Bridget, 3 1/2
Okay, now I'm on a roll... This afternoon I decided it was time to start "sleep training" Tessa. Yeah, it makes my stomach turn just typing those words. So I nursed her and then put her down in her crib and walked out. She immediately started crying because she never just goes to sleep for me. Well, after over 2 hours (yep, 2 hours) of screaming, wailing, dry heaving, making choking sounds, etc., she finally conked out. That was so hard for me to endure. I did go in about 3 times to try to comfort her, but that just made it worse. I hate this part so much. I'm so dreading tonight, but I know that if I don't follow through then what happened today was in vain. So, I put her down at 2, it was after 4 when she finally dropped from exhaustion and now it's approaching 6:30. I guess I should wake her up so she's good and tired for tonight. She's already proved she has a lot of stamina even when she's tired, I can't image what she'll be able to do if she's not tired. Oh, I'm so dreading tonight...

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Okay, so here's a post. I know I'm way overdue and I have lots I could document in my "journal"/blog. I could list lots of reasons why I haven't posted, but the honest goodness reason why I don't do it is plain and simple. I have never been a good journal writer and I much prefer to spend my time reading others blogs than write one of my own. It's a lot more fun that way. So what do you think of that?

Well, today I was watching Bridget ride her bike and I realized that I meant to write about her learning to rider her bike 2 1/2 months ago and never did. So here's the story and the pictures (that I just took today).

Bridget got a new bike for Christmas from Santa and loved riding it. After about 2 weeks she decided that training wheels just weren't for her and she asked Jess to take them off. He worked with her for about an hour and she hasn't stopped since! She loves to ride her bike. She's so funny to watch because she's so small. Her initiative in riding just shows her personality. She doesn't let anything stop her if she wants to do it. Not her age, her size, anything. I know she's not the 1st 3 year old to ride a 2 wheel bike (Hannah and Emily were almost 6 before they could do it) , but it just impressed me that she took the initiative to do it. She is almost 3 1/2 now and is so much fun!