Thursday, December 3, 2009

November update

This video is in our hotel room in Las Vegas. Joey loves to sing along with several of his movies now. I love it and am amazed at how well he gets some of the words. Joey is funny about when he decides to talk. He has his jumpstart preschool computer game and he just talks and talks while he plays, full sentences and everything. Then you try to get him to tell you why he is mad... says nothing.

For those that have not heard yet, our next little bundle is a BOY! We are so excited! Love the Boy, girl, boy! I have been so lucky with the pregnancy. The first trimester I was a bit tired and had no appetite but that was about it. I am almost completly over that to, still really tired though. I wish I had a bit more engergy. With the kids being cooped up inside we usually have to do pretty involved physical activity to get the engery out. Which requires dancing and jumping and and sorts of rough housing. Even ring around the Rosies is a bit to much involved effort, lol I feel bad that I am starting to lose the ability/desire to do that with them. They really need it!

I have been called full time to the nursery. I do enjoy it! But the class is almost 98% boy, most of which are close to 4 years old, by the end of church myself and the other lady (who is due in Feb.) are pretty much exhausted! It is a blast though, I really do love that age! I take Jeanie in there also even though she is not really soppossed to be there until January... but how can you drag a girl away from all the fun and toys, just so she can disrupt Dad's class that he teaches?

School has been going okay for the both of us. I just finished up my math course and Jared finished up a course in Information Technology. I just started Creative writing and am actually excited about this course.

Potty Training. Well that is kinda going. It has been hard to have the full attention needed to really do it probably. I am always working on a paper or trying to catch up on the house work that has been missed by working on the homework. This past week or so we have been a bit more vigilant about it. We have actually gotten Jeanie to go #2 a couple of times. The one that Joey witnessed he got all proud of her and helped her take the bowl to the toilet. He has stuck to #1's so far. Joey has been kind of resistant latley, even with just regular diaper changes... but having Jeanie use the potty definitly is influencing and encouraging him also. I am trying to get the time together to try to make some more training pants. We have a little pile that we have inherited. I really don't like the amount of $$$ signs that pop in my brain when I think of buying disposable training pants.

We rearranged the kids room a bit. We took apart the toddler bed and brought in a twin size bed from the Reece's. We just put a child at each end of the bed, and of course there is stilll plenty of room! Although Joey seems to need all that space, he moves so much in his sleep. It has been working out very nicely! It is nice to have a bit of room in there now! It will be even better when we finished going through and getting rid of some of the unneeded toys. I also plan on making a stuffed animal hammock to go in the room as well. (I have looked for one at Walmart, but I can't find them!)

Thanksgiving was fun of course! We went to the Reece's for dinner and Jared's sister Rebekah and her family came. It was fun to have the little group together but I do get sad that more of Reece's are not able to join. We miss all of you that are living out of state! Afterward we went over to the Stoker house. Unfortunatly we made it there quite late so most of my siblings had come and gone, but it was a great visit still!

Yesterday we got out all the Christmas decorations. We had fun setting up our village and setting lights all throughout. We had to be a bit clever about how to decorate the tree since glass balls and the like do not do well with two toddlers with grabby hands. I actually like its simple look though. We used white lights and gold painted pine cones. A couple of gold covered snowflakes and ribbons.

November and AZ Trip

Well I am sure you have all seen plenty of pictures of this costume. WHen I made the costume originally for Halloween, Joey was refusing to watch Monsters Inc. Now he is crazy about the movie and likes to wear his costume all the time. Here he had his lunch and then passed out in his comfy costume. After he feel asleep Jeanie starting tugging at the costume, wanting to put it on. I have the silliest little munchkins. Our Trip to Arizona
At the beginning of Novemeber we headed down to Arizona to visit Jared's sister Debbie and her family. Grandpa and Grandma Reece rode in the van with us. We borrowed there DVD system for the car and that made the whole trip run so very smooth. Joey loved watching movies and it definitly helped them from freaking out trying to get out to much. We traveled down to Las Vegas the first night. Spent the night there and then finished the rest of the trip down to Debbie's near Phoenix.

We took a quick stop at Hoover Dam and the kids were not to interested but happy to have a break from the car!
I tried several times to take a picture of the back of the Van... but Grandma Reece would always put her pillow in front of her face.

This is our hotel room. We were able to book an extended stay place for the same as normal place. It was nice having the kitchen and family room seperate from the bedrooms. There was two full beds in the room, apparently Joey and Jeanie both thought they got a bed. I had to take a picture of Jeanie's hair in the morning. Pretty much the most awesome morning hair I ever saw. Down at Debbie's house one night we had a Thanksgiving dinner down there with her and her inlaws. After dinner they had a little celebration for Derek's birthday. So part of the main reason for the timing of the visit was to see cute little Deron be blessed. We all ran late that morning but we probably would have still made it if the road we were taking there did not end up being closed down for a fair. So by the time we navigating our way around it we were to late. I felt so bad. Sorry again Deb's!While we were down for down for our visit Debbie took us out to take some family photo's. Unfortnuatly Jared and I hadn't been able to get our hair cuts before the trip, but I think the pictures turned out faboulous! I wish we had Debbie around more often to take our pictures! She is very talented!