Monday, June 30, 2008

Luscious long hair

I usually keep Teya's hair in pigtails because it's fast, easy, and keeps it out of her eyes. Yesterday however I let it down for church and everybody was surprised at how long it is. So anyway, thought I'd post a few pics of her luscious long hair since most people don't get to see it very often. : ) (p.s. I took these last night before she went to bed and she was really hyper and refused to hold still for the camera, so this is the best I could get!)



Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Isa turn the wheel

As a mother of a two year old I am very familiar with Dora the Explorer and all her wonderful little friends. If you haven't ever watched Dora, you should probably be grateful. Don't get me wrong, Teya has learned a lot of great things from her, like buckling her seatbelt to be safe, counting, colors, and even a few words in Spanish. Still, Dora's uncomfortably loud and overexcited voice can really grate on you after awhile and the little songs on her show are SOOO catchy you can never get them out of your head!

Which leads us to Isa turn the Wheel. A song from Dora's Pirate Adventure that Teya is totally hooked on. The whole song only has 3 lines, "Isa turn the wheel" "Turn the wheel Isa" and "I'm turning the wheel" But those three lines are super catchy. Taber had them in his head all day the other day and finally gave in, googled the song and just watched it online (if you can't beat them, join them right?) Anyway, here's a little clip of Teya singing the song on her new play house that our sweet neighbors gave her. The best is the very end where she gets really into it, closes her eyes and raises up her arm. Pretty cute if you ask me!

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Baby Shower

Today my wonderful friend Norma threw me a baby shower. She probably has no idea how much it meant to me, but it really touched me so much that she did it. We've only been in Tennessee for a year and sometimes it's hard to be away from family and close friends. When I got pregnant I thought it would be hard to have a baby and be far away from everyone. I'm happy to say that I was completely wrong, as my wonderful friends out here have been so supportive and truly made me feel like I have a family out in Tennessee. We had a great turn out, ate delicious food, played fun games and got lots of darling presents for baby girl. Thanks to everyone who came, and especially to Norma for putting in all the work to make it happen!
The yummy munchie spread
The daughters of the awesome families we home and visit teach
Me and Norma, one of the coolest people I've meet in Tennessee
Diaper cake
Games and presents

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Human Foosball

Taber works with the Young Men in our church and this week for their Wednesday night joint activity they played one of the coolest games I've ever seen, Human Foosball. Using some tables, rope, PVC pipe and stacked chairs, they created a lifesized foosball table where the kids had to hold onto the pipe and move together to kick the ball through the goal. It was such a blast to watch and the kids had a riot playing it. I love the idea and think it would be awesome to do for a family reunion or something. Anyway, here is a short clip and some pics of this totally awesome activity.

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The pre-game set up

The game in action

Monday, June 16, 2008

Pregnancy Watch

36 Weeks along

30 lbs gained

2 cm dilated

50% effaced

100% excited for baby to get here!!!!

We're getting down to the last few weeks and Taber and I are feeling the baby buzz excitement! We went up in the attic and pulled down a bunch of Teya's old baby things. Bassinet, car seat, baby bouncer, and some clothes are now washed and ready for baby. Also one of my awesome friends from church is throwing me a baby shower this Saturday so I think this little girl is going to be set! I'm definitely looking forward to being able to walk instead of waddle, sleep on my tummy, eat after 8pm without fear of heartburn, tie my shoes without breaking a sweat, and most importantly, holding this sweet baby bean!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Big Helper

Lately if Teya sees me or Taber doing something she comes running to help. She loves to help me cook, clean, and carry groceries. She loves to help Taber spray weeds, pick up trash, work on the lawn, and most recently, work on the car. Yesterday I got a flat tire and when Taber got home she quickly told him, "I help Daddy pump the air tire!" So Taber got out the car jack and the two of them got to work changing the tire. Teya was fascinated by the whole process and was especially proud to be able to hold onto the bolts and pass them to Daddy when they were needed. She was also thrilled to see that her hands were filthy just like Daddy's by the time they were through. I'm definitely loving this stage where she is so excited about doing big girl things and becoming such a big helper. Hopefully she'll keep it up when baby gets here!

Proudly posing with the new tire
Showing us what a big girl she is
Dirty hands like Daddy!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Tantrums in public...HELP!

Help please!!! Teya is going through a serious rough patch with tantrums. She doesn't have them all the time, but when she does they're MAJOR! Little things will set her off, like we told her she couldn't take her stuffed piglet into nursery and she flipped out BIG time! Screaming, crying, kicking, totally inconsolable until she finally got her piglet back. The other day when we had to leave the pool and she didn't want to go, total meltdown. Then today we pulled into Wal-Mart and she didn't want to get out of the car and screamed and kicked all the way through the parking lot. Once inside Wal-Mart she continued to scream at the top of her lungs, refusing to get into the basket, refusing bribes of any sort, she wouldn't even let me put her down. At this point in my pregancy it's really hard to hold her for long periods of time, especially when she's kicking and screaming. So yeah, very rough situation that was finally overcome with a chocolate donut, not my ideal solution.

At home we just put her in her room and she usually lays down in her bed and calms herself down. But I have no idea what to do with her when we're not at home. She even asked to go 'night night" through her screams when we were at Wal-Mart but obviously that wasn't an option. So I guess my question is, how do you deal with tantrums in public? Do you attempt your regular discpline routine? Do you give in to bribes just to stop people from staring? Do you turn around and drive back home and try to do your errands another time? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Teya the Learning Sponge

I put a short video together of some of the new things Teya is doing. The first part is of her reciting the 1st article of faith. Now keep in mind, she is two, and speaks like a two year old, which for many people takes some translating. You really have to listen creatively to make out exactly what she is saying. I'll post the words to the article of faith below the video so you can read along if you're not familiar with it. Anyway, it's pretty cute because we do a little devotional before bed every night where we sing a song, recite the 1st article of faith, read a scripture, and say a prayer. After about 2 weeks of doing this she started saying the article of faith by memory. Kids are little sponges!

The next part is of her saying a couple Spanish words she's picked up from Dora. Whenever someone is going too fast she'll shout "ESPERA!" which means "Wait!" in Spanish. She also has started correcting me when I say that something is red by telling me that it's actually "rojo"

The last part is of her doing her version of "push ups". She likes doing exercises with mommy in the mornings and this is one of the things she's picked up. It's funny because she pushes up with her legs more than her arms, but I still think it's pretty adorable! Hope you enjoy!

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Words to the 1st article of faith: "We believe in God the eternal father, and in His son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."