After the first December storm

This is our house about mid-Dec. You can see how much snow we had by the size of the pile of snow beside the driveway.

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Here’s our little snowbunny all ready to play outside in the winter wonderland
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Ammon made a path through the 2 1/2 foot piles of snow for Tasha to walk through
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Sure, she was freezing, but she had a great time!
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Mommy’s Little Helper

Tasha really has grown up to be Mommy’s little helper. It’s usually of her own doing, since at this age, if you ask her to do something, she doesn’t want to! She still helps me empty the dishwasher, but also likes to put away clean clothes, help Kevin walk down the stairs, make dinner, grocery shop….the list goes on. One of her favorites is to help feed Kevin, as you see above! This was her feeding Kevin three bowls (count em, three! ok, they were small bowls) of cereal yesterday morning.

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Tasha’s New Skill

The other day, I was trying to teach Tasha how to catch a ball. I was giving her the usual instructions; hold out your arms like this, etc, etc, not expecting her to do it because most kids her age can’t catch. She did it!!! She caught the ball three or four times in a row. Granted, it was a soccer ball size, not a baseball or anything, but we were still proud of her! (now we need to teach her to keep her eyes open!)
Great balls o' fire!

Ammon’s life of late

As most of you know, Ammon has been busy working two jobs lately. He’s continuing to work at FirstBank as a Software Engineer, and just last month, started his second job as a college professor! He’s teaching an Intro to Multimedia Design class at a local community college. So far, he’s loving it, though it definately takes a lot of work since he has had to totally develop his own lesson plans, labs, projects, etc. I think he finds it rewarding and likes the challenge of doing something different.

The department chair at the college has already proposed the idea of him teaching in the Fall ( a different class, on video editing). He’s also implied that he would like Ammon to continue teaching one class a semester from now on. An exciting prospect, but it does make him extra busy. The one plus would be that after he’d taught the class once, he’d have all the material and wouldn’t have to start from scratch. We’ll see!

In case, those two jobs aren’t enough, he’s been doing some Graphic Design work for a couple in our ward at church who have home theater business. He’s been designing new brochures and business cards for them.

On the ball again…after a longgggggggg hiatus

Sorry for any of you who’ve checked our blog over the past 5 months and have been disappointed! Things have been very busy around here and I was trying to figure out how to deal with two toddlers and still get ANYTHING else accomplished. But, we’re back now and I’ll do my best to update this blog at least once a week.

Argh….Bedtime Wars

Tasha has been sleeping in a twin bed for a few months now. At first, she would get outta bed a thousand times just because she could and ask for the usual; water, pee, whatever. After a week of that, she started going to bed without incident. We started to put her to bed a little later and figured that had done it. Until last week, when one night she got up twice then the next she WOULD NOT go to sleep or stay in her bed. We tried everything we could think of and MORE! Talking to her, ignoring her requests, giving in, laying down with her, etc. Nothing doin;! Finally, after an hour of this charade, I went downstairs and ignored her. Well, it took an hour of listening to her scream-cry and then suddenly….we heard her shut her door and then silence. BINGO!

It’s worked ever since. We put her down, she now opens her door, pretend-cries for maybe a minute or two and then shuts the door and puts herself to sleep.

Snowy doesn’t like cold food!

For the past few months, Tasha has been feeding Snowy with a spoon, bowl and bib and will even put him in her little booster seat. Well, of late, I noticed her putting the bowl on the counter first, waiting a few seconds then saying “All done” and taking the bowl into Snowy and feeding him. It took me a time or two to figure out what she was doing. I finally got it when she started “beeping” after she’d put the “food” on the counter, or….in the pretend microwave! Snowy doesn’t like cold food apparently!

Playdough…uh-oh

Too bad we don’t have a picture of this one! Tasha had been playing with playdough under Mom’s watchful eye one afternoon and had a ball with it! Literally….she kept asking me to make a ball with it! Anyways, later in the evening, she kept asking for a ball, but when I gave her the beachball she didn’t want it. I finally figured out what she wanted. She meant the playdough. Kevin was in his highchair eating and Tasha was playing happily with the dough. I turn my head for two minutes and find the playdough in Tasha’s mouth. OK, not a huge deal, a little scolding and she understood. But…uh-oh some of it was missing. Like, half of it…We searched all over thinking it was mashed into the carpet somewhere. To our horror, (and here comes the uh-oh part), it was in KEVIN’s mouth. Our sweet little girl, who is learning to share, decided that Kevin would like to try some of her playdough as well!! ew!

Running

Well, I was a good girl last week and went running four nights. It was pretty tough the first time and a little hard the second time, but the third time I went-it was so refreshing and just fun! I ran further than I thought and by the time I was on my way home I must admit I was thinking…hmmmm, I overdid it! But I was proud of myself for pushing through the challenge. It felt great! Now if I can just keep it up!