Tuesday, July 13, 2010
With the first 2 kids we didn't put locks on cabinets with cleaners (they never tried to play with or eat the cleaners), crayons always stayed in the high drawers, etc. Around the time Emma turned 2 I kept finding the playdough and other art supplies left out and scattered. I keep these supplies in our mud room in the upper cabinets. I accused Hunter and Kassy of getting these things down for Emma, and sternly requested that they STOP! They insisted they hadn't done it, over and over they insisted. I just KNEW Emma couldn't have gotten them down, she was only 2!! Until one day Don quietly witnessed Emma as she negotiated the terrain of the mud room: she used the drawer pulls as latter rungs and simply steped her way up to the counter. Then, she opened the cabinet doors, pulled on the the desired tupperware full of art supplies until it flew off the shelf landing on the floor. Then she'd scurry down and play with it. Genious! :-)
The thing about Emma that throws me off was that she doesn't ask for help, so I don't even know that she's getting into this stuff unless she leaves evidence. Kassy and Hunter have always asked for help with things, or permission to use things, but Emma doesn't. It's funny, she's not malicious or rebellious at all. I honestly think that asking for help just doesn't occur to her. She knows she can do things on her own, so she does. I LOVE IT! The girl is capable and independant, watch out world! I finally caught her on film the other day, scaling the pantry shelves to get a mint. :-) Oh, how I love her!
I was laughing too hard to be mad. I mean, yeah it's a mess, and a waste, and yada-yada-yada. But, I've really tried hard over the last year to subdue my temper and see the humor in life instead of just getting irritated. I don't want my kids looking back on their childhood and remembering a bunch of yelling from their Mother. Today I did a good job of it! Of course I ran to get my camera before we melted the slushie to clean it up. This was the original scene...Check out the can! The top literally blew off 5/6 of the way around. We had 2 giant packs of hot dogs and about 9 pounds of ground Turkey just covered in slush. I helped Kassy with the cleanup to ensure it was done thuroughly, but she learned a valuable lesson in science today. Liquid expands as it freezes!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Hunter made a long rope by stringing together several dozen rubber bands. Kassy tied a candycane on the end...Kassy and Hunter started out by dangling the candy and treats down to Emma, pulling on the rubber bands making Emma jump for it.
Friday, June 25, 2010
If you know me at all you know I'm all about the food at festivals! After a nice lunch that brought us all closer to a heart attack, we hit the rides with the kids.
Tyson Schow, Kaden Swenson, Kassy, Emma, & Halle Schow.
Tanner Swenson and Hunter.Gavin Schow, Bart Schow, Tyson Schow, Don, Josh Swenson, Abigail Swenson (tiny baby in stroller in the back), Me, Kassy, Alissa Schow, Halle Schow, and Emma.Me and my girls: Alissa and Amber. Life blesses you with a handfull of true friends in a liftime. I'm grateful for these two!When the ride tickets were all used up we headed to the orchards to pick some cherries. Bart Schow, Halle Schow, Me (where is my head?), Kaden Swenson, and Kassy. Baby Gavin Schow is in the front, baby Abigail Swenson is in the back. Me, Don, and Hunter looking for cherries.Hunter up in the cherry trees.
Do you know what happened? As soon as we told her "say the word and we'll take you to get your ears pierced" it was like a switch, she no longer thought it was time, she wanted to wait. I call this the Forbidden Fruit Phenomenon. When something is forbidden, some people crave it simply because it is forbidden. Take away that forbidden aspect and they no longer want it. I learned a valuable lesson about my daughter that day.
Fast forward 2 years...it's time! Kassy decided that today was the day, so off to Walmart we went. Of course Hunter wanted to come along and witness the agony his sister was about to endure. Here is a video of Kassy getting her ears pierced.
As soon as Emma saw what Kassy had just done, she was insistant that she was next. I knew this was a possibility. What I had forgotten, in all the excitement, was that Emma had fallen asleep in the car on the way to Walmart, and was thus very tired and emotional! She hopped up in the chair, smiled with delight that she was such a big girl, but once the pain hit.....well, see for yourself....
Please note that her crying only lasted about 90 seconds. The pain was no match for a bag of gummy bears and a 3 hour nap once she got home. That was yesterday and she's been absolutely fine ever since.
I'm proud of my kids, who they are and the choices they make. Their personalities differ from mine. Sometimes I struggle to understand them. We're trying to give them guidance along the way while providing them ample space to walk the path they choose.
The economy being the way it is these days, everyone is pinching their pennies. Michael is extremely important to all of us Speidel's so we decided the best thing to do was for all the siblings (Aunts and Uncle to Michael) to fly into Denver for the wedding. We made it a 2 day event and it was a lot of fun!
We all flew in early Thursday morning then headed up to the summit of Mount Evans. This is my sister Katy and I on the way up...what beautiful scenery!Mount Evans is 14,420-some feet high, the highest peak I've ever been to. We were well above the tree line, and there were several Mountain Goats hanging around at the top. With the wind chill it was around 9 degrees. Burrrr
Mom & Dad followed us up the mountain in their Jeep. This is Rusty, Me, Mom & Dad.
We love you Michael and Aubrey!! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. May you always put eachother first and enjoy all the experiences life has to offer together!