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Friday, February 20, 2015

Little things



At least once a day the three of us end up wrestling on the floor. It usually starts out just Max and me, with Millie quickly joining us. No way is she missing out on any fun! 


Not-so-patiently waiting.


Now that we have a place for all of Millie's dressups (a big rope handle bucket, thanks Wal-Mart!) I was ready get out all of the stuff she was supposed to get for her birthday. I know, bad mom. But she didn't ask for or miss it, and she was given so much by others, so I felt okay about it. Millie was so excited to find a Merida dress in the stash, especially since Gigi gave her the movie Brave for Valentine's Day! She was not so happy about taking a picture.


She requests an Elsa braid every once in a while. This was after sleeping on it. 


I got out our tennis rackets to teach a little group as part of our RS activity this week. It was such a fun night! I really want to play again, and soon. Max loved playing with the rackets beforehand. It's really amazing to me how balls and rackets and clubs are just so natural for him, and how princess and doll stuff is so natural for Millie. 


Max can officially reach the top (edge) of the table. Feels like nothing is safe anymore.


A little picnic lunch in the backyard - Max wearing his Superman shirt and cape, Millie wearing her Merida dress.


Max has been super cranky lately. We're going on 3 weeks of teething these 2 molars - they're halfway through his gums. It is rough, poor guy. He wants to be held a ton and he bites me a lot and is just very physical in general. Still getting used to that.


Max also thinks he is perfectly capable of navigating the playground by himself.


I love watching Millie do things I did as a kid - not sure where she learned it, but she loves to twist the swing really tight and then spin around as it unwinds. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Valentine's day fun







Heart hair!


This was my gift to Tyler. I took a painting class at our January RS activity and this is my second painting! It now hangs in our bedroom. Definitely not perfect, but a far cry from the 7th grader who almost failed art class. 


It was a beautiful day, so we spent it outside!



Tyler came home earlier than usual, so before dinner we went for a bike ride!


Millie fell asleep on Max's shoulder. 



Max is in love with books right now. His favorite part is turning pages.

Tyler and I got to have a date the night before Valentine's Day without the kids, so we were happy to spend that night with them. We had FHE and talked about love and how we show love and why we love each other. We also ate some heart-shaped pizza and chocolates! I love my valentines.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An act of kindness

We were heading to Wal-Mart to grab a few things and I stopped to get gas first. I grabbed my wallet and had my phone since I was talking to Mom, and I put my keys in the diaper bag. I locked the doors but left mine open. While filling up a big gust of wind blew my door shut! Not all the way shut, but enough that I couldn't get it back open. I told Mom and she suggested trying to get Millie to open her door. I got her to wiggle her shoulders out of the seatbelt and she could pull the handle but she couldn't figure out how to unlock it so that pulling the handle actually did anything. The more I talked and asked her to push the unlock button, the more shy/scared she became. I tried to be calm and happy and treat it like a game, but of course she knew something was up! There was a woman filling up next to me that came and asked if we were okay. I explained the situation and she tried to tell Millie to open the door. Millie closed up completely at that point and started to cry. The woman said she's a police officer and offered to call a wrecker she knew. I told her thank you and she made the call, then said they'd be here 15-ish minutes from then. 


Max was staying calm and Millie only cried when I spoke to her, so I just told her to eat her M&M's that she had in the car with her and then I left her alone. After an hour I called the wrecker (thank goodness the cop had given me the number) and they said they were waiting for word on my location. The cop had given them that info already, but whatever. Someone would be there in 15 minutes. Sound familiar? Yeah, didn't happen. After the next call, 2 minutes. Again, didn't happen. And at this point both of the kids were completely ballistic. I was pretty close myself. I searched for a new locksmith and called them, then called the previous wrecker and told them they had lost my business, don't bother sending your guy. (That guy ended up calling me about 4 hours after the original call to see if I needed help. Yeah, real professional.)


In all this chaos, there were several concerned people who offered and tried to help. One man was there for a meeting - seemed to be a beer distributor - and asked me twice if I needed help. Each time I told him I had someone on the way, and I thought I did. I wasn't sure what he was doing but be stayed in his car a few spots over. After waiting for the second locksmith for a little while (5-10 minutes) suddenly a different guy pulled up, from AAA. He came and asked if I was the one who needed help and I said yes but I hadn't called him. The beer distributor got out of his car and said he had called them - "AAA is always super fast, and you were waiting for a long time." So nice. I thanked him profusely and talked with him while the AAA guy unlocked the door in about 2 minutes. Amazing! When I asked him what I owed, he waved me off and said it had been taken care of, at which point I lost it. I retrieved the keys from my car, along with the measly $3 in cash I had with me, and walked over to the beer distributor's car. I was bawling and thanking him and told him this was all I had to give him. He said not to worry about it, that he had a wife and three little kids at home and he couldn't not do something. What a saint! I was so so so thankful. I got in the car and called Tyler to update him on the situation. Millie and Max had fallen asleep crying a while before, thankfully. 

I still am so floored by his kindness. In a world where crummy movies are way too popular and things can seem so bad, there are still really really good and kind people who will do amazing things for strangers! I'm going to be paying this forward for a long time. What could have ruined my day (and at the time, it did) turned out to be a really humbling experience that made me so grateful. 


Plus, we went home and had Cheetos for lunch. So that made everything better.

Monday, February 16, 2015

10 on 10: February 2015


1. A rare Daddy sighting, brought to you by the kids who wake up so stinkin' early every day!


2. Max loves to turn pages, doesn't have the patience to read the whole page.


3. Almost every time we leave in the car lately she runs out to the driveway to greet her shadow.


4. What was I thinking, bringing two kids bra shopping with me? 


5. Always a few steps ahead of me!


6. I got out some summer clothes but didn't put away the winter ones... gotta love this part. I call it the weather's awkward phase.


7. For some reason she wanted to do everything on the floor - read books, watched Curious George, and eventually fell asleep!


8. Busted out the sandals - I love those little toes!


9. "You mean the dishwasher door isn't made to support my 25 lb frame?"


10. The princesses needed a bubble bath too!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Stuff from Tyler's phone


She lines them up and then kabobs them. Why????



FHE fun. Almost every week we play Frozen games for our activity! It's a crowd favorite.





Gigi watched Millie and Max while Tyler and I went to the temple. When we got back they were snuggling on the couch and Millie was nodding off mid-sentence. Pretty cute.


Tickling the (plastic) ivories


Millie and Daddy had a daddy-daughter date. They were the only ones in the place until a little girl came with her parents. Millie and this little girl were fast friends - Tyler said Millie was telling this girl her whole life story! 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

More outside fun

Seriously. The weather here in H-town has been killing it lately! 



Millie asked to take some silly pictures while we were looking at clouds.



There were hardly any clouds, so it was a good thing we found something else to do.



Max loves to push around the shopping cart.


When it's not her turn on the trampoline (Millie can't resist bouncing when she's on with Max), Millie displays patience by walking around the edge and asking, "You ready to get off, Max?"


We've been going on tons of bike rides lately - good exercise for me and the kids love it!


We were outside with a neighbor kid came riding up on his bike. Millie insisted that I get hers so she could ride with him. Then as he speeds off, she says "My bike is too slow!" Blame the indian, not the arrow, sweetie.