Conference Week

After my crazy week last week traveling to Utah for recruiting we kind of had a normal week this week which was nice. We had FHE on Monday, scouts on Tuesday, Sarah’s family history center trip on Wednesday, clothes folding on Thursday, football on Friday and conference on Saturday and Sunday. All in all it was a good week.

Eliza uses a spoon ... sometimes.

Eliza uses a spoon … sometimes.

Eliza threw up in the middle of the night on Tuesday — actually Wednesday at 3:00 am. We were asleep and she came down to us crying and covered in vomit. She was scared and so sad. She clearly had lost her whole dinner and was feeling pretty yucky. We got her all cleaned up and back in bed. She started feeling better pretty quickly but it took her a few days to get back to eating all her normal food and having all her body functions back to normal. James must have caught the bug from her because Saturday night he threw up three times in a row. Sarah was trying to feed him to put him down to bed and he just kept on throwing up all over everything. I think we went through almost all of our blankets. Today he seemed to be doing better. He threw up once this morning but has been keeping food down since then. He is eating pretty normal already. Both of the kids have had good attitudes about this little bug.

"I'm a walking blankey"

“I’m a walking blankey”

Eliza was running around with her blanked on hear head. She kept on running into things and thought it was hilarious.

Eliza was running around with her blanked on hear head. She kept on running into things and thought it was hilarious.

James is talking more and more this week. He has a picture of Jesus in his room that he can see from his crib. This week he started pointing to the picture and saying “Jesus.” (He doesn’t say it clearly at all but he has his own word that we can tell is “Jesus.”) It is interesting to realize how early both of our kids have recognized Jesus. We haven’t done anything too brainwashy to teach them. They just seem to come that way. James also loves to look at the fan. He has his own word for “fan” too and we let him pull on the fan chains when we hold him. When he’s wiggly when we’re trying to change his diaper, we can often distract him with the fan and that will help him hold still.

This is a classic James face!

This is a classic James face!

Eliza has picked up the habit of saying “so” in front of most of her sentences. She’ll say “So, I need my milk.” “So… My baby needs to take a nap.” “So… Mommy/Daddy needs some privacy.” She is so cute when she says it. She is a great little communicator and we can usually understand what she’s saying to us.

Eliza got her first cowboy boots this week. She's from Texas!

Eliza got her first cowboy boots this week. She’s from Texas!

Eliza has also been a very good mommy to her little baby this week. She started putting the baby in one of her square fabric drawers that we have for her shelf. She has a cradle for the baby but for some reason the drawer is better. Every night before she says her prayers in her room, she has to feed the baby. Then she puts the baby’s pillow in the drawer and tucks her baby all in for the night. She has to make sure that the baby has her bottle with her before she closes the drawer for the night. She has started carrying the baby like we carry the kids on our hip. She will also make the baby say her prayers. The baby can’t fold her arms very well but Eliza will hold them together and say “Fold your arm baby. Close your eyes baby.” She is a cute little mother.

Eliza and Daddy hanging out while mommy is at the airport.

Eliza and Daddy hanging out while mommy is at the airport.

Sarah took one of our friends to the airport on Friday. She had to get up early and drive on the fast toll road to get there. She went all by herself (and the people she was taking) and came back from the airport alone. I was so proud of her. She is getting better and better at getting out driving.

We have a sheet from the doctor that says that a 2-year-old should be able to stack three blocks . . . can you say overachiever!?

We have a sheet from the doctor that says that a 2-year-old should be able to stack three blocks . . . can you say overachiever!?

Conference was great this weekend. Sarah had (or borrowed) a great idea to print pictures of the apostles and then let Eliza put a tie on each of them when they spoke. We had them all up on the wall for her to see. She would ask almost every talk if we needed to put a tie on. She was very good at matching the people from the screen to the pictures on the wall. She loved watching for President Monson, Eyring and Uchtdorf, all of whom she knows well from their picture that we have on our wall. During the first session she was so excited to see Pres. Uchtdorf conducting.

06 Eliza loved putting ties on the prophets during conference

Eliza pointing to Elder Uchtdorf after putting on his tie.

08 all the prophets have ties after conference

All the prophets and apostles with their ties after conference.

Conference is a bit crazy with two little ones running around (as I’m sure you know) but we’re glad that we watched the sessions. The spirit that the conference brings into our home is wonderful. I always feel refreshed after listening to the messages and I have a good list of goals that I want to do from this conference.

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