Thursday, January 31, 2008

PBP

I jut wanted to draw everyones attention to Richie's new blog. Hopefully he will do a better job than I do of letting everyone know what is up with his shows and everything.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bye Bye Binkies


Well, it has been two weeks since Richie gave up the binkies, and I am not sure who has suffered more, little Richie or us. Here is the story. The rule for a long time had been that he could only have the binkies for nap and bed times, but recently he had been a little binkie junkie and would go in his room to have a "hit" every once in a while. He always thought he was being really sneaky, but I knew what he was up to; he would disappear and be really quiet and I knew I could find him sitting next to his bed with one binkie in his mouth and one in his hand. Richie and I had been talking about trying to get him off the binkies, but nothing ever really came of these discussions, other than me dreading the repercussions if we actually did it.

So one morning about two weeks ago, Richie walked by little Richie's room and saw him sucking on a binkie and he said to him, "It's time to say 'bye, bye' to the binkies. Time to put the binkies in the garbage." And little Richie yelled "NO BINKIES BYE BYE! NO GARBAGE!" His dad said it was time and Richie yelled a little more. When he is in a state like that it is better to leave him alone, otherwise the yelling just gets worse, so we ignored him and he stayed in his room and was quiet for a little while. We figure he was sucking on them one last time, saying goodbye, because all of a sudden he emerged from the room smiling and holding his binkies and said, "Binkies, garbage." And he walked into the kitchen and threw the binkies away. We sat there in the living room stunned. I could not believe what had just happened and I actually started to cry. This was a HUGE deal. The binkies were his big security item and I wasn't sure he knew how final it was for him to put them in the garbage. But he did it on his own without a fight, and there was no going back.

I have since discovered that they were as much a security item for me as they were for him. They were what I used to bribe him into taking naps and going to bed and boy did they help. We have had a rough couple weeks. He reached a new level of temper tantrum throwing, his world had just been thrown completely out of balance and he had to assert some control and it was not fun. He stopped taking afternoon naps because I couldn't take the fighting it required to put him down. Plus, he went to sleep so angry that he woke up angry and we were doing nothing but fighting all day long. On top of the binkie thing, he was in the middle of antibiotics for two ear infections and it was a battle three times a day, every day to get him to take his medicine. Little Richie was not a happy boy and we were not happy either.

I finally figured out that if I could get him to make choices about things, we would have far fewer tantrums. It has to be his idea to do something, so if it is my idea, I have to figure out a way to make him want to do it. It hasn't been easy, but it is working. Afternoon naps have been reinstated because he was falling asleep in the evenings while playing with his trains or in the middle of dinner.He went a week without naps and so all last week, he took three and a half hour long naps every day to make up for it (so I am getting naps again too, yay!). We are not having nearly as many tantrums and he hasn't even asked for his binkies since the second day after he threw them away. I never thought there would be life after the binkies, but we did it and survived!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sophia's Blessing Day

Yesterday was Sophia's big day getting blessed in church. My mom and dad came out, Richie's sister drove up from Virginia/D.C., and some of our Rutgers friends came to the church service too. It was a really special day. Her daddy gave her a beautiful blessing and my dad and several of our friends from the ward stood in the circle. I am so grateful that my husband honors his priesthood and could do this special thing for our little girl.

Sophia was a little star. I was worried she was going to be hungry and fussy, but she was perfect through the blessing and as soon as Dad held her up to show her off to the congregation she spit the binky out. I think she wanted to make sure everyone could see her clearly. She looked really beautiful. As soon as I found out I was having a girl I started looking for a pattern to knit for her blessing. It was a fun project to work on and it turned out really pretty. We are so happy that she is part of our family. It was wonderful to have friends and family here to share in the experience.






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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I've been tagged!

My friend Jones tagged me. When Chrislynn told me, I pretended that I thought it was lame, but secretly I was very excited (I'll get to that later)!


10 Years ago today (Jan 1998)
It was my junior year of high school, and I was just starting my second semester of the school year at Burley HIgh School in Burley, Idaho. I was also starting rehearsals for my dad's production of Inherit the Wind. I was playing Matthew Harrison Brady.

5 things on my to-do list today:
1) Rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet from 11:30 - 3:30 and 5:00 - 8:00.
2) Don't eat carbs!
3) Turn in my work study hours to the Theatre Department Secretary.
4) Start working on assignments for the first week of classes.
5) Check off things on my to do list.

Snacks I enjoy:
1) Henry David - chocolate covered cherries, strawberries, and blueberries.
2) Dale and Thomas - "Twice as Nice Popcorn" (milk and white chocolate covered caramel popcorn).
3) Sour Patch Kids
4) Dots
5) Mike and Ikes
Now you know why I have to remind myself not to eat carbs!

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1) Pay off all our student loans (that might take up all of the money!).
2) Pay off all of my parents and Chrislynn's parents debt.
3) Buy homes in New York City, LA, and Logan, Utah.
4) Start my own theatre company.
5) Buy my dad a Mini Cooper, Chrislynn's Dad a Lazy-boy recliner, my brother a Hummer, and us a mini-van (we're getting cramped in the Civic!).

3 of my bad habits
1) Eating too many of the wrong kind of carbs.
2) Spending more money than I have.
3) Recording things on the DVR that I'll never have time to watch.

5 places I have lived:
1) North Brunswick, NJ
2) Logan, UT
3) Nebraska / Iowa
4) Burley, ID
5) McAllen, TX
6) Nacogdoches, TX
7) Twin Falls, ID

5 jobs I have had:
1) Basic Acting Instructor - Rutgers University
2) Office Assistant - Rutgers University, Utah State University, and for Kris Bushman
3) Produce Boy - Walmart and Smiths
4) Assembly Line - Ikon
5) Actor!!!

5 things people don't know about me:
1) I've secretly been longing to be tagged!
2) I would like to open several restaurants.
3) I used to want to be a country singer.
4) I used to want to play professional football.
5) I collect Polar Bears . . . oh wait . . . people may know that.

Tagged:
Kim Glover
Britt Barton
Clay Perkins
Eryka Glover
Nancy Glover

Monday, January 7, 2008

My Little Artist

The other day I was making dinner while Sophia slept peacefully in the swing and Richie watched "Thomas". I thought he was being very good, just sitting on the couch enjoying his show, but I should have known better, because he was being very quiet. He was always in my sight lines from the kitchen, so it really seemed as though all was well, but when I went into the living room to check on them, I discovered Richie sitting with markers in his hand and my newly decorated Boppy nursing pillow in his lap. He was so happy, he had really enjoyed this particular "art project", but of course he was in trouble. I almost felt badly disciplining him because he was so pleased with himself, but he has to learn that he can't just color on everything he can get his hands on, as much as he might like to.

Here is his masterpiece.


I spent the next several minutes fighting with him because I took the markers away. I scolded him pretty severely reminding him that "You only color on paper." When big Richie got home the first thing little Richie said to him was "No, no boppy Dad. Nooo boppy." I wish I could recreate his tone of voice because the way he said it was so cute, he held up one finger and slowly waved it, his eyes were wide and eyebrows raised as he shook his head and said "No boppy Dad" over and over. I guess he at least understands what I am trying to teach him, whether or not he is obeying me.