Thursday, January 19, 2017

More Dean Says

Dean: Being a pill
Trevor: Three year olds, am I right?
Dean: NO, YOU'RE WRONG!
So...Exhibit A.


Dean really likes the song "Giants Fall" by Francesca Bettistelli. The chorus is "So don't be afraid of giants in your way; with God you know that anything's possible. Step into the fight, he's right there by your side. The stones inside your hand might be small, but watch the giants fall." Dean has been asking about what the words mean:

Dean: What's "don't be afraid."
Me: It means to not be scared and to trust that God will take care of you.
Dean: I don't want God to take care of me.
Me: You don't? Who do you want to take care of you?
Dean: I want Jesus to take care of me.
Me: OK, well that's basically the same thing.
Dean: When we go to His church, we'll ask Him if He can take care of me.


That conversation just happened right now and I wanted to write it down, so I would remember. While I was typing, I hear Dean say, "I'll feed him the rest of my yogurt." I looked over, and he was holding out his spoon to Ian, who was in fact eating Dean's yogurt. Then, Dean ran to the kitchen, grabbed a towel, and wiped Ian's face off (perhaps a little too vigorously). What a sweet big brother!



Friday, December 9, 2016

Dean Says

Little Mister has been saying some cute/funny things lately, and I wanted to write them down:

Dean (to Ian): Don't touch her; she's MY mommy!
Me: I'm his mommy, too. I'm your mommy AND Ian's mommy.
Dean: No, I'm your mommy.
Me: I'm YOUR mommy. You're my SON.
Dean: Well, you're my star.


Dean: I want Daddy.
Me: I know, your mommy is no fun.
Dean: Daddy is yes fun.


Dean to me one day while I was getting out of the shower: "Mom, your bum is pretty awesome!"
Dean to me while getting out of the shower a few weeks later: "Mom, is your bum saggy and baggy?"
Dean to Trevor the same day he asked me that question: "You're my hero."


He calls me Amber 75% of the time.


My brain is blanking on the rest, hence why I need to write them down (preferably sooner).

Here's a few pictures of me and Dean "playing" the headbands game. He's very in to games right now. We love this boy, even though I don't write about it on the blog much any more.









Friday, July 24, 2015

Update on Dean

It's been forever since I've posted anything, and Dean has changed so much! Good thing the only people who read this see him monthly on video chats. Here's a little snapshot into what Dean is like right now:

-He just learned to jump with his feet leaving the ground. He's been "jumping" for a while, but it was just squatting down and then going on tip-toes. Now he get's off the ground and he is very proud of himself and wants to jump all day long.

-His vocabulary is taking off! He can say short sentences now. He imitates words we say, and he loves to practice saying new words. He's starting to learn some of his letters (just recognizing them). We got an iPad to occupy him during our flights this summer, and one app was an alphabet one and he seems to have learned from it. He can fill in letters as we sing the alphabet song.

-This goes along with vocabulary I guess, but Dean is getting so good at helping me read his books! I think the thing he was most excited about when we got home were his books. I didn't pack many with us, and he found some he liked at cousin's houses, but he was sure excited for some of his books. And he remembered them! And the words! He can say words now that he couldn't before we left, so I'm not sure how he learned them. For example, Anne got him one of those recordable books for Christmas and it's her reading "Frosty the Snowman." Dean grabbed that book, and said "Snowman." He never said that before we left, and I can guarantee you he didn't hear the word snowman on our trip. He just remembered and now can say it! Isn't that just crazy?

-Dean loves cars. I thought about getting him a car track a while ago since he liked playing with one at a friend's house, but opted for the train track instead. He loves it, but while traveling this summer, both Stacy and Nathan had car tracks at their houses and they were his favorite toy at both places, so today I bought one for him (on Craigslist...those things are like $40 new. Are you kidding me?!)

-Eating continues to be a struggle, but at least he loves smoothies now, and today I finally convinced him to eat the banana chips (dried banana) I bought forever ago. I honestly think it's because he got his first taste of potato chips on our trip, and he now knows chips are delicious. So I called them chips and eventually he ate them. He doesn't eat dinner most days because I just give him what we're eating and he won't eat it. Sometimes I have luck with the food grinder, some days he eats just fine, and lots of days he just doesn't eat hardly anything. Good thing he eats breakfast and lunch!


-He loves to stand up when and where he's not supposed to and then say, "Bum!" knowing that I tell him to sit on his bum. Stinker.

-Unfortunately, he gets time-out fairly regularly for biting or other aggressive behavior. He and Jonah had a love/hate relationship. A couple times in a toy squabble, Dean grabbed Jonah's face. Once he pulled Jonah's hair really hard. He only ever bites me (although he did bite Libby's hair once when he was mad at her). So far he's gotten really good at staying in time-out, but I'm not sure the "no biting" message is getting through. I just hope he doesn't bite anyone in nursery! I don't want my kid to be "that" kid!

-I've convinced him that there are two ways to ask nicely: say please and giving kisses. He doesn't like to say please, but I've been getting lots of kisses.

-He's still a big momma's boy.

-He has all his teeth except his 2 year old molars. He has a cute smile. I hope he gets to keep those teeth because the past few weeks he has fought getting his teeth brushed with a furious passion. I still do it, but I know it's not a thorough job. I do my best.

-He's dang adorable. But blogger won't let me upload pictures right now, so you don't get to see it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Texas Thanksgiving

Let's just be honest, I only have pictures of Dean. But I promise we had a really, really fun time with Stacy and Michael and their families. We went to the zoo, the mall, Rainforest Cafe (which Dean did NOT like), and a family farm place. Thanksgiving dinner was scrumptious, including the best Thanksgiving turkey I've ever had. We also went jogging a few times and went to the park, and just had a good time talking. And Cara gave me a massage and made my back feel better. Good times all around.








Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Long Time, Some See

I realize most people who read this blog have seen us recently, so I'm not going to actually try to recap the last (almost) 6 months of our lives. Yep, Dean will be 17 months old in a week, and my last post was his 11 month post. I guess I need to blog about events now rather than months. Here's some picture overload for you though.

From "his" birthday dinner the day before his birthday and then "his" cake on his birthday.







Oh, he is just so cute.

One time when I kept trying to get a picture and he just wanted to go to bed.

We like to make faces at each other.

This is one of my all time FAVORITE pictures of Dean. Oh that smile.

Somehow he quit screaming for two seconds and allowed Trevor to snap this ultra cute picture of the world's most handsome lumberjack. He was also the world's saddest/warmest/toobigforhisclothes lumberjack, but we'll focus on handsome.

Dean is such a good helper!

Stay tuned for posts about Thanksgiving and Christmas and more about Dean.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Favorite Quote

I remember this quote from a packet I received in my "Teachings of the Living Prophets" class at BYU. Said packet is buried somewhere in Mom and Dad's house now, and I've never remembered what talk it was from or anything. Then today in my study from "Come, Follow Me" I clicked to a link from an Education Week talk from Elder Ballard, and voila! There is the quote. I was excited to know the talk it's from. I think it's funny, and also very true.

"When you stop and think about it from a diabolically tactical point of view, fighting the family makes sense. When Satan wants to disrupt the work of the Lord, he doesn’t poison the world’s peanut butter supply, thus bringing the Church’s missionary system to its collective knees. He doesn’t send a plague of laryngitis to afflict the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He doesn’t legislate against green Jell-O or casseroles. When Satan truly wants to disrupt the work of the Lord, he attempts to confuse gender and he attacks God’s plan for His children. He works to drive a wedge of disharmony between a father and a mother. He entices children to be disobedient to their parents. He makes family home evening and family prayer inconvenient. He suggests family scripture study is impractical. That’s all it takes, because Satan knows that the surest and most effective way to disrupt the Lord’s work is to diminish the effectiveness of the family and the sanctity of the home." 

From "The Sacred Responsibilities of Parenthood" in the March 2006 Ensign, taken from a BYU Education Week Devotional

Friday, September 26, 2014

11 Months!


Dean is 11 months old today. That means (in case anyone out there is REALLY bad at math) that he will be one year in one month. What? How is that possible? Here are pictures of him the day we brought him home from the hospital:



And here is a picture of him in the same rock n' play taken about two weeks ago.


Crazy.

Dean is now army crawling his little heart out. It's nice that he can follow me if I go to another room, because it means he doesn't just cry every time he can't see me. The only down side is...he can follow me. Oh, and that I feel like the worst housekeeper in the world since his onesies are always SOOO dirty! Our floors are impossible! They are this textures linoleum that looks like wood. I love that it's not carpet. I hate that it's...it.  I just bought a steam mop and I hope it helps!

After a few times of this:


we finally borrowed a drill and got cabinet locks installed. We've also had to move the toilet brush to sit on top of the toilet. Yuck.

He has not outgrown his phase of spitting out all fruits that aren't pureed. Ugh. This morning I tried to  sneak some bananas into his oatmeal. This was the result:



It doesn't show up as well in the picture, but it was all over his tummy and legs and ear. I try feeding him a non-pureed fruit every day. Remember how he loved those grapes? I'll tried a few more times to no avail. He used to eat pieces of banana just fine, too. Yesterday he did play with/chew a tiny bit on an apple slice. He didn't throw it on the floor until he'd had it for 5 minutes or so, so I count that as a great success! Good thing he's so cute.

There are plenty of foods that he loves. He normally just eats what we eat for dinner with the help of the food grinder. We're trying to introduce him to more foods not ground up. Normally if we give him some ground up and then follow it up with some just cut in small pieces he'll do okay eating it. And the boy loves yogurt. Cannot get enough. He also gobbles down garlic bread and taco meat. He likes blueberry bagel a lot, too, so that and yogurt is his typical lunch. Here he decided he didn't want the little pieces I had torn off for him and swiped the rest of the bagel when my back was turned. Stinker.


We went to the library last week and Dean had a great time playing with the toys. He loved his activity cube! 


And he would even stand at the tables! He doesn't really pull himself up yet, and normally if we try to get him to stand he just lifts his feet up, so this was huge!


Then, this past Saturday, Trevor and I found a yard sale in our apartment complex, and look what I found for $5! I looked it up on Amazon just for kicks and giggles, and used ones were starting at $40. I felt like a champ! It's Dean's birthday present, but we just cleaned it up and let him have at it.



He still loves books a lot. I've started showering while he's awake more often since he's better at entertaining himself. One day I got out to find him like this just reading his books.


He just loves turning pages!



He's still learning appropriate book choice. Obviously he's tried to read some things he's just not ready for.

We doggy-sat for Trevor's cousin while they went out of town for a wedding. I think Dean ate more of the dog food than Presley did!


He loves our Sonicare toothbrushes and always wants to help us brush! I tried putting it in his mouth to feel, but he wouldn't let me.


He had his first actual throw up. I'm so glad I got to hold him for that. (sarcasm, if you couldn't tell) No, he wasn't sick. Isolated random, incredibly stinky throw up.



So, I tried to take pictures of him with his yellow blanket and elephant, but they didn't turn out so good. Something about him refusing to stay put and crawling towards the camera.





Can someone make the next month go by a little slower? I need some time to plan his party and to snuggle the daylights out of him.