Sunny 9 for 2008 January

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[Comments] (3) Along with the new year: This was Lily's first day in Primary. I look at her now and can't believe how old she is looking. When we got home from our trip my brother, sisters, and mom have all commented on how she has grown and looks taller in just the couple weeks we were gone. I think so too. She really picked up a thing or two from her older cousin Kate who taught her some "big girl" things. She is into Barbies, babies, and princesses more than ever.

On the way to church I told Lily that she looks adorable. Her eyes got wide and said "I am? A-dora-ble, huh?" Then she paused to think and she asked, "What's Gunnar?" I said he was adorable too and she replied, "No, he's ah-diego-able." She may be into new things but I think her favorite will always be Dora.

Oprah: touching one life at a time: In the car the other day I had an opera cd playing and it sparked curiosity in Lily. She asked, "who sings this?" And I said it was opera, since I could barely pronounce the songs let alone know the actual singers. Lily goes, "Oh...Oprah. Like on TV." Kinda, sorta, not really. Then she asked me to "turn it loud." I don't really even know how she knows her name since I don't really watch the show often. It surprises me because it doesn't seem like she pays attention when I watch "my shows".

Is it bad that my 3 yr old was singing in her room to herself: "I don't wanna be alone, I don't wanna be alone..." (Good Charlotte-this song is really played out here)? And when she hears Apologize she says "turn it loud" and starts singing "gize". And when it is over she tells me to play it again. Sure Lily, let me just call the radio station and have them play in on repeat. The good thing though is that she loves Jack Johnson's Curious George cd and so do I. And I don't want to scratch my eyes out listening to it unlike some of her other favorite cds/songs.

RIP: Mr. Crabs died yesterday. He survived 2 1/2 long weeks without us. When we got him back the tank was very green. I guess he couldn't handle the shock to his system to be in clean water again because the day after we cleaned the tank he was a goner. I will miss his Zelda crab dances. They always put a smile on my face. His other friends are still well, at least we think.

[Comments] (1) Workin it out: To this song. It is a great one to do sprint intervals with.

[Comments] (2) Crisis control: In nursery they had this built in bathroom in the actual room and it has this tiny toilet and sink. It is the cutest thing you have ever seen and I swear that is one of the reasons that lily wanted to start potty training is because she wanted to start using this potty after we recently moved into this new chapel. The first thing that she said after we told her that she was going to be in big girl primary was, "But mommy, where will I go potty?" haha, I feel sorry for her teachers and wonder what they will come up with to tell her why she has to start using the boring toilet.

[Comments] (1) Girls: Today during preschool all three girls were standing on the couch or chair and were calling for the one boy: "Joshua, come save me, come save me..." Are we that transparent and single minded as a gender? Sheesh.

[Comments] (1) Just when I thought it couldn't get better: Cold Stone came out with a new flavor, chocolate cake batter. How could you not love two things that are so perfect? Aaron and Lily went out and decided to pick some ice cream up for me. While we were eating it at home Lily decided to share each others. I guess she decided that my chocolate cake batter with brownies looked as good as her strawberry shortcake ie "pink" ice cream. She told me as she was feeding me a bite, you get just the pink and I get the yellow- referring to the cake bits mashed up. Nice manners. Then you can't have any of my brownies!

[Comments] (3) Walker, a Texas Ranger: Gunnar is getting around these days. He is pretty good at walking about 20-30 steps. He can walk, stop and pause and keep walking again so his balance is really improving. He is so hilarious to watch. I love how sometimes he will let go of something and have his arms up in the air and a big grin on his face and teeter towards me, swaying back and forth. Before long he will only want to walk.

In AZ we copied cousin Luke and got some fancy new shoes to help him walk better. He loves those things and giggles when we put them on. The ladies at the gym I go to insist I need to buy him some shoes with good soles to help in walk and since I got him his fancy new shoes I thought it would quell their insists. Not so, today one of the ladies was like- I don't think those shoes are helping because he keeps falling after a few steps...You need some heavy duty shoes. I'm sorry, did you not realize he is learning to walk. Of course he is going to face plant all the time. Not to mention every single baby magazine and website says don't put real shoes on your baby until they can walk. They even recommend they learn to walk barefoot first. So please stop telling me I need to buy him new shoes, thankyouverymuch!

[Comments] (5) 6 years and counting: Yesterday was Aaron and my 6 year anniversary. We were lucky enough to escape to the Westin downtown for a relaxing night and day away from the kids thanks to David and Ashley watching the kids for us. This was our first night together without kids since Lily was born. It was a real treat to be able to wake up naturally, and not be woken up to crying or Lily calling through the door that she wants breakfast. Aaron surprised me with a Coach wallet and I gave him a leather jacket, but it wasn't a surprise. He gives really good gifts and just keeps getting better at it.

We left after Aaron finished with school and decided to try out the Westin's in house restaurant. After $100 later we rolled ourselves back up to the room. We really wanted to catch a movie but it took 2 hours for them to bring around 4 courses (appetizers, salad, entree, and dessert). It was good food but probably not worth a whole weeks worth of groceries, yikes. It is fun to go to fancy restaurants once in a while though. Plus our friend Matt got us like a 60% discount on the room so it would be like we just paid full price for a room with a bonus dinner. (You see my fine rationalizations skills here. This is how I rationalized the Old Navy folly last week when their clearance stuff was marked down an extra 50%...we won't get into that except to say cute sweaters for $4.)

I was kinda wiped at the end of the day because it felt like I was getting ready to go out of town by cleaning the whole house and packing and changing sheets and making sure David and Ashley would be comfortable staying there. And it was cold and rainy. However, we did catch a movie Sat along with shopping at Rivercenter Mall and breakfast at Emily Morgan Hotel. The breakfast was very good. We actually ate dinner at their restaurant Oro for our last anniversary. We really like that place.

We decided to see Cloverfield because I have been on a scary movie kick ever since I Am Legend. I admit I don't really like scary movies, but these aren't like bloody gory weird movies. I really liked I Am Legend because I found myself thinking about the movie for the next couple days after. I usually forget a lot about a movie, I just remember if I liked it or not. Cloverfield wasn't as good but I still enjoyed it. It is nice to switch it up a bit sometimes.

It turned out after we got home that the girls were all going to see 27 Dresses so Aaron told me to go with them since Michelle was in town and he would stay home with the kids and play video games. That is the only plus about video games is that Aaron always has something to do when I am gone so he doesn't mind it if I leave. It was weird watching 2 movies in one day, but fun. We went to Pei Wei for dinner and it was really good to hang out with mom, Michelle and Lorna, and SIL Ashley. This is why I love living near family! Fun girl's night outs! 27 Dresses was a very predictable but very cute movie. I think I could live Sat over and over again if I had to. It is nice to have fun things going on all day long. And when we got home the kids were so excited to see us. Lily just kept hugging and kissing us, telling us she missed us so much. Who knew she was such a softy?

[Comments] (2) Helping hand: Ever since Lily was mobile I have not known the luxury of having "my things". Everything was fair game if she could lift it, climb to it, or get into it. I became the master baby proofer shortly after we moved into our house. At 10 months she was already into much mischief. I used to envy my friends or SIL who could just leave a basket of diapers and wipes in the corner or on an end table, not to mention having Desitin in those baskets. Lily was just not the type of girl to let things go unnoticed, ie in good condition.

Yet, lately she has been so helpful. I have been able to leave Gunnar's diapers in a basket on the floor and she doesn't mess with them anymore. She even goes and gets me a diaper or the wipes if I ask her too. She has been very responsive to cleaning up toys now too. She doesn't complain (yet) and if I tell her to get all her kitchen food and dishes, she will gather them all and put them away. Soon she will be doing real dishes.

Here's to having my life a little bit easier. Thanks, Lily for being a good helper!

[Comments] (1) Life's not fair: It is a myth that women get off easier than men regarding tickets. Since Aaron and I have been married he has gotten out of at least 3 tickets, whereas I have never been given so much as a warning let alone being scotfree. Just this week Aaron was pulled over for going 60 in a 40 speed limit. Surprise, surprise...he got out of it by "playing dumb". Coincidentally, I got pulled over too a couple weeks ago for having an expired registration and an expired proof of insurance. I can explain, the registration I just noticed after we got back from vacation. It totally crept up on me. I was waiting for Aaron to fix the printer so I could print off our renewed proof of insurance through USAA because they don't mail it to you anymore. You can't renew your registration unless you have PoI. So I told this to the cop and he wrote me a ticket for both! What a jerk. He even gave it to me after Lily was calling out from the backseat, "I want to say hi to the man". What happened to poor emotional women getting a pass? Ok, so I have never shed a tear, but still. I got 2 other speeding tickets that I swear I am innocent of a couple years ago too. (I think I have a fuming blog entry about it if I look.) Seriously, I was innocent. The jerks that pulled me over both said "tell it to the judge". I am losing faith in the system if me, who was innocent, is given tickets over my husband who is grossly going over the speed limit every time he is pulled over and given a free pass. I mean I am glad I don't have to pay for a ticket and increased insurance rates and all, but still. Such a male chauvinistic society we live in.

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