Sunday, March 22, 2009

little secret...

My kids both have horrible skin in that they have eczema. Both Annie and Halle get really dry and chappy skin, especially during the winter.

So here's my little tip for soft and wonderful skin...

Put 1/2 cup to 1 cup baking soda in the tub EVERY time they take a tub. I had a prescription eczema cream for Halle (because I completely forgot about this little tip) and it totally wasn't working. After the first tub in baking soda her skin was SO SOFT and since we've been doing this, her skin problems haven't come back! Halle has also had a really bad diaper rash and this has helped a ton with that too.

Friday, March 20, 2009

my latest dorkiness...











If you read this blog, it should come as NO SURPRISE that I like Disneyland a little bit. Check out my latest endeavour http://www.tipsfromadisneygirl.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 19, 2009

what's been going on...


Ok, I realize I've been a major slacker as far as blogging goes. I would like to blame it on the fact that I've just been so busy or that I'm spending less time on the computer - but I think the real culprit is Facebook. Well, Facebook and the fact that I'm trying harder to have less angst in my life and without angst I just don't have many things to vent about. That being said, my kids are still cute and I'm not totally immune to things really REALLY bothering me.

At the end of January, Uncle Ryan got home from his mission to South Africa. He looked fabulous and not one bit different. I thought he would have an adjustment but he seemed adjusted from the minute he stepped off the plane - it's great to have him home! It was funny, on the way to the airport I was telling Annie that we were going to get Uncle Ryan from his mission and she thought we were going to go to Africa - maybe one day!

Also at the end of January, Preston and I went to San Francisco for his company holiday party. He works for the greatest company, and not just because they fly us to California and put us up at the nicest hotel in the city - but that doesn't hurt either. It was a short trip but it was so nice just to get away (kid free) for the weekend. We packed a lot of things into 36 hours and had a great time.

side note...I'm really not 40 inches taller than Preston, it's a weird angle and I'm wearing 6 inch heels.



Then in February we went on Annie's 15th trip and Halle's 3rd trip to Disneyland. I'm telling you, that place never gets old. The more I go, the more I want to go back - it's an illness really. We planned the trip for when Ryan got home from his mission and it was great to go with everyone. The weather was FREEZING but it was still a lot of fun. I'm beginning to wonder if there is a spot at Disney where I don't have a picture?


Other than those big "events" we've just been hanging out and having fun (most days).


Halle is getting so big. She is almost walking *gasp*. She started really standing and stepping around 8 months and has been on the move ever since. Right around 9 months she started climbing the stairs and now she's a big pain to try and corral. She's got 7 teeth is still an awesome sleeper! She goes to bed around 6pm and wakes up around 8am but rarely naps during the day. She has got the wildest hair of any child I've ever seen. On the back of her head she has 2 callics that go opposite directions and that makes her fine hair stand straight up on the back of her head. Believe me, no amount of gel or mousse can tame that head. Her favorite things to do are spit and growl. If you try to coo at her, you'll get a big face full of spit. She can also say ma ma, da da and ba ba - though I'm not exactly sure she knows what she's saying. I took her to the insta care for her first ear infection last weekend and she weighed in at 18 pounds, she is a thick child! She is so much fun and such a great addition.




Annie is going through a crooked phase right now! She is obsessed with things being straight and not crooked. Her pants are crooked, her socks are crooked....and on and on. If she feels that one thing is even slightly crooked, she'll throw a fit and take whatever the cluprit is off. This has made getting dressed a real treat! I finally decided to let her wear whatever she wants from her head to her toes. So if you run into Annie on one of her especially "cute" looking days, just please try to notice that at least nothing is crooked. All of this crooked-ness has resulted in her wearing shorts and flip-flops for the last 2 months even on less than warm days. I just tell her "you can wear whatever you want, I just don't want to hear about it". So on the one day that she had worn flip flops and a short sleeved shirt and it snowed she walked around looking happy as a clam because nothing was crooked and I was happy because I didn't have to hear about it! Other than that Annie has been so much fun! She is such a fabulous big sister. I keep waiting for things to change and for her to start caring about Halle going in her room and messing up her toys or for her to get jealous or something but she just loves Halle so much and is such a big helper.