Blame the holidays.

That’s what I’m going to do here, I’m going to blame the holidays. I just noticed I haven’t posted since essentially Thanksgiving. I’ve been barely keeping up with entering the weekly posts during this time. Truth be told I’ll notice that I missed Monday morning for a post and for some reason decide that means I can’t post until the following Monday morning.

I plan to change that. I may post a couple a week for a bit to catch back up some as well since it’s pretty far behind at this point. Maybe not though, we’ll see. I do have one scheduled for tomorrow morning already. Depending on how the afternoon here goes I may also schedule the next few weeks. I do need to get some more titles though, my backlog of titles is getting shorter.

One way I think I’ll change it is to change the feel a little. I’ll keep the “TWB” title as it seems fine to me, but I’ll stop trying to make it so much about bedtime. Honestly anyone that’s actually been reading knows it hasn’t been strictly about bedtime for quite a while. In fact if I don’t manage to capture the shows and stories right away they basically are lost to time. What happened in the family during the day isn’t as hard to discern, so I’ll allow myself to officially switch focus. With it being so far behind I might even be able to talk about some “upcoming” things.

That’s all for today. Watch here for a post tomorrow, like I said it’s already scheduled and will go up.

This Weeks Bedtime (TWB) Ep 2

Monday Gideon picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates. Cecilia didn’t get to watch because, well, let’s just say she had a rough night.
Cecilia had Mom read Words. Dad had already spent a long time trying to calm he down by then and didn’t read her a story.
Gideon had Mom read 500 Hats and Dad read Grinch Stole Christmas.

Tuesday Cecilia picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia had Mom read “” while Dad read “No Place Like Space.”
Gideon asked Dad to read Grinch, but was kidding. Dad ended up reading 500 Hats and Mom read Grinch.

Wednesday was T-Ball for Gideon. After that we had to run the van to the shop for work on Thursday. Due to this we had showtime and books decided by Dad.
For a show we had Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks while driving to the dealer. (About half of the DVD.)
For books we had “Clifford the Firehouse Dog” and “Santa duck” on the way home.

Thursday Mom’s softball game got rained out. We decided to have Mom do grocery shopping at bedtime instead. Gideon had some “issues,” not the get in trouble kind though. Dad decided to split the bedtime routine.
Cecilia got to watch Sophia the First followed by reading “The Sailor Dog.”
Gideon watched Sheriff Callie’s Wild West and then heard “Splat the Cat on With the Show.”
When Mom got home she read Cecilia “Words” and Gideon “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”

Friday we watched Turbo Dogs while hanging out at the Huisinga’s. Gideon and Cecilia watched part of Frozen on the way home. (They always call it “Disney Frozen.”) Mom gave that ride to them. Dad stayed behind and read A phonic’s Hello Kitty story to Lydia, Alladin to Lydia and Isiah, and a story about cows typing to Lydia.

Saturday Gideon picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia wanted mom to read “How the Turtle Got It’s Shell.” Dad was asked to read “Under My Hood I Have A Hat.”
Gideon picked 500 Hats. Mom got to read “Double Play! Monkeying Around With Addition.” This is a book Gideon picked up from the library when his class went earlier in the week.

Sunday Cecilia picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia asked Mom to read “Color Kittens” while Dad read “Weights & Measures.”
Gideon got 500 Hats from Dad and asked mom to read “The Lorax.” He told Dad Mom would be reading “How the Grinch Stole Christmas..”

This weeks bedtime.

Monday Cecilia picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia started with “Bobcat Bootcamp” and ended with Dad reading “Duck on a Bike.”
Gideon had Dad read 500 Hats and finished with Mom making it all the way through “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Tuesday Gideon picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia had Dad read “The Bunny Book” and got to hear Gideons choice of 500 hats.

Wednesday Cecilia picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia got both “Whisper in My Ear” and “What do Animals Do?” from Mom while Dad read her “The Fox and the Crow.”
Gideon wanted Dad to read 500 hats and Mom got to read “Bearenstain Bears Go Out for the Team.”

Thursday Gideon picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
The kids decided to do their “art projects” instead of getting a story, so no stories this night.

Friday Cecilia pickled Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia had both Mom and Dad read the Golden Books “Words”.
Gideon was told by Dad he had to pick a short one because it was later than planned. Dad read “Gertrude McFuzz” while Mom read “The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Saturday we made a long trip to get dinner after church and got home a little later than normal. Gideon picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia didn’t get a story from Dad. Mom read “Pip Goes to London” and “Chipmunk’ s Birthday Party”.
Gideon didn’t get a story from Dad. Mom read “Chipmunk’s Birthday Party”.

Sunday we got home late after taking an extra park break. Cecilia picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia had a “The Bunny Book” from Mom. She had Dad read her “There’s No Place Like Space.”
Gideon let Dad choose because it was very late. Dad picked “There’s No Place Like Space.” Mom read him “Clifford in the Circus”.

Sorry I didn’t get the weekend readings recorded very well. Heather might edit her entries for the weekend. I’m pretty sure Saturday ended up being a no story day but could just be remembering wrong. (It has been updated by Heather)

This week in entertainment.

Last Sunday, Cecilia picked Sophia the first.
Gideon wanted “500 Hats” from both Mom & Dad.
Cecilia had Dad read “There is No Place Like Space” after Mom read “Words” from the golden books series.

Monday, Gideon picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Gideon let Dad read “Lorax” and had Mom read “500 Hats”.
Cecilia got to hear Mom read “Santa Duck” while Dad read “Duck on a Bike.”

Tuesday Cecilia picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Gideon picked “How the Grinch Saved Christmas” but changed to “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street” on the opening line while Cecilia picked “See and Say Shapes.” (Mom isn’t home for bedtime Tuesdays.)

Wednesday Gideon picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia had Mom read “Bobcat Boot Camp” and Dad read “Bearenstain Bears Joy of Giving.”
Gideon told Dad to read “500 Hats.” He wanted Mom to as well, but didn’t get to hear her finish because he kept playing.

Thursday Mom played softball and the kids watched until late. They picked a show and Cecilia decided on Jake & the Neverland Pirates.

Friday was Gideons graduation so after we all got home late Gideon picked Chuggington.

Saturday Cecilia picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
We went to the library today and each kid got to pick out 2 books. Gideon had Dad read “Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team” from that trip. He had Mom read “The Wheels on the Bus A Read-Along Sing-Along Trip to the Zoo.”
Cecilia started out with Mom reading “Clifford to the Rescue.” Dad got to read “Is This the House of Mistress Mouse?”

Tonight Gideon picked Jake & the Neverland Pirates.
Cecilia had Mom read “Chipmunks Birthday Party.” Dad read her “Clifford at the Circus.”
Gideon had Dad start with 500 Hats. Mom also read 500 Hats but didn’t finish because he wasn’t listening.

New post series.

Anyone who has preschoolers in this day and age knows that some nights a 30 minute TV show is worth the cost of an entire months cable subscription. Our nighttime routine has become a half hour show followed by bedtime stories.

The show so far has been a Disney Junior show. (25 minutes or so.) As they are commercial free they are generally followed by 5 minutes of station promos. In these promos is usually a 30-60 second short. At some point this 5 minutes segment became known as the “wait.”

Stories at this point consist of each child getting a story from Mom and a separate one from Dad. The boys are usually together first, then the parents swap rooms. Pretty soon, especially with Gideon, we should change this up to part of a longer story.

There are exceptions. Late nights don’t always result in both, or either, bedtime event. If one parent is not home for bedtime the other usually reads two stories, one picked by each child, to both of them.

Where am I going with this? It started with a desire to prove that Gideon really was going overboard with wanting Dr Suess’s 500 ahts of Bartholomew Cubbins. Then I wished I had come up with the idea years ago. Finally I decided I’d just go forward with the idea. The result is going to be a weekly update on the standard entertainment for the week..

 

Starting tomorrow.

GJM Airlines Flight Success

So in March Gideon turned four.  We actually ended up with 3 different celebrations for his birthday.

The first was just a small one with the four of us on his actual birthday.  We had his favorite foods for dinner (MacNCheese, Hot Dogs, Raspberries, and Pineapple).  Then he opened some a couple gifts from us and a few cards/packages he had received from family out of state. He loved the camera we got him.  Now we just need to get Cecilia one and hope she doesn’t break his before we do that.  (I scored a great deal on a point and shoot for him.)

The second was the our “flight” on Sunday afternoon with family, family friends, and a couple of friends from school.  We went with his love of airplanes and had an airplane themed party.   I found a printable party pack at simonemadeit.com which I used for the invitations and a lot of the decorations.  We had a homemade ice cream cake in the shape of an airplane and did a couple of fun activities.  Overall I think it turned out well and he loved it.  Detailed pictures below.

Finally, we celebrated on Tuesday with my parents after they got in where he got a few more presents from them and a couple others I hadn’t gotten wrapped in time for the party on Sunday.

It was a fun week of celebrations and he seemed to like it all.

GJM Airline Flight Pictures

Runway

The Runway

FruitPlane

Fruit “Plane”Cups

The Cups

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Cake View 1Cake2

Cake View 2Cake

Cake View 3

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Cake View 4

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Airplane Magnet Craft

PartyHatParty Hat Craft

BaggageClaim

Party Favor Area

PartyFavorBag

Party Favor Bag

AirplaneFavor

Candy Plane Favor

 

Mid-October Memories 2012

Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling the greatest Sunday afternoon so I’ll give a quick update mid-week this week.  This past weekend we went to the farm where we have been CSA members this year to pick up our final “regular season” box of produce, get some pumpkins, and some chickens on Saturday.  It was a little bit of a chilly Saturday but the kids still enjoyed it.

Afterwards we went out to lunch at a restaurant.  The kids seemed to enjoy the restaurant and when we asked Gideon if it was a good one his reply was “Yes.  Because I picked it.”

Some of my favorite little memories of the week:

– While shopping at Home Depot Gideon had to ask everyone we met what their name was.  Employee or otherwise.  When they asked his name in return his reply was always “Gideon James Myhr”.  Have to give the full one.  Hopefully he will continue to be friendly and outgoing as he grows.

– Cecilia our “Little Miss Independent” always wants to do things by herself.  It is great to see her desire to figure it out although very frustrating at times as well.  Since she is so independent we decided to try some pull-ups this weekend so she could do it herself.  Ironically she wanted them to be like a diaper most of the time. (Somehow the one’s I had picked had tabs similar to diapers although a little easier to “restick”).  Although she did like doing it completely herself once or twice and convincing her that we need the diaper at bedtime was a bit of a challenge.

Well that is a couple short memories for you.  And I’ll leave you with some pictures.  The following were the cookies that came as part of the kids meals at the restaurant Saturday. Literally as big as their heads as you can see.  Enjoy.

Until next time.

Another Week Flies By

Well it’s hard to believe but it has been another week already since I last wrote.  Some days time seems to go so slowly especially when little toddlers don’t want to listen and other times it just flies on by.

I don’t have a lot of time but will share a few moments from the week that have made me smile:

– Today before getting out of the car the kids had to hug each other just because.

– Just a prime example of the two very different personalities of our kids.  Both were faced with the same problem earlier today.  The balloon they were playing with ended up out of reach in their cousins pack-n-play.  Cecilia’s response – Climb up the stairs reach through the railing and start trying to get the balloon herself. (Note: I stepped in so she didn’t fall down the stairs so don’t know if she would have figured it out eventually or not.)  Gideon’s response – Ask his cousin to help him reach it.

– Playing in the “castle” (under the dining room table) with my two little kids for a little while.  I had to call it quits when my neck started hurting.  Adults just don’t fit as easily as little toddlers.

– Gideon having talked about wanting to be spiderman for Halloween for at least a week once in the aisle of costumes decides on something else.  Go figure.

I’m constantly amazed at how quickly they are growing up.  Cecilia is starting to use full phrases.  I can’t remember what the one was yesterday that made us really go that was good right now but I do remember it happening.  And Gideon continues to amaze me with his logic.  Several times this week he has strung several ideas together in a logical order.  Unfortunately I can’t think of a good example at the moment.  If I come up with one I’ll have to add another post but hey I never claimed to be a night/evening person and my brain has started to shut down for the night.

So until next time.

And Time Flies By

Well as you can tell by the fact that it has been two weeks since my last post my hopes for    blogging regularly is definitely not going to be a daily thing at this point in time.  Hard to believe it has been two weeks but then it has been a busy few.

I had a couple of days in there where I wasn’t feeling good in fact was home from work two days.  Although in line with my theme of trying to find the good I looked at it as God’s way of telling me I needed some down time.  Now if I could figure out how to slow down without getting sick that would probably be better.

So I guess I’ll share a few of the things that have made me smile recently.  A good reminder for myself as well.

Gideon yesterday: “Is that truck peeing?”  There was a truck spraying water on dirt to keep it from getting too dusty.

Both kids “That’s funny” and then they start giggling.

The things kids remember.  From our trip to the Twin Cities Corn Maze in Champlin which includes a corn pit, hay ride, and petting zoo: “The cow pooped.” Because yes the cow pooped right in front of us.

Cecilia saying she needs to go potty then going and sitting down still fully clothed.  Yes for some reason she thought she could go with her clothes still on.

Well until next time hopefully one of those will help you smile too.

Focus on the Good

I’ve been wanting to start blogging again for a while but finding the time has been hard.  I want to blog for a few reasons.

1. I’d like to have an easy way for some people who don’t get to talk to us very often to be able to get glimpses into our crazy little family life.

2. I want a place to capture and look back on some of the little things that happen at any given time that make me smile.

3. I’d like to make a conscious effort to focus on the good and the many things I have to be thankful for.  So often it is easy for me to get caught up in all that is left to do or the tough things that I forget how good things really are.

So with that in mind I invite you to join in my little journey to look for the good in this little journey of life.

So today’s 3 things for which I’m thankful.

1. Last minute family outings like our trip to Elm Creek Park Preserve playground today.  Gideon had an absolute blast the fun and unique playground that one mom there commented was like something out of Dr. Suess’s mind.  Cecilia also enjoyed it but was a little small for many of the things.

2. Chances to eat outside in the beautiful early fall weather.

3. Two little kids who more often than not show just how simple yet wonderful life can be.

Now back to daily life and off to get the kids a bath before a new week starts.