Thursday, June 25, 2009

Timeout, Jail - What's the Difference?

After jumping on the furniture for what seemed like the 100th time today, I put Josh in time-out. Josh asks me, "If I'm really good, will you let me out of jail?" To which I respond, "You're not in jail." Josh says, "Oh, I thought I was."

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

With Father's Day upon us, we take time to think about our fathers and pay tribute to them. This year is my 23rd Father's Day without my father here with me. I've been thinking a lot about him this last week and wanted to write down some memories.

My favorite has to be the "high-yas". When dad would come home from work, he would throw us up in the air and say, "HIGH-YA!". We looked forward to that everyday. But before the "high-ya", there was always a kiss for our mom. Just something little, but I remember.

I remember crawling in bed with him on Saturday mornings. He always sucked his sheets. I wonder if that's because grandma wouldn't let him suck his thumb. I'll have to ask him that. We wanted to suck his sheets too but it was never allowed. We settled fir sucking on our hair. Our mom put an end to that by cutitng our hair short.

I remember the pumpkin ice cream. My dad got a deal on it so there was tons of it and it wasn't very good. While most dads say, "If you don't eat your dinner, you won't get any ice cream." Our dad said, "If you don't eat your dinner, you'll have to eat the pumpkin ice cream."

I remember reading his missionary journal when I got home from my mission. I don't really know who or what he taught, but I do know almost everything he ate while in France. He kept a very detailed account.

Happy Father's Day Dad! I love you and miss you. I can't wait until we're together again!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I Should Have Let Him Keep the Car Cloth

Like most kids, Josh had a security blanket. It started out innocent enough. While coming home from Logan when Josh was still a baby, he would not stop crying no matter what we tried, until that is, we gave him a burpcloth. He happily sucked his thumb and stroked the cloth on his cheek. It was great. Anytime Josh cried, I could just give him a burpcloth and he would console himself with a little thumb sucking and cheek stroking.

What started out as something great, turned into something annoying. By the time he was three, he had picked out a favorite burpcloth. Before, any old one would do, but now, it had to be the "car cloth". If it wasn't that one, he didn't want it. Finding that thing became our life's mission. Heaven help us if we couldn't find it.

Well, the car cloth got to looking really disgusting. If you don't believe me, take a look at it for yourself. I was so ready for Josh to be done with this thing but he was not having it. And then one day it happened. We were in Maryland for Christmas break. We had taken the metro downtown and spent the morning. We got back on the metro and headed home. When it came time to get off at our stop, Josh asked where his car cloth was. We looked all around our seats and couldn't find it. Josh of course began to cry and I silently jumped for joy. Yeah! It was lost. No more car cloth. Sure, that afternoon was a little rough, especially at naptime, but Josh did it. He went cold turkey. No more car cloth.

That night, when I was getting ready for bed, I felt something bulky in my pocket. I reached in and guess what I found. Josh's car cloth. I then remembered that I put it in my pocket because Josh kept dropping it on the metro. I quickly stuffed it back in my pocket and there it stayed. I called Tim to tell him what had happened and he told me that I needed to tell Josh and give it back to him. Was he kidding? Josh was 3-years old and still sucking his thumb and carrying around that disease filled burpcloth. No way was I going to tell him I had found it. As far as Josh was concerned, it was still on that metro car, never to be seen again.

We had about a good month of Josh not carrying around anything with him as a security blanket. I thought he would soon give up his thumb sucking as well, but boy was I wrong. We bought him a new Spiderman blanket for school and that has now taken the place of the car cloth. He carries that thing around everywhere and it's huge. I have put my foot down on taking it out of the house though. I can't believe he went from a little burpcloth to this huge blanket. I should have let him keep the car cloth. At least it would have eventually disintegrated.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sorry Sucka

Sometimes Josh can be a bottomless pit. He will start with breakfast and then not stop eating until lunch. This morning was almost one of those days. After asking about a million times for something to eat and a million times of me saying no, I gave in. I was doing my hair and Josh comes back with a juice box. He asks if he can have it. Sure, was the answer. No harm in a 100% juice juice box. Little did I know he had also tried to get a little something else. When he was down for his nap (ha, ha), I walked in to the kitchen to get some water. I look into the dinning room and what do I see? A box of cookies that used to be in the pantry. They were sitting under the table with the same number of cookies as were there last night. Josh thought he was being so slick by sneaking cookies, but you're not so slick when you can't open the container. So, sorry sucka! Better luck next time.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Josh's Pics

We bought a kid friendly camera for Josh at an after Christmas sale. Josh played with is the day after we got it but quickly deleted the pictures before we could do anything with them. He never really got back into the picture thing. But today when we got home from church, we saw a happy little snail on the sidewalk. I saw the camera I just had to get Josh in the closet yesterday while I was cleaning so I suggested to Josh that we hurry inside and get the camera so we could take some pictures. The first one below is compliments of Josh and the rest are mine. So thank you little snail for helping us get some use out of this camera. The camera also takes video, so watch for some on those!