Wiggles found his train conductor hat and put it on. Snuggle Puppy (who is approaching 6' in height) asked, "Are you going to drive a train?" Wiggles replied "No, I can't drive a train until I'm 7. I mean, I can't drive a train until I'm 14."
The other day he (Wiggles) ran across the house yelling, "Ninja Turtle Asparagus!!!"
Yesterday we drove to Idaho Falls (and back) because we went to see the Idaho Falls Temple open house. I had tried to explain to the toddlers that they could go to the temple when they were older, if they chose to get a temple recommend, but because of the open house, they could go in to the Idaho Falls temple before it is rededicated. Later, when Tux Man told him it was time to go to the temple now, Wiggles cried out in delight, "Because I'm old?"
In a few months, we're taking a family trip by airplane. This morning, Wiggles came in and asked if he could see his ticket. I asked "What ticket?" and he replied "My ticket to ride a real hair plane."
Wiggles has loved the vacuum since he was born. Recently, with permission, he has started vacuuming the stairs by himself. (As you might imagine, I love this!)
I have been trying since last September to get him his own cello (1/16 size). A few weeks ago, I finally succeeded! We don't practice every day, but he really loves it. (And Strawberry loves to play as often as we let her, too.)
Last night for FHE we talked about succeeding at what you want to do. The goal was to find tools to use and skills to develop that will help us as we pursue consistency in things we want to do but struggle with.
The opening song was "Nephi's Courage" https://www.lds.org/music/library/childrens-songbook/nephis-courage?lang=eng.
We read aloud http://www.raisinglemons.com/mother/tips/matrix-of-success/.
Several years ago, I read a book by Marie Ricks (I don't remember if the book was House of Order, or if that is just another book she wrote...) but in it she suggests that you "Plan, Prepare, Do, and Review" daily. I really like this approach.
http://houseoforder.com/2010/10/ready-for-the-day/ (I don't love the story at the top, but I do like the strategies that follow)
http://houseoforder.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/38EW-BYUp-handout-2010Home-OrganizationPart-1.pdf (this has a LOT of good stuff for managing a household)
We also talked a little bit about ideas in the book "Change Anything" (which I've read a couple of times).
Mostly I'm posting this for my teenagers, because they requested references to the links we looked at, but I am positive that there are far better resources out there. I think that there are a few people who read this blog... What are your favorite resources for getting yourself to get things done?
We are thankful for sour cream, smoothie, glazed ham, potatoes, smoothie, family, a job that provides well, the pumpkin, turtles, cheese, "didit" (blanket), good cars, short commute, salad, our piano, vision correction, maps, family activities, professional installers, juice, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, the internet, baths, baby babble, heating and air conditioning, milk, Gary's cello, water, "more", Strawberry's hair growing, competent neurosurgeons, sausage, our kitchen, job specialization, buckles, indoor plumbing, a comfortable bed, Avatar, Strawberry's fuzzy owl pajamas, my genetics, snuggles, disposable diapers, music, potato, zucchini fritters, culture, airplanes, computers, smart phones, ham, noses, prosthetic brains, nursery, Jesus Christ, liberty, Daniel Tiger ears, Hank Smith, communication and storage of ideas, Jesus Christ, electronic shopping lists, family and friends, Daniel Tiger, bow ties, the many ways and places you can find truth, water, nursing, chairs, cars, toenail clippers, pomegranates, applesauce, home schooling, radio communications, trains, tongues, emergency preparedness, "ABD's", that each of my daughters has a sister and each of my sons has a brother, books, brothers, the gospel, the Far Side, duckies, Costco, education, papers, Zippers (our cat), Calvin and Hobbes, monkey backpack, scriptures, electric lights, monsters like Grover, Elephant and Piggie, Strawberry and Wiggles and Snuggle Puppy and Turtle and Mommy and Daddy, coloring, penguins, toilets, running, laughter, authors, playing the piano, Pokemon, temples, Daniel Tiger costumes, Wiggles, composers, pajamas, bed time, the priesthood, toys, Strawberry, couches, kitty, storage space, the Savior, friends, Final Fantasy music, school, Daddy, calculus, Zippers (both the cat and the device), outside, Studio C, orchestra, Mommy, church callings, prophets, treats, blankets, Final Fantasy, piggy back rides, potty training, modern appliances, cello, bikes, Turtle's violin, Jesus movies, Joseph Smith, scouting, trucks, libraries, the county library system, story time, recipes on the internet, Snapware, Dinosaur Train, legs, pictures, Doggie Woof Woof, temple, chocolate, Daniel Tiger Tail, spinning, Kleenex, slides and swings, covenants, My Wife, candy, good examples, fuzzy blankets, reading books, the atonement, and the sacrament.
We used to call Wiggles "Baby Boy", but when he potty trained we changed it to "Mini Man". Last night we had a conversation with Wiggles that went something like this (and the last line is a direct, word-for-word quote):
"What is John's name?"
"What is Jaxon's name?"
"Jaxon! What is your name, Wiggles?"
"My name not my name. My name Mini Man!"
Our brainstorm from Family Home Evening last week on things that make our family unique:
Mother is a math major
The ELEVEN year gap - with the same parents!
Two woodwind players are parents to two string players
we all play music
we are Mormons (that makes us peculiar)
We have one student homeschooling & one in a public charter school
We like to go camping but we don't like to get messy
("It's not that I object to camping - it's just that I object to dirt"
"It's not that I object to bugs, it's just that I object to things that are not human... wait, some humans too...")
Our weaknesses and our strengths make us unique