Sunday, July 5, 2015

Friday, July 4, 2014

Let it Go

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

How much can a toddler really commit to?

Frequently I disagree with Matt Walsh's approach to address issues; however, currently having a 2 year old and a 4 year old with wild imaginations, I completely agree. Gender isn't just what you wear and the activities that you enjoy.

My son plays with my daughter. They play with cars and Polly Pocket. Sometimes Isaac runs around in Eliza's princess heels and wears pink shirts to church. Sometimes Eliza runs around in his Mike Wazowski hoodie. Eliza has had a long list of interesting career choices and frequently plays with Mordu who has chosen to be a nice bear now.

Eliza has wanted to make commitments to marry certain people or get pets. My answer is always, "let's talk about it again when you are older." Toddlers should not make decisions about gender. Their opinion should not be discredited, but parents SHOULD recognize that their brain is not developed. Their ability to reason is just beginning.

Eliza has asked when she can be baptized. However, she isn't capable of understanding the commitment she would be making. That's why the answer is always, "When you are 8."

What is she decides to be a girl later when her puberty kicks in and her hormones start changing her body? How complicated will it be for her to go through that process again as a teen? I don't agree with the parents' decision, but I am most concerned about their timing.

I think that we should be celebrating parents who allow their children to wait to make big decisions and can understand what they are actually deciding.
http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/06/03/this-poor-child-is-confused-not-transgendered/

Monday, May 19, 2014

YEAH for the new loft bed!

 I love IKEA's Kura bed!

After looking for months to see what we wanted to do about beds, we saw some great idea with the Kura bed:

http://www.ikeahackers.net/2014/02/ikea-kura-with-lego-play-area.html

http://www.ikeahackers.net/2013/05/kura-bunk-bed-with-underbed-storage.html

http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/04/girly-kura-bunk-bed.html

http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/08/kura-maskros-hacks-are-the-highlight-of-the-new-room-for-our-4-girls.html#CRflgUPgxYtaMdRG.32



Eventually we will paint the toddler bed green to match the rest of the bed. We used green and white contact paper to made the bed a little cuter than the bright blue it comes in. 
The toddler bed fits really well under it and Isaac can sit up in bed without hitting his head. It is a work in progress but it is pretty exciting to be able to use the space under it. Once Isaac is done with his crib, the room will be awesome! 
We decided to keep Eliza using a toddler bed mattress. It gives her some space to sit and store toys. The kids love to just sit on the top with blankets and pillows and read books! 
Because Isaac has a hard time sleeping in his crib and is getting really good and getting out if he has something else he can use to pull himself out, we have to float the crib in the middle of the floor when it is time to sleep. He pull his crib in the middle until he is asleep, and then we can push his crib back. It isn't perfect, but we are glad there is an option. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mother's Day Dinner


It was delicious!!! Skyler did a great job with the chicken basil pasta and salad. I wasn't feeling like something super rich for dessert... Eliza chose Krave cereal with milk. So good!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Isaac's Birthday Party

We had so much fun with some of Isaac's friends and Skyler's family! We played with water, hung out in the shade, drank water, blew bubbles, drank water, raced cars, drank water, found buried aliens in the sand, drank water, ran around like animals, drank water, and ate cake.  It's a good thing Skyler reminded me to get the camera out... I was so distracted I almost forgot to record the memories!













Saturday, April 12, 2014

February was Fun!


I don't remember ever going to Chuck E Cheese's, but it was definitely fun to celebrate Melissa's birthday with her! 



Eliza loved helping decide what to give Missy and watching her open her presents!