Friday, April 13, 2007

Family Update

It's well into April now and, surprisingly, the snow is rapidly melting here in Fairbanks. We've bought Olivia some much needed mud boots. You'll notice that she's fully dressed in the picture. She's usually found wearing just boots. Olivia is potty training and while it's going fairly well, I find it increasingly hard to keep her fully clothed!

Olivia is saying some really funny (and some not-so-funny/annoying) things lately. I've been meaning to journal the new things she says. I have the journal. It's really pretty sitting there on my shelf; it's unfilled pages waiting for some long over-due entries. My goal for this year was to manage my time better. So far I haven't had any success. At any rate, here's a few of Olivia's most recent lines:

  • "Lila, I'm the boss."

  • To Matt's XO: "Devin, you sit down right here, right now!"

  • "I NEED it!"

  • "I wanna snack!"

  • "Daddy fart!"

  • "Here's your taggie, Lila." She'll give Lila her taggie when she starts to cry.

  • "I wanna watch TV right now!"

  • "Yeeaah, we're home." As we drive near our house

  • "Nali ate my food."

  • "Daddy home!"

  • "I wanna see Cypin!" (Her cousin, Cyprien)

  • And, of course: "I have to go potty."

Yesterday, Olivia fed Lila a Craisin. I saw it happen and ran, in what felt like slow motion, to get it out of her mouth before she swallowed it. Too late. When Lila's doctor warned us that Olivia was her greatest danger, I should have listened.

Lately, I haven't gotten much sleep. For a week, Lila slept 12-hours straight. I didn't know what to do with myself. She's back to sleeping 5-6 hours at a time. Meaning she's up twice. That's not too bad. However, Liv is up 2-3 times a night screaming to go pee. Matt helps when he can wake up. I'll give him credit in that he's a great help when he is able to get up and act in a coherent manner!

Speaking of Matt - he is working a lot. But, I'm grateful that we don't have a deployment in the near future. We're enjoying time as an unseparated family. Lila's nearing the age that Olivia was when Matt deployed. So, he'll be seeing some things that he missed with Olivia and I'm excited about that.


Angie said...

I'm glad to see another blogger. I love my blog and I think it is a great way to keep family and friends up to date. Pretty easy, too.

Annette said...

Yay!!! I love these blog-things!

Wonderful update. I think it's SO important to document all this stuff.

I can be found at:

and Charlie's is:

Betsy said...

I'm loving the blogs!!! Never knew what a blog was. You could be another Erma Bombeck (Do you know who she is? If not, get some of her books).

In raising 4 boys (actually 5 if you include Uncle John), I learned a lot of quick ways to do things. Of course, can't remember many right now, but as I do, I'll let you know. But, one I remember....As you mentioned also, I never had time to do the memory books, so as something was said or done that was worth posting, I would just write it on a piece of paper, date it and throw it in the appropriate book. Even after they turned 20, it may never have gotten officially written down, but it was always fun pulling out the papers and reading them. (and the boys, and now wives, enjoy reading them)