Murphy’s law for a mom

Because it’s boring to get from point A to point B the way Mom wants. 

The one who can’t walk, wants to walk. 

The one who can walk, wants to ride. 

The one who is usually jumping, skipping, or otherwise pretending to be a dog with wings, insists she can do it. 

And that is why the dishes aren’t done. 

Food fun

Abby has been especially picky with her eating lately. I’m somewhat confident that it’s a phase because katelyn did the same thing at that age and now she’s an eating champ. 

The other day I had Abby with me when I made a visit to the school office. They had jars of food and other items lined up for an estimation game for the students. Though I knew that Abby just wanted the conversation heart candy to eat, she kept saying she wanted to play that game. So for lunch we had this:

We discussed what guessing and estimating means and they both had their own guesses for how many banana slices, grapes, animal crackers, and PB&J bites there were. Then the food was divided between them and all was eaten. 


Ps, word press app is now missing the spell check highlights? Huh? 

Ten months

Ten months. Four teeth. Crawling, cruising, and standing. In love with strawberries and grapes. Despises yogurt. Can’t get enough of keys and keyboards. Twenty-some pounds of squishy, ticklish fun. 

Measles, much?

There has been a lot of discussion about measles due to the recent outbreak. Among other concerns, there is the concern for the infants “too young” to vaccinate. From my own experience, let me offer some info, as some of the articles floating around are actually (yes, actually) reporting incorrect info.

The MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is routinely administered first at twelve months. A booster shot is then given around 4-5 years old. With that normal routine, children younger than a year are at risk (read: greater risk) than those older who have received the vaccine(s).

So a little FY-your-information (The Middle, anyone?), the MMR can be given to infants as young as six months. Likewise, the booster has some flexibility with timing as well.

Don’t panic. According to the pediatrician Jacob saw last week for his checkup (who I didn’t love), the outbreak is relatively small, thusly (not a word), the risk is as well. So there is no “need” to rush out for it.

I chose to have J vaccinated at nine months and A at three and a half as a precaution. Since they have a sibling in school, the risk is a bit higher so I just felt better about it. K and A were also vaccinated early as infants because we traveled to Europe when they were each babies.

Something else you might like to know is that if a baby receives the first MMR early, it does not replace the routine 12-month shot. In other words, they will receive three shots over time instead of two.

The assumption is that the medical field will give us some direction on all this if changes to the routine are needed.

Salt Lake City Temple lights

While in Utah for thanksgiving, we went to see the Christmas lights on Temple Square. And though it’s difficult to get a decent picture in that type of setting, I’m going to share some of them anyway. (Because the best pictures are the ones you have. Am I right?)

Jakey all bundled up and ready to go.

We borrowed some cold-weather clothes for the girls from Devin’s sister but cleverly left them at home. We made Kayelyn and Abby burritos with blankets from the trunk.

Being goofy.





And the picture everyone takes in front of the reflection pool thinking it’d be a really cool picture.

If only they ever turned out.


2015 Goals — Temple

It’s been a while since I had the privilege of going to the temple. A year, perhaps. That’s what pregnancy-turned-baby will do to you.

Our new ward has early morning temple trips on Saturdays and we are only 30 minutes away.

I’ve got my recommend interview scheduled for next Sunday. My sis has managed to get a few breaks in the Sal family line and for the first time in 20 years we have family names to do!

This is gonna be good…