~In the words of the Grammar Snob.....I tend to curse and make little things seem like BIG FREAKING THINGS and overreact and think the world revolves around me. BUT! I can be sweet and charming sometimes. You should focus on those times.~

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Well I didn’t get an update out for November or December. So just to give you a synopsis, the kids were kids. They did something cute that made us laugh, then they did something annoying that made us want to pull our hair out. Then they were cute again, and annoying, and cute. See a pattern?

I can’t believe it’s 2007. Time, literally, flies. Whether you’re having fun or not! Allen is still working his hinny off. And if only his work would literally work that hinny off he’d be in good shape. We have a goal to get him retired by Christmas! We spent New Years weekend down at the ranch and boy was it COLD! Never again will be spend New Years down there!

I started Weight Watchers last week. I’m determined to be half of me by next Christmas. I’ve given up french fries as a New Years resolution. I’ve also apparently given up doing the dishes! We’ll see how long both of those last (I bet I’ll eat a french fry before I wash the dishes!). I’m not up to much of anything different. Church callings, baby-sitting, piano, and taxi service, etc. I’ve put together a curriculum for a Movement and Music class and hope to start up a couple of those a week.

Cori is turning SIX this year. Man I feel like she was just born last year or something. She is doing really well in Kindergarten. She loves her teachers and is becoming quite the little reader. She is too smart for her britches. For years we’ve spelled things we didn’t want her to know about. She now can pretty much decode any word! Last month I spelled C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S in front of her and she came back like TWO HOURS later and asked if I was talking to daddy about Santa! We can, of course, chalk this all up to her great preschool teachers from last year! She’s doing well with piano, although for the next year my sister, Natalie, is going to take over teaching her. Cori and I bump heads a little and I don’t always have enough patience w/ her. So I think she’ll progress a little better w/out me for now.

Ethan is so sweet and such a brat and such a boy! All at the same time! He will be FOUR next Tuesday! He has been diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID) along with the speech problems he’s always had. He is still in developmental preschool, although we plan on putting him in the same preschool Cori was in last year. His problems are so minor compared to other kids and I really feel that he’ll do better in an environment w/ more “normal” kids as models. We’ve just switched him to a Gluten Free/Casein Free diet. He has had such problems w/ his bowels, even after he potty trained, that I was becoming concerned (and frustrated at all the laundry I was doing everyday). Then as I was learning more about SID, I discovered that digestion problems go hand and hand w/ it. It’s a bit of a pain because just about EVERYTHING has Gluten in it! And the Casein is, of course, dairy. He’s been off of milk for a while, but now I can’t even give him mac and cheese or anything like that. We’ve only been doing this for a few days now, but a friend of mine who put her son on this diet saw dramatic changes in her son’s behavior. So I’m crossing my fingers for the same. Ethan should be starting gymnastics really soon. This is something that should also help w/ his SID issues.

Georgie-Porgie is the still the cutest thing ever, ornerier than the other two put together. She’s not saying too much yet. Mama, Daddy, Grama, ba-ba, please, thank you, and other small words. She can absolutely understand everything we say to her and pretty much does what she’s asked, which is strange for a 17-month-old. She picks up her toys and puts dishes in the sink. It's amazing! If only she were a little taller, then maybe she could wash the dishes for me! She’s also the first 17-month-old I’ve ever met who covers her mouth when she sneezes or coughs! It shocks me every time she does it!

And that’s it for the month! I hope you all have a wonderful new year!

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