Monday, January 31, 2011


"Josh, do you know why we always wash our hands when we sneeze?"


Friday, January 28, 2011

Star Wars has Arrived

In a galaxy far, far away, (maybe Wisconsin) the Force was unusually strong with one named JOSH. His 5th birthday revealed many skills that set him apart from others is age.

... even Yoda was seen at this youngling's celebration.

Happy was this boy's family to see such festivities: fire displays, songs of joy, paper shredding.

Unexpectedly, Lord Vader revealed himself and a battle did commence.

Great inner strength was shown as this boy came to the aid of Obi Wan.

Young Josh has learned to control his excitement with the ways of the Jedi.

(most of the time)

Well, maybe not!

We still love this boy, who loves Star Wars and wants to be a Jedi!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 19th

FIVE years ago I became a mommy!


With each passing year, I find so many new things that make me so proud to be Josh's mom.
  • He is SO nice to others, all the time.
  • He's never been territorial with his "stuff" when friends are around.
  • He is wanting to know lots about Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and what happens after we die. And he remembers everything we tell him.
  • JOSH IS READING!!! (word families are easy to him now)
  • Josh is also spelling out words phonetically, and I as a former K-teacher, I am WAY impressed!
  • Josh loves, loves, loves his grandparents! He can't wait for visits and skype chats.
  • He loves to know how things work, or are related. (that makes sense if you really know him)
  • Right now, he is overly obsessed with Star Wars. (just wait for the party pics!)
  • He has the most amazing memory. The things he brings up leaves us dumbfounded.
  • Once in a while he will take a long nap, and then wake up as the sweetest boy ever!
  • He was in preschool in UT, LOVED IT, and cannot wait for kindergarten to start!
  • His theme for life right now, thanks to Wendy Sorenson, is: try something new. (food, movies, activities, etc)
  • He has started to take showers rather than baths!!
  • He misses his buddy Gabe.
  • He loves stealing hugs from his baby sis, even if she doesn't love it!
  • Josh loves to play chase games with Jack; from Jedi roles to Robin Hood.
  • He gets SO excited for our Family Movie Night, and loves when we are all together at home.
Oh, I could go on and on!

Josh, you teach me so much every day. You teach me to be prepared to answer your questions, that never stop coming! You allow me to be a teacher once in a while again. You have shown me how to be content at home, and how to enjoy life at a slower pace.

We love you Josh!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Checking In

I am turning 30 in THIRTY days. YIKES! So what has been accomplished on my list of 30 things to do before I turn 30?

Numbers 2-5: (the physical category)
2. I have lost 6 lbs and 5 inches SO FAR!!
3. I just finished the South Beach phase 1... today! Sugar craving is controlled, for now...
4. I am totally drinking 2 liters every day. I just need to get in 1/2 liter more!
5. The caffeine, which was ammended to allow me a bit every so often, is also under control!

(1. I have NOT been great about exercising each day... 30 days to get my butt in gear)

As I read over my goals, I am a bit overwhelmed. But, I am just doing my best!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Preview

Josh turns 5 in TWO WEEKS.
He is obsessed, OBSESSED, with Star Wars.

Birthday-breakfast Star Wars pancakes, anyone?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Christmas 2010