Monday, December 1, 2014

Tappana Times: Or More Like Lydia and Ammon Times

I've been hard pressed to find the time to post here. I've had plenty to say, but unfortunately I feel like I'm rushing around constantly and barely have a minute to collect myself at the end of the day, let alone keep up with all the posts I have rushing around in my mind. So here goes a flood of pictures of my two littles, keeping up with this last month and soon a blog post with Brigham and I and our activities. Hopefully I'll be able to find more time somewhere soon.

Ammon's getting older, and therefore learning how to get into trouble and draw on furniture. He thought it would be fun to scrub all the colored pencil off this nightstand, but after it took awhile to start coming off - and it's still not completely gone - he was so exhausted he had to lay down to continue scrubbing. I was hoping all the work to clean would teach him a lesson and remove any desire to do such activities in the future, but the next week he did the same thing...except with fingernail that idea didn't work. (Update: he also did it again TODAY! I just discovered it after writing this. That naughty boy!)

Although they can both be naughty at times, they sure can be sweet. Ammon can't wait for Lydia to get home from school. Usually he comes with me to the bus-stop, but this day he stayed home. As soon as he heard the front door close, I heard the fastest pitter-patter of footsteps, and then "Lyyyyyyyyddddddiiiiiiaaaaaa!!!!". Lydia exclaimed back, "Hey Buddy!" And hug. Luckily, I had my phone ready and you get to join in on the sweetness of the moment. I. love. these. two.

These two have been working hard and Ammon has now mastered both upper and lower case letters, and Lydia got glowing reviews at our first parent-teacher conference. Thus they were both rewarded with a treat at the store. The next step for Ammon is to learn sounds and Lydia will now get to be in reading groups that are actually her level, which is 18....which I don't really know what that means.... But great job to both of them!

Besides working hard in education, they both worked hard to memorize their Primary Program parts and said them beautifully without help. Many people were impressed that Ammon had his memorized. Especially since it was, "Prayer is reverent communication with my Heavenly Father." Who gives a three-year-old the words "reverent communication" together? But he did good. He had been rushing through his part while practicing, and so I was working with him to slow down for the program. When it was actually his turn to say his part it went something like this, "Praaayyyeeerr      is     reveerrrent       coommuuunicaatiioon    with Heavenly Father." Hahaha, it was hilarious.

Lydia was all fabulous in pink, and she was assigned to give a whole talk about feeling peace after forgiving someone. She memorized her talk and looked adorable while she told everyone about forgiving Ammon for knocking down her block tower (she chose that example :)). People said they stole the show. I say of course they did. Hahaha, it's my blog so I can brag about them all I want right? I'm just a proud mom.

Even though we've been spending a lot of time learning and memorizing, Lydia and Ammon still have lots of time to play. And luckily this play-doh entertained them for almost three hours! It was heavenly. If only it weren't such a disaster to clean up, I might pull it out more often.

Ammon was looking pretty scraggily, so he received another of many haircuts. My heart hurt seeing his beautiful blonde hair all over the floor, even though I know it will grow right back. I'm sad every time I cut his hair, and I don't really know why. Seriously, so sad. Like I'm losing my son or something. It's confusing to be a mom sometimes.

And of course, one of the perks of living with my parents is impromptu cuddle time with Grandpa Nils. I love seeing them bond with my dad. I love sharing with my dad what makes up my whole world.


  1. i cant believe how much ammon looks like a tappana boy!! adorable smart kids!

  2. I hear you on having no time lately! I miss blogging so much! And I miss seeing your blogs. Today was the first day in a while that I have been able to even look at blogs.

    I sure miss these kids faces. They are growing up so much and Lydia is gorgeous and Ammon is quite the handsome little man. I am so glad we get to see you guys in February.

    I have to say, though I am happy for Brighams new job and your new house, I know now Washington is permanent and that makes me sad but happy at the same time. We will have to come visit later in the year next year!