Domestically Dunn

The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes. -Harold B Lee

A Dunn Family Update February 21, 2010

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Oh my.  It has been a really long time since I have posted here!  The months have flown by so fast!  Over the holidays, Lulu learned to walk and now she is all over the place.  It makes it more difficult to keep up with my kids, but also even more fun!  I turned her car seat around two weeks ago, and it felt so weird.  I have had a baby either in my belly or in my arms for 3 1/2  years.  And now I don’t have babies anymore… I have “toddlers”.

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Anyways, I thought I would just kind of do an update of what we have been up to in this season!  Here are some random tidbits in no particular order:

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Lovebug has really been into golfing, hunting (not quite sure how I feel about this yet :/ ), tractors, and of course making music- basically what he sees any of the guys he adores doing.   He is constantly sorting his golf balls and finding new places to stash them.  Among the many places I have found large amounts of golf balls is in my bed, on the widowsills, in the ice/water compartment on the fridge, in his play kitchen’s oven, in his sister’s baby doll carrier, in a ride-on toy, and under couch pillows.  That’s of course besides his golf bag and toolbox, where they are actually supposed to be!

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Lovebug and I have a little game between us where he likes if I pretend to cry about how big he is getting to be!  I “cry” and say something like “Boohooo, my baby boy is growing toooooo fast!  I don’t want my baby to grow up!”.  One time after I said this, he said to me “I want to grow up so I can be a big boy and HUNT DEER.”  Are you kidding me?  I just started laughing.  And then crying for real.  Just kidding! 🙂  I just couldn’t believe how he put all of that together and he is only 2!  You see, his pawpaw is a hunter, and he likes to be like his grandfathers.  So he has asked about hunting and guns, but we have told him that he is too young right now but we will see when he gets older.  He put those two things together and came up with being bigger means he gets to hunt.  This kid keeps me on my toes, I am telling ya!

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Like I said before, Lulu is walking and saying 1 word over and over and over again.  It’s “mommy” of course!  She literally says it nearly 50 times in a row, even if I am holding her!  It’s really great until it gets on my nerves.  Is that bad, lol?   She has been attached to her baby doll lately.  She sleeps with two, a mini one and a regular sized one.  I love how tender, sweet, and genuinely nurturing she is with them already.  She holds them and kisses them all the time! I know that means she is going to be an amazing Mama!

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Even though her brother can torture her, Lulu still adores him.  For the most part she wants to be around him, and she loves to hold his hand and kiss him.  He normally feels the same way about her unless he is having a testosterone ladened aggressive moment.  Then he wants to see how hard he can squeeze her hand, or how long he can smash her by laying on her until she starts squawking.  Normally its not very long. 🙂

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In the last six months I have developed a few new hobbies and interests with the main being nutrition.  I really think it has helped us to not have to visit the doctor for a sick visit since May of last year. (We are usually pretty healthy during the summer, but had the dreaded “swine flu” while on vacation.) This includes my husband who normally spends the entire winter taking prescription antibiotics!  I have been amazed at what eating fairly healthy, and taking some supplements can do for your body.  We have incorporated green smoothies into our diets 3-5 times a week, and the kids love them!  I will do a post later on the exact supplements we are taking and why I have chosen them if anyone is interested.

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My creative juices have started flowing again.  I am really enjoying making some “girly” things like hairbows and tutus, and at some point would like to learn to sew some aprons.  A website or facebook page might be soon to follow, although I am having some trouble coming up with a name for this idea.  Any suggestions?

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The hubs has been working harder than ever lately trying to fit one full time job, another nearly full time job, spending time with his children and me, and teaching into one 7 day week.  I must say he is doing it brilliantly and I am so proud of him!

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Okay, so this blovel about sums it up!  I promise to try to post a little more often!

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Real Productivity December 2, 2009

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Right now my kids are sleeping (it has been almost three hours), laundry is almost caught up, 1 bathroom just got cleaned, I have plan for dinner, and my sink has been shined (for you Flylady fans!).  I even got to listen to this podcast while I folded laundry.  Sometimes everything just seems to fall in place, and today is one of those days!

Three years ago, I would have felt like I accomplished nothing with that list.  I would have needed to get more things done to feel “productive”.

But these days, things are different.

Now I have two amazing kids that need me.

And I love that.

 

My Picasso and His Canvas September 24, 2009

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We have been painting ALOT around our house lately.  Apparently not enough emphasis was made as to what we are supposed to paint on.

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I turn my back for one minute…

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Thank goodness it’s watercolor.

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And it just occurred to me the only liquid he has access to is his spit.

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Oh, geesh.

 

No More Food Fights! September 23, 2009

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One of our biggest struggles with Lovebug as of late has been dinner time.  He has come to a stage where he likes to be in control of everything, and assert his will in direct opposition to ours.  I have no idea where he gets this from (ahem…).

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I do not make him special food, but we do give him food we know he likes, and sometimes even asks for, and only in a kid sized portion.  But he will take one or two bites and then sit there and ask to get up.  I have let him up many times due to  “if he is hungry he will eat”, only to have him 5 minutes later ask me for pretzels or some other snack item.  I don’t like wasting food, and I am determined not to give in to his tactics.  🙂

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So that has left us with a dilemma… Do we let him sit there until he eats his food?  Do we feed it to him? (Many times he has just needed some direction that way to get the ball rolling and then he has done fine.), or what usually ends up happening- “The Negotiation Process”.

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“You need to eat these three bites before you can get up.”  or “After you take one bite of vegetables, then you can have one bite of bread.”

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I don’t necessarily think that negotiating with a two year old is a great idea, and I was doing my best to make eating a good and positive experience.  This seemed to make mealtime a negative and dreaded chore for us and him.  Not at all what I want it to be.

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I was talking to my friend Holly’s mom about this and she opened up my new mama eyes to a great idea.   She told us to let him eat as much as he wants of what we are eating (providing it is something he likes of course), and let him be finished when he asks.  The kicker… If he doesn’t finish his plate, it goes into the refrigerator for the next time he asks for something to eat. Then if he is truly hungry, he will eat it.

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It was a completely obvious and easy solution!  And it has worked wonders.  Now if he doesn’t finish or eat very much, he knows that in order to have anything else, (like dessert!) he has to eat his food.

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Voilà!  No more food fights!

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What are your tips for getting a toddler to eat and not waste food?

 

The Perfect Moment September 22, 2009

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In our home, we often have the music on all day long.  Most of the time it is this CD (I highly recommend it- Lovebug has it almost memorized!), but today it happened to be the radio.

Just to give a little backround:  After realizing our son’s LOVE for music, and his fascination with watching the “guys” leading worship at church, we decided to get him a guitar for his birthday.

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He has been CRAZY about it ever since.  Aside from the one time we had to take it away after he hit his sister with it (eek!), he has played it every single day.  I have tried many times to record him doing this, but he becomes more interested in the camera than the guitar.

So back to today…

This morning I was eating my oatmeal with Lulu at my feet, while Lovebug was playing in the living room.  I noticed that I didn’t hear any noises besides the radio, so I turn around and this is what I see:

Sometimes you just catch that perfect moment, and it makes it all the hard times that go along with being a mother so very worth it.  🙂

 

You Know You’re A Mom When… September 20, 2009

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Cheerios.

The only edible item all homes with children under 3 have in common.

They are the first thing my son asks for when he wakes up in the morning.  “Cheewios pwees?”

And I give them to him… every morning… without fail.

Oh, there IS variety in our life.  It comes in the form of Frosted Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, and so I don’t feel too guilty:  Multi Grain Cheerios.

I find them mysteriously appearing all over my house…obviously  in the high chair, but also on the floors, in corners, between toes, on the bed,  in the diaper bag, and now on legs.

Yes, I said legs.

The other day I was sitting on the couch with my friend Tracy, who is a mother of 3 beautiful kiddos under ( drumroll please…) 3 years of age.  (She is my mom hero. )  Her internet was down and she didn’t want to miss out on the Restaurant.com 90% off sale, so she was over here using the computer.  At one point she looked down and noticed the Cheerio on  my leg and said, “You know your a mom when you have a Cheerio stuck to your leg.”  We giggled and continued scrolling through the restaurants.

A few minutes later she looked at me again and said, “You know your a mom when you have a Cheerio stuck to your leg and you don’t do anything about it. ”

So, how about you?  What’s your Cheerio moment?