Tuesday, February 23, 2010

{A Week in Paradise}

Trev surprised me for Christmas with a trip to Hawaii...completely booked...air, hotel, the works!  I had a feeling he was planning a big trip, but never thought he would have the whole thing planned...all the details and everything.  Details are usually all me!  But, what the heck are we ever doing in the middle of February besides drowning in the rain?!  It was perfect timing. He had my mom in on it from the beginning, because he backed our trip against Carson's baptism so she could just stay at our house an extra week and watch the kids. 

So, Trevor has always taken us on fun vacations....but we always take the kids...carting them coast to coast sometimes.  All about family right here! We left Carson for a week to go to Japan when he was two, but haven't left the kids for more than one night since then (6 years!).  Not sure why we never got away just the two of us...I guess we just haven't wanted to leave them out or the timing with babies/pregnancy is hard.  But after Ry was born on our 10th wedding anniversary, we were really motivated to get away, just the two of us!  I was worried about missing the kids too much...and worried Ry would forget me!  But after a couple days in Hawaii I was able to relax and enjoy it...especially knowing they were loving Grandma at home! (And daily phone calls and web cam helped!)

View from our hotel room.
We stayed right on Waikiki Beach.  We traveled across the island many times....checking out a new beach every day.  We were in Hawaii together shortly after we were married, and we had done all the traditional touristy things...so we just wanted to enjoy the sun!  After the sun went down we headed back to Honolulu for great restaurants and night life in the city. 

The Laie Temple is closed for renovation...but it was still beautiful!

Trevor's sister told us about this awesome hike to a waterfall behind the BYU-Hawaii campus.  It was fabulous.  We saw a total of 3 people during this time.  We felt like were in the middle of jungle....and the views were incredible!  We were definitely channeling our inner 'Lost' characters.

The trail led to this beautiful waterfall!

And how about boogie boarding in this scenery??

Several of the beaches were closed to swimming due to the incredibly high surf...especially on the North Shore.  The lifeguards are still on the beach, but pretty much they won't come save you if you are drowning.  But, the local surfers loved it.  Several surfing competitions were going on during the days we were there. The waves were absolutely incredible to watch.  And we spotted a couple whales in the distance too! Oh how I wished I had packed my good zoom lens!

We did our fair share of snorkeling (even followed a huge sea turtle around!), reading, and soaking up the sun....in addition to eating, eating, and eating.  There is something about laying on the beach in the hot sun with your ipod and shades and diet coke.  Seriously paradise, especially in the middle of February! But, my favorite part???  By far, just having no schedule...no alarm clock, diapers to change, naps to plan around, snacks to pack, kid menus, high chairs...just being able to do what we wanted to do...whatever, whenever.   It was so nice just to be able to talk without distractions, and amazing to reconnect and slow down the pace in our otherwise crazy and full-speed life at home.  Trevor, thank you so much for an incredible surprise and trip! You are still a romantic, and I love it.

I was missing my kiddos after a week...just the right amount of time to really enjoy being gone, but glad to be home at the end of the week.  Can't thank my mom (and dog, Ellie too) enough....and we were lucky to have Camille/Graham staying too for most of the time we were gone to help out.  Thank you! The kids loved it!  When can we line up this gig again?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

{Bye-Bye Binkie}

It is against one of my cardinal rules of parenting...hanging on to the binkie too long!  Carson got rid of it on his own at 9 months.  It was a necessary battle to rid Addy of the binkie at 13 months.  And here is Ry, almost 18 months old,...STILL with a binkie clipped to his shirt.  Ugh!  I know as a mother of 3, that the longer you wait the harder it is!   Now, don't get me wrong.  I love binkies.  I am a huge fan.  I am so glad my babies loved the little Gerber Nuk instead of a thumb or a finger.  They took the binkie on day 1 in the hospital.  And, it has always been such a soothing comfort at bed time and nap time and at cranky times.  And, let's be honest, you just really need a binkie for those times you need your baby to be quiet (aka...church, movies, library!)  BUT---enough is enough.  When I worked in nursery at church before I had kids I vowed I would never have a baby in nursery that still had a binkie!  I thought back then that 18 months was so OLD for a child to have such thing.  So, here I am, with an 18 month old still wanting my baby to be a 'baby'...not wanting to admit he is growing up and frankly, doesn't need that little germ-infested suckie.

And one of the main reasons I was 'holding' onto it for so long is he always twirls his hair as soon as the binkie goes in.  For me, it's the sweetest thing.  He doesn't ever do this without the binkie.  So I feel like giving up the binkie is giving up this little baby trait of his, which makes me so sad!

But, the time has come sweet boy. We go cold turkey around here (why prolong the agony!)  Started on Friday night.  We are at day 3.  Same as with weaning with nursing or falling asleep on their own...it takes about three days of chaos before it just clicks in their head.  Ry has done great!  The first night, man oh man, he had worked himself up so badly it was like he was some kind of wild animal!  But, after some singing and rocking, he happily cozied up in his crib without it (or out of pure exhaustion).  Day 2 wasn't bad.  No issues at nap time.  And, we kept him up late so he would be tired enough to not fight it at bed time.  He has started waking up in the middle of the night, but instead of popping the binkie back in, I just re-tuck him in and he settles right down. 

So here goes day 3 (church will be a real test...we'll probably be in the halls for most of it!).  I'm not claiming victory yet.  But it hasn't been as bad as I thought, so I should have done it months ago! No more scrambling to find a binkie before we head out the door, or a frantic stop at Target to pick one up because the six zillion around the house are all missing.  And no more trying to hear his sweet voice 'through' the binkie!  We are free! I'll let you know if the hair twirling returns...but it hasn't yet.

And, to each mother their own.  I am in no position to judge what other mothers choose for their babies.  Each family must work out what works best for them.  I can certainly understand that often the hassle of the binkie is worth the payoffs. Good luck moms ... in all your battles raising your kids!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

{Carson's Big Day}

Carson was baptized and confirmed by his Dad on February 6th!  To learn more about baptism and confirmation in our faith.  Click here and here.  What an amazing experience it is to watch your child grow and develop their own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He was surrounded and supported by so many family and friends, and we are so very grateful to all who were able to be with him on that day!  

The grandparents (minus Grandpa Chuck who was MIA during photo time! :-).  Thank you to Grandma Judy for giving a short testimony after the confirmation!

Carson was one of three boys getting baptized that day from our ward.  The boys were all very brave because the water was cold!  (I think the font got filled up too early!).  The spirit was strong, and we were all a little teary as he came up out of the water.  All his cousins got a front row spot to watch.  We are so glad he is such a good example to all these little ones! 

After he was confirmed and received the gift of the Holy Ghost, he came up to me and said, with a huge smile on his face,..."Mom, I have the Holy Ghost in my heart now!"  He was so happy! 

 All the Dalley cousins, below, after the service.  They sang a song with the rest of the primary age kids in attendance and did fantastic! (Notice Ry...totally sacked out!)

The whole group (minus some friends and church leaders that already left).

My sisters and sister-in-law made this cute cookie bouquet for Carson.  So cute!

And who would have guessed, but the weather was fabulous for a little picnic afterwards behind the chapel.  Sunshine all around!

His new scriptures that he has been waiting for!  He carries these around like they are gold.  Reading and marking ...taking pens in and out...shuffling stuff around.  He loves them.

After the picnic we headed to the local skating rink!  Most of us haven't been skating in a long, long time...and it was the first time for the kiddos and it was really fun!  No major injuries!

Thanks again to all our family and friends for making Carson's baptism such a memorable day! Your gifts and cards and notes to him are treasures he will have forever!  And, Carson, we couldn't be more proud of you! We are so happy you chose to make this step to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. 

And, could he be any cuter?  Now that he is 8 he can go to Cub Scouts!  I am not quite sure who is more excited...Carson, Trevor, or Addy.  Addy has LOVED pack meetings (the whole family attends) and asks each week if it is 'pack meeting week'...but sadly, it only happens once a month.  The other weeks he attends with the wolf den on his own and he loves it! The Pinewood Derby is in a couple weeks (this one is all Trev/Carson)....and they finalized their design last night.  Pretty exciting stuff for an 8 year old and a dad!

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