Picking apples and raspberries

Today my family decided to all go to a local u-pick place and pick some apples and raspberries.  I though Mingli would enjoy being outside and possibly enjoy picking the fruit, but I had no idea how much fun he would have.  The best part for him was that we were allowed to eat as we picked.  Kaanas managed to get him to reluctantly try and apple, and then he wouldn’t let go of it.  He roamed over the hills in the orchard eating his apple and enjoying being outside.  But the best part was the raspberries.  We picked them and he would grab our hands and stuff our hands in his mouth.  He just could not get enough of those berries.  They also had a little store there that we stopped by and got some of their treats.  Mingli ran around the store while Kaanas followed after him to make sure he didn’t get into anything.  He had a lot of fun exploring the new place and seeing everything.  Mingli cried so hard when it was time to leave.  We all had a wonderful day, and it was so nice being outside.


Up in the mountains

Last week I was really wanting to take a drive up in the mountains, so we got in the car and went to the nearest canyon.  It was beautiful and fun to just spend time together.  Mingli started getting pretty restless just being in the car, so we found a little pull over spot by the river and got out for a few minutes.  It was nice just sitting there and watching it, very relaxing.  Mingli wanted to play in the water, but the river was moving pretty fast with the snow melting in the mountains, so we didn’t think him playing in it was the best idea.  We did let him just barely dip his toes in the edge while Kaanas was holding onto him tight, and he loved that.

FHE, about Jesus

I’ve recently realized that Mingli is old enough to start understand some of the basic things that our church teaches and that wee believe, so I have been looking for good ways to teach him at his level.  Yesterday after Kaanas got home from work we went out to Deseret Book and got Mingli a My First Book Of Mormon Stories board book.  It is really simple and meant to toddlers.  I am wanting to start reading some to him every night.  We also bought him a couple of little pictures of Jesus with children.  When we got home we had a simple family home evening lesson.  In our church we are counseled to have family home evening every Monday night.  It is a time when families can gather together and learn about the Gospel, do service, and just spend time together.  Kaanas and I have not been very good about doing this, but with Mingli getting older we thought this would be a good habit to get into and a good time to teach him about what we believe.  I showed him the pictures of Jesus one by one.  As I did Kaanas and I helped him point out Jesus and say His name.  I told him over and over, with each picture, “Jesus loves Mingli.”  He seemed to actually be getting it, and he seemed to really enjoy it.  After the lesson we took the pictures and hung them on the wall above Mingli’s crib so he can see them as he is falling asleep and when he wakes up.  We will probably repeat this lesson at some point, maybe many times, and I want to add in more about Jesus as Mingli begins to understand more.  I am really excited about how this lesson went, and especially that Mingli seemed to enjoy it.

Happy Easter!

Last night Kaanas and I got our apartment set up with Easter baskets (really simple, just a chocolate bunny, one special treat each, and a few plastic eggs with chocolates) and hid some plastic eggs (with the same chocolate) around our living room (by hid, I mean put around in plain sight so a young toddler could find them).  When Kaanas got home from working the night shift we brought Mingli out to the living room, showed him the baskets, and showed him how to put the eggs in the baskets.  He had a lot of fun gathering the eggs, until he discovered there was chocolate in them, then he just wanted to open them and eat the chocolate.  He was a little upset when we only let him have 1 piece of chocolate and a bite of his chocolate bunny. After our egg hunt and breakfast we called my parents and then watched some Christ centered shows.  It was really a nice, relaxing morning.

Church was pretty hard today.  I was really excited about the lesson I was teaching, and I had come up with some ideas that I thought the children would like.  I did feel like the lesson went really well, and that the children were able to feel the importance of what was being taught and able to feel the spirit.  The only problem was that I was feeling horrible sick all through church, and since Kaanas worked last night and again tonight he was sleeping, so I was teaching alone.  I really wasn’t sure I was going to make it all the way through, but I did.

When we got home we woke up Kaanas and went outside to take Easter pictures.  I think we got some cute ones, and I am excited to send them out to family.  We didn’t have anyone to take a family picture of us, so I set the camera on a picnic table and set it to record.  We recorded ourselves for about 30 seconds, and I am going to go back and take pictures from that video.

In my family our traditional Easter dinner is foods that Christ ate during his life, specifically ones mentioned in the scriptures.  We have fish, mini bread loves and honey, olives, figs, and grape juice.  I loved that tradition, but Kaanas hates fish, so we have been trying to work out a new Easter dinner tradition.  This year we went ahead and had ham and potatoes.  Kaanas cooked it,  because I was really not feeling well.  I was really happy that I was actually able to eat it, but then I wasn’t able to keep all of it down.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

Wedding reception

Last night was my cousin’s wedding.  It was so much fun.  They had a lot of great slow music, which I loved because I don’t get to dance with Kaanas very often, but it is one of my favorite things.  Mingli also loved the music.  He ran around most of the time just looking at everything.  He also really got along with one of my little cousins, who is 4 or 5.  They went out on the dance floor together and she danced in circles around him while he sat there watching, then he started copying her and they danced together.  Then he kept following her around whenever he saw her for the rest of the night.  It was so cute to watch, and I wasn’t the only one who thought so.  I am pretty sure more pictures were taken of Mingli than anyone else except the bride and groom.  Pictures were taken by the photographer of me dancing with Mingli, Mingli dancing by himself, Mingli just sitting there, Mingli playing, Mingli dancing with others, and Mingli eating.  It seemed like every time I turned around the photographer was back taking pictures of Mingli.  I am pretty sure the bride didn’t mind, since she has always adored Mingli.  Anytime we are at family gatherings she immediately comes and starts playing with Mingli.  She spent much of the dinner the night before her wedding playing with Mingli, and much of her reception dancing with Mingli (which is one of the reasons Mingli had so many pictures, but there were definitely many pictures taken of him when he wasn’t with the bride as well).  I am going to have to ask if she would mind me copying some of the pictures of Mingli, because of a lot of them will be really cute, and I don’t get professional pictures of Mingli very often (or ever).

The last week

So, a few things have happened since I last posted.

On Saturday our whole family went out to get haircuts.  It has been a long time (like two years), since I got a haircut, and Kaanas was wanting to get a haircut to look good for a possible interview for a promotion that they should be doing soon, so we both made appointments at a nearby beauty school.  I found out that they also do haircuts for children Mingli’s age, and his hair is getting pretty wild lately, so I thought why not get him a haircut as well.  We scheduled it so Mingli and Kaanas got their haircuts at the same time while I sat with Mingli, then when Kaanas was done he took Mingli and I got my haircut.  I was pretty nervous about Mingli getting his haircut, but they did a great job.  One of the instructors actually did Mingli’s hair because the student had done a haircut on someone so young, but the student watched and helped out.  They were super patient and it turned out great.  They took off just enough so it looks really neat, but he still has plenty of hair.  He also looks a lot older with his hair cut.

On Sunday we got to meet our new primary class.  We got to keep one of our girls from last year who actually was not supposed to be in our class because she was a year younger than all of our students, so it was fun to get to have her again.  Then we also got four more little girls.  We are supposed to have two boys as well, but we were told that at least one of them doesn’t really come.  It is a huge change from last year.  I loved our class last year, but it was also difficult.  We had nine kids, including some very rowdy little boys.  They kept us very busy and were quite a handful.  This year our class is much quieter.  I really miss our old class, they really were some amazing kids, but I can already tell I am going to love our new little ones, and honestly it will be nice to have a little bit of an easier year.

Our church is also at a new time now.  Before it was at 11 in the morning, now it is a 1 in the afternoon.  For most people this is their least favorite time for church, but it is working well for us.  Mingli takes a nap at 12:30 everyday, so we went to church early, at about 12:15.  Kaanas went to the chapel to spend some quiet time reading scriptures while I went into the mother’s room where there is a rocking chair.  Once Mingli was pretty soundly asleep we went to the chapel to join Kaanas.  Mingli slept on the bench beside us for almost the entire sacrament meeting, waking up about 5 minutes before it was over.  This meant that Kaanas and I were able to spend the entire meeting sitting together and listening to the talks.  It was such a restful, renewing time.

Monday was Mingli’s doctor’s appointment.  He missed his 15 month appointment because we lost our insurance, so we made him his 18 month appointment for as soon as our new insurance kicked in.  Part of this appointment was discussing how to get Mingli caught up on the vaccines he missed.  I also had a couple of concerns about Mingli’s development, particularly that he doesn’t have any words that he says clearly, it is all still things like “ba” for ball.  He does have a ton of words that he says, but all of them are just the first couple of sounds.  After discussing our concerns with the doctor he doesn’t think there is anything wrong right now, but we will see how he is doing at his new appointment in 6 months.

Monday was also Mingli’s first library story time.  Normally it will be on Wednesdays, but since we had a funeral on Wednesday they let us go to the Monday one.  Actually, they said we are always welcome to come to any of them, even though we signed up for the Wednesday one, and we can even come to all of them if we want.  Mingli loved the story time.  He had trouble for the first couple of minutes, because the librarian was talking about the background knowledge needed for the stories we were going to read (stuff about sheep and their wool), and this was a little difficult for him to sit quietly through, but it was less than five minutes, then as soon as the songs, activities, and of course books were started Mingli was transfixed.  The librarian doing the story time was perfect for it.  She was not shy at all, and was loud, enthusiastic, and silly the entire time. Just perfect for keeping the attention of the toddlers in the group.  After story time was over Mingli played with some of the foam letters that had been placed on the floor.  He sorted them all by color, then helped put them and the blankets away.  I am so proud of him and the fact that he loves to help clean up.  He is only little, but he is already very helpful and developing the beginnings of responsibility.

Wednesday morning we had the funeral of one of Kaanas’s grandfathers.  He has been sick for a few years, so everyone recognized that it was better for him, which made it a little easier, even though everyone was still sad.  It was a lovely service.

Kaanas’s family came into town for the funeral and came to visit us on Thursday (Wednesday after the funeral they spent visiting other family and helping Kaanas’s grandmother).  We got to spend several hours with them, and everyone had a lot of fun.  Mingli loves all the attention he gets when family comes, and is really starting to love them, as opposed to just seeing them as the people who come and try and take him from mommy.  He is getting a lot more comfortable with strangers.  It was also really nice for Kaanas to have his family over.

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe 2016 is over, but now we are moving into 2017.  Kaanas and are are both trying to be more organized this year.  I have used a lot of different types of planners in the past, but none of them have worked for me.  Last week we got me a Day-Timer and I am liking it so far.  It is more like a binder, so I can add in and take away pages, which is something that is making it work a lot better.  I have taken out all the pages that I don’t want, and have designed and printed out pages that I needed that weren’t in there.  We’ll see how this goes.

Last week I hurt myself at work, or rather rehurt myself.  During my pregnancy with Mingli I had really bad morning sickness.  I threw up so much that I actually pulled the muscles in my abdomen.  They were never able to heal correctly because after pulling them I continues to throw up multiple times every day for the next few months, and then they were also stretched with the pregnancy.  Because of that I frequently have a bit of trouble with it.  If I get sick or lift anything too heavy my abdomen will start hurting for a few days.  Usually it is not too bad, but last week at work I tried to help lift a hot water heater.  That was a very bad idea.  For the rest of the night I could barely stand and they had to get me a stool to sit on while I helped customers.  It hasn’t gotten much better since then.  I am having a hard time lifting Mingli, or even just doing the ordinary bending and twisting it takes to pick up the living room, and any kind of strenuous activity is out.

Friday we left to visit Kaanas’s family.  We don’t get up to see them nearly as often as we would like, so when we discovered we both had a few days off over new year’s we decided to take the opportunity to visit them.  It was especially nice since Iwan, Kaanas’s brother, is engaged and we got to meet her for the first time.  We were going to go play laser tag with them, but had to cancel after I hurt myself, since it was hard for me to walk and move around.  Instead we went out to see a movie, Moana, which I thought was pretty cute.  It was nice to get to know her a bit better, since she will be our new sister in law.  The rest of the time we hung out with Kaanas’s family.  It was really nice for Mingli to get to spend some time with his grandparents and aunts and uncle.  I always figure the more people a child has in his/her life who truly love them the better they are, and both of our families definitely love Mingli.  Mingli also got to spend some time around cats and a dog, which he doesn’t get to do often.  He was especially fascinated with the dog, probably because the dog didn’t run away from him like the cats.  He also learned pretty quickly that the dog was called both dog and puppy, and he started using both words for it.

We didn’t have too much of a New Year’s Eve party.  We bought games, snacks, a movie, and noise makers, but then almost everyone went to bed before midnight.  Both Kaanas and I ended up going to be early, because we were driving home the next day and wanted to make sure we were well rested.  I was a bit disappointed, but I also didn’t want to crash on the way home because I fell asleep.

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