Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I love my Mommy

A few weeks ago, I felt totally and completely- one might say hopelessly- overwhelmed. School pressures, two callings with pressing concerns, sick kids, and a messy house. None of these things are new stresses, and thankfully Kurt is a HUGE help in all of the above categories. I like having such a full life, and most of these stresses are manageable. However, the disorganized house stress is one that I have never been able to shake. It is constantly in the back of my head. Whenever I sit down on the T, when I'm in the temple, when I lay down at night... even if the house is relatively clean, I know what lurks behind the doors and cupboards, and it drives me crazy that there is no organization!!!! It all started (or continued) last May when we moved in. Within a month after moving in, Kurt graduated, we had 3 weeks of house guests, I birthed Max (hee, hee, that sounds funny), and we took off for a six week series of trips. I started school again a couple weeks after we got back so I never really had a chance to fully unpack and organize everything.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I was literally on the brink of insanity. I've never felt like that before. I literally felt that I was going to break in two, pull my hair out, or run down the street naked shouting "the end is coming!". I called my mom and begged her to come with my Dad (he had business here) and help me finally get organized. She came and went from room to room, top to bottom and helped me sort, label, and de-clutter. In addition, she bought bunches of organization helps (plastic tubs, bins, etc..), perpetually did laundry, made food for us, and played with my kids. After she left, we had several meals in the freezer, bunches of leftovers in the fridge, clean clothes, finished projects (that I'd started months before), and no dust bunnies anywhere in the house. I feel like a new woman! It takes me literally 5 minutes in every room now to pick up (well, a little longer in the kitchen) and my house has been clean every day since she left.

I had no idea how much of my stress was from that area of my life until everything was done. I can focus better, I'm more relaxed, and I have more time! :) Kurt asked a couple days ago why this semester seemed so much more relaxed than last semester even though I'm taking more classes. There are many reasons for this, but probably the biggest is MY ORGANIZED HOUSE!!

Thank you, Mom!!! You saved me!!


Does anyone else get comments from people they don't know that just say, "Look here" with a hyperlink to another website? I have gotten like 3-4 in the last couple days. I fell for it the first time (last week) b/c I thought it was someone from High School or someone that I'd lost touch with. I realized when I clicked on the link and my computer supposedly went into a "security scan" and found all these terrible viruses and all I had to do was click "ok" and they would all be wiped out. Luckily, I didn't click ok and just had my own anti-virus software scan the computer. However, I think b/c of that, I still get all these random comments now. I hate it. I feel like I'm being viewed by a bunch of pedaphiles or something...

Has anyone else had this problem? Can I fix it? Do I have to take the blog private?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mad Max my wonderboy

Well, I am going to do this for Max, too, since we have basically no information about him on this blog.

All about: Maxwell Kurtis Knight

Age: 8 months (in 2 days)

I have 0 brothers and 1 sister

My favorite food is: Mommy's milk, but also squash, sweet potatoes, pears, peaches, zucchini, mashed brown rice... He will eat broccoli and green beans ONLY if I mix them with one of the above things.

He taps his right arm on the tray three times after every bite he takes. Isn't that funny? He also whines like a puppy (only a lower octave) when he's really hungry, waiting in his chair for me to get his food.

My favorite place to go is: wherever people are. If we leave him alone in a room, he will whimper and yell until 1. someone comes back in, or 2. we bring him into wherever we are

My favorite book is: He likes That's not my Tractor, Gossie, and anything his mom and sister are reading. Although, sometimes he'd rather eat the book than listen to it.

My favorite Primary song is: Not sure, but he recognizes "I am a Child of God," so maybe that one. He also stops crying if I start singing the song, "Heavenly Father loves me."

My favorite Scripture Story is: I think at this point, he just likes watching Madi play Joseph Smith. :)

One of my favorite things to do is: Smile, laugh, and squeal. He is very extroverted. He often stares at people, waiting until they look at him. When they do, he goes nuts. He smiles, laughs, reaches for the person, etc... What a charmer.

He also loves to play with my hair while he's nursing. Surprisingly, he rarely tries to pull it. He just twirls it around his fingers and it actually feels really good!

He is also enjoying his new-found scooting freedom. He lays on his tummy, pushes up on his toes and kicks forward a little. He is *this* close to crawling and sometimes gets a little frustrated with not moving more. Of course, his crying could also be because Madi usually tries to "ride" him while he's trying to crawl. Actually, most of the time he likes it (laughs and smiles), but doesn't have patience when Madi tries to get him to giddyup or something similar.

One thing my parents think is especially great about me is: Max is so laid back and fun. It's hard to be in the same room with him without smiling, laughing, and relaxing. The other day we were in the car coming home from something??? after the kids' bedtimes. Madi was crying in her seat. Suddenly, we heard a giggle coming out of Max's carseat. Everyone stopped, then started laughing (including Madi) because Max was laughing at nothing. We still don't know what he was laughing about. We are so grateful to have his presence in our home! We love you, Max!!

Getting to Know Madi

I had to fill this out for Primary/Nursery and it turned out to be kind of a cross-section of what's been going on with her lately, so I thought I would post it.

All about: Madison Jolene Knight

Age: 2 ½

I have 1 brothers and 0 sisters

My favorite food is: actually, I’m not sure. She really loves everything. She especially LOVES vegetables and will often ask me for broccoli, carrots, zucchini, squash either for a snack or for a meal. She also really likes pizza and chocolate chip cookies.  She is a great eater and will about anything except cooked spinach, my chicken enchiladas, and boxed macaroni and cheese.

My favorite place to go is: the beach (even if the water is freezing), our basement (she’ll stay down there for an hour sometimes, building towers out of our food storage)

My favorite book: currently is Flat Stanley, but it frequently changes. She really likes The Rainbow Goblins, The Napping House, and any lift the flap/pop-up book

My favorite Primary song is: I am a Child of God or Follow the Prophet, not sure which one would win.

My favorite Scripture Story is: Ammon. She talks about him all the time. She really thinks he’s cool. A few months ago, we were playing outside and she suddenly looked like she remembered something, said “Ammon,” then ran to the door. When I asked her where she was going, she said she wanted to get some knives. When I asked her why she wanted the knives, she said, “So I can cut off people’s arms.” Great. [Sorry for the repeat story- those of you who read this when I posted it before]
She’s also kind of obsessed with the story of Joseph Smith’s hurt leg. She will tell me the story or ask me to tell her the story everyday. It’s kind of funny because Joseph Smith is now one of her imaginary friends. I often overhear her saying, “Oh, yeah, Joseph Smith [always the full name], is your leg ok now?” She also sometimes pretends that she is Joseph Smith. I heard her telling one of her friends the other day that her leg was hurt (because she was Joseph Smith at the time) and her friend was really concerned about it… kept asking Madi if her leg was ok.

She also really likes the story of Nephi and the "grass plates."

One of my favorite things to do is: pretend, pretend, pretend!! And she LOVES to dress up (to assist the pretend scenario of the moment). She has a pack of imaginary friends and will frequently sit in her bed in the morning “playing” with all her friends. I guess sometimes her imaginary friends leave b/c then she enlists Mommy, Max, or Daddy in her pretend activities. Her newest pretend scene is the couch- she makes it into a car and other people have to go driving with her (of course replete with “driving attire”- gloves, hats, scarves, etc…) She’s also really into letters right now and will try to “spell” things with her letter or number magnets. She also REALLY likes to watch “Little Einsteins” (not Baby Einsteins) on the Disney Channel. Today I came downstairs and heard her singing the Little Einsteins theme song and talking to the characters on the show. I found her in her dress ups, laying in Max’s bouncer seat behind the couch (her rocket). When I found her, she stopped singing, looked at me and said, “Can you leave, Mommy?” Yeah, toss me aside now, but when you want to go “driving,” suddenly I’ll be needed again. 

(The bowl in Kurt's hands is the steering wheel)

Daddy, Max, and Madi in the "car."

One thing my parents think is especially great about me is: Madi can entertain herself for hours. She is bright and vivacious. She has a wonderful sense of humor and is very compassionate. She’s super creative and so fun to hang out with. She often calls me her sister (I think she’s still figuring out all the different relationship names) and I kind of feel like that sometimes. She’s very mature and fun to be around. She is constantly making our whole family laugh. We just love her and can’t imagine life without her.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack....

Well, kind of. It's midnight, my son is upstairs crying, and I have a headache. So, this will be short.Some of my recent favorite pics.

This is what Max did when I gave him broccoli for the first time...wasn't a fan.