Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Come See My New Blog!

melanie meditates


I'm starting a new chapter in my life and it's all happening over on my new blog, Melanie Meditates.

to see what I'm up to these days. 

Follow it and comment while you're there.
It'll make my day!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sister Love


The girls and I went to Utah a couple weeks ago.

This picture is from the morning we left.

Needless to say, they were pretty sad to leave.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ADHD Gracie

Gracie surprises me almost every single day.

Sometimes in good ways, sometimes in bad ways. But the good ways outweigh that bad 100 to 1.

We assumed she had some kind of attention disorder almost from the minute I could feel her kicking in my tummy. She would never quiet down and her kicks were substantial to boot.

When she was born she was constantly moving and stretching and couldn't hold still unless she was swaddled. She was like that all the way until preschool where she started to learn to harness her constant movement.

When she hit Kindergarten, it was obvious she needed some help with her focus so we had her tested. When she was diagnosed with ADHD we started her on medication and never looked back. It's been amazing for her self-esteem.

I'm so grateful for modern medicine and good that it has done our sweet, hyperactive daughter. Today, she starts her Young Rembrandts art class after school and I cannot wait to see what she draws for us. The imagination and detail in her work are pretty amazing for an 8 year old.

I find it fascinating how much I enjoy parenting her the older she gets. As a baby/toddler/little kid, she was extremely hard and learning to cope with all her extra energy was quite a challenge for me. But now that I can talk to her and we can discuss things, it's become so much easier to understand and help her. I never thought I'd enjoy this stage of her life as much as I enjoyed her as a little tiny baby, but I'm surprised to say I think I enjoy it more.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Learning and Growing


The other day, Pearl taught herself to use a spoon. It was one of the best moments of my life. She trained on Fruit Loops and milk and now she's a pro at yogurt (which she is constantly asking for). Now I can just strap her in and let her go!

She also knows her ABCs! I feel like I can credit it more to the ABC apps on the iPad than myself since I just heard her saying them out of the blue one day. She can also count to 10 just not quite in the right order.

She's getting bigger and smarter. And along with that comes sassier and bossier, but it's ok because she's cute.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Gracie Depicts Robby


For an 8 year old, that's pretty good.
I'd say she earned some art lessons.
Can't wait to see what she'll draw next.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Post Christmas Activities


In attempts to beat the post-Christmas blues,
the girls and I headed to the local outdoor mall to play.
It was just what we needed.
Meanwhile, Gracie has been inseparable from her
new Samantha doll since she saw her on Christmas morning.
Pearl still isn't quite as interested in toys as she is in boxes.
No problem there.

School started again and I'm SO grateful.
We got Gracie's 2nd quarter report and she's
in the 98th percentile for reading!
That's way above average!
She even skipped two more levels and
is all about chapter books these days.
We are so proud of her.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year Revelations


Gracie keeps calling resolutions "revelations" for some reason. It's not totally inappropriate.

So I turned 29 on Saturday and, I won't lie, it was a tough one for me. It's SO close to 30 and I'm scared of 30. But it's coming so I know I need to just get on board. So I decided to make a 30 by 30 list.

Only it's like a million times harder than I thought it would be! I'm all bogged down in details like: "What constitutes a goal?" or "Is this just something I should be doing every day anyway?" or "Does this one even count?"

Needless to say, it's been tough. It seems to be coming down to what I want, what is practical, and what I can afford. I certainly won't be backpacking through Europe (nor do I want to). And all the similar goals I'm finding online seem to be for the unmarried group. I can't really find any I relate to.

If you've followed this blog as many years as it's been running, you know I hate making resolutions and usually make a point to avoid them. But this year feels different. I feel compelled to make a list of 10 resolutions and also a 30 by 30 list. It's overwhelming but it feels necessary.

I want to keep this blog about the girls and my family. In the past I've made it more about me but I'd like another place for just me and my issues and to leave this place for my wonderful family.

You can find me over here.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Holidays!


Lots going on in our family!

Gracie:
• Played soccer all fall and, despite losing every game, has kept a positive attitude. 

• Has chosen to be baptized when she turns 8 on the 13th! We are so proud of her. She's all set for next Saturday, followed by a fun birthday party. 

• Got glasses! She loves being able to see details and the smart board at school. 

• Is reading at a 3rd grade level. We could not be happier with her progress in school. 

Pearl:
• Will be 2 on the 18th! (And I'm starting to feel the pressure of two December birthdays.)

• Talks nonstop and repeats everything we say. We love it and she loves that we are starting to understand her. 

• Knows almost all her letters already, thanks to the ABC apps she frequents on the iPad. I've been pleasantly surprised by the things she knows!

Robby:
• Continues to work at Brimley's White Glove Chem Dry and is doing very well there. 

• Started Cross Fit. He enjoys the workouts; I enjoy the muscles. 

• Was called to building maintenance specialist in our church building. It's growing on us. 

Me:
• Still working as a Karve instructor and still loving it. 

• Still a ward missionary and I also play the organ once a month. 

• Do my best to maintain balance and order in the home by consulting with and bringing in outside help (that I'm eternally grateful for).

That's our update! We are all happy and healthy and loving our life here in Arizona. 

We hope this holiday season finds you all happy and healthy as well.