Friday, May 31, 2013

Novel Worthy

Little JCrew loves to read! We noticed this when he took my grocery list and started talking and nodding his head as if he were reading it aloud to me.

He tries to read everything; receipts, lists, manuals, magazines, coupons, and books. Anything with words.

When we focus on one word, he just stares. Sometimes he stares at my mouth; other times he stares at the word. Never does he try to repeat what I say. Only once has he repeated me when I said “ABC.” Strong-will! He listens and will repeat maybe a week later.

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I have a shelf of books that I got to read during the 10-day power outage we had after the April 27, 2011 tornados. I’m not a big novel reader, but it was something to fill time.

Little JCrew likes to take these books down and pretend to read. The other day, he took one down to hand to Mr. JCrew. He took another down and they both started reading.


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This is a perfect sample of his jibberish. Notice how he moves that tongue and lips? Diction, my friends!

I was the same way with my cursive when I was little. I knew about cursive, but had not officially learned it, so I pretended. I created “waves” as my cursive. Short waves for short words and long waves for longer words.

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And, yes, I would make sure the spaces in the rows DIDN’T line up with each other.

Mr. Brigglesworth got his first ride in the cozy coupe.

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I hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Air

Yesterday, it felt like I was back in Florida.

It was a combination of things... 88 degree weather, REALLY bright sun, Akon on the radio and the smell of sunscreen.

We have been getting into the pool a lot. The water still is pretty cold.

Yesterday we opted for a walk and took the boys with us. It's been a while since we ALL got out of the house. The pups were excited and had to smell everything.

I am soaking in every minute of sunshine! I'm a Florida girl at heart. I don't miss the 100 degree temps, but we get some if those here, too! (Just not every day)

Hope you're enjoying the sunshine, too!

- Lindsay

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Attitude Changer: Quote #4

In these related posts, I am sharing quotes from a wonderful book called, “Lead the Field’ by Earl Nightingale.

In summary, the book talks about your attitude. It determines your actions, as well as the actions of others. Mr. Nightingale takes our lame excuses for NOT being successful and refutes them all.

Today’s Quote: “Treat every person as the most important person on earth.” 

To them, they are the most important person. That’s the way we ought to treat each other. By doing so we begin to form an important habit. Esteem others. They are important and needed. People want to be recognized and respected. Everyone counts. They will give their business to the person who fills this need.
Quote #1 - Acres of Diamonds
Quote #2 - Be Nice
Quote #3 - Luck

Monday, May 27, 2013


The month of May is coming to an end, and my irises have finished blooming.
I had no idea that my paternal grandmother use to ‘raise’ irises until my dad told me a couple weeks ago.

Early last Fall, I shared with you that I divided my irises that Mr. JCrew’s Nana gave us. They were only in one spot of the yard, and I wanted to put them in other spots to enjoy.
Now that I have them in all the locations I want, I am leaving them alone so they can fill those areas.
I had a lot of fun guessing where the colors were scattered around.
They are already providing a lot of beauty.
One plant had 14 buds on it!
And it was my favorite color!
The story behind the gifting was that Nana gave me the irises when we still didn’t know if Little JCrew was a boy or girl. She knew though! We had the ultrasound tech write down the answer in an envelope and we mailed it to her. She told me that the irises bloom color would give away what the baby would be. No worries, it would not bloom before we found out.
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After we found out, she sent the envelope back to us with a picture of the irises in her yard before she sent them.
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Besides the blue, there were also some gold ones in there.
They are so grand to look at.
I can’t wait for them to get fuller. I’m glad that I spaced them out in my yard. They are the first things to bloom.
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Aunt Kerry

We are very lucky that my sister, Kerry, gets to visit us twice a year. Growing up, we only saw our out-of-state relatives once a year, if that!

Kerry came into town last Saturday in time for Mother’s Day. Mom had us over for dinner and we took some pictures, of course.


We had a little fun trying to get the kids to smile.


Little JCrew LOVES Kerry’s dogs. They’re Chihuahua’s and they are the perfect size.


There was a lot of spoiling going on. Just one day with Aunt Kerry and Mr. Brigglesworth did not want to be put down.


The kids got a lot of “go-see-do” action while Kerry was here. And they were on their best behavior (except for the swimming lessons!)

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Little JCrew showed his Aunt Kerry how he climbs the playground ladder by himself and glides down the slide, too!

Mr. Brigglesworth got his first experience in the swing. He loved it.

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Kerry left Monday morning and the boys made her a ‘Thank You’ card.


Little JCrew was all about painting his hand. Mr. Brigglesworth cried!


It’s taken all week to get back to normal. Mr. Brigglesworth misses you, Kerry!!


Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Attitude Changer: Quote #3

In these related posts, I am sharing quotes from a wonderful book called, “Lead the Field’ by Earl Nightingale.

In summary, the book talks about your attitude. It determines your actions, as well as the actions of others. Mr. Nightingale takes our lame excuses for NOT being successful and refutes them all.

Today’s Quote: “Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity.”

A great attitude is the best preparation. Expect more good out of life than bad. Expect to succeed more often than you fail, and you will. There are more reasons why you can reach your goals than fail in the attempt. Work at it. Be positive, cheerful, grateful and expectant. Change things for the better by changing your attitude. Attitude determines altitude. Life is impersonal. Your attitude affects you more than others. Don’t wait for change. You change. Practice. Every dollar you’ll ever earn must come from people because of our love and kindness they see and feel.
Quote #1 - Acres of Diamonds
Quote #2 - Be Nice

Monday, May 20, 2013

Going Green

I think we have finally gotten into a rhythm in the Jenson house. Having two boys thirteen months apart definitely makes you more efficient. I thought I was efficient with my time before, but I’m amazed at it now.

Mr. JCrew will tell ya that I get distracted; and I agree with him. I am a morning person. I turn into a pumpkin at 730PM. I don’t feel like doing chores when all I want to do is jump in bed. As I get ready in the mornings, I see things that need to be done and I do them. If I walk into the laundry room to get the boys’ backpacks and see a load of laundry that needs to be put away, I started folding and putting the clothes away. So, yes, I take longer to get ready in the morning.

Part of our new routine as a family of four includes eating healthier. Thanksgiving of last year I got the crud really bad. It lasted four weeks and then I passed it on to my family. After that, we turned to juicing.

For a while we tried many different recipes. Trying to find one that Little JCrew would like, too. He was big on the smoothies, but then there was a smoothie that smelled bad and tasted fine, but I think that drink scarred him. He won’t drink out of his straw cups anymore out of fear that the bad smelling smoothie is in there.

We landed on a green smoothie that is awesome. We have it every morning. It’s the easiest way to get our vitamins, vegetables and fruits in us. Mr. JCrew likes them a lot.

Each week we buy our produce to last us the week. It can add up. The last time we went to Costco, we bought the HUGE bag of spinach. I knew that we would not touch all of that in a week, but I could freeze it!

I took out the blender and put a little water in with the spinach and poured the spinach slosh into ice cube trays.


I froze the spinach and popped them out into a freezer-grade Ziploc bag to store.


Now, when we make the smoothies, we just pop a couple cubes of spinach instead of the handful.


Another thing we’ve made a habit of in the kitchen, is making our own bread. We tried one recipe before stumbling on our favorite. It makes two loaves that last us the week. It’s really not that time-intensive to bake on Sunday afternoon, and it costs a fraction of the cost of buying it; plus no plastic is involved!


I’ll make a post about just the bread soon. It’s awesome.

Friday, May 17, 2013


I’ve hinted around the subject of Little JCrew talking in previous posts. He has his own language. Occasionally, an English word sneaks into his sentences.

He has two words that he uses clearly and in the correct context; ball and juice. No mama or dada. Just ball and juice!

The other day, he saw the soccer balls in the garage. He says, “ball” each time he sees them. This recent time, he was talking jibberish. “Gaba daba beeka deeble BALL gaba ooo peeky daba.” He sure knew what he was saying, and the only thing I understood was “ball.”

The way he says his English words is SOOO cute. Mr. JCrew adores the way Little JCrew says “juice.” He use to go to the fridge and look at it to signal to us that he wanted something to drink.

Now, we have to be careful of saying the word in front of him. The second we say “juice” he thinks, “Hey, I am thirsty!” And then he starts repeating the word while he runs to the kitchen. Mr. JCrew had been begging me to catch it on film. Easier said than done. The kid gets camera shy and frustrated when you whip out a camera instead of his juice cup.

I finally caught it. The juice cup was on the drying rack on the counter. In the video, he is saying “juice” while pointing to the cup. Momma likes to play dumb and pretend she doesn’t see it while I video him.

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I’m so proud he is using his words. It’s not many, but they are precious.

Ball and juice cover all his needs. What more do you need in life?

Mr. Brigglesworth has something to catch on camera, too. Mom said I needed to capture how he eats his food. When you put in non-pureed food he twirls it around with his tongue and it’s funny to watch. I purposefully fed him crust last night to get it on tape.

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Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Attitude Changer: Quote #2

I gave you quote Number 1 two weeks back with the intention of posting one every Wednesday. I disappointed Mr. JCrew with my post about patching holes last week! Ha. 

In these related posts, I am sharing quotes from a wonderful book called, “Lead the Field’ by Earl Nightingale.

In summary, the book talks about your attitude. It determines your actions, as well as the actions of others. Mr. Nightingale takes our lame excuses for NOT being successful and refutes them all.

Today’s Quote: “Don’t take the attitude of waiting for people to be nice to you – be nice to them.”
Don’t sit in front of a cold stove waiting for the heat. Put in the fuel. Act first. It has to start somewhere. Let it begin with you. Attitude is a reflection of the person inside.

People doing an outstanding job and getting outstanding results are outstanding people and that is because of an outstanding attitude. They think they can achieve. They believe that achievement is the natural order of things, and it is. They believe they can be as successful and competent as anyone else. They are usually no smarter or talented than anyone else but they have the right attitude. Attitude makes the difference. Accomplishment is easy because so few others really try.

The book goes on to give an example of a couple that had just moved into town from another state. After only a year, they were moving back home. When asked why, the husband stated his wife did not feel welcome. She was waiting for her neighbors to come introduce themselves. She never reached out to them. They took that as a sign that she wanted to be left alone.
You can’t get upset over a situation if you gave no effort yourself.
Quote #1

Monday, May 13, 2013

Potty Training Learned

Beware: I will be using my potty-mouth for this post (heck, I would like to use a few choice words!)

I hate failing at something. It feels like I have been failing at parenting; and that is the worst feeling ever! I've been through it before with Little JCrew's eating situation and sleep training, and now I am going through it with potty training.

Little JCrew has a sensitive stomach, so we have to watch what he eats. For a while it was playing a guessing game of what caused it and most of the time it didn’t make sense. His sleeping habits were just as troublesome. He is a light sleeper and didn’t start sleeping though the nights until he was 11 months old! We tried everyone’s advice out of desperation and nothing worked. But it was my goal to get him sleeping through the night before Mr. Brigglesworth came along. The downside was that once Little JCrew was sleeping through the night, pregnancy insomnia was keeping me up!

So, here we are with the latest parenting fail… Potty Training. I will start off by saying it really helps if you have a great support system. Everyone that has a role in your child's life needs to be on the same page as you. I am not a full-time mom, so there are many people involved in raising my kids. Making decisions are hard. People are looking to you for answers you may not have and then they will question your given answer. Just pick a position and stick with it!

It was and it wasn't my idea to potty train Little JCrew. He appeared ready. Mimi was going to start when she got back from Florida. I decided to start before she got back because I was home all day with him for a week. I really wanted to take credit for something my child learned (a goal for a part-time mom.)

My engineering brain kept stats of the week.
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“Sprinkles” were just that; he’d sprinkle as he was learning to hold his bladder. An “Accident” resulted in more than just a sprinkle… it was a puddle.

The first two days were horrible. I could see where people want to give up. It only fueled me more. We went pants-free around the house. There was lots of sprinkling. I literally had to keep my eye on him and every time he started to sprinkle, we took him to the "potty." By Day 3, he knew what to do! We were able to leave the house that day, too! We went three places and he used a public restroom. We later discovered he thought it was cool to use urinals.

I was waiting to write about this experience because I wanted to verify the success. The first two weeks were great and he got it. These last month has been frustrating. The first month overall was good. We had normal accidents, but he was proud to use the bathroom. The second month went downhill, and fast! He started to not tell us that he had to go. So, it was back to watching him like a hawk like we did the first week. Then he got strep throat and potty’ing stopped completely. He rebelled taking his antibiotics twice a day and his poor attitude continued with deliberate accidents.
As of today, we have stopped trying with potty training. We take him to the restroom and he goes, but he has stopped telling us he needs to.

Reasons Why It Wasn’t Working:
  1. Little JCrew is approaching the terrible two’s. The timing was horrible with him learning about his independence.
  2. Little JCrew can’t talk. He couldn’t tell us he needed to go, but he’d run to the restroom in a panic! It will be nice once he finally talks.
  3. I was not the only one in control. This sounds bad to say, but breastfeeding has been my only success. I only had to rely on myself and it worked. I know other things played a factor and I’m lucky my babies have been champs at eating, but seriously, it’s the only credit to my name.
  4. Little JCrew’s will is just as strong as his mama’s. I am the most hard-headed person I know. I research things like crazy, make a decision, and don’t back down. This is good and bad. I DON’T do things because others are doing them or because someone told me I should. Little JCrew doesn’t like to do things because he was told to either. He wants it to be initiated by him. The last month he was not happy about being told to use the restroom. He would do it, but only to please us.
I gave this challenge my all. I read how persistence was “key” and to not give mixed signals. Little JCrew never wore a diaper while awake for ANY situation. I may have been told to put a diaper on for ease on the parent, but I was willing to forgo making things easier on me so that he would learn. And he did learn.

Potty-training is not for the weak. It is hard. It tests your patience. I became much more patient through this all. I would keep going if all the parenting decisions were up to me. But I’m listening to my other half. We have decided to stop the training and to go back to diapers. It eats me up to claim a failure on a task, but I have to be realistic. I can understand if I was cheating or didn’t give it my all, but I gave 110%!
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So, I’ll end on a positive note and share what was working for us.

What Worked:
  1. Little JCrew liked peeing standing up. We started by him watching us use the restroom. It was easier for him to watch the pee go into the toilet if he was standing up. We didn’t have to use the Cheerio trick. He just liked watching it. I don’t know how I’d train a girl. She can’t stand and watch.
  2. Little JCrew liked high-fives as rewards. Every time he used the restroom, he turned around to get a high-five. He walked in on my dad once and gave my dad a high-five. Dad came out and told us Little JCrew gave him a high-five for using the restroom! Both of them were so proud! I thought that story was too cute not to share.
  3. We were persistent. He only wore a diaper for sleeping. He wore underwear to go to church and run errands. The church nursery staff was great working with him. We didn’t let him wear a diaper in the high-chair or to go outside and play. He had to learn how to hold his bladder. We never had an accident in the high-chair or even the car! He knew better.
  4. He was naked from the waist down. When we were at home those first few days, I didn’t even put underwear on him. It allowed me to see the “sprinkles” start and I could rush him to the restroom. All the tips I read said to not use Pull-Ups. But you wouldn’t believe how many people told me to use them! Pull-Ups don’t give the undesired feeling of peeing in your pants. I still don’t understand how Pull-Ups would help. Again, I think it is for the ease of the parent to not have a mess to clean up when an accident happens. I probably made my life harder by giving myself messes to clean up, but if you know me, you know I don’t take the easy route.
I wish I could claim success on this one, but it didn’t work. And I wasn’t ready to give up. But if it causes stress on other family members, then I have to let it go.
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When the second month started going downhill, we reached a middle ground and went with Pull-Ups. (I know, I said I was against it, but I'm not the only one in charge around here.) The first day that we decided no more potty training, Little JCrew was telling his Mimi he had to go! She wasn’t going to stop if he wasn’t willing to stop. He was very good about telling his Mimi and the Nursery workers when he had to go, but never us! We did Pull-ups because it was easy to pull down when he used the bathroom. He was still holding his bladder, so Pull-Ups just caught the dribble before we reached the restroom.

Then a few weeks later he realized Pull-Ups catch accidents, so he stopped holding it in. Little JCrew knows what the restroom is and knows what to do. This will make it easier for when we start this process all over again.

What’s Up Next:
  1. Take a Break. We need to cool the training until he loses the two-year old attitude.
  2. Still Take Him to the Bathroom. We just won’t be strict about it. We didn’t really punish for accidents, but we acknowledged they weren’t good. For now, we’ll ignore the accidents.
  3. Use Diapers. Pull-Ups are expensive if we are going to allow accidents.
  4. Monitor the Situation. We’re going to watch his attitude every two weeks and see if he starts to improve and he isn’t rebelling anymore. When he shows interest again, we will start back up.
I honestly am so confused on this situation. He goes to the bathroom when we take him. He’s just so hard-headed! Through this all, I have learned I have a strong-willed child. Thank goodness he doesn’t say the word, “No.”

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To my friends that had successful potty-training results at 18 months and earlier, “You rock!” As they say, every kid is different and that’s why there is a BIG range when it comes to developmental skills. I hope all mothers remember that, especially myself. It doesn’t hurt to try things, but we can’t get frustrated when it fails. My only goal is that Little JCrew is potty-trained before he goes to school. If he isn’t by the time he is four or five, THEN I can be worried. Mr. JCrew asks me the following questions:

1. Do I know of an adult not potty-trained?
2. Do I know an adult that cannot talk? 

I do not need to worry about when Little JCrew will do things. It’s just a matter of time.

I can’t wait to see that tush in underwear again. Little underwear is sooo cute!

Happy Parenting!

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Lesson On Frogs

Little JCrew had a lesson on frogs. The boy LOVES being outside. It’s what we do every day when we get home from work. I had my camera out and was taking pictures of the flowers.


When I stepped away, I heard something drop. I look down to see what it was and saw that a frog jumped as I almost stepped on him.

I love frogs. There is a running joke in my family about me ‘chasing frogs.’ Kendal, stay quiet!


I pointed the frog out to Little JCrew and he started kissing it.


There were also some sweet nothings whispered to the frog.


Before I knew it, he was reaching down to touch the frog.


I was warning him while I kept my finger on the camera trigger!


The frog jumped before Little JCrew could get his hands on him.

This actually frightened him. He wasn’t expecting the frog to jump. He probably thought the frog would sit still and let him pet him like the dogs do.

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I always wanted our dogs to lay next to the babies while they had tummy-time or napped, but our dogs have taken a LONG time to warm up to the little humans in the house.


Anderson was the first to get close to them. I think he was trying to get to me, but settled for the baby. I have pictures of both the boys are the same time developmentally playing with Anderson on the floor.

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Anderson just lets them tug on him.


I told him that one day they would give him the attention he starves for!

Colby is a timid pup. He was an older puppy when we got him, so I don’t know his upbringing, but I think it was fine. He could just care less about a baby. However, recently he is all about Little JCrew!


Little JCrew loves on Colby and pets him. Colby use to run away, but now he loves it! It’s more hands to pet him.


Colby thinks Mr. Briggleworth is okay, but he’ll be cooler once he can stand and Colby can knock him over!

Oh, and I have to make note of Mr. Brigglesworth’s hair. I can’t get it to lay down. It does for maybe a minute as it dries after a bath, and to me, he looks funny. I’m so use to seeing the hair standing up, that it makes him Mr. Brigglesworth. I don’t want to make it lay down.


I hope you all have a great weekend. My sister, Kerry, is coming into town to see her boys! We are soooo excited! Little JCrew wants to take her to the park and play. Wooo!

See you Monday! (I’ll be sharing my potty-training story)

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