Friday, November 27, 2009

My Week of Thanksgiving: THURSDAY/FRIDAY


Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving with Max's family. A good time was had by all. I love watching my husband play games with his family - I never hear him laugh harder than when he is with his cousins. I spent most of the day following KayLynn around while she played - especially in Mimi's cupboard.

When I get home this afternoon, I will upload pics of the kids. These are Max's cousins, Jackson and Gracie - they are jsut about the same age as KayLynn.

Did you see that there was not one picture with three sets of eyes looking at the camera? I guess two is the most we can hope for - we are gonna try again at Christmas.

Tonight we are heading to Aunt Tracy's for games and fun together.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Week of Thanksgiving: WEDNESDAY

My Job

Somehow this got erased - I don't know how!! But I am really thankful that in this time, while we need it, the Lord has given Max and I each a good job.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Week of Thanksgiving: TUESDAY

This man I am so thankful for this man. He takes such amazing care of both KayLynn and I. This man had the house spotless, laundry done, baby freshly washed and table set for our Thankgiving dinner when I got home from work yesterday. I love him so much and am thankful that the Lord gave him to me.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Week of Thanksgiving: MONDAY

Who says Thanksgiving should only be one day? Well, I don't agree - so here is my week of Thanksgivings...

The little things around the house that prove there is a little one in the house.

Mrs Potato head protecting the VCR:
Cameras, sitting around on the couch:
Baby Einstein in the cupboard

These are the things that (even when she is asleep and the house is clean), remind of what an integral part of our lives she is.

**Idea came from quesara

Pacifier Saga

The LeFebvre Household is Pacifier FREE!!!!

Friday night we had KayLynn throw away the pacifiers and then we talked to her and told her that she was a big girl and no longer needed them. When we put her to bed (1 hour past bedtime) she went right to sleep. She woke up several times, but with a little help was able to put herself back to sleep.

Saturday nap was a different story - 2 hours. I will spare you the gory details, but I won. Saturday night - 20 minutes. She woke up a few times but put herself back to sleep, needing help only once.

Sunday (no nap problem) night - 1 minute, one time out of bed. She woke up once and put herself back to sleep. Luxurious sleep all night long!

The keys to this working are as follows:
~Prayer, lots of prayer!!
~An easy, obedient daughter!

This was a hard one for us. We never had the bottle struggle, she doesn't sleep with a specific blanket or doll, she is very flexible - but the pacifier was hard! We won and we have a happier, more content child because of it.

I'm so glad thats over!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

16 months old and loving it!!!

Happy Birthday Munchkin!23.8 pounds ~ 2 feet 8 inches tall ~ 100% Sugar and Spice

These days, if it is quiet, this is where we find KayLynn
or here...
And, as promised forever and a day ago...dancing videos, well videos of KayLynn dancing
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KayLynn and Tristan

Lunch at the Olive Garden with Kaeley, Tristan, KayLynn, Tam and James They had fun sharing their breadsticks
And playing with the Menus
Playing at the house, "here come with me"

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Free Zoo Day for Tacoma Residents

Visitors who live within the city limits of Tacoma will be admitted to Point Defiance Zoo free on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. Please bring proof of residency (current driver's license or utility bill).

Monday, November 9, 2009

So much to miss, so much to love

This is what I miss when I am at work~

KayLynn and her "pretty purse".
My new kitties playing (ok sleeping!). The silver one is up for grabs - want him?? KayLynn follows them saying, "Hi, kittys"
These eyelashes. She officially has the most beautiful eyelashes!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


We are at the crossroads. Do you remember before you had children, seeing those kids in the stores? You know, the ones screaming that they want something while the parent tries to find something to keep them quiet. The ones whose parents say, "Johnny if you do that one more time (this is, of course, the 500th time already) then_____(you fill in the empty threat)." I remember thinking that I would never allow my children to behave in such a manner. Tam used to always say that she didn't want to raise children that she didn't like - well, me either!

I kind of had this naive thought that you had to be a bad parent - I mean its so easy, isn't it? You tell the kid what to do, your bigger, so they do it!


Sorry, just had to! Well, KayLynn has reached that point where I am looking down the crossroads. And I now know that those parents reached this point with their children and for some reason gave up. And, but for the grace of God, I would too. It is hard. Very hard. I have never thought that mothers had an easy job. However, I had no idea what a constant job it is. It takes so much energy to have a happy, obedient, respectful child. You have to work at it, every minute. It does not happen in a vacuum. Even my sweet, obedient little girl needs the constant attention. She has to constantly be reminded that she can choose obedience. I have to teach her that she can, in fact, control herself.

OK - I will be off my tirade for a while, but I am sure that I will be back as tomorrow will be our first day as a pacifier-free household.

I have to paste my cousin Sarah's comment here, because it is short and to the point what I was trying to get at..."I have come to the conclusion my children are probably going to do and try everything I have seen and "hated" in other kids, but I think the difference isn't them it is us and our reaction, patience, consistancy and tolerance. They will try it, but what our response it is the important part."

Please let me clarify~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
OK I promise that I will add some pictures - especially to the post about my Montana trip. However, I did want to say that my last post was not a complaint, it was a realization. KayLynn is a very good girl. She is sweet and obedient most of the time. And, like Shari points out, she will lie down when you tell her to, her only complaint being tears. But, even my sweet daughter needs the constant love and attention. And I mean constant in a minute-by-minute way, not day-by-day. KayLynn is very easy going and puts up with a lot from me. The only regularity in her schedule is that Wed-Fri someone other than mom and dad will be babysitting her. She deals with it all very well and still manages to charm everyone she sees. My previous post was mostly a glimpse at what an amazing task the Lord has given us. I am thankful everyday for my little munchkin. I miss her when I am at work. Even when I am overwhelmed she shows me that she is completely worth it. Her little smile makes my day and I love my cuddles and eskimo kisses when I get home. On Mondays and Tuesdays she is waiting at the door when I come up the walk, and when it is not too cold or wet, Max takes her outside and lets her stand on the sidewalk and wait for me. There is no job more rewarding or fulfilling than being KayLynn's mama. Just so you know!

Monday, November 2, 2009

KayLynn's first real road trip

So, following the theme of my last post KayLynn and I spent hours 85 1/2 straight hours together (yes, I counted!). Last Wednesday my sister, KayLynn and I drove to Montana to see my mom for her birthday. We had a good time and KayLynn was so good on the long drive and in Montana.

KayLynn does not believe in giving her mommy a break in updating family and friends about all her new abilities. Every day is some more things about her to love. Max and I get a kick out of watching her surreptitiously and then getting the others attention and pointing it out. She is now washing herself in the bath (mostly the belly, but shes getting there), picking up her toys, playing with the new kitty(s) in the house, giving Eskimo kisses, pointing to my nose and singing (not while she points to my nose).

Speaking of which, anyone up for adopting a litter-box trained, fixed cat? I brought them home and though Max is falling in love, he is also allergic. He has fallen in love with one of them, so probably we will only be getting rid of the silver one. So, let me know if you or anyone you know is interested.

I will get pictures up tonight! (Where have you heard that before??)