Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Funnies : Around the web


In honor of the fact that we are currently going through phobia and sleep issues with Canon, which causes my patience to wear thin much more quickly, I give you these funnies. You know, to help remind me to find the humor in things.






I used to laugh at those parents that acted like this, but now I am so serious. If this child goes to sleep, you better arm yourself if you plan to wake him up.



We have found that spankings don't usually work with Canon, but time-outs do because he HATES being alone. Sometimes though? Sometimes I will wear his behind out if he is acting a fool.


Ok, so Canon doesn't do either of these {and the day he tries, he will feel the wrath of me}, but I do have to remind myself how happy I was to have him on those longs nights of low sleep.


And finally, what do you say honey? Let's do this!



Have a good weekend!



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Better than The Piano Guys?


This morning I was lucky enough to be invited to not only experience, but also participate in, a concert happening in my very living room. I felt like I had hit the jackpot - one of the most amazing acts in music - a guy so talented that he can play two instruments at once! I was sneaky enough to catch a little bit of it on film for you because I knew you wouldn't believe me if I didn't have proof.

This guy has told me {in not so many words} that his inspiration comes from The Piano Guys. Ever since seeing them in concert last October, he has practiced the "cello" just like Steven Sharp Nelson, and the piano as played by Jon Schmidt {in that other group - ppssshhhh}.  Let me just show you how close he came to perfection. Here's a little taste of the other guys.


And here is the magic that I experienced this morning, in my very living room. Hold on to your hats, folks.


#nailedit




Jealous? Yeah, you should be.




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday : Music Edition


So I am fully aware that we have an overdose of all things Disney in this house, but I am not ashamed to say that I love the movies and songs so much. With that said, this girl is amazing. I mean, her range. Seriously. Just check it out.



See what I mean? She is for real.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Fantastic Fear of Everything


So apparently a movie that shares the title of my blog post came out in 2012. I have never heard of it, but it looks fairly dark for a comedy. I wouldn't put it on the top of my "to watch" list. Of course, I don't really tend to gravitate towards comedies anyway, so don't take my word for it. {A little Reading Rainbow throwback for you.}


Back to the post at hand.

I can state though with utmost certainty that our life right now is much more dramatic than a Simon Pegg movie, and the fears are very real - however fantastical or silly. Let me give you some background.

Canon has this amazingly beautiful imagination. He will make up these wonderfully detailed worlds where dragons and knights and dogs go into battle with superheroes. All seems hopeless until Sir Canon the Dragon Slayer comes in with his trusty sidekick, River. {See Sonia? He loves your dog!}

Sorry for the terrible quality. Blame it on the phone. Yeah, yeah! Follow me on Instagram if you want to see more horrible quality, but fun, pictures of our everyday adventures.

But wait, there's more. Then a band of pirates comes along to steal his sword for their treasure and he has to ride on the backs of humpback whales to retrieve it. {I am assuming that River is surfing too, but he may have stayed behind to coral the large lizards.} Sir Canon the Dragon Slayer outwits the pirates and gets away just in time by having his pterodactyl pick him up and carry him back to the dragon's lair. All in time to save the village from the fire-breathing beasts.

Or something like that. His imagination is better than mine. Obviously.

Most of the time, his imagination is such a wonderful gift. I am so thankful that he has the ability to dream up play with such creativity. Lately, though, his imagination has become quite a problem for him - and us - at nap time and bedtime. I'll admit that at first I thought he was simply playing up the whole "not wanting to go to bed" with saying he was scared. We have learned, though, that his terrors are real. In his closet, under his bed, and outside his window something is just waiting to get him. When we ask what exactly is lurking, he doesn't know. A bad man? A monster? The only thing that he has spoken about is a snowman that doesn't melt. Apparently, he saw that on a cartoon that solves mysteries. They saw a snowman that wasn't melting on a hot summer day, and after following all of the clues, they finally found that it was a guy dressed as a snowman. He was supposed to be in a commercial for an ice cream parlor. It was the least scary thing ever. I mean it was on Busytown Mysteries. Geared toward preschoolers. Based on the Richard Scarry book series. Seriously. But that one episode somehow made a horrible impression on him.


You can see how scary it looks, right? Yeah, me neither. I don't know if that truly is what he is scared of or if it is just the first thing that came to his head when we asked him what was wrong. Regardless, it has made for some sleepless nights. We have taken to reading him a book at bedtime with no pictures. We have told him that he has to lie down and close his eyes to listen so that he will fall asleep. Otherwise, he is up for hours worrying about the invisible terrors around him. Yet, he still wakes up around 3:30 every morning and panics because no one is in the room with him. So then I am up making sure Canon can get back to sleep and doesn't wake up Craig. Fun times.

I feel like we are reverting back to the epic Battle of Sleeplessness, that went on during 2013 for six months and tested our patience - and our marriage - to the brink. We learned during that time why lack of sleep is a torture form used to break down prisoners. We are so scared to revert back to this time that we are desperate to fix this as soon as possible.

Obviously, we don't want Canon to be scared either so there's that. #priorities

Have you ever dealt with utter terrors spawning from your children's overactive imagination? How you did you combat it? We are willing to try anything to help him - and us - get through this tough time.

Oh, and Busytown Mysteries, Scooby Doo, and any show, movie, or book even remotely closely-resembling something that could possibly be construed as scary to a four-year old, has been banned until further notice.

Fun times are happening here, let me tell ya.



P.S. - Send help immediately. Some suggestions are as follows: {1} Children's Benedryl, {2} bourbon, or {3} boring documentaries such as How Different Paints Dry. Or all of the above. If you can suggest it, we will consider it.






Monday, April 7, 2014

Let's take flight


Craig and I often talk about how our city doesn't have a lot to offer, but there are few gems that we tend to exploit to their fullest. This weekend, we decided to visit one of the places that this city has really done well - the Naval Air Station Museum. It is free to the public, and it's collection of all aviation and war memorabilia rivals that of the Aviation Museum of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. 

We had taken Canon a couple of times before, but he was just over 1 at the time so this visit seemed like his first time. He soaked in everything with all of the excitement that you would expect of a four year old boy who was able to sit in real airplanes and pretend to fly. 


He was initially overwhelmed, as I think most people are when they walk into the building for the first time.



He quickly dove in, though, and began exploring every nook and cranny.



I don't think that any young boy's childhood is complete without posing on top of a bomb. Wait, what?



This particular exhibit is a replica of a military base during war. It shows a bar that would serve our boys on their "down time". It gives an example of living quarters, complete with pictures of "a girl worth fighting for". Sometimes, it was their wife or girlfriend, but there were plenty of "pin-ups" too. There is also a set up of the defense center, complete with tank and machine gun. And of course, a barber shop to ensure that everyone kept a clean face and hair. To-Jo's gave Canon such a close shave I don't think he will need one for another, oh, 12 years or so.


Of course, any exhibit that was "hands-on" was especially exciting for him. Here, he drove the ship and ordered everyone around him to "hoist the sails!", "swab the deck", and "secure the riggers!". He was the hit of the exhibit, but he didn't seem to notice.



By far, his favorite was pretending to fly the fighter jets. He actually spent a good chunk of time pretending to man a Blue Angel.


So when we got to see some Blue Angels in person, he was beside himself - after getting over a height issue. He is dealing with some major fear issues that I will discuss at a later date.


This museum always serves as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices our military men and women have made, and continue to make, for our country. I beam with pride at the courage and dedication displayed in every plaque, flight suit, ship, and plane on display here. If you are ever in the area, you should definitely plan on a day's trip here.



Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Funnies : Workin' on my fitness



When Craig and I met, we both worked out every single day and we were in the best shapes of our lives. Of course, life happens and we got out of that routine. However, we have each started exercising again - he is running daily and I am following a workout schedule on dailyburn.com that I love. Also three mornings a week, we use my online schedule and do a workout together. In honor of our hobbies reborn, I have found a few things that really shine a light on the life of exercise.













I challenge you to join us in this quest for a healthier lifestyle. Trust me, it'll be worth it!



Happy Friday!




Thursday, April 3, 2014

So that's what's wrong with you!


*If you are interested at all in psychology, then read ahead. If not, I am sorry for boring you.*

Craig and I attend a couple's Bible study class on Wednesday nights. We were first introduced to it by some friends of ours and we have learned so much from it in just the last few weeks. We love that it is centered around our marriage, which as we have learned, should be our priority - second only to our relationship with God.

Last week we were asked to complete a Myers-Briggs personality test to determine how to communicate effectively with our spouses. Craig and I were pretty confident that we knew each other, but thought it would be fun to participate and we are glad we did. It turns out we really did know each other really well, but the results were a good reminder as to each others' strengths and weaknesses. We also prove the point that Ms. Abdul made all those years ago.


So basically there are 8 different characteristics that help to define your personality. Though we all have a bit of each one in us, there are 4 of the 8 that we each prefer. They are as follows, in short {source of information}.

Favorite world : Do you get your energy from other people or do you recharge alone? 
This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).
Information : Do you prefer to get the details in basic form or would you rather find your own meanings and interpretations? 
This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
Decisions : Do you follow strict logic and historical consistency or do you consider each specific circumstance or situation? 
This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
Structure : Do you prefer to have a strict schedule and have all decisions made ahead of time or would you rather go with the flow and be open to new suggestions and information? 
This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

So what are we?


Well, Craig is an ENFJ. Basically that means he is :
  • Warm, compassionate, and supportive
  • Loyal and trustworthy
  • Highly attuned to others; their empathy enables them to quickly understand emotional needs, motivations, and concerns
  • Guided by personal values in decision making
  • Likely to value harmony and cooperation; tend to look for the best in others
  • Curious about new ideas and stimulated by possibilities for contributing to the good of humanity
  • Usually seen by others as sociable, personable, gracious, expressive, responsive, and persuasive



And I am an INFP, which means :

  • Sensitive, concerned, and caring
  • Loyal to people or a cause
  • Guided by an inner core of values in decision making
  • Focused on contributing to their own and others' inner development and growth
  • Committed to a strong personal belief system
  • Likely to enjoy reading, discussing, and reflecting on possibilities for positive change
  • Usually seen by others as sensitive, introspective, and complex

Ok, so we aren't complete opposites, but how we deal with the outside world and how we recharge ourselves is completely different. Basically, while he recharges around people I need my alone time. While he is a stickler for schedules and plans, I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants and just see what happens. These differences make for some interesting interactions between the two of us. Ok, fine. Sometimes they cause us to fight, but the purpose of taking this test was to remind us how to talk to each other in the midst of these "interesting interactions".

We thoroughly enjoyed this study of each other, and I thought you may enjoy it also. So if psychology interests you at all then go check it out at http://online.cpp.com, and take this fun little test for yourself.