Friday, January 29, 2010

Tails, Trumpets, and Tantrums


We took Gwen to the pet store for our family activity this past Friday night. I had no idea it was such a popular Friday night destination! So crowded. But Gwen shoved her way right up to the glass and walked along all the windows saying hi, slapping on glass, and generally trying to get the attention of every puppy in the store. So cute! We even got one puppy out for her to pet... she was super excited and went in for the hug with a big squeal... until the puppy started to lick her hands. Then she was DONE with the experience.


Eric was asked to sub for the organist in Sacrament meeting on Sunday. During the reverent sacrament hymn, all of the sudden the organ volume became about 10 times louder and French Horns and trumpets joined in the music! Startled everyone and made a few people jump out of their seats! Turns out Eric had accidentally bumped one of those lil white buttons, didn't know which one, and didn't know how to turn it off. So we sang along with the brass until the conclusion of the hymn. Then he turned the whole thing off and reset the organ. It was pretty funny, though!


Gwen is too grown up for her own good. She signs Mommy, Daddy, baby, drink, milk, water, eat, cracker, cereal, banana, more, all finished, shoes, ball, dog, bath, sleep, bed, elephant, and sometimes friend, please, and Grandpa. We're proud of her for her improved communication in signing and words.

We're not proud of her digressed communication in the form of tantrums. She has learned how to throw an actual, body-flailing-on-the-ground-with-kicking-legs-and-wailing-crying tantrum. I must admit, I was shocked to see her do it. She's not quite 15 months old. I don't know where she learned it because none of her friends throw tantrums. I thought we still had a good 6 months before she started throwing full fledged toddler fits. Every time we say 'no', there she goes. We're handling it at home by ignoring her until she finds other ways to communicate so we don't reinforce it. In public, it is just embarassing and frustrating.


  1. I had no idea that Eric played the organ, he did a great job, and the tantrums, I think they are engrained in them, or somthing, b/c Dylann did the same thing.

  2. I think it's much harder on the parents than the kids...always embarrassing in public. Hang in there!

  3. Oh my goodness I laughed out loud when I read about Eric playing the organ. That must have been hilarious. How awesome that everyone finished the song though! I would have been laughing to hard to sing.

  4. Gotta love those tantrums, eh? :) I still get some good ones from Evan, and he's almost 4!

  5. hahahaha, i LOVE the trumpet story!! made me laugh!! When did you start teaching Gwen to sign?

  6. The next thing you know angels are going to join in on the chorus!

    I love making sure the kid doesn't hurt themselves by head smacking right into a cement floor or table or chair or something. So fabulous.
    I've turned red a few times myself in public but no worries, any parent knows the phase.

  7. We love going to the pet shop for family time. :) Try going during the the morning. Hardly anyone there!

    As for tantrums...we still have to suffer through them in public...always in sacrament meeting. So hard! At home we send him to his room to cool down...easy as pie! Best of luck!