Barrows Weekly: Signs of Spring? Edition

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s not easy, but if you look hard you can see signs of spring everywhere!


Letter to the Babysitter – Hiram 2013 Edition

March 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

Last week, I posted Eldyn’s 2013 letter to the baby sitter. Here’s Hiram’s.

Dear Babysitter:

  • Hiram goes to bed between 8 and 8:20 – you should start the process at 7:15. If he had it his way, he’d go to bed at 10:45 so you need to be a little bit firm with him. Make sure you have a glass of water and his blanket when you go to his room because he will ask for them!
  • It’s best to talk to Hiram about his bedtime plan. It goes the most smoothly if you ask him to decide on an order for the following bedtime activities: Potty, teeth, medicine, vitamins and pajamas. Just hold him to whatever order he decides.
  • Hiram decides which pajamas to wear and also if he’s going to wear a pull-up or underwear. Whatever he decides is fine.
  • Once he’s done with the above activities, tell him how many stories you have time for and let him pick them out (up to 3). If he was especially slow getting ready, it’s OK to say you only have time for 1 short story. He loves stories like Dr. Seuss but they’re quite long so only agree to that if you have 20 minutes or more for stories.
  • When you’re done with stories, turn out the lights and turn on his bear nightlight.
  • Sing two songs and say prayers.Talk to Hiram about what he wants to pray for and if he has trouble thinking of something, just do “thank you’s” which is you and Hiram thinking of a few things you’re thankful for.
  • Give him a kiss, turn on his music and leave the room.
  • He likes the door slightly ajar and will often provide very specific instructions about which lights he wants on or off. He falls asleep the best if you leave the bathroom light on and all the other lights off, so just tell him that’s how it’s going to be regardless of what he suggests.
  • He might call for you once or twice again after you go. It’s OK to ignore him or, if he’s very insistent, go back once to see what else he needs. If you go back once, tell him you aren’t going to come back again and that he should go to sleep.
  • That’s it! Hiram says some of the best things of the day during bedtime so it’s a treat to put him down. You just need to make sure you keep him on task or it can take forever.

Hiram: 2012 edition

Hiram: 2011 edition


Letter to the Babysitter – Eldyn 2013 Edition

March 22, 2013 § 2 Comments

A few years ago during, I posted a letter I wrote to Hiram’s babysitter. It was kind of fun to have that little bedtime snapshot in time so I started an annual thing. Last year, I started it for Eldyn too. Here’s Eldyn’s latest bedtime routine. I’ll post Hiram’s next week.

Dear Babysitter:

  • Eldyn goes to bed between 7 and 8. Exact timing depends on how tired he seems and how his naps were during the day.
  • I left a bedtime diaper and footie pajamas on his dresser. I usually use our bed for changing him since he’s so squirmy and there isn’t a great place to change him in his room.
  • Turn on the space heater and press play on his CD player to turn the white noise on.
  • Sometimes, Eldyn likes to drink a bottle before bed but other times he doesn’t want to at all. He’ll let you know either way.
  • Skip the stories. Eldyn hates stories at bedtime.
  • If he goes for the door, it’s OK to let him out for a second. Sometimes he likes to go and wave at Hiram in his bedroom before he goes to sleep.
  • I usually hold him for a few seconds in the rocking chair and start singing. If he’s very tired he will have no tolerance for this! If so, skip this part and go straight to his bed.
  • Put him down on his back.  He might cry a tiny bit but will stop as soon as you give him his yellow blanket. Once he sticks his thumb in his mouth, you’re golden to walk out the door.
  • That’s it! He’s an easy baby to get down.

Say What? Junk Food

March 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

Whenever Hiram tells us he’s hungry and then asks for junk food, we say, “Hiram, if you’re hungry you can’t have junk food. Junk food will just make you more hungry.”  (We thought we were brilliant coming up with this.)

Now Hiram has a new argument for junk food. He waits until we’re done eating some humongous meal and then says, “I’m sooooooo full. May I please have fruit snacks now?”

The first time he said this, I said, “Hiram, you just ate a huge lunch! Let’s wait a little while for fruit snacks.”

“No!” he said. “If I wait I will get hungry again and then I can’t have fruit snacks.”

Oh. Good point.

A List of Cute Things Eldyn Says

March 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Eldyn’s started talking! This means it’s high time we started a little list of words for him. Just like his brother has. Here’s what Eldyn says so far:

  • Uh-oh (I dropped something)
  • Dowwwwwn (I should really get down, but I won’t)
  • Up
  • Mama (5/22 – has now realized this is the fastest way to get me out of bed, I can’t resist!)
  • Dada
  • Denden (Eldyn)
  • One-two-three-wheeeee
  • Aahhouuuu (ouch

Added 5/22

  • Deeeekyuuuuuu (thank you)
  • Doggie
  • Buddy (Bunny)
  • Giki/Grandma
  • Bumpa/Grandpa
  •  Many colors (Blue/Purple/Red)
  • Treeeee!
  • My-ma (sp?) (Hiram)
  • Baby

Added 7/15

  • Bird
  • Boot
  • Shoe
  • Book
  • Apple
  • Serel (cereal)
  • Hot (hot or cold)
  • Peek the boo
  • Herro (Hello)
  • Hi!
  • Bye!
  • Ni-Night (blanket)
  • UmHummmm! (Yes)
  • No! (no stinking way!)
  • Ummmmm! (yum)
  • Ride (bike or stroller)
  • Side (outside)
  • uh uh uh uh uh uh (uhhhh. Mom? We’re passing the park? We’re PASSING THE PARK!!”)
  • Pretty
  • Here you go
  • Wot (water)

The plan is to update this as Eldyn builds his vocabulary, so check back if you’re interested.


Snow + Shoes = Fun!

March 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

It was our annual snow shoe weekend at the cabin! The new fireplace made it hard to want to venture out, but venturing out was SO worth it. The snow was so deep and the snow shoes made a big difference. We even saw wolf tracks!

Hiram got to snow shoe this year too and he did an amazing job. Here are some pictures:

Get to the Point!

March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hadley Barrows

One thing we all hear is that in business it’s important to get to the point. Which is why e-mailing strangers feels so odd. If you’re like me, the first thing you want to do when you e-mail someone new is justify your intrusion. Maybe by saying something like, “Hello! My name is Hadley and I know your aunt through my friend’s brother’s hockey team’s goalie.”

Phew! Now everyone is on the same page, right?

Kind of.

You feel better, but your reader is still in the dark. “Why,” they wonder, “is my aunt talking to someone who knows her friend’s brother’s hockey team’s goalie? And what does this stranger want with me?”

Really, it’s better to start with your point or question and then follow up with a small overview of how you know each other or what else you have in common. Sooooo. OK. Go. Do it!


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