Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What's this you ask?

Oh, nothing much. Just my totally awesome husband bringin' down the house at the University of Utah game!

A few weeks ago Mark told me that he had entered his and my name into a drawing at the University of Utah credit union for a chance to "shoot for loot". If they draw your name they give you tickets to the game and during one of the time-outs you get the chance to go down and shoot for loot. Well they drew MY name and called me and I said "can we pretend you drew my husbands name instead and he could make the shots for me?" and the guy said YES! I couldn't believe that he let us do that, but I was SO SO grateful that it could be him and not me! So we got to go to the game and about 12 minutes into the first quarter we started to make our way down to the court. He had 30 seconds to make 3 baskets. A lay up, a free throw and a three-pointer. If you shoot the lay up you get $50 and a chance to shoot a free throw, if you make the free throw you get $100 and a chance to shoot a 3 pointer and if you make the 3 pointer then you get $150 so there is a chance to win $300. He was really hoping that he could make the lay up and the free throw really fast so he could have a chance to shoot more times for the 3 pointer if he needed it. Did he need the time? See for yourself! (sorry for the screaming lunatic in the background....wait a minute, that's ME!)

Seriously, is he INCREDIBLE or what? There is absolutely nothing this guy can't do. I was so proud of him and it was so much fun! He seemed nervous until he got the ball in his hands, then he just looked like he was taking care of business, and that's just what he did! The guys that were helping us with where to go and rebounding the balls said that's the first time anyone has made them all in a row like that and asked him if he played college ball, they were so impressed. We figured out he made all 3 shots in 12 seconds, wouldn't it be nice if we could make $300 in 12 seconds every day?!! The very next morning oddly enough is when the laptop went from broken spacebar to dead keyboard and when I called him in tears he said we could use his winnings to buy a new computer, which is sitting under the tree until Christmas day. Husband, I love you and you totally ROCK!!! You want to watch it again, don't you? I know, me too! Here I'll save us some trouble and put it right here again. :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

I know I'm a little late posting this, with Halloween being last Friday and all, but I thought better late than never...right?! So, Ladies and Gentlemen...I present to you:

The Swamp Creature:

Ben 10:

Don't know who that is? He's a cartoon character that looks like this:

Now go back to the picture of Sam...pretty good, don't ya think? Yes, he's wearing the watch on the wrong wrist. He's cool like that. The problem is, MOST people didn't know who he was! Oh well, he did and that's all that matters, right?

AND...here is a picture of the crew. The Bee and the Monkey didn't get individual shots, unless maybe they're still stuck on my camera card from 2 months ago er last week. But they looked pretty cute too.

We had a really fun halloween! I was able to go and help at Sam's party, which was SO fun for him. He kept looking at me and grinning from ear to ear. It was awesome and so fun to see all the cute kids dressed up!

After school we went to our 5th halloween party of the season and then came home to get ready for trick-or-treating.
All six of us set out to see how far we'd get before the littles decided it was time to go home. They lasted about 2 circles, so Mark took them back to put Will to bed and put the pizza in the oven while the bigs and I set out for more. There was a little spook alley advertised in the neighborhood so we decided we'd go try to find it. It was fun! They had gone all out and the boys were a little scared to go in. The lady asked if they wanted "scary or non-scary" and they chose scary, but I think they were nervous about what they'd gotten themselves into. There was a guy at the end that started up a chainsaw and all the boys looked at him like: So...it's a big loud power tool, what's the big deal about that? clearly, they've yet to see a real halloween movie. :) We hit tons of houses by the time we were done. They all wanted to go to "so-and-so's house" over here and "so-and-so's house" over there until I think we'd covered the neighborhood twice! We had so much fun and we are still eating halloween candy...uh, which is not surprising at all since it was just last week, right?...silly me!

So, anyway...that is our halloween. Now it's your turn to get all of your halloween pictures up - I don't mind being the first one to do it. Being a leader comes quite naturally to me. Just get crackin!






WHAT?! What are all of you looking at me like that for???? You act like it's almost Christmas for crying out loud! Why on earth would I post Halloween pictures in December? YOU guys are weird!



Alright, alright, ALRIGHT, stop it already!! ....Fine. I admit that I'm a little behind. I'm SOOOOOO sorry! Please forgive me. It all started with a broken spacebar. Turns out, spacebars don't like coke. WHO KNEW!! Do ANY OF YOU REALIZE how INCREDIBLY common the spacebar is? Just try to go without it while you type the simplest of sentences. I dare ya! TRY IT! ....That's what I thought. NOW, do you understand where I've been the last two months? Putting a period in between.each.word.worked.for.awhile.but.I.think.it.was.pretty.annoying to people for the most part. Then I tried copying and pasting a space in between each word. I got so good at it that now when I try to use a computer with a working spacebar my thumbs don't know what to do! I also found all of the lovely hot keys available by using the "ctrl" button. Since I'd press "Ctrl V" to paste in my space, if I was ever on a roll and going too fast I'd accidentally type another letter instead of "V". Let me know if you'd like a list of what happens when you type "ctrl z,x,c or b" in the middle of a sentence, I'm a master at it now. ANYWAY, my laptop went from a broken spacebar to a completely dead keyboard. Grr. I'm blogging right now from my boys' computer (which is ancient, but working) and will be getting a new computer (thank you husband!) in a few days. Sigh. Add to that the holiday rush-to-make-everything-perfect and the normal day-to-day mom of four boys stuff and you've got an absent blogger. I've also got a house to clean, a pantry to organize and so much laundry to do that I bet if I started now I wouldn't get done until October 12th of 2011. It's a good think I don't exaggerate or then I'd have yet anOTHER problem, whew!

So anyway that (in a nutshell - a really really big nutshell) is where I've been. Thank you for missing me, and I promise to be better now and to catch up on commenting on yours and adding my new friends onto my blogger list. I've got lots to post so be ready with your listening eyes!! OR, just skip over all my really long ones. It's okay, I don't mind. I get bored reading them myself. :)

Love ya!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A boy and his....er...I mean his AUNT'S dog:

Last night for FHE we had a lesson on voting and politics. Daddy explained the voting process and what he liked and disliked about the candidates. Then we went around and talked about who we were going to vote for and why. When it was Gabe's turn and we said "who are you going to vote for Gabe?" he jumped up and shouted NIKKI!!!!! (or Nitt-ee in gabespeak) Then Sam said, GABE, you can't vote for a DOG for the PRESIDENT, so he thought about it for a few seconds and shouted OKAY THEN! AUNT SHAWWAAHH!!(Sharla) So funny! It is so nice of Aunt Sharla to have a dog for us that we can play with when we want to and then let her go back to her own house when we're done. :) She is SUCH a good dog, so good natured and sweet! Gabe just LOVES Nikki and includes her in almost ALL of his bedtime (and lately mealtime) prayers!

We love you Nikki!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

what's for dinner?

SOOOOoooooo..... I have nothing to cook for dinner tonight. I could make my friends' AWESOME Chicken Alfredo except that the chicken needs to bake in the crockpot for 3 hours and it is already 5pm. Upon checking the contents of my pantry I have come up with the following ingredients:

Halloween Candy
Halloween Candy
Halloween Candy
Can of Cream of Chicken Soup
Box of Cap'n Crunch

SO....I'm thinking about a "Cream of Snickers, Milky Way, 100 Grand, and twizzler casserole" with a side of steamed Cap'n Crunch. Should be awesome! OH, and did I mention we also have Halloween Candy? Maybe I should throw that in for dessert!

Hope you all have a wonderfully nutritious dinner, like ours. Go ahead and use my recipe, I don't mind sharing!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


There's something fishy going on around here....

Lately, whenever I put a freshly washed load of laundry on the couch by the time I turn around (practically) it is all FOLDED and ready for me to put away!!

A few days ago, my boys had banana splits for lunch and donuts for dinner!...NO, I didn't mean to say dessert.

I had my mom's famous lasagna (TOTALLY one of my comfort foods) for dinner last night and lunch today and I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO MAKE IT!...

All of the holes in our clothes and socks have been mended and Joshua's Wolf badge mysteriously appeared on his scout shirt!

The boys no longer have to do their chores alone... someone has been doing...er, HELPING them almost every day!...

Wait a minute! I think I've got it! GRANDMA must be in town!!!!!!

Yep...she is...and we're all getting a little spoiled!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Things to remember - Joshua edition

Dear Joshua,

Remember awhile ago, when daddy gave you, Sam and Gabe a banana and there were only 3 left and one had bruises all over it? Remember daddy asking if anyone was willing to take the banana with the bruises on it and you spoke up and said "I will, Dad"

That was such a beautiful example of Sacrifice.

Remember before school got out for the summer, we were working on a project and you said something about it not being "symmetrical" and I (thinking you really didn't know what that word meant) asked you why it wasn't symmetrical and you said "Because in order for it to be symmetrical it needs to be congruent on both sides".

That was so brilliant

Remember about 6 months ago, when our Sacrament program had a picture of our new First Presidency on the cover, how when we woke up on Monday the picture had been cut out and placed on the fridge? When I asked who put it there you said "I did, I thought we should have that picture on our fridge so we could always remember them".

That was so touching.

Remember just last week when I was getting after you for tattling on your brother for the fifth time that morning and after I was done you waited for a good minute or two and then said in a total non-chalant and sing-song-ish voice "SOooo, how was your Young Women's meeting last night?" just to change the subject?

That was really funny.

And remember, the other day when we were all just hanging out around the house, I was in the kitchen and you and Sam were in the front room and you said "Sam, where's Will? Will you go see if he's in mom's room?" ...he was actually taking a nap and I hadn't even asked you to help watch him that day.

That was so sweet.

These are things I will remember forever. Along with the countless showings of affection you give to me, dad and your little brothers. We are so lucky to be a part of your amazing little 9 year old life. Please don't ever change.

Love, Mommy

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Tornado that died at our house.

Did I ever tell you the story about the Tornado that got killed at our house? I didn't? Well pull up a chair!

I know what you're thinking. How do you kill a tornado? Well, I'm pretty sure that between the 6 of us, there's not a thing we can't accomplish if we work together.

It all began on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The daddy was taking a nap, the baby was taking a nap, the mommy was feeling guilt creep up inside her from all of the things she says she'll do someday but never actually does so she seized the moment, made a plan and went on a scavenger hunt of sorts to find her ingredients. Item #1: A glass jar. None in sight...not to be discouraged she bounds down the stairs to where her mom has other cool stuff hidden in the kitchen cabinets below and voila! A glass jar is found. CHECK! Item #2: Dish Soap. Check. Item #3: Food Coloring. CHECK! Item #4: Marble. CHECK! ...lest you think we're on a roll...Item#5: Lid for previously mentioned glass jar. Uh. Hmm. The only lid she can find is the one that roofed the teeny tiny jar "house" that held the captured grasshopper and 'Sam Proclaimed' newest member of our family (albeit for a VERY SHORT TIME) a few weeks prior, that had been lovingly adorned with a gazillion nail holes and rendered very un-waterproof. DARN! What to do what to do.. AHA! Again, not to be discouraged, the mommy remembers the yummy bear lake raspberry jam in the refrigerator and does a little switcheroo with the lids. (we are now the proud owners of bear lake raspberry jam with a seran wrapped and nail-holed lid) HOORAY! Now for the fun part! I excitedly gather the three boys beside me and start my commands. "Josh, fill this jar with water up to here", "Sam, pour three long squirts of dish soap here", "Gabe, stick this marble in here" (we forgot about the food coloring). Then they all watched with excited eyes as I spun the jar 'round and 'round in circles and then held it up for all to see! A TORNADO! WOW! OOH, AAH! WOAH! Happiness all around! Daddy wakes up and comes out to see what all the fuss is about, the baby wakes up and cries to come out and see what all the fuss is about and everyone takes a turn making the tornado in the jar. YIPPEE! And then, another idea starts brewing... Sam asks if we can add ANOTHER marble to the mix, to see if it makes an even BIGGER tornado. I say why not and they happily run off toward the marble stash, and then back to the kitchen. Happiness, happiness, glee, glee.

And then... it happens. Just like that, they killed the Tornado. "Oops" one of them says..."um, mom, dad, we broke the tornado" another one says. Mom and Dad (in unison) say "HOW?" another one says "we DON'T KNOW!" and that is their story. Nobody knows how, and nobody broke it, except that I think it was later determined that Sam broke it, but he still doesn't know how, and he still insists that it just broke "all by itself"...and then, we cleaned up broken glass, water, dish soap and marbles for a half an hour, and then Mark saved baby Will from nearly ingesting a broken piece of glass the size of his thumb (the NEXT DAY! - we REALLY thought we'd gotten it all!) and that is the story of the Tornado that died at our house.

The End.

ps. I'm saving this story for me to read the next time I have guilt creep up inside me for all the things I say I'll do but never actually do. See what can happen? Maybe it's better sometimes to just be lazy. After all...you just never know!

Monday, September 29, 2008

snapshots from a lazy Monday morning in September:

Pancakes as big as your plate (or head)! We've been craving them ever since Anaise blogged about them here

Where's my pancake? I want my PANCAKE NOW!

If I were a cat, I'd have fallen asleep there too. Cute that he fell asleep on Gabe's blanket. Cuter that Joshua covered him up so he'd be "even more cozy".

What happens when you bribe your boys to entertain the baby in his crib while you take a shower. You come out of the bathroom greeted by a trio of stuffed animals dressed in build-a-bear and baby Will's duds.

What my sweetheart left for me on the kitchen counter - just because!

Mr. Incredible

No...I am not talking about this guy:

I am talking about this guy:

If you know him at all, you know exactly what I'm talking about. There isn't a person on the planet that can meet Mark and feel like he is just an "average guy" there is nothing "average" about him. He is amazing, smart, funny (SO funny), witty, romantic, passionate, smart, funny, compassionate, and funny all rolled into a 6 ft. 2 inch BEAUTIFUL human being. Have I mentioned he's funny? He is. Hilarious actually, he truly makes me laugh every single day, multiple times. I know people say that about people they know, to make a point that the person they are talking about is really funny, but I'm serious when I say that he makes me laugh EVERY.SINGLE.DAY! Oh, and have I mentioned he's smart? Well he is. SERIOUSLY smart. I can prove it! Last Tuesday he found out that he PASSED the Audit exam for the CPA. PASSED it. Nailed it. CONQUERED it. Totally checked it off the on your way to becoming a CPA list. Audit exam? CHECK! Yes, there are 3 more to go, and yes, the financial one is next and is sure to be a doozy, but HE DID IT once and he's going to do it again I TELL YOU WHAT! WAHOO! I am so proud of him. He works SO HARD for us and he NEVER complains. We are so blessed to have this man in our lives. I love this picture of him. If you look close you can see his sparkly lips, thanks to my sparkly pina colada lip gloss from Bath and Body Works. I wonder how that got there! Okay, that's enough, now stop looking at my husbands lips.

WAY TO GO Daddy! We love you and are SOOOOOO proud of you! Thank you for being so wonderful. Oh, and thank you for letting me use your razor this morning in the shower...except that you didn't actually know that I used it, so you might want to change the blade now...fyi...and maybe a little bit too late.

ps. um...yeah. I'm a titch late posting this....okay, a lot late. He did pass it almost a week ago after all... and my cousin may or may not have posted about it already, which we all know means she did, which is pretty pathetic of me don't you think? Thank you Kandis for your support, only you (and the other few that have actually gone through taking the CPA exam) know what he's really going through and your support means so much to both of us!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Today I am thankful

for Noggin and it's program this morning that taught my 3 year old the importance of optimism. To "not think about what you can't do, think about what you can do!" For instance: When it's raining, don't think about all the things you can't do in the rain, such as ride your bike or fly a kite, think instead of the things you CAN do in the rain, like splash in the rain puddles, or better yet... sit in a wagon pulled by garden snails!! Thank you Noggin, thank you so much.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Weekend Highlights:

Temple Night, we did an endowment session for the first time in what seemed like forever. Our usual monthly temple nights are with a group in the ward that do sealings. We really REALLY enjoyed doing the session this time and plan to go early on temple nights from now on so we can do both. We also really love our tradition of going to Taco Time on our way home from the temple. We get our nachos and drink and go and park across the street to eat. Then we stop at Arctic Circle to get our awesome "free-tonight-because-we-went-to-the-temple" babysitter a chocolate oreo shake for a treat. We've done this every single time on our way home from the Temple for years. We're kind of wondering what we're going to do when the South Jordan Temple opens and we won't drive by Taco Time anymore - we might just have to go there anyway, we can't bear the thought of breaking tradition now!

Joshua got to go to a birthday party on Friday. They went bowling and he had a blast. He said he got one strike and he would have gotten a spare, but instead it was a foul because he stepped over the line. All of that practicing on Wii Sports must have paid off! :)

Friday night we finally had our traditional movie night with the boys. We've had so many projects (another post) going on lately that we've been putting it off. We all snuggled in our bedroom (Mark, Gabe, and I on the bed and Josh and Sam on the floor by the bed with oodles of blankets) ate popcorn and watched Back to the Future. SO fun... but my that Marty had quite the potty mouth in high-school! We're hoping he's cleaned up his act since the boys are convinced we're watching the next two in the coming weeks.

Samuel got to play with his cute friend Brodey. They are on different tracks this year so this was the first time since school started that they've gotten together to play. He had so much fun!

We went to lunch at AB's Drive-in (Sorry Aunt Ellen, we had coupons!) on Saturday. We all shared a chocolate-chip shake, YUM! Except when the cup seemed to get fuller than it was when we bought it...that's when Mark and I stopped eating and left the rest to the boys. Eww!

Then we went and drove by my childhood home. On a recent trip to the gym we ran into a boy from my old neighborhood (that I used to babysit for). He said he'd heard they were going to tear the home down and build another one in it's place. We thought we'd drive by to see if it was still standing so we could show the boys where I grew up. We also thought if it WAS in the process of being demolished we could steal a brick (Mark's sentimental idea) so that I could have it to remember it by. It was still standing, but looked SOOO different from the way I remembered it as a little girl. In fact, it looks more like I remember it in the above picture (taken from Google Maps), with the black shutters. The black shutters have since been removed and that makes a big difference. I was amazed at how different ALL the houses looked, not the way I remembered them in my mind at all, but still very beautiful. I so wished we could have gone inside where I could dash up the stairs 3 at a time, just once more for old times sake! I have such fond memories of this beautiful house and my childhood days spent in it. My pretty green and yellow room with white furniture and two window seats. The "big room". Our huge playroom with raw umber carpet where all our toys lived and we could play to our hearts content. The balcony where I could check in on my family or visitors from down below. The "huts" that my dad started for us in our closets by cutting through the Sheetrock and framing a room inside. Mine never got fully finished, but Shar's actually had carpet inside and a light so my friends and I would hold all of our secret clubhouse meetings in hers. :) The trampoline, the hot tub and playing, playing, playing. That is what I remember when I think of this house. It was so fun to reminisce about these things a little this weekend!

Our Stake Conference was today and not until the afternoon which meant we got to sleep in! ....Well, we meaning the boys and I, not Mark. Poor guy had a leadership meeting at 7AM! I'd already told him to come home and crawl back into bed for another hour or two but instead he got Will out of bed, fed everyone and brought ME breakfast in bed. Yummy ham and cheese omelets even! I really don't deserve this wonderful man!

We wrestled with our 1 year old for 2 hours during conference. This isn't so much of a highlight really, as it was just pure relief when it was over. That and the fact that we came out triumphant and didn't have to leave once...though the families around us might have wished a time or two that we had! We've dubbed Will the "Sacrament Monster" and he plays his role quite dramatically for the most part. He went pretty easy on us today with it being 2 hours long and all. It was still all we could do to get him home, get his belly full and in that bed though. Whew, one-year-old's are HARD WORK!!

And last but not least we got all dolled up (me) and "cool" (everyone else) for some individual pictures in the backyard. I took the plunge this year and ONLY bought the class picture from the boys' school. I NEVER display the school pics anyway since I take my own candid shots of the kids for my walls, but for some reason I've always felt too guilty to not buy at least the smallest package. This year however, I'd made up my mind. I checked "class picture only" on those envelopes and never looked back. ANYWAY, that left me really needing new individual shots. I think we got some good ones that I'll be posting later, but couldn't help but post these little "numbers" courtesy of our 9 year old photographer. Sam took our first few, but then I had Josh take the rest. Mark kept saying I "fired" Sam, but fired is a pretty harsh word. I prefer the term "on hold" instead. Temporarily "on hold" until he can figure out how to not cut off Mark's head or my chin. :)

Aren't we cute? ....our poor poor kids!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

Friday, September 12, 2008


It was about 5-ish (in the morning) Will woke up screaming, I heard him, but gave him a few minutes to go back to sleep. He didn't. Sigh. I got up to retrieve (usually at the veeeery back corner under his crib by the wall) his binky and give it back, hoping that is all it would take. It wasn't. I retrieved the binky (exactly where I thought it would be) and gently laid him back down, he was soaking wet. I immediately regretted my decision the night before when I did the "feel" test and had determined that his diaper (pretty newly changed) was fine enough for the night. It wasn't. Sigh. I changed him and got him all warm and cozy (which made me feel happy) stuck in the bink and tip-toed away. Whew. 2 minutes later I hear tiny feet shuffling in my room. Moooom, (it's Gabe) tan I sweep wif zyou-dyzes? (you guys) Yes, I say sleepily and he snuggles happily in between us. Hi sweetheart, I say as he folds in close. "Heh-woah tweethow-t (sweetheart..that one was hard to write but is exactly how he says it), I wuz zyou"...."Mommy?" What? "Did zyou know zyou bed is SOOO tozy and warm?" Yes, I did. Are you warm? "zyes". Good. Are you happy? "zyes, zyou are duh BEST mom evah". You are the best boy sweetheart, I love you! "I wuz zyou too mom"...."mom?" what? "Zyou are tind-of goo-ishing me". Sorry, I'll give you more room. (Gabe then snuggles closer to dad) ....time passes... "Dad?"...."Dad?"...."DAAAD?"...."Mom?" What? "Daddy is goo-ishing me". Oh. Daddy?...DAAADDDYY (huh-what?) You're squishing Gabe. (Oh, sorry, I'll turn over)...time passes... "Mom?" What? "I sink I am doh-ing to doh back to my bed". Okay sweetheart, I love you! "I wuz zyou too." and he shuffles out.

Morning comes and I say happily "HEY!! Did you come visit mommy and daddy in the night?" to which Gabe stares blankly at me and says (like I've lost my mind) NOOOO, siwwy, I didn't come visit you, I sweeped in MY bed!

I wonder which one of us is right.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Two days ago, the mommy of this house would not have in a gazillion years allowed this to happen:

Boys watching cartoons on mom and dad's bed BEFORE reading and spelling homework were done. (don't mind Gabe's stocking hands. He was being Mr. Incredible. Makes perfect sense, right?)

Especially when the 3 year old's room looked like this: (my, I do post "messy room" pictures a bit too often, don't I?)

However, yesterday the mommy of this house had a change of heart. She decided that the boys could watch cartoons on mom and dad's bed just because. Just because it's fun. Just because she can't even remember the last time they've been able to watch cartoons and just because she is healthy and happy and able to break the rules just this once. Her change of heart came from this family:

It seems that everyone has heard about them by now, how could I be so out of the loop? I immediately found their websites and have been immersed in the reading of NieNie's dialogs on her blog here ever since.

I've also been reading her sister's blog and my heart just aches for this sweet (and SUPER funny) family. Stephanie reminds me SO much of my blogging friends and her tragic accident just breaks my heart. I thought about my cousin Trish when I read this story: (only because you had a very similar post Trish, not because I think you lock your kids out of your house all day!) and I thought about super-mom Megan when I read this story: and in all of her writings I see bits and pieces of everyone and everything I love. Like so many people I know, this woman loves her faith and her husband and her family more than anything and shows it almost daily in her wonderful and creative posts. She and her husband are now in an AZ burn unit. She with burns over 83% of her body and he with burns over 30%. Reading and learning about her the last few days have completely inspired me to be better. A better wife, a better mother, a better homemaker and a better blogger. I use this blog as my family journal, yet there are times when I don't post for 3 weeks or even more. I strive to do better and I pray along with the rest of the blogging world for Stephanie and her husband and for her recovery. It seems I've had a lot of these kind of take-time-out-to-smell-the-roses types of lessons lately. I think my Heavenly Father is trying to tell me something, and I think today I'm going to start listening.

My Knight - another reason I'm happy today...

To Mark:

Dear Knight in Shining Armor,
Alas there was but one icy cold can of coca-cola left in the refrigerator today and it has since been guzzled up. Would you fancy perhaps bringing us home an icy drink to mingle with the flavors of creamed tuna on toast that we shall be enjoying as a family this beautiful evening?
much obliged, my sweet prince...er, wait, I mean sir Knight,
I lovest thee very much,
your fair maiden

Dear Maiden,
I suppose in my quest to conquer all the many dragons and slayers I have been battling today, I might find passage to the castle and bring you a delectable drink. However, it will take much sacrifice, as I must travel through the dark forest, pass over the poisonous moat and scale the castle wall, all whilst holding your passion drink in hand. I just have one question my love. Will the cost be worth my sacrifice?

He is meaning a kiss, right? I love this guy. Passion drink, hee,hee,hee!

Reasons to be happy--updated

We have thought about it and found lots of great reasons to be happy today, here is a partial list:

This guy got to eat some of his favorite things for breakfast: bananas, pears and graham crackers.

This guy gets to stay in his pajamas ALL day:

These guys LOVE each other:

and today when I asked Gabe if he could go and get Will's sippy cup for me in his room he said "Zyep! I shoo tan do dat foe zyou, mom!" I am so lucky!

sidenote: while eating our pears this morning, Gabe announced that to him they taste "dust wike appools" (just like apples) so we pondered about that for a moment. About 20 minutes later he said excitedly (no gabespeak here, I'm too tired): "Hey MOM! I know why Pears taste just like Apples! Because they are LEMONS!!" Who knew?! And now you've all learned something you didn't know. Glad to be of service. :)

update: I totally forgot to add the cutest part of the conversation, when Gabe explained to me something along the lines of "because they also have lots of water in them and that makes them taste very apple-ish" (sounded more like "ahpoowish", but you get the idea) My 3 year old said "Apple-ish" Isn't that cute? and TOTALLY something I would say. In my opinion, your regular vocabulary can be expanded by leaps and BOUNDS with the simple word of "ish". It is used very frequently around here, and now apparently by more than just me. YAY GabE!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It's raining!

It's raining outside. Quite simple really...or is it?

I sent the middles outside to eat their snack. Josh is at scouts and Will is in bed. I went into the closet to get on my shoes so that I could go and mow the lawn - a task I've been meaning to complete all day but kept thinking the luminous clouds above me were going to break any minute and then I'd be stuck in the middle of a half mowed lawn soaking wet....

Anyway, back to the middles. I sent them out to eat their snack and am sitting in my closet getting on my shoes when Gabe walks in and announces: "Mom, it is tarting to rain outside so tan we dust eat our nacks inside duh house?" (please let me know if you need a translation on this)

I say with a sigh as I begin to remove the shoes I had just hunted for and put on my feet: "Yes, Gabe you can eat your snack inside, just please eat over your plate and try not to make a mess."

Gabe says: "Oh-tay MOM!" and is off.

In enters Sam who proceeds to tell me pretty much exactly the same thing, but perhaps not quite the same way... (I immediately e-mailed myself a copy of this conversation to be sure I could get it word for word)

"Mom, Um, it's raining outside, so can we eat our snacks INside? because it's raining outside and I think there is going to be a BIG storm, because you know Gabe's police car and that baseball thing that Gabe has that holds the ball up so you can whack it with a stick? Well, you know how that's kinda heavy? Well, the wind just TOTALLY blew it down, like it was like a invisible guy outside just doing it like *insert HUGE hand and arm motions here* SWOOSH, just like that. So I think it is going to be a BIG storm, so that is why maybe we should just eat our snacks inside. Okay?"

Yes, Sam - that is okay. Just please eat over your plate and try not to make a mess.

Sam: "Got it!"

So based on the difference between these two conversations and my WHOLE first paragraph about getting on my shoes and mowing the lawn - would you say that my little Sam comes by his talkative-ness naturally at least? At least there's that. And I couldn't help from blushing with pride. :)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happy Happy 1st Birthday Baby Will!!!!

I just canNOT believe that our little baby Will is ONE YEAR OLD today! To say the last year went by fast would be far too much of an understatement. It LITERALLY FLEW by. Isn't it amazing how many things a tiny baby learns to do in just one year? This little guy has been SO much fun and we just cannot imagine life without him in it. He is so funny and so smart. He knows exactly what he wants and usually figures out how to get it. He just loves his big brothers and I'm pretty sure he thinks he is just as old as they are. He is a Daddy's Boy through and through, but he does love to snuggle with Mommy occasionally too. He can sign the words: milk, bye-bye, night-night, and thank you. He LOVES monkeys and says the "ahh, ahh" part of the monkey sound, he hasn't gotten the beginning "ooh, ooh" part down quite yet. He also loves dogs and tries to make a doggy sound when he sees them. When we ask him what a "car" says he says "voom, voom" and it sounds pretty much just like that! It is so cute. He also blows kisses, which melts me EVERY single time. For his birthday today we all went into his room first thing singing "happy birthday to you!" He smiled when he first saw us, but then our singing freaked him out a little and he started to cry. We didn't know what was scarier, all of us coming toward him in his crib or our incredibly off-pitch singing - I'm sure it was a mixture of both. :) Poor little guy. He seemed to really love digging into his own little chocolate cake. Mark and I loved his look right at first, almost like he was saying "seriously guys, are you sure about this?" After his cake and a bath we let him play with his birthday presents which were a little dog stuffed animal that plays music from an mp3 player...which meant he kind of needed an mp3 player to go with it ... lucky for us, we already HAD a little mp3 player that I got on a great sale a few months ago kicking around so we threw that in - though I did ask myself more than once what kind of parent gives their one year old an mp3 player. Oh well, he LOVED it and I should have gotten video of him dancing. There are SOOOOOO many videos I need to take of this baby before he grows out of all of these adorable things he does. That is going on my priority list for the week. ANYWAY, he also got a "busy ball popper" which he just loved too - As a matter of fact ALL the boys loved it and played with it for a lot longer than should be normal for their ages since it was a baby toy and all. The ball popper was partly from Grandma Reading too because she sent him a darling birthday card and some birthday money a few weeks ago, she even called him today to wish him a happy birthday so she officially gets the prize for sending him his first birthday card and giving him his first telephone birthday greeting. After presents we all watched "America's Funniest Home Videos" and Will had fun fake laughing every time he heard one of us laugh. He topped off the night by shoving one of the ball popper balls in mom or dad's mouth and laughing hysterically when we blew them out at him. I guess for a one year old, the busy ball popper is fun but the human ball popper is even better! All in all, we had a great day with our little one year old. We are just so thankful for him, he couldn't be sweeter, or cuter in our opinion....though we could probably do without the high pitched scream he's been fancying lately. If our eardrums make it through this new little phase it will be a miracle. OUCH!!

We love you beautiful baby brother!