Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Isn't she darling?! How could anyone get mad at her?
I feel fortunate that I really like my in-laws. I have been blessed to have had 12 years with my father-in-law. It was by the grace of God that he lived 6 more years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was in those last 6 years of his life I really got to know and admire him.
We were fortunate enough to get this sweet picture just a few month's before dad's death. Thanks to my sister Lindsay who took it.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
While we were eating lunch and planning our next adventure for the day we found out that Wicked was playing in town at the Orpheum and they had a 2pm matinee. We absolutely love the music but have never had the opportunity to see the show, so we decided to try to get tickets. If we were lucky we might be able to get $30 seats in the the balcony. While standing in line a man approached us. He had a group of about 50 people and 2 people couldn't make it. He was selling us $75 center orchestra seats for $50 each. We only had $70 cash on us and he took it. We had fantastic seats for a mere $35 a seat. Woohoo! The show was amazing! The highlight of our trip. If you get a chance to go and see Wicked, I would highly recommend it!
I am so glad I went on this trip with Bruce. We had a fantastic time. It was so great for me to have quiet time away from kids. I loved spending time with my dear husband without all the distractions at home. I hope we can do it more often than once every 15 years.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
So much has happened over the last month that I need to blog about. I will catch up next week when I take a trip to San Francisco with the love of my life. This is one of the many things I am feeling extremely grateful for. My sweet parents (bless their heart) are kind enough to watch our 4 kids while Bruce and I escape. It won't be a full fledged getaway trip as Bruce has to go for the National Architecture Convention, but I am looking forward to having time with my husband and alone time without the distraction of kids. I get to sleep, read, watch TV, wander the city, and eat without kids demanding, whining, crying, etc! I can't wait for some solitude and then miss them terribly!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Hopefully this is the last of the major projects for Seth this year. The great thing about Seth is that he doesn't need to be watched over when he has papers or projects to do. He is a great writer and enjoys research.
Next I found him in the play box. Dinner was on the table before I even heard him complain.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Over the last few weeks I have felt my angelic halo has been slipping. No, I take that back. It has fallen off and completely shattered. Micah has decided that throwing is his new favorite pastime. It would be fine with me if he just threw a ball across the room. Or used soft, fluffy stuffed animals as a weapon. But, nooooo! He enjoys throwing heavy and hard things directly at people and animals. He will seek someone out (usually the cat or dog) just to throw something at them. I think he particularly enjoys throwing his sippy cup at me when I am asleep on the couch. What a sweet kid!
Just to spice things up he also enjoys hitting. Usually an open handed slap right across my face. Yesterday I put him in time-out for slapping me. After his mandatory 60 second time-out I talked to him about using nice hands. I get the impression it didn't click because he slapped me again while still sitting in time-out.
What is a perfect mom to do? Time-out (he was in time-out about 8 times yesterday) and showing him how to be gentle just isn't working. I've heard some people having success by hitting them back with a toy but I am not a fan of abuse. Do any of you have any suggestions? I am at my wits end.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Results: The ship did not seem to be sea worthy as the sail did not want to stay up and the boat flipped.
The Pinewood Derby. Bruce (patiently) helped him with this awesome creation. Seth was sure this car was worthy of first place.
Results: He finished 4th. Not too bad!
The space derby. Seth carved and painted this rocket himself. Doesn't it look cool. Green is his favorite color. I love this pic. Seth can't resist posing. Seth had high hopes for this derby as previous races failed to meet expectations.
Results: The first race ended disappointingly at take off. The rocket did not even move forward. Time for hero intervention. Hero dad used a cordless drill to wind the propeller. Now the planets have aligned, the tears have dried up, and the hope of an amazing take-off resumes. Ten, nine, eight...two, one. Blast off. The propeller spun furiously as it should but once again the rocket went nowhere. Finally the light bulb comes on. We were winding the propeller the wrong direction. Once we figured that out the rocket propelled itself forward but the race was pretty much done. So all-in-all Seth had a disappointing cub scout derby career. Maybe we will get it all figured out by the time Micah becomes a boy scout in 6 years.
Seth, we enjoy having you in our family. You are so much fun. You have just earned your Webelos rank. We are proud of you.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
We are grateful for our marriage in the temple. We believe this binds our family together not just for this life but for eternity as well. I can't imagine a heaven without my dear husband and wonderful children. The following is a YouTube video tour and commentary about the temple.
Friday, March 6, 2009
My dad and his dad.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Micah loves our new dog. He enjoys climbing all over the dog until she gets tired of him and gets up and moves to another spot. He has an annoying obsession with the dog's food and water. He especially loves to play with the dog food while she eats. It doesn't seem to bother Lady at all. Earlier today I caught Micah sitting next to the dog while she was eating with the empty water bowl on his head like a hat. I'm not sure where all the water ended up. It's too bad I didn't have the camera ready. It was pretty funny.
However, a dog and a toddler create a great challenge. Here are a list of things I said before 9 am this morning.
1. Don't put your sister's shoe in the dog's water bowl.
2. Don't sit on the dog, she is not a horse.
3. Don't pull the doggie's ears.
4. Don't try to feed the dog Mr. Potato Head's ear.
5. Don't drive your cars in the dog's water bowl.
6. No, the doggies does not need a pacifier.
7. Stop throwing your cereal on the floor for the doggie to eat.
8. Don't put your shoe in the dog's water bowl.
9. No, the doggie doesn't need a milk bath.
10. Stop throwing dog food all over the kitchen floor. (I left the room for only 5 minutes only to return to find an entire bowl of food scattered all
over the kitchen floor. It was like walking through a land mine.)
I can't remember how Micah entertained himself before we got the dog but I'm sure there weren't so many ways to get into trouble.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
- ► May (4)
- Josh's Science Project
- A President, a Scientist, and a Travel Agent
- Mothers - we have good days and we have...other da...
- My dwindling plastic dish supply
- Brunette Shirley Temple
- The Perfect Mother Has Fallen
- This can mean only one thing...
- Blast Off!
- Draper Temple Open House
- My inheritance from dear ol' dad
- What happened to spring?
- Lets start the bidding at $1. Do I hear $1?
- The boy and his dog