Sunday, August 31, 2008

Give away

One of my favorite hair blogs is having a pretty cool give away. Head on over and enter to win.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Mia started Kindergarten on Friday. She was so excited! She is in afternoon Kindergarten and her teacher is Mrs. Madsen. Beginning at 8:00, which is when school starts for Jared, Mia asked me every 15 minutes if it was time to go to school. Luckily it was early day and she went at 10:45.

After School I asked her who she sat by and she told me that they don't even have desks! They got to sit on the carpet the whole time. They had a party for the first day and they got party hats, noise makers and those things you blow on and they unroll - these didn't make noise. She told me that there is another Mia. I asked her if she needed to put her name on her school work as Mia L. and she said, "No. The other Mia spells her name Mia and I spell my name MiA."

I had a little bit of a hard time leaving her but I thought of all the adventures she was going to have and I didn't even cry one little bit. I almost started and then I changed my train of thought. I think Mia missed more then she let on because after she got home, she REALLY needed my attention and wanted to play with me and touch me and just be near me.

Now for the fun--pictures:

Mia let me fix her hair and I think it turned out pretty cute. I just braided the fronts and put the rest in high ponytails with the ends of the braids.

She refused to smile for me. I told her to smile and she told me, "I am." I just took what I could get.

Mia wore the bracelet that my friend helped me make. It was like a little piece of me went to school with her on the first day.

This is a picture of Mia walking away. She was so excited, once she got the chance, she took off running and didn't look over her shoulder.

A Date with Gordon

On Thursday I went out on a date with Gordon. I would have been perfectly happy just sitting and staring at him. He was so much fun to be with. We ate at Chili's. He was looking at everything as if it were the first time he had ever experienced it. When he asked me what we were going to do, I told him that we would eat and then we would run some errands. He was so excited and said, "Aaron! I like Aaron!"

After eating we headed over to Kohl's to find a jacket for Jared. We hadn't gone far and Gordon ran over to pick something up. He shouted, "A Belly Button! Someone lost their Belly Button!" He stayed right with me and when I was looking at the clearance rack, there was a swimsuit that was just his size so we bought it. He put it on as soon as we got home to sleep in it and he has worn it for the last 3 days. I don't know if it is so much that he likes the swimsuit, as much as the memory the swimsuit brings. I am happy he likes it so much and I love to see him in it, too.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Body Guard

We went to the park with our Neighbors yesterday. There was a little girl at the park who was being mean to Gordon. At one time, she pushed him out of the way so that she could play with the toy he was playing with. Gordon started to cry. I looked over waiting to see how Gordon would handle it. Gordon's friend, Spencer, stepped in for him. He made this face at the girl like he was going to turn into the incredible hulk on her. Through clenched teeth, he said, "Don't push my friend Gordon!"

Later this same girl came up to Gordon and hit him. Gordon was crying and Spencer was yelling at the girl. I asked Gordon if he wanted Spencer to be his Body Guard and Gordon said, "Spencer IS my body guard!"

Spencer is 6 months younger than Gordon.


I wanted to do something special for Mia before school started on Friday, so last night I took her out. She was so excited to go and I kept what we were doing a surprise. She started talking the minute the two of us were in the car and didn't stop until we got home and she was in bed. I am so glad that we went.

We started off the night by going out to eat. I cringed when they charged us $3.49 for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, but it was her special night and I let her chose what she wanted. After eating, we went to Build-A-Bear Workshop. I let Mia choose a bear and she was off. When we got to the stuffing machine, the guy working there, I think, intimidated her. He was so hyper and kept talking to her and she just stood and stared at him. When he let her choose a heart for the bear and he kept telling her to rub it on her body, she got into it. He told her to make a wish and she just looked at him and told him she didn't have any wishes. (Last time she wished for something, it was that the world was made of ice didn't come true.) He asked her if she had a secret and she said, "I have a secret but I don't want to tell you." I was trying not to laugh at her. She really loved "fluffing" the bear in the bath tub and picking out some clothes for it.

She kept talking about everything her bear could do. She was so funny when she asked me to take the tag off her Bear's ear. She said, "Can you take the tag off my Bear's ear? It is really bugging her and making her kind of annoyed."

We walked around the Gateway for a little while just window shopping and then we were heading back to our car. I noticed a Barnes and Noble and asked Mia if she would like to go inside. She said yes, so we went in for a little look. I read her some books and she sat so still leaning against my arm, I thought she was asleep. On the way back to the van, we noticed that there was an outdoor concert very close to where we were. I asked her if she was interested in going over to take a look, or if she was too tired. She told me, "I am too tired. Actually, I am NOT too tired. I just don't care about it."

We got home and she went to bed and we were both filled with fond memories of our "Girls Night Out."

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


I love this picture of Jared. I took this while I was taking back to school pictures of him on Monday. He wanted to be in the middle of the tree. I love how he is using his sincere smile rather than his picture smile. He just looks so sweet to me.

Testing, 1, 2

Mia had her Kindergarten testing today. When Jared was tested for Kindergarten, I was allowed inside and got to watch it all. Today, I was asked to "fill out this paper in the hall." I filled out my distraction =) and then sat and listened to Mia and her teacher, Mrs. Madsen chatting. It was just so sweet listening to Mia in pretty much the setting her Kindergarten class will be. When it was all finished, before I was invited to join them, I heard Mia ask Mrs. Madsen if she would like to hear a song. Mrs. Madsen said yes. Mia sang a sweet little rhyming song to her.

It was really sweet to be able to "spy" on her like that. I think she is going to do great!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bitter Sweet

Today was Jared's first day of second grade. He was really excited because he wanted to see what books he would read.

He got to wear his new backpack and finally wear the shirt he has tried to wear every day for nearly a month.

He waited outside the school for the doors to open.

Was delighted to see on of his friend from First Grade, Josh, is in his class.

Then it was time for his teacher, Ms. Casperson to come out and get the students. She was so cute and shook hands with her whole class, welcoming them to Second grade.

It was a little rougher for me having Jared in Second Grade than it was last year when he went to First. He was really excited and I tried to not let him know how reluctant I was to send him.

Now, I can't wait until school is over and I can hear all about his first day in Second Grade!

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Old Navy and (Old is having a sale $12.00 pants for men and women and $7.00 pants for kids. It says that there is a 3 jean limit, but it is only 3 jeans of the same size and design. Go on over and take a look. This is for Saturday Aug 23 only.

Friday, August 22, 2008


I just finished reading the Twilight Saga and I really enjoyed it. I know I am a little behind everyone who read the first three books ages ago, but I really enjoyed them. I read them pretty fast (all 4 in a week) and it was nice to have it all so fresh in my mind. It was fun to put my life on hold for a little while each evening and just read. Wonder what I will do now...

a Motherlode of Prizes

One of the blogs I frequent is having a birthday celebration. She is having a HUGE give away as her gift to us. Hurry over and enter to win. You won't be sorry you did.

Monday, August 18, 2008


My friend posted a recipe that we tried last night. It was delicious. Thanks TaLaisa! It is the Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup.

Our new friend.

A year and a half ago, Ellis was hospitalized with RSV. He was such a sick little boy. (I didn't find out until recently that my brother-in-law, who is a Respiratory Therapist, didn't think he would survive it.) It was such a stressful time for our family. As a result of being so sick, he has what our pediatrician refers to as Infantile Asthma. We are owners of a nebulizer and Ellis has really hated it.
He hates it so much in fact, that when he is wheezy, Mia will say to me, "Maybe Ellis needs that thing that makes him scream!" I have always dreaded using it on him because he does scream for the full 5 minutes that it takes to "nebulize" him.
Fast forward to today, Gordon is sick and is crying because his "booger are coming" and Ellis can barely breathe. He is coughing a lot and just really wheezing. He was like this last night too, but I really put off having to use the nebulizer. I put it on him because it was just getting worse and he was struggling for air and he just sat through it. Feeling it and trying to figure it out, but he didn't fight it. After I finished, I let him hold it and poke his fingers in the holes and explained to him what it did and why we needed it. Did he understand? Who knows. The point is that we are now friends with the nebulizer and it helped A LOT. Hopefully he doesn't start to wheeze again tonight. I have 4-6 hours before I can use it again and I hope he is fast asleep not up and coughing all night.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Why is it that every year about this time, I have this overwhelming urge to Home school? I just went to school registration for Jared and Mia and inside I was just screaming, "What am I doing here?" I know that it would take A LOT of work to home school my children, but every year I know I am up to the challenge. The problem? Jared LOVES going to school. I asked him one time if he wanted to go to school or if he wanted to be home schooled and he asked me if we could do both. "Home school half of the day and go to public school the other half." When I told him that it wouldn't work that way, he decided he wanted to go to school. For him, maybe public school is the best idea.

Mia is ALL about going to public school. She has been ready to go for the last two years while Jared has been going. Now that she finally has the chance, it would seem unfair for her to have to miss out on all the fun of going to school.

I REALLY feel that the kids would get a better education with me as their teacher. I know that they do great at school and as long as I continue to volunteer once a week and stay involved, I will definitely know if I should revisit the idea of homeschooling.

For another school year, I will push it to the back of my mind and try to not think about it too often and just let the kids enjoy being children.

Jared will be in Miss Casperson's class who I have heard wonderful things about. Mia will be in the afternoon Kindergarten with Mrs. Madsen who is just a lovable grandma. I know they will be in good hands. This doesn't mean that I will stop trying to teach them myself, though.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Remember this post? Here is my advice on solving the problem...marry a computer guy! Seth fixed the little bug in no time flat.

Thanks Seth!


We had the best kind of visitors on Monday! Our friends that used to live in our neighborhood, but now live in Wyoming showed up at our front door, completely unexpected! It was so exciting to them. Emma, here in the picture, was Mia's first "real" friend. When she got her hair cut, she wanted to look like Emma. She started wearing skirts around because Emma wore skirts. Mia was so sad when Emma moved and asked us nearly daily if we could move "just one more time" so that we could live by Emma. Mia still likes to draw pictures for Emma (if only her mom would mail them...) and talks about her all the time. Funny thing is, when they got here, Mia turned shy or something and just stared at her for a while.

It was SUCH a good surprise and we are so glad that they stopped in for a visit.

Swimming lessons

I signed the kids up for swimming lessons. Monday was their first day and they did great! I love this picture of Gordon because it looks like he is having a conversation with his teacher, while I know that he didn't listen to him at all and even ran away to a different class. I finally decided to switch classes with him and he listened a lot better. I am glad that I did too. This teacher was really yelling at the 2 kids left in his class today.

Ellis LOVED being in the pool. We have taken his a couple times and he always begins clutching either Seth or me but this time he went right in with his teacher. It was so fun watching him. When I went to switch classes for Gordon, the lady that worked at the front desk told me that Ellis was too young to be in swimming lessons. The instructors said he was fine and there was no problem when I signed him up, but she decided that if I wanted to put him in, I had to put him in the "Parents and Tots" class. I told them I wanted a refund. He had a hard time watching the other kids swim today.

LOVE this picture of Mia freshly coming out of the water. She is so brave in the water. She really thinks she can just do anything she wants to. Usually she can.

Jared was pretty excited when he finished his lessons today. He ran up to me and told me that he can float without any help. He has really been practicing any time we are in water and I know that this means a lot to him.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Jared's Birthday

Seth made Jared's cake this year. He made a "Boom Blox" cake. I was going to make the cake and cut it into strips but when I was at the store, I saw some yellow Zingers and bought them instead.

These are just some pictures in front of our house. It was difficult to get good pictures because he is in that phase where he has to have his hands all over his face, making funny faces.

These are the presents he got. He was especially excited about the book, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". I am posting these pictures on Tuesday, August 12 and he has already finished one of the books and started the next one. This kid is a reading machine!

This is the finished product of the "Boom Blox" cake. Seth had to build it several times because it kept tipping over.

Then everyone got to have a chance to choose a "Zinger" without tipping it over.

Jared also received a new bike, it may be a little too big for him but it won't be long before he grows into it.

This is Jared when he crashed on the bike. He couldn't reach to stop so he went over to our neighbors soft green grass and crashed on it. What a smart boy. The best part is that he wasn't afraid to get back on.


Just popping in quick to post some pictures from Seth's sister's wedding. There were SO many people getting married. In the ceremony, the sealer made a comment that "It would take more than '8s' to make this marriage last." The whole sealing was just so beautiful and sweet. It made me think more about my marriage and how fresh everything was when it was us in their places. It really put things into perspective.

Now, on to the pictures...

This picture is of my cute boys. Taken outside the Bountiful Temple while waiting for Amber to change.

Amber had her reception at Pioneer Hall, across from Gardner Village. The building was so perfect on the exterior for photos. This was my favorite spot. (Seth's sister told me that it is cute with Gordon's finger up his nose...I am not so sure...)

Finally, we have my cute kids. They are growing up SO fast! There is a cemetery behind Pioneer Hall which is where the men and kids spent the evening while the ladies took care of the reception.

I had to post this picture of Seth's sister Amber, just because she is so beautiful.

Friday, August 1, 2008


I have been a little busy exploring on Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 and I am happy with the out come.

I was experimenting with templates here and this one came from Manda Girl. The papers came from Jessica Sprague.