Friday, January 9, 2009


Mia is in LOVE with a boy in Kindergarten named Jack. Jack is the brother of one of Jared's friends. Every day Mia tells Jack, "I LOVE YOU!! I want to marry you." Jack always tells Mia, "I hate you!" or he says, "I am NOT your boyfriend!"

Jack came over to play today. Mia and Jack were so cute. They got along so well. I was a little worried that if he came over with his brother, he would just want to follow Jared and Josh around. That didn't happen.

Jack even played house with Mia. It was cute to see them both carrying babies around. They went in the playroom and closed the door. They are 6 years old. What difference does it make if the door is open or closed, right? They were in there making food and taking care of their babies for a while and I overheard them say something about kissing. I went in to check on them and they were just over by the play kitchen making muffins. I asked if the had been kissing and Mia said, "Yes." Jack kept telling me several times that they hadn't. He also told me that he was a scientist and had plutonium in his bedroom that he made himself. I believed Mia. I told them that they couldn't kiss any more and that they had to have the door open. Mia said, "It was Jack's idea. We kissed on the mouth." Again I told them no more kissing.

I was so surprised because Mia hates kisses. If I slip-up and kiss her then she will wipe it off and say, "Eeewww! I hate kisses!" When I told her that there was no more kissing her friends, she told me that she loves kisses now. She then kissed me about 10 times in a minute.

I was worried that Jack's mom wouldn't let him come over to play again. When she showed up I told her, "Our kids kissed. Well, Mia and Jack kissed." She said, "That Jack. He is always kissing." It was no big deal. I felt a little bit better but somehow, because the door was closed, I feel like I wasn't watching them good enough.

I guess Mia has had her first kiss...let's hope it is her last for a LONG time.


Jared wrote a story for this year's reflection contest. He won on the local level and was sent on to the Council level. We got a letter from the school inviting us to a Council Awards Ceremony last night.

The evening began with an open house. We looked through the entries and had a cookie. When the program began, they did literature first. Jared was sitting on a bench just below me. We were watching and I had told Jared that I was pretty certain he didn't win anything since his name wasn't on the list, but I didn't know because there was no ribbon on his entry.

I looked down at him while the names were being read. Jared had his fingers crossed on both of his hands and was just bouncing around. In my mind I could hear him saying, "Please say my name. Jared, Jared, Jared."

It broke my heart a little seeing how badly he wanted to win and knowing he wasn't going to. He was so disappointed when they didn't call his name. He said to me after words, "I know it is OK. Now I just have to start again and I worked really hard on it."

It is so hard to watch your kids learn the difficult lessons in life. I was at a loss as to what I should say to him, so I just hugged him. I was impressed with his sportsmanship. Not so long ago, he would have gotten so upset. For just one moment he did a body slump and then he swallowed his pride and was happy for those who won. Even when we were leaving Jared went up to one of the girls that won and told her congratulations. He is maturing and learning right before my eyes. I was happy to see the change.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Once there was a snowman.

Today while Jared and Mia were at school and Ellis was napping, Gordon and I made a snowman. Seth's brother's family gave us a snowman kit and we have really been itching to use it. The warm sun made the snow perfect for the snowman.

Gordon really enjoyed "dressing" him.

I imagine Gordon is telling the snowman, "I am Gordy-smo-Gordy." The snowman looks about the size of a 3 year old.

I think he turned out rather cute. Leaves and all.


On Saturday we had planned on going sledding with my brother and his family after we went to one of our friends baptism. While we were at the baptism, we got a my James called and said that they had sick kids. We decided that we would just go any way. I am really glad that we did. We were really bundled up - and warm. I didn't even get cold when Gordon and I got to the bottom of the hill and slid off our sled into a puddle of water.

Gordon was a little nervous about sledding but after he went just one time, he loved it. He would giggle all the way down the hill and talk about how great it was on the way back up.

Jared, I think, had the best time of us all. I think he would have stayed all day if we let him. We had to promise hot chocolate when we got home to get him to come willingly. It was so much fun to see (and hear) him enjoy himself. Again, I am really glad that we went.

The only photos I took were of Ellis. He was just so fluffy and bundled and cute that I couldn't resist. My camera stayed in the car the rest of the time so that I could enjoy playing with the kids and not worry about getting a great shot. I regret that I didn't get any photos of the excitement or the kids going down the sled, but I do not regret just enjoying the kids.

Friday, January 2, 2009


It is so easy once you skip a bit of blogging to keep on skipping it. A quick update on our family. We had a very nice Christmas. My favorite part was when we were opening presents and I was opening the gift Mia gave me. She had been a little down in the dumps because she didn't think she had as many presents as everyone else (remember she is only5). When I opened the present and told her how much I liked it, her face brightened and she excitedly told me about why she bought the gift for me. It was a sweet moment to see her forget about herself and feel the joy of giving.

When I was little, we would just open the presents as quickly as we could and not take time to play with them. We let the kids play with each present as they opened it. It was so fun to see them enjoy themselves.

We spent New Year's Eve with Seth's parents in West Jordan. We played games and watched movies. It was a lot of fun until I discovered that Ellis had diarrhea and I had just used up my last diaper. He had diaper rash so bad. I went and told Seth that it was time to go. We had about 20 minutes left until midnight. We took the kids home and let Jared and Mia stay up to watch the ball that didn't drop. Seth played some games with them and I went to bed. I don't even know what time they went to bed.

I took a couple of pictures using my new tripod. This one just makes me laugh. It was the best one we got. We were in a rush because we needed to get to church. Mia was NOT happy about it and I didn't realize she was sticking her tongue out until I downloaded it to my computer. It really it just captures how she was feeling at the time.

I think it is a family tradition to take a picture of everyone goofing off. Everyone got involved with it and it was a fun way to end the photo shoot.