Thursday, April 30, 2009
When Samantha came upstairs all dressed and ready for school, I remembered it was character dress up day, where the kids can dress up as their favorite character from anywhere.
I asked her, "Don't you remember it's character dress up day?"
She said, "Yes! I AM dressed up!"
"What are you?"
Her reply . . . "I'm the mom from twilight."
LOL! That rocks! She is dressed up as Esme. Samantha was happy as a clam to go to school "dressed as" Esme. It didn't even phase her that she was wearing all her normal clothes.
After school I asked her what the teachers thought of her costume. She told me that the teachers didn't know who she was supposed to be, so she told them. Then Samantha got the biggest kick out of the fact that her teachers thought she just wore her normal clothes to school! Funny teachers.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The morning of the track meet, Alexandra was still sick and I really wasn't sure what to do in order to please them both. Sometimes it's so hard to be the mom! I decided to let Alexandra sleep for the first part of the morning. Then I packed her and Nathan up in the stroller and walked over to the track to meet Athena.
When I got there, she was sitting on the bleachers eating her lunch. I snuck up and surprised her! She was so happy that I came!! So, I'm so happy that I went!! :) Athena had already completed 2 events, the long jump and the 50 meter run. I did make it in time to see her run in her last race, the 100 meter. Here she is running (she is in the red circle).
While I was there, we went to the snack shack and I got her some nachos, and some skittles for Nathan. Then I had the luxury of checking Athena out of school early (it was only noon) and she got to walk home with us. Alexandra ended up falling asleep in the back of the stroller, so it turned out to be not so bad for her either.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Last Friday I heard a lot of loud little gut laughs coming from the kitchen. Of course I had to run in to investigate. Any time 2 little toddlers are laughing THAT hard, it has to spell trouble! I came in to find them both on the kitchen table, sliding around and around blowing the little foils that wrap up foiled chocolate Easter eggs. One of them would give a good, hard blow, and the foil would skitter across the table. They they would burst into giggles all over again!
Oh what fun!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I thought her message was really cute! It's better than her forgetting to tell me at all!
Sister Duke called and gave me a message, and the message was that you need to bring a gallon of milk.
Because you promised.
Friday, April 24, 2009
After the art museum, we took the kids to the eatery at BYU and got them some lunch. They all thought it was so neat to be eating at BYU with all the students. :) Jeremy and I didn't eat with the kids. Instead we opted to make a special trip to J Dawgs for their "famous" gourmet hot dogs. MMMM They were tasty! It was so big I could hardly finish it, though. I was proud of myself because I tried the sauerkraut. I didn't know what it was, but it turns out it's just pickled cabbage, and it's actually pretty good!
So, I would recommend taking your kids to the art exhibit. It's there until August and it's free!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
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I've been trying to get the kids to eat oatmeal. I know it takes a few tries for kids to get used to something new, so I've been giving it to them in small doses. :) Yesterday morning I made oatmeal and toast for them. I gave each of them a very small portion of oatmeal and they gobbled it up. Then they surprised me by asking for more! So this morning I asked them, "Do you want cold cereal or oatmeal for breakfast?" All 3 older kids yelled out in unison, "OATMEAL!!!" Wow! I made double the amount as I made yesterday and they all gobbled it up again. Hooray! This is a success in my book!
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As I sit here typing on my blog, Athena is in the shower and I can hear her singing "The Little Mermaid" song. I wonder if her eyes are watering because of the beautiful tones in the shower and the tears are being wiped away by the falling water. It's cute to hear her singing in the shower!
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This morning when I went to get Alexandra out of her crib, I noticed her diaper was sitting on the floor. She was still wearing her pajamas and they were all the way zipped up, like normal. I felt her little bum and sure enough, no diaper! She had taken off her dirty diaper, threw it on the floor to get rid of it, and dressed herself again. She was sitting there happily playing with her dolls. Hmmmm . . . to potty train or not to potty train?
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Why on earth is the ground covered in snow when it is supposed to be Spring Break??
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I feel a little guilty that most of the pictures I got of our hunts this year were of Nathan and Alexandra. Admittedly, they are just the most fun to watch! Little kids get so excited about that kind of stuff. :) Here is Alexandra finding an egg by the baseboard. We let the little kids go first, again, followed by the bigger kids later.
Athena and Samantha are scouring the bookshelf for eggs.
Nathan reviewing his spoils, and uncle Mike doing some taste-testing. I'm glad I got this picture of Nathan with Mike because Nathan absolutely ADORES his uncle Mike. He always asks if we can go and visit him. Every time Mike is around, Nathan is right by his side. It's so cute! It makes me happy that they have that relationship.
Alexandra and Samantha are checking out all their eggs.
I was beside myself with how cute Alexandra was on this 2nd Easter egg hunt. I have never seen a little toddler as eager, excited, and aggressive as she was on this hunt. From the moment we let her down the stairs her eyes were darting around the room faster than her feet could follow. She ran from egg to egg saying, "Egg! Egg! Egg! Egg!" She found the ones down low, she found the ones up high, she even found the ones that were secretly hidden behind pillows and books! She found her allotment of eggs almost immediately and wouldn't stop gathering. Within just a couple of minutes she had swept through the library picking up eggs and then into the theater room. She had so many eggs that Jeremy had to keep sneaking handfuls of eggs out of her basket and re-hiding them so the big kids would have eggs to find when they were let loose.
Again, this was a fun evening for everyone! Glad it all went off without a hitch!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Alexandra just LOVES the swings! Whenever I put her on the swing she just giggles the whole time while I'm pushing her.
Jeremy came along to relieve me from pushing for a little while.
Nathan and Claire on the swings.
Samantha and Athena after a long ride on the slide.
Lisa was trying to push both Nathan and Claire at the same time but found, to her surprise, that her right arm is stronger than her left! Lucky Nathan, he was on the right.
Jeremy decided to give Alexandra a taste of the big times by twisting her swing and letting her spin. She loved this too!
Nathan attemped the monkey bars. He still doesn't quite understand how to get going, so he gets about this far and then I have to run over and catch him. I looked at this picture and wondered why Lisa was in such a hurry. Glad I captured that as well.
After playing for a little while we ate. Katelyn was a little hungrier than the rest of us and didn't have time to get a plate.
Finally after all that playing and eating it was time for the egg hunt. Lucky for us there were hardly any people in the park. We had a huge area to hide the eggs in and it was fun for the kids. Surprisingly all the eggs got found too! I think this is the first year all the kids had the right amount of eggs.
We let the littlest kids start first, then sent the bigger kids last to clean house. Alexandra was really fun to watch this year. She caught on quickly and excitedly ran from place to place picking up eggs. We had to stop her from hunting so some eggs would be left for the older kids.
Nathan also found his share of the eggs quickly and immediately delved in to see what surprises awaited him in the eggs.
OOPS! Now his surprises are all over the ground!
Samantha is proudly displaying her find. :)
And here is Athena in action.
Here are Samantha and Alexandra working together. :) Cute.
I love to watch the kids after the hunt. It's so much fun to see them so excited about what they found! A lot of the kids just sat down where they were on the ground and started opening up their eggs to see what was inside.
Then, when all the eggs were found and opened, we were back on the playground for more fun.
Me and Alexandra.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
I did according to my plan - got up early, showered, and went into the kitchen to start cooking.
I got the pan out and on the stove and started mixing up the pancake batter when curious Athena wandered into the kitchen. She said to me with a little laugh, "Mom, WHAT are you doing?!!"
I said, "I'm making pancakes. :)"
She replied with surprise, "Why are you doing THAT?"
Ha ha . . . well excuse me!! I never should have deviated from the norm. But for the record, the kids loved the pancakes.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
OK, so I'm cheating. I saw this on Aprilyn's blog and I LOVE IT!!! For some very odd reason, it even brought a tear to my eye. :) I wish I could have been there - I'd have been right in the middle! (Remember to pause the music at the bottom of my blog before you play this video.)
We had relatively few meltdowns compared to the last General Conference, so I suppose I could consider it a success!
During conference I love to do puzzles. I completed a 500 piece puzzle on Saturday evening after 3 hours of work. Then on Sunday I got really ambitious and decided to try my hand at a 1000pc puzzle. This is as far as I got.I just got bored staring at the same 200 pieces that all had pink fruit and leaves on them. Maybe a couple of years down the road I'll forget that I didn't like working on such a big puzzle and try it again.