Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Girl's Night/Day Out

Friday night Sean took the boys and went down to his parents house for the night. This left Grace and I on our own. Oh my, what are two girls to do without the boys hanging around?
Go out of course!
First stop?

Grace was able to order off the regular menu. She was excited to get a regular sized drink and not have to have a kid's cup.
After dinner we had some errands to run. Dad needs a Christmas present so off to Kohl's we go. Shoe department. Grace was very adamant on the fact that I was choosing old man shoes for Dad. I thought they were trendy. We shall see what Dad thinks when he opens his gift. Treats from Lee's and we were home snugged in Mom and Dad's big bed watching
Ramona and Beezus

It was actually a really good movie. Made me think of when I was a kid and read the books over and over again. I fell asleep before Grace did and I have no idea what she watched after I zonked.
Saturday we woke up at our pleasure and got dressed. The deal was I would wear whatever Grace picked for me and she would wear what I chose for her. I didn't get any pics but we both looked cute.
Today was the day we have been waiting for. We were going to the expensive movie theater and were going to watch,

The new Disney movie.
It was an awesome movie. I highly recommend it to anyone. Boys and girls.
It was a great girl's weekend. Grace and I had fun together and I don't think we missed the boys even once!
Thanks for hanging out with me Grace. I love you!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My Right Foot

On our wedding anniversary this year, our 16th actually, I decided to finally have the bunion removed from my right foot. It had become painful and I couldn't wear sneakers without a lot of pain.Beautiful ain't it!?!
The time came and Sean and I went to the hospital. I got knocked out and this is what it looked like when I woke up.
All wrapped up in layers of gauze and a big black boot, which we dubbed, das Boot. I left it on for a full week until I had my first doctor's appointment. In the mean time I was learning how to use crutches. I have to say, it isn't easy. When you are playing with crutches you know if you trip you can land on your foot but when you can't use that foot, it is really, really hard.
Here is my foot in all of it's lovelyness at the one week appointment. I know it is gross and you don't want to see it so just scroll down really fast and get past it. It was so swollen that my ankle was gone. Those are the doctor's initials on my ankle. Didn't want to operate on the wrong foot!

The weeks went by and my foot got better and better. Sean had to do all of the chores. I think laundry was his favorite. I couldn't even go into the basement so he was stuck doing all of that. He got the joy of grocery shopping, and dishes too. He got to be the taxi driver too.
Thanks Sean!
Here is my foot now. The scar will fade with time and I am still working on strengthening my ankle. Having that boot on and not walking on the foot for 6 weeks made my calf look like a 12 year old's leg. Very wimpy.
Here is the whopper. The reason for the long scar is that the bones in my foot that are my big toe had swung out so far that they had to break my foot and fuse the bone where it is supposed to be. This way I won't get another bunion in another 10 years. This is why I couldn't walk on it for 6 weeks. They put in some hardware. I wonder if I will beep when going through security! That could be fun.

Now you know the story of The Foot, and Das Boot! Thanks to all who helped us out with driving the kids, and bringing us food.
You all rock!

Conference Doughnuts

Each Conference weekend we make homemade doughnuts. Well, I should say I make them and they eat them. This year was the best year so far. The doughnuts were perfect, (other than the few that I fried a little too long).

Sean ate at least 10. Patrick just as many.

Patrick helped me with the frying up. We had to be fast cutting them out because the dough liked to double up as it sat in the bowl.

The kids couldn't wait and were going nuts. Simon was taking a bite of each flavor. That is probably why I ate too many. I was just cleaning up after Simon. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

So, we got spiritually fed on all the Conference talks and being able to hear from our church leaders, and we were physically fed on some rather tasty doughtnuts.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Simon's 1st Day of Preschool

Preschool started last week. Simon finally gets to go to school like the big kids. He is usually the first one up and wakes up the stragglers. He loves snack time and Grandfriends... so far. I am sure there is more but so far that is all he remembers when the 2 hours is done.
I still can't drive because of my foot so his teacher Miss Kristy comes and picks him up every day. He gets to ride in the trailer for her bike which makes it all the more fun!

I am glad he is preschool because he gets to learn and I get 2 hours with NO kids at home. (Moms get their perks where they can!)
Happy Preschool Simon!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Liam's First Day of Kindergarten

Liam started kindergarten yesterday. I couldn't take him because of my foot (blog later) and I was very sad about that. Kindergarten is a rite of passage... at least for the parents, the kids don't really care, but the mom does. Dad took him. He was fine and walked right in.

Mornings have always been hard for Liam but he is adjusting well and getting up in time to get ready and have some breakfast. We have to force him to comb his hair because he likes to have "crazy hair". He is a handsome devil and we are so proud of him for being such a good kid!

Welcome to big kid school kiddo!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Back to School 2010

Patrick and Grace started back to school last week. Of course I forced them to let me take pictures. Patrick, who is now in the 8th grade, rolled his eyes, tolerated it and finally smiled.

Grace, 4th grade, hammed it up of course.

Happy first day of school everyone.
Liam and Simon start later so that just means 2 more posts!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


It is time!
Patrick is now 13 and it is time for braces. I don't know a single kid who wants braces...

but to get that beautiful smile on they go. He looks thrilled right?!?

Give us a pre-smile kiddo!
Now you can see the need for the metal mouth. I think he is Dracula!

Off to the Orthodontist we go. Patrick was not thrilled that I took the camera but he should know by now that Mom brings the camera to all life altering events and he has just got to get used to it!

They put this thing in his mouth called a cheek stretcher so that his teeth stay dry while they put on the brackets. It is too funny to see him! He even posed for me.

Everything went smoothly and now he is getting over the pain of having metal in his mouth rubbing on his cheeks he is one handsome dude!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lincoln Memorial

At the other end of the reflecting pool (which by the way isn't very reflective, and full of moss and slime) is the Lincoln Memorial. Like most of these memorials you have to climb stairs... lots of stairs.

There was shade up there, blessed shade so up we went.
It was very quiet and reverent inside. Everyone showed their respect by their reverence for good ole' Abe. It was great.
Abraham Lincoln did many great things for our country and deserved our reverence.

The Washington Monument

We visited the Washington Monument on our first full day here in D.C. The days are going to start blending together but I am going to try to keep them straight as much as possible.
Anyhoo, after braving the Metro for the first time,

we trudged through the heat and found ourselves at the tallest building in all of D.C..

Thanks to Patrick we know it is 555 feet high and the tip is made of aluminum. No other building (or maybe structure) Washington D.C. is allowed to be taller. Pretty cool!
By the time we got there the tickets to go inside were all sold out so we just looked at it from the outside. The kids wanted to touch it.

Apparently that is as good as going inside. Everywhere you go you can see it, and it helped me keep my bearings in a city with no mountains to help you know north from south!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 1 part 2: Great Falls

Once we got settled at Sean's parents house we went to Great Falls on the Potomac River. Humidity felt high that evening or maybe it was just that we are used to dry Utah summers, but it was HOT!

The water was going over the rocks and we were hoping to see some kayaking but the current was too strong.

We hiked to the overlooks, and Patrick did his usual great picture taking. It was fun and again I say HOT!

Day 1: The Airport

I don't know about you but I find just being in the airport exhausting. The kids get restless, Mom gets ornery, Dad gets grouchy. That is pretty much what SLC international was like for us.

Finally the kiddos realized there were airplanes out those big windows! They watched them come and go.

Needless to say we got on the plane, made it to Virginia and were ready for some fun.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Before we even left Utah

So... vacation day finally is here. Woo Hoo! We decided to go down to Salt Lake City a day early and just have some fun. We stopped at Boondocks, the new fun park near Kaysville. It was fun to watch Liam and Simon try to hit the ball with their club.

Sean and I played after all the kids had gone, we weren't keeping score, well at least I wasn't. I think Sean was because after every hole he would say, "Now, I am 5 under" he was SO keeping score. Fine, he won While the younger kids played on the soft play land Patrick and I rode the go-carts. Sean was watching kids so pictures were not an option. When we got to the hotel we went swimming and crashed. Big airplane flight the next day!

I really am going to try to blog

The internet here seems to be really slow. My pictures won't load and blogger is slower than molasses in January so I am going to save it all up for after I get home and blog then.
If things change, I will start it up

Sorry guys... I shall try again later.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Simon's 4th Birthday Party

Since we are going to be on vacation when Simon's birthday rolls around we celebrated early. Aaron and Amy came with their kids and G-ma came too. We grilled, got wet, and had cake and ice cream.Simon wanted a robot cake. After much deliberation about color and candy decorations this is what we came up with.The A's came over and we just hung out. Uncle Aaron performed CPR on Abbie's balloon girl Barbara when she got a hole.

The kids threw water balloons, and played in the sprinklers. I think they had a good time between the crying cause the balloons hurt sometimes.
Presents are the most important part for a 4 year old.

Cars, bubble gun, sidewalk chalk, and water balloons from Mom and Dad.

Coloring books, crayons and candy from Aaron, Amy and kids!

Helicopter, and fire truck from Grandma!

He had a great day and told me the next morning Simon told me his party was awesome.
Happy Birthday Simon. We love you!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Liam's Preschool Graduation

This past week Liam graduated from preschool.

He went to Learning Train Preschool with

Ms. Lynn

Ms. Kristy
(he kinda sorta had a crush on Ms. Kristy but shhhh don't tell!)

He loves both of his teachers and had fun with all the kids. He tells me his favorite part of school every day was doing his work. Let's hope that carries into regular school. They made weekly visits to the local assisted living facility to visit their "grandfriends" he couldn't decide if he like that or not. Storytime was his very favorite. It was at the end of the day and he always asked me to be late picking him up so he could listen to the stories. He learned a lot and had a great year.
Thanks teachers!

Singing "Slippery Fish" his favorite song.

Congratulations Liam and welcome to Kindergarten!!