Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Quote of the Day

We have been watching the A-Team a lot lately, and as we were walking home from the pool today I made some comment about naming the baby Helga or Horace.  Sam laughed and said,

"Mom, you are even sillier than Murdock!"

Monday, July 28, 2014

Quote of the Day

Luke:  How did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon?
Willie:  With the Urine and Thummin

You're welcome.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Family Reunion Photos

I know, I know...it's been a good three months and here I am jumping right back into blogging with no explanation...except that I am working on my Personal Progress, which involves completing more of it than my Young Women because I'm a teeny bit competitive, and one of my projects is to get and keep our family journals updated, darn it!  So, I will move forward and if I can fix my computer or phone so that the two recognize each other I may even go back and fill you in on the last few months of our crazy lives.  Yes, you....Bueller, Bueller?
 As soon as school got out in June, we headed off on a whirlwind vacation.  The kids and I drove to Seattle, where we visited family and friends.  From Seattle, we flew to Buffalo, NY (Luke met us there--after a long and drawn out process that involved missing his flight, losing his luggage, and trying to take a conference call in a teeny, tiny bathroom) to embark on a Church history tour.  We started in Palmyra (Sacred Grove, Hill Cumorah), went to Kirtland, Ohio, then on to Nauvoo, Illinois, and finally Adam-Ondi-Ahman, Liberty Jail, Carthage Jail, and Winter Quarters.  We had 47 family members on a chartered bus for 10 days...with only had 5 pukers and one threat of death to the next boy who peed all over the bathroom (actually, the threat was that any girl who saw pee anywhere in the bathroom got to choose a boy cousin to clean it up.  I am not sure if the threat worked because frankly, I would rather have wet my pants than go in that bathroom.  But I digress)...

It turns out that our saintly bus driver was also a bit of a photographer, so here are some of the photos that she sent...taken on the last leg of our journey.  I am glad to have these to share because, again, my phone and my computer hate each other so I am having a hard time pulling my own photos...ugh...

The first picture is the Nauvoo Temple by sunset.  The sunset over the Mississippi was the most amazing that I think I have ever seen!  Likewise, the Nauvoo Temple was the highlight of the trip for me, and EmJ would agree to that point.  She has decided that she is going to be married there.
 Family photo on the steps of the Nauvoo Temple.  Super cute, but I won't save it for Christmas because our Christmas card should contain one more tiny person...we call it Seven.
 Luke's parents, organizers of the chaos...or creators...Thank you!!!

 There were quite a few pictures of Sam...she is kind of in the middle of everything all the time.  Here she is climbing a tree...shocker!
 Joshua, Carter, Olivia
 Not sure what Benjamin was pouting about, but I am glad she snapped the picture anyway.

 The whole family in front of the Nauvoo Temple.  I picked this one instead of the nice family pictures because of Benjamin...can you see him?
 Our attempt to take a family picture in front of our "fun bus" was temporarily foiled by a snake.  I loved this action shot of Rachel as she sprinted to catch the snake (she's in her third trimester, people...awesome!)
And once again, there is Sam, right in the middle of everything.  Her puke ate through her shoes, but she wouldn't stay down long!

After our dream vacation (I forgot to mention, we also went to Cooperstown!!  Woot!), we flew back to Seattle, then drove to Utah to visit Lindsey and co (pictures to come?!) and finally drove home exactly 4 weeks after we started our crazy adventure.  I've heard that the 'hood was quiet without us!

It was a wonderful trip, full of memories and good times visiting with most of both our families and again, so many dear friends.  We are happy to be back, though, getting in to the routine of our summer (wake up, do a little schoolwork, go to the pool, eat dinner, sleep, repeat).  I fear that too soon it will be over!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Quote of the day:

Luke:  Don't choke me!  I can't live without air!

Willie:  I thought you couldn't live without cereal?

Only slightly funnier than when Kaylyn decided in the middle of stake conference that she was a puppy and started sniffing and licking the floor.

And when Reillee gave us a run-down of all the things she used to do when she was a "little girl".

And when the entire contents of Joshua's Easter basket came raining down on my head from it's precarious perch on top of the fridge.

And when we tried to take an Easter photo of the kids, but EmJ kept making awesome faces.

Happy Easter!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Reillee is FOUR!!!!!

Can I just go to sleep now so I can wake up and be FOUR?!
Reillee was so very excited for her birthday to get here.  All she wanted was Frozen paraphernalia...and her birthday did not disappoint.  There were a few extra surprises, though, like a surprise visit from Grandma and Grandpa and a meal at Denny's and donuts and crepes for breakfast.
Elsa again!!

They have watched Frozen twice today and I am sure we will get to see it again before the day ends. :)

Happy Birthday, Reillee!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Thanksgiving has come and gone, but it was wonderful!  Highlighted by a visit from my parents, we ate and talked and laughed and picked grapefruit and watched movies and ate some more!  Here are some photos of the thankful month....in no order at all...
Thanksgiving centerpieces, made by the kids. :)
Benjamin also contributed a turkey to the decor.
EmJ finished her swimming class just before Thanksgiving...brrrrrr!  And look, I think she has some muscles now!
Over Thanksgiving, the kids met their cousin, Sam.  He and Kayde got along fabulously.
Kayde also picked her nose a lot.  This picture just cracks me up!
Jace gave Willie his Yankee hat.  Willie prizes it now.
Willie also decided this month that he wanted to learn to cook.  He can chop onions, make cereal, cookies, and bread.  No, really.  Thanks to my early Christmas gift (a Kiychen-Aid!), he has become quite the little kitchen helper.
Willie made sure that Gus looked his best for my parents' arrival.
We also finished the curtains just in time! By we, I mean Emmeline.  Exactly what do I do around here?
Sam had a Pilgrims and Indians Thanksgiving feast at school.  So cute!
And we shined the house up for Grandma's arrival...including getting rid of the ants...at least for the week.  Yuck!

It was a wonderful holiday!

March Madness

Before I get around to sharing a ton of pictures, let me relate a little classic Sam story that happened today.  

Her primary teacher was talking about helping others, setting a good example, etc.  She asked the kids to role play some simple scenarios.  Sam's involved a boy being stuck in a tree.  Allegedly, the conversation went like this...

Boy:  Help!  I am stuck in this tall tree and I can't get down!
Teacher:  Sam, what would you do if you saw this boy?
Sam:  I would climb the tree and help him get all the way to the top!

I had to explain to her teacher that if she expects a certain answer, she should probably not ask Sam!  For Sam will be completely real and honest...I mean, who cares about helping the wimp get out of the tree, when it would be even more fun to get to the very top!!

And now, some happenings from March...
Sam started gymnastics (finally!!). On her first day in the class, she won a strength contest.  With a huge grin on her face the entire time.
Kaylyn has spent the month reading.  I can't get this girl away from her books.  Not that I want to!  She is also talking a lot more, though we can't understand a word.
Reillee also started gymnastics.  A surprise to me, she actually loves it.
Baseball season is underway.  Joshua is on the Giants, and there is some actual, real talent in this team.  It should be a fun year!
Benjamin has been playing soccer...enjoying a footskills clinic.  I have a hard time taking "lawn fairies" seriously, but Benjamin loves it.  He also won second place in a fundraiser for Tae Kwon Do...selling cookies of his own accord.
Another baseball picture...of what could turn out to be the three team MVPs...not that I am biased or anything. :)
Um, this does not even need an explanation. 
EmJ had her birthday party last night.  She planned and prepped all on her own (love!) and had a great time with the friends that she has made down here.
Teeny origami elephant, made from money.  
They watched Frozen...shocker!
Sam's 6th bday was back in February, but let's not forget to showcase her celebration!  Unicorn ice cream was a must!
Cute new dress from Grandma!
And a bike!!
About the time Sam's bday rolled around, I realized that I never threw Benjamin a real party...and since I only do parties at 5, 8, and 12...
We quickly called a couple of friends and had an after school shindig involving pizza rolls, ninja turtle cupcakes, and boatloads of silly string!!

So now, since we haven't been busy enough, we are going to head into a crazy few weeks of birthdays (Reillee, EmJ, me), road trips (taking the YW to General Conference), family visits (woohoo), spring break, baseball games, dance festival, and our anniversary.  Crazy! Oh, and the pool opens next week, so you know where to find us. :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

New Beginnings

I can't believe EmJ is almost 12.  This week she got to walk the red carpet at New Beginnings as one of this years' new Beehives.  So cute!  And nostalgic.  And she is so much prettier than I was at 12.  And taller.  And I love, love, love working with these fantastic young women!!!!

EmJ with Morgan (Alivia, she is your doppelgänger).
Check out the shoes!
Beautiful new Beehives!  Kirstin, Carly, and Angie....I mean, EmJ, Calissa, and Jocelyn! :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Victories and Disasters

I kind of miss blogging.  In the past year or two, it has gone the way of reading, scrapbooking, and showering...becoming something I only do on rare and special occasions.

But the kids aren't any less hilarious, and life in our crazy family certainly hasn't stopped.  

I miss sitting down at the end of the day, or week, and laughing to myself about all of the highs and lows, the victories and the complete disasters.

So here we go:

Today's high:  Baseball practice has begun.
Joshua is on the GIANTS!!  And his coach gave a short and sweet speech to start the season that went something like this, 

"There's no crying in baseball."

It's going to be a good season, I can tell.

Today's low:  My foot.
After two weeks, it still isn't better...but if I walk like an old lady you can't even tell I am limping...probably because you are too busy wondering why I am walking like an old lady.

Today's victory:  Reillee deciding that it was okay to use the public restroom. 

After dancing around for ninety minutes, she said,

"I just told myself in my head, 'Oh fine!  You can go on the loud potty!'"

Today's disaster:  Realizing that my three year old can read the word "Cheetos"...the disaster being that I,who haven't exercised in two weeks because I have a broken toe, was chowing the Cheetos.

(She really can read, it's pretty cool.)