Friday, December 23, 2011

Fish Shop

While at the most awesome aquarium shop, my husband and I have the 4 year old boy with us.  While eagerly running around from one tank to the next, he gets excited to show my husband something.  He's talking nonstop about everything he's seeing and not quite watching anything but the fish, reaches up for Dustin's hand to pull him to the next tank.  With about 3 other people in the area where we were, he had the luck to grab someone else's hand.  Both of them looked at each other for a moment as he turns around to see us behind him instead of to his side.  Quickly he releases the stranger's hand and jumps onto Dustin's leg, wrapping himself all around Dustin and didn't let go for a few minutes.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Smells Good

For Christmas, I received an early present - a Scentsy plug in warmer.  Very festive and smells great!  Well I put it an outlet near the garbage can and here's a conversation that took place around it.

4 year old boy, "Hey, smell this!  It smells really good!"

4 year old girl walks over, leans in around the boy, smells it, and exclaims, "Yes!  That DOES smell good."

Almost 2 year old girl, watching these two, decides she wants to see what they're up to.  She walks over to where they're standing and leans in over the garbage can and takes a deep breath.  Then looks at them like they're crazy and walks off.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


A 4 year old boy to his (I'll call best) friend, a 4 year old girl, "Look!  I have a bruise on the top of my foot here."

Her response, "Did the fish jump out (of the tank) and get you?"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Quick Look!

Ok so I don't know how long this posting will be up on craigslist, but check out the picture SO funny!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Cute 3 year old girl, "I play a game with my orange."

Me (to make sure I understood correctly), "You played a game with your orange?"

3 year old, "Yeah!"

Me, "Did you win?"

3 year old, "No."

Saturday, October 22, 2011


After tucking my daughter in for the night, she asks me for some water. 

Which I get for her. 

And she drinks. 

And promptly starts hiccupping. 

She then asks me, "Mom - did you give me hiccup juice?"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Cute little 4 year old boy with a teaser sneeze. 
After about the 3rd failed attempt, he turns to me and said,
"I think I have a bless you coming."

Thursday, October 6, 2011


After making our bed, one of the feathers from the pillow was on the ground.  A little four year old girl sees it and asks me, "There's a chicken feather on the ground.  Did a chicken come in your room?"

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

One Liners

A 2 year old little girl, "When I get big, I'm gonna be my dad."

*  *  *  *  *

After handing a younger boy a glass of apple juice with his breakfast, this is what he tells me: 
"This water you gave me tastes like apple juice."

*  *  *  *  *

"I hate it when I siphon gas and get some in my mouth."

Sunday, October 2, 2011


So I'm sitting outside while Dustin's working on a machine of some sort that's about a foot in front of me, enjoying actually getting to talk with him.  (Yay!)  In the middle of a sentence, he's cranking (don't know if that's the proper term or not...) something and then a hissing sound starts and he flinches while repeating very quickly, "Please don't explode.  Please don't explode.  Please don't explode.  Please don't explode."

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Kisses have been scientifically proven to make owies better.  I read that once somewhere, but always believed it even before science proved it.  Just the act of someone wanting you to feel better?

Overhearing this the other day:  a little girl bumped into rocks and scrapped up her leg.  Her dad asks her if she wants him to kiss it better, this is what she tells him.  "No, your kisses don't work.  Only mommies do."

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Play Time

Two 4 year olds, a boy and a girl, are outside playing.  She sees the empty footstool and sits on it, pretending to drive.  He sees her and - hey that looks like fun.  So he grabs a kiddie chair, which happens to be smaller than the footstool, and sits down next to her.

The little boy, "I'm driving a truck."
Girl, "Nope.  I'm taller.  That means I'm driving the truck.  Besides, girls always drive the trucks.  You're driving a car."
As his shoulders slump, the boy, "Fine.  I'm driving the car."
Girl, "Since you're driving the car, go to the store get some stuff for me."

My husband was sitting by and chuckled, "Welcome to the rest of your life buddy."

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Some cakes from our cub scout's fundraiser that they made to auction off:

 We got the cool rubix cube and it sure was yummy! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunglass Hut

My husband has a pair of sunglasses -at least one- in almost every body of water in the state of Utah.  He use to be such a good customer of theirs, that every year for his birthday he still gets a card from them.  Nevermind that we've moved literally 5 times since living there, they keep track of him.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Had to share

My daughter was in the middle of reading and I asked her for her hangers.  She willingly put her book down, got me her hangers, and said, "Takes more time to fight and argue than to just get it done."

WOW!  As Mike says, there's a parent payday!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Difference between boys & girls

This past weekend we celebrated our anniversary.  While we were gone, we gave the kids a list of things to do before they could play or watch any electronics.  This list included riding their bikes to the library, which they did.  While there, they ran into a neighbor.  Here's part of the conversation:

My friend, "Is your mom here?"
My son, "No"
Friend, "Is your dad here?"
Son, "No"
Friend, "Who are you here with?"
Son, "Nobody"
Friend, "How did you get here?"
Son, "Bikes"

Then my daughter cuts in, "Mom and Dad are gone scuba diving celebrating their anniversary.  It isn't really their anniversary today but they can't celebrate it on their real anniversary because dad's back in school and has a really busy schedule.  They tried to celebrate it last weekend but it didn't work and they tried to go diving yesterday but they went today instead . . . "

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


While saying prayer for lunch, a 4 year old prays for this:
"Please bless that everyone in the whole world will grow grass and trees."

Monday, September 19, 2011

Teenager Talk

Speaking with a 15 year old who is complaining about his schedule since school has started.

"No, you don't understand!  My day starts at 6 AM!  In the summer I could sleep in till 10 or 11 and now I have to get up at 6 AM!!!"

I did try really hard not to laugh just then, but wasn't very successful.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Put to good use

After 2 years of an incredible amount of stuff in my son's mouth, he has finally moved on to a retainer.  It's been an adjustment ... learning how to make certain sounds again ... remembering to take it out before he's by people to eat ... but for me, the biggest adjustment is when he tries to find where he left his retainer case.  He walks through the house turning off lights looking for his cool glow in the dark case.  Very ingenius.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Anyone else?

This wall is pretty iconic.  Does anyone else think it's slightly insane that we purposely search for and add to this wall?  It is fun though, and we'll do it again next time we're there.  :)

(My son took this picture.)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Never know what they're going to say

Today while holding an adorable 5 month old boy,
a little girl was taking notice on how little hair the baby has.

"There isn't much hair on his head."

"There isn't much hair on his legs either."

"And there isn't any hair on his arm!  He's kind of like a little skinny rat, hu?"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Apple Crisp

Today my husband made an apple crisp, all by himself, for the very first time.

Our daughter comes home from school and is very excited to see the yummy treat she can dig into!  She looks at me and says, "Mom!  You made apple crisp!"

My reply, "Nope.  Daddy did."

She stops.  And pauses for a bit.  Then answers, "I guess I won't have any."

Trying not to laugh, I tell her, "But he used my recipe."

She still pauses.  And looks closer.  And hestiates.  Finally, "Well, I guess I'll try some then."

(Just for the record, it was really great stuff!)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Here's a cute shirt you can buy at the BYU Bookstore, or at least you could when I took this:

Monday, September 12, 2011

The screen has worked

Well I think our new screen door has mostly been a success this summer.  Today I laughed watching a 20 month old girl chasing her new best friend around.  She squealed with delight in the new game of tag.  Which turned into hide 'n seek.  Her new best friend?  A fly.  The first one to make it into our house, thank you very much.  And much to her delight, she is just fascinated by it.  When it zips around she laughs.  And chases it.  And gets frustrated when she can't hold it.  And then laughs again and runs to find it's new hiding spot.  Isn't life grand?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just Learning

After burping, a 4 year old boy asks, "Why does our bodies make that noise sometimes?"

* * * *
Having lunch today, we hear some pretty loud and close aircraft overhead.  I went outside to look, and told the kids that there were 4 helicopters - a 4 year old little girl asks, "A hell-hopper?"

Friday, September 9, 2011

Find those shoes

Two little 4 year olds (1 boy, 1 girl) looking for her flip flops to go outside.

She's asking, "Can you find my flip flops?"

After several times of asking, the little boy finally responds, "Maybe someone ate them."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Teaching Moment

Two younger ones are discussing gravity and trying to explain to each other how it works. 

"You know, when you let go of things it falls.  It won't just stay there."

"Ya, it's the Law of Moses."

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Cute 20 month old girl quietly puts her sippy cut on the table next to Dustin's water bottle and takes his.  Of course she can't drink out of it, but she's happy about it still.

She sees me and said, "Dustin let me have."

I smile and ask her in a conspirative voice, "Did Dustin let you have it or did you just take it quietly and he didn't notice?"

She laughs.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Good Morning

You know, moms have their own favorite ways of getting stubborn kids up in the mornings.  Some like to sing as horribly as they can to arouse their "dead", some just go straight for the water.  Me?  I send in the 4 little ones, ages 20 months to 4 years.  Their mission?  To jump on, poke at, throw their loud laughter around all on the targeted sleeping child.  That's how it's done here.  :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

They're Back . . .

The calvary returned late last night from their hunting / camping trip.  They weren't due back until Friday night so yay!

Today, there is a 20 month old adorable little girl who missed Dustin greatly and has permanently attached herself to him.  She is very happy to see him again.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Twinkle Twinkle

A little 4 year old girl singing so thoughtfully while she's playing:

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a donkey in the sky ...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The hunt is on?

This past Saturday was the opening day for the archery hunt.  My husband left on Friday afternoon so he was all set up for opening morning.  (Wish him luck!)

The plan is for us to meet up on Sunday afternoon.  After church, I'll load up a picnic lunch and we'll meet about an hour's drive for me (2 hours for him - he gets better fuel mileage).  And our son will stay with him for the rest of the week.  Sounds simple, right?

All is going to plan.  Have lunch ready before church.  Go to church.  Have my cell phone ring during Sunday School opening prayer (isn't there a reason why I haven't brought it with me for several years?), and well, get home, pack, and headed out for a great afternoon.

Get to the park where we're meeting.  Eat lunch.  Enjoy the sun!!!  Watch the kids play.  Talk.  Trade stuff from my vehicle to his truck.  Wait a minute.  What's missing?  My son's bow.  What is he going to be doing for the next week and what doesn't he have?  AHHHHH!!!  Sigh.

Monday, August 29, 2011

On Purpose?

I don't know if these are intentional misspellings or not ... I'm hoping so, otherwise they are some HUGE typos!

Saturday, August 27, 2011


So my kind, loving, ever thoughtful husband sent me this picture:

If I drooled, I would have.  But it does get a grin that nothing else can quite match.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


As a child is speaking to me, I look down to see what she is trying to show me.  And notice a spider on my shirt!  I DO NOT like spiders!!!  I scream and start trying to brush it off of me.  Of course the little one that is by me moves over to see my face better asking me what's wrong and in the process steps on the spider with her bare foot. 

She never knew that she stepped on and squished a spider, but was happy when she got chocolate chips - that part was awesome.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011



So mom would take off her earrings during her dates with dad and leave them in his car's ashtray. 
And then forget them.

Now, I don't know if that was on purpose, but it was awful smart of her...because then he'd have to see her again to return her earrings...yeah?

One night, he gave her a handful of earrings back.  How much jewelry did she have? 
I don't know, but she was about to get more.

She was in her room, putting her earrings away, when what did she see?

Yup.  That gorgeous ring that he designed.  With the diamond that he had brought back from South Africa.

She went to look outside and there was dad.  On the lawn.  On one knee.  Waiting for her.

All together now:   aaahhhhhhh......

For pictures and a great told mini story of them, check out my sister's blog:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

54 Years Ago

My parents were married 54 years ago today.  What a wonderful event, starting their own family unit that is SO large now!  Congratulations Mom & Dad!

Here's a picture from their reception in Ogden.

They were married in the LDS temple in Salt Lake City.

Thanks for our family Mom & Dad!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

In case you missed them ...

Well it got our attention:

Just in case you didn't see the cool little addition at the back, here's another chance:

I like playing "I Spy" with this.  Do you see the pink flamingo?  How about the life preserver?  But seriously, back to Jane Austen's quote at the top of my blog.  I know I give others plenty of opportunities to laugh.  It's nice to get a turn too.

They were back the next day too:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Comments from the Peanuts

Last night we're sitting in our camping chairs listening to music with a lot of other people.  There's an elderly couple that walks by us.  They're holding hands and softly talking to each other and smiling.

My daughter leans into me and tells me, "Mom - that's going to be you and Daddy pretty soon."

Ahh.  My daughter is being sentimental.  I look at her and a smile stretches across my face and then she tells me, "Ya, you're getting old."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Q & A

Q.  What do you do after slicing your finger to the bone and severing both tendons?

A.  First go to the ER to get sewn up, then put your safety glasses on and go play on your lathe - of course!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Kite Festival

Lincoln City, Oregon has a kite festival every summer.  We really like going to it and seeing the "regulars".  There are always amazing kites that are HUGE!!!  Here's a small sample:

They take their kite flying very seriously.  Here's a picture, taken with permission, showing one group with their 2 trailers full of equipment:

There are great kite wars where they knock each other out of the sky, acrobatic kites, sycronized to music performances, just amazing.  Here my daughter got our kite up:

And a few minutes later it was up and flying!

And a few minutes later it was down again.  See my daughter running?  Ya, she's heading towards our kite on the other side of the pool of water there, where our kite went down.  And took about 3 kites out of the sky with it.  And the line was in the water and several small kids were utterly confused about running into a line while joyfully on their way to the ocean.  And I took a picture.  And then went running too.  Good times.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Link to Another Blog

Really, I haven't laughed so hard in a few weeks.  Very hilarious.  Dustin credits most of it to the late hour and the long day I've had (this will post tomorrow morning).  But it's just funny:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Time Has Come

Last summer I bought a screen door for our back patio and asked my husband if he would put it up.  He said yes, but it would be a bit.  Well it wasn't much of a priority to either one of us, so it never got put up.

This summer, the back door was open and here's what I find in our dining room, taken with my cell camera and I was laughing so sorry it's shakey but you get the gist:

Ya - that screen was up in a matter of minutes.

(picture taken June 8)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Warning in Store Window

This is found in a local store's window in Newport, OR:  (This explains SO much!!!)

Monday, August 15, 2011

It Happened!!!

I don't know if I mentioned it earlier, but back in April we got baby chicks and have had a lot of fun watching them grow.  The past few weeks we've eagerly been awaiting eggs and TA-DA!!!  Today we got our first egg!  Isn't that great?  Had to share.

As awesome as that is, I know that isn't making you laugh so here's the real story.  My son was outside and decided to pick up one of the hens.  (A normal occurance here, they're pets too.)  As soon as he picked her up, the chicken laid her first egg and it landed right on my son's foot.  What are the odds?  Ha ha, he was so excited to have eggs that he didn't care.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pain Killers

Dustin with a little too many pain killers in his system, "Hey it's kind of hard to open my mouth."

"Open"  little laugh

"Close"  more laughing

"Open"  harder laughing

"Close"  no more talking, just laughing

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


5 year old boy to me, "Do you know why I'm tired?"

Me, "No - why are you tired?"

5 year old, "Cause I always have to stay awake."

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tooth Fairy

Letter my daughter wrote:

Dear Tooth Fairy,

Plase spare me the tooth container.  (She put it in a little white tooth container and wanted to keep it.)  And please give me extra money.  Thank you!

Please don't throw away my tooth I will look in the garbage in the morning.
Thank you

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sharing the Fun

I look out my window and what do I see? 

My son swinging holding a chicken on his lap!

Something tells me this isn't such a great idea.

Friday, June 10, 2011

I'm still on both sides

You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and wish that she'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
You can remember her only that she is gone,or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:  Smile.  Laugh.  Love.  And live.
   -Author Unknown

My note:  remember to cheer loud for those you love and eat cookies!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dress Up

In case you haven't seen this, here's a hilarious article about a dad who gets creative about sending his kid off to school:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Radio Spot

My daughter is in a radio commercial!

Couldn't figure out how to embed the mp3 file into the blog, sorry, here's the link to download if you want to hear. (If you know how to put the mp3 file into the blog, please let me know! All the info I found on it didn't work very well ... user error probably.)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

From the Mouth of Babes

Every now and then a gem is dropped into your heart.  I think it's more often than we realize or even pay attention.  Here's one that I paid attention to:

I have the joy of watching two 3 year olds here, a boy and a girl.  They play great together.  Their style is joking and teasing and chasing, all that fun stuff.  I also watch this adorable 4 year old boy.  Who really wants to engage but just is more sensitive and at times doesn't appreciate the teasing so much.  While playing, the 3 year old girl tells the 4 year old boy, "Just laugh!"

Gotta remember that, "just laugh!"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Gotta love streaming on Netflix.  It's so great!

Today for nap time, or quiet time / tv time for the older kids who are bound to fall asleep in 1/2 hour, we're looking through the kid shows on netflix.  A Rainbow Bright show is there just in case you didn't know that - a 3 year old girl yells out, "Wait!  That's my favorite show!  Even though I've never seen it ..."

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wedding Vows

I'm talking to my friend whose son got married 2 years ago and how she is almost done with a scrapbook (of their wedding day) she is making for them.

While reviewing it, she notices that the official paperwork from the court - the one with their vows on it - had a typo.  For both the bride and the goom, this is what it says:

"For better or for worse.  For richer or for pooper."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hanging with mom

Set the stage:  I'm at the pool doing some paperwork while my son is in his class in the pool.  My husband gets through with scouts and he and my daughter stop by on their way home.  (Yay!  I love surprises, even something this simple.)

Story line:  My husband is getting ready to leave and asks my daughter if she wants to go with him or stay here with her mom and brother.  She stops to think about it and he takes the opportunity to encourage her to stay here and he'll be right back.  She's silent for a few more moments.  I look at her and ask her, "You wanted to go with your daddy, hu."  She is looking down and after a few more seconds perks her head up and in an exasperated voice tells me, "It's not that you're uncool or anything . . . "

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cat vs. Chickens

Now those of you who know my daughter know that she LOVES critters.  Doesn't matter.  Dogs, cats, goats, sand fleas, doesn't matter - she's going to hold and take care of them.  Well we got chicks a few months back and they've recently moved into the dog run, which will be their home. 

Meanwhile, for the past few years, there is a black and white cat in our neighborhood that my daughter loves.  It knows that it is very welcome here.  So on its last visit to our house - low and behold - it discovers our chickens.  And decides they look quite tasty.  And my daughter did something I have never seen her do before.  She got mad at an animal in our yard.  REALLY mad!  It was a while before that cat came back.

A few days later it did make it's way back.  I look out the window and this is what I see.  On the open side of the chicken's fenced in pen, the cat is hissing and trying to get at the chickens.  One of the older chicks (they're about 1/2 grown now) is standing right on the other side of the fence looking at the cat, raises up on its feet to reach it's full height, starts flapping its wings at the cat and making it's own chewing out noises.  I kid you not.  That cat got so mad it starts digging fiercely to get under the fence.  The chicken seemed to know it was safe and to me it seemed like it was taunting the cat, "Neener neener!"

And then my daughter ran out and chased the cat away.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Real McCoy

At lunch, we had strawberries.  Yummy!  A 3 year old little guy holds his up to me and asks,
"What flavor is this?"

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Conditioner

So I'm sitting on the floor playing blocks with little ones when a 3 year old little guy is running past me and stops.  He looks at me funny and walks closer, smells my hair, and smiles big.  "Your hair stinks!"

"Come here!"  He calls to the other kids.  "Come smell her hair!  It stinks!"  While a 2 year old girl thought it smelled good and was ready to fight about it, a 4 year old boy relunctantly agreed, that yes - it did stink.

Moral of the story:  when buying new products for your hair, no matter how big of a hurry you are in, take time to test smell it first.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ice Cream!!

You know there's a reason why you put ice cream in a bowl.  While talking to my family, I pull out a new box of ice cream.  Just gonna have a few bites, not worth a bowl.

Thirty minutes later and between all of us the box is 1/3 of the way gone.  Yikes!  Next time - I'll get bowls.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


You know your kid has watched too much "Tangled" when they tell you this:

"I'm gonna throw my hair at you!"

Friday, May 13, 2011

Think Disneyland

Got this email today, and anyone who has ever been to BYU Women's Conference can attest that the lines are the worst part of the entire thing.  Now we have a LOT of fun despite it, and really it's the only bad part of the entire deal, but when I got this email it was too funny not to share:

If you're curious about this, you can go to facebook and look under Liz Lemon Swindle  :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Best Candles EVER!

My daughter wakes me up at 2:30 am and I'm thinking to myself, great.  I literally cannot open my left eyelid I'm so tired.  But she needs me so I push through it.  She's doesn't feel good and has thrown up.  And she's crying because she tried so hard to make it to the bathroom and didn't.  And I've ingrained it in their heads to throw up anywhere except on the carpet.  Blankets, clothes, the couch, anywhere except the carpet.  And that's where she made it.  Poor girl.  As I'm getting up, I walk by our dresser and stop.  We just got some new candles and I grab one and light it.  Can I tell you what an awesome job it did to keep the smell at bay?  The only time I got the horrid smell was when I left the candle's vigil.  So I'm thinking it's one amazing candle.  Cause if it can cover vomit stench, it's doing a fantastic job in my book.  So today I'm really glad for these awesome candles:

Monday, May 9, 2011

One Liners

(With much excitement.)  "I'm getting my mom a HAMMER for Mother's Day!"

"Hey you know how websites are .com?  Well I just figured out that the dot is a period."

Saturday, May 7, 2011


One week ago today, I awoke to 5 inches of snow on the ground.  Woo-hoo!  After dragging my sister outside like a little kid, I tell her, "Do you know how far I have to travel to see this stuff?"  She's from Wyoming and her unimpressed expression told it for her, "Do you know how far I have to travel to get away from this stuff?"

Friday, May 6, 2011

Remember where you are ...

My sister and I were walking on campus at BYU and just having a regular conversation.  During this conversation, she is telling me how she didn't eat when she was suppose to and now has a migraine coming on - and that she's decided to go back to the hotel, strip, and take a nap.  Laughing at her choice of words and not wanting to find her like that when the rest of us return, I tell her, "You better not get naked ..." right as a BYU male student starts to pass us on his bike but instead rides off the sidewalk, almost crashes into a tree, and wobbles on the bike trying to keep his head down and get back to the pavement.  Oops.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Where is that?

Another fun moment in the airport (come on, gotta take them when you can) - there is a lady standing about two feet away from me talking very loudly on her phone.  This is what I hear:

"We're in Utah waiting to switch planes."

"It's a state ..."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Am I at the airport?

You know the routine at the airport security.  Shoes off - shuffle your stuff around - everything out of your pockets - are you wearing a belt? - good luck with the kids and strollers - and the just the general mayham of it all.  Well last week while I'm getting ready for my turn, I pause.  Am I really hearing what I think I'm hearing?  Looking around to survey, yup - there is a lady on the other side of security playing an accordian of carnival music.  Very fitting.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Here's your advance notice - this posting isn't one that is funny ha ha, but it is one that absolutely puts a smile on my face.

The past few days I've been able to witness half of "whole".  This particular half is a very intelligent man, in my (accurate) opinion.  He has a quirky sense of humor, is thoughtful of other people, and has been visiting us for a very important event even though his wife wasn't able to.  And he's missed her terribly.  I don't know that he would say that's the right word, terribly, but a part of him is definitely different without her - you can tell that part of him is more settled, happier, and at peace when she is around.

I love that.  I love the example they set.  In this world there is so much heartache.  So much distrust.  So much malice.  It's wonderful to see firsthand that after many decades together, the kindness - love - the changes that take place when you give yourself to someone else's care - that couples do this and years later it's still so tender and such a wonderful thing.

There's a change that takes place when you trust your heart to someone.  Trust them with your dreams, your hopes, your fears.  Trust them with everything possible.  You do change.  How wonderful it is to see couples years further than yourself who have done this very thing and still are doing it.  Still are taking care of each other.  Still love each other.  And it's something more cherished.

I love to see this.  It gives me hope for my own future.  It reassures my insecurities.  It makes my heart happy.  So thank you for this.  Thank you for being an example to me.  Thank you for being an example for my children.  And it always will put a smile on my face.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter

After tucking my daughter in bed, she calls me back and tells me, "Mom - will you please tell the Easter Bunny that I appreciate her?  Cause I wouldn't want anything to happen like in the movies when they decide to stop coming cause something bad happens.  And Santa Clause.  I appreciate him too!  Will you please let them both know?"

"Oh, and tell daddy that the Easter Bunny is a girl cause boys can't lay eggs.  And bunnies can't lay eggs either!"

Monday, April 18, 2011

Visit from the Tooth Fairy

My daughter lost a tooth last week and is old enough to know all about the "tooth fairy".  Lucky for us, she still has enough kid magic in her to wonder and so she determined that with her new tooth in hand, she was going to find out.

(I can honestly tell her I'm NOT the tooth fairy.  That really is her daddy's job.)  After putting her tooth under her pillow for the night and reaffirming to her that I'm not the tooth fairy, I was fairly certain she had gone to sleep.  Lack of noise, all that good stuff.

As my husband pushes open her bedroom door (it's older and sticks right at the beginning so you have to jerk it right at first) - it hits her cd player and then a loud cow bell starts clanking out.  Ha ha!  She made a trap for the tooth fairy!  She put a ribbon with a cow bell on the door and her cd player right in the way to stop the door causing the loud cow bells to clatter.

The tooth fairy was lucky and complete his mission undetected - this time.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Date Night

Can I just tell you how strange and incredible it is for kids to be old enough to leave home by themselves?  We don't venture far, aren't gone too long, and insist on phones being carried in their pockets at all times, but it's so nice.  :)

Tonight was date night.  Our kids love it because it usually means they can consume as much ice cream and watch as much tv as they want.  They always encourage us to leave and have fun and stay out as long as we want.  Well tonight we gave them a project to work on.  They've been building a loft bed of our oldest and it's ready to be primed.  So after giving them instructions and watching to make sure they're doing it right, we're off.  I feel a little more secure tonight because we're watching our favorite dog while her owners are out of town.  Yay!  (I love dogs.)

After dinner, we decide to walk around and only Target is open for wandering around at the late hour of 7:30 (ha ha, smaller town here).  While walking around the cameras, I remember a conversation with my father in law and wonder what a SLR (?) camera is.  Well there's this kid that works there that is more than happy to tell us all about the cameras.  During his spill, he starts talking about 35 mm cameras.  He stops - pauses - and looks at us, "You do remember those old 35 mm cameras, right?  I mean, I know I had to go to the antique store to find mine ..."

Finally we end up back at home.  Walk into the house and yup, the kids are stuck to the screen watching their favorite show.  But check this out, they're already showered and in their pj's and everything.  I'm impressed!  And then I walk into the next room and the dog comes to greet me.  With little chunks of paint stuck in her fur.  Great.  The dog wasn't suppose to go in the garage near the paint.  Let's go see the damage. 

My husband starts laughing at the paint job.  There are wonderful areas!  Then there are not so wonderful areas.  Literally, there will be a spot that is completely missed but right underneath it is a big dripping section and it makes you wonder where the drips came from.  Ya.

Then, inside the house, are little doggie footprints of paint.  Until the paint wore off anyway.  Sigh.  He goes to work fixing the paint, I go to work scrubbing the paint off of the floor and everywhere else I find it. 

While I'm scrubbing, my son tells me, "Hey mom!  This is for you!"  He pushes play on the computer and I hear a commercial start playing, "While most wrinkle creams fade away but your wrinkles don't ..."  My son is sincere enough that I believe him when he says that isn't what he wanted to show me.  (Or do I just want to?)

When I'm almost finished, I ask the kids if they know what we're doing.  When I start to tell them, they start to laugh.  They think the painted dog prints are funny.  They think the paint on the door is hilarious.  When I tell them about the paint on my new washer & dryer, they both suck in their breaths and a look of terror comes across their faces.  They know this isn't good.  (Which I think is funny that that's what got their attention.)

So it's all clean now.  The floor.  The door.  The washer & dryer.  All the doggie footprints.  I guess the bottom line is that while I'm glad they can watch themselves for a few hours, I'm glad they still need us around.  :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Funny email

GM vs MS

 For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way
 computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a recent computer expo
 (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the
 auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the
 computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got
 1,000 miles to the gallon."

 In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release

 If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving
 cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

 2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to
 buy a new car.

 3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You
 would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off
 the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue.
 For some reason you would simply accept this.

 4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause
 your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to
 reinstall the engine.

 5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable,
 five times! as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only
 five percent of the roads.

 6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all
 be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation"
 warning light.

 7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

 8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out
 and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle,
 turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna

 9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn
 how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in
 the same manner as the old car.

 10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Is it just me?

The time has rolled around to get a new printer.  After way to many hours of searching for what we want, reading reviews, searching about cartridges, and hunting for sales, ta-da!  Finally - I'm going to go buy the printer.  (insert cheering here ...)

Part of getting a lower price is trading in our old printer for their "recycling" program.  Saves me money and unloads the old printer so I'm game.  So I haul in the old printer and realize, hey - I still have 4 good ink cartridges inside of here that are worth $3 a pop - that's another $12 I can take off of the price tag.  But you can only get the ink cartridges out when the printer is on.  Hmmm.  (Should've just walked away at this point...)  So I talk to the salesperson and they're very willing to plug it in and let me get them out.

Yup, pulling those suckers out and bam.  The yellow starts dripping ink all over the white counter and floor.  Nice.  I was so embarrassed.  The lady behind the counter quickly walked away.  The guy stuck there with me promptly went to gets supplies we go to town cleaning it.  Almost done.  What do I do?  While trying to shift the paper towels in my hand, I completely drop the ink cartridge and yellow ink goes spraying everywhere.  What can I say at this point?  My daughter tells me, "Way to go mom."  Thanks for that, now spray over there so I can wipe it up and be quick about it!

Well their store is clean now - I can't say the same for my shoes and pants.  Yellow looks good on me right?  In any case, it'll be a while before I go there again.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Questions kids have

I really try to teach the little ones that when they pick their nose (because they're going to do it) to go in the bathroom and put it on toilet paper.  "Try" being the key word here.

Well a little 3 year old guy today is at it on my couch.  I really like my couch and ask him to stop.  He looks up at me and sees the baby which sparks a question from him.  "Does the baby pick her nose?"

To which I answer him, "No.  The baby doesn't pick her nose yet."

His very confused reply, "Well why not?"

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A shopping we will go!

I have several nicknames for my kids and they always know my mood by which one I use.  :)

So I'm at the grocery store with my daughter on a Saturday morning.  Ugh.  Not a good time to go, but that's when I was able to.  While waiting for me to grab some salad dressing, my daughter sits down in an empty spot in the shelfving by the toilet paper, with the cart right next to her.  So from looking in, you only see my cart next to the shelving.  I didn't think about this.  I just was happy when people stopped walking by so I could grab the dressing and move on.  Which I almost do.  Before moving on, I look at her and casually but not too quietly so that she hears me ask her, "Hey baby - you coming with me?"  As my daughter stands up to follow me, an older man on the other side of me tells me, "Oh.  I didn't see her there..."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Potty Training

Ahhh, do potty training adventures ever go away?  Not in my world, at least not for many years anyway.  So I'm taking this little guy to the bathroom and he wants to sit on the toilet.  Well, usually there's a reason why a little boy would want to sit instead of stand because even at that young age they recognize that it's easier to stand.  So I put him up on the toilet and the next thing I know, I'm getting sprayed.  Not by an infant mind you, but a 2 year old.  Lots more quantity involved.  Wow.  I'm just grabbing his sides and trying to move his entire body in the downward position cause I don't dare open my eyes to try to see what I'm doing or my mouth to tell him to point down, point down!

Sigh.  Can't wait for naptime so I can shower!  What's next?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'm Back!!!

Okay, so I haven't written anything here for a while, but you gotta give me credit cause my taxes are done.  Yay!  But I haven't forgotten about you and have been taking notes so there's lots of good stuff coming.  :)

But first, tonight.  I will tell you about tonight.  I'm a cub scout leader, for about 3 1/2 years now.  A lot has happened in that time.  But tonight, well ... tonight was just *special*. 

We're working on safety, which involves taking fingerprints for an identification card their parents hopefully will never need.  Yes.  Eight 8 & 9 year old boys.  Two 10 year old girls.  Two of the boys have ADHD and 1 is special needs.  So ya know, things have a tendency to be, well, let's just say that it makes me appreciate my day job more.  :)  These boys are great, just extremely active - which is the way they're suppose to be really.

Back to tonight.  Fingerprinting.  I show them how it's done and have them work with me doing their own fingerprints.  Of course I forget to bring wipes, so they get to go to the bathroom to wash their hands 2 at a time.  I really should have checked the condition of the bathroom before leaving, I just thought of that right now.  Oops.  While we're finishing up, they're running around, chasing each other with inked up fingers.  Playing the piano (nope, didn't check that either), drawing on the board, ...  good times.

Next comes the plaster.  Yes, we're going to actually take footprints of these wonderful boys in plaster for them.  (Wow - we are such over achievers!)  Fast forward to the end of the night and you'll see 2 leaders, a parent, and their cub scout scrubbing down the brick exterior of the church building trying to get the plaster off of it.  I really hope it's gone when it dries.  As we're going to put the cleaning supplies away, one of the counselors of the bishopric sees us.  Stops and looks at me and I've got the busted look on my face.  After staring at me for a few seconds and neither one of us saying anything he shakes his head and says, "I don't even want to know" and starts to walk away.  I can just see it, "Yes bishop, the beautiful red brick on the side of the church that's about 3 years old is now white.  Let me explain ..."  Well that's one way to get released.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

One Liners

"Today my mom did her hair curly.  Like on Sunday."

(Talking about The Little Mermaid)  "She's a whale now."

(Still talking about The Little Mermaid)  "She's beautiful.  I love her."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Just another conversation

A 4 year old guy to a 3 year old guy,

"We use to have that."

"Now it's lost."

"It's in lost city."

"If we were dead we could find it."

Friday, February 18, 2011

"Dirty" Joke

Last night a mom was picking up her little girl and was chatting for a little bit.  After my son had told her a few jokes, she asked him, "Do you want to hear a dirty joke?"

And she waited for him to answer.

Which he wasn't going to do anytime soon, he turned to me and his face was red.  He was confused.  So was I.  Now I've known this lady for a while and am pretty sure that I know what her standards are ... but still, when someone asks you that ...

She starts to laugh and tells us, "A pig fell in the mud."

Well it's dirty and got us all laughing.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

When I Grow Up

From one of my piano students:  "When I grow up, I want to be an actor.  Cause being the director, that would be boring to boss people around all day."

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


This morning a little guy tells me, "Tamra, I'm not going to be whiny today."

Not less than 10 seconds later he asks what's for breakfast.  I tell him oatmeal.  Instantly, the same little guy has a high pitched tone and whines, "IIII don't waaaant oatmeal!"

Monday, February 14, 2011


This weekend I -finally- got my wetsuit altered.  The legs and arms were too long.  While we're waiting, of course we find something that's a good price that we're going to buy.  $30 - pretty good price for what we're getting.  When we go to pay, the owner tells us not to worry about the alterations, he'll throw that in along with our purchase.  I look at him and ask, "Are you sure?"  He smiles and tells me yes. 

As we're walking through the parking lot, I tell Dustin, "Wow.  I'm a pretty tough negotiator, aren't I?"

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Today at church, there were a few funny things I had to pass on:

Imagine a family sitting in a pew.  From left to right, you have (main players) dad, mom, and a little guy.  The little guy is throwing things into the aisle.  The dad finally has his fill and stands up, scoots past his pregnant wife, and towards the little guy.  The little guy looks up and sees his dad coming.  Right before he gets scooped up he utters, "Uh-oh."

Another family in a different row.  Main players again left to right, dad, mom, teenage son, and his friend that's a girl.  So during the meeting, the son keeps flirting with the girl - whispering about this and that.  The mom taps her son on the shoulder and tells him to pay attention.  His response, "I am."  And goes back to talking to the girl.

So now we're in Sunday school.  While a lady is talking, I notice that she has the same exact hair color as the lady sitting next to her.  I quietly whisper to my husband, "Hey look - they use the same hair dye."  My step-brother-in-law (how weird is that title?) is sitting in front and me and turns his head sideways to tell me, "I heard that."  Busted.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The story of a black hoodie & a mint

My son has a black hoodie that he never gets the chance to wear because his mother usually has it on.  Yes, even in the house since the humidity here has me freezing while everyone else is above comfortable temperatures.  (During the week I can get away with the furnace up higher - can't have sick kiddies can I?)

About a month ago my son walks up to me and tells me to check my pocket.  I know there isn't anything in my pocket.  So I tell him so.  Again he tells me to check my pocket.  I stop whatever I'm doing and look at him.  Okay, I'll check my pocket.  There is something in my pocket.  A Pearson's Mint Pattie.  :)  My son giving me one of his treasured mints. 

Fast forward a week later and we're off to cub scouts.  Since my daughter is the opposite of me with body temperature controls, she didn't bring a jacket and gets cold.  After a few minutes of her shivering, I offer her the black hoodie.  She gladly takes it. 

The next day - where is my, I mean my son's, hoodie?  Sigh.  Will I ever see it again?
That was 3 weeks ago.  Saturday morning rolls around and we're off to the church to see if I can find the black hoodie.  We look on all of the coat racks, nope - not showing up.  Can't get to lost and found, the library is locked.  Well, she thinks it's on the stage so we'll go look there.  And sure enough, there is a black hoodie off to the side.  But is it mine?  I mean, it's been 3 weeks and there sure are a lot of hoodies around.  I wouldn't want to take someone else's.  So we're looking at it, trying to determine if there's anything on it that says - hey, I'm yours!  So I check the pockets.  Nothing in the first one.  Try the next.  And there it is.  The Pearson's Mint Pattie my son gave me a month ago.  :)  He's so awesome!

Welcome home black hoodie!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Make My Day

Doing what I do certainly doesn't pay as much as say, I don't know, what I earned 10 years ago (aren't you suppose to make more as you get older?  ha ha)  but there certainly are some benefits money can't buy.  Here are some moments that help make it worth while:

"Tamra, sometimes when I'm not at your house I miss you."

"You make the bestest oatmeal in the whole world!"

"aa-ma, I uv ew"

A 13 month old that looks at you from across the room, breaks into a grin, and then runs and throws herself into your arms.

"Mom, when I grow up I'm gonna be a babysitter just like you."

And my preteen son who still thinks it's cool to make little ones laugh.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

That's right - admire my age

At the end of our conversation, I told my daughter - 
"Well my daughter, you have youth on your side.  That's a good thing." 

Her retort, "Ya, but mom, you have oldness on your side!"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Just thinking about how all of you helped make my husband's birthday awesome by texting / calling (or both) and wishing him a happy birthday.  And all of the funny ways of doing it.  And that he probably had over 100 texts & messages.  Yup, he knows he's loved and was quite "happy birthday-fied".   :)   You guys rock.  Thanks!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Rubber Bands

Little guy (age 3) likes rubber bands.  He just wears them around his wrist, hasn't figured out how to flip people -yet - so it's all good for now.  Since we get the newspaper, there is a daily supply for him.  Every now and then the rubber band will be blue, which is his ultimate favorite.  Yesterday his last blue rubber band broke.  Instead of throwing it away, he puts it on the counter - which is a sign for the magic fairy to fix it please.  :)

Today's newspaper just happen to have a blue rubber band around it.  So this morning when he sees the new rubber band he looks at me and proclaims, "Hey!  You fixed it!"

Monday, February 7, 2011

I Am Talented

You know you've got some talent when you can keep a 13 month old happy in one arm and with the other put on eye liner & mascera.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

An old email

Still funny:

The other day I went downtown to run a few errands.  I went into the local donut shop for a snack.  I was only there for about 5 minutes, and when I came out, there was this cop writing out a parking ticket.  I said to him, "Come on, man, how about giving a retired person a break?"

He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. His insensitivity annoyed me, so I called him a 'Nazi.' He glared at me and then wrote out another ticket for having worn tires.  So I proceeded to call him a 'doughnut eating Gestapo.'  He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first.  Then he wrote a third ticket when I called him a moron in blue.

This went on for about 20 minutes.  The more I talked back to him the more tickets he wrote.

Personally, I didn't really care.  I came downtown on the bus, and the car that he was putting the tickets on had one of those bumper stickers that said, 'Obama in '08.'

I try to have a little fun each day now that I'm retired.  The doctor tells me that it's important to my health.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Today our plans got changed and we end up driving in an area I don't ever recall being in before.  While stopped at a red light, there is a store with a bunch of legs in it.  I mean - there are a LOT of legs in this window!  I tell Dustin, "Hey look!  They must really like The Christmas Story!"  (the movie with the leg lamp)  As the words are half way out of my mouth, I look up and see in HUGE letters, "Prosthetics".  Oops.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Little guy (3) tells me as he's pulling on one individual strand of hair.  "I'm gonna get a hair cut."
Then he pulls on a different strand, "And this one ... (switches to another strand) ... and this one ... "

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Most Upset

There's a little guy that's here that is most upset (tears and all) because - he can't lick his tongue.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

He remembers

If you recall a few weeks back about the older boy (4) telling the younger boy (3) that they don't have any muscles, well the 3 year old remembers and this is what he tells me - in 'just a matter of fact' tone:

As he's jumping on one foot, "Look what I can do, but (the 4 year old) can't because he doesn't have strong muscles."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Me to a 3 year old boy, "Will you close that door behind you please?"

The little guy looks at me, turns around, looks at the door and takes off running the short 3 feet between him and the door.  He leans into it and SLAM!  ...the door is shut.

He turns and looks at me with his chin slightly down and the most proud look on his face, a "yeah, that's right" smile, eyes twinkling and all and confidently tell me, "I'm strong, hu!"

Monday, January 31, 2011


Maybe it's just me, but I think it's rather strange that I can't find 1 of the 3 phones we own but have found 2 hammers.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Gotta love it

So I actually sit down for a few mintues and soon there are 2 little ones my lap.  (Glad I have 2 legs.)  So the little girl cuddles into me and her hand goes onto my tummy.  Instantly her head springs up and she looks at my tummy while she lifts her hand off.  Oh yeah, her mom's about 8 months along and I know exactly what this little girl is thinking.  Sure enough, she looks up at me and says, "Tamra - do you have a baby in your tummy?"

OOHHHH, there it is.  I knew it was coming yet still to hear them ...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How long?

A four year old little guy asked me today, "How long ago did you marry Dustin?"

So I tell him.

And he tells me, "That's a lot of years!"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When I Was Little ...

Three year old little guy tells me today, "When I was little, I was in my mom's tummy.  (pause)  Then she pushed me out.  (pause)  Then I peed on her."

Friday, January 21, 2011


In our backroom there is a soft older couch that is free for the kids to climb on, jump on, nap on, - use as a jungle gym in general.  Well a little girl right now likes it for her nap spot.  Today when my husband put something on it, she glares and yells at him, "Hey!  That's my bed!"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Confidence is a good thing

One of my piano students is passing off a song today when he goofs.  He stops, grins & shruggs, and tells me,
"I messed up.  But we know I'm gonna be great."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Delivery Man

The delivery man comes to the door and instantly there are several little people of varying heights surrounding me, including the baby I'm carrying, and his eyes just go bigger and bigger while it sinks in what he's seeing.  Ha ha ha, he wouldn't come right out and ask if they were all mine - the heights are just off enough that it could be possible.  I never did answer the unasked question that was written all over his face.  When I closed the door, I couldn't hold the laughter in any longer.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


It has literally been 5 years since I've ordered checks, and alas, the time to reorder has come.  The quality of the pictures aren't so great because I blew them up a bit so you can see them better.  Check these out:

Caption:  FOCUS - You may be closer to your goals than you think.

Caption:  MOTIVATION - Nothing unlocks your true potential like an 800 lb. killing machine.

AMBITION - Dream big... Just not while you are hunting.

CREATIVITY - Do whatever it takes to be outstanding in your field

Offer code G388 for much better prices  (This design is call BUCK WEAR)

Monday, January 10, 2011


With little ones, one thing that's guaranteed is a lot of questions.  What... why... how... all a part of learning.  Today I got asked one that I don't think I've been asked before.

"Where did I get my butt?"

Friday, January 7, 2011

Rock, paper, scissors

After loosing a few rounds of rock paper scissors, one little guy says to the other little guy,
"This time you be paper and I'll be scissors."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tick Tock

For Christmas, my in-law's gave us a beautiful wall clock.  It's almost 2 feet in diameter and, I think, very classy.  Today during lunch, a little one points to the wall and exclaims, "Look!  Someone left their watch on the wall!"

Monday, January 3, 2011

Ice Cream

Four year old little boy, "Ice cream is yummy!"

Me, "Yes it is!  What is your favorite kind?"

After a few humms, I ask him, "Do you like a whole lot of different kinds?"

His response, "Vegetable.  Ya, I like the vegetable one."