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.