Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Christmas was different this year--we opened a few presents at home in the morning; then we got dressed, went to my mom's house, opened a few more presents, and then...
...I don't entirely remember what else we did. Once we got to my mom's house, I completely forgot to get out my camera for the rest of the day. D'oh! I remember that there was food, and Guitar Hero was involved. And I probably took a nap. And...well, who knows.
So anyway, here's the first few minutes of Christmas. The rest is lost to history.
Our tiny tree on top of the presents. This is how we set it up every year. Makes the pile look bigger, huh?
He still refuses to rip open presents. I think he's confused--he's not allowed to tear paper most of the time, so he doesn't understand why it's sometimes okay to rip open wrapping paper.
Socks! Thanks, Grandma!
The aftermath. Notice the millions of Mr. Potato Head bits. That's an entirely different story for a later blog.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Monday, December 22, 2008
As I mentioned before, I have no car these days. Also, we've gotten several inches of snow this week. So what's a snowed-in, shut-in girl to do? I'll show you.
Lemon-poppyseed muffins. Aren't I domestic? ...yeah, they're from a box. I found these same poppyseeds in Little Boy's diaper today. I was horrified.
#2: Watch the Birds
Our neighbor has a bird feeder, so birds are always flying around outside our porch. Yesterday we found bird tracks right up to the sliding glass door.
#3: Make Presents
I put these together for my Primary kids. But then church was canceled. Late Christmas presents are still fun, right?
Little Boy can pretend that anything is a car. Including his wooden blocks. Yes, he has real toy cars. Lots of them. But by pretending, he can have more!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I was going to whine write about how Isaac takes the car to work every day, and I'm stranded at home with a two-year-old. But now there's six inches of snow on the ground, so I wouldn't be leaving my apartment anyway. :op I think the new job is going well for Isaac, though he doesn't have much to do yet. The girl that's supposed to be training him is out of the office for the next few days--or something like that. Nice how I keep up with what's going on, huh? Really, I do listen to my husband. I promise. Little Boy's latest thing is "right there"...or, as he says it, "wigh deh!" It usually goes like this: Him: A taw! Me: Yeah, a car. Him: Wigh deh! Or... Him: Bet! Me: You want bread? Him: Bet! Me: Bread? Him: *blank stare* Him (pointing to bread): Wigh deh! It's pretty funny.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
"If we are to have the very best Christmas ever, we must listen for the sound of sandaled feet. We must reach out for the Carpenter’s hand. With every step we take in His footsteps, we abandon a doubt and gain a truth."
-Thomas S. Monson
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Little Boy likes to pass out silly hats for everyone to put on. They're all toddler-sized, so Isaac and I just set them on top of our heads and go on with whatever we were doing. Little Boy thinks this is hilarious. What's funny to us, though, is the hat he usually chooses for himself.....
Monday, December 1, 2008
Little Boy's word pronunciation has gotten a lot better over the last couple weeks. We're teaching him Christmas words--it's fun to watch him figure out how to make harder sounds.
sanna taws = Santa Clause
tanny = candy
thee-thuh = Jesus
diss-diss tee = Christmas tree
staw = star
yite = light
pee pee = pretty
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Melissa tagged me. But I don't know if I can think of six quirky things...I'm just so normal!
So...those six things don't sound as quirky as I thought they would. Or maybe I'm just so quirky that I can't even tell anymore. Hmm.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
My mom took us apple picking at a local farm. I had never picked an apple before. Lame, I know. But in my defense, I have picked other fruits. Just not apples. Anyway, it was fun.
Little Boy was a little uncertain at first. It was his idea to get in the cart, though.
See? Farm. I don't know how big the farm is, but it looked...big.
All done. We only picked the one bucket-ful. Little Boy was so cute---my mom, my sister, and I would pick the apples; then we would hand them to Little Boy and he would run down and drop them in the bucket. He loved it.
On the day before Halloween, we went to my mom's house to carve pumpkins. Actually, my sister carved a pumpkin and Little Boy colored a pumpkin.
Here he is, Sharpie in hand. I was smart enough to put an apron on him, but not smart enough to notice his exposed sleeves. D'oh! Anyway, he colored all over that thing. It was awesome.
Isaac helped get the other pumpkin started.
These are the finished products. Nice, huh?
And then...there was Halloween. I posted earlier about not trick-or-treating, but we did dress up. For fun, I guess. Little Boy dressed up as a clown this year, just like last year, but in a different clown costume. Look:
This is last year. He wore Isaac's (and Isaac's brothers') old clown costume from when they were little tykes.
Arrrrrrrrrrrr. This year, Little Boy wore the clown costume that my siblings and I wore when we were little. How's that for family traditions? And from both sides of the family! But Little Boy did not just dress up as any old clown....
...he dressed up as a clown...that golfs. A golfing clown.
That wasn't really part of the costume, but he carries that putter around with him all the time. He wants to be just like his daddy, who is also a clown that golfs.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
photo by Travis S.
"It is something to supply clothing to the scantily clad, to furnish ample food to those whose table is thinly spread, to give activity to those who are fighting desperately the despair that comes from enforced idleness, but after all is said and done, the greatest blessings that will accrue . . . are spiritual. There is more spirituality expressed in giving than in receiving. The greatest spiritual blessing comes from helping another."
-David O. McKay
Church Quote of the Day
Three-year-old girl: "There's Sister Cook*!"
Girl's mom: "Mmhmm."
Girl (pointing to Sister Cook's husband): "And there's her grandfather!"
Sunday, October 26, 2008
"Your students deserve more than your knowledge. They deserve and hunger for your inspiration. They want the warm glow of personal relationships. This always has been the hallmark of a great teacher."
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Little Boy loves to play Isaac's guitar. He must have the shoulder strap over his shoulder just so. And he does try to use the guitar pick sometimes.
And now, I have a couple pics of my dad. Dad's birthday was last week. We celebrated.
Here he is praying over his cake. Just kidding, he's really conducting us while we sing "Happy Birthday."
Dad's cake had seven candles. He insists that's because he's turning 70 (he's not). Looks pretty good for a seventy-year-old man, doesn't he?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
-Bonnie D. Parkin
Church Quote of the Day
Teacher: "Have you ever had a coat drive at your school or collected food for the needy?"
Kid: "We're HOMESCHOOLED."
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I was just reading Talk To Me Tuesday over on Tip Junkie, where there's a post about family-themed Halloween costumes---and I remembered the one-and-only time my family had a sort-of theme going on at Halloween. I don't have a picture of this (sorry) because it was at least ten years ago.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"Life often feels like a great pile of obligations, frustrations, and disappointments. But the Lord is there, always the same, His arms still outstretched. When we feel overwhelmed, we have to remember the peace He has spoken to us on previous occasions. His peace brings comfort and strength; the world cannot give that to us."
-Kathleen H. Hughes
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Each of the kids decorated a crown. Little Boy, being a boy, got to put car stickers on his. He loves it. He calls it his "taw hat."
This is the birthday girl, opening Little Boy's present to her. It's a fun little jar filled with "Magical Princess Cookies." Some of the cookies have Disney princesses on them, and some of them are pink with sprinkles.
Happy birthday girl = successful party.
Birthday Party Quote of the Day
Princess Party Guest, pulling shiny plastic crown off her cupcake: "We can't really eat this because, well, we could, um, choke and die."