Wednesday, January 30, 2008
This is Grant participating in the Paper Airplane Contest, something we've never done before because it's always full before you even know what's hit you.
Now, smoothly for us goes something like this:
2 trips to the bathroom, Come this way, Clark! 1 diaper change, Grant is so involved that he is having a hard time listening, 1 trip back out to the car (freezing cold) to feed the meter, back in to see the second floor of the museum, where's Grant?, stop at McDonalds to pay $10 for a 5-piece Chicken Strips Meal that we all shared (supplemented by food from home), Clark's tired and trades John for the seat in the stroller, 2 more trips to the bathroom, Faith had an accident somewhere between the bathroom trips, a stop at the library on our way home to get 25 more books (hard to keep up with my readers these days), and off to Faith's gymnastics where we ran in 10 minutes late because of traffic! I love my life!
On Monday, the kids had a Teacher Prep Day, so we went to the Air & Space Museum downtown! This exhibit is new and made me think of my cute mom the whole time! Mom was a flight attendant in the early 70's and I think that many of the same rules applied. You had to be a certain height, weight, single, white, and have a nursing degree or 2-years of college. My, how times have changed!
Clark is just so delightful about 98% of everyday! He rode on his new Plasma Car for only 5 seconds, when he was interrupted by "Can I try it?" (Grant) "Can I try it?" (Faith) "Can I try it?" (John). What did my sweet Clark do? He said "Sure" and jumped off, giving it to his brother. I was so pleased with him. He loved having it be his birthday, but was never possessive or grouchy about sharing his toys. He smiled almost the whole day long and made me laugh so hard when he was riding his car (after the kids went to school) pulling Johnny behind! Those two are such great buddies!
The outfit he's wearing is a dressup I found after Halloween. It is ADORABLE on him because it has the patches on the arms and chest, and a little belt to fit him nice and snug, like the army guys wear theirs.
We have a Soccer Party coming up on Saturday for 6 of his little buddies, and we'll make cupcakes then - I'm thinking to stick them all together and decorate them like they're a field. Any ideas for a "guy" on top?
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I love this set of "army men" because they are actually from the Revoluationary War. We bought them at Mt. Vernon (or was it Williamsburg), but it comes complete with George Washington riding on his white horse! I love living where all the action really took place!
Did anyone watch the Miss America Pageant last night? As a young girl, I just LOVED the pageant and it seems like we did everything we could to watch it every year! I hadn't seen it for about 5 years, and was excited to hear that it would be on. That Miss Utah, Jill Stevens, was darling, wasn't she? And to be America's Choice was great! Andrew, after teasing me for 3 days about watching it, sat down with me and we were both in tears as they showed the soldiers in the audience supporting their fellow "GI Jill". Good for her!
One more thing...Andrew and I watched a great movie last night. It's called "The Ultimate Gift". If you want a great motivation to appreciate what you have and be a better person, grab the box of tissues and watch this one! It's a darling love story as well. Andrew liked it as well as I did.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
The highlight for the kids was stopping back by Super Petz to pick up some more fish! After Christmas, we bought 3 red-eyed Tetras to see if we could succeed at being fish tank owners, and they are healthy and thriving! So, we went today to get:
2 Long-tailed Mollies, 3 Zebra fish, 2 bottom-dwellers (Any fish who will clean is welcome in my tank!) and 7 Neon Tetras.
The fish tank makes us happy! Mimi and Papa, thank you!
In this picture, we are eating...(drumroll please) Mango with Sticky Rice! I ate this with Mindy and Jeff in Thailand and it was fantastic over there - here in the states, it was pretty good. The rice wasn't the sticky variety, but the taste was practically the same! We'll try again and let you know if we find the perfect recipe!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
In Sacrament Meeting, we always sit on the 2nd or 3rd row, so that we can really get involved in the meeting and internalize the thoughts that are shared. This also means that our EVERY MOVE is seen by those behind us (for that, we apologize).
On Sunday, John and Faith were sitting next to each other, which means a bit of teasing. I was trying to distract John by saying "Just give Faith kisses, don't push each other". So, he leaned over to kiss her, but was DENIED! Faith is funny...lately, she doesn't like kisses from her brothers - I had forgotten that small detail.
So, after about 10 seconds of trying, he says in full voice (as the congregation prepares for the opening hymn) "Mom, Faith won't kiss me! Mommy, Faith won't let me give her a kiss!" to which I heard MANY snickers from behind us! My friend, Nicole, told me that these moments are what motherhood are all about - so I'm writing it down!
Last Sunday, the organ began to play the closing hymn, and the volume was abnormally loud. My sensitive-eared John puts his hands over his ears and YELLS "Mom, that's TOO loud! Mom,, that's too loud!" (Notice I always write what he says only twice, sparing you the other 8 times he repeats it). Clark follows suit and says, while covering his ears and standing up "Mom it's too loud!" I just had to laugh, and so did everyone else!
Saturday night, we got together with our friends, Audrey & Scott and Cameron & Chelsea. We ate pizza and then had some great conversation about politics, motherhood, shopping habits and more. Cameron's Grandmother has a saying about the levels of conversations: PEOPLE....EVENTS...IDEAS!
I feel like we really got to IDEAS that night and I've been thinking about it ever since - we are so grateful for wonderful friends. I want to get to IDEAS more often in everyday conversations. Think about our Founding Fathers...if they hadn't gotten to IDEAS, where would we be now?