Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This family

This boy:

 just wants to eat.  All.the.time.  And it is beginning to show. He's got the double chin, the little rolls on his thighs, and a loud, healthy cry. If his appetite keeps up, we'll soon be sending him to Hollywood for Stay Puft Marshmallow or Michelin Man auditions.

This older brother:

 is golden.  Just golden. He had a bad dream and came downstairs crying early this morning.  He is such a tender child.  He let me know on the way to school this morning that he's tired of sitting in a booster seat. "When can I sit in a regular seat, Mom?" 
"When you're nine." 

This one: 

 Has lost every privilege she has (TV, video games, friends) with her 'screaming at the top of her lungs' fits.  Luckily bubble baths are not considered a privilege in this house.
Here's to hoping she alters her attitude and earns them back.

 The milkaholic's passed out on the swing in the middle of the afternoon.  

 And this one:
 is making me think maybe-just maybe- he'll turn out to be worth all the grief he's given me.

And now, I'm off to teach this who's boss:

 (it's me, in case you were wondering)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blogger's GNO

I had the awesome opportunity to host Girl's Night Out recently.  It was a blast (once we broke the ice....wait, what ice? There was no ice.)

There was something so refreshing about sitting down face-to-face with these women and just connecting and communicating.   These women are all amazing- deep, thoughtful, witty, fun to be around, and they brought great food.

You all are welcome back anytime.  Especially if you saw my shower that I hadn't cleaned in (mumblemumble) months, and refrained from judging :) (You'll all be proud to know I actually did scrub it down this week.)

I think you should check out these ladies:

From left to right:







and, almosthotterthanPepperJack  KYANN. makesmelaughtruenonstopentertainmentandtoughasnails

I don't know wth happened to the link text size there- be assured the smaller type chicks are as rad as the large type.  And isn't that true in real life, too?

Awesome ladies. Awesome blogs. Stop by and tell 'em I sent you.

Oh, and if you attended, feel free to grab the photo (I dont have all of your email addresses)


Sunday Snapshot

His first Halloween costume

A Jalapeno Pepper

October 2010

Now link up and show me what you are made of.  Unless you're too lame to create the easiest post ever. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Just do it

I got this from Heather at FAMILY VOLLEYIt reminds me of a Nike ad I used to have- inspiring.

I had a great time chilling with some IRL bloggers last weekend- watch for the post on it soon.

(I swear I'll send those pics out even sooner you awesome chicks)

October is supercrazybusy for me, I'm hoping things will calm down in November.   Just hoping.

Friday, October 15, 2010

On Winter

Today I will be joining Follow Me Friday for the first time, and, of course, will be joining Glamazon's Friday Confessional.  Click HERE to play along.

I confess:

  • I love October, but it comes with a sad reminder that summer is giving up, and winter will soon reign with frost and dirty gray snow.
  •  I hate winter.  Hate it.
  • The cold makes my nose run, and my feet take hours to warm up after a good chill.
  • In Utah we have something called 'inversion' where the air gets trapped in the valleys and becomes putrid; a literal health hazard to breathe.
  • The Native Americans used to call it 'white death'.
  • After the inversion has begun, the air grows chokingly thicker, and the sun dimmer and dimmer until, sometimes, at high noon I can look up and wonder if I am seeing a street light through fog, and question if the sun was just part of a dream I once had. 
  • As if the days weren't short enough in January already.
  • And I sigh, and stay indoors, and pray for a storm, for some wind to come and clean up our state,
  • while the politicians make laws that prohibit the poor from using their fireplaces on red burn days, yet allow the toxic oil refineries to keep going, to continue their huge smoke columns pumping caustic fumes into the air night and day.
  • That billowing black smoke and it's accompanying stench represent everything that is wrong with America.
  • Is it any wonder that seasonal depression originated in Utah?
  • I hate winter.
  • Did I already say that?
  • Well, I do.  I hate it.

Here's to hoping fall will hang around as long as possible.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pumpkin Point Farm

We made our annual trip to PUMPKIN POINT FARMS   yesterday. It was a beautiful day for hanging out at the pumpkin patch.
Oh, it was so much fun!   The kids claimed their own miniature wheelbarrow and wheeled it around looking for the perfect Halloween pumpkin. 

London chose her pumpkin within the first minute, while Nathaniel spent a long time inspecting the different varieties, and finally selected one with a curly stem.

Cousin Lizzy, Nathaniel, and London

Rich's Mom, 'Grandma Eilene', is friends with the family who owns the farm, and she takes all the grandkids (5 of them now!) there to pick pumpkins every year. I didn't think we were going to be able to do go this year; Grandma Eilene actually had a brain hemorrage 3 weeks ago, and only got out of the hospital last Monday.  She has had an absolutely miraculous recovery, which we are all grateful for.

And so we played in the pumpkin patch..

Jack the Pumpkin King observes the patch from the comfort of his stroller.  It's good to be king.

London LOVES her cousin Emmy

Aaaahhh!!!  RUN!!! It's a child of the corn!!

Oh, WHEW!  It's just Nathaniel.

Grandma Eilene and Grandpa Paul

Happy October.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Free Kleenex for your friends

This is cool: 

You can send a free box of Kleenex to a friend by just clicking HERE  Heaven knows anyone with kids will be grateful to receive some as soon as flu season hits- plus the box design is totally cute.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Snapshot

London plans a picnic to share with me.  

October 2010

Life is passing by so quickly.  "Sunday Snapshot" is my way of taking a quick moment to journal memories I want to keep. The image doesn't have to be perfect (obviously.  See above photo with the glare in the left hand corner) that's why it's called a "snapshot".  

I'd love to see what you want to remember, so create an easy post and link up, people!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Confessional

It's Friday already?  I noticed my friend DEBBIE joined the fun for the first time, and I don't want to be left out, so....

 I confess:

  • I bought a paperback copy of  'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' for my son about a year ago
  • We just finished reading it for the third time.
  • I asked Nathaniel if he knew what a diary was
  • He didn't, so I explained the concept
  • You could see the light bulb go off in his head
  • Then he told me that made sense
  • Apparently this whole time he thought the book was called 'Diarrhea of a Wimpy Kid'
  • My kids have spent the last month running around giving each other 'the cheese touch',
  •  and laughing over phrases like 'your slap happy grandpappy' and 'loded diper'
  • So  although it's not even close to classic literature,
  • and the main character irritates me to no end,
  • it's been fun.
  • And now we're moving on to Judy Blume's Superfudge
  •  I'll be sure to explain the title before we begin.

Your turn...CLICK HERE to hook up with Glamazon and play along

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Saturday Morning in 2d

First of all, I've had a ton requests for pictures of my new do, so here you are:

 Somehow it looks cuter here than in real life.

Want to see what my world looks like as I wake up in the morning?

This is pretty much it:

"Got Milk?"

Saturday morning bath time:

Jack gives Rich the "Oh, no you didn't!" look and flips his first birdie, after being placed in the tub against his will.
 My bald babies.

 And where are the kids?  Busy enjoying Saturday morning cartoons!

 London gets a bath, too.  This girl has a knack for getting food in her hair (a bad habit left over from toddlerhood?). We have to wash it a lot just to be able to get a comb through it. 

 The older two are spending the night at Grandma and Grandpa Hendricks up in Logan.  It's London's first sleep over there without parents; she's pretty excited.
 (I should have spent the morning making the kids clean their rooms, but I just wasn't in the mood.  It can wait until Monday, right?)

If you're wondering how she sleeps with all that junk piled on her're not alone.
 Apparently I'm the only person in the household who isn't enthralled by Japanimation.

Time to go!  The kids have a ton of wrappers and garbage stashed in the back of the car...I decided this mess couldn't wait until Monday.  Nathaniel hangs upside down pulling it out from under the seat.

 And off they went, leaving me a minute to post this,

and cuddle this juicy little package: