Thursday, May 31, 2007


I took my kids to our favorite park on Tuesday. They got to swing and play in the fountain/splash pool. My favorite thing at the park is the swings. You can get them spinning really fast and it's tons of fun.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mop Water Bath

Saturday as I was mopping, Haley couldn't think of anything more fun than jumping into the bucket of mop water. I tried to discourage her and even threatened her with punishment if she did it, but she just gave me this look and a smile like she wanted to do it so badly that it would be worth any punishment. So, I just told her that it was okay. Then she sat there for a good half our as happy as can be. I had to force her out of the bucket and into the real bath so I could get new mop water and finish mopping. I'm glad that I gave into her whim since she had such a good time. But then, first thing this morning, she said, "I want to take a livingroom bath again". :)

Britton's Orange Belt

Last Wednesday Britton got his orange belt in karate. It was so much fun watching him. He's made a lot of progress and he's really enjoying it. We're proud of him.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Conversation with Britton

This is a conversation that I had with Britton a few minutes ago while eating dinner:

Britton (to me): You're not so smart. ( I forget what I said to inspire such a comment from him)
Me: Oh, really?
Britton: Well, not as smart as me.
Me: How do you think you got so smart? (Trying to get at least a little bit of credit)
Britton: From Dad
He thinks for a minute.
Britton: Well, maybe I was just born smart. Do you know who taught me that 2 +2=4?
Me: Who?
Britton: Myself. I just knew it.

Then he went on to tell me that two 10's are 20 and ten 10's are 100 and so on. While I'd like to take credit for his smarts, he may be on to something. He probably was born smart.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Britton's Blog

Britton wanted to start a blog, so I set one up for him and he tells me what to write on it. He even picked the name, "The Chocolate Milk King". He's having a lot of fun with it. There's a link in the sidebar or you can see it here:

Saturday, May 19, 2007

My Week in The ABC's

I haven't written in a while, so I decided to do my week in the abc's. That way you'll get a lot of details that really aren't so blogworthy. Lucky you!

A is for American Idol--I can't believe that Melinda got kicked off this week, she's just too good. Even though I still like Blake and Jordin, I really thought Melinda would win.

B is for babysitting--I did way too much of it this week. Watching the kids downstairs and my nephews.

C is for cookie, that's good enough for me!

D is for daring--Britton continues to amaze me as he learns tricks on the trampoline. He has now mastered the one-legged flip (something he came up with himself).

E is for elderly--for Young Women's we had a dinner with the elderly of our ward. It turned out really nice. The youth had been paired off previously and assigned an elderly couple to visit a few times before the dinner to get to know them. Then, they also picked them up for the dinner. We played some fun games, my favorite one was 2 truths and a lie. It was funny to see what the older folks made up for their lies.

F is for first aid--we had a first aid clinic yesterday for camp certification. It was a good refresher for me on CPR.

G is for Gilmore Girls--I can't believe it's over! The series finale was last Tuesday. I'm really going to miss watching it every week. Good thing there are a ton of reruns on my DVR! Maybe I'll have to break down and buy all the seasons.

H is for Haley's haircut--I trimmed Haley's hair this week. The spots where she and Britton cut it a while ago are finally growing out. They're not quite long enough to be layers, but they're getting there. Luckily, they are in places that aren't noticeable unless you look for them.

I is for island--I wish I lived on an island. Maybe one day.

J is for John and Reed's birthday. The twins are 9! We went to their birthday party Friday night. It was fun. They got a lot of gifts that they were really excited about. And, as always, my mom bought presents for all the kids, so Britton and Haley also made out like bandits with new clothes, legos, and little people.

K is for karate party--Britton had a karate party last night. They invited all the kids and their friends to the karate studio for a big party. So, their were kids of all ages there from all the different classes. It's the first time we've gone to one of them. Britton loved it. They practiced a few karate things and he was really focused and did everything well. Then they played "Gladiator" and ate pizza. It was fun.

L is for Lady Fanny of Omaha (always worth mentioning).

M is for Music and Lyrics--we saw this movie last night. I know it's been out for quite a while, but we don't get a chance to watch movies very often. I really liked it. It was a fun movie with catchy music. I think Hugh Grant makes a great has-been pop star.

N is for nose--my nose keeps running and sneezing because it's hayfever time! Time to get some good medicine!

O is for Oprah--I happened to catch part of Oprah this week when she had the cast of the movie, "Hairspray" on her show. It made me really excited to see the movie. It looked fantastic!

P is for passports--we're still waiting for them to arrive! I can't wait!

Q is for Questar Gas--I called all of my bill companies this week to either cancel my services in August or switch over to email bills for while we're in China. It's amazing how long you are on the phone for simple requests. I had to go through the different menu options and stay on hold, etc. for each one. Who has time for those kinds of things?

R is for reading--Britton's getting to be quite good at sounding out words and reading silent e words. He loves doing it too.

S is for Samuel the Lamanite--I got to dress up and play Samuel the Lamanite for our Primary party yesterday morning. It was fun. The kids got to throw stones (balls of paper) at me while I was standing on a wall. They got a kick out of it.

T is for temple--Tuesday we had a special ward temple night and the temple president spoke to our ward before we all went to a session together. It was nice to be there with so many people I know.

U is for underwear--Haley changes hers about 10 times a day.

V is for very tired--the last few weeks I've been very tired all the time. My eyes burn from the combination of little sleep and hayfever. It's not a fun feeling.

W is for work, work, work--Jason's been working like crazy lately. I'm proud of him, but I hardly ever get to see him. We need him to work a lot so we can afford this upcoming trip to China.

X is for xbox--Kyler, the boy who lives downstairs, snuck in our house while we were gone to play xbox. I was so mad! But, after talking to him about it and his mom talking to him about it, I know he won't do it again. Now, I just think it's kind of funny. And, we'll be checking to make sure all our doors are locked when we leave from now on.

Y is for yard sale--last Saturday (May 12th) we had a big yard sale to try to sell a lot of our stuff before moving to China. It was quite successful. We got rid of most of the things we wanted to. There are a few other's that we'll be listing on Craig's List though. And the rest will be off to DI. I have fun when I do a yard sale, though. I love being outside all day seeing everyone in the neighborhood. And I love when people get something they need at a cheap price. One man was so excited. He bought a lot from us and said, "You're furnishing my whole house!"

Z is for zoo--we went to the zoo with Desiree and kids on Tuesday. It was a great day for the zoo, not too hot. We went around the opposite way that we normally go so we weren't burned out at the same animals as usual. We went at a nice leisurely pace. It was great.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

My Haley

Okay, I just can't get enough of this girl. She makes me smile every single day. Right now she is in the livingroom, singing and dancing her heart out for no one but herself. It is so cute. She starts out with "How much is that doggie in the window" and then just makes up whatever words after that. And she's singing LOUD. She's wearing two different shoes, cut-off shorts, a tank top, and her hair is as crazy as ever. She's also wearing sunglasses and a back pack. I'm just glad I can observe her without her noticing so that she'll keep going. She's too funny.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Mug Shots

We got our passport photos taken and I thought it would be a quick, painless process. But, if any of you know Haley, you know she always has to be difficult about things. She completely refused to get her picture taken. We tried everything we could think of--bribes, holding her, threatening that she would have to stay home from China, etc. She would sit down in a ball on the floor. Or turn her head right as he would be ready to take it. Or cover her face with her hands. It was unbelievable. The man was very patient. We finally just gave up and started to pay for the others when we decided to try one last time. Jason held her on his shoulders and kneeled down while I stood behind the photographer trying to get Haley's attention. He snapped one in the knick of time. She has a great face though. One day she'll look back at it and be completely embarrassed that that's what she looks like in her only form of ID. And of course she's wearing some crazy headband as a necklace that I didn't even notice until afterwards. That's Haley for you!

Britton, on the otherhand, was very cooperative and his picture turned out quite nice.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Sleep Deprived

So, I think my kids are seriously sleep deprived. This morning I decided to let Britton sleep in as long as he could. Haley and I went outside and I was doing yardwork, mowing the lawn, etc. while she played. Every once in a while, I'd go in to check on Britton. Without any noise in the house, he sure slept for a while. It was after 10 before he woke up and that was only because I walked in the room to check on him.
Then, later on in the day, I went to check on Haley in the bath and she was dead asleep--in the bathtub! It was a bit scary seeing her laying there and I am so lucky that her face was up out of the water. I knew she was just asleep, but it still freaked me out seeing her in the water like that. Scary moment. When I picked her up, it startled her awake, but she fell right back to sleep as I carried her to her bed. It was about an hour before her nap time, so it's not that unusual that she was tired, but it was a bit early.
I guess I need to be better at getting my kids more sleep at night.