Tuesday, September 22, 2009

His Work Never Ends

Jason cleaning out his trailor.

He said I could help him, but, being the good wife that I am, I decided to take pictures and blog about it instead.

Sunday Mornings

Two Sundays ago, Britton got up and quickly got ready for church and then started begging to go to church at about 8:30 am. Our church doesn't start until 11:00, but he was very persistent about wanting to go right then and not waiting until 11:00. He was practically in tears. It was really strange. So, instead of going to church and waiting in the foyer for 3 hours, I decided to take him to the temple grounds. It was the right decision. Once we stepped on the temple grounds, he was happy and peaceful. It was a beautiful day and the flowers were gorgeous.

Love these two so much!

Monday, September 21, 2009


Haley showing off her new, toothless smile.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Other Weekend Fun

*Friday night, my mom and I went to see Julia & Julie. We both loved it! It was so fun just to get away and see a good movie with my mom. It's been so long since I've been to a movie and I don't think I've ever been to one alone with my mom. So, it was great.

*Saturday morning, Tessa and I planned our first "Sports Saturday". We are going to get together every Saturday at 8:30 to play sports at Cherry Hill Park. It was a blast. We played football and had so much fun.

*Saturday evening was BYU's (disappointing) first home game of the year. Even though the game didn't turn out the way I would have liked, it was still fun to be back at the stadium. We rode bikes there (which I love). It was good to see all the people who sit by us and just be part of such a big, excited crowd (well, we were all excited at the beginning, at least).

*Sunday Haley gave a talk at church. She was so excited about it. I never really know how she's going to react to things like that. Sometimes she is so shy and just refuses to even practice or do it. But, this time she was just excited. She drew a picture of President Monson all on her own that she wanted to use for the talk and got out her scriptures to find what she wanted to say. And then she did such a great job doing it.

*Sunday evening, I went around and did "Toot" Sunday. I am the personal progress leader in the young women and every couple of weeks I go around to all the girl's houses, "toot" my horn and they come out and sit in the car and tell me about the goals they have done, then they go in and call the next girl and tell her I'm coming so they are ready for the horn. Anyway, it's really fun for me to get some one-on-one time with each girl and see how they are doing. I always bring treats so that it's fun for the girls too. :)

Friday Flight

Jason was done with work early on Friday, so he picked the kids up after school and we all headed out to the Provo Airport for a scenic ride.

It was Haley's first time ever flying with Jason as the pilot and our first family flight in the new plane.

We flew up over Provo and Orem. We found our house and circled around several times so everyone had a good view of it.

We saw the BYU stadium with the newly painted field for the first home game.

We saw the Provo temple and all the beautiful colors up on the mountain.

I love all the fall colors right now!

It's so fun flying over Utah Lake and it looks so pretty from the sky.

It was a really quick flight, but so much fun. The weather was beautiful and everything was easy to see.

Britton sat in the co-pilot's seat and LOVED that.

Afterward, Haley said it was "so scary" and "too fast", but I know that she secretly loved it because she was also talking about how cool it is that her dad can fly a plane.

I love wearing the headphones and listening to Jason communicate with the tower. I also love taking off and landing.

There's nothing quite like flying!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Difference Between Boys and Girls

After school conversations:

Me: Britton, how was your day today?
(after asking at least 3 times, he finally answers)
Britton: Okay

Me: Haley, how was your day today?
Haley: It was awesome (does a little dance and thumbs up), I met my best friend, she was wearing a red shirt and white pants, did you see her?, she has hair the same color as you, but down to here, and did you see the girl with curly hair?, I told my teacher that I lost a tooth and she told the whole class, I wanted to ask my teacher what her favorite color is, but I got a little shy, maybe I will ask her tomorrow, the secret word today was "see" and we got to go outside for recess and I'm so tired because I walked all the way to the playground and I did the zip line and played with my best friend and I didn't finish coloring my book, but I can read it to you and you have to look at this paper my teacher gave me and can we start my homework right now.... and on and on and on and on.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Kayla Update

(For those of you who don't know, Kayla is Haley's imaginary friend. She joined our family in Feb. 2007 and she's been a very "real" part of our lives.)

So, the other day I had this conversation with Haley.

H: Mom, did you know that Kayla isn't real?

Me: Really?

H: Yeah, I just wanted to do a really funny joke.

And what a funny joke it has been. Maybe she could get into the Guiness Book of World Records for the world's longest joke. We've been laughing about Kayla's antics for almost 3 years.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Another One from Haley

The other day, Haley came in and whispered into my ear, "Mom, I don't want to be so anoxious (obnoxious) and so hilarious anymore. Or funny."

I just laughed out loud. Just for the record, I've never called her obnoxious, I don't even know think she knows what it means, but I do call her hilarious all the time.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

This morning Haley came up to me and said, "I wish 'hate' was never invented."

Pretty profound for a 5 year old.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Late Nights

Man, I need to go to bed earlier. But, last night, my kids weren't tired. And even though I was trying to be firm and MAKE them go to bed, I ended up laying there with them longer than I had planned, telling stories of my high school days with the Silver Bullet and how we had to start it with the "pen trick". Which somehow led to me telling them that Mark used to have a name for his belly button. Which led to fits of laughter. Then when I told him what he used to call it (Vrosher), there was more laughter. Britton got the hiccups from laughing so hard. Then Haley wanted to hear it over and over again so we could laugh some more. Then she wanted to rename all her dolls funny things, so we laid there, in the bottom bunk, thinking of the funniest names possible. More laughter. And then I told them how Biz and I had names for all our pairs of shoes--Rainbow, Guntar, Pretty Blue Shoes, etc. It was getting late, so they asked me to sing to them. They requested songs in French. "Souviens-toi" is Britton's favorite. I've sung it to him since he was a newborn. And then right as they were both almost drifting off to sleep, Haley reached in and pulled out her first tooth! (which reminds me, the Tooth Fairy better go take care of her duties before Haley wakes up). I didn't even know she had a loose tooth. I don't think it was even loose. Afterwards, she told me she had been praying that she could lose a tooth soon. Cute. Then there were all the Tooth Fairy questions. How does she get in the house? What does she do with all the teeth? Why does she want people's teeth? And on and on. It was a while before we could actually go to bed.

So, this morning I am tired, but I wouldn't trade last night for all the sleep in the world.

Thursday, September 03, 2009


Haley started kindergarten a week ago. I had been pretty worried about it even though she was only excited because she tends to be a bit clingy to me and she's really shy. I really didn't know how she was going to be. At her assessment, she was great and went with the teacher and answered all the questions. She wasn't overly talkative, but she wasn't scared or clingy either. But, then at the open house where she got to meet her teacher, she would not let go of me. She hid behind me whenever anyone talked to her. This was the day before school, so I was a bit nervous.

But, on the actual first day, she did great. She was so excited. She walked right in, found her nametag, and sat down. She smiled and waved and blew kisses, but there were no tears or chasing after me or trying to make me stay. I was so relieved.

When I picked her up, she ran to me and told me how much fun she had and she even did a little happy dance. It was adorable. It's so comforting knowing that your kids are happy when they have to be away from you.

The second day of school she tried telling me she was sick which I thought was quite hilarious. I just laughed and we went to school anyway. And she did great with the drop off and loved school again. I'm so grateful to her teacher for making it a fun and interesting place to be. Everyday she has been great and she's already learning so much and making friends. I get to help out every Tuesday. I went this week and it was so fun just seeing her interact with everyone. I'm so proud of my big kindergarten girl!

First day pictures: