Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I'll start with the picture. It's from tonight's Family Home Evening. The book Emma's holding was given to us a yearish ago and we haven't used it. Tonight we were drawing a blank and so we opened it up (it's called Family Home Evening Treats that Teach). We made these Marshmallow/Cornflake trees and talked about Enos praying in the forest. It took 40 minutes (including the shopping for cornflakes AND treat prep) and was a resounding success.
Ryan wanted me to mention his last soccer game at the season. He probably remembers it so well because he limped for a day and a half afterward. He says he loves it because it's a harder, more diverse workout than anything he does all week. I hope it's not because it's co-ed.
(Emma huddling up with last year's team)Emma wanted me to mention that her basketball season has started up. She enjoyed playing last year, even though I don't think they won a single game. She gets to hang out with a friend from a different ward and school (Amanda Guinn) and is an endurance (she gets tired, seriously, last of all the girls) superstar.
(Jane, on the first day of school...prior to the exciting activity of we-telling)Jane wanted us to mention that last week in kindergarten "we telled a stowey". Me: "You want me to type that you told a story?" Jane: "No. Not told a story. We-telling a story. It's called WE-TELLING. It was about a boat race." Now, I'm assuming she's talking about Re-telling a story and we are SO glad we didn't skip over that in the Sunday Summary.
Seth said "You shut the doh and I taked a nap. Um, I cwied and said 'Can I come out?' and went like this (insert random grunting noises)."
Huh? He's lying. Don't listen to him.
That never happened last week. What did happen last week is that he got to go to the firestation (I didn't go, so no pictures) and he enjoyed it so much, that tonight he prayed, "Bless I can go to the firestation again and again and again and again."
Thanks for joining us for another fascinating edition of What We Did Last Week. Hopefully next week's installment actually does includes Seth's random grunting noises, only in conjunction with pushing a baby out. Fingers crossed.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Whatever. Parties and presents are fun.
Jessica and Meghann threw it for me and did a yellow and black theme (to go with the nursery...I'm almost done, hold your horses, pictures coming up). Here's me at nine months pregnant.
There were yellow and black cupcakes, yellow and black baby dresses hanging on a line as decor, lots of yummy food and lots of fun presents.
I'm glad I let Emma and Jane come, because I wouldn't have wanted to open up the presents calmly and actually looked at the contents before they were thrown across the room. No, it was much more fun to do it Jane's spastic way. Plus, Jane modeled most outfits for us, and it was highly entertaining.
Jessica had the idea to have each guest write their addresses on the outside of the thank-you cards. It's so nice not to have to look the addresses up and have it all ready.
But if these are your friends:
Dear Jessica A.,
Thanks for giving me the best baby shower ever! Thank you for the cute outfits, too. It was kind of anti-climactic since I already knew what the outfit looked like. Oh well...Anyways, Thanks for being the most awesome friends ever! Love, Jessica R.
p.s. I still owe you $18 for the fabric you bought...I haven't forgotten.
Thank you for the amazing outfits. The only thing better than a friend like you is having a new baby to hold. I love how dependable you are as a visiting teacher, too! Lastly, I'm grateful you wrote this card, Cynthia, so I could spend more time relaxing with my good book.
Love, the wonderful Jessica
or (if you're into some slightly self-deprecating thank-you messages)
Before you gave me that adorable snuggly Winnie the Pooh overcoat/blanket, I never thought that there was much sense in dressing my kids in warm outerwear. (Ed. note...I have a slight reputation for underdressing my kids in the winter. What? I hate hauling/losing coats all winter long) Now, I can't wait for the baby to come and the snow to fall so I can try this new way of life! You're the best!
Love, your friend, Jessica
Now. Wasn't that so thoughtful of them? I just stuff, lick and stamp and I have nothing more to say EVER to those three "friends". Talk about a time saver!
Anyway...despite (or maybe because of) the "self written" thank-you notes, I had a great time and am inexpressably grateful for the incredible friends I am blessed with here.
And, now, with drawers stuffed full of teeny, tiny pink items, we're all ready!
(You hear that baby?! YOU CAN COME NOW!)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
And that lady can really put together some great Halloween costumes. She is a great seamstress and really loves holidays so, as kids, we had the most darling costumes, homemade, every year.
They were peas and carrots. They looked really cute (though Emma kept pleading to take it off: "No no want it carrots, Mom!"), but were completely falling apart before the Snickers' wrappers did.
The next year, I scoured magazines and tried to decide how to live up to this Halloween-Costume-Ideal in my head. I gave up the idea of homemade. But, I figured the next best thing was matching costumes. Emma would be Belle (purchased dress, altered by my MOTHER of course) and Gabe (Beast, purchased lion costume, with Grandma-made prince attire over the top).
The next year, it all came to a head. I had three kids, no sewing skills, no mother close-by and children who seemed to think THEY should choose their own costumes (excuse me?). And that's when I discovered:
That's right. Grandma Target.
It took a few years to feel totally comfortable with it. (My mom is so nice, when I apologize/explain the lack of Love-Filled-Homemade Costumes: "Oh, honey. They're so much better made nowadays. I would buy them now, too, I promise.") I felt guilty every time I opened up that web page. I gazed wistfully/jealously at others' homemade works of art.
(the fateful first year of --gasp!--store bought costumes)
I'm over that.
There is great joy in our house, when I announce (with all the love, nurturing and warmth this Mommy has to offer): "Be thinking about your costumes, guys! It's family-crowd-around-the-computer-and-pick-out-your-costume-night tonight."
I'm pretty sure they still know their Momma loves them.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
- a bigger fishbowl than she wanted ("They'll die in a few days, ma'am, if you buy that small one),
- water conditioner ("Spokane has a LOT of chlorine that could kill these sweet little fishies...")
- neon colored rocks
- fish food (sorry, you'll have to just settle for the cheapest fish food purchase...this mom is starting to wise-up)
8) Realize that you have given away .20 worth of actual goldfish and have sold a grand total of $18.73 worth of fish merchandise.
9) Bask in your riches and wisdom.
10) Enjoy pictures of children everywhere enjoying their new friends:
Monday, October 6, 2008
--Ryan being gone M, T, W, Th, F.
--Ryan not reachable at all, since he doesn't have a cell phone or an office where he is
--Gabe falling off of his bike AND THEN THE NEXT DAY Emma's scooter
--Gabe not being able to chew anything, which necessitated smoothie runs every lunchtime and spilled soup (he had NO lunch the whole day, because when I called to make sure he would get something they told me they had it taken care of and they didn't!!)
--Preschool at my house Monday, almost Wednesday and Friday (cute kids, cute curriculum, just not a good week for it)
--Jane locking my keys in the car
--hideous RLS as a result of pregnancy, so I can't sleep EVER.
--a VERY not patient, not enjoying her children mother
I could only manage one picture for this NOT FUN part of the week (Seth prepping the apples for the apple pie we made during preschool):
The Mr. Hyde (calm, loving, rational) part of the week included:
--Ryan coming home.
--Ryan taking us all to Greenbluff Apple Festival
and buying us whatever our hearts desired (and if anyone knows Ryan, you understand that he couldn't possibly show us he loves us more than by allowing us to spend WITHOUT a budget): trips through the maze,
the pumpkin patch
$6 blackberry syrup from the gift shop,
overpriced bbq for everyone and
the legendary pumpkin donuts from Harvest House.
--A quiet lovely late dinner date at a trendy, expensive (the guy was Mr. Moneybags!) restaurant downtown.
--Watching General Conference.
Here's Jane coloring the conference packet I print out,( so everyone will be quiet and then I spend the whole time explaining directions, breaking up fights about Jane looking on Emma's Bingo sheet and Seth coloring on others' sheets...). I felt like it was just chock full of messages of hope, comfort and examples of how very personally our Heavenly Father loves us. Favorites: Elder Bednar, Elder Anderson, Elder Holland, Elder Oaks.
--a fun dinner with friends we don't see enough.
--the kids spending every free minute putting together Powerpoint presentations on colors, foods, sports, etc.
We're hoping to have more Mr. Hyde this week. Wish me luck!