Friday, May 29, 2009


First off-I'm laying in bed with Sophie this morning teasing her about still being my baby. She looked at me with all the attitude of a 14-year old and said, "Mom, I'm not a baby. I'm two and a half." Well sheesh. Excuse me. :)

McKay graduated from preschool last Friday. We went to a park, played ate lunch and then had a short program. The teacher had put together a DVD slide show of pics throughout the year. Then she handed out their certificates, a book they had made for each other, some bubbles and a picture of what they wanted to be when they grow up. Ms. Shelly shared a little about each picture as the kids came up. There were so many noble choices-mom, dad, doctor, mom doctor (my favorite), fireman, etc. Then it was McKay's turn. Any guesses what my boy genius wants to be? A ninja turtle. Yep. That's my boy.

Lyndsi has decided she is ready to get her ears pierced. I am not against it at all, but thought I should make sure she knew the prophets thoughts on ear piercing (in relation to how many sets of earrings). She already knew that we can only do one pair of earrings. We've gone over the process of how it gets done and a bit about the aftercare. Jeff is on board to, but we both felt like she should earn it. We came up with a little challenge for her and a timeline. She's pretty excited about it. Look for some new bling to be coming this way!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Adventures in Potty Training

The other day this girl:

Ran out of these:

Which is okay because we found some of these:

And now she's using this:

Mom and Dad feel like this:


I also have decided to step up my mommy game. I'm pretty boring when it comes to away-from-home adventures and even the in-home kind. It's time to dial it up a notch. When my first plan for this failed, I quickly pulled out the back-up plan: The Dollar Movies. Lucky for them, Hotel For Dogs was playing. Armed with booster seats and popcorn, we ventured into the theater, unsure of how the next 2 hours would play out. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised that there was no fighting, whining, unusually obnoxious behaviors and no potty trips mid-movie. The kids loved the movie, and I loved them not tearing my house apart. All in all, a success.

What other things do people do with there kids? Looking for some new ideas.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mothers Day and More

First off-I'm a slacker who's now playing catch up. Lots of blog fodder. Gobble it all up at once or savor it for a few days, but enjoy it. :)

Mothers day was nice and laid back. I got to share my special day with my most special man. Jeff's birthday happened to fall on moms day this year. We did cake and presents Saturday night. I fooled him into thinking I'd just gotten him some candy and a (rather boring looking) Frisbee-until he turned it over and got tickets he's been wanting. hehe.

(Don't you love how McKay's picking his nose? Such a boy!)

Sunday morning I tried to help Jeff and McKay make breakfast. I'm all for not helping with breakfast this one day a year, but I don't think you should have to do the cooking on your birthday either. McKay, however, had a different idea and told me I had to go back to bed. I went (to my bed) and started working on my mom's gift. McKay wandered in and said, "Hey! You are supposed to be laying down with the lights off, Mom!!" He then brought me his present he made at preschool, some hearts he colored and cut out at home, and some seashells.

After church we visited with my grandparents and then had a BBQ at my moms with my family after.

Also that weekend, we were able to get our garden started. Thanks in a HUGE way to my best-ever dad. He brought his tiller over, fertilizer, all the nutrients for the soil and some black plastic ground cover. He tilled and tilled some more, mixed the stuff in and then kept tilling. Then I raked it smooth. The ground was sooooo soft when he was done. He laid the plastic down and told us how to cut it for the different veggies. (Minimal weeds. I am SOOO excited!) Last night we got most of our veggies in: tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, onions, beans, peas, carrots, zucchini, and cucumber. Next week we'll do more cilantro, peppers, and pumpkins. Yummy!

Late pics

My friend asked me the other day when I was going to post some pictures from Lyndsi's birthday party. Whoops. Guess I never got around to it. Well, I'm doing it now-3 months late.
Playing charades:

Balloon games:


Last fall Lyndsi sold homemade suckers at Jeff's office to earn money for a special toy she wanted to buy. Apparently they were a hit to have around the office and are back in stock. Just in time for Lyndsi and McKay to earn some spending money for vacation later this summer. I've learned a trick or two, got some new molds (thanks Annette!), and a bunch of new flavors. It's been lots of fun to do this project with the kids. And the suckers. Yum-O!!

(Flavors include: Key lime, grapefruit, lemon, mango, blackberry, butterscotch, tuitti fruitti, and grape)

Monday, May 11, 2009


I was just checking out a friends Easter post when I realized I hadn't posted my own Easter pics. Easter was a quiet affair. The Bunny brought baskets to the kids while we were in St. George and they participated in the trailer park's annual candy grab. They looked adorable in their new Easter threads and all of the kids were excited to have new church clothes.

Then we got these with the cousins. Here are some sweet, angelic little spring chicks:

And then there's this: