Saturday, November 26, 2011


I'm so grateful that my sweet little kids get excited about every tiny little thing we do. May they always be so easy to please!

The kids were so excited for Thanksgiving they couldn't even sleep. Seriously. Thanksgiving! I absolutely love their zest for life.

After Thanksgiving dinner we went to a movie. A movie! Could they be more lucky?!

Then we got home Denny was here. Denny!!!

And we did Just Dance on the wii!!!
Foreshadowing: this was taken before the movie started and Kendall was like, "when's the movie going to be over?" Then she fell asleep about 20 minutes in.
Maci squirmed and wiggled until she was on my lap and then fell sound asleep. (Dave and I traded babies'. Maci slept on me, Kendall slept on Dave.)
Allie and Detmer LOVE! (as I've noted) going to the theater but we don't go more than once every few months. It's always funny when the lights go down and the screen turns on they get nervous!

We saw the Muppet Movie and we all loved it (except Dave, who liked it). I did not think it was as good as Muppet's Take Manhatten or the Muppet Christmas Carol but those are two of my all time favorite movies, so it's not really a far comparison!

Friday, November 18, 2011


WARNING: This post contains some partial nudity and may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.

This is the kind of post that once I push "publish" I have no chance of running for office. This is the dirt that would come out on me. I've decided to go public with it anyway. I told my kids' about it the other night and their reaction was awesome.

When Dave reads this post, he's going to be so disappointed there is not pictures. (Actually as soon as he figures out what story this is he's going to be like, PLEASE NO! Don't tell me she went public with this!)

As has been well documented, my children LOVE swimming. Every Davis County resident should know that on Wednesday nights (in the winter) from 6 to 845 pm, Surf N Swim offers entrance for $1. That is a deal we can't pass up.
So last year when the dollar nights started in October, I decided to take the children. Dave was working late or something, I can't remember why he never came. I was quite pregnant with our precious Maci.

I got my three beautiful children in their swimsuits, packed a change of clothes, and off we went.

As I watched them play and splash in the pool I was totally satisfied with my decision to come swimming in the freezing temps.

We got out of the pool at closing time (ah, those were the days not having to worry about getting up early the next morning.)

I took the three kids into the locker room for a shower and to change into their jammies so they wouldn't freeze on the way home.

Surf N Swim has the type of shower where four heads come off of one pipe. It's great because I put all the kids in, punch their showers on, and the ones who are not being cleaned are still keeping warm.

My little shivering one year old Kendall was first. I soaped her down, washed her hair, and dressed her nice and cozy in her jammies. I sat her on a bench while I went to wash Allie and Detmer.

As I'm washing Allie's hair, I saw something so horrible out of the corner of my eye. I prayed my eyes were deceiving me. What was it, you may wonder? Man carrying a knife? A shadow lurking behind the bathroom stall? No. Much worse.

My fully dressed Kendall standing IN the shower dancing around, dripping wet in her jammies.

I quickly dressed Allie and Detmer. Kendall was shivering by now.

Please try and understand what I am about to say next. I had three small children. It was of utmost priority that I bring them towels and clothes to change into so they didn't have to ride home in their swimsuits. Now, that took enough time so OBVIOUSLY I didn't bother packing a change of clothes for myself. However, when I got out of the pool and realized how cold it was, I took off my swimsuit and put on only my jacket and pants that I had worn over my swimsuit to the pool.

Our towels were soaking wet.

My baby was soaking wet.

It was freezing cold.

My first priority was to get my kids home to their warm beds.

So I did what any good (non)self-respecting mother would do: I got the kids in the van at lightening speed, slipped off Kendall's jammies, slipped my jacket over her to offer hopefully a little warmth, hopped in the driver's seat, and drove home.

And that, my friends, is how I ended up driving topless around Layton City.

(To be honest my favorite part of this story is when I told my two friends Kristen and Kristen. They literally had their mouths gaping open. Then they were like, "so you just had a shirt on, but no bra." Me: "no. no shirt." Kristen: "so then you were JUST wearing a bra?" Me: "no. no I was not wearing a bra." They couldn't cope with what I had done. They didn't realize my desperation. Then they spent the next several minutes trying to solve the problem for me, not realizing it couldn't be undone. They were like, you should have wrapped up in a wet towel! You should have put your swimsuit back on! And that was when I realize that until they, too, are caught driving around town topless, they will never understand.)

Monday, November 14, 2011


Dave is a sentimental guy. He has boxes of stuff he does not want to part with. Sometimes he'll think of getting rid of something but say, "My Grandpa bought this for me" or "My Grandma made this." At which point I gently remind him he's 31 years old and if I kept as much stuff as he did we would have no where to live.

He is letting go nice and easy. But he did have one cherished childhood toy that meant the world to him. He's been excited for years to give it to Detmer, but he had to wait until Detmer was responsible enough to care for it. This toy belonged not only to Dave, but also to his dad. This is a three generation toy. The other night, Detmer earned his rite of passage into Huckhood.

Dave got out his beloved Huck stuffed animal and presented it to Detmer. Detmer's reaction never disappoints. He LOVES this stuffed animal. That night when Dave checked on Detmer he found this:
When I went in his room in the morning to get Maci, he was playing with Huck. Tonight Allie got to stay up and watch a show, but Detmer had to go to bed. He was so mad when he discovered the injustice he held Huck tight the entire time pleading his case (P.S. WHY does it suck so bad to not give my kids everything they want. I just wanted to say "come here precious, of course you can watch a show you wonderful boy." Following through on punishment SUCKS!!!). For some reason when Detmer gets mad or sad for Dave, he uses a British accent. So he clung to Huck and cried "Doddy!!!! Doddy!!!!" Long live Huck!

Ni Hao

Today Dave and I attended our very first parent teacher conference. We felt like actors posing as grown ups but we didn't make too big of fools of ourselves (well, I guess the teacher could say different...) Her English teacher showed us some of her work and had great things to say. We just love Allie's teacher. She is everything a parent and student could ever want in a teacher. I was out on Saturday and when I came home Allie had a letter written to Santa:

Dear Sata, al I wnt for chrisms is a desg wth al the erts and cfs.

I easily read it: Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a desk with all the arts and crafts.

She told me "I asked Daddy to help, but he was too busy playing the computer so I just sounded it out."

The main thing her teacher praised Allie about is her writing and that she is not afraid of spelling things wrong. See how it pays off to have lazy parents? Your welcome, Allie. We do what we can.

When we met with Allie's Chinese teacher, she wanted Allie to demonstrate her Chinese skills. At first the two of them sat there chatting in Chinese. It was so crazy to hear my little baby speaking Chinese. I loved every second, but let's be honest, Chinese is a very different language and it was so weird to hear it coming from my little girl. It was weird for me to have no idea what she was saying. So, what do I do? Start laughing. I was so embarrassed and tried to stop but couldn't. Dave told me later he was going to nudge me to signal me to stop laughing. Ya think? Yeah, I realized it was a little inappropriate but I couldn't help it.

The other day in Allie's primary class she had to pick a service she would do at home. She picked doing the dishes. She walked right in from church and got to work on it! AND she did a great job! She is the biggest help to me.
The other day Allie finally got a beloved "BAGGIE BOOK" from school. She was so excited! She immediately read it three times so she could check it off and get another one. They have to read each book three times before exchanging, so she reads it once to me, once to Dave, and once to Detmer and Kendall. It works out beautifully!
When I picked Allie up from dance last week she wouldn't come out the door and was holding her hands behind her back. As soon as I opened it she showed me her prize and her certificate for "hardest worker". She has been wanting the hardest worker award pretty much since she started dance so this was a big treat for her!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Most of these pictures are Octoberish, but while Dave is freezing his butt off at the blowout BYU game tonight, I'll post these in his honor:)Back when the sun used to shine, we took the kids to see the Cougars. Dave took turns taking each of the kids as his date to the games, and this game Grandpa gave us his extra tickets and we all got to go. It was Maci's first game and she definitely loved it:) She was really good. We had so much fun. It was another blowout (thanks to our awesome Independace schedule) but I don't mind a good blowout. It was a blast.
One of the funnest things about a big win is doing the rise and shout lots and lots. The kids, especially Kendall, loved that part.

Over UEA we went to the cabin. As we were driving back home I was in the worst mood ever due to a variety of issues we were having. 15 minutes down the road I see this. So many dang cows blocking the road I couldn't even get through. At first I was like, oh great slow me down even more. But it ended up being the funnest thing that could have happened. The kids and I laughed our heads off as we drove one mile per hour through a million cows that we easily could have reached out and touched.
When I saw this cute picture really small I was like "what are they making pancakes or waffles?" Because if Dave is cooking, it's pancakes or waffles.
I LOVE going to Black Island Farms each fall. It is one of my favorite fall traditions. That place is so much fun and everyone who works there is so nice. The big bonus of this year is that Allie didn't get lost!
Of course I was by myself with the four kids when we went on the Hayride (at Black Island Farms) where they each get to pick a pumpkin. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers. Everyone was helping us with our pumpkins and someone even held Maci! Plus I was so lucky that my neighbors were there and took my pumpkins and dropped them off at our house!
This girl is in her dress up phase. She usually has on at least one dress up. Usually about four or five different outfits. This I took AFTER she took off her Pooh costume that was on over her leotard!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


So we saw about 100 other little fellows with Detmer's same costumer, including his good friend Ty. I personally am not a fan of the generic super hero's but then I guess I shouldn't have bought it for Detmer because he was in love with it and refused to even consider other options!
Kendall was Piglet for the ward party but luckily she still cares a little bit about my influence, so this Piglet costume didn't come out again and instead Kendall was a stylin' cowgirl. I think Piglet could have worked but it's a little too small for her.
Cutest little witch. Okay, this costume I was totally happy with!
Allie's dance group did a flash mob at Burger Stop. It was awesome! A bunch of people were there for the car show when fifty or so girls started dancing. I'm excited for more of these.
The problem with the flash mob: this was the best picture I got of Allie dancing!
Pumpkin carving! Too bad I don't have a picture of how amazing they turned out. (Amazing, at least, for those who like squares and circles. We're very basic with our pumpkin carving.)
Grandma's ward Trunk or Treat. The kids love this and the weather was beautiful this year!
The whole reason Allie decided to be a black cat was because I bought this witch costume and she wanted to b my black cat. Then when I dressed up as a witch she HATED it! She begged me not to do it again. It was hilarious!
Dave's office does a Halloween party each year that the kids' love! They look so forward to their privlidged entry into Daddy's work and especially eating at McDonald's, which is a must for Daddy's work!
We had an awesome Halloween. I love when the weather cooperates. The Cardon's have started an annual (right? Right???) tradition of roasting hot dogs for Trick or Treaters. The kids, or I should say Allie, lasted the shortest amount of time this year. Allie can usually go forever. It was perfect amount of time for the parents.