Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fun Things

Whenever I'm driving down the road and I see a shoe I always briefly wonder how it got there.  Someone was playing a joke and threw it out the window?  A kid accidentally left it on top?  For days there was a shoe on Layton Parkway that I passed each day on the way to the gym.  Then it was gone.  And now there's a bigger mystery.  Where did it go?  Does somebody have the job of picking up lone shoes from out of the middle of the street?  If they do will they please come and take this sock that has been hanging in our front tree and put it with the shoe collection?  It is too high for me to reach it and heaven knows I'm too lazy to go to the trouble of getting a ladder and trying to get it down that way.  So hopefully it disintegrates soon.    
 When December was a sixty degree dream come true, one day it got down to like 59 and Maci wanted to go out and play.  Spent the 47 minutes getting those clothes on and went out to play for 6 minutes. It wasn't even that cold.  A coat would have been great.
 The Santa parade put on by Kaysville City is so much better than the 4th of July parade.
 Maci and I made this wreath for preschool.  She was SO proud!!
 Oh my gosh.  Texas Roadhouse.  No other place shows up quite so often on our list of "fun things".




 We went to the Christmas Village and that white bar like thing on the left of this picture was showing up in all my pictures.  It was pretty fun to tease the kids about it being a ghost but less fun when I was stressing about a possible broken camera.  It randomly went away, so it turns out it WAS just a ghost.  Probably.
 Um.  Texas Roadhouse 2.0.  One reason I love it so much, the kids fill up on rolls and we bring home one or two meals worth of left overs.
 Quilting.  This is probably Allie's first and last experience with quilting.
 I was in charge of this beautiful tie quilt so Allie, of course, got to do some extra.  Although I don't think she loved it.  Quilts are cute, but people of generations older than me hear me out:  QUILTING IS EXPENSIVE.  I know that every women who came before my generation was a quilter, because it was part of provident living.  Now it's a hobby.  An awesome one.  I would love to have a quilt with the material I wanted rather than what Target tells me to buy.  But I can't afford it.
 Here's a selthie from our ill-fated Surf N Swim adventure.  It was only ill-fated to me.  Maci stopped staying selthie.  And Elth and Twelth (instead of 12).  Now she says selfie, Elf, and twelve.  Life is so unfair sometimes!!
 One of my favorite "fun things" to date was our all day trip to Boondocks.  We took the kids out of school ("you must be B track, too" one of the mom's commented.  "Nope, just parents who take our kids out of school to go to Boondocks!")  It was awesome, we were basically the only ones there until school let out.  And the weather was nice enough that everything was open.

 I about had a heart attack per second on the bumper boats.  Kendall wanted to go alone.  Maci and Kendall wanted to go alone, together.  Or together, alone.  Anyway, without me.  So I was all rehearsing in my head what I would do when I had to jump in the water and rescue them.
 Hahaha Allie made this list one morning and was carrying it around on her clipboard, lest she forget to do all the mundane things for the day and "get up" (number one) and "get dressed" (number two). You can see the "fun thing" is highlighted on the list.  Check fun thing.  Fun thing.  Oh I love her.
 I believe this was the fun thing on the day of the list.  This was like fun thing day extraordinaire.  Started with Get Air.  Free, thanks to my friends.  I just love that most people run habitually a half hour behind.  I knew if we got there right on time, we would have the place to ourselves and I was right.  
 Then we went to Salt Lake.  We ate at Applebee's.  The night would have been improved had we gone to Texas Roadhouse.  But we had free kids meals at Applebee's.  I'll be honest, I probably wouldn't go there again, even if I had four free kids meals. I'd rather pay for delicious Texas Roadhouse than eat for free at mediocre Applebee's.  What happened?  We used to love that place and go there all the time.  This time the menu was slim pickins, they advertised FREE BOTTOMLESS FRIES (then told us that deal wasn't included with what we ordered), and they've totally changed their menu and if you ask me they were like, "what do people most like to order?  Remove it!"  Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing.  And our waiter was...off.  And the kids ordered the wrong thing, too.  But I think Dave like his!
 Temple Square was beautiful and the weather was perfect.  Kendall is very proud that she took this picture.
 Family Reunion!
 Kendall's church selthie.  She's all "what's the most horrible face I can make?  SCORE."  Still not her worst selfie..
 I love that my kids can play games that I really love now that they are getting older.  Maci is not ready for Rummy-O.  But she tried anyway.  It was basically painful but she looked so cute making the effort.
 My dad and Stephanie got us this DVD "The Last Straw"-I had read the book before about a family who has lots of fights and ends up learning the importance of service.  The kids loved the movie but I was about ready to jump on screen and teach their kids a lesson.  It was a bit frustrating that their parents let them be so rude and disrespectful with no consequences and then they were all "WHY ARE OUR KIDS SO TERRIBLE!"  Anyway, you do service and put a piece of straw in baby Jesus manger.  By Christmas He should be sleeping in a nice, soft straw bed.  Det has been doing even more service than usual.  Going out of his way to find extra things to do.  Maci was fussy and didn't want to eat her dinner so he was spoon feeding her.
 I am room mom in both Det and Kendall's class, which is the best because I delegate all the work and then I just come watch and I never miss either of their parties!
 Allie loves to read, which is great and all but man when she gets a book she loves she WILL NOT put it down for anything.  She read that book in like two hours and I kept saying, "I can't wait til you're done so I can talk to you again!"
 The kids loved building ginger bread houses.  It is definitely one of the favorite fun things.
 Poor Kendall was not feeling good.  I knew it was serious when she couldn't even do her ginger bread house.  Thankfully she was better later that night and finished it.
Aunt Diana had a Christmas party this morning.  Kendall and Maci were the cutest little Bunco players.  I only got to play with Allie once and I never played with Det.  Which means they must not have been losing every round!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We shoulda got a pizza

I love Christmas season.  I used to think it was weird when people got all stressed out over Christmas but then I realized that oh, those are the same people who are basically stressed year round.

So we have lots and lots of fun traditions.

I have a calendar that was in my childhood home.  It has a little mouse in it and each day you move the mouse to a new pocket.  Before the kids get home from school I put a "fun thing" (that's the clever name we've bestowed upon it) in the pocket.  The kids get home from school and sprint to find the what the fun thing is for the day.  Sometimes it small but I'll be honest with all the things we have going on in December, it's usually not small.

But last night.  Grr.  We did Surf N Swim.  Because it only cost a dollar.  A dollar is way too expensive.  Here, let me pay to torture myself.  But I consoled myself by thinking of what an unseasonably warm December we are having (holla!!!).  Reminder:  40 degrees=STILL NOT WARM ENOUGH FOR SWIMMING.  Every.Single.Time. we got to Surf N Swim in the winter this is EXACTLY how it goes:  bribe the kids with any other activity.  ANYTHING.  Berate myself as I get into my swimming suit, then cover it with my sweatshirt and warm pants (hint that you shouldn't be swimming), pray the whole drive to Surf N Swim that it will be closed for a private party.  Get in the pool and wonder how they manage to keep it so freezing in the dead of winter.  Work up the courage to walk out past my knees.  Finally immerse myself in the water and start to play with the kids and think "hmm. maybe it's not so bad."  About two minutes later get told that Maci needs to go potty.  Try and talk her into peeing in the pool (I've driven home topless.  Surf N Swim makes me do bad things).  She won't so suffer taking her potty.  Shake from the cold.  Never been so miserable.  Rush back into the now great feeling water as soon as she's done.  Maci, though, never recovers.  So after about two minutes of coming back from the potty her lips turn purple and I have to go get her in the shower.  Then the real fun begins of getting everyone showered.  My favorite part was when Allie was taking twenty minutes in the dressing room and the rest of us were ready to go so I was like Allie!!!  What the freak!!!  And looked in her dressing room to see her sitting there in her towel.  She was too cold to get dressed.  Um.  Don't worry we'll all wait for you to get perfectly dry and cozy!!!

A popular thing at Surf N Swim is Little Ceasers.  90% of people bring pizza with them.  And I was just looking at the pizza thinking you know, for five bucks (same price) they would have been just as happy if the "fun thing" was getting Little Ceasers.

But in all honesty I would have happily shelled out the $20 for Pizza Hut, which I love.  Unfortunately in this case it's not really about the money.  They had so much fun swimming.  They love it.  They are insane.

Next I might post about all the insults I've received this month.  There's been plenty and I'm like I TOOK YOU TO SURF N SWIM IN DECEMBER YOU SHOULD THINK I'M THE COOLEST MOM EVER.  And the worst is they're not "you're stupid and I hate you."  They're the ones that they don't even realize "ah, man.  We have to go to Boondocks with just Mom.  I wish Dad could come."  Then, when they find out Dave took the day off to surprise them and go, "it's okay Mom.  You can stay home and we'll go with Daddy."  Which would have been a win win for me.  But I had to go anyways.  So I feel like I should really take a minute to vent about how unfair sometimes it is to be the mom.  NO CREDIT I TELL YOU!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

SIX

Kendall is such a treasure for our family!!  She is the youngest six year old I've ever had-I still feel like she's just my little girl!!  After being off track the whole month of November she told me she's excited to go back to kindergarten-wahoo!  She did say she wished Maci could go with her.  Those two are so inseparable.  I'm sad for them! 

My favorite trait about Kendall is her ability to make everyone around her feel so loved.  She truly cares about every single person she meets.  She makes friends everywhere we go.  Even in the McDonalds in Farmington, New Mexico! 

She has the sweetest voice in the world!  I love it.  

We've had such a fun and exciting month and I'm most excited that Kendall has make awesome progress in her reading.  I was excited for her to start kindergarten and learn to read because I was having no luck teaching her.  That didn't work.  She didn't learn a thing in kindergarten.  I tried (begged) Dave and even Allie and Det to teach her because we were not having a good time trying.  We were getting to impatient with each other.  By the time she was almost off track I realized that no one else was going to teach her to read and it would have to be me.  I tried a hundred billion different strategies and finally found something that worked for my Kendall.  She is not fluent, but she is so excited to read all the words we recognize everywhere she goes.  I'm so excited and relieved!  I'm hoping she will enjoy kindergarten more with her new reading abilities.  
 Disney on Ice for an early birthday celebration!

 I had a lot more fun watching Kendall than watching the show.  Every time a new character came out her face lit up.  Then she started asking, "is that really Ariel?  The real Ariel and she's really Ariel?"  It occurred to me that she's figuring out the separation of fiction vs reality.  BOOO!  I wanted to take her to Disneyland once more before that happened.
 Of course her birthday party was epic because everyone was there to celebrate her!!

 Just like last year, on her actual birthday she and dad had a date to Boondocks.  What a cute couple!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Game of Life

We played the game of Life tonight and I cheated.  The game was going on and on.  Kendall and Maci had multiple children.  Then Detmer had one.  Then came the time where you chose the Family path or the path of Life.  You get probably five opportunities on this part of the game to let a little pink or blue peg sit in your car.  Allie and I were both childless and picked the family path.  Dave picked the path of Life and ended up with a blue peg.  I also got a blue peg.  Allie passed all the opportunities for children and she was sooo bummed.  And I was like, no.  My child is not going to experience infertility in the game of Life.  So the new rule is that you can adopt a child at any point in the game.  It was kind of funny.  Allie was a lawyer.  I was a doctor.  Maci skipped college and had three kids before Allie and I were even married.  Then Allie's like, "well, obviously, she didn't even go to college!"  At first Allie (okay fine and me) was happy with her fancy job but pretty soon we were like who cares about all the wealth and fame!  Give me a husband and a baby!  What can I say, the heart wants what it wants-even in some silly game.


 I occasionally go to the gym on Thanksgiving morning.  They do a special line up of classes.  This years was so awesome!  I got home about an hour before we were going to leave for Thanksgiving dinner (lunch?) and Kendall and Maci were already dressed.  (see above)  They could hardly believe that I was going to make them change.  I'm not very good at letting them express themselves creatively when it comes to fashion.  Maybe that's why they color and write on walls/furniture/clothing/shoes.  Oh wait.  Only Kendall does that.  
 While we waited in line, the two little beggars wanted to be held and were very pleased when Dad obliged.
 Then they got too heavy and so Dave put them down and Kendall was mad so Allie held her.  Allie held her again tonight when she got fussy during scriptures.  Allie, that little momma should have a car load full of blue and pink pegs.  
 Also, after dinner we saw the Penguins of Madagascar.  It was horrible.  So disappointing.  I wasn't expecting it to be excellent but I was at least expecting it to be bearable.  Lame!
 Turkeys.
 Of course Kendall and Maci had to change, because how else could they have been wearing their matching red jeans?  First things first!
 Ever since I couldn't find any pictures of myself during a six month time frame, I have gotten way better at taken the dreaded selfie.  It's not the funnest way for me to keep a record of myself, but I have to admit I have enjoyed downloading my pictures and seeing several of myself each time.  I'm glad I started it and I am going to keep it going!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Good Life

So as I thought about my last post, it may have come off as a little braggy (best in the class).  But I can't help it.  My kids are just so cute and awesome I can hardly believe it.

This is not a retraction of the bragging.  It's more bragging.

Our day started off so awesome.  By 8 am I had sent Dave about 14 texts about all the cute things they had done.  I just couldn't be selfish and not share it with him. 

It's not that it was a perfect morning where we didn't realize that "someone" had forgotten to do their homework the night before.  Because that definitely DID happen. 

One thing that was nice was that I got up at 7 am and the kids don't get up until about 7:45--I love when I get all MY stuff done so I'm all theirs when they wake up.  I hate to admit it, but I think getting up at 7 may be in my future.  Usually I roll out of bed and they're all eating breakfast. 

So I'm doing Allie's hair and she asks if we could possibly go to Disneyland during our break in November.  I said probably not but we'll go on a vacation during the break after that.  I said, "I personally would love to do a cruise but I know you want to do Disneyland so we can take a vote.  And just because I'm your favorite mommy who does all I can to make your life as coooozy as possible..." and she gave me a look and said, "your just trying to get votes!"  Good news for me, I'm an excellent persuader.  I will show them videos of where we are going and they will be powerless to resist my charms.  

Today is the anniversary of my mom's death and I think that is another reason why my day was so great.  She just wanted to allow that for me.  Sometimes she looks out for me.  Like on the weekend our baby was due, my mom's sister came into town along with several of my favorite peeps in the world and I'm pretty sure my mom orchestrated that with her sister.  Because:  LINDSAY!  I just can't get enough of Lindsay and she was in town so I was really excited and looking forward to the weekend instead of staying in my bed sobbing like I might have done otherwise.

When our mom first died we blamed her for everything that went wrong.  Like this one time Millie broke her finger and she's like seriously Mom, you couldn't have helped me out with that?  And sometimes I was borderline praying to my mom and I was like, um, I probably shouldn't do that but losing your mom young should definitely give you some pull upstairs. 

I can't remember who I was telling about all we've gone through with our baby losses and subsequent medical problems and they responded "are you like, 'Mom, what are you so busy doing?'"  It was probably Lindsay cause that definitely sounds like something Lindsay would say. 

I don't do that nearly so much anymore.  Pray to my mom.  I never actually prayed to her but I was totally like, "Mooooom...I know you can make this happen."  But I give credit where credit is due because the best thing that ever happened to me was definitely the handsome young man I married and that happened before my mom died. 

I love the quote, "All that is unfair can be made right through the atonement of Jesus Christ."  It's actually credited to Preach My Gospel, but it first touched me when it was quoted in one of my favorite conference talks ever.  Don't read it!  Unless you want to cry.  But it absolutely changed my life and helped me through a very dark time. 

I know that somethings won't come to us until the next life, but I definitely think Heavenly Father blesses us abundantly even in times of loss and I know Dave came to me when he did for a reason.  He's talked me back from the ledge many, many times.  I can't even believe his patience.

But he did lecture us last night.  Me and the kids.  He said we need to be more mature.  Because there was too much potty talk at the dinner table.  It's true there has been potty talk at the dinner table, but can there ever be "too much"?  So tonight just before dinner I really, really wanted to say a potty word to Kendall and Maci but Dave was standing right there so I tried to respect his authority and be more mature and not say it.  But I couldn't hold back. 

Once when we were young my dad tried to calm down the potty talk and specifically didn't want us saying the "f" word.  Fart.  So an alternate choice was flatulence.  Which made us all laugh our heads off because we'd never heard it before.  Basically, we couldn't STOP saying it for weeks and I think my dad was relieved when we went back to saying fart. 

We have some friends that don't allow their kids to say fart.  Whatever.  To each their own.  But what's funny is the dad, in particular, curses up a storm anytime the kids step one toe out of line and after one of his explosions I so want to be like, "phew, good thing they've been taught not to say 'fart'." 

But I guess by those standards Dave is allowed to tell us no more potty talk.  Because we've been married for 12 years and known each other well over 13 and we (me and the kids) have heard him swear zero (0) times.  Which I think it awesome. 

In case my adoration is still unclear, I shall demonstrate in pictures. 
 I love candid shots especially when they turn out this adorable!!
 But I still needed a posed, they were such a cute couple that day!
 Neon/bright colors day for Red Ribbon week.
 I seriously get to spend everyday with this!
 There was two (2) pictures of me in a six month time frame.  Ugh.  This has happened forever and I keep trying to change it but I'm not a fan of selfies.  Guess what?  Too bad.  It's selfies or nothing and I don't want my kids to think I was an absentee mother when they go through old photos.
 My two awesome dancers after tumbling class!
 This happened for no reason in particular.  But it was cute and they all thought it was hilarious.
 Anytime Dad will toss you, whirl you, throw you up in the air, is a win.
 It was definitely one of the highlights of Maci's life when she got a matching sweatshirt with Dad.

We watched Heaven is for Real.  There was a part that brought up a lot of emotion in Allie.  But it ended well.