Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Update

Its been a weird week here.  Sort of a long and short one, if you know what I mean.  Overall, its been a good one though.
Today I noticed all of the kids' clothes look like they've been rolled around in a dumpster.  I don't know how they got that way?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Smoretacular 2010

(a.k.a. Smorepalooza, Smorefest)
Friday night we were lucky enough to be included in our friend Vikki's second annual s'more party.  There are more s'mores, toppings, and roasting theories than you can imagine and it is a great time.

I was too busy eating to take many pictures, but here's what I got:

Eric enjoying the great outdoors:

Maggie enjoying her friends' hot dog:

 The band:

Maggie enjoying the band:

 We had such a great time.  The summer of 2010 is keeping us busy in the best possible ways!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Wow.  This post is lucky #700 =)  What better way to mark it than with my favorite series from Nan and Pop's last visit?

Their last afternoon with us was a sad one.  We're never ready for them to go, and they are never ready to go.  Or, maybe they are, but they'll know they'll miss us eventually =)  Anyway, Amos could sense they were getting ready to leave and was a little anxious about it.

In spite of the sadness, Amos and Pop were able to get some last minute playing in.  It looked like this:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Dada's First Race Car Show"

i.e. British Field Day.

This morning we headed up to Salt Lake for Eric's first British Field Day.  Amos was so excited to see all of the "race cars" and Eric was so excited to see all of the other MG Bs and their owners. 

We weren't expecting it, but there were actually cars racing on a "track."  There was only one course set up, so the Minis, MGs, Lotuses, and Land Rovers all ran the same course.  It was awesome watching the Land Rovers make three point turns where the Minis barely had to turn their wheels.  The Lotus wasn't so bad either:

We watched the Lotus' first run where he learned the course.  We were a little worried he wasn't going to open it up.  After about 8 runs of him at full throttle, it occurred to us that one doesn't buy a Lotus if one doesn't intend to open it up. 

Proof I was there (and that I am huge, no wonder its so hard to get in and out of chairs):

The rest of the time we watched Eric do this:

And, I made the family take their picture with the goofiest looking car there.  Not even sure what it is:

My favorite car.  Yes, because its green and has a "frogy" vanity plate and has a frog behind the wheel:

The kids were also super stoked about the star stamps they got on their hands to show that we "belonged":

As luck would have it, Eric's super awesome vanity plate was waiting for us in the mailbox when we got home.  It missed the show by hours =(

Don't worry, now we're watching Mecum Car Auctions on t.v. and Amos wants them all...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Third Trimester

Today I officially entered the third trimester.  Its amazing really, how quickly and slowly this pregnancy has gone by at the same time.

I haven't talked too much about this pregnancy, not like I did with Amos or anything, so I just wanted this baby to know that we are thinking of her.  All the time.  Eric can't wait for another princess.

Amos talks about her a lot too.  He's decided he has a baby Audrey in his tummy now. 

And, I may have started to nest.  I just cleaned that window for the first time in two years.  I even got the ladder out and did it from the outside.

10th of July BBQ

Last Saturday we held our Second Annual Christmas in July BBQ.  Yes, it was only the second year, but we carried on the tradition in high style.  All of the original founding families were there-Hornes, Downs, and Seeleys, plus a few new ones. 

Since we found out last minute that fireworks weren't allowed on the 10th, we decided to replace water with fire.  The kids loved the water balloons:

The kids' favorite target was my garden gnome, Edward =(  (All of my garden gnomes are named after Thomas the Train characters, NOT Twilight characters):

 All of Maggie's babysitters were there.  She latched onto them and I never saw her the whole night:

The kids made ornaments and decorated the trees:

And, the Hornes, at the end of the party (the flash was hurting Eric's eyes):

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Amos has started saying some really funny things:

1. "I need to take a shower to clean my dirty butt."
Where does he learn these things?  On a similiar note, the other day while he was in the shower he said, "Watch!" and he pressed his little bum up to the glass and wiggled it all around.  Seriously, where does he learn these things?
2. "Stop it talking to me!" (i.e. stop talking to him)
This morning I woke up to Maggie calling Amos' name from her room.  He was yelling back from his room "Stop it talking to AMOS!"
3. "Momma has a baby in her tummy.  Dada helped."
Technically true.
4. "Dada's workin' makin' monies to put in my pig."
He thinks Eric goes to work to make money to put in his piggy bank.  If you leave any loose change around the house, you can bet it'll be in his bank the next time you go looking for it.
5. Yesterday I caught him in his room with a hymn book singing: "Aaaaammmmooooosss, Aaaaaaammmmoooossss."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


There was some downtime last weekend, and we enjoyed it as much as the "events."

There was lots of playing with "babies":

and swimming:

and computer watching:

and pipe throwing (?):

and candy eating:

and performances in the front yard (they are singing into those pvc pipes):

and swinging:

and sleeping!!!

Parade Day

Monday we carried on yet another Horne family 4th of July tradition-the parade in Provo.  Sunday Eric and Nan staked out the perfect spot for us, and early Monday morning Nan and Pop went to hold down the fort.  We had the perfect spot with plenty of space, shade, and good views.

The sun tried to cook us, but our little tree and ikea tent kept us in plenty of shade.

I absolutely love the parade, and my most favorite part is getting to stand and cheer for our soldiers and the families of fallen soldiers.  Eric's favorite part was the bagpipes, and I think Amos and Maggie liked the popsicles best.

Again, we were totally wiped out by the time it was over, but it was so worth it.