Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Baby Andrew and Baby No Name

This morning after breakfast Amos and Maggie ran off into Amos' room to play (which they do a ton now that the bunk bed is in there).  It wasn't long before I could hear Amos singing a made up lullaby about going to sleep because [the baby] is tired.  I snuck my head around the corner to see Amos and Maggie kneeling down beside a toy crib, rocking it.  There were two babies all snuggled up in it. 

Unfortunately, Audrey was right behind me and she ran in and snatched the babies right out of the crib!  After some serious commotion, and getting Audrey a baby of her own, all was well again.  Although, Maggie's baby took quite a while to quit crying.

They brought their babies out into the living room and Amos told me that his baby was just born, and that the doctor was washing the blood off.  Yeah, they might have just seen a baby being "born" on t.v.  Woops.  Maggie named her baby "Andrew" and Amos has refused to name his, only call her, "the baby that doesn't have a name."

Amos also wasn't up for a newborn photoshoot.  It's ok though, because the candid of him with his baby laying on the couch next to him in the back of this one might be the best I could have hoped to capture:


This is the first time they've played like this, and I sure hope they keep it up.

Bean Museum

Yesterday Amos' preschool took a field trip to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum on BYU's campus.  I'd heard about the museum before (it always comes up as a free place to take kids), but I'd heard it was kind of lame.  Lame, it was not!

Amos and Maggie LOVED it.  They ran all over the place checking out all of the animals. 




The museum also offers live animal shows, and they loved those too.  At one point, the demonstrator pulled out a dead chick (that was preserved somehow, I have no idea), and showed it to the kids.  Then, he tossed it down on the front of the stage and said,

"If you'd like to, you can come have a closer look at the end."

Maggie spent the next ten minutes saying,

"I want to see it closer!"

Sure enough, the minute the man finished Mag's ran up and snatched up that bird!  Yikes.  Mag's was super brave wanting to touch all of the snakes, etc.  Amos was a little nervous at first, but he eventually touched the snakes too.  Even Audrey had to touch the snake.  She is not one to be left out these days.

So, if you're in the area, the Bean Museum is not lame. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Magic

Last night as Eric was getting the kids ready for bath time, I overheard Amos tell Eric this:

"Hey Dada, do you know what's magic?  When you pee in the tub, [and kick it,] it just disappears. That's magic!"

You better watch your back, Criss Angel.

Note: Eric says I misquoted little man.  I added in brackets for Eric's adjustment of my memory =)

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Usual

Just so you know I'm not mad at you after that last post, another one for today.

I found these pictures that Amos took on my phone and thought they were a pretty great glimpse of my day to day:



Taking a break from folding massive amounts of tiny clothes to snuggle up with Amos while watching a crappy t.v. show on ABC Family.

I Apologize...

...But I HAVE to put this out there.  Word verifications on blog commenting drive me absolutely INSANE. 

I love the people who write the blogs I read, so I deal with it.  Today, however, I thought, what if they just don't know they can turn them off?  So, just in case that is the case, here's what you do:

1. Go to your blogger dashboard and choose 'settings,' then 'comments'.  It will look like this:



2. Scroll down and choose "no" for the "show word verification" option


Then, save it.

If you're seriously worried about spam, you can choose to moderate the comments, which is much less painful for your commenters.  I have been blogging for 5 years now, and I can remember once, maybe twice that I got spammed.  If you do get spam, you can delete it with one click. 

I am one ornery day away from blacklisting the blogs with word verification, so consider yourselves on notice =p

Snowsports

This weekend was one of many firsts.  I'll start with my own: snowmobiling!  I left on Friday afternoon to go snowmobiling with the youth (14&up) from our ward.  I had no idea I was about to go on the trip of a lifetime. 

We drove out to Strawberry Reservoir parked the vans, trucks, trailers, etc. and loaded up our 26 people onto 11 snowmobiles.  We had 10 doubles, 1 triple, and 3 on sleds riding behind.  It made for quite the caravan.  We snowmobiled into the cabins (one for boys, one for girls) where a massive turkey dinner was waiting for us.  A scouting party had gone ahead of us, and they did a ton of work getting ready for our arrival. 

After dinner, we played games and lounged around the cabin.  Finally, it was time for the midnight ride.  It was incredible.  We rode out to a giant field where the scouting party had already set up a giant fire in a barrel, hay bales for sitting on, and a table with coolers of hot chocolate and s'mores.  Half of us got off the snowmobiles, and then they set the single riders free.  It was awesome watching the headlights of the snowmobiles race around us, with the only other lights being the fire and one billion stars above us.  I was incredibly impressed with the young women and their courage.  They hopped right on and hung in there with the boys (who have all done this before).  I didn't drive that night.  Since I figured I can barely drive a car in the dark, I shouldn't push my luck on a snowmobile. 

We didn't get back to our cabins until 12:45 a.m., which is SO late for me, and it was right to bed from there.

The next morning they let us sleep in until 8:30, which was much needed, but I am pretty sure some of the boys were up and riding around at 6 a.m.  Once we were all up and dressed, it was time to head to the boys cabin for another massive meal.  It just worked out that this was my first chance to drive.  It was broad daylight, and we were going 100 yards down the road.  It seemed like the perfect time to try it.  I loaded up with a very trusting young woman on my back, and we started down the driveway.  I underestimated how hard I would need to turn it, and we didn't make the turn.  We flipped over, quite slowly, into a pile of powder at the end of the driveway =)  It was awesomely embarrassing.  Thankfully, there were only a few witnesses.  Bishop was right behind us, so he had us upright and laughing on our way in no time at all.  I even managed to make the second turn into the driveway of the boys' cabin.

The only picture I managed to take on the whole trip, my goggles and helmet with snow on them from the fall:


After breakfast, we loaded back up and headed out for our big day of riding.  We were down to 22 riders by now, so it worked perfectly with two on a machine.  At this point, we were just going to be on a bunch of trails going to our destination, so my much more experienced driver thought I should drive for a while.  I am glad he pushed it, because I had a great time getting to drive.  It was really helpful to have someone who knew what they were doing behind me, telling me what to do.  I drove until my thumb and shoulders ACHED, then I happily went back to being a passenger.

So, snowmobiling for me was a huge success.  I am totally sold.

Meanwhile, Eric took the kids skiing for the first time ever!



I am overwhelmed by the cuteness of these photos, I can't believe I missed it.  Eric said they did great.  He had them in harnesses with leashes, and he snow plowed behind them.  The 2-to-1 ratio wasn't the best, so we'll have to go again when I can go too.  With Sundance so close, I really hope we'll be able to take the kids fairly frequently. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ha

This is the best laugh I've had in a while...

Remember this little gem:


It's a screenshot from my phone, and the original screenshot is still on my phone.  My dear sweet Amos LOVES to send text messages and has learned how to attach images to said text messages.

He sent that image to an unsuspecting friend who was totally unaware of aquariumgate.  I couldn't stop laughing while I was trying to explain to her why Eric was telling me not to come home.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

I Know

This is my 1000th blog post.  Eric, Dave, and I were talking about what I could possibly do for #1000 tonight, and although I wish I could have followed through on the "give away $1000" idea, I've come up with something else.

My church seems to be everywhere these days.  Articles on my faith (or here) grace the front page of CNN.com, not one, but two members of my church were presidential hopefuls, and even the sports world seems to have noticed.

I wish I could say all of the attention is flattering, but it isn't.  I suppose it's for that reason I need to throw my hat in the ring.  I write this blog for my children (and their children, and their children's children), but I know other people read it.  I'd like to think that my testimony is subtly weaved through my stories and thoughts, but today I want more than that.  For anyone who reads this blog, I need it to be clear where I stand.

I remember once when I heard Eric bear his testimony he mentioned that he had worked hard for his testimony, and he was proud of that.  I hadn't really thought about it before, but I have worked hard for my testimony and I am proud of it too.

For anyone who used to know me when, and is thinking to themselves, "but she used to do that," or whatever, you might be right.  I am not perfect, I have made mistakes.  I am sorry.

Now that we've gotten all of that out of the way,  

My Testimony:

First and foremost, I believe in my Savior, Jesus Christ.  He lives.  He died that I might be saved.  I have felt him in my darkest hours. To follow him is to walk in the light.


God lives.  He loves us, and gave us the ultimate gift of his Son.  God is love.


I believe in a true and living Prophet on the face of the earth today.  Just as I know God lives, and that he loves us, I know that he would not leave us alone without someone to lead us.  'Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets' (Amos 3:7). 


I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be the Savior's true church.  Although it's members are human, the gospel is true.


I know Joseph Smith to be a prophet of God, who restored the true gospel to the earth.


I know the Temple to be a peaceful, sacred place where God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost are near.  Those who don't understand it make it out to be a dark and sinister place.  Nothing could be further from the truth.


I know the family to be central to the Plan of Salvation.  Satan's attack on the family could not make it any more clear just how important our families are.  I will fight tooth and nail to protect mine.  I know that families can be together forever, our time together does not end with this life.


I know that paying tithing truly opens the windows of heaven.


I know there is peace in keeping the commandments.  I know that it will not always make me popular.  That is ok, I just wish I had learned sooner that peace outweighs popular.

I say (type) these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Better than $1000?  I hope so.  It's likely that someone will disagree with me, and maybe even leave a mean comment.  That's ok.  It won't change what I know and it won't change what you know.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bonk Bed

I've blogged before about my love/hate relationship with Craigslist, and this is going to be exhibit B.  Another HUGE furniture success. 

I've been wanting to get Amos bunk beds forever, but have hesitated mostly because of cost.  I've got some crazy expensive taste, especially when it comes to furniture =)  Amos has some friends who have a bunk bed, and his heart has been set on one for quite a while too.  I had sorta've come to terms with the idea that an IKEA bunk bed was probably in our future, when I began my perusal of Craigslist.  I could not believe my eyes when I saw this bed and the amount of money they wanted for it.  It had been listed for less than 24 hours, and I knew it wouldn't last long.  Normally, I try to play it cool, but I called/texted/emailed until I got a hold of the seller and committed fully to the sale.

There was a little drama with the guy cancelling the first scheduled delivery (after I told Amos and got his hopes up), but we rescheduled for today and I couldn't have been happier.  Not only did he deliver it, but he set it up too. 


In all it's glory, cheaper than IKEA!  Mags is supposed to be on the bottom, but she says it's comfier on the top:



You'd better believe there are spider man sheets under there.  Mags picked "woodland creatures" for her sheets (i.e. pink owls).  I never thought I'd see the day that I had spider man sheets in my house..."woodland creatures" were to be expected.

The kids love it, now let's hope it doesn't live up to Amos' name for it ("bonk" bed).

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chocolate Makes Us Happy

First off, I've gotten a lot of worried texts/emails/messages from those with fish tanks...I can guarantee what happened to us will not happen to you.  Rest easy.


As previously mentioned, we fired up the chocolate fountain for our family valentine party last night.  The kids were so excited, they ate 3/4 of the strawberries while we were waiting for the chocolate to melt.




 
Auds was still plowing through the heart shaped pizza, so she didn't get much chocolate.  Dave was nice to include her while the rest of us were busy stuffing our faces.




Of course Amos and Maggie were happy, happy, happy, and we ended the night with bath time and a round of stain remover spray for all of our clothes.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The end is near

Such morbid blog titles today =) 

Just wanted to let you know things are heating up over at the Have a Heart Mart, and the auctions close tonight at midnight.

There are A LOT of new items since I first blogged about it, so head over to check it out and support an important cause.

A few of my favorites:

here

here

here

here

Happy Valentine's Day

In spite of recent events, Valentine's Day must go on. 

I've got the kids super jazzed for heart shaped pizza and the chocolate fountain, so our night is already a success.  I hope yours is too. 

 
We love love <3

I always knew it would end this way.

Last night I went out to run a few last minute Valentine's Day errands, which was a total disaster.  I am sorry, but Walmart was downright miserable.  While I was out, the boys (Dave included) managed to create a little Valentine's Day surprise of their own:



In case it's unclear, that is a 55 gallon fish tank shattered, in our trash can.  The very same fish tank that was in our living room.  And it didn't wait until it was outside to shatter either.

As I walked in the door Amos came running up to me,

"Mom, are you mad at Dad?"

It was so sad and sweet that he was so worried I was going to get mad at Eric.  Truthfully, there was no anger at all.  You might remember that I was always opposed to the fish tank, and that's because I always knew it would end this way.  There was never a doubt in my mind that the only way this would end was in disaster.  I guess that helped me make my peace with it a long time ago.

The other Amosism of the night:

"The fish tank exploded like a volcano!"

Since I wasn't there for it, I appreciated the descriptive account.  I am kind of sad I missed it.


Even though we had to pull out the carpet padding, and we'll have to do something about the ceiling in the basement, the damage is minimal.  Eric and I are more than capable of doing the work ourselves.  I guess that's part of it too, there is peace in being self-sufficient.  We're not at the mercy of an insurance company or contractor.  It also helped that this happens to be our Bishop's business, and he was kind enough to come over and give us a few pointers on minimizing the damage. 


The fish were temporarily relocated to a tupperware immediately after the disaster, and have since been relocated to an 11 gallon tank (that is practically tenement living compared to what they were used to).  They were able to save all the fish, even one that was in the cupboard for about 10 minutes.  We'll have to sort out another tank and all that once the carpets dry.

And finally, I didn't get it, but Eric sent me this text while I was out running errands (and this was all going on):


Is it just me, or would that make you come home faster?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Every mama should be so lucky

National Marfan Awareness Month

Did you know February is National Marfan Awareness Month?  I didn't until my dear friend Andrea alerted me to the cause.

Andrea is holding an auction to benefit the National Marfan Foundation.  Check it out here.  All of the items have been donated, and there is some great stuff.


And to learn more about Marfan Syndrome, go here.