Friday, March 30, 2012

Just Because She's Cute





Even if she's drooling.

Apparently...

...the sixth year of marriage is the year Eric starts doing whatever he wants.  If there was one thing I was more adamantly against than the fish tank, it was chickens.


Meet:  Fuzzy, Fuzzy, Peanut, Squeezy, Alexa and Jane Doe.

Last night Eric took the posse out for an adventure.  As I heard them all coming in from the garage I very distinctly heard Maggie say,

"Mama is going to be SO mad at Dada."

(Where am I getting this reputation???) 

Of course, that got my attention, but I could hear them all coming down the hall, so I waited.  A few seconds later they cleared the corner with a tupperware full of chickens.


They were pretty excited and quickly moved them into the bathtub (which Maggie now says she will never use again).  Then, they spent most of the rest of the night watching over them, like this:



This morning, they were right back into that position. 

We'll see how it goes...nothing can end up worse than the Bunnies of 2007.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cousins!

Holy cow, our kids are having the time of their lives.  The Iversons came for a visit this weekend, and so far it's been a party and a half.  Liz and Josh headed to Salt Lake to celebrate their 15th! annversary, so I find myself the proud mother of 7.  Having older kids (Carrie, 13, and Allison, 11) is amazing.  They've babysat twice already today.  I CANNOT even imagine a time when I won't have to travel with my entire entourage.



The little cousins are loving each other, in spite of getting off to a risky start of staying up until 1 a.m. last night.  Tonight's bed time should be MUCH earlier.

So far we've had Kranky Franks, played at the park, played on the ipads, played in the yard, and now they're watching "Rio."  Spaghetti dinner tonight. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

To the mountains

Tonight Amos and Eric headed up the canyon to find a spot for the YM activity on Wednesday.  They sent me these pictures from their journey:





First of all, when did Amos turn 12????

And second, thanks to Eric for a quiet night (from Amos anyway).

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Most Spoiledest Kids in the World.

Ok, Amos and Maggie aren't really the most spoiled kids in the world, but they've got a good life, I tell ya.

Today, on our way home from Costco, we saw a girl on the scooter.  I don't know why, but Amos had to know all about her.  Why she was riding a scooter, why she was going so fast, etc.

"I wonder where's she's going????" he asked.

I tried to avoid further conversation by saying: "her house, the store, school, I don't know?"

Amos' reply: "Or maybe she's going to buy an iPad"

Yes. Because that's a normal daily thing to do.  Sheesh.

Truth is, Amos and Maggie have good reason to think it's a normal thing.  Eric's their iPad (1) just broke and we were already planning to replace it when Apple announced the newest iPad and the lower prices for the iPad 2s.  So, we got them each an iPad 2 at the new, lower price (which cost less than the one we had before, progress!). 




I hate when people go into a lot of detail about all of the stuff they buy, etc. (because it makes me jealous) but this has historical importance for a couple reasons:

1. When Eric and I got married we made a pact to stay technologically current.  This was serious business.  Doing things like operating on Windows 95 in 2006 (you know who you are) would be unacceptable to us. 

2.  I have been an Apple fan FOREVER.  Since high school, which is truly starting to feel like forever ago.  I liked Macs before they were hip.  I owned a Graphite iMac (you know, the kind they're turning into fishtanks these days).  I owned a first generation iPod.  Yup, the big white brick.  It is my duty to indoctrinate my children.

3. Amos and Maggie insisted on getting the same color cases for their ipads.  Eric had the brilliant idea for me to personalize them using the cricut.  I let Amos and Maggie each choose their own designs.  Of the 1000s of cricut images, Amos chose a blue ribbon (?):


And Maggie chose an apple (sorta've ironic, right?):


They passed up flowers, butterflies, soccer balls, super heroes, etc.  Interesting little people.

So, yes, my preschoolers have their own ipads.  Keep in mind, I have three kids 4 & under.  A mom has to do what a mom has to do.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thought for the Day

Tonight while I was looking for a video for my lesson tomorrow, Amos and Maggie decided they wanted to join me.  We spent quite a while clicking from video to video on lds.org until we got to this one:



They totally loved it.  Maggie did fall asleep eventually, but Amos watched it 3 times.  Not a bad pre-bed ritual.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nan and Pop Visit March '12

We're here, we're here!  We've been busy enjoying a perfect visit from Nan and Pop.  Last Wednesday, while we were pretending to be on an airplane, they were actually on an airplane, coming to see us!

We had a great time with them playing at the park, eating awesome food, playing games on the ipad and computer, Grandparent shopping trips, skiing, and seeing the Lorax. 

I thought Amos and Pop had a bond like no other, but this trip Audrey and Nan put them to shame.  Auds and Nan might be the perfect match:




Nan absolutely HATES that we call Audrey fat dog, but she's starting to see why.  When we went to the Lorax, Audrey sat on Nan's lap the whole movie and ate AN ENTIRE LARGE TUB of popcorn.  And she wasn't finished.  She only stopped because the movie ended and we left the theater.  It's amazing.  I was sure she was going to throw it all up.

Don't get me wrong, it's true love all the way around, but Auds and Nan really connected.  We got some fantastic pictures of everybody this time:








Monday we took Amos up to Sundance to give skiing another try.   We were going to hang out and watch at the bunny hill while Amos and Eric showed us their stuff.  Turns out, hanging out with us was much more appealing to Amos than skiing.  Eric got a slight workout though.







After "skiing" we had the BEST picture taking EVER.  Amos was seriously ticked at us, and he was trying so hard to show it.  It was really hard not to laugh at him.  First, he wouldn't stand with everyone:




Then, he insisted on covering his face:


Followed by trying to kill us with a mean face:



So great:


I sure love that kid and everyone else looks awesome =)

Some other honorable mentions from Nan and Pop's visit: I slept in like a socialite who had partied all night, I went to Ikea sans kids!, Pop got to take and pick up Amos from school, Eric took a mini-vacation from work, and as always, there were caramel apples. 

Such a great week, I cannot believe it's over =(

Thankfully, we still have the pictures to look at.