Monday, May 24, 2010

Is there a level on the I.Q. test called "Kmart Smart"?

Tonight Carson said something brilliant (naturally) and I mentioned how smart I think he is.
His reply?
"Yep. I'm Kmart Smart."
His continuation answered my confusion:
"I'm so smart I saw that on T.V."
Hope Sig1

pretty sweet set-up

Sunday Carson wanted to watch a movie but of course a major golf championship was taking place on TV, so he and daddy compromised. He felt pretty cool with his own "table" and "TV"!
Hope Sig1

Saturday, May 22, 2010

fun to do lunch, especially with dear friends!

To make my birthday EXTRA special, fate graced me with a visit from my dear AZ pal, Amanda. She is up for her sister's wedding and was kind enough to make time for lunch with our kids. It was a blast to enjoy a Rumbi salad then watch the kids romp through the Liberty Park at high play. (See the hat? Unfortunately with my new goal to exercise every day, the hat has become a permanent fashion accessory...)
Wyatt and Megan twirling round and round...

Halle and Taylor, the little monkeys!
My sweet buddy Emily - check out that grin! Lest you think I had anything to do with that, that adorable smile only came on because her favorite mommy was behind the camera making silly sounds!
Saying their goodbyes with hugs!
Now we'll have to plan a trip to San Diego to visit them in their new house...
And there's Carson, who played on the slide pretty much the entire time we were there.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

let's get this POTTY started!

Carson [so far] has been our easiest potty-trainer. In a word he has been AWESOME! He's wanted to try for a while and out of laziness I have been putting it off. But it's been very successful and we're super-proud of him! I did it the same method I did the other two (Potty-Training In a Day), where you pump drink after drink into them basically watching TV, movies, and playing games all day, sitting on the potty every 20 minutes or so. Within the first two "sittings" he seemed to have nailed it and after that point was good to tell me when he had to "go". Sure he's had a couple accidents but only like one or two a week, and now it's even less than that. Way to go, Buddy!
So excited about his WONDER PETS underwear!
Hanging out on the blanket until it's time to try again...
When he had completed his sticker chart,
he'd earned his reward for being such a big boy:
a Scooter!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


We are so excited to announce the newest member of our little family:
our [new-to-us] white Dodge Ram.
We are thrilled to have this truck! The only drawback is it can't be parked in the garage, but it's a small price to pay to be blessed with something this beautiful.
Hopefully in a couple years we can show pictures of it hauling a trailer???

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I need to get HIRED...

A while back I was craving, BADLY BADLY CRAVING, food from Hires Big H. So I finally stopped fighting it and at the end of April gave in, taking the boys there for lunch. I love their hamburger buns! So soft and fluffy! And my favorite thing to eat there is their Hires Veggie Burger with a tall frosty glass of Root Beer. I was even a good girl and didn't order onion rings for myself.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

F.H.E. brought to you by: WYATT

A few weeks ago Wyatt asked if he could present
the Family Home Evening Lesson.
So with some preparation, he delivered a great lesson
on the symbolism of the Sacrament.
Carson couldn't be left out, so he led the music while we sang
Wyatt and I worked together and wrote down his lesson.
Here he is reading it--we were so proud of him!
He did a fabulous job and was so adorable when he'd ask questions.
In that patronizing, "Can anyone tell me...?"
and if you knew the answer,
"Thaaaaaat's right! Good job, Daddy!"

Hope Sig1

Friday, May 14, 2010

pockets & popsicle sticks: the solution to all my parenting woes???

This was yesterday's project: Behavior Pockets.

I made it in an attempt to curb the yelling, sassing, whining, and negativity that has been present in our home a little too much lately. Anytime the kids are demonstrating poor behavior, their stick gets moved to a pocket to the right. If they get to a red pocket, they begin to lose privileges. If the kids can go two weeks without getting two reds, we do a family activity, such as getting ice cream or going for a family bike ride, etc.

So far it seems to be working. If nothing else it gives me something to fall back on rather than resorting to red-faced high volume or threats of eminent death. ;)

And a big shout out to my pal, Margaret, for letting me borrow HER idea in the first place and helping me with the details!

BLESSED. (turn off my music on the right)

I want to order this gentleman's DVD and show it to my young women.

And my kids. And my husband.

And pretty much anyone else who will watch it with me.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

let's go fly a kite! (Easter & General Conference '10)

We had a beautiful Easter and Conference this April.
We enjoyed hunting for eggs with both sets of grandparents and cousins,
visiting the Dinosaur Museum, watching Conference, and flying giant kites!
Halle & Grandpa John did a great job getting that butterfly
up in the air, even with very little wind!
"High-five, Cuz!"
Aunt Heidi and Baby Avaree
Grandma Dixie's new chickens!
Celebrating SPRING at a school classroom party!
Halle with two of her favorite classmates,
Logan & good ol' what's-her-face
Huntin' eggs at Grandma K.'s church,
but first: time for lunch...Happy Meals!
Benson cracked me up because he was not about to get
his hands dirty holding greasy chicken nuggets.
So he carefully wrapped each one up into a napkin to eat it!
Relieved the Easter Bunny found us all the way out in Vernal,
and excited to watch our new "Princess & The Frog" movie!
Wyatt lovin' his new pocket-size Primary Children's Songbook
Mr. Cool
Always fun to play at Grandma's!
playing things like
Cars and Ramps,
& Play-Doh!
This was the park I remember going to most
when I was a kid. Makes me feel nostalgic...
It was fun to watch "Annie", Grandma's robot
vacuum go around doing her chores...

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs!
Digging for bones at the Dinosaur Museum

I was so proud of my kids and how reverent and quiet
they were during Conference. Halle and Wyatt even took notes!
Li'l Beethoven playing around
on Aunt Fawn's Pianoforte
Conference Brunch at Fawn's. YUM!
Dad with his standard 'thumbs up' I thought this platter was so cute!

"The democracy will cease to exist when you TAKE AWAY from those who are willing to work AND GIVE to those who would not."

Thomas Jefferson