Sunday, December 16, 2007
On another note, Brent and I have been asked to play Mary and Joseph for our wards Christmas party. I know, pretty funny huh? I feel so completely un-Mary like. I'm going to have to spend the week really reading my scriptures and trying to become more Mary-like. It should be a fun night. Everyone is invited to wear a costume and we are bringing blankets to sit on the floor. We have to pay a "tax" to get in. The ward members have been working for weeks on the decorations. So we are excited to be part of such a big event. Anyone is invited if you're in the neighborhood, and wish us luck. :)
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
**and remember my "i'm losing my mind" post? This morning I drove Jacob to preschool. Clad in sweats, no bra (hopefully only the ladies are reading this), a big coat to cover the no bra fact, sandals and my glasses (that I only wear in public when i'm sick or have stayed up until 3am). I open the preschool door and scoot Jacob quickly in hoping no one sees me, only to discover there are no kids there. He had no preschool today. Yet another example of my mind slipping...
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
But as i've discovered the world of blogging, i've also discovered how unfunny I really am. I have come across some of the most clever, funny people. I've feel like i've become some sort of stalker, reading these blogs of people I don't even know. But their posts make me laugh, so I keep going back. It's really hard to compete with! I think my husband said it best, as I was preparing for a church talk and looking for a joke to start out with, he said, "Honey, not everyone is funny." So as you read my blog, just don't expect anything funny.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Well, our first craft fair has come and gone. Things started out pretty slow...We sold a few little things here and there, but I was really starting to wonder if we were going to break even? But luckily things really picked up. We had made three storage benches and three hutches. We sold all but one white bench and one white hutch. And when I checked my e-mail tonight, there was an e-mail from a girl who had been at the craft fair, who wanted to buy the white bench and hutch. How crazy is that! So we sold them all. We were very happy with the outcome! The hardest part of the event was having a booth right next to the "home baked goodies". Yum! I had to sit and smell chocolate, and cookies for hours and hours. Oh the temptation! I have to thank my sister "K" for making so many cute crafts and for manning the booth today. She made these super cute sticheries (Sp?). So for our first event, it went better than I had expected. We were approached by a lady who was looking for vendors for the Timber Carnival (big event they have in Albany every summer) I don't know if it's something we'll do, but it's something to think about. Right now i'm just ready to crawl into my bed and not make any crafts...at least for a few days!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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What's the first thing you notice when you go to a new hairdresser. Their hair right? You expect it to be cute, stylish, maybe with some funky highlights. You judge their abilities as a hairdresser on their own hair. (At least i do!) I mean, their expertise IS in hair after all. So i've been needing a trim. I wasn't willing to fork over $35 for a trim, so I went to one of those walk-in places, ("Anastasia's Paul Mitchell salon" if you care to know). The place was empty. (my first red flag) My hairdresser walked in from outside, absolutely reeking of smoke. She had stringy bleach blonde hair with dark roots. As she sat me in my chair I wondered if it was too late to pick up my purse and declare that i'd changed my mind. I didn't. She brushed my hair out so I had a huge afro. I sat and watched her every move, just to make sure she was just "trimming". While she was cutting my hair I asked her how she like her job. She replied, "I just wish it was busier...I have a lot of free time on my hands." (second red flag) After the cut she asked how I like it. I had to be honest, it was hard to tell with my curly hair brushed out and frizzing like crazy. I told her just that, "it was hard to tell." (i'm not a very good liar) She sent me on my way to the grocery store, huge frizzy hair and all. This morning after a wash and some product, it looks fine. But I am grateful that I was just getting a trim. The whole experience just got me thinking. For all of those "stylists" in the world. We are checking your hair out...the cuter the hair, the more clients you'll get. Sad, but true.
I know you are probably tired of me posting all of Brent's creations, but what can I say...I think they're fabulous. I found a pic of this in a magazine and asked Brent to make it. I still need to distress it, but darn it's cute. We'll try to sell it this weekend, but i'm secretly hoping no one buys it so I can have it.
Friday, November 23, 2007
The only downer of Thanksgiving was that Claire came down with thrush. She hadn't been sleeping well at night and was sucking on her bottles kind of funny, I thought she just had a cold, but I finally figured out what was wrong with her on Thanksgiving morning. Of course her doctor's office was closed for a four day holiday. So we gave a doctor friend from Albany a call, and he was able to call a prescription in for us. Thank goodness for good friends...I'm sure he loved taking care of our medical problems...but we were very grateful.
This week will be busy prepping for our craft fair this Friday. We'll update you on how it goes! Can you believe it's the Christmas holiday season already! Happy Holidays everyone!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This weekend we scored some OSU football tickets from my sister. (Thanks Kaysha!) Brent and I had so much fun...it was freezing, but fun. To make things even better the beavs won! Walking through campus to get to the stadium brought back so many good memories. The game started at 7pm and didn't get over until 11:30pm...so by the time we gathered up the kids (from my mom's) and drove home it was 1:00 in the morning. So we were all tired and a bit grumpy today. But it was worth it!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I need to get with the program and post my Halloween pics. For FHE on monday we carved pumkins...or rather, Brent and I carved pumpkins. The kids lasted about 10 minutes and then we ended up putting a movie on for them so we could finish the carving. This year Malia wanted to be a witch, Jacob was spiderman (along with the other 964,435,434,575 others), and Cole ended up as a pirate. We literally threw his costume together at 5:30 Halloween night. We were bummed our ward didn't have a party this year...so no need for costumes until the day of. The kids had a great time trick-or-treating. Our neighborhood is great, there are SO many kids out, that it turns into a big block party. It was a fun night. Now we have enough candy to last us until next Halloween.
People pay a lot of money for products that make their hair spikey. Claire is one of the lucky few who will not have to fork over money for these products. Check out this picture...paying close attention to her hair. No, we did not rub her hair with a balloon, it always looks like this. The other day I overheard a lady say "look at the static in that babies hair." I think it is too cute!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
1. I am very shy and feel like it takes a long time to really get to know me.
2. Once someone gets to know me, i'm a very loyal friend and would never "spill the beans". withough permission, of course. I don't share very much personal information until I feel close to someone.
3. I love to exercise
4. I love to eat. My favorite things to bake are homemade bread, soups, any dessert.
5. #3 and #4 tend to counteract each other.
6. I have four beautiful children, that are pretty well behaved...they have their moments!
7. I could spend a whole day snuggled on the couch with a good book, with only a few snack and potty breaks.
8. I love to play tennis and my dream house has a sport court in the backyard that I could play tennis on everyday.
9. I worry way too much about what other people think.
10. I think cigarette smoke is the most disgusting smell on the earth.
11. I have no desire to ever own a pet. Unless it stays outside...but if it gets really, really cold I know i'll feel guilty and let it in and then my house will stink.
12. I love waking up to the sound of rain after a long hot summer.
13. I like to call my favorite season fummer...the end of summer, beginning of fall..when it's still sunny and nice, but not too hot.
14. I hate to fly! I have to do breathing exercises
15. I will never attend another pampered chef, tupperware, avon, mary kay, candle party. Sorry ladies. ( I will do baby and bridal showers!)
16. Even though my hubby and I don't agree on everything, he's my best friend.
17. I'm very competitive. I love to play games...card games, board games, anything.
18. I played (junior) college softball. So very long ago..I love to reminesce about how good of shape I was in back then...
19. I have no interest in politics, although I should. My eyes will glaze over if you mention anything about politics.
20. I love to go for walks, and dread winter when it's hard to go out with all of the rain.
21. I hate it when people cut in front of me at the school drop-off zone.
22. I have a fear of frogs.
23. The one household chore that I detest is laundry.
24. I'm not a very organized person, and absolutely admire those who are.
25. I tend to gravitate towards people that are slightly sarcastic...I just find them funny. If they're sarcastic in a nice way of course!
26. Sometimes I test Brent by watching an item he's left on the floor, and seeing how many days it takes to pick it up. He absolutely HATES it when I do this. (of course, i've learned not to tell him)
27. I dread going to the dentist
28. I would rather go to the dentist, then to a social function ALONE.
Friday, October 19, 2007
The kids and I took advantage of the beautiful fall colors and had a quick photo shoot. Claire was napping, so I just got the big kids. I need to mess around with the colors on Malia's pic, but other than that, I think they turned out pretty good.
This morning before school Malia was really, really excited, because they were having an assembly with a real live "Rock Band." She told me this, like it was the coolest thing ever. She went on to explain that the band is called the "deep sea divers" and they sing about RECYCLING! Ahhh....the innocence of youth.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The kids then picked out a pumpkin and we headed home. You can tell it was a nice sunny day by the way the kids are squinting in the pumpkin pic.
We all had a great time and the kids are anxiously awaiting Halloween. This year Jacob wants to be spiderman, cole wants to be batman and Malia wants to be Eloise (from the "Eloise" books)
Of course I had to include the cutest picture of Claire! She's become so much fun lately. There's something about that 6mo. mark, where they just seem to change so much. She is getting up on her knees now and rocking back and forth with her little bum in the air, So Cute!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I found Malia pushing Claire around in her little doll stroller. It was pretty cute, Claire fit in there perfectly. She's just a little peanut!
The kids love to entertain themselves by jumping off anything they can find. Yesterday they were jumping off of some stools onto the couch. I took the picture of Jacob right before he biffed it hard and scraped up his forehead on the edge of the couch (you can see the stool slipped out from under him)
Malia ran in her schools jog-a-thon fundraiser Friday and ran 14 laps. She was a trooper. Jacob starts preschool next week and cannot wait, and neither can I. Cole is my mellow little troublemaker...quiet but deadly. Just last week he wrote all over our leather sofa in pen. Which I cannot get out! We even had one of those salespeople come by yesterday selling some miracle cleaner. I told her, "if it gets pen off of leather i'll buy it". So she came in and spent about 5 minutes trying to get it off. I'll admit, it did fade, but you can still see the pen. Of course she says, if I LET IT SIT....then scrub it, it will come off. Sorry, not enough to convince me! She was sent on her merry way. Well, I need to go change a diaper...the fun never ends. :)
Thursday, October 4, 2007
In early September (6-8) my brothers and I took our annual All Brothers Hike aka ABH. We've been doing these 3 day hikes for about 7 years, and have done hikes in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. This year we hiked up to the base of Mount Jefferson in Oregon. We look forward to this hike all year!
On Wednesday Sept. 5th I picked up Logan from the train station, and Vaughn (bro-in-law) and Kelly from the airport. Every Wednesday night I play basketball at the church so I brought the brothers along... We had a great time playing together, except on the last game I came down on my ankle and sprained it really bad. Later that night (really Thursday morning at 2am or so, Birch and Andrew arrived at my house.
My ankle was really sore Thursday morning, so I had Birch (the physical therapist) wrap it up before we took off for the mountain. We got to the mountain around 10:30am and headed on our way. Fifteen minutes into the hike Vaughn said the back of his ankle was hurting so we stopped so he could put on a piece of duct tape to help protect it. Unfortunately nothing could be done to stop the damage. His boot relentlessly hacked up his ankle the whole three days.
On both Friday and Saturday morning we got up between 4:30 and 5:00 am so we could hike to the top of the nearest peak and watch the sunrise. It is sure cool to watch the first rays of the sun peak over the horizon, crawl down Mount Jefferson and finally come to rest on us. Looking at Mt. Jefferson and the valley’s below while the sun rises always inspires us to sing. Last year Birch made us all small hymnals that we carry with us on our hikes, so we opened them up and sang – in harmony – a few hymns.
On our last day we stayed near a lake and most of us took a dip. We also had a mean Frisbee competition. The young boys, Logan, Kelly and Andrew, challenged the older boys, Birch, me and Vaughn. We played a game that was a mix between H.O.R.S.E (basketball) and Frisbee golf. Example: throw the Frisbee around a stump, through a clump of trees around a rock and then hit another tree. It was pretty fun. The younger boys were ahead, before Birch did a challenge where someone had to throw a Frisbee at a tree then someone else had to hit it before it hit the tree. Sounds easy right? We older boys did it on the first try. Then the younger boys tried… attempt 1, no go… attempt 2 failed, 3 failed, 4 failed, 5 failed. They never did successfully answer the challenge. We older boys got a good laugh out of it.
Anyway…we had a great time on the hike. We always enjoy the few days we get to spend together. It really strengthens us. We’re all definitely best friends.
Oh yeah….on the drive home, Andrews car (GEO Prism) that has 240k miles (or more) on it got stranded when the timing belt broke. I don’t have time to go into that story, but it was another adventure.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
On another note, I went grocery shopping on Friday. I had three of the kids with me. Not my idea of a good time, but needed to be done. I think Friday mornings at Winco they must give a senior citizen discount, because I think I was the only one in the store under the age of 70. It turned out to be a pretty good trip, as I'm learning that the outcome of my shopping trips is mostly determined by MY behavior. Anyway, I had about 4 elderly folks comment on my "cute, lovely, adorable, well-behaved, handsome kids." I even chatted with one lady who told me "don't ever let anyone tell you, you have too many kids...it's rubbish. What a blessing they are." All of these comments definately made me think about these precious kids and what a blessing they are to me...even though some days are really hard. Sometimes I think I need to step back and see these cute kids through someone elses eyes for a minute. I really do feel blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful family and friends.
I Loved this picture! Cole got a black eye after he and Jacob collided. But I love the black eye combined with the princess necklace! I told him to make a sad face and this is what I got. Too cute!
Friday, September 7, 2007
-There is no such thing as an easy baby.
-When you have four kids, it's not worth it to try to leave the house...just stay home.
-When you do decide to leave the house just plan on at least three trips to a public restroom.
-DO NOT, and I repeat DO NOT try to take three kids to wal-mart on a Friday afternoon. Thinking it would be easier than taking 4 on a saturday afternoon. It's all the same.
-The four loads of laundry laying on my bed will not fold themselves....dang!
-The pile of toys on the stairs...waiting to be taken up the stairs....will not be picked up until I do it.
-Leave all thoughts of becoming a "master gardener" for when you are retired.
Next week, after Brent returns from his fun hike with his brothers (and no kids) after I have recovered from being a single mom for a few days. I will try to write something more positive about motherhood, as I know there many things....just give me a few days.........
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Jacob's preschool doesn't start until October, so I still have the three younger ones home all day. During the day Jacob found several things to keep himself busy. I was impressed when I gave the boys pretzels for snack and Jacob managed to spell his name (all by himself)with his pretzels. Now that's talent. :)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Two weeks ago we took a trip up to Seattle for Jane's blessing. We left from Portland Friday night and hung out until Sunday. On Saturday we all went to the "Locks" (the things boats go through to raise up or down to a certain water level). The Ocean and a river meet there and they're on different levels. It was cool to see all the boats go through the locks.
There was a nice park there where we ate some lunch and hung out, and we could go down inside the dam area and see the "fish locks" (like locks for fish). We had a great time.
Saturday night for dinner Logan took me to a little po dunk Mexican taco restaurant where they make the biggest burritos I've ever seen! We picked some up and took them home to feast on with the ladies. It was a quick trip, but we had a great time. Especially Claire...
Malia and Jacob have been in swimming lessons the past two weeks. After the first week the Malia and Jacob kept telling us how all the kids had cool goggles and that they needed them so they could look under water. So we went to Target and found the kids some goggles. Jacob was so excited to have them that he wore them the whole way home from the store (even though he couldn't quite figure out how to put them on right...). Jacob loves to do "bobs" (dunking his head under water) and constantly asks his teacher if he can do one more "bob". Malia was very proud of herself for swimming on her own for the very first time today!
A Visit from Cousin Jon Ditto
My cousin Jon Ditto has been in Portland this summer working for Dish Network. Before he went back to BYU he wanted to come visit us. We were so happy that he called to let us know he was in the area. He drove down from Lake Oswego Sunday and spent the afternoon with us.
It had been a long time since I'd seen Jon, so it was great to catch up. The kids were so happy to have a visitor. They repeatedly asked Jon to pick them up twirl them around and throw them on the couch. Jon was a good sport and kept the kids entertained. Malia was especially enamored with Jon. After Jon left she told us that she wanted to marry him. It was the first time we've seen Malia act so "boy crazy". At least she likes good men. Jon, good luck at BYU!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
This week was quite eventful with bike riding and loosing teeth...luckily they did not happen at the same time. Jacob came up to me today and said he wanted me to take his training wheels off so he could learn to ride his bike without them. I couldn't help but think of the last time he tried to ride a bike. He tried one time and gave up. I did all that work of taking off his training wheels, putting his knee and elbow pads on, buckling up his helmet and trying desperately to build his confidence only to have him give up after 10 seconds. Maybe today would be a new day. I could only hope.
Jacob was really excited to give bike riding another chance so what could I do. I dutifully removed his training wheels and got him all prepared to try riding his bike. Malia, Cole, Deena and Claire were all watching anxiously as I held the back of Jacobs seat and slowly started walking with him while he pedaled. I took four steps and let go. To my complete and utter astonishment Jacob was riding his bike all by himself. Now I know what your thinking...can he turn?...or stop??. Amazingly I answer yes to both questions. Jacob picked up bike riding faster than anyone I've known. I was quite impressed. He could turn and stop like a pro and stop without any help from me. Needless to say he was super excited and wanted to go around the block several times. We declared the day "Jacobs special day" and let him lead us (Malia, Cole and I) around the block. This is a big deal because Malia and Jacob always compete to be the one in the lead.
Jacobs success motivated Malia not to be outdone. Malia's two top front teeth have been getting more and more loose. For several days she had been commenting "tonight I'm going to lose a tooth." So the very night Jacob learned to ride his bike, Malia again said to me, "I'm going to lose my tooth tonight." There was only one difference, this WAS going to be the night. Malia bravely let me twist and tug on her tooth. I managed to get one side of the tooth out, but the roots on the other side were hanging on for dear life. The blood and occasional "ouch dad that hurts" was enough for met to lose the heart to finish the job...and for Malia to lose faith in me. So she went to mom. Deena laid Malia over her lap face up, and started working on the tooth. After a few minutes, Deena turned to me and said, "I can't get it, I can turn it all the way around, but it's not coming out." I told her to just keep twisting it and 10 seconds later Malia's tooth popped out! She was thrilled...now the tooth fairy could come leave her some money.
In the morning Malia was so excited to see that the tooth fairy had left her $2. When I go home from work Malia showed me the two dollars she had got, then quickly added, that one of her friends got $10. What a cheap tooth fairy.
The next day Malia's other tooth came out. The tooth fairy was out $5 that time.