Saturday, November 22, 2008

school's out

Blue is done with preschool until after Christmas. Neither one of us are happy about it. Blue keeps telling me that school can't be over because he hasn't learned the letter "Z" yet. I'm a little worried about occupying his time 24/7 again. This past week he had a Thanksgiving program. I didn't bring the video camera because it is currently on a "hunt of a lifetime" with Colby:).
Let me give you a brief summary: the kids re-enacted the first Thanksgiving. Blue was an Indian and taught the pilgrims how to plant corn and hunt with bow and arrows. After the play the kids gave a grand bow.

After the play, a few songs were sung. Blue's favorite goes:
The turkey is a funny bird.
His head goes wobble, wobble.
And all he know is just one word-
Gobble, gobble, gobble.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


We have this turkey made of a pumpkin sitting on our front porch. Almost everyday I find that the "feathers" have been taken out and it has been roughed up a bit. My stinkin' boys, always roughing things up. When I ask them about it, they claim they haven't touched it. Well, today I discovered that they weren't lying to me. I found nibble marks all over the pumpkin, and a few big chunks missing. I guess squirrels like the taste of pumpkins.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

the age of innocence

This morning I gave Reed $10 to put on his account for hot lunches at school. I didn't put it in an envelope or anything like that, I just told him to give it to the lunch lady. When he got home from school he told me he didn't have to pay for lunch. I was a little concerned because I know he doesn't have any money on his account. He said that they didn't ask for money and he didn't offer the $10 to them. So I asked him if he still had the money and suddenly he was really quiet. No. I asked him what he did with the money. I gave it to Dustin. I asked him WHY he gave ten dollars to Dustin. Because he said he wanted it. ARRGGHH!! Of course, he gave it to Dustin simply because he said he wanted it. I gotta nip this in the bud or Reed is gonna have so many "friends" asking for money. I guess I should have started earlier on teaching him the value of money. What do ya think?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


No, I'm not talking about THAT myspace. I'm talking about my space, the space that I used to call my junk room. The space that I used to avoid at all costs because it was so messy. The space that I took my computer from and moved downstairs to the kitchen table so I could work better. Ya, I'm talking about my space. This past weekend, while Brittney & AJ and Heidi and all their kids came to visit, Brittney helped me whip my junk room into shape. This girl has skills! She did an amazing job! Thank you so much. And thanks to AJ for watching all the kids for us so we could run around town. What a good sport.

I'm not showing a before picture because it is embarrassing, not to mention disgusting.

first snow of the season

We had a house full of family this past weekend. What a blast! Cy was waiting all weekend long for it to snow, and it finally did when they were packing up to leave Sunday afternoon. While I didn't get any pictures of them, Cy, Reed, and Blue played in the snow unitl past dark. Cy was in heaven because of the snow and my boys were in heaven because Cy was here to play. I did manage, however, to snap a few of Avery, Jackson, and Josie. The little ones didn't stay out too long because it was FREEZING outside! FYI: these are pics from when it first started to snow and didn't stick. But about a half an hour later it came down harder and stuck(that is the snow the older boys played in for so long).

warning: birthday suits ahead!

When we built our house, I kinda thought a fireplace in the master bedroom was unnecessary. But this winter there are two reasons I'm glad we have it. Number one: the first weekend of really cold weather, you know the kind of weather that causes you to turn on your heater, we used our fireplace out of necessity. Our central heating wasn't working so we made little beds on the floor for our boys, shut the bedroom door to keep the heat in, and turned on the fireplace. We had a little camp out in our room.
Number two: My boys hate getting out of the bathtub because it is so cold. So I will let them turn on our fireplace in the master so they can warm up a bit after bath time. The other day I walked in to this:

Physical activity can also warm you up pretty fast:)

Monday, November 10, 2008

the elves

Tonight during dinner, Blue asked if the elves were coming. Colby and I didn't quite understand what he meant so we tried to clarify by asking him if he meant Santa Claus and his elves. No. Then we thought maybe he was talking about elk because Colby just got back from hunting. No. Finally he said You know, those two guys who come over and eat with us. Ohhh, the elders. Ya. I'm sure missionaries have been called a lot of names but this is probably a new one for them.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

okay, I lied

I thought I would squeeze in another photo shoot with my boys. It is not easy shooting your own kids, especially Beau. He thought we were playing a game. He just kept running off then I would chase him and drag him back to where Reed and Blue were. Then the minute I turned my back, he was off and running. Oh well, I guess he is ONLY two.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Melchizedek Priesthood

Tyler, Colby's youngest brother, received the Melchizedek Priesthood on Sunday. All over Colby's siblings showed up for it. We had a great time eating and visiting afterwards. Way to go Tyler, we are so proud of you!

trick or treating

Halloween did not disappoint this year. Every year, without fail, there is drama involved with costumes. This year it was Beau. He wore his pirate garb around the house for the last two weeks, but of course, on Halloween night he refused to wear any of it. Blue was Luke. Simple enough, since he was Luke last year also(he might be slightly obsessed with Star Wars). Reed, at the last minute, decided to be Alvin from Alvin and the chipmunks. This was the best costume ever! He told me Halloween mornig that he could hardly sleep because he was so excited to wear his costume-and did I mention how easy it was to put together?!

Our trick or treating gang included Heidi and her kids, Brittney and AJ and their kids, Frances and baby Merrick(trick or treating is hard work for little babies, as you can see he fell alseep), and ever so helpful Tana. Beau fell asleep on the way over and I wasn't about to wake him up(he had no nap that day). So Colby took one for the team and headed back to watch a litttle TV while Beau slept. We had a great time. Thanks Brittney for hosting our Halloween night!