Saturday, May 31, 2008
Reed even mada a blanket for his puppy, you can see it in the above picture.
They were so proud of their creations and I thought it was pretty cute too, until I found out that the boxes used were not empty. Blue went ahead and threw away about half a box of wet wipes because he didn't know where else to put them and his kitty "needed" a bed. Some might say that I am depriving my children of a real pet, and that is okay. This is as close as we are gonna get to a pet, for now anyway.
Today was the first piano recital for our family. Even though I know how to play the piano, I never played in a recital when I was younger. Reed perfomed to perfection! He played Ode to Joy and Shepherd Count Your Sheep. He didn't act like he was nervous at all and then played his pieces without any mistakes! I was so proud of him. The whole family came to support him, which might have been a mistake. Beau had to be taken out of the room practically every other song because he was being too loud and Blue was sooo hungry(surprise, surprise). Towards the end, even Reed was whining wanting to know when it was going to be over. So maybe my kids are a little too young for piano recitals but I don't think we will be attending another recital for a while becuase Reed's teacher is moving to Utah this summer. So now I need to decide if I should teach him myself or if I should look for another teacher. I'm pretty sure it needs to be the latter. It is too easy for me to slack and not give a lesson on a consistent basis and let Reed slack in practicing when there is no accountability to someone else other than me.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I am just sad that she is retiring and Blue won't be able to have her as a teacher. It has been fun to watch Reed make new friends and learn how to read. He has learned so much and we are so proud!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Once they conquered Guitar Hero, they moved on to another "video game". This one was a combination of Mario, Lego Star Wars, and Alvin and The Chipmunks(their latest obsession). Each room of the house represented a level and they had power cards, I'm not real sure what those are but they kept saying it a lot. They even "paused" their game when it was time to eat lunch.
I'm not real sure what level of the game Beau was on in this picture, but it looks intense. These are the type of video games any mother would approve of. Their imagination never ceases to amaze me. After playing video games, they watched tv. But not before they built an fort out of our air mattresses.
Friday, May 23, 2008
How does one man, with the help of his teenage sons clear 2500 acres of salt cedars for farming and ranching, then dig a canal 7 miles long from the Colorado River to irrigate with? It fills me with awe.
What could be worse than watching two of your brothers go down in a plane crash, then having to pull them from the wreckage before it burst into flames? Imagine the sorrow my grandpa was feeling when he had to do this.
Why did he sign over the farm, the only life he knew and the only life he taught his sons to know, to the bank? Grandpa Arnett was thinking of two widows and eighteen children (those of his two brothers) left behind. I am so proud to come from such a great heritage. Grandpa Arnett was a man of honor, more Christ like than anyone I know; to give up his life/livelihood for those he loved.
Why did my family always have to have cows in our backyard? Why did my dad try to grow colored cotton or corn in the ENTIRE backyard? Why does my dad try to help everyone he meets, when I sometime feel like he couldn’t/shouldn’t give any more? Like father like son. My dad was raised that way. Now I can understand and appreciate all of it.
Now that you have read a book, go ahead and check out the pictures Chea took of our trip. We all know I hardly even pulled out my camera with her around. The pictures are amazing and her story isn’t too bad either:)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas), plus 1 whole banana, for garnish (optional)
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix). Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Spread tops with honey cinnamon frosting (see below). Just before serving, peel and slice banana into rounds, and place one on each cupcake, if desired.
1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes
Friday, May 16, 2008
As you can see in the picture it requires intent concentration. Not just anyone is allowed to comb his hair. Most of the time, he won't let me help him. But on those rare occasions when he will, he walks me through step by step: Mom, you need to use the comb one more time. I say, How that? He replies, Maybe just ONE more time. This can go on for awhile, but he knows that precise moment of perfection. STOP! he yells.
The end result is very fitting for his personality.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
More like petrified desert. Who are they kidding? This was no forest, I should have known better when this national park shares boundaries with the Painted Desert. Anyway, yesterday we spent some quality family time together. We visited the International Petrified Forest. I was hoping the farther we drove into the park we would find this hidden area of trees, juniper pine or manzanita, anything! But instead we saw a whole lot of nothing. The boys didn't seem to mind, though. We took a short, very short, stroll around some of the petrified rocks. Beau had to be in front the whole time. Blue decided then and there that he "needed" ice cream and wouldn't stop reminding us, even when we were in the car on our way to get some of that needed ice cream. Reed was like a mother hen, telling Blue and Beau when to slow down and where to be careful to not get to close to the edge. The highlight of the trip was definitely Dairy Queen. The boys each got their very own blisters (as Reed calls blizzards). Beau's very own was supposed to be mine and I was gonna share with him, but he didn't want to share. They were in hog heaven and pretty much ate like hogs too. Not only did they pretty much polish off their blizzards but ate Colby's chicken strips and french fries also. Like father like sons, for sure. Reminds me of the story Colby tells when his dad bought all of his brothers (3 at the time) hamburgers at Burger King and bought a whopper for himself. Colby was probably five years old and refused to eat his hamburger because he wanted his dad's whopper. His dad finally gave in, thinking he would let Colby eat as much as he could and then his dad would eat the rest. Well, Colby wolfed down that whopper, much to his dad's surprise and dismay!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
But when it came time to SLEEP in it, he wasn't so sure. I tried to get him to take a nap several times in it, but no luck. Finally he fell asleep about 4 hours later than his normal nap time. He really enjoys his new found freedom of getting in and out of bed by himself and playing in the boys' room with the door closed. Every time I checked on him he had a different set of shoes on. I guess he finally decided on a flip flop and Reed's sunday shoe.
He also has easy access to his pacifiers now. They are kept in his bed when he is awake and is only aloud to have them when he's going to sleep. When he slept in the crib, he could never reach far enough to get them during the day. Now I have caught him several times walking around with two of them in his mouth.
I guess I'm gonna have to find a different place to keep them during the day. Last night he slept through the night no problems. Let's hope this is the beginning of many good nights to come.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
- Eating dinner at Coco's and playing every game/crossword on the kids menu with Reed uninterrupted by other kiddos.
- Reed was presented with a $20 gift card to hastings. Since it was just us two, we stopped on our way home. Reed thought he was so cool with his very own "credit card".
- Reed bought Shark Boy and Lava Girl, the dvd. Then decided he needed to get Blue and Beau something also. I'm tellin' ya, Reed is the sweetest kid. At six years old, who thinks of bringing home something for their brothers?
- Reed told me that this was the greatest night of his life. I'm sure he meant because we went out to eat and he got a gift card, but I can at least pretend it was because he spent it with me, right?