Sunday, March 29, 2009
Space ManAnd here is a really cool picture of Nathan flying a rocket. Whoops-I mean Bolt-I think right now he is bolt although he is wearing his bolt shirt over a tiger shirt over his superman shirt, so who can ever know?
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Last night we got Coldstone-free because it is my birthday week! And Panera Bread with a $10 gift card (got that using My Points-all you have to do is click on links in emails and go through their site first when shopping online at places like Old Navy and Barnes and Noble online-want to try it-let me know and I will send you an email about it) so we only had to pay $3. (I went and got the food and brought it home.) Then we played Rummikub and then we watched movies on values.com. If you haven't ever done that you should-they are like Mormon Ads and they have a whole ton of them on their site. Very nice!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
It was a fun and exhausting day. I can barely get myself off the couch today-I am dragging still so I imagine the boys are too. Here are some fun pictures from our day:
A happy gorilla:
All the wild kids on a brass hippo. Jack promptly fell off and smacked his face on the ground. Guess I should have expected that.
Friday, March 20, 2009
I spent hours designing this blog-I am such a nerd. Instead of just using a blog template like everyone else, I have to do things the hard way and make it all from scratch myself. But I like how it turned out. (The pink and blue is supposed to be like girl (amber) and boys (the rest of them).
Anyway, as long as you are here-Vote for me! Link on the top right. Thanks!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
We decided to meet Josh for lunch-he works on the top of the Torrey Pines mesa in La Jolla-literally right next to the famous Torrey Pines golf course and the ocean just beyond that. We recently found this really great place to go-right at the edge of the mesa overlooking the ocean (and the golf course) where gliders take off and soar over the ocean.
So, we packed a picnic lunch and picked Josh up and drove there. We had fun. Here is a picture of a glider up above us:
This picture cracked me up because they are making the same face-and it wasn't planned! Like father like son:
This picture captures Dal so well-that's my sweet little guy:This is the child formerly known as Jack. I believe that every time I have called him that in the past month I have been promptly scolded and informed who he actually is, which can change from one minute to the next. In this picture he was being either a monster truck or a monster truck driver with one eye closed, I can't remember which (but he did insert the with one eye closed part). Oh and inside out pajama shirts are a must for costuming no matter who he is, hence the ragamuffin look:
We also took Anakin Skywalker with us. My favorite part is the PB on his face:Here is a little ditch the boys played in for a while-caused by erosion. It was cool:The group minus me because someone has to hold the camera:
And last, my favorite. When we got back from our walk to the edge of the mesa and to play in the ditch we found that our lunch had been ransacked and this squirrel was sitting nearby eating one of our Girl Scout cookies!
Monday, March 9, 2009
And I am a nerd. But anyway...
Here is one of my problems in life. I would like to have a nice backyard-difficult because the yard was nasty before we moved in, but still. I try to keep the back porch cleaned up and vaguely decent-and then the boys go out and mud ends up everywhere. On Sunday night they even took a muddy broom and "washed" our outside windows with it. Nice. I waver between letting them be kids and wishing it could remain a little nicer out there. Here is some of their Sunday destruction although you can't really make out the whole mess here.
But, they are sweet boys. While I was off Grocery Gaming tonight Nathan read Dal his bedtime story (since I normally do it). Isn't this sweet?
Friday, March 6, 2009
1. What is something mom always says to you? Be kind, be a friend.
2. What makes mom happy? When we do good stuff.
3. What makes mom sad? When we do bad stuff, like cry and say "mom, I want a drink, I want some food, can you please do all of this for me?"
4. How does your mom make you laugh? By tickling me
5. What was your mom like as a child? You had curly hair like Damien (our neighbor who has REALLY curly hair)
6. How old is your mom? 29 cause you're almost 30 (he is correct)
7. How tall is your mom? 8 feet
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Have a chat with me sometimes
9. What does your mom do when you're not here? Does preschool with Jack
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Watching gliders (?)
11. What is your mom really good at? Hmmm, let me think about it. Playing games.
12. What is your mom not very good at? Some stuff in the Wii fit.
13. What does your mom do for a job? Calls her customers
14. What is your mom's favorite food? Salad sometimes, BBQ chicken too
15. What makes you proud of your mom? That you can make me lunch
16. If your mom were a TV character, who would she be? Padme Amadala
17. What do you and your mom do together? Talk sometimes with each other
18. How are you and your mom the same? We both have sharp noses
19. How are you and your mom different? Well, you're a girl, I'm a boy and we have different colored eyes.
20. How do you know your mom loves you? Cause you said "I love you" right before nap
21. What does your mom like most about your dad? I think she likes about dad...the dates together.
22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? I think Carl's Jr.
1. What is something mom always says to you? You are sometimes mean.
2. What makes mom happy? Me being nice to you and you being nice to me
3. What makes mom sad? When you be mean to me...manipulate, manipulate
4. How does your mom make you laugh? When you make me say funny things
5. What was your mom like as a child? I don't know-it's a secret
6. How old is your mom? Um, I don' know
7. How tall is your mom? Um, right about my tall
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Play with me, make letters and numbers
9. What does your mom do when you're not here? Go to the temple
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Um...
11. What is your mom really good at? Making sandwiches
12. What is your mom not very good at? Making nachos
13. What does your mom do for a job? Go to her business
14. What is your mom's favorite food? Rice
15. What makes you proud of your mom? That she bes nice to me
16. If your mom were a TV character, who would she be? A pirate
17. What do you and your mom do together? Make letters
18. How are you and your mom the same? By giving you some treats
19. How are you and your mom different? When you don't get treats like me
20. How do you know your mom loves you? Because you like me
21. What does your mom like most about your dad? No answer and he is done now.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I was concerned though that if I knew the day I was going to do it I would skew the results by making it a stellar day on purpose just so I could report that. So, I asked Josh a few weeks ago to come home from work one day and say "today is your 'day in the life'" and then I would record details of that day that night. Well, he forgot that whole week. And then my mother in law was in town and that wouldn't reflect a typical day. And then I had no space bar. So, I asked him again this week to surprise me with which day I should record details of. Being the scientist that he is, he actually generated some sort of random number selector so that HE wouldn't skew the results either, and TODAY IS THE DAY!
This may be way too many details for you, but hey, my grandma might at least like it. And maybe my posterity will to:
6:52-Wake up to Dal crying (never a good sign if he is crying when he wakes up, although since the freeway runs below our house and the traffic makes a lot of noise I don't always hear him right away, so that might be why). By the way, this is the first night in a long time that none of our kids were up sometime in the night to go potty, with a fever, needing a snuggle, to sleep on our floor (Nathan does that regularly), etc.
6:53- Bring Dal into my bed in hopes of a morning snuggle. (I can hear the other two in their room playing.) He has other ideas. He cries, flails his body, is inconsolable no matter what I do. I sigh and get up. Put Dal on the floor (he screams) so I can put in contacts, brush teeth, etc. while he claws at my legs and cries.
7- Bring Dal downstairs and feed him a PB and syrup waffle and get him a "didi" (drink). Now he cheers up. Make waffles for the other two and call them down. Leave two big guys eating while me and Dal head upstairs to get ready.
7:20- Getting myself ready while Dal plays in his favorite spot-my bathroom cupboard (full of bandaids, lotion, q-tips, etc.) Jack comes upstairs and asks if he can have a shower and go potty! I say sure to both. :)
7:30- Nathan is dressed, get other two dressed and ready.
7:45- In the car. Wow! This is 5 minutes earlier than normal and Jack even had a shower in the meantime. I have no idea why this morning went so smoothly.
7:50-8:30- Drop Nathan off at school. We are on the playground before anyone-weird. Ms. Chambrone tells me something that Nathan told her yesterday about 90 degree angles and is impressed by how smart he is (I can say that because this is my blog and I want to remember that not because I am trying to brag) We stay after Nathan goes into class and Jack plays on the playground for a few minutes while I talk with my friend Tina.
8:30- Get home and put Dal down for nap. Jack asks to watch a movie so I let him. (Land Before Time the sequel-oh boy!) I sit down to eat breakfast and look at blogs/facebook, check online bank statements, etc. for a few minutes (oh and of course I have already checked my business email several times in the day at this point).
8:55- Clear breakfast dishes and wash them. Straighten up a little.
9:05- Change laundry and go into living room with Jack so I can fold laundy near him. Instead I decide I am cold and need to snuggle his warm little body so I hop up on the couch with him for a few minutes, then I fold the laundry.
9:30- Dal wakes up and we make my bed and straighten up upstairs.
9:40- Come downstairs and get Jack ready for a walk.
9:45- Go for our new "routine" walk- a figure 8 of our neighborhood which is hilly and gives me a pretty decent workout but not too much to make me not want to do it again. We collect "marbles" while we walk. There are these little plastic beads all over our neighborhood and we have no idea why they are there but we collect them everyday-Jack even brings a bag to put them in. I try to play 20 Questions with Jack since we are on Q week but he doesn't get it.
10:05- Get back home, regroup and head out the door again to go to music class. At this point I have just told Jack we are going for a drive. While getting in the car he asks where we are going. While backing out I tell him. He throws a fit. He does this every week-doesn't want to go, loves it when we get there. We also drive the figure 8 so I can find out how far it is. Just slightly more than a mile.
10:30-11:15- Music class. Jack does well today with sitting and participating. Dal doesn't cry like he did the last few weeks.
11: 35- Get home from music class and feed the boys lunch. I eat leftover pizza while feeding Dal a container of baby food. (After his chicken nuggets.)
11:55-Put boys down for nap (choir of angels singing from above-I love this part of the day). I go lay on my bed to read scriptures and another book for a while.
12:20- Head downstairs. I can hear Jack awake still. Lay down on the couch with my computer. I can still hear Jack awake. I go up and tell him to get in bed and go to sleep.
12:30- Work on my mom's business and my own interspersed. I add 2 or 3 new bracelets to my mom's site, add one of hers to mine, place orders, answer emails, etc. And do some blog reading, message boarding, etc. through this a little too. Finally about 1 Jack falls asleep after me going up again. Josh calls for his daily chat about 1:15.
2:00- Check mail, find that Josh's W2 finally came so I can finish our taxes. I sit down and plug it into our taxes right then and I am pleased to see that we are still going to have a big refund. Yay. (Goes straight to estimated taxes for 2009 but still is so nice to have.)
2:20- Wake both boys (I hate it when I have to do that) to go get Nathan.
2:30-Nathan gets out. He doesn't have his daily reading book so we have to go to his classroom to search for it. We finally find it. Play on the playground clear until 4 today (we usually stay about an hour). The boys play nice, I push Jack on the swing for a while but mostly I chat with my two mom friends, Karen and Tina (Tala isn't there today) and Dal hangs out near me most of the time because he is tired still.
4:07- Leaving playground and Jack announces that he doesn't have purple turtle toy with him. I drive the van to the gate of the playground and run to the sand box to look for it. I am not successful. Jack sobs-poor guy. (Did I mention that he lost his shoes on the playground this morning? Luckily they were there when we went back this afternoon).
4:15- Get home. Boys want to watch a movie so I let them. Me and Dal come to the kitchen to start dinner. I discover that I don't have one ingredient-Salsa Verde. Dal gets a little fussy but not as bad as normal lately at this time of night.
5:05- Josh gets home-20 minutes late tonight. I hand him Dal and run to the store to get the Salsa.
5:30- Eat dinner-Cafe Rio Salad (my favorite!!!!) Talk with the boys and have a relatively calm dinner for a change. Dal cries during it (he does a lot of that lately-what happened to my sweet, easy going baby?)
6:00- Clean up dinner. The boys help clear the table (sort of) and play in the backyard and all around us as we wash dishes and whatever.
6:20- Watch a few Mormon ads on You Tube with everyone.
6:30- Josh and the boys go upstairs to play boy things (something about repairing the van Dinkler and Dopple headed gratchet on the spaceship) while I have a break and read a book for 20 minutes.
6:50-Get Dal ready for bed. This is one of my favorite parts of the day. Except today he is being a pain because he is tired and won't sit still for me to get his diaper on. Finally I get him in his jammies, give him his pacifier and sit down in the rocking chair to read a story. Then we sing our song-"You are my sunshine" and when I say we, I mean it. He sings along.
7:05- Josh baths boys. I help get them in jammies. We read scriptures, pray, and I read bedtime stories (they only get one tonight because they lost their other two) and Nathan reads his nightly reading book. (Most nights Josh does bedtime stories but I wanted to tonight.)
7:30- Boys are in bed!!! Yay! Come down and help Josh finish cleaning up kitchen. Bake my nightly (well, not every night) Pilsbury cookie. Oh yummy yummy yummy!
7:45-8:15 Type this "day in the life" up. Jack has been out of bed only once. I imagine Nathan was asleep the moment his head hit the pillow.
Now, the rest of this day is anticipated since it hasn't happened yet: Talk and spend time with Josh-he might exercise while I talk to him, place orders, etc. Get in bed sometime between 9:30 and 10 and if I am not too tired I will read for a while.
There you have it. My day. Of course throw in there several business, calls, diaper changes, and all that sort of thing. This was a busier/more out the house day than most, but a really really good day. Glad Josh's random number generator picked a good one. :)
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Here is Jack with his cute little penguin. Despite the little beast that he sometimes is, Jack can be so tender and sweet and loves baby stuffed animals.
And here is Grandma with the boys:
Dallen has been sort of miserable lately-and I don't mean that HE has been feeling miserable, I mean that I have been feeling miserable because of him. So unlike him-he is usually an angel. But lately he does a lot of crying when I walk away from him and he wants to be held all the time. I weaned him recently and I suspect that has something to do with it as well as the fact that he has been sick 3 times in the last month, but even when nothing else appears to be wrong, sometimes he is so fussy. And then other times he is like this-I just walked past him with the camera in hand and he smiled up for the camera:
Here are the flowers my sweet boys picked for me (off the neighbors tree-whoops) for me this evening. Nathan told me something like "moms who rock the most get the white flowers and moms are the coolest get the pink" and I got both! Swoon!
Oh and a funny story-funny for those who read it, not funny for the person it happened to. I was holding Dal the other night after dinner and he had the neck my shirt in his little fist. All of a sudden he sort of pulls out my shirt and barfs all down me-I was covered! Not funny! It was nasty. I don't think he was sick to his stomach or anything, he is just prone to gagging or something.