Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We were at the Walmart self-check out stand waiting for the lady in front of us to finish. As I was putting my items on the belt, Josh decided that he wanted to help. However, since we were in one of those very large shopping carts where the kid seats are far away from the basket, Josh couldn't reach the basket or the belt very well. So, he decided to throw the items onto the belt starting with a box of jello. However, his throw went over the belt and into the other lady's grocery bag. We both had a laughed and applauded Josh's badly aimed throw as she handed the box of jello back to me. After she had finished her transaction and was getting ready to leave, she looked at her receipt and realized that Josh’s box of jello not only had ended up in her bag, but the jello had scanned itself on the way. Embarrassingly, I didn’t have any change to give her to pay for it and I insisted that she take the jello (as she had paid for it). Instead, she graciously gave it to me and said that it didn’t cost that much and wasn't a big deal. All I could do was tell Josh not to throw any more items and shake my head.
11) Josh and the 1000 pound pig
At the Macey’s BYU tailgate party, a carnival type area was set up with different booths and games for the children (blow up bouncy toys, donut eating contest, football toss, etc). There was also a massively smelly pig located inside a horse trailer. It was so big that it couldn't move much and was really, really ugly. A man was feeding it vegetables and water out of a water bottle and Josh was so enthralled with the pig that he stared at it for 20 minutes. I constantly tried to get him to play other games, but after one, he ended up going back and just staring at the pig. When asked later what Josh thought of the pig, he said “it had dirt on it's bottom” and he liked watching him being fed. The true character of Josh was seen as he was willing to give up treats and games for a truly awesome viewing experience.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Last Saturday, I was at my mother-in-laws while the boys were out doing their final hunting. Mckenna had heard that her cousin William was in the 1000's club at school, which I guess means he could write all the way up to 1000. She decided she wanted to do it too. Of course, she got distracted and started jumping on the couch with the pencil (newly sharpened). When she landed she put her elbows on the couch and leaned forward, quite forcefully, because the pencil tip went right into her throat. She was so embarrassed, especially with her uncle Buddy in the room, that she dropped the pencil, and ran to find me. I was in the kitchen, and very quietly she says "mom, I stabbed myself in the neck with a pencil." My eyes got huge and I ran to look at her, she began crying as my concern grew. Her grandma came in the room, as well as uncle Buddy, and would you believe she was so embarrassed that it happened that she wouldn't even let them or me look at it anymore. By this point it was bleeding and she was getting blood on her shirt. I could not get her to let me look, so I gave her a paper towel to put on it and we left and drove home. It looked quite gross and there is a little graphite coloring to her wound. She asked if it could be gone by the Halloween party tomorrow. I told her no, but that her costume would hide it," she was very relieved.
6) Josh's observations on life:
a) A utility worker came to the door the other day, and when he left Josh said "Mom, that man was black."
b) Josh loves to come into our bed in the middle of the night and squeeze himself between me and the edge of the bed. This particular night, we refused to let him stay, he went to his room crying, so I went in to ensure he didn't wake up Mckenna. He said "I want to sleep in your room," I said "but Josh, you can't, mommies bed isn't big enough, and I get squished." He said "I understand" I was so shocked, I asked him to repeat it. Then he asked if I could sleep in his bed with him? I said "no, I need to sleep in my bed, but he seemed so sad and I was still reeling about his last comment, that I plunked into his bed." After a couple of seconds later he said "I knew you would lay down with me!" Gall, what do you say to that, I obviously am not sticking to my word, too much.
c) One night, when Josh was in our bed, I asked him to get between me and Dave. He said "NO, DADDY STINKS." I don't care how late it is, that was so funny.
d) David was scolding Josh for hitting and he said "Josh, how many times have I told you not to hit?" Obviously a rhetorical question. Josh pipes up and says "20 times." That stopped Dave's lecture, because the audience was laughing.
e) When asked why he hit his sister, he said "she was hitting me and I just couldn't take it anymore."
10) Alissa's 3 pregnancy pet peeves:
a) I must have lost all hold with my fingers, because I drop things over and over again, forcing me to bed over and pick them up, it is horrible!
b) Memory loss. I could be in the middle of a sentence and totally lose all train of thought. I also can't remember the proper names of things. Like, sewing machine. Very frustrating!
c) ? would you believe "I can't remember" Grrrrrrrrrrr
8)Dave's mouse in the bag adventure (In Dave's own words):
As I entered the kitchen one dark night, I couldn’t help hearing the pitter-patter of tiny paws. It startled me at first, but I soon realized what we had here was a rather impressive specimen of the vile household vermin more commonly known as a mouse stuck in a rather large bag. The opening was down so he was confused and couldn't get out. He was running back and forth in the back all scared like. Finally, when I got up the gumption to ignore is attempts to attack my finger through the plastic, I worked him over to the other side and picked up the bag, quickly flipping it around so now the opening was on top not really thinking straight, I didn't close the bag.
I was kind of holding it at an angle thinking it was trapping him more effectively, but what resulted was the luckiest escape attempt in the history of large sandwich baggie escape attempts. I was just about to the door, for my plan was to trap him in the bag outside as the temperatures dropped below freezing (cruel I know, but my more barbaric side was calling the shots). As I reached for the door, the little rascal made his way up the side of the slippery bag, and despite the good 5 foot drop, did a peter pan and landed on the upper landing of the stairs that lead to the basement. At first he found sufficient hiding among the countless shoes and hats stored in this particular location, and he effectively dodged my numerous ill-planned attempts to squash him with whatever I could get my hands on. Finally, when my attention was draw away, he broke the long jump record by clearing most of the stairs, sliding down the rest, and disappeared around the corner. I walked away in disgrace, much like I imagine a mighty hunter feels when returning to his hungry family empty handed. Let’s hope things don’t get so bad that we rely on mice for sustenance. Well, he got it in the end. Might have been too fast for me, but he couldn’t escape the swinging steel bar.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
2) Mckenna's neck stabbing
3) Mckenna's loose tooth experience
4) Josh's amazing jello check stand throw
5) Alissa's belly growth plus a picture
6) Josh's funny comments and observations on life
7) Mckenna's adventures at Hee Haws
8) Dave's mouse in the bag adventure
9) Alissa's amazing Macy's shopping deal
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
In August Mckenna began kindergarten. That's right we have an almost 6 year old can you believe it? I have a hard time thinking that just 6 years ago we started our family, where has the time gone? She has a boy teacher and at first was not excited about it, especially because we are having a boy baby-she feels boy locked, but luckily after her first visit with her teacher he had won her over and she loves being in his class. I get the opportunity of assisting in her class every week and helping in the classroom with the 26 children, yikes! Mckenna is also in gymnastics and does an awesome back-bend, and is working on her cartwheels and handstands. She tells me that she wants to change her name to read Makenna instead of Mckenna and she has even begun signing her name like that, we tell her it is not the same, but having started to read by sounding out letters she says "well that spells Mckenna" and I say yes, but that is not your name. She didn't get it and I didn't know how to explain, so all we could say was sign with a "c" not an "a". Lame reason, mom!
David started a new job just over a month ago where he only works 3.5 miles from home; compared to the 80 mile round trip he was making before, we are very happy. Dave, on days he is not at the gym, comes home for lunch and walks with us to take Mckenna to school, that is a lot of fun and will be really helpful when the new baby comes.
Joshua turns 3 in a couple of days and let me tell you I think he missed terrible two's but is making up for it now that he is on the brink of 3 years old. Sheesh! Luckily he is fully potty-trained and so we get a little break from the diapers for a little bit. He is so excited his grandma Deedee is taking him to build a bear for his birthday and he can't stop asking, if today is the day. He recently had his speech assessment with Alpine school district to see if he qualifies for further assistance in his speech progression. After a grueling 1.5 hours of testing, in which Josh was exceptionally patient, they concluded that he passed with flying colors and was right on track, if not above, for his age level. The ladies who tested him were raving about him by the time we left and were amazed at how well behaved he was. Good job Josh!
I have been working on making bedspreads for Josh and baby Laverl, thanks to the help of family it has been a quick process. In addition to assisting in Mckenna's class, Josh and I get a chance to work together and learn new things while she is in school. I am sure I do other things, but talking about what everyone else is doing is a lot easier than talking about the things that I do that seem so monotonous and boring. You know, clean the house, get fat, take care of the kids, keep getting fatter, necessary shopping, spend time with family, etc. Anyway, we are all doing well and are excited for the fall to come. The leaves have started to change and we love to be by the mountains at this time of year.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Mckenna and Josh painting a bird house that daddy brought home, they made a mess and ended up painting their shirts (Dave's shirts).
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Dave- He is loving having a garden and the progress that we see excites him (this being our first). He has recently trenched the garden and spends hours every 3 days making sure the water gets to the trenches. We also recently celebrated our 7th anniversary, which was fun. Are we past the hard part yet? At work, Dave's station is being sold and so we are anticipating with bated breath to see what that will entail.
Me- I spend most of my days chauffeuring children around to all their various activities that I put them in. Also, as many of you know and many don't. We are expecting our third child! SCARRRRRY! But we are excited and plan to have a good Christmas with this little one. We get to find out the gender in 10 days! The kids are really excited and each attest to having babies in their tummy. (Josh has two!) So besides trying not to be grossed out by weird smells and trying (unsuccessfully) to avoid constant jabs at my stomach everything is going pretty good. Also, I am the secretary in our ward primary and I am loving it. I have to say that it is probably one of the best callings.
Mckenna- She has been really busy this summer, she has recently finished her swim lessons and was ecstatic that she passed level one and can now progress to level two. She is also doing gymnastics and piano each week. She is really excited to go to kindergarten this coming fall. She is ambitiously learning new games and working on her cartwheels. She loves to hold the new babies that have come to our family. Just recently she found out that one of her great-aunts was feeling ill and promptly asked "is she was having a baby?" She was told "no" and then Mckenna continued to say "my mom gets sick too cause she is pregnant, because she is having a baby." Many people have found out from her blatant honesty and curiosity that she is going to be a big sister a second time. She will be lots of help, I hope!
Joshua- I am really proud of him. Joshua is deathly afraid swimming! I asked him why and he says "I will go under the water." We took Mckenna to her first day of swim lessons and Josh watched with rapt attention. The second day he was begging to do swim lessons. So I signed him up, a little reluctantly. The next day he was so excited to get his suit on and go stand in line but when it came to going in the water he began to cry. With a lot of coaxing and the help of his teacher he walked into the water. The first day they tied a noodle around his waist and floated him to the deep-end, that did not go over well, he cried almost the entire time. The second day he didn't want to go and reluctantly got his swimsuit on, and I again helped him into the water. From that day on he really progressed, he got into the water by himself, he let them hold him without screaming in the deep end. By the last day he was getting his hair wet, doing the dive hand motions on the side with the class and loving it, he even went down the big slide with his teacher, once was enough. They passed him to level 1 so I hope by next year he has progressed even more. Josh is still doing his speech therapy and transitional classes, and if you have interacted with him you can see how much he has progressed.
Anyway, sorry about the length of this post but that is, for the most part, what is going on with our little family. Hope all is well with you and yours!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Joshua is getting stronger and stronger on his bike and isn't getting as frustrated on it, plus he is doing somersaults like he was supposed to be on his head.
Mckenna is learning how to do cartwheels and becoming quite a speedster on her scooter. She is also big into recycling hard plastics and will go into hysterics if you suggest throwing them away. Also, she is learning to ride a two-wheeler. Her ambition astound me.
And of course we can't forget about enjoying our food!
Unfortunately with their fun they have received a couple of boo boos.
Mckenna sliced her finger when she ran out the door at Deedee's and left her finger behind. Joshua scraped his elbow while riding his bike on Sunday-that'll teach him. ha. He got his forehead owie while jumping off something and smashed his head into the ground. (this is a couple day old pic). Unfortunately all of these accidents happened within a couple days times, not to mention the scraped knees and stubbed toes. Today actually Mckenna jumped off her bed and smacked her cheek and forehead on the wall, leaving her a couple of nice sized red marks.
And of course in summer you can't forget the occasional bouts of boredom!
With summer just barely starting my kids are going to look like a couple of beat-up kids. "But it's fun mommy!" Sometimes they just don't listen. "I told you that would happen."
Thursday, May 15, 2008
1-Josh has learned to pedal a two-wheeler (with training wheels). Shanell and Ryan gave him a bike for his second b-day and he has just barely learned how to pedal. He loves it!
2-Mckenna is graduating from preschool tomorrow and she is very excited to start her summer days of fun. She is going to be taking gymnastics & swim lessons. She is also very excited for our little summer vacation to Yellowstone, and is even more so now that she received a package of fun summer stuff from Amy.
3-Dave and I are working outside. Cleaning up the yard, planting our first garden and trying to get the watering cycle just right.
4-This past Monday (which is really our Saturday, because Dave is off all day) we took everything out of Mckenna & Josh's room to get new carpet. Also with the change Josh got a twin bed. He loves it.
5-Josh and I will be taking a Mom and tot swim class this summer, he is not excited, for some reason he is terrified of the water. Also, he is doing well with his speech therapy and so will be going to a transition class this summer to prepare him for preschool.
I know I keep promising pictures so I won't this time but I will try to remember, since all these fun activities have documentation.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
embarrassing, but it is for me too. Somethings are to be done in private where a little man can express himself and have full control of his surroundings, and should under no circumstance be interrupted. Yes, I am talking about experiencing a bowel movement, I consider this to be a moment of privacy and wish to not be interrupted. I warn you that if you do try to move me or interrupt me, I will throw a fit and maintain my position. My mom, luckily, has learned to recognize when I am having a moment, and will reassure me that I am okay to finish my business and will not be interrupted. Wheeew!
5- This a secret I am only willing to share with my closest friends. Yes, it is a phase and I just like the color. My sister introduced me to this but I am telling you I just love the color! I dress up in my sister's blue princess dress. I call myself a prince but in essence I am wearing a princess dress. I will not display a picture of this event so that it can be left up to your imagination.
Well there you go, things you didn't know and may not have wanted to know about me, but here I am.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
For the evening we ate heart shaped pizza and watched the Disney show "Game Plan". We had lots of fun