Sunday, March 29, 2009


Doing Sunday dishes this is what we hear from little Abby who is still at the dinner table eating. "Dad, (words we don't understand) in my nose!"

Dad says,
"what's in your nose?"

Abby says
"iner in my nose"

Dad says,
"Your finger's in your nose?"

"NO, my dinner's in my nose!"

Mom and Dad immediately stop doing dishes and carefully inspect Abby's nose. Upon not finding any "dinner" we assume she's just playing with us.

Five minutes later mom and Abby playing popcorn popping when she sneezes and nearly dislodges a lovely green pea!

Mom rolls over laughing. Dad looks around for some toothpicks or tweezers or something to pull the pea the rest of the way out. Mom looks frantically around for the camera!! Abby screams no when mom asks for camera. Mom forgoes camera and pulls the pea out! FOREVER THE HERO!!

Should have at least taken a picture of the pea after I pulled it out, but that's just gross!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A week peak!

Here's our week in review!!! Marshall - Class field trip to the firestation! He even got an official Fire Marshal Kit! (thought all the kids got their name on their kit i.e. Fire Ashlynn Kit . . .) of course Abby tags along!

Stephanie - Class field trip to Smith's Grocery Store to learn about fruits and vegetables and what they do for our bodies! Look at the faces of the kids while the lady was talking about what lots of fiber helps you do!!! WOW! Abby tagged along!

Everybody - Working in the yard! We found lots of fun little things that have been hiding all winter! Ladybugs, green little sprouts, and yellow bikes with pink training wheels!

Thomas and I celebrated our 13th anniversary a few days early and bought our first bedroom set! It was finally delivered Saturday!!! There are a few more pieces we'll add later, but I just love it! Of course I had to go buy a comforter set to go with it!!

Yes, I own a cabbage patch kid! My awesome husband bought it for me this Christmas. I've been wanting one since they came out again!

Benjamin turns 12, gets ordained a deacon and has his first court of honor as a Young Man!

Abby, gets caught playing in the flour bin while mom is making cookies! SO, SO, SO sad!
At least until . . .

mom lets her eat one!

So there we go, a quick peak into a week in our lives!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Benjamin's Big #12!!!

Yesterday my oldest son turned 12. He tells me he's almost a teenager, "does that make you feel old mom?"

This was the first time that I had a schedule conflict with one of my own child's birthday. I had a wedding of a friend that I was asked to be the photographer for. I told him that we would celebrate his birthday on Thursday, the day AFTER his birthday. Well, I might as well had just told him I'd shot the dog I wont ever get for him!!! I almost sat him down and explained to him the small fact that he was born 2 weeks PAST his due date, and I was in labor with him for 21 1/2 hours, and that he most certainly could wait one more day for his birthday . . . .

. . . but I didn't. I apologized for having a conflict on his special day, and PROMISED that we would make it up to him the next day. So the morning of his actual birthday, as I was getting dressed after my workout, I got a call from the school informing me that I was 10 minutes late for a community council meeting at 7:00 (AM - whatever %$#@) so, my plans to make him a special breakfast of toaster waffles (I love to cook, so usually I make a fairly large, healthy breakfast, so toaster waffles was WAY cool to him!!) got delegated to my great husband who is fortuneate enough to have a very lenient time to have to be to work in the morning. So as I'm sitting in the meeting thinking about what a terrible mother I am, my husband is home trying to explain to Benjamin why mom was gone the morning of his birthday.

Well, today was the day to make up for it . . . While he was at school, I srubbed the house from top to bottom (not that kids notice, but it makes it easier to enjoy a bday if your not tripping over things and sticking to the floor) cooked up his favorite dinner of sloppy joes, pork and beans, deviled eggs, sweet pickles, and potatoe chips, baked a beautiful, elaborate, rectangle shape birthday cake (9x13 to be exact - shout out to my wonderful cake decorating sister!!) and wrapped his presents!

We eat his great birthday dinner together as a family - with Marshall declaring "Mom, there's nothing in this dinner that I hate!" As I wipe my tears of great joy for making my children so happy we head to the family room to open presents.

He got a Wii charging station,

A AWESOME new set of sheets . . . I know, I know . . . "who invited that kid"
A new hiking back pack for scouts

A new pair of shoes, and the game POP STAR for the Wii.
Blowing out the candles - don't you just DIG the cake?!
oooh, yeah, I put on yellow sprinkles, ben's favorite color

I was going to take pictures of Ben's new sheets on his bed, but they're pretty boring looking when you get them on his bed - just navy blue.
So, PHOTOSHOOT!!! Here's my favorite one of him from tonight. Hanging in his jammies on his bed. My 12 year old son!

He asked to take a few pics of his room since I did the same thing for stephanie's room the other day. It's not quite done, we've got some rub on words to put on the wall, and I bought a pattern for curtains that someday I'll get to!

His room is the "Invention Room" So we went for a lot of metal and blueprints and cool boy stuff! This blue print is of the Baltimore Rail Road station in Maryland. He LOVES it! Someday he's going to own a train station!

In honor of my Benjamin,
12 things I love about Benjamin!
1. He doesn't let what other's think of him get him down.
2. He is THE most friendly kid in the world. He'll talk to anyone. Especially if they drive a tractor, or a big truck, or a motorcycle, snowmobille, 4 wheeler, UPS truck, mail truck . . . .
3. His Cowlicks (all three of them!)
4. He is always smiling.
5. He wants to own a 4 wheeler store, every kind of tractor, and a train station . . . so he'll need 2 part time jobs when he grows up huh mom?
6. I love that he believes entirely and completely that HE WILL MAKE THE WORLD WORK BETTER when he gets older. He is always explaining how when he gets older he'll do this and this to make it so that planes never have to crash land in the Hudson River!
7. I love how much he loves us! EVERY day when I drop him off at school he tells me "I Love You", gets out of the car, and waves at me until I'm around the corner!
8. I love that he has overcome SO many challenges and he still smiles and thinks the best of everyone and everything.
9. I love that he is every bit like his dad! Future engineer!
10. I love that he asks SO MANY questions! When he was younger Thomas and I traveled together to Pennsylvania on a business trip and left him and Stephanie with 3 different neighbors over the time frame. When we got home and talked to each neighbor about how the kids handled us being away, they each and everyone said WOW, Benjamin asks alot of questions !! He just wants to know absolutely everything!
11. I love that he is SOOOOOOO patient with me. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding why he loves tractors so much, or how wind turbines work, and I tend to let it go in one ear and out the other. But he still gives me the chance to listen and be a better mom.
12. I love that every once in a while he'll say "Hey mom?" and I'll say "What?" and he'll say "I love you". I love that Heavenly Father saw my faults, and sent me a son who would love me despite them. He is such a special kid, and he means the world to me. I love you Benjamin!
Happy 12th birthday!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Are we tired of it yet?

Well, are we sick of this yet? I was uploading these photos onto my computer, and I had so many labeled kids in snow, or snow day, or christmas snow this one is labeled ANOTHER snow storm! I'm going to have to go buy a TON of snow scrapbook paper because of this year!

This is what we woke up to this morning. It was so windy and blustery, the snow was coming down almost sideways. (don't tell my neighbor her house is on my blog!). I warmed up the car to take Ben to school, and had to put it in 4 wheel drive to go through the almost 2 feet of snow that had been blown up against the garage door. (I probably didn't "need" to put it in 4 wheel drive, but it makes me feel all cool and stuff!) Then the garage door wouldn't shut because the wind kept blowing the snow into the sensors that stop the door from closing on a child!

Took Ben to school, went and told steph to get in the car and I would drive her the literally 1 block to the school. On the way, we stopped and picked up as many neighbor kids as we could find at home still! Good times!

Of course the kids got right into the snow as soon as school was over!

Here's some shots of how tall the snow was. We took a yardstick out and measured it at 15 inches deep.

AND, because last time it snowed like this ( about a month ago) the snow sat and melted from the balcony, into my bedroom and then down through the ceiling and onto the carpet of my family room on the main floor - causing the ceiling to bow and my husband to take a knife and poke quarter size holes in my ceiling, we also had to shovel the balcony off as well. For any of you who know the lack of stability on that railing Thomas is leaning on, you know what a dreaded feat this was!

Then when we all came inside from coldness, we got a little glimpse of the storm ending!

Happy almost spring everyone!!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

If you're squemish . . .

Make sure you lean in really close here, this is what I found on my doorway yesterday. Yeah, totally called the exterminator.

I guess that's why it's called Box Elder County!