Friday, December 17, 2010

Best Mom/Wife Award

Yes, I've nominated myself been nominated by tons of people for this award. Here's why:




It was Soren's birthday yesterday and Christian's today.


Oh by the way:
  • I didn't make the cakes. My friend did. I was planning on throwing together some burnt cupcakes from a box with store-bought frosting. She insisted.
  • I "wrapped" Christian's present by hiding it behind my back.
  • I sent Christian in the middle of the night (on his birthday) to get medicine for CJ.
  • I found out today at Soren's one year appt that he has pink eye and an ear infection (would explain the screaming). I thought we were there for a well-check.
So yeah, where do I pick up my award?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Overheard the other night...

Christian: Isn't mommy pretty?
CJ: No, she's not pretty.
She's not beautiful.
(long awkward pause)
She's a good mommy.

Oh, Ok. Ummm...thanks? This honesty thing is getting a little ridiculous. About four or five times a day, CJ will walk in the room all casual with his hands in his pocket, "Hey Mommy, I hit Soren." The best is when he gives ALL the details, "Mommy, I pushed Soren on the bed and hit him and he fell off the bed and then he started crying."

So the question is: When can/should I teach my child my child to lie?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

In Case I Forget Again...

To Daisy: Remember when I was probably ten and you graduated from high school and all your friends were looking at what a boy wrote in your yearbook and I wanted to see it and you told me I could read it when I was twenty? Well, I guess you were hoping I'd forget, and I almost did, but I'm ready to see it now.

To Isaac: Remember when we were walking to elementary school together and I was probably in 1st grade and you were in 5th? You told me that if I carried your backpack home, you'd pay me $2. Then when we got home, you told me you'd leave me the money in your will. Just making sure you plan on holding your end of the bargain.

And another thing, Isaac, remember all those times growing up when you teased me and I told you that someday you would regret it because I would tell the girl you wanted to marry all about it and that after I told her she wouldn't want to marry you? I forgot to do that. But in the end I'm glad because I like Elise and I'm glad she married you. But I still don't want you to forget about the $2.

That's all.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Two Tired Boys + Lazy Mom

Equals bad Halloween photos:

Here's Bob the Builder and Soren (a dump truck). I wasn't quite sure if I was in the picture or not. Darn, looks like I am.

But I have to admit that this holiday is sort of growing on me. I'm not saying that cj liked his costume or wore it for more than thirty seconds, but it's still growing on me. In a candy, hot chocolate, movies (not really scary ones, more like Charlie Brown ones) in the comforts of your own home kind of way. Not as much in the cold, rainy, door-to-door trick or treating kind of way. Luckily, cj takes after his mom. We went to one house, his cousins, where they gave him a pile of full-size candy bars. He knew when he had a good thing. With Snickers' juice dribbling down his chin, he was ready to call it quits.

I did make the boys these Halloween shirts:




Oh yes, they were a hit. I made them Halloween morning and forced my kids into them for thirty minutes. Somehow, they already made their way to the DI pile. But they were cute anyway. Just not sure I should have made them Oct 30th.

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's not my Fault I'm so Lazy

What do you expect? They've been playing like this for the last half hour:


You can see the reaction I get when I attempt any sort of contact. "Go away, Mommy." Looks like it's back to Tetris for me.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ever Since I Cleaned the Toy Room...

Yes, it has been a lot cleaner in the basement. But his alternative:
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He takes these "guys" everywhere. The other day I found them shoved in the bookcase in his bedroom. I think he was taking them to school.

Wonder what he'll play with when I clean out the fridge. Not that it'll happen any time soon.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

How many times

do you think it will take for me to watch where I park the shopping cart while loading the car with groceries so that I don't look back and see my kids rolling down the parking lot at breakneck speed and have to chase after them screaming like a crazy lady while they look back at me and grin?

I'm hoping no more than two. Because that might be bad.

I swear they need parking brakes on those things.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why is Parenting so Easy?



Like today when I was really busy sitting on the couch and I told cj to take a nap. And he got his binki, closed the blinds in his room, got a chair to turn on the fan in the bathroom, closed his door, climbed into bed, pulled down the covers, moved his extra pillows and stuffed animals and was half asleep by the time Soren and I got around to checking on him.

And like the other morning when I was running on the treadmill. He woke up, walked into the kitchen, saw a pie sitting on the counter, moved a chair over, took out a spoon, and was up to his elbows in pie when Christian walked through the door and asked, "Want some pie, Da da?"

Apparently, this kid requires no supervision. None. Except for when he puts blankets and pillows over Soren's face, spills 50 pound bags of flour, plays with Christian's razors, uses markers, types on computers, eats whole packages of gum, and leaves trails of play-doh all over the house.

Yeah, but parenting is so easy. Really.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me

I had a great birthday yesterday. The boys made me breakfast. On the menu: swedish fish and frosted flakes. Yum.


It was a perfect day filled with laundry, messy diapers and a date with Christian. I can't believe I'm 26. And I thought 25 sounded old. Geesh.

Monday, July 12, 2010

We've Been SOOOO Busy





I mean really busy:
eating ice cream cones, popsicles, watermelon, blowing bubbles, laying on the grass, sitting on the grass, reading books on the grass, sitting on lawn chairs that are sitting on the grass, roasting marshmallows, building fires, attending family reunions, staying in our pajamas too long, watering the garden, playing at the park, complaining about how hot it is, and blogging while the two year old walks over and says "Mommy, I need a diaper change". Like I said, really busy.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It Really Does Fly

The dude is in a high chair now. Seriously, where does the time go?

CJ ate cheerios in it this morning (minus the tray). Can't wait until Soren's dunking his head in the cereal bowl. It's only a matter of time.


Is it weird that the two year old drools more than the six month old? Is that normal? Anyone?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Don't Do This:



No, really. It looks fun, but don't. Especially don't do this trying to get your kid out of the candy aisle at the store--even if you are holding the baby. In fact, refrain from yanking your kid around by the arm several times a day. Because eventually he is going to cry for a half hour straight before you realize you just pulled his arm out of the socket. And then you'll have to call the doctor's office and say something like, "This is really embarrassing, but...."

Yes, I'm learning a lot about parenting lately. I'm realizing it's something I'm really good at. CJ is good at recognizing it, too. Every time we go by the spot, he is good to tell me, "Look mommy. CJ fall out of the stroller. Look!" (He is safely buckled now). And on the way home from the doctor's office today, I got this a few times "Mommy pulled CJ's arm." Thanks a lot Ceej. That'll be a great quote for the police report.

Fortunately, CJ is now in one piece. Give me a call if you need tips on popping a shoulder or two back in. I'm an expert.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Who Even Eats Rice Cereal, Anyway?


Not this kid. Thanks, Aunt Emily.

We just had the best week in California with Emily's family. Seriously, the best. In a lazy kind of way. Highlights:
  • $15 pool from Wal-Mart, Little Tikes slide, and a hose. CJ was in heaven. Except that he was scared of the pool and the slide. And he really only liked the hose if he was holding it.
  • Chasing chickens around the yard.
  • Golf Cart rides.
  • Homemade waffle cones. Yummy.
  • Pretty much every meal Emily made. She's an awesome cook.
  • Sleeping in. Oh wait, my kids woke up before six everyday. Nevermind.
  • Seeing Wicked in San Francisco with Christian. Our best date yet.
  • Watching Emily clean the house, sew tableclothes, a patchwork quilt, and make homemade scones and chocolate chip cookies. All in the same week.
  • Feeling good about being lazy compared to Emily.
  • Watching CJ get along with his cousins.
  • Watching CJ not get along with his cousins.
  • Soren's big smiles and giggles.
  • CJ following Dustin around.
  • In 'n Out
  • Soren's first bottle
  • Emily's shower. Not the baby kind or wedding kind where you get presents but the water kind. It has temperature control and like five different shower heads.
  • Canyon's baptism
Thanks, Emily and Dustin. We had an awesome trip.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Look, Mommy. Airplane.


Said to Christian and me about forty times a day. He doesn't always have dirt and marshmallows on his mouth when he says it, though.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What That Noise Probably Means

When you are on a run pushing your kids in the stroller and you hear a big thump, you should probably turn around. Because you might find one of your kids (the older one) flat on his back in the middle of the road. He probably leaned out too far looking at the canal, or the birds, or the flagpole. Maybe you shouldn't point that stuff out to him anymore.

In fact, you might want to buckle in both kids next time--not just the baby. Or at least tell the two year old to sit down.

Or at the very least, look back when you hear the thump. You wouldn't want to keep running without noticing. People driving by will look at you weird. Plus, it's not very safe.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Miracle

This is what's going down at my house right now:





Four sleeping babies.

Maybe next I'll try tackling our nation's health care reform. Should be a little bit easier.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Cinco De Mayo to You



I don't mean to brag, but I was the person who eventually broke it.

cj and his bouquet of suckers. I don't think he knew that the other stuff was candy.

And in other news, do you want to know something that will make your heart break? I mean really break (besides seeing snow out your window in May)? Watching a five month old baby throw up buckets. Poor Soren. So sad. Let's hope this is the 24 hour bug--not the 7 day bug.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Help.


says Soren. But deep down he likes the attention.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Sister, My Hero


I usually try to brag as much as I can, but really I can only get so far without lying. Until I realized that I could write about my sister* instead.

Seriously, Daisy is so awesome. Here is one reason why. She is doing an Ironman Triathlon in 15 days. IRONMAN!!!!!!! 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Yes, Daisy, you motivate me to drag myself out of bed in the morning and run (term used loosely) about 1.62 miles. And really, Daisy, I did think of you yesterday while I was eating my butter pecan ice cream cone.

Not to mention that Daisy has four beautiful girls, a mediocre husband, teaches preschool, reads 14,098 books a week, selflessly donates plasma, is the best lactation resource, and always has time to talk on the phone to her little sister. Thanks, Dais, you're the best.

Can't wait to cheer you on. From the sidelines. Yes, safely from the sidelines.


*So I could brag all about Emily, too. See here, here and here. But that'll have to wait until later.

Monday, April 12, 2010

CJ's Favorite Part of Baby Animals Days

Train:

Rocks:

Nevermind the candy cannon, baby bears, baby goats, chicks, sheep, baby everything that you can hold in your hand and pet and squeeze. Nevermind the sheep shearing demonstration, corn dogs and chocolate milk (ok, actually the chocolate milk was a big hit, too) and the tepees. Mostly, we were about rocks and trains.

Monday, April 5, 2010

First Ever Annual Artic Easter Egg Hunt






Let's hope this is the first and last.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

How CJ Saw Sea World

And the beach, San Diego, and just about every where else we went.

And this is how Soren saw it:

from the stroller, car seat, or lying on his back in the shade at the beach. Sorry buddy. He still seemed to enjoy it.

I'm not sure why we are glad to be home. It's 30 degrees outside and I think there is at least four feet of new snow on the ground. CJ keeps telling me how much he loves the snow. "Look at the snow, mommy. Lots and lots of snow!" I haven't yet told him that the snow is the reason we can't go to the park, jump on the tramp, or take more than the mandatory three steps form our house to the car. I guess one of us should be happy about it.

We did have the time of our lives in San Diego with Megan and Jon and Christian's parents. Highlights: Feeding dolphins, the beach, playing in the "sandy", Soren waking up for his ritual scream fest at two in the morning and Christian and I taking turns with him outside the hotel or in the car, the beach, flip flops, shorts, sunburns, penguins, Shamu, trip to the temple, playing in the ocean, CJ throwing up in the hotel dining area (frosted flakes, if you're curious), the beach, being away from the snow, 13 hour car ride, and a DVD player in the car (thanks mom and dad).



Hope to see you soon, San Diego.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Us at the Park



Yes, we are wearing our winter clothes. We didn't last long. Good thing we leave for San Diego tomorrow. The snow better be gone when we get back.

How Do They Know?


How do little boys know to throw rocks? Seriously? Who teaches them this stuff? CJ, Soren and I went on a walk the other day, averaging a block an hour. Really. We went three blocks and were gone three hours. I wish I could say we kept it together all three of those hours. One of us was ready for a nap. And the kids started to get ornery, too.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Back to Where We Started


A little more of this. Hoping to ease our way off the porch by mid-July. If all the snow has melted by then.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I Hope You Like the Snow


We don't seem to mind it too much.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Blessing


Elizah and Soren

We blessed Soren yesterday. Everything went perfectly. Soren was lucky to share the day with his cousin Elizah, born three weeks before him. She lives in the same ward so we had a dual blessing and dinner after for the families. The best part about it: it wasn't at my house. The second best part about it: brownies, cookies, and those really good butterscotch peanut buttery rice crispy treats.

I know everyone says this, but it really feels like yesterday that we blessed cj. I will probably be saying the same thing at their missionary farewells. We are grateful for our two boys. They are both funny and messy in all the right ways (except for when they're messy in the wrong ways).

Soren on his blessing day, cj on his. Soren is huge.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This About Sums It Up

This picture:

Soren is slowly warming up to us. Very slowly. I can't really figure out what he doesn't like about us yet. But we like him. Especially cj. Lately his favorite is giving knuckles to Soren. Come on, who doesn't like to pound it? Apparently, Soren.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

How Easy Are Triplets?

So easy. I even had cj running around too. Piece of cake. Any one have kids they want me to raise?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Who Needs A Maid?

Things cj has put away today:

My cell phone: under his bed
Chocolate syrup from the fridge: Kitchen cupboard
Unopened mail, including medical bills: garbage
Socks: garbage
Toys: under my bed
His toothbrush: down the stairs
Soren's used diapers: bathroom floor
Toy cars: dirty clothes hamper
Dry Erase Markers: in the treadmill

Luckily, Soren and my wallet are still were I left them last. For now.

Monday, January 4, 2010

My Two Sons


We are really warming up to Soren. CJ especially. He has been a great help--always throwing diapers at Soren; poking his ears, eyes, feet; sticking Soren's nose cleaner in his mouth; telling me when baby Soren is awake, sleeping, crying, sad; putting pillows on his face; playing ring around the rosies right next to his head; mimicking Soren's cries, and mostly giving Soren hugs and saying, "Ahh....that's so nice." Really, a great helper. I'm not saying I'd leave the two in a room alone together, but we are making progress. They are great buddies already. I'm sure Soren will feel the same when he knows cj exists.

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And yes, I did bribe cj with a treat to get this footage.