Monday, September 29, 2008

Lucky 7

Well, I got tagged for the first time since blogging (thanks Jade).

7 things I can do:
1. I can change a diaper (I have lots of practice)
2. I love to read
3. I can talk- LOTS!
4. I can sing
5. I can calm a crying child (usually with a kiss or hug)
6. I can bake bread (thanks Chauntelle for your recipe)
7. I can smile even when I want to cry!

7 Things I can't do:
1. I can't sew
2. I can't sleep most nights
3. I can't keep my house clean (the kids are really good at making messes)
4. I can't decorate
5. I can't remember things I have just said (I have to ask Rich "did I already say that?")
6. I can't make it anywhere on time
7. I can't stop missing all of my family and friends who live so far away!!

7 Things that attracted me to Rich:
1. How laid back he is.
2. His respect for his mom and sisters
3. His patience with me
4. His testimony of the gospel and his respect for the priesthood
5. His work ethic (He works really hard to support our family)
6. His desire to have a family and for me to stay home
7. His sense of humor

7 Things that I say most often:
1. Stop picking on your sisters (to Tyler of course)
2. I love you
3. What were you thinking?
4. Not right now
5. Be quiet
6. Are you okay?
7. Anyway

7 Celebrity Admirations:
I don't really have any.

7 Favorite Foods:
1. Shrimp
2. Cookie dough ice cream
3. Lemon-berry slushes from Sonic
4. Chicken Sandwich
5. Chicken Salad Sandwiches
6. Hamburgers
7. Any chocolate

7 People to tag:
1. Sarah
2. Dani
3. Kerry
4. Lindsay
5. Carrie
6. Holly
7. Megan

This was harder than I thought it would be!!!

Savannah

I thought I would share a video clip of Savannah! She is so cute (most of the time). She really doesn't talk much, but she is funny trying. Enjoy!
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Random Pictures

Savannah helping me clean. What a good helper she is.





Okay, the other day the kids are bored and so we pulled out some Halloween crafts. These are what the girls made. The bat and pumpkin were more than I thought when I bought them. I thought the kids would be able to put them together themselves, but that was not the case. It required hot gluing and cutting. I started these projects after Savannah went down for a nap, but she decided that she didn't want to take a nap. So I was trying to keep her away from everything and help the girls do these. Savannah is not helpful when it comes to cutting and glitter glue, she thinks that everything is fun to eat. Anyway, the girls had a good time. The projects only lasted for a few hours. The girls left them out and Savannah ate the eyes off of everything and pulled all of the stickers off. I guess they will learn to put things away so Savannah can't get to them.


Rich trying to relax, but the kids never leave him alone when he gets home.
I have to admit that I kind of like this set up. Just means that they aren't hanging on me!!!

Paris at the park. She loves to have her picture taken. She is getting so big. Now if I can just get her to stop whining at me and crying all day over everything!! She is such a sensitive child.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Weekend News

Okay, so I didn't realize how uneventful our lives are until I started blogging and tried to come up with stuff to write about. All of my friends kept telling me to get a blog going because I have 4 kids and would always have stuff to blog about. Well, I've been trying all weekend to think about what to say. This weekend was pretty low key. Friday night, I'm in the kitchen making dinner and Rich called. He calls every night when he is on his way home (it takes him about 25 minutes to get home). Anyway, he says "I'm not sure I want to come home because of the tornado warnings." I must be in my own world. I had no idea we were in the middle of tornado warnings. The sirens were going off and I didn't even know it. Well, that makes me feel very safe. Then, my friend Dani calls and says that she is keeping Tyler for dinner until the storm passes. Well, I decided I would get the girls and head down stairs and watch the news. I'm glad that our basement is a comfortable place to be. Although the girls were mad at me because I wanted to watch the "tormado" instead of cartoons. What was I thinking?

The rest of the weekend was pretty low key. Tyler wasn't feeling well and was up for most of Friday and Saturday night. He has been having nightmares and just cries any time we tell him it is time to get ready for bed. I hope this is just a phase. He and I stayed home from church on Sunday, because he was up for about two hours in the middle of the night. So we decided to let him stay home. Which I have to say I didn't mind. I was up most of the night with him and church is at 8:30 in the morning. I was tired.

On a more positive note. Tyler brought home his math test and he got 100% on it. I was so proud of him. For those of you who don't know, Tyler has struggled in school the past several years (yes, even in preschool). We are in a school district that is in the top 10 in the nation. They require a lot (or at least I think so). If your child is not brilliant, they have extra groups they get to go to. Well, Tyler gets to go to all of these groups. I was sent a letter this year telling me that Tyler was behind in math and was going to meet with a para-educator for a math group. The tests they gave them were pretests on things that had not been taught them. I was confused. Well, I can't be too pessimistic the groups do help and I'm grateful to live in a district that has these things made available to them. But I was very proud of Tyler for bring home his first 100% on a test. He is catching on!!!!

Well, that was our exciting weekend. I hate to end so abruptly, but I have a little girl yelling at me from the bathroom- she's done.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Dakota's Preschool Days

Well Dakota started preschool on Wednesday. She is such a funny girl. She likes to play by herself. I ask her if she plays with anyone and she tells me "no one wants to play with me." Then she tells me except this person and this friend who played house with me. I just crack up at her. Today she told me, when I asked her if she played with anyone, "no friends wanted to play with me." I asked her if they said to her "Dakota you can't play with us!" and she said yep. Then she says "Mom, they choose not to play with me so I choose not to play with them!" Well, what can you say to that? She is just really funny. All of the kids like to play with her, but she does her own thing. She loves going to school and will do just fine in Kindergarten. She asked me about a little girl in her class who is black and why she had black skin and then told me that her skin makes her smell bad. I explained to her that Heavenly Father made all people no matter what color their skin is and that skin color doesn't make people smell bad. She said "well, she doesn't really smell bad I just thought she did because she is black." Maybe, she thought she was dirty. So we have had talks about how Heavenly Father made all different kinds of people. I hope that she got it. She is very curious about people and smells lately!! She had a great week at preschool.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Our Labor Day Weekend

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We took the kids to the Deanna Rose Farmstead on Labor Day to go fishing. The kids had a great time. Tyler caught 4 fish and Dakota caught 2. It was very exciting for them. Tyler even put the worm on his hook all by himself. It was funny to watch, but I wouldn't do it. Paris wasn't very interested in the whole fishing thing. She just wanted to stay by the stroller where the water bottle was. Savannah didn't care much either, but she liked looking at the worms. Then we went and fed the goats and sheep. They always enjoy doing this. We love this farm, it is free and the kids have a great time. The weather was hot and humid so we didn't stay long. I was whining, which I'm entitled to do, and Rich was tired of listening to me. The rest of the weekend was busy also. Saturday I went to the Winter Quarters temple with a couple of my friends. I don't get to go very often so it was really nice. The drive is long, but it is worth it. We left at 6:20 and got home about 4:30. Then the girls had a birthday party for a friend of Dakota's from preschool. The party started at 6:00. Needless to say, I was exhausted. Anyway, it was a fun weekend and we always enjoy having Rich home for long weekends.