Sunday, October 31, 2010

Party Time

Here the kids are all lined up to get started with the festivities. We divided them into groups so that everyone would not be at one station all at the same time.
1.Candy leis for the soldiers with the left over candy
2.A pumpkin craft
3.Owl cupcakes
4.A gratitude chain
I love these people and it was so nice to sit and visit with them all after being cooped up for almost a week and a half. Everyone seemed to have a good time and the party stations all went really well. My favorite costumes of the night were by two of my BIL's. One was Waldo from Wheres Waldo. The other was an 80's work out guy complete with sweat marks. My house smelled so good from the food everyone prepared!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween a day early

Jared is a member of the mafia, Sarah is Hermione from Harry Potter, Emma is a cowgirl, Joseph is a ghost, Joshua is a prince, and Jacob is Woody from toy story. Jacob really hated his costume and I had to trick him to get him in it. I told him I was going to put it on Joshua and he screamed no and came right over and sat down for me to put it on. Haha 1 point for mom.

I love trunk or treating that our church puts on every year. We drove over to the parking lot and I sat in the back of my car. They were each given glow sticks and some good scary punch. It felt great to get out of the house but it took a lot out of me. I got to see all the kids from church in their adorable costumes. My kids got so much candy in such a short amount of time. They were completely satisfied. Even Betty had a good time being loved by all the people.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Jacob absolutely loves Toy Story! This is an understatement. I was online shopping for Christmas the other day and searched for toy story toys. Jacob came over and for at least 10 minutes he was super excited at each new toy we looked at. I think he would have looked longer but we ran out of toys to look at. Silly boy.
So naturally I thought he would love his costume. He does not. I happened to get him into for about 2 minutes before he was taking it off. Oh well. He sure looks cute though.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm still here.

And don't I look thrilled. This picture makes me laugh cause I can tell I am trying to put on a happy face but it just came out looking silly. I get that need to make silly faces at the camera from my dad. I am getting rather excited to feel better and I appreciate my imperfect body even more now. Sometimes I get frustrated with my health problems. But then I am reminded that it really is not that big of a deal. A friend of mine was just diagnosed with cancer and she lost her foot because of it. I keep thinking to myself. AT least I have my feet. I guess it all comes down to perspective and sometimes I need a slight perspective shift.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sticker mania

Since all I can do is hang out on the couch Jacob finds ways to entertain me. Today he spent time putting stickers on then taking them off my leg. Its the simple moments like these that I cherish. The time we are just enjoying being together. I am still his world. He thinks I am the best thing around. I know it won't always be that way. I now have a child that tells me I am not always right in his mind. I am no longer the only opinion that matters. It helps me love the simplicity of these every day moments even more when I realize how fast they are gone.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween is Coming

Joseph got to wear his costume to his music class today. I just love his costumes choices. Very old school and he really pulls it off well. Once I put the make up on him he had to look at him self. He was so pleased to see that he looked scary. Love this silly boy!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

This is a view I could get used to.

After the family got home from church today they came and spent time with me in my bed. I'm feeling a little better now that I stopped taking the pain pills. I discovered they were the reason I was feeling so so sick. Pain is better then sick.
Hanging out with them made me happy today.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Oh Joshua, how you entertain me.

Since I am still stuck to my bed like glue Ryan thoughtfully took the kids to the mall (so I could rest) to buy soap. A simple thing? Not with this family.
The first thing they do when they get there is run into a friend of ours who just found out her cancer has spread. He is trying to visit while Joseph is trying to tell him he doesn't feel well and wants to wait in the car. Moments later Ryan smells throw up and looks down to discover he has throw up all over him, and the ground, and covering Joseph as well.
He moves the kids next to a kiosk while trying to figure out how he is going to clean this up. Then comes even more throw up. But this time it is all over Joshua. He starts to scream and he is rather upset. Rightfully so.
Why does this entertain me? Two reasons.
1. I am on some serious happy pills to curb the pain
2. The way the two boys come home and tell their sides of the story.

Joshua tells me that when Jospeh threw up on him it made him go "Huwwwlllaaa" As he makes the most realistic dry heaving sound and facial expressions ever. I could not stop laughing.
As Joseph is telling me his side of the story he has a smile creeping up on his face getting bigger and more dimply the farther he gets into his story. Kinda funny to him that he threw up on his dad. Really funny to him that he threw up on his little brother and made him scream with horror. It hurt to laugh because of the stitches but I just couldn't stop.
I am so grateful for boys. They help me not take life to seriously.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What would I do with out a good book?

Today I felt the pain of a mild appendicitis. Lucky for me they found it before it became a very painful appendicitis. I went to the Dr's at 2:30pm. I hung out at the Er until after 10pm when they finally told me that yes it was what they thought and that yes I would need an appendectomy right away.
I did not mind waiting that whole time because of Nicholas Sparks. Thank you Nick!
I did get very scared for all of 5 minutes. I cried because I do not like drs and I do not like the idea of surgery. But then things happened so fast I really didn't have to much time to think. and I would not be writing this unless things turned out fine.

Monday, October 18, 2010

My hero

I still have boxes in my garage. I think it is less then ten now so that is exciting for me. I opened most of them in the garage and then brought in what I needed to . But this one box I knew it all belonged with my craft so I brought it in and put it on the table right next to where the kids were doing homework.

Bad idea number 1. 2 mice run out of the box and I learn Sarah is a screamer. All the kids jump into action. Some to run and hide others to get the mice. We lift and move furniture, move the fridge, stand as barricades. Then one runs over my foot and I scream. I am not usually a scream, in fact this was the first time for me. But I screamed like a little girl.

Thanks to Jared he caught them both and threw them over our back fence. (we do not have a house behind ours)

Bad idea number 2. I open the box while it is still on the table only to have 2 more jump out. Jared got them quickly and again over the fence.

Bad idea number 3. I continue to go through the box while still on the table. I believe we found 2-3 more inside the box. It was a mommy and all her babies.

Joshua, Sarah, and I wanted nothing to do with them. Emma and Jared were heading up the witch hunt. Joseph was more of a watcher. The dog who is supposed to be a rodent killer was no help at all.

At one point I told Joseph if he could stop sucking his thumb I would let him get a pet. He wanted a rat or mouse. He said to me after this was all over. "I guess you won't let me get a mouse any more?" I asked him why he thought that. He then said "Cause you are afraid of them" I had to laugh at that. i guess no mice as pets for me.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cousin Torch

Joshua to Jared were all invited to their cousin Torchs Bday party. They came home just thrilled with the party, the pinata, the goodie bags. Having family near by is the best!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Box car racing

The youth program in our church is amazing. The men in charge of Jareds group are just big kids and they make it so fun for Jared. For two weeks now they have been working on these box cars. When Jared came home tonight he was so excited and Just had so many wonderful things to say about the night. I am so grateful for good leaders.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Little Stinker!

This cute little guy decided that he wanted to see what was in my purse and drop it on the ground with my camera in it. I heard a crack and tried really hard not to cry. As it turns out it was just my lens. I am grateful for that but sad to part with my every day lens. Maybe Santa will bring me an upgrade???

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oh to be 12 and have no fears.

He ate the whole thing in one bite. Their was not enough water to quench his thirst after that. I love having boys around the house to spice things up every now and then.

Friday, October 8, 2010

When did my baby stop being a baby?

Jacob talks so much now and seems so independent. He is not a little baby any more in fact he is not a baby at all. He runs and tackles and loves and squishes. He chatters and explains and laughs. Such a bitter sweet.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

1st gread wonder

When Joseph first started school this year his teacher was concerned that he was a little behind. He tested in the 40 word club which means he know by site the first forty words kids need to know. She wants the kids to be up to the 200 club by the end of semester. This little man has worked so hard at improving he is now at the 180 club after only two months. I am so proud of him.
Here he is at his flag ceremony at school where he was recognized for meeting his reading goals.
I love you JoJo!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Only the prettiest baby I have ever taken pictures of. Isn't she a doll?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


For awhile there I was not sure why we thought it was a good idea to bring a puppy into the house. But now she is so loving and mellow and just plain good. The kids love her and she loves them. She mostly does what she is told and she has calmed down a ton. We do like our Betty girl!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Daily walk in Thanksgiving

Tonight for FHE we discussed gratitude and all that we have to be grateful for. The kids each wrote out all the things they are grateful for and we put it into our cornucopia.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I love good food

I made Indian food for dinner tonight. It was so wonderful and we all enjoyed it. With it being conference I felt like I could spend a little more time in my kitchen making a more complicated recipe. I wish I had the time to cook like this more often. A wondeful feast to go along with our spiritual feast we have had over the last two days

Saturday, October 2, 2010

How we keep our busy 4 year old quiet...

... during conference so we can listen. Ryan draws pictures on his hands, and fingers, and feet. Hey it works!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Joseph is very clever

And is always coming up with different projects. A duct tape airplane? Easy for Joseph.