Monday, August 31, 2009


I love when you go somewhere and all the kids insist that they are not tired. It pretty much cracks me up because the following usually happens (Seth is hit and miss as to whether he will fall asleep or not but the others are pretty much always the same!)

Lexi definitely looks like a kid who wasn't tired!
So we headed up northeast of Payson to go camping for the 4th of July. We met up w/ Eliott's mom and her hubby Todd. and we had a fantastic time. It was such a great trip. The weather was great. It even poured on us a couple times. The little random storms would last about an hour. The first one proved to us how non-leak proof our tent is. Eliott was busy having kidney stone pains in the tent when it first started pouring so Todd helped me cover the tent w/ the tarp that was used for covering the wood. It did manage to keep the water out of our tent. For which I was extremely grateful. By the time I got back in the tent after getting the tarp and helping Todd throw it over the tent, I was completely soaked!! But it was fun. The last time we went camping Eliott bought me this awesome hammock. So I took full advantage of having it there. I brought w/ me some cheesy books and laid in the hammock and read. It was fantastic and sooo relaxing! And as you can see the kids love it too.

This picture makes me laugh and I am not quite sure why. I do love Lyddie's eyes in this one!
Seth is actually holding a caterpillar in this picture! He is usually scared of everything but this little caterpillar was his buddy!

I do have to tell the funny potty issues we had while camping! Riley decided that she could go pee outside by herself. And dog-gone it she was gonna learn how to do it. Even if it meant peeing on everything we brought. And that is exactly what it meant. She would try soooo hard but her legs are too short and she would pee on her pants or undies every single time.
And then Lyddie was absolutely terrified of peeing outside. She would freak out and not go. And then she would end up peeing her pants. Luckily Eliott's mom and Todd have a pop-up trailer w/ a toilet. So Lyddie was able to go there. I can't remember exactly how long it was but the first day she went potty at home and then didn't go again until it was late evening. She held it soooo long.
So between Riley and her desire to go by herself and Lyddie and her fear of going outside, we literally peed through every possible thing. Even the dirty clothes from the first 2 days, that Lexi kept dry. It was getting a bit ridiculous!!
But I love camping and can't wait to go again!!
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Summer fun Movie day!

We love the harkins summer fun movie day. We got to go to almost every show this summer. It was a lot of fun. I was a little worried about not having my movie buddies that I had last year. But it ended up being okay. Lyddie and Lexi thought they had to go to the bathroom every time. But Riley and Seth did such a good job! The kids would go back and forth as to whether or not they wanted the booster chair. This was on Riley's b-day and they decided they didn't need the chair! she is funny!

These 2 pictures of Lexi just make me laugh every time I see them. She watched almost the whole movie like that!

look at the face on her! Too funny!

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Oh Lyddie

Oh my little Lyddie. She is such a joy to me. She is my snuggle bug. She cracks me up. I borrowed this bumbo chair from a friend so that I could use it for the little boy I babysit. I usually have it in the top of my closet but the second it is free she is in it. She could sit in it all day long. She has been into barbies lately and this is how I find her allllll the time!
She will just sit where ever, (if the bumbo is available that is her choice, but the couch works just as well) and hold 2 or more barbies and just quietly play w/ them. Back and forth! And yes the "daddy" barbie is naked and I don't know where the clothes are! Eliott even found her in the corner of her closet one day just playing away! She is tooo funny!! Look at that face!!!
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my boy is big!

Seth turned 7 yesterday! I can't believe how time has flown!! We have decided to only have all out huge parties when the kids turn 5, 8, 12, 16 and 18. And every year we will still have a family party. So for his family party we met at our community pool and swam and had barros and of course cake. Eliott made him a yummy german chocolate bundt cake! But he forgot the candles on the counter so Seth got to blow out the lighter quite a few times! He is such a good sport. It almost didn't seem real that it was his birthday, he didn't have a ton of hype leading up to it. He seems soooo grown up. He had been requesting a few different things from different people. It kinda made me laugh how he had it figured out. He had Eliott's mom getting him "twister" and he had us getting a slinky. But he wouldn't mix that up he would only tell us slinky, and her twister. I didn't even know he had requested that until she and I were talking. Such a funny kid.

We asked him if he wanted to open the presents from us on Sunday, his actual birthday or if he wanted them the same day as his party, which was saturday. He thought about it for a minute and then told me he would rather have them on his actual day, so that way he still got presents on his birthday. I love that kid! I soooo would have chosen the earlier day!
Another funny thing that he did that made me realize he is getting older was: he was talking to Eliott on Saturday and said "dad you don't have much time left to go shopping for my presents"
Eliott told him that we knew for a long time that it was his birthday and that we had it covered!!

So Sunday morning he came into our room to open his presents. He got his slinky and he got it to walk down 3 stairs! This kid can read like crazy, and has been reading the "Boxcar Children" books from the library but he hasn't read the 1st one, so Eliott got him that one. He was excited and then he got an MP3 player. (I wish I could type how he says it. It cracks me up, he didn't realize that it was 2 letters and a number, he thought it was a word and the word was soooo funny!) anyway so he got that and some earphones. He was soooo happy. He just loves music and the best thing about this one is that it can charge through the computer! No more batteries!! So Eliott loaded it w/ music last night and he was in love. I woke up this morning to hear him belting out "i want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my biiiikeee" at the top of his lungs!

He is such an amazing boy! I just love him to death! He is a great helper and an excellent big brother. He has such a fun personality and funny sense of humor! I don't know what I would do w/ out him!
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Super Saturday

Somehow I got roped into doing Super Saturday w/ my ward this year. I had fun working w/ my good friend, Kelli. But there was lots of drama where others were concerned which made it not so super! But it is done! It turned out well and I think everyone had a good time.
I was in charge of 4 of the crafts this year. (mine are in the second picture)

Kelli did, the family blocks, the christmas sign under the hammer, a candy jar that says "gobble til you wobble" a glass block, one said "boo" the other said "believe", a recipe holder that had a small sheet of tin to put in the slot on the top of that block of wood and then we had 2 free things, magnets (the ones that are clear flat marbles w/ cute paper under them and then glue the magnet on) and composition books that you could cover w/ cute paper
So I did the picture frame (we did this at my old ward last year and people loved it so I suggested it for this year)
and then we also did the soaps from last year. They have inserts in them displaying different quotes.
Then the monogram letter. And the last one I did was the tin box.

It was a ton of work! I had to visit all the micheal's, walmarts, and joanns in my area and most of them more than once. I had to collect 97 clear soaps! But it is done! and now I can focus on other things!
Seth's birthday was yesterday so after super saturday he had his party. So it was a fun filled day. I will post more on his b-day soon.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

smokin' deal!!

I love shopping!! Mostly when I get to save a ton of money. Or shop guilt free w/ somebody else's money, which frankly doesn't happen. So I gotta get my kicks off the good deals. Well our van has been kinda out of commission for the month of August and Eliott was gone for almost 2 weeks before that. so really the last time I got to really really go shopping was a month or more ago. So last night I went to fry's! I don't think I could have taken a picture if I wanted to, but I spent $93 (I know it doesn't sound fantastic until you hear what I got) I got 146 items. among those were gogurt, yogurt, granola bars in all brands and flavors, fruit snacks, and much much more! It was fanastic!!
Then today I went to walgreens and got...

3 full size Air wick sensor sprays
3 mini air wick sensor sprays
3 glade sense and spray
1 glade refill
3 glade candles
4 cand of Blue Diamond almonds
2 packs Chinette plates
50 4x6 prints
and I paid a grand total of...
(the bill came to $112ish)

I love a good grocery high!!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

moving on..

Okay so like everybody else who goes private... I just decided that it was time. There are lots of weirdos out there that like to blog stalk!
So anyway! and ummmm now that I know how many of you wanted an invite I better be seeing some comments people!
But now that I have finally converted over to private I can go blog crazy and update you on all the happenings this summer!
brace yourself!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

going private! let me know if you want an invite!