Sunday, September 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Little Princess

Warning: this post is EXTREMELY biased. If you don't care, read on. I just have to say that I have the most beautiful, adorable little girl in the world. She doesn't officially turn two until tomorrow, but we had a party for her tonight. She was so excited all day long. For church, I decided to curl her hair with foam rollers. It turned out so cute. I've got to take advantage of it while she'll still let me do her hair :)

Let the party begin. She was so wound up all afternoon. I've never seen her so wild and crazy.
She had LOTS of help unwrapping presents. Her brothers had a really hard time not doing it themselves.
She loved that we were singing to her. It's crazy the difference a year makes.

I love my Little Princess and feel like the luckiest mom in the world. I love having a little girl that I can dress up in frilly clothes and curl her hair. Her cute little voice, fun little giggle, and precious smile just melt your heart. It's been a fun two years with her in our family. We love you Little Princess.

Today was also my first lesson in gospel doctrine. It went rather well. Sacrament meeting went over and the bishop took the first 5+ minutes of class explaining the new Duty to God, so I didn't have a lot of time for the lesson. I was kind of nervous, but had a good time. I of course learned more than anyone in the class did.

I also was asked to be a room mom in Big Man's class. The first event is the Halloween party. I've already got it all planned out.I think it will be fun to be involved and see him in his class. He talks about what they do and the friends he has, so now I can actually see it all. Wish me luck.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Change is good, right?

Sunday morning I get a call from the ward's Executive Secretary. We all know what that means. I met with the bishopric right before church. I knew a release would be coming soon. I have been in Cub Scouts for almost two years, which is crazy for this ward. No one stays in Cub Scouts that long. I thought all morning about if they would call me to something else. I secretly hoped for Activity Day leader, or Visiting Teaching supervisor-it's too bad you can't pick your calling. When the bishopric announced their intended calling, I think I just stared at them. They wanted me to be the co-teacher for Gospel Doctrine. For real? Me? Don't get me wrong, I'm a teacher by profession, but the Old Testament? Wow. I think somehow I said yes, but as I thought about it all day, a nervous excitement lingered.

I've never got so many well wishes and condolences all in one day. The teacher that I am replacing is amazing. Very knowledgeable and insightful. I have enjoyed his lessons. Now, I can only hope that people will enjoy my lessons.

So the lesson of the day is be careful what you wish or pray for. You might just actually get it and not in the way that you expect. My first lesson is next Sunday-the topic: Isaiah. I'm starting NOW to prepare. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

More Conversations with Big Man

This week Jeff is gone deer hunting. I thought it would be a long and grueling week, but so far I've actually had a lot of fun with the kids. Today while we were at the park, Big Man came up to me and this is the conversation we had:

BM: Mom, I don't think Little Man believes in Jesus.
Me: Why is that?
BM: Because he's being naughty.
Me: (while laughing) BM, people can still believe in Jesus even if they're naughty.

This made me laugh. I am the luckiest mom. I have three amazing kids who made me smile and laugh daily. I usually want to pull my hair out too, but I guess the good and bad come hand in hand.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Conversation with Big Man

I was helping Big Man get dressed and ready for soccer practice tonight. I don't even remember what we were talking about, but here's how our conversation went:

BM: How do you know that?
Me: Moms know everything.
BM: No, dad knows everything.
Me: Moms are pretty smart too.
BM: Did you know that M got chased by a bear?
Me: No.
BM: See, you don't know everything.

He had me there. I love that he thinks his dad is all knowing. Kids are so honest and unassuming. He's such a cutie.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Little Man Starts Preschool

Another long awaited day-Little Man's 1st day of preschool. He was so excited this morning. It was fun to watch him go today.
We arrived a little early, so I took some pictures at the school. Some other moms were there with their little guys. I realized how much older Little Man is than some of his buddies. He just turned 4 and some of them are probably barely 3. It's too bad he barely misses the deadline.
I also hosted playgroup this week for Little Man's friends. It was fun and wild to have 3 extra boys at my house. After the afternoon calmed down, I sat down to do homework with Big Man. Little Man came and sat by us and had to do it too. It was cute. Luckily Big Man didn't care. I had a good time doing number flashcards with my boys. I love that they love to learn.

A funny story that happened this week: Big Man is always into creating things. One afternoon I was out in the garage and come in to find him gluing stuff. Grandma gave him some Elmer's glue for his birthday and it's been put to good use, we usually use glue sticks. I found that my outside (dirty, gross) broom was at my desk. He was making a flag. Of course my initial reaction is 'what a mess, get that broom outside, don't glue things to the broom, etc.' I wasn't thrilled about it. Later that night the broom made it's way outside. I told Jeff that Big Man had glued paper to the broom, he looks at us with a smile and says 'It's the Title of Liberty.' How could I be mad after that. It was such a sweet declaration and made me realize that they really are listening when I think they aren't. In the picture, the paper is folded down, but he'd written his name on it. What a cutie.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Incredible Pizza and more...

On Monday for Little Man's birthday we took the boys to Incredible Pizza. It was right during nap time, so we left Little Princess home with Grandma. My boys are still a little bit too small for most of the things there, but they still had fun.
Little Man had a great birthday. I still can't believe he's 4. He was telling me that on his next birthday he'll be 5 and it about blew me away.
He's done nothing but play with his new toys. It's refreshing to see him play with stuff. Most of our toys sit in the toy room gathering dust. Which brings me to the next picture. I decided to clean out the toy room. I don't know why I always have helpers, but I do. This is the train toy box. Little Princess thought it was great fun to hide in there.
I got a brainstorm that I'm going to put some of our toys on KSL. My boys don't play with the trains much anymore. I figure if I can sell some of them, I can start my Christmas shopping. Who thinks about that in September, right? Well, me. For some reason when September comes around, I want to get going on Christmas. My goal is to be DONE shopping by Thanksgiving. We'll see how that goes.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Little Man Turns 4

His official birthday is tomorrow, but tonight we had a family party for Little Man. I can't believe he's 4. Seems like just yesterday he was joining our family. He had a great birthday party. Thanks to all of our family who made it special for him.


What a good looking bunch of kids. Don't they look like trouble? They are.
We played a few games. Little Princess had to be blindfolded for the 'pin the light sabre on Darth Vader" game.

It was a fun night. Also, this week he starts preschool. He's growing up before my eyes.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Adventures with Dad

Last night I was informed that Jeff was taking the kids on an adventure and I wasn't invited. That was his nice way of telling me that I got the whole day to myself. It was heaven. They all went to Cabela's first. That's tradition when you spend a Saturday with Dad. Next they were off on a drive. I'm not quite sure where all of these pictures were taken. Jeff's going to show me on the map later. I thought they were cute though.




They ended their drive down in Fountain Green at the farm. A rattlesnake decided to come out of it's hole and see what was going on, so they shot it. That was the first thing they told me about when they got home. It was quite a memorable experience.

I spent my morning going to Garage sales. I only found one thing. I was bummed that I didn't find any great deals. Oh well. After that I decided to go to the temple. It's rare that I don't have to rush home to kids after going to the temple, so I decided to take advantage of it. I even treated myself to Kneaders after because Jeff never wants to go there. It was a nice afternoon. I was going to come home and get so much done, but I laid down and fell asleep for 2 1/2 hours. That never happens. It was a very nice, peaceful day, and it made me appreciate my little munchkins more when they came home. Just seeing their little smiles and hearing about their adventures makes my heart melt. I'm a lucky mom, and Jeff is a great dad. Thanks for the day off.

Friday, September 3, 2010

What a nut...

This is the first of three new posts. Make sure you read them all :) I've had this picture on my camera for a while. I thought it was hilarious. Little Princess wanted to play with tools one night. She likes to dress up like her brothers. They're always in some sort of a costume. She wore thsi get up for quite a while.

Finally

The long awaited event is finally here. Here's Big Man's traditional first day of school picture on the rock. He was pretty excited when he woke up this morning.
He wanted to ride the bus to school, so we took him to the bus stop and then followed the bus to school. His is the last stop, so it's a pretty short ride. This might've been his favorite part of the whole day :)
Big Man's buddy on his right is from his soccer team. He was pretty excited that he'd be in his class. The other two are new friends.
This one's kind of an acion shot. My camera's either too slow, or he's too fast. He hung up his back pack and was off to his seat.
There were no tears from me or from him. It was an exciting day. My oldest is growing up.

Little Man's Big Day

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Little Man had a big day yesterday. He's been very reluctant to ride his bike without training wheels, but after a helpful hint from a friend, he got it yesterday. It was fun to see him pick it up. He was so proud of himself.

He also started a playgroup with his little friends. They're meeting once a week on Thursdays. Yesterday was his first time and he had a blast. It's fun to see him grow up. He's patiently waited while his older brother has done everything first. Now it's finally his turn.

He'll start school next Thursday. What to do with two kids in school twice a week :)