Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What a month!

So the month of November was a whirlwind of activity. Here are a few of events that happened.



Chase had his 10th birthday and Dylan had his 8th




We went to Arizona for Thanksgiving.
(Playing at the park)



Chad got laid off from his job.
(Here he is singing to my playschool kids)





Dylan was baptized




...and started cub scouts

Chase got his Bear scout award.


And my sister had a baby (She was actually born in October)

All in all it was a very busy month. We were so excited to welcome a new cousin, Alysa to our family. And although I can't wait until Chad finds another job, I have totally enjoyed having him around more. I sure wish that he could just stay home with us all day (and somehow have a steady paycheck at the same time =)! )

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How I can tell my baby isn't a baby anymore.

I found her like this the other day
She was actually hiding under a blanket and trying to open a piece of candy.
Her prized piece of candy. A huge suckerHow she reacted when I took it away.
Yep, the days of hiding things from mommy have begun. I just can't believe that she is actually old enough to think of that. How did she grow up so fast? And just so you know, I didn't give in right away. Later in the day she found it again, and I just couldn't take it away the second time. Fortunately she didn't even really like it, so she didn't eat it for long. I can't wait till all of the halloween candy is gone (but I can only eat so much each night =).

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween

This Halloween we had a great time. Our next door neighbors had a portable fire pit in their front driveway and we roasted hot dogs, and had chili and goodies. We all ate dinner and then the dads took the kids trick or treating while the moms stayed and hung out at the fire pit. It was lots of fun. The kids came back with way too much candy, but it was a good night. Chase was a football player, Dylan was a clone trooper, Spencer was Obi one Kenobi (is that how it is spelled?) and Brooke was a princess at our school fall festival but decided to wear the pumpkin costume on Halloween. I actually forgot to get a picture of them all standing together since we all kind of congregated next door at different times, but this one actually has them all in one photo.


Who would have guessed a Jedi's favorite food was a hot dog?

Dylan in one of his more contemplative moods (probably planning his attack on the Jedi)

Chase sitting on the rock Ghost.

Brooke trick-or-treating. She loved it.

A rare photo of myself roasting a hot dog. In case you couldn't tell, I was a cowgirl.

Brooke looking cute earlier in the day

All in all it was a fun filled day. The kids didn't have school the next day so it was even better. And we had so much fun hanging out with our neighbors and friends. It is too bad that we can't all just slow down a little bit and gather around a fire every night. Oh well, at least we have Halloween.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pumpkin Time



Today after Chase's football game we went to a pumpkin patch that our friend owns. There were rides, jumpies, a petting zoo, and of course pumpkins to pick out. The kids had a blast, and it was really good to spend some fun family time together. Here are a few of the fun things we did...




This was by far Brooke's favorite ride. She was laughing the whole way around.





Brooke's first encounter with a goat.




The very very spinny ride. I saw more than a couple of kids getting off of this ride, not looking well.


Brooke loved it, but she looked a few shades paler when it was all over. It could go around very fast. Chad actually got dizzy and had to walk away just watching it.


Loading up the wagon with some big pumpkins






Brooke taking a rest, trying to decide which pumpkin to pick.



Sunday, September 28, 2008

My Little Padawan Jedi

video

Fighting Darth Vader!








Padawan Jedi Training



Last Thursday Spencer and I did something totally fun. We went to Disneyland all by ourselves. Just me and him. It was so much fun. One of the things that he really really wanted to do was the Jedi training. We made sure and did that first. I was so glad that he got picked because he was so excited to do it. After the Jedi training, we just went wherever he wanted to go. We went on the cars, the Matterhorn, the "Indiana Jones" railroad (our name for Big Thunder Mtn., he is too short for the real Indiana Jones ride), Pirates, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mtn, Peter Pan, Mr. Toad's wild ride, the carousel, and the finding Nemo Submarine ride. It was just great, there were almost no lines on any rides. We just walked right on to some of the rides. On the way to one of the rides we stopped and got ice cream and walked while we were eating them, and then he wanted to stop at the petrified tree to finish eating. While we were sitting there in front of the water, the big steamship came around the corner. He was so surprised because it was so big. It was so fun to just do whatever he wanted to. After we got off of a ride, I would say "ok, now what?" and then we would go there. We were celebrating his birthday so he got to wear a special birthday pin. All of the workers that saw the pin would say happy birthday to him. He was so excited every time they said it. It was an amazing day.




Spencer driving






Eating Ice Cream while watching the big boat come around the corner










He was so surprised. It was fun to watch his amazement



What a smile




Contemplating the remarkable size of this rather large lollypop!




Nice Sword!



I love this little guy!



My little Sweetie!



I didn't want this day to end. We had such a fun time. I realized on this day that I need to spend more one on one time with my kids. It gave me a chance to really just hang out with Spencer instead of running around doing all of the stuff we usually have to do during the day. It was so nice to be able to just stop and lean down when he was talking and actually listen to everything he had to say instead of trying to listen to all 4 of the kids talking at once. I just loved being able to give 100 percent of my attention all to him for a whole day. I can't wait to do it again. (And believe me, the boys keep talking about when "their" day will be). Thank you Spencer for a wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Take a deep breath

Today started of normally, but this afternoon got a little interesting. First of all Chase has had a cough for a little over a week. Yesterday he started having breathing problems to go along with it. So today I called to make an appointment for him to be seen. He has had a history of asthma symptoms in the past so this is nothing new to me, when he seemed like he was really having a hard time, I decided to make an appointment. Well, apparently even though we do have health insurance (Kaiser mind you), there are no available doctors in all of San Diego County. So I ask (a little sarcastically, I have had so many bad experiences with Kaiser, some good, but many bad) so what should I do with my son while he is having breathing problems, and we are waiting for his appointment tomorrow. The nurse replied, "oh we have just been telling everyone to go to the hospital". I still just can't believe that there weren't any doctors available, and I called at 7:30 am. So I say thank you very much and hang up. Well after a few hours, and watching him struggle to breath, I call in again and ask, ok so the nurse said to go to the hospital, do I go to an urgent care or the ER or what, just in case he gets worse. So then they put me through to the advice nurse and miraculously find an appointment. Well, we go, the doctor listens to him breath, and immediately does a breathing treatment, then does another one. The doc says that he sounds better after the second one, he was thinking about having Chase stay over night. WHAT?!? I was a little surprised by that one, I have seen him worse than that before. He said that it was asthma. I still am not sure if he actually has asthma or just illness induced asthma or if those are the same thing. But at least I felt justified in dragging 4 kids down to the doctor by Qualcomm Stadium after a dentist appointment, and stay there for over 2 hours. It made me feel that maybe I do know what is best for my child not some lady on the phone who doesn't seem convinced that he is really that sick. And I am sure that we made people's days while waiting 1/2 an hour for the prescriptions to be filled while my kids were "forcing" (Star wars terminology) the automatic doors open and closed for people. Even Brooke was getting in on the standing with feet apart arms in the outreach position and moving them to get the doors to open. I am sure that it was also amusing to see me try to get all four kids to sit still, and then accidentally bump Brooke's pacifier into her mouth causing her lip to bleed, having to leave the pharmacy(and the kids) to run to the bathroom to get a wet paper towel. Someone even gave me my favorite line "boy you have your hands full" Gee, I didn't notice. Anyway, it all turned out ok because we are home now, and Chase seems to be breathing somewhat normally, and all of the kids are sleeping happily in their beds. And even though I have this thing for Kaiser, I am grateful that if you just can get in to the doctor, they really do seem to take good care of you. It is just the phone people that I am not so crazy about. But I am grateful that we live in a place where my kids can get the health care they need (even if I do have to push for it once in a while).

Friday, September 12, 2008

Six Quirky Things About Me

My friend Jenny tagged me so I thought I'd play along.

Here are the rules:1. Link back to the person who tagged you. 2. List the rules on your blog. 3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of your own. 4. Tag 6 bloggers to complete the meme.


Here are six quirky things about me:

1) I have this very strange almost obsessive paranoia about burning down our house. I routinely go back into the house just to "check" to make sure nothing is left on. I have been known to go back two or three times because I might have left a light on, and then I might have left a light on when I was checking so I go back again. Once I even left a sacrament meeting because I couldn't remember if I turned off the hair straightener at my in-laws house, and I didn't want to be the one responsible for their house catching on fire. Just FYI, not once have I ever returned to "check" if everything was off to actually find it on.


2) When my throat itches, I do this weird clicking thing with my tongue to scratch it, people always make fun of me when I do it.


3) I love baby equipment. I always have. I just love to look at it. When I was a kid I would go straight to the baby department just to look at all of the stuff, strollers, car seats, playpens etc... Then when I had babies, I was in heaven, because I actually got to buy it. I still do sometimes just stroll down the baby section in Target or Wal-Mart just to look.


4) I love to rearrange furniture. I have always loved to do that too. I would routinely change my bedroom around as a child. It is a little harder to do that now, there aren't very many options for our furniture in the house we are in, but I still do think about how I could move stuff around constantly.


5) I just have to see any movie with Matthew McConaughey in it.


6) Unlike most women I never crave chocolate. I like it, and I will eat it, but it is something that I could live without if I had to. I do however love sweet candy, especially jelly bellies.

I tag my sister in laws Lisa and Mary, three playschool moms Amanda, Jessica, and Laura, and finally Michelle (you can't get out of this one, I put your name on it =)).

Friday, September 5, 2008

Another Football Picture

I know, I just put up football pictures, but I just found this one on Shutterfly that other parents contribute to and liked it. I just can't believe how big my little boy looks here (number 30, first one in the line). Ohhh, they grow up so fast.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Playschool

Well, this is the second week that I have been doing playschool for a few small children. I just have to say, it has been a ton of fun. We get to sing and play, and the kids are just too cute. And then when our mornings are over, I still have the whole afternoon to do mommy things, like clean the house, help with homework, and do laundry. Things that I wouldn't even get to start doing till like 5:30. It has really been a big change, and it was really hard to say goodbye to the full time little boy that I had, but I have been much less stressed and able to be there more physically and mentally for my kids (not to mention drive them around everywhere like school and activities). I have also had a lot of fun preparing for my playschool mornings. Even though I am much busier and in the car much much more this year than last year, it is starting off to be a good year (knock on wood).



One of the projects we did this week.




Dancing during music time


The girls playing dolls (I still can't believe Brooke is old enough to be doing that)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Football!

Yesterday was Chase's first football game. They get to play on the Rancho Bernardo Highschool Football field, so it was really cool. The boys looked so big. Chase was really excited to play. They won 6 to 0.

Chase looking tough




Now that he has a number and name on his back, I can tell where he is


Chase (and Chad) going onto the field



Chase got to be one of the one of the team captains who did the coin toss at the beginning
(If you click on the picture and enlarge it, you can see number 30, Chase)



Chase standing on the sidelines


All in all it was a good day. Chase was part of the first tackle, and he played a lot. I didn't get too many pictures of him in play, one because my camera doesn't zoom in anymore, and two I was too busy trying to keep track of the other 3. These are a few that Spencer did manage to take.