Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Do We Have to Wait?


Chad and I have had many discussions over the past few years about when we'll move and what we'll move into. Well, that day is just around the corner and we can hardly stand the wait. I've been feeling the need to move for some time. 6 people in a 1800 square foot home gets mighty tight. Of course, if we had to live here forever, we'd make do and survive just fine. I'm not sure about my sanity, but I'd get through it.

As soon as the snow melts, this home is going up for sale. I think it will show well. I spent the entire morning employing my Mr. Clean sponge in washing down walls. And did they need it! Holy moly, kids do a number on walls. I worked hard getting of marks and prints. Next will be filling in holes and dings throughout the house. And the baseboards were even worse. Scuffs running up and down them all. We'll have to repaint a lot of them. I went through all the cabinets and cupboards in my bathroom and some in the kitchen. We accumulate a lot of junk and just let it sit around. Well, goodbye JUNK! Our recycling and garbage were just emptied, and they're almost completely full again.

But it is awesome to really go through the house and do some deep cleaning. I love it. Colin pitched in some and cleaned windows and collected garbage. I was just happy when the kids did their own thing and let me at it. That is until Mira Catherine AGAIN decides to clean up her own stinky diaper. Nightmare.

I'm again toying with the idea of possibly building. I just don't know enough about it. Chad's not convinced. (Not that it can't be done, though!)My friend (and former missionary companion), Emily, and her fam, are building a house in Riverton...just the area we'll be looking at. So I'm going to really drill her to get some pro's and con's to building.

So this is all that's been on our minds. Chad's passed his PA exam (Hoorah!) and can now give his attention to this. So I'm hoping at least a couple of days this week Chad and I can hit the house hard and get some good decluttering done. Wish us luck!

Oh, and happy anniversary to us! Nine years today. I have a feeling my dream 10-year anniversary trip to Hawaii might not happen when I planned. But I'm not complaining. It'll happen one day. This is a good life I chose. And a good life Chad and I are making.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas '08

Christmas this year was wonderful, if a little hectic. Amidst all the family gatherings, our dryer broke down, which adds a new dimension to the holiday madness. But we got through it, our dryer's back, being put to good use as we speak. (A family of 6 minus the ability to do laundry is not a pretty thing.) A big thank-you to Dad who gave us the use of his truck to transport the dryer to and from the maintenance shop!

We especially enjoyed getting to see Chad's brother, Blake, and his family, Maren and Braden. The kids sure love him. They are really going to miss him. We're going to have to figure out a way to make sure we see each other more often.
Mira Catherine feels like such a big girl in comparison to her younger cousin. Here she is pushing him around in a toy stroller. They were both happy with the situation. Mira got to be boss, Braden enjoyed the ride.
This was an attempt at getting the kids on the Barnett side to sit still and smile for the camera with their Aunt Amber. This is as good as it gets.
Micah and Colin loving their cousin, Braden.
Ella and Mira 'helping' Braden discover his new Christmas toy. (Taking over the toy, more like.)
My cousin, Michaeline, is here visiting. We don't get the chance to see her often, so this has been a nice treat.
Here we are, Christmas morning. Now, the three older children had their designs as far as what they wanted Santa to bring. Above you'll notice Micah doing his karate pose. He requested from Santa a ninja costume. Now I have to go hide "The 3 Ninjas" movie or it's going to get mighty dangerous around here.
Alright, I know what you're thinking. No, I will never allow Mira to wear a dress like this to her prom. But, hey, when you're 2 and you love all things 'princess', who really cares as long as you can put the thing on? And this is nothing compared to the reveal she was giving us all afternoon in this getup. (I'm talking ULTRA looo-ooow neckline! It was hilarious. But she felt like a million bucks.)
A quick snapshot before they tear into the gifts.
We've got a nice little hill in our front yard all the neighbor kids like to use for sledding. Colin's been experimenting with snowboard-like moves. We'll have to get him out on some real slopes sometime...
Colin's most treasured gift from Santa was a guitar. I've seen Guitar Hero and think it's pretty awesome, but who wants a 7 year-old to be jammin' to a Black Sabbath song? Hmmm...So he is now the proud owner of the Fisher Price I Can Play Guitar. And he loves it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Happenings

This is the 3rd Santa the kids have visited this month. Aunt Amber invited the kids to come to her work Christmas party. They had Santa, food, and gift wrapping for the local Sub-for-Santa. Mira Catherine cried the first time for Santa on this particular visit. But the candy cane rather impressed her. On Colin's wish list are a guitar and camping gear. Micah has a box at home for Santa filled with toys of his and a couple of dollars for 'poor people'. And Santa had to pry out of Ella what she wanted...'dolls'.
Tonight was Colin's piano recital. Chad asked if he was nervous to perform, and Colin only said, "No! I'm excited to do it!" He did very well. There was another boy (about 13 years old) who performed FOUR times--acousitc guitar, electric guitar, drums, and piano. I think Colin has a new hero. He loooved the guitar and especially the drums!! He really wants to do guitar, but we tell him we'd like him to focus on piano for a while more before trying something new.
Here is the video I took at the recital. Isn't he wonderful?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tagged!

1.How long have you been together? Married 9 years this month.

2.How long did we date? Almost 5 whopping months.

3. How old is he? 32

4. Who eats more? I'd say, being home with kids, I probably win this one.

5. Who said, "I love you," first? He did. Those words did not come easily for me. (And not because he wasn't worthy of them!)

6. Who is taller? Chad by 5 inches.

7. Who does the laundry? Ha! That would be me.

8. Who does the dishes? Generally I do, but he'll get up from the table and start loading dishes when he's able to. (But I try to shoo him away to play with the kids so I can have some peace and quiet with the dishes.)

9. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Looking at the bed, he does.

10. Who pays the bills? Everything's automatic bill pay, but the random bill Chad probably takes care of.

11. Who mows the lawn? I like to surprise Chad with a mowed lawn after working all day. He definitely does his share too, though.

12. Who cooks dinner? I do.

13. Who is more stubborn? The first answer that comes to mind is 'I'! When it comes to money-matters and playing board games or sports, however, Chad takes the cake!

14. Who kissed whom first? I've never been the first to kiss anyone, so it has to have been Chad.

15. Who asked whom out? What was our first date...? I can guarantee it was Chad who asked me out.

16. Who proposed? He did. And please don't ask him to recount the events of that night. He thinks they're hilarious because I was such a dork, but it's really humiliating.

17. Who is more sensitive? I am

18. Who has more siblings? It's a tie (2 siblings each).

19. What were you doing ten years ago? 1998...I had recently come home from my mission, had zero friends, was completely lonely and pathetic. Going to school at good 'ol Weber State.

20. Five things on my to-do list: Make dinner, call an old friend, read with my kids, go to Colin's basketball game, and take a shower (it's only 3pm after all!).

21. Things I would do if suddenly made a billionaire: Buy a big house with housekeepers, a pool, and totally fun backyard; ...if I'm a billionaire I have enough to share so I'd find a good way to do it after making sure my kids had enough for college, investments, etc.
22. Three of my bad habits: Ugh. Do I have to share these? Cracking my knuckles, being judgmental of others, and putting off spending time with my kids.

23. Five places I have lived: California, Germany, Idaho, Utah, Ireland/Northern Ireland.

24. Five jobs I have had: Newspaper deliverer, lifeguard, water safety instructor, sign-language interpreter, worker at group home for young adults with severe autism.

25. Things people don't know about me: 1. There were times on my mission I wished a bus would hit me and injure me enough to have me sent home honorably, but with no permanent damage; 2. I try to go out of my comfort zone regularly to talk publicly or to someone new so that it becomes more natural; 3. I'm a little OCD: If I tap my foot, I like to even it out, etc.; when I drive, I pick up my foot when I go over lines on the road, bumps in driveways, etc.

So I tag: Rachael Niusulu, Jennette Hogan, and Amber Barnett (#19 an on).

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Help Me Decide!

I just got back the results from our photo session. There a several promising ones in there. I would love to get some input as far as favorites to help me choose what we want to purchase. I have until Thursday to let her know.

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*password is: expressionsphotography

-Thanks!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

After the Photo Session

We went out to Beuss Pond today and this is your sneek-peek at our photo session. I'm hoping the pictures we had taken will be good! You know, with kids, you just keep your fingers crossed, try to stay positive, and hope everyone cooperates at least one time all at the same time.
The photo session really wasn't long, but they had just had it by this point. And it IS Chad's very favorite thing to do. (He said it ranks just above breaking his ankle and the pain associated with running a marathon.)

Check out this looker I married! He just keeps getting better and better.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

I was trying to get one video of the girls and their antics, but kept stopping the video, thinking I'd get a better one. But then I watched what I'd caught on tape, and realize it's great the way it is. Have I mentioned how much Mira Catherine loves her tutu? And then Ella must get on her as-close-to-tutu-as-I-have skirt.

(And I don't need comments pointing out Mira's saggy diaper!)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

So I'm Not a Professional

Yesterday I got myself into the Christmas mood by decorating the outside of the house. (Thanks, Aunt Shelley, for the bows and lighted garland--it's beautiful!) The flash kind of took some of the magic out of the picture. It's lovely when it's dark outside and you've just got the small lights on.
Here's the tree. We moved the ottoman/toybox to Ella's already-crowded bedroom. I love not having it in the living room!! Less toys scattered about. The kids were so excited to put up the tree. And, you know, the boys actually made decorating easier this year! You know, when they're so little they want to 'help' and in your mind you're thinking, "Yes, but I don't need more of that kind of help!" But they were great. We had Christmas music going, everyone was involved, and no one cried!! Success.
I know I'm pretty lame when it comes to decorations. This is the extent of it. But, honestly, I don't want anything else to put in this house. I can see when we are in a larger one, I would enjoy filling spaces with things...but there's no more space here!

When not listening to Bob Lonsberry (for those of you in Utah who are familiar) on the radio, we're full-throttle Christmas music. I looove it. Colin and Micah sing along when they can. We love the songs about the Savior. There are many times the kids will ask what a song is about, and I get to explain to them the story and about Jesus. Besides those, of course they get so excited about songs having to do with Santa, reindeer, snow, etc. I think one of my absolute favorite fun Christmas songs is the campy "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" song. The kids want to learn the words. I've printed them up. I've got to get this song on CD or something. It's great.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving '08

I had the opportunity yesterday to dust off all the beautiful china my mother gave me. We had Thanksgiving at our place yesterday. My parents, Chad's parents and sister came. It's a wonder that we all fit in our kitchen. It was cozy and we managed. I remember, as a kid, being able to have seconds and thirds at Thanksgiving. Those days are over. My favorite dish was one that Mom made from Rachel's recipe: a sweet potato dish. It was yummy! Everyone took home leftovers, which is great. I'm going to have to go out and buy another turkey. We had the remainder of our turkey today for lunch, and I'm just not ready to be done with leftovers!
This year Thanksgiving happened to fall on Mira Catherine's 2nd birthday. We interrupted her nap in order to watch her open presents. She had a lot of fun. Here's the adorable outfit Mom got her:
It (above) came with the sunglasses and purse (below). We got her Elmo, whom she adores.
'Grandpa Barnett' refinished this cradle and they gave her a baby for it. She is having fun taking care of the baby.
However, the first present she opened had a bottle of bubbles. She was interested in nothing else for some time. Isn't it great only $2 can bring such glee?
This is a video from several days ago. The kids just finished watching some ninja movie and are reacting in typical fashion. Someone always ends up crying at some point, but mostly they laugh and burn energy. Someday we'll have a home with more room in which to do it!!

I like this video because it shows Mira Catherine saying some things. She's starting to speak more words, which is really good. She still does her imaginary babble (which is hilarious), but is trying out real words more. If you listen closely, you'll hear us prompting her to say 'Colin', but she just says, "Yeah." She doesn't even try to say Colin or Micah's names.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dry Mornings

You know how much laundry there is with a family of six. But add to that the bedding of an unnamed someone who is wet every morning she wakes up!! If I let her get up on her own, I can guarantee she'll be soaking wet. I'm worn out with washing sheets every single day.

I enforce the 'no-drinks-after-7pm' rule, but that doesn't seem to eliminate the problem. I tried getting her to wear 'nighttime underwear' (i.e. pullups), but she balked at that. Who can blame her, after a year of wearing big girl underwear? So a few days ago I took her to the dollar store and let her choose 5 items. I told her if she was dry the next morning she'd get to pick one. I knew I couldn't let her fail, so I woke her up a little earlier than normal and we all said, "Hooray!! You did it! Dry all night. What a big girl. Aren't you awesome? Now you get to pick one prize! Wow, wow..." and all that stuff. Then she has to stay dry for TWO nights to get the next prize. And this is a big deal. We'll extend the length of dry days required each time. I'm hoping this helps. "Now, sweetie, what do you do if you feel like you need to go potty when you're in bed?" Says she, "I hop right out and run to the bathroom!"

I've packed up a ton of baby/children's clothes to take to Kid to Kid (a children's consignment shop). We have so much and I'm tired of having the closet jam packed with them. There are lots of nice clothes and part of me hates to get rid of them. But it's not like my grandchildren will one day wear them. I kept (at Maren's request) a few girl items--holiday dresses. But everything else is going. If I think about it too much I'm torn and want to go through them again and keep some things. I can get store credit and use it on purchases I make. Today I bought several items for the kids there. I absolutely loooove second-hand children's clothing. Under the age of 7 or so, it's not like they usually get destroyed. They grow out of them so quickly they're still in great shape. I am not ashamed to admit I'll shop the DI and find Gymboree outfits!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Reunited (And It Feels So Goooood...)

I was thinking what to title this entry. I started typing and that popped out. I haven't heard it in a long time...I love that song!!

Today we had some friends come up from Orem. They came with us to church and we ate and visited. It was really nice to see them. Kathleen (or Sister Eschler as I first knew her) was my companion about halfway through my mission in Bangor, N. Ireland. She was so fun to serve with. We got lost a lot, we had coins chucked at us (and not to pay us for our services!), rocks hurled, she was spat on, and more thrilling adventures. But she was a terrific companion. She was bold but kind, and has a great sense of humor. She helped me learn to plan and set goals better.
Here she is with her husband, Bret, and their 5 kids. Bret was also a missionary in the IDM (No, it didn't happen the way you're thinking), and was my District Leader in one area...we can't seem to remember which one, though! Hey, Bret, I'm thinking it was Dublin...? He was cheerful and fun, a great missionary. Together they make a great pair. It was wonderful to have their kids come over. No stress. They just blend right in with the chaos naturally occurring in our household. The kids had a blast playing. Thanks for taking the time to drive up and spend the day with us, Gundersens.

And here's a photo of Micah and me. I just love it. My snuggle-bug.
Micah is our videographer-in-training. He's always wanting to shoot things. I told him I'd post it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

And for Dinner...

Okay, all you mothers who have this mothering-thing down: how do you fit it all in? School, homework, extracurricular activities, dinner, exercise, prayer and scriptures... Somehow we manage, but it's like we barely squeak by some days! Take today for example: wake up, scriptures, get ready, school and exercise, run errands, snacks, homework, piano practice, tennis, rush-home-and-throw-some-grilled-cheese-sandwiches-together...Colin to basketball, kids in bed. WHEW!! Honestly, it's a good life. Some days, if I were to make a list of what the day would hold, I might want to just roll over in bed and stay there! But we "get 'er done".

I think one of the most important things of the day is mealtime. They say (you know, 'they') that mealtime should be relaxing, enjoyable, and a time without criticism and irritation. Now that is something I could work on. By the time I'm getting dinner on the table, every one's starved and I can't make everyone happy. Then we sit down and it's "Ella, you're going to spill your milk!", "Micah, leave her alone," "Colin, would you stop banging the plate with your fork?", and "Mira Catherine, you definitely need a bath now!" I'd love some tips on how I can cool it and make it more relaxing for everyone (maybe mostly me!!).

Sunday, November 9, 2008

New Friends

We have a great family who moved in across the street this summer. Their son, Finn, is the cutest thing. Anyway, my kids have fallen in love with him, Lindy, and Jesse. They try to go over there all the time. They come home with goodies, toys, etc. Lindy's lent us High School Musical and HSMII, burned us the CD's, and now we're hooked. Yesterday Micah saw Lindy out raking and wanted to go 'help'. I said sure. Well, a bit later I go out to check on them, and Micah's out there without a shirt of shoes! Hey, it's November. I must look like an incompetent mother.
Micah, Ella, and Finn inspecting what I can only guess is an insect.
Here's Micah mooching something else from our kind neighbors.
Play time!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

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Colin and Ella

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Micah and Mira Catherine singin'

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'I Voted'

I wonder if anyone twenty years ago would've guessed that we'd have a black president by the name of Barrack Obama. Yesterday, history was made. Pretty amazing, no matter which way you voted. The people spoke, and the choice is obvious. I was listening to talk radio yesterday, and the host made a good point we should keep in mind. No matter who wins, we need to square our shoulders and be ready to back this man as our next President of the greatest nation in the world.

I can't say I was surprised Senator Obama won. And it was no surpise which way Utah was going. (And not that Utah has a lot of sway in the election!) I hadn't felt enthusiastic about either candidate, but when I went to vote, I caught the excitement of the process. It is amazing. Chad says that in Chile (where he served an LDS mission), voting is mandatory. You either vote or you pay the government a hefty fine. I am thankful for the opportunity to have my voice be heard, regardless of who wins.

It will be interesting (?) to see where our country is in 4 years...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

More Halloween

My friend, Jennette, was kind enough to take these pictures and send them to me. Here is Colin at his school parade. I realized (too late) that I should've been there. "All the other moms were at the party!", or so I was told by both Colin and Micah. I didn't think I should go with Ella and Mira Catherine tagging along, but I guess that's a non-issue on party days. So I'm left feeling guilty. I won't make the same mistake next year!
Colin and Micah were invited to a Halloween party at Jennette's house. She had a house full of 20 kids. Pretty amazing, huh? They had a fabulous time. Colin's sitting on the wall, 3rd from the left, Micah's on the grass on the left. Those are some cute kids in that picture!
Here we are tonight in the kitchen. Bowie (our snake) has pretty much been left alone except for the weekly feeding. Mira Catherine wanted to get him out and pay him some attention. I was surprised that she actually held him herself. We went to the pet store to get some more frozen pinkies (mice). While there, I saw a woman with a 5+ foot snake draped over her shoulder. We got to talking and she let the kids see him and feel him. I was curious as to how long it took for him to get that size (about 2 years) and how much it cost her to feed him. Bowie won't get quite that big, but it was amazing to think he won't be this small forever. I don't mind if he takes years and years to get that big!!


Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween

Here's just a cute close-up of Mira Catherine. Her face looks older to me in this photo. Blue eyes, pink lips, little white teeth...just adorable.
I took this just at the wrong moment. But I wanted to get one of her in her cowgirl getup. It was darling! Too bad it's the only shot of her in this I got. She's trying to get her 'rope' ready for her horse. Later in the day she decided she didn't want to be a cowgirl anymore...
I am the queen of funky shots today, I guess! Here's Micah as Superman (they're pj's with a cape--his pick). We even had the Christopher Reeves curl in the front goin' on. Later in the day he changed HIS mind and didn't want to be Superman anymore, either!
All ready for the 'trunk-or-treat' down at the church. Mira Catherine was a wolf (but she refused to wear the hood with the wolf's face), and Ella as Funshine Bear. My mom sewed this costume (and another one just like it in green) for my brothers when they were young. We're putting it to good use.
Here we are at the trunk-or-treat. Colin's the Emperor and Micah's Luke Skywalker. The trunk-or-treat was perfect for the girls. They got to go around saying, "trick or treat!", and collect candy. That sufficed for the night. The boys went out again house to house with neighbors and Chad. They have a STASH!!
I had Mira Catherine be in charge of handing out candy from the trunk of our van. Well, mostly she ate Smarties.
Here we are on the porch ready for trick or treaters. It was a sad showing in our cul-de-sac this year. I think we're a bit isolated being right next to patio homes and a church.
Mira loving 'Tum-Tum'. She's a sweet cat.
Micah sorting out candy... counting, organizing, enjoying!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sad Pumpkin Day

I posted earlier about the pumpkin patch outing with my mom several weeks ago. We got some rockin' pumpkins, and we set them all on our outside steps with the intention of carving them this week. Saturday evening I noticed our 4 large pumpkins were gone. I swear I saw them earlier that day. Did someone really have the gall to pick them up in broad daylight? Perhaps I'm wrong and they snagged them in the cloak of darkness--either way, I was you-know-what. Micah just bawled. He keeps telling me I've got to go back to the pumpkin patch and get more. The grocery store is our only option at this point. And at 29cents a pound, those monstrous things cost a pretty penny, I'll tell you!! Well, I'm going out to get candy tomorrow, I guess I'd better add those to my list.

Speaking of candy, I'm so proud of myself for not purchasing the Halloween candy any earlier. Only I know what happens to any candy bought before Halloween day!! =) Last year I got little tubs of play-doh. Kids loved getting them, and it was no temptation!

The kids get to wear their costumes to school tomorrow. I'll post pictures of them in costumes in my next blog.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What to Do?

I've got a dilemma. Actually, I don't know that it qualifies as a dilemma, because there's not really anything I can do about it. We really want to go to Germany. But we really want to move to South Jordan sometime after the school year. That pushes Germany back a while (like over a year or more away!). But, once we're to that point, I'm tied up in knots, not sure what to do!

To take the kids or not?

Pros to taking the kids:
  • they see their cousins, aunt, and uncle
  • they experience Germany! food, travel, language
  • I don't cry everyday because of missing them and feeling guilty
  • I don't have to worry about a babysitter, their care back in the US, emergency situations, etc.
  • hmmm...

Cons to taking them:

  • likely stressful overseas flights!
  • adjusting to the time difference with 4 kids
  • less travel/sightseeing
  • more $$$

I know I really shouldn't even be thinking about this right now. But I am. I like to have a plan. I know when we go we'd want to go for about 2 weeks. I cannot imagine leaving the kids for that long with anyone! I have a friend who goes 2-3 times a year to South America or Europe. She's done it with and without her 3 kids. She highly recommends doing it once just Chad and me. It all sounds swell until I think about being 2 weeks away. That's a really long time. I definitely think Chad and I would enjoy this trip if we could freeze-frame America while we go over and have fun. Then come back and, "Zwip!" everything unfreezes and back to normal life, no one the wiser of our absence.

I need to give this more thought... Have any of you taken trips away from your kids for more than a couple of days? How did you feel about it?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cats, Dead Things, Girls

Here is the cat. More details at the bottom of this post.
Chad took Ella on a field trip to a pumpkin patch:
Again:
Ella not wanting to be disturbed while watching a Barbie movie:
Mira with the skirt over her clothes:
Just about everyday Ella insists on wearing a dress or skirt. There are days I have to put my foot down (like when she's got a tumbling class). Today we were just going to the club, so I was fine with whatever. She picked out a sleeveless Christmas dress. Pretty, but not really appropriate for the club. Oh, well! She also found a red ribbon she wanted in her hair. We struggled with how we should get the ribbon in her hair. Finally she agreed to let me pull a small part of her hair back for the ribbon. And off we go.

Now we're home, she and Mira Catherine are watching Barbie's singing movie. Ella wanted to change into a different dress that looks more like Barbie's. Fine. She just came down and wanted to change yet again into something longer. Sorry, sister.

And I think it's rubbing off on Mira. Last night she wore a skirt over her pajamas and was as happy as could be. She's always getting into drawers and picking out skirts to wear over whatever she's got on.
That picture up top is of a cat belonging to our neighbor. The kids and I have fallen in love. It's been christened 'Tum-Tum' or 'Tom-Tom' depending on whom you ask. (It's a girl.) Chad gets so irritated with it coming around. On the sly, we'll occasionally let it in the house. It doesn't thrill him, but he doesn't say anything. The other night, after dinner, I put out a plate of leftover meatloaf for her. Chad saw that and said wearily, "Now we'll never see the end of it!". Yesterday morning it was crying outside our sliding door and I opened up the door to let it in. No sooner did she come scurrying in than I saw what she had in her mouth. A dead mouse!!! Aaaack! I tried to shoo her back out, but she wasn't cooperating. Chad just kind of stood back for a moment in shock. We finally got her out. Colin said, "Now how are we going to get rid of the mouse germs that got in here?!"

Monday, October 20, 2008

Remembering Those in-between Years...

  • My Michael Jackson 'Thriller' album
  • My first CD player in 9th grade
  • Walking to 7-11 with my girlfriends to buy a treat
  • Rollerblading all over creation...to seminary at 6am, to work in downtown Merced, with friends...(the only times Adam Hansen and I ever kissed we were on rollerblades!)
  • Swimming in the backyard pool listening to Duran Duran
  • Thinking there was no life without Depeche Mode (pathetic!!)
  • Chinese jumprope
  • Slap-on bracelets (I've seen these make a slight comeback)
  • Practicing flag routines for hours on end
  • Trying to make myself enjoy mosh pits, ska, and funky styles (they weren't my 'thing' after all!)
  • Wearing a lot of black one year in high school
  • Totalling my 2-week old bike I got for Christmas
  • Driving around with friends, continually asking each other, "Whaddya wanna do?" and just wasting gas and time.
  • Uhhh...borrowing the old red truck to take a spin on several occasions before I was legal, thinking the whole time I was gonna get so busted that it took all the fun out of it!
  • Amy, Bekki, Laura
  • My first kiss 'stolen' from me by a fast one on a date at the movies. I got pulled over driving home because the policeman thought I was intoxicated. No! Just traumatized!!
  • Doug trying to teach me how to do a layup. And the "Flying Neeee-cole!" in racquetball. Remember that one, Doug? Boy, we had some laughs!
  • Playing lots of Roller Hockey

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Ninjas

Here they go tonight. After watching a ninja movie, the kids are all wound up. And Chad fairly gets into it, himself! I can't help but thinking of my dad goofing around with my brothers, Doug and Chris when they were younger. Underwear was normal attire (for my brothers!) for Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Miller house. And, boy, did dad wrestle with us! Take on the boys and perhaps me all at once. He was the king of the 'claw'!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

These Little People

I just want to share a funny conversation Chad heard the other day between Micah and Colin. Colin has a loose tooth and is anxious about the whole wiggle-it-until-it-falls-out-thing. It was bedtime and Chad was trying to console Colin that the tooth would eventually fall out and he didn't need to worry so much about it. Chad tried to get him excited about the prospect of having the tooth fairy leave something for him. Micah said, "But there's not really a tooth fairy. Fairies are just pretend." Colin didn't agree at all. He said, "There has to be a tooth fairy, otherwise who leaves the money?" Micah replied, "Maybe somebody's just tricking us. Yeah, I think Santa Claus is playing a trick on us and leaving the money and not a tooth fairy."

Monday, October 13, 2008

It's Still Autumn


We got almost a foot of snow Sunday. After church we got home and Micah and Ella begged me to go out with them and build a snowman. Finally I agreed and it was actually a lot of fun. Perhaps because it's been months since it last snowed. I have a feeling if this were February, I'd be burned out of building snowmen. Thankfully, this snowfall was related to the cold front that came and went. We're back to near 70 degree weather. The snow is melting quickly. So it's beautiful again today. I don't mind the snow like this. Enough to have some fun in, then it melts. We'll see what this winter brings. Hopefully it's a different story compared to last year's winter.