Monday, June 30, 2008

A Thing of Beauty...

So here's the now-defunct Mitsubishi Mirage. They couldn't even get Chad out his door because of the damage. I went over to the junk yard today to get all our stuff out of it. Other than a damaged library book (dangit!), just about everything was okay. Even the glasses Chad was wearing only got a couple of scrapes and a bend in the frames. They're still operable.
Chad said that right after impact, the only thing he felt was pain. The worst of it was in his knees. He's got long legs in this little thing. If you look closely, below and to the left of the steering wheel, above the hood release lever, there is a pretty sizable indentation from where his knee was.


Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Accident


Everything's okay. Friday evening, on his way home from work, Chad was in a car accident. You know that phone call where intuition tells you where this is going? I was calm; the whole time driving to meet him at the crash site I was thinking how this could be so much worse. One of the EMTs told us he was (you-know-what) lucky to be alive. He was wearing his seatbelt. He was beaten up pretty good. He's very sore, but once the lortab kicks in, he's able to get around semi-comfortably. He had shards of glass in his left hand, bruises on legs, from the seatbelt, he's got some roadrash on his arms. The worst of it is his bad ankle. He broke it in high school and it's never healed right. This accident messed it up more. We'll probably have to get him to physical therapy. But, really, no broken bones, no concussion or anything. He must be living right!
Other than that, the biggest hassle is finding a replacement vehicle. I spent Saturday going around with my parents looking at Toyotas and Hondas in our price range. That experience was kind of a downer. Well, today we went out and found a winner! A Honda Accord. It looks nice, drives really well, and our mechanic checked it over and gave it his thumbs up. So we're thrilled with that.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Attempts at Convincing

Well, Chad's heard comments from family regarding the AC. All he has to say about that is, "Well of course they think we should get it. They're not the ones who will be paying for it." I say this without malice and with respect: Chad has a one-track mind when it comes to saving up for a down payment on our next house! He is willing to forgo little extras in this endeavor. He's never been a spender. He doesn't have a problem spending money if it's something we've planned for and saved up for. But until we reach that house, he is, shall we say, a little tight-fisted with the income. Not a tight-wad. Just watchful and cautious. But we are getting ever closer to that goal! One more year.

Now we're starting to feel a little of the crunch to get things in order to sell. Finishing the deck, touch-ups around the house, fixing all the little broken things (toilet paper roll holders, curtain rods, etc. --thanks to kids!). Chad is counting down the Saturdays he has left to work. He'll have so much more time to put into these projects once he has that day free. And, boy, will that be nice for our family just to have dad home that day! The kids will love it.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Kids

Yesterday we celebrated Grant's 5th and Kate's 3rd birthdays. We went to the Newton's (Rachel's parents' house). Our kids looove going there. They have the most awesome backyard. They built it this way so their kids and kids' friends would want to play there (under watch of parents). In the backyard they have: a pool, jacuzzi, playhouse with play food, kitchen, etc., huge slide, gigantic sandbox with play equipment, teeter-totter, big grassy area, bbq pit, basketball hoop, etc. So when we tell the kids we're going over, are they excited! And try getting them to leave for home! They haven't quite figured out how the Newtons can be their cousins' grandparents and not theirs. So they sometimes accidentally refer to them as Grandma or Grandpa Newton.

So today I was going to go work out at the gym, but with summer our schedule's all discombobulated. The kids wake up later, and it throws off my plans. That's okay. I was up to mow at 7am and had no problem breaking a sweat even that early! It's 9:30 and the kids are still in pjs. (It's summer!) The boys are upstairs yelling and making a ruckus. I'm surprised Mira Catherine isn't upset because of it. She's awake. I heard her. But she seems to be content. Why disturb her, right? Ella's down here begging me to read a book. She doesn't understand 'just wait a minute and I will'. It's, "Are you going to be longer? Please read this book!". Alright. Things are getting out of control with those boys. It sounds like they're going to break something. I'd better go check it out!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Achievements

For the past 3 days in a row I've taken the kids to the pool. The older three finished their swim lessons a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was time for them to practice their newfound skills. (Or in a couple of cases skills they tried with all their might to avoid learning!) Micah was fearful of putting his face in the water whilst swimming around without being held up. Colin was terrified of jumping off the diving board or going any deeper than 6 feet. All the convincing in the world wasn't going to change Colin's mind otherwise. So I think I'll just let them play around and not push the issue and see what happens.

Whaddya know? Micah is now our little fishy and Colin can't get enough of the diving board! He's even attempted diving off the diving board (ended up belly-flopping). So we practiced off the side of the wall. It's amazing! I guess sometimes, instead of coercing, it's better to plant a seed and they might end up doing something with it all on their own!

While at the pool, I'm insistent that Ella keep her lifejacket on. It's too much for one person to be completely vigilant over small children swimming. That takes a little of the stress off. But she has a ball anyway. Mira Catherine is completely fearless. She has no concept that she could inhale a bunch of water. She tries with her might to squirm out of my arms and do her own thing in the water. Her thing now is to 'swim' (with the help of mom) to the side of the pool, climb out (I try to make her do as much of that as possible on her own), and turn back to jump in to me. You should see the look on her face. Pure glee. Bouncing around, excited for the jump. She doesn't seem to be bothered by the water that gets in her face.

Air conditioning has been on my mind a lot lately. Must have something to do with living with a swamp cooler for the past 3 summers during the killer summer months. I know we're moving next year, but I'm sooooo ready for a cooler house. I had someone come out yesterday to do a bid for it. It's a little more than I was hoping, but not so much more that I wouldn't do it! Chad wants to be convinced that we'll get our money back when we sell next year. I hope that's the case, what do you all think? I'm just dreading another summer without it, now that the temps just starting to climb. Help me convince Chad!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bugs

Don't be fooled--she's got big crocodile tears in her eyes. I don't remember why. Maybe from fixing her hair. You'd think I was torturing her with the way she carries on!
While at a park, Micah discovered this big, black bug. He fell in love. Had to show it off to everyone. Took it home, kept it in a jar. Finally let it go (after much convincing), and almost cried when he found out it dead the next day. He tells us he wants to be an entymologist when he gets bigger.
Colin feeling rather brave letting the creature walk around on his belly.
Ella having a ball running around the water.
We went to my parents' house for father's day. The kids sure enjoyed spending time with their cousins. Rachel comes from a family with 10 kids. So their children are used to being around lots of cousins on Rachel's side. But for us, they are it (since Blake and Maren are in Washington). We are really going to miss them when they leave for Germany in August! Here are Doug and his wife Rachel holding their new baby, Paige.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Hiking Utah!

Micah, Colin and I at the start of our hike up Waterfall Canyon.
Colin was speedy. As long as I kept encouraging Micah (and promising a goody when we reached the top), he would keep going. I only had to carry him the last 1/4 of a mile.
Colin, Micah, and cousin Theron being adventurous!
Cutie-pie Mira Catherine at the splash pad on a beautiful day.
Micah and Ella helping Mom make some chocolate chip cookies--a family favorite! (But they must be semi-sweet, of course!)
Micah, cousin Grant, cousin Theron, and Colin chomping at the bit for the hike ahead of them. "C'mon, Mom, let's get going!!"

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Father's Day prep

Alright, I'm going to have to be discreet about this--who knows if Chad, my dad, or Dad Barnett read this thing. But whenever this or a birthday comes around, my brain cramps up. I think I have ideas throughout the year as to what to get so-and-so, but when the event comes up, I can't think of a useful thing that person would really enjoy. On top of that, I'm going around shopping with the kids in tow. Here's what we look like:

Ella's whining (and I mean whining) because her foot hurts, Micah's giggling and picking things off the shelves making menervous. Colin's complaining that "It's not fair!" because he's too big for me to push around in the cart along with Mira Catherine and Ella. Mira's ready for a nap, and turning around in her seat, grabbing handfuls of Ella's hair and ripping them out. At any one time in the store, you'll hear Ella screaming in pain, Mira crying (her leg or arm got stuck in some metal bar of the cart), me calling for a 'lost' Micah (who is happily wandering through the aisles). But, then, Colin pretty much keeps it down because it would be embarrassing to make too much of a scene with all those people around.

And then someone has the nerve to tell me 'Just wait until they're teenagers! You think this is hard?' That's something I really don't need to hear. And I certainly don't want to think about it!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Recitals and Programs

I am comparing pictures from when Ella was about the age Mira Catherine's at right now. They lookd like sisters, but definitely have their own looks, don't you think? The photo above is Mira Catherine, the one below is Ella.
Colin had his piano recital this week. He did a duet with his teacher. Did a great job announcing himself and playing. He passed off level 2, which he is very proud of. When he watched other children playing guitar (especially electric!), he said he wants to learn to do that after he gets better at piano.
Typical!
Micah at his preschool "graduation" program. That was fun. Let's just say he has no fear being up in front of people. He was the most enthusiastic of singers!