Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Here is her teacher, Mrs. Jones as Snow White. You can see Ella on the far right.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday is Chad's day to spend time with each of the kids and talk with them, teach them, read to them. They get paid their commission for jobs they do around the house. The look forward to their time with Dad. He is very patient with them. He goes over expectations we have with regards to behavior, etc. I love this clip with Mira. He's singing "Love One Another" in Spanish and she's trying to sing along. I love the way she's so intent on him.
I don't know how I'd do this thing called parenting without him!
Since we moved, I've turned into a virtual slug. I've hardly worked out at all and it hasn't done anything to boost my morale. I so need to be active and feel healthy. Chad and I try to get a run in here and there when he has the day off, it's just not at all regular.
I went with a couple of girlfriends last week to a Zumba class (my first time) at the Kearns Rec Center. Was I ever impressed with the facility! We went as a family Saturday to take a tour. (My actual goal was to intice Chad into wanting a family membership.) This is where the Oval is, where the Olympic ice skating was held in 2002. It's only 12 minutes from our home.
I am so looking forward to being able to take the kids (especially during the winter months) to play basketball, swim, etc. And I'm looking forward to getting back to classes. It doesn't take long to lose what you worked so hard for.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Can you feel the love?Mira's looking so pretty. This is her current favorite hairstyle--half back. Now that her hair is completely filled in from her last hair-butchering episode (months and months ago...it just takes so long to grow back!), we can do a few things with it. I'm thinking we may let it grow out more, now. She is a mischievous little thing. On a daily basis I find her being sneaky getting into nail polish, my lip gloss, cutting a Barbie's hair, leaving a book outside in the rain, writing with pen on the inside of the car, ripping wallpaper off the bathroom wall...the list goes on. We almost always suspect this one first! On the other hand, she is so dang cute. I love her blonde, blonde hair with her blue-grey eyes, pink little lips, chubby little cheeks, white spaced out teeth. The way she talks is so cute. She overcorrects her 'th's. For example: "I can do it myselth!" Her 'r's are improving. Now, instead of completely omitting them, she'll say, "I'm hungwy." Because she has such a little voice, it's can be easy to gloss over what she says. But I've learned that when she talks she is usually saying something of importance. And when I really listen, I'm always rewarded. Many times I come away smiling, if not giggling over what she said.
Friday, October 22, 2010
After the kids being off track for three weeks I get a call from the school telling me Ella was in the office waiting to be picked up. I could not believe I forgot today was early out day. That really throws me for a loop. I knew I'd do this some time this year. When I got to the office Ella asked, "Mom, did you forget me?" Ugh! "No, I would never forget you. I just forgot it was eary out. Will you forgive me?" She was happy to.
Then, this afternoon, I'm trimming Matthew's little cat claw nails and accidentally trim his skin. Poor baby! It wouldn't stop bleeding and I couldn't keep a band aid on it.
So I'm feeling really good about my mothering today.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The boys get most excited about spending thier money on concessions. Before leaving for the game, Micah asked to have his face painted to show his team spirit. Chad says he was surprised at how many players Micah recognized on the field at RSL. About halfway into the game, he loses a little interest and starts talking about other subjects. Last night Micah was focused on his wiggly tooth. Chad reminds him that they are there for the game.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
$1,400 later the broken pipe's fixed. Have yet to repair Micah's wall before it grows mold. And the big sinkhole in our front yard. Sheesh. As far as the cat, we haven't seen him since Tuesday. He is constantly coming in and out of the house all day long. We've driven the neighborhood and haven't seen him pancake-style on the road. We went door-to-door asking about him. Checked with animal control. Posted an 'missing pet' ad on KSL. Nothing.
I went with a friend of mine this week to the Children's Museum at the Gateway with our collective 10 children. Afterwards we took the kids out for ice cream. They're all running around the play equipment like a bunch of monkeys and she said, "Can you believe all those kids came just from us?!" We had a little chuckle.
At the museum, Shirlayne and I are gabbing away, not paying too close attention to exactly what the kids were doing. By the time we looked, the entire back of this car was filled to overflowing with play food from the grocery store area, thanks to several little pairs of hands. Back it goes!
Oh, just look at those beautiful blue eyes. Our little one is growing up so quickly! I love it when Chad is holding him, attention on something else, without realizing that Matthew's just staring at him. Chad looks down at him, surprised at being watched so intently. It's like Matthew's trying to memorize his face. His hands are constantly in his mouth. Not his thumb. Fingers. There is a whole lotta drool this boy produces!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday my family went to Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point to have some Halloween fun and pick out pumpkins. It was really fun. What was my favorite part of the trip? My favorite part was a big monster and you go in it's mouth and you end up at the bottom. There are loud noises in it. It was scary. Here are other things you could do: You could shoot corn at cars, slide down slides (one slide was made out of pipes and was really rolly and bumpy), there was a princess area, a corn maze, a haunted corn maze (we didn't go in that), there were campfire pits (one lady gave us sticks and marshmallows to roast), hayrides, etc.
This is a carriage at the Pumpkin Princess area. The girls spent like an hour there. They watched a show, dressed up and put on wigs, and then they got to sit by the Pumpkin Princess. Her name was Penelope. The girls thought she was beautiful. She wore an orange dress with green leaves whirled around her dress.
Here is Ella dressed up next to Penelope.