Friday, December 5, 2008

Crazy Busy

Okay, okay, I know I haven't posted in over a month now, but Primary is filling up all of my time. We had the Primary Program at the end of November, then there was Thanksgiving of course and ALL of Robby's family was in town. Last night I had my Primary Board Meeting/Christmas Party. I have to do Priesthood Preview on Sunday, then the Santa's breakfast on the 13th of December! Ahhh!! And then we leave on the 16th to go to Portland where we will drop off the kids with my parents so Robby and I can fly to Utah for his brother's wedding. Then we will fly back to Portland for Christmas and then fly back the day after Christmas for Robby's brother's reception. Whew! It's nuts around here.

I promise I will post some pictures soon. Although that means I will actually have to take some first...

Monday, November 3, 2008


Two weeks ago Robby had to go to Montreal for work training to the boys and I headed to Portland to visit my parents and brothers' families. It was a crazy week but we enjoyed seeing everyone and it was nice to be home by ourselves while Robby was gone. We got to see my parents' house, although it was pretty much gutted at that point. We are excited to see it finished this Christmas.

The entire week we were in Portland we were preparing for Jeff and Augusta's annual Halloween party. They go all out and I am pretty sure they have more Halloween decorations than all of my holiday decorations combined. While getting ready for the party we were anxiously waiting to see if my sister-in-law was going to have her baby. She was hoping to not have until after the party. She made through the party but unfortunately she is still waiting for that baby to come!

Jeff and Augusta not only go all out on their party but also on their costumes. (The party has a strictly enforced costumes required rule.) Dressing up is not really my thing but they insisted I wore Augusta's strawberry costume from a previous year.

Here is everyone in their costumes for the party. (Augusta, Jeff, Scott, and Tiffany)

Here is Augusta and I in costume at the party. I know. I can't believe I am putting this picture up for everyone to see.

Before Jeff and Augusta's party we took the kids to the neighborhood Halloween party. They had several games for the kids to play.

Here is Owen (Snoopy), Jack (Charlie Brown) and James (astronaut) all ready to go.

The week after we got back from Portland we took the boys to two trunk-or-treats and out to actually trick-or-treat on Halloween of course. For some reason we never got all the cousins together in a picture so here's the best we got of Owen, Mayce and Jack together.

A couple of days before we went to Portland we got together with Erin, her sister-in-law Kerry, and her cousin Britney and had a craft day with the kids. They made tie-dye shirts, pumpkin bats, and decorated cookies. It was crazy but I think we all had fun. Here are all the kids in their tie-dye shirts. Thanks for the picture Erin! (We drew jack-o-lantern faces on the shirts after the party and my kids got tons of comments on them when they wore them on the plane to Portland.)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Jack is Stuck in the Toilet!

Like always, we went to Robby's parents' house for Sunday dinner yesterday. After we ate dinner the kids were all playing and Robby and I were doing dishes. Suddenly the kids came running out yelling, "Jack is stuck in the toilet!" Jack loves splashing in the toilet whenever a bathroom door gets left open so I assumed that he had gotten his arm caught in the toilet. Much to my surprise, when I got to the bathroom, he was actually sitting IN the toilet. I almost died! Of course I screamed for someone to bring me a camera before I got him out but unfortunately he climbed out himself before a camera got there. Bummer. It would have been a good picture to embarrass him with later. He was pretty upset once he got in the toilet so I am hoping he won't want to do it again, but I'm not going to get my hopes up. Hopefully, everyone will remember to shut the bathroom door from now on.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Planting Flowers

Now that the weather is finally starting to cool down, we have been spending more time outside. It is nice for us to get out of the house during the day. Today we bought flowers to plant in our planters. We got mostly pansies since they seem to do really well in our yard but we also decided to try some snapdragons. Assuming the neighborhood cats don't use our planters as a litter box, which they usually do, we will have some nice flowers in a few weeks or so.

The boys really liked to help plant the flowers. Owen always had his shovel handy to dig a hole for me. Jack just liked to play in the dirt. He kept climbing into the planter and I kept taking him out. He finally got strapped into his stroller to keep him out of the dirt. If I hadn't just put fertilizer into the dirt, I probably would have just let him play in it.

It may be hard to see Owen's shirt, but it is the shirt he was given at preschool. I don't know what it is but he seems to pick the ugliest shirt he owns and it becomes his favorite shirt. As soon as it is clean, he puts it back on. It used to be a shirt with dogs on it but now it is the preschool shirt. I should stop buying him nice shirts altogether! I guess it is just part of having a 3 year old.

When we planted the flowers in the backyard Owen was finally able to distract Jack by teaching him how to go down the slide. This slide has been in our yard for a few years and is a little worse for the wear. Grandma Corbridge (Robby's sister's husband's mom...phew) brought this to Owen with the intention of us fixing it. It never got fixed, but it still works so oh well. It is small but pretty steep so Jack would go flying off the end every time. Luckily, it kept the boys busy so I could plant the last few flowers.

When we finished planting the flowers, I pushed Jack in the stroller around the block so Owen could ride his bike. Owen is not the bravest on his bike. If there is the slightest hill he rides his brakes all the way down. And if there is a bump, he gets off and walks the bike over the bump. He is starting to get a little better but I don't see the training wheels coming off any time soon.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jack's First Haircut

This was actually a couple of months ago but I just ran into the pictures so I thought I should put them up.

Thanks to Grandma Walker, Robby and Owen get great haircuts every couple of weeks. (She has been training me to do it though and I cut both Robby's and Owen's last week.) After they both got their haircut Robby said that Jack needed his haircut too. He was starting to look like he had a pretty good mullet going. So we put him in the highchair with some chocolate chips to keep him still and Grandma cut off his mullet. It was really surprising to see how much older he looked without his long curls in the back.

Catching Up

Now that everyone is feeling better I am trying to play catch up since it has been so long since I posted anything. So here is a bunch of stuff that has happened in the last few weeks .

This last Sunday we went to Grandma and Grandpa Walkers' and made soft serve ice cream with Dave's new ice cream maker. The kids loved it of course. But we think they actually liked making a big mess more than eating the ice cream. The pictures don't do them justice though. By the time the ice cream was done, or melted, they had ice cream everywhere. Owen decided that it was fun to squish the ice cream all over his face. He had it on his cheeks, chin and forehead. Jack was just his usual messy self. As usual after a day at Grandma and Grandpa's they both ended up in the bathtub.

Several weeks ago the boys and I went to a small water park with our friend Meredith and her baby Ryan. I didn't even bring Jack's swimsuit because I didn't think he would get in. Of course he ended up loving it. By the time we were done he was soaked from head to toe. His pants were so soaked that they kept falling off. Owen loved it too but was much more cautious.

Yesterday we made a trip to the park just a couple streets over from our house. Owen calls this park "my park." We like it because it is usually empty except for us. Jack is starting to actually like playing on the playground and the boys discovered that they liked to go down the slide together. As soon as they got to the bottom Jack tried to crawl back up the slide so he could do it again. I hope the slide will keep him distracted from the sand from now on. He usually goes straight the sand and starts dumping handfuls right on his head. It takes me days to get all the sand off his scalp especially now that he is terrified of taking baths for some reason.

Monday, September 22, 2008


I swear I haven't already stopped blogging. Last week we were all sick. So between no one feeling good and doctor appointments we didn't have a whole lot to report on the blog. I did get a chance to take some pictures this weekend so I will put those on in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Owen's First Day of Preschool

Owen had his first day of preschool on Tuesday. He was so excited. The first thing he asked me when he woke that morning was, "Do I get to go to school today?" Luckily, his preschool doesn't start until 9 so we had plenty of time to get ready. Unfortunately, we were almost late because there was a mile-long train going super slow that we had to wait for. Now we know we have to plan for the train! Once we got there I wasn't sure how he would do. He is usually pretty nervous when he has to go somewhere by himself. Much to my surprise he walked in the door and didn't look back. I signed him in, asked him if I could leave and left. Wow! Much easier than I had planned.

When I picked him up he said to me, "Mom I didn't cry at all!" His teacher's name is Miss Aline and he seems to really like her. I felt like such a bad mom when I dropped him off because all the other moms where there with their cameras taking pictures. Ahh! I didn't even think of bringing my camera. But I redeemed myself when I picked him and took a picture then.

The best part of preschool was that when I got home from dropping Owen off I put Jack down for him nap and had 2 hours all to myself. I almost didn't know what to do with myself. It is nice to have 2 hours of peace and quiet that I can actually get something done without interruption. I think we are ALL going to enjoy preschool this year.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Jack's 1st Birthday

This last Saturday we celebrated Jack's first birthday. I can't believe he is already 1! He had no idea what was going but we still had fun celebrating with him anyway. His cousins gladly helped him open presents and he was so excited to get clothes for this winter. Okay so maybe he wasn't that excited but I was. He was more excited about the small soccer ball and basketball he got.

Jack also loved his own cake and ice cream. Unlike good parents that don't let their kids have cake and ice cream and junk food until after they're one our kids have eaten pretty much everything since birth. (Thanks to grandpa!) So Jack had no trouble diving right into his own cupcake and yes, even his own scoop ice cream. The ice cream was Robby's idea. Which is why he got to give Jack a bath after it was all over.

As you can see Jack had to be bathed and the high chair had to be completely taken apart so it could be washed and hosed off in the back yard.

Finally . . .

Okay, so I am finally going to do this. I keeping looking at everyone else's blogs and I'm a little jealous I haven't started one yet. It's one of those things I want to do but I can't seem to find the time or the motivation to actually sit down and do it. Now that I have started it I just have to keep it going.