Thursday, May 29, 2008

Latest Class Homework

Kyler is 8 months!

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Kyler at 8 months:

-Weighs almost 16 lbs., finally!!
-Loves to eat food, especially strawberries!
-Loves playing with his sisters
-Enjoys the bath
-Will nap anywhere
-He is starting to roll around to get what he wants
-Is very curious and is starting to explore the world around him.
-Loves noisy toys! Gotta Love Leapfrog!
-Jabbers all day long.
-Is teething so he chews on almost anything. He seems to find paper to chew on anywhere he goes.

Terrible Three's!!

Kamrin skipped the terrible two's, she was an angel! Lately, it has been quite the opposite. She does sneaky little things that end up making huge messes!! She took a jar of marshmallow creme out of the pantry and smeared it with some frosting and covered the pantry floor in her mess. She wrote on my hair flat iron with lipstick and eye liner. Then, proceeded to covered my sink in foundation and nail polish.(Under her father's watch of course!) Yesterday, while I was at mutual she took all of the clothes out of her brother's dresser and closet and moved them into her room for doll clothes. These are just incidents from this week. I can't take my eye off of her for two seconds or something is ruined!! To top it off today she cut a whole bunch of her hair off so we have to cut it short, VERY short, to try to cover part of it up! Oh, I cannot wait for this stage to end!!

Before the Cut

The New Do!

(Notice the huge chunk still missing from the back!)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kelsie's Surgery

Kelsie had to be at the hospital at 5:30 this morning to have surgery. She was a very brave girl and didn't cry or even make a peep as they drew blood and put an IV in. I am so proud of her. She had a little bit of a hard time coming out of the anesthesia, it made her sick. She is doing great now and we are already home! She was super excited that she got to take her own blanket and stuffed dog, Georgette (I'm not sure where that name came from. Kels has quite the imagination!!) The nurses even put a surgery cap on Georgette, so that she was just like her.

Monday, May 26, 2008

So You Think You Can Dance....

I am so excited that this show has started again..... I love watching it.... This is my very favorite performance ever on the show from a couple of seasons ago.....So good, probably one of the best pieces of choreography I have seen...... I can't wait for more.

This one is my second favorite.....

I am so glad the satellite repair man showed up today.

A Little Getaway

On Monday we decided to take a little getaway Friday and Saturday night for Memorial Day Weekend. We knew it would be hard to find a place to stay on Memorial Day weekend with no advance planning, but we were able to find a cabin at Soldier Mtn. Ranch near Fairfield. So we packed up the kids and plenty of food and spent Friday and Saturday night. It was a great place to take the kids. They had some room to roam and explore. We saw some deer and a cute little family of geese made it's home in the pond out our cabin window. We took a walk around the property and made it back just in time, we missed a mega rainstorm.

Saturday afternoon we took a little drive up to Pine/Anderson Reservoir. It was nice to get away, even if it was a quick trip!

P.S. Notice Ethan and Kelsie aren't pictured much....They were much too busy exploring to have their picture taken!!!

Friday, May 23, 2008

I am a looser....

Okay, so the Satellite repair man won't be able to come to our house for 10-14 days so I missed the finale of American Idol!!!! I was able to get a tape recording of the last show and the finale from a lady in my ward. I didn't get to watch them until last night. So, in order to not have the outcome spoiled I couldn't turn on the radio or even get on the internet for fear of having it spoiled. In fact, I was at the hospital with Kelsie getting her pre-op stuff done and some of the nurses were talking about it and it almost got spoiled. I just turned my head tried to pay attention to Kelsie. I am proud to say that I was suprised and I made it without finding out the winner until I was watching it myself. This whole situation made me realize how pathetic I am..... oh, well It's ever now until next year. However, I don't mind not having a television (now that American Idol is over, of course.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Stinkin Wind!!!

So, I know that Idaho is a pretty windy place to live, but enough is enough!!

Last night at about 6:45 the wind started blowing and not just the normal average 20 mph wind. It was more like 50 mph, it was crazy! The satellite dish is now in pieces and I missed American Idol, the only TV show I even watch.

And it's the finale tonight and I doubt that a repair man will be here in time.... Oh well I guess it's not the end of the world...

Now, if only I could find a way to get something out of this wind........

P.S. does anyone know if there is a place on the internet to watch American Idol performances??

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Kelsie's Crash!



Learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels has it's disadvantages!! Kels has learned this week more than once that is can be hard to ride a bike. I've learned why kids are supposed to wear helmets, thankfully she loves wearing hers and always has it on! I've also stocked up on antiseptic spray & bandaids. We also purchased knee and elbow pads. Hopedully now she is covered until she learns to ride a little better. She is a trooper though, she gets right back on and keeps on trying!(I felt bad taking her picture as she was crying, but she wanted the picture of her fat lip so she could remeber what it looked like.)
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Kyler's Doll

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Kyler found one of his sister's dolls and was trying to put it's binkie in his mouth. He was amazed with it's eyes and fingers. He doesn't stand a chance with a house full of girls, soon he'll be trying on dress up clothes and playing ballerina!

Sunday, May 18, 2008


This is my assignment and homework for my online class. I've learned a ton in just a few days!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Photoshop Online Class

I decided that there were a lot of cool tricks in photo shop that I was missing out on. I found a site that has a really neat online class that teaches you how to do digital scrapbooking in photoshop. The site is Jessica
So far the class has taught me quite a bit. It's amazing how many different little things make such a difference! Here is the first layout that I made, it was super easy and turned out pretty cute!

I recommend this class for anyone who is starting to digital scrapbook!

Photoshop Online Class

Friday, May 16, 2008

I found this the other day while going through boxes of pictures. This is a picture of my grandpa pulling me and my sister. We used to do so many fun things with my grandpa. Now, he lives pretty far away and we only get to see him a few times a year. I'm so glad that we have photographs like this to help us remember the good times in life.
Ironically, my grandpa had to have a difficult surgery earlier this week. Some complications occurred during the operation and it made me realize how fragile life really is. Thankfully, everything has turned out okay and he is doing much better .This has made me think about how I have at times taken advantage of the fact that I have all of my grandparents still and we are pretty close for the most part. I am glad that I have these good memories of my grandparents because they have helped to make me who I am. I have had the opportunity to do some pretty neat things with my grandparents and I only hope that my kids can have the same opportunities with their own grandparents.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Curly Sue

We put Kamrin's hair in curlers on Monday night because she had dance pictures on Tuesday. This is what she looked like before she went to bed:

This is what she looked like the next morning:

I can't believe how well they worked! She was so cute for her pictures!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day

Kelsie made me a card for mothers Day. On the inside she signed her name and wrote I (heart) you too dad! On the inside. She also wrote that on the outside of the sack that the flower she planted to go with the card was in. I guess she didn't want her dad to be left out. She's such a sweet heart!

She wrote in pencil so it's kind of hard to see in the picture, but you get the idea.

Josh also took the girls to the mall to get me a gift. They are getting older and can actually help pick out something. They were so excited that they had gotten me something that they couldn't wait until Sunday to give it to me. They ran right from the truck into the house after they purchased it on Saturday evening. They got me a basket of bath and body works stuff, it is very nice!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Kelsie Riding a Bike

Kelsie is probably one of the only six year olds with training wheels on her bicycle. We got her a bicycle for her birthday in January and she hasn't had much of a chance to ride it around because of the weather and our moving. We brought it to the rental a couple of weeks ago and she has been quite content to ride with the training wheels on, in fact she has been pretty persistent in telling us that she does not need to remove the training wheels. Ever. End of story. Yesterday, to my surprise, one of the neighbor kids comes over to tell me that his older sister is taking off the training wheels and she is going to teach Kelsie how to ride her bike and Kelsie is okay with all of this. So, I go outside to see what is going on and they had gotten the training wheels off and were trying to help her. She was having quite the time figuring it out and fell over many, many times. Josh got home about this time and was helping her. I took a few pictures and was off to a meeting. I was sure that she was almost done and we would have to try more today. I returned 1 1/2 hours later and she could ride!! She didn't stop until she could do it! I am so proud of her. She was pretty determined!

Josh helping Kels.
Kamrin riding around.
Josh reaching as Kels falls.
Kels falling ( more like bailing off)

New Book......

Okay I am lame, but I read this book in just a few hours.. OK, I didn't sleep most of the night.. Oh, well it was worth it. I guess I'll catch up on sleep later.

It was different than twilight, but still really good!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mother's Day

I was sent this earlier today. How true it is...

Before I was a Mom:

I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.

I didn't worry whether or not my
plants were poisonous.

I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom:

I had never been puked on.

Pooped on.

Chewed on.

Peed on.

I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.

I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom:
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests or give shots.

I never looked into teary eyes and cried.

I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.

I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom:

I never held a sleeping baby just
because I didn't want to put her down.

I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.

I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.

I never knew that I could love someone so much.

I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom:

I didn't know the feeling of having my
heart outside my body.

I didn't know how special it could feel to
feed a hungry baby.

I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.

I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so
important and happy.

Before I was a Mom:

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to
make sure all was okay.

I had never known the warmth, the joy,
the love, the heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being
a Mom.

I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

Happy Mothers Day to all of you Mom's. It's a tough job sometimes, but oh so rewarding!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

We have been waiting for Kyler to get well so that we can complete the test's to see if Kyler really has what they think that he has. Well, he's well and we go in bright and early to have this dreaded test. I think that I haven't worried about it much because I've known that we couldn't do it and I haven't thought about it. Now, that it's tomorrow I am freaking out a bit. For the most part I just want to know so that we can go on with our lives, even if it means it will be different around here. On the other hand I don't want to know. I am happy with the way things are and I'm not sure how strong I really am. I do know that people handle much worse things on a daily basis and I should be thankful that it's not something worse, but..... it's hard to see your kids struggle with things. I've decided that I'm going to try very hard to be optimistic. We have lived with him for 7 months now and we haven't had too tough of a time so far, I'm sure that we will take it one thing at a time and adjust. Man, 24 hours sure is a long time....Hopefully this time tomorrow we will have some answers...finally.