Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm ready to go, Mom

Here Olivia has decided she wants to go somewhere. She has on all the necessities, boots because there is snow on the ground, a jacket because it's freezing outside and a hat to keep her head warm. She also has on clean underwear (doesn't mom always say to wear clean underwear?). And she was really smart about how she put on her jacket. It's upside down. She doesn't need the hood for her head because she has on a stocking cap so she put it on upside down so her little bum stays warm. Underwear isn't near as warm as a diaper! Yes, little Lala has decided that she want's to be potty trained. She knows how to go into the bathroom, put on the potty seat, put the little footstool in front of the potty, call for someone to help her on. Then she'll sit there and talk. ask for some toilet paper, wipe herself, get help getting off, flush the potty, push the stool to the sink,wash her hands, go out and shut the door and then ask to do it all over again in two minutes. She's had some success, but not enough for me to be wanting to deal with it in the middle of a move. Maybe once we get moved and the pressure is off, then I can focus on trying to potty train a hard-headed little girl. By the way, for all of you who are wondering - she gets it from her father! Michael of course will ask who her father is, but we all know!

Zeke's birthday

Here are a few more pictures from Zeke's birthday. He got a package in the mail filled with Thomas tracks and a remote control train. Dillon had gotten one for Christmas so they put all the tracks together and played with their trains all afternoon.

Sunday best

As you can see I am playing catch up tongight with all my blogging. I am just taking a few minutes of relaxation before I start loading the truck tomorrow. Anyways, here are a few pictures of Dillon and Olivia the other Sunday. I had gotten Dillon some monster socks from the dollar bin at Target and he loved them - so much that he wore them to church the next day. Don't they go well with his loafers, black pants and maroon shirt. He looked so handsome and was so excited to show off those bright green socks! Olivia is the perfect picture of a princess and angel (if you look closesly though you can see little horns starting to grow!) She can be quite the handful during church. Thank goodness she is old enough to go to nursery now.

One last trip down the stairs

Poor Olivia has had the hardest time with the stairs. I think it's because she wants to go up and down them like a big kid but she doesn't always have the balance. She has taken several falls down the stairs but this last one was the worst. I will be glad to get away from these steep wooden stairs.

Pictures from the party

Here are a few pictures from the party the other night. As you can see there were lots of kids and they were all having lots of fun!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Party All Night Long!

What a party! We went to the Olsen's last night for our goodbye party. It was so much fun to get to visit with everyone. There were 24 kids there and 20 adults. There was food, dancing, dress-up and lots and lots of talking. We got home around 11:30 last night. The kids were wiped out and went to sleep very quickly as did Michael and I. This morning we were still pretty wiped out but we managed to make it to church and survived the potluck. Now it's back to business. Michael leaves tomorrow for Arkansas and won't be back until Wednesday so there are a few things we have to get done today before he leaves. Unfortunately that means no Sunday afternoon nap, but we are doing a countdown to 8:00 bedtime! We will sure miss all the wonderful friends we have here and the comfort that we feel in this community. The school is wonderful, the families are wonderful and the friends are amazing. Thank goodness we are only an hour or so away and we will be able to keep in touch and continue to build these friendships here. I will post pictures of the party later. I'm not sure if I have all the pieces I need to download pictures right now.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

One load down

Yesterday we took a trailer load of all the boxes and stuff that I had packed through the week. We were also able to take some of the furniture that we weren't needing. It was nice to get the rooms cleared out again. Now we have room to walk. Of course last night Michael and I brought all the food storage (wheat is about the extent of it) upstairs and now it looks like it did before we took the load. We also took the kids to see their new school. They seemed to like it. It's much bigger than where they are now. All the kids k-12 are in the same building but they keep the younger kids separate from the older ones. I must say as we walked through the school, it brought back a lot of memories and nervous stomachs. I remember all the times I had to go to a new school and I felt it all again. I hated moving for the most part and I feel bad about making the kids move now. I know they will be fine but I sure remembered how I used to feel. Anyways, we were able tog et quiet a bit accomplished yesterday. Now I just have to pack up all the odds and ends and clean the house. It will be a crazy week. Tonight we are going to a party that the Olsens are throwing for us. The kids are excited. There will be about 20 kids there, most of their closest friends. It will be fun but sad. Tomorrow at church they will have a potluck for us. Michael is thinking of skipping it! He hates potlucks. The kids love them though. Then after the weekend it's down to business. Friday we will take treats to school and have pictures taken. Zane's teacher is having aprty for him and she declared it Cowboy Day in honor of Zane. All the kindergarteners are supposed to dress up in western clothes and they will have a party in the afternoon. Zane thinks that's cool. It will be a sad but exciting day.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Well, for those of you who don't know - we are moving. Each time we move it seems to be a bigger job. We ahve more kids and they have more stuff. Plus it gets busier each time we do it. We found out Friday and I have been packing and sorting ever since then. We sat the kids down after school and told them what was going on. They knew it was a possibility, they had seen the house and listened to us talk about it. There were still tears, especially from Maddi. I really felt bad for her. I kow what it feels like. I moved after kindergarten, 1st grade, the middle of 2nd grade and then again after 2nd, after 3rd, after 4th, after 8th, 9th, 10th, my freshman year of college, while I was on my mission my family moved so I came home to a new place and many times after that. I was always shy and it was hard for me to do so I could feel her pain (although I never had to leave as many friends as she is having to leave). She will be fine and so will the rest of them but for now it is hard for her. Yet, she is excited for some of the changes. I hope we don't have to do this many more times though. We are excited for Michael to have a new job. He has put up with a lot here and it is time to move on. At McCrossan's he will be in charge of the horses and he will be working with the boys. They have the big draft horses there and the wagons and sleighs. They go all around to parades, in fact they will be at the inauguration parade next week. It will be a good move for us we feel. They will be in an excellent school system in Tri-Valley. It will be three times the size of Hendricks school, so that will be a change. Right now they know everyone in the school. We had a family home evening lesson last night. They asked questions, voiced fears and concerns and we talked through everything. Later htis week we will go see the new school and meet teachers. Anyways, that is the latest news form us. We will keep you all updated as we go.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Here are Zeke and Dillon with two of their best friends. They came over yesterday to play. Sadie is Zeke's age and Ellie is Dillon's age. They always have lots of fun playing together.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Zeke!

Yesterday was Zeke's 3rd birthday. He had a fun day. He and Dillon decorated the cupcakes with m&ms. We ate pizza for supper and had cupcakes and ice cream later. Today he had a few friends over to play. They had great fun playing. We ate lunch, opened presents and had more cupcakes. I can't believe he is 3. He has sure grown up fast lately. In less than a week he was potty trained, even at night. He's talking better and becoming much more independent. I suppose that is good, but it doesn't seem like it should be happening yet.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Another year has come and gone. Out with the old and on with the new, or so they say. Goals are set, plans are made. This year I'm going to do it. I'm going to lose my weight, clean my house so it is never messy again and so unexpected guests will be able to get through the front door and feel good about being at my house. I'm not going to yell at my kids. I'm going to get dressed in real clothes, not lounge pants, everyday and I'm going to do my hair and wear make-up, even if I never leave the house all day. Then we go to a New Year's Eve party. We don't stay until midnight but we don't get home until 11:30pm. When we left the party everyone was given late Christmas presents that NEEDED to be opened as soon as we got home. So we quickly tear through the presents, get on our pajamas and get to bed before midnight (11:50). Olivia wakes up at 4 am and then again at 6 am and then for good by 8 am. Zane, Dillon and Zeke rush downstairs to play with the toys they opened last night. Makenna comes down later and Maddi is still in bed although she can't be sleeping because Olivia is upstairs talking really loudly to her! So it's New Year's Day, the first day of my goals. I wake up tired because I haven't slept for very long. I eat almond bark covered pretzels and a Diet Dr. Pepper for breakfast because I am too tired to get out something proper. I am still in my pajamas, my hair is not done, I don't have make-up on. The house is a mess from all the boxes and wrapping paper, toys and clothes (they were also given hand-me downs yesterday) everywhere. I haven't yelled yet but I think that's because my voice isn't working yet. So, as you can see (hopefully you can't see, but I'm sure you can imagine) my goals are quickly on their way to being accomplished. Maybe next year I will go green and instead of using paper to write down my new year goals, I will just save a tree and not have any! HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my fellow goal makers!!