Friday, December 26, 2008

Dave's Secret Addiction

A box came in the mail a couple of weeks ago while Dave and I were both home. Our conversation went something like this....
J: "What's in the box."
D: "Just some movies I ordered."

I had known he had ordered some edited movies from a website that was going out of business. He had even emailed me for some of my favorites, so it wouldn't be all his.

J: "Oh, can I open it?"
D: "I think you better let me open it first."
a pause..
J: "How many movies did you order?"
D: "A few."
J: "I think I need to open the box."
D: "I'll just take it downstairs and you can see them later."

He finally did concede. So in all their glory, here are the 116+ movies. Now when am I going to find time to watch them all?



I fanned them out, I guess we can always use them as coasters.



The two big stacks.

And another great view! So if anyone gets an inkling to watch something edited, we just might have it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's Cold Outside

So we had a foot of snow come down, and it was the best ever. It packed so well that we were able to build an incredibly tall snow man. We had a wonderful few hours outside, and we're thankful we didn't have to go anywhere in the car.


Our tall Snow Man



Nathan trying out the snow. Apparently it was quite tasty, because Adam soon joined in. We had to explain to them that this would only be tolerated when it was new snow, and not something they could do the next day. Then one of my children asked if we'd ever tried yellow snow. The conversation quickly went downhill from there......


Rachael rolling the big body.


The pretty tree in our front yard. I was so excited to see snow. I've had very few white christmas's, and am thrilled we get another one this year. Although if I still lived in Oregon, I know I'd have one up there too, this year.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Singin' the Blues

We had our Annual Blue French Pancakes, on the morning of the BYU/UTAH game. The kids put to use their inherited cheerleading skills, and everyone showed their 'blue' attitudes. Yet, it all came to naught. The mighty cougars were conquered this year, and I think Utah's most valuable player was definitely Max Hall. Dave would completely agree with this statement. All in all we had a lot of fun, and many friends and family joined us to celebrate another winning season. Despite the last away game, it is still a wonderful time to be a Cougar--Rise and Shout!!






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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Two Cakes

In the process of simplifying our lives, I've been combining birthdays. Rachael and Adam took their turn this month, and I can't believe I now have a child in double digits. We make sure their actual birthday is special, but then have a big family get together with everyone. It was lots of fun!


Can you guess who's is who's?


On Rachael's actual birthday the boys willingly played Barbies with her. Aren't they such nice brothers.


Adam picked out this gift at the store. I wrapped it and he still forgot what it was. I don't have a picture of him wearing it yet, but it is a tad to big for his tiny body! Makes him look a little top heavy!


Adam had a hard time blowing out his candle. It took him a good seven or eight tries to finally blow it out. We all cheered.
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Norovirus

"Norovirus (also known as Norwalk and Norwalk-like virus) is a viral infection and is a common cause of diarrhea and vomiting sickenss in the United States. It is highly contagious. Most people will begin to have symptoms within 1 to 2 days, but some people may become ill as early as 10 hours. NO specific treament is available!"

This is what we have been experiencing the past week. Every single person in our household had it in some form or another. It got so bad that today and tomorrow my beautiful children will be spending two full days of fun (cleaning) at home with me. Why? So the school can be sanitized. Yep, they closed the school. I believe at one point almost 40% of the school was infected. 13 kids were absent in one classroom alone.

I'm so excited to see what adventures await us next!!




At home with my monkey, ninja, George Washington, and my Asian Princess!! Hope everyone had a great Halloween!
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Monday, November 10, 2008

My Hotty

I know I talk loads about my kids, but I just wanted to let you know I also have the best husband ever. He definitely is my better half, and I wouldn't enjoy life half as much if I didn't have these special moments to remember him by. One night he came up to me and said, "Look what I can do!" He then proceeded to show me that he could kick as high as my face. I looked at him with the oh you are so immature look and said, "Why on earth would you be proud of that?!" His reply, "If there is ever a robber in our house who is your height I will be able to kick him in the face." And of course he said it in the, well duh, tone.




What can be done with pretzels!


The Queen of Liverpool


What is a magician without his trusty hat!!


The man I love!!
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Friday, October 31, 2008

UNLV vs BYU

One of our favorite places to be on a warm fall afternoon. Of course no visit to BYU is complete without some wonderful Creamery ice cream. It was a nail biter, but we did manage to pull out a win. The kid's favorite part was running around in the parking lot and hiding among the cars.




The stadium, I love the atmosphere here.


Playing tag.


What a cute little cougar


Rachael scoping out the person who was 'it'.
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The New Nose Wiper

Just in time for cold season, I thought this was cute. Rachael came to dinner with kleenex wrapped around her wrist.
M: "is that your new nose wiper."
R: "Yeah mom it is."
M: "Really?"
R: "No, I sprained my wrist and made my own cast. You put real casts on when you break things, so I though if it's just sprained I could make my own and it would feel better."
M: "Does it feel better?"
R: "No, not really."



The cast.

The wrist that was sprained.


She mentioned that she couldn't really find any glue to glue it together, so she used tape instead.
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The 'Sweet' Tooth


Did I mention a few of my children are hoarders. Last week we were cleaning out the Halloween buckets. We dump all the candy we get all year into them, and that's where they get treats for after lunch. Well Naters is notorious for hoarding. We seperated it into piles and just looked. I tried to throw some away because I'm sure it's two years old, but there was another certain grown-up who would not let me. I warned him that this might be a mistake as some of that candy is really old. He would not listen, if it belongs to a child we can not throw it away. (and I wonder where Nathan gets his hoarding tendencies) So we came up with the next best thing and let Nate open a candy shop for his siblings. Well they were thrilled and Nathan was able to sell things off for pennies. Rachael was so excited because she bought 10 star bursts for twenty cents. So we told them they could eat some. As Rachael bit down she started screaming. She was running around the house screaming and crying and I couldn't get her to calm down. Finally she ran over to me, opened her mouth and I saw the starburst, stuck to a tooth that was almost all the way out. The starburst had been so hard that when she had tried to open her mouth after biting down, the tooth came with it. And no the tooth was not loose. Poor thing was crying, and ended up just pulling the whole tooth out. We did mention that now she would have one more dollar to buy more candy with.


The Candy assortment. Amazing huh?


Rachael's sad little face. I haven't seen her cry this much in a long time. Warning graphic pictures ahead!!


The bloody mess.


The tooth, and the candy culprit.
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Friday, October 17, 2008

And this to shall pass

Yesterday my sister-in-law was in a head-on collision. Yesterday I went to the temple and did sealings with my husband of almost 11 years. Yesterday the hopes and dreams of a BCS busting BYU team came to an end. All that was yesterday.

Today my sister-in-law and her unborn child are alive and well. She walked away with a broken arm and a few scratches. Today I have peace in knowing we're an eternal family, and my kids are home with me for a whole weekend. I am thrilled. Today I am still reeling over the loss of my beloved BYU team, but we have next year, we probably won't drop out of the top 25, and we do still have a chance of winning--not outright, the MWC championship.

Sometimes Today looks better than Yesterday. Sometimes there is a silver lining. Sometimes other things are more important than football.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Mission Home

This is where we stayed. It was so nice to have a 'home base'. And Dave's family was so nice to let us stay there.



The back where I found most of my lizards. During our stay the roof was being fixed, so there were leaks all upstairs. The paint was bubbling and it was quite the ordeal. The question was asked why this was not taken care of, since they were aware of it, when the house was renovated. Gotta love the Puerto Rican construction--(direct quote from the mission president himself)


The church provides all the furniture and church artwork. Because of that I felt a little bit like being in a temple. Everything was simple and elegant. It was a really neat experience.


The companion map. I was so tempted to move things around just a little, and apparently sometimes the missionaries do. They also have the companionship photos. Every once in a while you will find a picture of a girl, with a picture of a boy. Some missionaries idea of a funny joke (and I thought it was a little funny too when the mission president's wife found it that way while we were there)


Us playing cards in the mission home. That's right folks, we pulled out those face cards and went to town!!
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Old San Juan

I felt like I was in Spain with the architecture, and cobblestone roads. This was a place that I would be very much at home in. It had quaint little shops and a little bakery we visited for breakfast.


I was very impressed with the bright colors.


I loved all the balconies.


The fort El Morro that we visited. We actually visited two forts, and this is the second one. That is the long road up to the front of the fort.



The sign by this little tunnel said the soliders used this to "scurry" down to shoot at those coming to take over the fort.
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The Beaches

The Beaches were beautiful. We went to them a couple of days, and even tried some snorkeling. The water was so blue, and warm. I love it when the water is warm, although I will admit I'm not a big fan of the salt.


Me findng a crab, and trying to move it to get a better picture. I did not want to touch it, it made me shiver.


Dave trying to figure out how to put on his snorkeling gear. A very funny scene.


This beach was actually called 'The Steps' and now we know why.


Again that beautiful blue water.
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