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Monday, October 30, 2006

Fun Weekend
We had so much fun this weekend. It all started on Thursday. Jeff was able to come home semi-early and I went out with some friends. As I was leaving the kids were getting out of the bath and Jeff was combing Alexa's hair. She asked if he was going to use the blow dryer. He said no. She said,"You won't blow dry my hair because they don't learn that in Dad school." She then later that night said she wanted Jeff to play college football when he grows up. We have a crazy one.
We went on a lot of fun outings this weekend and even had someone over for dinner on Sunday. The kids were crazy. Dallin was in such a strange mood that he even threw up after dinner. I think the time change has kind of messed him up. Alexa loves having people over. She even played Candy Land with our guest and she won. She proceeded to dance around the room, singing,"I won, I won." Too bad she has such low confidence. haha.
Some more little funny tidbits from Alexa. Today she asked why we have feet and I forgot to write about her comment to Jeff's mom that when she turns 100 she will stop growing. She also asked me what weird meant. After playing at a friends house this week she said this to Jeff. "Dad, next time you are in China you need to bring me the movie of Cars." She had watched a pirated copy from China. She thinks going to China is like going to Utah. Four is such a fun age. She loves to copy me. She always grabs her stool when I am putting on makeup and she puts on her pretties. I know I am in trouble. She will want to wear real makeup very soon.
Dallin is so sweet lately. He loves to see me and he runs up to me with his arms wide open. He leans forward and gives me juicy kisses. I love that kid! I was telling Jeff we should be on reality TV because we are a fun sight to watch.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Inquiring Minds
I am amazed by the questions I get day to day. Just a few of Alexa's questions today. "Why do we have hair? Why are there people? Are we there yet?" Okay, the last one started a few months ago, but she said it again today. I just love to hear how curious she has become. She is so inquisitive. I am a little scared for some of the questions that will start soon. Like the baby questions.
Someone was over for dinner last night and asked us which stage was harder. The whining stage of a 1 year old or the questions of a 4 year old. I don't know but I find myself and my mind exhausted at night so I guess they are both hard stages, but utterly awesome to be a part of. As I sat tonight reading stories to Alexa and Dallin I was so glad to be their mommy. Dallin was holding my hand and he was leaning in to give me kisses, and Alexa wanted me to scratch her back. As I left her room after tucking her in she said, "excuse me, I need a pony." She then said she loved me. I love her questions and I love being her mom.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

C-Span and The Short Bus
I didn't have time to write last night because I was ironing for Jeff. He needed a perfectly starched shirt for today because he is going to be on C-Span. So if any of you feel like it he will be on at about 1:30 eastern. He is so excited. He was the head honcho, chairperson, man in charge of putting his symposium together and it finally comes to fruition today. I was up late getting things ready for him. I am so happy that it has finally come so the air in our house can relax. My husband the TV star!
Alexa didn't have school yesterday because of a teacher improvement day so we had a lot of fun together. As we were getting in the car to go to the park yesterday the shuttle that takes Jeff to the metro in the morning drove by. She said "mom look, that's Daddy's little short bus." Alexa and her antics never stop. I also told her yesterday that Jeff would see her for a few minutes before she went to bed and she said "oh my, that's fantastic! She is so fun to listen to.
We got a fender bender a few weeks ago and I finally got around to getting the car fixed. It just has a little scratch but the whole bumper needs to be replaced. I love my Honda Pilot because I feel like a sporty mom. I get to drive an SUV that is low enough for kids to climb into but it is also good looking. This morning they gave me a KIA Sedona, a minivan. I guess it's okay, but I miss my pilot. I think it is easier to get kids into my Pilot. I guess there are both sides. People who are minivan people and those who aren't. I guess I am somewhere in the middle since I drive a "mommy SUV" as Jeff's brother calls it. Anyway, I love my car and I can't wait to get it back. I missed having it all summer and it has been nice to have it again. Let me know if you have an opinion about minivans.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Well, the 5K went well, but I realized that I am not 20 years old anymore. My knees hurt so bad. I hope that gets better. Other than that I ran a very good race. My time was a respectable 27 minutes and 19 seconds. I think I will start training for a half marathon in March. It will be beautiful. It goes through DC past all of the monuments. It sounds great.

Life is crazy. Dad didn't even get to see the kids yesterday or today. He is so busy with school but we are so proud of all of his accomplishments. He actually has a dinner this week that I get to attend with him alone. I get to dress up and everything! I found a dress yesterday and it is perfect because I already have shoes to match. I think that is one of the best things in life if you can find a dress that you already have shoes for. I love to buy shoes but finding the perfect ones is tough. I am so excited to go on a fancy date.

I was having this discussion with my girlfriends this morning about our children growing so fast. I can't keep them clothed. That sounds bad. I mean they grow out of things so fast. I dressed Alexa on Saturday and her pants were high waters and her shirt was a bare midriff. I thought she didn't need much this winter, but I guess I was wrong. Oh well, I guess I have to shop.

Friday, October 13, 2006

From the mouths of babes
So, we are driving to preschool this morning and Alexa asked why she had to wear a coat. Today was the first day it was cold enough to warrant wearing a coat. I told her that we have to wear a coat when it is cold outside. She then asked if she could take her coat off at school. I told her of course, because school would be warm. She then said "You're right mom, everyone has their own little "hooker" for their coats." I started laughing and told her it was called a hook. She was confused by the laughing, but I just had to laugh at that one.
We have had an exciting week with the pumpkin patch trip and Dad's birthday. Alexa fell down a hill at the pumpkin patch and being the total girl that she is she was mostly concerned that she had gotten sand in her hair. She also told Dad that yesterday was Columbus' birthday and that he had three boats, the nino, the pinto and the santa marina. She remembered all of that but it slipped her mind that it was Dad's birthday too. She is a funny one.
Dad and I went on a date tonight for his birthday and Alexa asked if she could go too. Dalllin wanted to go too, but we got to go by ourselves, thanks Brynn.(she babysat). We had so much fun actually having a conversation. It was nice to be a couple.
I also went shopping today and on the way home I was trying to keep Dallin from falling asleep. Every mom knows that if they fall asleep in the car the day is shot. I was trying to pull on his legs, give him treats and play music. Nothing worked. He is definitely a second child. He could sleep through a hurricane. True to form he woke up as soon as we got home and took a short late nap. He was so cute as I tried to keep him awake. He just gave me a crooked smile and went back to dream land.
Speaking of dream land, it is calling me. Gotta go.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


I finally figured out how to blog. I am not technologically savvy and it took me a little while, but I finally got the hang of it. I am learning more about technology so I can stay up with my kids when they start to figure it out. I have time to do things like this now that Dallin takes a few naps a day now. Hallelujah. Life in DC is good. We are settling into the new school year and it is so much fun to see how Alexa can learn so much. She is growing up so fast. We have been enjoying the Indian Summer here, but it is about to end. We will have to find fun malls with playgrounds. I am doing so great. I actually have signed up to run a 5K and I can't wait to be around the race culture again. Maybe next year I will be able to train for a marathon. I think running is in my blood. It feels so comfortable to me to be in my running shoes again. I am enjoying motherhood. My children are so fun to be with and it is so fun to watch them learn and grow. I can't wait to see where we go from here.
I finally figured out how to blog. I am not technologically savvy and it took me a little while, but I finally got the hang of it. I am learning more about technology so I can stay up with my kids when they start to figure it out. I have time to do things like this now that Dallin takes a few naps a day now. Hallelujah. Life in DC is good. We are settling into the new school year and it is so much fun to see how Alexa can learn so much. She is growing up so fast. We have been enjoying the Indian Summer here, but it is about to end. We will have to find fun malls with playgrounds. I am doing so great. I actually have signed up to run a 5K and I can't wait to be around the race culture again. Maybe next year I will be able to train for a marathon. I think running is in my blood. It feels so comfortable to me to be in my running shoes again. I am enjoying motherhood. My children are so fun to be with and it is so fun to watch them learn and grow. I can't wait to see where we go from here.
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