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Monday, January 28, 2008

Gordon B. Hinckley

The President of my church, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints passed away last night. Gordon B. Hinckley was the 15th president of the church and he has been the president since 1995. He was 97 years old. I felt like I knew him personally through his addresses that he gave to the Church. He is known for building temples and showing to the world that we are a church that is Christ centered. He sent out a Proclamation to the World that the family is an essential component to our happiness on earth. He taught us to be virtuous and to stand up for what is right. He was a loving husband and father and now he will be reunited with his sweet wife Marjorie.
I am so thakful for his influence in my life. He taught me that having a testimony of the gospel is something to be proud of. I know that he was a prophet of God and he taught us the truths that the world could not provide. I will miss his loving voice and the way he was always so cheerful. His example and his teachings have made me a better person and I will be forever grateful for him and his life.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My First Attempt

Well, here is my first official attempt at digital scrapbooking. I know it is not great yet, but at least I am trying right? Thanks to my friend Katie for getting me started. If anyone has any tips for me let me know!! This is the first time I have scrapbooked in probably a year because with my crazy two year old around I could never get anything done before he was into all my stuff. Now all I have to do is save it and I can go take care of what needs to be done. Wish me luck on learning more.
p.s. I know I will look back on this one day and think it looks terrible, but I guess there is only room to learn.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Why do I even leave the house?

Last week when we went on an errand together Alexa threw up in the trash can. That was nothing compared to today. We needed an outing to get us through the day. Dallin only took an hour nap and I needed to do some returns so we got in the car to go to Target, Nordstrom Rack and Costco. I know I was being ambitious, but I needed to get some things done.

Target went well and I had high hopes that the rest of the afternoon would be great! As we pulled up to Nordstrom I told myself to bring the stroller, but I decided to just use one of their carts, that's where the problem began. Dallin is notorious for standing in the cart. He must stand up. Store clerks usually yell at me to make him sit down, but usually I have to pull him out of the cart because he won't sit. Well, at the Rack I had finally gotten him to sit down with a lollipop, ( I am not above bribery.) I was in the shoe aisle and I had found a great pair of boots. I wanted to try them on so I left Dallin and Alexa out of the aisle because it just wasn't big enough. I could see them and they were only about 20 feet from me. As I looked down to put the boot on I hear both of them screaming. I dropped everything I was holding and ran and found them both on the floor. Dallin had leaned too far in the cart and fell over and hit his head and Alexa's arm got hit with the cart. I got both of them settled down, but didn't put them back in the cart because I was not going to have that happen again. I then proceeded to the check out to do a return and buy the cute boots. ( I finished trying them on and they were great!) As soon as my transaction was done Dallin bolted. Of course the doors are automatic and he ran into the parking lot. I grabbed my wallet and sprinted, meanwhile leaving the 5 year old bawling in the store because mommy left her behind. I finally caught up with him and then a woman brought Alexa to me. Dallin was laughing and Alexa was crying. I grabbed their hands and said under my breath, "I don't know why I leave the house." A woman standing on the sidewalk just started to laugh.

I got in the car so frustrated but we still went to Costco and we even had pizza because I had promised Alexa and really she had been great and I had left her in a store and everything. We made it home in one piece, but really why do I try?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Daily Funnies

I remember reading the comic "The Family Circle" when I was little and I remember they were called the Daily Funnies. We have had quite a few of those around here lately. My kids are quirky and fun and here are the pictures to prove it, okay so maybe the parents are a little quirky too. This kid is OBSESSED with chocolate milk, can you tell? This scene is a regular around here.
Before she let the ball go, she literally drops the ball on the lane and watches it go.
Sucker in one hand the whole time we were bowling.

Okay, here are the quirky parents. We went to a party at Shauna's before Christmas and we were supposed to wear ugly Christmas sweaters and vests. I think Jeff's is uglier than mine, but it was fun to see what everyone else was wearing
Alexa and her new dog, Molly. She has been waking up at night sobbing, I mean real tear because we left one of her stuffed animals, Grey, in storage in DC. We decided to replace him and she treats him like a real dog.

Do you think someone is tryin to show me that she is responsible enough for a real dog? I am not a pet person. I am not really budging on this one right now, but props to her for trying so hard.

No fear from Alexa as they flew down the sled hill. We had so much snow that we all went sledding as a family. No pictures of me, because Mom is always behind the camera.
What a fun quirky little family.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Thank Goodness she can hold it

Yesterday Alexa and I just felt a little off. After I got out of the shower I just threw my hair in a bun and put my sweats on. Alexa had been complaining that her stomach hurt but she watched a movie and had some toast and I thought she was okay. I needed to get some fabric at Wal-Mart and we needed a birthday present so we decided to go. Alexa said she was fine. When we got to Wal-Mart I was a little embarrased by the way I looked, but I figured we would be in and out without talking to too many people. I grabbed what we needed and then proceeded to get my fabric. As I was browsing Alexa looked at me with her hand over her mouth and said, "I'm gonna throw up." I looked around and didn't know what to do. Then she said it again. I then saw a trash can that actually did have a liner and I opened the lid and said "Go ahead." She threw up twice. We cleaned her up with a baby wipe and then told the lady in the fabric department that someone needed to come and get the trash. She actually had some hand sanitizer so we could keep our germs to ourselves. I then asked for my fabric and then we went to the check out. After she threw up she said, "I feel great." I am just so thankful that she could tell me and that it was all very tidy. We didn't draw any attention to our white trash selves, and we got in the car and came home. She was fine the rest of the night and actually ate dinner and begged for dessert. I gave in and gave her a little ice cream. I am so proud of her for being so mature and keeping the Wal-Mart aisle barf-free.

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Good and the Bad

As my two children ran around our tiny apartment yesterday making messes where I had just cleaned them up I was whining to Jeff that we needed a bigger house with a playroom soon! Then we had some friends over for dinner and we had four kids running around and one baby crying in a total of 800 sq. ft. Jeff worked from home last week and took over our room and Dallin was in the kids room taking a nap and that left me and Alexa to stare at each other for a few hours telling each other how bored we were. It is a cramped little place with not much privacy, but today I was a teeny bit glad that we were still here in an apartment. Our fridge decided to stop working and I just called maintenance and they came and fixed it. Now I don't have to go throw away everything in my fridge and freezer and spend a fortune to replace it. I guess that kind of helps, but oh what a great day it will be when I can have a few minutes to be in my very own space.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Christmas Recap

I know Christmas was almost 2 weeks ago but I thought I would put together a post to show how wonderful our Christmas was. It really was so fun to see the kids faces on Christmas and to be with my WHOLE family this year. Here are our stories in pictures.

Decorating sugar cookies with our cousins.

The whole gang after Christmas Eve dinner.

My Christmas cuties, can you tell Dallin just woke up?

Santa brought me a Leapster!!!!!!

I really do love my scooter but I just got bonked in the head with Mom's camera.
Santa left some crumbs, the reindeer left a piece of a carrot and Santa wrote us a note!

Alexa loved her cheerleading outfit.

A boy and his train set.

The loves after they exchanged gifts. Not the best pic, but you can see the love between those two.

Cute jammies from Grandma
The originial fam
We had so much fun being with all of my family. It was a beautiful WHITE Christmas, sorry I forgot to take a picture, but we got about 10 inches on Christmas. It was so fun to watch the snow fall and hang out with our kids and the rest of the family. We enjoyed ourselves so much that Alexa asks everyday when the next party is. I guess we will have to do this again in a few years.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Christmas Eve

I realize that I am kind of late with my post, but we have been having so much fun around here that I didn't have a ton of time to post, (and I was being lazy) My whole family was here for Christmas that means 11 kids were here !!!! Luckily my sisters have big homes and there were plenty of places for people to stay, (and nine of the kids already live here) We had a great time on Christmas Eve having dinner and watching the nativity story. The kids tried to act it out and it was really cute. Alexa and Dallin had so much fun with remembering the true meaning of Christmas and enjoying time with their cousins and G&G. Alexa got "reindeer ears" at Target and loved posing for pics with them on.

Mary and Joseph with a very feminine Jesus sucking "her" thumb while wearing a cute black dress.

After dinner we went home and got ready for bed and then Mr. and Mrs. Claus went to work. It didn't take that long because we had started the night before, thank goodness because I realized on the 23rd that one of Dallins biggest presents was MIA!!!! Luckily I had the receipt and Target bless them gave me a new GeoTrax set free of charge!! Go Target!!! I think I left it in the cart and it never made it home. It was great getting it all set up!

We took a picture of what Santa left. Dallin got a scooter and a work bench and Alexa got a Leapster and a McKayla doll( a strange doll that talks that she insisted on having and has not played with yet)

While we were busy being "Santas" we had to lock the kids in their room. The picture above shows almost our whole apartment. To be able to be sneaky we had to lock them in. I know kind of sad, but true. When we heard Dallin on Christmas morning we both ran to let them out. We hated having to lock them in to capture their surprised faces, but you do what you have to do. It was a great night!