Wednesday, April 30, 2008


It was Baskin Robbins' $0.31 scoop night tonight. A fun little spontaneous outing with the family.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I can't even tell you how many people (pretty much every single person who we saw in the whole store) stopped and commented on how cute it was for me to have 2 little shoppers following me with their carts, and what good "HELPERS" they were. This is Eli & Mia's favorite thing in the whole world. I wish we didn't have to have a whole litany of rules to survive the ordeal (no bashing into shelves, no running into people, no driving onto the back of mom's heels, no helping ones' self to groceries that mom doesn't want to buy, no running away and getting lost in the store, and the normal rules that they always struggle with: no fighting, no tantrums over treats or candy... all this is actually harder than it sounds for a 5 year old & a 3 year old!!) We did all survive, but every time after it's over, I ask myself what was I thinking??

Monday, April 28, 2008

Mia and I got to babysit a delightful little baby this morning. Neve, my friend, Brynn's little girl played, ate, slept and even clapped (reportedly for the first time!) at our house for a few hours. Mia was such an awesome assistant. She shared her toys, made Neve smile & laugh, fetched things for me from her baby bag, and was basically in awe of the things babies do. I don't know who had more fun, Mia or me.

P.S. Both Mia & Eli are into fake smiling lately. Our photographer at The Picture People said it's their ages. They are "trying" to smile instead of just smiling. I think all our pictures are going to look like this for the next little while.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Mia sleeping on top of a pile of clean unfolded laundry after church on Sunday. (Nice.) Church is 1pm-4pm, so there are no naps for her those days. That about sums up the chaos at our house today.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Western Day & Earth Day

Last week the preschool had "Western Day." The kids got to dress up as cowboys & cowgirls, have barbecued hamburgers & hotdogs for lunch, and play a bunch of games, like prospecting for "gold nuggets" in the sand box. They had a blast. Eli's sweet teachers made these little horses for each kid in his class to take home. Eli LOVES his horse. Its name is Smokey.

Also, to celebrate Earth Day, Eli's kindergarten class got to plant a tree. So luckily, Eli's promise was kept. Eli & Mia were also given cabbage plants at school. This is Mia planting her cabbage in a pot in our backyard last night.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Rendered Almost Speechless

Eli & Mia got these professional portraits taken yesterday. They turned out so beautiful that both Chris & my jaws were dropped to the ground. What unbelievably gorgeous children. Seriously. We had a bit of a hard time getting a good photo of the photos. You'll have to come visit to see it & do it justice.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Eli's Homework From Yesterday

Monday, April 21, 2008

Two Part F.H.E.

We have been trying in our family to hold regular Family Home Evening nights. Somehow along the way, the kids have come to expect as one of their inalienable rights, to have a game or an activity with us weekly, as part of the evening. The problem is that Chris' overtime work schedule right now is causing us to have almost no time Monday nights for all this. The solution we have found is to have a game or activity on Sunday, then the lesson part of Family Home Evening on Monday (super short!). This takes the pressure off everyone. Last night, Eli was dying to play with play-doh together as a family. He even proposed a play-doh creation contest. My winning creation (a rabbit-caterpillar-hybrid) remains unphotographed, but here are Eli and Mia, immersed in sculpting their dough.

And for those interested, this

is the greatest book for SHORT Family Home Evening lessons for young children! :)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

How's The Weather, You Ask?

Here are Eli & Mia outside playing in the torrential downpour today. Ironically, they are watering the roses with watering cans. We wouldn't want the flowers to dry up, now would we?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I Love You, Sweet Little Beautiful Eli

W. Livingston Larned
condensed as in "Readers Digest"

Listen, son: I am saying this as you lie asleep, one little
paw crumpled under your cheek and the blond curls stickily
wet on your damp forehead. I have stolen into your room alone.
Just a few minutes ago, as I sat reading my paper in the
library, a stifling wave of remorse swept over me. Guiltily
I came to your bedside.

There are the things I was thinking, son: I had been cross
to you. I scolded you as you were dressing for school because
you gave your face merely a dab with a towel. I took you to
task for not cleaning your shoes. I called out angrily when
you threw some of your things on the floor.

At breakfast I found fault, too. You spilled things. You
gulped down your food. You put your elbows on the table. You
spread butter too thick on your bread. And as you started off
to play and I made for my train, you turned and waved a hand
and called, "Goodbye, Daddy!" and I frowned, and said in
reply, "Hold your shoulders back!"

Then it began all over again in the late afternoon. As I came
up the road I spied you, down on your knees, playing marbles.
There were holes in your stockings. I humiliated you before
your boyfriends by marching you ahead of me to the house.
Stockings were expensive-and if you had to buy them you would
be more careful! Imagine that, son, from a father!

Do you remember, later, when I was reading in the library, how
you came in timidly, with a sort of hurt look in your eyes?
When I glanced up over my paper, impatient at the interruption,
you hesitated at the door. "What is it you want?" I snapped.

You said nothing, but ran across in one tempestuous plunge,
and threw your arms around my neck and kissed me, and your
small arms tightended with an affection that God had set
blooming in your heart and which even neglect could not wither.
And then you were gone, pattering up the stairs.

Well, son, it was shortly afterwards that my paper slipped
from my hands and a terrible sickening fear came over me. What
has habit been doing to me? The habit of finding fault, of
reprimanding-this was my reward to you for being a boy. It
was not that I did not love you; it was that I expected too
much of youth. I was measuring you by the yardstick of my own

And there was so much that was good and fine and true in your
character. The little heart of you was as big as the dawn
itself over the wide hills. This was shown by your spontaneous
impulse to rush in and kiss me good night. Nothing else matters
tonight, son. I have come to your bedside in the darkness, and
I have knelt there, ashamed!

It is feeble atonement; I know you would not understand these
things if I told them to you during your waking hours. But
tomorrow I will be a real daddy! I will chum with you, and suffer
when you suffer, and laugh when you laugh. I will bite my
tongue when impatient words come. I will keep saying as if it
were a ritual: "He is nothing but a boy-a little boy!"

I am afraid I have visualized you as a man. Yet as I see you
now, son, crumpled and weary in your cot, I see that you are
still a baby. Yesterday you were in your mother's arms, your
head on her shoulder. I have asked too much, too much.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Guest Photographer

It's really a shame that Mom has to be the family's main photographer, because Dad has much more natural skill in this area. The photos he gets just on his cell phone are so priceless sometimes. Here are "Best of" Chris' cell phone pictures from the last few months.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Look At These Happy Kids

Today we had a really fun day. Not only was it upper 70s & sunny, resulting in mucho playground time at school, but I decided to take them to see Horton Hears A Who to top the afternoon off. We shared the huge theater stadium seating with only 2 other people!! The kids loved it. Except they were a little scared of the eagle part, but what's a kid's movie without scary parts? I snapped this picture of them at the end with the credits in the background.

One other cute thing Mia said today. We have a game our kids like to play with us where we (Chris or I) sing a little bit of a song, then we pause, and Eli & Mia sing whatever word comes next. For example, we sing, "I am a child of..." and they say "God." And they especially love to sing Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam that way, so they can yell out, "BEAM!" So I was doing this with Mia, and at the very end of the song, it should say, "I'll be a sunbeam for him." So I sang, "I'll be a sunbeam for..." and Mia said, "EVER." I wish she would be a sunbeam forever. But for a walk down memory lane, go back and watch this awesome video of Mia singing one year ago. They change so quickly. Also, for future mini-family-movies, I plan on keeping the links to them on the sidebar, so stay tuned for that.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Because I Didn't Show You Earlier...

This is what Eli & Mia were doing for the better part of General Conference. Sitting like little angels coloring their pictures from Sugardoodle. In their pajamas. With one Halloween costume over top. :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mrs. Brown

Here, Mia is with one of her preschool teachers, Mrs. Brown at the playground. Both Mia and Eli have had fantastic teachers, and we've been so blessed. With Mia's huggy (at times clingy!) personality, we are so glad her current teachers are so patient and loving with her.

Monday, April 14, 2008

New Shoes Today

Flip-flop weather is almost upon us. The shocking thing I learned today in the store buying these, is that Eli is no longer in toddler shoe sizes! He is in full-fledged boy sizes! These are his first size 1 boys shoes! :) But they're still such cute toes, aren't they?

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Easter Bunny brought Mia the gift of her little 3-year-old dreams: a little pack of 3 sparkley lip glosses and some cheek sparkle. She calls it her "make up." Mostly the make-up has been living in mom's bathroom, so when mom gets out her make-up, Mia can, too. She's been pretty good with it, even though once, a pile of pink cheek sparkle ended up on the carpet & last night some of the "make-up" ended up in her hair somehow. Don't grow up too fast, little Mia!!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

What We Did Today

Mom's new goal (we'll see how this goes) is to post a photo per day to keep a better log of what we've been up to!

Today Eli had soccer photos, but no game. Rained out! But the rain stopped in time for the babysitting co-op. The kids spent the majority of the time outside riding on tricycles and jumping on the little trampoline we have in our backyard. It's perfect for the kids. It's only a couple feet off the ground, and only 8 feet in diameter. But it bounces high like a big tramp. Wow! We're almost as lucky as our cousins with the big yards in the Rocky Mountain West!