Right now Sam is playing with his friend Ryan in the basement. They were in another room, but came into the playroom for a minute, so I could hear them from upstairs.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Posted by Becky at 2:33 PM
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I was just organizing some pictures and found this from back in April. I was vacuuming and Will stopped riding his bike around the living room to plug his ears. He waited until I was done to resume his ride. So silly!
Posted by Becky at 10:22 PM
We went to the Utah State Fair back in September (I've been meaning to blog about this for 3 months). We had so much fun! We saw sheep, did lots of rides, had some fair fare, and we even saw some bears!I loved going down this slide when I was little. We'd always go the opening day of the fair, and we always hit the rodeo. Good memories!
The boys loved the rides. Sure, they were ridiculously expensive, but it's still a LOT cheaper than going to Lagoon. :) Sam would have gone on rides all day if we'd let him. He didn't want to do anything else!
Will is such a stinker, but he's so stinkin' cute!
Luckily, parents ride for free when one is required to be with the kids. These are total daddy's boys, so he was on ride duty all day. I stayed with Molly and the strollers, but it was still fun to watch them have fun!
We got a foot-long corn dog, fries, and dippin' dots! I'd never had dippin' dots before so Mike bought some. It was good, but since that little cup was $6 and just tasted like sherbet, I'll buy a pint of cheap stuff next time I'm at the store. My cheapness is genetic. I can't help it.
The ferris wheel ride took forever, but probably because I was waiting in the hot sun on the black asphalt, and there was nowhere to go for shade. The boys liked it though! That's Will waving.
The giant slide was a little scary for the boys, but they were fine when we told them we wouldn't let go of them. It's interesting how your perspective can change with a little assurance. The slide didn't change, but their attitude about it did when they knew they'd be safe. If only it could always be that easy to assure your kids about something scary!
Posted by Becky at 9:47 PM
Sam has a very fun preschool teacher. Miss Chris is patient and kind and fun. I don't think it's physically possible for her to raise her voice. Really. She's great. And every October she asks for some old clothes to make a scarecrow that looks like the child. She does it for every kid. I couldn't take apart last year's scarecrow (I'm sentimental, believe it or not), so now we have 3 Sams at our house!
We had a scary monster on our front door! I'm not super crafty, so I was pretty darn proud of myself for copying something I saw in a magazine. The boys LOVED our door. Let's face it, so did I!
Posted by Becky at 9:38 PM
The Clayton women. I just can't get enough of this baby! She's so sweet and fun, everyone loves her! I think boys may have a hard time when she's older though, she's going to have 3 very protective men watching over her!
Posted by Becky at 9:18 PM
Will slept in a big boy bed last night! Which is kind of sad, he's pretty much left the baby stage. Will begs every night, "Sleep Sam's bed?" (Sam has been sleeping on the top bunk, so there's an open bed) Sometimes we let him get in and be there for a while, but since he won't stay in bed, he always ends up back in his crib. Which always makes him really mad. Last night we decided to see how long it would take him to fall asleep in a big boy bed. The kids were in bed right at 8:00. At 10:47 I realized I hadn't seen Will in about 10 minutes, which meant he had finally passed out. He was out of his room every few minutes just checking things out and seeing how much attention he could get. He was such a stinker, he would crawl down the hall and just wait for Mike or me to look at him. Then he would go straight back to his room and come out a minute later. Sometimes he would sit on the stair until I would look at him, sometimes he would go in the bathroom, and sometimes he would just stand by the door until someone saw him. Sam just informed me that Will went in my room three times to watch tv.
Posted by Becky at 3:23 PM
Monday, November 16, 2009
Tonight for FHE we made some family rules. We had the kids contribute, so we ended up with a large list that we whittled down to five.
The finalists were:
1. Be Kind (or get a time-out)
2. Be Obedient (or go to the corner)
3. Be Honest (or lose screen time)
4. No Yelling (or talk in a whisper for 10 minutes)
5. No Naughty Crying or Whining (or clean up for __ minutes)
The rules that didn't make it onto the list were:
~Never Touch Poop (the first, very enthusiastically offered, rule)
~Never wander off on your own
~Always ask Mom or Dad for permission
~Always give matches to a grown-up
~Never play with lighters
All very good rules, but I think our top five will serve our family well. Maybe when the kids are older we can add some more rules to the official list. Like never touch poop. Very important.
Posted by Becky at 7:04 PM
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Posted by Becky at 7:41 PM
Sunday, November 1, 2009
So much Halloween fun! I like it more and more every year.
We always look forward to the Halloween parade at Sam's preschool. Last year Sam refused to carry an instrument in the parade. This year he led the procession, he was practically running! Poor Ryan somehow hit his head on a rock (?) so he came last and didn't make it into our pictures. Maxwell (below, far right, Spiderman) is Sam's Transformer buddy.
Posted by Becky at 10:01 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It snowed all day yesterday, and it's been freezing here! I was sitting on the couch with Sam reading a book and he said, "Mom, I can hear jingle bells! Is Santa coming?"
We started reading Danny The Champion of the World and Sam loves it! It's so fun to read a chapter book with him. He's really getting into the story, and it's some great special time for us when the other kids are asleep.
Our ward trunk or treat was Wednesday, and the kids had lots of fun. I forgot the camera, so I had to take pictures of them when we got home. They wouldn't all look at me at the same time.
Mike had the most amazing costume. Ever. Complete with all the cowboy accessories...bolo tie, belt buckle, boots, and cows! And such cute cows too! Molly looks exactly like Sam did when he wore that costume 4 years ago. I love it! Sam absolutely loves Transformers right now, so he was pretty excited to be Bumblebee for Halloween (along with half the other boys his age). We got some good use out of the costumes this year. We also wore them trick or treating at my sister's office, at a care center, and then of course around the neighborhood. I love getting my money's worth out of something!
Posted by Becky at 8:13 PM
Saturday, October 24, 2009
In the last couple of years, Halloween has become one of my favorite holidays. I love finding fun treats to make, and this is always everyone's favorite! (Check food blog for recipe) The mummies we made yesterday were pretty fun too! We've made lots of fun stuff this month, and we're not done yet! Plus we have an awesome monster on our front door, I'll post those pics soon. Fun!
Posted by Becky at 4:03 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I decided there was a chance the memory card got recycled after garbage day last week, so we dumped the can...and found it!!! We already bought a new one (figures), but I'm so relieved to have my pics back!
Posted by Becky at 7:39 PM
I've learned a few things this week. Important lessons learned mostly by trial and error. And by having kids.
- Don't put the memory card on the kitchen table. It will get recycled with the newspaper. But you won't realize it until after trash day.
- During errands, when your two-year-old hands you an apple, don't put it in your purse thinking he'll want to finish it later. Apples are heavy. Apples will fall to the bottom of your purse. You will forget about it because you can't see it at the bottom of your purse, and even though it's heavy, it's not as heavy as the can of Costco weight loss shake that is also at the bottom of your purse. As you clean your purse out only monthly, the apple will sit in your purse. At the bottom. With stuff on it. Decomposing. I was baffled as to how I could have had a fruit fly in my car. I am baffled no more.
- On the day you're still recovering from a cold but decided to exercise (and not shower) before going out, realize that it's the day you will probably run into several people you know but don't see very often. Their memory of you will be in exercise pants and a sweater with a hat that doesn't match. And you're sick and haven't showered. Lovely.
- On said day, don't be afraid to ask if that person you think is a childhood friend that you haven't seen in 14 years, really is. I got the name wrong, but hey, she's a twin and I guessed her sister. It was so fun to see a friend from half my life ago! And she lives only a few miles away from me now.
And so I don't forget, Sam prays for some really awesome stuff at night. I'll update as I remember more of what he's said. Most of it is Transformer related, but I'll have to ask Mike because my memory stinks now.
- Please bless the Decepticons to turn into Autobots.
- Please bless Will not to want Sideways (a decepticon).
- Please bless the earth to keep spinning.
- Please bless gravity.
*Note: The apple wasn't totally rotten sitting in my purse. It had a big squishy spot on it, but was probably much less gross than I let on. Gross, but not fatal.
Posted by Becky at 12:28 PM
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Posted by Becky at 9:18 PM