Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday Madness

This is a new theme I'm starting because it seems like most Mondays are crazy and I have weekend things to post (what really happened as opposed to what I thought would happen in the Friday Fill-Ins) so this is just a random post of whatever needs updating and really has nothing to do with Monday. This weekend we did still have the sleepover, but no homemade pizza, I actually have the dough in the fridge, I made it that far, but we didn't have toppings so Sam stopped and got Little Ceaser's on the way home. In the morning he made pancakes before he headed off to do some Prop. 8 canvasing. We have recently discovered that Tucker loves pancakes. This picture is his second time eating them, but the first time he tried, he ate 4 whole pancakes.

We didn't end up making it to the temple because they closed early that day but I did make it to the broadcast. Sunday was entirely different than expected because we found out my brother was going to be at my parent's house so we went up to Sac. and spent the day with my family. Sam and my dad watched some football, the kids played a lot of games and then the men all watched a movie, oh and Eden found some nail polish in the garage and for some reason thought it was lipstick. It was a fun day and we are glad we made the trip up there even if Tucker cried the entire way home causing me to have extremely stressful dreams and get very little good sleep, adding to my already crazy Monday stress!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Backyard Sleeping

The other night I told Jordan and Kolby that one of them would have to sleep in another room because they were staying up too late playing but neither wanted to be the one that left so I told Jordan it was his turn. He was not happy about it so Sam said, "fine, you can just sleep outside then" to which Jordan surprised us and actually picked that option. He brought out blankets and pillows and made a little bed inside Eden's play structure. I took these pictures of him before I walked him to bed around 11:00. He doesn't remember it at all and was not happy that we actually brought him inside. Do you think we should have let him stay out there all night?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hat Lady

Since her Grandma Farley is a hat lover, Eden wanted to show her that she had a hat at church last Sunday.

Friday Fill Ins

Friday Fill-Ins #91

1. Cooler weather, costume parties and I hate to admit it, but candy are some of the things I'm most looking forward to in October.

2. Sometimes I worry too much about what other people think.

3. I can get 5 kids to church on time just about every week even if it is 9:00am and that's why there is a saying, "never say never"!

4. When I'm down, I want to be around people.

5. Sitting here in front of the computer or working in the kitchen is where you'll find me most often.

6. A rainy day is good for cuddling up under blankets and reading a good book.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to the boys having their first non-family sleepover and some home-made pizza, tomorrow my plans include a temple trip if we get a babysitter and the Relief Society broadcast and Sunday, I want to teach a good lesson and enjoy a good dinner prepared by Sam with the missionaries as guests!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Family Walks

I have to write about every family walk we take because it makes me so happy. For years I have been asking Sam to go on family walks and other than the first year or so of our marriage, he never wanted to but now it is finally happening sometimes. Friday night was one of those, the weather was nice and we set out as the sun was setting and had a nice little walk. I thought it was colder than it was so I bundled up the little ones more than I needed to but now you get to see Tucker with his BYU hat and babies are always so cute in the sleepers. I meant to get some pictures of all of us, but Tucker will have to do!


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hair Salon

We have a friend here that has a hair salon in the front room of her house and she's great. I took Kolby over to get his haircut the other day and he did not want to go. He cried in the car in front of her house and then he would hardly look at her or talk to her when he was inside. That night at dinner I was asking them all about their worst and best moments of the day and was expecting him to say that the haircut was the worst but he said something else. What really surprised me was that when we got to best moments, he said that his best was when he got a haircut! To top that off, he was doing Eden's hair today, just like at Julie's house, he had her lean her head back into a bin (his pretend sink) and then he and Jordan proceeded to style Eden's hair. These pictures are the final results of which they insisted I take pictures and blog about.

Park Day

We got to the park early yesterday because we came straight from the school so we had the playground to ourselves for a while. I showed Eden that she could climb up these blue steps and she was quite proud of herself. When she got to the top she stood up and said loudly "I did it" and then she said, "wait mom, I'm going to do it again louder" and then yelled "I did it!" Too cute, plus I couldn't resist including another cute picture of Tucker in his overalls.

Friday, September 19, 2008

A's Game

Sam's company gave the employees tickets to an A's game so Sam was able to take all three boys this week. I think they had a great time even though they were pretty tired by the end!

Friday Fill Ins




Friday Fill Ins

1. There is no need to spend a lot of money, there is always a better deal.
2. Where in the heck did the kids put my other church shoe, it is from my favorite pair and one just won't work alone!
3. This morning, a long walk to the school for Brady's award and to the park for ward park group is all I managed to do.
4. Prospects for for buying a house here are becoming better and better but for using equity on our other house are slimmer and slimmer.
5. Yes on Prop. 8 is the message.
6. Simplicity and tranquility are my ideals but also hard to come by with 5 kids.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to spending time with the family or maybe a date, tomorrow my plans include errands and lesson prep. and maybe watch the fun run and Sunday, I want to teach a good lesson in Young Women's and feel the spirit at church and have FHE (we do it on Sundays)! (I think the only weekends that I have time to do these fill-ins are the ones where I don't have much planned)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wordless Wednesday (scenes from my walk today!)



60 and couting...


Sam finished another session of Biggest Loser, he is up to 60 pounds and still going. I'm quite impressed by his determination and drive and also how well the Wii fit works for a good workout (although it was not his only form of excercise!). Stay tuned...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

First Curls

I broke out the curling iron for the first time on Eden's hair. She was amazed at it's capabilities. She has been asking me to do it again over and over ever since Sunday morning!

Tuesday Tell All

Right after I finally started the ideas from the "Tuesday Tell All" blog, they decided to shut it down! That leaves my without a prompt, but I still like the idea so I think I will try and do it on my own. I would love it if anyone else wanted to try the same prompt as me on Tuesdays but you don't have to link it or do it regularly or anything, it would just be interesting to see what my friends and family think about the same things (unless you are a lurker and do it so that I will know to check it out). So here is the question:


How I your life different than now than you thought it would be when you pictured it 10 years ago?
I thought this would be a fun question and then the more I thought about it, it is pretty similar to what I thought it would be. I thought I would have several kids, maybe not 5, although at my bridal shower I said I would have 5 in 10 years but really I probably would have guessed 4 but would not have been too surprised to have a 9 year old, but Sam would have been surprised to have a 9 year old, he wanted to wait a bit longer than me. I think the only thing that would have really surprised me is where we live. I wouldn't have imagined this because, first of all, it didn't exist back then, but also we had plans to go to Southern California for school and I would have thought we would have ended up there or back in Sacramento (which we did but then we left) and Sam was going to go into education so that is a huge difference but still doesn't suprise me because he is such a hard worker and go-getter that the business world suits him just right. So I guess my answer is a bit boring, but it makes me feel good to know that we are right where we should be, even the parts that weren't part of our plans!

Marine World






Sam's parents got tickets to Marine World and invited us to go with them this last Saturday. Tucker and I ended up being sick so Sam took the other four kids and they all seemed to have a great time. Since I wasn't there, I can't really explain any pictures, I'm just choosing a few and actually, the one picture I requested (Sam and all the kids together) never seemed to happen, but I'm still grateful they had the chance to spend that time together!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Skater boy

He has to start young to keep up with three older brothers...he did get a big kick out of pushing it down the driveway!

Family Funnies

This is probably a had to be there kind of moment but we were practically rolling on the floor so I wanted to record it...last Sunday we were talking at dinner about our lessons at church and the YW lesson had been about modesty so we were discussing what it meant and Jordan was asking us about situations where he wouldn't be wearing a shirt and then he said "What if, when I took off my shirt all the girls all around fell over" and Sam asked "what do you mean, why would the girls fall over?" and Jordan said "because I would be H-O-T" (he spelled it as if he was saying a bad word and couldn't actually say it!)

Later that night we had FHE and Eden was in charge of the scripture so Sam was reading Mosiah 4:30 to her and she was repeating it, but instead of telling us to "watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds" she told us to "wash our socks and our words and our beans."

Friday, September 12, 2008

Homework oh homework...

Eden has been bugging the boys while they work on their homework so I grabbed an old homework packet of Jordan's and told her it was homework. She loved it, insisting on sitting right next to Brady. As you can see, she concentrated and worked hard at it.

And when she was done, she was very happy to show her completed hand tracing! We have done the same thing each day since these pictures and yesterday she worked really hard at a picture and then she gave it to me and said "mom, here you go, it's too hard"...I can tell which of her brothers she has been listening to!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Figuring it all out

I don't think I'm one that usually tries to include every baby milestone on my blog, but I figure that since Tucker has had so many in the last few weeks I can put them all on one post to cover it! The first thing he did was figure out the stairs and we only realized it one day when we found him sitting on the landing a few weeks ago. Now he thinks it is hilarious to crawl up the stairs and heads up as fast as he can. I caught this picture of him waving "bye-bye" to me as he took off up them, which is another new milestone. I always love when they start to wave. Finally, he cut two new teeth this week. I have been waiting for that 4th bottom one for a while and my first clue that it finally poked through was when his little tongue kept darting in and out of his mouth on Sunday which you can see in the picture and then the top one popped out the next day. I think that having his tongue out so much made him realize he could do raspberries and he spent a good half hour in the store doing them yesterday while we shopped. It's always so fun to see their little minds working and figuring things out!

Just For Kicks


Kolby started his "Just For Kicks" soccer class this week which is his first official sport. He had decided that morning that he didn't want to do it anymore but I pushed him into it and within 5 minutes he was saying things like "my coach is so cool" and "this is so fun." He really did have a great time and of the three boys he seems to be the most naturally athletic so I'm happy to let him get into it. It also helps to have his good friend Eli with him (and it helps me to have his mom to talk to and his siblings to play with my kids!). I'll try to get some live action shots but until then, here is a glimpse of him all set to go!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Joy School

I had a hard time narrowing it down to just three pictures, she was just so cute on her first day of joy school! She took her baby Celeste for sharing in her ladybug backpack. I told her to get something to share the night before and she picked her baby and insisted on carrying around the backpack the whole day. She even picked out her clothes and wanted to put them on the day before too.
It was so different than when Brady started joy school, he was so timid and reserved and he knew those people just as well as Eden knows our group now, but she had no problems at all, she waltzed right in. After school she told me all about it, the rules, the songs and everything. Is it a girl thing or is it just Eden? Probably both!
Danelle (the teacher for the week) told us that they all were great but she did say that when she asked Eden to clean up her raisins at snack time, she said "my mom told me that's not my job!" Aside from that, it was a great success and she can't wait for next time!

Wordless Wednesday


Monday, September 8, 2008

Time Out for Women

I've been putting off this posting because I kept thinking that I would do some great post about all the wonderful things I learned and heard, but I finally decided that I will never get to it, but briefly, we had a great time. I group of friends from the ward all went up to Sac. for the conference on Fri. night and then stayed the night at Sam's parent's house, who so graciously let us all bunk there for the evening (and even though they forgot we were coming, the house was all clean and ready for us!) and also watched Tucker for me all day Saturday. Then we all met up at Elephant Bar and took this lovely picture on Kristie's camera! It was fun to get to spend some time with the ladies and to be spiritually refreshed and I also really enjoyed seeing so many people from the 10 or so different wards I have been in, in the Sac. area. After reading over this post, I realize that it doesn't give the experience justice but I'm too tired, good night!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wordless Wednesday