Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Jr.: What's that?
Mommy: That's a picture of Paco.
Jr. (patting me): Very good, Mama.
The 4 year old: We're going to watch Peter Pan? That's awesome.
Jr. climbed into our bed in the middle of the night. A few minutes later, while he was asleep, I heard him sing, "I'm just a little black raincloud."
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Mommy: That's a stick from a game called Pick-Up Sticks.
Nichole: Oh, like this. Hic. Hic. Hic. That's from Hiccup Sticks.
That's how a new game was created. Hiccup Sticks. When the stick points at you, you hiccup.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
We read the book to the kids the night before so they knew what to look forward to.
In the morning we got up and had breakfast like they did in the book.
Then, the bunnies picked flowers in the garden, and we made flowers. We traced all of our hands on construction paper and cut them out. We curled the fingers with a pencil then glued the bottoms of two hands to a popsicle stick stem. So we ended up with 4 flowers, a simple craft for the kids to be involved with.
The next part in the book, the bunnies help pick vegetables for dinner. We cut up vegetables and meat to throw in the crockpot for our dinner.
Time to go to town. "The bunnies stop at the general store." We went to Costco to get supplies for our Monticello trip, and enjoyed a nice lunch there as well.
The next stop in the book was the candy store where the little bunnies each got a bag of jelly beans. We took our little bunnies to the dollar store where they each got a bag of jelly beans.
When the bunnies in the book got home, they painted Easter eggs, so we printed off a few Easter egg pictures from the internet and let the kids go at them with paint.
We were running short on time so we skipped a few parts in the book (parts the kids wouldn't miss too much) and went on to the dinner part of the book.
We had one more errand to run after dinner, so as the Mama bunny read the bunnies their favorite bedtime story in the book, we loaded the kids in the car and read them the bunny book one more time so they could fall asleep while we were driving.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
We did it on this trip to Las Vegas. So through Utah, Arizona, and Nevada, these are the license plates we saw (in no particular order):
So we got half the states (and a couple of provinces) between the three states where we were traveling.
Now here's the funny part. We went through Arizona to get to Nevada, so I just assumed we'd see some Arizona license plates. We saw not a one on the trip there. Then, on the day we came home, there were two Arizona license plates in the parking lot of our motel. Then on the way home, we saw so many Arizona license plates in all three states.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
It was kind of nerve-racking driving into Las Vegas. I kept telling Jeremy, "It's just like Salt Lake. It's just like Salt Lake, only brighter." Then I realized that a better word choice is, "It's just like Salt Lake. It's just like Salt Lake, only more colorful."
So, Jeremy went to his convention and we stayed in the motel most of the time. I did not want to go out in Las Vegas with two little kids by myself. With Jeremy, we went out for a walk one day in over 100 degree weather. We walked around the block to see the Tuscany where Jeremy's convention was being held and by the time we got back to our motel, we were having a hard time. Thank goodness we brought water bottles with us.
Another night we walked the block to the strip. It was late enough and the kids were tired enough that we didn't stay out very late. We watched a couple of shows at the Bellagio fountains. Those things shoot up really high.
He made an impression on some of the people who were there. He got to meet Larry Moss, who said he'd be interested in working with Jeremy and took his business card. Woo hoo. And if you don't know who Larry Moss is, check out this link:
Jeremy competed in a few competitions and won third place in the Diamond Seeker (a busking competition). The contestants were one by one supposed to take 5 minutes in front of an audience who were encouraged to heckle them (but not too much) and see how they could handle it. Yay for Jeremy doing well. His prize was a bag of some Betallatex balloons, a check for $50, and a crystal award. They're going to put his name on it and mail it to him, so I haven't seen it yet.
We made good time coming back home. We stopped once in St. George, Utah, for gas (and a shout out to my cousins who live in that area), and stopped once at a rest area because the kids were getting a bit cranky. While at the rest area, there was a group of people who had three little dogs- a black dog, a white dog, and a green dog.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
A while ago our friend, Nessa, went out of town for a few days and we got to petsit Rose, her guinea pig, while she was gone. We cleared it first with the managers, because normally pets aren't allowed.
The kids enjoyed spending time with Rose, and often things like this could be heard while the children were trying to coax her out of her little house:
"Rosie, do you want a carrot?"
"Rosie, drink water, please."
Isn't it great that they were looking out for her well being?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
At the rest area on the way, the kids had some cool down time with the misty mates (pump 'em up, turn 'em on, mist away). Jeremy took time to photograph lizards.
On the way to Monticello, we stopped at Arches National Park to see a bunch of rocks. I'd never been there before so I didn't know what to take pictures of so Jeremy turned off at every viewpoint and I jumped out of the car to take pictures. At Balanced Rock we decided to let everyone out, and of course it started raining. Lightning in the distance and thunder rumbling. At least it wasn't too hot for August. It was also quite windy and the kids' hats kept blowing off. At one point, Nichole's hat blew off and almost blew off the trail. I said I would have sent Jeremy off the trail to get it if it had, even though they had signs saying, "Please, stay on the trail."
We went across the street from Balanced Rock to picnic. It was fun to watch the ants with food we accidentally dropped. Man, those pincers on the ants are huge when zoomed in with the camcorder. I know it says don't feed the wildlife, but I didn't mean for the chips to fall.
We drove on looking at more formations until we got to a nice walking/hiking area. Actual arches. In the Windows Section of the Park- North and South Windows and Turret Arch.
As we were walking up to the North Window, some of the people walking down were cheering Jr. on for doing such a good job walking up. Some others saw his baby cougar BYU shirt and showed their approval.
We spent some time at North Window where there was a beautiful arch of a rainbow through and above the rock arch. It was a bit of a dropoff through the arch, so I made the kids sit down by me while Jeremy took pictures of us with the rainbow.
After the windows section, we headed out of the park by way of the Visitor's Center, which was closed by then but the bathrooms and drinking fountains were open. That and they had some animal statues that the kids played with. My hair got totally windblown while we were in the park. It was pretty fun.
Good family trip.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I couldn't sleep so I was up for a few hours in the middle of the night. When I decided to go back to bed, I turned off the light and went into my room. Climbing into bed, I felt an extra body that wasn't there when I had left. My husband was still there but my daughter was now lying there as well. I picked her up and carried her back to her room, practically stepping on my son who was lying right inside their doorway asleep. I guess he didn't get as far as his sister.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Jeremy and I were working on a big project all week, a project that involved me making lots and lots of balloon animals and not giving my children enough attention. We all had a rough week and we were all somewhat sick with something. The project is over, the balloons have all been popped and thrown away, so today we celebrated. Jeremy volunteered a couple Thursdays doing balloon animals at our local park. To say thanks they gave him 4 cards each good for $5 worth of food at the Purple Turtle. For you non-Utah Valleyites, the Purple Turtle is a kind of land mark in Pleasant Grove. It's this little fast food restaurant, the shape of it and roofing makes it look like a turtle shell. And it's purple. Hence the name. It's one of those places most people around Utah Valley know what you're talking about when you say The Purple Turtle. It's been around for years. Well, it just so happens that we now live a couple blocks away from the Purple Turtle. We pass it quite often, and Nichole is very familiar with the Purple Turtle by sight. Blah blah blah, ramble ramble ramble, now back to the plot. As soon as we got inside today (packed with people like most days), Nichole started getting really excited. "The Purple Turtle," pronounced by her without the R's (so cute). "I want ice cream." So, this is what we got: a kid's combo with corn dog, small fry, and a small drink, we got a chocolate kiddie shake, a hot fudge sundae (meaning vanilla ice cream with some fudge on it- I wasn't all that impressed), a turtle deluxe (hamburger with beef and ham/bacon and cheese and the usual toppings), sweet potato fries, and a Bubblegum shake (with real pieces of bubblegum) all for $2.65. That's what we had to pay after the $20 off. The prices at the Purple Turtle are horrible for fast food, in my personal opinion. But they're always so busy it seems. This is only our second time going. The last time was years ago. Anyway, the food we ordered all ended up being everyone's food. Well, we were all sick with the same thing so it couldn't get worse, could it?
We didn't finish all the "ice cream" so we brought them home. Luckily we live so close because they were enough of puddles just sitting in the car for the short ride. They are now in the freezer ready for the kids to enjoy them later.
When we got home Nichole wanted to show off her "hair brushing." She's so cute. Yay for celebrating.