Saturday, March 31, 2012

Getting Ready

Getting ready for General Conference.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

And Happy Birthday, Elizabeth.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

April Holidays Coming Up

It's that time again. The time I tell you when we've blogged before about celebrations that are happening this coming month. Here we go.

March 31- April 1 is LDS General Conference
April 2, 2011- Reverence Tent
April 4, 2011- Reverence Tent, Day 2

March 32 is April Fool's Day
April 1, 2011- April Fool's
Jeremy also blogged about this on The Balloon Guy's Blog- April Fool's Party

April 8 is Easter
April 14, 2010- Wii Have Been Busy
April 27, 2011- Turn Off Week
May 11, 2011- Look What We Got in the Mail
Jeremy also blogged about this on The Balloon Guy's Blog- Putting Christ in Easter

April 16 is Charlie Chaplin's Birthday
April 16, 2011- Chap Test

April 26 is John James Audubon's Birthday
April 26, 2011- Bird Watcher

April 27 is Arbor Day
April 29, 2011- Arbor Day 2011
Screen Free Week is April 30- May 6
April 27, 2011- Turn Off Week

Spring Break for Nichole's school is also coming up in April.
April 11, 2011- Spring Break
April 17, 2011- Nichole's Spring Break

And because I just have to have a picture on this post, here is a recent one of our family.

Enjoy your April.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Something on a Stick Day 2012

This is one of our holidays that we celebrate every year. March 28, Something on a Stick Day. We usually buy corn dogs to eat. (Our home teachers came to visit us this evening and mentioned that they'd seen several people at the grocery store buying corn dogs today- Coincidence that the sale on corn dogs started the same day as this holiday? I think so.)

This year, we made homemade corn dogs. Yumm.

Jr. is excellent at covering the hot dogs with corn bread batter.

Besides eating corn dogs, here's what else we did:

Jr. Jr. played with smiley/frowny faces on a popsicle stick.

Jr. Jr.: Happy.

Jr. Jr.: Sad.

It's so cute how he says it.

Jr. Jr., Jr., and I went to a park to play.

Here's Mommy on a pogo stick.

Here's Jr. on a stick (a wooden dowel that Jr. claims for his staff).

Jr. Jr. wouldn't stand still long enough for me to get a picture of him on a stick, just with a stick.

Another successful Something on a Stick Day for the Telfords. And I was in a better mood today than I was a couple days ago on Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. Just thought I'd let you know so you don't worry. :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Singing in the Rain

Today is the 60th anniversary of the New York premiere of "Singing in the Rain." Yep, March 27, 1952- March 27, 2012.
Our original plan to celebrate (if it didn't rain, which it didn't), was for Jeremy to spray a hose above me while I was under an umbrella. For photos for the blog, you know. Unfortunately, Jeremy wasn't feeling very well today and this is what we ended up doing:

Jr. and I watched the movie and during the singing in the rain scene, I got pictures of Jr. with an umbrella.
He chose the big umbrella.

Then we went outside and got more pictures because there was more room for him to dance around. He enjoyed that.

It's a good thing we did this because we were too busy to celebrate National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day on March 13, so we got our open umbrella indoors pictures today. Wow, that's a mouthful.

Once again celebrating can be very simple, but I love finding reasons to celebrate.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day 2012

I mentioned before that we already made up our own holiday for February 24. Adopt a Balloon Animal Day.
Today, March 26, is the official Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. We really got into this one. Instead of making up just one holiday, we turned everything we did into a "holiday."
Some of the "holidays" we made up sound like some of the real holidays out there. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if one or two of them actually did turn out to be holidays that someone somewhere celebrates.
You can also see the progression of our day. It started out as an okay day, but didn't turn out to be the best day by the end. Oh well. Some days you just have to say, "I'll try again tomorrow." That was today.

Here's our list of holidays we "celebrated" today:

Pinewood Preparation Day
(Jeremy's building balloon trophies for all the participants of our ward's Pinewood Derby)

Wear an Apron Day

Make up Your Own Spelling Day
(According to Jr., sold is spelled s-l-d-l-e)

Wash your Dishes Day

Distract Your Mother Day
(Jeremy: We have an awesome family.
Kristin: Stop distracting me, awesome family.
Jeremy: National Distract Your Mother Day!)

Praise your child day

Fight with Your Kids Day

Get away from your Kids Day

Dance on the Ceiling Day

Go for a Drive day

Weird Weather Day
(We had rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind, fog, and sunshine)

Put Your Life on Hold Day

Read Other People's Blogs Day

Try Out Some New Gear Day

Stuff your Face Day

Dance like a Maniac Day

Take Over the Computer Day

Sole Searching Day
(The kids needed new shoes so we went shoe shopping)

Make up Your Own Story from a Magazine Advertisement Day

Sing at the Dinner Table Day

Shhh Day

Make up a New Game Day

Sarcasm Day

Stalling Before Bed Day

Zombie Apocalypse Day

My Life's Not That Bad Day

Indignance Day

Slam the Door in Mom's Face Day

Make Somebody Think You're Someone Else Day
(Jr.: You do it like this, Mom.
Knock Knock Knock.
Jr.: Nichole, it's me, Jr. I need to talk to you.
Then when you open the door, she'll see it's you)

Hit Dad with a Monkey Day

One of Those Days Day

Wear a Hat Day

Jump in Somebody's Picture Day

Peek-A-Boo Day

"Would You Go To Bed Already?" Day

Take a Random Picture with Someone Else's Camera Day

The Kids and I Survived the Day Day

I'll Try Again Tomorrow Day

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini

In honor of Harry Houdini's birthday, March 24, I thought I'd show pictures of some of our magic tricks over the years.

In no particular order...

Jeremy doing a magic show for the Orem Library Summer Reading Program, when we built Wonderland out of balloons.

Nichole the Magnificent and Jr. doing balancing pencil tricks during our Chinese New Year get together with friends.

Now you see it.
Now you don't.
But where has it gone?
Oh, there it is.

Just how long can a balloon animal keep its shape?
Months and months and months if you leave it in one spot and don't touch it.

Nichole the Magnificent and "the ghost box."

Magically making water appear in a vase.

Looking through pictures (I don't have much time to look through pictures right now, especially if I want to get this blog post up today), I couldn't find very many of Jeremy doing his magic shows. A lot of times he's doing it when we're not around, and when we are around, I don't always take pictures.
Nichole has been very interested in learning magic tricks just like Daddy so there has been a lot of that going on in our home lately. Thanks to Jeremy's parents who got her a starting magic set (nose glasses not included).

It turns out my grandma was a magician, too. When Jeremy and I got married, we inherited a lot of things from my grandparents' home. We got a set of picture frames, three hinged together. In the frames were school pictures for two of my brothers and me. This morning, Jr. was taking it down off my dresser and the back of one of the frames slid off. Jeremy looked at the back of the picture where it was labeled. This is what could be heard.
Jeremy: This is when Mommy was in 2nd grade. 7 years old.
Kristin: No way, that picture was when I was in high school.
Jeremy: Wait, this says Kim E.
He slid it out to realize that behind my picture was a picture of my sister when she was in elementary school. Then he realized that in front of that picture was another school picture of me or one of my siblings. Jeremy and the kids pulled out what was in the other frames to find that in each of the three frames there were about five of our school pictures.

I knew we had another set of two frames hinged together so I got that out and slid the back off to find that sure enough, there were stacks of pictures in those frames, too. Apparently when Grandma got new pictures of us to put in the frames, she didn't get rid of the old pictures, she just put the new pictures in front.

So today we found these hidden treasures. Quite a nice trick, don't you think?
And just in time for Harry Houdini's birthday.