Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Addi-bigadi puddin' pie!

Oh my sweet Addi. She has some serious speech problems that I think I will miss someday. She, obviously, cannot say her "r" so this is the line she sings from Enchanted.
"How will huh know...huh loves huh?" which is of course supposed to be "How will her know...her loves her?" which is still so funny, but with her speech, it is quite the gut-buster! And she literally belts it at the top of her lungs all throughout the house!

I have to giggle at half the things that come out of her mouth. She is the funniest kid, and I know someday I will forget how incredibly cute she sounds.
Sunday morning she woke up and came in bed to "snaggle" with me (the rest of us call it snuggle!) After we got up, I told her she needed to go get ready for church. She went to pull down her pajama bottoms...and there was her bare little bum. She yells "Mom! Mom! My dunda-weh! I loosed my dunda-weh in my sleep!" I was trying so hard not to laugh, because she was seriously distraught!
Nothing of hers is ever lost...it's loosed! And she calls her underwear..."dunda-weh". Mike doesn't let us use the word "panties" (that's an entirely different, yet hilarious, topic) so the girls have underwear.
Apparently, she must have taken it off the night before, and forgot to put her new pair on. (On a side note, why is it a pair of underwear...shouldn't that mean two?) Anyhoo's...Every time she talks about her "dunda-weh" I always think of 'Dunder Mifflin', Since 'The Office' is one of our favorite shows.

Addi is our ray of sunshine! She is happy ALL THE TIME, and she makes everybody laugh. So, although I hope she can speak like a normal kid one day, I sure am enjoying her now!

I also told my sister I would post about Spaghetti O's. Not the kind with poop chunks in them, but the good ol' plain Spaghetti O's. I believe that they are one of my favorite foods. Truly!
I am a bit upset because I think they have gotten a real bad wrap!
People like to lump them in with foods like mac n' cheese, or hot dogs and this really ticks me off! If you get a chance sometime...read the label. They are a very nutritious meal, low in fat. They are good warm, but really are quite tasty cold too!
I'm convinced that they are probably the best item in my food storage and I really look forward to the day's we have Spaghetti O's for lunch.
So there! That's my beef about Spaghetti O's...that's for Jess!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lexi Loo-ski, Miss Magoo-ski

I have not had the time I've wanted to keep up on events and funnies this month. I got to have my niece and nephew the first weekend this month, then my friends kids the next weekend (last weekend). Just a few responsibilities driving my life in the past couple weeks and upcoming couple weeks:

1. Stake YW camp meetings, prep, and camp itself!
2. planning Enrichment for the first week of June
3. Mike's scout camp-out (this weekend)
4. Teacher Appreciation Week (being the Room Mom)
5. Throwing Lexi's teacher's surprise B-day party (which fell in Teacher Appreciation week)
6. Planning 'End-of-year' party
7. Cori's Orthodontist work (expanders)
8. Working at the Salon, which I am currently booked out over a month
9. Preparing to teach a Paul Mitchell class for J.C. Penney's Master Stylists in June
10. Designing and printing all marketing and advertising for our software release on June 30th
Whew! So if all I post are a few venting sessions over the next few weeks, this is why. I tend to overwhelm myself to my breaking point, then I don't talk to anyone or leave my house for a week. (or a month!) Mike and I are spending almost all of August on vacation, so July will be equally busy. And although I will miss my kids like crazy, I am really looking forward to it. The only other stress is how do I lose 50 lbs. by August?

So..typically I'm not a believer in tags. But, this one had to do with a recent holiday (Mother's Day) and it was for Lexi. Mother's Day was great, but with extra kids, it wasn't relaxing. I am grateful for all you Mom's that blog. I love to read honest entries of human challenges and triumphs. I find great strength in others and I have wonderful friends and sisters who help me strive to be a better Mom. Thanks for all of your examples!

This tag was requested by the cutest boy I know, and hopefully Lexi's future husband, Brant. He is seriously my favorite! The girls had a Tea Party and I let them invite just one friend. Lexi invited Brant, and I worried that he might not come. The invitation said "Dress up" and he came in his Sunday clothes! He also gave Lexi a correlation between hot dogs and the male anatomy. ("a wee-no!") It was probably them most hilarious conversation I've heard in my life.
These are Lexi's unedited answers, gotta love her! So here ya go...and Happy belated Mom's Day!

1. What is something Mom always says to you? I love you

2. What makes mom happy? When we listen...and when Sophie doesn't get in trouble

3. What makes Mom sad? When we don't be nice...and mess around a lot...especially, when Sophie messes around.

4. How does mom make you laugh? when she toots really loud! (thanks Lex!)

5. What was mom like as a child? very smart

6. How old is your mom? 29

7. How tall is your mom? almost as tall as Dad

8. What is her favorite thing to do? she likes to take care of us and give us kisses

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? garden...and put Sophie in time-out

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? running

11. What is your mom really good at? she's really good at reading...and running really fast

12. What is your mom not very good at? ummm...she's not good at making kids sad

13. What does your mom do for her job? take care of us and help us through life. Otherwise...we'd be dead by now!

14. What is your mom's favorite food? tomatoes

15. What makes you proud of your mom? when she takes care of Sophie...even when she's a troublemaker.

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? Tasha...on backyardigan's

17. What do you and your mom do together? Everything!

18. How are you and your mom the same? We are part of the same family

19. How are you and your mom different? she is a Mom, and I'm a child

20. How do you know your mom loves you? because she gives us life...and she'd make us starve if she didn't love us!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hell, Fire & Damnation!

So, I'm sitting in Sunday School yesterday and I turn to Mike and say "Oh! you better believe I'm blogging about this!" He just busts up laughing!

This is my blog...my diary if you will...so take no offense to my outspoken behavior and thoughts. Hey! At least YOU don't have to sit by me in church! (Poor Mike)

Our Sunday School teacher's husband gave her a gift for Mother's Day by teaching for her. I thought this was quite a thoughtful gift...but 10 minutes into the lesson I had another thought. I quickly came to the belief that "those who should teach are called". Not that he was a horrible teacher, but the entire spirit of the lesson, and direction of comments made were not desirable.
Only a few minutes into the lesson we get land blasted with questions of if we are prepared. Then the topic of rice comes up...with the question of how much we have saved, because we won't be able to get more. Then he gives an awkward pause and with a smirk on his face he says "are you uncomfortable yet?" I wanted to say, "why? is that your goal?" The lesson went on with the greatest attempt to scare the crap out of us, and make us feel as unprepared as possible...in all aspects of life.
To top it off, the loud "preacher man" in the back starts spitting fire about wearing flip-flops to church, and later makes the comment "The prophets don't have boats!" Now, I can't help but laugh. He then throws out a scripture reference (just the reference, not the actual scripture), and I can't restrain myself...I bust an "A-men!", that's right, "where's that box, I'm putting my money in" Mike is giving me the sharp elbow to my side. "all we need is a gospel choir!"
My neighbors on either side (who have their sandals tucked under their seat as far as possible) are laughing, but Mike is not amused.
What church did I go to? I could swear it was an LDS chapel.
The topics come full circle back to preparation. Food, Money, everything else. Then spiritual preparation, faith, testimony, etc. I can't help but comment "Yeah! Our spiritual test will be when we have to share our rice with those evil people wearing flip-flops!" Then Mike threw the mother of all elbows. I just can't help it!
So to sum up my vent...I do have rice, and if any of you get in a pinch and need some? Come on over...flip-flops and all. Potato Pearls? be my guest! Because I'm sure there's something I don't have, that you could share with me. And then for dessert? We can all have a big slice of HUMBLE PIE!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hey Grandpa!

Over the weekend we took all 6 of our little ones (my sister's two) to the Scera Park. I went there quite a bit as a child, and I get strangely nostalgic every once in a while!
Mike and I are navigating around the playground trying to push, pull, lift, hold, help and of course "watch!" every child's move. Our kids can't seem to do much without a "Watch Me!" prefacing the act.
There was a really cute old man there with his grand-daughter. He was all over the place, pushing her on swings, and helping her do monkey bars, and he must have been close to 80 years old. He and Mike had started some football conversations and made small talk. Later, Mike and I were talking as he pushed Sophie on the swing. Sophie yells "Watch me!" and Mike and I both respond with "we're watching!" again she yells "Watch me!" we again respond and praise her amazing ability to sit in the swing while we push it.
"Watch me!" she yells...and then I realize she's not talking to us. She's talking to the nice man at the slide in front of her. Then...at the top of her lungs she yells "Watch me Grandpa!" Mike and I both bust up and he waves and gives her a smile. It was funny...but little did I know what I was in for!...

We had to go to Lowe's for sprinkler parts. It was nap time, I was on my way home from the gym, and my nerves were a bit shot. I was getting frustrated because I couldn't find the sprinkler parts I needed. I had wondered around for 5 minutes and then settled on finding some help. As I approached the Garden area I saw this nice man...probably in his 40's. I said "excuse me?" and he did not respond. He was looking down, I think reading something and had no idea I was there. I got a bit closer and said again "excuse me, sir?" Still nothing. I was pushing my way into his personal space when Sophie yells "Hey, GRANDPA!"
I thought I was going to die! And although she was literally calling him a Grandpa, it sounded SO rude and impatient, like she was insulting him. He looked up at me, and I knew he was not happy. I apologized and he directed me to the back of the store. He gave me a nice glare as I walked away, which I could feel burning into the back of my head.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Cori's Education Plan

Yesterday, Cori brought this paper home to me. It was titled "School Education Plan". I started to read it and I could not believe how much she has grown up. She is an amazing child, and a little clone of her Daddy in so many ways. She works so hard and is so incredibly disciplined. She was born that way! I honestly think she somehow learned responsibility in the womb. I often look at her and think "are you 8...or are you a 30 year-old trapped in a small body?" I cannot help but laugh at her, she's too funny!

After reading it, I felt I had to share her plan. Keep in mind she is in Second Grade. This is the exact form, word-for-word, in her words! (you can totally tell where we live in the phonetic spelling of her words) Everything in black is on the form, her answers are in red.

Name: Meguela
Date: May 1, 2008

I am so proud of:
1. (school): how hard my techer workes to help us be smart.
2. (home): how hard I work to try to help my perents.
3. (talent): my talent. I think my talent is being kind, gratful and honest.

I have a plan to help me to my best at (subject): trusting myself
1. (plan at school): try to relax and consontrat.
2. (plan at home): try to relax and consontrat.

My citizenship (behavior) is: (she circled excellent)

This is what I think about school: I think scool is fun, awesome! and inportent. at scool you lern what you rely and I mean rily need to know.