Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Are You Ready For a Good Laugh?

Last night I got home from Young Women and I was doing the potty dance.  Many of you know how after you have had a few babies when you have to go, you better go now!  Anyway, I ran into the bathroom and noticed that someone (it's actually always Haven) had not flushed so there was some "yellow" and toilet paper in the toilet.  With no time to flush, I pulled down my shorts as I spun around to sit on the pot and started to go (you know that move).  At that very instant I realized that I had heard something fall out of my pocket and about a half a second later it clicked that it was my iPhone!  I looked frantically around my feet hoping to find it on the bathroom floor, but with no avail.  Sure enough, my phone was in the pot on top of Haven yellow, and now under MY yellow!  I was freaking out as I grabbed the phone and gave it a quick rinse under running water.  By this time all of my kids are in the bathroom with me asking why I had dropped my phone in the toilet, as if I had done it on purpose.  Anyway, one lysol wipe later, thanks to a touch screen (very few buttons) and my cat-like reflexes, my phone is alive an kicking.  It actually never even "lost consciousness."  Consider this experience just one more reason why you should own and iPhone!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The "All About Mom" Tag by Halle

1. What is something mom always says to you? "go to bed"
She's right.  Bedtime = mom time!

2. What makes mom happy? "when we get her gifts"

3. What makes mom sad? "when I say bad words"
I had her clarify 'bad words,' and she said like "I don't want to be around you."  

4. How does mom make you laugh? "she tickles me"

5. What was mom like as a child? "funny"

6. How old is your mom? "29"
Right on.

7. How tall is your mom? "5 feet?"
More like 5 feet 5 inches, but pretty close.

8. What is her favorite thing to do? "go on bike rides"
Maybe a couple times a year, but OK.

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? "sneak around the house finding prizes, or cleans up"
Too funny!

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? "cleaning up"
Can you tell what I must talk about a lot?

11. What is your mom really good at? "making beds"
Too bad my bed isn't a great example of my skills.

12. What is your mom not very good at? "that's a hard one, walking on a tight rope"
She's probably right, although I don't recall ever attempting.

13. What does your mom do for her job? "stay at home"

14. What is your mom's favorite food? "tomatoes"
When I asked her is she really thought my favorite food was tomatoes, she said, "at least you throw them in a lot of salads."

15. What makes you proud of your mom? "when she kills a fly"

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? "the mama-saurus"
I hope this answer is only because of the toy dinosaur that Asher is playing with.

17. What do you and your mom do together? "clean up the house"
It's funny that it doesn't show!

18. How are you and your mom the same?  "haircuts"
We have the same hair fairy.

19. How are you and your mom different? "we talk different"

20. How do you know your mom loves you? "she gives me love with her hugs and kisses"

Halle tags Bailee, Joy, Gracie, Kara, Parker, Freddy and Faith!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Strawberries, the Drive-in and more Summertime Fun

We are about to start our Summer travels, so I wanted to update my blog before everyone really thinks I've fallen off the face of the Earth.  The following pictures are mere snippets from the fun we've been having since school got out.

We picked our strawberries before the rabbits got them all

Making strawberry jam to have on homemade rolls for Family Home Evening

A couple weeks ago we went to the classic Blue Fox Drive-In to see Kung Fu Panda with a couple of my siblings.  Actually I think this was another FHE. 

The whole gang before the show.  Dad let us borrow his truck for the full effect!  Next time we'll go all out and put a mattress in the back like Aunt Sar and Uncle Kyle did. 

Sisterly LOVE

Uncle Danny keeping the kids busy until the sun finally disappeared.

One of the neighboring cars felt the need to provide pre-movie music (well mostly bass) so Sar and Asher decided to bust some moves!

This was Mike getting creative with duct tape to stabilize Asher's busted collarbone so he could go swimming.  What would we do without duct tape?


During one of their dress-up sessions Haven found our giraffe costume.  She walked in with it on and said, "Still fits, except for the mittens!"  If you look closely you'll notice the mittens are at her elbows.  Who cares if the costume is for a 6-12 month old.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mike's First Tri and Important Instructions from the Lady in Charge

I mentioned in my last post that Mike competed in his first triathlon on June 21st.  He did awesome and I'm so proud of him.  He has been training consistently for the past couple months.  His dedication and determination is something I've always loved about Mike. When he decides to do something, he writes up his goals, sets up a schedule and gets to work.  I wish I always did the same.  Anyway, the race consisted of a 1/2 mile swim, 11.5 mile bike and 2.5 mile run.  He's been training with my brother Dustin, and a few guys from church, Eric, Russ and Randy.  They made a great team!

Mike crossing the finish line!

Team Oak Harbor
(from L to R: Mike, Eric, Jordan, Randy, Cory, Dustin and Russ)

Mike and his biggest fans

The second part of this post took place about two weeks ago.  I was watching Sarah's kids while she went to a meeting and Halle took it upon herself to set some boundaries.  I'm sure this was prompted by our marker incident last month (if you are not familiar with this 'incident' look back a couple posts).  Anyway, Halle made signs and stuck them on all the doors that let the kids know which rooms they were aloud to go in.  Pretty funny.

The kids receive their instructions from the boss lady.

This sign was found on my door, the craft room door, and the girl's door.

This is Asher's door.  Too bad Halle is the only one who can read her signs :)

Halle also made the upstairs bathroom a girl's bathroom, my bathroom was the boy's bathroom and the downstairs bathroom was for both.  I love the illustrations!