Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My Guitar Heros

Asher got his hands on Uncle Rob's guitar today. If his arm wasn't in the way, you'd see that the strap is twisted a couple times around his neck, which could potentially be a very bad deal. However, I couldn't pass up this Kodak moment. You've got to love his very "special" picture smile. Asher YOU ROCK!

I got my dad to try out the guitar tonight, after much persuasion. He only made it a minute or so before being booted off the stage. I think it was the bishop in him that stifled his inner rocker.

Do you see any resemblance between Asher and my dad? We seem to be hearing a lot of, "He (Asher) is definitely a Soptich."

Haven's Hair Salon

I'm pretty sure Haven learned all her hair tricks from her grandma! After I did Haven's hair, Asher really felt like he needed a turn, so I let the two of them have a good old time with a spray bottle and comb. Asher sat so still for Haven even though his shirt was drenched from her use of the spray bottle at point blank range! I think these pictures will definitely be placed in the blackmail file! Cousin Rylin's necklaces were a nice touch as well. Oh Asher...

The perfect part

Serious concentration

The satisfied customer!

Talented Toes

A few days ago, I happened upon Haven under the dining room table with a fatty marker between her toes and her coloring book. She really is nuts! These pictures were taken after I relocated her off the carpet and onto the linoleum. I figured it was safer, until I had a better understanding of just how talented she was!

Uncle J Came Over to Play!

My brother Jeremy came over tonight and brought the fixin's for french toast and sausage for dinner. The best part was that he played in the back yard, even in the freezing temperatures, with my children for a good 45 minutes! We love you Uncle J.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


You Are An ESFJ

The Caregiver

You are sympathetic and caring, putting friends and family first.
A creature of habit, you prefer routines and have trouble with change.
You love being in groups - whether you're helping people or working on a project.
You are good at listening, laughing, and bringing out the best in people.

In love, you value harmony and mutual understanding.
You will apologize or give someone the benefit of the doubt, if it means getting over a fight sooner.

At work, you are good at building relationships and connecting with people.
You would make a great nurse, social worker, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Organized, dependable, co-operative

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Opinionated, critical, and know-it-all
What's Your Personality Type?

I saw this on Kristi's blog and had to check it out. I think it is pretty right on! What do you think?

Pinewood derby cars and ANOTHER visit from the Tooth Fairy

Saturday was the big race! Our Elders Quorum hosted a pinewood derby race for families and Mike went all out. He constructed 3 cars, one for each child, with their help of course! I think he enjoyed the time spent in his make shift wood shop (one corner of our garage that has a counter and cupboards). It was a nice break from the norm. Anyway, the kids got a real kick out of their cars and racing their friends, and more importantly there were no major emotional breakdowns when none of them won!

Asher got a real kick out of sticking his little Tonka trucks on the track.

Later that evening, I made a deal with Halle that if she let Mike pull her other loose tooth out at home, she could go to the store with me (I consider myself a master negotiator). She was game immediately and before we knew it, she had two missing teeth! I'm glad Mike is here to be the tooth puller, I don't think pulling teeth is in my scope of practice.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

All about teeth!

Halle lost her first tooth today! It's been dangling for a few days now, and she was not about to pull it out or let one of us pull it out at home. She just kept saying, "I want to make an appointment!" So today after school Mike took her to his office for an "appointment" and pulled her tooth out! Too funny.

One of these teeth is not like the other!

Hello toothless!

Last week, Mike and his staff, went to one of the local elementary schools and did a presentation for a third grade class on oral hygiene. They used a program that Mike used when he was in dental school and it was a hit! Checkout the pictures below and then a few of the hilarious thank you notes from the students. Mike is scheduled to do the presentation for the kindergarten classes next month. Halle is so excited she can hardly stand it!

Three of the students are wearing white garbage bags so they look like teeth. All the students were telling Mike what they ate for dinner last night and Amanda is sticking food wrappers on the teeth. I love the girl in the blue shirt with her hand way up!

Three students don gloves and masks in preparation for flossing and brushing.

Too stinkin'cute, and so excited to go home and floss and brush (I wonder how long that will last).

Be sure to click on the letters to enlarge for easier viewing.

Now if all we had to do was go around to schools and have fun, and not worry about paying the bills, life would be grand!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Halle's a new woman, and Stampin' Up! 2008

So it was time to go visit the hair fairy (aka Grandma Soptich) and when it was Halle's turn, she asked if she wanted a change-with a twinkle in her eye! Halle was game immediately, and I was a little hesitant because Halle's hair is straight as a board. I got really nervous, even a little sick to my stomach, as she started chopping away. When all was said and done, mom showed me some styling tips and below is the finished product! Isn't it adorable? I keep having to do a double take when I walk past her. Halle loves it, my mom was so pleased, and how sad that I doubted our hair fairy!

Part two of this post it to present, drum roll please... the Stampin' Up! 2008 Spring-Summer Collection! The catalog and idea book is as dreamy as ever, with many, many new adorable and classy stamp sets. If you would like your own copy, they are $10 or free if you book a party or stamp camp at your home (I'd be happy to stick some in the mail, for all of you who live far away now)! I also wanted to announce the date of my next stamp camp on Saturday, January 19th from 9 AM-11 AM, at my home. Watch for your evite. (If you don't get one, it's because I don't have your email, but that doesn't mean you aren't invited. Just drop me an email and let me know you are coming!) I'll also put a link for the online catalog, to the right, for your browsing enjoyment. Finally, Stampin' Up! is having a sale on a Valentine's Day Bundle. Let me know if you are interested. Happy stampin!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Goodbye 2007

Does anyone else get a little anxious during a really long vacation because you are worried it's going to fly by and you're going to waste it? Well I do, and it began about December 21st, just a few days after Halle's Christmas break started! Crazy, I know. Well, the end is here, and we've had a fantastic Christmas break filled with lots of family time, way too much delicious and not so nutritious food, many hours in the car and even a few days spent playing in the snow! Here are some pictures of our holiday happenings.

Grandpa and Grandma Barrett with Santa

We had the Barrett family Christmas party in Selah at Aunt Tammie's gym. This is a picture of Halle and cousin Summer trying to climb out of the pit.

Asher's new "say cheese" face.

Aunt Ciera found soft place to land and take a little rest at the gym.

We spent a couple nights at Jen and Ryan's house. Asher, Braden and Tanner cuddled up on the love sac and watched a Thomas movie.

Santa brought our family a Nintendo Wii to Grandma and Grandpa Lemme's house. Mike was making sure Halle wouldn't swat the TV while playing tennis!

We spent New Year's Eve at our house with the gang playing games and eating too much. This is Uncle Dustin rocking out while playing Guitar Hero (one of our latest obsessions)!

We hope your holidays were just as much fun with a little time to relax as well!