Thursday, December 25, 2008

Silly Faces

Ariana was noting the fact that her cheeks hold a lot of food one night. We happened to be having meatballs and spaghetti. She went under the table and came up looking like this.........Ariana: "Mom, do my two big front teeth stick out like a chipmunk?"
Me: Giggling...."Yeah, I like the silly eyes, too? What is in your cheeks?"
Ariana: "I have a whole meatball in each side. Do I look like a chipmunk?"

Crazy Kidz

The week before Christmas vacation is always fun at the kid's school. This time they had a series of "fun" days. These pics come from "crazy hair day". Even Ryan supported the school spirit with a head full of piggies. I wish I had gotten a picture of him when they all came out. FRIZZ!! Ariana wanted to be "upside down". This was the best I could come up with. Notice the french braid starts at the bottom and goes up. And yes......I made her stand on her head to do her 'do'.

Holly went as "Pippy Longstocking". Mom made my hair this way one year for Halloween. So, I followed in her footsteps with Holly's beautiful locks. Everyone at school called her "Cindy-Lou-Who". She was more than happy about it. You can tell by the grin. FYI-She is holding up the handmade ink-stamp she carved in class that day. It says: "YLLOH" when you stamp it. So cute.

Lunch room fun.

Kids with their friend Jamie (the monster). How did she see all day?

Friday, December 19, 2008


This last week I have been oscillating between loving and hating my driveway. If I could vote to keep or lose it...I don't know what I'd pick. Right now it is a thick layer of ice frosted with snow.

When I need to get out.......I hate it. Timothy spent four hours on Monday trying to get a car out with little luck. He had sore muscles from shoveling/sanding and bleeding fingers from the van's chains when he came in. He wound up riding the bus to work this week.

But then the kids get all bundled up and head up the hill and all my disdain washes away. The kids are in "no-school" heaven.

What's your vote?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The big CUT!

We finally cut Ariana's hair to give to Locks of Love. She did this two years ago, just before school started. So we were a little later this year, but someone will get three beautiful ponytails of long blonde hair. Here she is before..................................

Cute smile with a few missing teeth.

In the cutting chair!

She gave 14" of hair. The ruler is 12" long.

Last time we did this, I brought it back into only one ponytail. That wasted a good two inches in the front that could have been donated. We did three ponytails this time to make the length more even all around.

Snip, Snip, Snip.........................

...................actually with her insanely thick hair-it was more like saw, saw, saw.
Look how happy she is to have short hair. She has been waiting for this day for a long time.
My beautiful girl!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Use your HEAD!!

Prepare to be Amazed!

My Dad sent this video to me in an email and I could not believe my eyes! This is a man in Bangladesh who is a brick hauler. Nope........he doesn't use a wheelbarrow. Make sure your sound is on so you can hear how heavy these bricks are. Check it out!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Family Birthday!

I have this wonderful friend who has an anniversary today and they celebrate it as a "family birthday". How neat is that! So here is a celebration shout for you, Anne and Brad! You are two of the neatest people I know. Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to your beautiful family!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I survived! (my worst day ever!)

It's Veteran's Day and I have dubbed myself a veteran. "A veteran of what?" you may ask. A veteran of TODAY. I survived THIS DAY! Let me explain:

This week I have 4 sick kids. Not to mention I don't feel so hot myself. The kids are grouchy and irritable and to put it politely......they are sick in both "ends".

So, here is my list of things I have survived this week. (Note: it is only Tuesday!)

1-Jaren has thrown up or .......... on all of his bedding in the last 24 hours. And this kid has a lot of bedding!

2-I have done 14 loads of laundry since yesterday. (No, 14 is NOT an exaggeration. I am still counting and two more should be done tonight. I was thinking all day, "Wow, that washer and dryer have run non-stop for two days. I hope the dryer doesn't go out.")

3-At the dinner table tonight:

Timothy: "Does that sound like water on the floor in the laundry room?"

Me: "No!"

Timothy: "It sounds pretty loud to be just the washer."

Me: "No, no, no, no" as I am running behind him.

Yep, you guessed it. The washer flooded. We walked into the bathroom/laundry room and there was at least 1/2 inch of water covering the floor and more spilling over as we stood there and running into the family room.

So, I'll continue my list:

4-I continue my washing now that the problem is fixed..........we used EVERY towel in the house to dry up the floor. So, those got thrown in to start washing some more. Meanwhile, Timothy got out the shopvac to suck up more water.

5-We moved the washer and dryer to clean the water up from underneath. (Does your dryer get lint under it? Mine does.....we usually clean all the lint out of the inside and move it to clean under it every six months. We do this at conference time. It just helps us remember. Do you think that we remembered to clean under the dryer this conference?)

6-Have you ever seen wet lint?

7-All the kids are finally in bed.

8-What's next?

Friday, November 7, 2008


My friend Anne's little boy was over to play with Jaren today. I heard them giggling and screaming in the kitchen. I had to get a video. They had taken the lid off the tank of goldfish. One of them would dip the very end of their finger into the bowl and then yank it out. The other would scream and clap for them. It was hilarious. They were so brave to touch the scary fishies!
Watch the's too cute.


Ryan intended to be a private investigator for Halloween. As you can see, he altered the costume a bit. His fedora is a little battered for all the play and wear, so he painted on a beard, smeared cocoa powder on his clothes to look dirty, made a satchel for his shoulder and (Voila!) he transformed into a Hobo. (or a bum, rather!) I guess boys will be boys. Of course, a rootbeer bottle found its way into his costume. I didn't allow it to go out with us, but it seems to be in all the pictures. Aaargh!

"Mom, do you think bums shop at Target? Or should I get a Walmart bag?"
We had a fun year. We even went to the pumpkin patch all dress up. I'll leave that for another post. Hope you coming holidays "treat" you well!

Eek! Those beady little eyes! mousie! (Jaren's words for "I'm a mouse!") CHEESE!! (Pun intended :)

Ooohhhhhh! Look tail flopped at the end.

I made this costume years ago for Ariana and it has been passed down ever since. So, I guess the tradition continues. That would put him the right size next year for the elephant!

His favorite part was the tail. He carried it around like this all night. Cute little guy!

Sleepy Doll

Our little Aurora. She's been telling us that she would be Aurora for Halloween ever since we put her to bed last Halloween night. And just by coincidence........this was the only costume left when we found one for her and just in the right size, too. It must be fate. Isn't she dazzling! This is my crown for the Miss (Hometown) pageant I was in. It was fun to see her wear it.
I learned how to curl hair with a flat iron (of all things) and look at the fun results. We'll be using that one more often!


I loved the looks Ariana gave her daddy when he was getting a few pictures of her in costume.
First Flying lessons!Nice attitude!
She purposedly didn't brush her hair all day and even tried to tangle it so it would look rough. But somehow in the pictures, it just doesn't pick up how bad it really looked!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Monk"ing Around!

Today I was bathing Holly and Jaren. It had been a messy day (read- Jaren and chocolate in the shopping cart) and he needed a good scrub. When I got the two clean this is what I found in the living room:

Windows blacked-out with couch cushions and diapers stuffed in the holes to make sure it is extra dark....................

And the two older kids doing their schoolwork by the candles in the fireplace.

Upon asking them what they were doing, their reply was this:

"Mom, the monks and scribes wrote everything by candlelight and they did really good work."

We are learning about medieval times in history this year and they just learned about Canterbury and the monks. However, they are NOT doing was spelling. So, they must be learning something. *happy mom moment*

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

True Hero

Yesterday morning I finished This book:

Three Cups of Tea makes my list of all time favorite books. This man is a hero:

Then in the evening, I attended a "Meet the Author" event hosted by King County Library System to listen to an update of Greg Mortenson's work and to watch a slide show. It was amazing. I even had the patience to wait in the line to have my book signed. I'm almost there!
If you read nothing else this year...........READ THIS BOOK!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Funnies and giggles

Timer on the oven: "Beep, beep, beep"

Mom: "Who set the timer?"

Ariana: (in the distance) "Me!"

Mom: "Why? Do you want me to leave it on or turn it off?"

Ariana: "You can turn it off.....I am in the bathroom soaking my Manicles."

Mom: "Your what?"

Ariana: "My Manicles. It takes five minutes in hot water before I can push them back. Then will you paint my nails?"

I guess she squeezed MANicure and cutICLES together and made up her own word. I was in stitches.

IQ Test Anyone?

I got the IQ link below from my uber-smart sister-in-law and it looked very intimidating. Then I got curious and took the quiz anyway. Jaren was screaming and turning the monitor on,off,on,off,on,off, ON and that's enough! Ryan was poking my shoulder and asking me to find his bike in the neighbors yard. The girls wanted me to play a game or call the neighbors since they were now home from school. (big sigh....) Despite the distractions, I did rather well. I may be a mom, but I can still be clever some of the time. *wink*

IQ Test - IQ Test

There are still a few that haven't seen my face!

visited 37 states (74%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or determine the next president

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Kids say the darndest things!

Holly: "Momma, will you please pass the college cheese?"

Ryan: "I can't wait until I am a newlywed."

Mom: "What? Why do you want to be a newlywed anyway?"

Ryan: "Cause I think it would be really fun to smash a glass on purpose."

I guess he must have watched Fiddler on the Roof one too many times. *Hee Hee*

Friday, September 26, 2008

Baby Beautiful

Timothy has been playing around with his SLR again and I find the most surprising pictures. This one caught my attention today. Here is little Holly in the back yard. It was her first day of "school" and she needed to show daddy the teepee she made. (not noticeable in her hand) But of course, Daddy found the beauty in the moment and the teepee was not-so-mistakenly left out. What a beautiful baby we have!

First attempt

You may wonder why I entitled this entry "first attempt". I'll explain.
I found this bike trailer years ago at a used shop and I couldn't leave without it. Really,we were on our way out to leave and Timothy almost left without me, but I could not leave without this beauty coming with me. So, here is it. Two years and another baby later and we get to go on our first outing. (I bought the thing and used it once when I was pregnant with Jaren. ) Note to self: Riding a bike hurts much LESS when not pregnant!
I digress......We decided to take the kids on a family outing to go bike riding. We found the perfect paved trail. Starting and ending at a park. It was six miles in length and everything seemed perfect. We hitched the trailer to my bike for the first leg (Timothy was going to take the second leg) and headed out of the parking lot. You couldn't have wiped the smile of my face. I felt like my heart was going to burst. I have longed for this moment of riding with all my kids for years now. Then I hear a pppppppppbbbbbbffffffffffssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. What was that. My heart had not burst, but something did!
It was the tire on the trailer. We weren't even out of the parking lot and this happens. We had a patch kit, but of course the kids had managed to demolish the little bike pump this very morning. So, while a patch kit is handy, it is not of any value WITHOUT a portable pump.
We spent the rest of the morning playing at the little park there at the trailhead. The kids saw live bunnies in the trees behind the park.

Holly experienced some "hair-raising" playground equipment.

And Jaren fell in love with the "mo-cycles". What a day! We'll try again next week!