Friday, May 28, 2010

Mush-Brain and Grumpy Girl

Agggh! I just turned in my music assignment for my art class. Glugh! I think I now have mush-brain times 200! Analyzing classical music is SOOOO not my thing. Listing works cited for music I listened to in MLA style is REALLY not my thing. It gets a little complicated when you have a composer that lived centuries ago, a present day recording and performers! Not to mention that all of this, even though I started a week ago, kept me up half the night. Glugh!
AND- I deserve the "Mother Of The Year" award because last night was my turn to tuck the big kids in bed and say prayers with them and I didn't do it. Mostly cuz I thought that Dave did while I was rocking Paxton to sleep. But this morning I discovered that the boys slept with their light on all night and that Kamden actually slept with his glasses on because they were waiting for me to tuck them. Glugh! Oh well. Not much I can do about it now.
Kid Quote of the Day for May 27, 2010
Kenz, "Who wants to go on a ride-bike???" The best part is that Holden got it and started laughing!
Kid Quote of the Day for May 24, 2010
This day was my birthday and we went to dinner at Applebee's. Dave and I had discussed that some trees and plants I had ordered online would be my birthday gift this year and that the kids would help me plant when the trees arrived. BUT- we didn't really discuss this with the kids I guess. 15 or so minutes into dinner, Holden got up from his seat and quietly came over to me and asked, "Mom, are you mad I didn't get you a present for your birthday?" It was the sweetest thing and made my heart melt! What a cutie-pot!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

And he's OFF!

Okay, so my baby boy is LITTLE for his age. He's 14 months old and weighs about 19 lbs. He's been walking since 11 months and has always looked too little to be doing that! But the best is when he RUNS! He can get his arms pumping pretty hard! Giggling!

Each night after scriptures and prayer, the kids go down the hall to brush their teeth. Once he realizes what they are doing, Paxton wiggles and squirms out of my arms and hauls hiney down the hall, too! Most nights he even will pull the drawer open and reach in for toothpaste and a toothbrush. Other nights he attempts to unroll the toilet paper or get into the potty. Too funny!

The other night, for some reason he was in the kitchen when he realized what was going on. I was on the couch and was SOOOO entertained by his sudden realization and running from the kitchen that I laughed outloud! What's a mom to do other than recreate the scene with camera in hand! So I parked myself in the hallway near the bathroom and had Boston take Paxton back to the kitchen and let him go! Here's the vidz! Too funny! I love that boy!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Check it out!

So I bought the MOST AMAZING new tool for hair. Check out my girl! Let me know if you want the details and I'll give you the low down! FYI I spent less than $40 on this and it has 3 barrels!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

School IS

Kicking my HINEY! But I'm managing to stay afloat and even a little ahead on a few things. If you read this post and feel even a tiny bit bad for me, send chocolate! ☺!

Kid Quote Of the Day:

Kenzington to Kamden, who was really bugging her, "Kamden! Leave me 'lone or I'm going to kick your bum-cheeks clear to China!" Gee. I wonder where she heard that from. Hmmm... I hope he doesn't mess with her during Sacrament meeting. Too bad I encouraged similar outcries by not even being capable of controlling my laughter! Too funny!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Finding A Minute! Total Random Thoughts.

It seems things have been even crazier than normal around here lately, and I dare say it isn't going to get any better. I decided to MAKE time to TAKE time to put myself on the list today and blog here. It might end up to be a bunch of random thoughts sort of spewed on "paper," so to speak, but I'm just going to remind you that this silly blog is for me and not for you, so I'm going to spew away! Giggling.

Yesterday I had the HONOR and the privilege to "pin" my sweet husband. That's right, I am OFFICIALLY married to Captain Lewis David Anderson of the Utah National Guard! This promotion has been a long time coming and was definitely earned! Dave has been doing the job of a Captain for a few years now. It's nice that now he will have the pay and title that go with it! The ceremony was slated for 7 am yesterday, and much to my embarrassment, they had to wait around for us for about 10 minutes. Children and 5:30 am without husbandly help don't always go hand in hand. Good thing the military has practiced up a great deal on hurrying up and waiting. Dave's parents came to Lehi for the event as well and afterward we all went to breakfast.

In other news, I finally have SOME of my garden planted. Between rainy weather and waiting to borrow a neighbor's rototiller, I was worried that the planting might not even take place this year! I learned about a 2-bucket, self watering container garden from a friend and had ALMOST decided not to plant in my actual garden spot this year. After all, last year the grasshoppers made walking outside almost completely impossible! But I have decided that I need to have more faith. I planted my tomatoes yesterday and I intend to finish up my planting tomorrow. With some help from my friend Esther, I finally made some decisions about planting some fruit trees and grapes in our yard and I can hardly wait for them to arrive and get them planted. I am just wishing I could wave my magic wand and have all the work involved done! I guess, while we are at it, how about having it all be mature and producing as well!

Here's some silly side-notes. I am in charge of Relief Society Activities in my ward. We did a gardening night last week that turned out so great (mostly because we had GREAT gardeners share their knowlede! Thanks Shauna, Michelle, Heidi, and Vicki!) I did a little quick blurb on the self watering bucket thing. In preparation for it, I went and got 143 buckets from a lady in Centerville that had posted them on KSL for FREE! Our family went to the Salt Lake City Library to see the Diaries of Ann Frank exhibit on the way to get them. When we came out of the exhibit, I realized that I had a DI bag in the back of my Suburban. I needed EVERY bit of room for the buckets! Well... there was this pick-up truck parked next to me... and... well. I hope the owner of it could use the size 3t girls clothes that I left there! Can you imagine what the reaction would be to finding that? "What the.... ???" Giggling. I swear I have got some repenting to do!

I also purchased a composter yesterday and I am really excited about it. Costco has a 10+ cubic foot compost turner for only $99. MUCH better priced than I could find one anywhere else! I liked the overall design of this particular model, easy to load, easy to empty! It is made by Lifetime. I discovered that it isn't available online, but I found it in the American Fork Costco. I'm excited to be able to improve my soil and recycle kitchen scraps and grass clippings into something healthy for our garden!

The kids are very excited about something as well. We have joined the crowd and have purchased a Nintendo Wii. I am hoping to find a few more games where multiple players can have fun all at the same time, so please post your recommendations in the comments section! So far we have the two sports games that came with it, Mario Cart, and Wii Fit +. We bought 2 remotes for a total of 3 and a charging station for remotes. A friend was telling me that he likes to put his photos on the Wii and let the kids do puzzles with them. We're going to try out NetFlix on the Wii as well. What are the must have games? Are there any games that my 3 year old would enjoy?

I was brave and took the kids to the Utah State University Tooele Campus and Alumni annual pool party last night. Dave was at guard, so it was a big deal for me to venture to the pool with 5 kids all alone! It wouldn't be a big deal if they were all old enough to do their own thing, but water scares me! We ate and played and swam. Boston won a hoodie in the biggest splash contest and a set of rubber duckies in the see how far you can swim without taking a breath challenge. She's quite the swimmer, that girl! Paxton really wanted to roam and wiggled and squirmed the entire time we were in the pool trying to wriggle away from me! Kenzi and Holden were good to stay near me in the wading pool and played and played. Kamden was finally tall enough to venture out on his own and he went around and around the lazy river, over and over again in a float-ring. We had a good time and everyone wore themselves out enough to sleep REALLY good, including me!

I start school tomorrow. AAAGGH! I'm wondering what I have gotten myself into! I am taking Microcomputer Applications (a class that my husband is qualified to teach!), Civilization: Humanities, Civilization: Creative Arts, and Integrated Life Science. All of my classes except the first one are online.

I told you this was going to be random! Just one more random thing. There has been a herd of cows and their calves in the field behind us a piece. It's been so fun to watch them! The men come and put them there every spring and then move them elsewhere about a month later. Yesterday they moved them. I'M SO SAD TO SEE THEM GO! There's just something so magical about watching those calves run! The other day, a dog got out and was in the field with them. Wow, what an amazing thing to watch! The herd came running from all over the field to a central spot and the mommas circled the babies to protect them. You could hear them all communicating with each other and some of the mommas chased the dog or made efforts to distract him from the calves. I was glad I was outside or I might not have witnessed it. Nature can be really neat! We're really going to miss having them back there! They left them there about 3 times as long this year as last year, so I guess we should be glad we got to watch them for so long. Boston has it in her mind that we need chickens at our house. I think she just might be right. That will give us some good garden compost as well!

I haven't posted a kid quote of the day in a while. This one is hillarious. I guess it's more of a kid scenario of the day! Kenzington LOVES to watch Team Umizoomi. Well, this morning as I was combing her hair for church she acted out an entirely made up Umizoomi Scenario. It went a little like this:
Kenz- pretending to be the team: "What's the pLoblem, Kenzi?"
Kenz- being herself: "My mommy's baFroom doesn't have any toilet wiper!" (so funny, that's what she calls toiletpaper!) "Can you please help me to find some toilet-wiper for Mommy's potty," (We weren't even IN my bathroom, and my bathroom izzzzzzz, for the record, completely stocked with toilet paper! ) WAIT, but here's the kicker, then she added "so she can wipe her bum?" What a kiddo! She makes me laugh EVERY day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monkey On The Table!

I'm not sure how my baby boy managed to get big enough to do THIS!
Actually, I'm QUITE positive that he, in fact, is NOT big enough to do this. Yet he does anyway! What a little turkey! I can't count the number of times I have removed him from the table! If I scootch the benches in, he doesn't manage to get up there, but instead climbs on the bench attempting and bonks his poor little head over and over on the underside of the table. The only thing that has helped so far, today, is getting him busy with something that is MORE of an adventure for him. Like leaving the bathroom door open so he can paddle in the potty (thanks Kenzi!) or the laundry room door open so he can play in the dog water (thanks Kamden!) OH- I love this boy! And it's a darn good thing I do!

Dear Paxton-
I just want you to know that you are under-age for acting 2. Until you can show me proper id proving that you are, in fact, 2 years old, you are BANNED from acting 2. Consider this a warning!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

-Just Boston-

It seems like I say a lot here on this blog of mine, about my YOUNGEST children. Perhaps that is because I spend more time with them, since they are not in school. Maybe it's just because they are at such fun ages and stages and because it's so much fun seeing who they are becoming. Maybe cuz I worry about embarrassing my older kiddos. No matter what the reason, I really would like to write down for my own sake, more bits and pieces about my older children. Tonight I'm going to tell you about Boston.

Boston is eleven. She is one of my very very best friends. She's fun to hang out with for lots of reasons- she makes me LAUGH, she's kind, she's thoughtful and helpful. I just LOVE that girl! I am really enjoying seeing who SHE is becoming. I have no doubt in my mind that she and I will remain the very best of friends throughout our lives. We just seem to really "get" each other. There have been some recent moments when my girl has questioned whether I do, in fact, "get" her. Some time, some tears, some conversations and hugs have helped her realize that I do. By the way, just for the record, I am grateful not to be eleven anymore!

Bosty is a bit over committed these days. She joined the swim team at the beginning of the school year and it has been really good for her. The 2 day/week commitment evolved into a 5 day/week commitment as she improved and was asked to swim with the silver team. That would have been fine, perhaps, if it weren't for violin and piano and guitar and the school play etc. etc. etc. Each commitment has been HER choice and she has had full support of her parents WITH those choices. But SHE has been able to see that she is a happier girl when her plate is not too full, and I think she will be more careful with her commitments in the future. Luckily this has been a good year for her to learn those lessons as she hasn't had a ton of homework and she has a teacher that allows her students to work on things during independent reading time etc. I think as Boston heads into Jr. High in a year and a half she will have some life experience under her belt that will help her to make good choices about how to spend her time.

She was nominated to attend a World Leadership Forum in Washington DC next summer. The conference itself is going to cost her about $2000! WOW! We had lots of conversations about whether she should go or not and about how the whole family could go to DC or elsewhere for less money, or how that kind of money could do a lot of good in this world. Then we allowed her to choose! After lots of thought and PRAYER, Boston has decided to attend the conference. She's already putting forth a lot of effort to earn the money! She and her friend Kira have weeded vinyl for me and each earned about $50 in less than two hours! Boston also made some magnets
that she is selling at Ssweet Pea Boutique. It's obvious we are going to have to come up with some other ideas to earn the money, but she is off to a good start and I am confident that the experience of earning the money will be as useful and good for my girl as the conference itself!

Here's a few goofy Boston lines, none of which will likely make sense to anyone but me, but that's okay!

"Ziplock! Corner! Buddy! Easy!"
"Fricky-fricky-fricky-fresh! LONG division problem!"
"I like SPOONS!" (actually, that's more of a Hunter line, but that's okay!)
"Is this hot-chocolate good? Or sorta cheesy???"
Anyway- Boston is fabulously fun to shop with, giggle with, and joke with. She's a hard worker and a compassionate friend. She is kind to others, even when they are hard to be kind to. She is good to her siblings and obedient to her mom and dad. She's just a great kid and I love her!