Family traditions

Family traditions

Sunday, January 31, 2010

girls night out

this weekend, i went to not one but two nights out with the girls. Book club was great so much laughter!
Saturday night i went out with a friend to celebrate her birthday. we went to dinner then Barnes and Nobles.
I love Barnes and Nobles which got me thinking if i was homeless i think that is where i would spend my days.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

that strange feeling

ya know that strange feeling you have when you walk out of a movie?
I think i may have figured it out

read this

Things as They Really Are

What do you think?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

breakfast burritos

I've needed to go grocery shopping for a week or so but have had the flu or a headache or volleyball or something that has kept me from getting to town.
so tonight we ate breakfast burritos, without cheese. so sad but still yummy

little brother burrito looked like this
eggs & hash-browns
sour cream

yes peaches! i explained that he would need to eat it

his reply "i know, i like it like this, see how it's so big? this is how you know it's a Mexican Burrito!!"


He ate it all and loved every bite! silly silly boy

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

lost again

today when the love of my life came to pick up little brother from preschool, we couldn't find little brother anywhere, there were no sticky notes. I of course ran around the school, once again, like a panicked mother, asking everyone if they had seen him. of course no one had. i swear that little boy has an invisibility cloak. i had the Secretary make an all-call through the school nothing. as a last resort (though it should have been the first place i looked) i walked to the back school parking lot where teachers park their cars. and there in the very back seat was the little giggly boy!

the emotion at that moment







oh he was in so much trouble!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010


today in kindergarten we talked about Larry Lion, the sound he says 'L', the letter he stand for "Ll"
we wrote on the board a list of words that we could think of that start with the letter l
lion, leopard, ladybug, lobster, leg, love, lid, lollipops, liver, lettuce, lighthouse, etc, then I listed off a few more words probably 25 or 30 that start with an L from a list of word that children should know when they enter kindergarten, love, luck, lick, locomotive, lazy, lamp, lantern, long...

when i get to the word "lumber" i just stop and stare at it and think to myself, where would they have learned this word, i don't even use this word, because in my mind i'm thinking "Lumber- some kind of slow ponderous movement" or something like that. I said the word but skipped over any explanation because why do kindergartens need to know this word, i mean yes it's a good word but really kindergartners using the word "lumber", i'd save that challenge for another day.

one of my favorite and least favorite things about kindergarten is that i get to do everything twice, i had planned on looking up the definition of "lumber" between my classes but didn't get to it during my lunch hour so this experience repeated itself, causing me more frustration as to why the word "Lumber" would be considered a common word for a five year old.

so this bothered me for a while and after school i sat down at the computer and typed the word lumber into the search box, before i even pushed enter i knew what it was!

HELLO!!! call me blonde if you will it was one of those days!
turns out one of three little pigs built his house out of lumber (aka-sticks)
i guess it's not that far out of a word for kindergartners to know

Sunday, January 24, 2010

i was gonna

i was gonna post a picture of my hot date Saturday night
i was gonna write something funny about what the presidents said when i picked them up
i was gonna rant and rave
i was gonna say something profound
i was gonna make you laugh
i was gonna make you cry
i was gonna up date my blog
but well it didn't happen

Saturday, January 23, 2010

little loco!!

i've decided having the presidents gone for the weekend makes me a little crazy!

today I

washed the dishes
hid under the bed
clean the kids room
hid in a closet up stairs
took a nap
played volleyball
hid in a different closet and looked through a box of stuff
went on a hot date (yummy fajitas)
laughed a lot
got home
hid in the coat closet

all of this just to get some attention!
i guess it's a good thing the presidents don't leave too often

Friday, January 22, 2010

a good night sleep

vivid dreams are always so fun and they give me that "just out of the movie theater" feeling! there are a few things that i love about my vivid dreams

1. friends from all my lives (elementary school, high school, college, adulthood) are always there

2. i do things i might not do in real life

3. everything makes perfect sence in a dream

4. the fascination of what it's all suppose to mean

5. that i remember the dream, maybe not every detail but i remember the basics

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

good medicine

big sister is not feeling well this morning so we decided she would not be going to school today.
i told her she needed to rest all day. she was not excited about that
but then little brother said "you need to rest so the puke can clam down"
she was okay with that and went to lay on the couch

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

got GUTS??

little brothers joke
"why did the skeleton cross the road? Because he didn't have any guts"

I tried to explain to little brother that the joke is - why didn't the skeleton cross the road?
We talked about what guts were. he had no idea he just thought it was a funny joke.

GUTS-tough, being brave, not scared
GUTS- all the stuff in side your body

to help understand what GUTS were tonight we went to Froguts! and dissected a frog and checked out all it's GUTS!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

sad story

once upon a time there was a little girl who told her mom
so the mom didn't and the little girl was very mad!
the end

Sunday, January 17, 2010

to do list

sleep in
read scriptures
play games
clean house
visit aunt
play on the computer
make dinner
read stories
go to bed early

Saturday, January 16, 2010

i'm right again

there are a few things i hate being right about this is
# 1
tonight the presidents had plans to go visit someone. they have been talking about it all week and about 5:oo we still hadn't heard from him. so i text him to ask what time he expected to get here. well there's a long stupid story here and the end is not a happy one. the conversation ended with him making promises for next weekend. when the phone was hung up there were lots and lots of tears from both of the presidents, which is a first because till now little brother really couldn't care less.

so we set up the tent, we put an a movie, and had a little party!
i do have the cutest kids, that's something that i like to be right about!!

freaky dream

last night we watched spider man 3
last night i dreamt that so crazy leech, parasite thing had some how gotten into my body. i knew something was wrong because i had a small sore on my arm about and inch long and the skin was flooded over on top of itself. it was very tender, well i showed it to a the principal and she told me that it was this parasite and that i needed to go to the doctor so they could help me. well then i guess i just ripped my own arm open and pulled out 3 or 4 giant black worm like things. it was totally gross! thank you spider man!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

i'll show them

"I don't like school"
those are some of the saddest words i could hear and i've heard them three days in a row now from a cute little kiddo.
today i told him i really didn't like it when he said that, it's makes me very sad, and if he says it again i'm just not going to come back to school.

i wouldn't be at school on Tuesday.

(only because we have a training all day so there will be a substitute in my class)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

scary stories

today at school someone told big sister about "bloody mary"
she said he read it on the INTERNET so it is TRUE.

i've tried to explain to her first of all this little boy can not just surf the web on his own and even if it's on the Internet does not mean it's true.

it's hard to reason with a 6 year old

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

a note from a friend

Thank you dear friend for sharing this with me.

Garden of Children (kindergarten)

The little roots are tender on the day
The first transplanting comes: each tiny flower
That moves into this happy, friendly bower,
With glowing pride seems wistfully to say,
"I'm ready to grow up -- please show the way."
New confidence and new-found strength and power
Come with each newborn dawn, as hour by hour
The roots grow deeper. And the watchers pray.

Oh, garden where the little children grow,
Be overfilled with happiness and light.
Make room for everyone, that each may know
The joy of wholesome living -- wrong from right.
And may the greatest Teacher, from on high,
Keep each wee one beneath His loving eye.
-Margaret Woodland Black

Monday, January 11, 2010


please do not give this to your children before they come to my class! thanks!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Big Sisters Logic

this was part of our conversation this morning on our way to church. I don't remember how this got brought up but this is what she asked regarding the dad who doesn't come around much.

"why is he still my dad anyways? I mean he's not your husband anymore so I don't see why he's still my dad?"

I didn't know what to say other than, "that's just the way it is"

Saturday, January 9, 2010

i'm a hottie!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

grateful for

i'm grateful tap water doesn't make me nauseous
i'm grateful for the ability to brush my teeth and not gag
i'm grateful i can eat chocolate
i'm grateful i don't suffer heartburn all night long
i'm grateful 8 hours of sleep is enough
i'm grateful i can't smell everything
i'm grateful for breakfast toast!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

just a thought

C.S. Lewis explained: "No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie... after all, you find out the strength of [an] army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of the wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it; and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means-the only complete realist."

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

March 8, 2008

Today I slept in when I woke up the house was a mess, the love of my life had to work or something he wasn't home. I thought to myself, I really should just stay home today and clean or better yet stay in my pj's and be lazy. but most likely I would end up cleaning. then I got a phone call from my best friend, she told me "get dressed we were going to a "time out for sisters" relief society meeting." I protested, she said she would be at my house in 20 minutes with her children and a babysitter. what could I say to that?! okay okay so I hopped in the shower, threw on some comfy-semi-nice cloths brushed my hair and teeth and was ready to go.
the 45 minute drive was fun, we talked about so many things like we always do, grandmas, husbands, children, work, school, childhood, and things I can't even post here. we laugh we cried all of this before we even got to the meeting. as we drove into the church parking lot we laughed how it would be funny to buy a coke (to ward off a headache), put it a brown bag and take it into the meeting.
we went to a variety of little breakout sessions that gave us ideas about filling our time with happy things, how to fight the blues, how to get organized, inexpensive things to do with our families, how to get our homes clean, how to feel pretty. some of them we listened too, some of them we sat in the back and giggled to ourselves. we came away with a resolve to be happier, healthier, more organized, to feel pretty everyday even if it's just by putting on a pair of earrings. Lunch was yummy I don't remember what it was, just that we laughed and cried through the meal. the drive home was wonderful too we made plans of how we were going to help each other accomplish our new found goals. we were gonna do it! be each others cheerleaders starting monday we were getting our acts together!! we got back to my house took the babysitter home. talked for another hour at least.
when it was time to go, we played a clean up game we had one minute to get all the toys picked up or they would exploded. silly yes but it worked and the toys got picked up. she left to clean her house before tonight. I busied myself cleaning my house and doing laundry. I laid on the couch for an hour, fed the kiddos dinner. I got out fruit cut it a put it on a pretty platter, put on some make-up, and we headed out for a game night.
We love game nights. We played home-made charades, phase 10, "Celestial Companions." We had a blast! so much laughter, so much love, so much fun!! the kids fell asleep on the couches, we stayed and talked after everyone else left. good friends have a way of pulling you into the conversation and it's hard to say goodnight. we finally called it a night and left about midnight with big hugs and see you tomorrows!

It was a perfect day with a great Best Friend!! love you & miss you

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


there is a little man in my kindergarten class that so far has proven to be quite a challenge, but i have decided to put my whole heart into this situation and help him to love school, to become successful and not to be NAUGHTY! and today was super!! i started with a little talk with him this morning about what he got for Christmas, what he wants to be when he grows up,then continued through the day with a ridicules amount of praise every time he was on task, it was really over kill but it worked.
the best part was when i walked him out to his mother. everyday she asks me how he was, i try to keep it positive but some days it's hard (the days he swears in my classroom, or runs across the top of the tables, or hits other kids). anyhow today i said "he was great" wow! his mom gave me this are you serious look! i said "yeah he was really good, he worked well, and followed directions!" he had the biggest smile on his face. then his mom obviously please told him he gets to pick what was for dinner and with the biggest smile he requested "PIZZA" it was so cool i want another day like this one with him tomorrow

Monday, January 4, 2010

vibes? i think not!!

i had two strangely related moments today!

a little background may be in order here. i want a baby!!! most days it's okay that we do don't have one yet but other days seem almost hopeless these are usually the days when friends will make the announcement they are expecting, and it's usually been 2 to 3 friends who make this know all on the same day. now don't get me wrong i am always excited for these dear friends but it's also slightly frustrating and discouraging. The hardest part is not letting my little demon, which i referenced a few posts ago, take over and bring me down.
so anyhow all of that being said and the news that it seems like everyone and their sisters are prego this is what happened to me today

first-as i am walking my kindergartners out of the school at the end of the day there are two of my friends talking about me not that i heard what they said but i could just tell. i told them to knock it off to which they replied "you're giving off a vibe" (a prego vibe)


second-after school today another teacher comes up to me and asks "are you expecting?"

NO!!! i am not

don't y'all just give me a paper cut and pour lemon juice on it!!!

I just had to vent!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

it's just not fair

for dinner we had sloppy joe's which left little brothers face covered, when we told him to go wash his face and hands after dinner he replied "i don't have a face or hands"

at bed time big sister said to me "mom you are so mean" i asked her what i did to cause such an accusation, "you make me go to bed" so i told her she could stay up as late as she wanted to but she has to stay in her room. that was an hour ago and she is now finally asleep
. it will not be pretty in the morning

Saturday, January 2, 2010


so i was thinking, today in the shower(which by the way is my favorite place to think) that it would be fun if i could post something on my blog everyday, and if i did do that should i do it on this blog or start a new blog or just not do it at all. i mean some days are just not blog worthy but then i thought everyday should be blog worthy and if i knew that at the end of the day i would be writing on my blog would i find more things to write about. i'm sure i would, so anyhow that's what i was thinking in the shower but then i was also thinking that this is a goal maybe i don't really want to set a goal that i might fail or maybe i won't finish then i would fail at the one goal that i set for the year. so anyhow this is the plan we'll see how it works and if no one reads my posts it's their loss, right? i mean i am very funny, and very funny things happen to me. so i think i'll do it well at least i'll think about it tomorrow in the shower

Friday, January 1, 2010

If I have to

so we, meaning I, decided that we, meaning my family, should maybe talk about what a new year resolution is and maybe set a few. i don't really believe in them. i don't know that i have ever kept one for longer then a month or so. i think it's silly that one day a year, the first day of the year, people decided they are going to make a fresh start. but i guess it's a good time to start. maybe? anyhow so tonight at the dinner table this is what we came up with

Family Goals
Game nights with friends every other month
A family game night once a week (other then Mondays)
Family Adventures (a hike, caving, etc) every other month

Presidents Goals
keep their room cleaner
improving on morning and bed time routines

Little Brothers Goals
learn to read
become a better soccer player

Big Sisters Goals
write more letters to grandmas
become a better reader
be happier- no crying, no pouting, no throwing fits
be kinder to the kitty

Love-of-My-Life's Goals
full time employment
use the elliptical a little more
increase personal scripture study

looks like a good list to me!

my goals
finish what i start including but not limited to...

thank you 2009

Dear 2009,
at this first of you existence i wrote you a letter, to which, i am so happy, you took heed. Thank you. You have been kind and generous. I just wanted to let you know it's been greatly appreciated.
Full of gratitude,
The Nice One