Friday, November 30, 2007

Toddler Going Down Stairs

I took a couple of short videos of Charles going down the stairs because it's pretty funny. He always goes down the same way: his right leg is straight and his left leg is bent and moves from side to side, and he gets going really fast so it looks funny. One of the videos I took from the top of the stairs and the other I'm filming from the bottom so that you can get both views... it looks even funnier in person :)

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving afternoon, Scott and the kids went out to the airport (while I stayed home and worked on the feast) and picked up Grandma, Grandpa and Kelley Smith! We have had so much fun with them! It's so nice to have more family around, especially over the Holidays. Thursday we ate A LOT of food (all the food was good, & here's a pic. of the turkey cupcakes we made:), Friday I did some Christmas shopping, the men put up the Christmas lights outside and we put up our Christmas tree. Saturday and Monday and Tuesday the guys were working on other home projects like repairing the hole in the wall that Elisabeth made a couple of months ago, fixing some insulation problems and fixing a broken tile and putting in a wood strip to divide the carpet from the tile. We played LOTS of games, mostly Settlers of Catan and Boggle, the ladies did some more shopping, we were invited to my aunt and uncle's on Saturday to watch the BYU and U of U football game and eat some pizza and snacks, we attended a tree lighting and got to participate in some fun craft activities and eat free food (which is always a bonus), and we went to the mall so the kids could ride the carousel (since Elisabeth has been dry at night for almost a month!!!! yay!) and see Santa....though again this year, they didn't want to get too close to him. We're sad that Grandma and Grandpa have to leave tomorrow and Kelley on Thursday, but we're so thankful that we got to spend some time together! (all these pix were taken over our Holiday weekend even though some seem kind of random :))

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tagged!

I've been tagged and now I'm supposed to write 6 things that I don't think many people know about me:

1. I've been biting my nails since I was in the first grade. I started because one of my best friends did it and I thought she was really cool so I copied her (sad story of one following the crowd huh?). Right now I'm trying to quit. I haven't done it in probably a couple of weeks now! I have a very strong motivation though; Scott says if I can make it all the way to Christmas then he'll get me an elliptical machine (a used one of course b/c we don't have that kind of money :)), which is something I've been wanting for awhile.

2. I'm glad that the Hollywood writers are on strike. You see I have this Smallville addiction but since the writers have gone on strike I've decided to end my weekly tradition of watching Smallville. I've been wanting to quit for awhile and I'd always say the day after we watched a new episode that, 'that was the last one' but then when the next week would roll around I found myself turning on the tv Thursday night to check what it would be about and then I was glued! And that's the only time we pretty much ever watch tv, so it'll be good to be tv free at last because man, there is SO much trash in so many programs and commercials, from swearing to immodesty in dress, to violence (which is what Smallville was getting more and more of), to immorality and bad crude jokes, I just won't take it anymore.

3. I LOVE children! Kids and babies, they're just so sweet and innocent and they make me laugh so hard and I am completely comfortable around them even if they're strangers.

4. I don't eat chocolate. I haven't eaten chocolate for the last 5 years. I do have a reason for stopping, well two reasons. 1.) I was addicted to it; when I had a little bit it made me want even more! and 2.) ever since I was little when I would eat chocolate I'd get a bit dramatic and emotional. My mom says, one minute I'd be happy as can be running around the house and the next minute I'd be on the floor crying for no good reason. Of course when I got older I learned to control my moods more, but I could still notice a difference when I ate chocolate; it was kind of a comfort food and it'd make me feel good for a little while but then I'd feel myself get emotional or in my mind some silly issue that was once a molehill would all of a sudden seem more like a mountain, I know I'm a crazy girl who can't take any caffeine in her system :)

5. I have a fear of water. Not drinking water, in fact I LOVE drinking water and carry around my nalgene water bottle with me everywhere. I don't like lakes and oceans. I'm afraid of what's inside (and I've been stung by a sting ray which was one of the worse experiences of my life...and on my honeymoon!), and I'm afraid of drowning. I also don't really like swimming pools very much for the same drowning reason and when we do go swimming I'm very sure to stay far away from the drains just in case it sucks me in :), and I'm extremely cautious with my kids around water too. We took them on a ferry once and I almost died of apprehension! And so of course I won't be taking them on smaller boats :). (I know that this is silly of me, I'm trying to work on it, I've just had a couple of really bad/scary experiences with water).

6. I get all ready for bed around 9pm, even when I'm not pregnant. I like to put on my pajamas and get into my bed and then read, pray, write in my journal and have some time to talk with Scott before it gets too late and before we get too tired. This is something I really look forward to at the end of the day.

Now I'm going to tag Gina, Maren, Mary and anyone else that'd like to do this

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving Preparations

Well, I really shouldn't be sitting down to write a blog right now because I have SO much to do, but I am :). We get to have Scott's parents and sister out to visit over the Thanksgiving holiday and we're so excited! Elisabeth is especially excited about having Grandma and Grandpa sleep downstairs in the room right next to hers since she's normally down there all by herself. They will be flying in from North Carolina Thanksgiving afternoon, as long as there are no delays or problems (we'll keep our fingers crossed, holiday travel can be crazy sometimes).

Last weekend we did most of the food shopping, and yesterday I bought the turkey which was a new experience for me, in fact practically all of the Thanksgiving food preparations will be new to us. Scott and I have been frequenters of the website allrecipes.com over the last couple of weeks. That website is so cool! They have pictures and video instructions on how to roast/brine a turkey, how to cut it, and how to make anything else that you could possibly imagine. And the recipes are rated from 1-5 stars by people who've tried them out and they always have lots of comments from others who've tried out the recipe and will tell you what they did differently or what they liked or didn't like about it. Last night I made some freezer sweet rolls and Scott got started on his caramel apple pie. Tomorrow we'll be baking bread and cupcakes (the kids aren't pie eaters and Elisabeth made a special request for cupcakes so I thought that'd be a nice thing to have for them...and me :)) and preparing the veggies and turkey and then of course Thursday our oven will be occupied from sun up until the late afternoon cooking the turkey and yams and rolls and whatever else. I'm a little embarrassed to admit this but I've never made real mashed potatoes before. We always use the boxed flake kind that you just add milk and butter to. I'm familiar with how to make real mashed potatoes because I've seen it done loads of times while growing up and I've read a lot about how to do it and lots of friends and neighbors have given me little helpful tips so I think it'll all turn out well. If not, well, we've got some boxed potato flakes in our cupboard that we can whip up real fast :). We actually really like mashed potatoes made from the flakes, but I'm just kidding, we won't really use those (I hope I didn't just worry my in-laws too much by giving all this information :)) . Just 2 more days!!! Hooray!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

O Holy Night

This is one of my absolute favorite songs and and when J.Gro sings it, it's just amazing! The video below is live from a couple of years back. I know, it's a little early, but I couldn't help myself....I never can. Some of my favorite music and movies are Christmas ones and it just doesn't seem fair that I can only listen/watch them one month out of the entire year! But my husband adamantly disagrees with me :), and that's okay, it kinda makes married life a little more fun, you know, gives us something very innocent to quarrel about :). I have compromised a little with our Christmas traditions and have agreed not to put up most of the Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. Though today we had a Super Saturday activity with some women in my church and we painted these really cool looking wooden wise men on their camels that I had to display...and I also put together our Christmas wreath today(I just buy all the pieces at Michael's, including a plain wreath for $3, and then put them together, it's amazing how much cheaper it is to do it that way and in my opinion they look just as good as the $50 ones), oh and I put a couple of our children's Christmas picture books out on display, so I guess that would have to count as Christmas decorations too. But other than that, I'm waiting to put up the others until after Thanksgiving. So here you go, enjoy it!

Baby Names


This is a picture of Elisabeth holding her two favorite babies. The cabbage patch baby came with a birth certificate that had her name already on it which is Evelyn. The other baby is one that her great Aunt LuAnn gave to her a couple of years ago but wasn't given an actual name until about a month or two ago, that name is Sikiyaka (sick-EE-yaw-kah). Elisabeth picked the name all on her own, and I'm not really sure how she came up with it but I thought it was cute. :) She did have some good friends back in Washington that were from Japan so I'm wondering if there is a Japanese origin to this name...or maybe not, who knows?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I love cake :)

I love cake. I love to bake cakes, I love to decorate cakes and I love to eat cake, and especially the icing, well but not just any icing, I really like my icing. That makes me sound kind of conceited, I know, but I'm not going to lie, it is just so so yummy to me. Unfortunately, because of my love for cake, two somewhat negative things have already happened: 1.) I'm sure I've gained some extra unnecessary warm thick love around my waist, thighs etcetera and 2.) I'm afraid that this love of cake and especially icing has already passed on to our two very young children. Both Elisabeth and Charles (and I) require large amounts of icing on our slice of cake and especially like to have a giant icing rose on top. Here is a picture of a cake that I baked this morning for a funeral tomorrow. It was a little difficult coming up with an idea for a cake for a funeral, but in the end I decided that I wanted it to be completely white, so here's what I came up with:















And I made some extra white roses for the kids and I to share :) (I know, sick, we're basically eating sugary lard, but what can I say, I love it!)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Internet Filters

The other day we accidently mistyped the name of a website and we were surprised to find a very inappropriate website instead. This prompted us to look for a filter, since the one that we had obviously wasn't working. I found a filter from www.icra.org. It works so far, but it blocks lds.org. Has anyone found anything else? I must say I am uninformed on the subject.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Mail

Every day, probably about 3 times a day, Elisabeth and Charles like to go out by themselves and check the mail. If I try and follow, Charles usually asks me to 'go away,' probably because I always intervene when he tries to check our neighbors mail as well :). Elisabeth checks the mailbox first and once she's done Charles climbs up on the cement slab next to the mailbox and then opens and shuts it several times, each time peering inside and saying, "nope, mail all gone." When they actually find mail inside they are just thrilled and I can always tell when we've received a package because Elisabeth just goes wild with enthusiasm!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Congratulations Mom!

My mom is a reading recovery teacher in Washington and this year she not only received the Golden Apple Award (which is only given to about 10 teachers in the entire State for the year and is actually even broadcast over TV), but she also just found out that she passed her National Boards which is something that's very hard to do. Great job mom! We love you!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Sunday Tradition


Just about every Sunday we bake something. The kids enjoy measuring the ingredients and mixing them all together and we ALL LOVE to eat the finished product. This past Sunday Scott and Charles made a spice cake from scratch (I always use cake box mixes so this was fun to try) and a yummy caramel icing to go on top. The filling is just a butter cream icing that we always use and that's very tasty. Great job boys!


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Webelos

Scott and I are the Webelo Den leaders in our ward and last week we attended our first pack meeting. Whenever a child was rewarded a badge, that child would then lead the audience in a cheer. A favorite cheer of the boys (or at least I think it was a favorite because it was the one most every boy chose to do) was one called, Home Alone, which was adapted from the movie Home Alone, and our little Elisabeth and Charles picked up on it real quick and now do it frequently throughout the day. It goes something like this:
1. put after shave in hand
2. rub hands together
3. put hands on face & scream!
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Please excuse the pant-less boy, we were getting ready for bed :)