Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Coby's Naughty Adventures

Coby is not generally destructive or naughty, but this week he got a hold of a pair of scissors which he used to cut:

  1. several strings of Christmas lights into pieces, we think while they were still plugged in. 
  2. cords of the blinds, in my in laws new house. 
  3. an electric blanket, the dust ruffle and a sheet.

Then today he called the cops, which we only discovered when they showed up at the front door. Oh, boy! The officers had a little talk with him about using 911 for emergencies only. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Joys 12-22

Joy 12
Jamba Juice & Great Harvest
It's become a tradition to stop at Jamba Juice and Great Harvest after an appointment with the doctor. We stop at Great Harvest first for a slice of bread, then off to Jamba Juice for a smoothie. The boys actually look forward to their annual visit for this reason.

Joy 13
Peach Cobbler Bread
To ease their disappointment that I get to visit the doctor monthly, I brought home Peach Cobbler Bread from Great Harvest. This stuff is super tasty!! And the boys were ecstatic: "Oh, mommy! You are the best!", "This is the best stuff ever, Mommy!" "I love this bread, Mommy!", "Mommy, can you please get the recipe from Great Harvest so you can make it for us everday!"

Joy 14
Daily Highlights
To avoid talking about the TV during meal time, we've started discussing the highlights of our day. It has been a wonderful and funny experience. I never know what the boys are going to say, but it really brightens my day and reminds me that really it's the simple things in life that make it wonderful.

Joy 15
Sunflower Market
I love the quality of their produce. I haven't been disappointed yet. And I love the deals I get when I go on Wednesdays. Also they have packaged items that Coby and Liam can eat. Plus the variety of dried fruits and nuts. Jake made home made Cashew butter from cashew we got there. The best thing about this week is that I was able to get a bag of Clementines for only 1.97, instead of 3.99 at other grocery stores.

Joy 16
New bracelet
I got it from my friend Vikki who has started a new business called Hoggard Jewelry. It's the black onyx one. I love it!

Joy 17
Christmas Bonus
Jake got a $500 Christmas bonus! It'll go towards our family Christmas gift of a new couch.

Joy 18
Card making
I went to my friend Wendy's house for project night and we made cards. Woo hoo! I love making cards, but I rarely have time. What I make is really simple unless I've signed up for a card making camp. Wendy had all her supplies out and invited us to use whatever we wanted. So I took this as an opportunity to make some really nice cards without following a pattern. I used my own paper and cards then lots of advice from Wendy and her accessories I was able to make this card.
Pretty, no! Then using a card kit I made these lovelies!! I am so looking forward to another card making night!!

Joy 19
New Furniture
Our couch has been slowly inching it's way to couch heaven for the last couple of years with every marker and food stain. It has served us well these last 6 years, but the other day the back came away from the arm. Good bye couch! While out Christmas shopping we decided to stop at RC Willey to look at couches were available. We actually ended up buying not only a couch but a love seat as well. It was a great deal! Until you add the fabric treatment and delivery, but we are so excited!
Joy 20
Gift Cards
I've read that it's tacky to buy them for people. But if they ask for it, I'm all for it! Woo hoo! I routinely put gift cards on my wish list. I love going to the store and getting exactly what I want.

Joy 21
Polar Express
I had the opportunity to help in Coby's class as they celebrated the Polar Express. The kids came in and practiced for their performance in the assembly. They danced to Inside Out's "Once there were some Snowmen". It was the cutest little dance. Their teacher read them the Polar Express, then we set out cups of hot cocoa at tables set up in the shape of a train. While they went out to play we set up different activities. The kids had a lot of fun. It was fun to meet Coby's friends.
Joy 22
We are on our way to Napa!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Daily Log - Summary

Ok, so what did I learn from this exercise?

I don't spend enough time playing with my boys. Play is child's work.
I'll schedule some game time when Kai gets home from school.

I don't cook. I have a pretty good reason though. I'm starting to feel better so maybe crock pot recipes will soon be an option.

I watch too much TV. I usually do something while watching TV. I work on sewing projects (that don't involve the sewing machine), fold laundry, mop the floor, pick up Liam's toys, read blogs, check out Facebook, etc. . . But lately, by the end of the day, I'm just so exhausted I just want to veg for awhile.

I do a lot. But I can see why some days, it doesn't feel like I did anything. Those are generally the days that I get caught up in all the household stuff, and don't take the time to take care of 5 areas of health: spiritual, emotional, physical, mental, and social health. On days when I do something that affects at least 3 of the 5, I feel really great about my day.

Making Icing Houses

This month the second grade classes have been celebrating Christmas around the world, as well as other December holiday. Today, their adventures took them to Germany where Gingerbread house originated. They made icing houses. Kai had a blast piling on the candy to decorate his icing house.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Daily Log - Thursday

6:30 Get Ready for School

8:45 Dishes
9:15 Sweep
9:35 Google Reader & Facebook
10:00 Shopping list & Farmville
10:30 Laundry and Load car
10:45 To Walmart to shop
12:00 Unload Car
12:15 After school with Coby
1:05 Liam down for a nap & another load of dishes
1:20 Another Load of Laundry
1:45 Update budget and facebook
1:55 Send Coby to Manners class, get out my sewing
2:10 Sewing - 6 body bibs, one scarf, one pillow case
3:30 Spiritual Time
4:00 Pick up Coby from Manners Class, & Socialize
4:45 Pick up more pennies
5:00 Phone calls
5:30 Blog
5:45 bath Liam, strip his bed, clean the bed & start another load of laundry.
6:00 Jake home with Gandolfo's
6:40 Clean up table
6:50 Blog
7:15 Bedtime for Boys
9:00 Boys still awake!!!
10:32 Bed

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Daily Log - Wednesday

6:30 Get Ready for School and Spiritual time

8:30 Pack up car and Leave
9:00 Shop at Sunflower market
9:30 Halau
12:15 Head home
12:45 After school with Coby
2:15 Drop off Coby and Liam for a playdate
2:30 Off to an appointment
4:00 Pick up boys to return home, but socialize instead
4:45 Return home, begin After school with Kai
5:00 Collect pennies with Coby
5:30 Dinner Prep - Meatballs & pasta
6:00 Eat dinner
7:15 Bedtime for Boys
7:30 Companionship Inventory (no that is not code for we had a fight) while Jake folded the whites.
8:30 Watch TV

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Daily Log - Tuesday

7:00 Get ready for school

8:45 Dishes
9:30 Phone Calls
9:45 Load and Scrape Car
10:00 PTA book exchange
10:40 Take papers to recycling dumpster, deliver crib tent
11:00 Snack time & computer catch up
11:30 Spiritual Time
12:00 Journal Time
12:15 After school with Coby
2:00 Make scripture cards - 2010 Primary's monthly scripture
2:30 Halau work - write English pronunciation for Hawaiian lyrics

4:00 Kai's Afterschool Routine
While he did his homework I typed out my hula dance steps.
5:30 After Jake got home I just sorta forgot to record anything else.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Daily Log - Monday

7:00 Get Ready for School

8:45 Dishes
9:30 Unearth Christmas mini tree, wrapping paper, ribbons, and decorations
10:00 Find the crib tent
10:30 Find crib tent instructions
10:45 Spiritual Time
11:15 Journal Time
11:45 After school with Coby
1:45 Pack up hula bags
2:00 Load up the car
2:15 To school to pick up Kai
2:30 Leave for Halau in Orem
3:00 My Tahitian Dance Class
4:00 The boys' Polynesian Dance class. I copied the choreography for a dance the boys are learning.
5:00 To Michael's
5:45 Home
6:00 Dinner
6:30 Watch Nova
7:15 Bedtime for Boys
7:30 Shower
8:00 Prep Kai's homework
8:20 Watch TV with my honey

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Daily Log - Saturday & Sunday

Spent the morning puttering around the house and blogging.
2:30 Head out to the Mall for some Christmas Shopping
4:15 Dinner
4:45 Watch Planet 51
A relaxing day!

6:30 Wake up, get ready, eat breakfast
8:35 Leave for church to set up for nursery
12:15 Head for home & eat lunch
1:40 Meet with new Primary President
2:00 Shovel snow
2:30 Work on the boys tithing slips
3:00 Meet with Bishop for tithing settlement
3:30 Nursery Work
6:00 Dinner
6:30 Watch TV
7:30 Bedtime for Boys
9:00 Beddy bye for me.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Daily log - Friday

6:30Get Ready for School Routine
8:40 Tidy - take out trash, papers into recycling bin, pick up stuff
9:00 Carson comes over, block baby boys into the living room
9:15 Sweep
9:45 Liam down for a nap, load dryer & fold laundry
10:00 Snack time & Facebook
10:15 Dishes and clean the toaster crumb tray, the stove - rings, trays and all, & microwave.
11:00 Budget - input data from each receipt into the appropriate category
11:30 Uh-oh poopy diaper! With leakage, hunt down size 2T pants for Carson
11:45 Bye-bye Carson, Pick up toys

12:15 After school with Coby
plus a quick trip to Walmart - drop off script & look for snow boots
2:20 Facebook
2:45 Write up blog posts, Kevin comes over for a playdate

4:00 Kai comes home, Snack time
4:15 Boys clean up, Liam needs a diaper
4:30 Help Kai compose email to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation/Penny War
5:00 Help Coby do the same
5:20 Get food ready for Liam
5:30 Put on my pretty face
6:00 Ward Party
7:30 Head home

7:45 Bedtime for Boys

8:30 Watch Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Joys 1-11

Joy 1 Body lotion
I love body lotion, especially during the winter when my skin is so dry. The ones I love are are creamy coconut, pink grapefruit, mango mandarin, sun ripened raspberry, country apple, black raspberry vanilla, & plumeria from Bath & Body Works, as well as pear glace & vanilla lace from Victoria Secrets.

Joy 2 Blogging
I 'm not the best at keeping my blog updated but I love it when I do. And I sure do love reading everyone else's. It is wonderful being able to keep up with so many friends and family near and far.

Joy 3 My sewing closet is clean!

Joy 4 Clementines
I love oranges, when they are juicy, but that rarely seems to be the case and I hate peeling them. I look forward to December when I can enjoy easy peel and oh so juicy Clementines.

Joy 5 Girl's Night
We went to Happy Sumo! Yum! I haven't been since Coby was less than a year old and we gave him Edamame. We didn't know he was allergic to soy. Whoops! It's always so fun to hang out with the girls. We were pretty silly that night. We talked about being in a band and what instruments we'd play. I'm a back up singer with the tambourine. No, no the cowbell, "I gotta have more cowbell." Then we did tricks, like flaring my nose and making monkey lips. Jill could cross her eyes then make one of them roam around while the other was still looking at her nose. Weird! Then we went to see New Moon, cuz Jen hadn't seen it yet.

Joy 6 My reverent little nursery kids
Today was their first day visiting the primary before they officially move up in January. They were so reverent. It amazed me.

Joy 7 Shoveling Snow
I enjoy shoveling, when I'm not in a rush to get some where. It's very cathartic. The people for the HOA will probably show up to do it tomorrow, but I'm pretty particular about how I like it done. (Falling while in the last trimester with Liam was not fun). So the shovel wide strip provided is NOT enough.

I like to shovel my whole walkway and path around my huge monstrosity of a car. Then I sprinkle ice melt on everything to keep it from freezing over. I also like the traction it provides. I gently shovel a path through the grass to the car to minimize the snow carried into the house by the boys' shoes.

Joy 8 Boys Humor
While playing Slug Bug/Punch Buggie, Coby called out "Yellow punch buggie, frosted". I just laughed. The thing was covered in snow.

Kai told a fabulous joke: Why do reindeer not wear bells? They have horns!

For more examples of their funniness check out any blog post called Silly Boys. If I post more consistently it needs to be that. It's everyone's favorite.

Joy 9 Fleece
I was at Walmart getting winter things. The cheapest scarf was $5. If I got one for everyone that would be $20. I went to the fabric section, found the fleece and was able to get enough fabric for 4 scarves for under $5. Woo hoo! And I all I had to do was cut them. My kind of craft project.

Joy 10 Hula
I decided to try out for my hula studio's performance team. I haven't auditioned for anything since I was 14, and that was pretty laid back. One thing I love about my instructor is that she is exacting. She is always showing us ways to clean up our technique. For auditions, she even uses a scoring sheet. So. . .I was pretty nervous. But, I should have been more confident in my ability, because I rocked my audition.

K, here comes the bragging. In all categories, but three, I scored in the excellent range (7-9 pts). A rare occurrence, I'm told. Oh and the three were 10's. Oh, yeah!! Then I was asked to perform my dance as a solo for the recital in April. Just feels good to know I've still got IT.

Joy 11 Ward Activities
I love going to ward activities and socializing with other members of the ward. Last year, we had to leave the Christmas Party before we even had a chance to sit down. The boys were immediately drawn to the microphone, and made use of it. They knew it was a no-no, and grounds for immediately removal from the party. So we left.

I'm pleased that the boys behaved themselves this year, so we could enjoy a non traditional Christmas dinner from Rumbi Island Grill, and a dessert contest. A sister told us that several people asked if Jake was going to submit a dessert. When told no, some said that they might actually have a chance to win.

Everyone, here's a secret: presentable baking is not Jake's forte! I say presentable because his pies are quite tasty, but if it doesn't look pretty or appetizing, many will pass it up. I love his peach rhubarb pie!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tooth Fairy

Kai lost a tooth last month then accidentally washed it down the drain. He wrote a note to the tooth fairy to explain the situation. With the wave of her wand, the tooth fairy wrote a note with glittery, beautiful cursive. Too bad she mounted it on drawn-on card stock from the scrap paper drawer. Kai noticed. D'oh!

He popped another tooth out today and declared that I was the Tooth Fairy. No surprise that he knows! I guess I'm not very good at maintaining the illusion. I'm wondering how much longer the Easter Bunny has before he's found out! The remainder of our conversation -

M: I guess I don't have to pay you then.
K: Oh, oh, oh! I believe in the tooth fairy, Mommy!
M: I'm teasing Kai! I'll pay you for your tooth, as long as you don't tell Coby.

What did I do today?

At the end of the day are you left wondering "What DID I do today?" I often think that to myself. Sometimes I go through my day, and think I did absolutely nothing. Other days, I feel like I did everything non-fun under the sun. Everyone has good and bad days.

I've always wanted to just write out my days (in painstaking detail, because that how I log), so I can get more perspective, an overall idea of productivity during the week. Dear Reader, I've decided to share my daily logs for one week. To start you off, here are some of my basic routines:

Get Ready for School:
I get up and get ready
Load washer & fold laundry. The boys get dressed, clean their room, & make their bed.
Assist with dental needs (brush teeth, mouth wash, & floss) and give Coby medicine
Make Kai's lunch. The boys get on "whatever is needed to be warm."
Hugs and Kisses good bye & the Boys are gone!

Unload and load the dishes
Hand wash dishes
Wipe down sink, counter, stove top and table

After school with Coby
Wake up Liam & Pick up Coby,
Help Coby with his homework
TV time (1 hour of TV time, if Coby has a green slip)

After school with Kai
Snack time
Hula Practice

Bedtime for Boys
PJs, Family Prayer, and teeth brushing

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Our neighborhood ducks, Donald and Daisy, were hanging out comfortably in the snow this afternoon when I went to pick up Coby. I wish had my camera on me, they were gone by the time I got back. But here'a pic of them with Coby in November.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Layered Pajamas

With our first floor heater our of commission the boys have taken to layering their pajamas.

On top 1) A white shirt, 2) Thin long sleeve shirt, then 3) Sweatshirt. On the bottom three warm and fuzzy pants! They almost look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Coby's first cavity

Until now Coby hasn't needed to have any dental work done. He thought it was so weird that half his face was numb. It was hilarious to watch his face every time he laughed or cried.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Uh oh!

Liam was hanging out in his crib while I was cleaning up my closet in his room. I left for a few minutes, then I heard "Feet! Booboo!" Here's what I found:
He tried to get his foot out by taking his pants off. It always amazes me how little appendages get stuck in places and they just can't seem to get without a great amount of finagling. Fortunately, Liam was pretty calm during the whole thing.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kai's second grade program

Kai did a great job! There were some great pictures of him smiling in the slide show. While waiting for the program to being I snapped this picture of Liam. What a sleepy boy! Love his hair!
Coby took a bunch of pictures as well.
Coby's class mate, Katherine
Coby's friend from church, Chloe.

Gratitude Days 19-30

Day 19 The dentist
Seems a little weird to be grateful for the dentist, since I generally end up getting some work done. Nothing major just root canals. ;) But I'm just really happy with our dentist and the hygienists.

It was not enjoyable to visit with Florise the Floss Nazi, my last dentist's hygienist. Every cleaning with her was torture!! It always felt like I just had a wire brush scrubbed over and into my gums. I'm wincing just thinking about it. But at this office, I never feel like my gums have been gouged out, but my teeth still feel clean.

The boys love the glasses they get to wear. Once their cleaning is over, they love to put their token in the toy machine. Kai was very thoughtful and asked if he could have a token for Liam so he could get a toy. (They each have one)

P.S. I have a card that will give $50 of any dental service at their office.

Day 20 School Programs
Kai had his second grade program "Everybody Smiles in the Same Language". It's just so fun to see him sing his heart out and smile his biggest smile. I'm super glad that this time he went to the potty before the performance, instead of during like last year. :p

Day 21 Snuggles
My boys are super snuggly. I love Saturdays and Sundays when we all pile up on the couch to watch a show and snuggle together.

I'm so blessed to have the gospel in my life. I know that my Redeemer lives and loves me and my family. I know that Heavenly Father is always mindful of us, and never gives us more than we can handle. I know that the scriptures are true and testify of our Savior and the atonement. What a wonderful blessing the atonement is! I'm grateful to know that one day I can be reunited with my father, and that my family is forever. My life feels so rich and full, and I know that it is because of my faith in, my testimony of, and my endeavors to be like Jesus.

Day 23 Giggles
The boys laughter never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Day 24 Connections
I'm grateful for the friends and family that I have & for their friendship, love and support. It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends and to enjoy an evening out with my family.

Day 25 My kids
My life would be pretty dull without them. I never know what's going to happen next. I know to some it may seem like I complain about my kids a lot, well cuz I do. But I want you to know for all that complaining, I hold them near and dear to my heart. I do enjoy them and their amazing spirits.

My sister wasn't feeling too great, and was in need of a blessing. What a comforting feeling it is to know that my husband is able to exercise that power faithfully.

Day 27 Jason & Maria
My brother and his wife, let us stay with them for Thanksgiving. I'm grateful that they were willing to open their home to us. It was a warm and uplifting place to stay. We can be a handful, especially when the boys wake up squawking at 5:30. I'm still surprised though that he wants to repeat the experience. He must really love us!

Day 28 DVD players
I don't know how parents survived road trips without them. The boys entertain themselves in the morning with the promise of the DVD players as a reward for good behavior. It works like a dream.

Day 29 Heaters
The house was freezing when we got home. Our central heater does a great job of warming the second floor, but just doesn't get the job done on the first floor. Our first winter in this home, we purchased an oil filled heater that warmed the first floor well. Liam and the heater got into a tussle and Liam won. The heater is no more, and it is so cold.

P.S. Here's our new heater, photo courtesy of Coby
Day 30 Tomorrow is December
Woo hoo! My Christmas season begins! I've really enjoyed listing the things that I am grateful for. I'd almost like to continue doing it. The season of joy will begin, so I think I'll list things that bring me day to day joy, my simple pleasures. I'll do it in 10 day increments so I don't fall behind.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gratitude Day 18


Today, while catching up with a friend on the phone, I was able to unload & load the dish washer, hand wash dishes, wipe the table and counters, sweep & mop, and do two loads of laundry.

Often, my Mom would try to guess what household chore I was working on while chatting with her. She got a kick out that I was still living up to my teenage nickname of Princess Clean.

But I feel so glad that I was able to reconnect with my friend and still managed to get my house clean.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gratitude Day 17


We love to read and we have lots of books. During the summer, we stop at the library every week and each boy loads up their library bag to over flowing with books. When the school year starts, it's hard not to order from Scholastic Books each month.

I love the things they learn, how they can be taken to other places, learn lessons through a story or expand their horizons. Books are a wonderful magical thing.

My only frustration is knowing which book is appropriate for Kai or Coby's current reading level. I want to challenge them with out making it so difficult that they/I become frustrated with their inability. Some books have a level on the cover, but even those vary from publisher to publisher. Or there are the books we have read together that Coby now wants to read on his own but it turns out to be a retelling of how he remembers hearing the story rather than an actual reading.

So, I love the PTA Book exchange program. Every day the boys bring home a book that is at their reading level. No guess work!! It's enjoyable and not overwhelming. I also enjoy the opportunity to help change out the books on Tuesdays. I like being able to help out Coby's class.

It's wonderful having them read books to me.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gratitude Day 16

Washing Conveniences

I love having a washing machine, dryer and dishwasher.

I toss in a load before breakfast. When we head upstairs finish getting ready, I toss the load into the dryer. Once the boys have left, I unload and load the dish washer. It is all so marvelously easy.

Except the days when I have to wash half the dishes by hand because they simply do NOT go in the washer. But at least I don't have to haul water or dishes anywhere.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


K: Mommy, I think you put my presents out all night.
M: So you're saying I'm Santa (with an incredulous voice)
K: Yes because no one can read minds. Santa can't know how good or bad we are, but parents watch us all the time and know us.

Jake says that's exact reasoning he used with his parents at Kai's age. I'm kinda sad that he knows, but at the same time I'm looking forward to when Coby figures it out so they can be my helpers for Liam and Baby #4.

Gratitude Day 15

Visiting Teaching

It's huge pick me up to visit with my sisters. I love spending that time with them to discuss life and the gospel. I feel so uplifted afterward.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gratitude Day 14

My Hubbie the Instructor/Advisor

I'm grateful that he willing to give his time to be an advisor to his students & their club, the Game Shark Order. He plays pool & video games, and watches "crappy" movies (which included Twilight dubbed with a hilarious rifftrax). So he's having fun doing it. Too bad he's too sick today to make it to their BBQ. :(

Friday, November 13, 2009

Gratitude Day 13

Manner Class & Sis. Daines

It seems that manners/etiquette is becoming a lost art. I think it is an important aspect in our interactions with others. Coby attends a Manners Class that Sis. Daines teaches weekly. He is able to practice what he learns with the 5-6 other kids in his class, and hearing out words from another adult's mouth often helps the concept to click.

Thanks Janae for inviting Coby to be part of your class.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gratitude Day 12

If I've seemed a little forgetful, tired, or sick lately. This is why!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gratitude Day 11

Morning Devotionals

Every morning after showering, getting a load of laundry in the washer, and the boys are dressed, we have a devotional. We sing a song from this year's Primary Program, say a family prayer, recite our family motto, recite the scripture of the month & pass it off if the boys have it memorized, then I share a portion of a chapter from the Gospel Principles manual. It has been such a wonderful way to start out our day. And the boys love it. They will remind me if it seems I'm taking too long to get to it.

I'm grateful that the boys look forward to learning the gospel with me and the building and fortifying of our testimonies that we do each morning.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gratitude Day 10


Today, as I feel sore from yesterday's awesome Tahitian dance class, I can't help but feel pleased that I'm exercising and doing it in a fun enjoyable way while learning a new dance.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Gratitude Day 9

My Hubbie the Cook

He is just awesome. After a long hard day at work, he is willing to cook dinner because I haven't been able to lately. Today, he went above and beyond. He stopped at the store to pick up everything he needed, got home, and went straight to cooking. He made us the most delicious cheese steak sandwiches. I'm so grateful that I married a man who loves to cook.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gratitude Day 8

Church Callings

They give us such wonderful opportunities to grow in ways we have never imagined or to help us realize what are talents really are or how much a seemingly inconsequential talent/skill can be used in building the kingdom.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gratitude Day 7

Racquetball and my BIL, Jeremy

Jake likes his exercise in the form of racquetball. I've tried to play with him but I'm 1) just not coordinated enough to play, 2) not patient enough to learn to and 3) too scared of the ball hitting me.

I'm a grateful for the times when Jerome is attending the Y and can play with Jake.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Gratitude Day 6

Bedtime Routines

We kneel down for family prayer. Then we have family hug as all the boys vie for the middle.

Then we have butterfly and Eskimo kisses, which the boys absolutely love. It's sweet when they ask for them at bed time. A butterfly kiss on each cheek, then an Eskinose - our nickname for eskimo kisses. I'm grateful that they love to share their affection for us in a fun way.

Then it's Liam's turn. Since Kai was a baby, we have recited The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boyton (She's a family favorite) to each. We act out various parts with the highlight being letting baby turn off the light. Then we let him "rock, and rock, and rock to sleep".

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gratitude Day 5

Baby Words & Actions

Liam will let me know when he needs a diaper, he says "biapur" as he pats himself.
Whenever we walk past the Fun Center in Walmart, Liam says "Weee? Weee?"
Every time we walk up to the house, Liam says "Ding Dong! Push button!"
He stands at the back of the couch, and Liam says "Nap!" and points up to his room.
At breakfast, Liam says "che che" and points to whichever cereal box I'm holding up.
I ask him if he wants something to eat "Num!"

He loves "bapples" = apples, he loves to nab one while we are shopping.
Cashews = cachew
Shoes = chews

I'm grateful that Liam is healthy, active, and loves to talk.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Gratitude Day 4

My Polynesian dance instructor, Lani Podzwikowski

I love that each week, she challenges us with new techniques & shows us how to implement them into new dances.

We review dances she has taught previously, which allows me the opportunity to watch and slowly learn the ones I've not learned yet.

I'm grateful that we are using implements. In the last year and a half, I've used my 'uli 'uli and puili more than I ever did in my youth. By the end of the year, I'll know a dance for each. Woo hoo!
Hula Competition from my youth

In doing research for her, I've learned so much about the history and origins behind a number of songs. It is wonderful to me that I have had this opportunity to expand my knowledge of my Hawaiian culture.

Now, if I could just find someone to teach me the Irish jig.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I'm not a fan of Christmas before Halloween, and I barely tolerate it during my. Oh, and Christmas songs on the radio before Thanksgiving, well, let's not go there. My Christmas season begins after Thanksgiving dinner, when my family decorates the tree. It ends on Three Kings Day, Jan. 6th.

Apparently, I've been very open with my contempt for Jolly Old St. Nicolas hanging out with cobwebs and vampires.

A few weeks ago, while shopping at Walmart with Coby and Liam, we stopped in the fabric section. There was an abundance of Christmas crafts along side Scarecrows and such. Coby commented loudly so the nice lady at the cutting counter could hear: "Mamma, what's with all the Christmas decorations? Halloween hasn't even happened yet!"

Um! Find myself in a bit of a quandary. You see, we had just seen some Christmas decorations in another section and I mentally groaned, but when I saw these crafts, I didn't cringe. Why? What made the difference in my mind? Then the explanation just flowed out of my mouth: In the craft section, it's ok because people who like to sew or craft things like to see examples of crafts they might like to try. They need to see these ideas early so they have time to get everything they need and to create the craft in time to decorate for Christmas or to give the crafts away as presents. The lady behind the counter piped in with "That's right!"

A Gratitude List

Thanksgiving is a fabulous holiday. Not just because you get to spend time with extended family or stuff yourself full of delicious food, but because it allows us the time to stop and think about what you are most grateful for. To me it is the perfect way to prepare for the Christmas season, which is why I don't like other holidays encroaching on this contemplative time.

A blogger I like to frequent is posting My Gratitude list daily. I really like this idea so I think I'll start doing it. Tomorrow.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bloody Lips

Liam took a nose dive over the back of the couch and crashed mouth first onto the edge of an empty bucket. He cut the outside of his top and bottom lip and there is a nasty gash on the inside of his bottom lip. Poor baby!

Fortunately, those heal quickly. In the mean time, he is cranky and needy. He woke up at 9:00pm crying. I held him til he fell asleep. When I put him down, he woke up and started to cry again. Jake held him for 10 minutes, then put him down. Liam started whimpering, so Jake gave him his puppy and laid down next to the crib for awhile then moved on the chair.

D'oh! He's up again. Maybe he'll be sleeping with us tonight. Ta-ta!


Today, Kai auditioned for our dance studio's performance team.

During his audition, I was sitting on the porch hanging out with Liam, when the head instructor & owner of the studio, had to step out of the house to chuckle because Kai was so serious about auditioning and getting his look right for the judge. He is always a ham, even when he tries not to be.

He made the team! Woo hoo!

After class, the boys watched a video of a fire knife dancer. Now they understand why they're twirling around sticks with pool noodle pieces on the end - to become a fire knife dancer, which of course they think is beyond cool. I think this will be turning point in their willingness to practice.

Friday, October 2, 2009

He's Grrrreat!

Coby was absolutely thrilled to meet Tony the Tiger!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Crawfish and Cocoa

After manners class, Sis Daines took all the kids from class, and Kai, to the "creek" to go fishing for crawfish. They brought a few back to the playground for all to see.
Liam was far more interested in playing with Cocoa, the puh-pee! Cocoa is a sweetheart and very well behaved. My boys adore playing with her. Coca's owner, Rochelle, loves when Kai and Coby are outside. They help Cocoa get all her energy out before she goes back inside.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My New Calling

I bid a fond farewell to the Enrichment Committee.

I send my best wishes to the new Ward Webmaster.

I will now embark on a new, intense, yet fun adventure of Nursery Leader.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pampered Chef party

I recently broke 2 of my stoneware pieces. Wretched tile floor! I was so sad!! Then I remembered that Pampered Chef has a sale on Stoneware in September. Woo hoo!
I hosted a party , and now I'm gathering orders.

I want everyone to have the opportunity to take advantage of the 20% discount on selected stoneware.

I LOVE my stoneware. I used my bakers all the time, and I still use the bar pan to roast chicken and bake brownies.

So, if you are interested in purchasing some items you can do so from the comfort of your computer.

Here's how
1) Go to http://www.pamperedchef.biz/janacancook?page=home
2) Click on Our Products to view the on-line catalog
3) Find something you'd like to purchase, click on How to Purchase
4) Enter Michelle Walkenhorst
5) Click on my name
6) Continue your shopping
7) When you submit your order, be sure to select Direct Shipping if you live out of town.

I'll be closing the show on Tuesday morning, September 22nd.


Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Silly Boys

On Monday, when Coby got off the bus he announced that he had a good day:
*Cheyenne is my wife. We were married . . . At school . . . At the playground!
*I was floating in the sky. Not going down. I didn't go down until I pushed my parachute.
*I was flying with MY Super Girls, so the Mean Boys wouldn't get us.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day

Playing Rock Band with Jerome
Some good ol' nose pickin'

Jake spent the day smoking some baby back ribs for dinner. Then he braised them in a yummy tangy BBQ sauce. Sitting down to dinner, I tried to give Liam a number of things to eat, but he would NOT have any of them. He wanted RIBS! So here he is chowing down to the bone.

And so marks the end of summer for us. So delightful!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Silly Boys

The boys love Eggplant Parmesan! We were supposed to have it for dinner but didn't. In their great disappointment they asked why. Jake responded "The eggplant is bitter, just like my soul"
Hmmm. I wonder where the boys get their dramatics from? ;)

This week Coby has been particularly silly:
Kai was assigned to give a talk today. The Primary leaders asked for a volunteer to say the opening prayer. Kai raised his hand, along with some other kids. He was chosen, they announced it and Coby said "No, he's giving a talk!" He is currently in the "I need to correct everyone" phase. My mom must be enjoying the sweet revenge!

Getting off the bus-
C: Mommy, there are two Cheyenne's in my class.
M: Really, two? That's a pretty uncommon name.
C: Well, one is with a C and the other is with an S.

C: Mommy, Cheyenne is my girl friend.
M: Which one?
C: The one with the C.

While watching the Cougars game -
C: Daddy, those cheerleaders are really pretty!
J: As pretty as Mommy?
C: Mmmm, no. The cheerleaders are prettier.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Liam at 18 months

Talks a lot! Most of it contains I or me.
  • I did it, I see it
  • dere - there, dat -that
  • I sit here
  • I d'oh know
Other words
  • de nuh buddah - peanut butter
  • ai - Kai
  • brudder - brother
    Woo hoo! Liam is old enough to go to NURSERY! He'll love it. 

    Sunday, August 30, 2009


    Kai refused to share his Nerf guns with Coby. Not to be foiled, Coby goes over to the Tinkertoys and says out loud, "I'm going to make my own gun!" and starts humming the MacGuyver theme song to himself:

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    Coby's First Day of Kindergarten

    Coby is very excited about going to kindergarten and is thrilled to be riding the bus, to and from school. That wasn't an option when Kai started kindergarten.

    Here's the traditional first day of school pic.

    The path they take to the bus stop

    Hanging out at the bus stop, everyone was enthralled with the snails. Coby couldn't wait to get on the bus when it got here. He practically shoved Kai out of the way. 

    The end of Coby's first day, the bus ride home. 
    We watch Psych. The boys love Shawn & Gus. 
    So Coby is very excited that his bus driver's name is Shawn. 
    And Gus is on the bus too, but he was hiding. 

    On the way home, Coby asked to take some pictures. Here are a few:
    I love the one of his shadow. 
    I just wish it were crisper, not so blurry. 
    Coby's friend, Mya, also started school today. 
    She has the same teacher but she goes in the afternoon. :(

    In the evening, it was Back to School Night for Kai. 
    I think Kai is really going to enjoy being in this class. 
    His teacher is nice, funny and caring. 

    Silly Boys

    On Thursday, Coby's lunch was a pretend Peanut butter and jelly sandwich birthday cake with pretzel candles.

    Coby does the sad trombone, whenever something sad or disappointing happens.

    While reviewing a poem with Kai, I asked him if he knows what a tutor is?
    Yeah, it's something that you toot with.

    What does slumber mean? Slumber means you drool all over something.

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    Imagination Tank

    Kai is under a pile of pillows on the couch

    M: Kai? Whatcha doin'?
    K: I'm in my imagination tank.
    C: Kai took a candy from the bag on the counter.
    M: Kai, please bring me the Apple Jolly Rancher. (in a very calm voice, an unusual occurrence)
    K: Mommy, I'm sorry I took the Apple Jolly Rancher. I won't do it again. I'll spit it out in the trash.

    He must have been imagining that he had permission to have some candy.

    Monday, August 24, 2009

    Coby's Kindergarten Assessment

    We met with Coby's teacher today for his assessment. I really appreciated that she has some chairs outside her door for us to sit on. The boy before us took some extra time, it was nice to sit and relax for a few minutes.

    A bunch of paper work for me to fill out, while she questioned Coby. She had him repeat sentences, count blocks, read and sound out letters, write his name and a sentence, and a bunch of other things.

    When he sounded out the letter Y he said E. She asked him to try again. His response "But my name is Coby - E." Oh, yeah you're right! It does make an E sound.

    He completed his sentence and his teacher asked him to write his name at the top. So he wrote his CoBy as usual. She told him that he has to write his name correctly, with a lower case b, when he turns in his classwork. Coby looked at me and I just winked at him since that's what I've been telling him. I love his signature though so I'll continue to encourage him to use it on his artwork.

    His handwriting is good (Thank you Miss Kellie & Miss Nettie), and he is on the cusp of reading. She recommended a few sight words to help him. Woo hoo for Scholastic! I always want to order books, but I'm never sure which educational ones to get. It was nice to have a suggestion of what will actually be helpful.

    All in all it looks like Coby has a promising start in Kindergarten.

    Saturday, August 22, 2009

    Kai's Birthday Celebration

    For his birthday, Kai requested a Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 (exactly that way every time, very reminiscent of A Christmas Story) and a sewing machine. We told him that he could have a sewing machine after he had some lessons with me. As for the gun, he can have it when he can properly store the ammo of his current gun. Liam loves to eat them.

    Kai decided this year that he would like a family birthday party at Boondocks. So that's what we did and he loved it.

    First, we played a round of golf.

    Then Jake, Kai and Coby rode the bumper boats.
     Not to be left out of the fun, Liam and I squirted them from a safe distance. 

    Then Kai made a circuit around the track. 
    He loved watching everyone else that there were a few times that he ran in the tires. Whoops! 

    Friday, August 21, 2009

    Happy Birthday Kai!

    What are his favorite things?

    Color - Blue & Purple
    Food - Chinese
    Treat - Ding Dongs
    TV show - Magic School Bus
    Movie - The Incredibles
    Book - The Pokemon Poem
    Song - Jingle Bell Rock
    Activity - Arts and Crafts
    Toy - Silver Bolt & Bumblebee
    Saying - Pukesta! (generally used when it's super stinky outside from the sewage plant)
    Animal - Cats
    Smell - Cookies
    Season/Holidays - Christmas
    Person - My Grammy

    A few days ago, we discussed Kai's birthday cake. He decided that he wanted one from Dollhouse Cakes. He chose chocolate fudge cookies with peanut butter butter cream filling. Yum! He wanted blue fondant, rainbow swirls, and replica of his tabby kitty drinking some milk on top. I was so pleased with the result!!! (My camera just couldn't get any good close up shots, so check out the website) Isn't it darling?
    Kai was thrilled with his cake. He absolutely loved it!!
    And he didn't want to stick a candle in it, so we put it in one of the cupcakes I made for the rest of us. We sang Happy Birthday. I handed Kai the knife and let him cut his cake. He was so careful to cut around the kitty. He was so sweet to cut a piece for each of us even though it was his special cake to enjoy. We told him he didn't have to but he wanted to. I love my sweet boy! And the cake was delicious!!

    We had some homemade caramel pecan ice cream with our cake. Mmm. . . tasty! A perfect compliment to the dry cuppie cakes I made.

    I asked him if he wanted me to remove the kitty. He said "Mommy, make sure he doesn't break I want to keep him!"

    A happy day!