Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ta-da! Tuesday: Crayon/Marker holder

I made scripture holders for Lauren, Lisa and Teri. With the leftover fabric, I made scripture marker holders for them for Christmas. This is the prototype. Ok, it was going to be Lisa's but I didn't like how it turned out: it was too stiff to roll, the pockets were too deep, and the flap didn't close well. I tried again and the second attempt was more successful.

The boys use it for their Color Wonder markers.
See how the flap won't reach to the half way point.

Click HERE for instructions on how to make your own crayon roll. Or HERE or HERE.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Movie Monday

May is going to be a marvelous month of movies.
I'm so excited!!

I heart Hugh Jackman

Star Trek
Chris Pine, I loved him in Princess Diaries 2

Angels & Demons
Read the book

Terminator Salvation
Christian Bale, another favorite.


I wish it were May!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday: It's long!

I bought a carton of Chocolate Marshmallows. When we ate them all, Kai took the box, cut it in half, and wrote a note to the Easter Bunny "Hide some other eggs everywhere else", then placed it out in the grass for the EB to find.

Lately, Kai has been exclaiming OMG. We had a discussion about it, then he thought about what he could say instead so now it's OMC = Oh my chickens! I replaced my infrequently used favorite of "Hellfire & Damnation" with "Cheese & Crackers".

The word of the week is: feature. Kai watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at school. It has the cool feature of having a GPS and it can fly. He learned about Australia. He thinks the echidna has intersting features. Or he just randomly says "That is a unique feature"

Kai: How do birds know it's winter?
Me: How do you know?
Kai: It gets a little eskimo.
Coby (with exasperation): It's snows!

We sent the boys upstairs to get into their Jammies, and they came down like this.
It was only after they had a bunch of fun flying around and taking a ton of pictures, that I realized that the capes were on the shelf in the boys' closet, on top of some books. One of them climbed up the dresser to get it. Grrr!

The boys love Star Wars, although they've seen olny a few of the movies. They sometimes have a hard time understanding everyone's relationships. For example, the other day Coby said "Some adults have sisters. Luke is Lea's sister. Padme and Han solo are Luke's parents. "

Coby: Daddy, when you are done, can I have a pickle, a SOUR pickle?
Daddy: Would you rather have a pickle or grapes?
Coby: Pickle!!
Coby then proceeded to eat the skin off the pickle, before finishing the whole thing off. I remember when Jake would say pickle, Coby would say Ew!

Coby was on the couch curled up like a ball with his tush sticking up. Liam noticed the waistband of Coby's underwear, and pulled. Wedgie!!
Jake: Coby, Baby just gave you a wedgie!
Coby: What's a wedgie?
Jake: When someone pulls your underwear up.
I would've loved to have seen this.

This week, Liam's favorite new "toy" is any round hair brush, he prefers Jake's which has nubs on the end so it it isn't as pokey. Since Jake uses it we encourage him to play with one I no longer use. He crawls, walks, follows me around, and falls asleep with it.

As we sat down for dinner on Thursday, I put the brush on the counter. Liam threw a fit. I generally don't have the pleasure of witnessing his tantrums, since they generally occur when I've left the home. I was clueless, at first, as I watched him turn in his chair and reach toward the counter. He calmed down as soon as I returned it to him. Oh, boy! Hunger eventually won out.

Today, I was cleaning up after dinner and Liam was crying, following me around in the kitchen. Then he just stopped in front of the sink throwing another fit. Huh? He didn't want the bottle on the edge of the sink. He didn't want me. So what could have want? I looked around and found his brush. I'm not quite sure how he knew it was there. Weird!

I took Kai out to lunch, for some one-on-one time. While I was gone, Liam searched the whole house crying for me, until he fell asleep in front of my bedroom door, thinking I was inside. Aw!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Flashback Friday: Thanksgiving 2000

Thanksgiving 2000 in Lake Havasu City.
Jeremy, Me, Jake, Mom W, Josh, and Jaclyn

We drove down to Havasu and met up with Jake's family for Thanksgiving with Aunt Ellen and her kin, and to see the London bridge. It was a jam packed weekend, and Jake was super busy with school. When we weren't socializing, he was doing homework. We were planning to attend the wedding that brought everyone down there in the first place, but we had to head home.

If I look unhappy in this picture, the culprit is in Jake's hands. I had just broken a molar on some peanuts. Since then I have had nightmares of eating, then my teeth shatter and fall out of my mouth. It replaced the nightmare of being on a boat in the middle of the ocean and head butted off by a goat. I used to have a goat when I was little. I wonder if it hit me one too many times, but I digress.

Don't you like Jake's dyed hair? I do. He didn't mind the color but he hated how it made his hair feel. Of the two of us, he's the one who uses the salon shampoo and conditioner.

We strolled around the the London Bridge, browsed through some fabulous shops, ate ice cream, posed with this griffin, and enjoyed some water sports.

Jeremy, Josh, Jaclyn and Jake & Me.

Gotta love the water trike. Not super easy to pedal, but lots of fun. Also, we watched Unbreakable. Jake and I loved it, his brothers not so much.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Save the date

Kai and I will be performing in our ho'ike/hula dance recital
on April 3 at 5:30.

Let me know if you are interested in attending and I will provide you with more details.

I'm dreading having to make my costume (imagine this going to the mid-calf and in red) I can sew, and I made a dress before with a whole lotta help, but I am really not that good with sewing clothes. If I can I think I'll find someone else to do it. Do you know anyone?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ta-da! Tuesday: Picture

I love Suzy's Zoo, and even cuter is Little Suzy's Zoo (LSZ). When Kai was born I bought all kinds of LSZ stuff: baby book, baby calendar, brag book, quilt set, stickers, etc. . . It was so cute!! I wanted to carry over some of the LSZ theme into the theme of the bathroom: DUCKS! cuz after all Witzy is a baby duck!

This is what I came up with: stickers on construction paper framed.
It was the finishing touch to the bathroom. And I love it!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Memory Monday: My Creative Mom

My friend, Lisa, wrote a post about her daughter and "pink elephants", and I immediately thought of the pink elephant fountain in my mother's front yard. Which made me think of a few of the other fun and creative things my mom has done over the years.

  • In the backyard of one home, we had plastic horses,painted pink, in the trees to mimic a carousel. There were also pink flamingos.
  • When a frond on our palm tree would die, she would paint it pink, blue, red, and sometimes even green. It was a very colorful tree.
  • When the spa died, she turned it into a koi pond.
Christmas was an especially creative time:
  • The tree decorated with soda can stars and animals made from the lids.
  • The tree decorated with chili pepper and pig lights
  • One year, Douglas the Talking Fir was nestled into the Christmas tree, so when you walked past it seemed as though the whole tree came alive and started singing to you. I remember the first time I walked by it gave me a start.
  • My favorite Christmas, was the year my mom hung a live Christmas tree up-side down from the ceiling then placed empty wrapped presents "under" the tree. The poor thing was so confused that it didn't drop any needles unless you bumped into it. It was super easy to vacuum under.
Oh, and the cool stuff we had around the house
  • Coca-cola pay phone & vending machine, and the Pepsi bottle vending machine
  • Soda fountain, gum ball machine, pool table
  • a walk in phone booth
  • several jukeboxes
She's always described herself as the Auntie Mame of the family.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shuffle Sunday

We've had our Suburban for the last 3 years. I've always wished that the CD player would shuffle. Well, the other day, by accident I discovered it does. I pushed the scan button, said whoops, then pushed the seek button right next to it to go to the next track and it skipped to a random track. Woo hoo! Shuffle!

Long ago, Jake told me to read the instruction manual. I was going to. I just haven't gotten around to it. Sage advice from my hubbie. I could've been enjoying the shuffle for years now.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday

While Jake was preparing our Sunday dinner, the boys asked him to keep their food separate, like Monk. They didn't want their food to touch. Coby even asked Jake to make his potatoes square. ;)

Coby is fascinated with Barbie Thumblelina
Mommy, when are we going to get Barbie Thumblelina?
Mommy, did you know that that Barbie Thumblelina is a toy and a DVD?

Kai was upset because he missed dinner, Coby's response: Wah! Wah! Wah! Cry as much as you like, you never get what you want.

Not silly, but sure fun to watch Kai fly his Spiderman Kite.
A Pet Waste sign in the park across from our house broke. Coby picked up the sign and marched around saying "Clean up after your dogs!"
The school called me to let me know that Kai had a bloody nose. He bled all over his shirt and pants, therefore was unable to return to class. When he got home, I asked him how he got a bloody nose. He said "It just started bleeding!" The next day I got a note from the teacher - the kids said that Kai was stuffing wood chips up his nose to see how many he could fit.

Coby (With a big fat smile plastered on his face and he-he head bob): Mommy, I peed on the grass.
Me: Why?
Coby: Cuz I didn't have time to get to the bathroom.

Before 7:00 this morning (when I sent them back to bed), as per the boys report they watched (I figured out the times):

  1. 20 minutes of Olivia
  2. 70 minutes of Care Bears, 7 mini shows
  3. 98 minutes of Wall-e, the whole movie
  4. 75 minutes of The Incredibles, about 75% of the movie before I sent them back to bed.
  5. 89 minutes of Wii time. They played Family Game Night. Kai made a new player called Jeromky, for his Uncle Jerome and the monkey icon, he chose. Then Kai played the world of Goo, looked at the Weather Channel, created new Miis tried to play Metroid but thought it was too hard
  6. Undetermined amount of playing Pong
A grand total of 352 minutes or 5.9 hours of screen time. At least, they slept a couple hours after their banishment from the TV screen. It's going to be a long day of crankiness and whining.

Jake asked me how Kai knew how to hook up the Atari joys tick, Kai chimed in with his hands thrown out "I matched up the colors, ugh!"

Friday, March 20, 2009

Flashback Friday

Ok, how is Flashback Friday different from Memory Monday?

Memory Monday
1) from my childhood
2) something I remember from some trigger, like Kai's fundraiser.
I want to get it written before I forget it again.
3) no photos of the actual event, but possible photos of the time period

Flashback Friday
1) adulthood, anything after 1994
2) easily remembered
3) photos

At least, that's my very loose interpretation.

Summer 1995 - The Y
Kamaile, Kristie Latu, and Me.
We hiked the Y with our Family Home Evening Group.

I'm not very athletic. I'm not a huge fan of the outdoors. That being said I was proud of myself for actually making the effort to hike the Y again. You have to do it at least once, which I did with my Freshman Ward.

I don't remember if it was easy or hard either time. I was just happy to be there again. When I took a moment to sit down and enjoy being on the mountain side, there was such a feeling of peace and oneness with nature, a communion with God, if you will. It was a wonderful experience to see Happy Valley in it's entirety, to see campus and the temple. Then it was back to the gaiety of youth and fun times.

That summer there were a number of students from other countries like: South Africa, various places in Asia, and Australia, which is where Kamaile and Kristie are from. It was so much fun to hear a wide range of accents and languages spoken and also to learn about day to day life elsewhere. I tried Vegemite, an acquired taste to be sure, but not so bad with loads of butter.

That same summer my BFFs visited me.
Me, Lyndsey Ririe Merryman, Tiffany Taylor soon to be Blau
Aren't we a gorgeous trio?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tidy Thursday

Here's what I have to do to complete spring cleaning, or spring tidying:

Put away the clothes Liam has grown out of

Put this where it belongs. It all has a home already, I just couldn't be bothered to walk the few extra steps to get it there.
Sort through my sewing closet
It is an utter mess. One black bag holds the fabric for a texture quilt. The other holds Easter presents. There's the pile of fabric scraps. And sheets that will one day become curtains for the boys bunkbed, but I just don't like the color so will I really use it? Posters that need hanging. Pants with a hole in the knee = shorts. It goes on.

File all my paperwork, hang beautiful photos, take out the trash, and put away this stuff.
Looking at this, I've decided to set a goal: Take the time to put everything back where it belongs, just like I tell the boys to do everyday, so I can save time later. Brilliant! Let's see if I get this done by next week.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What Coby would do Wednesday

Jake sent me an email - Coby would do this if we had a Spudz McKenzie dog
For the past few weeks, Coby has been drawing like crazy on almost anything: the back of any paper- his homework sheets, Kai's home & school work, scrap paper, the inside cover of coloring books. If it's a blank space he'll draw on it. Fortunately, he knows that furniture in not a blank canvas. He learned his lesson when he drew on the couch a few years ago. But we've never discuss animals.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Paddy's Day! Meals

Lunch Time

Kai - Green PB with jam sandwich, green apple strips, green grapes, dried peas, and strawberry-kiwi juice in a St. Patrick's Day lunch Bag with a St. Patrick's day napkin

Coby -
Green PB with jam sandwich, green apple wedges, a pickle, and green cherry lime-aide.

Michelle - Split Pea and Ham Soup, green apple wedges, cherry lime-aide spiked with sparkling lime water.

Dinner Time
Corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes & green rolls.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

As per tradition, we had green eggs and ham for breakfast with a new addition of toast with green butter!!
Liam enjoyed the eggs. Woo hoo!
A little leprechaun stopped by and brought
Kai, a Spider Man Kite
Coby, a Megabloks TJ from Cars
Liam, Oops the Leprechaun forgot him.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Memory Monday: Jump Rope for Heart

My memory is not the greatest, and is extremely unreliable prior to age 9. But I hope to present Memory Mondays, an occasional offering from the recesses of my mind.

Kai brought home a fundraiser sheet for the the 30th Anniversary Jump Rope for Heart. I remember doing the very same thing when I was in first grade at Sacred Hearts Convent. It was so much fun.

I vaguely remember jumping in my school uniform. What an odd sight that was! Can you see it? :) I loved jumping rope. I was an extremely good jumper. My method of throwing tantrums was jumping up and down so hard that my feet would kick my own behind. Despite that though, I practiced for days beforehand.

I'm excited for Kai to jump, but I just realized that I've never seen him jump rope. Can he? we'll have to work on it for the next couple of weeks. He'll jump on April 9th.

Ok, so here's the part where I hit you up for a donation. Tacky, I know! The children have been asked not to go door to door collecting donations or to talk to strangers to ensure their safety. The money the school raises will help fund:

  • life saving research
  • education of our doctors and community
  • helping the school receive PE equipment
The school is proud to be joining the fight against our nation's #1 & #3 killers - cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Donations are due this Thursday. Thanks!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sum Up Sunday: 3/9-3/15

Went out with The Girls and watched Confessions of a Shopaholic. Cute movie!

On Friday, I went to school with Kai for Mom & Muffins, mini muffins. My boy packed 'em away. Kai received raffle tickets for the number of minutes he read over a particular period of time. He intently listened for the numbers on his tickets to be called. Alas no prize for him.

This Saturday was the Annual Chili & Pie Cook Off. Jake won the award for Best Spicy Chili. He has won this award previously, as well as People's Choice. That's three years running. We hope that the judges don't think that we have to win every year, that we really are deserving of the award.

We also brought a Peach Rhubarb pie. Mmmm... a tasty treat We didn't place. We are still working on perfecting the recipe. I do the crust and Jake does the filling.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday

A while ago Coby asked "What's a soul?"
Me (struggling to answer): It's who you are, what fills you up. It's your personality.
Coby: Oh, I know it's my tummy!

I put Baby Newton, a Baby Einstiens video about shapes, on for Liam, but Coby ended up watching it absolutely fascinated, and has been drawing the clown for days now.
If Jake is home while I'm reading he does voices or animal noises. He does a really good Scooby doo. On Wednesday, Kai and I were taking turns reading Curious George gets a medal, while Jake made distressed monkey noises. Liam thought that was funny and joined in, which was hilarious.

Coby is the director of his Christmas play.
Coby: Daddy you get to be Santa.
Mommy: I want to be Santa.
Coby: Ok, you're Santa. Daddy will be Rudolph's daddy, Comet.
Kai: I get to be in the front because I'm Rudolph
Coby: No! You get to be in the back. You can be an elf. I'm Rudolph.
Kai: I don't want to be an elf.
Coby: If you aren't an elf there is no play, so you have to be an elf.
Kai: Then I'll be Rudolph in my own play.

On Thursday, Coby was sick and threw up. Kai was paranoid about getting sick. He was treating Coby like he had the plague. At one point, while Kai was doing his homework, Coby was walking towards him on his way to me, and Kai jumped out of his chair to another chair, and shouted "Stay away from me. Don't touch me!" As Coby kept moving, so did Kai until he ended up cowering under the table.

After being caught "looking" in the fridge, Kai was down trodden & told me "I feel like I'm being treated like chalk".

A couple of weeks ago, Kai draw this picture of all the places he and Jake have gone for their Father Son Outings.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Google Reader

For months now, I've been reading people's blogs from my bookmarks (I'm not a fan of posting a blog roll, although I love finding blogs through everyone else's). So I'd click on each one to see if anyone had update. A tedious and at times disappointing process.

One day, Jake mentions Google Reader to me. I didn't think anything of it. Someone else mentions it, explains it a bit then it clicks that this might be a good thing. I guess I just needed a second witness.

What is Google Reader? Check it out here. I love it because it gives me the latest updates on all the blogs I read. It has saved me so much time that I'm finally able to write on my own blog rather than trying to catch up on everyone else's. Woo hoo!

One down side, you are unable to subscribe to private blogs. That's ok! I've still got my trusty list of bookmarks.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tag Thursday

1. Go to My documents/pictures.
2. Go to the 5th file folder.
3. Go to the 5th picture.
4. Blog about it.
5. Tag 5 people to do the same

August 1999, I graduated from BYU with a degree in Sociology. Jake gave me a rose, my favorite flower, which I still have. What a sweetheart! We had been engaged for a couple of weeks. My mom gave Jake the stink eye for wearing jeans, but he smoothed things over with the flowers he brought for her.

I tag: Tiff, Carrian, Wendy, Brandy, Mary

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ta-da! Tuesday: Gunny Bag/Sack

In Joy School, the children learn a variety of values. One particular unit is called Order & Goal Striving. During this unit the kids learn about Gunny Bag, a large bag (mail bag, old pillow case, laundry bag, even a large plastic bag) that “lives” in some out of the way place like a closet or the attic. Gunny Bag eats toys that are not in their proper place. Then he returns to his cave. He comes back later and coughs up the toys and if they get put right away, they are safe. If he ever eats the same toy twice, he never coughs it up. When he can’t find anything to eat, he cries and cries. - Joy School Year 1 Unit 5:4

I thought it was a great idea, so when Kai was in Joy School, I made one from some leftover fabric I got from Jake's mom.

The Gunny Bag Song
Look at this mess! somebody might shout
Enough stuff everywhere, you better watch out
Cause here comes Gunny Bag, yum, yummy, yummy
He eats leftover toys & keeps em in his tummy.

Keep your things nice and neat
So Gunny Bag can't find a thing to eat!
Cause here comes Gunny Bag, yum, yummy, yummy
He eats leftover toys & keeps em in his tummy.

Click HERE for instructions or HERE for pictures

Monday, March 9, 2009

Manic Monday

The boys had the day off from school and halau, so I had little helpers to begin spring cleaning.

7:30 We stripped the beds of linens, put away folded laundry, and hang up clothes, then I proceeded to do 8 loads of laundry.

We picked up all the toys and anything on the floors, to vacuum. We gathered all the trash bags, which the boys tra-la-la-la'd their merry way out to the big trash can. They love to help clean around the house, but hate to put away their things.

10:00 Liam announces with a BIG wail that he's hungry. Oh yeah! We should eat breakfast. I ask the boys if they've eaten breakfast. Nope. Ok, It's time to get ready for Breakfast. The boys take their sweet time putting away the Wii, crafts, and toys. Apparently, they are not that hungry.

While eating breakfast, I squeeze in some facebook time, then I try to blog, but I spend most of my time as a referee for shouting & wrestling matches ending with timeouts in the backyard. The boy have now been banned from the couch for body slamming, at least for the day.

Kai helped me unload the dishwasher, then he made his bed. While I loaded the dishwasher, washed greasy pots, and wiped down the counters, stove & sink. Coby cleaned the doorknobs and window sills and Kai cleaned the light switches and baseboards. I'm a slave driver! When they were done, they fought over who was going to do the cobwebs!!

1:00 Supervise the making of Coby's lunch, while Kai tries to convince me to add butter, pickles, carrots, and other items to his cheese sandwich that is almost grilled.

TMI: While switching a load of laundry, I discovered Coby had smeared poo all over the toilet seat, so he had the opportunity to clean the toilet.

Liam wakes up & the boys entertain him. Then it's feeding time. Liam loves formula, but is being picky about eating. All he'll eat is cereal and bread. It was a struggle to get him to eat some fruit, which he normally eats with gusto. TMI: In less than 15 minutes, I changed 2 really bad poopy diapers. Liam the Poopinmeister. Could it be the soy formula? Will he not eat cuz his tummy wummy hurts? Oh, poor baby!

Today was Battery Day, so the boys piled all their toys that have dead/dying batteries on the table and I brought them all back to life.

7:00 Liam tried eggs for the first time today. He kinda liked them. He wasn't so sure about the texture, I over cooked them. We did our normal bed time routine, then some major laundry folding for Jake & I.

8:45 Snuggles with the Liam, while relaxing with some TV: House & Heros. I had a another load of dishes to do, but I think I earned a break.

Although, Monday is generally my busiest day, it's never as crazy as the last two Mondays have been. I am looking forward to next Monday, it'll now seem calm.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sum Up Sunday 3/2-3/8

You know, I feel like I don't talk enough about Kai. He is a vivacious, gregarious, and loquacious (I think I'm up to 50 cents) little boy and I love him to pieces.

He decided to participate in the Story Telling Festival. He picked the Crayon Box that Talked as his story to share. I read it to him as though I was performing, using voices to give him an example of what he could do. He read it over a few times. We didn't go over it as often as I would have liked, but I let him take the lead on how much he wanted to prepare. I was worried, but without cause. He had it memorized, did voices, bobbed his head while his hands were stuffed in his pockets. He was cute. He missed top 3 by 4 points. That was the highlight of the week.

The stressful part of the week was preparing handouts to teach a class to the financial and cooking mini Enrichment groups about keeping produce fresher longer. The turn out was small so the actual instruction was a breeze. Also, I had a co-teacher, Carrian, and we were able to pick her brain about saving money. Here are some of the tips I shared:

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Silly Boys Saturday

Silly Mommy moment:
K: Can I have a bath?
M: No, you're in your jammies.
K: I can get out of them
M: Good point.

At the conclusion of our meal at Los Hermanos, a Mexican restaurant, Coby asked the server "Can I have a fortune cookie?"

Last week, Kai saw Aladdin at school and has been singing "Prince Ali, fabulous he, Ali Ababwa". This week he decided to call Liam, Baby Ababwa.

The boys wanted to get in the car, it was locked. Unable to obtain their goal, Coby went to the side of the house to exact his revenge: turning on the hose.

Liam snapped himself with a rubber band. Whoops!

Coby brought his Friends down from his room, I asked him to take them back upstairs. He said "I can't there's a fire in my room, just pretend" I told him "The firemen have put out the fire in your room and declared it safe to return your animal friends to their homes."

Friday, March 6, 2009

Flashback Friday

Alycia Mann, Lari Ann Au, Nancey Johnson, and me.

Another BYU luau moment. This time from 1997. What a fun bunch of girls!! Honestly, I don't remember the dance we did, only that the whole experience was loads of fun. I feel so vain when I look at this picture cuz I think "Wow! I look good!" My hair is not a riotous mess, which it generally was in those days. I'm actually wearing makeup, not part of my daily routine. I had lost some weight, so you can actually see my collarbone, which I think makes me look delicate and feminine. I know, weird.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thousand Words Thursday

Grammy sent me a present for my Birthday, see my new car!! Thank you!Coby enthralled with Liam's toy.
Crazy Kai! Such a Ham!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ta-da! Tuesday: Soft Books

I purchased these, as well as, others at Walmart and the Fabric Mill. I use the really thin batting, Warm & Natural, and follow the instructions that come with. The boys love them, and they are great for church.

I'm not a quilter, although I've helped with paper piecing and choosing fabrics for friends' quilts, and I did make a rag quilt, but whenever I go to a fabric store I never see any fabric as cute as other homemade quilts or that I would want to quilt with.

Well, I found out at Jake's cousin's baby shower that I've been looking in the wrong places: Joann Stores, The Fabric Mill, and Walmart (D'uh!). So here is a list of places with cute quilt fabric.
Broadbent's, American Quilting, Corn Wagon Quilt Co., Gracie Lou's Quilt Shoppe, and the Quilting Cottage. For those who may not be in the know.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Manic Monday

6:30. Woke up , started a load of laundry, showered, got ready, ate breakfast, fed Liam breakfast, got the boys teeth brushed and out the door by 8:25 to pick up Kai's friend, Emily, in time for the bus at 8:30 ish.

9:00 Drove to Provo for Liam's 1st year exam.
Height: 29.25 inches
Weight: 18 lbs. 1 oz. He dropped from the 30th percentile to the 5th. He's a picky eater with food allergies: diary, and orange vegetables. I need to find a high calorie equivalent to Pediasure, and feed him a high fat diet.

10:15 Quick stop to Jamba Juice

10:45 Walmart to shop for groceries

12:25 Home to feed Coby, and unload the groceries

12:55 Leave for Coby's Pre-school at 1:00

1:10 Pick up lunch at Sonic & feed Liam

1:30 Shop at Macey's for sale items & meat, order ground lamb

2:30 Unload groceries

2:45 Pick up Kai from the bus stop

2:55 Pick up Coby from pre-school

3:20 Drove to Orem to walk Kai to Halau

3:30 Stop at Jo-ann to make some returns. Purchased a cute St. Patrick's Day Wall Hanging quilt kit. Coby slept in the cart.

4:00 Stop at the Fabric Mill to browse at Hawaiian fabric for some projects. Coby threw a fit. Decided to use what fabric I have at home.

4:20 Park & walk to pick up Kai from Halau

4:30 Finally headed home.

5:00 Home. Unload the kids and all their stuff. Go through their backpacks, etc. . .
The dishes are piled high, which I have to get done before I can make any meal. On Mondays, I usually get dinner going in the crock pot at lunch time so I don't have much to do when we get back from Halau, but there wasn't enough time, so there was nothing to eat.

5:15 Jake got home and I shared my dilemma with him.

5:3o Solution: Eat at Los Hermanos. As we were leaving we saw Kai's teacher. He got a kick out of that.

6:45 On our way home to stay at last. Kids into jammies, read the scriptures, family & personal prayers then off to bed for the kiddies.

7:30 Snuggle time with the Liam, and off to dreamland.

8:00 Time to update the budget with today's receipts, fold laundry & do the dishes (Jake did these), get started on a handout for an Enrichment class I'm teaching on Thursday, and other fun chores.

10:30 Woo hoo! Sleepy time! I'm beat.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Liam!!

Name: William Joseph Hoapili Walkenhorst
Nicknames: Liam, B'Diam, Babu, Bebo, Baby
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Dirty Blonde
Weight: 18 lbs
Personality: bright, sunny, smiley (not in this picture though)
Favorite Food: Bananas
Favorite Saying: Hi dada
Favorite Toy: The farm, the cow that moos
Favorite Activity: Climbing, and splashing in the tub.
Favorite Animal: Cow and bears
Favorite Parent: Mommy
Favorite Brother: Kai
Favorite Place: The stairs
Favorite non-toy: measuring cups, cabinet doors, his drawer, kitchen utensils

Just this last week,
  • walks from place to half way to another place
  • stands up to walk
  • loves PB&J
  • wants to eat with his own utensils
  • molar on top right
  • loves to swing
  • motorboats
His Stats:
  • Height - 29 1/4" (25th percentile)
  • Weight - 18 lbs 1 oz (dropped from the 30th to 5th percentile. Pesky allergy to dairy)
  • Head - 43 cm
I need to fatten Liam up with high fat foods, I can feed him as many french fries and chicken nuggets I want, and find a non dairy equivalent to Pediasure. I'm trying rice milk with a few scoops of some hypoallergenic formula, you know the pricier stuff.

Sunday Sum up 2/23 - 3/1

On Monday, we went to the Draper Temple open house. The boys thought that the bus driving us from the chapel to the temple was pretty cool. What a beautiful experience! The boys enjoyed it. They loved hearing about the purpose of each room. Coby's favorite room is the celestial room because "the Angel Moroni lives above it. " Kai's favorite room is the baptismal font, because "in just one more age I'll be 8, and I can be baptized."

I registered Coby for kindergarten. Woo hoo! It was fun to see all the other moms in our ward registering their little ones too. All we have left to complete registration is for Coby to have his 5 year exam, his Hep A shot and a dental exam.

On Friday, I went to my friend, Sandy's, house to hang out. She lives down the street from Kai's school, so I planned to pick him up after school. Just before I got there, a shooting occurred down the street. The police blocked the street, and put Kai's school on lock down. A friend of Sandy's was a witness. She wasn't allowed to return to her home, so came to Sandy's house to write out her witness statement. They lifted the lock down just before school let out, but there was still confusion about kids riding the bus home. It was quite the afternoon.

Kai bore his testimony over the pulpit for the first time this Sunday. For a few months he has asked to go up. We wanted to practice during FHE, first. But this week, when he asked if he could go up, I said yes, if he would tell me before hand what he was planning to say. He got up there, gripped the pulpit, right hand on the front edge and his left close to himself, then he proceeded in a very conversational manner, he said "You know...sometimes the Holy Ghost helps us..." It was a well thought out testimony, not your typical kid testimony done by rote. Jake and I were on the edge of our seat worried that he was going to blow raspberries in the mircophone. He surprised us with his depth. I was warmed by his faith.

Love the Primary, they made a song book this year of all the songs the kids will be learning for the Primary Program. I made one for the boys last year, and was planning to do it again, but now I don't have to!! Woo hoo! Thank you!