Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bike Riding

My friend, Jennifer, found a bike for Kai at a garage sale for $8. Jake made adjustments, and today the bike was ready for Kai's first lesson and solo ride. It was great to watch them together.
Look at him go:

Star Trek

Star Trek was AWE (wait for it) SOME!!

Thank you Janae and Jared for watching the boys so we could go.

Silly Boys

Talking on an old cell phone Coby is giving instructions.
"You'll go to Tatooine apartment. Apartment means emergency."

Liam pitched a fit when I gave him Life cereal instead of Fruit Loops like me.

Friday, May 29, 2009

End of the school year

To celebrate the last day of school we went to Kangaroo Zoo. The boys had a blast like always. Liam loved the tall slide and the bounce house for little ones like him. He really wanted to go on the big ones but with the exception of the tall slide there was no way for me to safely carry him up there.

Bouncy Bouncy, Bouncy Trounce

. . . full of fun, fun, fun. This is the only pic I got of Coby. He and Kai had no interest in staying still

I have a few complaints.
1) Previously, supervising adults were free, but now you pay admission to watch. (The website says there is no charge for watching. I remember paying when Liam was a just a little baby, but then I had baby brain so I maybe I'm wrong).
If I'm gonna pay then I'm gonna jump. BUT. . .

2) There are handmade signs stating the maximum weight on each inflatable is 150 pounds. What? That excludes a lot of dads and moms. Shame on me, though. I pretended that I weigh only 150 lbs so I could go down the tall slide. I avoided the others, trying to follow the rules.

3) People who don't follow the rules (I know, I'm a hypocrite), and when the rules are not enforced by parents or even blatantly disregarded. The rules being: No running, rough housing, jumping on the top of the inflatables, jumping from one inflatable to another, etc... you know things that keep other jumpers safe.

Being the last day and all, there were a bunch of kids. Some running and crashing into other kids, while others were playing tag with their moms. Others were jumping from handrail to handrail on the tall slide making it difficult to get on the slide at all. I politely asked two boys to stop so that Liam and I could go up the slide. I thought they had the common sense to stay off the handrail until we slid down and got off the ride, but they didn't. One of them climbed up as we were coming down, I couldn't stop and when we got to the bottom, the kid fell on us. I was angry!!! I don't remember what I said (no swearing). Something along the lines of "This is not how we play with these, If you are not going to follow the rules. I will speak to the staff, yada, yada!". It got the attention of one of the moms (the one who was play
ing tag) who came over to find out what was wrong. Did she do anything? Um, No! Grrr!

After lunch, I surprised the boys by taking them swimming. They were thrilled. It's nice that the hot tub is broken. An extra kiddie pool, its deeper, so it's easier for Kai to swim in. Surprisingly, it was colder than the other pools. The boys felt more comfortable with their water wings, so the didn't hang on me. But Kai found every float that no one was using so he could use them. He looked silly, but alas no pic. This looks to be a promising summer at the pool. Other than the incident earlier, we had a wonderful fun filled day!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The 3 R's / Being Green

I have to thank Bob the Builder, and Jack Johnson for teaching my kids about the three R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Saturday's post got me to thinking about other ways I'm working on being green or not.

Canvas bags

Hand me downs/secondhand clothing,
plastic bags > trash bags & diaper sacks
cereal boxes > magazine holders
laundry detergent buckets > coloring book holder or a place to keep their "masterpieces" safe from Liam, or as a seat/stool
shoe boxes> little cities/forts/castles, "computer", games, etc. . .
messed up printouts > backside = blank canvas for drawings

We love Diet Pepsi and Caffeine Free Diet Coke, so we toss out a lot of cans. The boys are very concerned that I'm not recycling the cans (or paper & plastic) like their Grammy, she's such a good example. Here are my lame excuses (I think I may just be lazy):

1) It's 15 mile drive - although I'm halfway there once a week.
2) I don't have to space to keep all the cans between trips. - If I'd just get around to going through the junk in the garage and getting rid of some things, I might just be able to find a little space.

Recently, we started getting the paper so I can make use of the coupons (I was quite skeptical that by spending money I'd save money, but in one shopping trip I save enough to pay for the subscription of two Sunday papers. Anywho, I digress...). Now we take the newspaper piles to the big recycling bin in front of Smith's, and the boys get a kick dumping the papers in. Since we've been doing this I haven't been asked on a weekly basis "Mommy, why don't we recycle?"

I leave you with the lyrics of Jack Johnson:
We've got three R's we're going to talk about today
We've got to learn to
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

If you're going to the market to buy some juice

You've got to bring your own bags
and you learn to reduce your waste
And if your brother or your sister's got some cool clothes
You could try them on before you buy some more of those

Reuse, we've got to learn to reuse
And if the first two R's don't work out
And if you've got to make some trash
Don't throw it out
Recycle, we've got to learn to recycle,

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Silly Boys

C:I hate fuzzy things, like fuzzy peaches or fuzzy nectarines

While playing Hot Wheels Kai walks out of the toy closet with a bin of cars: Here comes your cousins.

K: What's a caternary?
J&M: Sounds like a made up word.
To be sure, I looked it up at
M: Kai, caternary means: in mathematics - the curve assumed approximately by a heavy uniform cord or chain hanging freely from two points not in the same vertical line.
K: But the train on Special Agent Oso was talking about caternary.
M: Oh! It also means (in electric railroads) the cable, running above the track, from which the trolley wire is suspended. –adjective

Liam's words:
ah duh = all done, mi= milk, ba=ball, baba=bottle

Friday, May 22, 2009

Reusable Shopping Bags

A friend is considering switching. I'm all for it. I love 'em! Why?

  • Less bags to carry, more fits into each bag without fear of breakage.
  • Some stores take 10 cents off for each bag you use.
  • I'm all for being green. It makes me feel good to make less waste.
I started out using some canvas bags I had around the house. Why buy more, when I have some, right? But I found that they were difficult for the baggers to use and that I used them around the house more than I thought (sewing projects, library books, pool gear).

So I broke down and bought some from Walmart, the black ones. They are floppy, and don't have a loop, so the cashiers would get annoyed. I use them for my breads, and I keep one in my diaper bag/purse for when I'm out shopping at non grocery stores.

For my grocery needs, I prefer the ones from Macey's or Sunflower Market. They are sturdier, have a plastic bottom for stability, and a loop to hook onto the sack holders making it easier for cashiers to load. Walmart now has blue ones that I believe are sturdier.

Every once in awhile, I'll go back to plastic to replenish my trash can liner supply. I know, if I really wanted to go green I wouldn't use any liners. But then I wouldn't wash the cans until they were absolutely disgusting and stinky. Blech!

I reuse produce bags by keeping them in the car for the boys trash, and for Liam's stinky diapers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Liam's 1st Sentence

While playing with Liam, He turned to me and said "wa a'sigh pay".
Huh? Did I hear him right? So I asked "Do you want to go outside to play?"
He nodded his head and "Yeah!"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Honey!!

Today is Jake's Birthday. Wahoo!!

Here a few of his favorite things:
Color - Red
Food - Mexican
Treat - Popcorn
TV show - House
Movie - Matrix
Book - Ender's Game
Song - Mozart: symphony #40
Activities - Going to the movies
Game - Rockband
Nickname - Honey Bear
Animal - Tiger
Smell - The coming rain.
Season - Fall
Saying - I reject your reality and substitute my own ~ Adam Savage

Kai's Top 10 resaons to visit Las Vegas

1. The trip is not very long
2. To see Tutu
3. We get to go to fun places
4. We go swimming at Tutu's and in the hotel
5. See Grandpa David
6. See Aunt Lisa
7. See Lauren
8. See Grandma Teri
9. See everyone else
10. Visit with Winter and Cyrus. I like to dance with Winter.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Liam had a fever

So sad!

Pre-school Graduation

Coby graduated from Funshine Preschool. To start the program, he was asked to lead the children in the Pledge of Allegiance. Hmm. . . interesting. Back in January, he refused to stand for the Pledge or be respectful. I'm glad he got over it.

The program then proceeded with the songs that the children learned through the year: English Alphabet Letter, Long & Short Vowels, Five Little Monkeys, Days of the Week, Months of the Year, etc. . .

It was quite cute. Coby was quite the ham. Would post a video, if it would cooperate with me. Here's a picture instead

Ms. Kellie, Coby and Ms. Nettie
They were great teachers!

Student of the Month

The school's monthly newsletter lists all the children who are Student of the Month (SOM). I'd think "Wouldn't it be great if Kai could be student of the month? But that's not going to happen this year?" I'm a lousy mom for not having more faith in my kid. But with his behavior at the time I just didn't think it possible.

Kai had a rough start at the beginning of the school year with his behavior, which persisted for some time, but his teacher and I have been working together to help him. We've been passing a notebook to each other detailing Kai's behavior (bad, good, & funny) and tactics to use to discipline and reward him.

One day, he mentioned to his teacher that he wanted to be Student of the Month. I never mentioned my desire to him. I want him to have his own goals. Mrs. Reeves asked him to watch the SOM to see why he was chosen, what does he do that is nice. Kai and Mrs. Reeves complied a check list of things, Kai could do.

  • follow directions
  • doesn't tattle tell
  • help others/nice
  • finishes all their work
  • doesn't talk during class
  • keeps desk clean
He worked hard to complete his chart, and I'm proud of him for doing his best! This morning, his hard work was rewarded as he was named Student of the Month for his class. Woo hoo!

He didn't know, so when they called his name. He said "What?", then he went up and got his water bottle and certificate. He's excited to get another water bottle. He's a bit obsessed with them. We're so proud of him!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Terrible Secret

I'm afraid we've been keeping a terrible secret from our friends and family. Michelle is really Octo-Mom! Here's the photographic proof:

There are a few more Cobys around here as well, but I haven't got them to hold still long enough for a pic. Stay tuned for the proof in a day or two.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Silly Boys

The boys were playing Star Trek and no one wanted to be Crewman Red Shirt. Someone said: But a red shirt is ok as long as it's Scotty, cuz there are hardly ever any fights in Engineering.
Then someone said: Now, Darth Vader's Ship is going to destroy the Borg homeworld, like it did that other planet.

Kai: Coby, you really like girls
Coby: Only girls that are pretty.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Kai's Top 10 resasons to visit California.

1. Playing the Gameboy
2. Seeing Grammy, playing with her and having her play the piano for me.
3. Going hiking with Peepaw
4. Seeing Jeromeky
5. Seeing Jacalini
6. Going to Discovery Kingdom
7. Going in Grammy's car
8. Playing with toys
9. Playing with Playdough
10. Playing with Emily and Jessica at Grammy's old house.

BTW: Neumont made the front page of the LA Times.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fire Truck

As we walked up to the bus stop, a fire truck pulled in. Coby waved to the fire fighters. They "honked" the horn while driving straight at me. My heart stopped for a second it was so loud. I'm surprised Liam didn't cry, he just stood there still as a statue for awhile.

Coby ran over to talk to them, while Kai got off the bus. When Kai and I got over to the pumper truck, the boys were given a tour of some of the equipment: axes, hoses, the pumps, self contained breathing apparatus, suits and helmets. They were excited.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sleepy Liam . . .

and his friends: Creamy, Moo Cow, Tummy, & Caramel

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Day at the dentist

I spent the morning in the dentist's chair for my 6 month check up and cleaning. I'm happy to report that I have to return for a only filling. Happy, you ask? That's right. Generally, it's a root canal.

Coby's teeth look good. He must have gotten Jake's dental genes. Kai on the other hand, has mine. He'll be getting another cavity filled next week. Liam was also checked. His 4 top teeth, 2 top molars, and 2 bottom teeth look great.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Coby "sent" me a poem
and a questionnaire he filled out.

Kai gave me a flower he "grew"

The ward gave me a symphony bar. Woo hoo! Chocolate (and not a plant which would be dead within a couple of weeks) wrapped with a bow and a letter:

What would mother's day be without chocolate?
Just like any other day without chocolate
Paul said: "...loves your wives, and be not bitter against them
hence the chocolate for Mother's Day
When Eve said, "The serpent beguiled me and I did eat, " she was talking about chocolate.
Isn't cacao a fruit?
When Lehi said
, "we must know the bitter to appreciate the sweet"
he must have been thinking about chocolate
In Proverbs we read, "pleasant words are . . . sweet to the soul
" --
but chocolate is better for Mother's Day
In Revelations, John tells us about chocolate when he says
"it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey"
Women are the ingredient that changes life's bitter chocolate to sweet

Jake surprised me with a Flip video. Woo hoo! We recorded the boys journal entry for the day with it. I've tried several times to get the video on here, because it is absolutely hilarious.

All in all a fabulous mother's day for me, even though there was a problem with our gift to our mothers. I didn't complete the transaction, so nothing was sent. But we did call. We both have great moms.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A day out

I had a ME day at the mall. I was on the hunt for capris, and I found them on sale at JCP. Woo hoo! I searched for sandals and dress shoes.

While I was shopping, Jake took the boys to Sears to get Kai some new shoes. It's his second pair in 6 weeks. A friend recommended we try Sears, since they have this warranty . . . When your kids clothing or kids shoes wear out before they are out grown, Sears will replace them for free. Kai picked out some brown shoes of good construction and quality. It was on clearance to boot. Woo hoo! Hopefully, it'll last him until the end of summer.

They also walked around, played on the coin operated rides, and took silly pictures in a photo booth. {Where did those photos go?}

Then they headed out to the home depot to get air filters and a new door knob. Did you know you're supposed to change your air filters every 90 days. Somehow we missed seeing that on the wrapper the last time we bought some. You know, last spring.

My cute boys retrieved me and whisked me away to lunch at the Sizzler, tre' chic!! The boys enjoyed their shrimp, and it was nice to enjoy the fresh fruits and salads.

After relaxing at home for a bit, we headed off to see Wolverine. Good movie!

Jake loves the Market Street Grill, so we were going to eat there, but the line was long, so we opted for Tsunami. We ordered suzuki (sea bass) sashimi, Kobe beef lobster roll, and a crunchy tuna roll. So delicious!! Next door was a Red Mango. Someone recommended it the other day, so I suggested we try it. I was a little worried when the only flavors were plain (not vanilla), green tea, pomegrante and tangomonium. OK? No chocolate in sight. What? Well, except for mini chocolate chips, but not my favorite in ice cream/yogurt. They get stuck in my teeth. But I thought it was only fair to give it a chance. I had them top it with golden grahams and the mini chocolate chips. It was delicious!! A cool version of my favorite quick, easy and tasty pie treat:

Easy S'more Pie
3/4 C. sour cream
6 graham cracker mini pie crust
3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 C. mini marshmallows

Spoon 2 tablespoons sour cream into each crust, spreading evenly on bottom. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons chocolate chips over sour cream. Sprinkle 1/4 cup marshmallows over chocolate chips.

Turn oven to broil. Place pies on cookie sheet then in the oven. Broil until the marshmallows and chocolate chips are melted, checking frequently about 5 minutes. Serve hot.

OR grill on medium-low; cover with 9x13 inch metal cake pan until the marshmallows and chocolate chips are melted, checking frequently about 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Silly Boys

Coby: I heard a Wah! Wah! It must be a wub wub Wi-am.

On our way to lunch, Jake and I were discussing famous people who share our birthday.
Jake: Chewbacca has my birthday. . .
Coby (from the back seat): What?! That cracked my head open.
Jake: the actor.

Kai: Mommy, you look cutie-fied!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Celebrity Lookalikes



2009 - No makeup day :(

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

1st Grader's Profile

For Kai's math homework this week he has been working on his profile:

How tall are you? 3' 10"
How much do you weigh? 48.6 lbs
How many teeth have you lost? 3
How many people are in your family? 5
What is your favorite color? bloule and prple
What is your favorite food? pizza and ice creme
How long is your foot? 7 inches

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Silly Boys

At a graduation party, a dog was trying to get to the food on my plate. And not a little itty bitty dog, but a big black beast (He's actually a sweetheart!) that is as tall as me when on his hind legs. I was trying to shoo him away, Jake was trying. Someone suggested to Jake that he use spanish. So with a Spanish accent Jake said No! and the dog ran away.

Liam rocks out to the beatles.

Kai: Mommy, you look pretty-fied!

Coby: Mommy, you're fat!