Monday, December 20, 2010

Quoting the boys

Standing on the window sill watching the garbage truck-
L: Thank you garbage truck for taking the trash!

Eating snacks-
C: Kai, I can see your uvula!

Sitting on the couch-
L: Snuggle, just da me!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Long Day

  • 3 hours of church (time well spent)
  • Within minutes of getting home the yelling and back talking commenced. 
  • Within the first hour home all four boys were crying ALL AT ONCE!
  • Another hour dealing with tears, fighting, and the aftermath of a gingersnap baking session, while Jake delivered goodies to the families on his route. Yum!
  • Lunch preparations,  finally got started around 2:00, but nothing would be out of the oven until 3:05
Ham Florentine Wreath by Pampered Chef
photo courtesy of Jolenes.blogspot.com
  • My back went out and I couldn't bend over. D'oh! 
  • Jake and the boys went to tithing settlement. (3:00)
  • I parked myself on the couch to feed DJ. I had no intention of moving from that spot until I absolutely had to. It hurt way too much to sit down or stand up. . . oh, and the boys ate a doughy lunch, whoops! (3:30) 
  • Home teachers came by. Liam brought down his favorite stuffed animals to share. (3:45)
  • Jake and I finally eat. (4:10)
  • Visiting Teachers came by. Liam talked and head bobbled while DJ babbled. (4:15)
  • Liam finally went down for a nap. Only 4 1/2 hours late. (4:45)
  • I started cutting out some letters to appliqué on a quilt, even though it's likely that I'll not finish the quilt on time. Stupid back! But at least I don't have a cracked rib like my friend. 
  • The afternoon improved as we watched A Christmas Story, and enjoyed some of those fantastic gingersnap cookies. The boys liked them with white frosting on top. I have to agree, but only a very thin layer. 
  • We also watched Jeopardy. The boys did really well on two categories: Colorful Foods & Comic Book Villains.  We grow foodies and nerds/geeks in this here house. 
  • DJ did not want to go down for the evening, despite all the eye rubbing and yawning he was doing. He just wanted snarf down some food then veg in front of the TV. What a potato!
So glad this day is over, now if I could only go to sleep.
Maybe DJ will let me sleep in tomorrow. If only!

Friday, December 10, 2010

6 months

I can't believe how the time has flown. DJ is now 6 months old.
He is a delight to have in our family. The boys adore him. He is frequently bombarded with hugs and kisses from his brothers. Coby is grateful for his cuteness.
He is a happy baby. He loves tickles.
He sleeps through the night. I love that he sleeps with his legs tucked into his chest.
He loves to snuggle with blankies.
I love when I pick him up he grabs me tight and snuggles into the crook of my neck.
I call him my "Snuggy Bug" and "Lovey Dove"
He goes through two cans of formula a week.
He has exczema. All over his arms, legs and face. :(

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Rainbow"

Liam's new favorite blankie:
Rainbow

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Folding

Here is a video you have to see if  folding fitted sheets compactly escapes you:



Ooh, check out this one for quick folding shirts. It's like magic. ;)


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Leprechauns

While busily building a leprechaun trap Coby asks:

C: Are leprechauns skinny or fat?
J: They're fat because they have so much gold 
that they eat lots of rich foods.


C: Oh Daddy you're kidding!
J; I don't know, I've never seen a skinny one.
C: Well, you've never seen any leprechauns.

Wait, shouldn't he be building a trap for one of these?


Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Cheese Touch

Since reading and watching 
Kai and Coby have been passing the cheese touch between themselves. In the last transfer to Coby it morphed into what I like to call "Cheesy Fingers". It gives him the ability to become the unseen 2nd grader called Brett,  who takes cheese from the sandwiches of unsuspecting victims.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Obsession

The boys are absolutely obsessed with watching TV.

Even the 6 month old. An attempt to multi-task by writing a quick blog post while feeding DJ was met with resistance. He wanted his bottle and the TV too. He struggled and fussed until he positioned himself in just the right angle so he could watch Umizoomi and eat. However this new position made it impossible to write. I abandoned all hope of writing, and read instead. Multi-tasking prevailed!! Woo hoo!

In the past, this fixation had been so overwhelming that it interrupted the boys sleep. They woke up in the middle of the night to watch TV or play the Wii. Playing from 1-7, then continuing with their day made for very two cranky boys.

We installed an alarm, that we set before going to bed, which went off any time someone went down the stairs. We are awesome!! Finally, they were able to get rest, and a modicum of peace was restored.

You know? The family I met at Thanksgiving Dinner may have the right idea of just abandoning the electronic babysitter altogether. There'd be a mutiny if I tried.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Neglect

You know you've neglected to clean the porcelain throne, when your two year old will not deign to pee in it's filth.

L: It's yucky, Mommy! Clean it! Peez.
M: OK.
I clean it up
L: Tank you, Mommy! Now, I can pee.

Another thing I've neglected the blog. Sorry! Who knew raising four boys was so time consuming?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Album Fundraiser

My friend, Lisa Frost, has written an album. WOO HOO! Inspirational, faith-based, neo-soul-jazz-gospel fusion with the objective to spread positivity and the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music. Her music is unique, uplifting, empowering. It was not written to speak to only those of her faith,... but to those of all faiths and those seeking faith.


She needs to raise money to make this happen. Her friend is hosting a Scentsy Fundraiser! Scentsy has some beautiful holiday warmers and delicious holiday scented candle bars that would make wonderful Christmas gifts, as well as all of their fabulous year-round products. 

Now thru Friday, December 10, all commission made from this Scentsy fundraiser will go toward production/recording of Lisa's music! Go to csteggell.scentsy.us to place an order under "Lisa Frost Fundraiser". 

I love the scents that I have. I just need a fancy warmer. This is just the opportunity I've been looking for to buy one for myself.  Please help my friend if you can. I can't wait til her album is out. It's going to be fantastic!!

A sidenote: 
I asked Kai "If you have to choose between a Scentsy Buddy or a new Wii Game, what would you pick?" Immediately, he said "Lenny the Lamb with Vanilla Creme" Liam wants Mollie the Monkey. Coby is going for the Wii game. But if forced to choose he'd get the Lion

Thursday, November 11, 2010

King Coby

Pharaoh of the Gateway Village

His cobra spits fire so he can too!
Look at his uvula and his fangs

In school,  this week he is learning about Egypt.

Friday, November 5, 2010

White Collared Criminal

Got a call from the school 
Kai gave this check to the lunch lady


Lunch Lady: Why did you write it for $500?
K: Because that's what it looks like. 

Originally, it was made out to the PTA for $5. 
Crafty little devil, isn't he?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday's Halloween Jokes


What vegetable does a pumpkin turn into when an elephant steps on it? 


A Squash





How do you fix a broken Jack-o-lantern?

With a pumpkin patch! 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday's Halloween Jokes

Spare Ribs

When something tickles it's funny bone

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday's Halloween Jokes

A sourpuss


When you are a mouse

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday's Halloween Jokes

I like to put little notes in the boys lunches to let them know I'm thinking about them. This week, I gave them Halloween jokes decorated with Halloween foam stickers. They love to tell jokes! Kai's teacher has said that he should be a comedian when he grows up.

Hide and Go Shriek



 Boo Boos

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cleaning II - Chores for the Boys

This post is in response to a question on http://thestoryofamom.blogspot.com. Do you remember this post on cleaning?

After 7 months, the system is still working. I am in shock! It was a bit rocky at first, but after 2 months we got into the groove of things. Now, it's just part of our daily routine. Of course, there are still occasionally complaints about being worked too hard (before they've even started or when I have them actually remove the dirt instead of just wiping over it), but it is a vast improvement to our previous method. I tweaked the system it a little.

Doorknobs and lights switches & plugs were being cleaned super fast. I combined them and added the floors. Kai is thrilled to be able to use the vacuum. Coby would love to but it's just a little to unwieldy for him to use. When it's his turn he sweeps or picks up bits from the carpet.

I color coded the chore slips so monthly, weekly, and bathroom chores were evenly distributed.


The boys wanted to do the "faster" chores all the time, so some things were put off until the last week of the month. I came up with a schedule. Monthly - MWF, Weekly - TTh and bathrooms on Saturdays.

Our most recent chart, which I keep posted in a sheet protector in a central location. 


Due to Kai's baptism and birthday party, we didn't hold our weekly family counsel so the boys were unable to choose their chores for the month. Until a new chart was printed up, I just asked them to put away the dishes from the dishwasher, take out the trash, or spot cleaning around the house. During this time, they began notice what things needed to be done around the house and asked to do it. The cleaning we've been doing together laid a foundation for them to do it on their own, which was the whole point. Woo hoo! 

Did I mention that if the boys finish their monthly chores before the end of the month, they don't have to clean on Tuesdays or Thursdays? An incentive to pick up the pace when they're cleaning. 

Liam loves to grab a "fiburr tawool" to pitch in and help.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Silly Boys Week of 9/13/10

C: Mommy, on my spelling test there is a note. It says "Coby was eating paper. I do not think that is funny."
M: I lean around my computer to look at him.
C: Mommy, I'm sorry I ate my spelling test.

Hair

I hate my hair right now.  I'm experiencing post partum shedding, and I lack any style. 
See even Liam thinks I look funny

Before the bangs, every time I pulled it back into a pony tail I looked old. With it loose I looked fine, but it was always in the way or just too hot. My hope was that adding bangs would reverse the clock. And it did . . . to high school. Ugh. I don't know what to do with it!!

My previous hair lady would know what to do. She could fix it. She is fantastic. She knew exactly what looked best on me. I was never disappointed with a style she chose for me because
  1. It looked great.
  2. It was easy to duplicate.
  3. It was low maintenance, if I wanted to wash and go I could. 
Since we moved five years ago, I haven't been able to find someone like her. Maybe if I win this giveaway from Sweet Basil, I can finally have a great style again. And just maybe find my hair lady replacement who I can trust just as much as Carrian trusts her stylist, Morgan.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Throwing rocks

is a dangerous past time. 
Coby asked me: Am I gonna die?

Here it is all cleaned up:

Poor Coby!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Silly Boys - Week of 9/6/10

To be honest, I was too busy to keep track of the silliness that abounded.   

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Silly Boys Week of 8/29/10

C: S almost pushed me into the river. I could have cracked my head & died or lost all of my technology.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Silly Boys


M: Look Kai, the dentist sent you a Happy Birthday email!
K: Oh, I'll go brush my teeth.

Getting our post doctor visit Great Harvest fix-
C: Mmm, this is so good! What's the secret ingredient for your pumpkin chocolate chip bread?
Employee: I can't tell you it's a secret.
C: It must be the pumpkin!

K: If I had a bread store I would name it Bread Grows or The Bread Brothers
C: Cuz I would own it too and we're brothers.

K: Do you know what my favorite part about going to the doctor was?
J: Getting a sucker?
K: Uh, my second favorite thing?
M: What?
K: Getting to pee in the cup and putting it in the mini door

Family Prayer-
C:  We thank you that Mommy could have DJ, so we can have some cuteness in the house.

I mentioned to Jake that I needed to pump and he burst out into song-
You're gonna get your, get your pump; hook it up to your lady lumps. Your lumps, your lumps, your lovely lady lumps.

K: Liam, what's your favorite color
L: Blue!
C: He'll just say the last thing you said. Green!
K: What's your favorite color?
L: Green!

Reason for taking my phone-
K: I wanted to know what it felt like to have a phone in my pocket.

Uh, we don't have a cat. Probably never will. 
I'm allergic and too cheap to get a hypo-allergenic one.
But this sure would be a cute kitty. 

TMI alert
Reason for not using the toilet for his poo -
K: Because I didn't want to.
At least it was stashed in TP bundles. On Saturday, he will be cleaning all the bathrooms in the house. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Grosgrain: SILHOUETTE MACHINE GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Grosgrain: SILHOUETTE MACHINE GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

This machine looks awesome.

I hope to use my friend's so I can decorate Kai and Coby's shields and swords.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Silly Boys


Coby fell asleep in the middle of a tantrum

C: DJ smells like Marshmallows! I wonder why? 
M: Dunno
C:  Maybe he was sprayed with Marshmallow spray. Yum!

During morning devotional,
M: What does it mean when Heavenly Father gives us daily guidance?
C: He guides us.
K: Like GPS,
C: to places we've never been.

M: Do you know what it mean whens I say "Heavenly Father will pour out his spirit more abundantly upon us?"
C: You know when you bundle up DJ? Well, it's like that. He bundles us up so we are comfortable and cozy. Uh, like a force field.

I guess Liam thought George needed a bath

At breakfast,
J: It's hot. He turns the fan on
C: Oh, no! I hate the bluffeting sound!
M: Someone's seen the Dyson fan commercial.

Coby insists that DJ  has a tooth coming in. During a number of family prayers, Coby has asked "Please bless that DJ will get all of his teeth"

DJ update:
DJ rolled onto his side, and watched me as I crossed the room.

He is my first binky baby, but he has since discovered the joy of gnawing on his fist when he is hungry.
He pushes at the bottle when he is done eating, and it seems like he is batting at the toys dangling above him.

He started scooting around too. I left him in this position

and found him like this

then like this

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Team Umizoomi

In a land not so far away, Umi City.
You can count on us to save the day.


When someone has a problem in Umi City, 
we fix it with our mighty math powers. 


Thanks Team Umizoomi. I knew I could count on you. . .
to entertain Liam while I shower and to teach him his numbers & shapes.


His favorite shape: Oval!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Silly Boys

Liam stuffed his shirt with magnetic letters, & walked around cradling his alphabelly.


Coby made a few alterations to the comics this week.

The boys are  fascinated with Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Jake read the first book to them and we recently watched the movie.
C: Moma, you know the part where Grover is holding up Medusa's head and says "Guys, I cannot pee with her watching!"
K: We made a song about it!!
Both boys: I always feel like Medusa's watching me. And I CAN NOT pee!
They bust out in a fit  of giggles. Giggles, I tell you.

Kai made his own lunch: a ketchup mustard thin sandwich, strawberry banana yogurt and a cheese stick

The boys went over to the Clement house to play. They climbed all over the tree in the back yard. At one point Kai climbs up with a weapon and says "Now, I can shoot anyone who surrenders."

DJ started cooing this week.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yard Sale

Hey friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else living within a relatively close proximity to our pleasant little grove of a town... we're having a community yard sale! Not only will there be the regular garage sale stuff... but also quite a few crafty things from our awesome neighbors. 

Kai is going to have a lemonade stand. Coby wants to sell something as well. Dunno what yet. We're selling a breadmaker, a Cubical cube storage unit, other miscellaneous items and maybe some bibs.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Silhouette Digital Cutting Tool

There's a giveaway on the Idea Room for a Silhouette. Looks like a cool product. It has no cartridges. Get designs from the online store. 

This is one way to add embellishments to my card making.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Family Names Friday II

Since we have another member of the family, I need to make an addition to this post.


6. Daniel Jackson 'Imiloanahoku Walkenhorst

Daniel = Hebrew: God is Judge
Jake's dad's name is Danny

Jackson = English: Son of Jack
(Diminutive Form Of John: God Is Gracious)

'Imi.loa.na.hoku = Hawaiian: seek far the stars or Star Explorer
the dot represents the break between each word for the literal translation of the name. 


'Imiloa also has a figurative meaning of one with great knowledge or avaricious knowledge.

Any guess why we came up with this name?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Silly Boys

Coby swears Liam took this picture
except these are Liam's toes.

At a birthday party, Coby was offered a hot dog -
C: Can I have that without the bun?
a reasonable request, he is allergic to them
A mom: Do you have $5? ;)
C: Oh, yeah! I left it in the car.
Sweetie, this isn't Disneyland.


The birthday party was dog themed. As part of the activities the kids went to dog obedience training, a fun obstacle course. The trainer would ask the dogs to a variety of activities, calling the "dogs" to attention. Coby  asked if he could be a kitty instead, then the boys requested that they be called the Pikachu Brothers. They like to follow the beat of their own drum.

Kai's Pizza Diagram
Mmm. . . pumpkin seeds.

Liam dipped his french fries in ketchup, bit off the end, set the rest of the fry aside, then got a new one to dip. No double dipping for this little boy.

Buzz-Buzz Busy Bees has a sound chip in it of . . . buzzing bees.
While flipping through the book Liam recognized the duck, dog and cow. As the bees buzzed on the cow page, he Mooooozzzz'd along with it.

While doing his homework, Coby came across the problem 6+6 -
C: I know the answer is either 11 or 12 because sometimes when I play monopoly and  one has a 6 and another has a 6 it adds up to either 11 or 12. 
M: Coby, it can only be one.
C: Oh! Well then it's 12.

Out of the blue-
K: Hopes of getting money are on the horizon
K: $5 for watermelon, what a rip off. . . for a cat.

Liam found this 
and immediately applied it to his chest.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lint Pickin'

We're actually potting training but picking lint is what Liam spends most of his time doing.
I couldn't actually show him picking lint, now could I?

Potty training was a disaster with Kai, due to my impatience and temper. We started when he was 2+, he had shown interest, but he didn't finish until just before kindergarten started. With Coby we decided to wait  until he was older, which worked. This time around I've been less frustrated.

Generally, my problems with potty training have been: 1) remembering to take the boy to the potty, 2) sitting there waiting for him to do something. It seems to take FORever.

Liam was showing all the signs of readiness, but I had no intention of potty training right now, since it's recommended not to do so during a transition period, like a new baby in the home. However, Liam was asking to go potty at least once a day.

I decided to take him to the potty when I went, to get him accustomed to the idea and serve as a reminder to myself that he needed to go. He sat on his. I sat on mine.  He has graduated from his little potty to the toilet, and he asks to go throughout the day.

To avoid getting angry because I felt like I was spending an eternity waiting for something to happen, I finally got smart and set a timer. When it goes off, Liam says "Times Up!" and hops down to wash his hands. It works most of the time. Not an everyday or several times a day battle. Phew!

So with my issues resolved, we move forward at a snail's pace. :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Napping

I do so wish I could take the advice: Take a nap when your baby is napping.

I say how??  Here are my difficulties in taking a nap:

  1. Napping generally gives me a headache. 
  2. Coordinating nap times. Liam goes down at 1:00. DJ isn't on a fixed schedule. So he may sleep sometime between 12:30-2:30. 
  3. Household chores don't get done by itself. 
  4. Two other children - who it seems cannot be trusted 
  5. I feel rested, I stay up late, so I feel tired the next day. Vicious Cycle.
I really haven't had an opportunity to take a nap during the week, until today. Liam went down for a nap on time, DJ was fed and on his way to La-La Land, mid day pumping was complete, the dishes were done, the laundry was sorted, and the boys didn't need anything.Woo hoo! I can take a nap.

I told the boys that I was going to take a nap from 2-3.They did a fantastic job of being quiet and waiting patiently for 3:00.

At 3:01, they burst into my room "Mommy, can I have a snack?" Instant headache. "Sure!" Then I just laid in bed. Liam was still asleep and I foolishly hoped that I could sleep a little longer. Nope, they fought over the snacks. Coby stole Kai's treats. The front door became a revolving door. In and out. So I got up and was a grouchy bear. What I was trying to avoid.

When Jake got home he discovered globs of Salt Water Taffy on the curb and the side of the Suburban. Grr!
Why do they feel the need to steal food? Coby is paying to have the car washed this weekend. 

Looks like napping in my comfy bed is out of the question. We'll see if I can get any sleep, napping on the couch. Maybe my physical presence will deter thievery and fighting. Hah! A pipe dream.  

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Silly Boys

After a discussion about double dipping -

C: Kai's triple dibble dipping

K: Do you know why I think my mouth is a lawn mower? Because I hold the world record for eating an apple for a minute!

After putting away his cheetah costume-
C: I'm a cheetah whose fur has been ripped off of him. It's now detachable!

At dinner, Liam sang to himself "I love beef and chicken"

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Two bugs on a bug



Silly Boys

K: Everyone frowns, even when they are snorkeling.

After taking a bite of a Sweet Breakfast Wrap -
K: Cow nuts! This is good
M: Try a different exclamation!
K: Chiming chungas!
M: Excellent!

Liam shared Jeepy the dog with DJ. I love this seriously silly face DJ is making.

Out of the blue -
C: Moma, Getting no one up in a panel house is very rare.
C: How do they get ice dry not wet?

While pouring a bowl of Cheerios, Kai sang this to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star -
Cheerios, Cheerios, I love you
You have honey, that is true
You lower cholesterol, and make me feel good
He said another line, but I can't remember it
Cheerios, Cheerios, I love you
I love eating you with different things.

At Singing Time, Kai chose If your Happy and You know it. He requested that we clap our hand and quack like a duck. He does the best duck imitation.

Getting ready to eat dinner -
C: It's a two headed Pizza.
More exclamations:
K: Great Gizzards!
K: Mimicks!

Kai loves to ride a bike, any bike even if he is too big.