Friday, February 26, 2010

Herbal Minute

During Kai's 15 minute clean up time, he said "Hold on Mommy! I need an herbal minute" then he walked into the bathroom.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Eucalyptus Burps

While I was in the bathroom (isn't that always when the mischief occurs), Liam wandered into my bedroom. The door was left open after the older boys borrowed the keyboard piano. Although, soon Liam will be able to open the door himself.

He found a bottle of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, which he drank. :{

I called Poison Control. Essential Oils are an irritant, so his tummy will be upset, but the biggest worry was that he may have aspirated the oil, which would cause a chemical reaction in his lungs. I was told to watch for a persistent cough. Uh. . . he has a cold and has been coughing. It would be a cough as though he couldn't breathe, more like choking. Oh!

So I watched for the cough, nothing but a cold cough. Thank goodness! His tummy was upset though. As I was snuggling with him, he started burping. I thought "I smell Vicks. Huh?" I had put some on his nose, but the smell was a strong burst. He burped and there was the smell again. Ah! He was burping the eucalyptus oil. It made me giggle. Eucalyptus burps relieved my stress.

Wee Read Program

Yesterday, I registered Liam for the Wee Read Program on Thursdays.

Today, was our first class. He did not want to sit down and listen. He wanted to play with the stereo, and the cute little stuffed fishes decorating the table. He wanted to read the books on displayed nicely on the table. He wanted to sit in a little chair at the table and bang a beat.

At least, he had a little accomplice, so he wasn't alone in his mischief. They were quite the pair considering everyone else was sitting quietly & listening intently. Most of the kids have been in the program before and know what to expect. Liam will settle down in time. Just like Kai and Coby did. I just had to chuckle at history repeating itself.

At the end, they set out a few big baskets for the kids to pick books to read. Liam's first choice was Dora and the Snow Fairies. I'm not quite sure what happens in the story. I read 4 random pages a few times before Liam put it away. When we read, only Liam gets to hold the book (my book) and turn the pages (i turn). It makes for interesting reading. :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Daily Highlights

At dinner, we talk about the highlight of our day, as a way to connect as a family and avoid the retelling of whatever TV show they watched that day (I wanna hear about their day) or discussions about typical boy stuff (farting, burping, guns) while at the dinner table. Ew!

We went around the table.

Coby: I've got to think about it, so come back to me.
(Typically, he has a morning, afternoon and evening highlight, so it was surprising that he didn't have at least one highlight to share)

Kai: I got to have indoor recess and play checkers, "menechru" (a marble game), and sub swamp.

Jake: I didn't feel like I covered the material for class very well yesterday, so I retaught it today. I made it seem like it was a review and and expansion of what was taught. Expounding instead of reteaching, Nice cover!

Michelle: My hula sisters told me that I finally look pregnant, and my belly is small & cute. And that it's no fair that I look like I'm losing weight while pregnant. I feel vain saying this.

Back to Coby: I got to have hot cocoa with my lunch today!

Screen Time

Coby can earn an hour of screen time a day.

On the TV, he can choose any show in the TiVo's Kids Zone. Usually it's the same shows: Special Agent Oso, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Martha Speaks, Curious George, etc. . .

But occasionally he surprises me. Like yesterday, he chose Food Network's Challenge:

We're not raising little Foodies, I promise ;)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Saints to Sinners Bike Relay

Helping to spread the word about this event
What: Saints to Sinners Bike Relay
Where: Salt Lake City to Las Vegas
When: July 30-31st
Who: Anyone who wants to ride a bike
Why: Because it will be a lot of fun, and a ride of a lifetime!
A portion of the proceeds will go to research a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The race will be awesome. Beautiful scenery, going through Zion's National Park, and will have easy, intermediate, and advanced legs, so all skill levels can be accommodated. The teams will consist of 5 or 10 riders (your preference), and there will be stations along the way. Those of you who are familiar with Ragnar, it's the same idea, only on bikes. It's going to be a lot of fun!

Want more information? Go to

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Liam's new favorite toy is his rocking horse: Hoarsey!
Aw! isn't that cute, Liam is giving Hoarsey tisses!

This fabulous little pony whinnies and sings:

I'm a pretty pony, clippity clop, clippity clop
Such a pretty pony, clippity clop, clippity clop
I love to have my coat brushed
underneath the old oak tree,
Let's jump and run,
We'll have lots of fun
Won't you come and play with me?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Smooshed Fingers

I'm still recovering from all the sickness from last week, a baby boy who wants to be in bed with "mumy! dady!" at 5:30 in the morning so he can kick, roll, and poke, too many trips to the bathroom at night, less than restful sleep, and some other side effects of being pregnant, all of which has lead to a lack of sleep.

I didn't realize how great the lack was until I managed to close the car door on my hand that was closing the door. These pictures honestly don't do it justice. It looked broken, but it was just really swollen.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Community Blog

The poor community blog! I've neglected it. :(

Today, I looked at the calendar for Thanksgiving Point to see if there was anything going on at the end of the month that I could post about.

Well, on Monday there was a Youth education class called Vampire vs. Werewolf. Really?? I just had to chuckle. Attendees were welcome to dress up. What in their Team Edward or Team Jacob shirts?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pay Choo Choo

Liam loves to "pay." After Coby leaves for school, I'll play with Liam until 9 then get going on my chores. Lately, Liam's favorite thing to play is Choo-Choo! I put together all the Thomas the Train characters & the tracks then he pushes them all around.

I love the middle picture with Stanley and Thomas talking to each other.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Track A

At Kai's elementary school, they have two tracks A & B. One starts earlier than the other so that the specialty classes will be smaller or something like that.

A few weeks ago, Kai asked if he could be moved to Track A. He thinks that being on an earlier schedule will help him to get his homework done sooner, so that he'll have more time to play and will be able to sleep better. Hard to argue with that reasoning.

I would love for our afternoons to not feel like I'm trying to cram everything (snack, homework, play, hula practice, journaling) in a limited amount time or to have Kai tell me "Mommy, you're stressing me out" whenever I ask him to do his homework after school. If he thinks this will make things easier for him then I'm all for it.

I checked with his teacher and she is ok with him joining her class earlier in the day. We told Kai we would be willing to do our part to get him to school earlier, if he could show us that he could do his part by waking up and getting ready on time for at least a week, as a practice.

Last week was practice week. He did great!! So . . . he started Track A today. When he got home, he didn't argue with me about doing his homework. He got it done quickly (less than a 1/2 hour), and had plenty of time to enjoy playing outside with his friends. So far I think this will be a wonderful change. Yay!

Monday, February 15, 2010

President's Day

An easy going day. Very similiar to Valentine's day with a few exceptions. I started and finished my books from Jake. Jake made granola from scratch. The recipe is from Alton Brown. Tasty stuff. No more waiting for it to go on sale at Sunflower. Why didn't we do this sooner?

Before heading out to pick up his meds, Jake asked me if the there was anything I needed from the store, Coby instantly piped up and said "We want that chicken dish for dinner, Daddy. Can you get the ingredients?"

This weekend we watched America's Test Kitchen, and the boys saw them make this dish similar to Chicken "Ballotine" It's a French-Style Stuffed Chicken Breast, stuffed specifically with mushrooms and leeks. And he wanted the Green Beans Almondine also featured for the side dish. Coby rarely eats his veggies, so it caught me off guard that wanted it, even though he asked after the show if we could eat this meal.

I had to put my foot down on the green beans though. Can't stand them!!! So we had roasted broccoli with garlic instead. Coby gobbled everything up, and complimented Jake on how good the broccoli was. High praise for someone who never eats regular broccoli without some encouragement.
The butter sauce is fantastic. It really made the dish for me. If we hadn't started dinner so late we would have included a rice dish as well. Oh well! Jake may post this recipe on his blog.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Our track record with Valentine's Day is not a good one. We were all sick. But on the happy side of things, we spent the day together resting and playing games, and enjoying the presents.

Jake bought me the first three books in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, and a bed wedge. He played the wife and bought himself something from me ;) a charger for the Wii remotes. Cupid brought the boys Super Mario Bros Wii.

During Liam's nap, Jake and the boys played monopoly. Coby won! I sorted through Kai's projects and memorabilia and put them in order.

I spent rest of the day snuggled on the couch with Liam while playing My Sims Kingdom or watching Jake and the boys playing Super Mario Wii.

Not a bad day.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Two days of fevers and diarrhea, an afternoon of feeling well, then Friday morning Liam's front, back and shoulders are covered in red raised spots.

Whenever I see red spots, I immediately think chicken pox and I freak out a little. I reminded myself that we've both been vaccinated and that he's not been itchy, but we're off to the doctor's office.

I was able to get an appointment at the doctor's office, after the boys got home from school. :(
Here we are waiting. I have this picture, but didn't even think about getting one of all of Liam's spots.
Kai's class had pajama day. Doesn't he look comfy?

The nurse swabbed Liam's throat. Not an easy task. The test was negative. Although, now that I think about it I'm not sure what the test was. Strep?? I was a little sleep deprived and could barely hear anything over the boys.

Diagnosis: it's viral exanthem, an allergic type,
Treatment: An antihistamine, once a day until the medicine is gone.
Easy enough!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Kai's Valentine's Day Class Party

Valentine's bingo
Pink frosted hearts
Kai is super excited

Pointy as a cucumber?

Coby sharpened a brand new pencil. When he was done he proclaimed it "Pointy as a cucumber!" then "Hmm. . .pointy as a thistle."

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lunch Request

Everyday for lunch Coby asks for a hot dog, bread, and mustard. . . in the shape of a smiley face. Sometimes he requests a mustache, ears or hairs. Here is my recent offering:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

This morning I asked Kai what he wanted for lunch: a peanut butter jelly sandwich.

Coby chimed in with the Peanut Butter Jelly Time song and a quick dance. Then he asked me "Do you know what the baseball bat is, Moma?" What? "It's the bread. Do you know how I know? It's the same color."

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


When I was younger, I remember my mom always asking me to close my closet doors, to save electricity and money. It's not cheap to keep a house cold in the summer in Vegas.

Now, I find myself doing the same with the boys, but during the winter. My beef is not with the closet doors, they don't even have doors on their closet, but with the bathroom and garage doors.

The main floor is cold, so we have an extra heater to take the edge of the chill. The accompanying bathroom has no heat, whatsoever! And the garage is the perfect temperature for our sodas, ah refreshing. Whenever either door is open for any amount of time the temperature in the room drops 5 degrees. Brrrr!! I dislike the cold :(

So I ask the boys several hundred times a day to "close the door". I feel like a broken record. Wish I had been better about listening to my mom. Oh, karma!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ridiculous things to say

There are things I thought I would never have to say, like:

We don't sniff other people's bums.

Bed Linens

It seems like whenever I want to change the boys sheets I'm hunting down all the pieces even though I know I put them in the closet together. And when I find what I need all the other sheets ooze or tumble out of the closet. Grrr. . .

Today, while folding all the linens I had an idea, inspired by a Walmart sheet set that comes in a matching fabric bag.

I used a pillowcase to store a fleece blanket and fitted sheet.

Here's the bundle once everything is stored away.
Snowie thought it was very cuddly to snuggle with.

I'll add the flat sheet if they ever feel the need to use one. The comforter just stays on the bed. It's so compact, it seems like I have more room in my linen closet. I can't believe I never thought of this before.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Carter's Baptism

The boys were very excited to attend their cousin Carter's baptism and see some of our extended family.

While Carter and his dad, Jeff were changing everyone wrote a note to Carter expressing our testimony of the gospel and our happiness with his decision to be baptized. Coby drew a picture of the baptism, and Kai wrote a sweet note about his excitement to be baptized in September.