Sunday, November 6, 2011

Silly Boys week of 11/1

This toy has two names
:L: Habidos
C: Octo the Octopus

C: Mommy did you go to a charter school.
M: No, but from kindergarten to fourth grade I went to an all girls catholic school that was run by nuns.
C: Oh, so no one was in charge.

K: Although, I'm not a good quarterback I'm a great pitcher.
M: You mean in baseball?
K: No, I mean a lemonade pitcher.
Kai loves to have a lemonade stand each summer.

Sitting on Jake's lap
L: I know, I know, I know!
J: What?
L: I love you

At breakfast-
J: Will you put your plate in the sink?
L: Mmm. . . maybe next week.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Costumes

Ok, I'm pretty pleased with myself. These turned out great. I didn't use a store bought pattern but cut out the fabric following the outline of items of clothing we already had like: Pajama pants, church vest, & cloak. 

I repurposed items or used materials from my fabric & notions stash. A large portion gifted by Brekke, a few months back. Kai's costume would not have been possible without that contribution to my hobby. Thank you, again! 

I bought the shirts but I'm not even going to count them towards the cost of the costumes since they are every day wear items. My only real purchase: twill tape for the strap of Kai's "money bag". 

FYI: To dress up at the boys' school, first they write a book report. Then they can dress up as any character from the book list.  Many discussions later characters were finally decided. 

Kai read the Hobbit and decided to be Bilbo Baggins. 

The front of the vest is made from a pair of Jake's worn out khaki pants.

Look at these Hobbity Feet. They went over Kai's shoes.
socks, food coloring, sharpie, fabric glue and furry fleece trimmings. 
Coby read The Mouse and the Motorcyle. He wanted to be a mouse but I did not want to try to make a mouse costume and did not have the materials. Then he wanted to be a Jedi, which cannot be found in Classical literature. I suggested a samurai, sorta like a Japanese Jedi. Right? Fortunately, there was a book about a samurai on the list and I had copious amounts of fabric from a failed Daler Mendhi (the 3rd to appear) costume for Jake a few years ago. 

Coby loves his Tabi, split toe socks. 

The boys are so excited with their costumes. 
 Kai's only complaint: having to wear short pants. Too cold.

Liam is Batman. I love super hero jammies for Halloween costumes. 

DJ will be dressed as Beorn in bear form.

This is Kai's costume from 2003, when we went as a Little Girl and her Teddy Bear.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Neumont in the News

Faculty Bio

Here are a couple of articles about Neumont University, 
where Jake works as an Instructor and Faculty Lead. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Art Work

Kai and Coby love to do crafts. They love to color and cut out inventions. I love their creativity and the stories behind each creation. But . . .

I find "creations" all over the house like:

  • a paper gun, no bigger than a quarter, used to shoot a shark
  • a paper sword, the size of a dollar, for killing a monstrous dragon
  • fortune tellers
  • paper airplanes
So when they are floating around free, it seems more like clutter to me.

We used to have a white board for them to draw on and as a place to put their art work on it, but it broke. We put some of it on the fridge, along with their school work, but there is just not enough room for all of it.
Some of masterpieces end up on the walls of the closet.

I've started scanning their school work, which I add to the boys blog. I take the text of the blog and the images and create a journal collage for the day. This has helped decrease the clutter somewhat, at least as far as their school work. But I just don't know what to do with all the other works of art.

Any suggestions?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Walkenhorst Cinemas

We had a bunch of neighbor kids over to watch a movie before, then I had this idea to do something more in line with going to the movies, getting popcorn and candy. It wasn't until this week that I finally made that idea a reality. 

Select your movie. We went to the library to rent some movies for the week. Getting movies there is a dicey proposition, you're not sure how scratched up the movie is going to be until you get home. Hey, it's free. 

Make your own tickets stubs. I looked at a bunch of movie tickets to get an idea of the layout I wanted. Using tables in my word processing program, I got what I was looking for. 

Have a concession stand. At ours to purchase a bag popcorn or snack you have to use Movie Moolah. Each moolah is worth one snack.

In an envelope, we place a ticket stub and 3 Movie Moolah. Each boy takes an envelope to a friend in the neighborhood inviting him/her to join us at the movies. 

To get ready we close all the blinds, cue up the DVD, set out all the snack options, pop the popcorn and put them in these bags I bought at Partyland years ago for a birthday party.

At the appointed hour, the audience arrives. I take his/her ticket, then let them past the gate. At the concession stand (kitchen), they pay me a moolah for a bag of popcorn, then each one carefully decides what snacks will accompany the popcorn. "Will it be chocolate raisins, or maybe the Preztel M&Ms? Hmmm, Oozy gummy bugs are yummy. Which one should I get?" They know to spend their remaining moolah wisely, and that they are welcome to return to the stand during to movie to purchase more. 

Our first viewing had some technical difficulties, pausing and skipping, but the boys loved it. Here's a look at our audience. 

This has been so much fun! I'm glad I was finally able to put an idea into action. Looking forward to the next time!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Silly boys

During family devotional~
M: Boys, do you know what the word precepts means?
C: Someone who sips a lot?

While we were having family prayer, Kai released some gas~
C: And please bless K. that he will not fart during the prayer.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Koala Fliers

While getting DJ out of the car -
J to D: Aren't you the cutest baby in the car?
M: Nice qualifiers.
C: What are koala fliers?

I'm sure Coby was thinking of this little guy from the Wild Kratts
His name is Koala Balloon. The Kratt Brothers rescued him 
as he floated down from the sky carried by black balloons.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Liam, what does a rooster say?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

So hot. . .

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The trouble with tribbles

During the intermission of Bye Bye Birdie, we found a wall of photos of Miss R---- City. 
Among them is this picture.
Jake says to me: Looks like two tribbles died on her shoulders.

So the trouble with tribbles is that they might just ruin a perfectly lovely dress. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Solomon Grundy

This morning during breakfast, Coby treated us to the following nursery rhyme:

Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday.
This is the end
Of Solomon Grundy

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


L: We have ticos for dinner?
M: Yummy, taquitos!

After dinner . . . 
L: I ate three quitos & Mommy, you ate enchihuahua"

An image like this popped into my head

After the laughter died down,
M: Right, Liam. I had an en-CHI-LA-DA 
(Topped with mango salsa & cheese, Yum!)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

National Geographic Place of Death

On our way to church, Coby said "I want to go to the National Geographic Place of death: He . . . "

Jake filled in the statement with Helsinki.

I spelled "H-e-v-e-a-n. I mean H-e-a-v-e-n."

Kai exasperated with us tell us "No, he means H E double hockey sticks"

Oh! Where's that?? ; )

Friday, April 15, 2011

How do you describe your chicken?

While watching America's Test Kitchen chef, Julia Collins-Davison, prepare chicken for soft tacos-

Liam proclaimed "Those chickens are gorgeous!"

She has a tendency to describe every thing as "gorgeous", in fact, her next statement was about the glaze being gorgeous. See the video, she'll say it at 3:32.

So almost every time we have chicken, he'll say it's gorgeous.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

THAT sand

Courtesy of my phone

As we're walking down the stairs, 
L: Mommy, you need to clean THAT sand.
M: What sand?
L: THAT sand. pointing to the living room
I found this lovely mound of sand. Liam helped me stage a reenactment.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Recurring playlist

While volunteering in Coby's class, I experienced an interesting phenomenon: the recurring playlist. They were coloring their leprechauns when all of the sudden the whole class burst into song, the same song, then another until they sang 7 different songs. It was not apparent who was leading the group or how they know what song to move onto next. After of few minutes of quiet, it started back up again. This continued the whole time I was there. Coby's teacher says they do this routinely. The same songs over and over, and over. Aahhh!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bubba, my car

At the beginning of the month, we had the
rebuilt on our little Hyundai.

Then his serpentine belt
needed to be replaced.

Then this happened

Jake is fine :) Thank Goodness! 
But poor Bubba has bit the dust. 

 For the last 11 years, he has served our family well. 
He brought each of our baby boys home from the hospital. 
He's been a trusty commuter car for Jake. 
He's been my "getaway" vehicle for
 Girl's Night Out/Project Night.
I never thought I'd say goodbye this way.

Thanks Teri and Rex for getting me such 
a fantastic graduation present. 
We're gonna miss him.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I won!!

Peeps! I won a giveaway! See here
I squealed when I read the news. 
Liam asked me "What's wrong with you?"

See this fantastic mini-quilt
It's all mine!!

This is the highlight of my day. No, the week.

I'm feeling inspired to make this 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Quilt Giveaway!

Check out Linzsews.

I love her seeing her completed quilts and hope to win this one.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pinewood Derby

Last night was Kai's first Pinewood Derby.

We found out about it last week, when Kai brought home this

Unfortunately, we didn't have time to do anything nor did we have one of these:

Fortunately though, Jake's mom cleaned out her garage and sent us Jake's old car. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Arm workout

For a fantastic arm workout you'll need:

1. A broken serpentine belt.

2. No power steering

3. A Suburban

Now, drive!  

You'll break into a sweat. 
Your arms will feel the burn. 
Bonus: your legs will get a workout trying to gain leverage. 

Happy Exercising!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Over the years, we've had different chore charts like this one
 and our current one

With those chores came money. At first, 10 cents per chore completed. Each boy earned a different amount, but I didn't have a good system to keep track of it all plus tithing.

Out of laziness, we went to if there was an acceptable level of chore completion they got a set sum for the month, $10. Super easy to deduct tithing and retrieve the cash. We got them wallets to carry their money in, which were forgotten whenever we went to the store. Then they'd want a loan, but didn't have money to pay up. So I repo'd their stuff. 


Also their willingness to work went down substantially. We had to re-evaluate our system. What was our goal? To give the boys money to spend or to teach the boys: the value of work, how to be a contributing member of a family/community, and the basics of money. 

The allowance is gone. The boys still have chores. If they want to earn money they have the opportunity to do extra chores:
  • folding wash clothes, microfiber towels, bibs, etc. . . 
  • getting the mail
  • sweeping or vacuuming the floors
  • unloading the dishes
  • making deliveries around the neighborhood. 
  • etc. . . 
But I was back to the same problem of keeping track of it all. I used a pretend check register from the dollar store, until I realized that it was a pretend check book and most of the pages were checks, and it didn't have space for tithing.

I was thrilled to find this check register at the Idea Room, so I didn't have to do any more work then just printing it off. I asked Kai how he wanted to decorate it: all the seasons with a bunch of different colors. I'm pretty pleased with the final results, and Kai likes it to.

Right now, he is repaying some accrued debt. He's not too happy about it, but he has been steadily working on paying it down. 

Now, we need to make Coby's.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Blog of Mormon II

Dude!! You CAN have the scriptures show up in your blog reader. Check it out here:
Thanks for letting me know!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blog of Mormon

Mentally, I was going over my to do list while getting lunch ready and thought:
I haven't read my scriptures yet. I should do that during lunch,  but I was gonna check Google Reader & Facebook like usual. Hmmm? Wouldn't it be great if the Book of Mormon were a blog? I would totally read it! Ooh, or a Facebook update? Nephi just arrived in the Promised Land. Boy, the journey over was rough!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bib Bondage

One of the reasons I love my body bibs:
little handsies don't get in the way.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter Gear

Kai asked me to help him dig through the lost and found for all of his winter gear before it gets sent to DI tomorrow. Here's what we found:

  1. Two scarves
  2. One knitted cap
  3. One faux fur trimmed coat
  4. One Red Jacket
What we didn't find
  1. lunch box
  2. any gloves, several pairs have gone to school
Kai told me after we dug through 3 bins that he is looking forward to spring so he doesn't have so  many things to remember to bring home. Me too!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

If you hear, Liam saying

. . . "I want those damn pants!"
He means: I want those denim pants!"

. . . "I'm a doofus"
He means: "William Joseph"

. . . "Habidos"
He's trying to say: Octopus

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Caramel Apple Bars

I asked each boy to choose a dessert recipe for us to do together. Kai choose Southern Caramel Apple Bars. We worked on it together after dinner but it wasn't finished until after the boys went to bed. So we had it for breakfast. 

The boys' responses:
 Yummmmm!  I can't believe how tantalizing this is?

Huh?! This is SO good.
It's so tarty.

That inspired me to come up with this joke:
What did the apple pastry say when he got to school late?
Sorry, I'm tarty!

Monday, January 17, 2011


DJ has 'em and he's gonna use 'em...
He's started crawling. 

He alternates between 
  1. rollin' about . . . his first mode of transportation
  2. army crawling
  3. rocking back and forth then flopping forward
  4. an occasional on the knees crawling

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pirate Island Performance

Kai performed with his Polynesian Dance group at Pirate Island.
No, the kids did not wear pirate costumes while performing.
Although that would have been hilarious.

Kai lost his lavalava during one of the dances in which he was the only boy, but he stayed on stage and kept dancing with a big smile on his face.

 Coby and Liam playing in a fake Mangrove tree
 while waiting for Kai to perform.
Coby is saying "Arrgh!"

Technical Difficulties

  1. I haven't figured out how to scan things on my new printer/scanner/copy machine (that we got because we thought our old combo was broken but really it just had a small toy stuck in it.)
  2. My laptop is processing slower than snot, so Jake is going to do his computer mumbo jumbo and make it all better. 
  3. I'm having a hard time getting the video from the other day working properly. Sorry.

Monday, January 10, 2011


My family has given me the title "Wasatch Molly Mormon". I'm not quite sure how being a Wasatch Molly is different from the typical Molly. But . . . here's my badge, I wear it with pride!

With my latest goals in mind, I feel like I'm entrenching myself even further into the domestic realm of this stereotype. Maybe I need an additional title: Susie Homemaker or Domestic Debbie ok. I made that one up. I prefer Domestic Diva, anyway. But I don't know anyone named Diva and we're going with a name theme here. 
What are those goals? To make: 
I can check off the laundry detergent. I made some dry detergent (#4) this weekend. Woo hoo!

The plan was for the liquid stuff. But I had wash that needed to get done. I just couldn't wait 24 hours to let the stuff gel. Oh, no. It had to be done ASAP, so it could sit in my bedroom to wait forlornly for my attention. 

I've done 3 loads with the new detergent. I filled the washer with a little bit of hot water, then gathered my clothes to give the detergent time to dissolve. Then I filled the rest of the way with cold water.  

My clothes look and smell clean. Or rather they don't smell dirty. I'm still gonna do the recipe for the liquid detergent so I can add essential oils and boost the 'fresh from the wash' smell. 

P.S. I forgot to mention that I'm back home now, have been since Tuesday afternoon when I drove in town just in time to pick Coby up from school. 4 hours of sleep the night before + 6 hours driving = a long day! I only made it with the help of that 5 hour energy shot.