Sorry. I was going to narrow it down more, but I just couldn't. All of her expressions are so sweet. I just love the length of this dress. I would amuse you longer, but I MUST go clean my house and do the dishes. I WILL!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
So, it's a bit of a catch-22 that when you have kids, they generate a lot of work for you to do, and then impede you from doing any of it. I'm not saying I blame them. I did the same thing to my mom (let me just mention however that my mom was a million bajillion infinity times better at getting things done notwithstanding children than I am). I'm just noting the paradoxism of it.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
My sister Kami tagged me to write how Brett and I hooked up. Which I'd wanted to do anyway, since way back on our anniversary actually. Here goes.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Brett left this morning to go to the Scout camp in Boundary Waters Minnesota. He'll be gone ten days. This morning Jethro was saying the blessing and I reminded him to say please bless daddy, and he said, "Please bless daddy to not get bitten by a snake or a lion, and please help him to come home safe and that he won't get bitten by an eel or a shark." Amen.
Then Jethro was saying that he was so hungry and he said, "I'm as hungry as a hippopotamus!" and Hazel said, "And I'm as hungry as a PINK hippopotamus!" It was so funny.
Then Jethro said, "Do prophets eat?" and I said yes, and he said, "Then what did the guy that talked to the bad guys eat?" and I didn't know what he was talking about, so I said what? and he said "The guy that had to be fed for several days." And I remembered that we had read in the Book of Mormon about Sherem in the Book of Jacob, who denies Christ and demands a sign, and then is smitten and fell to the earth and it says that he had to be fed for many days (that's what it said in the illustrated version that we were reading---in the BOM it says he was nourished for the space of many days). So funny what kids pick up on.
Well, I'm off to try to be productive at least a little bit. I often find that difficult when I know Brett's not going to be home. Anyway, that's all for now.
Friday, June 22, 2007
GOSH I LOVE this one. Soooo beautiful. Makes me just have the 'awwwwww' feeling. I could look at it and look at it.
I love the arm around Ethne's shoulder. So sweet. Ethne's face is pretty adorable too.
Ethne's such a spaz these days. When Elena was here Brett and I were shocked at how mellow she was. We painted the front of the house, and Elena sat in the same spot the WHOLE hour and a half, just chilling and chewing on some grass. Ethne, on the other hand, kept crawling up to us, pulled herself up the step, whined and cried to be picked up and played with, then would be happy and excited when we played with her, but none of that keeping-herself-occupied stuff. And lately, her favorite thing to do is to SCREAM at the top of her lungs when she's excited. We were at the store buying some special 100% nylon pants for Brett's Scout trip to Boundary Waters in Minnesota, and Ethne was excited to get into the dressing room with the big mirror and she kept SCHRIEKING sooooooooo loud!!! Crazy head. We always say "Screamer no screaming!" like from Dora the Explorer. :)
Friday, June 15, 2007
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp oregano
¼ tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small onion, chopped
Mix all together. Shape into 4 (or more) thin patties. Cook over medium heat, turning frequently, until done.
4 pita breads (6-inch diameter)
2 cups shredded lettuce (optional)
1 cup plain yogurt
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp dill weed
1 tsp minced garlic
Our garden is doing pretty great. I put some of our extra tomato guards around the peas because they're getting so tall. I thinned the lettuce a while back, and we have had it on taco salad and tuna sandwiches. I don't like thinning. I feel bad, those poor little shoots that have made it up....who am I to tell them they may no longer live? Also, our roses that we planted have buds.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet them with, "who could have done this? We have no enemies." ~Phyllis Diller
I can't remember where I saw that quote, but I *LOVED* it. I'm saving that idea to really use some day when my MOM comes unexpectedly and sees my house.
The other day my Dad called and he said, "What are you up to?" and I said, "Oh, just trying to clean my house." And he said, "What, is this like a yearly thing?" Ha haa ha ahem. That's right, you wouldn't want to overdo it. ;)
Poor Jethro, some of you may remember his Big Ear day, and then the day after that, he was peeling carrots for us for dinner--no problem, but then he tried peeling a potato and cut his thumb quite badly.
Then the next day he woke up with a swollen eye. I don't know why he had a swollen eye, perhaps he'll die. Actually we think he just got a mosquito bite or something and it puffed up extra big. It was a rough few days there for him.
Ethne decided she'll skip baby food and go straight to grown-up food, particularly bananas. Actually though, she is doing a little better now at eating some baby food, (yahoo--I won't have to nurse her until she's 10!) and bananas are a favorite.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Fear not thou miniscule assortment of corpuscles. My return is imminent. Keep thy energies focused on the development of thy talents so that ye may support thy parents in their reclining years. Amen (the supporting of him in his old age is a VERY common theme of his)
This is GORGEOUS Lindsay. Did I mention she is gorgeous? I love this picture of her and her guy friend (he's not a boyfriend, she insists) Allen. Alan? Anyway.
And THIS --really why I wanted to play this Guess Who game--is Ethan. My *little* brother. If you did not guess that it's okay, even though he has been featured in a Meet the Family post--because *I* almost wouldn't recognize him. This definitely does not match what is in my head. And why is his hair allowed to be this long? It's a puzzle. Well, actually, it's because he's the youngest and gets away with whatever. Anyway, had to post this picture since I find it a little bemusing.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Here are some funny stories. Last night, Jethro told me his first joke. It wasn't funny. But it was funny that he thought it was funny. You ready? "Once a bee wished he was a fly." Yeah. That was the whole thing. Ha ha.
Last night, when we were getting the kids to kneel for prayer, Brett put his hand out, so that when Jethro straightened up (kneeling still) he bonked his head on Brett's hand. Then he said, "HEY!" So, then Hazel said, "My turn!" And Brett put his hand out, she bonked her head on it and yelled "HEY!" Ha haa haa.Brett had a Scouts activity this morning, and so he was taking the car, and I really wanted to go to this one garage sale, because it advertised clothes 4-6, which is what Hazel will soon be wearing, so anyway, I sent Brett to it, wondering what he would come home with. He did well, he bought a pink shirt and some jeans. He said, "They all cost too much in my opinion, but I thought you'd be mad if I came home empty-handed." Ha ha. I asked him if he felt silly looking for little girls clothes, but he said no. (Obviously he's too macho to feel silly.) ;)
Here's the kids playing in the little tree-house they had after Brett trimmed some branches of our trees. They are putting their heads next to the "fire" they built to make "tin-koil dinners", as Jethro called them. Notice Jethro's ear...more about that later.
Then we decided to go to the Potholes. They were AWESOME! I SOOO loved them. But anyway, here are some pictures from the trip. So you can see what Indiana looks like (those of you who do not already know), and feel like you were along with us. There is more than corn in Indiana as the song says, but there's still definitely a lot of cornfields. Okay, I don't know exactly where this text is going to end up between pictures, but the picture of Jethro's ear shows how HUGE Jethro's ear swelled up. We don't know why--maybe a bug bite or something? But it was ENORMOUS! We kept calling him Big-Ear and Dumbo all day, but he didn't mind. Oh, and there are some of the sites in Attica, Indiana, in case you wanted to know what Historic Attica Indiana looks like. My goal for the drive was to get a picture of a cow, and finally on our way home, Brett said "There's a cow!" and generously slowed down so I could snap a picture of the very big calf nursing. And a little cemetary on Potholes Road. And a chicken. Which is cool.
So anyway, here we are at the Potholes which, as I said, were AWESOME!!! (Ginger, I know you said they were cool, but you really did not use as many capital letters and exclamation points as you should have, however, you did have a sick kid, so that can be a dampener--speaking of your sick kid, when we passed Pamida, I said, "That's where Sam threw up!" so he's pretty much famous.) So, you walk up this little gorge with a small amount of water running through, but there are these holes in the middle (hence--the Potholes) that are somewhat deep. Deep enough, in fact, that we almost lost one of our children in one. You see Hazel tramping boldly through the water in the first picture...then see how wet she is in the following pictures? Well, I was helping her through one of the pothole areas, then I set her down to wait while I helped Jethro, and she just recklessly walks forward, right into a pothole, and bobbed at the top--little hat floating on the top of the water. It was kinda like on cartoons how one minute a person is walking on land and the next their gone into a big hole. I quickly grabbed her, and asked her if she was okay. She said "Yes," --didn't cry or anything, but after that she was MUCH more cautious. Anyway, it was SOOO fun and SOOO exciting--too short though. And Jethro was scared of the potholes, but we made it to the end of the journey where we found Ming, a guy from Brett's department taking pictures of the waterfall, so of course, I asked if he would take a picture of our family. How convenient. Then we hiked back and ate our sandwiches sitting in the back of our car.
Brett said he thinks we are the worst people at being prepared of anyone he knows because we didn't bring extra clothes with us when we should've known we'd get wet (but we didn't know just how wet), but I thought that was rather harsh (at least in this particular situation--we kinda sometimes are not very prepared) since we had sandals instead of shoes, hats, sunscreen, bug spray, good food, baby carrier, camera, AND we did have extra clothes in the back for Jethro and I because we had a bag of stuff we were going to drop off at Goodwill. Maybe we will leave a set of clothes in the back of the car permanently for just such occasions. Brett also said to me "Isn't it against the rules for the parent to come out much more wet than the kids?" But hey---I was having a very good time!
Anyway, lots of fun had by all.