Friday, January 30, 2009

Miriam's latest escapades

So it's really late, but Derek just got a new laptop for work (needed one to test code on) and I think I will like having a very portable laptop to surf the web, or post a blog. I can sit on the couch and type pretty easily.

But more importantly, things are going pretty well here. The other day Miriam had been running and bonked her lip into the table. Five minutes later as I was snuggling her, I asked her how her lip felt. "Bonked," she replied. "I need to 'er' it." (that's what it sounded like) Then she said, "Er" with a lilt in her voice and gave me an impish grin. I guess it worked for her. And it made me laugh. She is so cute!! And her stripes have almost worn off. On Sunday, Becca and Rachel were drawing posters in their room and then came down and we were playing Sorry and Quiddler with Uncle Reid. All of a sudden I realized that I didn't know where Miriam was. Well, Becca or Rachel or Laura accidently left their door open and Miriam had found a pen. She had blue marker on her belly (emphasis on the belly button), legs, and even the small of her back. And her dress only had a tiny mark on it, remarkably.

Anyway, she keeps us smiling! :)


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

No school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today we have no school... probably due to the rain we were getting that was turning into ice on the roads. It started out as an hour delay. Then we got a call and after the call ended Dad said,"I'm so sorry guys. There's no school. " And everyone was "YEAH"in' and "UH-HUH"in' for about 30 seconds and then everyone was back to what they were doing before the interruption.
We got a Wii on Martin Luther King Jr. day. It is very fun. We have the games Wii Sports and Wii play. It is cool. I can't wait to play on it.

I guess we've been bad about keeping this updated...

Anyways, I'll let you get back to your day.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Day Off of School!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today we have a day off of school all due to the cold. Just because they didn't want children out at the bus stop in almost 0°F weather. So we are having a good day at home. We started the day off with blueberry muffins made by ME.
Last night for dinner we some soup which is kind of like Olive Garden's Zuppe Toscana, which mom found the recipe to here. It is really good except that we kids thought it was too spicy, so, if your kids don't like spiciness very much, tone down the crushed red pepper. It is SO good homemade. Print off the recipe and try it if you like the Olive Garden version.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

News ...

Boy, I'm not doing well in keeping up to date. Let's see ...

Laura had her first gymnastics lesson this week. She's been desperately asking since the Olympics to do some gymnastics, so that was one of her Christmas presents, 12 lessons or so. I'm afraid we've created a monster.

Jeff has gotten to be pretty mobile. He is doing a full crawl, but seems to think that crawling is so you can get over to something which you can pull yourself up on. Unfortunately, he's not as stable standing as crawling so he's fallen a couple times and has a bruise (or two, or three: added by Becca) on his forehead. Poor kid.

Becca and Rachel have been telling us all the details of various Warrior Cat stories. We know more than we ever planned on. Glad the kids enjoy reading. The kids have been going through a comic book phase, so Santa brought some and we got some more from the Library, so kids are often found sitting somewhere and giggling.

We had Brian's birthday party last night, had a good time. For Christmas he got a Nerf suction cup dart gun, but had lost some of the darts, so we got him a bag of 30 darts. He should be set for a while. We had fun for a while last night with me trying to shoot darts on a moving ceiling fan. Today he shot all his darts at the back door, was laughing the whole while. Cute kid.

Brian and his train cake

Cute kid

The fan with darts

Jeff likes ice cream

Jeff doing his standing

Miriam did the new puzzle

I can't figure out why there's a big gap, but oh well. I hope people are doing well!


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Catching up ...

Couple of quick thoughts:

Christmas went really well. Kids were really excited to get gifts for each other, tried really hard to find something that their siblings would enjoy. Christmas morning each child was asking their siblings open the gift from them next, they were so eager to see the reaction from their siblings at opening the gift from them. Good kids.

Sarah's brother, Bryce, came home for Christmas from BYU, was fun to see him. Granted his body did the "can't get sick, can't get sick" during finals and promptly was knocked out when he got home. Got better right in time to go back to BYU.

Bryce's "friend" Meg came out, spent a couple days in Virginia. Seems like the two of them are trying to sort out if there will be something more than "friends" later. The kids like Meg, so a point in her favor. We'll have to see what they decide.

New Years was a fairly quiet event, kids got to stay up later than usual, not to midnight, but some treats and games made it a fun evening.

The Smiths, friends who moved from Lynchburg a couple years ago, were back in town for the weekend. We met up with them at the park, played with them and several other families who came to see the Smiths. We ended up inviting them to crash at our place for the night, and the kids had a good time playing together before it was time to head off to Church.

Church is now at 11 AM, and so far I'm not enthusiastic. With 1 PM Church, Sunday mornings Sarah and I take turns getting some much needed sleep. And for the kids, it is right in the middle of lunch time and nap time for Miriam. I'm sure we'll get used to it over time.

Well, life is good!


Saturday, January 3, 2009


Last night Laura and I changed beds. Man... going from top bunk to the bed beside the bunk bed was a BIG change. I stayed up late playing Hot Death Uno (yes I know how... Uncle Bryce taught me how) and then I stayed up late talking with my sisters. I had itchy eyes and had a washcloth over my eyes and finally didn't need it it and by the time I was asleep it was about 10:15ish. I woke up at about 7 with this weird "where am I" feeling looking up at the bunk bed... weird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So anyways... We went to Grandma and Grandpa's house for waffles... and to say goodbye to Bryce and Meg... a girl he met at Cumorah.
So anyways I have to go... we're meeting a family from out of town at 12:00 and I have more things to do.