Thursday, October 30, 2008

LeeAnna and Steven's Wedding

Jackson and my sweet niece Emily were chosen to be the ring bearer and flower girl in my cousin Donice's daughter's wedding this past weekend. It was a very big honor. Jackson really felt like a grown up in his tuxedo. We have been talking about the wedding for so long, and on Saturday he said to me several times, "This is my big day." We had a blast visiting with all of our family, eating good food, and dancing until late in the evening. (Well it was late for a two and four year old anyway.) LeeAnna, thank you for including us in your wedding and we wish you and Steven all the best!

For my relatives and anyone else who has some time to kill, the rest of my weekend photos can be found here.

Halloween Preview

Thursday, October 23, 2008

If this doesn't make you smile...

...then there's something wrong with you.

Thanks for sharing, Beck.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Real Simple TV Show Premier

After Beth F. wrote about this show on her blog I set up my DVR to record it. I've had a subscription to Real Simple for a long time and they used to have a show on PBS, but it was not so good. This new show was a lot better, but I did feel a little sorry for the woman who was getting a makeover because it made her life out to be a total mess. These shows always make me think I'm not doing THAT bad. At least half of my garage is okay. Maybe I should just hang a giant curtain to cover up the other half. Anyway, does anybody besides me remember when the girl who was hosting (Kit Hoover) was on the first season of Road Rules? I remember her being kind of funny, but now she just seems kind of drunk all the time. And stick-like. I thought the show would've been better without her.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Night Life

Last night I went to check on Jackson after he was in bed and found him studying his new book about fighter jets. Mat got this at Barnes & Noble on that big rack of clearance coffee table books that you always see.

This is how I found him first thing this morning. This may be the best $15 we've ever spent.

And here's how I found Luke when I went to check on him. Thanks Aunt Charlotte for the giant fish!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Recent Quotes

I've done "recent quotes" posts a few times for Jackson, but it's been awhile. Now we have two talkative boys saying funny things on a daily basis. Everyday I wish I had all these things videotaped so I could replay them over and over. Here are a few things that I've managed to remember from the past few months.

We sing some of the same songs over and over at night getting ready for bed or on CD's in the car. It's always funny when you realize they have the words wrong. Here are some wrong names for church songs:

Luke: Rainbows and bad guys = Blue Skies and Rainbows
Jackson: Old Rocket Cross = Old Rugged Cross
Luke: Celeshduhshhow = Celestial Shore = I'll Fly Away

Other random quotes:

Luke: What's your name, Jackson?

Luke (crying as I was wiping his nose): Put my boogers back!!

Luke (anytime it' dark outside his bedroom window): It's Halloween out there.

Jackson (listening to the Mama Mia! soundtrack): Mommy, what's a Love Machine?

Luke (last night, talking about our friend's daughter): His name is Abby. Mommy: Abby is a she. Luke: No! I want her to be a him!

Mommy: Luke, how do you spell your name? Luke: 2 years old.
Mommy: What letter does bee start with? Luke: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.
Mommy: How old are you? Luke: L-U-K-E!

After nap, I always go into Luke's room and say: Good after-NOO-OON! Since he started getting out of his crib in the mornings, occasionally he comes into our room singing: Good after-MORN-NING!

Luke occasionally has nightmares and wakes up screaming for me. :-( Here are some descriptions he's given me when I've come into his room to comfort him:

- I don't like that rattlesnake!
- That man was trying to fight me!
- There's a storm in the parking lot!

Poor guy. I'm sure when the boys wake up from their nap today, they will say more cute things. This is truly a fun time in their lives, and I'm really trying to remember and enjoy all these moments.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tagged about my kids...

I just realized that Julie tagged me the other day. So here goes...

1. How many kids do you have? 2

2. What are their ages? Jackson is 4 1/2 and Luke is 2.

3. What time do you start your day? Luke usually wakes me up around 7:30.

4. What do you eat for breakfast? The boys usually eat yogurt and granola, frozen waffles, fruit, or scrambled eggs. I have just recently switched to a high-protein breakfast rather than cereal. My new staple is Morningstar Farms veggie sausage patty chopped up in a tortilla and sprinkled with a little cheddar cheese. I either have that or veggie sausage and eggs over easy.

5. Do your kids watch TV? Not much. They usually get to watch about 1 or 2 shows a week, and it's always something we've recorded so either Curious George, Word World, or Clifford.

6. What are their favorite activities? They do the usual stuff around the house... playing outside or with toys. Thanks to Jackson's imagination, though, no matter what it is we have to pretend that we're doing something else or it's no fun. For instance if we're swinging in the backyard, we have to pretend we're astronauts blasting off to the moon. If we're playing with cars, then we have to take them in the bathroom and set up a pretend car wash. Most recently they are very into paper airplanes. Mat makes really awesome airplanes that fly really far and do tricks. So we play with them and decorate them. The other thing I do with them the most is read. We end up reading tons of books everyday.

7. Do you get a break during the day for some down time? I do. They take a nap for a couple of hours in the afternoon, and I usually work during that time. Actually, that's not really a break, huh? But I always have an Oprah show on the in background so it's better than physically being at work. Also, going to Lifetime Fitness after nap is my other break.

8. How do you end your day? The boys take a bath or shower, I read to Luke and Mat reads to Jackson, and then they go to bed. Then there's usually a 20-30 minute period of running up and down the stairs responding to emergencies (I want milk! I need to go poop! Can you rub my back! I dropped my papi!) When that's over I either go to workout or if I've already been or don't feel like it, then I take a long bath and read.

9. What is your best parenting advice? You have to pay attention at all times.

I tag Ashley and Jonna!

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