Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sweet Benny

Look at this goofy kid! The hair!

Last  night I decided we needed an impromptu FHE.  My sister in law, Jamie, gave us a bunch of Living Scriptures VHS so I popped one in last night. It was the Journey to the Promised Land one. Bennett ate it up, he loved it!  I think he couldn't believe that I was letting him watch a movie about 2 sons who wanted to kill their father and brother.  I'm hoping he understood the message after we talked about it and doesn't dwell on the "mean brothers".

During the ship in the storm scene we had this conversation:

Ben: "Is that Heavenly Father" (pointing to Lamen)
me: "No, that's Lamen. He's the mean brother"
Ben: "Where's Heavenly Father?"
Me: "In Heaven."
Ben: "Where's Heaven?"
Me: "Um....." trying to think of a way to explain it to a four year old, "in the sky"
Ben: (nodding like "oh yeah") "and you talk to him like this?" He crossed his arms and bowed his head.
Me: "Yep."
Ben: "I want to talk to him right now!"
Me: " Okay" I paused the movie.
Bennett folded his arms and said: "Dear Heavenly Father, we just loved this day and help us to get better, help Mama to get better really fast. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."
Oh geez, could this kid be any more sweet?! Then he gave me a great big hug. Made my day, week, YEAR!  

Earlier in the movie when Nephi was building the boat he said he wished he would grow up to be a daddy and build a cool boat. 

I love the Living Scripture tapes. I remember watching them as a kid, we never owned them (can't remember where I would watch them). I wish they weren't so dang expensive. (Seriously folks, an arm and a leg.) Thanks to Aunt Jamie for giving us all their old VHS tapes. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Visit with my Aunt

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My Aunt Peggy, my dad's sister came down yesterday with her grandson for a visit. It was so nice to get caught up! And Cameron and Bennett hit it off right away! We played at our house for a bit then went and ate lunch at McDonalds. It was so fun to watch them interact and hear them crack each other up. It reminded me of when my cousin Andrea (Cameron's mom) and I were little.  Hopefully next time we can plan it better so she can come too. Here are some fun pics of our visit and one for old time sake.
Cameron helping Bennett put his socks 

On our way to Micky D's

Goofballs!

putting stickers on their trucks, serious business. 

Andrea, Cindy and me back in the day

Monday, March 28, 2011

Shoot teaser for Candice




Thanks so much Candice for letting Crystal and I take your pictures! It was really good to see you again and we'll have to do it again when it's not so cold and rainy. Your little guys were troopers!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Easy Rider

The guilt of Magooly not knowing how to ride a bike finally got to Jeff. He caved and bought him a bike. Now, Wild Thing 1's birthday is in the winter. Christmas is in the winter. These gift giving seasons just don't work out for this guy if he wants outdoor toys. What's a kid got to do to get a bike around here? Just be this stinkin' cute I guess.



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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Imitation is the best form of flattery, right?

I really love the blog Every Day I Write the Book, and when I read who her "style" role models were I was elated that at least one of them was mine. Because, really, I admire this woman and her writing style and to have just a tiny thing as one of her style role models the same as mine is just awesome. So how fitting is it that I will copy her idea for her "style" post. :)

The style role model we share is: 
Amanda Peet
 Hated the movie 2012, but loved her style in it. Totally me. And in A Lot Like Love.


Another style role model of mine:
Zooey Deschanel
(Check out the shoes!!!)

Okay, so really I only have 2. And funny that they're both brunettes.

And now I really love this lady and her style (Thanks Lea Anne for introducing me to her music!)


(She looks so cute with a pixie cut, by the way)
And you might have noticed Nie Nie in this music video who I also consider a role model, not just in style (she's VERY stylish) but also strength of character.


But lately I esteem to look like these beauties:

Natalie Portman

Demi Moore

Sinead O'Connor

Instead I'm afraid lately I look more like this:


Which is why I will never let any one see me with my now BALD head. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Time to unload

My phone! 
Casey has caught Magna-Doodle fever!

I finished my purse!! Thus the messy room. Thanks Jamie for helping me!


My kids love this face. Especially when it's doing this.  (I miss my hair!)
Playing in the coat rack in the store is ELECTIFYINGLY fun!

On of our local playgrounds flooded. Behind those trees is the play structure. I'd say it's 3 feet deep.

Day before the big surgery we played with Jamie and Brook at the indoor park. LOTS of fun!

The last picture with my boobies. (Nervousness makes me goofy).

Post surgery and in good spirits (Thanks Crystal for my blanky!)

Goldie Locks


Aunt Deedles cutting Magooly's hippy hair and Magooly trying out a mustache

"I like my long hair!"

Handsome boy!

The second surgery, old hat. This must be while I was falling asleep because surely I wouldn't deliberately pose like this for a picture. 
Winter Wonderland
A Monkey in the snow! :)
throwing snow balls

the new do

Take a good look, I've never seen Bennett eat like this in his whole life. The kid loves spaghetti! 

He loves it too. "Oh, I ate too much".

At the Oregon vs Stanford game, my first Duck game!

Great game, great date!

Bare feet in the "O"

We love hats...


I just love him.

And him. He is so cuddly after baths


I almost can't stand this cuteness! He made me this card when I had my mastectomy. He even drew the veins on the leaf and glued a petal "falling" off the flower. Thanks Cinnie and Papa for watching them for us!!!


















My current obsession

Raising Cain, The Emotional Lives of Boys. Read it, just do it. It's only 258 pages long and it will change how you view and interact with boys. If you have a boy in your life, whether you're a parent, teacher, mentor or friend, you need to read this.
"...But as their manuscript progressed, Kindlon and Thompson realized a simple "how-to" would not do. "In the end," they write, "we found that the best advice we had to offer was simply to understand boys as they truly are ­ rather than as they appear or as we wish them to be. Our deepest wish is to pull aside the curtain boys so tenaciously draw around themselves and offer you a look inside their hearts and minds. If we succeed, we hope that you will see more clearly the ways in which our culture conspires to limit and undermine their emotional lives. We hope you will understand boys better, and above all, we hope you will enjoy them more"
Read an interview with one of the authors, Dan Kindlon, PH.D. here.