Thursday, November 30, 2006


Yesterday Lindy and the girls came over. It was actually cold outside, but they still couldn't resist the trampoline. I had a nice time visiting with Lindy, we always have fun together. Plus I got to hold her cute baby and snuggle her. Charlotte enjoyed having company and played really well.
I didn't get dressed until 6:30 PM so I could go to Young Women's. But I did get a bunch of laundry folded and both bathrooms nice and clean and dinner made, so I consider it a productive day.
The upcoming month is sure to be crazy. Not only do we have the regular stuff like tons of shopping to do, Trent's company Christmas party, and ward Christmas parties; We also have Troy's wedding AND Tucker's last soccer this Saturday ( I happen to be in charge of snacks for this game). Next week is Sarah's surgery! It's on the eighth, wow. We also have doctor appointments, book club at my house, and Andrea and my friend Raan's babies coming all before the month is halfway over! I don't think I will have any trouble keeping busy this December.

In kid news, Tucker is obsessed with his clothes. He loves getting up and getting dressed all by himself. He usually changes his clothes once or more during the day just for the heck of it. He is very concerned about matching other people in the house. "I match Daddy, cause we both have green shirts, I don't match Charlotte or you, Mommy."or "I'm changing out of my pajamas, so I can't match Charlotte anymore, I'll match her later and tomorrow and Friday and all the days."
Charlotte is doing pretty much the same stuff, walking like a pro, squatting a picking up toys mid-walk, standing up without the assistance of any person or object to balance on. She recently started making car noises when pushing car toys, it's so adorable! She continues to make cute kissy noises with her lips and cute sounds that sound like "hi". What silly little monkeys!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Turkey Day and More

Every Thanksgiving we go repelling with Trent's family in the morning. Those of us who aren't large with child, anyway. It is a good time for all. I love this tradition. This year we had dinner with my in-laws and I brought the mashed potatoes-they weren't half bad if you ask me. I have never cooked Thanksgiving dinner or even had to contribute since we used to always be traveling to be with family, so it was fun to help.
Then FridayAbbie and Sophie came over for a while, which was great and Tucker loved Sophie! Then that evening all of my dad's siblings were in town and we had a belated birthday celebration for my Grandma's 80th! It was a good time with soups and pies and a lot of family we don't see very often.
On a side note, I am losing my mind. Yesterday morning when I opened the cupboard to get Tucker a cereal bowl, I found the cottage cheese in there. Yes, I put it away there instead of back in the fridge.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


I know this isn't the clearest, and it was a couple weeks ago, but it's still great!

Another one

Okay so this thankful blogging is only getting done every other day, but hey. Yesterday I felt so cool. Lindy came over with her 3 funny little girls (one extra little) and Jill came over too. I don't know about them, but I had a great time. Other than the many "reminders" I had to give Tucker to share. I need to get some videos and pictures of my kids. Hopefully I can post his soccer clip later today.
So this morning I am thankful for
1. monogomy
2. carnation instant breakfast
3. a still sleeping baby
4. Dora and Diego and Nick Jr. in general
5. Being close to family and friends
6. Charlotte has been letting me snuggle her-she is usually much too busy
7. Jack-Happy Birthday Funny Boy!
8. Abbie coming to town tomorrow
9. a hot husband
10. Christmas music

Sunday, November 19, 2006

More thanks

Today I am thankful for:
1.My Savior and his Atoning sacrifice
2. Nice weather
3. Hairspray
4. Charlotte eating sounds
5. Tucker kisses
6. Kids in footie pajamas
7. Sweats
8. Cameras
9. Dishwashers
10. Microwaves (for corndogs of course)
11. Soft Blankets
12. Diet Caffeine Free Coke
13. Cold, fresh water from the water cooler
14. A yard full of soft, green grass
15. Mascara
16. Great women in my ward
17. Gerber baby bowls with lids
18. Great young women to teach and learn from
19. A soft bed
20. My husband's soft feet

Friday, November 17, 2006

Thankful Heart

It's almost Thanksgiving. Less than a week. What a great Holiday. I have never put up a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving before, but guess what I did today? I know it's early, but without snow or sweaters or any inkling of winter other than early darkness, I was longing for something. I started thinking about getting down our tree (we bought a pre-lit, artificial one last year) a couple days ago. This morning I just decided I couldn't wait any longer. I will wait until tomorrow to decorate, so we can do it as a family. But it is up and I am glad.

That is not what my post is about today. I thought I could take a cue from Lindy's blog or Tori's thankful blog and remind myself of the countless things I have to be grateful for. I think I will post some things I am grateful for everyday until Thanksgiving.

I am especially grateful for
1. Eternal Families (Blessings of the temple)
2. My husband
3. My beautiful, silly, funny, healthy, smart children
4. My ability to have children
5. My family-quirks and all
6. Trent's family- quirks and all
7. Good friends, far and wide (Lindy, Candace, Gina, Michelle, Tori, Amelia, . . .)
8. Abbie and Jill - the best cousins I could ask for
9. Food glorious food
10. A good car
11. A nice place to live
12. A free country to live in! where I get to vote
13. Music
14. Art
15. Literature
16. Blogging
17. Phones , email, and mail mail
18. Teeth
19. Funny commercials
20. Modern medicine

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Uncle Danny

My Uncle Danny passed away on Tuesday night. I never knew him well. Emily got to spend some time with him at a family reunion last year and wrote a sweet post about him.
See it here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A little update

Saturday Tucker had another game. Trent was not there since he was working with his Dad and brothers moving trash with big machines on his brother's land. These boys love tractors, skidloaders and the like.
Trent's mom came with me to help with Charlotte during the game. Tucker didn't score any goals (I think Trent is his lucky charm). However, he did a great job running with the kids and going for the ball> It was great watching him get into it! Tucker continued his photography this weekend. I think Santa may have to bring him his own camera.
Sunday Trent woke up with a bad sore throat and the kids were both coughing, so I went to church alone. Again. The lesson went well.
The kids napped really well and were acting pretty happy, so we did take them to Sunday dinner at Trent's parents house. I enjoyed looking throught the Sunday ads and eating the yummy food. The kids always have a great time there.

All photos by Tucker, except the first two.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Boy Birthday Month

Boys are hard to buy for. I hate November. Bart, Wes, Kolbe, Jackson, and Adam. What do I buy for you guys?
Well we celebrated Bart and Wes' birthdays at Amazing Jake's last night. Great Place. I had never been before. Great salad buffet, pizza, pasta, and Trent's favorite, ice cream. That wasn't the great part though. Go Carts, Bumper Cars, Tea Cups, Carousel, Rock Wall, Bowling Alley, and Arcade Games were all there to enjoy also. Tucker had a blast! Charlotte stayed up way past her bedtime and managed to remain very pleasant! A very fun night. With all the excitement we managed to leave in time to miss out on the disappointed looks when they discovered I had bought them clothes.
My camera had no batteries, but when I get pictures from Andrea and Terrie I will post them.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Hip Hip Hooray for last Saturday

Saturday was Andrea's(sister in law) baby shower. Dusti(another sis in law) and I threw it at Terrie's(my mother-in-law) house. Although I must say that Dusti did all the hard work and almost all of the food, centerpieces, prizes, etc.. I mostly took care of bringing pink tablecloths, and a few paper lanterns, making punch and wassail(spiced cider), a couple of games, and helping set up and clean up. I thought it turned out beautiful and went really well.
Trent had the kids from 8 am until almost 2pm! I had to miss Tucker's soccer game. I was a little bummed because I didn't want to miss any games, but figured it wouldn't be too huge of a deal. Turns out I was wrong. Tucker is usually just standing around in the field and once in a while will run back and forth or get to do a kick off. Not this game. Oh no. This is the game he decides to get the hang of it and go for the gusto! TWO GOALS! That's right folks, not one, two goals. Count 'em.
I cried when Trent told me. I missed it! Well, I can only hope it will happen again when I am there. He has 3 or 4 more games, and you better believe I won't miss another one. There are of course no pictures of that game, as I had the camera. No video, as Trent had a baby on his shoulders and no help.
It was pretty priceless to hear the kid tell me. "I made two scores!"
What a cool kid. There is only one other kid on his team that ever scores, so it is pretty good when a 3 year old catches on enough to actually score.

Other stuff: We've been taking the kids out behind the bike.
Tucker and his cyclops fish drawing.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Does the hilarity never end?

So I let Tucker play the hangman game from Tori's blog. The skeleton says weird stuff while you play. I go into the next room to iron and hear the skeleton say, " Why don't you tell Vannah you'd like to buy a vowel."
Tucker says aloud,"Nana I need to buy a Powell."
Skeleton: "Are you having fun yet?" ( in a menacing tone),
Tucker: "Yes, I am." (very matter of factly).

Then as we sit down to lunch.
Tucker: "Mom, look at my hands. Which one is spiciest?"
Me: " Uuh."

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Happy Halloween

We had a fabulous Halloween! Friday night was Jake and Abbie's Halloween party. Apparently we are a bit socially lacking and lazy. We forgot our pumpkin to carve and felt a bit awkward without our cute kids to show off and use as ice-breakers. Our favorite costume was definitely Mike as Mario-fantastic!I wish I had gotten a picture of their kids in costume, they were all darling! Abbie and Jake were hilarious with their bun fresh from the oven (Sophie)! Maybe next year we can bob for apples or play silly games to get us all a bit more festive.
On Halloween we got the kids in their costumes-Thanks again Sarah! - and headed to Bart and Dusti's for food and fun. The kids loaded up on a trailer of hay bails and headed off to collect candy. They all looked adorable and Tucker never wanted to go home!