Sunday, October 5, 2008

Wassup?

Here's wassup with our crew this week...


Sam never wants to go to preschool or swimming lessons or gymnastics or his O-boy! dance class. Sam never likes what is served for dinner. He does not like to make his bed, get dressed or brush his teeth. Sam is vehemently opposed to toilet paper. I think he is in the oppositional-defiant stage.

(Note: If you are going to be oppositional and defiant...you'd better come equipped with a pair of extremely deep dimples and a killer smile. It's the only way you will survive.)



Luke enjoyed his field trip to the apple orchard this week. When the farmer asked the kids what they would make with their fresh-picked apples, some kids said pie and some said applesauce. Luke raised his hands and said he wanted "Apple Smoothies." The kid loves the blender. He was born to puree.


Em celebrated pirate day with the rest of the second graders. Her two best friends are middle-schoolers who come over every day after school to jump on the trampoline and giggle. Em's piano piece this week is "Indian Drum Song" and she is addicted to it. If you drive by our house, you will see the windows shaking in a fierce war-cry rhythm at all hours of the day. It brings out the hidden warrior in all of us.

Jake competed in his third "Soapbox Derby" and came in fourth place! He has started clarinet in the school band and almost completed his Bear for Cub Scouts. Jake's favorite thing to do is rollerblade and wander in the woods behind our house. Yesterday, he pulled a tick off his body and freaked the whole family. Our goal is NO LYME DISEASE this season.


Brad finds yardwork a refreshing break from watching the Stock Market. He has sacrificed his early morning gymtime so I can go to the church to teach Seminary. Also, he doesn't get his feelings hurt when I fall asleep at 8:00 pm. This weekend we invited friends over to watch BYU football. Both wives were asleep on the couch within minutes. It is a life of excitement around here. I'm glad he's a good sport.




I am learning to be an early-morning-person and investing heavily in under-eye concealer. The highlights of my week included getting my esophagus stretched again and watching General Conference. Yesterday, I cried happy tears and my children jumped up and down, screaming with excitement, when we heard the news of the first temple in our hometown. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
I know I should be more worked up about the Wall Street fiasco and presidential politics..but right now I am just thankful for Apple Smoothies, tick-free children and the Indian Drum Song.
Wassup with you?

23 comments:

♥Shally said...

Ya... Sam could get away with a lot here too-- he is a doll!!

Cambry is a little stinker right now, but she is so cute doing it that we all forgive her instantly!!

Dancin Queen said...

Tell me more about your esophogus (sp?) getting stretched. That doesn't sound fun. What's going on with that? And you said "again." Have you done that often?

Dancin Queen said...

I ask because I often get these throat spasms that make me choke and someone told me once (not a doctor) that I needed my throat stretched.

Annemarie said...

YAY on having a temple in town!! That is so exciting!
Your little Sam is a doll. I'm a sucker for dimples, too!!

Melissa-Mc said...

My mom was a night owl, going to be about 2 am every night. The she was called as early morning seminary teacher. 20+ years later, she drops by 9:00 pm every night.

That is so exciting about the temple!

diane said...

You look fabulous!

Bridget said...

Congrats on your new temple! Love the self photo.

Jeanelle said...

1.I love that you & your friend fell asleep watching the game. Friday nights are hard! I can't ever stay up late.
2. My 4.5 year old niece has a TP issue as well - she doesn't like to throw it in the toilet but in the garbage. Every time she's over I have to tell her "we flush toilet paper at my house."
3. Loved the no Lyme Disease goal. When I was YW president, my goal was no YW pregnancies. Made it! Phew! Ya gotta have a goal. (that's a quote from a naughty movie.)
4. Re: your self-portrait, you're beautiful!
5. And too long of a comment, I'm sorry but I had a lot to say. ;)

crystal said...

Yay for no lyme disease and a temple! And can you believe--a temple in ROME??? Wow.

I'm in awe. You teach seminary. I bow down.

TravelinOma said...

I was so impressed with Pres. Monson's message to enjoy the journey. You have a great gift for doing just that. I love reading about you all!

nimmy and girlies said...

When I heard the announcement that a temple would be built in Philly I started tearing up! You have always been a devoted temple attendee. I've always been impressed with the sacrifice you are willing to go through to get to the temple. What a wonderful blessing to get one so close! Hooray, hooray!

Rochelleht said...

Well, you know how excited I was about your temple, as I emailed you immediately! SO exciting!!!

Life is good, even if the world is falling down around us. I was so glad to hear that at conference this weekend, too!

Lauren in GA said...

I honestly thought of you when the temple was announced. I didn't know your hometown but when they announced it I thought of you because of your state. That is so wonderful!!!!!!

I REMEMBER the Indian Drum Song from when I took piano!!!! It was the last song in my red book. I loved it, too.

I think Heavenly Father makes little boys adorable...so we don't kill them ;) I truly belive it has saved my Brian on more than one occasion.

Christie said...

Yes, I think no Lyme disease is a good goal to have. It's always good to set the bar reasonably low. That way, when someone gets shingles or poison ivy, you can say, "At least it's not Lyme Disease!"

Congrats on the temple. We are so excited for you!

Cathy said...

Very cute! I was shocked and excited to hear of the temple in Rome, Italy! Although I was in the Milano misson, the hope and dream of any temple in that country would truly be a miracle! Plus the new Gilbert Arizona temple will now be the closest one to me!

Jessica said...

So fun about your temple--it is SUCH a blessing to have ours 20 minutes away. I have such a testimony of the power of really regular temple attendance.

And anytime you want to trade callings (nursery leader, anyone?)--seminary is my dream calling. THough maybe not with 4 little kids?!

mama jo said...

cute pictures of everyone...i remember that indian song...let's the kids get rid of their frustrations..gives the mom a few...very cool about the temple...

Lindsey said...

Yea! TEMPLE! Hopefully they build it FAST! Fall looks wonderful there!

cami said...

WOW, fun stuff! You are a SAINT for teaching seminary. Oh, and you are beautiful! :)

marta said...

hooray, i love reading wassup with all your children. what a beautiful thing it will be to have a temple nearby! yesss! and that sock hop looked oh so adorable. way to live it up. oh and the clarinet.. awesome!! wow.

Jill said...

Yay for you...temple in your hometown!!!!!!! LUCKY!!!!! We live right in the middle of St Louis and Kansas City, so we were excited to hear about another option for us as well. Yay for temples!
Cute family pix too :)

Marci said...

We cheered at home for you when we heard about the temple!! I hope we can go together someday....

What a fun post! Your kids are so interesting!

And I fell asleep at a Dallas Cowboys game once - while we were actually at the game. No one could believe it. But I could! At least you made the effort to watch the BYU game! Go Cougars!

Ilene said...

Tell me what brand of concealer you are using. I need something better than what I have.

I got your package! Thank you, thank you! Laura just turned a month old (gasp) and I am getting ready to write her letter. So very sweet of you. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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