Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lost Tooth #3

Luke just lost his 3rd tooth - a top front one! Brand new smile for soccer photos tonight!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Romance Isn't Dead

Yesterday I was out running errands while the kids were at school. While I was gone, Jason did the dishes up for me. When I got home, I called him at work to thank him for doing them.
After I hung up, Brooke asked, "Did Daddy wash the dishes for you?" I said "Yes, he did." Then I heard her telling Luke "Daddy did the dishes for Mommy, isn't that romantic?!"

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hear Jason Here

Ever wanted to listen to Jason working it on the radio? Well here is the link to listen via the web: KALL 700
He's now on Reality Check from 1-3 p.m. (MST) and then contributes on The Bill Riley Show, 3-7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Brooke

Today Brooke turns 4 years old! Thought you might like to see how she started out: I'll post more photos of her party later ...

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cheap Thrills

Yes, yes, I AM the best mother ever!

Yesterday I took the kids on a little outing to the hardware store. I wanted to get a doorbell that would ring in the basement, so I put the kids in the car and drove over to Lowe’s. After a little assistance, we found the doorbell aisle. As I looked for what I needed, I let the kids push the test buttons. I let them ring the bells for about 30 minutes!

Luke would ring them and then Brooke and Hannah would dance around. Finally I found a salesperson to help answer my questions and we got out of there.

Upon leaving, the kids noticed the PetsMart across the parking lot and so in an effort to be the best mother ever, we headed over for a sightseeing trip to the pet store.

PetsMart is like a little, free zoo. We head in the front door and walk around the fish area (the girls looked for the Nemos) and then past the cats. The kids tell anyone in the area (or themselves if no one else is around) that their dad is allergic to cats and that’s why we can’t have one.

Next we find ourselves in front of the rodents - it’s a great day if some of them are up and moving around. Now we shiver as we watch the snakes and lizards move around – there might even be some teasing about feeding someone to a snake…I’m so mean… We always have to check out the birds next. I answer a lot of questions about what are they doing, why do they eat that, where is their potty…

We end our time at PetsMart by the dog grooming area. Yesterday we hit the jackpot! There were SIX dogs being groomed!! We sat and watched for a while and talked about the different breeds and why we weren’t getting another dog – one is ENOUGH for mom! Some of the pet owners even let the kids pet their dogs.

We headed home with mom feeling like she accomplished something (got the doorbell extender) and the kids feeling like they had a fun field trip with 2 exciting activities. Luke was bummed that he didn’t get to have a treat at either place – I did offer him doggie biscuits at the pet store while he was throwing a tantrum there, and that got him laughing (well handled mom!). So all in all, great day.

Monday, April 07, 2008

From The Soundtrack To My Life

So, I never thought of explaining the reason I put the songs on here that I have – I mean, they mean something to me, but I just never thought about mentioning why. My cousin Brianne did this whole blog about the music she put on hers, so I felt rather inspired…

Landslide: I really love this song. I love the original Fleetwood Mac version and the one by the Dixie Chicks, but the Smashing Pumpkins is the version I chose. I once sang along to this song at a Peter Breinholt concert and got lots of compliments from the guys around me – man, I miss those days! Nowadays, it’s “MOMMY! Don’t Sing!! It’s my turn only!!”

I Do: This song is a REAL love song to me. You don’t hear many about the love a husband has for his wife and family.

Forever and Ever Amen: I’ve loved this song since it came out. Who doesn’t dream of being loved no matter what time does to your looks???

Look Heart No Hands: Man, Randy Travis has some of the best love songs out there! I didn’t include my other favorite “Deeper than the Holler”, but now that I’m thinking about it, I just might!

Time after Time: Another song that I love almost every version of. The kids really likes this song too. Luke prefers the techno versions though…

When You Come Back Down: I think of this as parent’s message to their child. I picture my kids when I hear this song. As a mother I’ll always be there when they come back down.

Aubrey: Love the name, love the song. Couldn’t convince Jason to name our daughter Aubrey. Should have played him this song…

Island in the Sun: I love Weezer! I chose this song because it reminds me of my vacations in Hawaii. Everything was so laid back and fun. How I wish I was on an island in the sun right now!!!

Groovy Kind of Love (Phil Collins version): I always wanted this to be OUR song, even before I had someone to be part of the OUR. On our first phone conversation, I mentioned to Jason that I liked it and he said he liked it too and so it became OUR song.

A Letter to Elise: a BIG favorite of mine. Lots of memories that I’m not sharing here. I wish I had just used Elise as Brooke’s first name not her middle!!! Strange but true, I’ve used this one as a lullaby…

Sunshine On My Shoulders: I’ve loved this song since I was little. My mommy used to sing it to me. John Denver’s music just makes me feel very relaxed. My favorite part is where he sings “If had a day that I could give you, I’d give to you a day just like today.” I imagine a perfect warm, sunny day and blowing dandelions in a big field with my kids.

Godspeed: Mommies need love songs too. I think my sister Alycia introduced me to this one. It was after my son was born and I would sit at work and listen to it and cry and think of him. Good thing I was working the helpdesk on a Sunday night alone!

Desperately Seeking Sanity

Seriously, I think my mind is gone forever! I wandered over here by the computer to get something, but as soon as I got across the room I forgot why I came!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Easy(???) Like Sunday Morning

Lionel Ritchie is currently singing about being “Easy Like Sunday Morning”. I’ve never bothered to think about that before, but now as I’m scrubbing the stovetop off, I’m thinking how dumb that is!

I certainly don’t know what kind of Sunday mornings he experiences, but mine are FAR from easy! Bathing two small kids and getting them dressed and hair done for church (which most mothers will know is a battle), getting myself showered, dressed, hair & makeup done, attending Scout Committee meetings of some variety, coming home and feeding us all and getting everyone out the door (don’t forget the activity bag with accompanying treats) to get to church on time.

Yeah, easy, easy Sunday morning! What crap!