Monday, June 18, 2007

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Disneyland

On Thursday we took the kids to Disneyland with all their Riggs cousins, grandparents, and a few aunts and uncles too.

A few highlights:
The Four Amigos! James, Andrew, Bentley and Ethan had lots of fun together. They rode on lots of rides together, and as the older boys, had fun with the men-folk on the roller coasters!
(You can tell from this photo they weren't too impressed with Small World)

"Look, ma, no hands!"


Emma didn't get to ride in a pink tea cup the first time,
so later in the day we went back and rode again.


Emma and Emily got to meet Ariel again.


Sophie decided she really liked Daddy's ice cream!


After a long day, the kiddos are still ready for action!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Emmaisms

Me: Emma, aren't you glad you have all these aunts and uncles to play with?

Emma: yeah

Me: Like Uncle Joseph over there?

Emma: He's not a toy!

We arrived safely in California, and are having a great time!

Monday, June 11, 2007

California, Here I Come!


You may have noticed the quote under my picture on the left there. In February, Elliott and I went to a dinner put on by the BYU Alumni Association here. The speaker was wonderful woman who has 8 or 9 children, and managed to get her Masters degree in Family Science after the youngest was in grade school. I wish I could remember her name, but alas, my brain doesn't work that well!

Anyway, she talked about parenting, and it was very interesting, but the one thing she said that really stuck with me was the quote I put up there. It is true that motherhood can be a great challenge, but I really think that if we aren't finding joy, we aren't doing it right.

I don't find joy in dirty diapers, but I sure do love seeing all of Sophie's cute little creases when I do change one. There are probably numerous examples of times when there are things in motherhood that are unpleasant, but they are balanced by things I love.

That said, we are about to embark on a 5 hour plane trip (not so fun), at the end of which we will get to have fun with cousins and enjoy near perfect weather (I looked: sunny and low 80's for the next 10 days!)

See you all soon!

Friday, June 08, 2007

My ear hurts!

I just got off the phone with a teleresearcher calling from some opinion marketing firm. I know these people get paid per survey they finish, so I agreed to the call after the woman told me it wouldn't take long.

She must have decided that as long as she had me captive, she would give me every survey they had. I was ready to quit about halfway through when I heard in the background another woman yelling for them to quit calling her (I think I heard it through the phone line.) It made me feel bad, so I stayed on until she had asked me all her questions. It only took 20 minutes! Yikes!

At least I got my diaper bag cleaned out while I was on the phone. I love multitasking!

"I love not camping!"

Tonight is Father and Son's outing. Andrew is very excited to go, Ethan would rather stay home. Emma is dying to go to, and having trouble understanding why she can't, especially since last year one of the dad's took a daughter with him, as the boys keep telling Emma!

I am in Ethan's camp. The title of this post is a witty comment from Anne Taintor, who sells little accessories and doodads with other witty sayings. I got myself a little compact with the saying.

It wasn't always this way. I actually used to really love camping when I was in Young Women. I have some great memories from those times. I also have one of those, "You'll laugh about it later" kind of memories. This is for Lyle:

Third and fourth year campers for Girls' Camp go on extended hikes/overnighters. The first year I went, I shared a tent with a girl named Carrie. We went to some mountains not too far from where I grew up. Everything was fine the first day. There were probably about 15 girls all together, plus our leaders (including two priesthood leaders.) We hiked for most of the day, and set up camp for the night in a clearing in the forest. The leaders were quite clear that we should not have any food in our tents, because it might attract nears. We were supposed to put all food in our backpacks and string it up in a tree.

For some reason, Carrie decided to keep out a couple of beef jerky's, which were wrapped in plastic, but still, I was nervous. We went to sleep in our little two-man tent, and about two hours later Carrie woke me up.

"Do you hear that?"

I listened, and sure enough, it sounded like there was something outside our tent. We sat there in silence for a little while, and slowly became convinced there was a bear outside our tent. We became terrified, and didn't know what we should do. We had been told that if a bear came near us, we should start screaming and hollering as loud as we could to scare it off. However, we didn't know if that trick would actually work, so we sat there a little longer in terrified silence until we decided to say a prayer.

Somewhat later, we noticed a little tapping on the roof of our tent. It seemed that the bear was investigating our tent, and now Carrie started to cry silently. She was ready to go running out of our tent screaming, in the hopes that one of the men with us would be able to save us from the bear, but I thought we should just wait and see if the bear would actually rip through the tent or not.

The tapping went away a while later, but we could still hear the bear snorting around, and so we really couldn't go back to sleep. It started to get a little light outside, and all of a sudden we hear one of the other girls say, "Alma, stop snoring!"

We realized then, to our great relief, that what we had supposed was a bear, was actually one of the other girls snoring in the tent next to ours. Needless to say, we were exhausted, and we tried to fall back asleep for an hour before we had to get up for breakfast.

I am happy to say that we didn't see any bears on that camping trip. We also didn't see any of the nude hikers we had been warned about. That probably would have been even worse than a bear, but that is another post completely!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Summer Project


I just decided this awesome passport wallet is a must have, so while in California, I may have to find some fabric. Directions are here. Sorry about the bad picture!

In the meantime, I am totally subscribing to Adorn magazine! It has lots of neat projects.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Zoo Day

Today the kids and I went to the zoo with some friends. A few highlights:

Ethan checking out the giraffe.

The Kodiak bear taking a bath.

Our zoo has a new oceans exhibit where you can touch some sharks.
The kids are waiting for one to swim close.

Sophie thought it was boring, as usual!

Ethan checks out the bearded dragons.
He is eagerly anticipating getting his at the beginning of July.

A must read post over at MMW

One of my favorite blogs, Mormon Mommy Wars, posted a very poignant and informative article. Make sure you read the comments too.

Link here.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Ethan is obsessed with zoo animals

Yesterday Ethan gave our Family Home Evening lesson on animals that Heavenly Father has created. He included a few facts that we didn't know, but he knew because he obsessively reads about wild animals.

He used our flannel board kit to show us some animals.


At first Sophie was only interested in pulling Daddy's glasses off his face
(her new latest obsession!)


Andrew is always enthusiastic about Family Night!


Sophie perked up when she heard Ethan say elephants can swim.
Huh?
Yes, it's true, they can swim, as Ethan explained, and actually are quite fast!

Monday, June 04, 2007

So cute!

Love these! Aren't they just perfect for ribbons, buttons, or little girl's bracelets?