Monday, January 31, 2011

Dear Elliot:

I'm really excited to meet you today. See you at your crib soon!
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blank Spaces

On Tuesday night, at about 9:30pm, Emma threw up all over her bedroom floor. It was awful... let's just say the corn she had at lunch had still not digested all the way!

Elliott was at bishopric meeting when it happened, but luckily he got home about 30 minutes later, because he is the master carpet cleaner. Still, his skills were no match for the mess, so the next day he rented a (stop reading now, Mike) RugDoctor to finish the job.

As long as we had it, we decided we may as well clean a few other rooms too, and one of the lucky ones was the family room. It was kind of fun to see the room with no furniture again.

We moved everything back in a day and a half later, but I feel overcrowded. I liked have a large clear space. Lately I have been on a major decluttering/purging/reorganizing kick. It has been a lot of fun, although today I stuck my head in my sewing room and almost started having a panic attack. There is a lot of stuff in there I will probably never use, but it is still hard for me to let go of it. It's one of those "what if" type situations. But I will do it. I am sure I won't even miss any of it when it is gone. Ebay and Goodwill are my new best friends!

Henry is still loving his bouncer, and he now has the hang of the bouncing part. He goes crazy. It is so cute!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

5 Months

Henry reaches the 5 month mark tomorrow (today if you are reading this on the 20th.) He is so much fun, and so easy going. We can't remember what life was like without him, but I think it must have been pretty boring!

Elliott set up our Johnny Jumper for him yesterday, and he had lots of fun just hanging out. Today he discovered how to actually jump in it, and he is having so much fun!

And yes, it is hanging in the door of my pantry... it lets him see me while I cook or clean the kitchen, plus I think he likes all the colors and shapes in the pantry.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

More Sophie

This morning I was leafing through the new Down East Basics catalog, and asked Elliott if someone had bought them out, because it didn't seem like some of their styles were as modest as I was expecting.  Sophie asked, "What's modesty?"  I said, "It's when you direct your efforts to make people concentrate on what's in your brain, not on what you wear."  Then Sophie asked, "What's in my brain?"  I answered, "Lots of stuff, because you are very smart!", and while I was answering, I bent over to fix her clips.  She said, "Oh, I thought you were going to look to see what is in my brain!"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mexican Pinato

While playing 20 questions tonight at the dinner table, Ethan asked Sophie if the thing we were guessing was a "pinato".  Huh?  The following conversation ensued:

Daddy: What's a pinato?
Sophie: It's a Mexican beard from the 14-80-90's.
Daddy: Like on your face?
Sophie:  Yeah!
Daddy: Where did you see this pinato?
Sophie: In Mexican.
Daddy:  What does a pinato look like?
Sophie: It's pink and purple with princesses on it.
Daddy: So it's a big beard.
Sophie:  Yes
Daddy: Well, how do you eat with a pinato?
Sophie: With a spoon!
Daddy: How does a mister walk with a pinato?
Sophie: Like this:

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Sledding in UT

Emma wipes out:

The most fun she had in a long time!

Sophie's successful run:

Ethan says: Geronimoooooooo!

 Maybe not.

Andrew's snow cave:

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

New in 2011

After I had Henry, I was ready for a change.  Do you get that way?  New baby, new...   I talked to my hairdresser about maybe getting bangs.  Luckily I didn't follow through with that.  Instead, I decided to switch things up here at the blog. What do you think?  Like the new name?  The new look?  I'll probably be playing with it a little still... it's hard to get everything done all at once.

(Henry's first Christmas, such as it was)

In our family, instead of making goals for the new year, we make predictions.  It's a little more stress-free.  Last year, most of the predictions had to do with the new baby that would be joining us (anyone who guessed a boy was right, but Emma's two pound birth weight was slightly off!)

I can't wait to see how this year's predictions pan out.  Among other things, Ethan predicts he will be able to eat a "Big Ugly" for his birthday, Emma predicts something will be invented, and Elliott predicts we will go on a road trip this year.  I'm not going to give you my predictions... I don't want to jinx them. 

Instead, I'll leave you with a stack of quilts that need to be bound.  Here's hoping it gets done soon!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

More of the same, in 2011

I had big plans to ring in the new year on this blog.  Unfortunately, after a vacation that was kind of a complete disaster thanks to all kinds of sickness, I'm barely getting the unpacking done.  Maybe next week.

Tonight I thought it might be special to have a festive meal to ring in the new year, so I made World's Best Lasagna

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It takes a lot of work, but is totally worth it.  Not that my kids would agree.  The only part of the meal they didn't complain about was the homemade french bread.  In fact, while attempting to eat the mixed-greens salad I made, Ethan said, "Do they make vegetable tongue covers?"


Happy New Year!