Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Megan, Joseph, and Sarah wanted to "eat out" so this is their "restaurant" table. Complete with Iowa corn, cottage cheese and turkey, their favorite!
This is at the Iowa State Fair. The kids really wanted to go, it was a perfect day, and we had to indulge them with their favorites, cotton candy and a snow cone. (See picture down lower to see how Big the cotton candy was!)
This was at the Little Hands on the Farm, Sarah all dressed up for it with her basket full of produce!
All 3 of them with full baskets! They had a lot of fun.
We all know if you go to a State Fair you have to get some goodies, so we got some yummy ice cream. This is Sarah, she loved the ice cream so much she stole mine, and was giving them "hugs"!
This is how big the cotton candy was before she ate it.
Megan on a ride. (I think she was a bit to tall for it)
This is Megan on her first day of 1st grade, very exciting!
Megan's school is being renovated this year, and due to parking and the temporary school being small, they have encouraged ALL kids to ride the bus, so this is Megan's first year of riding a bus to school (and probably last) So she is all ready with bus pass in hand, she climbed on the bus and didn't look back! I don't know whether to be happy she was so confident or sad that she didn't seem more sad to be leaving us!
This is a little video of Sarah, she is a talker, like Megan and Joseph were. These are some of her favorite sayings. She also says my brother and his wifes name, she wouldn't say them for them when we were in Utah this summer and I told them I would get it on video, to prove she can say it. (she does say it more clearly in person though) So this is for you Kristine! Enjoy!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Back in June I had a post about a Holiday Inn ripping us off, charging us for a 2 night stay when we would never be there and I canceled a week in advance. I was very upset about this. $227 was not change and Holiday Inn would not taken it off our card, wouldn't charge us just a fee for canceling or use it towards another hotel somewhere else. So I called our credit card and told them about it, they sent out dispute papers and I filled them out, sent them back in and the waiting started. Would the dispute end in our favor or theirs?
Well, last night I was checking our voice mail and there was a message from our credit card company saying we WON!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't tell you the relief and excitement from listening to that! I had to play it again I was sooooo excited. Megan kept asking why is that exciting?
We still will probably try and stay away from Holiday Inns and I will be soooo careful in how I reserve a room at all hotels, but now I can rest easy knowing we (or my brother-in-law) won't be paying for a room we never stayed in!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sarah loves hats!
Megan all dressed up, she is ready for baseball and winter!
Joseph saying "cheeeeese"
It was a Beautiful night! perfect weather
Joseph blowing bubbles and Megan in the background playing wiffle ball with her daddy! She was hitting pretty far!
I love this picture! Sarah had dumped bubbles on a rubbermaid outside and, as she called it, was "getting soapy" and had so much fun. This is the face she makes when I tell her to look at me and listen. Soooo serious.
Hitting some wiffle balls
And finally, I LOVE this one. I think this is the first picture I have of all 3 of them where they are all smiling and Sarah is not crying for the camera! Love it!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
There are a few reasons that I wish I could be a child again.
1. I wish I had no worries.
I wish my biggest worry of the day was where I put my favorite stuffed animal or car. Or what I wanted to do today, Play or Play some more, then maybe take a nap.
2. I wish I could play and play.
Playing is much more fun than laundry, doing the dishes, cleaning cat puke up off the floor (yes we have 4 cats), changing dirty diapers, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, vacuuming, making breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with snacks in between, picking up toys, cleaning bathrooms (I know I already said this one but it needs said again), and all the other wonderful duties of motherhood and adulthood.
3. I wish I had all the energy they do.
I think we have all said "if I had half the energy as that child....". This statement is sooo true. If I did have their energy I would be able to get all the above listed duties done in one day instead of ....(tried to think of a time period, but honestly these are never ending, do over and over again things)
4. The biggest reason is that I wish I could sleep like they do!
I wish I could have that deep, deep sleep back! Since having kids, sleep depends on them. If they are sick are they going to wake up, if they are infants, you're doing feedings, if they have nightmares are they going to wake you up, and mostly if there is a storm are they going to come bursting into your room and ready to jump under the covers with you and hide. Megan gets up 9 out of 10 times, but Sarah and Joseph are never aware of what is going on.
I grew up in Sandy, Utah, we didn't have storms like they have here. I remember 1 storm vividly in Utah when I was growing up and that was because a neighbors horse got out and it was running scared in our yard and they were trying to catch it and put it back in their barn. Very exciting!
The storms here are vicious. That is my word for them: vicious. I lay in bed last night, half awake half asleep, you know what I mean. And I am hearing thunder, almost constant (you know what I mean if you live here), and I was half thinking (cause I was half awake) "when is the rain going to start". It is inevitable, when it storms at night... it STORMS. So after a little while it started to POUR then it turned to hail, and Megan (she is scared of thunder), comes running in and jumps up on the bed with us. She says it is to loud in her room (really it is Joseph's room, but they sleep together, he has our old queen sized mattress) So I am heading Megan back to her bed, I will not let our kids sleep with us, not an option! The only time that is allowed is when Brent or I are up and they can lay on our side of the bed and go back to sleep, other than this, they think are bed is for playing on. (grateful they don't think that of their beds)
Anyway, so after Megan and I go downstairs to unplug the computer and check the back door to make sure it isn't leaking (because as a responsible adult I have to think of these things) And Megan thinks it is scary because I don't turn on the lights, which I don't have to because with constant thunder, that means constant lightning so it was pretty light, almost like someone playing with a light switch on/off, on/off....I take her back to bed and the hail was hitting the house just right and it sounded like someone was hitting their window with rocks, left and right. I told her it will pass and won't last long, which it didn't.
So she quickly goes back to sleep, which brings me to another wish... I wish I could fall asleep so easily and not lay in bed and think of all the things I have to do this week and then my final thought....what I am going to post about next time....... :)
Friday, August 1, 2008
As you can see they are Much bigger. I am in desperate need of cutting them down, but they are so beautiful!
Sarah was on the porch crying because, surprise, surprise, she wanted the camera!
The second one is me and all my friends in Utah after I had Joseph. going from the left is Stefan, Ashley, Anna, Brooke, Me and Jessi and some of us with our babies!
These are all pictures of the kids when they are around Sarah's age now, 1 1/2 years old.
And these are just some favorites!