Saturday, November 22, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
AAAHHHH. Nice and clean.
The bathrooms were clean and smelled like freshly bleached towels:
I hadn't heard from my kids for a while and then Lana comes in as I am finishing the last bathroom and says, "Mom, Hayden is making messes." Great. Can't wait to see. Apparently the iPod also makes Mommy unable to hear when the kids are getting into trouble. Dang it. I just can't win. So I walk into the girls' bedroom and this is what I find (a common occurrence in our house):
Great, I get to clean up about a thousand books. Why do I have to like books so much? And then, I walk into Hayden's room and find this:So much for giving the Kate Goldfish crackers to keep her busy. Grrrr.
Happy kids who had cleaned up the whole family room without being asked! What good kids!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
~ I eat toast and chocolate milk ALL.THE.TIME. I love the stuff. And my kids are inheriting my oh-so-healthy habit.
~ I leave the TV on all night just to have the noise. It started when Bill used to work all night and I was alone. I needed the noise to keep me company (and to keep the Boogey man away) but the habit has carried over. I have a hard time sleeping if there isn't a little noise. I'm a freak.
~ I pick the dead skin off of my feet all the time. I can't help it. Bill is always trying to get me to just put lotion on my feet, but that rough skin makes me crazy. When I went to get a pedicure for my b-day, the girl doing it said that my feet were so smooth and that there wasn't much to "buff" off of my heels. Yeah, 'cuz I already took care of peeling it and cutting it all off!:) Gross, I know. I never said this list was going to be fun.
~ I always wind my kids up right before bed. It makes no sense, but I do it almost every night. I think it makes Bill nuts. But I can't resist those last few giggles at the end of the day.
~ I can't handle it when I am in a store and someone is gabbing on their cell phone and doesn't acknowledge the checker (or when the checker won't acknowledge the customer.) Ticks me off! What ever happened to, "Thank you. Have a nice day?" My kids even say that when we go to the store. So do me a favor, will you, and smile and try to talk to the checker the next time you go to the store. And if the checker is onry, offer to buy them a bottle of water or their favorite candy bar. They love that! And it makes everyone that much happier.
~ And the last one: When I am nervous or stressed out, I totally claw the heck out of my hands. I guess inflicting pain on myself takes my mind off whatever is stressing me out? After I had Lana, the nurse looked at my hands and said, "Did you do that?" My hands were bleeding and I didn't even realize how much I had dug at them. I can't believe I don't have scars all over my hands from digging them. I need a new nervous habit.
So there you have it. Six of the things that make me weird. (Yep, they are kinda boring, but I wasn't going to tell you the REALLY embarrassing ones!) Now, if you feel like playing along, I would love to hear some of your quirks!:)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Then that night we carved pumpkins (and I didn't take pictures because I had pumpkin guts all over my hands!) Next year...
Our next activity was a coloring contest. Judging by this picture, it was obviously the hit of the party. Uh, let's move on...
The kids were excited about the donut eating contest. We let them each pick which one they wanted.
And ready, set, EAT!!!!!
Lana got full after eating half of her donut, so she gave it to Little Sis to finish it off. Kate loved it! It even had mini M&M's on it!
After the kids had the donuts washed off of their faces, hands, clothes, hair...they did a fun treasure hunt that grandma made for them. They always love a good treasure hunt, and my mom is the queen of them. She gave them bunches of candy and fun prizes at the end. It was great! So here she is with all of her adoring grand kids: (Hayden, Lana, McKenzie, Kate, Isaak, Brielle, Kailie, and Rylee) Getting eight kids to all smile and look at the camera at the same time is officially impossible.
Thank you, mom and Tai and Mike, for coming over for the party. We loved having you and you made the kids' Halloween so much fun!
After the party, it was time to eat and get ready for the ward sidewalk trick-or-treat and carnival. We made home-made pizzas and got the kids all gussied up. Rylee and Lana were feelin' the Halloween love.
Lana went as Dorothy (and loved every minute of it!)
Rylee went as a ballerina. (Go ahead, you can be impressed. Non-crafty me DID make her Halloween costume this year.)
And Hayden went as Mater. He didn't want his picture taken either, so this is the best we got. He looked so cute though!
Bill's parents came over to see the kids as well. Lana loves snuggling up to her grandpa.
Bill's mom was good to play on the floor with Rylee and Hayden while Hayden drew on his new "McQueen" notebook and played with his new "Mack" truck. They look so tired! It was a long day!
And, whew, Halloween is over for another year! It was a fun-filled day with family and friends and freakish amounts of food that filled us up so much that we won't need to eat until Thanksgiving. Thank you to all of you who shared your day with us! We loved it!