Saturday, March 31, 2007

Egg colorin' o' fun



Coloring Easter Eggs... Today we have fun with Easter. Next week, we will talk about what Easter is really all about..... Until then.....

Little Bunny Foo foo hoppin' through the forest, scooping up the field mice and boppin' on the head....

April General Conference.... Day 1

Conference morning. Today was the beginning of conference weekend. The boys watched a movie in our bed, while Nick, Mason and I watched conference.... Well, I don't actually think Mason watched all that much, but he was well-behaved.

Conference time of year is always immensely uplifting for me. I am bathed by words and music containing truth and the warm peaceful feeling that accompanies the voice of our beloved prophet. How lucky we are to have a modern day prophet, and how much is he needed!! We are in times of such unrest, where our own country is failing, where major life-altering evils appear everywhere to plaque ourselves and worse, our children... anyway, enough of that.

Thoughts from this morning's conference. First of all, Elder Scott's talks always make me feel a major wave of guilt, which I managed to escape this time... instead being filled with an epiphany to change oneself... here is what I decided... #1 I need to pray more often and more sincerely. I feel as if my prayers have become rehearsed and filled with small amounts of gratitude and minor requests. I need to include the Lord in more of my decisions. I need to express to my Heavenly Father the deep and profound gratitude that I hold in my heart for all that He has done for me. #2 I need to hold my tongue more. Speak with the tongue of angels... no backbiting or gossip. I honestly feel like I don't have a major problem here, but definitely could improve. Don't you find that you respect most those who don't have much to say (but when they do say something it's profound and worth saying)? I really wish I could be one of these people, but I'm FAR from it. #3 More trust in the Lord. Tears filled my eyes as the choir ended with "Come thou fount of every blessing." I wished at that moment that I could place my life in the Lord's hands. Why don't I trust him more? Why don't I believe Him when he tells me that my weaknesses will become my strengths? Why can't I be bound with fetters to His holy hands?

Anyway, I'm working on it.... I'm working on ME... everyday :) Endure to the end... right? I wonder what tomorrow will bring?
For more information about conference... how to download the talks or watch live... go to http://www.lds.org/broadcast/gc/about/0,6223,7542-1,00.html

Friday, March 30, 2007

hot n' steamy


What do 4 year olds do when you are cooking dinner and the windows steam up??? One can only guess!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ode to #3, reflections on the first year with 3 kids

The third child was a major hurdle for me. The first few months after Mason was born were a tornado. Daily life was fairly normal, but I felt like a stick of dynamite with a lit fuse. It seemed like the other boys' daily goals were to drive their mother insane. After doing fast food way too often and yelling at my kids all day, I realized that I needed to make some changes, because that was NOT the kind of mom that I wanted to be. So gradually, I began setting little goals every week. I started by letting the boys get away with more stuff (ya know, pick your battles!!). Before, I would freak out at every little thing that they did and was paranoid about them messing up the house. Now, I let them jump on the couch and have a few moments of screaming and running around (they're boys, they need it). I've learned to let the house get a little messy here and there and I'm surprised that this does not stress me out as I thought it would. Then the fast food went (from 5 times a week to maybe 2 times a month). I began cooking more (I've always loved to cook and especially bake, so this wasn't too hard). Next, I began taking more "me" time. I take a few extra minutes in the shower every day to mentally unwind and focus on my deepest aspirations. I listen to talk radio, go for walks and set aside evening time to cuddle with Nick. I realize that I've come a long way since 1 year ago. Most women say that the 3rd child is the most difficult adjustment, and so far I will have to agree. I'm just glad that I HAVE adjusted and led myself off the path that I was on. Things that help everyday are: reading my scriptures, prayer (probably the most important thing), eating healthy and getting outside when the weather permits. And of course the MOST important ingredient to being a mellow, happy mom, is a happy marriage. My relationship with my husband is my most important and most cherished... I love you, Nick!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Freak Storm



Why is there always a freak storm once the nice weather has started? Well, she has graced us with her fury today.... sorry kids, doesn't look like it's sticking. :(

Do you think this will kill the pansies and snap dragons that I just planted?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Swept away


For ANYONE that has 3 children (ages 4 and below) knows that sweeping the kitchen floor is part of a daily regement. For us, it's at least twice a day depending on whether or not the Play-doh came out. Mason LOVES to help sweep. Everytime I open the broom closet, I have to remove both the "little broom" and the big broom so Mason can help. I'm not quite sure how big of a helper he is, but he certainly has fun!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

All DONE!!!!!!

We have finished our bedroom. We spent all day yestering getting our room put back together and setting up our new waterbed (a hand-me-down from Nick's Uncle's sister). We are hoping that the waterbed will help Nick with his bad back.

I woke up at 5 am this morning thinking that I felt a little damp. Sure enough, there was a little water on top of our waterbed. At first we thought that it had a leak, but we cant find one. We're thinking that because we filled the bed with COLD water that our body heat created some form on condensation on the mattress.... Anyway, if ANYONE knows anything about this, advice would be greatly appreciated.

So, we moved to the living room and I was hoping to fall back to sleep on the couch (Nick was on the Love Sac next to me...) when I heard some noises coming from outside. I parted the blinds to see and there was a guy dressed all in black rummaging through our storage sheds. The guys saw me and waved (like he was an old time friend) and took off on his bike towing a kid carriage. WEIRD!!!!

THEN, I had to be at Ward Council Meeting at 7:30 am. Needless to say, I'm BEAT! I barely made it through sacrament meeting, my back is in some seriously need of rest. So, I left in the middle of Sunday School, came home with Mason and we both took a nap. Nick let me sleep the rest of the day, and took the kids to him mom's house for the eveing so I could nurse my back and get some rest. What a guy! Thanks, babe!!


Found this picture of myself.... see any resemblence to my own offspring?

Friday, March 23, 2007

Look at those curls!!!!


But don't get too attached, they're going soon before people start asking, "What's your little girl's name?"

We're still sleeping in the living room until our bedroom is done.... just one more day!!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

choo choo'n

After texturing the walls in our bedroom this morning. . .

Today, we ventured to the Union Station museum in Ogden, UT. The boys had so much fun playing on all the trains. The museum has a train museum, old car collection, Browning firearm museum and a natural history exhibit.

My favorite was the natural history museum. I enjoy seeing all the different types of rocks and intrinsic designs that mother nature has for us. I think that I decided my favorite stone is the Opal. It's a stone that has depth. They also had some stones that had water trapped in them.... that was pretty darn cool!

Nick's favorite was the Browning firearms museum. We actually learned a lot about Mr. Browning.... What an inventive mind he had!

While lifting Mason off a train, I threw my back into some major pain. Isn't that fabulous since I have a room to prime and paint tomorrow?



Monday, March 19, 2007

Camping and Mommyhood on the Brain


Cooper went camping with his dad this weekend. They had a great time. Cooper said that his favorite things were building a fire (probably more like playing in the fire), shooting dad's air soft gun, eating s'mores and building a fort.

Cooper is such a sweet boy. Anyone that knows him, knows that this kid is something special. He always wants to do what's right. We love him so much. I sometimes feel that because he is such a good child, he doesn't always get to be the center of attention. I don't have to follow him around to make sure that he's behaving himself. He usually is, I just don't have to worry about him (unlike some other children, whom I need not name). Hence, it was time for him to have some one-on-one time with his dad. I think it was much-needed time. Here is a video that Cooper made. I think that he is destined to be a talented director!?


And here is a video of the fort that Cooper and Nick built. I have a feeling that Cooper didn't help much?



Being alone with Sean and Mason was NO picnic. Mason is into EVERYthing and he KNOWs what drives his mom crazy. His favorite thing to do is pull all the DVDs down off the shelf. I'll grab the video camera the next time he does this so everyone can see what I'm cleaning up 5 times a day. Sean was also causing 3-year-old havoc and finding his way into things that he shouldn't. I woke up this morning with the body ache of a cold... Mason was crying in his crib and Sean had just "missed" the toilet once again, spraying his yellow gifts all over the wall behind the toilet. I'm thinking.... I miss the days when I could just crawl back in bed, pull the covers over my head and finish off that nice dream I was having. Somehow, I managed to pull the morning together, cleaned the kitchen and living room, put dinner in the crock pot, and worked for an hour. Oh yeah, and I did some shopping. Mason was in desperate need of some shoes and I was in need of some serious drugs for this cold I've got. I used to not believe in taken very many medications. The drugs just cover up the symptoms, but don't actually make you better. Well, now that I have kids to watch after, covering up the symptoms doesn't seem like such a bad idea.

And, with all this chaos going on, I'm still craving another baby... insanity? Who knows?? I do know that motherhood suites me. I may not be the best mom, but I'm definitely trying to be a better mom... everyday presents it's challenges and things will only continue to grow more trying and my boys grow toward manhood. I'm just grateful that they have a dad that takes an active interest in them. OKAY enough said.... good night!!!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Crazy as a bird


After the piano tuner left this morning, we headed over to Tracy Aviary (just across the street). We made it safely and without incident this time. PHEW!!! The boys really like seeing all the birds. It's actually a really fun place for kids, especially if you can catch the bird show.
After the Aviary we headed to the playground for a picnic lunch.

Mason got his face licked by someone's dog.




Cooper enjoyed the little rock climbing wall,




and Sean wandered aimlessly eating his carrot. I think that he was a bit tired, as were we all. We did not play long before heading home... Cooper face planted while crossing the street. He managed to scrape his knee, elbow, nose, chin and hands. After reaching home and medicating him with Bactine, neosporin and band-aids, he and Sean were content to watch "Zathura."

On the way home, I'm always struck by the grandeur of the Wasatch mountains. They are still covered with spring snow. And, what better iceing on the cake than our dear flag? Yes, I'm one of those people who well up with tears every time I pledge allegiance or sing the "Star Spangled Banner."

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Tickle Me Mason

Here is a video of Mason demanding to be tickled by his dad.

My Rachel Blankie

Rachel and her mom made this quilt for Cooper when he was born. Naturally it passed down to Sean who LOVES it. Today, I convinced him that it was time to wash the blanket once again. He said, "okay, but I'm going to watch it, mom!" He kept asking, "Is my blanket clean yet?" or "Is my blanket still dirty?"

Once it was done, I took the warm blanket out of the dryer and gave it to him while he was cuddling his dad. Here is one happy kid. He walks around now saying, "mom, is my blanket clean for a long long long time?"

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Park n' things

The boys and I decided to take advantage of this warm weather that we've been having and hit the park. Cooper rode his bike, so Sean wanted to ride his tricycle. This was fine with me. Although while attempting to cross a VERY busy road with three small boys in tow, Sean wiped out on his trike half way across the street. Luckily all the cars stopped for us... I was trying to push the stroller, prod Sean up and calm him down while Cooper sailed across just fine. I've since decided that if I'm going to attempt this again, Sean will be riding in the stroller with Mason and I will carry the trike across before he gets on it!! We also decided to go to the Tracy Aviary since we can get in for free. At the ticket booth at the Aviary, I rummaged through my wallet, never finding my pass and once again looking like an idiot. So I finally talked the boys into just playing on the playground. They relented (of course faced with the option of that or heading home, they really did want to see the birds) and we headed toward the playground. Mason loved the swing as always..... Cooper loved the sand pit, as always.....
And Sean loved to climb on anything he could.... as usual.... better this rock than our entertainment center!
I managed to work 4 hours today, meet for a parent-teacher conference with Cooper's teacher, and get kids bathed and to bed on time notwithstanding their internal clocks being out of whack due to our favorite "spring forward."

I was able to catch a small bit of "American Idol." My favorites so far are, Gina, Blake, Lakisha, Melinda and Phil.... we'll see??

I made Ginger Snap cookies.... YUM YUM YUM. The boys kept saying from their beds, "mom, it smells like gingerbread man!!" Sorry guys, they're for a pot luck lunch tomorrow!!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Survivorman

For you Survivorman fans, here is our own version that we did last Winter when I was pregnant with Mason.....

Sunday with cousins

We spent the day at "Nana's (Nick's mom)." Cooper and Sean had fun playing with their cousin Wynn on Nana's new trampoline. All of Nick's cousins helped set it up, and they had HOURS of fun jumping and acting silly. This is a picture of the kids laying on the tramp well into the dark evening.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Uncle Kit's Birthday

Today Grandpa John was in town from Washington. The boys took lots of pictures with their digital cameras that they got for Christmas.
This is the beautiful peace of art is called "at play with Gpa" by John Cooper Gibbons.

It was Uncle Kit's birthday and we went to the movies (Wild Hogs) and then to Nickelcade. The boys LOVE Nickelcade. My favorite game is Dance Dance Revolution. We actually have it at home, it's soooo fun!



This one is titled "Oreo shakes make Kit smile" by Sean Caleb Gibbons.

I read something today that really hit me. It's not like I haven't heard this before, but sometimes, you need to hear it again....
"Teach the gospel and basic values in your home. Establish a love for reading the scriptures together. Too many of our parents are abdicating this responsibility to the Church. While seminary, auxiliaries, and priesthood quorums are important as a supplement to parental gospel instruction, the main responsibility rests in the home. You might want to choose one gospel subject or a family value and then watch for opportunities to teach it. Be wise and do not involve children or yourselves in so many activities out of the home that you are so busy that the Spirit of the Lord cannot be recognized or felt in giving you the promised guidance for yourself and your family." M. Russell Ballard

Friday, March 9, 2007

Thoughts for a Friday

Today, I cut Cooper's hair. After months of trying to convince him that longer and more grungy looking hair is the style, he said, "mom, please cut my hair, I don't wan't to be a 'skater dude' I just want to be Cooper!"

I let Sean eat leftover cake and ice cream for lunch, I know, I'm such a good mom. He's currently causing trouble like usual.

Nick and I went and applied for a Utah CCW permit. It's been interesting and Nick is excited to receive his new "permit" in the mail.

Mason's Birthday

All day today, I couldn't help but remember having him last year. My water broke 45 minutes before I was supposed to call the hospital for induction. Bringing Mason home was so much fun! I would actually look forward to him waking in the night so that I could have him to myself with no distractions. And the Pizza was bigger than he was!!!
well....
Things have changedAs cake went flying all over the living room we laughed, ate pizza and reflected on Mason's first year. His favorite present was the $1.29 ball.