Saturday, April 28, 2007

It's official

Nick and I officially joined the NRA today. We went to the gun show. We took Mason and left the older boys with their grandma. It was GUNS GUNS GUNS... oh yeah and more GUNS. We spent a few hours and got burned out pretty quick. So did Mason! We didn't come home with anything but some new sunglasses... oh yeah, and our NRA memberships.

We narrowed down the decisions surrounding our next gun purchase. Which is a concealed carry gun for me

:).... Here she is... the Springfield XD 9 Sub-compact.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Look at that footwork!!

Mason is my little dancer. He LOVES music. He mostly likes to dance with his mommy who will spin him around and "dip" him. But he sure does move those feet of his when he's dancing on his own. Here is a little glimpse into Mason "Astaire"!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

hangin' with the girls

Cooper and Sean's buddies live upstairs. They have two girls about the same ages and Coop and Sean. Cooper says he's going to marry this girl when he grows up!

After that it was bathtime for all (the joys of the sandbox)!! We normally don't let Mason suck on a bottle while bathing, but he was so tired and grouchy... OH WELL!!

Monday, April 23, 2007

my idol

Okay, last week's performance clinched it for me.... Blake is my favorite!! Here is his performance....

But he was in the bottom three... what am I going to do???

Okay, next runner up for me would be Jordan.... She's more likely to win.

Can I just say that I jumped out of my chair with joy when they announced Sanjaya ::BLECK!!:: is GONE!!! YES!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

My Sweet Coop and the Wishbone

As traditions go, whenever we cook a turkey, I remove the wishbone, clean it and set it out to dry. The wishbone from last Sunday's turkey dinner was dry and ready. So I called the boys into the kitchen yelling, "who wants to make a wish?!"
They both came running with excitement. Before I handed them the wishbone, I reminded them of the rules, "make a wish in your head, but don't tell it, or it wont come true, and when the bone breaks, whoever has the middle, his wish will come true!"
They closed their little eyes with excitement made their wishes. They each gingerly held one side and ::snap:: there was the break. Sean had won!! I said, "you won Sean, now your wish will come true!!"
He replied, "mom, I wished that your flower wouldn't die, are you so happy?!!"
I patted his head and said, "thanks, Sean." He padded away.
Then I saw Cooper. His little eyes were cast downward from the sorrow of losing. He looked like he was about to burst into tears. I began a little speech about how we need to be happy for the winners, especially if they're our brother! With bowed head, he muttered through his quivering mouth, "mom, I just really wanted my wish to come true, can I tell you it?"
"Sure," I said.
"I wished that Jesus would come back to our planet soon," he stated simply.
As my eyes teared up, I gave him a hug and assured him that it would happen someday. I realized once again, what a special boy I have and renewed my appreciation for the spirit he brings to our family.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

a bunch of hullabaloo

This week has been insanely mundane. I'm sorry, but, I refuse to bore anyone with the minuscule details of my alarmingly monotonous motherhood. Boy, did that sound a tad bit depressing...
Well, when it's evening and the boys have too much energy on their hands. They seem to find ways to drive mom insane. It's time to channel the energy into something constructive before they burn the house down. Tonight we pulled out Hullabaloo and they had fun and killed some energy on that. Mason was more interested in destroying the fun, but nonetheless, we had a good time. Sean is probably the most difficult to channel his energy into something good. As you can see, he quickly lost interest and began wandering out of the room to go find trouble. Here is his theme song.... We LOVE it!

"Upside Down" by Jack Johnson

Who's to say
What's impossible
Well they forgot
This world keeps spinning
And with each new day
I can feel a change in everything
And as the surface breaks reflections fade
But in some ways they remain the same
And as my mind begins to spread its wings
There's no stopping curiosity

I want to turn the whole thing upside down
I'll find the things they say just can't be found
I'll share this love I find with everyone
We'll sing and dance to Mother Nature's songs
I don't want this feeling to go away

Who's to say
I can't do everything
Well I can try
And as I roll along I begin to find
Things aren't always just what they seem

I want to turn the whole thing upside down
I'll find the things they say just can't be found
I'll share this love I find with everyone
We'll sing and dance to Mother Nature's songs

This world keeps spinning and there's no time to waste
Well it all keeps spinning spinning round and round and Upside down
Who's to say what's impossible and can't be found
I don't want this feeling to go away
Please don't go away
Please don't go away
Please don't go away
Is this how it's supposed to be
Is this how it's supposed to be

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

trains and destroyers

Sean LOVES his wooden trains. It's really sad that the two older boys build and build and then little Mason comes along as the DESTROYER. He sure is happy about it though. Mason stomps around in his own little "king kong" world, destroying everything in his path. His brothers are quick to forgive and say, "he's just a baby, it's okay." The picture of Sean isn't the greatest, but you get a glimpse of his "snuffies" (aka his eyelashes). Who knows where he go those from.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

1 yr old couch potato

Mason watching Elmo....

Mondays and Tuesdays are the days that Mom works, so the kids unfortunately watch a little too much TV.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Another gathering Sunday

Gathering together with family is such a typical Sunday activity. Well, today we overslept and didn't make it to church. Okay, I feel really bad about sleeping through the alarm. I know I'm the only one who normally wakes up to the alarm, but why did I sleep through it this morning? What will we do now? If mom cant wake up in a house full of boys, then what are we to do? So I let Nick sleep until 11 AM, then I took a nap. We actually really needed a "down day." It was mellow and nice. Then we went to Nick's mom's for a family gathering. There is always something to go to, isn't there?

Cooper made friends with some of the kids that came up from BYU with Nick's brother. There were about 15 of them and Cooper instantly saw that there was something special about these college kids. Cooper also enjoyed the trampoline as usual.

Sean discovered something in his teeth which he continued to show me while I was trying to take his picture. This was all I got.

Mason discovered Rice Krispie Treats. In case you cant tell, he DID have to go home in just a diaper.

We celebrated Great Grandma Gibbons', Great Grandpa M's and one of the kids from BYU's birthday.

Grandma and Papa M discovered Google Earth. They looked at the satellite images of all of their many properties, including their elk farm, real farm, house boat, hunting property, etc, etc.

Spring Interviews 2007




Saturday, April 14, 2007

a family visit

We spent the day with Grandpa and Great Grandma (Nick's side). We went to the park with all of Nick's brothers and their families. We had a great time! The kids really enjoy the "7 canyons" river system at Liberty Park. They can play in the water (althought it was a little cold) and race the balls down the different rivers. Fun stuff!!! We enjoyed yummy sandwiches from Grove Market and went to Cafe Rio for dinner. Grandma, Cooper and I did some shopping with her Sam's Club and Costco cards... THANK YOU!! While shopping, Nick and the other boys played XBox 360 and fiddled with Google Earth.

Sean had a melt down (too tired from over-play). I put him on time out in his bed for 3 mintues and this is what I found...

notice the Rachel blankie?? gotta love this kid!!

Friday, April 13, 2007

okay, we HAD to try it...

We had our own day of Mythbusting... and the Myth was confirmed!!! Mentos in Diet Coke....

Sorry about it being sideways. I actually rotated it before uploading but somehow it didn't work and I don't have all the time in the world to figure out how to fix it. So kindly turn your head sideways for 14 seconds to watch.

Sean's Haircut

I gave in today... here is my new "buzz." Before and after shots...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Pepsi Jazz - Caramel Creme

I don't LOVE diet soda, but I've been drinking it recently for a temporary help-aide to curve my sugar addiction.... ANYWAY.... I've discovered this new drink, that I absolutely adore. It is soooo yummy. It's like Diet Pepsi Cola with a hint of creme soda. And I could swear that it may have real sugar in it... it's too yummy to be diet!!!! I don't know what to do. You know when you really like something new that's out, there is only a minute chance that it will actually STAY around. I really hope this is one that sticks. My hat is off to you Pepsi-Cola Corporation!!! Thank You!

Dino Museum

We go to the Dinosaur Museum often because we have an annual pass. The kids LOVE it there. On the way to the museum, Mason was a happy boy!!! We went with some friends (Abby, Lizzy, and Mom.... and Jamison and Mom). They have an "erosion table" where kids (an adults) can build things with sand, then the water erodes it away. It's a little too much fun and great for exfoliating your hands! We also watched the IMAX 3-D movie about dinosaurs. Afterwards, we headed over to Cabela's for a little browsing, but didn't find much. We all seemed to drag today, so it will be nice to get a good night's sleep. Sean has suddenly decided that he wants his hair short, so the next picture you see, he may look different. Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What a Ham!!

I awoke this morning to a "popping" sound. I sat up in bed to see sparks and flames flying out of the back of our computer. Luckily, when the power supply decided to explode, it didn't take anything else with it... Needless to say, I was back up and running quickly. Mason was being such a goofball tonight because he had mom and dad all to himself after his brothers went to bed. He's a complete crack-up, that kid. Here he is in all his glory....
Sorry, it's a little dark, but you get the picture....

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Easter Sunday

Today was a wonderful Easter Sunday. The talks and music in church were inspiring. It seems to me that mere words cannot do the Resurrection and Atonement justice. What Jesus Christ did for us had to be the most important event that has ever happened on this planet. And for those of us who not only believe in Him, but believe Him when he said that He'll come again, Easter is truly the holiday that should be most celebrated. In a talk in church today a sister said that in Bulgaria during the Easter season, instead of saying their normal hellos, they say, "Christ is Risen!" and the other person responds, "Indeed, He is Risen!." I must admit that I was envious of these people upon hearing this. Our country was founded upon the fundamental principles of Christianity. How far we've deviated from the course that our founding fathers put us on! I know that there is nothing personally that I can do for my Savior to pay him back for suffering for our sins and breaking the bonds of death, but I can certainly study Him and try to eminate His life in all that I do, say, and think. Tonight, I watched, "The Nativity Story." For those who have seen it, know that it touches those of us who believe that Jesus was more than just a man, or a prophet. At the end of the movie when the shephards and wise men knelt before the Christ child, I thought of how wonderful it will be for me to have my turn, to kneel before Him when He comes again. Just as the people then believed that a "king of kings" would be born, I know that He is coming again. And I want to face Him knowing that I did all that I could to be the woman that He can smile at and say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

Saturday, April 7, 2007

The Rocks

This is the Rocks.... It's a family tradition in Nick's family to go camping on Easter weekend on this pile of rock in the middle of the Utah desert (just south of Delta, UT). The spot is actually used by sheep herders. This year the weather was exceptionally beautiful. We actually stayed in a hotel in Delta last night. But there was a mix up and long-story-short we had to stay in a smoking room. Oh man, this STUNK, literally! We did not sleep very well... actually not at all. Mason decided that he didn't like the hotel room either and would scream murder every time we'd try to put him down. But we had fun.... here are some pictures from our day at the rocks..... click on the pictures to see a larger version :)

We arrived VERY early. We figured that we couldn't sleep at the hotel, so we may as well head out. The whole camp was still asleep upon our arrival, so we went on a little family hike as the sun came up over the mountains.

There are many small crevices to hide in... but you must watch out, because the rattlesnakes like to hide in these too. Nick actually caught and killed a rattlesnake. It's currently in our refrigerator....lovely....

There are also caves to explore....

and cousins to play with....

And then... there's the Easter candy hunt, the Easter Bunny comes and hides candy in all the rocks.... what more fun could a kid have? Candy, rocks, dirt and cousins!!!

We also rode 4-wheelers and dirt bikes, shot guns, talked, played in the dirt, destroyed ant hills, blew bubbles, ate candy and so on..... The boys liked playing with Duke... a very good dog... and Sean loves "Jakie Boy" a cousin of Nick's whom all the kids adore!

And Sean found a scorpion. He came up to me and said, "Mom, I found a nice scorpion, I'm going to go play with him some more." I followed him to where he was playing and found the "friend."

Here is Mason with his Great Grandma, giving me attitude. He's VERY good at it!

Sean got very dirty. Actually we all did, it was quite dusty. And here is "Papa" all the kids favorite grandpa (technically he's great grandpa, Nick's grandpa).

Climbing the "Easter Egg" rock.