Friday, July 23, 2010

Wheppin if . . .?

Dallin sometimes creates his own little language and it takes us awhile to figure out what he is saying. Lately he has been asking, "What would happen if . . . " (fill in the blanks). He asks the question so often that he has created his own contraction: WHEPPIN.

Dallin: Mom, wheppin if you have no eyes?
Mom: You wouldn't be able to see.

Dallin: Wheppin if you have no fingernails?
Mom: Ummm . . . . (I often just trail off because I don't know how to answer)

Dallin: Wheppin if you have no eyebrows?
Wheppin if your mouth falls out?
Wheppin if you have no heart? You have no love?
Wheppin if you have no hair?
Wheppin if you have no head?
Mom or Dad: You would die.
Dallin: Why?

Each of these questions has been asked multiple times to both of us. They are his favorites. He knows the answers . . . maybe he is just trying to fill some awkward silences. I don't think he is physically able to let a silent moment pass without filling it with some noise. He talks constantly. I have been know to turn on the TV just for a break from the constant chatter.

He is also really preoccupied with pee and poop. He thinks it's funny to talk about it. Despite our best efforts to discourage the subject matter, he constantly talks about it. Today I asked him if he wanted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. "No, I want a pee sandwich."

Mom: Dallin, that's really disgusting. You don't really want a pee sandwich, don't talk like that. Now, what kind of sandwhich do you want?

Dallin: I want a pee sandwich (mischeivous giggle)

Mom: All right.

So I went in the kitchen to make his pee sandwich (honey) As I was drizzling on the honey, Dallin came in the room and saw the "pee" go on the sandwich. He got really upset and realized that he didn't want a pee sandwich. After a minute of teasing, I eased his spirit by revealing what the pee actually was.

I don't think he'll ask for a pee sandwich again. Although he did ask for a "poopcicle" later in the day.

He's actually really cute, but I guess you'll just have to trust me on that one.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Shingletown Gap

At the end of a grumpy day, we took the kids hiking at Shingletown Gap. It was a good parenting moment, because it improved everyone's mood. We got to explore in the woods, cool off a bit, and play in the water a little. The whole family loved it. The only thing we would do differently is to bring some bug spray. (You can't really see the cloud of bugs buzzing around everyone's heads). If you every come and visit we will be sure to take you here to visit.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Our Photographer

Sadie has recently taken up an interest in taking pictures. Judging from the pictures that she has been taking, I think we can safely call it photography. She was playing with her "My Little Ponies" recently (after many months of non-use) She got them all ready for their photo shoot. I don't know how many braids I had to do that day, but I think I'm an expert now. All I have to put on my resume is that my daughter had "My Little Ponies" and I would be hired instantly as the official braider at any hair salon. I think that should be added to the "What To Expect" book series.

"All mothers of young girls should expect to complete at least 3000 braids on various
dolls and figurines during adolescence."

She also took these pictures of her ponies. There were many, many, many more. I cut some out.

Her muse then became Dallin. He's pretty cute don't you think? After a few pictures of smiles and cuteness, things got a little out of hand. When they aren't driving me crazy, they make me laugh like crazy! Moments like these really make me glad to be their mom.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Like Mother; Like Daughter

The other day I was putting together a little baby quilt and had some leftover squares. Sadie likes to play with them so I gave them to her. I mentioned that she could probably make a blanket too. She got really excited about it. She picked out her squares and arranged them the way she wanted and then she sewed them together. It's not her first project (she made a toothfairy pillow) But I think she did a great job. The only thing she didn't do was the actual quilting. She took the pictures too. I see a future in photography!

Dallin wanted to be involved too. After he had his picture taken I made him his own little blanket.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

As Promised . . . mostly for my mom

Well Mom, I really hope that you are reading this. I have been assuring you for many months that I update my blog regularly, but I have been lying. I am making a sincere effort to repent of my ways and sin no more. So here goes.

What is a kid's favorite toy? A cardboard box! This magnificent pirate ship was once a box to our brand new jogging stroller. (I'm really excited about this stroller). Notice the flag and their mean pirate faces. The ship last for a few days, but they had a lot of fun with it. I think everyone in the courtyard eventually was part of this game!

Besides spending most of our time playing in the backyard, we decided to celebrate the beginning of the summer with a camping trip. So, on the last day of school, we crammed everything into our little car and ventured out to Raystown Lake. It was a great trip spent with our good friends, The Lees. We swam; we made smores; Steve mountain-biked; I did some trail running; and we had close call with some poison ivy. It took about three days to recover (I never realized how much work went into our week long camping trips when I was younger - thanks mom and dad)

And finally, these last few pictures are just from a photo shoot that I did to make a Father's Day card. The card never happened, but I got some cute pictures that I think show their personality quite well.

Can you tell that Sadie likes to pose for pictures? In fact, my neighbor has been using her as a model for some of her artwork. You can find an example of what she has been doing here.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Has it been awhile?

I know it's ridiculous . . . you are thinking, "Where are those cute kids; what have they been doing for the last few months?" I promise you, there will be pictures soon, but right now I want to post about my awesome craftiness. I've been meaning to do this post for quite sometime and finally, I did it today. I made these great scripture totes based on a tutorial for a summer tote found at Homemade by Jill. I just changed the size of things so that it will fit a set of scriptures!

See? Isn't it perfect? I was quite proud of myself. If you would like to know the dimensions I used (or if you want me to make you one) I would be happy to oblige. On that note, I had so much fun making these for Sadie and Dallin that I made an extra one with leftover fabric. I want to give it to the first one who asks for it -- I'll even pay for the shipping!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Overheard on the playground:

"Sadie has a crush on Justin."

"Nu-uh, I have a crush on my Dad"

That's ok with me, Sadie. I do too!