Sunday, February 28, 2010

Naomi is 3!

Here is our Mo on her third birthday.

We can't believe our baby is THREE!

She had orange soda in a goblet and wanted a pink and brown cake.

She got a recycled from older sisters, has been hid away for a few years, dollhouse.

This may be the first, but undoubtedly won't be the last time someone gives her chocolates for her birthday that they bought half off after Valentine's Day.

Here she is in her new sunglasses.

She wore them to the beach the Saturday after her birthday - post coming soon!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Lovely Valentine

Heather gave me this Valentine today. I love all the pastel colors and the roses she painted.

Self Explanatory

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Growing a 'Stache

I was too slow with the camera.

She wiped half of it off...

but here is part of Mo's hot chocolate mustache!

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Ironies of Life

Last February 16th, I made my way to Target and bought 72 Fun Dip Valentines. I knew Heather and Gwen would be needing them for Valentine's Day parties at school this year and I wanted to get them half off on clearance. How could Fun Dip possibly rot, right?

I remember putting them away and saying to Stan, "Help me remember where these are because it will drive me crazy next year if I can't find them." When, after searching the entire kitchen, I reminded him of this conversation, Stan pointed out that he probably suggested I write it down. Which I didn't. And I couldn't find those elusive Fun Dips ANYwhere.

I suppose the bright side is that I cleaned out multiple cupboards, organizing as I went, but no luck. It just stuck in my craw to pay full price when I have (somewhere!) 72 half price Fun Dip Valentines, so I formed Plan B. I bought cheapo puppy and kitten Valentines and decided to make cookies to sweeten the deal. Never mind that the butter to make the cookies and the plastic bags to put them in probably cost more than brand new candy Valentines. It was the principle of the thing.

Gwen's class party was scheduled for Wed. the 10th, so Tuesday afternoon Rachel and I were busy dipping cookies I had baked into pink icing. Heather's party wasn't until Thursday, but I made enough cookies for both of them and then we ate the rest. I planned on letting them set overnight and bagging them up before school Wednesday morning. Well...

...about four in the morning Gwen threw up and then Heather started at around six. Gwen was obviously not going to make it to her party. Poor thing! I was feeling fatalistic after all the stress those silly Valentines gave me, so I ate some to console myself and gave some to Michael and Kelly. There were still more than enough for Heather, with twenty something left for people around the house to eat. As the day wore on, Heather and Gwen started to feel better and by early afternoon were obviously well enough to go to school the next day.

Gwen asked if she could drop by the school to pick up her homework, so I dropped her and Rachel off and told them I'd be back after I got Summer. When we returned to the elementary school, Gwen got in the car and made the AWFUL announcement that her teacher had changed the party to Thursday! The kids and I just ate a third of her Valentines for breakfast!

Well, you know what I was doing Wed. afternoon...baking and dipping more cookies. I hope I have learned my lesson. I think I will go buy some (more) Fun Dip Valentines for next year and write down exactly where I hide them.

(Now where did I put that note?!?)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Flower Girls

This afternoon, Heather picked some flowering vines in the backyard and made a crown for Naomi.

Then, Kelly made one for herself.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Ready toTake Her Road Test

Naomi is becoming quite the back seat driver. Recently, we were on the way to pick Rachel up from school and she asked where we were going. I told her and she announced that we were going the wrong way and that this was the way to Summer’s school, not Rachel’s.

A couple of days after that, we picked Summer up first and then were on our way to get Rachel from a different direction. She told me again that this was not the way to Rachel’s school and backed her pronouncement up with, “And I am RIGHT.”

It isn't only my sense of direction that she thinks need improvement. I stopped at a red light behind a Honda and she told me, “You are not far enough away from that little car, Mommy.”

Friday, February 05, 2010

I'm really swamped here, Mother.

Last night, Naomi didn’t want to go to sleep and she is observant enough to figure out how to avoid bedtime in our house.

After reading her three books, I said, “Time for bed!”

She looked at me and very seriously replied,

“I have homework.”

Naomi the Penguin


I went to get Kelly for breakfast a couple of days ago, and found her busy reading her Book of Mormon.

She is working on finishing before she gets baptized in a few months.