Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Aren't these kids cute? After the annual Wednesday-night ward festival which was exhausting for us all, the kids are ready and excited to go out and hit the neighborhood for a round of 'trick or treat'! Sam and Joe are dressed as G.I.'s and Sarah and Mary are pirate girls.

Earlier, Sarah marched with her school in their annual around-the-block Halloween Parade. She had so much fun. Grandma Whetten (sporting her purple witch hat)and Grandma and Grandpa Lee were there to cheer her on. The twins had fun watching all the kids walk by in their costumes.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's Mike's Birthday...shhhhh!

Yes, it's that time of year, again. It's the day no one is supposed to remember. So I am not going to mention it at all. The end.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hang we go!


It was soooo past that time. You know, haircut time. There are many signs and ques that are given to tip a mom off that her kids are in dire need of a clip or a trim. Some are obvious and in-your-face. Such as, people telling you that your kids need their hair cut (like my mom and sister). Some aren't so obvious until after the cut i.e., your kid not having to tilt his head up to see under his bangs that are covering his eyes. With that said, Sam, Sarah and Joe needed haircuts.
I took them outside wearing their underwear only (less clothes infested with little hairs) and sat them on our picnic table. Sam was first and sat still with off and on bouts of the wiggles. His cut took longer than normal but I didn't have to use the buzzer (which he hates) because I was able to blend from the neck-up and from the ears-up like a pro. (This is after many years of cutting his hair including cutting his ear once). Sarah was next and she had the wiggles. She couldn't stand still at all. I just wanted to trim the ends off (about 2 inches) and trim her bangs. The back cut was easy - straight and steady. Then, I tried to trim her bangs and layer her hair and oh my gosh I messed up big time! Mike was at the gym and was going to be home soon. I thought I could hurry and dress all the kids and run Sarah to the salon and beg (even bribe) anyone to fix what I had done. I really didn't think I could even pull that off - the twins were still in their diapers and Sam was still wrapped in a towel post-haircut shower. I just kept at it, trimmed another 2 inches to blend in my mistakes and, viola! Persistence pays off. It's the cutest cut ever and it compliments her face very well.

I put her in the shower to clean off and it was off to Joe. What can I say...he sat still the entire time. No fuss! I couldn't have asked for a better client. The cut is cute and now he looks like a big boy. Poor Mary....she needs all the hair she can get. No cut for Mary. She was sad. Maybe next year, Mary!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Two days off and lots to do!

What do you do when school-aged kids have 2 days off of school? Not worry about getting them to school on time, for one! Yeah! Really, though, it's not that hard to get up and get the big kids ready for school and the twins ready for the day; it's just nice to know that I don't HAVE to do it all by 7:30am for 2 days! I did have to get everyone up, dressed, fed and in the van because I was scheduled to teach aqua at the local gym both mornings.
After my class on Thursday, and a little workout for myself, we came home and relaxed for the rest of the day. It was so nice to know that I had the whole day to spend with my kids without the interruption of carpool and homework! And that is exactly what I did!
Friday was a repeat of Thursday. I taught my class and worked out a bit, showered (at the gym) and came home. We ate lunch and listened to music.
I decided to change the kid's rooms around once again and ran out of steam and time. Oh well, there is always tomorrow. We ate dinner and Mike and the kids watched some TV. By 7:00pm the kids were so tired. We put them in their pj's and tucked them in bed. Some kisses, drinks of water and prayers (extra ones for Sam because he gets scared) and the lights were off!
I decided to post because I took a cute pic of the kids on Thursday morning before we got ready for the day.

Oh - one side note of the day...Sarah and her friend decided to knock on my bedroom window to get the twins attention who were playing in the backyard. I guess they knocked so hard that the window broke! Not cracked, broken! A piece fell out! She was sad, I was mad. Well, that's it... more from the Lee House of Adventures later.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Happy 5th Birthday, Sarah!

The day started out great for Sarah. She woke up in my bed (not by my choice) to the phone ringing. It was her Aunt Linda calling to wish her a happy birthday. I then informed Sarah that there were some presents on the couch for her. She ran in and opened the first one. It was the Barbie Diamond Castle movie. She was excited. She let Sam open the other gift eventhough I insisted she help. It was her birthday afterall.

It was a doll that came with an extra outfit and a stroller. She liked that, too. She wanted cookies for breakfast. What child doesn't? She settled for scrambled eggs. I gave into the cookie.
I quickly dipped her and the twins into the bathtub. During that time, Grandma Whetten called and sang Sarah her birthday song - into the answering machine. Sarah played with her new toys for a bit while I packed up some delicious homemade cookies for her to take to school to share with her classmates.

Later, we ate lunch at Target with her best cousin, shopped a bit and played at the play center in the mall. Her play continued into the late afternoon with her cousin and then with the neighbor girl. Her day was filled with lots of fun!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fool Me once...

Here is a picture of a just-bathed, dressed and fed Joe. I guess I didn't meet his fructose needs because he grabbed a full bag of powdered sugar and dumped it out onto his tray, his seat and all over the floor. I was furious.
The next day he did the same thing with a bag of brown sugar.

Vote for America

Sam is so patriotic. He found two flags in storage and thought he hit the jackpot! He then marched around the house shouting, "Vote for America!" He loves America because we have taught him about the rights and freedoms that we enjoy and are privileged to have in this great country.

Torture Device?

Joe loves to get into my sewing box. He loves to open my straight pin container. He loves to dump them out. How do you pick up more than 100 straight pins? You put your Glen Whetten thinking cap on and tie a piece of ribbon to a magnet and swing it around (carefully) across the table, chairs and floor.
I hope I got them all... No casualties so far!