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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

i love: Bumbo

I don't know if the Bumbo seat wasn't around when I had Callie & Jack or if I just didn't know about it, but I love our Bumbo seat!

And so does Ellie! :)

It's a nice change from a bouncer or swing & it's very portable. We bought a little tray attachment to go with it that for now can have toys, but soon she'll be able to snack on Cheerios in it. I highly recommend the Bumbo seat! It's pricey so if people in your area use Craigslist that would definitely be the place to find one! You can buy it at WalMart or Target, but WalMart didn't sell the tray.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Story Time

I LOVE our Library! They have a really great story time program during the school year & during the summer they have a great summer reading program! When we were going to visit Jer's parents in OR last spring I checked into story times in their area & they were ridiculous! They were very strict on age groups: 0-18mos, 18mos-2 years, 2-5. So if you had two kids that fell into different age groups, you couldn't bring the sibling. And there was a waiting list! Our library has a really fun 0-5 story time with 3 different time slots during the week. Miss Linda & Miss Kelly plan themed days & read books that go along with the theme & do songs & fingerplays. Occassionally they do a craft too. The summer reading program was "Catch the Reading Bug." There was a craft every week along with a Little Debbie snack & Capri Sun at the end.

These pictures are from last Wednesday - the final day of the summer reading program. It was a great program day! No books this day, just lots of singing/dancing & finger plays.

This was so funny! One of the songs had them do "the swim." Check out Callie - she's even holding her breath & closing her eyes while doing it! :)

Jack started out with the group but ended up sitting alone at the table following along!

This is my friend Francis. She's in my ward & has a daughter between Callie's & Jack's ages. While she was holding Ellie her ticket was drawn for the adult date night drawing (movie tickets & movie treats!). She was so excited & kept calling Ellie her lucky star because she says she never wins anything! :)

The craft this week was decorating bug containers. Jack has other ideas for his.

So he did end up putting some foam bug stickers on his bug container. Here he is enjoying his snack & juice.

Callie worked very hard on her bug container!

So this was awesome! Callie won this inchworm riding toy in a drawing! How awesome is that?!!! All during the summer reading program they had some bikes & then this inchworm in the library that could be won by turning in your reading logs. Although we read to our kids plenty, we only ended up turning in 2 reading logs for each of the kids. Since Callie got a bike for her birthday I entered her into the inchworm drawing since Jack & Ellie (in a while) can enjoy it. Anyway, I can't believe she won! She was super excited about it! Here she is with Miss Linda & Miss Kelly & Jack & her new inchworm! Oh, & I also won one of the 3 date night prizes that day! And the kids all got coupons for free personal pizzas from pizza hut & Miss Kelly even gave me one "for Ellie!" It was a great day at the library!

12 on the 12th

Saturday, July 12th

Jeremiah made us all breakfast sandwiches! I love that he enjoys cooking & is a good cook! I'm so fortunate!

I am so burned out on throwing baby showers right now! If you're really my friend, you won't get pregnant! This cake was for a baby shower I was throwing in the afternoon for a gal I visit teach. Kind of funny story - I usually ask the person the shower is for if they have any preferences as for a theme & colors but this time I didn't ask. The invitations were pink & brown & the stuff at the shower coordinated w/the invites. I gave the mom-to-be a little play dress that was blue & her mother (who I've known for a long time & can tell me this) told me Amy was so thrilled to get something for the baby that isn't pink because she detests pink!!!! *wince* I almost did purple & brown instead of the pink & brown & I totally should have! Oh well. She'd better get used to it - most little girls like pink. Fact of life. Oh yeah, & if you're really my friend I'll still throw you a baby shower - happily! So go ahead - get pregnant - you have my blessing.

Ellie was extremely cooperative while I worked on the cake. She took a very long nap in the swing & I was able to mostly finish getting ready for the baby shower.
Callie & Jack got to go to grandpa & grandma's house to jump on the trampoline & play in the bird bath! Yuck! Jeremiah let them pick out flavored milks when he took them to the store so they proudly toted those around as they played.

I was so glad that Jeremiah gave Ellie a bath - she was due for one! Look at her fat thighs! I LOVE them! Callie & Jack never had fat like Ellie does! I saw a scrapbook lo that somebody did once about her fat baby & her title was "Body by Breyers." I think about that when I see all of Ellie's chubby parts! Although for Ellie it was more like DQ.
Jackson is addicted to Dora. He'd watch her all day if I let him! Callie used to be the same way but she's not so bad anymore. Maybe it's because she's added Charlie & Lola, Little Bear, & Franklin to her list of favorites!

What can I say? Jeremiah's a stud! He cleaned up my cake mess & all of my other stuff while I was at the baby shower!

It had been a long week & day and we hadn't had a date night so we got ribs & chicken fingers from Kingman Steakhouse for dinner. I think most of the 12ths have been dinner out. I swear I really do cook!
Callie & Jack like to play mermaid & shark lately. This is a game they've made up. Sometimes Jack plays the mermaid. I enjoy watching them flop around on the ground trying to eat each other.

I normally take my car to the car wash, but Jeremiah went out with the kids & washed the cars. I don't know that they were that helpful, but it was nice to have a clean car!

After the kids went to bed it was time for a treat! Jeremiah went to Sonic & got us an Oreo blast to share. He did more sharing - I did more eating.

Jeremiah bringin' his A-game (& his game face), playing Call of Duty w/his brothers.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeremiah!

Happy Birthday to the most wonderful husband a girl could ever hope for!!!! Though you don't enjoy going to The Nutcracker with me, you are very thoughtful, giving, and kind. Understanding, loving, PATIENT, helpful, and just awesome. I could go blind from "over-exposure to your pure awesomeness!" {kung fu panda - should've seen it hon} It would be worth it.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Birthday America!

Our friends Brit, Summer & Kenadee Haws are visiting us this weekend. Today, as Callie said, was a very special day, because we went to the movies, we played outside on the water slide, we had dinner, we had [homemade] ice cream for dessert & we played with pepp-its (what Kenadee called the poppers) and sticks (what the kids called the sparklers) and watched fireworks. And Callie was right - it was a good day! Just the way I like to celebrate a birthday!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Happy Birthday Callie!

Callie I think had one of the best birthdays a 4 year old could have! (Tuesday) Starting with breakfast I asked her what she wanted. Her favorite food is "sammiches" so she wanted sandwiches for breakfast. And when she told me she even said, "sammiches, and it's my special day so I can have whatever I want for whatever I want." That's right. And I would have been happy to make her sandwiches for breakfast but I also offered pancakes or waffles & she chose waffles. :) Since I'd stayed up till the wee hours of the morning to be ready for her party (our first ever friends party!), birthday day was mostly relaxed & fun. Callie was loving all the attention she got all day starting with calls from Nana & Grandma Darcy & from some of her aunts & uncles & great grandparents throughout the day.

We had a water party with a kiddie pool, bubbles, & a huge inflatable water slide that one of Jeremiah's employees who has a jumphouse business on the side let us borrow! We had watermelon stars, pretzel & cheddar goldfish, aquarium jello, & ocean punch & water for snacks. I had planned some races & simple games but the kids had so much fun with the water & backyard toys that we never played any! Bytheway, it was so hot out (104) that by the time the party was over the rest of the jello was completely melted! Liquid!

There was a lot of this crack action throughout the day!

I don't know how many cupcakes Jack ended up eating, but it was definitely more than anyone else. The cupcakes that didn't get eaten went in the garbage because jack had eaten the little shell chocolates & some of the frosting off of all of them!

This is Callie's best friend Corinne (above & below). They LOVE each other so much! Corinne asked Callie before presents if she could help Callie open them & Callie told her no & Corinne said okay & was fine with it, but I guess Callie changed her mind! :) I hadn't planned on Callie opening presents at the party because first of all, we told people they didn't need to bring a present, but also because I know it's hard for most kids to watch siblings open presents when they're not getting one & all the kids were young so I didn't want it to be hard for them, but one of the moms that stayed said she thought I should let Callie open them so the kids could see her be excited about what they brought for her. I'm glad I did, because I was talking to my friend Tana (Corinne's mom) yesterday & she told me that Corinne has talked non-stop not only about the party but about how much Callie loved her present (and she does!)!

The friends party ended & it was a huge success! Thanks to my mom for all her help!!! I'm glad the party's over but I'm so glad Callie & Jack both had such a good time. Jack never went down the slide at the party but we get to keep the slide through the weekend so maybe we'll get him down with the water on in the next couple of days!

Ellie was perfect all day! She slept through the entire friends party & was happy & sweet all day long! I love, love, LOVE this girl!!!

For Callie's birthday dinner she wanted sandwiches! LOL She's so funny! She also thought pasta would be good. I suggested a couple of other things but her mind was made up so sandwiches it was (hoagies for the grown-ups)! We also had pasta salad, watermelon, and chips.

Thanks to Chelsea & Tara for the cake ideas. Callie loved, LOVED her cake! It was pretty fun to make for her!

Making a wish. She told us the first wish so we told her she had to make a second one. She told us that one too. We gave up. Here are her wishes:
1. "I wished that I wouldn't die."
2. "I wished that I won't get baptized."
She might have issues. Okay, I don't know about #1, but #2 - she's afraid of being dunked in the water. Perhaps it's time for swim lessons.

Her new bike! She loves it & has already spent lots of time on it, despite the heat.

Finally, our littlest princess. What a great day we had!