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Off on a Family Hiking Trip

23 Apr

I am off on a family hiking trip this week at  Grand Gulch near Blanding, Utah. Grand Gulch is full of Anasazi Indian ruins. The ruins are between 700 to 2,000 years. I am so excited to get away and  spend time with my family without any outside distractions. Check back the first of next week and I will share pictures and tell you all about the fun we had. Have a Great Week! 🙂

 

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Watchin' The Rain

18 Apr

A few days ago we had a big rain storm come through. I noticed Camden and Peyton watchin’ the rain out the window. I thought that it was just so cute. So I hurried and grabbed my camera and snapped a picture.

Whenever there is even the slightest sign of a storm (which has been a lot lately), Peyton tells us “it’s noing, it’s noing, it’s noing” (it’s snowing). He is just too cute. I love the age he is at right now. Sometimes I wish I could just freeze time.

Watchin’ The Rain

18 Apr

A few days ago we had a big rain storm come through. I noticed Camden and Peyton watchin’ the rain out the window. I thought that it was just so cute. So I hurried and grabbed my camera and snapped a picture.

Whenever there is even the slightest sign of a storm (which has been a lot lately), Peyton tells us “it’s noing, it’s noing, it’s noing” (it’s snowing). He is just too cute. I love the age he is at right now. Sometimes I wish I could just freeze time.

What's He Thinking About?

11 Apr

Many times I have wondered what my kids  are thinking about and how they view the world. A few days ago I was watching Peyton play. I couldn’t help but to wonder what he was thinking about as he was driving his cars across the coffee table.

 

He would drive all the cars to one side of the coffee table and line them up. He used his blocks as some type of obstacle corse.

 

He then would rearrange the obstacle blocks…

 

then drive all the cars back to the other side of the coffee table.

 

Then he would rearrange the blocks again and repeat the whole process. What was he thinking about?

 

After a few minutes of this, he started lifting each car high in the air then sitting it down on a block . He was watching each car very closely as he did this. What was he thinking about? Was he just mimicking how he sees the world around him? 

 

 

Then he gave me a Great Big Smile!

What’s He Thinking About?

11 Apr

Many times I have wondered what my kids  are thinking about and how they view the world. A few days ago I was watching Peyton play. I couldn’t help but to wonder what he was thinking about as he was driving his cars across the coffee table.

 

He would drive all the cars to one side of the coffee table and line them up. He used his blocks as some type of obstacle corse.

 

He then would rearrange the obstacle blocks…

 

then drive all the cars back to the other side of the coffee table.

 

Then he would rearrange the blocks again and repeat the whole process. What was he thinking about?

 

After a few minutes of this, he started lifting each car high in the air then sitting it down on a block . He was watching each car very closely as he did this. What was he thinking about? Was he just mimicking how he sees the world around him? 

 

 

Then he gave me a Great Big Smile!

The Washing of the “B”

7 Apr

Each of our kids all have had a favorite blanket and we taught them all to call it their “B”. I’m not sure where that name came from but I think it was something to do with Justin’s family. Peyton has a whole stack of blankets for him to use. Some were given to him and some were given to his older brothers. The one he likes most is one that I had bought for his oldest brother, Dylan, when he was a baby. Neither Camden or Dylan liked it. Peyton prefers it over all the other blankets he has and there is just no substitute.

Since Peyton only likes one blanket, wash day is very devastating for him. He has a very hard time waiting 1 1/2 hours for it to get washed and dried. I try to sneak it from him when he isn’t looking or when he is taking a nap, but it doesn’t always turn out as planned.

This is Peyton crying at me to get his “B” out of the washer. He was even more upset when I was putting it in the washer, but I’m not talented enough to load the washer and take pictures at the same time.

 

“ma b” (my B)

 

“ma b” (my B)

 

I tried to sneak it in the dryer without him noticing, but that didn’t work out either.

 

“peeese ma b, ma b” (please my B, my B)

 

When the washer was finally done, I opened the door and laid his blanket in the doorway of the dryer so Peyton could get it. I then went and told him that his “B” was done. He came running……

 

He pulled his “B” out of the dryer so excited……

 

Then he closed the dryer door. He seems to think it’s his job to close all doors and drawers. Probably because he always sees us closing them to keep him out.

 

and he’s off with his freshly cleaned “B”……

 

then he sat down with it on his car……

 

and gives me the cheesiest grin ever……

I also thought it was cute how he is using the front of his car as his baba holder.

 

The Washing of the "B"

7 Apr

Each of our kids all have had a favorite blanket and we taught them all to call it their “B”. I’m not sure where that name came from but I think it was something to do with Justin’s family. Peyton has a whole stack of blankets for him to use. Some were given to him and some were given to his older brothers. The one he likes most is one that I had bought for his oldest brother, Dylan, when he was a baby. Neither Camden or Dylan liked it. Peyton prefers it over all the other blankets he has and there is just no substitute.

Since Peyton only likes one blanket, wash day is very devastating for him. He has a very hard time waiting 1 1/2 hours for it to get washed and dried. I try to sneak it from him when he isn’t looking or when he is taking a nap, but it doesn’t always turn out as planned.

This is Peyton crying at me to get his “B” out of the washer. He was even more upset when I was putting it in the washer, but I’m not talented enough to load the washer and take pictures at the same time.

 

“ma b” (my B)

 

“ma b” (my B)

 

I tried to sneak it in the dryer without him noticing, but that didn’t work out either.

 

“peeese ma b, ma b” (please my B, my B)

 

When the washer was finally done, I opened the door and laid his blanket in the doorway of the dryer so Peyton could get it. I then went and told him that his “B” was done. He came running……

 

He pulled his “B” out of the dryer so excited……

 

Then he closed the dryer door. He seems to think it’s his job to close all doors and drawers. Probably because he always sees us closing them to keep him out.

 

and he’s off with his freshly cleaned “B”……

 

then he sat down with it on his car……

 

and gives me the cheesiest grin ever……

I also thought it was cute how he is using the front of his car as his baba holder.

 

Kite Flying Day at School

4 Apr

Last Friday was our elementary school’s annual kite flying day. This is my fourth year since my oldest is now a third grader (wow, he sure is growing up fast).  The day was a perfect day for kite flying. The temperature was about 65 degrees and there was a really nice wind, not too soft not too hard. I left work early that day so I could go. 

Last Monday I took the boys to Wal-Mart to pick out their kite. Both of them decided that they didn’t want a kite with any cartoon characters on them. In the past we have bought Transformer kites. They both ended up liking the same kite. This is Camden with his kite.

I decided I would help my kindergartener with his kite flying first since I figured he would need the most help.We were having a hard time getting his kite to go very high in the air. It almost seemed like it was too heavy. I think we had a lot better luck when we used the cheaper kites.

 

Plus, it didn’t help that we had to be careful of all the other kite flyers around us.

 

Camden did have a lot of fun though and that is what matters most.

 

After I helped Camden get his kite flying, I decided it was time to go find Dylan and see how he was doing. After scanning the playground several times, I finally found him. He’d already given up and taken his kite back to his classroom. He was having the same luck me and Camden had. I was able to get this one good picture of him before he realized I was taking his picture and took off.

My Fashion Sense #3

2 Apr

Last Friday, hubby took me to a movie for my birthday. We watched “The Adjustment Bureau” starring Matt Damon. It was a really good movie and I recommend seeing it. It’s different from all the other movies out right now. Different is good.

My new fedora hat from Body Central finally came in the mail that day so I just had to wear it. This was my going out for my birthday outfit.

Hat – Body Central, Top – Walmart, Layering Tee – DownEast, Cardigan – Kohl’s, Necklace – Body Central, Bracelet Set – Diva Girl Purse Party, Clutch – Payless ShoeSource, Jeggings – Walmart, Sandals – Famous Footwear, Watch – Overstock.com

 

 

First Science Fair Project

28 Mar

Last Thursday was our first science fair project. I wasn’t very excited about it when Dylan brought the note home. Him and his brother already had their regular homework to get done. Between homework, having to work full-time and trying to keep up with our house, I wasn’t sure how I was going to add something else to my to-do list. I was so happy when my husband, Justin, volunteered to help with it. I didn’t even have to ask and believe me, I didn’t argue about it at all. He decided that they would do their science fair project on ants and how they communicate.

They used Camden’s ant farm that my parents gave him for Christmas.

It didn’t know until about 30 minutes before the Science Fair started that Justin had entered Camden as Dylan’s partner.

I was a little worried about them getting the science fair project ready on time. Last Monday I picked up a display board. On Wednesday night, Justin, Dylan and Camden got it already and I thought it turned out really good.

Justin typed up some info sheets for them so they knew what to tell people. This helped them to feel more comfortable talking to people because they tend to be a little shy. The sheet said this:

  • What is a scientist who studies ants called? Entomologist
  • How many different ant species are on Earth? About 20,000
  • What colors and sizes are they? Black, Brown and Rust; .25 inches to 1 inch
  • Ants can carry up to fifty times their own weight
  • They can climb trees up to 100 feet high
  • They can move at a speed that compares to a person running 65 miles per hour
  • Ants follow each other using pheromones. They also emit pheromones as an alarm when in danger. This signals others to help.

They also got some pictures from the internet to use and used the poster that came with the ant farm that had info about ants.

After seeing Dylan and Camden sitting at their science fair project, I decided that science fair projects are such a bad thing. Besides them learning from their project, they also learn how to present ideas to others and overcome their shyness. 

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