Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pesky Little Brothers

I have a funny little story about Aiden and Dalin. We went to the car dealership to get the oil changed on our van today. There is a bounce house in the showroom so I told Aiden he could play while we were waiting. He had taken his shoes off to get in, and away he went to bounce to his hearts content. I was helping Dalin walk around when he spotted Aiden’s shoes and made his way to them. He picked up one of the shoes and we kept walking around. Aiden noticed his shoe was gone and came after us to get it back. After that Dalin thought it was a game. He went back and picked up the shoe again and he started to get away as fast as his little baby legs would take him, but Aiden didn’t notice. He headed back to the bounce house and Dalin started grunting until Aiden looked up to see that he had the shoe. The chase was on. Aiden caught us, and in his words, “the battle is on.” We played for about 30 min, and Dalin made sure Aiden saw him every time before he would make his get away. It was so cute, but totally something Chris would do. We may be in trouble.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

It's All Your Fault, I Screen My Phone Calls

Ashton’s friend Julian has been calling again and I think her patience is wearing thin, because she has started screening the phone calls that come into our home. She can’t actually read the names on the caller i.d., but she just assumes all of the calls are from Julian, and she’s usually right. We went to the drive in movies last night and we got home pretty late so the kids (except Dalin) slept in until after nine. Julian had already called three times before Ashton woke up. When he finally got to talk to Ashton this is what we heard on our end. “Julian I can’t talk right now, I’m helping my dad paint the bathroom…why don’t you call your grandma… well then talk to your mom…then talk to your dad.” I don’t know if she realizes that not everyone has most of their extended family in town, and how lucky she is to have that. At least she gives him options when she doesn't want to talk to him.

Chris has decided that Dalin is ready to walk so he practices with him everyday. I’m not really ready for that, but it is very cute to see how proud Dalin is of himself when he takes the few steps he can. It was funny to me how excited I got when I saw him take his first step, like I hadn't been through it three times before. I never wondered if I would have enough love for all of my children, even so I'm amazed by just how much love I do have for each of them. Dalin is just growing so fast, he will be a year old in less than a month and I just can't believe it. Speaking of time flying, Kaylee will be getting baptized next month. She is really excited because she will be the first one in her primary class to be baptized. I have to admit that I am pretty excited too. It just blows my mind whenever I stop to think about it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Mother's Day

I hope all of the mothers out there had a nice mother’s day. Mine was great! My sister and my mother and I went to visit my grandma and grandpa in St. George Utah. They live in Idaho for most of the year, but come to Utah during the winter months. They usually go home in April but this year they had some things that kept down south for a little longer so it was a real treat to be able to see them. We went to lunch and had a really nice visit. They are the cutest grandparent couple I hope I can be like them someday.

Kaylee gets super excited about special occasions like holidays and birthdays, even when they aren’t for her. She can hardly sleep the night before. She came into our room at 6:15 Sunday morning because she was too excited for mother’s day to sleep any longer. Lucky for her Dalin was already awake and laying in our bed so Kaylee offered to take him into the other room. That was great for about 10 min and then we heard a thud and Dalin crying. Aiden had woken up and while Kaylee was getting the room together for her mother’s day plan she put him in charge of the baby except the baby was on the couch and Aiden didn’t know that watching Dalin meant hold on to him and make sure he didn’t fall off the couch. After that Chris was up so I got to go back to bed, and he and the kids made me breakfast. We have 9:00 church so I didn’t get to sleep much longer but it was nice. Kaylee Ashton and Aiden sang with another brother and sister during sacrament meeting and that was pretty cute. My brother arranged for all of the dads in our family to take care of dinner and another of my brothers made a video tribute to all of the moms in our family so it was a really nice day overall.

Ashton and Aiden have the best conversations on the way home from kindergarten and here’s the most recent one.

Aiden: “Hey mom I want to be a magician when I grow up”

Ashton: “Yeah, so you can entertain kids and then they will beat you up.”

Aiden: “No Ashton, I would have guards who will only let people in if they have an invitation and I won’t give you an invitation so they won’t let you in.”

I didn’t know being a magician was so dangerous.

Aiden is highly influenced by T.V., especially the commercials. He will come find me several times a day very excited about some product he has seen and believes that our lives just aren’t complete without these things in our home (i.e., “Mom the Sunsetter can make our patio 20 degrees cooler and it is only $300.00!” or “Mom roll ‘n’ grow has over 10,000 seeds! You just roll it out and put water on it and then you have beautiful flowers.” or “Mom space bags keep out water and bugs! I need one for my birthday.”) One day I was reading a book and he said, “Mom I just don’t get enough sleep. Dalin keeps me up and I just can’t get comfortable on those metal coils in my mattress. I really need a tempurpedic bed.” I looked over and there was a tempurpedic commercial on which is where he was getting his information, but he is very impressed by those mattresses and he thinks everyone in our family should have one. Kaylee was in a little program about dinosaurs at school and, biased as I am, she did the best when she said her part. The rest of the kids sounded like they were reading from the s-c-r-i-p-t when they spoke, but when Kaylee spoke you believed her excitement when they found the dinosaur bone! :) That’s all I have for now, I hope you all have a great day!