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Thursday, June 28, 2007

iMILESination




Yes, it is a confusing title, but it is just like a word Miles would come up. Ya see, lately we have been living in a world of total imagination. From the moment we wake up, to the time we are going to bed, Miles pretends, pretends, and pretends. We are camping in the tent (his room), making ramps (tipping over chairs), being a doctor and "checking" me out (with all sorts of odd things to "check" me out - like a bird-magnet to look in my ear), and, tonite, eating shaved ice in shoes.

While I was getting dinner ready I heard Miles in the family room talk of getting shaved ice for all of us. We had previously been coloring with markers, then the markers were used by both Jonas and Miles to build towers (by stacking them), then the markers were trains, then the markers became one tool used by Dr. Miles to assess me, and finally the markers were used as shaved ice.

Tuesday afternoon we spent 3 hours VTing (during nap time, how lovely is that?) and so to reward ALL of ourselves, we went and got some shaved ice. Miles and Jonas loved it and obviously it made an impression on Miles.

So when I came in to set the table, I see this:
Miles had set out a "shaved ice" for each of us (Ben didn't get one since he was gone at his Church meetings), complete with a spoon. Ha! I thought it was great. He even set each shaved ice on the right side of each setting - what a smartie. :)

The markers were the syrup that he would pour into the shoes. We had cotton candy (the flavor he got), tiger's blood (ben's flavor), lemon (yellow marker), blueberry (blue marker), etc. We were all instructed to "eat" our shaved ice during dinner. And boy was it gooooood!
So I love all this pretending and it is quite hilarious, but sometimes I wonder what Jonas thinks of it all. I think he gets it for the most part, but I also believe he was somewhat dissappointed when he took his spoon from his shoe and tasted. . . nothing.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Silver Jack Camp-Out

so these camp pictures will pretty much be like last time, but since my blog has become my journal/scrapbook of sorts, i still want to "document" it.


Silver Jack Scenery









the pretty mountains surrounding the area. also, the beautiful river.





and here is our cozy campsite. it was perfect - all nestled in the trees. the only problem? mosquitos (by the billions if you ask me) thought it was a pretty dandy place too. i forgot how much i absolutely HATE, HATE, HATE mosquitos.









Chillin' and Eatin' at Camp







here's ben cooking all of our gourment-camp food - mac 'n cheese (pre-cooked noodles with some shredded cheese).












Jonas chillin' in his campin' chair. (for some reason, we think he really looks like his cute cousin, Emily Edens!)















these boys take eating their dinners very seriously apparently.



the boys trying to get warmed up in blankets and sitting by the fire - waiting for some warm oatmeal.

















Fun Inside the Tent
while ben was pumping up the air matress the boys had fun playing under it - and got a lot of static electricity from it!













Fun in the Great Outdoors




a wonderful log we found - perfect for bouncin'!
















































so we took a hike on saturday morning to a river to get some water (yes, we filtered it). there was this perfect muddy, miniature, side-river (oxbow?) right next to the big river and miles had a blast! as you can tell from the pics the water was freezing - absolutely freezing! the kid played in it so long i was worried he was going to cause serious damage to his feet. ben and i both got in but did not last nearly as long as miles! and jonas? he barely let us dip his toes in. :) smart boy.






























we went out fishing on friday evening and saturday - neither day fish were caught by us! oh well. we forgot worms and tried some lures - that obviously weren't luring the fish there. whatever. miles got, ummmm, slightly dirty from our camping adventures. fun for him. (also fun for him? his shower when we got home! seriously, the boy loved it and was laughing and hollering all the while in the shower!)

so anyways, it was a great camping trip in a beautiful spot. and the boys slept the best they ever have and we even all took naps in the tent on saturday afternoon. how nice.

our next camping adventure? lake city - for the july 4th. and that just might be my last for the summer. we'll see. . .

Ode to Kip






So Jonas woke up in the morning sporting a Kip-like mustache (Kip, from Napolean Dynamite). We "enhanced" it a little more with camp-chalk - a charcoal stick. Miles, of course, wanted to sport one, too. Then, Miles wanted me to have one so Miles drew one on me. (I know, it's a real good look for me.) Ben declined having one. Whatever, the 3 of us knew who were the coooooool ones that morning!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Happy Fathers' Day

I hope all the fathers out there had a good day! I don't have any wisdom about being a father, so I can't write anything about that! But I can truly say I have a great dad, a great father-in-law, and a great father to my children. How lucky can a girl get?
Here are just 2 pics of our Fathers' Day:
Here we are enjoying "breakfast in bed." It was a fun family affair . We let Ben sleep in (until 7 am!!!) while I made apple german pancakes. Fun for us!


Then we had a "man's dinner" last nite. (Good thing Fathers' Day is only once a year!) It was kielbasa (but I had to buy the turkey version, I just couldn't do the full-fat beef - Ben was totally fine with it, too! What a guy), with potatoes and biscuits and cherry-chocolate cake for dessert. Ben got 3 candles for his 3 years of being an awesome daddy.

And why is jonas' hair wet? Because he stuck it in the dog's water bowl, of course. Usually he just gets down on all four and starts drinking - no kidding - but this time I guess he wanted a little hair-washing, too. Gross, I know. But it's better than when he stuck his head in the toilet - right after miles had peed - last week. :)

Oh they joys of parenthood. . .

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

June's M2M

so another post on why you all (or at least ONE of you) should move to montrose - besides the obvious, that we live here. :)

so it is a small town, but it won't be for long nor does it seem so small. we will be getting a much-needed target this october, so once an old navy comes along too i'll be totally set here.

but some fun things about small towns is that there are always little activities going on - and they are not far from home. being that we live in the "downtown" area we are in a short walking distance to a lot of festivites. there are parades, the farmer's market, quaint downtown shopping, the fishing derby, etc. this saturday i think ben will take the kids to the "tractor pull" while i'm trying to get some sleep after my friday-nite at work. (the tractor pull is something with just tons of old tractors, farm equipments, etc. the boys should really like it - all 3 of them.)

also, our library has a great children's section. truthfully, it's the only one i've really visited and so it might not be so grand compared to the "big cities." but there are always things going on for children. there are plenty of story-times - and they do a great job in dividing the kids into appropriate age-groups (18-36 months, 3-5, etc.). i haven't taken advantage of the story-time b/c it's a little challening taking jonas with miles. but jonas is a little older and so now we go to "story-time/craft-time" every wednesday from 10-11. it's great! miles just sits and watches and hardly speaks or answers any questions when the librarian asks. he can be quite the shy boy at times.

the library also has a reading program for children, as young as 3. so i signed miles up on the first day and we log in our minutes each day. for every 5 hours you read you get to bring your log in and get a "prize." we got our first prize today - a plastic bag with "ike" on it. i guess "ike" is some detective dog (the theme for the summer reading program is "get a clue."). so that was pretty fun.

and today's stories and crafts were centered around "disguises." the librarian/story-teller even plays some instrument (i have NO clue what it is!) and sings some song. crazy times there, i tell ya. so for the craft we made masks - she showed a bunch of examples and miles wanted to do the butterfly (although the librarian is convinced there are no such things as butterflies - only flutterbies, since they have nothing to do with butter and everything to do with fluttering by).



so, in the end, we ended up with a yellow bug - jonas - and a flutterbie - miles. miles didn't real care for wearing it much UNTIL he saw himself in the mirror! then he absolutely loved it. and he loved looking at jonas, the yellow bug. as well as jonas got a kick out of his brother, the flutterbie. so some fun times!


come and join us soon for the next story-time/craft time. we're waiting. . .

Monday, June 11, 2007

A Day in the Life of Me - Wife, Mommy, Sometimes Nurse, Always Pregnant

so i have seen this done on the FMH blog (feminist mormon housewives), as well as my sister's, so i thought i would do it too. why not? let's see how it goes.

5:45 - 6am -- woke up and read the scriptures (i can only read this early with one eye opened and one eye closed - otherwise my eyes go cross-eyed too much and that makes for difficult reading. it might not be the most effective scripture study plan, but it's something)

6-6:10 -- got jogging clothes on

6:10 - 6:40 -- went jogging/waddling, whatever you want to call it when a 6 1/2 month pregnant gal goes running


6:40 - 6:45 -- came home, said hi to the kiddos, said bye to ben


6:45-7:25 -- played with miles and jonas, checked the online news reports, started a load of laundry, broke up a few family feuds


7:25 - 7:45 -- ate breakfast with the kiddos, constantly reminded jonas to stay in his seat, cursed putting up the highchair


7:45 - 8:30 -- changed the kiddos into clothes, played some more, put up all the books that had been taken out of the bookshelf, broke up a few family feuds

8:30 - 9:30 -- weeded in the garden, broke up a few family feuds while the kiddos played in the sandbox


9:30 - 9:45 -- had snack of pears and apricots in the backyard


9:45 - 10:15 -- weeded some more, broke up some more family feuds

10:15 - 1040 -- played in the sandbox with miles and jonas, building many towers that were instantly "broken" down by miles


10:40 - 10:45 -- brushed our teeth (a little late perhaps) after the begging from jonas ("teef, teef, teef," meaning he wants to brush his teeth); informed miles not to take his wet toothbrush and smear it on the mirror and told him if he did that i would take his toothbrush away; miles looked at me and put his toothbrush to the mirror - i told him "no"; miles smeared the toothbrush on the mirror; i took miles' toothbrush away

10:45-10:55 -- miles threw a huge fit with lots of screaming and crying and trying to climb on me all the while i changed jonas and "played" with him (trying to employ christians' technique of completely ignoring the tantrum-kid until he does something good - then immediately recognizing the good behavior)


10:55 -- told miles i really liked it when he talked normal, without whining, so then i could understand what he wanted; got miles what he wanted - some pocket-watch thing

10:55 - 11:20 -- read books to miles and jonas since miles just wanted to be held; enjoyed every minute of this

11:20 - 11:30 -- prepared "turkey roll-ups" for the kids

11:30 - 12 -- kiddos had their lunch; constantly reminded jonas to stay in his seat, miles as well; once again cursed that the highchair was put away

12 - 12:10 -- watched the kiddos play around, broke up a few family feuds, changed jonas

12:10 - 12:20 -- got jonas some milk and read him some books and then put him down for nap in our cozy closet


12:20 - 12:35 -- got miles some milk and read him some books and then carried him "like a window" (whatever that means) to his bed for nap

12:35 - 1:05 -- read the newspaper while ate my lunch

1:05 - 1:35 -- got online, read emails, blogs - all the while chatting with my sister online

1:35 - 2:30 -- prepared most of dinner

2:30 - 2:45 -- sat in a chair with my feet propped up


2:45 - 2:50 -- talked with my sister on the phone as she gave me a recipe for kielbasa (ben's fathers' day dinner request)

2:50 - 3 -- prepared the rest of my shopping list


3 - 3:30 -- got the kids up, chopped up grapes, fed them to the kiddos, got literally scared as jonas "snuck" up on me and screamed out - the kids loved that!

3:30 - 4 -- ben got home, chatted with him (lucky for him one of the first things he said was, "wow, looks like somebody did a lot of work in the garden" - thank you!), had to act surprise everytime a kid "snuck" up on me again

4 - 5:30 -- went to walmart with jonas as ben and miles went to the hardware store to get supplies to hang up our swamp cooler

5:30 - 5:40 -- i laid down while ben unloaded the groceries and started to finish up dinner


5:40 - 5:50 -- helped finish up with dinner and put groceries away

5:50 - 6:15 -- ate dinner


6:15 - 6:35 -- had FHE, which consisted of making handprints on construction paper to give to church teachers (nursery leader and sunbeam teacher) - we'll say something cheesy like, "hands down you are the best!" or "i know i'm a handful, so thanks for all you do!"




















6:35 - 6:40 -- cleaned up the kiddos and the painted table

6:40 - 6:45 -- got the kiddos in their pjs

6:45 - 7:05 -- got milk and read books to the kiddos (ben read to miles, i read to jonas)


7:05 - 7:10 -- took the kiddos to their room, said a prayer, got a book and water for miles, left the room and sang "twinkle twinkle little star" with my arm peeking through a crack in their door and "flashing" my hand (the kids, ummmm, really seem to like that and it makes exiting their room easier; i was too embarrased to do it saturday nite when christian was here, so i made ben do it. he was, ummm, less than thrilled about it!)

7:15 -- set up the sprinkler outside

7:15 - 7:30 -- watched, and helped a teeny-tiny bit, as ben hung up our $20 garage-sale swamp cooler

7:30 - 7:45 -- cleaned up the kitchen

7:45 -- changed the sprinkler

8 -- started this blog


8:30 -- ben and i turned on the swamp cooler and. . . cool air came out! wahoo!

8:32 -- i stopped writing this blog

Thursday, June 07, 2007

What is Your . . .


So this is something I have been wanting to ask for a long time on my blog, but for some reason, feel I am invading people's privacy! But here goes the big question: I want to know what people spend on their grocery bill. There I said it. Seriously, I would love to know (if you're willing to share) what your average grocery spending per person is.
Ben and I came up with a budget a while ago and I don't think I have ever made the grocery budget - well maybe when we go to our folks' homes for a week or so. But that's it. So I feel extremely guilty that I cannot stay within our budget. Now I don't try very hard, but it's because I don't feel like I am buying a lot of wasteful things. Sure, I have put a limit on how many bags of chocolate chips I'll buy a month (2), but really I don't buy TONS of junk food. Just enough of flour, sugar, and cocoa to MAKE my own junk food - just kidding, kind of.

Without me mentioning anything about my grocery bill dilemma to my sister, she told me she read (online chat group? I can't remember) about what people spent a month - and it was a crazy amount! Like $1000 for a family of 2 to 3. A couple months ago when I was wondering what the "average" would be, I looked it up online. I read crazy stuff, too - like people (without kids) spending what we do on "dining-out" alone!
Then today in the Denver Post there was a short article about the Mayor doing some "challenge" to spend $25/week to see what it's like for those on food stamps. There is actually some challenge to all politicians entitled "Food Stamp Budget Challenge" in which the person is to spend $21/week total for all food eaten. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which handles Food Stamps, states the nationwide average monthly benefit in 2005 to be $94.05 per person.


So, gosh, I did not mean for this to be this long. I'm just curious what you people spend.


By the way, we end up spending about $90/per person a month.
And you?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Cupcake Day


Lest you do not have a 3-year-old or if YOUR 3-year-old forgot to inform you, it is Cupcake Day. So go home and make some in celebration!



p.s. So I don't think it is officially Cupcake Day (my sister just informed me it is 12/15!), but we were reading a book today (If I Built a Car) and it had a picture of a cupcake. Miles told me we should make some today, then added, "because it's Cupcake Day." So there ya have it.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Pass on By June (July & August too)

well, summer is just about upon us - and i hope it flies by! oh gosh. if anyone knows me they know that summer is my least favorite season. now i don't hate it, but it is bottom on the seasons-list. for the sole reason it's too darn hot. this morning we were outside and i was already dying - and i think it was only in the upper 70s. oh what ever am i going to do!? i can't believe i will be in my 3rd trimester for the enter summer - i guess i can be pretty dumb sometimes! but oh well. luckily we found a swamp cooler ($20!) at a garage sale on saturday and so hopefully that will help out.

but the kiddos love the summer. this morning reminded me of being out in new york again. that summer miles was addicted to playing in the hose/water/dirt. he loved it - and i guess some things just never change! :) well i guess they did change: now miles AND jonas love it! it's great.

i really truly love boys. i love having my boys. and so i am worried about having a girl. not that i won't love her or anything, but i hope she is "cool" like my boys. i hope she wants to play in the sandbox, get dirt all over her, pick up bugs, jump in puddles, throw rocks, etc.




but if not, i am sure i can come to love barbie. . . all over again. :)

Friday, June 01, 2007

generic v. brand-name

So here is a picture of Jonas getting up in the morning and is also the reason I am no longer buying generic diapers. Basically, they are awful:

For the past month I've been saying "no more" to generic diapers, but then I get to the store, compare the prices and number of diapers I get, and I just can't do it - I can't buy the expensive brand. Well, I think it is time to sacrifice a few more bucks for Jonas' sake.
Kraft Mac 'n Cheese is another thing I have discovered that is not worth the few pennies to buy its generic equivalent.
Some things just gotta be the Real Deal.