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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

This one is even better!

My friend Holly sent me an even better picture of the hair--check it out! It wasn't curly at all until I turned 13 or so--then it just got progressively curlier. Where were hair straightening products back when I needed them? One time in college we actually ironed it out on the ironing board. Pretty soon after that it started getting straighter all on it's own.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Hair

Back when I posted "Yearbook Yourself", I wrote a little about what my hair used to be like and how hard it was for me to deal with. I'm so glad those days are in the past! Of course, I'm thankful that I had hair in the first place, but it drove me nuts anyway : ). One of my buddies from St. Louis posted a picture of me on Facebook and I copied it here for those of you who wanted to see what it used to look like (unfortunately, I don't have a scanner). Keep in mind that this was on a GOOD hair day. Meet the hair:If I don't post here again before Thursday, have a great Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Family Pics by Little Wunders

As one of my Christmas gifts this year, the fam went to get pictures taken last Saturday. Our next door neighbor from our old neighborhood is a gifted photographer so we had her do the shoot. I would love to do an outdoor session sometime, but last Saturday was a blizzard so these were taken in her studio. Love them. There are more, but these are the only public ones for now:

You can check out her website at www.littlewundersphotography.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's Official----Blurb Rocks!

Yay! My book came today. I am totally pleased with the results. I chose the least expensive size, I think it's 7x7. I upgraded the binding some. It's a hard, imagewrap cover which comes with library binding. It ended up costing $35. I got lucky because they were offering free shipping at the time. The only thing I would change is the cover--I wish I had designed a better cover, but oh well.

Check it out--here's the front coverAnd the back cover:

And some of the inside pages (there are 100 pages):Here's my little project for today--neighbor gifts. I wasn't even sure I was going to do any neighbor gifts this year, but when I saw this on another blog somewhere I decided to try it. I dipped the marshmallows in a glaze made of powdered sugar and a bit of water. I scraped the excess glaze off and dipped the marshmallow in crushed candy cane. I'm handing them out with packets of hot chocolate. It was super easy, just what I needed.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Our San Diego Adventure

We just got back around 5pm today. Whew! What a long drive! San Diego was so fun though, it was totally worth the time in the car. We rented from Redbox a lot. We broke the drive up into 2 parts. We drove to Primm first, then the rest of the way on Friday.

The first thing we wanted to do was go to the beach. So, as soon as we checked into our room, we took off for Mission Beach. I LOVE the beach. It was pretty cold, but so fun. The kids were jumping in the water and discovering all of the cool things in the sand. They had never been to the ocean before, so seeing seaweed and waves for the first time was exciting.
That night we walked over to Old Town and looked in some of the shops (and bought some fudge--yum!). We had told the kids that they could each get a souvenir at some point on our trip, so they were very excited to look at all the things in the shops and scope out what they wanted to get.
The next morning we headed out to Point Loma. I was really looking forward to looking at the tide pools. When we got there it was still high tide, so we decided to wait and come back later that evening. This is what the area looked like before low tide: We drove to the old Point Loma lighthouse to check it out and enjoy the amazing views. Then we went back to Mission Beach where we bought sand buckets and shovels for the kids. We had a blast digging in the sand and combing the beach for interesting shells.

At around 3:30, the tide was low enough to look at the tide pools. It was pretty crowded because it was the weekend and the area closes at 4:30, so we didn't have a ton of time. This is the area that was totally covered in water in the last picture. There are all kinds of interesting little critters to find here. We loved it so much that we went back a second time before we came home.Lots and lots of hermit crabs and kelpy stuff
Lots of crabs hiding in the crevices of the cliff
We found some fish (can you spot him?)
He's in the middle of the photo, he's brown, and he's right above the horizontal blade of grass-like stuff.
I was excited to find this cool sea snail with some kind of plant growing on his back.
The next two days we went to Sea World. DH took this picture at the Shamu show--pretty awesome!
We all loved the dolphins, especially DS. I loved watching DH and the kids feed the seals (I was being the photographer). They were barking at us like crazy and the herons were sitting on the railing just waiting to steal a fish. One of them stole a fish that the kids had put in one of the upper holes. The seal just wasn't quick enough that time!DH and DS wanted to ride Journey to Atlantis. I really didn't want to because it was pretty cold outside, so getting wet didn't sound fun. They got on together and the girls and I waited where we could see the boats come by. DS didn't like it very much--he was pretty scared, poor guy. I snapped this picture as they passed us. Later on when I got a closer look at the picture and the look on his face, we all had a good laugh.
Our last night there, my old roommate Stefani (Auntie Stefani), came and picked me up and we went out to dessert. We had a great time catching up. We went to a place called "Decadent Desserts" and shared a slice of Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake and a Triple Berry Cobbler. Mmmmmmm. I also got to see her house and her twin baby girls (who were fast asleep and super cute). It was great girl bonding time. Thanks for the night out, Stefi-Bear!
In the morning before we headed out, we stopped at the La Jolla children's beach. It is a beach that was created for children with a giant wall constructed to protect the beach from the waves. However, the seals thought that sounded good too, and have taken over the beach. It's been that way for many, many years and is a contraversial subject with the locals. I asked a nice lady there where the children's beach was, and she told us where to find it. Then she said "It's not really for kids though, there's a bunch of seals there". I said that we knew that and wanted to go see the seals, and she (jokingly, but not really) said "I'd like to take a gun to those seals"! It was interesting. We loved watching the seals. Here's a picture of the whole area and a close up of a super cute seal that DH took with his camera (we weren't really as close as it seems).

This is a super long post! You probably feel like you took the vacation yourself!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Tag

I was tagged by Hollie at The Traylor Park Blog with this Christmas tag:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I'd use all bags if everything fit in them
2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually the week of Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? Between Christmas and New Years Eve.
5. Do you like eggnog? No. A sip or two is ok, but not anymore than that.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My brother made me a doll house one Christmas--but it was for animals because I didn't like dolls. I was a tomboy.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My husband
8. Easiest person to buy for? Myself : )
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes--two of them. My mom buys us a new piece each year. This year I got the star backdrop to the Willow Tree set.
10. Mail or E-mail Christmas cards? Mail--in fact, I need to get some of your addresses so I can send one out to my blog friends, too.
11. Worst Christmas gift ever recieved? I plead the fifth
12. Favorite Christmas movie? Either "It's a Wonderful Life" or "A Christmas Story". They're so different, it's like comparing apples to oranges.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In October. I'm pretty much done by Thanksgiving. It's just because I like to shop so much!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No--I can't hold on to things I don't want for that long. We've given back some White Elephant gifts just to be funny. There are a few things that show up in the white elephant exchange each year--one is a framed picture of Kyle's face and another is a giant pair of underwear.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Mmmmm.....there are too many to name! I like to make a big breakfast Christmas morning with maple sausage and french toast.
16. Lights on the tree? Definitely. But only white ones, and not the blinking kind.
17. Favorite Christmas song? I'm not sure. I like the Hallalujah Chorus a lot.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? Stay at home. But, we can get a little bored here all by ourselves, so this year I think we'll get tickets to that new Adam Sandler movie and go see that in the afternoon sometime.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, Rudolph---not sure that's all of them.
20. Angel on the tree top or star? Star
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? I like to let the kids open one present on Christmas Eve--especially if we're just home for the evening.
22. The most annoying thing about this time of year? Feeling overscheduled.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I added a lime green ribbon this year to match my living room. The rest is gold and red. I like to go to Target the morning after Christmas to get really cute, cheap stuff for the next year.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Lots of finger foods, like at my dad and stepmoms house when I was growing up. Wings, little smokies, dips (seven layer dip and dill dip in a bread bowl), and Christmas cookies for dessert!
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I always pick out my own things--I like to. This year, I picked out a California King comforter set because the king sets are never wide enough to cover a king matress. We are also getting family pictures taken (we've never done it before--I'm so excited)!

I tag anyone who is looking for some blogging material!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yearbook Yourself

You've got to try this--it's very entertaining : ) I found a website called Yearbook Yourself that shows you what your yearbook picture would have looked like from the 60's to the 90's. Check these out!
My hair was sooooo curly and fro-ey during high school that I probably would have gladly worn any of these hair-do's instead of my own! I'm sooooooo thankful that it changed during college and beyond and is now perfectly normal hair. Such a relief!
Anyway, I'm off to download my kids' pictures so I can see them with the funny hair-do's too!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Favorite Picture of my Hubby

This was taken when DH and my brother were Jeeping a month or so ago. I needed to post a pic for someone in my family who is working on a Christmas gift and needed some pics. Hope you all had a good weekend!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fun Little Family Outing

When my mom visited a while back, she wanted to go do something cultural. So I searched online for all things cultural going on in the valley. We ended up going to the BYU Homecoming Spectacular, which was totally awesome.
I also found out that the Springville Art Museum was having an exhibit of children's book illustrations done by local artists. We didn't have time to go with my mom, but we went down today. It was really cool. The pictures are fun to look at and absolutely stunning. There is a bookshelf in the room with all of the books that the artwork was used in, and there was a couch to sit down and read. The kids had a good time matching the book with the artwork on the wall. Then we sat on the couch and read some books together. It was free too!
I know I've written on here before about Blurb.com and how it can pull all of your blog info into a book format. Well, not exactly. It only works with certain blogging platforms, NOT including Blogger. Bummer. It's ok though--I've been cutting and pasting my information over into one of their regular book templates, and it's pretty fun. It's time consuming, but I can edit as I go and even copy over some comments here and there as I go. I'm all the way up to May. I can't wait to order the book see the finished product!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day and a Tag

Veterans Day is easy to not notice if you're a stay-at-home mom. Luckily, my Dad always sends an inspirational e-mail every year. Last year he sent the link to this video, "A Pittance of Time" by Terry Kelly. It is so touching, I promise if you take the time to watch you won't regret it.

I also got "tagged" by my friend Kellie at "Camp Run-a-Muk". I have to list 6 random things about myself:
1. Kari told me that McDonald's sells pumpkin pies for the holidays (the little ones, like their apple and cherry pies). I tried one yesterday and have been wanting one all morning long--YUM!
2. I'm worried that I'm getting another cold, and I just got over one a week ago--hoping it's just allergies!
3. I'm totally looking forward to TV tonight--it's my favorite TV night : )
4. When I was growing up I pronounced "wash" as "warsh". It's a regional thing. My roommates at BYU thought it was hilarious.
5. Toblerone is my favorite candy bar
6. We're going to San Diego in a couple of weeks. YIPEE!

I tag......Kirsti, Kari, Karley (I'm on a letter "K" roll here!), and Laura (because you didn't do my last one : P)

Friday, November 7, 2008

What is a Peanutopolis?

My brother Mike is currently working in Kabul, Afghanistan (he is "Kabul Architect" on my sidebar)--I know that sounds crazy, but he is well protected and this has been a great career move for him. He'll be home again in January after a 12 week stretch in Kabul and then he'll go back. His entire commitment will last a year. It has been interesting to read about the culture there and the people he is getting to know.

This morning he sent this picture. I don't know about you, but the word "Peanutopolis" brought something totally different to mind, so I was really suprised when I saw the picture. The soda can is pretty interesting too:

Monday, November 3, 2008

Playing Tag

My friend Britney at Britney's Boys got "tagged" on her blog. I'm in the mood to spend some time playing on the computer, so I'm going to play along. Here goes:

My top EIGHT:

What are your favorite TV shows?
1. The Office
2. Privileged
4. 30 Rock
5. Seinfeld
6. Friends
7. HGTV shows, like "House Hunters"
8. The Dog Whisperer

What are your favorite restaurants?
1. Chili's
2. Carraba's
3. Bajio
4. Cafe Rio
5. Asian Buffet
6. Imo's Pizza (St. Louis)
7. Steak n' Shake (St. Louis)
8. Olive Garden

What are 8 things that happened yesterday?
1. Got to church only 5 minutes late (that's progress!)
2. Conducted Relief Society
3. Made mummy dogs for lunch
4. Took a great, long, Sunday nap
5. Had Family Home Evening
6. Watched 48 Hours Mystery with DH
7. Blogged about the weekend
8. Read some of "The Shell Seekers"

What are 8 things you are looking forward to?
1. Thanksgiving
2. Christmas
3. Going on vacation (we will probably plan this soon)
4. My mom moving to Utah someday
5. The rest of my life with my husband and kids
6. Losing about 15 pounds : )
7. Doing a digital scrapbook page when I'm done with this post
8. Checking my blog tomorrow to see if anyone has left a comment

What are 8 things you love about fall?
1. The weather (that great "feeling" in the air)
2. The changing leaves
3. Halloween
4. Thanksgiving
5. Christmas shopping (I like to do it early)
6. Carmel apples
7. Smelling my "fall" scented candles--like Pumpking Spice and Witches Brew
8. Drives up the canyon

If you are one of my awesome, newly re-found St. Louis friends, then I TAG YOU!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Weekend

Having Halloween on a Friday is the best scenario ever. It was a really great weekend. I've had a nasty cold for a week and Friday was the day I finally started to feel human again, so that made the weekend even more enjoyable.

Thursday night was the Trunk-or-Treat at church--I still wasn't 100%, so no pictures of that event.

On Friday I went over to the school to help with DD's party. They had a good time. Afterwards (Friday is early-out day) I took the kids to see High School Musical 3. We really liked it. The girls have been pretending to be Gabriella all weekend. As the movie was starting, DD#1 leaned towards me and whispered "I like Troy. I think he looks CUTE!". I can't believe she's old enough to think that way. So cute.
After the movie we bought a costume for Smuckers. Here he is in all his pumpkin glory:Can you tell how much he hates this hat? We took it off right after I took the picture. We had fun taking him Trick-or-Treating with us.

Here are the older kids in their cool costumes (thanks Grandma and Grandpa Mundy)!

Poor DD#2 missed out on this photo-shoot, so here is a picture of her all dolled up for church this morning and acting silly:
For dinner this week we had "mummy dogs" a couple of times. They're pretty tasty!
The girls have been playing together so sweetly today. Check out the creative things they did with their Halloween stash : )

My kids crack me up--they're the best!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I Gutted a Fish!

I did! Plus three more. It was totally and completely gross. Can you believe it?

This isn't the exact fish--because I didn't take any pictures. It all started with a Sunday afternoon drive to Deer Creek Reservoir. We walked around the lake a little bit and the kids threw rocks in the water. On the way back to the car we ran into a nice man who had done his Sunday fishing but was looking to give them away. Four trout.

When we got home, I did a Google search for "how to clean a trout", and then I got to work. Soooooo gross. One of them had some flourescent green stuff inside (anyone know what that was?) and one had an egg sack inside.

I can't believe I was able to eat them after seeing that. I put the fillets in some egg and bread crumbs and cooked them in a little butter and lemon juice. It was really delicious. DD#2 had a little taste, but no one else was daring enough to try it. Smuckers and Mozy helped me finish off the rest.

Shari (the Bailey family) wanted to know how I find promo codes for ordering online. Most of the time I just do a Google search for "Children's Place promo code" or whatever store I'm shopping with. You have to look around a bit because sometimes codes have expired or don't work, but it's always worth trying to find one that works.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Ode to the Internet

I have loved the internet for many years. First off, I use it ALL the time to answer silly questions for myself. Like, for example, yesterday I asked "why is daylight savings time so late this year?" because the dark mornings are kicking my butt! I ended up finding out that it was actually moved to a later date starting last year to conserve energy.

Secondly, I LOVE to shop online. Once you have kids, it becomes a very convenient way to Christmas shop. I also buy a lot of their clothes online because I know when they go on sale via e-mail. Then I look up a promo code for that store to add to the sale (always do that before you buy anything on line). I still love wandering around Target when I've got some time, but online is really great--I've done tons of shopping on E-Bay.

The next reason I love the internet--digital scrapbooking. My friend Kari got me hooked on it last year and it is so much quicker and cost-efficient than the old way. I just surf around, buy digital kits (which are not very expensive), and then I can sit and scrap without the mess. Love it!

And who doesn't love e-mail?

My next internet-love to enter my life was blogging. I love it! I plan on using blurb.com to print out my blog at the end of every year. I wonder how many pages that will be? I no longer have to feel guilty about not journaling.

And my newest obsession--Facebook! Have you tried it? You aughta! I have found so many good friends from my past through Facebook and have been able to reconnect with them through their blogs. Soooo fun! I guess I'm just nosy, but I love reading about people's lives and seeing how much we have in common and what they're up to. Seeing what their kids look like is fun too.

Well, time to get the kids off to bed!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Is it physically impossible?

I have to buy apples in bulk. Apparently, only adults are capable of finishing one : ). Not only do my kids never finish one, but they ask for another one while the half-eaten one is still sitting on the counter. Go figure. I like my apples with peanut butter lately. Yum!Have any of you tried watching Privileged? I totally love that show. It's my new favorite (along with LOST and The Office). Too bad LOST doesn't start again until January.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Woo Hoo!

I'm finally satisfied. Now I've "wasted" some of my Saturday--but it sure was fun and relaxing. Thanks for the tip, Kari. I copied the way the code was done for the header and followed that example for the main wrapper.

I am totally loving this weather! I planted some more mums today and have the windows open. I think I've got to run to the store now--I have nothing good to feed the fam for dinner. Hmmmmm.........

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yay Me!

Okay, I can't say I totally love my header (I just put it together tonight), but I figured out how to change the background of my blog and how to get rid of some print that was over my header that I didn't want there. Fun stuff. I'll have to play around again tomorrow until it's exactly how I want it. There's so much more to learn!


I'm slowly learing how to change the template of my blog, and since I don't know HTML it is a slow process. I've been playing around all morning, but I'm running out of time since I'm taking the kids to see "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" this afternoon. So, my blog looks totally crappy right now, but hopefully next time you stop by it will be awesomely fabulous : ).

Monday, October 13, 2008

DS's Special Day

In our religion (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), children are baptised when they turn 8. This is considered the age of accountability for them.
Saturday was DS's baptism day--a very special day for him and our family. The baptism was at 9 in the morning--kind of early for all of the family that had to drive here. But, we have the best family in the world and they were all here. Here is DS and my husband right before:
DS has ALWAYS got to pull a face for a photo. I made him be a little more serious for the next pic I took.

I think my favorite memory was right after DS was done being baptised and right before the next boy came down into the water. I was feeling teary-eyed. I was feeling the Spirit so strongly along with love for my first-born. My sweet little 4-year-old daughter was standing in front of the font where she was able to see her brother's baptism better. She turned around and said in a very loud voice "Mommy, I don't want to go in da water because I can't bweath in dare!" I thought it was totally hilarious! But, being a good mommy, I told her to "Shhhhhhh!"

Here are the girls all dressed up in matching dresses from Nanna:
When we were all done at the church it was snowing outside. The next morning we had a couple of inches on the ground. It was really pretty. After the baptism we had everyone over to our house for a big breakfast of belgian waffles and breakfast casserole. It was a great day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Havin' Fun With the Fam

My big brother just left yesterday after a week long visit. We had a great time. My mom's visit overlapped his and she'll be here for almost another week. Yesterday we went to Gardner Village (the big kids were at school). Mostly we went for lunch, but we went in a few shops too. My brother had the same opinion of the place that my husband does. He said it was "Wall to wall women and knick-knacks". I think he liked the food though : ). My DD loved looking at the witches. It was hard to convince her to follow us around the place because she wanted to stay and look at each witch.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Leave a Freaking Comment Day!

I got this marvelous little idea from my friend Christina. Any of you who have a blog know how fun it is to see comments waiting for you. I know my readers are there because my traffic feed tells me so. I would love to know who you are! Celebrate "Leave a Freaking Comment Day" by leaving me a comment! It only takes a minute, and it would make this blogger very happy!

DD and I are back from St. Louis. It was a bit of a stressful trip because my poor little girl was sick the whole time. UGH! The night we got there we went to eat at a fantastic Mexican restaurant--Casa Gallardo. It's another of those places that I did not fully appreciate until I moved away. That night at about midnight she started moaning that her tummy hurt. Soon after that she barfed. Fun stuff, huh? It was one of those sicknesses that goes on and on and on. I dropped her off at my mom's house on Sunday so that I could go to the "Celebration of Life" that my Dad and Stepmom have every year near the anniversary of my little brother's accident. It's at a beautiful outdoor winery and it is a good time for everyone. Here I am with my dad at the party: I really thought DD was all better when I dropped her off, but it ended up she wasn't. Poor mom! I asked her if she had been able to have any fun with DD at all and she said "Actually, not really". If any of you know her, it had to be really bad for her to say that. So, this is pretty much how DD spent the trip:
The trip was still a great one though. I got to spend great, quality, relaxing time with my family and that is the most important thing we could have done. I also got to spend time with my dearest friend Debbie, who was my best bud all through high school. And DD and I were both healthy and happy for the plane ride home (big relief!)

My big brother Mike is here for nearly a week--so fun! My mom will be here soon, too. DS is being baptised on the 11th. Wow! I can't believe he is 8 already. He is such a great boy. I pray that I have taught him and prepared him for this step in his life.

If any of you know my friend Kari, her twins are here! She had them on Saturday and named them Jonathan and Julian. They're doing great and just came home. I can't wait to see them!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Our Little Yoda

We went and picked up Yoda on Wednesday. I'm a crazy person! It has actually been just fine so far. Mosey likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, so we don't have all three animals here all the time. Smuckers is very interested in being buddies with this new kitten. He's a little sick now from all the stress of the shelter, surgery (he got the snip-snip), and a new home. Poor thing. He's a lot more receptive to the kids and Smuckers than Mosey is, which is why we went ahead and got him. I went into DD's room last night and this is what I saw (it was really dark, but the flash makes it look like daytime).
I thought it was really amusing that they both have their arms up (it doesn't take much to amuse me). DD always sleeps on top of the covers like this, and she always has so many stuffed animals in the bed that there's hardly room for her. I love how she covered him with the blanket before they fell asleep : ).

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Prodigal Kitty Returns

Our new kitty, Mosey, was finally adjusting to our home. He was letting the kids pet him, sneaking some sniffs of Smuckers (the dog, not the peanut butter), and was even staying out and about when our house was crazy with extra kids. Then I had to throw a wrench in the whole thing.

I went to Albertson's last Saturday to hit their GM sale and get extra boxtops for the kids' school. When I came out I saw a dog wandering the parking lot. It's not a great place for a dog to be wandering because it's right on Main Street and there is a lot of traffic. So I called the dog over and she came right to me. She was a German Shepard/Huskie mix named Molly. She was the sweetest thing. I figured the best thing to do would be to take her home to my backyard until I could reach her owner. She slept on the floor of the van all the way home.

Mosey is an indoor cat, so I figured that if Molly stayed outside and Mosey stayed inside, all would be well. But, for some insane reason, Mosey decided to sneak out for a little fresh air and then wouldn't return because the dog was there. I don't know how Mosey got past Molly in the first place (to get outside). Go figure. I was really upset about the whole thing. Here I am trying to help one animal in need, and I lose another! Molly is waiting for her owners at the animal shelter now. If anyone is looking for a really awesome dog, you should check her out (although I'm pretty confident that her owners will come looking--they must have been gone on vacation or something). She was super sweet and obedient.

So on Friday I was watching some morning news show and they were talking about Utah animal shelters and I decided to do some more searching for Mr. Whiskers an Mosey. I had already scoped out our own shelter two times, so I searched online photos of some other shelters. I found a picture that looked just like Mr. Whiskers and all of the stats matched, so off we went to take a look. With kids in tow, we made the drive, only to find that it wasn't him. But who could resist looking at the kitties? I really enjoy having a cat around the house because they are just so entertaining. We checked out four different kitties in the "get aquainted room" and found a great one. "Yoda" was only about three months old. He loves the kids and has been around dogs. He was so cute and playful. I have an adoption appointment for Tuesday. The kids are so excited.

So, guess who shows up at our back door last night? Mosey!

We were all so excited to see him alive and well after worrying about him for an entire week! He got lots of loves and hugs. He's a great kitty. But, as you can imagine, the kids have been asking, and asking, and asking "but what about Yoda? We love Yoda too!".

Can you believe the luck? The very day that I get my children all excited about a new kitty, our Mosey shows up! I'm really wrestling with this dilemma! Right now I'm thinking we're going to have two kitties! (and a dog, and fish : P Sheesh!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Building Bears

All of my kids' birthdays happen within about 6 weeks. It can be a little nuts. I told the kidlets that they could either have a little party with friends or we could go to build a bear. They chose build a bear--I was glad. A little more costly, but soooo much easier! Here are some pics from the big day.

The hardest part was picking which animal they liked the best. They were all very thoughtful about their decisions. We ended up making a turtle (really cute, his "shell" is a backpack), a bunny, and an elephant.
Here is "Cuddly" the elephant being stuffed:
And now it is "Fluffles" turn:
And then came the funnest part of all, in my opinion. Picking out clothes!
We all had a good time and hopefully it was a memorable event for the kiddos. I won't be able to get away with doing things like this with all three of them for much longer. I'm sure my little boy will be way too mature for something like this by next year : )