Thursday, December 20, 2012

We Were Winning...

Jon has officially ended his streak: he had never thrown up (in his ENTIRE life) until last night. *Sigh* It was too good to last, I suppose. Poor kid, he had no clue what was going on!

Unfortunately, Isaac followed suit about 2 hours after they went to bed. One of the bad things about the boys sharing a room is that if one has a big problem in the middle of the night, they both end up losing sleep. Jonathan was a good sport about it - he even stayed in his bed for the entire 30 minutes it took us to clean up! Isaac was just glad to take a bath. I don't blame him!

From this post, I bet you can guess what we're up to! Hopefully, this will pass through FAST! Isaac HAS to have his cavity filled this week (we only put him on dental insurance every other year, so January would not be a good time for him to get a filling). I HAVE to be healthy enough this weekend to fulfill my piano obligations (one baptism, and one special musical number that would be very difficult to pass off at the last minute- that music is stinkin' hard!). And, for goodness' sake, we'd better be all done with this before Christmas!!!

On the bright side: Christmas cards and out-of-state gifts have been mailed. Dan came over and helped us with some of the work in the bathrooms. I've finished teaching all of my lessons for the month. Mark and I finished unpicking the quilting we didn't like on Jonathan's quilt, so now I can start over. The choir program for church is over, and it went super well. Kyle is home and willing to babysit for Jonathan while I take Isaac to the dentist. Overall, life is going awesomely!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Super Duper Destiny

(Isaac named the post today - creative, eh?)

The boys went to the dentist today. I have a new found respect for pediatric dentists. Ours is awesome!
Isaac was angelic! The only trouble he had was during the x-rays, and I don't blame him. Those are rough when you have a small mouth. BUT, even though he was angelic, he didn't pass free and clear. We have to go back next week to have a cavity filled. (Yes, I feel like I failed my kid... *Sigh* Better brushing and flossing is now a New Year's resolution for everybody at our house.)
Jon, on the other hand, started off badly - he started screaming when we were still in the waiting room, had an accident, and bit the hygienist... We ended up not bothering to have his teeth cleaned; he just had a quick exam on my lap and got his fluoride. He screamed the entire time. They took pity on him and let him pick a prize anyway.
It was nice to be in a place where people were patient with my child who seemed demonically possessed. I only wish the post office would be the same way. (Or the grocery store, church, the library, etc., etc.)

Speaking of patience, thanks for having some while I attempt to get everything squared away over here, and don't post at all... Tithing settlement is almost over. The Christmas choir program is almost over. Christmas shopping is almost done. The bathrooms are halfway finished. We're done house sitting. Give us 2 weeks and life should settle down. Maybe.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Time Goes By...

Not sure exactly how time escapes me so much, but it does... We've been busier than we'd like to be, partially due to the fact that it is tithing settlement season (which means Mark is at the church A LOT), partially because we chose to renovate two bathrooms at the same time (don't worry, we have a third, so we still have facilities), partially because the ward choir Christmas program is coming up in two weeks (yikes! I'd better find a narrator...), and partially because we just DO a lot of stuff. Here's a little of what we've been up to:

Jon likes to put on my makeup. He's not very good at figuring out which makeup goes where, and he tends to do it while I'm trying to get myself ready for the day, so there's very little coaching... Not that I want him to know how to wear eye shadow.

We made monsters out of play dough and random things from our art baskets. I thought Jon's turned out pretty cute.

We replaced the batteries in Isaac's prized possession: the Halloween card he got from Great Grandma Foote in 2010. I wasn't even aware you COULD replace batteries in those cards, but we had to do something, because Isaac thought he was going to die without that card!

We graphed all of our toy cars, in rainbow order. Then we wrote the number of cars on sticky notes and did some more math with the numbers. It's a good thing I have nerd kids who are willing to put up with my nerdy ideas on what might be a fun way to spend the afternoon. 

Isaac has been doing awesomely on his reading and writing. The writing still gets old for him VERY fast, but he's definitely getting better. Here's a "fill in the blank" story he "wrote".

We reorganized our front room, and in the process, our filing cabinets. I decided to paint all the mismatched cabinetry white. It took a while... So far, it's worked out well though.

In an effort to make homemade french fries more appealing, I helped the boys make their own french fry boxes. They decorated them with stickers (we used Halloween ones because they were the ones we could find at the time...)

Isaac decided he also needed a Burger King-like crown. I made him play a "Super Why" game to earn the crown (PBS kids has awesome reading games). He decided it was worth it.

I've been to a bunch of baby showers. At one point, I was ambitious enough to MAKE presents: newborn shoes. I'd forgotten how ridiculously little newborn feet are!

Still working on Jonathan's quilt... All of my blocks are pieced, so now it's just a matter of putting the top together and all that good stuff. It's been sitting on top of my piano for a week... Maybe I'd better get going on this again!

No pictures yet, but we did get the new sink in the boys' bathroom installed now. Emma approved when she was here babysitting, so it must be a cool sink. I painted the whole room, except the parts I need a ladder to cut in. The baseboards and vents are all removed. Once we have framed out the mirror (I painted part of the frame too), all we're waiting on is the flooring so we can do that and the toilet. Our bathroom is another story... Right now, there's random plumbing coming out of the wall, but we haven't installed the sink yet (we got through the demo and lost steam). I guess we'd better hurry up, because the flooring should be in this week!

Saturday, November 24, 2012


I know we're late, but Thanksgiving was a little non-traditional for us this year (we had hash browns for dinner. Just hash browns...) Everyone was feeling a little under the weather, and the family we had planned to do dinner with ended up with Scarlet fever. (Yep, topping our gratitude list is that we do not have Scarlet fever.) We're still thankful for a lot of stuff, even if it IS after Thanksgiving, so we thought we'd share highlights.
When Isaac was asked what he's grateful for, he said "Jesus and Heavenly Father." Anything else? "No. Oh wait, I'm thankful for my guys!" (His guys are the special stuffed animals he gets to snuggle with when he sleeps..)
Jon is thankful for "Feedafurdater" - not sure what that is, but I'm glad he's grateful for something!
Mark is thankful that human body software compels us to sleep every day. And thankful for chocolate.
Robyn is thankful for running water - dishwashers, washing machines, indoor plumbing in general.

In other news, we're continuing with our bathroom renovations, even though the flooring didn't make it in yet (they said before Thanksgiving, but it turns out it won't be in until Dec. 4!) Demo and sinks have been the name of the game this weekend. We only ran into a couple of problems (had to do some exploring in the wall for a stud in one bathroom, wrong sized plumbing connections in both bathrooms); so far, so good! We'll post pictures when we're all done, so expect those in about 20 years...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Be More Careful With It Next Time

We got a Blendtec blender today - a total splurge for us, but, considering the fact that we use the blender at least once a day, totally worth it. (Also, we don't have another blender anymore...) Mark decided it was his Christmas present. We've been anxiously awaiting its delivery by UPS, so when it arrived, Isaac was excited to help Daddy open it. They pulled everything out of the box while I was making dinner, and spread it out on the kitchen floor. The packaging was blocking the hallway from the kitchen.

As I was sitting down to dinner, I realized that we should probably move the styrofoam packaging so that we could get to the hallway. Mark was up anyway, so he went ahead and did so.

Isaac came storming into the kitchen, and fixed me with his most fierce scowl.

"Mommy, you broke it!"
"Broke what?"
"You broke the weasel-honker! It's completely destroyed!"

Obviously, as anyone would be, Isaac was quite upset about this - but he still sat down nicely at the dinner table and volunteered to say the prayer.

I guess I'd better be more careful next time. I don't know what we'd do without a functioning weasel-honker.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Part 4

Just ignore my singing and pay attention to the boys - they're cuter anyway.

Mommy School (the end is my favorite - I was NOT expecting the victory song Isaac came up with):

Friday, November 9, 2012

Part 3

These videos are just to prove that the boys are turning into big kids!

Making Dinner

Isaac's Primary Program Part

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Part 2

Hand puppets! (I promise, my kids aren't always scantily clad... I'm guessing this was the beginning of potty training for Jon, when Isaac was jealous that his brother could run around in just underpants...)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Series

So... I was going through all the little videos I've taken of my kids, and I realized that I am slightly behind in posting them... Like, there were some from January just hanging out, kind of behind... I decided that rather than inundate everyone with a bazillion videos all at once, I'll make a little series of posts that auto-post every day until I run out. I'll try to put all the related videos in the same post, but I don't get sound until I put them up, so I can't make any promises... (For the Grandmas: I'm sorry I'm so behind!!!)

Today's videos are of the superhero type: (I realized they were ancient when I noticed Sammy running around in the background...)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Costumes are Done!

My time recently has been consumed with sewing projects.

First of all, I have lost 23 pounds now, and I've been trying to take in all of my pants and tops so that I have SOMETHING to wear that isn't WAY too big or a bit too small still. (No pictures, since they would be boring photos of jeans and sweaters that I took apart and sewed back together, just minus a little fabric...)

Second, I decided to try quilting again... This time, I enjoyed it a lot more. I think it's just that I'm starting to get the hang of half-square triangles, and that opens up a lot more cool looking blocks.

Third, my kids kept changing their minds on Halloween costumes, so I've been going crazy trying to adjust what I had already started to fit what they wanted. The result is still super cute! Isaac is Toothless from "How to Train Your Dragon" - the movie. Jonathan is The Green Death from "How to Train Your Dragon" - the book. (Originally, Isaac wanted to be a Ninja Turtle and Jonathan started as a hobbit, then was a dinosaur, and then, and then...)

Jon's dragon face:

Isaac said Toothless isn't mean, so this was his "Toothless" face:

Not sewing, because I was lazy and used safety pins, but I made the boys each a "tent" over their bunks. Isaac's is the favorite of the two:

And, it snowed... The boys just enjoy getting bundled up. They must, because that takes longer than the amount of time they actually spend in the snow.  (Jon is totally rocking the one glove look...)

This is how snow adventures end....

 Today, we went Trick-or-treating at the Children's Museum. My phone was out of memory, so I only got two pictures...

Isaac's spider:

Isaac and Lydia inside a bubble:

My sewing projects aren't all done yet, but at least the ones with deadlines are! Yay! Hopefully, this week I'll also get to finish repainting a filing cabinet and dropping a bunch of stuff at the thrift store - that would make life a little easier, even if the pictures would be boring.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ladies' Man

Another segment of an Isaac story... This one was over breakfast this morning. Personally, my favorite part is that his new character, Ladies' Man, is a super spy! Quite a fitting name.

Isaac: My team has a tough job. They have to go to Ladies' Man's hideout.
Mommy: Who is Ladies' Man?
Isaac: He's a spy. He likes to spy on Mad Face and put him in jail.
Mommy: Is he an International Super Spy?
Isaac: No. He's a Super Spy, but not International.
Mommy: Oh. where does he look for Mad Face?
Isaac: At Nick's (a local garden store). He was there with me yesterday. And he shooted Mad Face.
Mommy: Wow. That must've been a little scary for the other people at Nick's.
Isaac: No, he just shot him with electric-ness. But then there was a problem. He didn't find Mad Face until he was in the jumpy house. But he decided to capture Mad Face and put him in jail after they leaved because he caught Mad Face. And then me and Ladies' Man put Mad Face in jail yesterday. The end!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Alright, so I've been totally neglecting my duties to the blog... Sorry to all of you who are like me and check at least twice a day to see if there's anything new. New posts on other peoples' blogs get me through the day sometimes. Can't promise to be any better in the near future, but I'm going to attempt to finish a post today!

We collect Isaac quotes on random bits of paper stuck to the refrigerator. That way I can remember them to blog them... If I get around to it... We've also been recording his story, "Race of the Robots" - he's been working on it for about two years now. (It's not a "race" like a competition. It's a "race" like a nation or a people. It's also the name of the planet the race lives on. It took me forever to figure out what he was talking about.) I'm making him illustrate it and we'll put it in slide show format. Eventually. BUT, here's the quote that's been hanging around on the fridge the longest:
(We'd been calling him to the dinner table, and when I finally went to go get him, he was breathlessly climbing out from under the piano.)
I'm okay. I'm okay... I was just in Mad Face City and I got burned on fire. Luckily, my fingers didn't burn; just my hair burned on fire.
(Mommy: Why?)
Because an asteroid hit Race of the Robots and breaked into pieces, so I got hit by an asteroid. Then there was a terrible explosion!
(There was more to this story, but I was trying to get dinner on the table, so that's all I could remember. The rest was about robots and dragons, but no bad guys, just lots of explosions.)

Anyway, I've got to get back to my white chili (Isaac decided he LOVES it since the ward chili cook-off) and "Mommy school".  Yay for finishing a post!

Friday, October 12, 2012

School Meetings

The other night, I attended the first meeting to get Isaac's kindergarten stuff squared away. I was feeling rather nostalgic about teaching, sitting there in the gym, listening to the principal and the assistant principal speaking.

Perhaps I even thought to myself: Maybe I could do this again. It could be fun, I'd set up my classroom this way. I could use this rubric again, it worked great before. I really was good at my job. The boys will be going to school in a few years, and it wouldn't take much to get my license back...

Then, the parents started talking. And I remembered exactly why I hated teaching.

BUT, I am pretty excited for Isaac to go to school. He's going to LOVE it! Even if he does run into some of THOSE parents.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What We've Been Up To...

We built a fort by the t.v. Jon decided it was a great place for a nap. It was pretty cute. 

Not a Halloween project, but we made "Mr. Bones" (x2) because Isaac likes skeletons. They're still on the fridge, so I've decided they'll just remain until Halloween is over.

I got fed up with the shoe situation. This was the solution I came up with:

Then we took care of the backpacks and diaper bags. The front room looks a lot cleaner now.

Isaac wants to be a dinosaur again. This time a chasmosaurus.

 We finally got some carrots in our garden! Only took us 3 years... The boys have thoroughly enjoyed helping me shell beans. Isaac informed me that he'd ALWAYS help shell beans, he likes it that much. 

 We went on a fall scavenger hunt. I think it's hard to find fall things in Colorado, in general, but probably because I was spoiled and grew up in place where we actually had trees that weren't evergreens... The boys stuck with it though, and I conveniently neglected to mention that the scavenger hunt required finding an acorn. (Isaac was the photographer here, and I think he did a great job!)

A yellow leaf:

A "red" leaf:

Smooth bark:

Rough bark:


Two kinds of grass (here's the first one):

A sign of an animal... We looked all over, but the best we could come up with was a dead worm...

Second kind of grass:

A smooth rock that fits in your hand - Jon's: 


The prettiest thing you can find... Isaac said it was home. I wouldn't let him post a picture of our house on the blog, even though I was flattered to hear him say "home" was prettiest! So he said this chalk color was the second best:

Isaac is DYING for Lego's, but he puts up with our Duplos. He keeps making hearts for me. Such a sweetie!

Our favorite Halloween book is "Dragon's Halloween" by Dav Pilkey. In the book, Dragon wants to carve a scary jack o' lantern, but he can only find small pumpkins, so he stacks them to make something terrifying. Isaac laughs his head off every time we read, at the reactions of the animals who see the towering pumpkins. 

We decided to make our own version of the pumpkin tower, so we took dollar store styrofoam pumpkins, sticks from our tree, and glow sticks, and created a masterpiece. I still need to come up with a base, which is why you get the lovely picture of my bathroom counter, complete with hairdryer holding the thing up...

And with the lights out:

We're pretty pleased with the result.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's a Conspiracy...

Here's my theory: My kids can read my thoughts, and every time I plan to get something done during nap time/quiet time, they REFUSE to cooperate...
Jon broke the child lock on his door today (one of those plastic thingies you put over the door knob so little fingers can't turn it).We've had to start locking him in, or he won't nap at all until he falls asleep in his food at the dinner table or just can't take it anymore in the car. I feel like a bad mom to do it, but if he doesn't sleep at nap time he won't end up sleeping at night either, and I'm not up for that... Anyway, he managed to crack that thing off the knob and wandered out. Isaac realized Jonathan was up and about, so he didn't stay in quiet time either (even with his favorite "quiet time bag")...
After 45 minutes of attempting to restore order, I gave up. Now Isaac is running around like a maniac, Jonathan is yelling at "Wall-E", and I keep nodding off. I have a feeling this afternoon is going to be unproductive.

All I can say is that it's a good thing they're cute! (One day, I may even have time to post pictures of the cuteness! Of course, they might be 30 by then...)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Isaac's Treasure Map

When Mommy gets sick, Mommy gets desperate for boys to entertain themselves (they never get sick at the same time as me)... Today's efforts paid off in this map that Isaac drew - he just needed me to write in the labels for the places on the map. Don't ask me why he wanted me to draw a guy on the toilet over "Snake Barge"...
Isaac and Mommy's Picture:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

I wish I had a creative title for this post, but I couldn't come up with one...

While Jonathan naps, Isaac has at least 30 minutes of "quiet time" and then we play a game together. One of his favorites is "Qwirkle" (also one of my favorites, I won't lie). This time, instead of actually playing the game, he decided to use the tiles to create Ninjas, and his version of China.

Here's a close-up of a Ninja: (I helped a little so that we could get the arms on just right)

Here's the whole landscape: three Ninjas, and a few buildings that make up "China":

And what do the Ninjas do? They destroy "China", of course:

Dan had to go back to the hospital (poor guy has been through it!), so we got the kiddos one last time before Keynan started kindergarten. Here's the four boys making funny faces (the camera was too slow to ACTUALLY pick up the silly part of the faces, so you just get the after effect): 

Jonathan is starting to get good at making funny faces for the camera, so I figured we'd post one even though I'm in it too: 

Isaac got some animal masks for his birthday a couple years ago, and Jonathan now thinks they're the bees knees:

This is what happens when I think I have a free minute to go to the bathroom:

Pancake mix... He'd dumped it into the mug on the floor, but obviously he also dumped it on his head. He couldn't even see! I went out and bought a lock for the pantry that evening.

The komodo dragon obsession continues with Thing 2! I'm kind of proud...

Isaac's "button snake" - pipe cleaners and buttons. He put a lot of work into it, and I think it turned out pretty cool.

Another harvest day - this one was two days before the Great Peach Canning Event. Note the abundance of peppers...

See what I'm saying about the peaches? 50 pounds just in the boxes. (We weighed them on the Wii)

These were the blemished ones, so we hurried and cut them up and froze them. They were not included in the weigh-in, but we got about 30 cups of frozen fruit.

And the trees still looked like this afterwards: (Since then, we've harvested another couple hundred peaches, and there are still more!)

The results of the Great Peach Canning Event: (there were also a dozen jars of peach honey, but they didn't make it into the picture)

We're all sick again... Jonathan is definitely the worst off. Mark was taking pity on him. I walked in on them sneaking some ice cream last night.

Jon didn't seem to mind getting caught.

Haven't been to the doctor yet, as it is a holiday weekend, but from the look and sound of things I'm 99.2% sure Jonathan has croup again, and this time with pink eye... His poor eye was so red and crusty yesterday! It looked a lot better today, but he still has that drainage.  The barky cough is there too, but it doesn't seem as bad as last time, so we're hoping not to need the steroids again. We'll see how this goes... The rest of us just have sore throats and runny noses and coughs. 'Tis the season, right?

Isaac's reading is going pretty well. He's got a few sight words from the Dolch list down, and we've added a few more just for fun. He has been eating it up! I'm not sure whether he just likes getting more attention, or if he just enjoys being able to read a bit. He keeps reminding me that he's one step closer to being able to go into space! One of the best parts of this new development is listening to him "read" stories to his brother. It goes pretty slowly, so Jonathan tends to wander off mid-story, but it's pretty darn cute for the first few pages!