Sunday, October 28, 2007
Is it an Arizona thing, or just a new trendy thing to deck your house all out with Halloween decorations? We're talking on a competitive scale with Christmas decorations here. Orange lights outlining every window and roof line, spider-webs, tombstones, ghosts, skeletons and every other ghoulish creature made into plastic lawn ornaments. But the favorite by far are those huge blow-up pumpkins, ghosts and monsters. When I was younger I recall our Halloween decorations consisting of the pumpkin pin art (those pin arts were the best) and other Halloween school projects adorning every window for all passerbyers to admire. Don't get me wrong, I'm not an anti-Halloween decorations kinda girl. I think they're fun to look at and a great way to get into the holiday spirit, all I'm saying is that I'm not willing to take out a loan to support my habit. I'm not the only one who has observed how naked our house looks compared to the other neighbors, yesterday Kylie pulled me outside and showed me this:and proudly announced: "Since we don't have blow-ups I made these instead!" My poor deprived children....maybe I should hit up the after Halloween clearance sales and invest in a 10 ft ghost....nah, I think I prefer the homemade type.
The next day Kylie went to her friend's costume b-day party at a bowling alley. They had cosmic bowling and it was a total blast. After that we went to a carnival put on by Jason's work. The kids had fun playing on the bouncy slides and running around with the other kids. It was nice to meet Jason's co-workers and put a face to the names. They had some leftover goodies when we were leaving so they were kind enough to hook my kids up with a book of 500 tatoos. What were they thinking?? Now I've got the task of trying to scrub tatoos off every square inch of their bodies before church....oh well, the kids were excited about it. After the carnival we went and checked out a new outdoor mall that just opened near our house. We couldn't ask for more perfect weather as we enjoyed walking around with the kids. They had some acrobat/magicians/circus performers there putting on a show. It was fun to watch and I got a kick out of Jayden, every time this guy did these cool tricks he would turn to me and say "Oh, I can do that too!" Typical male ego. It was a great weekend and we're excited for Halloween!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Despite the disappointing animal encounters, we all had a lot of fun. The kids loved exploring the pumpkin patch, riding the hay ride, going through the pint-sized hay maze (once again, it wasn't quite what I expected from the web-site, but it was the perfect size for the kids-they loved it), decorating their own little pumpkin and spending time together as a family doing something other than yard work on a Saturday.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Jason's birthday was this past Friday and unfortunately he had to spend the majority of it at work. I woke up at 6:00 am to make him breakfast (kudos to me), and his co-workers took him out to lunch, so that was nice. The kids were excited to make him a cake and unanimously decided on a monster cake. It turned out cute, although it does look a little sadistic with the candles when the eye looks like it's on fire. We got to go out on an exciting date that night to dinner and shopping (thanks Michelle for watching the kids!). I never know what to get for him, so we usually just go shopping and he picks out what he wants. This year he needed more work pants and the fact that he is getting old really hit us while we spent his b-day shopping at JC Penny's. Not only is that his mom's favorite store, but we also ran into a member of the high council out shopping the same racks too. I think it was a devastating blow to his ego :) Don't be ashamed, honey--buy one pair of Dockers and get the second for 88 cents is just to much to resist, and besides, we know you are only there for work related attire....you're still cool in my eyes!
There are so many things that I love about you, hopefully you already know that, but here are just a few....(yes, some of them are repeats from the Father's day entry, but some things are just worth repeating :)
-You always make me laugh. You were voted class clown back in high school and you've still got what it takes to make me laugh. When you were the emcee (or however it's spelled) at your 10 yr high school reunion, you were so funny and had everyone cracking up, it made me proud!
-Your determination. Whenever you say you're going to do something, you do it, no questions asked.
-Your motiviation. You are such a hard worker! You don't get home from work until after 7:00 each night and you spend every Saturday out working in the yard or on some project. You never slow down and you never complain about it.
-You know how to work it. You pride yourself in always getting the best deal, and you're pretty darn good at it.
-You love to play with the kids. It's all about quality vs. quantity. You're not home much, but when you are you make the most of it. I love watching you play with the kids, whether it's hide-and-seek, riding bikes or just wrestling and having a good time.
-You are a loyal friend. I'm still amazed at how close you are to your high school "homies". Even though you're all spread out in different states you're just as close as before. When I was going through your pictures for the slide show, I had a hard time finding pictures with you by yourself. You're always the life of the party and your friends are as close as family to you. Just yesterday when you were talking to Shawn on the phone you mentioned Trent's name and Kylie told her friend that was over "oh, that's my uncle".
-You had the best pick-up line ever (I'll clarify that you were kidding around, but it still worked)--"You ever kissed a Chinaman before?" I can't say that I had, but I guess the saying is true: once you go Chinese you don't go back (okay, so maybe it's "once you go black you don't go back", but in this case I'm sticking to Chinese!)
-You've still got it. Even after 8 years of marriage, you still know how to melt my heart. I love having our late night conversations when we're laying in bed after the kids are asleep. We both keep saying that we better go to sleep because we have to wake up early, but before we know it an hour has passed and we're still laughing and talking about who knows what.
-You're a cutie. I love watching you on the wakeboard and snowboard, you would never guess that you were 32 :) I also like hearing stories about you back in the day when you were a little punk. There's no way we would have dated back in high school, but you've mellowed out now and it still makes me laugh to hear about your "bad boy" days. I just hope those mischevious genes of yours don't pass on to our kids!
-You know me better than anyone else. You can sense when I'm sad or upset, you know what makes me happy, I can never hide anything from you, I trust you to buy clothes for me because you know what I like, and you even know exactly what to order for me at any restraunt we go to.
-You're a worthy priesthood holder. This one is probably the most important quality. There's a peace in our home that can only be brought about by your priesthood power. I'm grateful for your righteous example to our kids and how you honor your priesthood, thankyou!
There's so many other reasons that I love you. You are an amazing person and my perfect match. I love how we balance each other out so well, I can't imagine my life with anyone else but you! Thanks for being my best friend, happy birthday, Babe!!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I'm really enjoying these sweet moments of innocence with her because she seems to be growing up way too fast. The other day I overheard her talking with a friend who was saying "Hannah Montana is so much more fashionable than Lizzie McGuire" (hello, these girls are 5!) and Kylie responds, "yeah, I LOVE Hannah Montana and I know ALL of her songs. Well, sometimes I forget them, but I know them all." Truth be told, she's seen maybe 5 minutes of one episode of Hannah Montana, but I didn't have the heart to say anything. I thought it was funny and sad at the same time that she is growing up so fast and trying to be cool. She also knows that High School Musical 2 is the big craze and talks about it all the time, although she didn't have the attention span to actually sit through the whole thing. I'm not ready for Cinderella to get replaced with Hannah Montana, or Barbie to get replaced by Sharpay, and I'm definately not ready for my baby to grow up!
The other day I used a purse that I hadn't used in a while and I was surprised when Jayden saw it and said, "new purse mom?" I was even more surprised when I was wearing a pair of earrings that Jennifer gave to me and he asked "Jenzy's earrings?" He also found a hair clip Jennifer had left and brought it to me telling me that it was for Jenzy's hair. I didn't even remember seeing her wearing it, so I don't know how he did! I am very amazed at his observational skills, I only wish that we would use them on something other than women's accessories!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Kylie decided to open up a tatoo parlor and ink up herself along with Jayden and her friend. I got a kick out of her twist on the classic "mom" tatoo. I asked her if she did it so that I wouldn't get mad at her and she innocently replied, "no, I did it because I love you so much and want to always remember you". Nice try.
So the other day Kylie brought me the newspaper and said, "look how cool, mom, it's a picture of the inside of your ear". I thought it was kind of fascinating until I read the headlines: "Alternative Methods to Invasive Colonoscopy". It was definately a picture of the inside of something....just not an ear. Happy Tuesday!