Who let the Wolf out? Who, who, who, who?!

At pack night this past Thursday Dallin received his Wolf Badge and can now start working on his Bear requirements. He worked hard this past year and had fun fulfilling all the different requirements. Great job Dallin!!

All things girlie!!

So, for the past year and a half I've been fighting the girls hair bows and flowers. I didn't have a good place to store them and they were constantly getting rummaged through and messed up. Well, about a week ago I saw this cute ribbon board to hold all those cute hair things. Tonight I made my very own. I'm pleased with how it turned out!

I haven't crafted for a long time and it felt good to work with ribbon again! Here's a close-up:

The things my kids have to put up with!

Poor little Penny has to put up with her crazy mommy!
I couldn't stop laughing. She didn't think it was that funny!
Don't worry, she's already forgiven me!

New Arrival

Annie's first tooth! Lower right central incisor, if you care. And no, those aren't her actual teeth -- it's way too small to see in photos right now. But my finger on her gums says it is definitely there.

Geez, she's getting big.

Another diorama!

What is it with dioramas? I never once had to make one in my whole school career and now I've already helped Dallin make 2 and he's only in the 3rd grade! His diorama this time is a scene from his favorite book. The book is from the Warrior series about different cat clans. In this scene the two clans are each fighting for the river to be in their territory.Dallin designed it out on paper first and then we got started. I think it turned out looking pretty cool.

One year older and wiser too...

Today was the big day! The day I stepped in to the 3rd decade of my life, the day I have been dreading for a few weeks now, the day I have to grow up and be the responsible woman I'm expected to be ;), the day I enjoyed more than I ever thought possible!!My super awesome day started this morning (duh!) when the kids let me sleep in and were very thoughtful to me and eachother during breakfast. After getting ready for the day in what I thought was a killer outfit (humor me!) I spent some time with my sister Nancy and then got ready to go out to lunch with my good friend Terressa. Little did I know that some deceit had been going on behind my back for Joe had planned for me to have a surprise birthday party with my girl friends. He called my good friend Sarah and she planned the party. My lunch with Terressa was just a ruse to get me to the restaraunt.

The things kids think are fun...

Last night Eliza decided she was going to sleep in this box.

Jack Sparrow meets C-3PO

This is what was waiting for me at the computer today. Someone did a little minor surgery!

Silly Girl

Molly refuses to wear a jacket or coat when we go out. Where we live that is not acceptable. She thinks she can just take her blanket with her wherever she goes. Anyway, so we can't get her to wear her own jacket, but she wore Penny's jacket all day the other day. Go figure!What a silly girl!!

Day 1 of Healthy Eating

So, Joe has been diagnosed with high cholesterol and since I want to keep him around for a long time still, I decided its long past time to start cooking healthier foods. Let me just remind you that I DO NOT enjoy cooking. I'm turning over a new leaf and am going to learn to like cooking. Tonight was day one of our new lifestyle! I made baked salmon, mashed red potatoes and mixed veggies. The salmon was huge and we actually split that piece. In my head I wanted to plate to look beautiful and it looks only so-so. Oh, well, it tasted good!

For having never made salmon before in my life I think it turned out really well. I loved the potatoes and of course vegetables are always yummy! The kids all at least tried it, Eliza and Matthew had seconds but no one loved it.

Making Bread

So, anyone who knows me well knows how much I dislike cooking and baking. Along time ago Joe bought me a Kitchen Aid mixer. I still haven't used it. Joe, on the other hand, has made bread several times with it. Here he is with his helpers mixing up a batch of dough.

Pretty Girls!

This morning I got my two dolls dressed for church and then fixed Molly's hair super cute (at least I think it is!) Here's Molly!Back view:Side view: Can't get much cuter than this!

All Penny!

Penny has learned how to clap and it is so adorable. She spreads her arms wide like this:And then brings them together, like this:Penny sitting in a bucket of blocks!

EleFun!

Matthew got out the game EleFun yesterday and was nice and invited his brothers and sisters to come play with him. Well, I think they need to rename the game to EleCranky! From the moment we turned the game on everyone was yelling at each other for taking their butterflies or for putting their net higher than someone else's. It was bossing, whining, and crying. Definitely NOT fun! We finally had to make then take turns individually so no one would get upset at anyone else. Round 1: Matthew!Dallin's turn! That boy's got some sick skills!!Molly had better luck picking them up off the floor and putting them in her net than actually catching them.

Uh-Oh!

This is what happens when you have kids! You lose your head! You lose your mind! You go crazy! I just don't understand why Joe got to lose his first!

Snow much fun!!

After school this afternoon the kids wanted to play in the snow, I thought it would keep the house quiet so Penny would get a good nap, WRONG!! The kids had fun anyway! Andrew going "sledding" down our snow pile.Matthew had to take his kung fu hampster out with him. He made sure he was warm inside his coat.I wish our big mound of snow wasn't so close to the street. The kids had fun, but being the paranoid parent that I am, I was afraid someone was going to get hurt.

Annie - 5 Months

For her five-month birthday, here are five things about Annie:

1. She shows she's excited by squealing loudly. Or by opening her mouth REALLY wide.

2. She can now do Vernon's favorite baby trick (see below):

Merry Christmas!!

We had a very fun Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After dinner on Christmas Eve they got to open one present. It was their pj's! So cute! Then we talked about the reason we celebrate Christmas, everyone drew their version of the 1st Christmas, we watched a Christmas movie and had yummy treats, and then we put out the stockings and cookies for Santa. The kids went to bed nicely in anticipation for Christmas! (If only they would have slept all night...)

December Madness!!

I haven't posted any random pictures for awhile and since I have nothing else to do I thought I'd geturdun.There's nothing sweeter than this!
Except, maybe this!

Christmas with Michael!

Yesterday afternoon my sister, Nancy and I got together with our brother Michael and celebrated his Christmas early. We took him out for ice cream at Coldstone where he thoroughly enjoyed a Cookie Minster (and some of mine too!) While we were there he even got to listen to one of his favorite songs from the Lion King playing over the resturant speakers!Then he got to open his presents. Mom and Dad had sent his packages and he had 4 to open. If anyone asked Michael what he wanted for Christmas he would say "Finding Nemo." Well, he opened all his presents and was excited about each one, but none were "Nemo." When he was done opening those he politely asked, "So, are there any more?" Then we pulled out his stocking (Santa came early just for Michael!) and he pulled out a package and opened it.