Saturday, November 23, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
|Wild hair day.|
|So fresh and so clean.|
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
"Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you for today. Thank you for Zeke and Ben and Mom and Dad...(sigh)...and Lily. Please bless me to get my cast off on the twenty-third and please bless me not to get another one. And thank you that Jesus is always here to forgive us. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Pig in a Blanket
We had hotdogs wrapped in tortillas one night for dinner, one of Ben's favorites. At one point I checked in with him and I saw he had pulled the hotdog out and was trying to get the tortilla wrapped around it again. I asked what he was doing. He said:
"I take-ed it out of the blanket and now it's freezing hot."
Then he covered the hotdog with the tortilla and said:
"I put it back in the blanket and now it's nice and warm."
(Note: The hotdog was fridge temperature. I never heat hotdogs for them. I don't like getting yelled at.)
Ben: Mom, what comes after eleventy?
Mom: Eleventy? Well, Eleventy-one, I guess.
Ben: And then-?
Mom: Eleventy-one, Eleventy-two, Eleventy-three...
Mom: Yes, Eleventy-five-
Together: Eleventy-six, Eleventy-seven, Elevnety-eight...
Mom: What comes next, Ben?
Ben: Yeah, Toodee! Toodee-one, Toodee-two, Toodee-three ...
(Zeke's laughter drowns out the rest. Not because the counting was bad, just because Ben said "Toodee-two.")
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
"Hey, Zeke, what was your favorite part of school today?"
"Centers? Oh, centers. You liked playing in the centers?"
"What did you play?"
"I play everything. All the time."
"Oh, okay. And what was something you didn't like about school?"
"Girls? You don't like the girls at school?"
"Yeah, I don't like playing with them."
"So, like, Kate, who was running on the hill with you after school - you don't like her? Not so much?"
"No. Not one bit."
I just wish you could have heard his inflection and seen his face.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
and you can't catch me!
I've told the story to the boys several times, but I was pretty sure the basic concept of a gingerbread man was out of their reach. They mostly like the running part of the story because, the way I tell it, somehow the gingerbread man runs faster than Speedy Zeke and Unstoppable Ben and even Daddy on his bike.
Anyway, one day Zeke asked me if I would make a gingerbread man so that he could run and catch him. He was being very sweet at the time and I'm a sucker for his cute face so, I agreed.
Lesson #1 - Zeke remembers promises, and his concept of "later" is not well developed.
I've never made gingerbread before. Not once. The Internets hooked me up with a recipe and I learned that I was committed to quite a production. Make the dough, roll it out, cut the cookies, bake, then frost and decorate...there were so many opportunities for disaster in that line up.
Lesson # 2 - Mothers with children under 4 should not make any cookie that requires rolling and cutting.
It took 3 days. First, the boys "helped" me mix the dough (and "tasted" at least a quarter cup of the brown sugar right out of the bowl). They also helped turn the mixer on and off. We think good cookie dough needs to be mixed with a stand mixer in short bursts - on for 10 seconds, then off. On for 10 more seconds, then off. Repeat many times and give each boy an equal number of turns.
The next day we rolled out the dough and cut the cookies. It took me 30 minutes to set up the kitchen for the event. It took Mike 30 minutes to clean up the kitchen after the event. I'd prefer not to talk about what happened in between.
Lesson # 3 - To a two year old, there is nothing obvious, or simple, about using a cookie cutter.
Lesson # 4 - A four year old will place a cookie cutter in the middle of the dough, every time.
The third day was decorating day. Again, I invested serious prep time only to be rewarded with an activity that lasted about two minutes and resulted in highly sugared children. The best part? Zeke used licorice to tie down his gingerbread men so they wouldn't get away.
Lesson # 5 - Never, ever, give a bag filled with icing to a two-year-old. No matter how small you think the hole is.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
|This time she doesn't mind the bow in her hair.|
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
|Zeke usually jumps with all his might, and in this picture, |
his knees would end up in Mike's face.
|Ben prefers the extra warmth (~94ºF) of the kiddie spa|
Zeke cried at first, then he jumped in the water anyway and, guess what? He swims like a fish.
While Mike was staring at Zeke-the-Swimmer, jaw on the ground, Ben jumped in the pool too. Ben did not swim or float, however, and promptly sank to the bottom. Mike saved him, of course, but he still won't give back the floaties.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Here is my retaliation:
Ben was on the patio today messing with the plants. He plucked an imaginary something off the plant and held his fist tightly closed. He plucked another imaginary something off the plant and held his other fist tightly closed.
"I have two chocolates," he told me very seriously, showing me his fists.
"Can I have one?" I asked.
"No," he said. "I only have one for Gareth, one for Zeke and one for Dad."
Then he pretended to put both chocolates in his own mouth.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Awesome conversation I overheard:
Ben: Zeke, do you want to press the fire alarm?
Ben: Don't worry, I'll lift you up.
(Ben then grabs Zeke around the waist and attempts to lift him up. Zeke looks up and holds his arm up as if it will actually work. It doesn't.)
Ben: Maybe we'll try again later.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
It was very exciting to have grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and friends there to support us. Zeke and Ben loved having grandparents to play with during Sacrament Meeting. They got tickles from Grandpa and snacks from Grandma. Mike and I enjoyed being able to sit together.
Here's the best one I got:
The boys are doting on their baby sister. They love to hold her and make faces at her and talk for her. They use high-pitched voices to talk for Lily and say things like:
Ben: (in Ben's voice) What was your favorite part of the day, Lily?
Ben: (in Lily's voice) I liked....ummm...pooping. I pooped at breakfast, I pooped at the park, I pooped in the car...
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Below is a picture of Ben rocking his George Michael hair at church today.
I'm very happy with my family. My boys are handsome, funny and smart. My little girl is beautiful. My wife is amazing, patient and realistic.
I am very happy. Tomorrow I go back to work, and I'm not looking forward to spending time away from them. I would stay home for three more weeks, but I'm need to go back.
Tina is amazing and will do well. We have great friends and family close who are willing to help out. I know everything will be fine.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Dad's home for one more week, and then we deal with powerful separation anxiety and real territorial aggression with little sister.
|Ben has a huge head|
|I have a hot dog in my nose|