Sunday, February 24, 2008

Last Thursday night was a mommy daughter culture night at the school. Tera, Shay and I headed over and learned about Europe, South America, and Egypt. We did hieroglyphics, watched a movie about castle life in mid evil times, looked for puzzle pieces in sand, did rope swings, hula hoops, scooters, and balance beams. The girls and I had a great time, especially trying to do hula hoops together (I guess I don't have the hips I used to have!). Anyway, it was a very fun night and we can't wait to do it again next year!

Friday was another snow day, but it wasn't snow, it was freezing rain! I think this was the worst ice storm that I have seen since we moved to Maryland. It was amazing at how much ice was on our sidewalk. It was another perfect day to finish the science project board.

Saturday... oh what a crazy day! In the morning we finished up Teralyn's science project board, helped her get talk ready for Sunday, went out and bought a cake and candles, got the kids in the bath and then headed on over to the bowling alley for Shay's birthday party all by 12:00.

The party was fun, but a little crazy. We were promised that it was our day to relax and enjoy our daughter's party. Hmmm.... we were quite busy the whole time trying to get 13 little kids happily bowling while we managed a tired baby and sick three year old. It was quite the sight. Thank goodness my neighbor was there and offered to help with Raegan (and thank you parents for helping too). Everything went a little smoother after that. Although, if you talk to Bri he would beg to differ (he was a little worn out). Anyway, the kids had a great time and Shay had a great time, so we were happy.

When we got home it was around 3:30, I fed Raegan and put her to bed and then we finished opening Shay's gifts from her friends (didn't have time at the alley). Then, we quickly went over the dance that we promised our friend Cami that we would do for the ward talent show that night, and piled our kids back in the car, woke up our sleepy baby, grabbed our cd player, and piano books and headed to the stake center.

Teralyn and Shaylee have been asking me for three years if they could sing a song in the ward talent show. Every year I say yes and every year, when it gets closer, they change their minds. This year we decided to ask our little friends if they would help us out. Hailey and Jensen Terry did a song in the ward talent show last year that was awesome so we thought it would be a good idea to get them involved too. It was, the girls did a great job and actually followed through with it. I was very proud! Tamela (Hailey and Jensen's mom) did all the work though. She spent quite a bit of time practicing with them right before while I was out having fun (oh, I mean practicing our Love Me Tender music video.)

The whole talent show was very fun. The girls did great with their song, Teralyn did great with her piano pieces, and Bri and I had a fun time with 5 other people in our ward who performed the "worst music video ever" (check it out on you tube). Oh, and let's not forget Brian's Napoleon Dynamite dance. Yes, he danced the dance of Napoleon for the third consecutive year in our ward talent show! It was so funny and he did a great job. I have pictures from previous years, but this year I had a babe in my arms, so you get the picture... anyway, it was hillarious!

I was a little upset at Bri who put my name in for a Dance Dance Revolution contest and because of time they only ended up doing one (of which I was a part of!). Oh well, I guess I deserved it since I put his name in last year when he had to impersonate the bishop ice skating! It was pretty funny. Anyway, all in all it was a great night! We came home exhausted.

In the night Shay woke up with a fever. I stayed home with her and Raegan from church and now Raegan has come down with it. So now, we are back to hanging out on the couch with multiple movies and chicken noodle soup....

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Shaylee Turns 6

Shaylee turned 6 yesterday. She was so excited all week. It was all she could talk about. So, this is how our day went:

I thought it would be fun to have lunch with my Shay at school, so I dropped my kids off at Nicole's, grabbed a happy meal from Wendy's, and headed on over. We had a great time, Shay was excited I came. It was good to see how she fits in with her class. I had forgotten how much energy kindergarteners can have. Shay is pretty mellow, so it fun to see how she handled it. She seemed very content, I was proud of her.

On the way to her class her music teacher stopped me and we talked about Shay for a few minutes. She mentioned how much she loves her and how sweet and quiet she is in class. Then she said, "you are expecting a baby aren't you?". I was a little shocked, but just smiled and said no. She was embarrassed, so I tried to change the subject. I am just trying to justify it to myself that it's because I had my huge coat on...right? Either that or I really need to get my crunches going!

Anyway, it was a great time at school and a fun break to my day. That night we had Shay's favorite meal (homemade lasagna) and some bread that Teralyn had made at school (yummy Tera!) and then we had a little family party.

This is what Shay got for her birthday:

  • Grandma and grandpa Ashby gave her warm pink pj's and pink slippers! I think this was her favorite gift. She has been begging me for slippers for so long.
  • Grandma and grandpa Whipple gave her a cute locket necklace and ring, and an Amelia Bedillia book.
  • Tera and Ashty gave her a Polly Pocket horse kit.
  • Mom and dad gave her a music box (which she has also been begging for ever since we saw some at the National Cathedral in the gift shop.)
We then had cupcakes (saving the cake for her friend b-day party on Saturday) and talked about the things we love about Shay.

So, as a tribute to my Shay on her birthday, here are some of my favorite things about her:

  • She is a great friend (most of the time).
  • Very persistent. Once she decides she wants to do something, she does it!
  • Thinks that time is always on her side. Yes, she likes to smell the roses and she does it quite often.
  • Some of her good friends right now are Hannah, April, and Max.
  • Favorite food is....carrots! Oh, and lasagna.
  • Favorite color is pink (at the moment).
  • Loves to ride bikes and pretty much taught herself (with a little help from dad).
  • Loves to rollerskate and iceskate and is trying really hard to get better.
  • Says the best prayers in the world, she is very sincere.
  • Gets quite attached to people and has a really really hard time when we have visitors and then they have to go home... (crying for three or four days).
  • Loves computer games (especially Webkins) and would spend all day playing them if I let her.
  • Loves to play outside with her friends.
  • falls and skins her knees almost every day.
  • has a testimony and loves the Lord.
  • wants to be a mom and a doctor someday.
  • Is a great sister to Raegan and is always helping her smile.
  • has a great laugh and makes playing board games a lot of fun!
  • loves horses.
I sure love you Shay!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bag Tagged

I have been bagged tagged by Jenni, so here goes...
Here is my purse that I bought last year. It is so much bigger than my old one. I'm not sure how I carried around anything before. Now, I can carry around just about everything.

Anyway, here are the things I found in my bag...

3 diapers
baby spoons (2 of them. I was wondering where they all ended up)
baby change of clothes. (this is a necessity!)
cell phone
3 binkies (another necessity)
2 chapsticks
1 lone baby sock
hair elastic (you never know with four girls!)
baby toy
Aleve (just in case)
and lots of receipts (I left those out of the picture).

Yes, my purse has become a diaper bag with a few extras.....
Okay, I tag Liz, Elizabeth, and Dawn.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

National Cathedral with Michelle

This last weekend we spent a little more time with my sweet sister in law, Michelle. She is a dietitian in Utah and every year gets to come to DC to go to a conference. So, we are lucky enough to get to have her stay with us for the weekend before and the weekend after and we always love it so much.

Since Michelle has been out many times before, she has probably seen more sights out here than we have. This time we thought we would mostly just talk and let our girls have a little visit with their aunt (it has been since summer that we have had family out!! boo hoo!) Anyway, we had a great time with her and she got to go ice skating and bowling. I know, she comes all the way out for that???

To give us a little credit, we also took her to the National Cathedral (which she was hoping to see last time, but we didn't get around to it). Bri took off last Friday from work and since the girls didn't have school we decided to do that.

Well, the cathedral is beautiful. It totally reminded me of my England trip and made me want to go back! It was actually a lot of fun. The best part was the elevator (according to my kids) from the parking garage. It was glass and it was outside so we got to "ride up" to the beautiful sun! My favorite part was actually the bishop's garden outside. It had so many cute paths and it was green and well taken care of. We had a good time playing hide and seek. Hee hee! We laughed so hard at Ashtyn one time when she ran on the path of two tiny dogs and screamed her lungs out and took off the other direction (what funny girls I have!).

Anyway, I forgot my camera, Argh!! But, if you ever get a chance to go see the cathedral, do it! It was a very fun trip.

Here is a cute picture of Michelle and the girls. Oh, by the way, she is very single!!

Birthday celebration and 1500 flies!!!

Birthday Party

Okay, so I haven't written about my birthday celebration yet. I know, I know, get on with it, it was last Saturday night. Well, I have just had a couple of other posts that I wanted to get out and then didn't get around to it.

Anyway, last Saturday night some friends had a birthday celebration for Nicole Jensen and I at La Madeline's in Columbia. It was a lot of fun. I felt bad that I didn't bring a camera, but we had about 15 or so friends meet us there and my sweet friend Jenni even bought me cheesecake and hot chocolate! It was yummy!

We had a lot of fun just talking and laughing. Especially when the subject got changed to Twilight. It always does doesn't it?

Thank you my friends for the fun celebration! I had a great time. (:

The Fly project

So, yesterday we had an ice day (where school was canceled) and thank goodness we did! Shaylee hadn't finished her valentines yet and it took at least two, maybe three hours to get them done. Phew!!! Also, Teralyn was trying to finish her Science project report that was due today and so Bri spent about two hours helping her with that. We were so so so glad that we had that time. Was this intervention??? I will have to ask my kids what they said in their prayers last night....

For those of you who don't know, Teralyn has been working on a science project about flies. Yes, it was her dad's idea (I detest the things!). His idea was to test if flies like vinegar or honey better. I thought for sure that I had convinced Tera that it was a bad idea, when out of nowhere, she wrote it as her top choice! Ahhh! So, for the past few weeks we have bought fly larva, put it in a huge container with a screen (I made sure they taped up multiple times), watched the larva turn to cocoons, watch the cocoons hatch and then watch as about 1500 flies flew around trying to decide which trap to go in.

I have to say it's been an interesting experience, but I am so glad it's over! What surprised me the most is not what happened to the flies, but that my little Teralyn warmed up to the flies and actually wanted to count every single one of them (who knew coming from a girl who is terrified of dogs?)

Anyway, the fly science project is finally finished!!! Hooray! Oh, except for the presentation that we still need to put together. I feel a huge relief and I think Brian does too. I don't know if Tera was as stressed about it as Brian and I were. Hmmmm...... Did I ever tell you thank you mom and dad? Well if I didn't, I am now!

Monday, February 11, 2008

I've Been Tagged

Okay, Liz has tagged me and I finally did it (yes, this is my first time actually following through with a tag). So, I tag Julia (both of you), Joni, Tracy, and Angie!

What time did you get up this morning?

*7:20 I usually wake up to my little Ashtyn coming in to tell me "It's morning time mommy!"

Diamonds or pearls?

* Diamonds

What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

*hmmm.... I think it was Alvin and the Chipmunks.

What is your favorite TV show?

*Dora. It gives me a few minutes to myself.

What do you usually have for breakfast?

*Oatmeal (can you believe it? I used to detest the stuff!)

What is your middle name?

*I don't have one.

What food do you dislike?

*cooked peas, but don't tell my kids!

What is your favorite CD at the moment?

*Brite music!! (I don't remember when the last time was that I put in a cd for me and not my kids!)

What kind of car do you drive?

*Toyota Sienna, I sure love my minivan!

Favorite Sandwich

* Chicken Cordon Blue from La Beau's in Logan Utah.

Favorite item of clothing?

* shoes.

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?

* A Disney Cruise. (:

Favorite Brand of clothing

* Old Navy

Where would you retire to?

* Anywhere close to my family (if it's warm of course).

What is your most recent memorable birthday?

* This last one. I turned 30. Did you say it had to be a good birthday?? (:

Favorite sport to watch

* basketball.

When is your birthday?

* January 27th

Are you a morning person or a night person?

* I have always been a night person until I had babies. Now I am neither.

What is your shoe size?

* 10. Sadly, my foot has grown a full inch after four pregnancies. ):


* Maybe someday. But never a cat, gerbel, hampster, rat, reptile. Okay, so maybe someday we will get a dog.... maybe.

Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?

* I get to take a trip with Bri and Raegan to San Diego during spring break while my mother in law watches my other three girls!!! Yay! I can't wait!!!

What did you want to be when your were little?

* A mom.

How are you today?

* Wonderful! It's great times right after getting over the flu!!

What is your favorite candy?

* I'm not a huge candy person, but I will take whatever chocolate I can find!

What is your favorite flower?

* Tulips

What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?

* March 16th (our San Diego trip) and July 9th (our Utah trip).

What are you listening to right now?

* Dora.

What is the last thing you ate?

* Granola cereal.

Do you wish on stars?

* Yes!

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

* Lavendar.

How is the weather right now?

* cold, but sunny.

Last person you spoke to on the phone.

* My mom.

Favorite Soft Drink

* I don't care for soda much, but if I do have it, I like Sprite or Rootbeer.

Favorite Resturant

* RED ROBIN - Royal Red Robin Burger (yummy!!!)

Hair Color

* Brown with blond highlights

What was your favorite toy as a child?

* Strawberry Shortcake

Summer or winter

* Summer!

Hugs or kisses

* Hugs

Chocolate or vanilla

* Hmmm.... both.

When was the last time you cried?

* Saturday during the Worldwide Leadership Broadcast.

What is under your bed?

* A bag of clothes for the Salvation Army.

What did you do last night?

* Helped Teralyn get her spotlight ready for school, looked through school papers, and did the dishes.

What are you a afraid of?

* Pedophiles, mice and spiders.

Salty or sweet

* Sweet.

Favorite day of the week?

* Friday

How many towns have you lived in?

* Tooele, Ephraim, Logan, Jessup and Laurel (five)

Do you make friends easily?

* Sometimes.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Few Milestones....

Phew! After a week of fever and the flu, I am finally feeling better and up again. Brian has been great though and even stayed home for a few days to help me out. Anyway, it's been a crazy, busy week. We have had company from my cute sister in law, Michelle and the girls have really been enjoying her and so have we (especially during scripture study where they all sit on her lap and not mine!! Hee hee).

Also, this last week Raegan broke two teeth (finally!) and she learned to use the push toy to walk around a little. She also learned the joys of crawling on the dishwasher. Argh!

If you look closely, you can see that cute little tooth...

Okay, the other thing that happened is that we took our girls bowling! We had a blast. The girls were loving it and we got some cute pictures. The best part about it was watching Ashtyn. She would take her big old bowling ball, put it on the ground and give it a swift kick! We laughed so hard every time. I tried and tried to get a picture of that kick, but she just did it too fast. Sometimes the ball wouldn't make it all the way to the pins, so Bri would roll another ball to hit hers. (:

Shaylee would put her hand on her hips after each roll...