Friday, December 18, 2009

Here's the second video

I don't know why but, the post below doesn't have the second video of me chasing Sophie to figure out why the camera won't take my picture. But, here it is!
Watch the one below first and
then come back and watch this one


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mom impatient with Sophie


I'm not sure if the second video downloaded all the way.

We'll see I guess.


Sophie and Haley love to take pictures and they wanted to take some of me here and there

So I just did what they said.

But, then... Sophie told me to stand in the kitchen by the chair

and she wouldn't take the picture!

So... I was a little pushy for her to take it!!!!

That's what you see in the video.... because she switched it to video instead of picture!


It's funny because I'm so impatient and she caught it all on film! GREAT!!!!

I'm not sure if the video's are in order or not but... enjoy!

The Christmas Party!

Sophie LOVES her Uncle Steven!
And Uncle Steven is moving to Japan
He has a plethora of kids that have gown up and moved away
and I'm sure he's thinking.... It's time to return the favor!
Ugh I don't LOVE this photo, but... Linda looks cute!

This is Leigh's reaction to the melted remote!
Yes.... my kids did that! hee hee oops

This is my brother Paul! I just LOVE him to pieces!
I was massaging his back.

Poor thing has a really bad back right now.
So bad he has to have a vibrating thing-a-ma-bob implanted in his spine!
Let's not talk about it... I might faint!
too late....clunk

My brother Steven again!

Brad and Suzy
Been dating for.. how long?... FOREVER!
And then Brad moved to Vegas and they see each other
maybe 2 or 3 times a year.
And that's the secret to their relationship! HAHAHAHA

This is when Sophie first saw her Uncle Steven!
She ran right up to him!

Dang that Uncle Steve!
Steve is my brother in law... Love em'!
He spoils Sophie a little too much though.
He gave her sugary sweet after sugary sweet!
She's looking at herself in a mirror!

Love our Uncle Steve!
wanna know why?
He's a great cook!
And I could talk to him for hours!
I could literally just sit and listen to this guy for hours!
He has lots to say about lots O' things!

This is Babe and my Mom
Babe couldn't make it to the party but she did make some chowder for us!
Isn't she nice?

Linda is into this new... no cooking.. thing?!
All raw... no cooking.
Crazy right?
Watch this video
This desert was Uhhh-mazing!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Unwrapping presents

What is it about opening presents?

And to Sophie.... it's NEVER about what's inside

The pure thrill of it is the actual opening

of the paper!

The anticipation!

I'm just wondering why she thought

'this time something wonderful will be inside'

How many times do you have to unwrap the same thing

before you realize the outcome isn't going to change!

This morning I found these wrappers all over

my bonus room.

And then these thrown all over

(probably in disappointment each time she found the same thing inside)

It's so funny that she had to unwrap the entire

package of cough drops!

How many times was she disappointed with what she found?!

I love my little chunkers!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Speaking of my Mom...

Isn't she a beauty?

Anyway.... speaking of my Mom
(in the last post)
She wrote a little poem
when she was a little girl
that to this day
She cannot live down!

First let me set the scene...
It was during the Depression.
It was 1943 and it was during WWII
she and her friends
grabbed her wagon and decided to
set out into the world
and do their part for the war effort!

They walked around the neighborhoods
collecting scrap metal.
And all the while she yelled
out her famous little poem
at the top of her lungs!
(I'm sure, inspiring people everywhere within the sound of her voice!)

It's a very famous poem among me and my siblings

I share with you now
The greatest words that were ever
uttered during that war.
Grab your tissue box...
here goes.

"Here Ye, Here Ye
All agree
If we were to be all free
and the flag was flying high
way beyond the deep blue sky
Happiness, Happiness
all around
and no soldiers shot to the ground!
So come on come on
let's all pitch in!
Come on
Then we'll be sure to win!"

Did that make any sense to you?
Me neither!
How ever, you should know that she was able to
collect enough scrap metal in her wagon that
she and all her friends
received a shiny new

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ever since I was a little girl
my Mom would
quote this poem by James Whitcomb Riley
Entitled "Little Orphant Annie"
I loved it!

So, years later I bought the complete works
of James Whitcomb Riley
And honestly...
It's the funnest poetry in the world!

Riley grew up in Indianna
and ALL his poetry is based on how he
spoke as a child and how the others around him spoke.

Last night Todd and I took turns
trying to read these
And we laughed SO hard!
They are so full of life!

Read these poems and if you don't laugh
check your pulse!
You might not have one!

(You HAVE to read these OUT LOUD
That's the funnest part!)

Little Orphant Annie

To all the little children: -
The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones - Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovelybad ones.
Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an'sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun,
A-listenin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you

Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers, -
An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an'press,
An seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout: -
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you

An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an'hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'for she knowedwhat she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you

An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'bugs in dew is all squenched away, -
You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
An' cherish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you


Granny's come to our house,
And ho! my lawzy-daisy!
All the childern round the place
Is ist a-runnin' crazy!
Fetched a cake fer little Jake,
And fetched a pie fer Nanny,
And fetched a pear fer all the pack
That runs to kiss their Granny!
Lucy Ellen's in her lap,
And Wade and Silas Walker
Both's a-ridin' on her foot,
And 'Pollos on the rocker;
And Marthy's twins, from Aunt Marinn's,
And little Orphant Annie,
All's a-eatin' gingerbread
And giggle-un at Granny!

Tells us all the fairy tales
Ever thought er wundered --
And 'bundance o' other stories --
Bet she knows a hunderd! --
Bob's the one fer
"Golden Locks" fer Fanny!
Hear 'em laugh and clap their hands,
Listenin' at Granny!

"Jack the Giant-Killer" 's good;
And "Bean-Stalk" 's another! --
So's the one of "Cinderell''
And her old godmother; --
That-un's best of all the rest --
Bestest one of any, --
Where the mices scampers home
Like we runs to Granny!

Granny's come to our house,
Ho! my lawzy-daisy!
All the childern round the place
Is ist a-runnin' crazy!
Fetched a cake fer little Jake,
And fetched a pie fer Nanny,
And fetched a pear fer all the pack
That runs to kiss their Granny!
The Raggedy Man

O the Raggedy Man! He works fer Pa;
An' he's the goodest man ever you saw!
He comes to our house every day,
An' waters the horses, an' feeds 'em hay;
An' he opens the shed -- an' we all ist laugh
When he drives out our little old wobble-ly calf;
An' nen -- ef our hired girl says he can --
He milks the cow fer 'Lizabuth Ann. --
Ain't he a' awful good Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!
W'y, The Raggedy Man --
he's ist so good,
He splits the kindlin' an' chops the wood;
An' nen he spades in our garden, too,
An' does most things 'at boys can't do. --
He clumbed clean up in our big tree
An' shooked a' apple down fer me --
An' 'nother 'n', too, fer 'Lizabuth Ann --
An' 'nother 'n', too, fer The Raggedy Man. --
Ain't he a' awful kind Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!
An' The Raggedy Man one time say he
Pick' roast' rambos from a' orchurd-tree,
An' et 'em -- all ist roast' an' hot! --
An' it's so, too! --
'cause a corn-crib got
Afire one time an' all burn' down
On "The Smoot Farm," 'bout four mile from town --
On "The Smoot Farm"! Yes --
an' the hired han''
At worked there nen 'uz The Raggedy Man! --
Ain't he the beatin'est Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

The Raggedy Man's so good an' kind
He'll be our "horsey," an' "haw" an' mind
Ever'thing 'at you make him do --
An' won't run off --
'less you want him to!
I drived him wunst way down our lane
An' he got skeered, when it 'menced to rain,
An' ist rared up an' squealed and run
Purt' nigh away! --
an' it's all in fun!
Nen he skeered ag'in at a' old tin can ...
Whoa! y' old runaway Raggedy Man!
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!
An' The Raggedy Man, he knows most rhymes,
An' tells 'em, ef I be good, sometimes:
Knows 'bout Giunts, an' Griffuns, an' Elves,
An' the Squidgicum-Squees 'at swallers the'rselves:
An', wite by the pump in our pasture-lot,
He showed me the hole 'at the Wunks is got,'
At lives 'way deep in the ground, an' can
Turn into me, er 'Lizabuth Ann!
Er Ma, er Pa, er The Raggedy Man!
Ain't he a funny old Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!
An' wunst, when The Raggedy Man come late,
An' pigs ist root' thue the garden-gate,
He 'tend like the pigs 'uz bears an' said,
"Old Bear-shooter'll shoot 'em dead!"
An' race' an' chase' 'em, an' they'd ist run
When he pint his hoe at 'em like it's a gun
An' go "Bang! -- Bang!" nen 'tend he stan'
An' load up his gun ag'in! Raggedy Man!
He's an old Bear-shooter Raggedy Man!
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

An' sometimes The Raggedy Man lets on
We're little prince-children, an' old King's gone
To git more money, an' lef' us there --
And Robbers is ist thick ever'where;
An' nen -- ef we all won't cry, fer shore --
The Raggedy Man he'll come and
"'sploreThe Castul-halls," an' steal the "gold" --
An' steal us, too, an' grab an' hold
An' pack us off to his old "Cave"! --
An'Haymow's the "cave" o' The Raggedy Man! --
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!
The Raggedy Man -- one time, when he
Wuz makin' a little bow-'n'-orry fer me,
Says "When you're big like your Pa is,
Air you go' to keep a fine store like his --
An' be a rich merchunt --
an' wear fine clothes? --
Er what air you go' to be, goodness knows?"
An' nen he laughed at 'Lizabuth Ann,
An' I says "'M go' to be a Raggedy Man! --
I'm ist go' to be a nice Raggedy Man!"
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!
Don't be surprised if you start saying
round' the house now

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

~ Birthday Girls ~

Yes, a child took these pictures.
Obviously I didn't... I'm in it
(all slouched and frumpy)
They were really dark
But we're still cute!
Look at our sweet kids!
They had so much fun!
When we were talking we had to yell
because they were screaming with joy and running up stairs!

Amazingly they sat still for a photo
Love the apron!

How much do I love these girls?!
And LOVE the sass!
It was so fun to sit and visit
What a fun bunch we are!
Happy 60th Mindy
And Happy 45th Rachael
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

Friday, November 6, 2009

My Son -- The Golden boy!

Yes, My son is our Golden Boy!
He won an award a few weeks ago.
His teacher asked us to keep it a secret and not tell him
So he didn't even know that we were in the back waiting to take his picture!
When they called his name he was so shocked!
Only 4 kids in the whole school got this award!
They had some decorated military guy
come and talk about
integrity and citizenship
and how important they are in the military.
It was actually a really great speech!
And then they called out his name!
We're so proud of you Hayden!
You're the best kid in the whole world!
And you totally deserve the nickname
Golden Boy!
It's Best if you sing it out!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sophie's Halloween Party

Sophie had so much fun at her Preschool party!
She just LOVES Ms. Jen
I wasn't feeling good on the day of her party
so cute big sister Abby
got her already for her party!

How cute are all her class mates?!
Soapy loves her preschool!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Uncle Steven

When my Mom came out to visit she also brought a little surprise...
My girls think he walks on water
The day after they left Haley asked when uncle Steven was coming back.
I said maybe never.
She was pretty sad.
Thanks for coming out to visit!
We miss you already!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tallyns Reach BBQ

Did we have fun?
You tell me
And is this the BEST ward in the world?
You tell me
Big Shout out to KIM GRAPER!!!
You're the BEST!


Baley was the big winner!!!!

Layton Lancer.... seriously?!
You're so lucky that I even talk to you!

It's a Toss Up
Which picture do I love more?
Mindy above? Or Kristy below?

Wanna know why Cheryl is so popular?
because she's so hilarious!
Everyone LOVES Cheryl!!!

Love Rachael!

Of course Jess is the funny girl!
She has the funniest stories to tell!