Wednesday, June 8, 2011

5 years of Bliss and Joy!


My baby is 5
She promised me she would stop growing.
Just like her big sister promised me...
and now she's 13 1/2!
What a bunch of liars I'm raising!
hahaha

My baby is the cutest and sweetest little girl in the whole world!
I'm sure of it!
Everybody says so anyway..... and millions of people can't be wrong!

She reminds me everyday that we are best friends forever.
And I'm not about to correct her.
Cuz we sure are!

I have had the MOST fun this year spending each and every day with just her.
The 2 of us had so much fun going to lunch or making crafts.
We did our own preschool classes.
And she is so smart BTW.

This little nut knows more about Dinosaurs than any one else I know.
More than any adult or kid!
She's a genius!
But of course she is.... she's my daughter! :p


















Happy Birthday
Peanut!
I love you more and more each day!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gone With the Wind

As we were watching Gone With the Wind the other day
I remembered how in love with Rhett Butler I was when I was a little girl.
My Mom told me I was a hopeless romantic.
I had no clue what that even meant.

I learned to play My Own true Love when I was about 8 or 9.
I worked so hard on it and played it every day. hahaha 
All because I wanted to be Scarlett O'Hara..... Well I just wanted to look like Vivian Leigh.
Because lets face it, no one wants to be Scarlett O'Hara!
How crazy was she???? Going after Ashley?! Whaaaa?! 
Over Rhett Butler? 
Really?
So.... I've decided.... I'll take him!

 Yes Rhett? Did you need something?

 Thank you for the tea.... but where's Rhett?
And who padded the walls in my bedroom?
Do you give a damn now Rhett?
Before you ask..... those really are MY eyebrows.
They kinda matched Vivian's.
How cool is that?
I have nearly the same eyebrows as Vivian Leigh?!
And really that's where the similarities end. Darn.

I mean darn for her!
I'm so much prettier than she is. duh.
I'll let you decide.
If Rhett had to choose one... I mean.... It's obvious!
Bahahaha

I think I had way to much fun with my kids doing this post!
They've been laughing all morning.

The most beautiful women in the world are my Mom and Vivian Leigh.
Why didn't I take after my Mom more?
humph!
It would have made this post a little easier.

Monday, March 21, 2011

My ABC class

I just got quizzed by my 4 year old on my ABC's. Ordinarily I'd think that's beneath me but, as it turns out. I just finished texting my husband about throwing money away. At the end of my text I said something like this.... "I'd rather spend $200 then throw it away!" But really I meant "THAN throw it away"

So, he may be a bit confused right now. not sure.  In the mean time I'm gonna keep on keepin on in my ABC class.

I don't wanna brag but I've already been awarded 11 imaginary gold coins!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Abby's Big Solo


(This thing was focused and ready to go until at the very moment that she walked out on stage. But I fixed it after a second or two)
She was SO nervous. We were SO proud.... but also nervous for her.
 
She signed ME up to be part of a flash mob just before the concert. Thanks Abby. You're special. ugh
So I had to stand up and start singing The Beatles' "All You need is love" with her. 
In the middle of people talking and eating and laughing.
I have always wanted to be part of a flash mob but when the time came to do it I felt like clutching my throat and faking a cough that was about to claim my life instead of singing.

I was sitting at the table sweating and looking for her wondering if she wasn't going to show up by my side and just leave me there to sing by myself. 
My nerves were nearly shot by the time she finally showed up.
See? Double nervous.

She did an AMAZING job on her big solo.
She picked a fantastic song.
She did fun actions and threw in her cute personality while she sang.
She was GREAT GREAT GREAT!

I think I've watched the video of her performing about 50 times already.
But that's to be expected when you have the worlds best 13 year old in the whole wide world!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Performance Dresses

Cleaning out my closet reminds me of that scene from Monty Pythons Holy Grail where they are calling out in the streets "Bring out chir dead!"
Not that I wanna give you the impression that I'm cleaning out my closet today.  Just that I NEED to.  I really really do.  But, not today kids.  Nope not today.

I'm busy living on the edge. I just got back from JC Penny's.
Long story short my daughter has a solo in school. Today she sings for the first time with the live band.  She had to take her performance dress to show her teacher.  I kid you not she took Laura Ingalls dress to school!
She literally was prepared to look like Little House on the Prairie for her big performance.

I happen to know a little bit about performing on stage.  Laura Ingalls dresses, while cute for the beach or perhaps church, don't make the best choices for PAZAZING the stage.

Thanks for letting me vent to you all.  I feel better. Not fantastic. But better. :)

Here are her choices for dress options. Which one do you guys love the most?


 Of course the gray one would have some major sparkly jewelry and cute high heel boots to go with it.
The others you can see why they would be perfect for the stage.  They're loud. She's gonna have a shade to go under the straps. FYI

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fancy Schmancy!

Here's what we did to occupy our time whilst being grounded.
She and I... both grounded. Though I did nothing wrong.
Like I said in my last post. That's just how it goes. You ground your kids -- You're grounded too!

So, to be honest it's been really fun trying to come up with things to do that don't include any electronics of any kind. Hard and challenging but fun.

One of our adventures was our Fancy Schmancy lunch!
Peanut butter and honey sandwiches.  (It doesn't get any fancier than that.)
Strawberry lemonade  (that SO impressed my 4 year old punk to the point that she's been doing little things for me all day to say thank you.  Things like unwrapping the starburst FOR ME. I know.... That's love huh?)
And last but not least carrot sticks.  (without dip so that I can justify the starbursts later mmm kay? mmm kay!)



 Cheers to us!
The picture above is our snooty tooty picture.  
I was showing her how to stick her pinkies out!
You have to eat that peanut butter and honey sandwich properly!

 Her face just cracks me up!

I think the best part of our lunch were the magic tricks. 
Her finger just kept falling of!!!
"Look Mom it came off again! giggle giggle giggle"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Grounded

My kids are grounded for the next couple of days because they....
Oh I forget.
I forget almost every time I ground them why they're grounded.
But yesterday I made a point to tell them that I'm not gonna forget about it this time!
Do you hear me?!
So I reminded them again this morning that they are not gonna watch t.v. today or tomorrow.
No t.v.
No computer
NoWii
No DS
No electronics! period.

I just wish I could remember why they were grounded in the first place.
I think they were bad. I can't remember.
It must have seemed bad at the time anyway.

Sophie keeps asking if she can watch Dinosaur train.
But, she's grounded. Why do I do this to myself?
If I ground my kids that means I'm grounded too!

She's so bored that she put some of Daddy's socks on her head and said she looks like Blue.
And she wanted to go look for clues.
We found an earing.... somehow that's a clue.
We hung a picture on the wall.... Also a clue
We did our hair and the hair brush, clips, mirror, and hairspray were all clues.
Every room we walked into she said "Keep your eye out for another clue Mom."
"Ok Baby you got it!"
She said Ms. Tessmacher is acting mysterious. And we need to look for clues to find out why.
So we did.
But is mysterious really the word to describe Ms. Tessmacher today?


 It's still morning annnnnnnd I gotta be honest.
This grounding stuff is for the birds!
Who came up with this idea anyway?

I gave in!
Ok you little punk you can watch Dinosaur Train!

I had to film her watching it because.... It shows you all just how much she loves this show!
It makes me laugh how innocent and easily entertained she is!
enjoy...


Monday, January 31, 2011

Bonk!

 Cheese! 
Can you see the black eye?
I'm not sure why she won't open her eyes but, at least you can see her black eye.

 With happiness and excitement she handed me my ipod and showed me her new high score!
I cheered for her and she turned to run down stairs but ran SMACK into the door!


 She wanted her pictures taken.
My plan was just to photo-shop the bruise.
But since she wouldn't even open her eyes.... I guess these are just bruise pictures!

 Isn't she cute? Even with her eyes closed.

My little cutie pie is so precious!
I love her chunky arms and cheeks.
I love her sweet closed eyes.
I love her little giggle when she wants her picture taken.

She's my best friend
And I love her to pieces!

Friday, January 28, 2011

I want Pony Tails for lunch!

I asked my little one where she wanted to go for lunch today...
I gave her a few options. McDonalds? Taco Maker? Wendys? Burger King?
She thought for a minute and then said "I want the Pony Tails."

Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuh... huh?

Oh! hahaha Wendys?












She so impressively says "Yes-a-Do!"
And that's my moment! .... Pride... taking over......chest swelling with happiness and sunshine.... Must keep it together.... focus....

I always throw a "Do" on the end of a word when the subject is cute or wonderful or just good.
And a "Dunk" if it's bad or even questionable.

Did someone say lame?

I heard that!

Anyway.... My soph-a-Do, is my little shadow in every way! She loves to spend time with Mom more than anything else in the whole world! In fact when the kids are home too much for a vacation or  just a long weekend she gently pulls them aside and reminds them that they need to go back to school so that she and Mom can be alone to play. (Yea.... I'm like a celebrity to my 4 year old.)

She even tells Dad .. "Go to work now Dad so me and Mom can play". She's my favorite!  I might lie to the other kids from time to time but really.... She wins! Hands down! I mean... Hands down-a-Do!

Everyday I ask myself what I'm gonna do when she grows up?! I don't think I can make it without my shadow guys. In all seriousness this particular subject of her going to Kindergarten has been one of the most difficult challenges of my life.  And that's NO joke! Yep, I'm gonna cry... a lot! I already have cried about it. Pray for me this summer!

It's hard to part ways for hours at a time with the little sweetheart that makes me smile all day long. She really is a perfect little cutie!

But, when she's older and she refuses to clean up her mess cuz she's a teenager and has "better" things to do then listen to her Mom???? Then she can be Soph-a-Dunk! But for now She's my Soph-a-Do!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

which way did they go?

I can't find my valentine decorations! What box did I put those in? In my panicked hastiness and jittery eagerness to move into spring did I burn them and not remember? Honestly?  Where are they?
They have to be around here somewhere. 

When you forget where you put your decorations and or what you did or didn't burn while sleep walking. This is what happens...

Yep! The decoration that we ALL owned and purchased in 1998! Well you probably all had Bears.  But I asked the lady to make me a bunny and she did! Yeah me! But then.... Bunny's started popping up on doors all across the Valley! You crazy wannabe's! (a phrase from the 90's that I really don't miss. Just one more thing from the 90's that's coming out today.)

It really begs the question.... "why do I still have this?" I'm sure you're all asking your selves the same questions right now. The answer is... This dumb bunny and ALL it's many holliday decoration/ outfit changes were pretty costly! Thus I have held on to the bunny in hopes that it would one day make a fashionable return.  It hasn't but... it's all I have for Valentines! I did make those cute pillows with my cute Abby the other day so we have those. 

The other thing that I'm looking for is my kids! Where did they go? Abby is about to be a teenager!? How does that happen? Where does the time go?

Here's her latest BIG NEWS... The Further Adventures of Abby and Hayden

Just mash my lack of Valentine decor and my missing kids with the BIG GASH on the side of my car that I just put there less than 10 minutes ago and you have a rip roarin' happy MEREDITH!   ... NOT!... (another 90's phrase that I don't miss.)

Did I miss any important 90's phrases?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sophie's Wishing and Dreaming

 We've always had the most fun at Disney Land! We talk about it all the time. All the adventures and rides, characters and shows, the browsing and buying in the shops.
But, Sophie has decided that she's never been to Disney Land because she was a baby when she went. Her new favorite line is "I haven't been there as a kid yet! Please take me Mom... please!"  And Todd and I just laugh and keep putting it off. Sophie is not amused.  Sophie want's to go now. Sophie wants Mickey. If Sophie had the proper vocabulary to express her self she would say "This is clearly Child Abuse!"

 My kids are short. I suppose I could expound on that if you like. My kids are really short. (You're welcome) Let me start my explaining the above picture.  Several things are making me laugh so hard I cry. And before you judge, just keep in mind that my kids are short! Look at their shoes.... Isn't that hilarious? The roller skates are tucked safely away so that no one can see them but that extra inch helped them get onto the bigger rides. And I'm happy to report that no one fell out of the roller coaster. whew!
Also, look at Abby's puffy eyes. She happens to be allergic to different geographical areas.  Think that's funny? It's actually true.  Well... sort of.  She's allergic to something at the Utah zoo. And something in Manti Utah.  Also (and we didn't know this at the time) something in Las Vegas, where we spent the night on the way to California. Thus.... puffy for days!

 This was Sophie's age the first time she went there.  Technically speaking she wasn't invited to the last trip to Disney World. Poor thing. She and Haley stayed home with Grandma and Grandpa. Not sure that we've been forgiven for that yet.
 Look how little my Boo Boo (Haley) was! How sweet are these pictures?
 Boo Boo was about 10 or 11 months old when Tiger jumped out to play with her. There were about 100 people standing in line to see him and he just left to play with Boo! I grabbed my camera just in time to snap just one picture! But he played with her for about 5 min. (Sorry people in line)
Isn't this Cinderella the best?  That was a long line.... I think about 2 hours to meet about 4 or 5 princesses in a row but, it was SO worth it!
 This is it.... The single most detrimental picture we posses! It's on the fridge mocking Sophie each and every day! She passes it every once in a while, sighs, slumps and holds her head down low as if someone had told her that Mickey died. This picture is how she knows that she was there but that she was a baby at the time. I don't feel that sorry for her..... can our relationship be saved?
This picture at Disney World reminds me that I think I look better as a blond.
Todd, however does not look good as a blond but he's a good sport to try it for me once in a while.

You keep dreaming and wishing Soph! I'm sure you'll get to go there as a "kid" someday!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Hiiiiiii yuuuuuuuh!

This kid.... is my nephew!
Take a look
Yes 6 World Titles at the age of 8!
I'm just a gushing proud Auntie but when your nephew is on t.v. what else can you do?

A couple of weeks ago he was on the front --
YES THE FRONT
page of the news paper in UT!
He's that cool.
I happen to know that his parents are amazing and that's why he is too!
Growing up his Mom, Mandi and I were inseparable in every way!
Both had the Dorthy Hamil hair cut which apparently joined us at the hip for life!
She and I have had more fun growing up then most people should be allowed to have.
We have too many videos of us dressed up as old ladies ...thinking we were so clever.
Oh... that's enough of that subject.
We slept over at each others house every weekend. That's not an exaggeration.
Like I said... Dorthy Hamil bonds you for life.

I have SO many funny stories about our time together.... but for now here's just one.
not proud but...
On the sky ride at Lagoon - (The one that's like a ski lift) we use to point at kids who were all alone and scream at them that their rope is breaking and their ride was about to fall!
And..... of course the kids would scream and stand up and were hysterical and Mandi and I would just laugh and laugh... until we saw more unsuspecting victims up ahead.
That's when you HAVE to regain composure.
(Mandi, Mandi here come some more kids.!)

Not everything we did was mischievous but most of it was. Surprised? I know I had you all fooled that I was a sweet and innocent child. .... nope.

I really have to say I had THE BEST childhood.  I really have NO complaints. It's not until you grow up and hear other peoples stories that you realize.... Man! I had it so good!.... Perfect, in fact! I feel kinda guilty about it sometimes.  The only bad part was that some of my brothers and sisters made a point of telling me HOW GREAT I HAD IT! ... so rude! hahahahaha
I had the best parents the BEST brothers and sisters but the best part about my childhood was my nieces and nephews.  We really had a blast together.  Mostly making home movies skits or plays. Seriously so embarrassing!
I'm cringing just thinking about them.
Mandi is a great person! And apparently (not that I didn't already know this but..) An awesome Mother!
She makes us all proud to call ourselves Mom's.
She is what's it's all about.
Mandi is the type of person that puts everybody else first.
But, I think you'll all agree that once your kid makes it to the front page???? You can take some time for yourself!

Congratulations Branson... You really are amazing and such a hard worker.

There are TONS of pictures of Mandi and I through the years but none that don't stain my pits!
So... just imagine me with a Dorthy Hamil and move on....
http://www.abc4.com/sports/story/Dont-mess-with-Branson-Harward/MvoRlpU6eE2w15-On1EMqA.cspx
 Above is Branson's little brother Cole. He's pretty cool too!
And a future wold champ in the making!

And below is a picture of a large portion of my family.
(I can almost smell Lee Lee's chicken in the background)
And right up front and in the middle are
Pre-Dorthy Hammil
Mandi &Meredith


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Valentine Craft idea

 Abby and I made these cute pillows for valentines.
She is the cutest!
We had so much fun putting them together. 
Sewing and stuffing
Writing and fraying
Aren't they so cute?
This cute idea came from 
We had never soaked fabric in tea before but it worked great!
All these pillows say "I love you" in different languages.
Love these pillows
And I love all you guys!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Am I dreaming?

Is it a dream???
No it's Edward, The once elegant, contemporary and under-exploited fashion sense, has now been transformed into a new vibrant un-cold war like exotica!
How? When? Why?
These questions are revealed as we look at this springs newest and most inventive fashion.
Ed, the drab cold-war look is so passé !
This new exotic skirt does wonders for the admirers eye!
 The hand sewn stitching is seamless and perfection itself!
 The layers upon layers around the tush create a false sense of flatness.
So good for any Vampire stuck at a perky age 17.
 Just look at the immense sparkly-ness on this guy!
He's happy. He's confident. He's ready for another 4 years of High School in this boxy quadruple lined amazon skirt.
Raise your hand if you love Boo Boo's latest creation for Edward!

Great sewing Boo Boo! You're the cutest little 6 year old seamstress in the whole world!
And I love you!
And Edward thanks you for taking off his drab gray jacket and bringing him back to life!
Who knew there was a cure for Vampire-ism????