Monday, March 31, 2008

"Jesus make this"

I just love all the funny things that Garret says- so I write them down so I can remember them. Sorry if they bore anyone.

Garret (eating cereal)- "Mom, Jesus made me cereal, that pretty nice of him."

Garret- "I watch special movies" (there is nothing really funny about this except that he says it all day long, followed by "please")

Garret- "I miss Gamma sometimes...I play with her sometimes in my head."

Garret- (after waking up from a nap) "I miss you so much Mommy"

Garret- "When I get big, I go school play fooseball like Daddy"
Me- "Do you think you will do anything else at school"
Garret- "Work on teeth too"

Garret- "My leg hurts, I was singing too much"

Garret- "I need go potty"
Garret-" I so sorry, I poop my underwear. Stinks so bad, get gloves Mommy"
Me- "Garret, why did you poop in your underwear?"
Garret- "Too any cookies at Sarah's house" (he is already evading responsibility)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

2008 Semi-formal

We decided to go to the dental school semi-formal this year. We had a really good time. I don't think I have ever seen Tyler "bust a move" like he did last night. I think someone might have spiked his drink.....(not really). I wish I had taken the camera with me so I had proof of Tyler's moves. His goal was to work off the dinner (If he didn't reach his goal he was pretty close- that man was dripping sweat!)
We had our first paid babysitter for the occasion. I was nervous just because Spencer can be a bit moody. In the end everyone survived so that's what really matters and we enjoyed being out.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bad Dreams

Garret woke up in the middle of the night last night and came in our room. He said he had "bad guys" in his head. (Garret has probably only seen 6 or so movies in his whole life and a couple PBS cartoons, so I don't even know where he got the idea from). It was so sad though. I hope this is not something that happens to him very often. (So Garret just woke up from his nap screaming, heart racing saying bad guys were going to get him....)

On a different note, my Mom left early Tuesday morning (I miss you Mom). I was the one taking her to the airport. Tyler had left the car on empty (not because he is lazy, he stopped at three station the night before and none of them were working). So I stop at three gas stations on the way to the airport and all three I stop at are not working. I decided to just take my Mom and hope I got home OK. It seemed like the strangest coincidence that all the stations I stopped at and all the stations Tyler stopped at were not working. So in my head I came to the conclusion that somehow the gas stations computers all had a virus or something crazy like that (I think I have been watching too much TV). Anyway I was wrong- obviously. But nonetheless it made me think how fragile our society is and how much we rely on outside forces for survival. While I was still believing there was some conspiracy going on, I contemplated what was going to happen- the outlook was not good. The moral of my story is that I should keep my car at least half full, try to be more self reliant and not watch so much TV.

A couple fun Garret comments-

Garret- "Me sleep in tent at Grandma and Grandpas house, go on boat....a big boat...a ship with pirates"
Me- "I don't think there will be any pirates"
Garret- "Grandpa a pirate!"

Garret- "I miss Jesus"

Garret- "Spency my buddy forever!"

Garret- "I want snuggle all day" (If only he would really hold still for that long)

Monday, March 24, 2008


We had a great Easter this year. Grandma was here with us and Garret is finally getting old enough to understand what is going on. When we said "why do we have Easter" he would say "Jesus Resurrected". We got him children's scriptures and I am sure he will enjoy them. We did the usual stuff, eggs, candy, a little lesson and a very good dinner.

My Mom brought a few little things for the boys. She is so fun- before we set anything out the night before she showed me some socks she picked up. She thought they would enjoy having Easter socks (which they did). However when she got them she did not realize they were pink socks. Neither Tyler or I were to worried about it so here are our cutie pies showing over there Easter Socks.

Since we are talking about my Mom and Easter I have to mention Peeps. My Mom loves them (she doesn't eat them as often anymore- but I remember a time when she could take down a box in a matter of minutes). Whenever I see them I want to buy them just because they remind me of my Mom.
Easter was also my Dad's birthday. Happy Birthday Dad- Thanks for being such a great Dad to all of us. My Dad has always been a great example. He is a hard working (seriously hard working), fun, little bit crazy kind of a guy, that I miss and love and I hope had a great day despite the fact that Mom was here. Love You Dad!- Here is a little photo tribute (Dad as a little guy- hard to believe, Dad with hair- also hard to believe, and Dad holding Spencer)

Friday, March 21, 2008

"Vacation" with Hufflump, Hecer and Gamma

Stephanie (Huffalump), Hector, Garret, Grandma, Me, Tyler and Spencer

We just got back from our little vacation. It was so nice getting away for a couple days. We got anxious and left Sunday after Church. We headed to Saratoga Springs the first night. On the drive we were talking to Garret about vacations and he kept saying we were not on vacation yet. After a lot of questioning we realized he thought that hotels were vacations.

Garret getting ready to swim at the "vacation"
While in Saratoga Springs we went to the battlefield and just down the road from there we went to a maple syrup farm and watched them make maple syrup and we even got pancakes with syrup. (Sorry Mom but I think your pancakes are now ranked number 2)

The Battle of Saratoga

The Maple Farm

We drove through Hartford on our way to Newport and visited Mark Twain's house (we tried to see Harriet Beecher Stowe's house- they were neighbors, but it was closed on Mondays) Mark Twain's house was really impressive. The architecture and details were so fun to look at but our tour guide was AWFUL. We were the last tour of the day and we had kids (who were perfect the whole time) but she decided to give us the shortest tour ever, that was a little frustrating but it was still worth seeing.

Samuel Clemens AKA Mark Twain's house

Then we met up with my Mom and my sister Stephanie and my brother in-law Hector in Newport. I think Newport is so cute. It has this old mansion walk and even though I think it is outrageous that anyone lived in such enormous homes they were awesome to look at. Old architecture and history fascinate me I love picturing what it was like then. We enjoyed the little shops of Newport and we stayed in this hotel that used to be a jail.

One of the Mansions

The Atlantic OceanNewport BayTyler's Idea

Garret was so excited to see everyone. He can get so worked up over things. He has been talking about seeing "Gamma" and "hufflump" and "hecer" for so long now it was nice to have it actually happen so I don't have to hear about it anymore.

After Newport it was on to Boston. We had a great time here as well. We ate at cute local places, walked the freedom trail and Garret loved that he could see airplanes out the hotel window. Spencer finally discovered sticking his tongue out and I think they must have done a good job with his surgery because he has a long tongue. I thought it was the cutest thing so every time he looks at me I stick my tongue out so he will stick his out. By this point he was ready to come home. So when Thursday rolled around we made a quick stop at the Salem witch museum. Then headed for home.

USS Constitution Museum A very old graveyard

Part of the Freedom Trail- Paul Revere's Grave- I am reciting "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Old South Meeting House- where the Boston Tea Party started

Statue of Paul Revere near his homeThe Old North church where the lanterns were hung!

I have a million things to do with my Mom while she is here I know it will go by way to fast. I love getting to see my family. I loved our vacation. I love that we had halfway decent weather for our trip. Why can't Tyler be in break more often?

Thursday, March 6, 2008

A great week- gone wrong

This week started out with the potential of being an awesome week.

-Monday night was book club- which I love. We read Escape about a woman who escaped from the FLDS in Colorado City. It was a page turner- but oh so sad. It was so crazy thinking that all of this stuff was happening in America in our day. I think people have a right to believe what they want but not to the point of this book. It was abuse right and left. I think that one of the scariest parts of this book was that these people are so secluded and so they have little contact with the outside world and they are not taught about the outside world or encouraged to question their religion. I think everyone no matter what religion they are should know why they believe what they believe. We actually talked about this book at book club which was fun!

- Tuesday was enrichment. I actually went and even though I ended up in the nursery for a lot of it. It was nice seeing everyone.

I was busy and getting out and then Garret got sick and then Spencer too. Not just a runny nose. We had throw-up (I can not handle this smell) and fevers. Then I got sick. I felt so wiped out (and still do) but I still have to take care of the kiddos. We got tickets to see "The Drowsy Chaperone" (thanks Cathy) so even though I was sick- I went. Who would pass up a good musical?! I loved it. It was so funny and the songs were cute and it was at Shea's which is so beautiful (it was built back in the day when every detail was important) and we went with our friends Glenn and Christy.

Here is a picture of Tyler and I before the play (not only do I look like a ghost- you can totally see my Spencer hairs- that's what I call the hair that fell out after Spencer and is now growing in- does anyone else have this problem? I hate it- I even tried to hide them and some of them still stuck out)

We are all gradually getting better. I can not believe how often we have gotten sick this winter. I don't know if it is because Tyler is in dental school and when people are sick in dental school they still go (because there is little choice) or if it is because Garret is in nursery now. Either way I am not a fan.

Here are pictures of Garret and Spencer when they were about the same age- both so cute!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Temple Trip

Friday we headed east to Palmyra! We met up with a bunch of friends and were able to go to the temple. It had been a while for us and it was so nice to go. We decided to get a room and spend the night and go again in the morning. We took turns watching each others kids and I think they had a lot of fun. Garret loved the pool and seeing the temple. He now has a crush on Allison and wishes he could see her "all the time". We also got to see the dead scroll exhibit at the visitor center. It definitely would have been more interesting without the kids but was still worth going to and now i want to learn more about the dead sea scrolls. While there Garret got really excited because he thought he saw President Hinckley ( I love that he was so excited- I like to think that we are teaching him important things- and that they are sinking in - a little at least).
I think there is a kid rule that you have to have your tongue out when having fun.
It must have been fun because they were so tired.Spencer learned how to wave!