Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April Fools!

Heh heh heh! I'm so on the ball. I got Aaron before it was even April Fool's day! I so sneakily rigged the kitchen sprayer to spray Aaron when he turned on the water. We had a before-bed snack and he went to rinse the dishes and PSSHT!! he got all wet! We had a pretty good laugh. I don't know when I last laughed so hard!

I'm so tricky, I even tricked myself! Before Aaron came in to the kitchen for the snack, I rinsed a cup and sprayed myself!

All it takes is a rubberband and you've got yourself a great April Fool's trick for your hubby or kids. Quick, go do it!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Happy birthday, Mom!

Happy birthday to my wonderful mom. I love and appreciate you more all the time.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Lunch time frustrations

As a server of lunch to a pair of little folks, I often find myself frustrated trying to prepare a lunch that is acceptable to my eaters. They are very selective little eaters. (They inherited this wonderful trait from their dad who, as a little boy, wiped the sauce off his spaghetti noodles one-by-one. Fortunately he has very nearly outgrown this trait.)

Just about the only thing my little eaters will eat for lunch these days is a quesadilla. For a bit of variety today, I swung for peanut butter sandwiches. The oldest eater would not take one. The younger eater, I know from experience, would pull the sandwich apart and proably take a couple of bites. So after much "negotiation," I ate a peanut butter and jam sandwich, the older eater ate a buttered slice of bread, and the younger eater ate a butter and jam sandwich. Aagh! Lunch time drives me nuts! In addition to our delectable entree, we had carrots (I was the only taker on those ones), oranges (the older eater wouldn't touch those but the younger one inhaled them), and the older eater had canned pears. We all ate cheese puffs at the end. So exciting is my lunch time venture.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


We gave Carter his birthday gift early so he'd have some time to use it before it gets hot. He is so excited to have a bike that he can get around on. He feels like a real big boy and will be able to ride with his big boy pals, Sammy and Dylan.

I love seeing my little boy loving his bike. I think his adoration of all things with wheels is the cutest thing. I love my girly Lily and my boyish Carter.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Uno and a haircut

Lily cut her hair in preschool the other day. After school I asked Lily if she cut it on accident or on purpose. She said several times that it was an accident. But she didn't seem too upset about it...quite calm and collected. So I wondered if she was being accurate (i.e. truthful). While we were playing Uno that afternoon I saw that the hair was cut on both the left and right side of her head. So that made me think, "Okay, that wasn't an accident." I pointed out to Lily that both sides were cut and asked nonchalantly if it was on accident or on purpose. She said, "Well, both. I cut this side [pointing to the right] on accident. But then I cut this side [pointing to the left] on purpose because I didn't want people to laugh at me that one side is short and the other side is long." Hhmmmm, so the truth comes out. I couldn't help laughing and had to try hard to cover it up.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Interview with Lily

Why did God make moms?
So they could have babies.

What ingredients are moms made of?

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
Um, a nice, nice. Nice.

What did your mom need to know about your dad before she married him?
He was nice.

Why did your mom marry your dad?
Cause he was nice. Cause they loved each other.

Who's the boss at your house?
You and dadda.

What makes moms and dads different?
Dads don't have babies and moms do.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
Um, crafts!

How much spare time does she have every day?
Um, none.

What would make your mom perfect?
Um, being more nice.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
Um, I would love her more.
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Super R.A.C.E.R.s : Ragnar Relay del Sol


Running the Ragnar relay was incredible. I enjoyed being with my team, running in the beauty of Arizona, and being challenged. The Ragnar is a relay race of over 200 teams. Each team has 12 runners. Each runner runs 3 legs of the 202 mile race from Prescott to Mesa, Arizona.

Janae started our race Friday morning at 11:00 a.m.

The team was split up into two vans. While one runner was out on his leg, the other runners from his van frequently passed by to give him water and let him know how much distance he had left. The support of team mates was huge.

Sharon with Mike as he ran his first leg up a mountain. I couldn't believe how he ran up that mountain. I think I would have sat down and cried. Wow, Mike.
Sharon was a morale-booster for the whole team.

My first leg was really pleasant. 1:15 Friday afternoon outside of Prescott. I ran down the mountain Mike ran up. The sky was blue, the temperature was comfortable. I felt great.

I was so impressed by Marinda's speed. She is fast. And she's fun!
Janae is a babe. I've known her for about a year but I got to know her on a new level through the race. That girl has determination. Her second leg took her on an unlit trail littered with debris. It was like an obstacle course in the dark. Afterward she got quite sick and required an IV. The next morning she ran a long, uphill leg. She just kept going, and going, and going.

Some of our team. We were the Super R.A.C.E.R.s (Really Awesome Cool Expert Runners). The Superman on top of the van was great. It made me laugh inside whenever I saw him driving toward me.

Team support: Jeff giving Mike water on his third leg of the race.

My second leg was at about midnight. It was cold and very dark. My dreamboat came up and paced me on his bike. I was so glad to have him there. He kept me from being afraid the boogie man would jump out and get me. Distances at night also seem much longer than during the day. I appreciated his company.
I love this picture because I look like my little brother, Jordan, before his races when he was in high school.

My third leg began Saturday afternoon at 1:20.

My family came to watch me run. Seeing them gave me a big burst of energy. I was so happy to have them there. Lily hung out the car window and cheered, "Go Mom!" I loved hearing her little voice shout for me and seeing her little hand wave out the window. Carter just wanted out of the car and into the stroller!

Look at this cool picture! Lily jumped in the air just as I ran by her. Look at those feet off the ground...what a jump! It looks like her shadow is trying to jump onto my shadow's back.

I felt energized for the first half of that leg. In the second half the sun beat down on me. I really appreciated the water Jeff passed on to me.

Passing the baton to Sharon for her last leg.

My biggest fans!...My mom, my husband, and our kids.

Chatting amongst ourselves while we wait for Zach to arrive.

Zach ran a hard 8 miles. Passing off to Julia.

Larry and Sheila were an essential part of our team: the cooks! They made delicious meals for us that hit the spot after our runs. I felt so bad for the other teams who had to grab Campbells soup or a hot dog (gag) at gas stations along the route. Thanks, Larry and Sheila!

We finished the race at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night. It was an experience I'll never forget!
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Lily is 5!

Lily climbed into bed with us at 4:43 a.m. Since it was her birthday, we let her stay there. Doesn't that look comfortable? She kicked Aaron in the face twice and "snuggled" right up to me. Cozy.

Good morning, sleepy head! Lily opened her fun presents bright and early before her favorite breakfast: crepes and bacon.

Smooches from Grandma. Carter loves Grandma so much. He loves to read and snuggle with her. We miss Grandpa Ford and wish he was here too.

Lily had a horse party. She especially likes unicorns and pegasus. This happy horse came to Lily's party and the kids got to ride it.

Lily's friends were so cute. I loved watching them run and play together. It was fun to see them interact. We did a couple of relay races and they didn't exactly get the concept. When the first runner passed the horse to the next runner, instead of running immediately they waited for me to say go again. So the teams ended up tying both relays. Those kids are so cute!

Yeehaw! Run, girlies!

Pin the tail on the unicorn. Anavey (not pictured) has x-ray vision. She put the tail in exactly the right spot!

Birthday cake for my girl. She blew out her five candles one at a time.

Lily chose Red Robin for dinner. Surprise, surprise. ;)

We told Aunt Julie we would email some fries to her in Taiwan. These ones are for you, Aunt Julie!

Carter thinks Red Robin is a place to eat fries and climb walls.

Happy birthday, Lily! Happy birthday to you too, Jordy!!
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