Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Jolie!
Our little Jolie Bear turns 6 today! Of course Jolie has been telling everyone for weeks that she is "practically 6". She just can't wait to be older. It doesn't matter how old.....just older. Why is that when we're young all we want to do is grow up and be big and now that we're adults we just want to be kids again?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rocket Ship

Ben and the kids made this box rocket ship in one of the rooms over at the new house. We filled the ship with pillows, toys, blankets, and a DVD player. The kids will play in there for hours. Its totally great. While they are hanging out I can get tons done over there.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Luck from a Leprechaun

Jolie has been obsessed with leprechauns for the past few weeks. It's a constant topic of conversation. The other day it was getting to be a little too much and I had to break it to her that leprechauns are not real and that they are only make believe. Mean, I know, but I had been painting all day over at the new house and was driving the kids home, exhausted. This was our conversation.....

"Mom! When we get home you have to get me a box so I can make a trap to catch a leprechaun!"
"Not tonight Jolie. When we get home we have to get ready for bed and I'm way too tired to find a box. How about we make the trap tomorrow?"

"Mom! You're not listening to me!" (that's her phrase of the week) "I need a box to make a trap. We have to find some shiny stuff to attract the leprechaun. Then when he tries to take the shiny stuff we have to stare into his eyes without blinking and say.....Take me to the end of the rainbow so I can have your gold!"

(What in the world are they teaching our kids at school?)

"Jolie I WAS listening to you. We don't need to trap a leprechaun and take his gold. But if you really want to make a trap we'll do it tomorrow."

"Mom! I have to do it when we get home. I have to trap him tonight! If we get the gold then we'll be rich and you don't have to work or paint anymore!"

I about died. Looking at it from her perspective makes a lot of sense, but after her relentless efforts to convince me just about drove me crazy, I had to let her know that leprechauns are just make-believe and there's no pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I don't enjoy dashing my kids' dreams, but my sanity was at stake here.
Like a month ago....

....My Grandpa Merrill was visiting down in Mesa. Since he lives up near Yosemite National Park in CA and we never make it up there, me and the kids went down to Mesa to see him....

(Lacey, Summer, Grandpa, me, Brooke)

(Spencer, Kyle)
....Also my cousin Kyle Gray just returned home from his mission. He lives in Provo, UT. His family was also visiting Mesa which gave us another reason to go visit.

It was so great to see family. We love you guys.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Bronson is such a spaz when he gets out of the bath tub. He has this little dance he does whenever he's getting dressed.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

We are having a baby Girl!?!?!

Well according to Jolie....

Today in testimony meeting Jolie said "...I love my mom and dad and brother and baby sister coming in June..."

That's news to me...We still don't have a clue.

Boy or Girl?

We'll see if her intuition is right.