Monday, November 29, 2010

A time to be thankful

This is the time of year to be thankful, so then why do I want to run away??? A week off of school for Teagan is not really ideal when you have an over stressed mommy. I was so thankful to get up this morning at 7 and get the kids ready for school. The boys have been at each other all week and it wears you down...QUICK! I can't wait for next August to come and Rayle can go to Kindergarten! Not really I can't believe he is off to school next year but really part of me is a little ready! Thanksgiving day was nice and relaxed, I had a huge assignment...drinks. Is my cooking really that horrible??? We had dinner at my stepmom's house and then we went to the park and the kids played then back for dessert. It was nice and low key. On Saturday we got together with Brian's dad side and did it all over again. It was really fun and the boys loved playing with cousins and Aunt Tracy's nephews. We had a great time with family and played some games. Ashlyn played hard and her clothes showed just how hard she played. We all had a great time. I can't believe that November is almost over and that Christmas will be here in 26 days. That is just CRAZY!!! Ashlyn is 15 months today just 3 more months and she will be a year and a half old. WOW where is life going and can I get on the ride because I feel that I am missing it. Oh and I start class again tomorrow, nothing like throwing a 5 week semester in there with the holidays, but I am starting to count down to the end. This class will make 7 more before student teaching.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Pictures say it all!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Just some more photos

I forgot to add a picture of Rayle from our trunk-or-treat. He had decided to be SpiderMan that night and wanted to wear his mask. At trunk-or-treats they don't want masks so I painted his face. I overheard some little girls complaining to him that he could not wear a mask. He didn't even give them the time of day but ran off. It was funny because it was painted. Here is the pic after that running around and eating.
Ashlyn LOVES the plasma car and she has started scooting around on it by herself, but she LOVES getting rides from her big brothers. Hold on tight sweetie!!
We went to the zoo last month as a family. It was a little too hot, they still had the water areas open and I thought they would be closed. I so would have been up for them cooling off if I had their suits. Since we didn't have them I didn't want them walking around all day in their wet clothes. Here is a cute pic of our kiddos on the Dragon.
Ashlyn is starting to love being silly. She likes to dress up and put on scarfs and other things on. Here is she with some shorts.
Where is Ashlyn????

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Field Trip to the Zoo

This was a crazy field trip as the original plan was Brian was going to go with Teagan on the bus and I was going to meet them there with Rayle and Ashlyn. Brian had been on a reserve board for work and had not really worked, then of course the field trip comes up and he is back on to being on call and we NEVER know when he will work because it changes so quickly sometimes. So it looks like Brian is going to get a call, I make arrangements with my mom, if Brian works in the morning she is coming out to my house, if he works in the afternoon then he will drop them off with her. I am either way off to the bus for a field trip. However, Brian never got a call until the next day and he could have gone with Teagan and it would have been fun for them but oh well what can you do??!! I get motion sickness when I am not driving and the bus is just awful but thankfully I didn't get too sick and was able to share the seat with Teagan and his best buddy Jacob. So many parents went I had just the two kids, Teagan and Jacob. We got to go where we wanted and it was nice. Jacob was funny because he wanted to eat lunch as soon as we got to the zoo, it was like 9:45. I was like no lets go see some animals first. All in all it was a good time. However Teagan while seeing the mountain lion had a bee buzzing near his ear, just as I was about to tell him not to move he swats the bee, yep stung him in the hand. At least it was not the face or ear! I had a somewhat still cold ice pack from lunch and we put that on him. This is the first time he had been stung so I was not sure if he is allergic (my sister is and I have never been stung) So a zoo/park ranger got some medicine and more ice and put it on his hand. He calmed down quickly and we went on to see more animals. I loved having that time to spend with Teagan and I always LOVE the zoo!
My bus buddies Teagan, Jacob, and I.

~Best Friends~

Look closely you can see the jaguar laying on the wooden planks.

Riding a dragon how fun!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Halloween Eve 2010

This year as you know Halloween fell on Sunday...YUCK!! I just can't get into Halloween when it's on Sunday. I never even bought a pumpkin to carve!! I honestly wish Halloween could be like the last Saturday of every October. I know that it's the 31st, but just think about it and how nice it would be to be on Saturday EVERY YEAR!!! Okay who do I talk to about making the change??? So our Halloween festivities started a week early at Teagan's schools ONCE A YEAR fundraiser, The Fright Fest! Because this is the only fundraiser the school does (yep no cookie sales, or ugly wrapping paper). It is kind of nice. Anyways the event it BIG for a school that is only pre-k through 6th grade. We park at VF Factory Outlet and they bus us to the school. There is food, trick-or-treating, games, a haunted house, outside movie, and more. We didn't stay that long because the kids were kind of a mess. I had been gone all morning for our Relief Society Craft Day. However the kids had fun and we all enjoyed supporting the school. Okay I did not get very many pictures of them at the event, well actually the only pictures at the school I took were of Ashlyn :o(. But hey she is CUTE so no worries. Here is Ashlyn all puffy she was batgirl but she HATED her batwings so we took those off and she was just a puffball! I did get a few snap shots at home of our Ninja and Batman.
I wanted to make our Ninja stand out so I painted a dragon on his face.
Our ward's Trunk-or-Treat was scheduled for Saturday, but they had a conflict and it was moved to Tuesday...YUCK again!! A school night that involves candy should never mix(^ see above where I suggest Saturday night again^). The lighting at our church building is almost non-existent. We let the boys off and they quickly filled their buckets. Ashlyn was content to run about ten steps and then run back and grab more wrapped candy and slobber all over it. Sorry kids if you got wet candy, but hey it was still wrapped. After the trunk or treating we were moved into the cultural hall and there was a family dance or more like a junior high dance. We stayed less than 10 minutes and then went home. On Friday I was invited to my good friends ward and WOW was I impressed and so was Brian. They had games set up and little haunted walk, there was a couple making balloon animals and things of that nature. It was cute! We acquired three fish and they are still swimming strong. The kids had so much FUN!!! It was one of the best Trunk-or-Treats I have been too. If I am ever on the Activities committee again I would suggest something like this!!

My friend Nicole is so creative their entire family were pirates and they brought their treasures with them. What a great looking car!!!

Again no pictures of my boys, what's wrong with me! Ashlyn branched off a little further this night and we had to chase her down a few too many times! Again sorry if you got slobbery wet candy wrappers!! Oh the bishop talked with me and I so wanted to pretend I was not a member and be like what's a bishop but I was a good girl ;)!

On Halloween we sat around and waited and waited for trick-or-treaters. One group came ONE GROUP CAME. How lame is that!! See another reason for a Saturday vote.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

2010 Flu Shots

So yeah I know I need to update my forgotten blog, and the reason I just don't want to sit down and download my pictures off of my camera. Sad excuse! Anyways yesterday I had the privilege of taking the three kids to get their flu shots. What a fun adventure that was!! My appointment was at 8:05. YUCK I am NOT a morning person and I have to get up for weekdays. Weekends are for SLEEPING IN!! When I called to schedule I had to take the appointment that was available and it was filled up from the start of the day to the end of the day. So next year I will plan to call last minute! So we got up extra early and headed out. When we got there the boys played for a few minutes on the playground before we got called back. Ashlyn LOVES the playground so she stood at the door and motioned that she wanted out too. Thankfully they called us back quickly and that is when the fun started. Rayle immediately started freaking out and screaming/crying. I asked Teagan to go first to show Rayle that it was quick and easy, no way. So I had little innocent sister go first. What a horrible mother I am. Ashlyn actually did the best. She got her shot in her thigh. She cried for not even a minute maybe only like 10 seconds, I don't know I had an out of control four year old clinging to me. So Teagan went next and I helped hold him on the table for his shot in the arm. I had to hold the arms. I was so embarrassed with how he and Rayle were behaving all I could do was laugh. It was one of those out of body experiences where I wanted to just grab the kids and get the heck out of there. So Teagan realized hey that was not bad and stopped his fight as soon as the shot was in. Now the really fun part, Rayle. Now he is four but he is a pretty solid little boy. He was screaming fighting trying to get off that table. I had to use quite a bit of force to control his body. As the nurse was just about to go in for it, and he got out of my grasp. The nurse asked me if I wanted help to hold him down. I was like no way that will just freak him out even more, so I braced my entire body against him and held hard while she gave him the shot. He did not stop crying for awhile after that until we got outside actually. Ashlyn during this excitement also started crying because Rayle was crying so while I am full body holding my four year old down Ashlyn is crying and clinging to my leg. Yeah that was fun! Last year Ashlyn was too young for a flu shot as they don't give them until they are 6 months old and she was not 6 months until Feb. and I thought what was the use it was already almost spring here. So we had to stay for 20 minutes after to make sure she did not react. Thankfully the kids love the playground and they played there having fun. But every person that was there with kids Teagan had to ask if they had gotten flu shots too and he showed off his bright yellow band-aide. It was pretty funny. He reminds me of my mom and talks to everyone. He also asked about every kid what grade they were in and informed them that he was a first grader. I wish I had video of the shots but yeah I am one person and can't do it all. So next year later appointments and back up for holding our very strong kiddos down!