Saturday, May 31, 2008

Baseball Here We Come!

I finally got my new camera in the mail yesterday! Woo Hoo! I took the camera to try it out at Jaxon's (2 hour) baseball practice, but forgot to put a memory card in it, so all I had was the camera's internal memory!

I lied about Jaxon's age (sorry, mom) so he wouldn't have to play T-ball AGAIN! He's playing pitching machine this year and most of his team mates have just finished 2nd grade. As far as hitting goes, he's in the top two on the team. He's probably the most consistent hitter they have (and that's not me being biased!) His size throws everyone off. He gets up to bat and they are like, "Ok , little man, here comes the ball." And then he smacks it and they don't call him "little man" anymore! I'm so proud of him. He was born with a lot of natural talent, but I have to give credit to Roudy. He has always made sure he has time to teach Jaxon whatever he may need to know about whatever sport he's playing at that time. Jaxon's got the natural ability, but he wouldn't be where he is now without his dad.

I was just practicing with my new camera, so the movie isn't that great. And, this wasn't his best hit, but the internal memory was full. I'll figure it out! :) You can't see the pitching machine, but it throws the ball out at 32 mph. Pretty impressive for a 6 year old if you ask me! I have video of Roudy pitching the ball to Jaxon when he was just 2 years old, and he hit it most of the time. If I can figure out this whole video thing I will post that.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Trason Has Been Tagged!

I asked Trason all of these questions, but he just shrugged his shoulders for EVERY answer. So I asked my older kids and these are their answers...

1. What is something mommy always says to you?
Jaxon: "Take your shoes off!"
Jordyn: "Go to bed!"
2. What makes mom happy?
Jaxon: "When I smile"
Jordyn: "Funny faces"
3. What makes mom sad?
Jaxon: "Your sister" (My sister died when she was 12)
Jordyn: "Aunt Charlotte died"
4. How does mom make you laugh?
Jaxon: "Funny faces"
Jordyn: "Do funny tricks"
5. What was your mom like as a child?
Jaxon: "You had a pretty face"
Jordyn: "Jesus"
6. How old is your mom?
Jaxon: "26"
Jordyn: Shruggs her shoulders
7. How tall is your mom?
Jaxon: "10 inches"
Jordyn: She holds her arms out in front of her like she's holding a beach ball
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Jaxon: "Sitting by Dad"
Jordyn: "Clean"
9. What does your mom do when you are not around?
Jaxon: "Go out to dinner"
Jordyn: "Do stuff at school and fix things"
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Jaxon: "You'd have a million dollars"
Jordyn: "Babies"
11. What is your mom really good at?
Jaxon: "Reading"
Jordyn: "Cleaning"
12. What is your mom not very good at?
Jaxon: "Playing football"
Jordyn: "Soccor"
13. What does your mom do for her job?
Jaxon: "Help daddy work"
Jordyn: "What's a job?"
14. What is your mom's favorite food?
Jaxon: "Sandwiches"
Jordyn: "Salad"
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Jaxon: "Doing cool tricks"
Jordyn: "Funny faces"
16. If your mom where a cartoon character, who would she be?
Jaxon: "Minnie Mouse"
Jordyn: "A worker"
17. What do you and your mom do together?
Jaxon: "Play"
Jordyn: "Clean up"
18. How are you and your mom the same?
Jaxon: "We brush our teeth"
Jordyn: "We are in Primary together"
19. How are you and your mom different?
Jaxon: "Our taste buds are different, so we taste different things"
Jordyn: "We both do different things"
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Jaxon: "Because I won State Wrestling"
Jordyn: "Because we been good"

Jordyn: "Mommy, wait! Write down that I want to be a cheerleader when I grow up!"
Jaxon: "And write down that when I grow up I'm going to be a sports player. I'm going to do all of the sports"

So, that's what the kids had to say! We tagg Shayla Davis, Alie Wood, Mazzy and Oakleigh Squires, and Easton and Conner Larsen (Katie, it's time to start a blog!)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Last Day Of School

Jordy's last day of school was actually the day she got her tonsils out, so she didn't get to go. They were having an ice cream party. I should have taken her- It 's all she was aloud to eat anyway! Jordyn and her teacher, Miss Becky. Miss Becky taught Jaxon last year and I'm happy to say she will be teaching Jordyn again next year! She really does a great job.

Jaxon and his teacher Mrs. Davis. She does such an awesome job with the kids and I'm happy to say I will be requesting (or demanding if needs be) her for both Jordyn and Trason when the time comes!

I can't believe school is out already! It seems like just yesterday I was putting Jaxon on the bus and then following him to school to make sure everything was ok! We have so much fun stuff planned for the summer and I'm sure it will fly by. It's so hard for me to believe that Jaxon will be a first grader next year! He'll get on the bus at 7:45 a.m. and not get home until about 3:00 p.m. That just seems like a long time for a 6 year old, but believe me... I'm not complaining! :)

First Time Bowling

Over Memorial weekend Roudy's cousin Daisha and her husband Shae came and stayed a night with us (yes, Roudy was gone but he made it home a couple hours before they had to leave. No, I'm not bitter.) It was bad weather- imagine that- so we went bowling. I don't know why I didn't end up with any pictures of Daisha or Shae, but here are some of the kids bowling their first time.

Nobody cares if you chase the ball down the lane, pushing it the whole time, right?

That ball is as big as she is!

If you look really close in the background you can see Jaxon only has 1 pin left to get. He did awesome! He actually out bowled me by at least 20 points both games we played! (In my defense, I wasn't using bumpers!)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

When Roudy's Away....I spend His Money!

Roudy decided to go bear hunting over Memorial weekend so I got a hotel room so the kids could swim. Sure, we were only a couple miles from home, but the kids don't care! I can't believe how well Jordyn has done with her tonsils. She has been pretty sore today though. She's actually asked for her medicine a couple of times! All in all, I can't complain- she's been a trooper!

The kids wanted to show off their "big muscles!" Jaxon's a nerd!

Wouldn't it be great to be little again and have no idea that you look like a dork!

The kids think they have it made! They swam until midnight and then got to eat pizza in bed while watching cartoons. What could be better?

Friday, May 23, 2008

Little Trooper

Jordy Sue got her tonsils out yesterday. She has done so good! She over did it a little yesterday and she's pretty tired today, but other than that she hasn't complained at all! This is a picture of her when we first got to the hospital. After the surgery, they were rolling her down the hall to her room and the first thing she did was give me a dirty look and say, "Why weren't you there?" I knew she'd be mad when they woke her up and she was alone. Luckily, they gave her some Versed (sp?) before they took her away to surgery, so she was loopy and doesn't remember that part! This is how she looked right after surgery.

But, as soon as she saw the camera, this is what we got! She's always got a smile for the camera!

We took her home and put her down for a nap. When she woke up, I put her in the car and we went through the Arby's drive thru to get her a milkshake. I hadn't eaten all day, so I grabbed me a sandwich. Big mistake! Jordy Sue was so mad that I didn't get her a cheeseburger that she wouldn't even look at me and she wouldn't touch her milkshake. I gave her half of my sandwich (I know it was probably not a good idea, but what do you do with a starving girl ?) and grandma Jeanne saved the day and brought her a DOUBLE cheeseburger from McDonalds! The picture isn't great, but trust me, she has a HUGE smile on her face! Grandma Jeanne stayed with us a couple days, and Jordyn was so spoiled!

Grandma Gay Lyn kept the boys all day for me, so basically she saved my life! She brought Jordyn up a painting book, and Jordyn spent an hour painting-she loved it. She doesn't want to lay around all day. And Grandma saved the day when she brought Jordy a Burger King cheesburger for dinner.
These roses are from papa Steve. He knows she loves her flowers! She really has a soft spot for her Papa.

My dad and his family brought Jordyn up some popsicles and creamies. It's a good thing because she loves her creamies! I have pictures of her eating her yummy "pink popsicles" but I can't get them to move from the top of the page down here so I just deleted them. Have I ever mentioned that computers hate me?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I'm In Love

I've never understood the obsession with Stars before. It's like, who cares, they are just people. But now I've got my own obsession, and it's bad. I can totally relate to the people who are behind bars for stalking celebs. Sure I've had little crushes. I think Alex on Grey's is totally hot. But this is different.... I want to marry David Cook. Like, if David called me tomorrow and asked me out I would be like, "Roudy, can you watch the kids tonight? I have a date with David Cook. I might not be home for a while....or ever..." And Roudy would be like, "sure." It's not a secret obsession. I can't help myself. Every time he's on T.V. I'm like, "I have to marry him." Roudy just looks at me. He doesn't have a jealous bone in his body. Besides that, if Charlize Theron ever came to our door, I have no doubt that he would be gone. And I would pack his bags. Just as a disclaimer, I know this sort of obsession is not normal and I hope it passes soon. Does anybody remember the little 12 year old girl from American Idol last season that was totally in love with Sanjaya and cried through the whole show? That would totally be me if I saw David today. There is no other way to say what I am feeling...I am in love .

*note to Rebecca: You can apologize to David for thinking he was arrogant. Did you notice his face when he won? That was hardly smug. I thought he was quite gracious and humble. If Simon, of all people, can find it in his heart to apologize to David, I'm sure you can, too.I'll tell him for you next time I see him...he's always in my dreams

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Proud New Owner

What I am most proud of is that we will actually have a lawn to mow this year! Roudy has been mowing everything...including the weeds where we haven't even planted grass. What a nerd.

This is Roudy's sexy face. I know...NOT SEXY!

Roudy wouldn't let me take a picture of him on the lawn mower for the blog because it was dirty. WHATEVER!

Roudy cleaning his new baby.
I think he was trying to do the sexy face agian. Either that or he's just naturally weird looking...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Jordy Sue's first ponytail

Yes, the cheerleader arms were her idea, not mine! It's going to be in the 80's today! Woo Hoo! But by Tuesday we are supposed to have snow again. Only in Idaho.

We cut Jordy's hair into a chin length A-line about a year ago, and we have been trying to grow it out for ballet. We finally got it all in a ponytail today for the first time! She had to take a picture.

Babysitting Zinna

I know, I know, I said I would never have a dog in my house, but who could resist this cute face? My dad and his wife went out of town for a week, so I have Zinna, their other dog (a boxer) named Jupiter, and my brother. Should be a fun week!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

My Never Ending Project

So, I heard Albertson's had strawberries on sale for $1.19 a pound and I thought, "Yay, I'll make strawberry jam!" But last time I made jam was three years ago and I had no idea how many strawberries to buy. So I bought 24 pounds. Yes, 24 pounds. WHAT WAS I THINKING? It took forever just to clean the strawberries and cut the tops and center out, let alone putting all twenty four pounds through the salsa maker, cooking the sugar and pectin, putting it in the containers... It took FOREVER! I bet it took me at least 5 hours (and that's without taking care of the kids in between!) But it's done now and I can make the kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches again...everyday...for the rest of their lives...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Late Mother's Day Tribute

My mom gave me a copy of this when I was pregnant with Jaxon. I know it's long, but I promise it's worth reading...

We are sitting at lunch when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family." "We're taking a survey," she says, half joking. "Do you think I should have a baby?" "It will change your life," I say carefully, keeping my tone neutral. "I know," she says, "no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations..." But that's not what I meant at all. I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her.

I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds of childbirth will heal but that becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw she will forever be vulnerable. I consider warning her that she will never again read the newspaper without asking, "What if that had been MY child?" That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that, no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub. "Mom!" will cause her to drop a souffle or her best crystal without a moment's hesitation. I feel I should warn her that, no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She might arrange for childcare, but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her baby's sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of her discipline to keep from running home just to make sure her baby is alright.

I want my daughter to know that everyday decisions will no longer be routine. That a five year old's desire to go to the men's room rather than the women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that a child molester may be in that restroom. However decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother.

Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give it up in a moment to save her offspring but will also begin to hope for more years, not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs. I want her to know a cesarean scar or shiny stretch marks will become badges of honor.

My daughter's relationship with her husband will change. But not in the way that she thinks. I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child. I think she should know that she will fall in love with him again for the reasons she would now find very unromantic.

I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop war, prejudice and drunk driving. I hope she will understand why I can think rationally about most issues but become temporarily insane when I discuss the threat of nuclear war in my children's future.

I want to describe to my daughter the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike. I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog or cat for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real it actually hurts.

My daughters quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes. "You will never regret it," I finally say. Then I reach across the table, squeeze my daughter's hand and offer a silent prayer for her, and for me, and for all of the mere mortal women who stumble their way into this most humble of callings. This blessed gift from God...that of being a mother.

-Author Unknown

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mothers Day...To Me

I think this was my favorite Mother's Day present yet- A homemade card from Roudy.(Even though it really means he didn't take the time to go buy me a card!) Have I ever mentioned the time I got a full body dear target for Mother's Day? He swears I said I wanted it (I have a bow), and yet I've never shot it in the 5 years I've owned it! He's had a great time shooting it...
Anyway, I only have a big digital camera so I hardly ever take pictures, so Roudy's going to buy me a little camera (to help with my new blogging addiction! :) On the inside of the card, he drew a picture of the camera he's going to buy me- too funny!

Trason brought me home this bookmark from nursery. He thinks all the little flowers are stickers and he's very upset that I won't take the stickers off for him!
Jordyn made this little card at school. It had a Reese candy bar attached that her and the boys ate as soon as she gave it too me! :) Her poem says-

Mommy, I love you
For all that you do
I'll kiss you and hug you
'Cause you love me, too.

You feed me and need me
And teach me to play,
So smile 'cause I love you
On this Mother's Day!

This card the kids made in Primary. They traced their hands on the inside so it's supposed to look like a big hug. Cute idea- Too bad it wasn't a surpise because I teach primary, so I had to help the kids make them. Jordyn kept saying, "Mom, pretend you don't know what this is." Then she would put it behind her back and "surprise" me!

Jaxon made me some bath salts at school, with a little poem. It says-

Here's a gift for Mother's Day
I'll try my best in every way.
But if you get upset with me,
Relax and Soak!
Don't you agree?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Gym Brats

These pictures really don't do the kids justice, but since I can't figure out how to get video on the blog, I guess they will have to do! I tried taking sequence shots of Jaxon's back handsprings, and Jordyn's cartwheel, but they turned out too dark- the kids were VERY disappointed!

I told Trason to say cheese and this is what I got!

Monday, May 5, 2008

My Brown Eyed Girl

Jordyn could not believe it when she saw the blog for the first time and there were only pictures of Jaxon wrestling! She says to me "I can be cute too mom, see?" and she starts smiling and posing! So I guess it's only right to put up pictures of what she loves to do!

Jordy Sue at her first Cheer Camp!

This was the night of the Nutcracker Ballet. She LOVES to perform! She askes me almost every day when she wakes up if she gets to go to the stage today! She surly didn't get that from me!

Future State Champ

Trason LOVES wrestling. He gets up every morning, goes in Jaxon's room, and gets all the wrestling gear he can find! I'm sorry the picture is crooked- I'm still learning about the blogging world!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Idaho Kids State Freeystyle 40 lb State Champ!

Woo- Hoo! Jaxon won state again! It was a hard tournament, but he was able to pull it off. There were 6 kids in his bracket, most of whom he had never wrestled. We had him wrestle up to 45lbs. all year, and then dropped him back down to 40 lbs. for the State tournament. Last year he wrestled up to 40 lbs. all year long, and then we dropped him back down to 35 lbs. for State. It seems to be working for him! His third match was the toughest. They went all three rounds (that's 6 minutes of intense wrestling!), but Jaxon managed to out score him. We are so proud of him. Time to hang up his singlet for the season and pull out the cleats! Baseball here we come!

Jaxon and Zairrick- the head coach for Bonneville High School where he wrestled.