Tuesday, March 31, 2009

FYI


Just thought I would mention that if you go to http://www.coupons.com/ you can print coupons for $5.00 off Hasbro games. It includes: Sorry Sliders, Gator Golf, Elefun, Guess Who, and Twister Hopscotch.
We went and bought Gator Golf. I have to say that it is really an awesome game! I think Tom and I play it as much as Evan does. I love it because it has very few parts to it. You putt into the gator's mouth and it flings the ball back to you! Only downside is that you have to go re-open the gators mouth each time.
Anyways, I love games that the whole family can enjoy...not just the kids! Even Carter likes us to help him putt! Oh, as far as I know, Walmart has the cheapest prices for these games. It could be a great gift idea too.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Photo Smorgasbord

We had a great time celebrating Jordyn and Evan's birthdays. We had a little party in Billings with my parents and then a week later we had a party with Tom's family in Gillette. They got some really great presents... thanks everyone!

My mother-in-law had a cake made for Jordyn and Evan. We decided on Spongebob because Evan is a big fan. It turned out really cute, don't you think? Evan was way excited when he saw it!

My latest project was painting our kitchen table. My friend had given us this table a few years ago. I'm so mad at myself because I forgot to take a "before" picture. So I found one online of our exact table. Just try to imagine it not so new and with a few burn marks on the top!

Before

After (without the leaf)

I really love it. It looks so much better and matched really well with our black appliances.

BLIZZARD: Round two! We are in the middle of another blizzard today! Rumor has it that it's supposed to be worst than the last storm! The wind is blowing HARD and the streets are getting re-covered in drifts. I think we'll be trapped in our subdivision by tonight! Tom said he barely made it driving through the snow to our house at lunch time. And school was canceled today, too. Update: The storm has died down now. It won't be as bad as our last storm. However, as I type, Tom is outside trying to dig his car out of the snow. He got stuck coming home from work. There is another car stuck on the same street too. Luckily, he was only a block away from home!

First photo below: view out our front window on a pretty normal day. Second photo: same view out the window during a wind storm. Third photo: view out the same window today!




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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blizzard Update

We got home fine today. The roads were actually clear and dry the entire way. I think they plowed on the interstate yesterday and then it dried by today. When we were driving into town, it didn't really look too bad. There are areas of large drifts and then areas of hardly any snow. But we we got to our subdivision and you could see how high the drifts really were! Our driveway was piled high with snow, so we had to shovel a path to get through. I think it was mainly from the plowed street. It left a huge pile in front of our driveway. A few photos of our neighborhood:


A house in our neighborhood. I think it wins the prize for the tallest snow drift. Luckily, no one is living in it right now!

One of the roads to our house. Guess we aren't getting through that way!

They plowed a narrow path to our house and another house. I guess I will be taking Jordyn to school tomorrow because the bus still can't get through! ( not our house in the photo)
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

BLIZZARD!

I don't know if you have been hearing about the blizzard that hit Wyoming on Monday. Well, too bad we weren't there to see it! We left Friday night (the high was 69 degrees that day) and went to Billings for the weekend. Jordyn had doctor's appointments on Monday morning and Tom took work off to come with us. We planned to leave on Monday afternoon. I thought we were in the clear and would have GREAT weather. Then a freak snow storm hit WY on Monday morning. They canceled school in Gillette on Mon, Tue, and Wed. Tom's work did not open on Mon. and Tues. They whole city of Gillette was shut down! That includes a large stretch of the interstate too. We have been here in Billings having fun while we wait for the roads to open again. It's pretty strange to be here with fairly nice weather while everyone is digging out of the snow in Gillette. I can't even IMAGINE what our house looks like. We hear there are tons of large snow drifts. Out in our area we tend to get them even more since there is nothing to block the wind. I'll take photos when we get home. But, the roads opened again tonight and we are headed back in the morning. I can't wait to see what we find! Keep your fingers crossed the roads are ok.
I posted a few pictures I found on weather.com of our town!



Saturday, March 21, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Evan!

Today is Evan's birthday! The celebrating continues! On this day I always reminisce about Evan being born the day after Jordyn's birthday (5 weeks early!). I don't know if Evan really cares it's his birthday. All he knows is that he gets pancakes for breakfast (has fav.) and ice cream tonight. That's all he cares about! He fell down yesterday and scratched his nose. Luckily, I was taking pictures of him yesterday BEFORE he fell down! We love you EVAN!






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Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy 6th Birthday Jordyn!

Today is Jordyn's birthday! I just love that her birthday is also on the first day of spring. And it's a beautiful day outside right now! Carter, Evan, and I already went to Jordyn's school to take treats and be there for her little school party. They gave her the balloons in the photo and one of the balloons sings when you hit it. Very cute! This is just the beginning of ALL the celebrating we'll do! We love you little angel Jordyn!






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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oh so cute!

Like my new glasses?
Love the double chin!


Brotherly Love!



Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sisters Trip

At the end of February, my sisters (Jenny and Susan) and I planned a little trip to see each other. Last year, we got together in Boise because I had just had Carter. The trip before that was in Spokane. So, this year it was Jenny's turn to host in Kansas City! We are definitely planning on continuing our new tradition of getting together every year or as much as we can. We even talked about a destination vacation for a trip in the future!

I have to say that after our move, I really needed a vacation! The only time I have ever left my kids over night was a few years ago when I went with my friend to run a race near Seattle. I only had Jordyn and Evan then, and we stayed one night. People...that is ONE time in SIX years that I've left my kids! This time I got to leave for almost five days! I really missed the kids and Tom, but this vacation was way overdue! It was so strange being without kids for that long. It really helps rejuvenate you and I was ready to take on the world when I came home.

I have to thank my mother-in-law for coming and helping with the kids while I was gone. She even had to deal with them all having colds too. I couldn't have done it without her help! And thanks Tom, for letting me and wanting me to go! Not that he "wanted" me gone... just that he knew I deserved a vacation! Now, whenever I get grumpy, Tom will say,"Do you need another vacation!?" Uh.... yes please!!!

On Thursday, I drove to Billings to catch my flight. Susan and I both arrived late Thurs. night. Friday we had lunch at Sweet Tomatoes and then went to Crowne Center (shops, dining, and the headquarters of Hallmark). That night we went to dinner at Jack Stack BBQ, movie (He's Just Not That Into You), and dessert at the Cheesecake Factory. Saturday morning we had spa pedicures, lunch at Panera Bread, and shopped at the mall all afternoon. Saturday night, Jenny's husband, Chris, made us a great Asian dinner. Then we played Wii with the boys and watched Nights In Rodanthe. Sunday we went to church and relaxed most of the day.

Thanks for the great time Jenny! And thanks Chris for putting up with all the "girl time"! I feel so lucky to have such great sisters! Even though we are all unique, we really are similar. I'm so glad that we can be so close. Love you guys!

Crown Center with Nathan and Liam
Hallmark "Bow Making Machine"





Me, Susan, Jenny

Coloring with the boys. I still love coloring.



Saturday, March 07, 2009

Well, it's that time again. Tom and I have to speak in church tomorrow! I try and work on it a little each day. But, now that it's down to crunch time it seems like I've been thinking of all kinds of reasons not to work on it... like blogging! Oh how I wish I could just get up and give a talk without worrying, stressing, and being extremely nervous! But, that isn't me and probably never will be! I guess you have to look on the bright side and think about all the things you learn, which always seems to be a lot.

On to a different topic! Evan always begs me to take his picture and then he just makes faces! So here are just a few of the crazy faces he makes:

First video: Evan has this Sesame Street Sings Karaoke video that he likes. The other day we watched it and then he got the bright idea that we should "play" karaoke. He insisted that I sit down like I was the audience and he even used a diaper box as his "stage". Then we all had to take turns singing our songs. Too bad you don't get to see the video of me singing!



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Next video: Jordyn has made some GREAT progress when it comes to self feeding. I have to give most of the credit to Jordyn's school. (Her school in Idaho starting working on it with her) They sent home a note saying they were continuing working on getting her to hold onto her spoon. That same day, I was feeding her lunch and she reached out to grab her spoon! She has NEVER done that before (for me at least) and I wasn't even expecting it. Just over the past few days, she's even improved more. She reaches out for her spoon and pulls it to her mouth every single bite. So, enjoy the video of her awesome progress!

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