"In our day to day actions, it is often the small and simple things that will have a long-lasting impact. What we say, how we act, and how we choose to react will influence not only ourselves but also those around us. We can build up, or we can tear down." -Per G. Malm

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Things you don't expect....

You don't expect your 3 year old to flop down on your bed at 7:30 in the morning on a Saturday and say things like, "Mom, I am sick and tired of making my bed."
Or when she looks at the back of the camera to see her picture and says, "thats not too bad."

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Cost of Beauty

Emily: Mom I swallowed my spit

Me: Do you want a drink of water honey?

Emily: NO! It will mess up my lip gloss

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Snowman Envy

We finally got the right snow at our house to make a snowman. Emily and I worked really hard and were proud of our snowman with grape eyes and carrot nose. (The little carrots sticking out are his arms. She pulled out my sticks and replaced them with baby carrots).

Then that afternoon Grandpa Brock took her out and built this with her.

I feel okay about my snowman because I let her be the architect. I am pretty sure Gpa did most of the work here....


A week before Brock's birthday I decided to throw him a birthday party. I actually wanted to throw an extravaganza but there were some key factors hindering this idea. So I settled for a family party. I made some phone calls and put my plan into action. The 27th of February (the Saturday before Brock's birthday) I had my dad get Brock out of the house. I think he took him home teaching. While he was gone I hurried up and made his birthday linner. That is not a typo. A linner is a late lunch; early dinner. He loves these really easy chili cheese enchiladas. His step mom brought a 7 layer Mexican dip and chips, his mom brought a vegetable and I made a salad to go with. Yumm-O!Then I decorated. Emily and I had made the sign earlier in the week for craft time. She painted and I stenciled. All the while the guests are showing up. When grandma got to the house I borrowed her car and picked up the balloon bouquet from The Party Outlet.

He didn't suspect a thing and was surprised when he got home. We all hid around the corner by the stairs and jumped out at him.
The girls LOVE to help open presents.

And here is his cake chocolate with chocolate frosting (his favorite) complete with 30 candles. Emily and I made it on Friday and hid it in the food storage closet.

We had so much fun. Finally we are both in our 30's.

Two girls and a blanket

This is one of the girls' most favorite past times. They crawl into a blanket and get swung back and forth like a pendulum. I absolutely LOVE the giggles and squeals that go with it.