Thursday, January 19, 2017

Nap Musings

I made my Grandma's bread again. 
I don't know what it is, but when I make her bread recipe, I feel like a freaking champion.
I sent a picture to my Dad, as a good daughter should. It was pretty darn good, and I'm getting better at it. I realized recently that I was letting it rise for too long, and so I had to make it again to test my theory. I was correct (naturally).
It's amazing how I can just sit there and think about recipes. I don't crazy love to cook or bake, but it's a big part of my job, and the better I am at it, the more I like it. I like the problem solving aspect of it. I think that's why budgeting has become such a fun thing to me. I never thought I'd say it, but I love paying bills, because it's fun. I like the numbers (which is also something I never thought I'd say). A couple of weeks ago I presented the Double B with our new proposed 2017 budget for his acceptance or tweaking, and it got the thumbs up first try! Woot. But now I'm a little sad I have no new numbers to tweek.
Basically, for fun I think about recipes, budgets, and new diseases I'm probably dying from. What can I say? I'm a well-rounded and delightful individual. 
Yesterday I got a root canal. Every girls dream. But the awesome great news is, I found a dentist I love! He is nice, he is funny, he didn't make me feel like poo for having teeth that do their best but are "D" students, and it was the least pain ever for a root canal. He stayed right on top of the pain and sent me home with a prescription for lots of drugs. The lady at the Costco pharmacy was CLEARLY suspicious of me and asked kind of rude questions about what I would need those drugs for since I just had dental work. When I told the Double B, he was so mad at that lady! He was ready to march down to Costco and tell on her. Which makes me feel both dainty and protected, as is acceptable even though I'm a feminist. This morning my new dentist even called to check on me and make sure I'd been able to sleep last night. Dental dream boat, ladies and gentlemen. Yes, good sir, I will happily pay for your retirement! 
Well, I've been blogging on my phone laying on KJ's bed, waiting for Benson to fall asleep for my well-deserved nap break. He's asleep, and my job here is done. 

And... scene. 

Missy Foo Foo Turns Ten

Olivia turned ten. I sure wish she wouldn't grow up, but she keeps doing it, anyway! 
She had fancy pancakes for breakfast and Daddy and I picked her up from school for her birthday lunch. She picked Costco! Ha ha. A slice of cheese pizza, a drink, and a vanilla yogurt for the win. 
All she wanted party wise was her BFF Hadley to come over and have a scavenger hunt, which I did indeed accomplished (world's best mom, I guess!). They had a fun afternoon playing their pie in the face game and playing with their American Girl dolls. 
She picked Raising Cane's for dinner, based on her deep love of chicken strips. Daddy has no use for cluckers these days, so he was a martyr to the cause. Only fries and root beer for him, but he (almost) took it like a champion. 
Our other almost champion was Benson, whose life was ruined when Daddy wouldn't let him take off his shoes in the restaurant. He's like me and has absolutely no use for foot covering. So not being allowed to remove them was deeply emotional, as you can imagine. 
It was such a fun day. We love our kids and we are thankful they have good friends. 
Olivia is a profound joy to us. She is a darling girl -- charming, imaginative, and so extremely funny. And honestly, a talented rapper! She is one of the great loves of my life. She has my heart. 
And since ten is as old as my children are ever allowed to get, she'll be ten forever. Great plan, Marie. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Auld Lang Syne

The end of the 2016 has come upon us. 
It's always interesting to look back on the year. This one was a successful one for our family. It came with several big jolts, some just challenging and some very painful. It was at many times a hard year mentally. It was a good year with lots of very happy and sweet moments. My children grew and changed and are thriving beautifully. My husband has found continued success at work. We are striving more all the time to be wise stewards. And me, I'm still here, figuring it out. In many ways and in many moments, it's been great. 
Looking forward to many more adventures ahead...

Christmas 2016

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...
Christmas morning aftermath. 
Santa pulled through for us once again. Everyone received gifts they enjoyed and the most reasonable amount of sleep yet. 
Everyone came over for breakfast, we enjoyed church, visited Grandma B and exchanged gifts. 
It was a perfect Christmas day. I loved it so much. When I went in to check on the kids that night they were happily snoring away... in their fancy new sleep masks. My heart smiled. 

Christmas Eve

We went up to Grandma's the Tuesday before Christmas to support Mariah in some things and since the kids were out of school, we decided to go up and have Christmas with the family. It was lots of fun -- the only downside of this is that Benson was under the weather the whole week and I've never seen him so out of control and hard to help. It was both tragic and aggravating for everyone! Here he is sleeping behind the couch after throwing an epic fit. Grandma was watching him for a minute when it happened and couldn't coax him out. When I got back I just cracked up! What a handful. 
Since we'd be at Grandma's for Christmas Eve dinner, we went out for our annual dinner on the 23rd. We took our parents and Ben's Mom and we went to a Japanese hibachi grill. It was so fun to watch the kids experience that! Definitely a very special treat. 

Christmas Eve we relaxed and cooked and all gathered in the late afternoon. 
It was our first time being at my families Christmas Eve dinner in five years. It was so magical to be there! 
The Christmas spirit was strong and the company was great and the food was delicious! 
KJ and Addie officially graduated to the big table. These two are two peas in a pod. 
We played a fun game opening a gift with mittens on and a hilarious game we called "poop the potato" where we had to carry potatoes between our legs and drop them in buckets. Honestly so, so funny. Trina and Sil are the all time Champs. 
Both the kids and the grownups had fun with this one. 
Benson was playing with my phone and got this picture of three generations of feet. His, mine, and Grandma's. I totally love it, but I'm funny like that. 
The kids climbed into bed hoping Santa would appear! And late that night, the most magical sight of all... snow! It would be a white Christmas after all. I was so excited, because I knew how thrilled the kids would be. It was magic. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fact: I Am Brave

I flew in a helicopter!
I know. You're shocked. I am, too.
But I am so glad that I had the chance to go and that I didn't chicken out, because it was freaking awesome. 
We flew on New Years Eve. My parents gave Matt the flight to celebrate his graduation as a nurse practitioner. I got to fly with him, my Mom, and my pilot brother Nick. It was so fun to go together and it was the most magical way to say goodbye to one year and hello to another. 
Tuacahn Center for the Arts, where I went to High School. This was really amazing flying up that red rock canyon and then over Snow Canyon, but also the most nervous part for me because, giant cliffs. So awesome. 
Snow Canyon. 
We flew over Sand Hollow reservoir, St. George, Snow Canyon, Red Cliffs, Quail Lake, La Verkin (everyone at Mom's came out and shouted and waved, it was so cute to see), and Hurricane. It was awesome. 
You can see the St. George temple here. We flew right over it, and it was beautiful. 
There was a low cloud shelf that day and we were flying through mist at the top of some of those cliffs. It was awesome and such an amazing memory. 
I felt like a real adventurer. I just love it so very much when Brave Marie is more powerful and awesome then Sissy Marie. Go, Brave Marie, Go! Onward to new adventures. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Quote Book

The funny things my children say is one of my very favorite parts of being a Mom. These people are hilarious. I try to document, and since I usually have my phone handy, that's where I write it all down, then screen shot it for future generations. Sometimes it takes awhile to get it in the old blog, but here we go. 

Katelyn: "Don't you wish that noise would SHUT UP???"
Ben and I just cracked up. Yes. Yes, we did. 

Olivia: "Mom, how do you make this soft?"
She wanted a bowl of rice and milk, but didn't realize you have to cook the rice first. Couldn't figure out why it was so crunchy. Ha ha. 

Olivia -- (contemplatively) "I'd like to know the secret of freckle families."

Olivia -- (after seeing a picture of Mariah's new side buzz hair cut) "I am deeply upset with her. She is gonna get it!"
KJ: (after being the recipient of toddler anger) "Benson threw that dinosaur at my head -- savagely!"

We were reminiscing about the time KJ got stuck in the bathroom at the Sperry family Christmas party and was saved by Liv and Leighna. 
Olivia: "We were just casually walking by to get
Some sausage wrapped in bacon."
KJ told us how scared he was "That teaches you humility!"
Grandma: "Yes it does, I've been locked in an elevator!"
Ha ha. 

Olivia: "My fans loved it!"
This is about her coming up with her 4th grade class business slogan 'Why Not Y-Ties.'

Katelyn: (overheard during a fight with -- who else -- KJ) "I'm your sister! I'm almost the last one! I'VE HAD TROUBLED TIMES IN MY LIFE!!!"

Olivia, commenting on her Dad's reaction to something: "He doesn't have a sense of humor." Totally dead-panned. I died! 

Double B: "I'm glad I didn't, because it was a lot of fun figuring it out." 
On not knowing he would grow up and fall in love with me. Aaaaaw!
Katelyn: "But Saturday is the funnest day of life!!!"
Feeling distress that the funnest day of life was over. 

Katelyn: "I just really love the way he paints."
Very peacefully, laying with Momma watching Bob Ross on Netflix. 

KJ: "That man says 'laundry' really funny. He says it 'lingerie'."
KJ watching Mythbusters and suffering a terrible misunderstanding about what those two words mean. He was pretty pink when I explained that lingerie is, in fact, different from laundry. But I thought it was probably better to hear it from mom then in a social situation! 

Olivia: "You don't need to have a healthy mouth if you have a spiritual mouth!"
Her response to the story of how my last dentist was mean about my joke teeth but did invite me to go get a drink with friends. 

Olivia: (on getting older and how mom doesn't like that) "I'm sorry, I dishonor the family." Ha! 

Kate: "That is not the B-detty way."
Trying to manuever a way out of sharing with Ty at Aunt Trina's house. 

Olivia: "My Dad said it's okay because he wants to have grandkids."
On why she's allowed to grow up. 

This year Uncle Jonnie told Liv that Santa voted for Trump (I don't know why. But the conversation is cute.)
Jonnie: "Santa voted for Trump."
Liv: "What? No he didn't."
Jonnie: "Yes he did."
Liv: "No... I think he voted for a third party candidate."
Ha! Ha! Ha! #proudmom

Olivia: "Santa's a very classy man, isn't he."
Christmas morning bliss. 

Olivia: "You can hot glue the tent to the ground!"
Giving ideas on how KJ can use some of his Christmas gifts. 

These are CLEAR FROM LAST SUMMER AND FALL (2015!) But they're going on here anyway, because they're classic. 

KJ: "We call them the Up-All-Nighters." Referring to grandma's crazy neighbors who were -- apparently -- up all night. 

Katelyn: "I promise I will never touch a bad guys spindle! Because if you touch a bad guys spindle you will not follow Jesus Christ!"

Olivia: "I want to grow taller then Benson when I grow up -- it's one of my main goals. So I've got to drink lots of milk -- starting now!"

Olivia: "Love is an opportunity."
She said this after us talking about how I choose  to love daddy every day and how he chooses to love me. BB and I dropped our jaws. I find this very profound. 

Katelyn: "So when you go potty does the baby get dirty?" 
Trying to figure out how a baby really grows in a mom's tummy and really comes out between her legs. So darn cute. 

KJ: "Okay. I'm not so sure about Lady Gaga."
After listening to one of her songs on the radio. I get it, son. 

Kate OR Liv: (I'm not sure, because it would work for both) "Will Daddy be home soon? It's time for my daily tickling!"
Sure love these little people.