Friday, April 10, 2009

My wonderfully talented and handsome husband is going to portray Jesus Christ in the musical presentation of "The Garden" tonight and tomorrow night. He tried on his full costume today and I asked him to go outside with me so that I could take a few pictures. At first he was a little hesitant. He didn't want to wear his "dress" outside for all the neighbors to see, but he loves me and wanted to make me happy! So here is my favorite picture. I am hoping to get a few more this evening. If anyone in the area is interested in attending, it will be tonight and tomorrow (4/10 - 4/11) at the Van Maren building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The address is: 7009 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights, CA, 95621 and the show starts at 7:30 pm both nights!!!

Easter Egg Adventures

Today, for the first time ever, we dyed easter eggs at my house. It was really fun and the kids had a marvelous time with some friends that came over. We ended up coloring over 4 dozen eggs.

My favorite kind was the tye-dye kit. It was really fun. The kids would put a few drops of the color gel on the egg and then use a plastic bag to spread it around and mix the colors together. It was really neat and it was more fun than just dipping their eggs into the cups.

Amazingly enough with 9 kids dying eggs we managed NO spills!! I was shocked and so was my friend, Kim, mom to the other 3 kids.

At one point we lost Nephi. We looked all over the house and found him actually under the kitchen table eating an egg that he had dropped on the floor, shell and all! He sure got angry when I tried to take the egg away to peel off the shell!

Helaman loved eating the eggs so much that he wouldn't even wait for the dye to dry before busting the egg open. Gloria was the funniest! She wanted to eat the eggs so I began to peel one for her and she said that she wanted to eat the outside part (the shell) because the inside was "too squishy to eat." David and I had a good laugh at that one! Once we explained that you were not supposed to eat the shell - and it really took a lot of convincing - she was willing to give the "squishy" part a try and she ended up liking it.

So, we have successfully completed the first egg dying adventure. When we were almost done Helaman said, "Mom this is really fun. Maybe we could do it again sometime?" Vilate or Faith (I can't remember which) responded with, "Yeah, next year!" I'm glad that it all went so well!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Go to BED!!!

I'm not ready for kids that stay up late. I just cannot handle that yet. I need a few more years of kids that go to bed at 7, when I tell them to. But, that is not gonna happen...Faith and Hyrum are now 10 and 8 1/2 years old and they are night owls.

Last night I put the kids to bed at 8:15 and Hyrum was sure mad. He thought that since they are on Spring Break he should get to stay up as late as he wants. Okay, I totally understand that, but really I need a break from kids sometime. So, I ignored his begging to stay up late and I shut them all in their rooms. Nephi and I fell asleep on the couch and I was woken up at 9:15 by Hyrum and Faith saying they were bored and couldn't sleep. I tried for the next 30 minutes to force them to go to bed, but with no success. I totally admit it, I am a pushover and I really don't follow thru as much as I should and the kids know that. So, I caved. I started on the computer, working on my homework for my music class and while I did it, Hyrum was sitting on the kitchen table. I looked over and he was drawing a moustache on his face. It was really funny. Then I gave him a marker and he started to draw a beard. By this point Faith and I were dying laughing at him. He was loving being the entertainer and he just kept coloring. By the end his face was covered in gray marker and then David walked in from his practice. Poor David was confused. I think he thought that I was not quite paying attention to Hyrum, little did he know that I had actually handed over the marker to Hyrum so that he would leave me alone for a few minutes while I worked on my homework. I thought it was no big deal, we are on spring break from school and church isn't for a few more days so I was sure that it would eventually wear off. Good news: it washed off in the sink, but not before I snapped a few pictures!!

Oreo Cookies

My kids and husband all love cookies and milk! Who doesn't?
Well the other night they were all at the table and I couldn't help but snap a few pictures of the silliness that I saw going on....Nephi spilled his cup on the table (lucky for us he only had a very small amount of milk) and then he proceeded to dip his cookie in the milk on the table....who needs a cup? I guess in the future I should just dump his milk on the table and then I will have one less dish to wash!
Gloria is a fan of the "frosting" in the middle, but not really of the cookies. When she is done, there are always cookies spread around her spot with no frosting on them. It is hilarious. Occasionally she will surprise us by eating the cookies, but that is a rare thing.

Baseball starts with a bang!

March 28th was the opening day for our baseball league. We started off with a pancake breakfast. Because we knew that it was going to be a long day I enlisted the help of a friend to watch Gloria and Nephi during the opening ceremonies. Last year we took all the kids and it was crazy! We left our house around 7:30am, dropped off the kids and headed to the ballpark. The pancake breakfast was great!

Then it was time to line up with your team and then go onto the Senior's field. The kids all marched on with their teams and then sat for about 30 minutes with their teams while certain individuals were recognized and the first pitches were thrown. Then David headed off to his practice for The Garden and the kids and I headed over to get their team pictures done. As soon as pictures were done, we started over to the car, it was about 11am by this time and we were ready for a break. As we began the trek to the car I started to look for my keys...ummm....they weren't in my pocket. It was then that I remembered putting them into my purse and then hiding my purse behind the driver's side chair in my car...I didn't want to have to carry it around. The keys were locked in the car and David was about 30 minutes away! UGH!!!! The kids were really mad and Helaman was very scared. I have NEVER before locked my keys in the car. I started to laugh! Why not? Crying wasn't gonna help anyone. Lucky for me I had $20 in my pocket. We could have walked home, but had no keys to get in the house and Faith was on crutches, 1 mile on crutches didn't sound like a lot of fun to me, or her.

I called my friend Natasha and told her what was going on and asked her to drop off my kids at the ballpark when it was convenient for her. The kids and I watched multiple games and were even able to go and watch a friend's first T-Ball game. We had a good time, although if you ask the kids they might give you a different account. Natasha brought the kids by and then another friend, Tina, drove by and we started talking. She, being the greatest friend EVER, volunteered to drive out to David and pick up his keys so that I could get into my car.

Tina dropped her girls off with me (if you are keeping count - by this time I had 8 kids and was down to $10) and proceeded out to get the keys. The kids and I headed over to the snack shack and got snocones...really healthy lunch, I know! Tina got back at 2pm and I got the car and the kids and I dropped off Gloria at her friend's birthday party and headed home just in time to grab the equipment bags and go back to the ballpark and play our games. David met us back at the ballpark just in time for the first game! Then I took Faith to Michael's (craft store) to spend the money that was burning a hole in her pocket, and I made it back to the game to snap a few pictures then I had to go and drop off the present for Glo's friend and pick her up. We made it to the last game in record time, and it was fantastic! When the game ended, everyone was STARVING and we, once again, visited the snack shack for their really healthy delicious treats. Dinner consisted of hot dogs and nachos. Then it was FINALLY time to go home!!!

So, opening ceremonies turned into a entire day thing and, while I am glad that I don't EVER have to live that day over again, I really had a good time! We got home I threw the kids in the bath and sent everyone to bed! I needed a break!!!!!!