Thursday, March 17, 2016

Non-Taco Tuesday, Zumba & Pinewood derby races...

For some strange reason, being sick last week made me motivated to get this kid out of his crib. He's ready for his freedom and I'm ready for him to have it! He's a good little sleeper, so why not, right? I just took off that side and just like that, he's a big boy! He LOVES it!
I hadn't seen Heather for a while, so we decided to give Taco Tuesday a try again. We went religiously every Tuesday last year for a good few months. Our favorite is the Taco Truck downtown right outside Sweet Frosting Cupcake shop. So, it's only natural that we get taco's and a cupcake. My favorite memory of doing this with Heather was a few years ago when I was helping her plan Madison's wedding. We were going to check out the mansion in Browne's addition that she wanted to have the reception at, and since we were driving right by downtown, we had to stop at our fav place! :) I think she had called me last minute to come with her, so I was still in my pj's. Well, my sweats and very UN fancy clothes. Jackson didn't even have any shoes on. But we stopped. So, I had to carry Jackson in the place. No biggie. But on the way out I had a box of cupcakes in one hand and my child in the other, and he was starting to slip. They were making fun of me because I wouldn't risk losing the cupcakes, but my very own flesh and blood was slowly sliding off my body! :) Luckily, he survived. Anyway....back to the present...Heather and I headed to our favorite joint. We may have decided to get the cupcakes first this time. he he... And while we were there, we noticed that they sell sandwiches now, so we just decided to do that, and we didn't do our taco truck. The sammy was SO good! I think we may have discovered a new favorite. :) Another funny story, is that Jackson didn't want a cupcake, and he wanted the macaroons. I asked the lady how much they cost, and I swear she said 69 cents. So, he wanted a variety of colors, so I let him choose a few, and I think he chose 5, and I figured he could share them with Taylor. I personally can't stand them, but I think he just liked the colors. Anyway, I go to check out, and it comes up to be a lot more than I had anticipated. So, I asked her again how much the macaroons were, and low and behold they are 2.25 a pop!!! So, Jackson got $12 worth of macaroons that day. Total waste! :( sad face. But it was a fun outing and so great to catch up with Heather. I love her so much!
That night, I had been asked by my friend in the Evergree ward, Sandy Ross to ask Nadia Appleton in our ward to see if she would come do a Zumba class for their young women. I knew that Nadia doesn't speak English at all, so I knew I was going to have to come and translate. So, I had to run out to Post Falls and pick up Nadia, because she also doesn't drive that distance, only around town, and bring her to the church and translate. It was actually really fun. It was long, and the kids were going crazy, but it was fun to watch Nadia in her element. She is SO good! It actually made me want to try Zumba. I had to snap a few pics. It was also fun to be with the Evergreen girls. I know so many of them from camp, and then of course, Avery was there and she is like my second daughter, so that was fun!
I also learned that the Cumbia is a dance that started in Colombia by the slaves, and so you'll notice that in the steps there is usually one leg lagging behind and that is because on the slaves, that was the leg that was in the shackle! Crazy, huh!
I kept on telling Taylor that we were heading to Milton-Freewater to see Aunt Kathy and Uncle Scott in a few weeks, and she was so excited, that she made them this card at school. I had to take a picture of it before she gave it to them. We are going down in a few weeks for Stormee's baby shower.
I am so glad I got this picture of Tucker's black pinewood derby car. It would be it's first and last. Ben and Tucker had been working on this thing for days. And it was sitting so nicely on our kitchen counter ready for the Pinewood Derby on Wednesday night when we got home from school that day. Then Ben got home from work early to help put the finishing touches on it before the derby. I'm not even exactly sure what went down, but somehow Ben did something as he was trying to make it better that actually ruined it. Whatever he did, he couldn't fix. Desperate since it was so last minute, and if we didn't get to the church soon, he wouldn't be able to weigh in, he grabbed his car from last year. LUCKILY Tucker has a great sense of humor about things like that, and while he was upset a little, I could tell, he was mostly giving his dad a hard time for ruining his car. He still had a fun night!
My beautiful view on the way to the church for the pinewood derby... It's always so much prettier in person...

It was really funny, on their first race, the boys were asked to introduce their car, their inspiration, etc..whatever they wanted to say about their car. Tucker got up and said, something like, this is called my car from last year because my dad ruined my car this year! :) Everyone was laughing at that one!


And at the end, they each got an award. Tucker's award was 'Best Design' AKA...we are making these up for each kid, and this sounded good! :) ha ha. I'm just so glad that he has a great sense of humor and can take these kinds of set backs in stride. He really is such a great kid! And he still had a fun night and I'm super proud of him for that!
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Next up is Portland! Woo-Hoo! We are heading out Friday to Portland for Britanee's wedding! SO excited to have a little getaway with our little fam!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Gma visit, getting sick, play group & date night...

Since grandma was in town and had to stay a few days extra for a Dr. appointment we decided to party. We spent a good part of Monday just recovering from the weekend. These two love to snuggle.
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 My cute little cheeser.  Ben cut his hair this weekend and I was SO mad! It made me so sad. I loved my long haired boy!
 We decided to take the kids to a movie on Monday afternoon because Tucker had been begging me to take him to Star Wars. We had wanted to go to it since Christmas Break and I figured it was high time. I was surprised that it was still in the theater.  So, while I took Tucker to Star Wars, my mom took Jackson and Taylor and her friend Lyndsay. I even took Tucker out of school early to be able to go. And it was so fun. He loved it, and we had a great time together. I was glad to have this time with him. And it was so nice to have grandma here to take the littles to the kiddy movie. Lyndsay's mom had texted me to take her after school, and we were happy to have her join.
These cute kids were happy to be on a fun afternoon movie date with grandma and mama.
 I didn't get a good photo of Tucker and I, and I tried to get one of the girls, and this was the best one I got! :)
 I sure do love this boy of mine. And, like I put on Instagram: 'Because some days you just need to skip school and go to the Star Wars movie that your mom has been promising to take you to since Christmas break! Yes, it was both our first time seeing it, yes, we are the last people on the planet to FINALLY see it, yes, we had the theater to ourselves and yes, we both loved it!'                                         
 That afternoon we got to see Tay Tay do her thang at gymnastics. I love this girl so much. She is so good at gymnastics. She keeps her body tight and toes pointed, and I am so impressed at how far she's come in the last year, it's so amazing to me!
 That night for FHE, grandma wanted to take us to Chuck E Cheese. Papa and Kathryn met us there and we had a great time. It's funny, because I was remembering when I would take Tucker to Chuck E Cheese at this age, and I would seriously take like 50 photos of him playing there. Poor third child. :) I did bust out my camera for a few good ones. The boy is obsessed with basketball and wanted to do this with grandma the entire time. Grandma didn't mind, and it was so cute to watch how excited he would get at making shots.
 I love this boy so much!
 Tuesday we took grandma to lunch at Cafe Rio. We were both in the mood for it, even though I hadn't been there in so long.
These two sure do love their grammie:
 We also did a little shopping that afternoon. I do love me some shopping while my mama is in town! :)

 Got some new kicks, and I was so happy! :)
Wednesday morning I woke up like any normal day and got to work on the house because it was destroyed from the weekend with grandma and the family here. And I started cleaning and cleaning. I noticed like half way through the day that I wasn't feeling so hot. My stomach would drop here and there and I wasn't interested in eating AT ALL! No big deal, I pushed through it.
On the way to pick up Tucker, I seriously thought I was going to have to pull over on the side of the road to puke. Luckily, I didn't. I puked right when I got home. Ugh! I spent the rest of the night puking and in bed! Ben came home early from work and we both skipped out on Youth that night, which I was actually sad about because we were going to the Mission home to talk to the Mission president and his wife.
Here are some treasures we found while cleaning up the house. I forgot Jackson had gotten this at a birthday party he went to while I was in Florida. I had put it away and we found it. It was actually pretty cute. He went to a dinosaur party and they got to bring home this Tupperware full of sand full of those little plastic dinosaurs to dig out. It entertained them while I was sick!



 So, funny story...the next day I woke up feeling a lot better. I got up, got the kids out the door to school and started finishing cleaning up the house since I didn't get to all of it on Wednesday. I was cleaning toilets, and scrubbing floors and folding laundry. Jackson was in his diaper on my bed watching a show, I was just in an oversized sweatshirt of Ben's and after all that exertion, I kind of wore myself out. Probably around 11 or so I decided to just lay down and rest for a bit because I was feeling a little light headed. Totally didn't mean to fall asleep or anything, but I must have dozed off for a bit because I all of the sudden jolted awake and looked at the clock and it said 12:18. Since it was late start, Taylor gets out of school at 12:10. But I had it in my head that she got out at 12:15, probably because I just kind of always give myself 5 minutes, and think I'll be ok if I'm 5 minutes late. But in my head, that turned into 12:15, so I was thinking I had time to run to the school and get her. I grabbed Jackson, only in his diaper and I ran downstairs! No bra, no pants, no shoes. I hopped in the van and took off. I didn't have time to do anything because I knew I was already cutting it close.  Well, of course, on my way there, my phone rings. It's the office. They have Taylor in the office. I said to her, oh, I'm so sorry I didn't think I was going to be that late! And she said to me, well, Kris, the duty, only had 3 minutes out there with them before she has to come in to help with lunch, so you should probably start planning on being here 5 minutes early rather than 5 minutes late! :) haha! I was dying! Lesson learned from the secretary! :) So....I had to turn around, go home to put some pants, a bra and some shoes on! :) Such a wonderful mother moment, I was so proud of myself! :) ha ha. I had to laugh about it, because what else can you do in those situation? right?!
On a side note, when I did hop in my car to get Taylor, Ben had left this on my seat in the van. Isn't this so sweet? He knows I love me some Cranberries, and they just came out with this new CD, Roses. I am so out of the loop on the music scene these days, but he is totally up to snuff on what's happening in the music world and good new (and old) music. What a sweetheart-I just love him!! :)
Also, something I have noticed since we moved in, but I don't know if it was the sickness and being stuck in the house, along with the deep cleaning mode I was in, but these light switches. I just don't understand why EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR ROOMS upstairs has to have a different type of light switch. Is this weird to anyone else? :) ha ha! So random!




Luckily, Thursday night I started feeling great, and I was ready to tackle playgroup the next day. Of course, it was at our house the week I get sick! :) So, I didn't prepare a lot, but they're three year olds, so I wasn't too concerned! :) Usually I just throw them downstairs for a bit and they have a great time! We did some St. Patrick day coloring pages and had yummy snacks. This picture cracks me up because Cambria refused to smile. She looks so sad and depressed, but she is so cute and sweet! :) All of these little cuties are so fun. It's been a fun year in playgroup, even if I do forget about it about half the the weeks! :) ha ha
We had George for a little extra time at our house while Dori had a Dr. appointment. It was so fun and the boys love each other so much. It was so cute, I just heard them saying 'cheers, cheers' over and over again. I looked down and they were cheering their drinks and then drinking over and over again.
It was really cute!
Friday night was pretty low key. Ben went on a man date with Jared. I stayed home with these turds and we built ourselves a pretty freaking awesome little people city. I need to get down and play more. I played with Tucker every single day, all day. These poor two second and third children they have each other and I don't get down with them nearly enough! But I sure do love them!
This boy LOVES to put on make up with me. He is such a great little helper! :) ha ha
I also taught Taylor the great art of friendship bracelets. Something that took up many a hours in my years of ages 10-15. It was fun to do it with Taylor and teach her. She is just like me in that sense, she loves anything crafty or creative.
Saturday night was date night. We were supposed to go to Laserquest with the Mortensens and DaBells, but Meg got a concussion that morning at dance practice. (Evergreen Ward's RS birthday dinner in March and they always do a dance skit. Janette was asked to put together a dance, and somehow I was roped into it. I was supposed to be at that dance practice that morning, but was skipping it in my bed sleeping...shh....don't tell. Anyway, her and Marianne bonked heads!) :) So, she wasn't up for the laserquest thing.  We went downtown to MOD pizza which is totally yummy! Walked around Nordstroms for a bit, and ended the night at FroYo arm wrestling. It was totally fun and we are so lucky to have such great friends! :) Even doing the most casual thing like walking around Nordstroms is a GREAT time. Ben even got to sit next to a homeless person at MOD downtown! :) He sat down right next to him and mumbled to himself the whole time and even got up and walked out with us when we left, we all thought that he was maybe coming with us, but he went his own way. :)
These arm wrestling matches were pretty epic, I tell ya! :) I love our friends!



 Sunday night Michelle Cartagena texted me these pictures from BYD at their house. I love our branch. I love the great people that we get to work with. Ben and I have to rotate who goes to BYD, most of the time it's him because Yulissa can usually always go and Jared most of the time can't. At least this time he got to play pool out of it! :) ha ha
 Dan, Juan, Ben , Anibal...
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Visiting Family....TOFW & Gymnastics

This week was pretty run of the mill. Nothing too exciting, but the whole point of this blog is for my kids, to remind them one day that we had a great little life and to remind them of the fun things we did, even if they were mundane sometimes.
Monday night started with Family Home Evening. Since it is Leap Year, I decided it would be fun to do a little Leap Year time capsule thing. Not a total time capsule, but just like some questions and answers from our kids and put them in an envelope. It was pretty fun.
Here's is Ben helping Jackson fill out his form.
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And we had to take a family selfie to put in there, too! :)
After that, and dinner, we roasted some marshmallows. I love hanging out with my little family. I want them to remember that we had fun together as a family.


This week at school was Dr. Seuss week to celebrate his birthday. The kids were encouraged to bring all their Dr. Seuss books to school and we realized that we have a lot of Dr. Seuss books, and I don't even think that this is all of them. I want them to remember that we loved to read together.
Tuesday was crazy socks day and we tried to get a shot before school.
Jackson always likes to help me get ready in the mornings...

I want them to remember we enjoyed the little things.
Tuesday night Ben and I went to the Dave Ramsey seminar and it was pretty good. I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would. We went with Kirt and Emily, and that is always a treat. :) Emily really enjoyed herself that night.  Dave Ramsey was really good, I thought. And I want to remember a funny story. Dave was so inspiring that night that at the end of it, I was telling Ben that we should pay off our house soon. It is our only debt that we have left, and I asked Ben if he thought we could pay off our house in 5 years and be debt free. And he was like, YEA, we totally could, and I was like, ok, what do we have to do? All excited. And he said, well, the kids would have stop all of their extracurricular activities, like sports and piano etc... And I immediately responded, nope. no. not happening. He immediately started laughing at me and my response to that. We will one day be debt free and hopefully it will be soon.
I want my kids to know that we tried to be good with money and worked really hard to create a stable financial home for them.
Wednesday was Wacky Wednesday. We tried our best to make them as wacky as possible.

Jackson, of course, had to have her picture taken, too.
I love this stage with the kids where they enjoy doing the fun things like this. I want them to remember that I was a fun mom that encouraged things like this.
Wednesday night was Young Women's. Woo-Hoo! :) They made modest dresses out of random things. Tin Foil, Newspapers, Tissue Paper, etc... Kylah was the beautiful tin foil model.
The tin foil dress unfortunately ripped before the picture, but you can see it in the big ball there, but here were the others. I was so impressed with some of them, they were all beautiful!
I want them to remember that I magnified my callings, and worked hard at them.
Ben had had the Young Men at our house for their activity and I came home and casually went to work on something on my computer, and found this guy just hanging out right in front of me. I screamed so loud! It was a prank by my wonderful husband! He has to always keep me on my toes.
Thursday morning Papa stopped by to say hi and hang with Jacksy and I. We always love it when Papa comes to play. I want the kids to remember how fun it was to live close to Papa and the great time we always had when he visited and how lucky we are to have him close.

Then I tried to get things done around the house. Like fold laundry. But this little turd is my anti-helper. He is such a little stinker and purposefully gets in my way to impede my work. Sometimes I just have to stop and nibble on him he's so cute!

I want my kids to remember that I atleast TRIED to keep the house clean and the household chores done. It might not always happen, but by golly, I try! :)
Sunrise had a guest author come in and read to them. I didn't even know who the guy was, or his books, but it inspired Taylor to come home and write her own book. No, we don't have a dog named Max, but this sure was a cute book. Tucker helped her with the words on each page. I just love my little creative girl.
Thursday night my mom got in town and we went to Kjersti's baby shower. She is having a little girl in May, I believe. She looked so cute pregnant, she is glowing. I just love the round pregnancy glow.
Cousins and aunts. Rachel came in for it, and Josett flew up all the way from Texas. All of us were going to Time Out for Women the next day, too! Taylor sure did love hanging out with the big girls all night. We stayed out way to late chatting. But it's just too fun to have fun cousins in town.
The Maughan ladies. All pregnant right now. KJ is 27 weeks, Josett is 17 weeks and Rachel announced that she was 7 weeks! :) So fun! I want my kids to remember what a wonderful family we have. Even extended family. And that I love them so very much!
Friday was Sunrise day and the kids were supposed to wear their sunrise gear. They looked too cute together to pass up a photo op.
Of course, Tucker always teasing Taylor...
And her just loving on him...
I love it when my mom is in town because I get to go into the kids school and I have someone to watch Jackson. I went to help in Tucker's class that morning, but also stopped into Taylor's class on my way to say hi. Her and Giles. Cute little buddies...
Of course, the one morning that I get to work in the class room, they are having a Dr. Seuss assembly. And the School Superintendent was there. The kids had won a chance to cover him in a Chocolate Sundae. So, that is what I got to do for an hour. Attend this wonderful assembly! :) ha ha. Wish I would have planned that better, not that elementary assemblies are awful or anything! :)
I did get to go to recess with this guy, though. And that totally made up for it. I got to play wall ball with him and his buddies, Nico, Kaden and Noah. It was so much fun and I could tell Tucker was in heaven having me there. I want them to remember that I tried to get into the classrooms as much as I could, and that they went to a pretty great elementary school and had wonderful teachers.
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After Taylor was done with school, I picked up grandma and Jackson and we headed to Subway and brought Tucker some lunch. I love being able to visit him at lunchtime. We are kind of like a circus when we do this, but I have to remember that it's worth the hassle and work.
That night my mother and I got to go to Time Out for Women. I was REALLY skeptical about it. And am still not a HUGE fan. I feel like it's a way for these people to sell their items, and I question their sincerity, ya know. But it was fun and it was great to be together with my mommy, auntie and cousins. I love these women.

TOFW...

Friday night there was this speaker named Tim, who runs the operation for saving children involved in sex trafficking. It was a really neat story and a really great thing that he is doing. So, that was really cool. Also, funny story on Friday night, I was taking a picture with my friends, and my mom was taking it, and this random girl walked up to her and asked if we could give her a ride back to her hotel after the session that night. My mom looked at me and said, well, she drove...and I was just stunned. I didn't know what to say.  I'm sure I just looked stunned. That's when my mom finally offered up the info that this girl was from her ward in Milton-Freewater, and knew her. It was just a funny situation because we were all just stunned and even my friends didn't know what to say or think. Anyway, it all worked out and we gave her a ride to her hotel after the session. I felt bad that I had a bad attitude, and maybe that's way I needed to go more. But, I still just didn't LOVE the whole idea of the conference.
The next morning we went back, and I was really not looking forward to being there at 9am. But we went back anyway, and a lady named Lisa Valentine Clark was speaking and I was really excited to see her, too. She is really funny and a 'Mormon mommy blogger/comedian' So, it was really good to hear her.  
I looked over at my mom and Aunt Lorraine and couldn't help but laugh. These mother and aunties that I have are just too funny. My mom is writing all of her notes and checking her march Madness scores on her phone and my aunt is crocheting. They are just themselves no matter what! :)
Me and my mom had to take a selfie on our way out. We had to leave earlier than everyone else because I volunteered to work at the gymnastics meet that was at Taylor's gym. And Amarae was coming up to compete in it.
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That afternoon my mom and I and Taylor headed to the gymnastics meet. It was so much fun to be there watching the older girls compete. They are so good. Taylor was awe struck. This was the first time I've ever been to a competition and since I was volunteering, I got to really figure out how they are run. 
Amarae did so well!
She got 4th place over all and it was fun to see how these cute little cousins just picked right back up even though they hadn't seen each other in a while. I didn't realize how long gymnastics meets are, we were there for 2 hours! And this was only the session for the level 8's. There are sessions all weekend for levels 3-10!
Amarae did so well though, and it was fun to see her in her element. She got 4th overall, and that's pretty dang good!


Oh. My. Gosh. Amelia is such a crack up. She has us all in tears this weekend. She is hilarious. Her and Jackson together were even better. She would just say and do the cutest things and it's obvious that she is used to ruling the roost wherever she goes.

We were going for a picture of all the kids after the meet, and Josh and Tucker had the same idea at the same time, totally separately to photobomb my photo! The punks!
And, of course,Tucker wouldn't cooperate for a photo. As per usual.

To say that these kids were loud and excited to be together on the drive home would be an understatement!
We came over to our house after the meet, and Kjersti and Josett and Rachel and Uncle Brent and Aunt Lorraine met us there. It was fun that we were all together for the same weekend in Spokane and got to hang out together. I'm super sad that I didn't get a photo of all of us cousins together, but I did get one of these cute girls. These girls got along so well, and it was so fun to watch them be such cute little friends. It totally reminded me of me and Alicia when we were their age!
And Jackson just fell in love with Josh. We all love Josh, and Josh was so sweet with Jackson.
Of course, a cousin dance party had to happen!
Sunday morning, Janell had to go compete, she's in level 3 and I was just exhausted, so Ben went to church and the kids and I stayed at home to hang with our cousins. It was a really nice relaxing day. We were ALL really sad when they left that afternoon.
Taylor & Janell:
Oh my gosh, this picture makes me want to cry it's so cute! Jackson & Amelia:
And here's one with me and my buddy Amelia. We became BFF's. I'm not looking the cutest, but man, that little Ameila is the cutest!
And I tried to get a picture of these two turds. But, of course, they wouldn't cooperate.



I just want my kids to remember that life is good. It's not perfect, but it is pretty dang good!