Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bathtub Flashback

When Brayden was younger, he LOVED cars. It was one of his first words and would play and play and play with his cars. Needless to say, he now has quite a collection. However, as he has gotten older, he started liking new and different types of toys. It was like a flashback for me though, when I saw this: Cars lined up, with his constant narration of the story.

Picture on the left, 4-2006 (3 years old); right, 2-2008 (5 years old).

Wanted: 12 Step Program

You always hear about the many different types of twelve-step programs for different kind of addictions. But I haven't heard of one that we are desperately in need of: 12-step program for Dora the Explorer addiction. Brooklyn LOVES her and will grab my hand and pull me towards the TV and say "Dooorr, Dooorr" although I think she is now saying "Dooor-a." It is so funny! At least she is watching something other than "ba-ba" (Strawberry Shortcake). It has become sort of a routine for us. Breakfast and then a shower for mom while she watches Dora. Maybe I should let her keep her addiction. As Dora would say, "Adios, Amigos!"

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

September 2007 is finished!

With Billy gone a lot during tax season, and me a tax widow, it seems like the days seem to go by so much slower. So, I've been scrapping nearly every day, and it still seems like it took me forever to get September finished! I need to quit taking so many darn pictures. So, thanks for humoring me (I do all the pages, and it seemed like I was the only one that ever saw them.)!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I've been tagged...

Okay, I've been tagged with this one twice now, so I better get on the ball. Here are some things you might not know about my awesome hubby, plus a picture of him watching Cinderella with his own little princess.

What is your husband's name? William Lee Smith; Billy (to me and friends), Bill (at work-which just sounds wierd to me)

How long have you guys been married? 10 years in June, yep I got married young

How long did you date? Only 9 months. It seemed like forever back then, but now I think how lucky I was that I got a good one despite the fact it wasn't long and I was so young.

How old is he? 32, but listening to him groan after basketball you'd think he was 60.

Who eats more sweets? Hmmm. Probably me, but I know he raids the candy dish at work and if you count Lucky Charms as a sweet, then him.

Who said I love you first? He did, and I told him that he didn't. Wasn't that just nice and gracious of me? A few weeks later, I told him.

Who is taller? He is by far.

Who can sing best? It's a tie, but he rarely sings and doesn't know any words to songs, so I'll claim victory on this one.

Who is smarter? School smart- me, but he is smarter than me in a lot of other ways. He has a great writing style and of course is really good at numbers.

Who does the laundry? Me, but he has to iron his own shirts. Sometimes I think he thinks we have a magic fairy living in our house that can make clean clothes appear in our closet.

Who pays the bills? I pay my household credit card, and he pays the rest.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Okay, I'm dumb, I don't know if this means right side when you are facing it or right side laying down. Laying down, he is on the right. He used to be on the left, but I froze when he'd keep the window open all night.

Who mows the lawn? Billy. I would have if he'd bought a self-propelled mower, but he wouldn't. So, I told him it was all up to him. Sometimes I'll do the edging, but you can always tell when I do it.

Who cooks dinner? Me, although he is fine if we have cold cereal- which we sometimes do :)

Who drives? Usually him, but sometimes I'll drive.

Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Me. I don't think that thought ever occures to him.

Who is more stubborn? Me

Who kissed who first? He tried to get me to kiss him first. We were on the floor and he kept leaning down and talking to me with his lips almost brushing mine. I knew if I kissed him first, I would never hear the end of it. Finally, I swear it felt like an hour, he leaned down and gave me the sweetest softest kiss. Definitely the best first kiss ever.

Who wears the pants? It really depends on the situation, but I think I rely on him more than he relies on me. So, I'll give him that one.

Okay, so now I get to tag someone else. I tag Suzanne, Angie, Beth, Makenzie, Leslie and Sally.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Hunters and Gatherers

Okay, we've all heard before that men were the hunters and women were the gatherers, but today I did both. I think most women love hunting for the deal and getting something awesome for nearly nothing. After hunting and then gathering at the big sale at Saver's (mostly second hand stuff, but really cute) this is what I came away with...nearly 30 items of clothes for under $40. Afterwards, my friend Charise and I went out to lunch to celebrate all our finds. The best part? No kids, thanks to our super-babysitter Callie, that had school off today!

P.S. Charise, see why you need a blog? Then you can be a nerd like me and show everything you got!

P.S.S. For those of you wondering, Brooklyn is doing much better and is almost back to herself. She was pretty sick for a few days: ear infections, fever, uncontrollable boogers, etc. and had to be on an inhaler (albuterol), and antibiotics to clear things up. So, if you ever need a mask thing for babies to use with an inhaler, call me and you can borrow ours and save yourself the 50 bucks.... Kids just LOVE them- I wish:)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Why I love my kids...

So, Brooklyn caught Brayden's cold and was up a lot the other night, which made for a very tired Mom. After I put Brooklyn down for her nap, I told Brayden that he needed to be very quiet for his "Quiet Time" and not to wake me up while I took a nap. Well, I actually got a little nap in, and as I was waking up I heard little footsteps running into my room and back out. A few minutes later, there were more little footsteps and I decided to really wake up and open my eyes. This is what I saw.

"Mommy, I made you some ships to help you feel better." I love my boy!

This evening as I was getting dinner ready, Brooklyn was needing attention. I stuck her on the counter while I cooked and talked to her. Well, as I had my back to her, she decided to feed our little goldfish, Jeffrey. What would a one year old feed a goldfish? Goldfish Crackers of course. I don't know if this makes him a fish-cannible or not, but he actually really liked them.

Brooklyn, I love you baby girl!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

August is finished!

Time to celebrate again! I had less pictures for August and actually edited out a lot of the ones from our Young Women's activities (those could be an entire album in itself). I had to keep reminding myself that I didn't have to scrap each picture-although I did fit a lot on each page. Hopefully I'll be able to post September's pictures soon.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Educational Field Trips

I thought I would share these pictures of our very educational field trip today at Chuckie Cheese. I remember my Grandma Painter taking us to the one in Utah when I was little, and I thought it was the best place on earth, even though my parents probably only gave us one token each. So, it was fun seeing through Brayden's and Brooklyn's eyes the excitement as they ran around and played on the toys (with lots of tokens). It was Brayden's preschool fieldtrip and was a wonderful way for them to get out and move since there has been so much snow here and we haven't gone out much. Last time we were there, Brooklyn was just a tiny baby. I think she had much more fun this time.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Happy Football Day!


This is what I get for marrying a guy who loves sports. Who would have guessed that the most clueluss sports girl in the world would end up with one of the biggest sports fanatics in the world (well, he's not that bad really.) So, when I heard, "I invited some people over for the Super Bowl," I was not surprised. So, we moved the big tv downstairs, brought down a couch as well, and got way too much food. What a fun time. Now, maybe I should be cleaning up the rest of it instead of blogging about it. Oh, well!

As you can see, the kids found ways to stay entertained as well...