Our Savior's love, shines like the sun with perfect light. As from above, it breaks through clouds of strife.

Oct 29, 2009

The Buyer

For those of you who wonder why Greg is the way he is... we can blame at least a little of it on his profession. Here is a short, entertaining video about "a day in the life of a buyer."

Oct 26, 2009

Halloween Preview

Photos from our church Fall Festival...

Annie, Miss Hannigan, Daddy Warbucks, and a little orphan baby.
Clara and Shaelyn enjoying the treats they collected.

Pumpkin Patch/Frazzeled Mama

We visited a pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago with lots of friends. It was very fun (though not nearly as cool as the pumpkin patch my sister went to in Nebraska... Wow!)

We read pumpkin stories, sang Halloween songs...

Went on a hayride through the forest, and then Clara picked out a pumpkin of her very own.

I like to be organized, but for some reason on this day I just didn't have it together! It was one of the first cold days, here, so I packed all sorts of warm clothing, plus a picnic lunch, camera, diapers, burp cloths, and all of the other things I thought we might need. All of that packing made me late, and once I got there I couldn't find what I needed in the piles and piles of stuff I packed. Here we are- a frazzeled Mama with two cute girls.

Oct 8, 2009

Clara's Funny Book and Clara's Favorites

Every morning, Clara asks to wear "a pretty dress like Cinderella." Some days I tell her she has to wear play clothes, but even on those days, by the afternoon she has found a dress and has put it on over whatever she is wearing. Her favorite is this blue dress, because -don't you know- Cinderella's dress is blue.

Clara's favorite ride at the carnival we went to a couple of weeks ago was the bumper cars. Recently I noticed a bump on her palm and told Greg about it. He asked to see the bump on her hand. A little while later she said, "Mommy, I have a bumper car on my hand."

We went to a festival that had one of those big air-filled slides. Clara loved riding it and had to wait in line each time. Greg was trying to teach her to move with the line, so when she would get distracted and the line would move in front of her and leave a big gap, her turned her around by turning her hips forwards. A few minutes later, he saw her putting her hands on the hips of the big girls in front of her (age 7 or 8... strangers, I might add) and trying to turn them towards the front.

The song "I Love to See the Temple" has a line- "I'll prepare myself while I am young." Clara sings "I'll prepare myself while num num num" (the pitch and rhythm are perfect, which makes this sound even more funny).

I want to sit by you + let's sit together = "Mommy let's sit bygether"
While camping last weekend, we tried to get Clara to have a nap/quiet time in the tent. Our tent has this funny little door on the back (a doggy door, perhaps?). Clara was a little too quiet and we knew she was up to something... escaping.Greg tried to cheer Clara up the other day by handing her a toy (that she already owned) and saying, "Here, Clara, I have a present for you." Her very matter-of-fact response, "Daddy this is not a present." That's right Clara, you tell him.

Clara labels every living thing as a Mommy (when it is a female adult) , a Daddy (male adult), or a Clara (when it is a child). We pointed out a baby deer to her, and she said, "It's a Clara deer."

Clara's Favorite Things:
-Climbing trees
-Drawing - she especially loves to draw people. Here is her chalkboard , where she has drawn/erased/drawn again/earased again hundreds of people. She told me, "Mommy these are all my friends!"Notice that the friends are holding hands. She loves for all of her drawings/toys/everything to hold hands. She even rearranged our halloween skeletons so that they would be holding hands.

-"Art projects," including "pointing" (painting), rubber stamps, and anything with markers.
-Clifford has replaced Super Why as her TV show of choice.
Favorite Phrases:
-"I just wanna... for a widdel (little) bit" (usually when I ask her to do something she doesn't want to do). "Mommy I don't wanna wash my hands, I just wanna cowa (color) for a widdel bit."
-"Yaaa!" Used almost anytime anyone askes her a ... she sounds quite German.
Favorite Book: Goodnight Gorilla
Favorite treats: yogurt, string cheese, pizza
Favorite song to sing: I Will (If you don't walk as most people do... from the Primary songbook)

Oct 5, 2009

Good Night to My Red Ranger

There are times that you have to say goodbye. Last week was one of those times.

After 4 years, 30K miles, a new starter, new clutch, a bunch of antifreeze and water, I got rid of my truck.

My truck was a good truck. To whomever purchases it: despite your best efforts, and even if you are going down a hill, 70 mph is the max.