Sunday, December 28, 2008

Funny and Unrelated Things

First off, today is Sunday and after Jacob got home from church, I asked him to clean up his room. He threw himself on the couch and said, "awww, today is the day of rest! and I need a rest!" It was pretty funny.
Next random thought, Sharon still has something up her nose. Jay took her to the doctor on Christmas Eve, and the doctor had him "blow her nose" which meant he had to put his mouth on hers, plug her clear nostril, and then blow. He said he almost threw up at what came out and hit his lips. Not good, but what a great dad! So, he did it again yesterday, and he shot something out of her nose, and I think he got whatever was crammed up there. It shot out of her nose and hit his lips again and then landed on her chin. I wiped up her chin while Jay was gagging and trying to not throw up, and it was disgusting. I do think she is better today though, so that was worth it!
Third funny thing is about Guitar Hero. Jay got the game from my parents for Christmas and we have been having a blast! The kids' favorite song is "Eye of the Tiger." We have played that song so many times I am getting really sick of it. Jay loves it that they love this crazy song, and even Jacob can sing all the words now. It is pretty funny to hear Jacob up in his room singing "rising up to the challenge of our rival." Jay recorded Rocky 3 that was on TV last night in the middle of the night and the boys are dying to watch it. I think Jacob meant watch Rocky 3 instead of rest for a Sunday activity!
Anyway, we had a great Christmas, the kids have had soo much fun with Jay home. It has been really nice.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!






It seems like it has been a very short Christmas season this year, but we have been having a lot of fun. Topher and Anna have been introducing Jacob to all kinds of versions of "Jingle Bells," so he sings all these versus about stitches in your head, and a one year open sleigh-it is pretty funny. He has strep throat now, so he hasn't been doing much singing. We have had a ton of snow this week, so every day the kids and Jay have gotten up to shovel the driveway-we always seem to have a snowblower when there is no snow, and nothing when we have a lot. It has been really pretty and definitley felt quite "Christmasy."
One of my favorite things about Christmas is the song by Band Aid, Feed the World. It doesn't really feel like Christmas until I have heard that song on the radio. So far this year, I haven't heard the song-have I mentioned how much XM/Sirius radio sucks? I have heard about 100 songs by the Carpenters, but no Band Aid. I still remember when I first heard the song. I was in 6th grade, and we had a whole school assembly. The seniors played this song and I thought it was the coolest thing ever-it helped that the girl who played it had a dad who was the drummer from Oingo Boingo, so obviously whatever she said was instantly cool! All us girls at my great school-whose idea was it to send me to an all girl middle school?-loved the song and it was really fun. So, whenever I hear the song, I just remember that great assembly and how much fun it was. I am going to have to break down and just play it tomorrow, but it somehow seems more magical when it actually comes on the radio-oh well, I will just have to create my own magic!
Hope everyone has a Christmas filled with whatever makes them feel magical!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Round 2

OK, so this might sound like something I wrote a while ago, but Sharon stuck something else up her nose again. My kids have been sick since we got home from Thanksgiving. I have had at least one kid home from school every day last week, and yesterday none of them went to church-could this have to do with the fact that all the Christmas decorations were out, but none were on the tree yet? Jesus will be the only one with enough wisdom to sort that one out. Anyway, they have all been throwing up and saying their stomachs hurt. Sharon has had a foul odor about her for the past few days. She'll be really stinky and I'll think, "I bet that crazy baby put something up her nose again," but then both her nostrils would run and I would assume that she would only have one nostril plugged, so she must just have a little cold. As she continued to get stinkier and stinkier, I thought she had strep. I started to get really concerned when I put her to bed at 6:30 on Saturday, and she woke up after 4 PM on Sunday, and she didn't even know about the Christmas tree! At that point, I decided to call first thing this morning. So, she has stuff crammed up both nostrils this time, and it was once again, disgusting. They couldn't tell if it was a dryer sheet or gauze. I am wondering if it is from the pillows that Costco recalled because all the stuffing comes out? They are really soft and she really likes it, but I might have to return it! I'll go check it out and see if the stuffing is loose when she wakes up. So after the doctor, we went to Target and Sharon has decided that she doesn't want to sit in the cart anymore. We have to nip this idea in the bud, or else a great deal of pleasure will be removed from my life. Anyway, we were getting pretzels and Diet Coke, and she was screaming her head off. Since her little procedure, her nose was starting to bleed. The Target worker was like, "Eww, gross, what is wrong with your baby!" and I was just trying to get my Coke and get going. It was also super helpful that it was handicapped field trip day at Target and they were all fascinated by the baby with the bloody nose. I love being a spectacle!
So, the other thing that might sound familiar was that my basketball team got killed by the Amazon ladies team again, but no, we just played them again and shockingly enough, we had the same result-we lost. We had the worst refs who called no fouls, and these stupid ladies were the worst sports. It was getting pretty ugly, but let me tell you about my favorite play of the game. I had the ball and I shot, I was fouled, but they didn't make a call. I missed the shot and got the rebound, I was fouled, but no call. I was dribbling in the key-smart move it know, got fouled, and they stole the ball. I was pretty worked up at this point, and decided that if they weren't going to make a call, I would take matters into my own hands. I didn't even know who stole the ball, but I decided to throw them to the ground. I reached out and grabbed their jersey and pulled them back so they would go to the ground. Well, I didn't grab their shirt, I grabbed their shorts, and I pulled the girl's shorts off to her knees! This all happened right in front of our bench, so everyone was laughing. (Except the girl whose pants came off!) Someone on my team immediately apologized and said I was just trying to stop from falling, and then someone else said, "no, did you see her face, she was really mad!" Anyway, I actually got called for the foul and it was hilarious. After the game I apologized, and she huffed into me with her shoulder and wouldn't give me a high five-some people are such poor sports!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Very Random Thoughts

So, as my kids are sick of turkey and I am sick of cooking, I decided to make a good ol' tuna casserole last night. I don't know what I am doing wrong as a mother here, but my kids were repulsed by it! I was horrified, but I ate quite a bit to make up for it. I think my kids might be secret communists, and I don't know what I am going to do with them!
Sharon and I were at Target and I stopped the car, but realized I was parked at a 45 degree angle and over the yellow line-stupid gas-guzzling Escalade-see I told you we all might be communists, so I restarted the car to straighten it out. Sharon thought we were leaving, and burst into tears because she didn't even get to go into our own little heaven on earth, known as Target. See, then I felt like I was a good mom because of all the good values I am teaching my 2 year old!
So, the kids have all been sick since we got back from our Thanksgiving in Utah-we had a great time by the way, it was great to see all the Calders and some of my family too-this might be why the tuna casserole met with such objections, but who knows! I was driving along in the aforementioned Escalade by myself and happily guzzling gas, and I was scrolling through the radio stations. I don't know about you, but I am sickened by the Sirius/XM merger. My favorite station, Flight 26, has been replaced by the stupid Pulse, and I hate it. I used to never have to change the channel, but now I do. So, I was driving along and I was thinking about a text my friend got yesterday about Elder Wirthlin dying. I haven't even had time to confirm, but I was thinking about how happy he must be and how great it would be to be done with this life since I was just kind of overcome with how hard life is and why things had to be so crappy-this has more to do with real problems not my satelite radio, and then I came across George Straight singing, Hark the Herald Angels Sing. I love George Straight, and I love this song. I can't even remember the words, but I was overcome with how much our Savior loves us and that everything was going to work out-I don't know about getting Flight 26 back on the air, but that the real stuff would be OK. I am excited about Christmas and about celebrating Jesus' birth, and in the end, the other stuff will work itself out.
See-I told you this post was random!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Topher's Birthday

Topher loved his jumper!



I know I always can't believe how fast time flies, but I really can't believe that Topher is 9. It seems like just yesterday that I was lugging that big lug around all day. I guess the saying is right that "time flies when you are having fun," or maybe I will coin a new one, "time flies when you have too many loads of laundry to do, too many spelling tests to give, and too many kids to yell at!" I think I like that one better, probably more appropriate to the last 9 years of my life anyway. Just kidding, I love my kids, but since yesterday I told Topher and Anna they were in prison camp for being so lazy and lying about when their work is done, maybe right now isn't the best time to write about how much I love Topher, but really I do. He has always been so sweet and such a much needed calming influence in our lives. After I was finished ranting about how they had no privileges and couldn't be trusted to even clean under the train table-the nerve! I asked Topher how his day was. He started to cry and said that it was now horrible because he couldn't watch TV. He almost had me until he mentioned TV, then I just laughed. Topher's birthday was last Sunday, the ninth and then on Monday he asked me what I was bringing. I had no idea what code he was speaking in or about, and then he almost cried again and said for his birthday, of course! Well, his birthday was already well off my list, but I did whip up a batch of cupcakes and grabbed some pretzels since the school has gone nazi over unhealthy snacks, and Sharon and I went in to the classroom. They were watching "Balto," which I have never seen, but Topher kept talking about it like it was some kind of a documentary, isn't it about a dog? Anyway, Sharon screamed because she wanted to sit in some girl's desk, and it wasn't pretty. He had fun showing her off and eating his cupcakes, it was cute to be in his classroom.
This post is really pretty random, I can't sleep, but maybe I shouldn't be writing things for posterity either. Let me get back to how great Topher is. Topher is really smart, and he just started the gifted and talented program for the district. The program is different than when I was a kid, they take all the kids from each grade and they go do stuff for about half a day once a week. He really likes it and is quite proud of himself for qualifying. He took an IQ test and had to pass above a certain mark, so he was thrilled with himself and wants to tell everyone his IQ. I tried to explain that it is a private thing, like how much your house costs, and he was not getting the picture since he ran up to our neighbor the second he got home and told him how high his IQ is.
Topher is also a good little athlete. He thinks he is going to win the Heisman some day which is great. He was really lazy in his basketball game the day before his birthday, so I told him if he got 10 rebounds and made two shots I would buy him a candy bar-what a great reward for sports performance, but whatever. Anyway, he did great this past week and really hustled and worked hard. It is really fun to watch him play.
Well, that is about all for now. Topher had a fun birthday, we love him a lot, and look forward to another great year!This cake took forever to make and didn't even look that good, which is a bad combo! He liked it though, so that is what is important. He had the most fun putting all the action figures around for a battle scene.

Monday, November 10, 2008

More Basketball

Saturday was another day of basketball games. This time the boys conflicted, so I went to Topher's, and Jay went to Jacob's. Topher's team lost by two baskets, but he did a good job. He had to play 3 quarters so he was really tired. Jacob kind of reverted to his deer in the headlights look at his game. Maybe next week he'll get fired up-who knows? It is cute to see them play and to see how much they improve.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Humble Pie


Yesterday I started something new, a women's city league basketball team. It is with a bunch of ladies that all play at the church 3 times a week.
So, I guess you could say I am a bit cocky about playing basketball at the church with the ladies since I can pretty much do whatever I want when we play-see I told you I was cocky! I can shoot, pass, dribble, whatever, and it pretty much works for me. Well, we started our season last night and I got handed a big fat piece of humble pie! When I walked in the gym, I almost messed my pants when I saw who we were playing. They were Amazon women! They had 4 girls well over 6 feet tall and well over 200 pounds-some may have been pushing 250, I was so overwhelmed I could hardly look at them! You can see a couple of them in the background of the picture-they are huge! Then, somebody told me that their guard started at BSU last year and was WAC conference player of the year-a little out of our league to say the least-but since we were in the same league, our little team was in trouble! Needless to say, I was not able to do whatever I wanted with the ball last night! When I dribbled in front of the best basketball player I've ever faced, she was practically making a lay-up before I even realized she had stolen the ball! It wasn't good. I worked so hard fighting my way across the key to get posted up, and then these "women" would shove me about 5 feet out of the way, and I am not easily shoved, so they were big I tell you BIG! We stayed tied until 12 points which I consider a huge moral victory, and then it all fell apart. Final score, 55-22. I did make a basket, and I had some good defensive stops. The refs called absolutley nothing, so I was hacking away like crazy! It wasn't good though because the big ladies were throwing elbows like crazy when they got a rebound, I thought one of them was going to break my jaw at one point. We had a lot of fun, and we just laughed at how bad we are, but it was really fun to go play this morning and to be able to sail in for an easy lay-up (I guess I didn't eat quite enough of that pie!)

Basketball Season Begins

Last Saturday, we started basketball season for the boys. Jacob's game was first and I was really worried about him because all he did in all of his practices was act clueless-I suppose it wasn't an act, he really was clueless! So, we had a little pep talk on the way to the game, and Jacob came out like an animal! He was so aggressive on defense, it was great. He just walked up to people and ripped the ball out of their arms. He kept getting called for fouls because in Y-Ball you can only guard your designated guy, but he was all over the place. He was cracking me up! He loves having a uniform and he is really excited for his next game.
Topher's team is really good. The pictures weren't very good, but you can get the idea. I was really proud of the crossover dribble he did, he has improved so much. He actually posts up now, and he blocks out guys so that his teammates can drive to the basket and get an open lay up, he's doing great. It was a fun way to spend a Saturday watching our boys have so much fun playing basketball!

Halloween


We had a great Halloween this year. It was soo warm, it was fabulous, except that both Topher and Anna said it was too hot to wear their wigs, but they still looked great. We had a get-together at my parent's house to eat the goodies the kids baked with my mom that day, and then we got ready and went trick-or-treating. We did our street together, and Jay had to carry Sharon the whole time because she was terrified of Anna and could never figure out who she was. After that, we went down to a big haunted house in our neighborhood, and then I let the "big kids" trick-or- treat alone. They thought they were really big time and they all did well together. They went through the haunted house again and had a great time.In case you can't tell, Anna is Elpheba, from Wicked. My mom made a great costume and Anna looked great. On Wednesday before Halloween, Anna and I were out getting supplies for a book report and we saw at Barnes and Noble that they had a darling book tote with a Wicked design on it, well, of course they were sold out. My dad was in New York flying back the next day, so I called my mom to see when his flight was. She told me it was at 8 AM, and I figured that was that since it was after 10 at night in NY at this point. Well, my mom called my dad, he found a Barnes and Noble that was open and had the bag. Don't you just love NY?! He jumped in a taxi and bought the bag. She was really happy to have her tote to go out that next night! Topher is a sumo wrestler, and when I brought the costume home without him picking it out since everything he wanted to be was sold out, he almost started to cry. He tried it on though and loved it. We thought he looked hilarious. The funniest was that he walked like a fat person swinging his legs out wide so that his "thighs" wouldn't rub-he looked great.
Jacob was "Super Why" from PBS. He really likes to read, and Super Why has "the power to read," so Jacob loved it. His costume was sold out, so my mom had to make his too, but his wasn't as big of a deal since he has on Hulk pajamas backwards and women's underwear. He looked cute though and really liked it. Sharon pretty much hates Halloween. She is scared of everything and she wouldn't wear her hat, oh well, maybe next year.I put a picture of Jay in so you could see him "post-shave." You can see the scar pretty good in real life, but he thinks it makes him look tough-whatever! We had a really fun Halloween!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Flag Football

Topher had his next to last game this past weekend and his team has improved a ton. His team has done a great job of having everyone play and get a chance to do something with the ball. We could have won on Saturday, but we didn't exactly have the best players in at the end-even the kid who was the running back's dad who kept dropping the ball said to yank his kid, but we let him do his thing and we lost. It really wasn't a big deal to the kids because they didn't realize that a touchdown they thought they scored was called back because the boy stepped out of bounds. We'll just go ahead and let them think they won. When we were driving around, we saw the other team, so of course we scoped them out, and they had the world's biggest kid on their team. He probably weighed about 130 and was over 5 feet. He was huge! I told Topher I knew who he would be blocking and to get ready! I still can't believe that kid was in the third grade, he must've failed several grades.
Anyway, during the game, Topher was on defense, and he was trying to get past Godzilla, and I had to offer one of my famous sideline tips. I yelled at him to "swim" past the guy. He did, and he blew right past him and got the quarterback for a 10 yard loss. He was so proud of himself, as was the coaching staff on the sidelines. I know soon that my comments will be met with much eye rolling and disgust, but it was nice to know that good old mom actually knows something. For those who don't know, "swimming" is pretty much what it sounds like. You basically put your elbow in the other players armpit and slide under him-it works really well in many sports, so feel free to pass along this tip from the sideline.
It was so cold at the game thought I thought I was going to die! There was snow on the mountains and the wind was whipping right along. I was glad the kids were at home! Only one more game left and then we get to go sit in a gym!This picture cracks me up because Topher "switched" the person he was blocking-he was able to push this kid back just a bit farther!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Apple Picking

Last week, we got an email inviting us over to someone's house to come pick apples, so that was our activity for family night. It was close and free, so that was a winning combo for me! The kids love picking apples and it was a gorgeous night. There were some cows in the field and I think they got a lot of apples from us. Jacob liked to try to peg the cows from the tree. It was a fun night, but we picked way too many apples! I have been making every crazy recipe I can find trying to use up apples, and I give them to anyone who comes over. I think Sharon's speech therapist was quite happy with her haul of apples. Anyway, it was a fun time.I don't know whose tongue is sticking out more!
He was so proud of himself, he tired about 50 times to feed the cow.
Sharon's reaction to the cows, and Topher finally feeding oneUp in the tree

Craters of the Moon

Our day at Craters of the Moon National Park
Entering the cave...They made it out!
Our group!
This was inside the tunnel.
Can you see Baby Sharon and I way down? Anna took the camera!Jacob really loved this rock!
Topher was taking a break.
I had to put this picture in because Anna looks so "Calder" in it. She is such a cute little girl!

Last week we had a couple of days off of school, so on the first day when at nine o'clock everyone was already on timeout, I knew we had to do something. Jay was supposed to be able to take the day off on Friday, but it turned out he couldn't. So, I decided I would take the kids to Craters of the Moon National Park. We drove by this summer and it looked amazing, so I really wanted to go. It is three hours from our house, so I knew it was going to be a long day. Jay stayed home in the morning and helped us get off which was much appreciated. We made it there no problem, it is in the middle of no where so we packed lots of food, which somehow managed to be smashed all over the car, but that phenomena is for a much longer blog about my poor filthy car! When I got the baby out to change her diaper, she was soaking. Topher thought it would be a good idea to hand her a full bottle of water and let her dump it all over herself. It was about 60 degrees, so I wasn't super happy with him. Oh well, it was really windy and she dried pretty fast. We hiked all over the place and had a great time. There were a couple of paths that were paved and we could take the stroller. We went on this one path that was straight up a volcano, and the baby wanted to walk, and the other kids were racing up the mountain. It was really windy and it was on small lava pebbles that were kind of tricky, so I had to carry Sharon. I couldn't even see the kids, and there wasn't a whole lot I could do about it, except hope they eventually turned around and came back to the car-which they did. The kids were the most excited about going in the caves. We bought flashlights and they were really excited to go in the caves. Well, I had Sharon in the backpack, and we walked to the caves, and there was no way I could go in. So, I told Topher to watch Jacob and they set off. Everyone there was looking at me like I was crazy, but you have to have a little faith right? I couldn't sit down or else Sharon would try to fling herself out of the backpack, so I had to stand each time they went in a cave while being nervous about what was happening with Jacob. I could hear him ask Topher where to put his foot, and Topher so kindly replying to "hurry up, Jacob!" Topher brought Jacob out pretty quickly and that was fine. On the next cave, Anna was in charge of Jacob and things went much better. Apparently, they saw ice and used their flashlights and had a great time. We all went in a tunnel and it was pretty hard. I had to go down backwards with Sharon quite a bit because the steps were so big and steep. Jacob was very helpful and kept picking up Sharon's flashlight that she thought was hilarious to throw. I don't think any of our 6 new flashlights made it home in working order. By the time I got back to the car, I was really missing Jay! Sharon fell asleep in the backpack, but when I had to swing her around, she woke up and that was her nap. Everyone else was starving and thirsty and needed lots of help-including me! We made it back on the road and I was so tired, but we really had a great day and I hope the kids remember our trip to Craters, I know I sure will!