Tuesday, October 30, 2007

California Wildfires

Some Pictures from our house... our flash is not working... so please excuse the poor quality.

So... we have had a couple of weeks of uncertainty here. Thanks for all of the calls of concern during the fires... we were blessed not to be directly effected by them. We live in the Santa Ana Mountains, but were on the opposite side of the mountain to the Santiago fire in Orange County. The air has been so thick with ash and smoke, school has been canceled and we have been told to be prepared for possible evacuation. We only saw the flames crest over the mountain a couple times, but it gave us a little scare. We also had a red moon on Wednesday night due to the thick smoke???... a little creepy... we had to make biblical references to it. It seems like things are getting better. The Santiago Fire is slowly moving away from us and is expected to be contained by Nov. 2nd. It has been a lesson on self-preparedness... it is crazy to try to think of what you would take if you were told you had ten minutes to evacuate. We had our car packed with some of the necessities just in case, 72 hr. kits, scrapbooks, documents... Ryan helped Tatum pack a bag with some of her special things... it was precious what she chose (her favorite doll, a blanket for her doll, some play food for her doll, 2 barbies, her wedding dress-up, a couple of toys for Davis and the book "Someday."
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the people who are now without a home and to all the firefighters still working to put out the flames.

Big Boy Bed

Davis just graduated from crib status and is officially in his big boy bed. He was very hesitant the first few night and cried for his crib... but he has recently discovered a benefit of the big boy bed... not being restrained (getting up to grab a book/toy/ blanket/waking up mommy,daddy, Tatum/getting a box of cereal and spreading it throughout the house etc...) and he has decided he likes it. Oh, and of course... it is fun to jump on!

The proper poise when you talk to boys...

Ryan and I went to see "Wicked" back in May and absolutely loved it!!! So we got the soundtrack, and like to listen to it on occasion. Tatum seems to enjoy the CD... she always requests it, and she is always asking questions about the storyline. We have plans to take her to see it when she is a few years older. So, the other night while I was making dinner, Tatum was dancing circles around me and she sang the phrase... "I'll teach you the proper poise when you talk to boys, little ways to flirt and flounce." It was from the song "Popular." So I probably just lost Mother of the Year Award... good thing her daddy wasn't around.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

There is still hope...

So despite the fact that Davis has an overly girly princess of a sister and loves to copy everything she does, his natural "boy" instincts are coming on strong. He loves to sneak dirt in the house, play catch, put a bucket on his head and run around the house yelling "fieman!" (as in fireman). Okay, so on occasion we still catch him making the barbie and his toy tiger kiss, but the outlook is good and we think Davis will survive his sister's prima-donna example after all.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Flashback Friday... Crazy little thing called LOVE!

I was sorting through pictures and found these fun shots of when Ryan and I were dating... we look so young and thin... it is funny (well not so funny) what three pregnancies, two children and nearly seven years of marriage does to you. The pictures made me smile though, reminiscing on all that Ryan and I have been through as a couple, and how we have helped each other grow. It also reminded me of how grateful I am for my wonderful, hard working husband and the great father that he is to our children.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Anne of Green Gables

So, apparently I missed out as a youth... I just read Anne of Green Gables for the first time. I totally fell in love with it. It seemed to be such a wonderful countenance of youth and innocence and growing up. Just thought if anyone else has been left in the dark... I would totally recommend it. I can't wait to get a copy of the second one. Prince Edward's Island was part of Ryan's mission and he has often talked about planning a trip there... after reading the book I truly appreciate the beauty and can't wait to see it for myself someday.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Cowboy Day

We had so much fun during cowboy day... Tatum (above) is lassoing her unicorn in her Ugg boots... we tried.

So, even though he wasn't an official participant in preschool cowboy day... he was so cute running around in his western gear, I couldn't help snapping a few pics of him.

From the Dust of the Earth

So we survived our annual beach camping trip, yet again. We went to Doheny State Beach with our good friends the McEuens. So, basically it rained a lot. Think lots of water, lots of mud and five kids. There was no escaping it, so we just gave up and let everyone get as dirty/muddy/wet/snotty/sandy as they desired. The kids loved it! Luckily, we were able to end the day with hot showers... so, I don't think that we qualify as pioneers yet. So much fun... can't wait until next year!

Monday, October 1, 2007

The Importance of Being Tatum

  1. She likes to follow rules... teeth brushing, seat belt wearing, pre-dinner snacking, the slightest violation will bring her to tears.
  2. She thinks Sponge Bob is the Devil. I don't really care for Sponge Bob, myself, but she absolutely detests him. Once she came came in to tell me Davis was doing something "really bad." I rushed out, terrified as to what I might find... he was sitting in front of the TV watching Sponge Bob. After coming home from a date once, she broke out into tears, announcing "the babysitter made us watch Sponge Bob." These are just a few instances. Watch out Sponge Bob.
  3. She likes to sing Ariel's "Ahhh, Ahhhh, Ahhhh" quite loudly in public places, but is as tone deaf as her mother. We get a lot of raised eyebrows.
  4. She misses her grandpas, grandmas, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends from Arizona. She likes to break out in a fake whimper cry, often during sacrament, in the doctor's office, while in line at the grocery store or in other inappropriate places, until a bystander asks her what's wrong, then she dramatically whimpers out, I miss my grandmas... or whoever she is missing at the moment.
  5. She puts soda on the same levels as illegal narcotics and embarrassingly confesses to people that sometimes her daddy drinks soda.
  6. She has a future as a singer/songwriter. Her newest song is, "I looked out the window and what did I see, One little, two little, three little, four little, five little missionaries staring back at me." A little creepy, but a Tatum original nonetheless.

The Importance of Being Davis

  1. He will eat just about anything, once confirmed that it is not poop... the other day he brought a small, purple grape, from who knows where up to me and questionably asked, "Poop"? I smiled, and told him, no, it is a grape. He mimicked, "grape," then popped it into his mouth.
  2. He has yet to discover swords. While visiting friends, he found a sword, pointed it at me and said, "Bippity, Boppity, Boo."
  3. He has great potential as a contortionist, considering he has the ability to worm his way out of any buckle/child restraint.
  4. He sings, "Slippery Fish," word for word, puts his hands on his cheeks and exclaims "OH, NO!" after every verse.
  5. All it takes to make him happy is a "nack" and a "tippy cup."
  6. The only ones who love nursery more than him is his mom and dad.
  7. He is magnetically drawn to dogs. He will run up to any strang dog, and refuse to leave until he has ridden it, pulled its ears, and gotten a few good face licks from it.
  8. He is a ladies man... mommy, grandmas, sister, his little girl friends, his mommy's friends... he loves them all.
  9. He has learned that he can get away with just about anything by flashing his sweet Davis smile.