Saturday, May 31, 2008

Father and Son

The boys left last night for the father and son and it was kind of sad to watch them all drive away for camping fun without me. Well, until I went out to dinner with my friend and we had a sleepover last night....

They had a good time but there is a new house rule which is that no son is eligible to go on the camp out until he is 3! Davis wandered all over the camp and John had a hard time finding him half the time. (Hmmmmm...that makes me wonder about how come I don't get to say no kids to run errands until they are 3 because really its the same to try to run errands with him. Although I do get to strap him into a cart, or try at least)

Anyway here are the great and abundant pictures that I got off the camera when they got home. I know Caleb had a good time and was so tired from staying up so late that on the way home in the truck he said "Dad, my eyes just wont stay open."

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ive been book tagged

Directions:
1- Get the nearest Book to you, or one you're reading that contains over 123 pages.
2- Go to the 123 page.
3- Find the 5th sentence.
4- Post the 5th sentence.
5-Tag five people.

Well...I'm changing it (no offence to the person who first started this). I figure I can use this to my advantage to find new books to read. So I'm going to post the last 5 books Ive read and then I will tag Amanda Hallows, Kate, Caroline, Amanda Menghini, and April because I know your all readers and then you can post the last 5 books you've read and then I suddenly have a great place to look for books to read.
So here are the last 5 books Ive read:
  1. Go Forward with Faith (Pres Hinckleys bio)
  2. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  3. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
  4. No One can take your Place by Sheri Dew
  5. Love is a Verb by Mary Ellen Edmonds
If you love to read and have read a good book lately please leave a comment with the book so I can have even more ideas!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day at Zions

We had such a nice Memorial Day yesterday. We slept in and then went to Zions for the day. We got off at the stops that sounded interesting, watched a movie about the park, hiked, snacked, met lots of different people from all over and it was great. Both of the boys are at such a fun stage that they just ran around with us and we didn't have any tantrums or arguments. It was just a nice day all around. We don't get many without the boys fighting or Davis throwing a fit so I really appreciated yesterday. Not to mention that it was beautiful!

We came home and borrowed a couple movies from our neighbors had breakfast for dinner and then relaxed the rest of the night and got laundry done. All in all it was a very nice and very mellow Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Preschool Graduation

Our little guy has passed the 3 yr old class (what a relief J/K) . He had such a great teacher and she has been doing it for like 26 years and shes the best. She really loves science and he would come home and talk about jellyfish and Indians and it was wonderful to hear that he really was absorbing it. We are definitely going back to Ms Morris next year even though its on the far side of St George. Davis and I get to run errands and hang out just the two of us so its worth it! If you click on the images this time they will get bigger this time!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Somethings fishy about this Family Home Evening...

Last weekend we decked out my Grandpa Lew's old fishing poles and we we wanted to try them out on Monday night for FHE activity. So we had our lesson on being "fishers of men" and how the Savior called his apostles who were fisherman. We also had a very fun FHE treat that went with our activity... (found this in Family Fun magazine its cake with frosting and coconut with a fruit leather wrapped around-I'm putting the whole recipe on Good Eats and Sweets if anyone wants it)Lastly we got to go fishing! It was a perfect night and we had a good time but the only thing we caught was Davis running full force straight into the water! I don't mean up to his ankles I mean dove in and covered his entire body! It was fun but we probably need to find a better place at the lake where the fish are biting and leave the 2 year old at home!
And yes...I do think I have a little to much time on my hands to think all this up!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I always wondered how a prodigy's parents ever figured out by the age of like 3 that their kid really liked or excelled at something. Now, I'm not saying that I think Davis is some sort of prodigy but his kid LOVES to drum. Ever since he was little he loved to grab the drum sticks and bang away. Hes really good with music and really good with a beat. Today John and I took the boys to the store for a rare splurge on a new toy and we found a drumming set for Davis for $20 bucks...so worth it, check him out! video

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Does this look like the face of a future terror?


WOW! Two is only a month away but it has certainly arrived early for this boy. He use to do this thing where if he was angry he would go up and bang his head against the wall and then cry and want you to hold him...well its back with all new force!

His other new thing is to throw a full sized fit by going stiff as a board and falling where ever he is...I really mean WHERE EVER he is! The other day we were at Costco and he was behind me walking to the table happy as can be. I turn around 20 ft later and he is face down, stiff, in the middle of the walkway, banging his head, blocking traffic! I ran over and this cute little old lady said, "all I did was say hi..." Doesn't take much to tick him off these days.

His other favorite place for one of these fits is in the parking lot if Im making him hold my hand. He DOES NOT want to hold hands. If I try to carry him he arches his back and throws himself backwards so I just have to hold on for dear life as we try to make it to the carts. Ive started parking right near the cart holder to avoid these problems...this has let to other problems though called the stiff body that wont bend! He does this for shopping carts and for his carseat because he has decided he doesn't like them anymore. So he goes stiff as a board and arches his back and quite honestly is almost impossible to push his middle in to get his straps on.

This morning before we were going to take a shower he got mad and decided that it was time for one of his fits. But since our floor is travertine it tends to be really cold and well he was naked. So hes screaming and wanting to assume his prostate position but the floor is to cold. He tried all sorts of ways to lay down but eventually decided the cold floor was not worth it and stood up and walked to the shower happy as can be.

As if we needed further evidence that this is all for show one of my friends was in nursery two Sundays ago. Davis didn't know that she was watching and she saw him get mad and drop to the floor and start banging his head and crying, but oops the teacher didn't see. He very calmly got up walked over to a different teacher and redid the whole scene!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Grandpa and Grandma Henderson



We had a great time last week when Johns Grandparents came to visit! They are always so great with the kids and are so good at playing with them and the boys just eat up all the attention they give them. They brought a very fun tunnel and tent that the boys haven't stopped playing with since. Yesterday in fact Caleb took the Styrofoam from a package we recieved and made it "snow" where Mommy couldn't see! Smart kid. Not so smart in the fact that since we have had the tent and tunnel that is the only place he has hid for hide and go seek! Anyway, we had a great time and here are some of the priceless pictures! This shirt was perfect since Grandma has called Davis a little "coach since he was just a tiny thing. I would have to agree with her that its a perfect description for our little stocky man!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mothers Day is my new FAVORITE holiday!!!!

Holy Cow, what a weekend! I have to say that my boys went above and beyond this year and it was awesome. It started on Friday night when John and I were able to go the temple (shocker I know-no sick kids!) Then Saturday at 10:30 I left the house for a day of pampering! My parents had called Friday night and told me to go get a manicure and pedicure from them for Mothers Day so I started with that. Then went over to the salon/spa and got my hair cut and highlighted and a few other things done. Here's my new hair... I came home right before John left to pick up some babysitters because we were having a game night with some friends. So it was a very relaxing and fun Saturday.

Sunday morning started with the alarm going off at 6:30 and I just about killed John. I finally found the alarm clock where it was hidden and he sent me to do some "chores." It was more like a compliment scavenger hunt where he said nice things that led me from clue to clue. See that clue that has a little bit it attached to it...yes, that I had to pull off the back of Davis' diaper while he was sleeping and not wake him up! It was so hard but thankfully Davis had positioned himself bottom up in the air by the side of the crib. I ended up in the pantry where there were these beautiful flowers. Thankfully I went back to bed only to be woken up at 8:00 with my favorite breakfast in bed. He makes the best pancakes and puts almond extract in whipping cream and wraps the whipping cream up it the pancakes and then loads the top with fresh strawberries. We first had these at the Maltby Cafe in Seatlle but they changed their cream freche and so I have to say that Johns are now BETTER than the Maltby Cafe! I got to read in bed and play handheld Yahtzee for a while. We went for a walk, I got to read more and take my time getting ready for church. It was wonderful. Only to come home from church and have the boys make me my favorite dinner, pesto gnocchi and rosemary polenta! I didn't have to lift a finger and went to bed with a clean house! Seriously boys....thank you for the best weekend ever! I wont ever forget it!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Nics been called on a mission....

And hes going to Milwaukee! I coundnt help but think of this great source of info on Milwaukee when he read it off and posted it for you all. Its near the end though but so worth the wait! Nic we love you and are excited to hear about all your adventures!

Friday, May 9, 2008

I dont think John can afford me! But I couldnt live without him so I guess its okay...

BOSTON — If a stay-at-home mom could be compensated in dollars rather than personal satisfaction and unconditional love, she'd rake in a nifty sum of nearly $117,000 a year.

That's according to a pre-Mother's Day study released Thursday by Salary.com, a Waltham, Mass.-based firm that studies workplace compensation.

The eighth annual survey calculated a mom's market value by studying pay levels for 10 job titles with duties that a typical mom performs, ranging from housekeeper and day care center teacher to van driver, psychologist and chief executive officer.

This year, the annual salary for a stay-at-home mom would be $116,805, while a working mom who also juggles an outside job would get $68,405 for her motherly duties.

One stay-at-home mom said the six-figure salary sounds a little low.

"I think a lot of people think we sit and home and have a lot of fun and don't do a lot of work," said Samantha Russell, a Fremont, N.H., mother who left her job as pastry chef to raise two boys, ages 2 and 4. "But they should try cleaning their house with little kids running around and messing it up right after them."

The biggest driver of a mom's theoretical salary is the amount of overtime pay she'd receive for working more than 40 hours a week. The 18,000 moms surveyed about their typical week reported working 94.4 hours — meaning they'd be spending more than half their working hours on overtime.

Working moms reported an average 54.6 hour "mom work week" besides the hours they spent at paying jobs.

Russell agreed her job as a stay-at-home mom is more than full-time. But she said her "job" brings intangible benefits she wouldn't enjoy in the workplace.

"The rewards aren't monetary, but it's a reward knowing that they're safe and happy," Russell said of her sons. "It's worth it all."

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Out of the mouth of my babe

Caleb came home with a card that he made at school and they asked him questions and then he answered and they filled them in. It pretty cute to hear how he perceives things.
All about my Mom
My Moms name is Lisa
She is 1 teen years old
Her favorite food is peas
She is a worker lady
It makes my mom happy when I play a game
It make my mom sad or angry when I make a mess
My Mom thinks Im good at cleaning
When Im with my Mom I like to play
When I grow up my mom wants me to be a man
My mom makes me happy when she hugs me
Ahhhhh, so sweet!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Fun Days

We have had a very busy week! Its been a lot of fun especially since we are all healthy! Family Home evening on Monday consisted of going out onto the reservoir with one of Johns friends Wes and their family (John really goes all out when its his turn for activity). We had fun and its so great to live a minute away so that you can decide to go out at 6:00 at night and still have a couple hours on the lake. John and Wes are both obsessed and trying to find a third person crazy enough to go out at 5:30 in the morning with them so they can do it before work! Here are a few pictures.As if Davis needed any help looking chubby! He was like a turtle, he would fall on his back and then wave his arms and legs but was totally stuck and couldn't get up.

Then today we had a whole bunch of friends over and Caleb and Payton built a fort and had a picnic and then went hunting bears and deers. How do you know that one was raised by a Dad who hunts...he talks about hanging antlers on the wall after he shoots his deer. How do you know one is not raised by a hunter. When his bear is almost shot at he cries and hugs his bear stroking it saying he will protect him. :)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Birthday Nic!

Today is Nic's b-day and we just wanted to say Happy Birthday. You hold a very special place in our family's heart and we love you! We were able to go over to Nevada on Saturday and spend the day with Johns family and celebrate Nic's birthday that night. Here are some picts from the day scrapbooked already...I'm loving digital! Haven't learned any new skills yet but I'm sure fast with layers now.

Friday, May 2, 2008

I DID IT!!!

Yeah! I'm so proud of myself. Here is my first ever digital scrapbook page. I was just trying to understand layers and putting a backing on a photo and basically how to use elements. I'm not going to lie it was hard but I am really excited to learn new things. My goal is going to be to learn a new tool with each page I do from now on. Mark was right that it gets easier once you start to understand things. So without further ado I give you my very first digital scrapbook page: There are so many people I would like to thank for helping me get to this point. First of all, my thousands of fans! My inspiration, Charis, to make the switch to digital because of all her cute pages and her helpful site lists. Also my mother who is letting me borrow her digital scrapbook how to book. I could never have done this page without the help of my rocket scientist brother who patiently helped me even though I wasn't being very clear over the phone. And lastly my supportive family who has given me time to work on it and my husband John who always encourages me to learn a new talent and to find something that fulfills me. Thank you everyone! :) Raging Applause.....

*Yes, as I was sitting here admiring it I realised the year is wrong. I was more focused on getting the text in than on what the text said!

Couldn't help myself and wanted to be sure I had to down so here is my second page:

Seriously- Come on!

John and I made a goal at the beginning of the year to go to the Temple at least once a month. So last weekend we had a babysitter all lined up and Davis started throwing up that morning so we rescheduled for last night since it was the first night this week we could do it. The kids were so excited to have McKayla coming to babysit. Davis literally dove out of my arms for her and then when I went to say goodbye I gave Davis a kiss and he said, "No No No." Then he leaned over and kissed McKayla! So they were in good hands. As we were enjoying our Cafe Rio (thanks Brian and Kate) I get a call from home and Caleb had apparently taken one bite out of his dinner and then thrown up all over! She was so sweet and said that we could still go to the Temple but every little kiddo wants their mommy when they are sick.

At 4:00 in the morning he threw up again and so I gave him a bowl and told him if he couldn't make it to the bathroom to use the bowl. This morning I went to get the bowl out to bring it to him on the couch and there was throw up in it! I asked him when he did that and he said last night while you were sleeping. I said honey you should have got me or daddy and all he said was, "I was all done." It made me so sad he didn't come get us but there are some serious advantages to having sick kids be older.

So today we will once again cancel a play date and a game night tonight with some friends. Hopefully sometime this summer we will be able to be well enough to make some friends! And we will try again next weekend for the Temple.....

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Sweet brotherly love

We were at a friends house yesterday and as my friend and I were talking Caleb came in totally upset. He went over to my friend and with his little lip sticking out an inch and trembling, "my friend hit my brother." He was so sad and it seriously was so hard for him because you could tell he didn't want to get his friend in trouble but he also was trying to stick up for Davis. It made me proud that he stuck up for his brother because that is pretty important to me.

*As a side not the friend that hit Davis is one of the best behaved 4 year olds I know and I really like Caleb playing with him because hes a good kid and they have a really good time together.

On another note we are all almost better and Davis is porking down as much food as possible since hes been better. For example this morning he had 2 bowls of Cheerios and 2 sippy cups before we left the house. When we got to Walmart he was grabbing and crying for food so I gave him a fruit leather. He was still hungry so I gave him a donut. Then I put bananas in the cart and he started going crazy for one so I paid and he ate it before I was done checking out. All of this food was eaten before 10:00 by a 25 lb kid who got up at 8:00. That's pretty impressive!