Thursday, December 20, 2007

I can't see him, He can't see me!

This is yet another great story about Tanner. We have 4 advent calendars that have a piece of chocolate for each day in December. At the beginning of the month Tanner decided why wait. He got his "Claw" and in this picture he is actually standing on a chair and with the help of the claw and with a lot of determination he was able to get to the advent calendar. Needless to say he ate many pieces of candy in one day and is sad now when he doesn't have a piece and everyone else does. The advent calendar has turned into a nightmare calendar for me!
My favorite thing to tell Tanner this month is that he needs to be good because Santa is watching. His reply to that is, "I can't see him, He can't see me." He is already a skeptic at age 3.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. (And some Playstation games!)
Cade had both front teeth pulled last month. He is almost 9.

This is my table set for dinner as part of our ward Christmas party. We had 8 people at our house for dinner and then we went to the Bishop's house for dessert and a program.

Weston as a wiseman for the ward party.

I went in to close Haylie's door before I went to bed and this is what I saw. Hillarious!

Haylie changing her first ever diaper. Doesn't Marisa look thrilled.

This is Cade at his first game as a Laker. Look at that fan club.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

It's been awhile

Hello bloggers! I am finally back in action. I seem to have taken a long break. We spent Thanksgiving at the Calls house in Las Vegas. I spent a lot of my time there doing crafts. Such as those that you can see below. Also we saw the Hoover Dam and we are glad that Tanner was not arrested since he threw a water bottle cap down to the bottom.

Soccer season is finally over. Matt and I were the coaches for Weston's team. Let's just say that our team was so bad that we had to recruit the 3 1/2 year old brother to play on the 5 year olds team. Weston did finally score a goal in the last game of the season.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Halloween & Disneyland Surprises

We went to Disneyland the day after Halloween because the kids had the day off of school for Parent Teacher Conferences. And look who we ran into! I was walking off Big Thunder Mountain and there was my Aunt Laurel (from Utah) sitting on a bench. After I did a double take, I called her name and she was shocked as well. Brittany, Brooke, and Kathy were about 10 minutes behind us in the same line. This picture is us standing in line together at Indiana Jones. Brooke decided she didn't want to wait in the long line and then Tanner was told that he was too short (which we already knew) for this ride and they wouldn't even let him just wait in line with me. So by default Brooke was left with Tanner. It ended up being an hour long wait even though the sign only said 25 minutes. Tanner had the time of his life with Brooke. She bought him a cool Pirates of the Caribbean gun and an extra large rice krispy treat. When we finally got off the ride this is how we found Tanner (right next to Brooke on the wall.)
He was out and he is very heavy and I had to carry him all of the way out of the park. I couldn't for the life of me get him to wake up. Anyways it was so fun to see Laurel and the girls and fun to ride Indiana Jones with them! Thank you Brooke!

Haylie the 50's Diner Girl and Marisa as "Tigger"

Cade as "Anakin Skywalker."

Weston as a very scary T-rex.

Tanner as "Buzz Lightyear."

A bunch of very excited kids.

This is the pumpkin that Grandma and Grandpa grew. This is how thick the lid was compared to a normal size pumpkin. The seeds were enormous too. It was so much fun to carve.

Monday, October 29, 2007

We survived!

After a week of fires we have survived. Sunday was the kids Primary Sacrament Program. After church we had the family and some friends over for dinner. Tyler and Kathy were able to come up from San Diego and it was lots of fun to see them. They had some great stories of what they went through last week. We are glad they are safe and their house too. Friday night was Haylie's 5th grade Halloween Party. I was on the planning committee and was able to go and be at the shindig. There was a DJ (just imagine how fun to was to watch a bunch on 10 &11 year olds dance!) and there was a spooky-walk through. This was a miniature version of Knott's Scary Farm. There was also food and a few games. Since the kids had be cooped up all week they seemed to have a real good time. But it made me realize the teenage years are not far behind. Oh boy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pumpkins & Presidents

Tanner is mad because his favorite pumpkin "broke." You can't really tell in this picture but there is a big crack going right through it. Maybe it's because he carries it around the house all day and this time when he dropped it - it actually broke. Haylie is running for President of her school. Or as she puts it, "President of the United States of America." I would rather vote for her than Hillary! Who would you vote for?
I caught the boys pulling leaves off the trees. They said they were just making confetti. Maybe they were really doing some clearance work for all of the fires that we are having.

And although poor California is burning up - We still love it here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Jay, JJ, or Janna

I had a hard time picking what picture to post for Janna's Birthday so I just picked lots from the last couple of years. Yes, today is another family birthday for my much younger sister Jay. She also lives way too far away and so we don't get to hang out and have as much fun together as we would like. But Janna have a wonderful Birthday. I miss you and I love you. The official story behind the nickname for Janna is this. When Janna was in Kindergarten and I was in 4th grade, I saw her playing at the Kindergarten playground while I was at recess too. So, I went over to the fence that separates the two playgrounds and I starting yelling her name so that she would see me and so that we could say "Hi" to each other but instead of yelling "Janna" I thought it would be cool to just yell "Jay!" I had never called her this before and so of course she didn't respond. So as I remember the story we never did say "Hi" that infamous school day but it was the beginning of a wonderful nickname.
*I am sure my sibling are going to tell me I am wrong and that I am remembering it my own way but to the best of my recollection this is how the story goes.
**Also if anyone cares, I always wanted to have a nickname because apparently I thought it was cool but no one ever gave me one. So for the record I think Janna is super lucky to have one.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

C-A-R-I-N- 31 has never looked better

Carin turns 31! So grateful that I am not all alone in my 30's. Happy Birthday Carin. Having sisters is one of the greatest blessing in my life but it sure stinks now because all 4 of us live is 4 different states. But Carin, if we were together today, I would hope we would play a little Balderdash, watch some funny old home movies, eat some junk food, and of course laugh a lot. Have a great birthday! I sure wish I could see you and spend the day with you. I love you.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Mom's Big Day

Happy Birthday Mom! We love you! Grandma -We all think you're the best. Have a wonderful day.
I thought this was a pretty classic Mom situation. Atleast all of my siblings will think it's funny.
Thanks for all you do for us mom. Especially for making us laugh!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A Day in the Life of Me

I found this Halloween picture from 2005. I thought it was too cute not to post. Happy October! Having four kids makes for some interesting, funny, and frustrating experiences. I thought I would share some of them from this week.

Weston informed me that he must have Cheetos is his snack for school everyday and that I don't need to bother packing any grapes.
Last Thursday Tanner came home with the preschool "share box." He immediately knew what he wanted to put in it. The Police Man from the movie "Cars." He wasn't going to be going to preschool until Tuesday, and wouldn't you know that the Police man had been in and out of the share box so many times that by Saturday he went missing. I don't think anything is more frustrating that looking for one small toy throughout the whole house. By Monday night, when Tanner went to bed we still had not found the toy. I was starting to think of a new idea for the share box, knowing that Tanner would be extremely disappointed in the morning. I was picking up the house Monday night and one cushion on the couch was tipped over and there was the Police Man just sitting on the couch looking at me like, "What's the big deal lady." That was my small miracle of the day.

This is what happens when you decide to scale the pantry shelves while mom is cooking dinner.
And even though I had already told Weston that we wouldn't be having any snacks he figured why start listening to mom now. How come it looks like I'm the one being punished? What a mess!

Yesterday I bought bags of candy corn to fill a glass pumpkin. This resulted in being way too much of a temptation for Tanner. Throughout the day I could hear the glass lid being taken off and I would see him shoving a hand full in his mouth. Of course I hid the pumpkin. After dinner I let all the kids have a few pieces of candy and he must have been paying attention because a half an hour later I was leaving for Young Women's and Matt has helping me load things into the car, Tanner knew this was his chance. He darted for the hidden pumpkin in the bowl, in a cupboard way up high. Matt said he walked in the door and Tanner was literally shoving handfuls in his mouth. His mouth was overflowing with candy corn. Notice the leftovers on the floor. It looks like we got attacked by the candy corn monster.

I have been busy for a month reading books (which is something that doesn't happen often.) I saw so many people's blogs talking about the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer (a Mormon author from BYU and my age too.) Anyways I read all three books and loved them.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


With school back in our Disneyland passes are working again. Yesterday was a minimum day and so we ditched real life and headed for Disneyland. In 4 hours we rode 10 rides. Including Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Splash Mountain, and the new Nemo Subs. It's so nice when it's not crowded. This was the kids first time on the Submarines and so they were really excited.

Notice Tanner licking every germ off the hand rail. Mom does not freak out because he is kid #4.

Saturday we had a very unusual day of rain. All three soccer games were cancelled and so this is what the kids did. Of course it was sunny and dry by the time two to our games would have been but that was OK because we had a nice day from the normal hectic Saturdays.

Haylie got her hair cut 2 weeks ago. She looks all grown up and ready to start those pre-teen years.