Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Younger Man

Jared turned 30 last month on the 27th. I like when his birthday rolls around because then I am no longer older than him...just the same age (at least in my silly mind). I can't believe he's thirty. I don't know why it seems so much stranger to me for him to be thirty than me. I think because I've always acted old no matter what age I am and he's always seemed so young & fun. I still see him as the same 21 year old who stole my heart.

I wanted to do something super special for him for his thirtieth birthday. It's kind of a big deal you know. My sister and I actually started planning this amazing surprise party for him like way back in February. He's never had a surprise party before. Seriously, it was going to be so much fun. It was going to have an 80's theme (since that's the year he was born), we were going to have prizes for best costumes, dancing, games, karaoke, yummy food...the works! I was so excited to do this for him.

So why didn't it happen you ask? Well, I remembered that we don't really have any friends. Yeah I know, pathetic right? Okay, don't get me wrong, we have friends. Just not really close friends that we hang out with on a regular basis. I mean, there's definitely lots of people I could have invited from church and his work and stuff but they're people we see at those functions. We don't get together outside of those things. I didn't want to take the chance of no one coming. How depressing would that be to walk into a surprise party and only have your wife & kids jump out yelling "SURPRISE" at you when you can tell that it was supposed to be a big party. So I scrapped it. Who knows, maybe for his 40th.

Anyway, we still had lots of fun. The kids and I went to the store to get some fun decorations & presents. Addison helped me make his birthday cake and then she and Urban helped put up the decorations. Addison picked out a toy race car to give him and Urban wanted to give him a football. Urban kind of scored on daddy's birthday as he ended up with both presents. Delilah and I got him a blu-ray player which kind of made up for losing the other two.

Jared's parents came up to visit us Memorial Day weekend and ended up getting here the night of his birthday. (I'll post about their visit later.) He had school that night and usually the kids are in bed by the time he gets home but I let them stay up late. When he walked in the door Addison & Urban sprayed him with silly string. They thought that was the greatest thing ever! Addison later told me that grown-ups birthday parties are more fun than kids parties. I think the silly string and noise makers were the main factors taken into account when coming to that conclusion.

I ended up telling him about all of my grand plans and then told him why I didn't do it. He just laughed and said I was probably right but he appreciated the thought. He's a pretty spectacular least in my opinion.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Preschool Graduation

I can't believe my oldest baby is about to start kindergarten. It makes me so sad but so excited for things to come all at the same time. Time has gone by so quickly and I hear it seems even faster once your little ones start school...hard to imagine. I am going to bawl like a baby the first day I drop her off at kindergarten.

Addison absolutely loved preschool. She made lots of friends, loved her teachers and learned a lot. Her teachers loved her too. They always wrote the sweetest remarks on her papers and constantly told me how much they enjoyed having her in their class. Naturally this wasn't a surprise to me. What's not to love? Okay, so she's not perfect but I think she behaved a little better at school than she does at home...thank goodness. Of course Urban wasn't there to fight with and that's usually the main reason for her acting up.

Her class had a really cute program that they presented the day of graduation. The kids sang songs and demonstrated some of the various things they learned throughout the year. The last couple months of school they learned about different cultures. What they wear, eat, how they play, what language they speak, where they're at in the world, etc. In the above picture Addison's group was portraying Polynesian culture and she got to play the ukulele.
She looked so cute in her little cap & gown.
Here she is with her teachers, Mrs. Edwards & Mrs. Wilson.
I'm so glad that Addison liked preschool so much. I don't think she'll have any problem at all transitioning into kindergarten.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


I came upstairs the other morning from taking my shower to see Urban quickly run out of the pantry into his room. I knew something was going on because I kept hearing the pitter patter of little feet running back and forth across the floor above me. When I walked in behind him I found half the contents of my pantry in the kids' room.

I asked what they were doing and Addison told me they were playing sell it or keep it.
"What's that?" I asked
"Well it's a game. I'm the store person and I ask Urban if he likes something and if he says yes then we keep it but if he says no we sell it."

Pretty creative don't you think? I'm actually quite impressed with their imaginations. Leave it to my kids to create a game revolving around food. They begged me to let them play a little bit longer before putting the food away. They were having so much fun and playing so well together that I actually didn't mind if they played "sell it or keep it" all day long.

Who knows, maybe this will be the next game show craze!

Oh, by the way, don't ask me what Urban's doing in this picture because I have no idea. But I still think it's super cute.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dance Recital

Addison took a cheer class this year and had a blast. Her teacher is so much fun. She's the same teacher Addison had last year for her jazz/ballet class. I'm not sure which type of dance Addison likes better, she really seems to enjoy both. I think next year we may try tumbling.

This is Addison's class skipping across the stage during introductions. Addi's the last one. It's so funny watching the girls skip. Most of them aren't coordinated enough to do it (including Addison) but it's so cute watching them try.
Here she is on the big stage. (She's in the back on the left...not a great shot, I know) She does so well when she performs, I love watching her. I'm so happy that she doesn't get scared when she sees all of the people sitting in the audience. She just gets up there and does what she's been practicing.
She's so excited to have 2 dance trophies now. She really does have a lot of fun in her dance classes. Whether or not she ever pursues dancing I'm just glad that she's doing something active that she enjoys.


Monday, June 14, 2010




I am so totally behind on blogging right now and I have so much to blog about. Last month was very busy for us which is part of the reason why I haven't had time to blog, and the other part can be attributed to my LAZINESS!

I have had absolutely no motivation lately to do anything. I have several projects I need to finish, my house is a disaster, I need to get caught up on laundry and get it put away, I need to do stuff for girls camp, I need to get back into an exercise routine, I need to plan some fun things to do with the kiddos this summer, and the list goes on...

I think part of my problem is that I have so much to do that when I think about it I just get overwhelmed and don't know where to start so I just don't do anything at all. Makes perfect sense right? NOT!!! I'm not sure what my problem is. I haven't always been like this. Usually if something needs to be done I just do it, I don't stress over it for weeks until I let it go for so long that it becomes a huge ordeal.

Anyway, something sort of clicked the other night. We had Chinese food for dinner and I read my fortune to Jared. It said something like 'you will be involved in many humanitarian efforts in your life'. I thought that was kind of neat, I like to help people. Well do you know what he had the gumption to do when I read this to him? Go ahead, take a guess. He laughed at me! And not just a little chuckle, but like a big, belly laugh. THE NERVE! So I asked him what in the heck he thought was so funny and was a bit taken back by his response. He said, and I quote..."honey, don't take this the wrong way because it's both of us, not just you, but we're too lazy to do stuff like that". The sad part is, he's totally right. And even worse is the fact that apparently we're both aware of this but have just accepted it as our way of life rather than do something to change it.

Well not any more. I am done being lazy and I am definitely done being okay with it. It's going to be hard to break old habits but I CAN DO IT...starting tomorrow! haha, I crack myself up. ;)

I figure the blogging world is a great place to start. That's easy enough, right? Since I do have so many posts to catch up on I'm going to try to do at least one a day for the next couple of days so keep checking back (this means you grandmas).