Monday, June 30, 2008

we sure do love summer.

i came across these pictures of a camping trip up at round lake taken last summer. i couldn't resist.

cody looks like he hasn't been bathed in a week.... maybe he hadn't... we haven't been camping yet this year due to the late & busy spring... maybe we can convince someone to go with us one of these weekends. hmmm? anyone?

we have been able to make a trip canoeing.

which was fun ...& very toasty.... and a little nasty when we found a very bloated deer floating in the water....i neary barfed when i reaized what it was and got a whiff... i fell asleep in the living room last night because i was roasting and wanted to be near the cool air. i woke up at about 4am to a bright pink wall, a reflection of the sky which was in hues of brilliant pink where the sun was getting ready to rise.

it was incredible. i had to go stand on the porch and watch for a few minuted. listening to the birds chirp. it was very serene & peaceful. these pictures do not do it justice. i am not normally a morning person. usually complete opposite- up late into the night and watchng the moon and stars rotate around the sky over the seasons. so watching the sun rise was really amazing to see. i am thankful i live in such a beautiful place.

also, i am very happy my sister
corinne started a blog. :)

ps: hey kami, i ran into bro. mclause our seminary teacher, at zachs baptism this weekend.. . he is now the bishop in merv's brothers ward and says hello!! it was really awesome to sit and chat with him and catch up on what all those kids are up to from back in the day. we realized it has been nearly 12 years since then.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


so we recieved an unexpected suprise when i discovered that i am pregnant! only about 4 or 5 arah calculated that i'm due around march 1. it's funny because once again my sisters (minus kami) are all pregnant again together!! we went through this same thing about 6 years ago. so we'll all be expecting another crop of babies a few months apart.

cody is super, super excited and asks every day when the baby will show up. i've been trying to explain to him how pregnancy works & we found this picture of a size reference. the wee babe is approx. the size of a poppyseed.
having a few days to digest the information and think about it has evoked all kinds of feelings in me. mostly excitement, but a little nervousness. we are so far past the newborn baby phase with cody that we will be starting over from scratch as far as all of the gear and readjusting the life & home. merv is as happy as a clam about it all. i was a little nervous about the gap in age but i know a family is a family no matter what. i have a some cousins, both carmel & ganel-lyn, who have been through similarities with their own families as far as age gaps.
i found some pretty interesting information about it as well.

...on having children 5 years apart or more::

The Playground Wisdom: Whether your intention was to wait awhile between kids or time just flew by, there are big winners with this spacing. Your kids each get the benefits of being an only child -- lots of individual attention -- but also the companionship of a sibling, even if they're not super-tight. Meanwhile, you get to focus on each child with more freedom. "I definitely feel like I'm getting to know my kids as individuals," says Mary Ann , a mother of three who had an eight-year break between her firstborn and her second. Lisa who has three kids -- ages 12, 10, and 5 -- agrees: "A large gap between children has allowed me to cherish the moments I have with my youngest child."

The Highs: Like Cher on a comeback tour, you're a little older but smarter and more confident. "I'm not as frazzled as I was with my two older children," says Laurente. "I have a more patient take on parenting. I've learned not to sweat the small stuff." Your husband will likely feel the same way too. As a couple, you've had years to practice being a united front for the kids while also making time for each other, so this spacing may be the easiest on your marriage. Your firstborn may get a boost too. Laurente says her older kids were mature enough to really pitch in. "They learned to be more independent and help each other." Meanwhile, don't write off the buddy potential. "I didn't know whether a 4-year-old and 10-year-old would want to spend a lot of time together, but the kids play, and sometimes fight, like the best of friends," says Lachelle, another mom. Your little one gets a more sophisticated mentor than he would with a sibling closer in age. As they grow up together, the older child can help guide his younger sibling through the world of playground rules, schoolwork, cliques, and lots more.

The Lows: You're commuting every day between Kid Nation -- with grade-school obligations and evening Little League -- and Planet Baby, which requires that you carry a cubic ton of gear, and likely a fussy infant, everywhere you go. "It was quite an adjustment," says Laurente, of returning to diapers and naps after such a long break. "I didn't think about how exhausted I'd be trying to entertain a toddler while attending baseball games." That may mean less time and energy for baby-friendly "Mommy and Me" activities. Financially, this spacing has some downfalls. Your stroller and car seat will be out-of-date, so you'll need all new gear.
Expert Wisdom: Forget jealous -- your older child might act positively bitter. "The arrival of a new baby can be more difficult for someone who's been an only child for a long time," says Dr. Maholmes. "You have nine months to prepare him; use this time to talk about all the good and potentially tough changes coming." Harmony-at-Home Tip: The baby will get plenty of the spotlight, so remember to dote on your former only. "Abby loves to read bedtime stories to her little sisters," says Guman, "but we also give her special privileges like letting her stay up a little later at night. She likes to just hang out with us."

remember sun-in?

when we were younger they use to sell the stuff, but i hadn't seen it in years. a few weeks ago i saw it at walmart on the end cap and grapped some. cody is now my science project. we've been spraying it in his hair every morning and watching it go through the colorful rainbow when he's out in the sun. i'm being one of those evil moms that drive me nuts... the ones who messes with the kids hair when they are too young. poor kid.... ;)


we've been busy enjoying the nice weather this week. arah & i took a picnic down to the park and checked out the higher than usual river....let the kids feed the ducks and play on the carousel.

merv's oldest sister karen was in town from houston so we got together for a mini egg reunion. it was fun!! a very rare photo of 5 of the 8 kids together:

we were able to make our first trek this year, out to the lake. the kids had a blast and we stayed all afternoon. makaela being as beautiful as ever ....

brinley hauled the water right up to the blankets and poured it out "to make a river"...

"no mom! get a picture of my creation!! see?!"

cute pregnant arah working on her cleavage tan...

Monday, June 23, 2008


finished floor:

trimmed out windows!! no more poo brown!!

setting slate tile:

sealing slate:

matt supervising:

yippee!! we're almost done with this damn project!!

to do: grout tile when it dries, hang bead board, chair rail casing & hooks in hall, finish mantel piece for fireplace, change out cream outlets with white.

upside down tomato planters.

i highly reccommend these upside down tomato planters. they are like monsters!! i planted this one at the same time as some tomatos in the front and the ones in the front are only like 12 inches tall. this sucker has just taken off. even though it doesn't get that much sun. it kind of reminds me of somthing a grandma would have on her porch, but i don't mind so much. :)
i swear, i didn't order mine off of the infommercial...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

busy bees.

we've had a busy week. last saturday we had some time to kill before heading over to a party so merv decided we should go visit baby olivia's gravesite. it was very serene and peaceful. cody loved it. i just wish my allergies hadn't been acting up so bad. we peeked around at olivia's neighbors & i discovered a women who is buried near olivia who shares my same birthday just 40 years earier. :) cody picked his sweet cousin some flowers. the apples were left by someone else for the deer who visit. i remember the day she was buried he asked me in all of his innocence, "mom, is this heaven?" when we pulled up to the cemetery. he asks about her often & i think when he is older i will be able to better explain it to him. i hope she didin't mind that he was perched up on her little spot most of the time we were there.

then we went to a luau at the phelps house. they always throw the best parties and know how to throw down a good spread. all of the food was polynisian/hawaiian themed & completly gourmet. merv talked about the shish-kabobs all week. :) thanks for inviting us!!

then, later in the week: the new water park opened on the south hill so we took the bambinos. it's awesome for moms & kids! we visited the one on the northside a couple of years ago and have been waiting for this closer one to open. the kids had a blast and the price is super cheap, $2.50 for kids! arah and i are thinking about splitting the family pass for the season.

...afterwards we stopped by maggie moos for ice cream. of course the kids picked the most toxic flavor possible.

this stuff is seriously like neon blue. i remember going to the icecream shop and always picking the blue bubblegum flavor. i can't imagine eating that stuff now days.... mmmmmm.. yummy.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

happy fathers day.

to my very wonderful husband, who i love learning with & raising our boy with. i love you.

and also the perfect dad for me. you never go unappreaciated. love you so much dad.


...and of course my wonderful brother brian and brothers in law, matt & brian.... thinking of each of you & love you all!!

ps. did you know that fathers day originated right here in our very own spokane?....

The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.
Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother's Day.

so there you have it....

catching the sun.

on the way home from home depot, cody begged us to stop at the neighborhood park. we got there as the sun was setting so i could'nt resist the chance to play with the camera. i recommend trying this at the beach if you get the chance. :)

home depot.

we are finally to the stages in the project where we can see an end in sight. friday night we made what will hopefully be one of our last trips to home depot. cody really loved going to home depot at one time, and now after about a uncountable visits and sometimes several in a single day, not so much. we picked out the slate tile for the entry way and all of the additional finishing touches. friday night we started working on the rest of the base and floor trim and were seriously about to loose it. by about midnight merv decided that we all needed a nice day off from home improvement projects. the weather was WONDERFUL today, and we enjoyed a much needed day off. cody spent his last day at kindergarten yesterday, i can't believe he will actually be a first grader next year. bittersweet for me... and of course i brought my camera to get a picture with his heaven sent teacher, but i managed to leave the battery at home.... :(

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


i know my baby is growing up when i'm selling his thomas the trains on ebay.... he hasn't touched any of them in 6 months. i think he is starting to outgrow them. actually, he had such a huge collection we decided to get rid of the plastic stuff & keep all of the little really cool metal trains and tracks stored away in a special place. i think i might have gotten a litte choked up when i actually listed them for sale. while i was taking pictures i remembered that cody had even autograophed a few of the peices at some time.

anyone that knows cody knows his lifelong obbsession with trains....

cody: mom?

me: ya cody?

cody: i never want to get rid of these trains. i love them & i want to save them for my boy.

me: ya, thats a pretty great idea little dude.

i remember trying to hoard everything when i was a kid. i always wanted to save every dress i outrgrew because i was sure my kids would want to wear them and all of my dolls......i wonder if my sisters remember doing this?...

Monday, June 9, 2008

remodeling is a good excuse to eat out more.

we've been pretty busy this past week last week in between working on the house. ::we potted little plants for his teachers (a BIG succes, if your trying to think of teacher gifts...) :: went to and got treats a few times before school :: went to rocky rococos for pizza & a downtown walk with aunt arah brinely and grandma lana :: met our brand new neighbor baby ::and had dinner down town with arah, matt, brinely and jared.