Budding Photographer?

Ok, so yes some of the photos are out of focus, or the lighting isn’t quite right, but for 4, almost 5 years old, I think she does a pretty good job. I’m speaking of course, of Natasha. She seems to have inherited the artsy gene from my Mom’s side of the family. She loves to do crafts: painting, cutting, gluing, coloring, taking pictures, etc. She asks for the camera almost daily, although we try to let her get creative only when little brother (a.k.a. little monkey) isn’t around.

Here’s the result of Tasha’s photoshoot last Friday:


Daddy “surfing”


Daddy being silly




Kevin relaxing


Happy subject

Not bad, eh?

Accentuate the positive?

So, I’m typically an optomist, or at least I think I am, but it seems that other than one very successful evening this week, the rest of my week has been a complete write-off! No matter how hard I tried to turn things around, no matter how many prayers I said or tears I shed (hey, it rhymes!), nothing was making these days better. From numerous potty “accidents” (I don’t know if it can be called that if one just decides not to pull their pants down) and cranky babies to just plain ‘ole disappointments and foiled attempts at productivity, it has been a half-empty kind of week. Let’s hope this weekend can turn things around!

Two of our favorite kids songs

Being up in the mountains, we don’t get very many radio stations so we really enjoy our satellite radio. It makes road trips endurable. There’s one kids station that is sometimes fun, sometimes annoying, but there are two songs in particular that even Ammon and I can sing along to.

The first one we just discovered about a week ago, it’s called “It only takes one night to make a balloon your friend”. It is the cutest song about helium balloons and how at first they’re shy and they fly away up to the ceiling, but in the morning, they’re on the floor, ready to play. I searched for the lyrics all over, but couldn’t find them anywhere unfortunately.

Here’s a link if you want to hear a few notes:

Lunch Money — It Only Takes One Night To Make A Balloon Your Friend

The other one is called “There’s an Alien in my Nose”. It’s all about, you guessed it. Boogers! Here are the lyrics:

Alien in my Nose Lyrics:
A quiet day at school, a little after lunch, I was
sitting in the library reading adventure books. I
felt something in my nose so I discreetly pulled
it out. When I saw it on my finger I wanted to
scream and shout. It was wiggling and jiggling and
jumping up and down. I was in the library and
couldn’t make a sound. There was an alien in my
nose, an alien in my nose. And it was gross,
gross, gross, gross! There was an alien in my nose.

Purple, green and slimy, with pointy teeth and
bloodshot eyes, I tried to shut it in a book, but
it survived. So I stabbed it with my pencil, tried
to wipe it on a friend. It took my lunch, said,
“Take me to your leader” and jumped back up my
nose again. There was an alien in my nose, an
alien in my nose. And it was gross, gross, gross,
gross! There was an alien in my nose.

I could feel it crawling, creeping closer to my
brain. It was trying to suck the smart out to make
me crazy and insane. So I threw it on the floor,
tried to squish it with my shoe. When this didn’t
work, I knew what I would have to do. I had to be
brave and save the world. I knew I had to defeat
it. There was only one way to stop this thing.
I knew I was going to have to eat it.
There was an alien in my nose, an alien in my nose.
And it was gross, gross, gross, gross!
There was an alien in my nose.

EW! But you have to laugh!

Day at the Park

Well, this was about two weeks ago, before the snow returned-darn snow! We were enjoying the beautiful spring-like weather and were deceived into believing that spring had indeed come, despite living in Colorado for the past 5 years and knowing different!


The sun was too bright to look at me


This is the “clifford” swing. I guess it looks like a big red dog to them!


I forgot to add this one to my post last night with the photoshoot.


I’m done with all the pictures Mom!


I know she’s sad, but she’s so cute when she’s sad!

A Tasha Post

Tasha came downstairs the other day wearing these and thought she was so funny! And she was! =) Our little comedienne!


Daddy’s socks are more like tights!


A real smile. Man they’re hard to get with the camera these days!


The other day Annika was looking particularly cute and Kevin was eager to be in a picture, so I thought hey, time to take some pictures. Tasha finally conceded as well, but not for any of those silly, normal smiling pictures. Though I’m continually frustrated with the quality of pictures (or lack thereof) I come out with using my cruddy 5 year old digital camera, I think a few them turned out worthwhile. Plus, as I’m writing this I’m reminded that back in the day you used to have to pose for a picture for close to an hour, so I’m thankful for my cruddy old camera.


Ok, so I got 1/2 of the subjects smiling. Annika is still in the “what the heck is that thing” phase, in regards to the camera.


Kevin actually SHARING his cars with his baby sister! (too bad he won’t share with big sis)


Kevin’s saying: “Yup, that’s my car. It’s a cool car, isn’t it?”


I know this is blurry because she was moving, but I love this picture. It makes me want to kiss her sweet cheeks!


It’s a sorta smile!


He’s my clown (my little one)


Hey Tasha, look at me!


No, Kevin, look at me!


Anything you can do, I can do better!


I can do anything better than you!


No you can’t!

Ain’t that the truth!

The other day the kids were helping Ammon with a messy task and after they had washed their hands, we noticed Tasha must have touched around her eyes because she looked like someone punched her. Ammon got a wet wipe and was wiping it off of her face, so naturally Kevin thought that he must have gotten some around his eyes too. Next thing you know, he has two wet wipes and hands them to Ammon. This is how the conversation went….

Ammon: “Kevin, you don’t need two wet wipes. Why did you get two?”

Kevin: “Because I have two eyes!”

Now that’s telling it like it is! I love kids!!! =)

One of those moments you live for….

Anyone who knows Kevin, or has read this blog, knows that Kevin is my challenge at this stage in my life. He’s a super-active, super-sassy, silly, mischievious baby-Ammon who likes to push his Mommy’s buttons and get his obedient older sister in trouble.

Well, luckily for me, this little handful also has a sweet side and lately he’s been showing me this part of him at mealtime. Almost everyday at lunch or dinner, he’ll spontaneously get down from his chair and come over to me and say, “Yummy. Thank you Mommy” and give me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek.

Not only does it make me feel appreciated for trying to make something yummy and nutritious, but it wipes away the memories of the previous few hours of chaos he’s created for me and replaces it with warm fuzzies. It’s one of those moments you live for as a Mother…


Last night we got home from a long trip to Costco (not b/c it’s far away, it just took us a long time) and when we pulled in the garage, Tasha was pretending to be asleep. Ammon and I brought the other two kiddos inside. I then went back out into the garage to get Tasha and just about jumped out of my skin as I heard an evil laugh come from the opposite side of the garage! Miss Natasha had gotten herself out of the jeep (it’s hard for me to get in it now because Ammon lifted it a little) and was hiding on me, just waiting to surprise me! After the initial scare, she and I had a good belly-busting laugh at her cleverness!