Friday, February 27, 2015

I missed her!!

I'm so happy to be back with my baby!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sister stylist


Entertaining ourselves pre-flight...

"Art"

We are walking around an art gallery in the Santa Ana airport and Brianna keeps pointing and laughing at the pieces saying, "that's just a bunch of scribbles! I could make that!"

Out of the mouth of babes...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SoCal hotel pool!!










VACAAAAYYY!!



me so happy here!

Cousamies

Trying to combine the words Cousins and Enemies there... like frenemies... doesn't quite work as well.... Anyway. Point being. They are all bffs NOW...but give them 48+ hours together nonstop, and the hugging turns to hitting :) Or at least lots of whining and tattling.

Helping Hands


   

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Poser







She said, "Mommy, I'm going to do a POSE, take my picture!"

 omword. I adore this 4 yr old. 

Lunch w/ Sam

SammyJo hasnt been eating/drinking well lately, and we are trying to help her get healthier, so I've been trying to drop by more often at mealtimes. She seems to do better with her fam feeding her than with the staff i think. Of course it's challenging for me to do much cuz i gotta bring the three stooges with me. But amazingly - they stayed nicely contained the whole time in Sam's cute room w/ a show & snacks and let me focus on Sam! Lovely outing for all. Being able to do this sort of thing is one of the best benefits of our move here to WA. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Twin love

Hats n' selfies

the ninos

Hats from Gma!

Laundry Mountain...








It's never ending.... the mass of clothes needing to be washing, dried, sorted, delivered.... all so that they can cover up bodies, get dirty, and return to the wash cycle. MADDENING!

Floor puzzle



They love this giant 24 piece floor puzzle.
It's a cute depiction of Book of Mormon chronology... thus an easy go-to Family Night activity :)

Bday gifts from Gma

She loves STUFF!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday holidays

   Storytime at the dance studio. 
Brianna loves Monday holidays because she gets to come here!   

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine Dinner








Inspired by Papa Murphys....but made far healthier!
Dough includes mixture of chia, ww, oat, almond flour. Toppings include Applegate brand nitrate free sausage and shredded carrots
And love. Topped with lots of love.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Banana Squirrel

Its actually called Banana Swirl, but i prefer their pronunciation :)
Just put frozen bananas in the Vitamix! Better than ice cream!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I want one too!

"I would like my rowbot to clen my room"

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Brian in a diaper

So proud of my husband.... Demonstrating the proper wear and fit of adult briefs to the staff at nursing homes....
So manly. Swoon.

Voted via guilt

I've never been one who is very good at getting out to vote. 
I don't spend a lot of time researching the issues and I guess I really don't have any great excuse. 
Nothing that anybody else doesn't also use, like being busy or whatever. 
Maybe a case of apathy?
But the school district has pushed reeeeally hard to get ppl out to vote for this latest bond & levy. Like loads of emails, signs, flyers, EVERYWHERE.  Even a referral contest with prizes. 
Soooo....that got me out to cast my ballot and earn my sticker.

 Peer pressure, self-induced induced guilt, and multiple reminders is apparently the key to motivating me.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Studying the menu.....

  Charity, the restaurant connoisseur...  ha!

Mom texted me one afternoon and said that her and  Dad and Lily would be dining at Prospectors that evening (Meredith's restaurant) and asked me if one of my children would like to join them (note the number there - one. This is how we keep it enjoyable).  
Usually I would choose Brianna, since the twins are happiest together. 
But I joking replied back, "Yeah, Charity wants to go."  
And mom paused and then said... OK!
So - I let them take her! 
And they said it went well!
Back at the homefront - we had such a more peaceful easy dinner in her sweet toddler absence :)  
(no offense Charity my darling.... it was just nice to not have anyone throwing food on the floor or trying to stand on the table or grabbing fist fulls of food and wiping it in their hair).


Sunday, February 8, 2015

I'm so.... proud?

Twin clothes




Thanks to packages from Grandma,  I rarely have to buy clothes for my children! They love it :)

Lunch for B

Charity was a little upset because she discovered the hard way that the food was hot :)
Brian RARELY spends the day working from home. But today he had a huge quote to prep so he was barricaded in his office. I asked if he'd like lunch brought to him...he said suuuure...
Probably a bit wary of what I'd bring :) He's used to going to restaurants or Subway for lunch everyday.
He made a bit of a FACE when i brought in his plate: baked sweet potato, quinoa brown rice, and a lentil saucey topping (all from Costco. So yum)
He ate it all! Yay!
Small steps toward ensuring his quality and quantity of life...

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Bday lunch for brianna


They took her to Outback (thanks to gift cards from Sammy!!) I had to stay home cuz baby didn't go down for her nap early enough, so I decided it just wasn't worth trying to bring a wiggly TIRED toddler to a sit-down restaurant. Then I found out they had to wait an HOUR for their food. MIZ-ER-A-BLE!!! Glad I missed it. They brought me home my baked salmon+broc, so I still got the goods.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Breakfast for dinner

They think it's pretty darn funny to have waffles, hash browns and eggs for dinner!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Errands

Most people probably think of SAHMs running errands everyday with a minivan full of kids.
But that is definitely not what i do.
Well, i do have a minivan full of kids...
But i hate errands. I dread them. I avoid them at all costs.
I've lived here for 9 months and never stepped foot in Target, Walmart, Home Depot, etc.  I do all banking electronically. I shop online. I consolidate grocery trips and limit that to mostly Fred Meyer. I've learned that its just not worth the headache!
I'm a homebody and I'm ok with that.
But today...TODAY...I broke my streak.
We needed a new toilet tank. Brians outta town. I had nothing super pressing to justify putting this off any longer.
So i loaded up the crazies and took care of biz.
So excited i found that big flashlight at the bottom of the photo for $4.97! Bam. Totally got "emergency preparedness" checked off the to-do list (the one that doesn't exist cuz I'm not Type A).
THEN while we were out i thought...what the heck, let's go to Target! That's where moms are supposed to hang out all day, right? Right....
But i had some gift cards sitting in my purse for over a year. No joke.
So we used them! On buying a new tablet for the kids! (the last one met its death a couple weeks ago...it was depressing. Don't wanna re-live it right now). And the twins picked out $1 gifts for Brianna's bday. And i found a new wallet (it's only been 9 years since i bought a new one...am i jumping the gun?!) ha.
And that's the end of my errand-running saga. Stay tuned in a few more months when i dare to venture out again!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

We don't do SHY...

Storytime is always entertaining with Bennett and Courtney.

  They can be counted on to be THOSE kids - raising their hands constantly, blurting out random statements, ("my dad is at work!" "I ate an orange yesterday!" ,"There are 3 trees at my house!")

  Bennett will often compliment the girls around him, saying "I like your braids!" "You have a nice jacket!"
I hope they keep their outgoing personalities forever :)



(Bennett likes wearing the HOOD on his jacket...funny kid)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The only way i get computer work done....

Most people keep their laptops on a desk or similar. 
 I keep mine on my bed.
 So that the 2-3 times/day that I lay down w/ Charity to get her to sleep (or ease her into the world of waking up, post-sleep), I can get work done. 
It's tricky to position myself well, and I occasionally get sore shoulders from leaning too long on one side..... 
But we take things day-by-day here, and for right now - this works!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Twin games

While at Ziggys picking out new bathroom flooring (yay for remodel! Boo for spending money...it's still painful for me)...the twins developed an interesting little game with the samples.
 One would think of a particular square and the other would guess which one. 
Courtney always said YES! and let Bennett win on the first guess. 
Bennett said NO! on every guess Courtney made.
The game didn't last long...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

She likes PB


and I like her.

OOOOO so much 

!!!!!!!!!!!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Brian goes to Utah....



Brian's siblings decided to throw their father a big county-wide "Retirement Party", (like a wedding reception, except w/ Kent in the greeting line) so he went down to Utah for it.
Lesson learned: books tickets early! We only procrastinated a few days and it cost us mucho.
This wouldn't be too hard - just 2 nights away - except that it's at the end of a week-long trip to Chicago. 
So it's been a LOT of tough nights taking care of the kids solo.  Bed time is has been ROUGH some nights.  
This is definitely a two-person job!
But I'm ok with making the sacrifice. 
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? :)

(pictured here w/ Grandpa Berrett in Provo)

Brianna & Lily, the ballerinas

I've never been keen on putting my children in dance lessons.  Many excellent reasons for that. Mostly, that there are only so many hours in a day, so we need to focus squeezing in only the BEST extracurricular activities.
But Meredith really wanted to put Lily in ballet at a new little studio we found near us, and Lilly wanted Brianna to come.... so I gave in.
I feel a little better about this place, as it's focused towards young children. So - emphasizing the FUN - and not so much the ridiculous makeup, expensive outfits, subjective scoring, or inappropriate dance moves.
We'll see how this goes!  {curtsy}

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bribery

 
Meredith invited the girls to join her and Lily on an outing. 
Brianna wanted to go solo - just her and Lily, not Courtney. So she politely went upstairs, grabbed her piggy bank, and poured it out:"Here Courtney - I'll give you all this money if you stay home instead of going with us." Courtney, being the practical girl she is, accepted!