Saturday, June 26, 2010

Good Things to Come

I loved this clip about Elder Jeffrey R. Holland as a young father off to graduate school.  He is one of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sharing Fridge Raiding Secrets

My kids' friend was over yesterday. During the day Shanna and Haley decided to show him the glory of fridge marauding. When I discovered what they had done (why else would there be empty lime and lemon juice bottles laying on the kitchen floor?!) their little friend walked by me and said, pointing to the empty bottles, "I don't like that stuff."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I had some trouble recently (from last Wednesday till yesterday) with some dental bills--which I did get figured out.  Clark picks up on a lot and without me thinking about it of course heard me talk about my dental bills for my four cavities.  Last night Clark was asking about my cavities and how I acquired them.  I really didn't have an answer. I basically responded with an I-don't-know.  (I am an excellent floss-er...ask Lee.) 

But Clark had more on his plate.  "Well, Mom, you shouldn't go on so many dates with Dad."

A very interesting comment.  "Why Clark?"

Clark apparently has come downstairs too many time after the kids were supposed to be in bed, asleep. "Because of all the treats you eat with Dad on your dates!" 

Monday, June 21, 2010

A great clip about successful "Mormons"--members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (of which I am a member.) It shows briefly the Missionary Training Center in Provo where I spent four weeks training for my 18-month mission to Los Angeles and to the Los Angeles Temple Visitors' Center. Enjoy!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Cal!

Our little Cal turned FIVE!  Even though we were away from home visiting the Heits, we still went all out (as much as we could ha ha).  I think it was a success.  The pictures will tell all!
Making fondant at about 10:30 or 11pm at always.  I need to plan better and make the fondant during the daytime.  Clark's birthday is coming up and that will give me a chance to try my pre-planning preparation fondant plan.
June 12 2010 Making fondant for Cal's cake

We had to throw in a few decorations....
June 12 2010 Cal's birthday (2)June 12 2010 Cal's birthday (3)

A Lego Space Police cake.  Great job Lee!
June 12 2010 Cal's birthday (4)
June 12 2010 Cal's birthday (5)
June 12 2010 Cal's birthday (6)
June 12 2010 Cal's birthday (7)

The next morning, or should I write a few hours later.  Why do I always go to bed late the eve of a birthday?
June 13 2010 Shanna Haley
June 13 2010 Shanna Haley Cal Reed (2)

After church and ready for the party!
June 13 2010 Shanna Clark Reed Cal
June 13 2010 Reed Cal Lee
June 13 2010 Reed Cal
June 13 2010 Happy Birthday Cal
June 13 2010 Cal
June 13 2010 Reed Cal (2)

Haley slept through the party.  Haley and Shanna had fevers Saturday and Sunday morning, and Elden last week.
June 13 2010 Haley sleeping

Elden enjoying a second lunch during the party.
June 13 2010 Elden
June 13 2010 Clark
June 13 2010 Shanna
June 13 2010 Reed Cal (3)
June 13 2010 Ruth Elden
June 13 2010 Cal opening presents
June 13 2010 Cal (3)June 13 2010 presents
June 13 2010 Hot Wheels again
June 13 2010 Hot Wheels
June 13 2010 Hot Wheels (2)
June 13 2010 Hot Wheels again (2)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer has arrived...

Summer is here!  Clark got out of school on the 21st of May.  Even though it's still offically spring, summer starts at our house when school ends. The Monday after school let out, we were off at 4:01 am (1 minute late) to visit Daniel and Amy.  Shanna's photo sums up our trip:
May 25 2010 Shanna

Yes, we had a WONDERFUL time!  It was great visiting and we didn't stay long enough.  Haley loved the birds!
May 25 2010 Haley
May 25 2010 Haley (2)
May 25 2010 Haley (3)

Shanna loved Daniel's beard!
May 25 2010, Shanna and Daniel
May 25 2010 Shanna and Daniel

Clark loved playing the Wii with Anthon.
May 25 2010 Clark Anthon

And we all loved swimming....I enjoyed  it all from the concrete.
May 25 2010 Haley (4)

May 25 2010 Shanna Haley
May 25 2010 Clark
May 25 2010 Elden
May 25 2010 Elden (2)
May 25 2010 Cal
May 25 2010 elden (3)
May 25 2010 Lee
May 25 2010 Clark Anthon at pool in Raleigh
May 25 2010 Ila and Shanna

We also stopped at a park and played for a little bit.  Anthon was still in school, but Amy took him out for a day to play with Clark.  I am so glad she did!  It's great being with family and Lee and I love talking with Daniel and Amy.  The one night we were there, we got to join in on their family home evening.  Daniel talked about coat of arms that are found in England, and most everybody made their own coat of arms, or started contributing to a family coat of arms. And for treat, ice cream...can't go wrong!

After our great trip, we ventured off on another adventure.  We headed up to Virginia and went....camping!!!  I am sure you probably just fell off your chair, but hopefully you didn't incur a concussion so you can keep reading and view some more pictures. Lee and I like doing things outside; though I'll admit, we're not very adventurous.  But may I add, having five small kids does deter me from doing things like....camping. Surprisingly Lee and I enjoyed it and I am sure we'll go camping again--at least once a year.

After our first night of camping we checked out downtown Charlottesville.  We loved the outside mall area.
May 25 2010 Clark and Cal in Charlottesville, VA
May 27, 2010 Charlottesville VA
May 27, 2010 Charlottesville Mall
May 27, 2010 Shanna
May 27, 2010 Clark
May 27, 2010 Haley (2)
May 27, 2010 Twins on carousel
May 27, 2010 Cal
May 27, 2010 Elden
May 27, 2010 Elden and Lee

We stayed at two different campgrounds while in VA...long story.  Well, not really, but I won't bore you with the details.  Our favorite part of camping is the campfire!
May 27 2010 Elden at KOA (3)
May 27 2010 Elden at KOA (2)
May 27 2010 Cal at KOA in Charlottesville VA

Shanna must be doing a marshmallow eating contest.  She should of had us all join in!
May 27, 2010 KOA campground Charlottesville VA

At the other campground the next day, it rained that evening.  We couldn't get the fire started (it didn't help that we couldn't find the matches.) Our "neighbor" let us use some lighter fluid. That got the fire started!
May 28, 2010 Waynesboro campground Haley

One of the reasons I am not too fond of camping: dirty kids.  But I took this picture anyway.  Elden loved crawling in the dirt!  Can you imagine twins crawling around in the dirt?  I can and that is probably why I stayed away from camping for a few years.
May 28, 2010 Waynesboro campground Elden (4)

Elden will lie down occasionaly throughout the day and I think it's cute.  It seemed my other kids weren't as relaxed as Elden.  I loved seeing him lounge in our tent.
May 29 2010, Elden
May 29 2010 Elden

Thanks Daniel and Amy for a great visit!!!