So, we were at Young Women's the other day (I'm the new secretary and Eric teaches Wed nights...so the kids come with me!) and I was helping the Laurels sew aprons for their pioneer trek dresses. The kids were all in the nursery making a HUGE mess with all of the toys (there were my 4 plus 5 other kids) but at least they were quiet! After cleaning up, we took some girls home and went home ourselves. The kids went and got in their pjs and came downstairs for prayer. That's when I noticed it...Cayson's cheek was bleeding (how did I miss it? I don't know). It wasn't bleeding bad, just a little cut. I asked him what happened to his cheek and he just rolled his eyes and started shaking his head as he said, "Mom...it was so stupid!" Great! You never want to hear those words coming from a bleeding 7 year old...."Tell me what happened while I clean it up". He chuckles a little bit and says, "well, I was in the nursery showing off for the girls and tried to jump rope with a baby stroller and I forgot to bend my knees." Oh, brother! After processing this in my head for a minute...I just simply said, "Cayson, I am proud of you for recognizing that as probably not the smartest choice...what can you learn from this?" "Well, I think next time I will remember to bend my knees!!!" BOYS!!!! Until next time..........
So, Walt Disney loved trains! It was said that after Disneyland closed for the night, Walt could be found driving the train around the park...His wife's name was Lilly, and he named a train car after her. Not just any train car, mind you...his own personal train car. It is filled with antiques and personal photos. We were lucky enough to have been able to ride in this beautiful train car on a trip around the Magic Kingdom. Thomas was the name of our escort (there are expensive and irreplaceable things on the train car so whenever someone rides on it, so does an escort). Thomas gave us lots of interesting facts about Mr Disney and the park...such a great experience! If/when you get to visit Disneyland, make sure to go by City Hall and ask to ride on the Lilly Belle...they will even give you souvenir tickets...One of my favorite things in the car was a picture of Walt and Lilly (a rare picture of her, even more rare of them together). An experience my kids can't stop talking about! Thank you Mr Disney for sharing your dream with the world....Until next time...............
So, the first day @ Disneyland...we decided to have breakfast with Minnie & Friends...we met a lot of characters and the food was scrum-delish! Cayson liked Captain Hook the best, I think...he took a picture with him and CH put his hook around Cayson's throat...he thought that was cool! The Fairy Godmother (i have been to DL lots of times and this was the first time I have met her...)she came and tied the kids' balloons on their wrists for them. Winnie the Pooh came by and gave the kids some honey. We got pictures and autographs of the characters and went about our business. The next day we noticed that our autograph book was missing! Aaaggghhh! Not that we had a huge amount of autographs...but we had quite a bit...so we went to lost and found to see if they had our book...the lady was gone for quite a while and she said that she went through about 100 books and couldn't find ours...bummer! So the third day, I decided to go to the breakfast and ask them if they would just take the new autograph book around and have the characters sign it again. One lady was not very nice (very un-Disneyland attitude, she had!) so I asked another lady who was walking around with the characters and she was very nice about it. She took our book and went around to the characters and had them each sign it (which was nice because there were characters there that we hadn't had a chance to meet before). I took the book and went to City Hall to give Tammy (the nice lady) a compliment...they get special things when they go above and beyond for the guests...she did something for me...I was gonna do something nice for her...so I was filling out the compliment sheet and the lady that was helping me asked me if she could take my book and have each of the kids' favorite character autograph it...SURE! She told me to come back in a couple of hours and she would give it back to us. So we went over to CA Adventures to the Aladdin show (which is great!) and then came back to City Hall...I picked up the book and ran outside (the kids were in line to meet Cruella DeVil and Mary Poppins and Bert). After we met them, we were sitting down contemplating our next move and I picked up the autograph book...Holy Cow! They had added about 30 or so more names in the book...now, I know that when you are hired to be a character, you have to learn all of the signatures so you can play any given character so I know that one or two people sat down and filled up our book...now that is Disneyland attitude! Anyways, I went back to City Hall to thank them and the lady said that the man that was "in charge" of the project had remembered my kids from breakfast and wanted to do something special...we got autographs of characters that have not nor will they probably ever be out doing autographs...that is something special! More to post later...until next time!
P.S....Grandpa really likes his picture taken with the characters!
I have been driven many times upon my knees with the overwhelming conviction I had nowhere else to go.-Abraham Lincoln
"To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. Call upon our Heavenly Father for help as you care for their needs each day and as you deal with the challenges which inevitably come with parenthood. You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them." — Thomas S. Monson
Red Shirt Fridays!
Remember red shirt Fridays to support our troops...If you aren't willing to stand behind our troops...are you willing to stand in front of them?!?!
They Said What???
12/25/09 Cayson: MOM!! Don't wash that glass...it has Santa's DNA on it!!
1/2/09 Jaxson: Mom, why can't we have new sunglasses? Me: We have to save our money for our trip to Disneyland! Jaxson: Is that where Mickey Mouse is? Me: Yep...is that who you want to see? Jaxson: Nope... Me: Who DO you want to see there? Jaxson: Grandma and Grandpa! (They're looking forward to it, too, Jax!)
12/08 Cayson tried really hard... Cayson: Mom...can we have pizza for dinner? Me: No, son...I'm making tacos Cayson: Yuk! How much does pizza cost? Me (trying to think of a high number): $40.00 Cayson: Is that a zero then a four? Me: No...that's a four then a zero. Cayson: How much money do you have? Me: Zero. Cayson: Great! Then all I need to find is Four! Why can't he be in charge of the world's money?
11/27/08 Eric was running a quick errand and all the kids wanted to go with...long story short...he said no...Deni didn't like that at all... Deni (while hugging Eric's leg): The one that gives you a hug gets to go...Yay...I win!
11/8/08 Hailey and I were watching "Sleeping Beauty" this is how it all played out: Hailey: "Fauna is my favorite good fairy because she is green...who is your favorite, mom?" Me: "I like Merriweather" Hailey: "But she is so grouchy...nevermind...that makes sense!" Thanks a lot!
11/6/08 Jaxson & Deni's teacher gave us 2 TV/VCR combos and after we picked them up today, Jaxson said, "Mom...did Teacher Susan get those for the kids or for the humans?" Oh, Jaxson...there are days...
10/24/08 The kids and I decided to make muffins (Chocolate Chip and Almond Poppyseed-Yum!) After filling the muffin cups, I let the kids lick the bowls clean...Cayson said..."Mom...you could go to Heaven for this!" If only it were that easy!
Deni passed gas in the van & Jaxson was sitting next to her...here's how the conversation went:
Jaxson:Deni, you are a gas-bag...what do you say?
Deni: "You're Welcome!"
There is a new movie on Disney Channel called 'Mostly Ghostly'. So Jaxson just came in while I was checking my email and said, "Mom...could you please turn on Holy Ghostly, please?!?"
10/10/08 Deni sure did try hard....here's the play-by-play: (on our way back from Mobius-a fun "they don't know it's science" place for the kids to play) Deni: "Daddy...are we going home or to the park?" Eric: What do you think, Deni? Deni: "The park...that is what I thought!" Eric: "In your dreams!" Deni: "What you said? We need to get a drink and then we go to the park?" Eric: "No! We are going home...not to the park!" Deni: "Sorry, Jaxson...I tried!" Jaxson: "Don't drag me around...this is your fault, Deni!"
Cayson (6) and Eric saw a Corvette in the parking lot...here's how the conversation played out...
Eric: Wow! Cayson...look at that cool car!
Cayson: I don't want one of those cars, dad...it's for girls!
Eric: What do you mean it's for girls?!?!
Cayson: Dad, it's the one like Barbie drives!
My poor son...
7/17/08 9-ish pm
Deni: Where is Daddy?
Me: At Work
Deni: At the hospital?
Me: No...Right now he is at Horizon Medical Institute (the school we own)
Deni: "Toot"...we don't toot...we fart!
All of the kids think it is the funniest thing that Eric has "toot" in the title of his school...hahaha
Deni is named after Tiphaine's dad (Denny). One day Deni was arguing with Gpa about who was named Deni (or Denny)...Here's how it went:
Deni: My name is Deni
Gpa: My name is Denny
Deni: No...you name is Grandpa
Gpa: My name is Denny
Deni: Okay...you are Denny
Gpa: And you are Deni
Deni: No...I Grandpa!
Eric & Tiphaine-1997 (he's the quiet one & she's the loud friend!)
Hailey-2000 (the social butterfly)
Cayson-2002 (shy, smart, and loveable)
Jaxson-2003 (we call him action jaxson!)
Deni-2005 (loves to dance!) And boy are they SPOILED!!!