Sunday, December 28, 2008

funnies for 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! This has been a big year for us. Chris' dad died in June and we sold our house and moved to Texas so Chris could teach and coach. The only way we could enjoy such a year is to keep our Kelly sense of humor. Please enjoy some of the Kelly pictures, funnies, quotes, and "deep" thoughts from 2008.



1-07 Ben, after praying that he could be a daddy when he grows up, asked in a voice of extreme suffering: "Why is it taking SO long for me to be a dad?!"

1-10 Lydia comes up with yet another nickname for Abigail. We have already done Abi, Abigalillian, Abijillian, and now she goes for simple with Aba...only I hear ABBA.

1-13 Ben asks if Christmas is for daddy..upon further questioning he says, "Yeah, Christmas celebrates Chris!"

1-21 Ben decides that Dad is the "meanest guy in the world." This is decided based on Dad finishing the rest of the black beans. Dad challenges him to think of anyone meaner than him...Lydia comes up with giants and Ben comes up with robots. For your information, according to Lydia giants mainly hide (the little ones behind trees and the adults sit behind mountains), which is why you may not have seen them.

1-22 Kalani joins in on a discussion about the numbers of vowels in our names. "I have two vowels in my name," she says. Lost in illogical "I have failed as a homeschool mom" land, I say "WHAT? You have three!" We go back and forth a few times before I remember to ask "What do you mean?" I only have 'a' and 'i' in my name -- two different vowels." AHHHH, communication at it's best.

2-02 Ben and I are holding little Abi. He looks at all of our fingers and comments on how fingers grow; then he says, "When my ring grows (CTR ring from primary) it will be a watch!"

2-03 Abi is blessed. Over a foot of snow keeps some relatives from getting out of their driveways. A few more may have helped since Abi almost rolls right off the hands of the men holding her.

2-04 Abi wakes up early with a stuffy nose. While Mom is using that baby voice - you swear you'll never use before you have children - and calling her a darling little snuffalufagus, she smiles! Raymond also enjoyed the smile which led to a long string of smiles and coos and snuffaluffaguses and giggles (all from Mom and Raymond, for Abi was smiled out.)

1-23 Kalani interrupts my book reading with the comment, "Natalie and Raymond look colored." My brain goes into panic mode wondering where she could have heard that word, what she could possibly mean and wondering what associations she has with that word...but I learned from the vowels so I ask, "What do you mean?" "Dad's laptop is sideways and they look blue, black, and yellowish, you know like someone colored them." How long can I preserve that definition of colored and avoid the antiquated one?

1-25 We put the children to bed. Lydia goes upstairs for the umpteenth time to do whatever she can to procrastinate bedtime. She comes back downstairs with Becca. "She was stuck in her crib," says Lydia. Ummm, we put her to bed...it's bedtime..AGGHH. She had gotten both girls out of bed. Susan went right back to sleep.... on the kitchen floor?! Rebecca had come downstairs hoping to stay up with us. How very sweet of Lydia to save her sister from the horrible fate of sleep.

1-26 On our way to a great "toga party," I realize that we will be playing Twister so I review right and left with Lydia and Ben. Both of them are right handed so I tell them that their right hand is the one they write with. Ben promptly raises his left hand, "And this is the one I hit with!"

1-27 Ben stops abruptly during his prayer to ask, "Where is God?" After a brief discussion of God and how we can go to Him as our Father in Heaven and how He listens to prayers, Ben says, "I really want to be a dad!" (President Hinckley died today and my mom went into the hospial with a heart attack.)

2-08 Ben says out of the blue, "I wish I had Jesus in my pocket then we could pray together!"

3-07 As we are driving to choir Natalie notices the Spanish Fork sign that reads, "Pride and Progress". Having just read some Jane Austin, she comments: "That should read Pride and Prejudice"...hmmm.

3-11 Raymond says out of the blue..."I think baptism is like this life. Before we go in the water it's like before we are born, then we are alive, and then when we are out of the water it is like after we die."

3-12 Ben says, "Mommy we need to get another baby in your tummy, we need some more boys around here!"

3-14 Kalani asks "What's the melillian?" Natalie says, "Do you mean the millennium?" "Yeah, that."

3-15 Abi giggles for the first time! I LOVE baby giggles.

4-3 I'm reading the DK Star Wars book. On one page is General Grievous, then on the next page is him with his shoulders disjointed so he has the four arm thing going. I say his name on the first page, then turn the page and Ben interrupts saying, "General Conference!"

4-18 Ben climbs up on my lap, snuggles in and says, "I want to play gentle 'I love me' games!"

5-24 Abi is 5 months old, can now roll in both directions, gets up on all fours, and does a baby downward facing dog.

6-03 Becca is saying the morning family prayer and in light of her daddy's job hunt says, "bless daddy to get a new bob." Daddy promptly emails his brother, Bob, to release him fom his duties, so Chris is now searching for a new Bob.

6-08 Ben came home from church today declaring he is the Bishop. What does he do as Bishop? "Opens doors and gives out candy! What else?"

6-15 Kalani can't decide whether to ask Mom or Dad, so it came out, "Dam." Then NONE of the children know that is a swear word and don't get why Dad, Mom and Michelle Kelly are laughing.

6/27 Chris' dad, Robert Coffin Kelly died. We will miss him terribly but are so grateful for his life and now his freedom from pain and health struggles here.

7/12 Ben says to his cousin Michelle Kelly, "you can't go to BYU - you are a girl!" After further questioning we discover that "going to BYU" really means playing football or men's basketball in Ben's world.

7/21 Britt makes a fatal mistake mentioning that none of her chilren have broken any bones yet...the next day Ben jumps form one couch to another and slips off onto the unfinished basement floor at Grandma's house. (I saw it and honestly it looked like one of those injuries you see on tv when you KNOW it's not good). Ben had a greenstick and buckle fracture on his elbow.

Chris decides to go back to teaching and coaching and gets a job in Pampa, Texas. It is inconceivable to leave our friends and Grandma Kelly, yet off we go.

8/21 We are driving to Pampa, TX. We cross over the Colorado-New Mexico border and I welcome the children to New Mexico, to which Ben (4) replies -"This isn't NEW Mexico - there's nothing new here. There's NOTHING here. This is Old Mexico (insert heavy pout)." We discover that New Mexico isn't good for playing I spy (I spy something green-a tree) and difficult for the alphabet game as well - there do have to be signs to play!

8/24 Becca informs us that we are NOT in Texas. We ask her where Texas is..."Outside," she replies.

8/26 Ben gets his cast off. X-rays - no problem. Big saw and loud vacuum right next to his skin - no problem. Offer to wash up his arm? "NO!" he says jerking his arm away with its newly revealed dirt collection.

8/28 Ryan Kelly opens his mission call to "feet" Lauderdale, FL.

8/28 Chris, upon discovering that the TV remote is still packed: "How can I be a coach without a remote?"

9/22 Raymond randomly walks in the family room and asks Natalie,"Do you think you could eat a piece of chicken the size of Star (our chubby kitten)?" "YUM," says Natalie." The chicken - not Star," says Raymond.

10/08 Benjamin says he hopes no one in our family will go to the USA. I ask him why and he says, "Well maybe Moms and Dads can go." I probe more and discover he's worried about his brothers and sisters and there is water and surfing in the USA (guess what Beach Boys song I was doing dishes to this morning?) I think it's time I hang up the maps again.

Matthew Kelly receives his mission call to Ontario, Canada.

Jacob Kelly is finally, officially adopted and sealed to the Kelly family.

Kevin Kelly receives his mission call to Atlanta, Georgia.

12/14 Susan continues to deny the existence of her chicken pox...only once during all her time covered with pox did she admit it....and then it was "cheekn pox"-apparently she got the tex mex version of the disease.

12/28 Raymond leads the chicken pox army fighting the Huns. In a unique combination of Star Wars and Chinese he claims the role of Qui-Gon Chin.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

volleyball

So I'm playing community "volleyball". This is not your best volleyball, it's the kind where the most exercise is abdominal from laughing. The people are all nice though, and I am playing.

As we're playing, Buddy (real name used because it's awesome) hit the ball in a great spot for a point. After which he said "When you're fat, it's all about ball placement!"

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My mother and I both have eight children. In a twist of biology she had six boys and two girls, while I have six girls and two boys. Much of my daily routine must be somewhat familiar to her, even if she doesn't remember. When I've asked my mother advice a basic issue of motherhood, sleeplessness, she says she doesn't remmeber having major problems. This is ironic because I remember BEING a major problem! I have been told that I made my dad jump around chasing away flying monkeys from that still to scary to be seen movie, the wizard of Oz. I remember sleeping in between them on a camping trip and I know I woke up quite early as a child. There are other simple things I know we share, like wondering if 4 bunches of bananas will survive the weekend, being told "I'm hungry" while still clearing the table from the previous meal, and mountains of laundry.

I had occaission to wonder recently about playtime. In my family some afternoons look like this



All we need for a fabulous afternoon is the nucracker and dancing clothes, even just scarves will do. I know from experience that this isn't as fascinating to boys. For whatever reason boys and music at my house tend towards wrestling.

I know boys and girls play differently. Just ask my son what happens when he asks a sister to play risk. They always refuse. When he first got he game and they agreed to play it they would come to me crying within minutes, "he's talking over my country!" Not only do they like different kinds of games. But even given the very same toy they play differently This is clearly seen with dinosaurs at our house. Ben and Raymond opt for major carnivorous battles. They also spend a lot of time lining them up preparing for said battle. The girls put all the dinosaurs in a pile, pick out families, assign mommies and daddies and children, and play a rousing game of house. No one gets eaten. When we play castle the girls think of the beautiful dresses and dancing, the boys think of dragons.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Parental fear factor

I've long declared that the show Fear Factor is a farce. It really should be called stupid factor. Eating weird animal parts and jumping from moving trucks for money are definitely not fears to overcome.

The real fear factor is life. Yesterday my dear little three year old said those words every parent fears "I don't wanna wear diapers, I want underwears!"

Now don't get me wrong, I do want my children to be potty trained. It's just that I go by the very practical council given by a wise cousin "diapers are cheaper than therapy!" All summer long I've been procrastinating potty training. At one point I even bribed this same toddler NOT to go to attempt potty training. Something about our summer makes that reasonable.

I know what potty training means. It means life interupted, TONS of bathroom trips, laundry, closer prximity to poop and carpet cleaning galore. This particular potty training adventure involves two little girls. Potty training twins...

Despite my experience, is that resume material?, I have already made mistakes this go round...

Mistake number one: the moivational panty shopping trip should be IN THE MORNING! Last night after a day of fair success at potty training we loaded up to pick up the motivational panties. The goal is to buy the potty training child underwear SO darling they won't want to get them messy. As I was driving it occured to me why this doesn't work for boys. My boys normally opt for superhero or racecar underwear. Perhaps logic tells them that If batman can handle the joker, he should be able to handle other toxic messes without blinking. How super can spiderman be if he can't handle an ccaissional flood? Cars are obviously impervious to mess. Now luckily that didn't apply to this situaion. My girls picked out princesses and beautiful flowers. They fawned over their panties, flashed each their panties as they ran through the house, carried them around lovingly. The motivation is definitely there...Cinderella does not DO floods and we won't even discuss any other thing she may have to face.

The problem this particular time is the timing of the shopping trip. I had just increased my children's desire to wear panties RIGHT BEFORE BED! Am I insane? It took a great deal of bribery and discussion to encourage the less ready child to put on a pullup for night time. Children aren't dumb. You can call pullups whatever you want...they are really glorified diapers. Who cares what happens to the little pictures on the front, it is obviously made to be USED. We survived the first mistake...

SECOND MISTAKE! That's right it's only been two days...but here it is. Today I had planned a homeschool girls book group at my house. I was inviting 6 young ladies over (ages 8-1), discussing the secret garden and doing a craft together. Prepraing for that, and hosting that is NOT condusive to interuptions every few minutes of nature calls, or worse nature miscues. We avoided those problems the old fashioned way...I told the girls if they had two accidents this morning they were back in pullups...so we ended up in pullups for the meeting.


Here we are at only day two...I will just repeat the refrain..."they'll be potty trained before college, they WILL be potty trained before college."

Forget fear fator, maybe I should go for wifeswap...I do like the husband though, maybe it should be toddler swap

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

a real writer

Everyone says you are not a real writer until you receive your first rejection notice. When I sent my story in last January I knew that could happen. I just assumed that this could be different. time passed. Some friends reminded me that the longer they keep it the better. It means they like it enough to put time into it. AFter six and a half months I gently inquired and this is what I got back...

Dear Ms. Kelly,

Thank you for submitting Miracle of the Gulls and for being so patient
with us. After careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion
that it is not something that fits our publishing needs. We apologize
for how long it has been, but we wanted to give the manuscript every
possible chance.

We appreciate the skills, effort, and time that have gone into preparing
your manuscript.

Best wishes in your future writing endeavors.

Sincerely,

The Editors
Covenant Communications, Inc.


I'm officially a writer...and looking for a new publishing company.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The last post doesn't exactly suffice for the last two months! Although this slideshow is long, it doesn't have everything...Don and Cindy had a wonderful visit with many hikes with natalie, kalani went to girls camp for the first time, Raymond had a fabulous time at cub scout day camp, Chris visited Texas and found a job and took MANY pictures of houses for me...Even to our last day in utah with David working hard to pack our truck in a way only my father could duplicate, kathy cleaning mom's house and helping to get us out the door and the Leavitts providing a sanctuary for us...and so very many more people than that... some day we may unpack the camera cable and post the pictures of my parents visit. For now these "few" may suffice.

top 10

We are frequently asked WHY we moved HERE. That is a bit worrying when the person asking has lived here a bulk of their life! These aren't specifically for our area reasons...We

Top 10 reasons why we may or may not have moved to Texas...

10. We got a letter threatening us with a visit from the CPS and we knew the Texas CPS were already busy.

9. We got tired of always having our view blocked by mountains.

8. We wanted MORE comments about the size of our family and figured we'd need to move out of utah for that.

7. We were bored and had moved the furniture around IN our home in as many variations as possible...

6. Because our house sold to the very FIRST person who walked through.

5. We felt the Kelly family needed a tougher image, so we moved to the "don't mess with us" state.

4. Our skin was cracking in the utah dryness so we decided to try for some humidity...in August

3. fire ants, bigger spiders, more snakes, larger everything creepy crawly...oh this is supposed to be a reason you say? hmm we're studying biology this year in our homeschool.

2 KITTENS...we wanted a home of our own to bring our kittens to

1. There is that little thing about Chris getting a history teaching and coaching job here...and we do really like being WITH him.



We have read in the scriptures about some of the travels of God's people. My first thought with the Exodus, considering our situation was gratitude that we didn't have 40 years between homes but I'm still looking for milk and honey sources.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Robert Coffin Kelly

My dear father-in-law died this evening. It has been a long struggle for him and we are so glad he is free. We will miss him so much. This will be a huge transition for mom from full time caregiver to mom and grandma and...herself.

Dad was a newspaper salesman as a boy; he met mom at BYU on a bus trip to SLC to the geneology library. They had seven children including Susan Grace who died shortly after her birth. Dad served a mission in the southwest and learned Spanish. He continued to use his Spanish as a stake missionary for decades.

He taught chemistry for many years at Ventura College, then served another mission with mom to Michigan. He LOVED to travel. He visited Europe many times to see his daughter and her family. He also loved traveling through the United States in their Winnebago.

Dad loved geneology. He loved the mystery of it and the stories and lessons learned from his ancestors.

Dad loved to read. He studied chemistry, politics, the scriptures, history and many other subjects.

Dad loved his computer. It was a wonderful tool for him in geneology.

He also loved to play games. He had a wonderful mind and a competitive spirit.

The last years have been hard on Dad. He was already dealing with Parkinson's and cancer when he fell and broke his neck. He bravely faced the loss of full use of his legs, but the loss of his hands was a struggle. Last year when an infection turned particularly bad and Dad was told he had "heart goobers" (the dr's description). He was given hours, days, or weeks to live. Dad's competitive spirit supported him through another 16 months. He died on the 164th anniversary of the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. Tami, Chris and Mom were with Dad when he died.

I love my father-in-law.


I know this is already long...this morning I read in "Tramp for the Lord," by Corrie Ten Boom, about her experience when her good friend Connie died. She talked about the 23rd Psalm "yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..." In the 91st Psalm it talks about being in the Lord's shadow...at death we are so close to the Lord we are in His shadow. That is such a wonderful comfort and a beautiful image. This afternoon Mom and Tami asked Dad to blink if he had seen his parents..he blinked. He blinked that he had seen Mom's parents and Susan Grace. What a wonderful celebration that must be...Dad can hug again.

Monday, June 9, 2008

30 years ago

Thirty years ago, Spencer W. Kimball was prophet. There was an official declaration allowing all worth men to have the priesthood. What a wonderful, wonderful day. I don't pretend to understand how it felt before that time, or the difference that one declaration. I do remember a talk by Darius Grey relating the Parable of the Laborers in Matthew 20 to the LONG wait to receive the Priesthood.

I didn't have to wait. I was blessed to be born a member so I didn't have to find the truth, just become converted to it.

Yesterday as I was thinking about that wonderful day I was reminded of how long that day had been prayed for. I have had the experience of praying long for something. I guess there againlong is relative and that is what I have been thinking about. How am I changed when I have to pray and continue to pray for something? How are some blessings contingent on prayer? How amazingly powerful is prayer. How can I better pray and live so that when blessings come I am grateful.


This video is long, but I highly recommend it. http://www.mormonstories.org/blacksandtheldspriesthood/

"And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; neverthless, I do not know the meaning of all things."

Thursday, June 5, 2008

We're moving

Abi's is moving anyway. The rest of us will wait until it feels more real and the whole under contract thing is a bit more final. Well at least Abi is ready to move! Here she is grabbing her toes. I love when they do that!

Then shazaam she's up on all fours, in downward dog and attempting to crawl!


Monday, May 12, 2008

the impossible


For a while I thought Becca was crossing her eyes, or perhaps had lazy eye, so we took her in to get her vision checked. I was starting to wonder if I was crazy but, she is farsighted. She was straining to see so much she would cross her eyes hoping that would help. Her left eye also has a stigmatism, which basically means it is more football shaped than basketball shaped. So she gets glasses. We are hoping the glasses do the trick, and that she somehow keeps them on, because otherwise it is surgery and then still glasses! She was a pro through her first appointment, even the dilating the pupil part. Susan was wondering why Becca was getting all of this attention.

Finally last Friday her glasses were in. Now glasses take some getting used to. In the first twenty four hours we put them on her about one hundred times. We hoped she was finally getting used to them when...she broke them.






Any little "please keep your glasses on and intact" vibes would be readily accepted.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Abi's got skills

Our baby has some serious skills. This is her new thing for the week... First she does this

then she kicks the legs over and twists...


then over she goes..


next she stabilizes and get's up on all fours, or her hands and toes...


and pushes herself backwards!



We are understandably thrilled and sad! How can our baby be growing up so fast?

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Kalani's brithday party was a blast. We did a scavenger hunt, going to different houses and getting clues (After performing a task), to lead them to the next house. We made our own pizza's then had cake, ice cream and presents, then headed back outside for flashlight tag.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

shields

While studying about knights we decided to make shields. A friend cut them out, we painted them and then we had to figure out how to hold them. That took a while. We ended up with the waist band of old jeans and some screws. We haven't done swords yet so they quickly improvised with race car track. This is the most common use for race car track in our home...




Notice there are no still shots, apparently shields and swords and children don't combine for stillness.

breads...Merry Christmas

WHAT? It's only April? So is this early or late? To truly appreciate this you need to hear the background. We just finish surviving church. Our family was helping to clean up the building and take the trash out and stuff. By the time that is over my children are all starving! Chris says, "get every one to the van. I just need to talk to the Bishop (leader of our congregation) for a minute. Okay...30 minutes later, I have sung "Bear Went Over the Mountain"; there are only 78 bottles of root beer left on the wall and I have started making up "Trixie the Pixie"stories to tell the children. Luckily Susan and Rebecca have fallen asleep and I am nursing Abi...Chris finally comes out. If I had known it would be that long we could have just stayed in the church, but since we had already rounded everyone up...

Church has now been over for 1.5 hours and the children (and parents) are really starving. As we drive home, dh says, "I forgot to tell you I need to go visit the Lawrences right now." Okay so he goes and I try to make dinner. Becca and Susan were grumpy from waking up. The baby wanted to be held..okay I bribe many a munchkin to help the other munchkins and get soup started. I make the bread stick dough and switch places with the Abi holder so she can make the bread sticks while I calm the masses.

Had I wanted breaksticks in a hurry I should have asked a less artistic child. We had braids and swirls, of course the first letter of everyone's name and this...


So do you just eat baby Jesus? Now granted this is different than the time Raymond made a bunch a breadsticks of Jesus on the cross, I had a tough time eating those.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A terrible. horrible no good, very bad day

Friday was the first full day having Kalani and Natalie back. YEA! They had a fabulous time with their cousins and Grandparents. But WE missed them! The plan for the day was playgroup and park day. Our complicating factor was the van. Apparently a belt had unbelted itself because some spinnning thing had broken and wasn't spinning. Chris replaced the belt and the broken spinning thing on Saturday and the van is happy now, but Friday was before that. If you want to know details you can ask Chris, if you want me to sound intelligent, DO NOT talk to me about cars-try shakespeare or something.

The playgroup and park are both within a half mile. No problem! We can walk that! We go to play group, have a marvelous time, clean up, and head to the park for picnic and more friends. We get to the park, eat and start playing. The older children are playing flag tag and having a great time. The younger children are racing around the playground and Abi and I are sitting around talking...Abi is technically just being held.

Then Susan lingers too long at the bottom of a tube slide and a bigger child comes roaring down. I am a second too late and am left with a little darling with a bloody lip and nose. She is really upset and resorts to sneezing and spitting everywhere. A friend holds Abi while we try to calm susan. She doesn't want to be cleaned, and would rather go back to playing, but I decide to take her home. I load up the stroller, Abi decides NOW is the time to nurse, a friend offers to watch the older four because they are VERY happily playing.

On the walk home, ben is thirsty. The only complicating factor there is that the only thing that calmed susan down was putting carrot sticks in the water bottle. Now Ben is slightly grumpy and decides the best way to handle that is to make a trail of water from the park to our home. We race snails home, but are at least making progress.

We get home. Susan let's me clean her up a little and starts sucking on frozen peas. I turn on a movie and nurse the baby. Abi falls asleep. Susan's lip is looking better...of course Ben and Becca also needed frozen peas.

Just when things are calming down, April comes with my other four children. Raymond has stepped on a bee. Never mind that it snowed last sunday, there is somehow a bee at the park and it HAD to be under a child's foot! Raymond handles it well - baking soda, cold cloth, then a gauze pad and athletic tape later and he is fine.

Susan's lip is looking MUCH better thanks to the magic of frozen peas. Next comes dinner. Even though I have fed ALL of these children a couple times and included snacking they still seem to want to eat dinner...we go for something quick and easy.

Bedtime with the girls back is a slight adjustment..finally things are settling down until Ben comes up sleepily walking and crying...he fell off his bed and has a bloody nose. We get him calmed down and are finally in bed after 11!

It's still early but I'm calling this one already...this has got to be the WDOM (worst day of the month)

Abi's first bath

Abi is three months old and is just now having her first bath...why is that do you ask? Well mostly because my preferred way of cleaning a baby includes handing a messy baby in to Dad in the shower, and for whatever reason I don't take pictures of that process.

Here is Abi's first bath. Ben was a great help. Susan was thrilled with the whole process. Abi was a little nervous, but never really cried. A clean baby without tears is absolute success. We'll hope for smiles next bath.



Easter Sunday

This is the Kelly's Easter Sunday.
We had a homeschool children's version of a Seder dinner. We started Christian fashioin carrying palm leaves from Israel. We marched, said hosanna, and tried to keep the children from whipping each other. Here is Raymond. He waited until everyone had a few palm leaves and had started walking...the handing out guy gave him the rest.

Here is Ben avoiding the sun.




Here is Kalani helping the prepare the entry of the hall for Christ.


Becca and Susan are hesitant even though it's grape juice they're being offered. Could that be because we just let them try bitter herbs?
This was an introduction to the passover for children. So when we discussed the plagues in Egypt, we handed out plastic frogs and the children hopped them everywhere. When we talked about the Israelites making bricks we built with packing peanuts and toothpicks. We skipped the extended sitting still part in favor of trying the different foods, talking about the symbolism and lots of activities. It was wonderful at the end to see Elijah's place setting with a picture of the Kirtland temple and remembering that elijah came to the temple on April 6th-passover.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

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spring day slide show

We had a great time coloring our eggs and hunting at grandma and grandpa kelly's. We had a wonderful dinner! We found coloring eggs a fulltime job, so we didn't get pictures of that. It is possible we were diverted by the bbasketball games. Next came the hunt. Michelle and chris hid the eggs then we sent them out in age groups. Becca and Susan were very different in their approaches. Becca opted for the traditional approach of grab as many as you can. Susan sauntered through the backyard pointing out the pretty eggs...it took encouraging for her to pick them up and put them in the basket. All the older children had the idea and Kalani was especially understanding as many of hte eggs she found she gave to Susan. Rest assured there was plenty of candy for everyone!

Friday, March 14, 2008

who can resist?

A friend sent me this darling, very soft blankie for Abi. I love her taste! The second picture is our BEST smilie picture so far...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Why my house didn't get tidied today..

This is why my house didn't get cleaned up this afternoon. Dinner was already made, so I just sat and held them both. Becca had insisted on holding the baby, and stirred any time I tried to move the baby.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

1st cousin once removed in law

We had a visit from my first cousin once removed inlaw....Fiona and her wonderful family. It was so great to see them. The children had a wonderful time. It was obvious everyone was healthy (tons of running and noise!).

Becca loved Marc. He had her giggling like crazy...here he is plaing his guitar.
Here is Fiona and me with our darlings. Baby Daniel and Abi are the same size, though Daniel is one month younger. He is a real cutie! Beautiful Lydia is alays ready for a picture.

I asked Chris to squash Raymond or calm him down...he went for squashing him down...with help! Two dads on the floor is twice the fun.

Monday, February 25, 2008

my baby is longer than your baby!

My baby is longer than your baby! I have the longest two month old on record at the doctor's office. Here is how it happened:

Yesterday was Abi's mirthday and today was her doctor's appointment. She weighs 11 pounds and 2.5 ounces. The nurse enters 11 pounds into the computer. HUH. She is measured. I don't pay all that much attention here but somehow 39 inches is what is entered into the computer. That is a rather miraculous jump of 19 inches from her birth length!

In other news she is darling! Here she is smiling with her mirthday bear. Lydia is in the corner making her smile...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

visiting grandma and grandpa 2-18-08

We had a wonderful dinner and visit with Grandma and Grandpa Kelly.