Saturday, October 1, 2016

NAMM Family Party

We had the opportunity to attend my mom's work party again this time for the last time (she is done working full-time for this company so sadly I don't think we will be going back in years to come), which is a real bummer because they put on a great party. NAMM stands for North American mumble jumble (because I really don't remember what it stands for).

This is the 3rd time we've gone to her party and it never disappoints. There are games to play the entire time (like BINGO, limbo, water balloon tosses), all you can eat food, water activities and swimming (kayaks, stand up paddle boarding, canoes), fancy hair station, birds, bikes, jumpers, huge slides. I mean if that doesn't sound like a good time I don't know what would. My kids have their cousins and places to play so they are in what would be literally their heaven. 

Wes and I tied for 2nd in the water balloon toss. The kids (and my mom and Heidi) were runner ups in a fun water game. It was kind of unfair being their team was like 8 kids and 2 adults and the other team was 1 kid and 7 adults. Asher was the champion limbo-er for the 2nd time in a row. And I tied for 1st (with a baby strapped to me) in the adult limbo contest. Though I don't know how fair that was, and I am thinking people were just feeling bad. To be fair I did make it through the first few rounds fair and square and people were falling left and right. The whole thing was super funny. I was just hoping to place at all to win a prize for Peyton since Jovie was given a prize during the limbo contest for the 2nd time in a row, simply for being so cute and little and participating. 

But, we went out having a blast! Thanks Mama!

Jovie (my animal girl) liked this. Peyton would NOT even try it. SMH
 Our prizes after the water balloon popped on me.
 Check out those teams
 But still happy with their prizes
 Snow cones
 And incredible views
 How low can you go?
 Same MC as last year. He LOVED Jovie (or Sophie as he called her after asking her name)
 How the champion does it
 With their prizes
 My limbo glory
 Fun balloon hats
 Hangin on the beach with Nana, trying not to get burnt

Thursday, September 29, 2016

That's What She Said

I have been writing down funny things the kids have said since Christmas last year (in my phone). Of course I have not written down everything they have said which made me chuckle, unfortunately; but I almost lost them all when my phone wouldn't turn on last week and I wasn't sure if it had been saved, so I need to put what I have on here so as to not lose them for good.

I really wish I wrote more down because I bet almost every single day the girls both say something which gives me a good laugh (sometimes out loud and sometimes to myself when they say something inappropriate on accident and I don't want to draw attention to it). Like what you may ask? Oh perhaps when Peyton repeated, "What the hell?" after hearing it on a cartoon. Seriously people. And while it was kinda funny, people wonder why my kids aren't allowed to watch a lot of tv that other kids watch. Shows are bad nowadays. Disney drops h-e- double hockey sticks a lot.

Okay, a few (very few dang it) things they say:

Jovie (she has the most since Peyt is at school all day, so it's me and Jovie on the daily):

Her catch phrases in life right now are: "What the heck!?" Or.... "Dang it!" She says those things All. The. Time. I am not going to lie, I think it's hilarious. I can't even tell her not to because I know I say those things all the time, and it would make me a total hypocrite. But it makes me laugh almost every time she says it.

Everything affects her heart directly. Like, her heart is constantly melting at sweet things, or breaking when she is sad. Her heart tells her to do things. Or she tells me how much her heart loves me. Her heart tells her she's hungry, and her heart tells her that her tummy is happy after she's eaten. It's probably one of my favorite things she does and tells me about. Direct quote, "My heart talks to me and says my hungries go away." This one was recently after she had eaten.

She calls Griffin, "Baby Giraffe"... we are still not entirely sure why. But we like it.

When Jovie feels pretty (lip gloss, dress, etc) she walks with her hands down at her sides, wrists flat, and does long blinks and a smug little face.
Jovie out of nowhere says, "Moki is a mean boy." Wes says, "What?" So she repeats, "Moki is a mean boy." Wes, "Who is Moki" (since it is obviously a made-up name). Jovie "Oh, he's just my good friend."

One morning Jovie woke up maybe 20 minutes before Peyton's alarm. Because it was so close to wake-up time, and I didn't want her to wake up Peyton I had her jump in bed with Wes and I and I told her to close her eyes for a while. I kept feeling her kick me over and over (pretty purposely) so finally frustrated I said, "stop!" Her response, "I just wanted to touch you so I could tell you how much I love you." I couldn't decide if I was mad or completely touched.

(Last year at Christmas, which I am pretty sure just happened like 2 months ago right?!) We were listening to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and I said to Jovie, "Are you having a merry little Christmas?" She says, "No. A big one!"

Singing a song about ducks and I say "Quack, quack, quack" but Jovie (my potty mouth girl) changes the words to "butt crack crack."

Yes, she is my potty talker. One day we were driving with a few other kids and someone told on Jovie for using potty words. So I told her to stop talking icky, and does she? Nope. She simply starts whispering words into their ears. "Poopoo, peepee, butt." Oh, Jovie.

Conversation in the car (it's usually her talking and me saying uh-huh). This one: "I wish I was a mermaid. That would be so awesome huh? I would make my hair all red like Ariels." Brief pause. "I wish I could fly and be a mermaid. That would be cool right?! I wish I could be a princess. But not in my family."

She also saw a little ATV being towed by a car that had pack bags connected to the back. She was mesmerized by it and couldn't stop talking about it. Once she noticed the bags she said "You could put water bottles and bananas in there."

Whenever we drive and all around us is beautiful I point it out and we all chant "pretty part, pretty part, pretty part!" Jovie changed it to "Mommy part, mommy part, mommy part!" And decided any "icky" looking parts we would call "Jovie part."  I tried to convince her to call the pretty parts Jovie parts but she wanted no part of that. So we now chant "Mommy part or Jovie part."

Says "Pecause" instead of because. Daily occurrence. I can't tell her it's wrong I love it so much.

Jovie would do magic. She would turn you into a million different things but always end with "Turn you back into Jovie!"

Talking/pointing to Wes' freckles on his arm, "Wow, look at all your nipples!"

She has literally changed her Halloween costume 100 times... it was daily for a while. Now we go between about 5.

I went to girls camp last summer and was gone for a week. I talked to the girls a little about it once I got home and Peyton had a lot of questions. One question was how old she would be when she went. I told her 12, which was 7 more years. She then asked how old I would be when she would go. I told her I would be 37. She then says, "Ooooooo you might be dead by then huh?" I think she thought 37 was really old. 

In kindergarten she learned a little about Christopher Columbus and his ships, etc. She was trying to talk to me about it but couldn't remember his name so she referred to him as Calamabunga. 

Another funny name mistake was trying to talk about Jiminy Cricket, but referred to him as Crookity Jemin.

We caught a baby lizard in the backyard. I held it and Jovie held it but for the life of us we could not get Peyton to hold it. We couldn't figure out why. Finally as she was freaking out, crying and started running back inside she yelled "I am afraid it will poop on me!!!"
She didn't touch it. Jovie on the other hand kissed it.

Peyton loves to play tricks on us or scare us. She is constantly pointing out fake spiders. Or tricking us to look somewhere and does "Look under there...... You said underwear."

After loosing her 1st tooth I think the whole thing was a little overwhelming for her because she was laughing and had tears all at the same time. She said, "I have tears because I am just so happy." 

Today she came home from school and told me a boy names Juan whom she plays with at recess a lot told her he liked her. She said he begged her to say "I love you" to him. She did not, thank goodness. She thought the whole thing was so silly. I can't believe it's already happening.

She is the queen of facial expressions too. She could make us some good money if she would just not be so shy.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Purple Flash

Peyton started her first year of AYSO soccer this year. So far it's been a lot of fun, and she seems to enjoy it. Well, as much as Peyton enjoys things. Like I said before, she is cool as a cucumber with things and isn't one to show a lot of emotion. Whatever she is doing at the moment is what she enjoys. But, she is having fun. She is the youngest on the team and the only one who has never played before so it's a bit frustrating to watch. Especially when some of the other girls are in 3rd grade and have played a lot more than she has. But, all things said it is fun watching her play and improve day by day.

Her first game she was actually incredible. Wes and I were super impressed. She even scored a goal.... with a goalie in place.

The other 2 games we have played had girls who just towered over her and you could see her trepidation on the field and let's just say she played a lot more to how I anticipated she would in these games.

Regardless, I have so enjoyed Saturday games and watching her. And another proud moment was having Peyton pick out the team name. Girls came with ideas and hers was chosen. I love watching her among her peers and she really takes charge at times and I love watching her lead.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

1st Day of 1st Grade

And thus begins the all day school. Break my heart. And this little girl is just so cute I have a feeling she will be breaking more than just mine and Wes' hearts while she's at it.

We had a great date the day before school started shopping for her 1st day of school outfit, just me and her. I was initially going to take both Peyton and Jovie, but Peyton asked for a special one on one date and how could I resist?! And, we had the best time! She was a great shopping buddy, and loved getting a Juice it Up together after.

That night we did a fun dinner of Peyton's favorite things. Spaghetti (long noodles as she calls them) and Orange Julius. Wes gave her a Priesthood Blessing (Father's Blessing). We set her new alarm and bed early.
Peyt woke up super excited and did so good getting herself all ready in the morning.
We got a little lost finding her classroom, but made it in time to find her name tag and desk. She was so excited to have her own desk!
She got a little nervous sitting there and I could see some angst and trepidation, but when the teacher said to blow the mom's and dad's a kiss good-bye, she did it and I knew she would be just fine.
I picked her up and she was happy and bubbly. We started a tradition last year to get frozen yogurt after the first day of school and did so again so we could hear all about her first day. She didn't have much to tell, only that it was a loooong day and she was super tired;but I could tell she enjoyed herself and that school was definitely harder on me than her.

She loves school. Is happy to have some friends in her class. Plays tether ball, or tag most of the time at recess (which is her favorite part of school). And is having a great time so far and is going to be a very successful 1st grader I'm sure.
I had to throw in this picture of the 2nd day of school since she just had to have this panda shirt. She just had to.

Monday, September 12, 2016

And Just Like That.....

Summer was done. If I could put a million sad faces here I would. I was so not ready for school to start. Our summer seemed like it had just started and I didn't even do a fraction of the things I wanted to. I miss my little Peyton when she is at school, and I am not going to lie, her school schedule sure is a bummer on our life style. But, alas, here we are. We've been back for about a month now. However, with that said, we had a great 2 months together and in a way (a very small way) being back in school is good to keep us on track and productive.

I wanted to post a few fun random photos from our summer that didn't make their own post.

Jovie is hilarious. With or without people watching, she is always performing, singing or playing make-believe. I wish I could always record her, because it is a joy to watch.

I try really hard to capture our "real" moments. They are usually my blurry pictures because once the kids see me taking a photo they pose. This is a pretty realistic view of my life. My kids never have clothes on at home, and are always huddled around Griffin (with a mess all around them). And usually with some sort of junk food in their hand.
Sweethearts sharing an entire pie?
One of my favs from the summer. 
Wes and Peyton helped out at the Ronald McDonald house in L.A. (where William stayed while he was so sick) with Danny and Sarah and both her family and mine. On the way home they found an awesome park and Wes pulled over to let Peyton play. The rest of us were going to go by Jovie started puking as we were preparing to leave.
 We swam more and played with friends.
 It was so hot, my kids lived in undies to keep cool.
 We spent a beautiful, warm night golfing together after Peyton did her golf camp. I should say we attempted to golf. Peyton said "it was too tired" after about 5 holes. I could only golf the first few holes because a baby fell asleep on me. And Jovie is Jovie, so...... let's just say she peed in the trees and cleaned everyone's balls multiple times.
 Here's another "real" moment. The girls were both ready to Griffin, and he fell fast asleep in between the two of them.
 More free food this summer thanks to the library's reading program.
 Pretty walks around our lake.
My kids live most of their life as either puppies, or babies or sometimes one of both. Here's what they set up for themselves one day.
 And more fun at pools.
And that about sums up our summertime fun.