Friday, September 30, 2016

September Recap

Phew, what a month. Let me recap a few other things.

Spent time with our cutest little cousins.
 Peyton's cute teacher posts pictures on Class Dojo. I got this one of her practicing spelling words.
 Got a well needed date night out with this stud. We walked to dinner from our house so that we could be close by if the sitter needed us. Leaving my baby with someone not family for the first time (even if he was sleeping) is the hardest. But, once I am out, it's also the best.
 Peyton enjoyed soccer more and more each week.
 We spent many a day/evening outside enjoying the last of summer. Including catching baby lizards. It was the first one I've ever caught, and I was proud.
 Jovie my lover of animals enjoyed holding and kissing him.
 It took as much coaxing as I had in me and Wes to get this girl to simply touch this guy.
 And of course Jovie did what she does best. Act silly to get us to laugh at her.
 Griffin was game. In fact he smiles and laughs at just about everything.
 Peyton's school does a family picnic and kite night. Wes and I enjoyed it like it was a mini date as our girls ran around with friends all night.
My sweet little boyfriend.
 Peyton earns the opportunity to take a stuffed animal to school through good behavior. She was pumped to bring this guy with her this day. And I just thought she was the cutest this morning.
 Jovie reading to her baby brother.
 Playing with her Barbies.
 Enjoying a ton a free food simply for registering online. Score!
 Enjoying a beautiful sunset one night.
 And trying to get Jovie better on her balance bike so we can get her on a big girl bike. Stat.
 The HOA put in some new park equipment. These were a instant hit.
 We finished reading Peter Pan, so we of course had to watch the play version. It coincides better with the book than the Disney version.

Ditch Day

Okay, you can only keep reading this if you can promise you won't turn me into the school district for pulling my kid out of school yet again for another hands on educational day that should have been a normal school day. I'm not even kidding, I highly consider homeschooling when I have great days like this, and then I remember that most days would not in fact be like this and I would simply be trying to teach at home so I send them back. More for her happiness than mine. I honestly love having her home with me, but I think she would be sad to not be with friends.

But I pulled out Peyton to join Jovie and me (as well as her cousins Jane and William, who also played hooky) for a fun day at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Which is just an incredible aquarium if you've never been. We had a fabulous day. The girls LOVED doing the stamp scavenger hunt. And I was amazed by the jellyfish. So stinking colorful and cool. And Griffin was content to be pushed around for the day. Hooky days are kinda the best if you ask me. Peyton would agree.

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.

Joyschool for Jovie

Jovie is doing her first year of joyschool this year with some other little friends from our ward. There are 5 kids participating and they are all such good little buddies it makes it super fun.

September 6: Our first day! To say she was excited is an understatement.She was thrilled! The day couldn't come soon enough and she was ready!

She wore her new Star Wars shirt and was happy to pose for her mama. I don't actually feel too emotional sending my kids to joy-school because I know the kids and moms well who are participating and my heart is happy knowing she is going to have a great time. Plus is is kind of a glorified play-date and I get a nice 2 hour break once a week. Except for the month I teach and even then it isn't too much to overwhelm me.

It's been a good time, and we sure do love joy school!

 But it wouldn't be Jovie without a silly photo.

And some fun photos the mom-teacher sent me from her first few weeks of school.

Funeral in Mesquite

A few months ago (in August) we visited my Grandpa Bob in Mesquite on our way home from Utah. We knew then his health was not good, but I guess we didn't realize how bad it was. I see it as a tender mercy we took the family to see him when we did. I mentioned before that my family did not have a great relationship with him, but I am still glad my children were able to meet him, and I know our visit meant a lot to him. He passed away about a month later surrounded by family.

After a week or so in the hospital my mom and her siblings decided to do a quick funeral. It's hard to put into words how the family feels about Grandpa Bob. He was a man who had to live with a lot of regrets. He did not always make the best decisions, and I think in his older years he realized the mistakes he made. I have so much respect for my mom and her siblings in regards to their relationship with their father because they demonstrated a lot of maturity and understanding, and are truly amazing people. I honestly know Grandpa is so much happier now that he is not pained by his poor choices on Earth and I also know the atonement is real and wonderful. For that knowledge I am forever grateful that our faults and shortcomings will be compensated for by our Savior. And because of this knowledge, funerals are awesome because we get to see family we don't see enough of.

Downside was definitely having to stay any amount of time in Mesquite. Sorry for any who enjoy that place. No really. And V-River... am I right, family?!

 And yes, we had 11 of the 12 kids at dinner. In a Casino. There were a lot of stares.
At the funeral
 My mom and her siblings 
back L-R: David, (half-brother) Walter, Kevin 
front L-R: (half-sister) Martha, my mom Annette, Jill, (half-sister) Josie
 The O.G. Todds
(Hayley, me, Heidi, John, Annette, and Danny)
 breakfast at McDonalds with cousins

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Night on the Town

See all the cool places Pokemon brings us. This was a night walking around downtown Riverside looking for Pokemon and doing some exploring. Last minute family fun!