Saturday, November 24, 2007

Happy Birthday Kail!!!!

At 9:11 tonight Kail will officially be SIX YEARS OLD!!!
It's still hard for me to believe it's been that long. I remember when I found out I was pregnant with him I took ten different tests, it was such a shocker. Gary just left on a six month deployment and I was living with my parents again. Luckily Jan helped me get excited instead of being scared. I had him two days after Thanksgiving that year thanks to caster oil. He was 8lbs 4oz. The first and only boy on my side for almost six years.
This first picture is my all time favorite of Kail. Taken by one of the best photographers:
Carol Acord (also one of my best friends- thanks Carol!)
Hiking with dadKail and his best cousin Ella

One of Kail's favorite things growing up; playing at the Children's Discovery Gardens @ Thanksgiving Point with his BFF Gabriel Swimming lessons
Best cousins

We love Kail so much, he has always kept our home busy!
We can't wait to see what he'll do next!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Give thanks....

that this only happens once a year! Thanksgiving was sort of a bust this year. I think Thanksgiving is a good holiday when you are with your family and you don't end up making everything by yourself all day.

Our day started off with pancakes

After I got breakfast cleaned up I started on the turkey and everything else. Lily and Kail were my big helpers. Lily kept asking me "is that Niels?" referring to the uncooked turkey.

Kail and Lily loved it because they got their own IZZE and they were allowed to salt their own food and pick their own roll. They realized they could get away with almost anything because "it is thanksgiving" (I heard that about 100 times)

And this was my view from the kitchen as I cleaned up, after putting the kids to bed ( we had a movie night) and putting Niels back down. Gary seems pretty tired, I'm glad he was able to rest after his tough day of... hmmm watching tv. He couldn't figure out why I took this picture I told him to let me know when he did.

What we should have done is pack a picnic and go on a day hike- that would have been a lot better, and not so much work for me. But it was all worth it when Kail took a bite of his stuffing and exclaimed "wow mom this is delicious! You're good at making this!" (thanks 'Stove Top')

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Stupid in Utah

I've been following the School Voucher referendum for a while now (by the way I'm for it) And I was pretty sure it was going to pass. So yesterday I thought oh I should start looking for some charter or private schools for Kail so when we move back he's all signed up. But to my horror the referendum didn't pass! WHAT??? Utah what is going on? Were you all really bullied/scared out of voting for it by the Unions? Can anyone enlighten me? Is the Public school system just that wonderful? Does anyone really care? I should have gotten an absentee ballot and voted! According to fox news 95 percent of 2,237 precincts reporting, 62 percent of voters cast ballots against the program. Holy cow. Okay so didn't anyone in Utah see the John Stossel report "Stupid in America"? That explains it all. Everyone who thinks throwing money at a failing/failed system is just fooling themselves. This referendum would have put the power back into the parents hands instead of us just having to deal with what they give us. By making all schools compete for our money don't you think that would make them all want to be better? You need to watch this:

When are we going to start getting more involved with our kids upbringing? When are we going to stop relying on the Government to raise our kids? Do you really want these people teaching our children their morals? How about the new California law SB777. Utah you're next. Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Is it flashback time already?

Okay I realize I just did a flashback but I found these pictures of Halloween '06 and wanted to show you Kail and lily's costumes I made. I was very pleased with them. Even though one woman asked if Lily was the Pope. (not a bad idea for a costume- maybe next year)
If you can't tell Kail is Frankenstein's Monster and Lily is the Bride of Frankenstein's Monster

We went trick-or-treating with cousins E & O
It was a great time listening to Kail ask "can we go home?" and trying to get Lily to understand that we don't go into the homes