Saturday, March 29, 2008

Apology Letter

Dear Jacob and Joshua,

I just want to apologize now for the butchering, I mean the CUTTING, I did of your hair. We had fun though, didn't we? The instructions made it look so easy.

You have no idea now that it looks bad because you are little boys that don't even care that you have hair. I'm very glad for that.

BUT one day you will find these pictures, so I only have one thing to say...SORRY.

Let's look on the positive side. At least your handsome faces will outshine any old haircut. I know I can do better next time and by the time you're in high school, I'll be a pro!

Your adoring stylist,


Thursday, March 27, 2008


Happy birthday to my big boy Jacob. He is five today!! We are waiting to have his (and Nathan's) party when Grandma and Grandpa Nelson come but today is the actual day of his birth...I can't believe it was FIVE years ago.He was born before we were digital, so I don't have any baby pictures of him to post...but here he is this morning in all his birthday glory.And the post below is just for him. He loves laughing and watching it!


I always envisioned I'd have little ballerinas, but you've got to work with what you've got! Here are my dancing boys! (Pause the music at the side.)
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Our Easter

Hope everyone had a SWEET Easter.We know Nathan did.He's a big fan of chocolate (even if it still is in the foil)....I wish I could just bottle these boys up and save them at this stage forever. They were so excited about EVERY little thing. (New toothbrush in one hand...Peep in the other!)We had our Easter baskets after church (yes I survived singing {with two other gals} in sacrament meeting).Then Kai came over and joined the boys in an egg hunt.Jacob set up all of his new things and treats, arranged them just right, and took pictures. (Ah, my little blogging buddy...)I was missing the big family get together, especially when it came to the cooking. I was longing for being in charge of just ONE thing. But we had a great Easter with just our little family. Let's just pretend this is a stunning picture of the three of them. Imagine they are all looking at the camera and smiling angelically.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Holiday DAZE

I've been struggling with having so many holidays so close together! It kills me that on the same night we ate this: Our oh-so-Irish traditional dinner of fried potatoes and hot dogs. I asked my mom about this tradition and she basically told me to focus on the potatoes. Happy St. Pat's!

We did this:The boys couldn't stand the smell!Josh's finished product. (Yes we bought the Star Wars egg kit...)Jacob displaying his C3PO and R2-D2 stickered egg.Here is my C3PO egg.Willie accused me of "cheating" and reminded me how at Halloween my pumpkin was a Mr. Potato Head and I just stuck the pieces in. Okay, I'm a cheater...

Friday, March 21, 2008

So it's been a long time and...

Oh how I wish I could say I have nothing to blog about! Here is a small snippet of what has been happening around here and hence the not so much blogging.

It was the day of enrichment, which is always a crazy day at this house. (I'm the enrichment leader.) I was busy trying to get the last-minute details finished up and asked Jake to bring the phone to me.

He isn’t moving very fast (he rarely is) so I start yelling to him, “Jake! Bring me the phone!” and so on. I can hear him talking to someone, which confuses me a little, but I’m thinking maybe he hit the redial button? I yell at him even louder.I hear him end his friendly chat by saying goodbye as he comes down the stairs and hands me the phone. I ask him, “Who were you talking to?” He proceeds to inform me, “I called 9-1-1.”

I’m sure the look on my face must have said it all but I proceeded to ask him, “Do you see a fire around here? Is there an EMERGENCY?!” His reply, “No, I just wanted to talk.”

I then begin to inform him that when someone calls 9-1-1 they send a police officer out to check and make sure that there isn’t an emergency and now a policeman is coming to our house. He looses it…big time.

Jacob is screaming and crying and then Josh starts bawling. I’m confused about Josh’s reaction, so I ask Josh why he’s crying. In his squeaky little voice he tells me, “I’m going to miss Jake.” I almost laughed.I ask Jake why he’s crying. He wails, “I don’t want to go to Jaaaiiilll.” Neither of them could be consoled and Nathan decides to join in on the crying too.

Meanwhile I’m FREAKING out (on the inside) because the house is a disaster. (It’s enrichment night, remember?) I’m trying to clean because they’re on their way to take my children, I’m just sure of it.

I was also wondering what I should do…call 9-1-1 back to explain? Leave as fast as I can? Keep praying that he didn’t really call who he was claiming he called?

And then the phone rings. (Remember three boys are in hysterics at this point.) I answer the phone to be greeted by a sergeant informing me that 9-1-1 dispatch had just informed him a “polite young gentleman” had just called “wanting to know if they were having a good day.” Oh my Jacob.I tried my best to explain and apologize (and was again praying…this time that the police sergeant didn’t think I was beating my children with all the screaming and crying that was going on).

He said he would explain it to dispatch and tell them not to send an officer. I told the sergeant they were crying now because they thought the police were coming to take Jacob away. Then he chuckled and said, “Good luck with that.”

I think Jake’s learned his lesson (and I think it scared Josh out of ever doing it). I was finally able to convince Jake he wasn’t going to jail and he was able to calm down. This morning he told me, “Mom, I should have called Grandma Nelson to talk instead of 9-1-1.” I’ve also had the pleasure of listening to numerous scenarios (most of them involving blood) that would be considered emergencies and then it would be okay for him to call 9-1-1.

Someone told me that every family has a 9-1-1 experience. Have you? (Help me feel better about this!) And those of you with younger children…watch out!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I Spy Spring

I'm ready for spring. I think I might have mentioned that before. Finally Mother Nature is giving us little signs to let us know we won't have to wait much longer.
The boys helped me plant bulbs last fall and they are starting to peek out at us! We planted tulips and daffodils, and I am simply thrilled that something I planted is still alive. (Maybe I shouldn't speak too soon...)We've also seen a few robins with their "red tummies" so we know spring is in the air. The popcorn has yet to pop on the trees though...What is your favorite thing of spring?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Spring What?

Jake doesn't care what time the clock says...he's not SPRINGING anywhere.Here's what he was doing at 8:30 this morning.

This time change is hard on us! I told Willie that next year instead of springing forward, I'm going to try easing forward. I know it would be a pain to change all the clocks...but don't you think setting the clocks forward 10 minutes a day (Tues. through Sun.) would be easier to get used to?

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Mickey Ears

The boys were THRILLED to get a surprise package in the mail this week...especially when they saw the Mickey ears and new Mickey shirts!! Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Kahumoku! We're glad you had a good time in Disney World!
"...Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever." (From the tag on their Disney shirts)
This is a classic Josh. He's always making us laugh.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Leafy Greens

Determined not to let another boy fall into the depths of no veggie eating...Nathan was privileged with a tasty treat for snack time!My dad would call this snack a Newlywed’s Delight… LETTUCE ALONE. (And you thought I was cheesy?!)I’ve complained about my family’s eating habits before and I appreciate everyone’s advice. I did get a copy of Deceptively Delicious (thanks Danielle) and my gal Jill came over and showed me the ropes of steaming and pureeing.It warms my heart to know that my family is eating veggies (even if they don't know it) and they are even doing better at eating the ones on their plates.Notice how one of my boys isn't pictured eating their leafy treat? Two out of three is pretty good odds...