Monday, May 26, 2008

Sears Photo Shoot

I took Kyler and Eli to a photo shoot at Sears last week. It desperately needed done, especially for Kyler's sake. I think the last time he got a nice photo shoot was when he was 10 months old and he has changed and grown up so much since then. It sure was fun! Eli smiled so well and Kyler had a great time. If you can't tell he is laughing in just about every picture. I hate to brag, but I think we have some of the most photogenic children in the world! Aren't they cute?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Getting Caught Up

Last weekend Kevin took Kyler to Father and Son's up by Apple Valley. Kyler was so excited to go camping with his dad. They had a great time. In the meantime Liz and I enjoyed a girl's night. We did the put-put golf and played games and stayed at the Dixie Palm Motel. Then Saturday we went swimming and got our hair cut. It's great being a girl.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth

Soaring Gas Prices, amongst other things. . .

Just look at that price! Never in a million years did I ever think I would have to pay this much for one gallon of gas. If you're like me, and I'm sure you are, you have reached a breaking point. No longer do I go for a leisurely drive or take a spontaneous trip. My trips into St. George just to go to Wal-Mart are now further in between and I have to plan shopping trips and spend more at one time so I don't have to keep coming to the store. If you're like me, and I'm sure you are, you will benefit from something that I discovered. Someone had emailed me a list of things to do to help the gas go a little further. It was well worth a try. Last week I did a couple of things just to see if it would make a difference and I am so happy to say that I did honestly notice a difference. You see, gas turns to vapor and by not filling your car in the heat of the afternoon it won't turn to vapor as fast. Also don't pump the gas at the fastest speed or it can vaporize as well. I pumped around 9 am, before it was hot and set it at the slowest speed. It did take a while, but my patience paid off. The tank in our van usually takes 20 gallons to fill up. I started with a pretty empty tank, slowly pumped 10 gallons in it and I was so excited to see that the tank was over the 3/4 mark. I figure I could have "paid" for an extra 3 gallons and it would have been full. I'd much rather pay for 13 gallons than 20 at these prices, so I think I'll be pumping slowly from now on. Patience is a virtue, my friends! Give it a try and let me know if you see a difference.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day

Yesterday was a great day! I was treated so well, I don't think I deserved it. But Kevin assures me I did, so I'll have to take his word for it. He gave me the best present I could have ever asked for. He wrote a book compiled of different pictures from when we got engaged to when Eli was born. He wrote in his own words what a blessing each of our children are in our lives and how grateful he is to have me as their mother and his wife. It was very sentimental, I want to cry just thinking about it. He is a gifted writer and I will cherish forever what he wrote for me. I couldn't have asked for a better Mother's Day present.

Elizabeth gave an excellent talk in Primary yesterday about strengthening our families. We were very proud. She did it without much practice since we threw it together that morning before church. She reads so well that it wasn't hard at all. And unlike me, she loves to be the center of attention and doesn't have a problem with stage fright, so she did just fine. We are thinking about trying acting lessons for her this summer. We'll see if it will be promising for the talent show at the family reunion. We are all looking forward to that!!

Fathers and Sons is this weekend and Kevin can hardly wait to take Kyler camping. They'll have loads of fun and Liz and I will get to do a girls thing. Oh and futsal is going well. We are undefeated so far and I haven't hurt myself yet. Last week was an exciting game, we played the other team in our ward and we won 4 to 2! I have yet to score a goal in a game and I'm determined. There is always this weeks game.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Fun Movie Night

It's been a while since we went to the movies. With a new baby in our family we just haven't had the chance to get away. Well, tonight we decided to splurge and take the whole family to see Horton Hears a Who. It was fantastic, very funny and a great family film. Elizabeth is our dramatic one and has really started to get into movies, when just months ago she would barely sit still long enough to watch one completely through. It made her cry at the end. She is growing into a little lady more and more. Eli was very good and sat through the whole movie. He watched most of it before falling asleep in my arms. Oh and he smiled alot today. I can't wait to hear his laugh, which I suspect will develop soon.
Kyler talks almost none stop these days. And the good thing is I can understand more than half of it. He's come leaps and bounds with his speech and understanding this last year since the tubes were put in. He is so smart, and even counts backwards from 10 to 0. The past couple of days he's been singing, "uptown girls ... na na na na na na....uptown girls." He loves music, especially Rock with screaming guitars. His favorite song is "Paradise City" by Guns and Roses. He gets mad at me when I try to skip the guitar interlude, which is a little heavy for my taste. I totally can see him in a rock band when he's a teenager. It'll be great! I'm totally fine with that as long as he learns primary songs as well, which I don't think will be a problem. He loves music.