August 2009

Emmy’s Lullaby

The other day I found Emmy in Ashton’s room putting her baby to bed. She was just making up a song (as far as I can tell). I (her mom, who can understand Emmy-ese) can hear “Ashy” (Ashton) and “nite nite” in there a couple times, but that’s about it.

(I love the single pirouette. It cracks me up every time I see it!)

She is so gentle and sweet…sometimes. ūüôā Here she is changing her baby’s diaper….

Is Ashton a mini Tim Burton??????

Can you believe that stores are busting out their Halloween junk already??? Well, at one of the party stores we went to on Ashton’s birthday, he found this little skeleton. He asked very sweetly if he could have it and since it was his birthday, how could I deny him a birthday wish???

He was instantly attached to this thing! After his birthday party, he fell asleep like this….


This little skeleton has become our third kid and I have to tell you….IT IS TOTALLY CREEPY!!!

Ashton happily went to the table for breakfast and this is what I found when I got there…


After lunch, I cradled Emmy in my arms and sang a little song as I walked into her room to put her down for a nap. You can imagine the perfectly sweet moment happening, right? Well, as I headed for the crib, this is what I found. Queue horror music, please….


Just a couple more pictures…

I asked Ashton why he likes skeletons and he said, “Because they’re dead.” Hmmmmmm. HMMMMMMMMM!!!!! How normal is that??? Just wondering.


Here is how my lunch conversation went with Ashton the other day:

Me: Ash, what do you want for lunch? A sandwich or macaroni and cheese?

Ash: Mom, I want a sandwich AND macaroni and cheese, AND THAT’S ALL I NEED.

(I smiled, instantly recognizing the last part of his sentence.)

Me: Really? A sandwich AND macaroni and cheese?

Ash: Yeah, a sandwich and macaroni and cheese…..AND this cookie, AND THAT’S ALL I NEED.

Oh man! ¬† I was laughing right out loud! ¬† Why wasn’t anyone there to witness this awesome moment with me?

Birthday Boy

As if Emmy turning TWO wasn’t shocking enough, Ashton just went ahead and freaked me out by turning FOUR last week!

Where in THE world does the time go???

I learned this little trick from my amazing sister-in-law, Krissy… She decorates the house for each of her kids’ birthdays the night before, after they go to bed. ¬†After a few years, her kids would get so excited for the ‘Birthday Fairy’ to come decorate. ¬†Sooo cute. ¬†So far it has been a huge hit in our house, too. ¬†Thanks, Krissy! ¬† Here is Ashton waking up to see his birthday decorations….

We decided to have another family birthday BBQ at the pavilion. ¬†Ashton wanted two things for his birthday party: a pirate cake and a pinata. ¬†He has been to two amazing pirate parties recently and when he asked for a pirate cake, I started sweating bullets! ¬†Let me explain further….Druw had a pirate ship fabricated to hold his birthday cupcakes, it was incredible, such a cute idea. ¬†Krissy made a pirate ship CAKE for Adam two days earlier and the vision was fresh in Ashton’s mind. ¬†Krissy is so talented, she should really work for the Ace of Cakes dude. ¬†The pirate ship was AMAZING!!!!!! ¬†I am lucky that Ashton is such a sweetheart and was so happy with my meager attempt at a pirate cake. ¬†My method…get a blank Costco cake, sprinkle with blue sugar, put a glob of brown sugar on it, decorate with Ashton’s pirate toys. ¬†He loved it. ¬†PHEW!

It has been almost a whole week since the party and Ashton has taken that Spiderman suit off to take a couple baths and that’s about it. ¬†Sick, I know! ¬†But at least it has given me a chance to wash his Batman suit.

Thank you, everyone who came and made Ashton’s party so much fun! ¬†We love you!


When we were at Lake Powell last year, Grammy and Paw took the whole family to the Fiesta Days Rodeo in Spanish Fork.  We only heard stories about how much Ashton loved it and since he asked about it every time we drove by the arena, we decided to go this year.

I have to confess that this was not my first time going to a rodeo. ¬†One summer when I was fourteen or fifteen, my family was on vacation in Utah and my grandpa got us tickets to this very rodeo in Spanish Fork. ¬†I was soooo mad that I was being forced to go to a rodeo!!!! ¬†You can probably imagine the attitude that was exuding from me, a teenage girl, as I climbed the bleachers and found that our seats were directly above a corral of LIVESTOCK! ¬†Why were my parents punishing me? ¬†How could I possibly live through this event as the breeze encircled me with wafts of manure???? ¬†Oooooh I was mad. ¬†But as my sisters and I embraced the culture of the cowpeople, yee-hawin’ and boot-scootin’ like the best of ’em, we had a rip-roarin’ good time!


This time the rodeo was lots of fun, too, mostly because I could watch my kids loving the animals and the excitement.

I was so proud of the little braids in Emmy’s hair. ¬†I couldn’t stop looking at them, soooo cute!



I really liked the rodeo. ¬†The opening…ceremonies, were really cool, very patriotic. ¬†And they even had an opening prayer, LDS-style. ¬†It was really nice. ¬†It even included a normal LDS-style oxy-moronic, “let this dessert nourish and strengthen our bodies” phrase….let me give you examples from my own prayers:

When I haven’t studied one bit for a test – “Pleeeease help me pass this test”

When I’m trying to sneak down to rink-side seats that I didn’t pay for at Grizzlies games – “Pleeease don’t let me get caught”

“Pleeeease let me finish this marathon that I didn’t really train for”

The phrase in this particular prayer was, “Please protect our athletes from harm.” ¬†Hmmmmm, I just don’t think you can ask for that when you deliberately strap yourself onto a raging bull!

Our little babies, who are normally in bed by 6:30 and 7:30, stayed up soooo late and were just happy as can be.   Buuuut poor little Ashton fell asleep right as the first bull came busting out of the gate, it was about 10 PM.  Emmy stayed awake through the whole thing.