Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Also..last night Macie and I were having a little bedtime chat, and she got to talking about dying. Yes, dying. Let me tell you just how much I love these conversations. I love talking about existential thoughts with children. It is super easy. I love being asked questions that are extremely depressing and difficult to answer. Amidst the morbid conversation, she still managed to say something totally hilarious. "I don't want to die! I don't want to dig a big hole. And put myself in a treasure chest! And then be put in the hole!" Morbidly hilarious isn't it? She thinks a casket looks like a treasure chest. The whole thing is so creepy and funny and I just can't even talk about this anymore.
Later that night, we had moved on, and Chloe was telling us some story she made up about fairies and stuff, and Chloe recently has been using this phrase "You see..." I have noticed it for a few months. I have no idea where she got this phrase, but she uses it almost as frequently as she uses the word "and." As Chloe is telling us this story, she throws in a "you see" and Macie whispers to me, "Mom? Why does Chloe always say 'you see'?" It really made me laugh. Only to myself of course. If Macie knew I thought she said something funny unintentionally, she would blow a gasket.
"Would you like to have a really great president? If you do I think you will like my mom. I believe my mom would be the best president. First she is smart. For example she knows 113+15! Another reason is that she is funny. In fact she sang the song wrong and it made me laugh so hard! Finally she is nice. An example is that she brought straws home for me and macie. All in all that is why I believe my Mom would be the best President."
That Chloe... she is mine. All mine.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Last week was spring break. I loved having Chloe home and nothing on our schedule of places we had to be. Unfortunately I got a nasty cold midweek which just really ticked me off.
Before I forget, oscar is in swim lessons and he had a really good lesson today. His teacher told me that he blew bubbles better than any 9 month old he has ever taught. So I pretty sure Oscar is the next Michael Phelps. Don is going to be pretty excited to hear that news. Oscar is almost 9 months and slithers very quickly around the house. It is time to baby proof the house.
So here was our Spring Break activities.
Monday after seriously weeks of begging, I let the girls have a lemonade stand. Mostly Chloe was the beggar, but when their friends Ellie and Lily came over, I had 4 of them begging me to do a lemonade stand. So I basically had no choice. I made the fresh lemonade thank to some lemonade juice gifted to me from a friend, and I depleted our entire sugar supply to make it. I think it had like 10 cups of sugar. That is no exaggeration. The girls had a ball. And they didn't do too bad with their profit either. At 25 cents a cup, they made about $4.50, so they had quite a few customers.
Later that night we went and saw "Cinderella." The girls have had that on their calendar ever since they heard it was coming out. We tried to do a 4 PM showing but when we got to the theater we found out they were all sold out for the 4 PM show. As well as the 5, 6, and 7 o' clock show. I was perplexed because that theater is never full. And also when buying tickets you pick your seat before hand like you or going to the opera or something. I had no idea this was a "thing" now. I mean I think it is a good idea to be able to pick your seats and tickets online if you are a person that actually thinks ahead like that, And I am not. So this procedure will probably never benefit a person like me. Just frustrate me. We ended up going to the 8 PM show. The theater had been remodeled with leather reclining seats, something I did not know had happened. Hence, the picking your seat thing, and why they were sold out. They have like half as many seats now! We felt like queens reclining in our leather chairs. Unfortunately the 8 PM start time was too late for Macie and she was out halfway through the movie. Also I brought Oscar so for most of the movie I sat in the crack of two leather seats holding a sleeping Oscar while acting as a pillow for Macie. Typical.
While we killed some time by the movie theater, we went to Bass Pro Shop and walked around.
I taught the girls about taxidermy, as there is a lot of it at Bass Pro Shop. Chloe saw and mannequin and asked, "Mom-do they do the same thing with people as they do with the animals?"
I should have said , "of course!" But I didn't.
A funny Macie story before I forget...We went to our friend Soren's baptism and after to his house for ice cream. As I was getting the girls in the car to go home from their house, Macie says to me, "Mom, I am soooooooo thirsty...I need to get an ice cream cone...ice cream tastes like water." So after all the ice cream she had already had, she wanted me to buy her another ice cream cone. And she tried to trick me by saying that ice cream is just like water! Silly girl.
Tuesday was St. Patrick's Day. We had a park play date with a bunch of people from church. I didn't have any green clothes, so Chloe made me a 4 leaf clover crown. And then she made herself one. And then she made me take a bunch of selfies with her,
Wednesday we went down to the Salt River and had a picnic with our friends, the Carrs and the Martz. It was a beautiful overcast day with a cool breeze. We had a lovely time.
By that afternoon I was feeling pretty crummy from my cold, Don took the girls over to Chloe's swim team practice and I was able to relax at home.
Thursday I laid around the house pretty much all day. Don took the girls bowling and to swim team practice again while I stayed home.
Friday we went over to our friend's house (Brooke) where the kids played in the sprinklers and then after that, I once again came home and laid around the house all afternoon feeling like my head might explode.
Friday night I forced myself to leave the house to see Chloe's swim meet. Chloe is making so much exciting improvement with her swimming. Her form and speed are just getting better all the time. I am very impressed. (I can't remember if I already mentioned, but at her school track meet, she placed 1st for long jump. She has been practicing on our lawn ever since then, and she really can jump at least twice as far as I can. Which is not saying a lot though, since I can jump about 1 foot.)
Then Don and I went out to PF Changs for dinner with another couple and I tried not to spread my germs to everyone at the table.
It was nice to see so many people from my Dad's side of the family. It has been awhile since I have seen any of them
That evening there was a little get together at my Dad's house. We didn't stay long. I still felt pretty crummy from the cold and I had to give a talk in church the next day.
I was just glad I felt well enough to give my talk the next day, I was worried about that.
And then yesterday, it was back to our routine!
I am looking forward to summer! Not the heat. But getting Chloe all to myself.
We took our good friend Amy Paun out for dinner last night because she is moving this week, and Macie said to her when we met her at Red Robin, " We want to go to a different restaurant, one we like. We want to go to McDonalds. They have ice cream there." I love Macie so much. So we got dessert at McDonalds and all was well.
Yesterday Anna and Elise came over to play and while Anna left for her music lesson, the rest of the girls made an Easter egg hunt for her. Chloe put notes in Easter eggs and then put the Easter eggs in a trail that led outside to their tea party. The notes said, "Go this way" with arrows to the next egg. They are a sweet group of little girls.
Monday, March 2, 2015
She keeps asking me how babies get in your tummy. And I keep telling her that I prayed for a baby and God blessed me with one. Guess I better figure out a more scientific explanation because Macie is confused..."But I believe in Jesus?" And she has obviously figured out that her believing in Jesus hasn't resulted in any babies.
While reading her a bedtime story, Macie said to me, "Mom. Your voice smells HORRIBLE."
I can only imagine. I did eat a whole pizza a couple hours previously.
My friend subbed in Macie's primary class yesterday and she told me she told Macie she could take her picture home to finish coloring, and Macie said she couldn't do that because she "had plans."
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
(by the way, I was given chocolate truffles and today Macie told me that she would put them under her bed so that they wouldn't melt. She is always looking out for me. I am confident I will never see those truffles again. also, another funny Macie story...she was complaining of her ear hurting, we figured it was water in her ear so we told her to go lay down in her bed so it could come out. she said, "But I don't want to get my bed all wet.")
Anyway. After school and after Macie had her Valentine's party at Music Makers, I took them to the Mesa Childrens Museum with some of their friends. And we also got lucky and ran into Danny and Mo. Later that evening, Liz took Chloe to a ballet. When Liz showed up to pick up Chloe, Macie answered the door, saw Liz's sparkly dress and said, "Your dress is bootiful." Chloe had a fun time at the ballet and apparently asked Liz a lot of questions about what was going on.
Saturday was a busy day, nothing to do with Valentine's Day. Went to the gym, Soccer games, breakfast with Heather for her birthday, played piano for a funeral, all before 2 PM. Chloe really wanted to have a party so we played heads up 7 up as a family and the girls gave me a mammoth size valentine as well as handmade cards throughout the day. They were so sweet. Then that evening we had Stake Conference. So for Valentine's Day we went to church. I have to hand it to Don though. He actually thought ahead and made a really nice dinner for us all on Sunday. I did nothing. I took a nap while he cleaned and cooked and then cleaned again. It was very domestic of him. He was a way better valentine than I was. Sunday evening we went to the Paun's house for dessert night. So the weekend was jam packed and then I got a cold, which is what usually happens after a busy weekend.
"When things get hard just start. You might get it right. Don't be sad be glad for all your blessings."
I wish I could take credit for her wisdom, but I certainly cannot! In fact, I have decided to take Chloe's advice from now on. When things get hard...just start. Isn't that the truth-the hardest part is always the starting. I asked her if her teacher tells her this ("no!") or perhaps Dad? ("no!") "I just came up with it in my own mind!"
Like I said, she's pretty amazing. (and so are Oscar and Macie. I am a middle child. I get it.)