Thursday, December 31, 2009

Once in a blue moon

The last day of 2009. It was a great year. The only sad thing is that the children are all another year older and closer to being all grown up and the great thing is that they are all another year older...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Put your coat on, it's cold

Here's another example why when *lol* this blog becomes a movie, Kenny will be played by Curious George- the animated monkey. Recreating scenes like this will be easier with computer animation.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Model boy

Grandma Malm gave
Kenny a pretend camera for his birthday.
Apparently he got Mary to take the pictures
while he posed.

Happy Birthday 2 Ken

2 day
1 (2008)

Newborn (2007)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Home sweet home

Every year for Mike and my anniversary my parents take the children on the 26th and let us have a few days, together, alone. Mike picked them up a few hours ago and they had a great time with the grandparents but there is no place like home.

When Mike got to Nana's to pick up the kids, Kenny began crying because he missed his dad. When Jon carried Ken in the house he clung to me and he wouldn't let me put him down until he decided we had enough cuddling. He seemed happy to be in his crib.
Megan secluded in her room watching Emma.

Mary Dotes in her bed with her doll.

Kelly with an ipod movie.
Wizards' 101, 102, and 103.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

15 years

Here we are standing in front of the
Denver Temple after we were
sealed for time and all eternity.
Happy anniversary to us.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The burp gave it away

It was Christmas evening, all was winding down. Jon had set up his iHome to Journey's greatest hits in the living room. I was getting something from the kitchen when I heard Mike say, "Who spilled the pop all over the couch?" I came running to see what was on my white sofa. As I entered the room the culprit, Kenny Ammon, let out the biggest belch I'd ever heard.
Luckily it soaked up with a towel and did not leave a pink Diet Dr. Pepper stain.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Mary's new doll needed a doctor. Adam makes house calls.
Kelly and I share and dance to her purple ipod.
Patrick and his new socks *let's give them a moment*.
Mary and Kenny have a moment of playing nicely.

Kenny wants to try the balance board, even though it's Jon's turn.
Megan redecorates the doll house.
Eight o'clock was pretty reasonable time to start breakfast and the festivities.

My parents came for breakfast and present opening. Later, the Malm parents came for tacos and burritos at two. We just played with assorted presents and just relaxed.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Clean

A new comforter for Christmas makes the bedroom feel cleaner. Yes, and putting away all the laundry that was sitting in baskets around the bed, and vacuuming, and the junk on the bed tables, oh and organizing the bookcase...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Brother Ken

He's sleeping right now, but around 2:30 am he will get up from his crib and crawl into bed with Mary or Kelly or me. A couple of times I've taken him back to his crib and locked him in. After those nights Kelly said he'd started slipping under the covers with her- and she's on the top bunk. He likes to lay in the middle of the pillow and throws his arms around, so I find him a nuisance. He's really annoying when he wakes up around 6:30 am, he likes to jump on the bed and likes to go through the stuff on the bed tables and sometimes takes it (Mike's work badge) or chews up my gum and spits it in the hall. Luckily we really like him.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's all fun and games

After Kenny went to bed, we brought out the Harry Potter Clue game, Diddy Kong Racing, popcorn, cookies and some m&m's and had a party.Jon received the Nintendo as a potty training treat in 1997. The gifts have really gone down in value since then. I think Mary received some stickers.
Mike kept getting the "Dark Mark" card, evil that one.
Patrick won the first game and Megan got a clue the second game.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Caught ya

Megan leaned on the counter just a little too close to the pot rack and it grabbed her. We've been shopping before and her hair will see something it likes and jump at it- and then we have to stop and unhook it- luckily it isn't attracted to blenders.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ward Family Christmas Party

I did not feel well today but Mike took the children to: Christmas around the world, or around the church building. The passport sent them to Germany to make gingerbread houses, then to the Mexico to have chips and salsa and on to the United States of America to sit on Santa's lap and get homemade stocking hats (Mike thought the room should have looked like the mall to fit with the theme.) There was a Britain room but they did not make it there before dinner. After dinner, the Primary children capped the night off with the song, "Children holding hands around the world."

Friday, December 18, 2009

Jingle Wreath

We have this wreath that I hang by the front door that plays really loud Christmas tunes when you walk by the sensor. It makes me laugh to scare unsuspecting visitors and the UPS man. Kenny found out tonight if he turns the outside light off and on it makes the wreath sing. I'm sure the neighbors are in the Christmas mood now.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mega Sweet

Megan made all the kids' teachers cookies for
a Christmas treat and then she cleaned the kitchen.

Harry Potter?

Adam's cupboard is underneath the linen/storage closet. He exiled himself into the hall the day I put Kenny's crib in his room (18 months ago). He says Kenny keeps him awake. At least with his new bedding spot I don't trip on him when I walk down the dark hall at night and he has the light scent of cedar. Goodnight Adam.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Home Evening

We trimmed the tree, ate some ice cream and sang, "Once there was a Snowman". Our family carols this year will be Peace on Earth and Good will towards Ken, Rocking around the baby-gated tree, and Not so Silent of a Night. It's going to be a long 10 days till Christmas.
What carols will you be singing this season?

Monday, December 14, 2009

They're in the mail

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A roof over our heads

The finished roof.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Not Santa on the rooftop

The weather got above freezing today so it was change the roof day. At 8 am sharp the scraping of the old roof began. I packed up 7 children and took them to my mom and dad's house. As sunset came the roof was done. It was too dark to know what it looks like but as Mary sings, "Tomorrow, tomorrow, the sun will come out!"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sit still

One way to keep Kenny still for a few minutes: turn on the home videos.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Kenny is always busy lately. Everyone tries to keep an eye on him or he gets into stuff. I asked him this morning if he needed a new diaper and he told me, "no, no, no." The older kids had him saying Zero over and over for some reason and they got him to yell, "Amen" when the missionaries were over for dinner.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The sun will come out tomorrow

Mary exclaimed while she was watching Annie, "That girl looks like me!"