Friday, July 31, 2009

No! It's my penguin!

Mary discovered that she wants a turn on the computer too. She plays Club Penguin. Even if she asks for help, be wary of touching the keyboard because she yells at you.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

New Dishwasher

Otherwise known as Mike.
It has been a constant battle of the dishwasher vs. the family. The machine has not cleaned very well from the start, it threw food particles over all the dishes and deep inside the glasses. I filled the jetclean dispenser everyday and have had fits with the wet dry vac. and the filter. Monday was the last straw- I was running the dishwasher empty and there was water shooting out the door. I put a cake pan under the leak and had to empty it twice.

The brand new one came today but we will have to wash by hand until Mike can install it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Oral fixation

Kenny will take any toothbrush or toothpaste that he can reach (Aqua Fresh Boy). To go with that obsession he is now reading The Whole Body Dentistry book.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Jon and Mike complete the 20 mile bike ride!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Happy 6th Birthday Adam


Saturday, July 25, 2009

We have a pumpkin

The garden and the children are growing. I have a sinus infection and haven't felt much like doing very much.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cool Beans

1 washer

5 cutters

45 minutes

6 quarts of green beans

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bird watching

On our walk, I saw some duck prints.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Many hands make light work

It took more time to park at the reservoir, than to shovel a path around it. All the wards in the stake were asked to have at least two work crews of 35 people to complete this job.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Look out

We call this new garden area the look out. Jonathan says he hates carrying dirt and bricks from the car to the backyard.

Friday, July 17, 2009


Taylor Swift says, "I took a chance, I took a shot..." Then Mary Dotes sings at the top of her lungs, "I took a bath!"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 a day!

I still have some for the neighbors, especially zucchini and beets.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hey, Look at Me!

Kenny tries to get the kids' attention.
Megan makes his efforts worthwhile.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

It's snowing

For two weeks every summer the cottonwood trees in all the yards around us spew "snow" everywhere.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


On the 4th while Mike, Jon and I were at the party, Aunt Debbie took everyone else (8 children/teens) to McDonalds' and to Walmart. Adam yelled from the big bus cart to people in the aisles, "Coming through! Move out of the way."

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Lowes down

Gardening 101: If dirt is bagged in a "product recovery bag" (a clear bag on top of the original packaging) it is half price. If the bag of dirt has a significant hole (checker approved) the bag is half price.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Found Him!

I get the feeling Kenny wants to go back to the swimming pool.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Open up the hangar!

Kenny usually won't let anyone feed him. If you try to put silverware near his mouth, he will grab the food and put it in himself. Also, if he spears something with a fork he will bring it to his lips and then pluck it off with his fingers and stuff it into his mouth. If you look at his Buddha Belly, one can tell his technique is still effective.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


All seven children and I went to the pool today. This was Kenny's first time in the pool, and he really liked it. Although right when we put him in the pool, he looked around like what are all these people doing in my bath. He got into the routine: walk around the pool, get out when the whistle blows, eat popcorn, when the whistle blows, get back in- repeat as necessary.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Blazing Trails

During sacrament meeting Adam said that he had to go to the bathroom. I told him no because sometimes he just wants to wander the halls. But, he pleaded and said he really had to go, so I unbuttoned his difficult button on his pants and off he went in the wrong direction. Mike went after him and he said when he got to the bathroom there was a trail leading to the stall: shoes, and then there was socks, and then pants, and finally underwear! As Mike began to take a picture for the blog another man walked in, so he shoved the trail of clothes under the stall and tried to look like he was just waiting, not a pervert taking photos in the men's room. Oh honey, you should have explained that your wife is a blogger! Once the other man left, Mike, the roving reporter, took the picture.


Yesterday, we went to Jon's friend's Bar Mitzvah. The church service was two hours (since we usually go three hours it was no sweat). Jon's friend Brock stood up and led the service and it was mostly in Hebrew (that would be cause for anyone to sweat). He did a great job and we had fun at the party afterwards.
The reception had an awesome view.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th!

Kenny finds out he loves to go biking! Mike, Kelly and I were going to go on a quick five minute ride around the block. It took ten minutes to put the trailer on Mike's bike and ten more to pump up the tires. Kenny and Mary giggled as Mike rode real fast.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Cousin Chaos

Either he's going to brush Megan's hair or he's threatening her to stop taking photos.

Debbie, Ken, Mike and Becky's families and Grandma and Grandpa all showed up at our house for lunch and fun. The kids roasted hot dogs and marshmallows on the grill.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm Mary Jane!

We were at the park and Mary told a little boy not to step on her sand castle. He obediently asked her where was the castle (it all looked like a pile of sand.) She then began yelling at him, "I'm Mary Jane!" over and over. He stayed and played with her even though she never told him where her precious castle was.