Friday, June 29, 2007

Pudding and Cheetos! What are you guys feeding your kids?!

As you can see by this video, our kids are getting a balanced diet. Dairy: pudding; Carbs: Cheetos.
You may have noticed the caffeine free diet coke on the table, that is of course a part of the low sugar diet, you know preventing cavities and hyperactivity. For some reason we don't seem to be getting the positive results promised by all the experts. To put the grandparents minds to rest, he does like healthy food too. He eats the tops off of the trees (broccoli) and corn on the cob, a real favorite. Reed and Douglas also eat an occasional good meal whenever I can tear them away from their staple of P.B.J.'s and cereal. We made the mistake of mentioning the intestinal reaction that comes with the consumption of legumes, or in other words, beans and gas. I took Douglas to the grocery store yesterday for some one-on-one time and while were going down the canned foods aisle he spotted a can of chili and loudly asked while we passed another shopper: "Do beans make you stinker?" I told him we'd talk about it later and not to mention it again till we leave.

My mom will be coming out for a visit on the 3rd of July and we are very excited. The boys are already planning sleeping arrangements. We hope to go camping if she is up to it. She's been having a few health problems so we don't want to stress her out too much. Though she's tough, and as Great Aunt Mable says, "She's a 'go-er'."

The boys love playing in the water. Here they are playing a game of sorts that includes jumping over the sprinkler. Currently, they are in swimming lessons at the YMCA and love it. Douglas is the most excited kid there. He can float really well while Reed sinks like a rock. They both love it and are learning a lot. They'd probably learn more if mommy was willing to be seen in a swimming suit. I could jump in fully clothed and say I was one of those people who likes to be prepared if caught on a sinking ship and doesn't have time to change into more practical swim wear. I'm sure the guy in the speedo, when we hit the iceberg, will feel much more chilled than a fully dressed person, besides "I didn't want his (my) feet to get wet" (Mr. Mom- I love that movie!). I'm rambling as usual, but as many of you know, I have a very strange mind and with that knowledge should forgive me.

My brother, Jared and his wife, Rhi just had their baby yesterday. His name is Preston Scott. We can't wait to see him, though he'll probably be 1 by the time that happens. We are very dependent on some of our relations for the emailing (or blogging) of pictures. Sooooo....Send them!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I seem to have been tagged, so here we go...


*BYU Info Operator

*Life guard at Raging Waters

*I can’t remember exactly what I did, but it was at a commercial

airline parts company and reminds me a lot of the show

The Office with its set of Michaels, Jans, Pams, Jims, and Dwights.

*Accounts payable/receivable at an ambulance company, you can call me “Temp.”


*Pride and Prejudice (A&E version loyalist)

*The Court Jester

*Lord of the Rings

*Harry Potter movies


*Rancho Cucamonga, CA

*Lansing, MI

*Tokyo, Japan

*Vienna, Austria


*The Office

*Law & Order: SVU

*As Time Goes By

*What not to Wear



*In-n-Out cheese burger

*Oriental Chicken Salad



*bank site


*Blog land

*Martha Stewart







*Chris W.

*Jeannette N.

*Kim H.

*Gavin J.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I'll take a bowl of Hot and Humid with a side of Humor
It’s been so hot and humid here that sitting in the shade and having water splashed on you doesn’t really help. So, when dinner time came and I had absolutely no motivation for cooking, we decided to live on the reckless side and go out for dinner and justify it by calling it “family night”. Lessons of sorts were learned in the process and we are all a bit wiser from the experience.

It started when Reed chose an unknown item from the child menu, ribs. Douglas stuck to his usual, macaroni and cheese and Isaac had mandarin oranges and fries. When Reed’s meal arrived Douglas looked at as if he were checking out some strange bug captured in a jar, with a certain amount of hesitance. He asked, what is that? We told him they were ribs. After a moment he asked in an uncertain voice, but loud as usual “whose ribs are those?” We not only laughed, but the quiet man eating alone near us burst out with laughter. Douglas’ perspective on life is very different from most people or children I know. By the way Reed loved those ribs so much that he gathered up the bones and carried them home with him. By the time we got home he had barbecue sauce all over him.

I was again enlightened by Douglas’ wisdom this afternoon. He wanted me to tie a cowboy bandana around his neck and then asked me what they wore them for. I told him that they could put it over their mouths in a sand storm, or maybe if they didn’t want anyone to know who they were they could cover their face with it. After some time to think about it came to me and gave me another purpose for the bandana. He said that whenever they drink milk out of a cow and milk gets on them that they could use it as a bib. If only Jesse James had known all the benefits of his attire. He would have certainly had a cleaner shirt, pants and boots. It's "Jesse James' Protector" to the rescue!

Friday, June 15, 2007


Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout...

With the warm weather comes new life in the form of bugs. There is a great awareness of their presence expressed in squeals, ooos, and aahhs! Isaac finds them intriguing but will scream if one gets too close. Except when it's an ant. I think confronting ants is the first step to a wider world of wiggly worms and wet willies. Oh, wonderful. He now thinks it fun to squash them with his finger. Now that the lightening bugs are coming out one can only imagine his excitement. I remember when Reed was 2 or 3 and how he would bring me bugs he found. I didn't know it was a bug he was handing me until I felt the offering move in my hand. He once caught a live fly in a window sill and by the wing. An unsuspecting fly, oh my! Grandpa Williams was the lucky recipient of a live spider. A really gross bug I've only seen out here is called a house centipede. It looks like a long spider with tons of legs, and kind of hairy. Supposedly they help keep the spider population down, but what keeps the house centipede population down? Well, the underside of my shoe does what it can.
Reed and Douglas are out of school and I'm trying to keep them occupied as best I can. They just started swimming lessons again. I think they miss school and their friends there. Reed's bus driver was so sad to see him go that she cried.

We haven't been doing too much. Chris has been working part time. They let him work up to 30 hours, so the extra income is nice for those extra things one has to buy. For example, a new microwave. Reed tried to warm up his french fries while the baby sitter watched them and started a fire. Luckily the babysitter unplugged it before throwing water on it. The house reeked with smoke but luckily all that was lost was a microwave. Speaking of Reed, he is currently on a time out. I told him he can't come off until the timer goes off making a "beep-beep-beep" sound. So, he keeps making "beep-beep-beep" sounds and asking, "now can I come off my timeout?" Kids!!! If they weren't so cute when they slept, I don't know...The fact is, the are so cute so I guess I'll keep them, but as long as I have access to some chocolate and diet coke. Gardening is one of my therapies and I can do it while the boys run off some energy outside. Here's a picture of one of my "Tiffany" roses. By the way, don't go on the internet to learn more about this rose, or at least don't just type in Tiffany rose, as this also happens to be the name of a porn star. Luckily those thumb nail prints on Google are somewhat edited and unclear.

We hope to go camping this summer near Lake Michigan, maybe near a town called Ludington. We love swimming and playing in the water and what's also nice is it's only 2 1/2 hours away from here. We like swimming in the lake as you can see what's also swimming near you, unlike some of the beaches in So. California, na-na na-na na-na. Though, I wouldn't say no to a trip to a So. Cal. beach at this moment. We hope all of you are having a wonderful summer and are recovering from those glow-in-the-dark winter legs.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Let's play "Chest"!

Reed and Douglas have been begging us to teach them how to play “chest” (chess) for some time and I finally got it out and had Chris teach them. I think the last time I played chess I was in Junior high. They had a great time, even though Chris had to coach them the whole time. They kept asking “what can I do so I can kill someone?” I guess they’ve got the spirit of the game.

Douglas just graduated from preschool. It was very cute to see the kids perform for us all, singing songs and reciting poetry. I think it’s kind of funny that they do a graduation for preschool. I wonder if they do that for all the grades. I only remember graduating from high school and college. Though, one does have to accomplish quite a bit to get out of preschool. One has to do the following:
• Be potty trained
• Learn not to fight with others
• Learn how to take turns
• Learn not to run in the hallways
• Say please and thank you
• Follow simple instructions
• Get on the path to literacy

I’m starting to wonder if there are many high school students with those skills today. Preschool graduation really is quite an accomplishment.

As far as accomplishment goes for the rest of us, Chris and I managed to wake up this morning after a night of getting up with Isaac. He had a bad dream about a bug. He was holding onto his teddy bear as tight as he could and crying about a bug. Chris pretended to squish a bug on the wall and it seemed to help. Isaac is such a funny boy but has started picking up some of the animalistic characteristics of his brothers. After telling Reed to pull a normal smile for a picture, Isaac did just what Reed did in this picture. Boys: constant entertainment!

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