Friday, August 31, 2007
Me and the boys...duh.
Eliza and Oli.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
We went yesterday...(cali and I) with 6 kids and two husbands that had to leave work to get our kids passports. (we are all headed to Maztlan for Christmas...I think we will be there like 3 weeks...yeah so exciting) Anyways the passport website had the wrong hours posted on their website so they had been closed for 15 minutes when we got there. BUMMER big time. I said to the guy "your website says you are open until 4" then he replied..."yeah we have been trying to change that for some time". Arrghhhhh. Oh well what can you say. Cali and I loaded up the kids and the husbands went back to work.
Rob is still taking off his diaper. (not with poop thank goodness) I keep telling him "don't take off your diaper." to which he says "kay" He still does it. I guess he is back to wearing only onsies. Too bad it is hard to find them in such a big size.
Oh well that is all. I am bored and in turn...boring.
I miss Harry Potter. sigh...
Monday, August 27, 2007
Picture of Hogwarts castle that is to be built at the resort.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
A little disclaimer about the following pictures. Cortney sold his camera this week and is getting the Nikon d200, which is currently on back order. So we went from having a sweet professional camera to having a camera phone. I still wanted to post these...they aren't too bad.
Me and Oli. He really wanted to ride with Cort...he didn't trust me. About halfway through he started relaxing and then loved it.
Me and Oli in front...Rob is on the one behind us and Tiffany and her two oldest on the very farthest. Rob and Oli wore bike helmets...I figured it was safer than nothing.
When we got home from our excursion we were all COVERED in dirt. I put the kids in the bath and I swear Rob is trying to do as many poop surprises for me as he can. He pooped in the tub!!! I couldn't believe it. I have never had a kid do this before. Oli never even would pee in the tub. Ohhh that was a fun one to clean up. I am sorry if this is a little to graphic...but hey its my blog I'll do what I want to.
After everything calmed down and we were all clean we headed up to Draper for our friends annual Chili party. The hosts were Ben and Briar and there were tons of old friends there. We didn't know everyone but we still had a great time. The food was so good and so was the company. Our kids were pretty good too, so that was a plus.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Also I decided I need some more snacks for my kids to eat during they day. ( I was out) So I bought the big bag of peanut butter filled pretzles. Sounded like a great idea. Rob though smooshes them and just eats the peanut butter out of the middle. Ahhhh two days I have had them and two days I have vacuumed. I also have a strict no eating out of the kitchen rule...but the little kid doesn't seem to care. I just put him down for the night though...it is 6:16 p.m. He didn't take a nap today and was so happy to go to sleep. He was laughing as I covered him up.
Today Cali and I went to Costco to take the kids passport pictures. Six kids. We were thinking it was going to be stressful but it wasn't the kids did great. The pictures were adorable too. Then we went over to visit Justin for a while. The kids love going over to his house.
I always get so tired when I have to put the kids down alone. I don't know why I get so tired since my kids have no routine...the routine I give them is none. Well, we brush and pray. I like to keep it at a minimum so I am not held hostage with singing and bedtime stories before bed. Hahaa does that sound bad. I just know that if I have 6 kids...bed time routines like those are just TOOO much. (plus I am too lazy...hahaa). Oliver did accidently whip Rob in the face with a little cloth belt tonight...so that was tiring. Anyways....I am 28...no 27 minutes from having Oli down too. Yeah...I love the weekend.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I love this picture of Oli running. He is so athletic.
He was really into running through the sprinkler...Cortney was home early and I think he was showing off for his dad. I have started to really be amazed at my grown up Oli. His little hands are exactly the same now as when he was a baby. Is that a weird thing to think?? I have been thinking it a lot lately. He is so grown up. He helps me so much. Every morning he says..."I can hear brother...can I go get him out of his bed?" When he goes in Robbie always screams "Brother!!!" and I get to hear them say all kinds of cute things over the monitor. It is hard for me to believe that Oli is closer in age to my MiaMaids than I am. Wow.
I undressed Rob and made him stand in the sprinkler (mean mom...I know)...the next picture is his reaction to me making him stand in it...
it wasn't his thing.
I also stole some pictures from my cousin myca's blog...I didn't have any from the reunion and I loved these ones.
Egg toss...I love this picture...Oli standing with his little baby hands waiting for me to throw him the egg. Rob grabbed his own egg when we started the game and he kept throwing it to no one the entire game...his didn't break either until the end when he threw in on the cement.
Here is Oli after he won with his 2 dollar bill and his egg.
One last note before I go to bed. Today was one of those "I love being a mom" days. Rob was screaming in his bed a little while after I put him down. I went down there and his room smelled bad. I sighed looked at him and then realized he didn't have a diaper on. I screamed at the top of my lungs. Which startled him (imagine that) and he slowly started to cry and covered his face with his hands. He pooped and took his diaper off. I couldn't believe it. Lucky me. I knew I shouldn't put him to bed without shorts on...what was I expecting??? Man...of course he had piled every blanket into his crib too. So after a bath and A FULL load of laundry...I put him down again. This time with pants on. You know...even with "surprises" like the one I had waiting for me today...it sure beats working.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Anyways it was sooo fun seeing my cousins, and aunts and uncles. There were only a couple cousins that weren't there and it was really weird you could feel that they weren't there. Like a big hole. Three are on missions. And a couple of others working or too far away. I have a really fun family. And I LOVE all of the people they have married. Because my cousins are so awesome and they were always my best friends, and know me better than almost anyone...that is another reason I want to live around my brothers and sisters...so my kids love their cousins the way I do (come on family what do you say...we should all move back to Moses...no chance...I know). When I hear people say they barely know my cousins I can't believe it. When I was first growing up I thought everyone had it like us. But most people are not as close as we Earls are. Not to brag. Hahaaa.... Well anyways back to the reunion. It was just like old times. We had scones, sat around and talked and talked, there was boating, and swimming. And of course we had a family dance. We used to have them all of the time and we all love to dance. We would sometimes invite a couple of the boys we liked over but I think they would always feel a little weird that two boys were there to dance with 10 cousins. Hahaa. The dancing was so fun. We are definetly not as young as we used to be. We were tired after the first song. Ohh...I forgot the food. SOOOOO much good food. Wow. We can cook too.
The second day was volleyball and races at the stake park. We all wore matching shirts (loved it) and sat around and ate and talked. My boy Robbie was wanting me to hold him the whole time so I mostly just sat there. Oli did win his age group race and he was excited about that. Mostly because he got 2 two dollar bills. One for the race and he and I were some of the winners of the egg toss. Neither Oli or I caught the egg once. It just wouldn't break. I was throwing it as hard as I could but it wouldn't break so we stayed in untill the end. It was soo fun. I was so sad to leave.
After the day at the park we went home and got ready for Justin and Angeliques reception. I just want to say that I am so happy that Angelique is in our family. I love her. She is going to be a great sister and we are so happy to finally have another one. She is awesome. The reception was fun (long but fun). We had a lot of work to do Joey and Kyle and Lihn and Isaac scooped ice cream all night. Cortney was busy taking pictures and Cali was running around making sure everything was taken care of. Not to mention taking care of her own kids. Sam has twins so she is pretty much out of commision. And I mingled. I hate to admit it...I mostly just talked to people during the reception. I can't help it...I was born that way. I did help pick up afterwards though. Here are some pictures. My family. With new additions Lihn and Angelique. Yeah. All of the kids were so tired. It was a hard picture to take. Plus finding one where no one is blinking is a whole other challenge. When is the next time we are going to be dressed up and matching though??? WAHHHHH my parents are going on a mission. Feb. 4th to Bogata Columbia.
My little family. It is nearly impossible to get a good picture. Plus Cortney is the photographer so we never get any. AHhhh. Oh well. With us this is as good as it gets. Cortney is getting a brand new camera soon. YEAH. I can't wait. He just sold his Nikon D100 and is getting a D200.
Kyle and Joey scooping.
Cynthia and Shelly helped the whole night. Man they were working sooooooooo hard the whole time. Another reason I would like to move to a small town. I want friends that I will have for over 20 years that will love me so much that they will work so hard at my kids reception. That is true friendship. I LOVE THESE LADIES. Every time I see them I am overwhelmed with how much they mean to me.
Cali and Celly at the reception. I thought both looked fab. in this picture.
THat is all for tonight. Ohhhh...man I stayed up way too late. Hopefuly Rob will sleep in.
Oh also my sister in law Whitney had her baby on Monday. I am so excited and happy for her. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!
Monday, August 20, 2007
All of my cousins's babies...(the ones under 1 years old) Scarlet, Owen, Kate, Grace, Elsie and Sebell (I so don't know how to spell that).
Here I am with Amber at my brother's reception
My sisters adorable kids. The are getting so big and looking more like babies.
We always want to stop at this scenic overlook by twin falls when we drive home. Unfortunatly Cali and I don't get a chance because we have too many kids. So today we stopped it was a nice break...I wish I wasn't so afraid of heights. The whole time I kept thinking Cortney was going to let Robbie fall over the edge.
I will write more later...sooo tired...and so many shows to catch up on.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I can't wait to see everyone though. It is going to be great. Wish us luck.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
and here is Oli when he was 1...doing his breakdancing.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Now I want to write a little about where we get to go fishing. Down at the golf course there is a little creek that winds its way through the wetlands to Utah Lake. Now since we have to put in on the golf course it is private to us. No one else can use it. It is so peaceful and beautiful. Pretty amazing. We saw huge craines, a beaver and other random birds. It was pretty amazing. You would never be able to guess that there was a town right where we were. It just seemed so remote. I feel really lucky that Cortney works where he does. It really is the perfect place for him. Cortney and his friends bought a big canoe and they put a little trolling motor on it. So no paddling. Which I loved. It probably goes 8 mph. It was really fun. It would have been the best ever if we didn't have Rob. He was trying to jump out the whole time. He is like me too his face just turns so red. He was so hot. We all had fishing poles and we all caught a fish. We only had to get Robbies pole from the bottom once too. Hahaa. I was really surprised he didn't drop it in more than that. I caught my first little fish. I almost caught a 2 foot cat fish I struggled with it for a long time. My arms were shaking so bad it was soo heavy. It bent the hook and got away though. I had it out of the water twice...to no avail.
Every fish we caught today were little white bass. We put them right back in the water of course. Not big enough to keep.
Oli caught one on one of his first casts. He was getting pretty good. I think we will try to go out sometime again with out Rob. It was just too hard for him. He did love it when we caught fish though. Anyways. That's it we had a great day. We are finally feeling a little better. I don't think the kids had left the house since Monday. Rob was so frantic to leave looking for his shoes everywhere. He was happy about that.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Now I know this picture doesn't make the "japaneese beatle" look all that menacing but it is the bane of my existance. (I by the way don't know what those beatles are doing in this picture...just sitting really close to each other on a pretty flower??) Last summer one of these pesky bugs was found somewhere near my house. So because of that one bug...my neighborhood is in an "infestation area". The Japaneese beatle is really dangerouse for the agriculture here. This is one nasty bug...it eats everything in sight. Since my husband is basically a farmer of grass it could be devastating for him if the bug were to spread. So the city is doing a strict eradicating program. They are spraying like crazy and have beatle traps of some sort. But....What this means for me for the NEXT THREE YEARS is we can't...have a garden (at all) no one in our neighborhood can eat their peaches or apricots...we also can dispose of any green waste in our regular trash cans (major pain). We have to have it specially bagged and taken to a place down at the landfill. Three years is FOREVER. Every night I dream of having a garden. I LOOOVE veggies...I like them more than almost any food. It makes me crazy to think I could be putting squash into every meal I make. But no...that darn beatle. Next year I am convincing cortney to plant me a couple of things down at the golf course. It might take a lot of persuading but I think it would be worth it...all I dream of is a tomato sandwich everyday.
Ohhh....I will add that I have never seen any. I don't think they have found any but that one....last summer.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
What more can I say I love it.
He is so cute.
I LOVE THIS PICTURE. It is of my nephew Carson fishing so cool.
Last but not least my two sisters at the wedding. Love them.
The flight home went really well. My brother was waiting for us when we arrived an both kids were asleep in his car by the time we hit the freeway. Cortney was golfing in a tournament so he wasn't home when we got home. It was great to be back. I got all spiffed up, put on my tightest pants and my highest heels and dropped the kids off at my sister-law's (thanks KaeLynn!). Then Cortney and I went to a dinner at the Country Club for the golf tournament. The food was sooo yummy, plus it was buffet style so I ate TONS, and to top it all off it was free! I don't think for me it gets any better than that. We had a great time. It was great to see each other again. Joey and his cousing were there with us too so we had a grand ole time. It was the perfect night. Usually when I get home from a trip I am too tired to do anything. I was tired, but to have a babysitter and see Cortney without kids...Yeah.
(it feels as if it has been forever since I have worked)
1. Pizza Hut Waitress..with Laura Lei...we had a great time until we got banned from working together for being a little wild when there were no customers in the restaurant.
2. Receptionist at Dr. Earl's Office...I think every Earl girl has done it.
3. Dealer Services for Ultimate Direction/Sierra Designs. Very fun job because the company that owned us also owned Slumberjack, Kelty and a couple of others. I got sweet camping and outdoors stuff for cost. I also got to make "friends" with people that worked at other sweet outdoor companies and got stuff for super cheap from them too.
4. Customer Service at Quick Ship n' Copy. You read that right. I made copies and shipped packages for a couple of years. (hey it is hard to find a good job in Rexburg) I did however get to work with awesome people and we always had a really FUN time.
5. Mom...definatly the best so far. ( I love being my own boss thats for sure)
Places for weekend getaway...(I don't get away for a weekend very often anymore I am sad to say...with kids there is too much preparation that goes into a trip so it has to be longer than a weekend)
1. Rexburg for sure...love to see the Boice's and it is pretty close to here.
3. Ohhh I have been meaning to go see Sam in Vegas...soon.
Movies I can watch over and over again. ( I hardly ever watch things over again)
1. Highschool Musical (hahaaa guilty pleasure and my kids love it) Also...Everytime I watch it I can help but think...this looks like something my cousins and I could have written...and starred in.
2. Empire Records
3. Fools Rush In
4. Moulin Rouge
Sleeping in, Staying up late, Reading a good teenager book, for sure almost all of the shows I watch, CARBOHYDRATES.
Places I've lived
1. Moses Lake Washington
3. Rexburg, Idaho
4. Bend, Oregon
5. Provo and Orem Utah
What I first thought when I saw Cortney...
That is an interesting question...I don't know...I thought he looked like a skater boy, he had earings in and a crazy facial hair of some sort. I met him walking into Craigos in Rexburg. He said something to me about my shirt and I just smiled and nodded and walked in. I was pretty intimidated because he was with a whole group of boys that were standing around the door. I actually wanted to leave 5 mintues after I got their because I wasn't feeling well but couldn't leave because they were crowding the door and I didn't want to have to talk to them on the way out. I finally did. And he grabbed me a pulled me into him (it was loud there was a band playing) and said in my ear "who are you??". He was afraid he wouldn't see me again. hahahaa. That was a long time ago. I will say that after my first real date with him I thought...he was one of the nicest people I had ever met.
Places I've been on vacation...
1. Mazatlan Mexico
2. All over the U.S. My dad loves to take us on Church History trips.
where to start???
3. Anything that I didn't have to make.
4. Seafood of any kind
I really don't know...I love ALL food. There are really only a couple of things I don't like I will list those...Bannanas...cooked mushrooms...and Jello fruit Salads.
If I am in a Jam with Cort tactics I use to get out of the dog house.
I will have to say the same as Sam...A little shimmie always does the trick. He never gets mad at me though.
He knows if I am mad at him a little food goes a long way. Usually if I am grumpy I am hungry.
Websites I visit daily...
A million blogs.
First kiss location
My first first kiss was at the end of Easy Street in a car 3 minutes before curfew. Hahaaa
With Cortney my first kiss was in Jaxon Landon's garage. Just a peck...like we had been dating forever. I remember thinking it was funny.
Places I'd rather be right now.
1. Just about anywhere without my kids and with Cort...Or maybe my girlfriends or sisters.
2. I love being in Maz...laying out (fully under an umbrella) sipping limonadas with some nachos.
3. I would say my parents yard but I just got back from there.
People I tag...
No one. Sorry.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
We put our kids down super early and headed down to the movie theater. We were going to watch the Bourne Ultimatum, but it was sold out so instead we watched Hot Rod. Once that was over we went (we paid of course) to see the Bourne Ultimatum's late showing. Ohhhh I love going to the movies. It is so much fun. Once we were home (pretty late 12:30) I was going to the bathroom and a little mousy ran across the floor. I HATE MICE. I am not scared of spiders or snakes. But mice freak me out. So Cali and I immediately went into action. We got it trapped in a closet loaded with a mouse trap. Sure enough after like 5 minutes I heard the mouse trap flip and I ran in there it was dead as a door nail. I felt so bad killing it like that. But what can you do?? It had to go.
Here Cali and I are ready to get rid of the thing. It was freaky. Cali had already gone to bed so she came up in a blanket. We both kept spooking each other. Oh well at least it is dead now. I can't help but think about Fival from American Tale. I always think maybe this mouse is just trying to get to his family. hahaa
Ohhh I also wanted to say that...too bad, so sad I am going home tommorrow. The good part is that I am FLYING. YEAH!! My sister found out her husband has to go to London for work next wednesday so she is going with him and leaving her kids here. Then she will fly back and stay until the Earl Family Reunion on the 16th. I didn't want to be away from Cort that long so I am heading home in the morning. It will be so different flying than driving. 2 hours instead of 13! Cortney is in a huge golf tournament so my brother Justin is picking me up. Thanks brother. I will say that after two weeks of being here I watched 5 movies in the theater. YEah. I didn't however ever see the Hardy's (we tried to go over and no one was home...they came over and we were gone...that kind of thing) I also didn't see my bestest friends Sean and Amber. Everyone in the Merrell family was up for a reunion and then they were all sick as a dog. Sad. I will however be back in two weeks. So I can do some visiting then. I hope.
Friday, August 03, 2007
One draw back of small town living is last night Cali and I went to go rent the Bourne Supremacey so we could watch it before the third one came out. We went to Heartland Video, Safeway Video and Blockbuster. All of them had both copies checked out. That would never happen where we live. If they were all checked out the store would at least have more than 2 copies.
Rob loves my dad. I had been trying to get a picture of Rob watching TV but my dad came in the door and sat down and instead Rob went running to him.
Jack got stung by a bee today. Poor kid has been stung more than any other kid I know. It was so sad. It is still so huge and he can't even talk.
The bee sting didn't hold him back from doing sweet tricks on the trampoline though. Our kids play outside all day here. I don't have to worry about them getting run over or kidnapped. There is another plus for small town living. I could never let my kids play outside at home by themselves.
My parents yard is so COZY. Cali and I lay outside and read all day long. The trees have grown so much since I lived at home. Okay I also wanted to talk about my devastating news of Nick being evicted out of the Big Brother house. I loved him. Cali and I feel like we don't even want to watch anymore. I have been thinking a lot about my Celebrity top 5 guys (weird thing to think about?? I know. My cousin angie put her top 5 on her blog and it made me think...who are my top 5? I am still narrowing it down...I will let you know when I am set in my 5) I think Nick would have to be on there. Although...since he is no longer on the show I guess he really isn't a celebrity anymore. But he is pretty hot. Nothing of course compared to Cortney (can't wait to see you on Saturday c.). With Nick being voted out...I feel so sad. I know it doesn't matter it is just a show. But it sure made watching the show easy on the eyes.