Monday, June 30, 2014

A long time ago, we used to be friends

A few quick things:

 *When something possesses our lives for a few solid weeks I like to take note of it in my life. Kyle and I stayed up Saturday night until 2:30 am finishing the 3rd season of Veronica Mars and then watching the movie. (I then stayed up until 3:30 am watching cast interviews on YouTube.)  We've been watching 2-3 episodes every night for weeks and I'm so sad that the series is over. I was (am?) basically obsessed with it. It's like ending a great book and having to mourn the loss of my friends. Thanks cousins (Kristy and Angie specifically, reinforced by Kylie and others) for the great recommendation. My only regret was inviting Kyle along for the ride because I couldn't watch it during the day while he was at work! Otherwise I would've pushed it out in a week. haha Kristy said it best when she said that the genius of the show was how they make you love Logan even though he's such a tool. Great casting with that guy.

 *Kate and Owen had two 8 hour days of basketball camp. The college bball coach is in our ward so it was fun for them to attend. After the last day Kate mentioned that her favorite coach was one of UCC's players, coach Tyler. He was the one assigned to the young group so he had spent the day with Kate and Owen. Anyway, I didn't think anything of it until later that night, Kyle and I were watching Veronica Mars when I hear SOBBING. Kate came out of her room, she looked a little crazy like she had just woken up weird after a nightmare or something. She was uncontrollably sobbing and I jumped up and said "what's wrong?!"

 "I...(sob) miss Tyleeeeeeeeeeeeeer!" It was basically the funniest thing I've ever heard. Kyle promised her we'd go to one of his games and she went back to sleep. We looked at each other and Kyle said, "Well, if that wasn't a glimpse into our future..." I have a feeling that is going to be the first of many, many times Kate cries to us about a boy.
 *I've also been spending a lot of time on my church calling. I've been making crafts for an upcoming Super Saturday. Which is just super funny because I am not great with crafts. I need a "Crafts for dummies" or "Mod podge 101" type of book. Also helping plan a 4th of July ward breakfast. (A little sad because otherwise I'd be spending that weekend in Moses Lake.)

Joslyn turns 4

Joslyn. I love this girl so much. I always joke that she's my wild card. She loves saying booya and bootie (which I always discourage but I've learned to pick my battles. haha). She is just so silly all the time. She's going through a phase where she speaks baby gibberish but we are trying to convince her that 4 year olds don't talk like babies anymore.

 I can count on my hands the times she's willingly sat still with her arms folded and eyes closed and her mouth closed through a prayer. I'm finally getting her to say her own prayers. I mean, she does sometimes, but this girl will only do what she wants. So if she wants to, she'll say the prayer. If she doesn't want to, it's kind of pointless, so I'll say them for her. I can usually get her to repeat after me if I insist though.

 She is my most physically aggressive child. She still can't say her "f's" (she uses b instead)and she's hilarious to listen to. She told me yesterday that she is "never going to give up on her dreams." Seriously. She's so quirky. She's looked like a 4 year old for a long time, which can be hard because then people expect her to act like one. For her birthday dinner she chose "a sandwich with peanut butter on both sides." She can be so stubborn and opinionated but she doesn't hold a grudge and isn't super moody or dramatic. She is my hardest to keep quiet in church out of all of my children. Luckily she has a wonderful sunbeam teacher so she'll usually go to class okay.

 She is independent. She has started talking a TON to perfect strangers. I've said it before, but this little rhyme describes her perfectly. This is what I mean by "my wild card." I never know which one I'm going to get:
There was a little girl and she had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead.
And when she was good she was very, very good, and when she was bad she was horrid. :)

haha (you are never too horrid baby.)

 One day, in an extreme situation, she was going nuts. Crazy. I was trying to calm her down in her bed but she was really thrashing her body around- I'd never really seen her that way. I looked around and saw her water bottle and dumped the remaining 1 or 2 tablespoons of water on her head. She stopped instantly. She couldn't believe I had done that. She doesn't like getting wet in her clothes. She was appalled. A month or two later, I was pulling into the garage and she said to me, "Mom, you are the best mom in the entire world!! (Long pause) Well...not the BEST mom because of the water that one time. So you are not the best mom in the whole world. But you are a good mom." It wasn't in a holding-a-grudge kind of way. She said it just as an informative way. I laughed and told her that I had already forgiven her for being crazy and kicking and hitting, so she had to forgive me for the water. That made sense to her, and she said "Okay mom! I forgive you."

She's very opinionated too.  At the beginning of the school year her teachers called her Joslyn for the first month or two.  Then one day when I went to pick her up, her teacher said, "Josi came in today and after I called her Joslyn she crossed her arms and stomped her foot saying 'That's not my name!  My name is JOSI!!'  So is it okay if we call her Josi?"  She wouldn't let me give her nicknames for a long time either, but I explained to her that I was always going to have nicknames for her and she has finally relented.  I usually call her Joslyn, Josi, Jo, or Bubs.  I called her Josh a few times but she wasn't having that one.  

 I still have a hard time catching a photo of her holding still. Anytime I try to take one she gives me 10 different poses in about 4 seconds. That's why I posted so many right now. I've never had so many normal faces from her. Plus we celebrated in California and again in Roseburg on her actual birthday.  Joslyn, you are such a joy to me. I love you baby.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


We always have so much fun with the Millers. We spent one day down at Carlsbad Inn swimming, one day at Lawrence Welk swimming. We went shopping. The boys took the kids to the movies. We went out to eat a lot. We played games at night. We got a babysitter and went to the Del Mar Fair. We celebrated Joslyn's birthday. We dog sat. We went to Bailey's dance recital. We finally got to meet our two new nieces (cousins) Brynlee and Charli. It's funny how much love you can feel for little babies before you even meet them. We already loved them so getting to meet them and love them in real life was so fun. Toni and Aaron came down and stayed with us for most of the week, despite Charli having a difficult time eating and breathing. We are so grateful for all the sacrifices everyone made so that we could spend time together. It's also so humbling for me to see these two moms sacrificing so much for their babies. I think I'm always touched watching mothers of newborns. Women really give their all to our babies.

Also, all of the kids played SO WELL TOGETHER this trip.  It was pretty dreamy.      

We were also there for Father's day.  Kate drew this picture for Kyle in church.

Beach Days

We spent two days at the beach. It was fun to see Lucy react to the beach. She loved it from the get go. She spent hours playing in the sand. We also finally got to try out the kite the kids got for Christmas. Kathy got the kids boogie boards and it was fun watching them learn. Kyle went out with each kid and helped them. I mean, look at these pictures. He's such a fun dad. Consequently, we had a lot of this happening:

To California

The day after school got out, we packed up the car and headed to California.  We love going to California to visit our family.  This trip especially was packed to the gills with tons of fun.  Our first day we went to a trampoline place for a few hours. Both Kate and Owen were doing a lot of flips of the trampoline into the foam pit.  Lucy loved stacking the foam and knocking them over.

We also spent a day at Sea World with Kaci and kids and the grandparents. It was a lot of fun.