Friday, July 25, 2008

Summer Nights

Summer nights in Colorado Springs are the best!!! What's better than being a kid and playing outside until well past the sun goes down. Bedtime has been getting later and later here at the Carlson house. I am wondering when to start getting them ready for the school sleep routine...

Claire and Kate's chalk guy. It spanned the entire length of the driveway. Check out his belly button...too funny!

Jake playing with the screen door. It seems to be his new favorite game. I don't think the screen door is going to make it through the summer!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Primary Teachers

So, we were in the car the other day and Kate was sad (I don't remember what about) and Claire asked Kate if she was okay. Kate gave Claire a grumpy face and a grumpy response. Being somewhat of an attentive mom I quickly intervened and asked Kate to tell Claire thank you for asking. Claire had such a cute response. This was our conversation:

Claire: "Hey mom, I know a story about that one!"
Me: "huh, you know a story about what one?"
Claire: "About that one!"
Me: (confused) "okay Claire, tell us your story"
Claire: "Well, my teacher told me that there was a guy with ouchies on his arm and he had to wrap cloth on them."
Me: (still confused) "huh?'"
Claire: "ya, he had yucky skin and Jesus helped him"
Me: "oh, was he a leper?"
Claire: "Yep, and Jesus healed the guys and only one of them said Thank You. We should remember to say Thank You!"

My heart melted! I am so grateful for primary teachers that are there to help us teach our children. So, to you primary workers out there (especially those of the 10th ward) they are listening and as a Mom I am so grateful to you for all your time and effort you put into my children. Thank You!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

What a way to wake up...

So, about 7:00 this morning I hear Jake stirring so I head into his room to get him. With sleep still in my eyes I walk in to a smell that you never want to be greated with. I look at him and notice something is off. Yes, it was all over the place...from head to toe (including his hands!), all over the bed, crib, and blankets. AHHH! I scream for Kent to come into help. We'll just say that I should have listened to Michelle E's advice earlier and bought those Pampers!!!. So, after 2 baths, clorox wipes, and Lysol spray we are doing much better. It is a good thing we love our kids so much!!!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

4th of July

The day was spent on the go from breakfast on to way past bedtime. It was such a fun filled day! We started with a brunch over at our good friends the Powells (our wonderful neighbors who live behind us). This has become a tradition and we always have such a great time. From there we spent the day at a block party. The kids had such a blast playing on the bounce house, riding in abike parade, playing water games, getting rides on the quad, and eating lots of snow cones. After a bbq dinner at our house we headed to Memorial Park for some fantastic fireworks with friends and family! We were all exhausted by the end of the evening but can't wait to do it all again next year.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

She's getting so big...

My little Abbie is growing up so fast I can hardly stand it. She is such a responsible kid and has been such a helper since Jake was born. So, last week she asked me if she could go to the mall with some friends without her younger siblings. That sounded resonable to me. She deserves an afternoon focused on her. Of course she tried to see if I would just drop her off. Yea right, she is only 9! She knew that wasn't possible but she gave it a good effort!! She also gave me all the rules before hand like trying to not be right with them the entire time, and absolutely no camera. I had mentioned that maybe it would be fun to bring along the camera and she freaked out and pleaded with me not to embarress her. So, yesterday I got a babysitter and picked up two of her friends and headed to the mall. She was so cute with her friends and there were a few times I tried really hard to not laugh at loud. It totally threw me back to that age and I had to laugh (at least inside!) I tried to give them their space but Abbie was really so sweet and a couple of times even held my hand and gave me a few thank you kisses when the friends weren't looking. We got a yummy treat at Dairy Queen and then the girls proceeded to spend all their allowance at Bath and Body Works, Claires, and JCPenny's. It really was such a fun afternoon and Abbie was so grateful to have a "big girls" day all to herself. When did she get so big!!! (notice no pictures...I followed the rules!)