Monday, March 24, 2008

The White House Easter Egg Roll

So...we did it! We went to the White House Easter Egg Roll! We had a great Easter and went to our friend's house, the Pugs. We had a great dinner of ham and funeral potatoes, etc., then went to the Jensens for chocolate fountain dessert...yum! We spent the night at the Pugs and after the kiddos went to bed, we played Rock Band! That game is still WAY too fun! In the morning, we woke up early and headed into DC to go to the white house. We had never been to the Easter Egg Roll before so we were very excited...and also interested to see if it was worth the night camping out to get tickets. It was really neat to actually be ON the White House lawn and soo close to the White House. Ever since 9-11, you can't get very close at all. There were fun characters there for Carson to see and all sorts of games and things. Unfortunately the lines to do anything were really long, so we didn't do too much. Carson did want to get his face painted, so we did that and we also waited in line to do the egg hunt. There were also some entertainers there, including the Jonas brothers and some other Disney people. For me it was just fun to be there and see all the uppity DC'ers all dressed up fancy with their perfect little children. It reminded me of little Kennedy kids or something, just all dressed up perfect! We were not dressed up all fancy, but it was fun to look at all the different people...I guess I'm a people watcher. Speaking of people watching, we did see Barbara Bush up on the White House balcony, she was waving and taking pictures of the croud. We also saw lots of friends from church and it was a fun day. Both Dan and I decided though that it might not have totally been worth the camping out, but we're glad we can at least say that we did it once...and have pictures to prove it, here they are....

Friday, March 21, 2008

Camping out...

So, as I write this, Dan is out camping on the concrete sidewalks of DC. He is camping out with a bunch of other friend's husbands waiting to get tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll. He got down there about 7pm and they don't give tickets out till 7:30am tomorrow morning. Some people we know when down there at 11am this morning! We've never gone before, so we'll see if it is worth all this work. Thanks again for camping out Dan!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Only 3 hours away and yet a whole...

....different world! Dan's parents are in town so we all went to visit Dan's great aunt and uncle (his mom's aunt and uncle) down in southern Virginia. It was only about a 3 hour drive but it is a totally different way of living down there...and talking! Aunt Frances and Uncle Harold live in a nice, but older country home with rolling hills all around and deer poop all over the grassy hills (which Carson was totally entertained by finding all the little poop balls). The next house over is the one that Dan's great-grandma lived in and is even older. Nobody lives there now, but we went exploring it and it was so interesting. The floors were all slanted and uneven and the way the house was set up it seamed as if there were hidden rooms. The kids did awesome on the car ride down there and when we got there we were greeted with hugs and southern accents. Dan's mom grew up in N. Carolina, so we hear little southern accents often on that side of the family. Aunt Frances was probably the nicest lady I had ever met. She was warm and friendly and immediately complementary. She was just so funny and charming. She loved seeing Carson and Bryn. Uncle Harold was also very inviting and especially witty and had a great sense of humor. Uncle Harold loss his hand in WWII and so we showed Carson and asked him where it went. Carson was very confused until we explained that he had to fight bad guys and he got hurt. Then Carson kept telling us how Harold fought the bad guys and his arm "broke off" and now looks like this, and he would hold his hand in a little fist. It was really funny and Harold wasn't offended by this at all...he is obviously use to it. Frances had cooked us a "little" lunch that was all ready and warm when we got there. Now what I call "little" and what Frances called "little" are two VERY different things. I would've made some sandwiches or something, but sweet southern Frances made: roast, potatoes, gravy, jello, homemade mac & cheese, corn pudding, green beans, and biscuits......and for dessert....three homemade pies, coconut cream, lemon meringue, and chocolate cream. WOW!!! I kept complimenting her on her lovely lunch and she just kept saying "oh it was so easy to just throw together, no work at all". Apparently things have changed in between her generation and mine. It was sooo yummy and she was sooo nice!!! We had a great time visiting with them and the kids did really good too!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin' on the River!

Brynlee just rolled over for the first time 2 minutes ago...yeah! She rolled from her back to her tummy. She is getting to be a big girl! We also just went to the park this afternoon and she went on the swing and even the slide! She was all smiles on the swing and also loved going down the slide in her big brother's lap. Carson was so sweet and loved to hold Bryn as he went down the slide. On another note, Carson has really done great potty training lately. He has gone a few weeks with no pee-pee accidents. We even went to two stores today with underwear on and he did the #2 that's a whole other issue. Anyone got any suggestions for that? Here are some pictures:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Happy Birthday to DAN!

Dan turned the big 32 on Saturday, the 8th. We don't go too crazy for birthdays, but we sure had fun this time! Dan had wanted to try out this Mongolian BBQ place, so we invited some friends along too. We ended up with 4 couples and we left all of our kids at our house with two teenage girls to watch them. The kids had a blast playing all together and the parents enjoyed the night out. The restaurant was really yummy and fun and we had a so much fun talking. We had only been out about and hour and a half, so we decided to go to our friend's house to play a little RockBand (which is still the funnest video game ever!). We had a ton of fun playing...especially since there were no kids :) Afterwards we went back to our house to have some cake and ice cream. We had a lot of fun talking and the kids had a lot of fun at their little "party". I hope the birthday boy had a lot of fun....HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Thanks Crystal for the TAG!

I was tagged by my sis-n-law, Crystal. Here are the rules...and my answers!

A. The rules of this game are posted at the beginning.B. Each player answers the question about themselves.C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, and then leaves a comment on their blog letting them know they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog to get the directions.Questions:10 yrs ago:5 Things on my list of things to do today:Things I would do if I suddenly was a Billionaire:3 of my bad habits:Places I have lived:Jobs I have had:Things most people don't know about me:

10 yrs ago: I was 18 and in my freshman year at BYU. I was loving life and probably had a crush on 100 guys.

5 things on my list of things to do today: Call and make reservations for Dan's b-day dinner, Call and make Bryn's 6 month check-up appt., Call and get Bryn's county of birth changed (we've tried this a hundred times already), play with the kiddos, sew!

Things I would do if I suddenly was a billionaire: I'm pretty boring and I'm sure I would save a ton of it. But, that said, I would definitely want to make sure my family was financial set with college and stuff. And I would definitely get a bigger (not humongous) house with my very own sewing room!

3 of my bad habits: I bite my nails (but this doesn't bother me b/c I don't bite them all the way down to the skin, so it doesn't look terrible.) I always pick at scabs (i know it's gross, but I just can't help it).

Places I have lived: Rochester, NY. Provo, UT. Northern VA. Laurel, MD.

Jobs I have had: Cashier at Fays Drug store, Assistant librarian person at the nursing learning center at BYU, Nurse at George Wash University Hospital ER, nurse at Georgetown sedating people, nurse at Patient First Urgent Care, MOM!

Things most people don't know about me: Ummm......I use to have a space between my front teeth but I got it filled in after college. I can't roll my tounge. I've never had braces, but I had terrible eyes and got Lasix.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

What have we been up to?

It has been nice weather for the last few days and we have been taking many walks to the park. It has been a lot of good exercise and a lot of fun talking with Mary and letting the kiddos play. Unfortunately Carson seems to be getting sick again. I just feel so bad for sick kids. Hopefully he will get better fast. He was so cute tonight. After Carson was tucked in to bed and the lights were off I sat in the chair and fed Bryn. Well, Carson was suppose to go to sleep but he just kept talking to me. He was so sweet and told me all about the fun things he did with Daddy while I was gone at church and all the things we did that day. He is so smart and so tender hearted. I just wish I could get him to be so sweet all day long! I love that little guy!

Bryn is almost six months old (on the 18th) and so we gave her some rice cereal for the first time today. I don't think she actually swallowed very much, but we'll try again tomorrow. Here is a cute video of her and her first taste. She also went on the swings at the playground for the first time today and loved it! She was smiling the whole was soo cute! I love that little lady!

Other than the kiddos and church and stuff, I've mostly been sewing lately. I really am addicted to sewing and do it pretty much every day. I've made some fun ties for Carson and some fun clothes for Brynlee. Here is the dress I made her for Easter and the other pictures of her are in two little shirts I made her. I'm having way too much fun with this little girl!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

You ROCK!!!

So, we just got back from our friends house. They are some of our favorite people to hang out with and we basically just invited ourselves over (I hope they didn't mind). We ended up playing Rock Band which is one of the funnest games ever! It is so fun playing and watching others play. We all had to laugh when at one point Randy pointed out that all the adults were playing video games while the kiddos were all reading books....what's happening here??? I can definitely see how that game can become very addictive! Thanks for the great night guys!