Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Poem

I found a poem in Josh's pants while doing the laundry. He told me it was an Ekphorastic poem he had to write for english about the picture above. The picture is of a boy in a Japanese Internment camp..... Here it is...well, I was going to type it out but Josh wanted to type it out himself and in the process he wrote a different poem than the one I found...I told him..."this is my blog and I want the poem that was written on the folded up piece of paper I found in his, I'm including both...the original and the revised version...they are both boy's a poet!!
The bus leaves, taking the freedom
Leaving no hope
Young children running, trying to have fun
Parents gather them, they are done
One boy sits, rests
He waits and wants
He turns and looks
As the bus rolls away
Slowly, steadily, surely
Rolling away leaving dust
Taking away a lack of trust
Beyond the gate it continues to go
Far away, maybe back home
The boy just sits, rests
Craning his neck
to see through the fence
Watches as the bus rolls over the hill and away
Alone with people all around
The boy sits, rests and silently cries
The bus leaves taking away the last bit of freedom they had
Children running, laughing, playing
One boy sits, rests
Thinks, ponders
The weeds keep swaying
As the boy turns and looks
Through the fence
Across the fence
Outside the fence
The bus rolls away
Slowly, steadily, surely
Beyond the gate it continues to go
The boy just sits, rests
Craning his neck
The bus rolls away
Taking with it people's trust
The boy is alone
People all around
Sad faces and frowns
The boy just sits
And silently cries

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Name Change

I've been blogging for almost a year now.... Although I still leave my flatiron on sometimes and I have to call home for someone to go turn it off, or turn around and go home to turn it off or call Aaron and tell him to go home and turn it off :)...I just need a change. You know how sometimes you need a new hairdo or a new color of lipgloss....I need to change the name of my blog...I've been thinking about it now for a couple weeks and I just can't come up with anything fantastic and I thought I'd just keep it simple.

Sixth Kid Syndrome

Negligent Mother Stikes Again

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Visit

I could just kick myself for not getting pictures!! I even set my camera out to remind me and still didn't get any. My dad and Carolyn came for a visit a couple weeks ago. The first night they were here Megan made some cookies and I took them over and had a really nice visit at the Bed and Breakfast they were staying in ( I went without the quiet!) The second night they came over for dinner at our house and it would of been nice if Hannah hadn't picked that night to become the girl from Exorcist! She seriously cried just about non stop for two hours...and when I say cried, I mean screamed and moaned and her head was spinning in circles and she even threw up green stuff all over me!!! Okay, perhaps there's a little exaggeration there...but it was quite unpleasant, not to mention extremely embarrassing! We had an interesting night anyway. The last night they were here we got a babysitter for "little Linda" and her sidekick "the Hulk" and we were off with the older "Children of the Corn" for dinner out! I have to say it was quite enjoyable. I loved being able to visit with my dad and carolyn without constant interruption. It was also so cool to see my older kids having a good time and behaving mostly perfect. I really just love my dad so much and am so thankful for him and Carolyn...thanks for the great visit!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pippeley Poppeley Poop

Hannah banana is entering the lovely age of 3. People speak of the terrible twos...I would much rather argue with a two year old than a three year old....Three year olds have very strong opinions and there's not much you can do to "redirect". I fear I've created a "monster" in my sweet little Hannah. I've given into many of her whims and now we are all paying for this. She likes what she likes and likes it when she likes to like it...period! Some examples.....When she wakes up in the morning and wants to get out of bed...only Mommy can do this..if someone else does it and brings her to mommy...she wants mommy to put her back to bed and get her out again...she will not be civil until it is done that way!......If she is dancing in her seat and we are sure it is the "potty dance" and we take her to the bathroom she will announce "I can't push" and will refuse to go unless it's her idea in the first place.........She wakes at 2am and announces she needs to have her gymnastics outfit on, right now....I put it on her...I needed sleep!!!...she was happy and went right back to bed. This is the stage that reminds me of Bill Cosby when he speaks of the three year old screaming "MINE..MINE...MINE!!!" over and over again...he instructs the 7 year old to just give it to her and comments that she has things of his too!! There is a sweet side too...I guess that's how you make it through the threes! Hannah has this wonderful imagination now...she loves Dora and knows all the characters by heart...she walks around saying "over the doghouse, through the mountains, to the party!" over and over. She also loves all things girlie. She loves to wear lipgloss and have her hair done and wear pretty dresses. My friend Brenda watches the little two while I work, she has two little girls and Hannah is in girlie heaven over there! She has been turned on to Cinderella...she walks around the house saying "pippeley poppeley poop" and "becomes" Cinderella. This morning she told me I was the "Mother God Fairy Mother". I started to sing her the song and she looked at me like I was a kook for a moment and then broke into a big grin and came and gave me a big hug.....I guess I can get through the rough moments when I get those big makes it all worth it!!! And I know I must enjoy these moments because sooner than I know what happened she will become a teenager and I'll miss every second of the Horrible Threes!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Jenny :)
a good book
the Gospel
Matthew's jokes
Josh's massages
Megan's jewelry
Joe's personality
Hannah's cute dimple
Talks with Zack
my parents
Aaron's hard work
warm blankets
hot showers
painted toenails
chats with my sisters and friends (you are included in this group, Lia!)
automatic garage door openers
enough room in the garage to park both cars
my van
my health
my childrens' health

Thursday, November 13, 2008

HI HO HI HO, oh you know!

I'm working again, after a nice long stretch of being home with the kiddies. My new job is in the hospital, working in the kitchen. The first few days I didn't think I was going to make's very physical work! But now I'm starting to like it...I like the people I work with, everyone has been very nice. I DO NOT enjoy the dishwashing I have to do...yuck!!! But I will only have to do that two days a week and not all day long...just a for a bit after breakfast and lunch.....but it is quite gross. I like working on trayline...that's actually kind of fun...reading the menu and hurrying to put the items on before the tray passes's fun in a stressful kind of way :) I miss my kids and I'm awfully tired, but I'm hanging in there...When my training is done I will be working every Friday and every other weekend and then two other weekdays which will vary each week. Aaron's job is so slow right now...we are very worried....Have I ever mentioned how much I hate money!! Perhaps I'd like it if we had some! LOL

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Trick or Treat!

Better late than are the pictures from Halloween. We had so much fun celebrating in Utah. We went out trick or treating with Zane, Lauren and was a blast! The kids weighed their candy and all the big kids ended up with 5lbs each. The funniest story they told was about the house they went to where the man had them all stand in the middle of the driveway and sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star so they could each have a giant sized Crunch bar...of coarse they did it...It was worth it!

Megan is Tracy from Hairspray the movie...her idea....I think she looks so darling!

Matthew is a punk rocker. He looked very authentic....don't ya think?

Hannah is our why not dress her up as one!

It's the Incredible Hulk!

Oh, it's just Joe dressed up like him!

Everyone is so excited to get going!

Josh was waiting for us...Aunt Jenny helped him get ready...this is his last year trick or treating...right Josh?

Zane and Josh...soul brothers!

Death (Zack) has come for Tracy Turnblad!

Joe, Ryan, Zack, Lauren, Hannah, Megan, Josh, Zane and Matthew....let's go already!

Friday, November 7, 2008

A very cool day!

So, while I was in California staying with my mom I got to have one of the coolest days I've had in a very long was one of those days when things just go right and you just know you'll always look back fondly!

First I got to see my old friend, Steve. We used to hang out in high school. I had not seen him since my wedding....many years ago. He was such a great guy and drove up from San Diego to have lunch. We sat in my mom's backyard remembering old times and talking about our lives was such a great visit!! Thanks Steve!!

Then My sweet Courtney girl and her husband came over for dinner. Before I was married I was a nanny. It came at a cross roads in my life...I know Heavenly Father had a big hand in guiding me to the Simnitt's. There are three kids...Erin who was 6 at the time, Courtney who was 4, and Matthew who was 1. These sweet kids had just lost their mom to cancer. She was a beautiful woman and I know it was so hard for her to leave them. My heart felt so connected to them from the beginning. I instantly just loved them so much. I learned so much about being a mom from them...about how kids are everyday, not just when you babysit for a couple hours on a Friday night. I cried with them and laughed with them and bribed them with ice cream. I sang to them, read to them and played with them. I lost my temper sometimes and then would feel bad and hug them and tell them sorry. Erin was so independent and had her own way..always. I loved that about her...I always knew she would grow into a strong, beautiful woman. Courtney was so snugly and loved hugs. I always knew she would grow to be a smart, lovely woman. Matthew was only a baby and I feel sad to think he doesn't remember me.....From the pictures I've seen he's grown into a handsome young man...and it makes me feel old to think he's in college now. Oh how I let myself become so attached to them!! When Aaron and I got engaged it was such a hard decision to move to Utah....I knew I would miss my little nanny kids...but I had NO IDEA how much!! I cried and cried over them. When Zack was a baby their dad moved his family to Orem. I went down to get Erin and Courtney to come and stay for the weekend at our was so fun to see them. I wish I'd done that many more times......they later moved to Idaho and then I lost contact with them for many years. One day I decided to look them up on Facebook...I found them! I'm so so glad! Courtney is now living in California with her husband while he goes to dental school...Erin is living in Canada interning for a Publishing company. Both girls are drop dead gorgeous!!! Matt is now going to BYU Idaho. I'm just so proud of all of them...I'm so thankful for my time with them and even more thankful for the times to come!

Courtney and her husband, Paul

Courtney and me

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Ocean

Hannah and I got to go and spend a couple days at my mom's house. We decided to go spend a little time at the beach. It was so wonderful...I miss the beach so so so much. My dream vacation would be to rent a place right on the beach and just go kids would LOVE it!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Joe's Birthday

We are so thankful we were able to spend Joe's birthday with family. Uncle Robert and Aunt Michelle were so gracious to let us use their house for his little party. He had such a good time as we all did! Aunt Jenny and Zane were able to come over much to Joe's delight...and of coarse grandma and grandpa were there too....what a special day!

Aunt Jenny got Joe an Iron Man costume for his birthday...he loves it!! He put it on as soon as he was done opening presents. His cousin Barrett got his superman costume on to join in the fun!

Joe loves sticker books! Thanks Uncle Robs, Aunt Michelle and all the cousins...this came in soooo handy at church!

The LOOOONNNGGGG and not so winding road.

We made it home after a very long, very boring drive. It's a straight shot once you hit Wyoming...just straight and long, long, long! It took us 14.75 hours. I got home and fell into bed and didn't wake til 830. I already miss Utah....:(....but it is good to sleep in my own bed. I will blog all my adventures later...right now I have to do laundry!