Monday, September 26, 2011

Isabell's Moments

I know I haven't posted anything for a LONG time, so this may not be the update you were all looking for, but these are some things I don't EVER want to forget; classic Isabell moments...

She has really been into dress up lately. She has a few of the princess dresses and will put on jewelry with it. The other day she was all dressed up and came into my room and said, "Hi Mama! I'm a princess and this is my prince." (pointing to her imaginary prince) "We're going to have a wedding birthday celebration today."
"Oh how wonderful! Who's birthday is it?"
"The prince and mine."
"Well, what would you like for your wedding birthday present?"
"Umm, umm, umm, maybe a toy puppy. Yeah a toy puppy."
"What would your prince like?"
"He wants a puppy too."
Think her answer will be that simple when it's her actual wedding? I sure hope so.

On Thurs. while riding in the car, Spencer and I had a very low key lover's spat. Isabell interupted us by saying, "But Daddy, you love her!"
Spencer, while chuckling, "Of course I love her."
Iz- "And Mama loves you!"
Spencer, still chuckling, "Of course she loves me."
Iz- "So kiss her!"
Well, if that doesn't sum up all the pointless arguments I've ever had with my husband I don't know what does. And it worked. We were both laughing after that.

Isabell was riding in the truck with me and all of the sudden she asks about my car which we had gotten rid of a few months ago. So I told her I didn't have a car and was just borrowing other people's cars. She said, "You can go get a car if you want to, any car you want Mama."
I asked, "Are you paying for this car?"
Iz- "Umm, no. If you need money you can just go ask the lady and she'll give you some, and then you can get any car you want, if you want to. Hey your favorite color is purple, you can get a purple car and I can get a yellow car like my favorite color. Then I can listen to "Cuppapasitonyou"!! (which is actually "I've got my mind set on you" by George Harrison)
I don't know where this getting money from a lady came from though. I don't think she knows anything about loans.

On Saturday, Mom and I and to get up real early to go to work. Isabell accidentally got woken up by the garage door, and she came running/crying out of the room for me. I told her I had to leave right now (we were just a bit late) and said good-bye and told her to go to Papa (my dad). So she ran to him and said while full on serious crying, "Papa, I have a song stuck in my eye!!"
Papa- "You have a song stuck in your eye?"
Iz - "Yes!"
Papa- "What song do you have stuck in your eye?"
Iz-" If you're happy and you know it!!!"
Apparently it ended with Isabell wanting chocolate milk and asking to watch Dora. Just a background on the song, I sing it to Ellie to make her happy and on Friday we were in the car together and Ellie got upset so I sang it to her, and Isabell slapped her hands on her face, exsasperated very obviously and said, "Mama!! I'm tired of hearing that song!!"

 She sure is a fascinating kid with some VERY interesting stuff to say. I'm so thankful she's in my life. It would be very boring otherwise.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Well, three weeks after my birthday I was able to have my birthday party. (May seems to be a difficult month to hold a party in my family) Since I hadn't had a big party with friends since my 16th I decided to throw my self a Mocktail/Whose Line is it Anyway Birthday Bash.
For those of you who don't know Whose Line is it Anyway is an improv game that used to be on ABC Family and was hosted by Drew Carey. (It originally came from Britian though.) I love this game so I thought it would be fun to play some of the games that they do. For my party I choose:
Party Quirks
Sound Effects
Scenes from a Hat
Foriegn Film Dub
Let's Make a Date

I'll give a little explanation of each for those who don't know much about them.

Party Quirks- One person is the host and three others are the guests who arrive one at a time and each guest has a unique personality and the host has to guess what they are.

Sound Effects- Two people act out a scene and two other people are 'offstage' and are making the sounds for it.

Scenes from a Hat- written suggestions are placed in a hat. The host then draws from the hat, and any of the four performers, who stand off-stage, may enter and develop that scene.  the US version often consisted of one-liners. (Which is what we did.)

Foriegn Film Dub- Two people act out a scene using just a random movie title and a foriegn language. They have to speak the language and two other people translate it.
Let's Make a Date- Almost exactly the same as Party Quirks except it's like a dating show where there is a contestant and then three bachelors/bachelorettes who they ask questions to.

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Well, in this case I think most of these are woth 1,001 so I"ll let them do the talking.

Those kids were so excited when we said we were going to sing Happy Birthday. I think besides eating the cake, it's their favoite part of the party.
A very Cody face.
Cody was our first lovely lady contestant.
The first round of Let's Make a Date bachelors. Mark had a nervous tick and Nate was Batman (Superhero)
Spencer showing off his Elvis Presely moves.
The lucky bachelor contestant.
Tressa was the fun date who was afraid of the color white.
Kim was the fabulous date who had narcolepsy.
I was really whinny. I even got cut off on one of my answers. Hmph!
Erica and Kathleen were our sound effect makers in Sound Effects.
Dad and Jesse are pushing Jesse's broken down car through NYC which was the scene for Sound Effects.
Tressa was our 'Drew Carey' for the Scences from a Hat game
Clarissa getting dolled up before her guests arrive to her party.
Dad (Doug A.) is on fire!!
Erica is a dog who loves to chew on shoes.
Mark has a sinus problem and is blowing his nose everywhere without a kleenex. EEEWW!
I'm the host of the party checkin the dip before my guests arrive.
Clarissa is a Pro Wrestler before a big match and Jesse is really into oragami.
Kim being a Life in 60 seconds (from birth to death) This is the birth.
The Miller Family enjoying the show.
Kathleen slithering and sliding out of her old snake skin, the perfect guest for a party.
Parker displaying one of the funny hats we got for a different game we were going to do.
Spencer and his little sister Sam.
I don't think you're supposed to sitch cards guys. They are lined up to play Let's Make a Date.
Can't you tell? She's a senatorial candidate schmoozing the crowd.
Having a conversation with this Honker (from Seasame Street) is a bit hard.
Once the improv died down, we brought out Just Dance 2. This is from one of my favorite songs, Rasputin.
Peyton helping me with the moves.
Kathleen strutin her stuff.
It took some convincing but we finally got Doug Gifford out on the dance floor.
Isabell doing what she does best; Chasing Brady.
Miss Ellie. Enough said :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Families are Forever

Saturday May 7th 2005 was my freshman prom. A few weeks before the big occasion I leaned over to my best friend in science class and said, "Hey, you should go to prom with you me." We met at the dance and there we had our first kiss, in front of my entire family. (Quite literally, even Tressa and Jesse were there.)Three years later on Saturday May 3rd 2008 Spencer and I were married.

Another three years later on Saturday May 7th 2010 Spencer, Isabell, Ellie and I were sealed toghether in the Portland Temple. This was very exciting for us because this sacred ordinance means that we get to be a family for time and all eternity, not just "til death do us part."

It was a very long exciting day. Thanks to the help of the Miller Family my girls didn't have to endure as long of a day as some of us. Friends and family came to join us for this joyous occasion. We attempted pictures after the sealing but it had been a long day for all of the kids so not much was happening there. Then the Abe family joined by my Grandma Connie and Clayton went out to eat at the great Papa Pete's Pizza in Ridgefield. Thanks to everyone who helped us and shared this day with us!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Conversations of a Two Year Old

Isabell is quite the talker. Sometimes a little too much for me. Sure, it's nice when she can say that she's hungry, or thirsty, or has to go to the bathroom. It's cute to hear her say "Thank you" and "You're welcome" all on her own now, but at times, for the mother, it's not so cute; at least not now while I'm living it EVERYDAY. Oh sure, the first few times it was cute and I had to look away so she wouldn't see me laugh, but the cuteness for me has passed. I know that years from now I will look back and laugh some more. Just not today.
Also, I'm finding that I really need to watch my bad habits, especially in the talking category, because moslty that's what Isabell reitterates.

Situation: I'm helping Isabell clean up. I lightly toss a toy her way.
Isabell, in a very stern voice - "Mama! You don't throw toys! That's naughty! You do that agian and I'm gonna send you to the corner! Do you understand?!"

Situation: Isabell has just done something she's not supposed to for the umptinth time that day. So, a little sternly, I tell her what she did wrong and not to do that.
Isabell - "Mama, you don't talk to me like that!"

As with all things in life there are downsides and there are upsides. Isabell also has a lot of converstations that are just 100% cute, well at least I think they are.

Situation: Riding in the car on the way home from church. Isabell sees a spider and freaks out, so I kill, but I don't tell her that I'm killing it.
Isabell - "There's a spider on my window, I just gotta kill it ya know Daddy."
Spencer- "Why? What did that spider do to you?"
Isabell - "I just gotta kill it ya know."