Friday, April 30, 2010

I love them

(Lilly filling Havah's 'dinner' order)

We just got out of the shower.
I've always showered with my kids.
It is the solution to all mom showering problems, in my opinion. (I am turning into my husband. He always says, "In my opinion", and in honesty, I give him a hard time about it... then here I am. What a hypocrite...)
SO, back on topic. While in the shower this morning. I couldn't help but adore the cuteness of these girls I live with, sitting on the shower floor with their 'blankets' (aka wash clothes).
They were whispering to each other and pretending to be puppies and babies.

I'm glad my girls are so close in age. That they are such good friends. That after they pummel each other they always say sorry and give smothering hugs and booger kisses.

And I'm glad they like me too.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Awesome Budget Explaination

Play it. Listen to it. Not as an elephant or a donkey... just as a logical person, who knows that you can only put so much money on your credit card before the cancel it.

Banana Phone

This Photo was spontanious... as was her almost 2 year old ( I can't believe that) rendition of
Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Banana Phone!
It is my humble opinion, that Raffi is stinking awesome!
Click on the picture to have all your childrens-song-that-parents-can-love dreams come true.

**Note: the link will look like it fails when you click play, just hit the back button on your browser once and it will work.**

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

(A More Real) Love Story

No joke, I think I've listened to this 10 times.
It makes me laugh and (almost) cry. hehehe

I also highly recommend "All the Wrinkled Ladies"...

PS My dad is getting married July 10 int he Boise LDS Temple! That is AWESOME!

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Slide

We had friends come and play today.

Swing Set = Best $40 we ever spent. (thanks craigslist)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Daddy's Saturday

We have a good Daddy. He works hard. Because he wants to take good care of his family.
We are grateful.
More grateful than I can say.

For example:
This morning our Daddy got out of bed early and went to work (it's Saturday) so that he could finish early so that he can spend the rest of his bright sunny Saturday here:

That's Boise State Universtiy... just know you know. He's going to go lock himself in a library cubical for the day and write book reports on Japanese Literature Textbooks...
Doesn't just thinking about that make you start snoring?
I know he'd rather be working in the garden with me or going fishing with the girls.
I'm grateful for a husband who does what needs to be done before what he wants to do.

Photos of Daddy Dress up as promised 100 years ago.

Because while we'd have more fun now... we'd regret it later.
What a good guy.

Friday, April 23, 2010


This morning was hard.
Can you tell?

Once the shoes were on we took money out of the 'money pig' to pay for Tasha's field trip. Havah was less than please and informed me that unless I put the pig money back (and I quote), "My daddy will hit you with a stick and break your heart and there will be no more happiness in the world!"
I have had no end of giggles over this threat.
I don't know where she learned how to make someone shake in their shoes like that, but it was hilarious.
One of my scholarly friends... Please become a... hm... psychological neurologist (do those exist?) and then do a study comparing 3 year olds and 13 year olds... I think we would find some interesting correlations.
**Note: Cori has never hit any of us or threatened to hit any of us with a stick or otherwise. Just so you know.**

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I have puppies at my house. They are friendly and when I need help they stand up on two feet and do chores... oh and they only pant. My puppies know instinctively that barking in this house is not acceptable (or maybe it's just that they've heard me, their entire precious puppy lives, telling Sadie to stop barking).

(please excuse her booger face... I forgot her allergy medicine this morning)

If you want to see more cute puppies, you should go look here they'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Family Night

What a perfect Monday Night.

Happy Children.

Happy parents.

Playing in the evening sunshine.

Could my life get better?

An Amazing Inconvenience

Have you ever seen anything that looks so spontaneously powerful?Look at this photograph, and tell me that it does not fill you with awe and inspiration.
Want to see more of these awesome photos? Go here.

*Sorry to those who wish they were flying across Europe right now.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Doe-in a bock

Lilly just took her little self outside.
"Mom, I doe-in a bock benchur. I manna nack, I pees."
I gave her a banana and she was on her way to explore the back yard.
I love this talking, adventuring, snacking girl.

Isa a are you?

That girl misses this girl:

She woke up this morning looking for her 'Isa'.
She was rather offended to find Nate and Scott in Isa's bed.
She cried when Grandpa and Whity drove away with Isa in the car.
She is in the depths of despair.
"Isa a are you?"
And you want to know the saddest part?
Isa is only half way back to Rexburg.
Poor Lils.

Friday, April 16, 2010

This week we:

Monday: Set up for Aunt Chelsea and Uncle Adam's wedding reception! And went to a fun party for Chelsea (Thanks Aunt Cara!)

Tuesday: Went to said wedding and reception. Lovely, beautiful day. Yeah for weddings! It was also Nate's 9th Birthday, one party was to much so his celebration got bumped to Wednesday.

Wednesday: Baby sat, baby sat, baby sat and drove all over the world trying to find paint, why don't we have a craft store in Kuna? Made Arrow of Light Awards for Thursday. Made Nate's birthday dinner and cake. Also, Cori broke his finger playing basketball.

Thursday: Packed Steven & Alexis's stuff from 9-5. Set up for pack meeting. Had Pack meeting! Yeah Blake for getting his Bear and Hayden for getting his Arrow of Light! It was a great night!And Cori and some guys from the ward helped a family get their house packed up to move... he was a little tough on that finger.

Today is Friday. Our Steven and Alexis just left to go live their own married life in Rexburg. Lilly doesn't realize they are permanently removed from this place. Good thing. I'm not sure I could have handled the despair. Scott, Nate and Tasha are spending the night tonight and probably tomorrow night. We haven't done that in a long time it should be fun.

Tomorrow Dad and Whitney are taking Melissa back to school(that will really bring despair to this house). We've had such a lovely week with everyone home. I'm going to miss the 'college people', and moments like these:

Tonight we have a date at the Temple.
It's been a great crazy week.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Dear Aunt Sue

I watched this little video and it made me giggle, and while I was giggling I thought, "this would make Aunt Sue giggle". I love you.

To Anyone Else Who Happens Upon This,
I hope it makes you giggle too. :)

PS. does anyone have any quick dinner ideas for tonight? None of us is really hungry... but we will be shortly. Maybe this is a magic soup night.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Cheese and Tortilla sounded like the perfect combination for feeding the 'happy' crowd today...
Here is my communication with the girls just before they were served:

I (Kari) am in front of the stove preparing lunch with two year old Lilly at my feet crying. Girls (Tasha and Havah) are in the living room coloring and fighting.

"Girls, if you can't use nice words, please stop talking to each other."
"Mom Mom MOM!I wanna holge you! PEEES! Holge!"Accompanied by vigorous swatting of my legs.
"Lil', I can't hold you right now. I am cooking, it's hot hot." She persists...
Enter sobbing Havah, "Mom, Tasha says her pencil isn't my pencil!" sob sob sob.
"Havah, are you hungry and tired?"
Sob sob sob..."Yeah... I need to snuggle you for lunch." sob sob sob.
"Havah, I cannot snuggle you for lunch. Your body needs some food. I am cooking it right now."
Enter Tasha, "Havah, you need to stop crying, or your mom is going to put you in trouble and-" Havah screams shrilly at Tasha and exits kitchen right.
I sigh deeply, "Miss Tasha, I am the mom, that is my job. What is your job?"
"To take care of Tasha."
"So do you need to worry about Havah right now?"
"No. Hey Kari what are we having for lunch?"
Tasha runs from the kitchen and calls out:

I couldn't have said it better myself Tash.

Good Morning (from Lilly)

We've been up for a long time. I hope you got to sleep this morning (I mean that truly).
Lilly woke up this morning yelling again... and you know why?
She had to pee.
Please baby... please learn to potty train during the day. Not at 4:30 am. It's not a good plan.

She took a shower with Daddy, and requested 'bed an asins bep-pist an mook'.
(bread and raisins for breakfast with milk).

And while we are up... and I am very tired, and would rather be in bed. She keeps kissing my 'bips' (lips) and hugging me.
Oh, I love her. Even when I'm tired.

Monday, April 5, 2010

This is Lilly. (a few weeks ago you can see as she is still in possession of the precious 'Bink')
But this picture is from the beginning of our 'ordeal'... if it can even be called that.
Lilly is a tough cookie.
She knows deep in her soul that if Havah can do something, she can do it too.
Enter Problem A:

You see... she wants to go potty on the toilet. And Every once in a while, maybe once a week, she makes it. All the other times she just gets upset and screams about something until she makes that 'relaxed' face little children make and then screams some more that she has 'poo-beed' in her diaper. Actually I guess this problem really goes back to that lovely week we enjoyed.

The problem is, she doesn't tell me that she needs to go until she has done her deed and is consequently VERY upset about it. She is just not quite ready...

Any good ideas on how to explain to her that she doesn't really want to potty train yet?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

General Conference

This morning our girls woke up to Easter Baskets.
I am no fun and so they have not even heard the word 'bunny' associated with Easter. Yesterday we went grocery shopping and they got to help me pick out our Easter candy. Last month they picked out baskets at Michael's. And this morning like magic their candy was in the baskets with some other goodies. I think next year we'll make the baskets come after resting time... then they'll have some real food in their tummies before we hit the sweet stuff.

Most of the rest of our day will be spent watching General Conference. For those unfamiliar, twice a year (April and October) we sit infront of our computers/TV's for church and listen to messages, we call them 'talks', from the President of the church and other church leaders.

Last year I think Elder Bednar, Elder Uchtdorf and Elder Holland were my favorites.
I am excited this year to hear what they, and others have to say this weekend. I always go away from Conference with a desire to be more Christlike, full of ideas of how to become a better wife, mother, friend and daughter of God.

I hope you have a lovely Easter with family and fun and some quiet moments to remember the love of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Happy Easter.

Friday, April 2, 2010

I love her

She went into the bathroom this morning, did her business and then hopped on the scale.
"SWEET Mom! 400! I'm growing!"

Then while we were walking through the Winco parking lot she looked up at the trees.
"LOOK! Blossoms! They have been waiting for my eyes."

And when it was time to say the lunch time prayer,she forgot to bless the food, but I think it was okay.
"Heavenly Father, Thank you that I can be grateful in my heart."

I love being her mom.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Why is tonight different from all the other nights?

Our first Easter, Cori and I were still at BYU. I was taking comparative Judaism and comparative Islam courses that semester and got tickets to BYU's annual Passover Dinner.
While over all we did not really enjoy our time, academically speaking, in Provo, Passover was a highlight. We were struck by the symbolism, so close to Easter, and how Christ at the last supper used the Passover meal to teach the Apostles about his purpose and mission.

Most especially we were struck by the Passover meals direct connection to the institution of the Sacrament (or communion for those of you who are not LDS). Throughout the Passover meal, you drink four cups of wine (or grape juice at house).

We eat the last of the bread, Matzoh.That fourth cup, Nitzrah which is also called Melchizedek or Righteousness, is the cup that Christ used as the sacrament.

The Fourth Cup - the Cup of Acceptance
(The fourth cup of wine is poured.)

As our Seder draws to an end, we once again take up our cups of wine. The Redemption is not yet complete. The fourth cup recalls us to our covenant with the Eternal One, to the tasks that still await us as a people called to holy service, to a great purpose for which the people of Israel live: the preservation and affirmation of hope.

(All drink the fourth cup of wine.)

Tonight we'll remember. The covenants that we have made with God, the miracles that God has worked in our lives & throughout the history of the world, and most importantly to remember that greatest miracle- the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ.