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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

They Make Beautiful Music Together.?

Cooper has been the best at getting in a piano lesson (practice) every day.  We are using the Jon Schmidt 67 Fun Songs Primer because it is short and very boy oriented.  Jon focuses on visually locating the note on the staff and the piano, not on the names of the notes.  Once in awhile I'll throw in the name of the note, just because it makes it easier to talk about than, "a skip and a step up from the middle anchor note".  Anyhoo, I've been teaching Cooper the "C" note by name because he loves everything that is C for Cooper.  Tonight I let slip that there is also a B for Boston note on the piano, and surprise surprise, it sits right by C for Cooper.  Cooper played the two notes together once, chopstick style, and grimaced.  He said, "Those do not sound good!"

Smile.  Nod.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


The Day men
Luke still thinks his Dad is cool, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Quick:  Caption Contest.  What are these two thinking????  Send me your comments.

All I can say is, in looking through these baby blessing pictures, a new Archie Bunker word came to mind:  PhotoAllergenic
I won't tell you who this is referring to, but Mom will laugh and Dad will probably say, "Everyone's always picking on me!"   It becomes more apparent as you scroll through them quickly, looking for a pattern of bad posing behavior.

Dad is being sassy here.  I told him to beware the double chin.  Most of these pictures would be boring without Dad.

Ah, the glories of being homebound.  "Acorns", Summer's Dream Fudge, Chocolate Carmel Pretzel Rods, Traditional Fudge, Chocolate Dipped pretzels, White chocolate craisin Lotsa Cookies.  And yes, I did save some for us.

Luke, about 3 months.  We like Dubba Chins.

We had some seriously sick and cranky kids Christmas Eve.  Macy didn't even want to see these pictures today.  She remembered that she was MAD and she didn't want to be Mary.  Boston and Cooper have fevers.

Eeyore was feeling fine.

Leslie was feeling great.  She did up all the costumes and looks a little exuberant here.  Mark wonders if this is the shepherd's grandma, the first lady in the Bible to ever give a fruitcake.  Speaking of fruitcake...
Both boys got a couple of BYU shirts.  Cooper claims those were his favorite gifts.  I really have to keep track of what they are wearing so they don't just wear these every day.

Macy asked Santa for a pillow pet.  Santa was cheap and saved about half the price by getting her a "pillow face".  She does not know or care.

Barely remembered to take a picture of Luke on his first Christmas.  Of course the one shot we got is blurry and has this haggard looking woman behind him.  Oh well.

This is one of those cruel jokes that parents like to play.  They didn't know that Santa had also brought them a Wii, and we were expressing condolences like, "Oh man, Santa didn't know you didn't have a Wii.  I guess we'll have to take it back... Sigh."
I sure wish we had a Wii.  Sigh.

Is that what I think it is?

Oh, I hope it is, I hope it is, I hope it is...


My sick little Fluffy Duck.  He only ended up with a mild fever, but we are still suctioning him out every morning.  Someday he will stop speaking in pig (snorts all the time.)

Aw Shucks.

Front tooth mithin?  Thath FINE fer Kithin.

Proof that we did actually attempt the Boot Scoot Boogie.  Boston had to accessorize.

Boston just can't resist the Wii....even when it isn't his turn.  Notice who is wearing the wristband and this video gets funnier.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Fun with Seaweed

January is generally a boring month, (especially when everyone is restricted to the indoors with colds) so sometimes you have to make your own fun.  Personally, I'm thinking of teaching the kids the Boot Scoot Boogie for family home evening tomorrow night.  Good times, but I may need to borrow a hat from one of my sisters (get your wrangler backsides down here and help me!) and some serious tutelage from YouTube.  If pigs fly and Mark busts a move I'll try to take pictures.

Anyway, I don't really need to kick up my heels to have some fun around here...the kids have kept us rolling in the aisle, as usual.

Cooper has really shone in the dinnertime comments arena lately.  January is a month for soups, and this week I was loving life with Zuppa Toscana one night (has lots of yummy kale) and Beef Barley Soup the next (I added lots of Swiss Chard).  It just so happened that the third night we had a pasta dish called Sausage Penne Rustica that has lots of spinach.  Cooper ate his noodles like a champ but then sighed and asked if he always had to eat the seaweed.

Cooper also announced last night that he wants to go to China on his mission.  So he could karate everyone.

January is a good time to try to fix those behaviors that need improvement.  Cooper has gotten into a really annoying habit of wandering around during meals instead of staying in his chair until he is done.  I explained to him that we were going to have a new rule that he couldn't get down unless he asked to be excused from the table.  That plan is working fine but Cooper added his own interpretive flair and now asks every night if he can be extinct.  I think he knows exactly what he's saying, too.  All that seaweed is probably bad for your health.

One behavior that we have made considerable progress with is the bedtime routine.  Every night the boys were driving us crazy with their shenanigans.  It seemed like they would just get more and more wound up the more we got after them.  Finally we devised a quick delivery of consequences.  I explained to them that in volleyball you get a yellow card for a warning of bad behavior, and then a red card means you are out of the game.  In our house, if they are goofing off instead of going to sleep, all I have to do is yell up the stairs, "Yellow Card!" and they know that they get no cartoons the next day.  If I have to yell "Red Card!" then they are grounded from friends for two days.  We've seen marked improvement, but sometimes we forget when they are supposed to be suffering the consequences of a yellow card.  Last night they got a yellow card (kind of pointless because we don't watch cartoons Sunday morning anyhow), so I was curious what I would find as I came down the stairs to greet everyone a good morning and heard Boston frantically whispering, "Quick! Turn it off!  Turn it off!"  Well, no one was in front of the TV.  I made a detour to Mark's office thinking that maybe they had been playing computer games.  It wasn't that either....

January is a month for losing weight.  Since the baby has really messed up our routine, Mark has not been able to go play basketball three times a week at 6 AM because he helps me with the night feedings.  We decided to look for a used treadmill instead.  We found one on KSL late last night and Mark parked it in his office.
What I saw when I came around the corner was two big-eyed boys in jammies tumbling and tripping over each other on the new treadmill like a couple of drunk hamsters on a wheel.  I hadn't even had time to tell them that it was strictly off limits!  Then, to put a cherry on top of this memory, Boston came up to me a few minutes later to tattle that Leslie wouldn't get off the "escalator".