Monday, January 28, 2008
Come party with the Steff until 12:44 PM
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
This is a crummy picture but it shows one of the features that helps me stay a little organized. There are lots of pockets in this bag and they have labels like "diapers", "wipes", "bottle", "things", etc. It works well for me because it keeps me from randomly tossing things in every which way and I know where everything is...or should be. :) So, that's it in a nutshell.
Now I tag Natalie, Angie, Julie and anyone else that wants to do it. Have fun!
Come party with the Steff until 3:10 PM
This is a picture of what these cookies were supposed to look like. I copied them from Kira off the PYP website. Hers are much cuter. I am going to give it another go with a different cookie recipe and type of frosting and hopefully they will turn out better!
Come party with the Matt until 11:16 AM
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Another snow storm blew into town so we went out for more fun in the snow. We decided to use the block maker Winston got for Christmas (Steff keeps asking me if it really was for Winston or if I just wanted it. Of course it was for him. I just had to show him how to use it.) and build a snow fort.
What ended up happening was Dad and Mom tried to build the fort, while Winston and Charlie made snow angels, played on the swingset, and tried to demolish the craftiness of their parents.
Winston busting out his first snow angel
Charlie only had eyes for his swingset
Bored kids abandoning the fort project
In the end, the fort didn't quite make the cut. We were about 4 feet tall and all of a sudden (thanks Charlie) the wall fell over. At that point we abandoned the fort and went for snowman heads on the fence. Best we could do.
The Great Collapse
Our only alternative
Fun in the snow is so invigorating
Come party with the Matt until 9:43 AM
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Now, my guess is that by now, most people reading this blog know that we sometimes maybe aren't the best parents. That's not to say we abuse our kids or anything, but sometimes we opt for the easy/lazy way out of things. In this instance, our neglect was around getting a Christmas tree. We originally talked about a tree and decided that with Charlie, it was really not that practical to get a tree, decorate it and have it up all December. We figured Charlie would just demolish it so our plan was to wait until the week before Christmas and then set one up. One week of fighting to keep Charlie away from the tree is better than one month, right?
Anyway, the week before Christmas we got busy and never really got around to getting a Christmas tree. Bless Winston's little 4 year old heart, on Christmas eve he asked if he could write Santa a note to leave with the cookies and carrots (for the reindeer). We gave him paper and crayons and went about other work. Soon, he asks us to come help him write the letter. Here's the finished product:
As you can imagine, Steff and I felt like terds. All he wanted for Christmas was a tree. So we obliged with our version of the 'Charlie-proof Christmas Tree.'
As you might imagine, Winston was thrilled that Santa left him a Christmas tree AND presents. I guess he figured it was a one or the other deal.
As for the rest of Christmas, it was awesome. The family got a neato print of the Sacred Grove and Nintendo Wii with Guitar Hero, Steff got a heated massage pad (I know, I know. It is a total 'Walk through Walmart and grab anything that looks like the wife will like it because it is Christmas Eve' gift) to lay on the couch with at the end of the day, Matt got a pillow thing that allows him to sit up in bed while he reads and Mouse Trap (this is sorta a family joke, but if you have ever seen The Santa Clause 2, you may remember a part where a bunch of teachers start receiving all these gifts they've wanted since they were kids. Well, if I was one of those teachers, I would've got Mouse Trap). The kids got a whole crud load of stuff.
Edited by Steff to add: Matt also got a plane ticket to his annual skiing trip in Whistler and some new skiis.
So, now come the pictures of all the fun and games of Christmas day:
Charlie opening his Leapfrog railroad
Winston with his Clickstart
Charlie not quite sure how to show enough excitement
Winston in front of his stocking and presents
Dad and Winston playing Mouse Trap Christmas Night
Christmas Day at Grandma Marilyn's with the cousins
So, all in all, we had a great Christmas time and hope all of you did as well.
Come party with the Matt until 2:42 PM
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
New Years Day, Winston and Dad went to Jump On It in Lindon. We met some of the other McGhie/Shelley crew there and had a good time... Winston most of all. Here are some of the pictures of our adventure.
Winston loving it!
Winston was a brave soul jumping back and forth across the padded dividers.
Winston started to get pretty gutsy on the slide... backwards-headfirst.
Melissa & Luc (left, niece and her son) AND Lisa & Emma (right, sister and her daughter)
On the way home, exhausted in the backseat, Winston sat in silence. After driving for awhile, out of the blue, he said, "Dad, if you ever want to, you can take me there again."
Edited by Mom to add that Charlie and I also had a great time hanging out at home with his pink eye. :)
Come party with the Matt until 11:08 AM
Monday, January 07, 2008
So, one of my good friends from waaaaay back was in town from San Fran and came to visit. We had a great time chatting, catching up, watching our kids play together, etc. It was awesome to visit, though a little strange to have kids playing together. It makes me feel so grown up...
During the visit I was reminded of the summer between my junior and senior of high school when a friend and I went to Albequerque to visit her. The first morning we were there, we sat up in our room until about 11:45 in the morning because we were too scared of her dad to come down the stairs.
Anyways, it was fun to see them. We were glad to have them stop by.
Also, let this be a lesson to all the other long lost friends: if you come to visit us, you just may make the blog... and that's what its all about.
Come party with the Matt until 11:28 AM
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Our niece shared this piece of interesting info with us last night...
Top 10 'Vainest Cities,' according to Forbes:
1. Salt Lake City
2. San Francisco
3. San Diego
4. San Jose, CA
6. Louisville, KY
7. Nashville, TN
8. Virginia Beach
9. New York City
10. Los Angeles
A few people have commented wondering what the criteria is for determining this. From what we understand, the criteria is pretty straight forward: cities with the highest number of plastic surgeries.
Here is the article if any of you are interested in reading it: http://www.forbes.com/2007/11/29/plastic-health-surgery-forbeslife-cx_rr_1129health.html
Come party with the Matt until 11:57 AM