Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Moving Day

Tomorrow morning the packers come and we say good-bye to our home of five years.   I can't believe it is here.  I am very excited to start this next adventure but sad to leave behind my dearest friends.  Wish us luck and off we go -see you on the other side.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Is that okay?

We have been working with Madison a lot on her evening prayers.  She usually races through them so Daddy will tell her a story.  She always throws in a "bless my food" even though we remind her before the prayer that there is no food to bless.  Maddie has been getting a little better at remembering to be thoughtful.  Here is her latest prayer:

M-........Thank you for Mommy and Daddy and Papa and Grandma......bless my food (pause) for my animals...is that okay for my animals momma? 

T-Yes baby that is okay.

Even stuffed animals need blessings.

Friday, May 15, 2009


For journaling purposes I want to jot down some funny things Maddie has been saying lately. 

-While putting her to bed

T-Good night Baby Girl
M-Good night Daddy girl

-Saying her prayers

M-Bless my play-doh that daddy will play it with me.

-Eating Food

M- But Kitty (code for Maddie) doesn't like to eat that and he would be sad.

-Giving Time Outs

T- What is Heffy (stuffed elephant) doing in the corner?
M- Heffy has time out because he took Kitty and Doggy's toys and not share.
T-Did he say he was sorry?
M- Yes, but he make them sad so he need time-out.

-Playing in her Room

M-Momma go away I no need you right now.

-Speaking Spanish

M-I speak Spanish
T-You do? Can I hear some Spanish?
M-Matato-that is Spanish for potato
T (laughing) really?
M-med is Spanish for bed mama.
M-(What can I say to this?) Good job Sweetie! (Apparently putting a m before any word will guarantee you perfect Spanish)


T- Maddie come in to dinner please.
M-Sorry Momma I need a minute.
T-What are you doing?
M-I gotta feed all of my animals first.
(Upon investigation she has like twenty plastic plates with play food lined up on the floor with an animal on each one.  I guess I shouldn't complain about feeding just three.)


Friday, May 8, 2009

Vacation in Boise

We have been having a great time in Boise.  Here are a few pictures of what we have been up to.

A little family bowling.  Madison loves to bowl and her favorite part is waiting for the ball to pop back out after she has thrown it down the lane.  She is not the center of attention or anything.

We also took advantage of the cool springtime weather for a nature walk with the grandparents.
The nature center that we visited had areas where you could see the fish in their natural environment.  It was a refreshing change to the standard aquarium.  
They really did a great job of allowing us to appreciate the beauty of nature while still preserving the individual ecosystems.
Madison and I fell in love with this beautiful dogwood tree that was blooming across the street from Grandma's house.
A little trampoline time with Daddy was probably the highlight of the trip for Madison.  At first she was a little nervous to be going so high but by the end of the trip she had changed her tune.
Maddie would beg Dan to "please do humungous jumps Daddy." We need to invest in one of these someday.

Welcome Home Aunt Alicia!

We were really fortunate to be able to make the trip to see my sister-in-law come home from her mission in Paraguay.  She looks beautiful and it is easy to feel the sweet spirit she brought with her.  Maddie had a great time reading books with her and playing Mario Galaxy.
Madison was tiny last time she saw Alicia so she wasn't really sure who she was holding this sign for.  She looked a little lost.
Alicia getting her first hug from her Daddy.
Alicia's nickname with her sister is fatty-don't ask me why since she is anything but.  It was fun to welcome her home.  I haven't been to a homecoming since I came home myself.  We are glad you are home Alicia.

Monday, May 4, 2009


The other night we were sitting around the dinner table eating dinner.  Dan was trying to get Maddie to eat some food that she simply didn't want to eat.  He had tried several different games/enticements to get her to eat when she looked at him and said, "Daddy that bite is not a good choice."  I couldn't help myself I started cracking up.  If you had any idea how often we use the phrase "that is not a good choice "you would understand how funny it was to have our words turned against us.