26 August 2010
I had an impromptu photoshoot at the park with a family in our ward. Since we were at the park we invited the Haley's and the Ryder's to come play and eat birthday cupcakes. It was simple, fun, and NOT at my house. No cleaning required. Cydah and Ro practiced their cake destruction skills for their birthday in a week. How cute are they? WAY TOO CUTE. However, Phillip's puppy dog nose and scratched forehead illicits some sympathy. He spent his birthday getting more snuggles than normal, eating lots of cake and batter, and taking long naps. I made him pigs in a blanket for dinner with garden fresh carrots. Yum. We love spending time with surrounded with amazing friends, makes us miss our family even more.
Posted by Jenni Call at 11:00 PM
Ahhh, it was so nice to sleep in a bit and have a relaxed morning. Dad, Mom, and my brothers left for the airport around 8:30 am for their LOOOOONG trip back to Amman, Jordan. Miekka suggested a trip to the children's museum at Gateway for a fun activity. We parked in the underground garage. As soon as Amelia exited the car she listened for a moment then exclaimed that "angry cows" were making lots of noise (the rumblings of other cars?). He he, I had a laugh!
The kiddos had a most excellent time at the museum. Phillip cracked me up with his short legs, long shorts, and baggy shirt. He was in heaven crawling around finding a new toy every few feet. He loved the riding toys. Amelia filled a wheelbarrow full with plastic food and checked it all out at Walmart. I love her age, where everything relates to some prominent part of their lives. Walmart is a weekly excursion for us! Justin left around 11:30 to have lunch with a former coworker from KPMG. We took the kids to lunch at McDonalds after they finished exploring the first level. Justin and I did a little shopping with Phillip in tow while Miekka took the older kids to the second level. I think the kids played with the magnet shapes for a good 45 minutes. Amelia made a square tower she was really proud of. Lastly, we visited the helicopter out on the upper deck. The kids were in desperate need of naps or "rest your leggies" time. Amelia got a two minute nap that lasted her (barely) the rest of the day. She was pretty cranky.
Justin whipped up his favorite BBQ sauce for a grilled chicken dinner. Miekka, Court, and I went to Material Girls, a fabulous textile shop featuring designer fabrics and trims. Oh man, I was heaven. I picked up enough material to make myself and Amelia matching skirts, and a second skirt for Amelia. Deciding which fabrics to choose was super fun. The girls arrived back at the Lances to find the men grilling meat in the backyard and Aunt Jana playing with the kids. Joe and Jeff arrived soon afterwards for a yummy dinner of grilled chicken, grilled zucchini, and leftover salsa. It was light and perfect for the occasion. Joe left for Air Force training the next morning down in Texas. We said good bye to him as well. I took some family photos for James and Miekka in the waning evening light, their back fence as a perfect backdrop.
We spent the rest of the evening packing up the car and getting ready to leave for Nebraska. Three thirty am came all too soon. We saw the most amazing sun rise in Wyoming. Our drive there and back, plus all the SLC driving was awesome, thanks to three Fablehaven books on CD. Gotta love a good series of books. Phillip was amused much of the trip with emptying my purse and sucking on more lollipops. Both kids slept until about eight then took a nice nap. We were back home by 12:30 pm. Within minutes our clean home was a mess again from all the unpacking. Unfortunately, it is still in shambles due to excessive blogging, laundry, and snuggling. It was fun to go, but ever so nice to be back home. Wonderful memories will linger in our hearts until the next adventure!
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:24 PM
John arranged for a photographer in his ward to come photograph us all. Getting all the Lane Lance family together in one place at one time is rare. Another storm was rolling in, the wind was quite strong, causing hair problems and flying ties. I love watching other photographers for new tips and tricks. He had a wide lens I'd love to own one day. He photographed the whole family, then the boys, then the girls, then individual families. My stash of smarties came in handy for my kiddos. Justin and I took our kids back to James' home for naps. We were back at the homestead for dinner. I love hearing snatches of conversations going on throughout the living and dining rooms. It is intriguing what my siblings talk about. Dad suggested we sing hymns after dinner. We told more stories after the singing. My favorite was hearing James and Dad give father's blessings to those starting school. We stayed as long as possible before saying good bye for another year. My Mom and Dad won't be back in the states until July 2011, we will miss Punkle Jeremy and Punkle Jared. Hopefully, James and John plus their families will come visit soon (maybe Labor Day??).
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:16 PM
Joanna looked darling in her dress. They served Italian ice cream and cookies for those interested. I was so glad to visit with some of my great-aunts at the reception. I even visited with my amazing cousin, Kathryn, for a while. We are pretty close in age and often blurk each other's blogs. Some lady found Amelia out near the street yelling for a potty holding up her skirts. Yikes! First thing I know she is enjoying ice cream, the next showing off her underwear. I am super glad my kids did not end up in the pool, a huge possibility. We arrived home, for another late night getting our tired kiddos off to bed.
Posted by Jenni Call at 4:27 PM
James manned the grill, cooking up hamburgers, hot dogs, and sausages. Everyone else brought some side dishes. Miekka escorted me into Costco to buy a sheet cake and ice cream for Phillip's "pre-birthday bash with the Lances" party. Our cousin, Joanna and new spouse, Cody were in attendance in all their newly wed bliss. Dad had everyone circle up and tell stories until dusk. We took a short break for cake and ice cream. Phillip was mesmerized by the candle flame, he touched the flame right on cue to blow out his candle. Poor little fingers got singed a bit. The lure of cake, frosting, and ice cream soon overcame his burnt fingers. Sadie, Mia, and Lia were so cute trying to boss each other around. Mia won only because of size. The other two girls will soon show her up. I felt really tired by the time we left due to running around keeping the peace and holding my babies, camera included. Phew, I should have just sat down and enjoyed the stories more. Silly me.
Posted by Jenni Call at 4:01 PM
Justin, the kids and I met up with Sarah, Bridger, and Kenna for lunch at Cafe Rio. It was crazy loud inside. Our equally noisy and cranky kids made for an interesting lunch. Still Sarah and I squeezed in some chatting in between child complaining sessions and discipline. Her parents recently moved to Colorado only a couple hours from Nebraska. We may actually see her more often! I feel giddy thinking about more Sarah time.
I can't remember what else went on! oh yeah! We drove up to Bountiful to visit with Charity. We had a peaceful visit with just the 9 of us. Kenny made delicious BLT's for dinner. I am so glad we were able to visit them, even with crabby kiddos. That evening the sun came out creating a totally different day when compared to the nasty storm earlier. Courtenay came over with Everett to hang out for dinner. We played some games and traded silly stories about being part of a large family. Ahhh, late nights with family are the best.
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:19 PM
I included a photo on the kiddos chillin' watching Little Einsteins. The reason is to show off my new birthday gift: a flash and sync cord! It is really hard to get a view out of a sunny window and still have the interior properly light. My new flash helps out a ton!
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:56 AM
25 August 2010
I am feeling a bit stunned today! Phillip is already one year old! What an amazing first year baby boy. He has changed quite a bit in year. Phillip can climb stairs, sit in a forward facing car seat, earn many boo-boos, say several words, blow kisses, respond to questions, and snuggle like no tomorrow. We have an appointment to see Grandpa Doctor next week for his year checkup, so stats next week. One year ago now, the Dr started me on pitocin (thank goodness). Phillip was born soon after. Amelia met Phillip the next morning. She fell in love with her new sibling. He stole our hearts. Immediately we nicknamed him Mr Snuffy because he was so noisy while nursing and sleeping. He is an amazing sleeper, we will keep him. He has a knack for getting his outfits dirty within seconds of getting dressed. This kid goes through 1-4 outfits per day due to spit-up, slobber, dirt, food, snot, and poop. He is very curious lately and pays attention when he notices me opening something. I can see the wheels turning, noting how to open a drawer, unscrew a lid, close something, or play with a certain toy. He tries to mimic me but often lacks the hand strength at this time. Over the past couple days he bonked his head getting several large goose eggs. He tumbled down the Lance's wooden stairs on Monday and yesterday biffed it on the concrete, in the tub he conked his head another couple times. So commences the rough and tumble years for this baby boy.
Posted by Jenni Call at 5:03 PM
19 August 2010
Tuesday we met my good friends, Shannon and Catherine plus kids, at Thanksgiving Point for the morning. It was two dollar Tuesday, completely cra-zay busy. We waited in line to get in, waited in crowds to see the animals, and waited in line for a pony ride. Justin held our place in line for about 45 minutes so the kiddos could go see the animals. Shannon and I were mission companions in Portugal. She is an amazing lady. Catherine was my old neighbor in Balmoral. We all have daughters around Amelia's age. It was really hot! At one point Amelia found some wheat grain on the ground, she picked up some kernels and fed the goats. One licked her hand, which freaked her out. Shannon had to leave for a meeting so we had lunch with Catherine and girls at the cafe. The kids slept in the car while Justin spent some man time in Cabela's. They were still asleep so we also picked up my sewing machine and went to the camera store. James and Miekka went to the temple, we watched the kids. Joe and Jeff came over. We went to Murray park for an hour. Lia loved the spin toys at the park, she giggled so hard. Jeff bought the kids otter pops to stave off the heat and thirst. The kids threw wood chips all over ending up with thick wood dust in their hair. Even after baths the wood chip dust was still on Lia's scalp. She let me comb her hair trying to get the rest out.
This morning I spent a couple hours with Courtenay and Everett taking newborn photos. He is a very relaxed baby. Justin nicknamed him Ezee-E. LOL. SLC had a huge thunderstorm roll through during our session. The lighting was so poor I had to photograph him outside on the porch. The light was glowy perfection. His blessing outfit almost did not fit over his huge head. Courtenay had to cut the back a little to fit it over his head. In between feedings, set changes, etc we played with Grandma Debbie and Jared. I enjoyed spending time with Courtenay and Everett without so many interruptions. We met my amazing friend Sarah for lunch at Cafe Rio. Holy Smokes our kids were sooooooo crabby. Try talking over kids at Cafe Rio. Shouting match comes to mind. We are a little tired but having fun.
Funny Story: Monday night I put Amelia to bed in her Thomas Bed. Around midnight I could hear her muttering about crayons, markers, and white paper in some mysterious toddler dream. I could not feel her near or around her bed. I patted all around the basement floor finally finding her by the bookcases, shivering cold. I put her in bed with me. Soon she snuggled up and murmured, "Mom you are sooooo waaar-um." So snuggly! I have no idea how she rolled all the way to the bookcases.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:23 PM
14 August 2010
Thursday Libby and Mason watched Phillip for me while I biked alone. I went VT to Potter, where my companion and I were discouraged that our visitee was MIA. Dang! The crew met Justin at Cabela's for lunch. The kids enjoyed spotting all the taxidermied animals from the balcony. Our next stop was the pool but it closed due to some malfunction for a couple hours. Everyone went swimming except Phillip and I once it reopened. Dinner was another simple affair of bread pizza and green beans, chard, and more squash. My garden is only producing three or four veggies at this time. The green beans don't produce enough at one time to merit the effort of canning. Poor Justin does not like green beans or chard much, he hates squash. Bummer! I am eating a very veggilicious diet right now. All the cousins played and played. Amelia finally reached the end of her rope and had a huge crying fest once I made her get out of the warm tub water. She was crying loudly while my photo appointment waited patiently in the living room. Once she calmed down I left for a 90 minute photo session. It was awesome! We went to the sunflowers, a downtown location, and one out in the country. I photographed a HS senior girl. She was very nervous, to the point of making my job very difficult. At the end she finally relaxed a bit.
Justin and I enjoyed talking and visiting with Charity and Melissa. We miss living near family, at the same time we love living in Sidney. My aunt Laura emailed me today, her old neighbor is moving to Sidney in about a week. Small world. The cousins left Friday morning on a long drive to Utah. The kids and I mostly cleaned the rest of the day. I did make Phillip a birthday shirt and finish some cute crocheted hair clips. We went to the park after lunch since the temperature was perfect. Phillip ate rocks, Amelia supplied the rocks that Phillip ate. Very delicate operation. Justin worked on the yard after getting off work for the week. We picked six tomatoes this week. The kids ate 5 of said tomatoes. I found a 5 inch long caterpillar near my garden box. It was a huge, beastly thing. Amelia was squeamish about the "eye" on its bum.
Today Phillip got his first haircut. He looks like a big boy now! He held still with a lollipop in hand. He sucked on the lolly until Deb started to buzz his lower head. The vibrations tickled him because he smiled through the lolly and drooled all over. His belly was so covered in lolly drool I had to bathe him in Deb's sink. Amelia promised not to throw a fit, her reward was a roll of bubble gum tape. That worked like a charm. Not a peep out of her this time around. My hair cut hurt so bad I cried and slobbered all over myself. Deb probably won't ever cut my hair again. She called me the diva tantrum queen. Guess Amelia learned how to throw a fit from me. Just teasing! I have bangs again! Yum. Justin helped me clean a bit, finish the laundry, and watch the kids while I packed bags for our trip.
I keep forgetting to tell ya: Phillip can crawl up the stairs all by himself. He can say thank-you, DONE, and blows kisses (with his hand over his eye). Silly kid.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:57 PM
11 August 2010
Justin's department threw a huge picnic party yesterday afternoon. We enjoyed eating lunch with some of his coworkers. Justin had the rest of the afternoon off. I went to Walmart by myself. Amelia played with Lily at the park and later at her home. Justin and Phillip enjoyed a long afternoon nap. Maleia watched the kiddos (sleep) while we went with Greg, Matt, and Keith to see The Other Guys movie. Oh my, it was funny! Justin laughing was about as funny as the jokes. We all worked out our abs with the laughing.
The kids and I were at the park again this afternoon for lunch with the Relief Society sisters. It was HOT! Phillip is teething again, so is super boogery and clingy. Charity, Melissa, and kids should be here by dinner time. They are returning back home from visiting in Virginia. Amelia is very excited to host another Hotel Amelia.
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Posted by Jenni Call at 4:03 PM