Sunday, July 27, 2008

Brothers?


This picture doesn't really do the similarity justice. Chase and Calob Stone look so much alike that it's scary. They have a different complexion and different eye color, but their facial expressions and hair cuts are very much alike! As soon as I find another picture of them, I'll add it.

Preparation List - July 28-August 2

This week is a bit odd. We have several days left of July but not enough days of August to do August Week 1. So, we are going to work on something outside the box. Here goes!


Emergency Car Kits

Since winter transportation becomes more difficult, keep your car in top operating condition and the gas tank as nearly full as possible. Also, it is wise to carry a "winter storm car kit" for safer winter travel.

tow chains
whistle
extra batteries
ax
signal flag
extra gas
siphon hose
flares
army shovel
jack
jumper cables
road map
rescue rope
flashlight
ice scrapers
pocket knife
compass
fire extinguisher
first aid kit
pencil
paper
tool kit
spare tire
oil & extra fluids
extra wiper blades
blankets
water
food


Many of these items are good to have on hand no matter what time of year it is. And most importantly, know how to use the items you have! It is useless to carry tools when you don't know how to use them in the event you are stuck out in the middle of nowhere. Plastic totes work well to carry these items in your trunk. Make sure to rotate your food and water and any other items that have an expiration date.

Ouch!


Poor Hailey! She was swimming at the Christopherson's the majority of the day yesterday and got her first bad sunburn. DON'T FREAK! The picture actually looks worse than it is. She was pretty tan prior to this sunburn, so it isn't really that bad. I suspect she'll be tan again by Wednesday.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Mommy, Wow!

....I'm a big boy now!

For those that know the commercial jingle, you probably know where I'm going with this. Yes...Chase went potty on toilet tonight! And the best part is...I didn't even try to get him to go!

Lately Chase has been fascinated with sitting on the toilet. With/without clothes on, doesn't matter. The last few days, though, he has gotten in the habit of taking off his diaper and saying , "poop" before he sits down. As far as I know nothing has come of any of this until tonight. It was the same routine - diaper off, "poop" and climb on the toilet. I walked out of the bathroom, then walked right back in and there was a solid stream flowing into the toilet bowl! Oh how excited I was, and by the look of Chase's face, he was pretty surprised! As a reward for the first time tinkler, we went to Baskin Robbins. Yum!

An hour later, we got home and he wanted to sit again. Nothing happened. He got off, ran around with a bare bum for a few minutes while Daddy went to the bathroom, then climbed back on the toilet and pottied again! I'm really hoping this is the start of something. If it is, then that will make 3 in a row easy potty trainers!

100th Post!

Wow, I can't believe I have made it to 100 so fast! I've only been posting since March. I guess I just have a lot to say! So in honor of my 100th post, I am going to write 100 things about myself. This should be interesting. If by chance you are reading this and I have not made it to 100 yet, keep checking back. I'll think of more things!


1. Born April 18, 1978 - 6lbs 8oz, I think 19 inches long

2. I am the 5th child of 7 kids - 5 girls, 2 boys - Paula, JoDene, Larry, Richard, me, Kelly, Lori

3. I have more than 20 nieces and nephews, and 3 of them have kids of their own!

4. I was a major toe-head growing up. Yes, the blond is my natural color, I just like to highlight with lighter blond.

5. I was hit by a car while riding my bike when I was 7. I had a 6 inch hairline fracture on the right side of my skull.

6. During the skull fracture recovery, I lounged on the couch and ate Skittles until I got sick. To this day I can't eat an entire bag of Skittles.

7. Shortly after I recovered, I was running to the phone, tripped on the cord, and hit my eyebrow on the wooden radio cabinet. (you know, the ones with 8-track players in them) I had to get stitches.

8. Needless to say, I don't remember much of the beginning of 2nd grade!

9. In 3rd grade I made it to the school wide spelling bee. I missed "alligator" in front of the whole school!

10. In 4th grade, during the class spelling bee, I missed "doctor" by spelling it "docter" after 4 other kids spelled it that exact same way. I redeemed myself by being the first of 15 kids to spell "parentheses" right.

11. In 5th grade, Jeff Beal and I would constantly get hit with the long white chalkboard erasers because we talked too much. Tee hee hee.

12. My best friend since 4th grade is Jessica Simpson, now Jessica Simpson McCalvy. (No, not the singer - she wanted me to clarify this.)

13. I started playing piano at the age of 10, flute in 6th grade, and bassoon in 7th grade. My senior year I sat as the 2nd chair bassoonist in the Idaho All-State Symphony Orchestra, as well as participated in the Boise State Honor Band.

14. I was scarred for life (not!) and had this incredible urge to stay on the thin side after my brother Larry wrote "Kim has a big butt" on my bedroom window in that Christmas snow stuff. The window faced the driveway. To this day he denies he did that.

15. I was the drum major for the Eagle High School Marching Band my senior year.

16. That same year, since my grade was the first graduating class of Eagle High School, I helped write the High School Alma Mater with 2 classmates.

17. I was also on the Seminary Council that same year.

18. I began working at a nursing home when I was 14. This was before Idaho labor laws. I worked in the kitchen doing various duties until I was trained as a cook at the age of 19. I still have dreams that I am working there.

19. My siblings, Larry, Richard, and Kelly, all worked at that nursing home in the kitchen at various points. My mom was a nurse there on one of the units. After work during the tax season, since Larry was my ride to work, I would go around with him after work and help him clean the H&R Block offices for my dad. He would pay me in Taco Bell.

20. I no longer eat Taco Bell.

21. I started dating my high school sweetheart Memorial Day my Freshman year - though I was too young to actually go on a date. We dated until the end of Senior Year, then was off and on until the summer following Freshman year of college. His name was Eric. Go figure.

22. The Eric I did marry, the October following the Freshman year of college, dated a girl named Kim for 2 years prior to his mission. Go figure even more!

23. During my Freshman year of college, I was at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. Such a blast! I loved it!

24. I skipped class a couple of times to go hiking near the ocean with Monty Grow.

25. My good friends that year were Trina Palmer, Tanya Spurgiesz, Marianne Swafford, Allison Marrs, and my roommate Jennifer Hubers. There were others, but I'm having a memory lapse right now!

26. I still stay in close contact with Trina and Jennifer.

27. Trina got me writing a missionary in March 1997 that happened to be serving in the Boise area. His name was Elder Warren.

28. I visited Elder Warren during Spring Break and unknowingly tried to poison him with homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. He's allergic to peanuts, but his companion loved them!

29. I married Eric Brian Warren on October 3, 1997. I guess he didn't hold a grudge about those cookies then!

30. I was 19 1/2 when I got married.

31.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cute Scout Skit

We had Pack Meeting tonight, and Rion's den did a little skit. It was so cute that I had to post it. Rion is such a ham! It's no wonder he took the 'starring role' in this one!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Victory at Last!

To start off, we live on a corner lot. We love it because we only have one neighbor on the one side of us, a currently empty lot behind us, and the road on the other side of us. We never have to worry about whether or not we mow the lawn at the same time as the neighbor so it doesn't look funny because we poured a concrete slab all the way to the property line on the one side, and with the empty lot behind us, well...we just have to worry about the weeds.

The downside to living on a corner lot...cars like to park on the street on the side of the house. Now, normally, this is sooo not a problem. However, since November we have had the same truck parked on the side of the house. We're not talking about a situation where the owner parks there when he gets home every night...we're talking constantly, unmoving, always. After a series of calls to our HOA in February, we were finally able to see that it at least moved back 30 feet, but then there it sat again. Even after an attempt to talk to the family, of which apparantly doesn't speak English, it still sat. Until yesterday.

I was so frustrated with having this beat up truck by my house, with hornets flying around it, that I finally called code enforcement myself. HOA wasn't helping at all, so it was up to me. I called on Monday and by Monday afternoon they were out there. They tried to tell me that since the truck had current tags they had every right to park there. Yes, that is true, but according to city code they have to move the vehicle every 48 hours, not every 6 months. Once they arrived, however, they realized that the tags had expired back in May. I know this sounds bad, but Yay! That was what we needed to finally get the city on our side! So, we waited and waited...Monday night, still there, Tuesday, still there....Tuesday night at 11:00 - finally parked in front of their own house! Woo hoo!

I know this really sounds petty, but it's about time. Between the horets, the difficulty in mowing my lawn in any direction but along the lot line, and the street sweeper not being able to clean the gutters properly right there, it was a pain in my backside! Like I said earlier, I had no problem with them parking there - as long as they actually drove the truck at least once a week. Now, I can breathe again.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thunderstorms

We have had a few thunderstorms come through within the last 24 hours. What fun! Since we didn't know if the power would go out, the kids decided to play a game and make it more fun.


Chase wasn't too thrilled with all of the thunder, though.


Near the end, we went outside to see what the sky looked like. From the east side of the house, the view look like this:


From the west side of the house, it looked like this:

Gotta love that Idaho weather!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Keep peeking...

Just a note...I've been trying to catch up lately with my posting. Because I'm using this as a journal of sorts, I've been posting things on or around the date that they have been happening, but always within the last week. So please make sure you scroll down the page so you don't miss anything. :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fun Hair!

I've been experimenting with Hailey's hair lately. Here is today's creation.


Food Storage - July 20th-26th - Week 4

This is the last week for July. Since all of these lists assume a 4 week month, we will have a week off next week. I'll have something to work on, though, don't worry!


Week 4

Canned goods! Chili, soups, canned meats, beans, etc. Buy what your family likes!


Boy, that's especially important...buy what your family likes. What is the sense of having something in your pantry that you know you are not going to eat? Canned foods can be relatively inexpensive depending on the item, but certain items add up quickly. Look for coupons and sales.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Multi-Tasking

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Why tickle only one when you can get all three at the same time?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Beautiful Sunrise


This is one of the many reasons why I love Idaho so much! The clouds are just beautiful!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cute Saying of the Day

This wasn't really from today, but it sure was cute! A couple of weeks ago we had steak for dinner. It was the day after we got home from Utah, so we still had some of the salt water taffy that Kelly sent home with us. Hailey loves salt water taffy, though she calls it laffy taffy. She also calls Starbursts "sherberts", but anyway...

Close to the end of dinner Hailey announces that she is full and can't finish her steak, then proceeds to ask if she can have a laffy taffy. After pointing out to her that she JUST said she was full, she replies, "I have two departments - a steak department and a laffy taffy department." We thought it was so cute that we let her have ONE piece of salt water taffy.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Food Storage - July 13th-19th - Week 3

Week 3 all ready? My goodness! I feel like we just started July and now it's just about over. I hope everyone has been able to keep up this pace.


Week 3

Ready dinners: ravioli, pasta, oriental boxes or frozen. Get what your family will eat.


Pasta Roni and Rice a Roni are two great ones, partly because they are easy to make and inexpensive to buy. I noticed yesterday that WinCo has Past Roni on sale right now for less than a dollar a box, and the "Farmhouse": brand of Rice a Roni is typically less expensive than the name brand. Keep your eye out for other frozen dinners as well, or make some yourself and freeze them!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Crafty Kim

Amazing! I am crafty after all!

For our Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Meeting this next Thursday, our theme is "Faith of the Pioneer Women." We are going to be sharing dishes from our ancestors, talking about geneology, AND making pioneer rag dolls. This last one was a bit tricky since I did not want something that was going to cost any money, or require a sewing machine. It was very difficult finding a pattern on the internet, of which I couldn't find at all, but I found a picture of something similar to what I was looking for. After about an hour of cutting fabric from an old curtain and a bandana, and trying to piece it all together, this is what I came up with! I am very pleased and I hope we will have a good turnout.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Santa Clara Vanguard


On Tuesday our Relief Society began a walking group at Vallivue High School. The plan was to walk the track for 1/2 hour or so with other sisters in the ward. When we arrived Tuesday morning, this would not be possible. The reason...the Santa Clara Vanguard was busy stretching and warming up for their practice on the football field. I was so excited!

For those that have no idea what I'm talking about, the Santa Clara Vanguard is a Drum Corps International Marching Band...or rather a Drum and Bugle Corps. There are no woodwinds in a DCI marching band. This particular group has been one of my favorites ever since I was in marching band in high school. I was hoping to be able to actually watch them practice, but because I had the kids with me, and since I needed to run into the office in Boise, I was unable to. They were in the Treasure Valley this week for a competition, one that also included the Blue Devils and the Phantom Regiment, as well as some other smaller groups. I wish I could have gone to the competition since watching them would bring back so many wonderful marching band memories, but it was not possible. Oh well, maybe next year if they are in the area again!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Slip 'n Slide Fun

Sunday we were able to spend a little bit of time with my sisters and their kids. We had a very yummy dinner, and then the kids got to have some fun on the slip and slide. They were so cute trying to jump high enough to be able to slide down the blow up ramp before zooming down the wet plastic. Oh to be a kid again!



Once they were all done getting wet, Chase and Rion were swinging on the tire swing. Here is a cute video of my two boys!

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Chase!

Today is Chase's 2nd birthday! It has been an interesting day, from him saying "pease" for a chocolate out of the freezer, to him screeming to get out of bed at naptime, to being so cute and sleepy when he woke up, to playing on his new climbing toy with Savanna... I can't believe he's 2! Though, he has been in his terrible 2's for a few months now. In any case, happy birthday buddy boy!



I love this baby picture of Chase. We wanted to photoshop a picture of a heart tattoo on his arm with "Mom" written across it. It is so funny how he's holding on to his skin!

Well, Chase was 8 lbs 6 oz, 21 inches long. He is the only child that I have actually gone into labor with, so he at least cooperated that way! He is a funny little guy that likes to laugh, play, and hit things while saying, "hi ya!" What a goof. He does not like to get in the car without putting the key in the ignition himself (not turning it on), and he loves to pester Hailey. He'll be one of those little brothers that runs around his sister's slumber parties with a squirt gun. He is very attached to his blanket, especially the tag, and when the kids are doing something, or we ask him if he wants to go somewhere or eat something, he says, "I do!" What a fun little guy...most of the time.



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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Food Storage - July 6th-12th - Week 2

Wow, we're coming up on half-way done with July already! We'd better get going with this, or we'll miss it!


Week 2

Water jugs or buy some bottled water. Don't forget bleach or other water purification.


I like to buy the apple juice from the Dollar Tree. Not only are they $1, but the bottle the juice is in is very sturdy! I prefer to fill the bottles with purified water after we drink the juice and wash the bottle. I'll most likely only use the water for cleaning purposes if it comes down to it. We are also purchasing a case of bottled water nearly every time we go to Costco for our water drinking storage. Of course, we had been drinking that water quite a bit, so for the time being it kind of defeated the purpose. Hopefully we can turn that around.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Vegetables! Woo hoo!

My efforts have not gone in vain! Here are the latest pictures of my growing garden.



You can kind of see a dark orange tomato behind the leaves.

Independence Day

Here it is...another 4th of July come and gone. We didn't have any plans until the Thursday night when my mom called. So, we went out to my parent's house for a BBQ with Mom and Dad, Richard, and Lori's kids. (Lori had to work.) It was very mellow, which was nice. We even had birthday cake for Chase since we had at least some of the family together.


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At around 9:00 we decided it was time to head out. We spend the "firework time" at Eagle Island State Park. It's a little swimming park with a beach, playground, and large water slide, and plenty of grass to relax. We parked in the field and waited for dark. The kids had never been out to see the big fireworks that they could remember, so we knew this would be fun for them. Prior to our fireworks beginning, we could see other shows going off in the distance. We hoisted the kids up on the car, and Chase on my shoulders, while they watched.


I think they thought that was the show because they were so excited to see them. Chase kept saying, "Wow" everytime one exploded in the air. They were at least 10-20 miles away. Once ours began, they really got a show! We were practically right underneath them. Chase squeezed his blanket the whole time, and eventually fell asleep until the finale. They got over at 11:00, and it was 11:45 before we got out of the field because of the traffic, but it was a fabulous show! I would totally go back!




Thursday, July 3, 2008

Cub Scout Day Camp

Yesterday and today was Cub Scout Day Camp for Rion. He was so glad to be able to go, and he even fell asleep on the couch this evening because he was so tired. It is fun for the boys to get together and complete some of the requirements toward earning their badges. Tory Jackson was able to be there both days and took some fun pictures of the boys. Tory was Rion's Wolf Leader while he was 8. She sure was fun, as was Dianna Loosli. He is now a Bear and we can't wait to see what fun things he does this next year.

Family Photos

We FINALLY had some family photos taken last night. It has been since before I got pregnant with Chase. Too long, especially since he will be 2 on the 7th. We decided to get some professional photos taken instead of going through JC Penny, so we used Randi Davies. Here web address is http://www.randidavies.com/ and her photos are fabulous. She creates a blog post of every shoot that she does, and creates a username and password for every photo shoot to be able to digitally view the photos. She has already posted the blog for our shoot, but because of the holiday weekend won't have the remainder of the photos tweaked until early next week. You can view our blog post at http://randidavies.blogspot.com/2008/07/my-new-favorite-pose.html and I will let you know once the rest of the photos are ready to view. I love all of these photos so far, but would prefer a different angle for myself. Ah well.