"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

This morning

This morning was one of those mornings.

It all started around 6:00am when I had Tyler crying and glued to my hip, and Kamrie trying to tell me she wanted everything but didn't want anything all at the same time (if that makes any sense at all). There was, however, one small little insy winsy moment of time that Tyler seemed to be finally falling asleep in his crib and Kamrie was finally sitting by herself watching a movie. I realized that if I ever wanted to shower today, this was my moment!

I raced up the stairs as fast as I could, left the door open, and cranked the shower to hot. I stopped and listened for a moment before I stepped in just to make sure my plan was still going to work. Silence. YES! I was ready to wash away all of the stresses of the morning in my own little kid free hot water sanctuary! It was then, however, that I heard the BEEEEP BEEEP BEEEP BEEEEP BEEEP.

The smoke alarm when off because of the steam. Rats.

I guess I will have to take my chances on tomorrow and hope there is another window of time. OR I'll just take out the smoke alarm batteries....

Monday, October 29, 2007


This last saturday Kamrie and I decided to make some sugar cookies. When it was time to frost and decorate them, she asked if she could have one. I said sure and that she could pick one. She chose a ghost cut out. Just as she was finishing I asked if she ate her whole cookie. She replied, "yep yep!" and then with a worried look on her face she exclaimed, "Oh no mom! I just ate the holy ghost!"

Friday, October 26, 2007


This last week we took a trip up to the twin cities to see the mall of America. This is the "before" picture...

While we were there we were able to go to one store and ride one ride in the amusement park until the kiddos told us they had had enough.

This is the "after" picture. Next time perhaps we'll get a babysitter. :)

My Winter Sanity

It's only October 26rd, and already the kiddos are going stir crazy in the house due to cold weather! This afternoon I asked Ryan if he would drill some holes in the ceiling for the swing, and Ta-Da! An instant hit with the kids. We'll see how long this fun "new toy phase" lasts. Any other ideas on things to do inside with two kids for 8 more winter months???

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lake City

You can tell I unload pictures off of my camera every two weeks or so, because it's feast or famine on our blog!

We spent the afternoon in a little town about 45 minutes north of Rochester named Lake City. It is a beautiful little town and also the birth place of water skiing! It took all of the energy I had to keep Ryan from jumping in the freezing water and testing it out for himself. Burrrr. :)

There were lots of camping sites right on the shore, and lots of play grounds for the kiddos. We will definitely be going back!

Fire Station Field Trip

Kamrie's play group took a field trip to the local fire station this week.

We had a great time looking at all of the equipment and different types of fire trucks. Who knew there were more than one type of Fire Truck??!

They say it's an air freshener?

My dad had a meeting in Minneapolis last Friday and was able to spend the weekend with us, and boy are our waist lines feeling it! ;)

My mom sent a possible halloween costume for Tyler, but unfortunately he didn't fit in it (even though it was a 18-24 month costume). We had to take some pictures with him in it anyway. Too funny!

Thanks for the visit Dad! Come again soon!