Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bucket List for Summer

Okay..............everyone needs to try this one out. I got the idea to ask my three older kids what they expected for this summer. What are your goals or accomplishments? It was very interesting to hear their answers: Try this out with your kiddies. I think you will be surprised, as I was, what is really going on inside their heads
Blake: 1. have fun with my dad
2. get dad to say "I love you"
3. have total freedom
4. raise $300 from working
5. get our family to get along better
6. go to a very fun place with my dad
7. see Kung Fu Panda
8. buy an Ipod
9. organize a lemonade stand
10. have a great summer
Savanna 1. Learn how to do a back flip
2. swim better
3. take care of my new glasses better
4. help Macy and Blake not to fight
5. How to have a better diet
Macy 1. Help Savanna not to be a poor sport
2. try to not yell
3. be nice to everyone
4. get better at swimming
5. learn how to do a back tuck back handspring
6. help my mom
7. help my dad control his temper
8. not hit my brothers and sisters
9. help my friends
10. help Tate and Chad to swim better
Isn't it interesting to see how our children can hone in on our weaknesses. I sometimes as a parent try to avoid the real issues at hand and deal only with the immediate symptoms. Like putting out fires all of the time, yet not looking at the pyros themselves to see what is setting them off. Wow.................deep thoughts. Anyways, I don't think that I need to worry about the latest and greatest vacation for my kids, since they didn't name any, (not that I am going to cancel any existing plans), but it truly is a good time to build on the relationships in our home during what is supposed to be a less hectic time . Blake suggested that we do some team building that he learned on his science trip to Catalina Island. That is the beauty of looking at things through a child's eyes. There is always forgiveness in their hearts and hope and faith of new tomorrows. Well, here goes nothing..................seize the day! I guess it is on ly fair now that I do my own bucket list for summer: Stay tuned till tomorrow

Friday, May 23, 2008

Why does anyone take kids to the movies????

This picture has nothing to do with my topic, but can someone tell me how to download images from the web like from the movie Prince Caspian? That is what I ventured out to take my kids to see today, seeing that it was the first official day of summer. I am trying to turn over a new leaf and be a "fun" parent instead of the drill sergeant that I have shamefully become. Do this , do that, why aren't you ready, hurry up, get in the car, you have 5 minutes to finish, and last but not least. What should you be doing right now.........then what's next. Soooooooooooo..... I am trying to be a laid back fun mom for the summer. HUMMMMMMMMMM. OCD/ADHD sets in and I am going ballistic. But I digress. So, I actually got a babysitter for Chad, since he would be impossible at the movies. Then the other four kids and I headed off to the movies. On the way, Blake made a careful and golden observation that we really don't go to the movies very often. I chuckle to myself and say, " hmmmmmmmmmmm, I wonder why?" Well, I seem to remember how much fun it was the last time( six months ago) and then question what I am doing on the road to disaster yet again. So, I am locked in and here we go. Things go smoothly, we stop at am/pm for icees and candy to avoid the inevitable drain at the theater. We get our tickets, and I cough up the 10 bucks for popcorn(full of trans fat). Good to go. We get in just in time , past the previews and showtime of 3:00. Prince Caspian is the pick of the day. It starts out ok and I take a deep breath and close my eyes and relish in the fact that there is no one talking to me and I block out the movie to catch some shut eye (4:30 was early today) About 1 hour into the movie and no end of it in sight the fun began. Tate needed to go to the bathroom...... get a drink.......run up and down the hall etc. We settle back in for the last part, or so I thought. Then each of the kids comes up to me in the middle of the show telling me how sick they feel (I wonder why) tangent: if you catch your kid trying to smoke, do you sit down and make him smoke the whole pack until he throw up and never wants to touch it again.........talk amongst yourselves. End tangent. Tate starts losing interest with all of the deep noble thoughts being shared on screen and 5:15 didn't come fast enough. Get me out of here. While on the drive home, the kids start bouncing off the ceiling of the suburban wondering what we are going to do when we get home............uh ........give everyone benadryl and go to bed? Oh yeah, it is only 5:30. After all of the chaos I remind myself why I don't take kids to the movies and wonder what movie will be out in six months that will provoke me to this kind of torture again. All that aside, I finally put Tate and Chad to bed and the other get wrapped up in a movie and just like going through labor, I think to myself..................................it wasn't that bad. LOL

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Liver enzymes, what are they anyways?

It has been since that dreaded day Sept 11th, the date of my gallbladder surgery, that my liver enzymes are finally back to normal. Hooray! Elevated enzymes are a pretty good indicator of how healthy your liver is. Your numbers should be around 30-40 and mine have gotten as high as 166. No wonder I felt like I was coming down with the flu for weeks on end. Miserable. After trying many things, I found Dr. Dave Shiflet in Mesa. He has helped me over the past month feel so much better. I was apprehensive to do my bloodwork again to see if things had changed. The doctor called me on Tues ( the dr. who scheduled me for an ERCP) and cancelled the procedure because my liver enzymes tested normal for the first time in eight months. He couldn't explain it, but I could. Another testament to alternative medicine. Don't get me wrong. I love westernized med, but there is surely a place in this world for alternative. I am hoping to close this chapter in my life and press forward. Onward and upward to summer vacation. After reading others blogs, I fear that I am boring..........so I need to spice things up a bit hmm, hmmm. I am just too tired, maybe next time. Au revoir.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

More Blah, blah, blah

So this week has been filled with preparation. Dale and I are in charge of The entire ward adult dinner party on Friday night. Wow. I just wish I knew how many people were actually going to come. Costco is my new best friend, oh wait, we are already well acquainted. It is a love hate relationship . I go in for 2 things and come out with 20. Oh well. We are busy getting my parents home ready for their return from Bolivia in August. Granite counters go in this Saturday.........yeah! More pics and fun stuff to come. Blake gets to go to Catalina Island for his 5th grade Science camp. Things have sure changed. I only got to go to Camp Tonto. Well, I am getting sleepy........

Friday, May 9, 2008



My name is Christina and I am addicted to cookie dough. Well, my addiction lulled me into thinking that I could organize the cookie dough fundraiser at my girls gymnastics. Wow. What a lot of leg work. The 39 kids sold almost 10,000 dollars worth of dough. AMazing. They earned a trip in a huge Limo, sorry no pics, so I just picked random pic for this post. Don't call me lame. Linda, how do I add people to my friend blogger list to be conneccted? Oh yeah, that was not a random photo. Speaking of cookie dough, it is quite endearing, but everytime I think of cookie dough I think of my sweet, awesome, talented little sister Leslie. She's the best. She is such a good sport when I con her into doing a baking marathon with 5 or 6 different cakes, cookies, brownies etc. WE have a lot of fun together and I wish she would just move into my cul de sac. I guess we can't or don't all want to be Knot's Landing..........what? Where did that come from? Hello, racy show from the 80's. Did you like that one Chad? Anywho, I guess that I am rambling and who is really reading this stuff anyways. Can I print this all out for posterity sake? Although not quite sure what they will gain from it ( mom is a raving lunatic) I think its the late night talking. 4:30 was pretty early this morning and 10:30 is pretty late. Once again, I watched Chad climb up my pool fence tonite. I will snap a picture next time. By the way, his life saving swim floating class is kicking into high gear. Bon soir mes amies.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Flying High

We had a chance to fly up to Showlow with Dale as the pilot. We checked on the progress of our cabin being built. We can't seem to get it done fast enough with this heat coming on.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Fun Continues

Here are my two little partners in crime. Tate was the first one to venture up and over the pool fence. Next came Chad. That is all fine and good, since Tate is a little fish in the water, but Chad sinks like a rock. Needless to say, I wish that I had spikes on my pool fence like my last house to keep the monkeys on the right side of the fence. Such is life. Two days late, Chad proceeded to climb out of his carseat as well. Oh, I know what you are saying. Why doesn't she properly secure the car seat buckles? Good question . After 11 years , are we done with car seats yet? The fun just seems to go on and on over here and new phases every week. But with faces like those, who can stay mad for long. I did threaten them with a beating if they ever climbed the fence again. Oops, I hope no one reports me to CPS for that one.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Macy's Birthday and Baptism Day!

Well, what a few weeks it has been. Macy and Savanna celebrated independent birthday parties for the first time in their lives. March 22 and 24 were always shared in the past. It was a lot of fun for them both. Macy was baptized by her dad. She looked beautiful in her pretty white dress. What a great day for her . Things have been busy around here. Such is life with five children. Life goes on.