Moclips-Day 2

I’m a day behind blogging, but really, were you surprised? Yeah, me neither. I have a ton of pictures to post. We were busy bodies. Our theme is Super Hero’s! We made our CTR capes, CTR shields and had shades… cause you know, we have to “hide” our identity! But first, the mothers’ had to help the Super Hero’s make their costumes! IMG_6873IMG_6865IMG_6872

In the midst of all the super hero shield/cape making, we got a new fridge. This is all of our perishables on the counter…


The Old Fridge… and the New one!


Ok, back to making capes and shield making….


IMG_6885Very serious here. Dontcha know, it’s hard work being a CTR Super Hero!!

While things were drying, we went and played at the beach!



Lily wasn’t afraid of the water! She loved playing in the water and when Kathryn wanted to go back, she would look at her and tell her that we’d just gotten out there! No!!! She didn’t want to leave. Kathryn’s feet were bright pink from the cold. *insert snickering here*

There were a ton of seagulls and pelicans on the beach. For the life of me, and every time I’ve been out to the ocean, I’ve never seen a pelican. All I could think of was this:

As I saw this:


So of course, when we got out there, I egged Lily and Kathryn to charge them. So they did. At first Lily was afraid but then Kathryn went yelling and that’s all it took.




It was great. So great that later on, Lily and Kjelly charged the birds themselves. Without Kathryn, which is saying something.


We then sat down to play in the sand. Lily had a great time. However, Grandmama Babushka was a bit cold. (May I just interject here that I kept calling her Grandmama Babushka and when I looked up the spelling, I realized that it was Grandmother in Russian. Slow I may be, but dang, I impress myself!)



I love this picture of Kjelly playing in the sand. Lily wanted to help Erik bring water back so they could make some awesome sandcastles. Dontcha know, water makes everything better!


Shhhh, don’t disturb the wabbit. We have some serious castle/tunnel making going on here.


Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Kathryn dug a huge hole and was able to fit in it herself.

IMG_6953Erik is by his sandcastle. Very proud of himself.

After that, we went back in, had some lunch and of course, a nap. (Like you really had to ask) After the nap, the children turned into Super Hero’s!





They were quite the hams. Lily had her shield, but Kjelly couldn’t find his.


Super Hero Lily took off her cape and we went back to the beach. She didn’t want to get her cape dirty. (can we say girl??) However, Kjelly loved his and he was running around. Every time I’d call him by Kjelly, he’d yell at me and exclaim that he was SUPERMAN! So, Mom, Jeri and I, Lauren, Kathryn, Erik, Lily and Kjelly ahhh, Superman, went down to the beach to fly kites.



Yes, even Superman flings sand everywhere. You better close your eyes when they walk by or you’re going to get a ton of sand in your eyes!

Lily begged me to go down to the water and walk in the ocean with her. So off the two of us went.


We splashed through the water, (did I mention how cold it is?) and we gathered sand dollars (every. little. piece.) and I told her that there were thousands and thousands of pieces of sand dollars and that she didn’t need to pick up every piece she saw. There would be plenty more tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. She looked up at me and said that she had to pick them all up, because then she’ll be RICH! Oh, I wish I could have taped her voice, she was so excited to have a lot of money. LoL

Then at the very end, she went and sat in the dry sand to count her loot and this is what happened:


We went back and I attempted to make these:

Which didn’t work out so well… but non the less, the children were impressed. (I also rhyme after 10pm when I blog)

We made s’mores in the oven and then we went to bed!


Moclips- Day 1

Well, once again, we’re on our annual vacation with my mother, Jeri, Erik, Kjelly, Lauren, Kathryn, Lily and I. We packed up the suburban thinking that we only have 8 people, surely we can fit us all in with our crap stuff. I didn’t think we were going to be able to fit us all in, but Jeri and my mother kept telling me that there was plenty of room and that we’d all fit in just fine. We get to my mother’s house and she takes one look and yes, we need to take two cars. So off we go.

Once we finally get here, the children are dying to go out and play, but we need to unpack and get our groceries out. Only to discover that the fridge is broken. While we wait for the repairman to come out, we go down to the beach. Lily and Kjelly love each other so much. IMG_6799IMG_6803

The little ones lead the way. Lily was so sure that she was going swimming that she insisted that we put on her life jacket.


Kjelly is wanting to play pirates so off they go. He starts digging and Lily ditches him to go to the ocean.  He thinks that’s a great idea and soon they’re all walking towards the ocean.


While the mothers stayed behind watching them.


Of course, Jeri is the only good sport who will allow herself to be photographed. I’m taking the pictures and my mother threatened me with my life. There is a reason why I’ve lived so long. I know when she’s serious.


All of the kiddos (minus Karl,  the turkey, he didn’t come on vacation. Something about being too old and taking drivers ed)


Kathryn is pleased with herself, she’s found a live sand dollar and plans to dry it out and take it home. Erik is whistling some tune. That boy loves to whistle. Lily has loot (shells) that she’s found on the beach and is so proud of herself.


We don’t dig to China in our family… when asked where he was digging… Kjelly declared that he’s digging to… Lego Land! To which he then promptly goes on his back and wants to make sand “angels”


Finally, I asked the girls to yell “beach bums!” Yeah, Jeri was the only one to say it. Somehow the girls didn’t think it was that funny.

We came in after that, had dinner, family home evening, and game/blog playing. Our theme for the week is super hero’s. Who are the super hero’s in our life? We decide that we’re going to be CTR super hero’s! Oh yeah, what a great week it’s going to be.

Adventures of Squirrelly

So, we’ve taken a ton of videos over the past 6 years or so. I’ve just found them again.

You see, we want to do something like this, on our wall as you come in. In fact, it’s the wall below on the left.


So I’ve been going through pictures like crazy and I’m not sure if it’s easier to find things on my new computer or what, but we found the videos! Some of them were really sad, like the last day of Amy Lynne’s life, but others were so funny, I thought I was going to pee my pants.

Below is one that was so funny, I had Benjamin edit it and post it on YouTube. It has Lauren, Alexis, and Benjamin. Alexis is the daughter of my good friend, Michelle. Alexis is a junior this year and Lauren will be a sophomore. This was video was taken in 2007.

(Yes, mother, I did this on my break. Winking smile)

what? What? WHAT?

So, Lily had her 4 year well child checkup on Wednesday. She did good. Her eyes are good, her tummy feels good. She’s a bit on the short side, only 44th percentile. A little on the chubby muscly end at 66th percentile. No really, she doesn’t have an ounce of fat on her little body. She got two immunizations, DTaP and Polio. Which let me tell you, she was not happy about.

She also failed her hearing test. What? Um, I couldn’t hear you, let me clean my ear out. WHAT?

So, I didn’t think too much about it. I mean after all, Lily talks just fine. I’ve never noticed that she couldn’t hear out of one ear. Her hearing test showed that she can hear in her right ear just fine, but her left ear she bombed the test. So, we went to an audiologist this morning. You know, so I could be “In your face! My little girl doesn’t have hearing loss!”

For them to confirm that yes, in fact, she does have some hearing loss in her left ear.

*cue the record scratch*

Um, excuse me? What did you just say? Not enough to need hearing aids. But enough that we will always need to take her in for regular hearing tests to make sure that it doesn’t get worse.