Thursday, January 28, 2016

Random PIcs

Taylor came home from church and was so exhausted he crashed on the couch.  Lacking a pair of earplugs, he dove under the cushion.  He is legitimately asleep here:)

I would love to know what dastardly plan Graci is concocting at this moment!

Xander seems to be her evil henchman...

My three bedraggled helpers as we shopped in the rain from some flowers to plant in our yard for Mother's Day 2015:

 Inseparable sisters!

Snug as a bug in a rug!

Cutie Cali:

 Basement flooding is a real bummer!

 Sophi selfie:

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fun conversations...

I drove Conner, Lexi and Sophi home from the basketball game last night.  In those 6-7 minutes Conner's cuteness made me smile over and over.

Sophi:  Mom, why can Conner have another piece of pizza when we get home and I have to go to bed?

Me:  Because Conner is older and doesn't need as much sleep as you do.

Conner:  Sophi!  You don't want to eat right before bed because you are a girl and you will get fat!  Me, I want to get fat.  It is my wish.

Me:  Your wish is to get fat?

Conner:  (very sincerely) Yes!  To get fat and get a girlfriend!


Conner:  I very like Skylee.  She is so cute.  I very want to have a daughter like her.  I want lots of daughters because girls are very good.

Sophi:  I want sons and daughters.

Lexi:  Me too.

Sophi:  I want 18 kids.

Conner:  18!!!!!  That is too many!!   That is too hard to take care of.  You should have maybe 10 or less.  I want to have maybe four.

Lexi:  I want 8 kids!

Me:  I want 10 kids!  Wait, I have 10 kids!!  I got my wish!!!  (lots of giggles) But did you know that when Dad and I were dating, I didn't want 10 kids?  He wanted 8 and I said maybe that was too many.  
So we kind of fought about it.  (Backpedaling...) Well, not really fought about it.  Just argued about it.  (Backpedaling again) I mean talked about it.  It wasn't a fight.

Conner:  Yes, Sophi, like when someone thinks one thing is right and another person thinks they are right and you just talk about it.

Me:  Yes, Dad and I don't fight.  We disagree sometimes.  But we don't yell at each other.

Conner:  (in earnest admiration) Yes!  You are right.  I never hear you fight.  Dad is a very good man.  Crazy, but very good.

Ha!  I love those cute kids of mine....

Sunday, January 17, 2016

So Cute!

We are so grateful for the many fantastic programs available to visually impaired kids (and adults)!  These programs involve overnight programs, opportunities to meet well-known people who are blind, athletic activities, exposure to the arts, outdoor experiences and other activities which help our kids become more well rounded.  A big thanks to the many people who put these programs together and make them such wonderful experiences.  Earlier this month, Lexi and Conner attended a Project Strive activity.  They started out at Cracker Barrel for a great breakfast.  (If you've never been to Cracker Barrel, you're missing out.  Any of our friends from Tennessee can't understand that concept. Cracker Barrel is more ubiquitous than McDonalds in the south.  But if you live out west, find one and give it a try:)  After the meal, they went to the Hale Center Theater and saw the play "Beau Jest." They had a really fun day.  Every Cracker Barrel restaurant has rocking chairs on a covered porch.  Here are Lex and Conner resting up:

Christi and I came home from a date the other night and found several of the kids watching a movie.  It warmed our hearts to see Sophi cuddled up to her big brother.  They are both so lucky to have each other!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Christmas in Argentina!

Sophi had to do a school report on Christmas in Argentina.  Here it is:  (guess which parent helped her.  Hint: she's really cute!)


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy Birthday Lexi!

Our sweet Lexi Li turned 11 on December 28.  With it being so close to Christmas, we are sometimes at Grandma's house for her big day.  Such was the case this year.  I was in Ferron with all of the kids except Elli.  Christi and Elli were sick and stayed in Herriman.  Lexi's day started out with breakfast in bed made by Grandma Nelson.  As per Lexi's request there were sausages and a smoothie (among other things!)  Most of the family then traveled down to Cedar City to watch her brothers play in a basketball tournament.  She got to stay in a hotel for one night, visit her aunt Leslie in St. George a second night, and enjoy a birthday dinner at Chili's.  She loved it when the servers came out to give her a birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday.  Can't believe how fast our sweet girl is growing!  Love you, Lex:)


PS.  If you look closely at the first picture above you can see some rather talented toes resting on the side of Lexi's bed.  Pretty cute!!!

Honest Evaluation

Tonight I was putting some medicine on Sophi's toe before she went to bed.  She asked me, "How old are you?"  I replied that I was 43.  She started counting up from there.  "44, 45, 46, 47" and on and on.  She made a few mistakes along the way and I corrected her.  By the time she got into the 80's, I had completely forgotten what had started her counting.

She continued, "96, 97, 98, 99, 100, and then you will die?"

It took me a minute to grasp what she was saying.  Then I had to laugh and say, "Probably!"

Love that girl!!!