Tuesday, December 22, 2009

South Dakota Comes to Visit Us!!

The kids having fun jumping on the bed.

At the Zoo for free admission & free tickets for the summer.
It was super rainy, but it was fun.
Charlotte bundled up with the umbrella keeping her dry.

Charly learning how to walk.
Making some crafts.
Doesn't she look like Lisa & Kirsti? Or is it the other way around.

I'm not sure if Henry had undies on here.
Us girls also went to the ballet "The Nutcracker" with the free tickets I got.
So much fun. I miss dancing :(
For some reason the only picture I took of Kirsti was her rear end. I'll not post that.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

4 Generations

We're lucky to have a couple Grandparents left. It's always great to see them!!

Been Busy

Needed some good homemade Christmas & housewarming gifts.
Bought some terry clothe,
surged the edges (you can tell I haven't trimmed the edges yet),
and learned how to applique'. It was tons of fun & looks good.
I made some others that look better.
Can't post them cause it will spoil the surprise.
A birthday present for one of Grant's classmates.
She got a dollhouse from her mom,
made her some blankets & pillows for the beds.
And these have been a great hit.
Kirsti came into town with these super cute necklaces.
They are super easy & fun to make.
Here is the site I liked the best for instructions.
Some advice, if you're making these for gifts, make some duplicates.
The hardest part is deciding which ones to give away.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hasleton Quotes

Conversation between Grant & I:

Grant: Mom, when do we get to go to the Zoo again?
Mom: Love, we don't have money for that right now.
Grant: But I have lots of money in my piggy bank. (maybe $2 in change)
Mom: You know that your money goes into the bank to save up for college, a mission & a nice engagement ring.
Grant: What's an engagement ring?
Mom: After your mission, you will meet a nice girl who has also served a mission, that wants to have at least 5 kids, & that mommy & daddy really like. You'll ask her to marry you, & give her a pretty ring. See, this is the one Daddy gave me.

Grant runs away real quick, when he comes back.....

Grant: But I already have one of those. See look, mine is bigger!

I hope you meet a girl that will accept that sweetie.

During Prayer:

Grant: Mom, will you tell me what to say?
Mom: Just tell Heavenly Father what you're thankful for.
Grant: I'm thankful for my friends, my blanket, my pillow, my books, the stars & boats but I don't think they're stickers, they won't come off, I tried & tried, I think they might be paint, but I'm not sure......

This was his view. Please don't judge the dirty wall.

While in the car.

Mom: Come on guys. I know you can buckle up faster than this
Grant: Why do we have to always buckle up?
Mom: To keep you safe just in case there is an accident. And it is the law. We try to always follow the law.
Grant: If we don't, will the police come get us?
Mom: No, they will get Mommy for not keeping you safe.
Grant: Will they take you to jail?
Mom: If I'm not a good girl, yes.

Nathan: If the police take you to jail, I will kill all the bad guys so they'll let you out.

You have to imagine Nate with his aggressiveness & shooting at the same time. Such a sweetie to kill all the bad guys to break me free.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thankful Tree 2009

We started the "Thankful Tree" last year for Thanksgiving. Starting in November every night (that we remembered) we would say what we were thankful for, write it on a leaf, & tape it to the tree. If you remember last years tree, yes, this is the exact same one. I never took it down. When June rolled around, I figured it would stay on our door for this year also, instead of having to make a new one. Charly kept tearing off the grass on the bottom. Oh well.

This year we were thankful for:

Charly: Raisins, Boop juice. We didn't guess too many for her.

Nate: Ninja Guys, Jesus, Blue Blankie, Daddy, Hot Wheels, Chicken Nuggets, Snake Eyes, Mr. Incredible, Vinnie & Allie, Juice, Mommy, My Family, Legos, Chairs, Charlotte-Me-Grant-Mommy-Daddy. Every night we asked him, 12 times the first thing he said was, "Jesus & Ninja Guys." Love this kid.

Grant: Cereal, Doors, Thankful Tree, Shoes, Charlotte in her bini "she is so A-DOR-ABLE", Pizza (Mark the Pizza guy, does the Payne family read blogs?), Yougert (yogret), Books & CD's, Tang, School Pictures, Candy-suckers-Kit Kat, Apples, My New Book, Fruit Snacks, Bubbles.

Jenn: White Noise, Working Dryer, Yummy Cheese, My Sewing Machine, Child Bearing Hips, Weight Loss, Soap & Dish Washers, Blankets & Heaters, A Backyard to Garden, Healthy Bodies, Working Cars, Refrigerator, New Countertop & Sink (someday), Our Home.

Jared: Church Callings, Actin & Myosin, Combustion Engine, Savings Accounts, Snot Rags, Everlasting Covenant, My Kids, Ice Modalities, A Safe Ride Home, A Good Wife.

It was fun to think about what you're thankful for. I think this will be a family tradition for next year also. Thanks to Jared for cutting out many perfect leaves!!

Last year we were thankful for: Clothes, Me, (a scribble), Chicken Nuggets, My Boys, Something "Healthy Eyes", Books, TV, March Madness, PIE, Toys, Basketball, Bikes, Cheap Gas, Motherhood, Food, Good Deals, Mac n Cheese & Sleep, The Holiday Season, Internet, Scriptures, Oranges, (another scribble), Playing Outside. We didn't write names so we'll all have to guess who wrote what.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

End of 2009 Update

Charles is just too much for me to describe. She eats more than I do, smiles constantly, growls at you when she wants something, is gorgeous, starting to stand on her own, took her first step yesterday, likes to sing, & so many other things but I'm in a hurry.

We love her so much & can't go anywhere w/o someone mentioning her large blue eyes or how cute she is. She is so well behaved I have no problem taking her anywhere. Her favorite toys are the silliest thing or a ball that fits in her hand.

The Great Nate has been growing the most. He loves to cross his eyes, play G.I. Joe, or some super hero, eats 4 meals in the morning, is never quiet or still (even in his sleep). He can't decide whether or not he wants to potty train. One week he's all about the toilet, the next- nothing.

We change his clothes at least twice a day. He likes to spill, pee, wipe his snot, & hide food in or on his clothes. Too bad my washer just broke.

Grant has started pre-school this year. I am so proud of him, he does what's right & has made several friend's. He learns so much & if you ask him where he learned it, he would say, " my brain just knew it all by itself." He has learned about humor (not very good humor), loves to make up jokes & riddles until Jared & I are asking him to please stop. Our faces hurt from fake laughing.

Grant has just finished his first season of soccer on the Cannonballs team. Poor guy was the youngest, but did alright. We spent most of the game yelling at him to run, or I started telling him there was candy inside the ball. Still didn't work. But he had fun! Learned a lot about sportsmanship, making friends, & kicking & running at the same time.

I know. This picture is super cheesy. Jared was trying to take a flattering picture of me, 20 or so tries, this is what I got. I look like I'm doing a weight loss commercial. My weight is down lower than I can remember, probably my freshman year in HS. It creates a problem, none of my clothes fit unless I safety pin them shut. I know, SHUT UP JENNIFER. It is a happy time for me physically. Currently. Everything else seems to be going wrong. Car issues, no income, things I try don't work out. Oh well. I have the energy I need to keep up with my kids. (Just remember I blow up when preggers.)

I am now serving in Primary to thee buh-est 5 year olds out there. They are super cute, smart & hil-ar-ious. One seriously had me cracking up last week. He even turned to the other kids & said, "look, I'm making her laugh!"
My own kids are the cutest (along with everyone else's) & I love my hubby for working hard. Life is purty good when I remind myself that we will be taken care of.

The hunky Jared has been going back to school. Major: Kinesiology (study of physical therapy/training). This is great since he has always loved learning about muscles, how to work & heal them, etc. He loves to train people, especially on weights. He's enjoying his classes so much that he's getting some pur-tee good grades.

We're hoping for an internship soon, & he'll be taking a top of the line personal trainer certification test this December. His ultimate dream you ask?? A Cross Fit Gym or training in his garage.
Any takers?
He also stepped up as Coach for Grant's soccer team when one was needed. Parents of the kids said he did great. I think he was wonderful & learned a lot about coaching 4 & 5 yr olds.
Jared is currently serving in the YM presidency. Recent quote: "Whoever created Mounds & Almond Joy must have had an unhappy marriage. It had to be a guy. He was the light, fun, nutty person. The wife was dark, bitter & empty." Love how men's minds work.

That's what we've been up to. Hope you've enjoyed.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Halloween 2009

We had lots of fun this Halloween. This is us "normal" Trick or Treating.
Jared's famous mullet, a fairy, Darth Vador, Mr. Incredible, & an angel.
Yes, I think I can pull off an angel.
Daneece, do you look at my blog?
Does this dress look familiar.

A bit of a change for Trunk or Treating.
(stupid underline)

We still haven't carved our pumpkins.
My Mom bought us some good ones because
the ones I grew, grew too early so they looked like this....

This girl loves to smile

Isn't she a cutie?