Thursday, July 31, 2008
The house on the right is Natalie's house, the house on the left is Ewan's house. This is a picture of the apartments, with the neighbors downstairs. "Natalie went over to Ewan's house and said that, "I want to go somewhere with my friend, Ewan." "
"Me and Ewan were playing dress up and I was playing my Mom's dress up and Ewan was playing his Dad's dress up. I love Ewan"
"My Mom taked me to the park, and we had a lot of fun, and I climbed on the slide, and then I went on the swings [on the upper left] and had a lot of fun. I love Mom"
"And then there was flowers, that are really pretty, and I made a rose for Mom, because it looks so pretty, and I made a sunflower and a daisy. I love Brady."
A week or so ago Natalie drew me this cute book, and the elaborate story she told was so cute! Of course the story has changed a bit (not as looong), but the same principle and main characters are there. I love scanners!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So today was $1.50 cheesecake day at the Cheesecake Factory (anyone else go??), and the kids and I met up with Sarah, Bella, and Ki (a lady from work) after lunch to partake in the cheap goodness. We were meeting up after lunch which is exactly when my kids go down for a nap, so I knew when setting up this activity that my children might be tired during the process (and when I say might I mean would be tired/cranky/whiny/restless for sure). Now if you have been around me and my children in any sort of social setting you may have noticed that I don't handle stress very well (don't know where I got that trait...) and normally kind of start to freak out when the kids start to exhibit any of the aforementioned behaviors. I also think I just want my kids to be extra good around others for some reason, mostly because I am worried about the others getting annoyed with things I am getting pretty good at ignoring. Well, of course both kids were super tired, but I think any major meltdowns were pretty much avoided. Natalie has been working on not breaking down into fits of tears over everything and I was able to keep that mostly in check with a few ear whispered reminders (yay! not screaming or even raising my voice!). Brady on the other hand turns into a completely different, annoying child when we go to a restaurant, Keith and I are completely clueless as to why this is but it drives BOTH of us nuts and mostly makes me want to tear my hair out and stomp my feet! So other than the HUGE cup of ice water he spilled under the table, the fits he threw over not getting to have ALL the silverware, the whining because I wouldn't let him have the cup of ice to play with, the crying because he didn't want his cheesecake, the crying because he DID want his cheesecake, and the crazy, loud obnoxious behavior he was pretty good! (catch my sarcasm there? just checkin.) But, the reason I even wanted to post about this, is because literally as soon as we started walking to the car he turned back into Brady. He wanted me to carry him, he was patting my back and giving me kisses, and once we were in the car he held on tight to his Cowboy's truck and played along with Natalie and I as we hunted for the letters of the alphabet (a sweet game that keeps them AWAKE until we get home, we don't want any cat naps in the car to ruin nap time). It is the strangest thing. So all my friends, and family for that matter, get to see me in all my best when my kids act like total strangers around other people. I just don't get it. And I am hoping it is phase and that is why I wanted to write it down.
Do anyone elses kids do this? Act completely different around others, thereby making YOU look like a totally different Mommy than you are normally? I am thinking it is just me and stress management, but I also suppose that we all have our "things" that we have to constantly work on, and for me this is mine. If only it was as easy as recognizing the problem, and it would never be an issue again, but if it were that easy we would all be perfect!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This one got me hooked on the show, and Chelsea and Mark!
and this one! I LOVED these two together!
and this one was CRAZY GOOD! Smokin'!
Jessica and Will had some REALLY good ones too!
I love Tyce's work, all of his are fun, even the Broadway ones!
and of course there are lots more! What do ya'll think of this season? I think it ROCKS!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
1. Sunset Over Peninsula Malaysia, 2. Hot Potato II, 3. US Navy F-14D Tomcat, 4. light aqua, 5. milo ventimiglia, 6. wham:a different corner, 7. Capri, 8. Double Chocolate Cheesecake, 9. "Are we not like two volumes of one book?", 10. Raccoon Family, 11. be SENSITIVE, 12. Manly's Fairy Bower Pool
1. What is your first name? Shannon
2. What is your favorite food? Potatoes
3. What high school did you go to? Cheney High School
4. What is your favorite color? Aqua (really it's blue AND green, so I mixed the two!)
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Milo Ventimiglia
6. Favorite drink? Water
7. Dream vacation? Capri, Italy
8. Favorite dessert? Cheesecake
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Mommy
10. What do you love most in life? Family
11. One Word to describe you. Sensitive
12. Your flickr name (or your blog name or handle or whatever). ksnbowers, but that didn't work so I did Bowers
To make your own:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.
d. When finished, save to your computer to upload to your post.
Since there was no way I was taking my good camera, I only snapped a few pictures during lunch time. The LOVED the Doritos...I mean chips!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Oh, dear! So, today is the second day of our "fake-ation" and we decided to get a bunch of the chores that we have been putting off, and off, and off done today. First things first Keith took my car to get the oil changed. As a little back story awhile back we took the car in because the "check engine" light kept coming in. They didn't find anything wrong and sent us on our way saying all was OK. Well, Keith calls me from the shop this morning and says "well, there's a hole in the exhaust manifold and it causes the pistons to misfire when we are idling (which was making the check engine light come on and the car chug at red lights), soooo...it's gonna cost $610 to fix it." Wha? Whu whu wha?? Are you stinking kidding me? I don't even have ANY idea what he is talking about, all I heard was $610! Apparently this problem isn't super dangerous, until it becomes dangerous...nice, huh? So we don't NEED to fix it, but why take the chance? Luckily we have been customers at this place since we moved here so they took it down to $525, but STILL? We are so not in the place where we can just toss 500 bucks into my car! Oh, well...at least my car is getting vacuumed out, right? Right.
I am thinking I need to start listening to the radio more so I can win one of those $1000 giveaway thingys that they do in the summer time.
And this is just because I can't WAIT to see this movie, plus I have been singing this song ALL. DAY. LONG. and I want you guys to have it in your heads too! Muahahaha!!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
*Update* Well, this is it, for now...what do ya'll think?
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
You were a good highchair, a steal in the clearance section of Fred Meyer, a fixture in our dining room for the last 4 years. We got you messy and cleaned you up, you provided hours of entertainment, you were always there when a baby needed to be contained or distracted. Thanks for the memories!
We normally try to have Family Home Evenings on the Mondays that I don't work and this week was no exception. We gave the kids a choice between finger paints and ice cream, and to our surprise they chose finger paints. It was messy, but it was worth it. It seems like when I work we just don't spend ANY time together as a family, and even when I DON'T work we rarely do either because I am always running around doing things at night that I don't like to do with the kids, from grocery shopping to craft nights to church stuff to just plain Mommy time!
I had bought these paints ages ago because I loved the colors of them! Teal, purple, green and burnt orange from Crayola! I couldn't pass them up!
"Um, now what?"
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Um, can I pick option number two?
P.S. Taking her clothes off means getting to run around in her undies to be like Brady who prefers to be in just a diaper when it is hot.
Friday, July 11, 2008
And I will post pictures of the final book when it is done, my goal is next Sunday to have it laminated and bound. We shall see about that!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
...I am anticipating getting off in 40 mins. due to being sick and tired, literally and figuratively.
...I am looking forward to a restful night that might possibly include a chocolate milkshake and some seriously old "new" episodes of LOST that we STILL haven't seen!
...I am looking forward to tomorrow. A day filled with brand newly restocked Tuesday Mornings, a potluck lunch at Betsy's, a restful afternoon, and then dinner and crafting with girl friends! A jam packed day, but packed with all my favorite things! Talking, shopping, eating out, and crafting!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
...till we have our very own yard to play in.
...till I don't have to be working anymore (who knows when that will be!).
Other than that life is good. I haven't had any sad days in a long time. I have been overly emotional for the last week, but that is probably hormones! LOL. The summer is whizzing by, and I get so afraid that I am wasting it, but then I think I am doing all I can! I play when I can, relax when I can, work when I have too, and squeeze in tender moments as often as possible. There is just not enough time in the day to do all I want, but I am learning that laundry will wait, naps will wait, vacuuming and dusting will wait, email will wait. It will all wait, but my kids get older every second, and they change and grow faster than the eye can blink so I need to appreciate it NOW. And I think I am doing that, at least better than before. Hasn't been any screaming from this Mama in a long time. I love that!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Starting with these shoes and tights. The outfit is pretty cute too, just not me-ish. She looks fab though.
This shirt, and this one, and I found this one while perusing the site for linkys. All the clothes are so pretty and girly, I can't tell if they would only look fabulous on those pretty and girly models, but dang!
And this is the BEST part (other than those red shoes! I LOVE those shoes!) I want this bed and bedding and even that toile chair!
Seriously peruse that catalogue yourself here, and see if you don't fall in love! And the shoes! All those pretty, pretty shoes!
Friday, July 4, 2008
...and waving... ...and waving! (and I have a MILLION more pictures of the waving!) Oh yeah, and Brady was being SO sweet! He just kept raising his flag in the air. I don't think he knew what it meant, but it was so touching. Kids just know to love the flag! I love the flag too! It is so beautiful! And this one too. It pulls at my heartstrings, and of course I cry. (I love you Grandpa!)There were not enough horses in my opinion! But the ones they had were gorgeous! My favorite part! Keith liked the Elvis's on the mini bikes. They were kinda crackin' me up. Brady and Natalie were waving at everyone. After a while he started getting tired, so he rested his elbow on his knee and waved like that. Oh my goodness, it was hard to capture, but it was SO funny. Just this lazy wave...So the kids were just thrilled with the whole thing. The only complaint I had was NO CANDY! What is up with that??? Anyone from town want to tell me why the floats weren't tossing candy? This was the first parade EVER I have been too where there wasn't candy and coupons and pencils and all other sorts of goodies. Yeah, you can tell I was a bit miffed! But, I am SO glad the kids had fun. I mean, they absolutely LOVED it! More than I was hoping for, and they were SO good, just sat and stared the WHOLE time! I love when they do that, just up and surprise you with being FABULOUS!
I LOVE this song! I really do. I learned it in 5th grade for a little choir thing we did, and I felt the strong spirit of this song even then. I remember feeling SO PROUD to be singing it. It brings me to tears and gives me shivers every time I hear it. And you can bet I belt it when I hear it on the radio!
And I love me some Celine Dion, I know she is Canadian, but MAN can she sing! This is one of my favorites!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Brady's new favorite hobby. Enjoy it while you can bud, because we WILL break you of this one! LOL
Keith hitting his home run.
Cuteness all around.
The party planner himself.
There was a plane with a Geico add trailing behind it and the kids would freak out every time it came into view. "The Flag!!!! The Flag!!!" Brady especially had fun looking for it...when he wasn't picking his nose!
Good times were had all around. The burgers were out of this world, and the baseball was great! I love when church activities have a good turnout, and this one did!