Monday, August 29, 2011

Our New Pet

Before Aunt Meggie left Disneyworld, she sent the family a new pet.

Our own Perry the Platypus from Phineas & Ferb.

He's a platypus. He doesn't do much. However, the kids LOVE him.

They love him so much, in fact, they fought over him at first. Annabelle would even call him "Annabelle's Perry." We taught her that Perry was the whole family's platypus and how we all need to share and love him.

He even makes noise.


The kids do it back.


Every night, he keeps the living room safe from any non-welcomed guests. I've actually found myself cuddling with him after the kids go to bed. Personally, I think he's the perfect pet. No clean up. That would make any Mom happy.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Video: Nightly Freak-Out

This is what we call "Nightly Freak-Out." Basically the kids go a little crazy and start running around the house. Most of the time it's accompanied with singing, chasing and giggles, as seen in the video.

Usually it's right before bedtime, hence the title. However, the day I captured it, it was actually right before nap time. Maybe they know to use ALL of their energy right before they go to sleep.

Whatever the reason for the phenomenon, it's still funny.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Seven Year Itch?

Seven years ago today, we started our eternity together... wait, has it really been THAT long?!?

Yes, yes it has. This was the first anniversary that people went, 'oh, wow that long' not 'oh, you're still newlyweds.' The world thinks that we should be getting sick of each other; wanting to explore and make martial mistakes, especially since we got married 'so young.' I guess it is only three years from the big 1-0; but the thing is... we're only starting eternity. Every anniversary on this earth means we're still 'newlyweds.'

The last seven years have been fun, hard, spiritual, frustrating, difficult, crazy, ridiculous, exhausting, and pretty much any other adjective I can think of. I know it's so clique, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Every 'bad' thing helped us grow individually, as a couple and as a family. I'm even more in love with my sweetheart than our wedding day, something I would not have believed as a 'blushing bride.' He makes me stronger in every way, yet still can push on every. single. button. He is the ying to my yang, the flip to my flop. We complement each other in our individuality, yet are so in sync. Can you tell I'm seriously in love with this guy? I love him. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Enough of the sappy stuff--- to celebrate SEVEN years (still have a hard time with that), we surprised each other with some small gifts and went on a simple date. I know, real exciting, but we LOVED it. The date was dinner and a movie, Olive Garden & Captain America, to be specific.

Since our actual anniversary was today, a Sunday, I told Greg I wanted to make something simple, but flirtatious for us to wear; just to make the day a little different. So, I emailed him a picture of what I wanted to do and he replied back with "I dare you." Well... that was it... so I made these:

I totally forgot to get a picture of us wearing them... must recreate. :) Greg got lots of comments in ward meetings this morning. After sacrament, a primary girl walked past us, read Greg's pin, and made a 'grossed out' face. I guess she's just doing what Jared or Annabelle would do, if they were old enough. It was hilarious. We continued to get comments through the rest of the meetings; just a funny little way to remember the day.

We'll finish off our celebrations by going to the temple this weekend to do some sealings.

Seriously, where did the time go? It feels like yesterday... so much for the infamous itch... I guess we have the right kind of anti-itch creme.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Video: Cookie Crooners

The kids are fans of cookies, who isn't? A while ago, I caught them singing their favorite cookie song WHILE eating their cookie treat. Very video worthy.


Monday, August 15, 2011

A Summer Stroll

A couple weeks ago, we decided to break the pool monotony and take a stroll around the construction area in our neighborhood.

They are doing all the prep work to create two more streets up the hill. This is always a fun time because we constantly see construction machines; and, as an added bonus, they park overnight on the hill. Jared asked us numerous times before to walk up there, and since it's been so HOT (or during the day when they are working), we weren't able to go. Until that night.

We had lots of fun. Bellie & I (okay, mostly me because she usually likes to follow my lead) made the mistake of wearing sandals. My feet were covered in the sandiest dirt (they're grinding the rocks to get deep enough to have solid foundations); Bellie was able to avert disaster by hitching a ride on Greg's shoulders.
Jared LOVED the machines and wanted to 'turn them on and ride.'

The machines need somewhere to put the rocks they create by digging, so there's a HUGE rock pile up in their parking area. Jared discovered what it would be like to walk on unstable ground, "Mommy, I can't walk." Daddy and Annabelle on the rock pile.
And enjoyed the gorgeous sunset. Even though it's hot, we sure love living here.

Near the end of our walk, we approached a Backhoe Loader right next to an uncovered sewer drain; it had just barely been placed there because it hadn't been covered or connected to the rest of the neighborhood. We were a few feet above the loader, which was a few feet above the drain. As we got closer, we heard a rattling noise. It took me a few seconds to realize that we were about to approach our first wild rattlesnake (I'm getting goosebumps just typing this).

When I realized what we heard, I made EVERYONE turn around and go the other way. A way we knew wasn't blocked by poisonous creatures. Greg, being the Young Men's leader that he is, wanted to go just above the drain and see it. Wasn't going to happen; I like having a husband.

As we headed home, we laughed about how we're true Texans now because we've heard snakes in the wild. I really hope it's the last time.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Picture 'Perfect'?

Scroll down to see some back-blogging.

In the last couple of weeks, Jared and Annabelle have really taken to the camera. When I get the camera out, they get a serious case of the GOOFBALLS and silly photo-taking commences.

Wrestling... they do that a lot lately... I feel like I'm stuck on perma 'don't hit/kick/tackle your sister/brother' mode.
They wanted a picture of their feet.
Jared making a a silly face. I told him to make a silly face and he started shaking his head back and forth...

Tummy shot. They like to see the pictures we take, but they usually move a smidgen too fast... hence the tummy shot.
Typical Moment in our House: Jared giggling while Annabelle *tries* to boss him around.

Before the silliness gets 'out-of-hand' (although silliness is never really out of a hand for a toddler), I'm usually able to get a few good pictures. Like this one... seriously cute kids.

And this one... a quiet moment (rare in a home with a toddler and soon-to-be preschooler... don't mind the obviously tired-looking Mommy in the middle.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Our Celebrity Deda

So... we know this guy, more commonly know as Deda around our house, and starting tomorrow he's going to be in homes across America. On ABC. The American Broadcasting Company. Paul is one of the two series regulars on the {SHOW}. I'm being slightly paranoid as not to mention the name because I don't want our blog to come up on a google search of the show. Just follow the link; it'll explain how the show works.

Weird? Yes. Cool? Even bigger yes.

We've known about it for a while now, and it's been fun to hear all of the fun things that go on behind-the-scenes (especially since it's the same production team for my favorite--well, old favorite--reality show). What's the funniest thing about it so far is seeing Deda being {publicized}. We already knew he was an incredible Detective, author, man, etc. and now we get to see him publicized that way. ABC is really pushing the show, so we see commercials ALL. THE. TIME. We've even invented a new game called 'spot the Deda.' Both Jared and Belle recognize the commercial for the show and shout "Deda's show!" It's just a little bit on the surreal side. Technically it's Bruckheimer's show, but who am I to corrected a 3 year old and his little sister? Oh, their mother... oh that's my job... anywhoo...

Personally, I'm SUPER excited to see Detective Deda at work. He, and his partner, Mary hold nothing back in the interrogations. I've always know he was good at his job, but now I get to see how and why he's so good. Here's a clip:



Now y'all know what I have to deal with as a Father-in-law. Mental note: never cross my arms in front of Paul again ;)

In the whole time I've known Paul, this side of him has never come out. Which is amazing considering I was the only son's girlfriend before I became the fiancee and wife. The summer before we got married, almost every weekend, Paul would pick me up from my Aunt & Uncle's house to spend the weekend with them.... okay, mostly Greg (because we were in that gooey lovey dovey phase). Paul and I had a good 45 minutes each week to talk, basically getting to know each other.

I don't remember everything we talked about (mostly books and the weekend plans, maybe a silly case story or two), but I do remember feeling comfortable with him. Seven years later, I look back at those rides and cherish them (the best one was the one before the proposal because we ALL knew something was going to happen AND we were late). I realize now he could have used all of his superior interrogator skills to grill his only son's girlfriend into submission, but he didn't. It was a nice foundation to our relationship.

Greg's perspective is even more surreal than mine. Just imagine if you Dad or step-dad was about to be a regular on a reality show. That's only the start of how Greg feels.

We love Deda and we're excited to share him with the world. Watch it, Tuesdays, ABC, 9/8c. He's so celebrity now that he's even tweeting during the premiere. Yep, it's official, he's cooler than us. It's okay though because he'll always be Deda. :)

{Paul's perspective HERE} {blog: Bish's Beat}{amazon page}{twitter page}
Interviews & review links: {BuddyTV}{NY Post}{Variety}{Ventura County Star}{Criminalelement.com: written by the editor of the show}{Italian paper: Google Translate, if you want to read}{The New York Times}

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