Sunday, March 29, 2009

Treasure Hunt

Today a friend invited the boys and me to go to their battalion's scavenger hunt for the kiddos. The boys loved getting to dress and act like pirates, hunt for clues, follow a map, get prizes and eat yummy food.

After that we went to the playground for a few minutes, ran an errand, then came home. By then I was worn out and swollen! Both the boys got to feel the baby jumping around in my belly today. Kyler didn't know what to make of it and ran off. Hunter thought it was great, and wondered why baby would be jumping around in there. We are still working on names... We are counting down the last week of Dean's current training - he should be back by next weekend, for a week anyway!

On Thursday evening I took the boys to a birthday party at ChuckeCheese for a classmate of Hunter's. It's not my favorite place to go, but they, of course, had lots of fun.

Monday, March 23, 2009

More Kylerisms

So Kyler refreshed my memory recently with some of his words and phrases. One word that he has made up is "bumbo". I really have no idea what it means, and it has more than one context. He uses it when referring to eggs, i.e. "are we having egg bumbos?" or "I want to bumbo the eggs". Could it mean scramble/scrambled? But then the other day he was wanting some "bumbo cereal", so I really don't know.

Hunter used the "words", if you will, "sour", "dower" and "tower" constantly when he was about two. They were all-purpose words that worked for any occasion as far as he was concerned.

My favorite Kylerism is his word for fungus, which is "humungus". Dean doesn't like to eat grapes (the man seriously eats 5 or more servings of fruit a day, but doesn't like grapes) because he says they usually taste like they have fungus (he is a super taster). So Kyler picked up on that, and often accuses the grapes of having a "humungus".

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

vote on a baby name

I'm surprised that I am doing this, but maybe it's a good thing... After all, giving someone a name is a big deal, as he will carry it through life, and we wouldn't want to choose anything too weird, but definitely don't want anything too bland, either. So, here are a few names I have selected. Some I absolutely love (Lucius, Maximus, etc.) but they might just be too out of the main stream. The process was easy with Hunter - Dean had said that if it was a boy, he was to be a Hunter. For Kyler, we stressed and looked and looked and had lists... until we finally ran across Kyler. We knew someone who went by that name in college, and I always loved the name, and we both decided it was the one. Now, here we are again... I was just about settled on Deiter until I mentioned it to Dean a month or so ago, and it wasn't the first time I talked about it, but he finally said he hates it, so Deiter is probably out. Anyway, cast your vote!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


So Kyler came running to me very concerned after his bath this morning, because he had discovered "a hole in my bum" (his words). Yep, Boy, indeed there is a hole in your bum. He wanted me to "take it out". Sorry, Kid, it's there to stay, and you need it!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mormon Temples

If you've been wondering what the hubbub is about "Mormon" Temples, here's a clip with more information, that is actually done by The Church (not ex-mo's with agendas).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Since Dean's been gone (over two months now, less than one to go), I occasionally let Kyler sleep with me. Hunter feels left out, and has been begging for the same privilege. So I finally relented and let them both sleep with me recently. I learned that Hunter talks in his sleep. He said (among other things that I don't remember) "I didn't do it". Sure you didn't! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Last night I was actually sleeping alone and heard a thud in the night. Then Hunter appeared and told me that "it feels like someone kicked me in the head". I'm guessing he fell out of bed. I sent him packing. Then he appeared again later insisting that he must sleep with me. I relented and in he climbed. Then a while later Kyler appeared, wondering where Hunter was, as he climbed into bed. I was too tired to fight it... The alarm went off and I stayed in bed for a while, then finally ordered Hunter out of bed, as he's the one who needs to get to the bus, and it takes the boy way too long to do the simplest things (put on shoes - 10 minutes). He tried to continue sleeping, but I pulled him out of bed and marched him off. Funny, though, I didn't hear anything from upstairs (our bedroom is downstairs), so I went up to investigate, and wouldn't you know, he had crawled back into bed and was snoring away. He told me that he had been up most of the night. The daylight savings change is always hard!

Kyler got the hiccups today. He thought he was burping, so I explained that it was hiccups. Both the boys always seem to think that anything that goes wrong is somehow my fault. He said to me "You don't hurt my hups!" His speech still isn't terribly clear; I can usually understand him, but often have to translate for other people. He's even made up a few words of his own (he called nuts "nuffins" for some time). When he and my mom and I were driving out here from Oregon, he had learned a few phrases that he would use indiscriminately. For instance, if he had unbuckled himself from his carseat, and we would tell him to buckle back up, he would say "I don't [re]member that!" and ignore us. One of his favorite phrases these days is "after soon", meaning some time in the future: "After soon can we go to the park?"

We've been with Progressive for our car insurance for a few years now. When we moved to Carlsbad, NM after Dean finished vet school, they were a lot cheaper than State Farm, whom we had been with for several years. But, I've been thinking for a while that the premiums seemed awfully high, for responsible people who haven't had accidents in many years... So with the premium being due soon for nearly $700, for two very modest cars, I finally called Geico to get a quote, and wouldn't you know, it was about $300 cheaper (for 6 months). I only wish I had compared sooner - so much money down the drain!

And, nine years ago today, Dean and I tied the knot. He called this morning to wish me a Happy Anniversary, and I got a sweet card from him on Saturday. I usually don't like reading mushy stuff people write on their blogs, but I will say that the Lord knew what he was doing when He sent Dean my way. When I first looked at him (on more than one occasion) I didn't think he was "my type", whatever that means. But he was persistent and once I got to know him, I fell hard and fast. I am daily aware of what a blessing he is in my life, and I can't imagine that I could have ever found anyone more suited to me. He treats me like a queen, and I am constantly in awe of his wisdom, character, ambition, determination, knowledge, patience, humor, wit, intelligence, steadfastness, faithfulness, and so much more. I love you, Darling!