I can't get over how much Jane sounds like I do. There's nothing like hearing yourself through a 3 year old's mouth.
Today, she was upstairs playing 'house' with all her animals.
Jane: Mommy, these are all my kids and I have 2 babies and lots of kids and you're the grandma mama and I'm the baby mama and can you watch my kids so that I can go on a date with my husband?
I'll have to be more careful about asking Grandma to watch the kids for us when she around! Love you Mom!
Friday, May 30, 2008
I can't get over how much Jane sounds like I do. There's nothing like hearing yourself through a 3 year old's mouth.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 8:42 AM
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
When I picked her up afterwards, she was complaining that she was freezing and that her tummy hurt. She wouldn't even eat her licorice rope that I got her. When we got her home, she had a fever. I felt really bad for not taking her seriously. After a little medication and a rootbeer float, she's doing much better.
I took some photos of her yesterday before her dress rehearsal. What a cheese ball.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 7:30 PM
Happy anniversary to us! It's been worth every moment and I know that the best is yet to come.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 7:33 AM
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Anyway, it aint over until I sign the birth certificate, but I think we are fairly settled. Charlie is a little over half way here and his big sister is VERY excited for him to come. One of them at least. Poor Lizzy has no idea what she's in for. Won't this be an interesting fall for us.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 8:48 PM
Friday morning we met up at the mall with my friend, Emily and her adorable girls. I stole this photo that she took of Jane and her daughter, Cait, playing in Dinoland. I'd just send you to her blog to check it out, but it's a private club for members. I kinda like it that way, I feel all exclusive.
We had a ton of fun. Jane and Cait are only 1 day apart in age and Jane can't get enough of her new friend. We got delicious lemonade (a couple times) from Hot Dog on a Stick and Jane got a corndog that Ben polished off. I tried to get a photo of him eating it on my phone, but I'm not savvy enough to know how to get it on my computer. Instead, here's a photo of Ben from earlier this week trying to eat an entire pizza crust. The corndog one is very similar. Just replace the pizza crust with a corndog, replace Brent with a stroller and instead of being inside our house, we were at the mall. It was great.
Before Ben got his shot at it, I tried to get Lizzy to eat some corndog. Emily did get a photo of Lizzy's disinterest
Ah, what cute photos, Emily! I love my blue eyed girls.
We got to go on a date on Friday to see Indiana Jones. My review? Meh. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't great either. It was fun to get out of the house and play without the girls. Our babysitter watched Ben too so that Leslie and Cameron could come and pay for our tickets and snacks with their formidable collection of gift cards. Movie theater popcorn, yum-o.
Other than that, the Stringhams are living a pretty boring and ordinary life. I took a couple of photos of Jane this morning since the sun was so kind as to shine for us. The color on one looks kinda funky. I'm not sure what I did to it.
Oh how I love the swing set, let me count the ways. I can't possibly give enough praise to the swing set. So we've still got one more day with Daddy at home, but so far, it's turning about to be a pretty good weekend.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 7:40 PM
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Look at the close up of her cute little Jane face. She was so happy.
The thing required a LOT of blowing up and poor Leslie did most of it. I didn't last all that long before I thought I was going to pass out, so she took the hit. So notice that everything that's blown up is full of Leslie's own air.
The kids were scared of it until we turned the water pressure down a little,
then Ben really got into it.
It took Lizzy-one-shoe a while to realize there was such fun to be had. I think she spent most of her afternoon eating sand.
Anyway, it was just right for our hot day yesterday. Leslie brought over Ben's swimming suit today so that they could play without looking like poor babies. Tomorrow I can just send them out in the cold rain if they'd like to play in water. Gotta love Utah weather.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 8:41 AM
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My day really started more like last night when we were getting ready for bed. We were invited to dinner at Emily and Justin's house last night (which was way fun and really yummy, thanks again!) so we didn't get home and get the girls into bed until later and they both fell right asleep. Unfortunately, Lizzy had a really rough night and kept us up until like 3:00 in the morning before she gave up crying. I'm not sure what it was. During the course of the night, she got a clean diaper, lotion and medicine for her skin, IB Profin, a new bottle, she was cuddled, rocked, sung to and finally I gave in and dosed her up with every children's medicine we had in the house all at the same time.
Needless to say, I woke up very tired this morning (I need a LOT of sleep, so 3:00 - 8:00 will not cut it for me) I debated whether or not I should try going to church because I was feeling so crummy and decided last minute to go. I had to hurry and make myself presentable and we had to get Lizzy up from her much needed nap and get her dressed to. We were running late and forgot stuff for the kids and had to go back home again.
Here's a photo of Jane looking not unlike Michael Jackson with her one glove. She was feeling particularly fancy today, So I took some photos of her.
By the time we got there, we barely made it for the sacrament. I felt good about making the effort though, at least we were there. Little did we know that Lizzy had another trick up her baby sleeve. The little cutie up and puked all over us. It was fabulous. We hadn't been there 10 minutes and she throws up. So then we are frantically trying to clean up the kids and the floor and ourselves right during the talks. Thankfully, we were sitting in the gym because we were late, which made it a lot easier to clean.
So, long story a tad bit shorter, I ended up just turning around and coming home with Lizzy. I must admit that it was kinda nice because she went right back to sleep once she was home and I was able to turn on Pride and Prejudice and fall asleep in front of it until Brent and Jane got home.
In other news, I made dinner for my family. I've used my stove before, but I haven't actually made anything requiring ingredients that had to be mixed together. I even took a photo of it to commemorate the occasion of us eating at the folding table. It looks pretty sad. We need to sell our other house so that I can go get my dining table.
Jane was taking photos today and I am posting this charming one of myself in my painting pants and Hello Kitty children's nightgown for a couple of reasons. For one, you can kinda see the new hardware that Leslie and I put on the cabinets. For another, you can see how pregnant I'm looking half way through.
You may note that I have a fancy Wolf range/oven in my new house. Too bad I don't like it. It cooks nice, but it's TOO industrial and doesn't allow the kind of flexibility that I need as a mom that does most of her cooking for small children. It takes forever to warm up the oven and the knobs are all in the front where the babies can mess with them. They don't have locks on them and it's all gas and I'm just waiting for the day that they fill my house with fumes and force us to evacuate. That or just burn the place down. I'm thinking about replacing it, much it to Brent's outrage. Fancy shmancy and NOT worth it.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 6:04 PM
Friday, May 16, 2008
Posted by Laura Stringham at 12:33 PM
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
What Celebrities Would Look Like if they Moved to Utah
Ashlee Simpson in Vernal
Cameron Diaz in Ephraim
J Lo and Marc Anthony in Ogden
Sarah Jessica Parker in Kamas
Pam Anderson in Kanab
The Beckhams in Bluffdale
And my personal fave...
Sharon Stone in Bountiful
Ah photoshop. How did we ever function without you? There are plenty more, these are just a couple of the particularly amusing ones.
So when you're having an ugly day, think about how good we would all look if we lived in Hollywood. Pretty Dang good, I think.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 8:59 PM
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Jane: Mommy, Lizzy is too cute.
Jane: Lizzy! She's too cute!
Me: And are you not thinking that you look as cute?
Jane: Yes, Lizzy is cuter than me and I don't like it.
Me: Do you want me to do your hair so that you are feeling cute too?
Jane: Yes because I don't want Lizzy to be cuter than me.
A couple minutes later, Lizzy starts smiling and talking to Jane and the following conversation takes place...
Jane: Stop it Lizzy! Go away!
Me: Why would you say that, Jane?
Jane: Because she's cuter than me and I don't like it and I don't want her looking at me because I'm not as cute.
So we went into how there will always be people in the world who are cuter than us and he Heavenly Father doesn't care how cute we are because it's how we treat people that really makes the difference and on and on. I thought that I had gotten through to her until I tried to get a photo of her and she would let me because she "didn't want anyone to see that she had a runny nose" Heaven help me.
If this is any indication of the world I have ahead of me, it is going to be a long, painful childhood. I'm really not into the sibling rivalry, so I'll have to beat it out of her somehow.
On another note, at the grand old age of 13 months, Lizzy has finally cut a tooth! It's about time silly girl.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 8:39 AM
Monday, May 12, 2008
Baby boy wasn't turning his head to get one of those cute profile shots, so we had to make do with a skeletor baby photo.
See the resemblance?
Can you tell that this it's a shot of the face? See the creepy eye sockets and jaw and everything?
Anyway, there wasn't anything unusual that showed up on the ultrasound and he's on for his dates, so we can't really ask for anything more than that.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 10:43 AM
Monday, May 5, 2008
Posted by Laura Stringham at 8:37 PM
Jane found this tiny, crappy old vacuum in the move and immediately adopted it. It's just her size.
Breakfast was a little hard with no where to sit or eat. We've done most of our eating outside today. At least it was a beautiful day!
No, that's not painter's tape along the baseboards. The moldings are blue, which is really clashing with new, NOT sea foam green, carpet. We are pleased as punch about our new carpet upstairs, its nice and neutral and brown to cover all the messes that our kids make. Hooray for the new carpet!
Brent got our bed set up "really quick" last night. He generally thinks he can do anything "really quick" (he's a glass is half full kinda guy) It ended up taking us at least an hour right when we were exhausted and ready for bed. At least we don't have to worry about that tonight.
My blurry, trashed kitchen.
So basically, all our rooms are either empty or a wreck. We'll dig out of it. The kitchen is looking a ton better tonight, as I mentioned before. I'll be happy when I can get through all the boxes and then it will be Leslie and Cameron's turn to move. John and Danielle will likely be following close behind, I just hope you're not planning any more moves Mom, are you? Does the office count? I'm sure that before too long, I'll be able to whip out my trusty paint decks and start Laura-fying the house, but right now, it seems a ways off.
Posted by Laura Stringham at 7:58 PM
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Posted by Laura Stringham at 6:59 AM