Friday, January 28, 2011

I'm Lovin. . .

- That today is FRIDAY!!!! I am currently watching 8 kids from 4 different families all at different times during the week! Things are sure hectic, but at 6:15 pm on Friday I am done for 2 whole days! That's why I love Fridays!

- This craft that I saw on her blog. I'm going to make it with my young women so I thought I would do a trial run! So cute! So easy! Just my style!

- Miss Maisey is working on telling time and can tell the hour. We made a new rule that she can't get out of bed in the morning until there is a green seven on her clock (7 am)! It's marvelous!

- That these pudgy-painted fingers are the little mans and that he wants to do everything his sissy does! She doesn't love it so much!

- The Scentsy Buddy in both kids' rooms. We have the monkey and the pig! I love walking in their rooms and smelling something pleasant! One of my best purchases!
- My elliptical! I started devoting more time to it for 3 reasons: a) the scale started creeping up on me, b) it's never to early to start preparing for swimsuit season, and c) I really dislike Jillian Michaels and can't bring myself to do the 30-day shred, again. But I can honestly say that I am enjoying the workouts.

- That Gagey thinks he is a big boy and can do everything anyone else can do. He is pretty talented in some areas.

- All of the clearance deals going on right now. But I'm especially fond of Target and Old Navy!

- That we've been having such nice weather! It's been mid 50's and in the afternoon when the fog clears it is just perfect for playing outside with the neighbors.

- My totally awesome, cute, helpful, loving husband who is taking our daughter out on a breakfast date tomorrow morning. He's already got my vote for 2011 dad-of-the-year!

And Gage just came running out of the playroom with a bloody nose, so this post is now over!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Try a Little Harder

. . . To Be a Little Better!
That is my 2011 goal!
To be more patient, more kind, more POSITIVE!
To learn how to let things go and be more flexible!
To understand that life is hard, but to find joy in it!
Most people make exercise goals,
or organization goals,
or money-saving goals,
or cooking goals.
And those are all things I need to work on too!
But this year I feel my focus needs to be different!
I need to prepare myself for things to come!
My goals are attitude goals!
I know I can do better,
I just need to try harder!
*** My motto for 2011 to go along with my goal is:
Keep things simple!
This is not the last time you'll see this post! I'm pre-dating this post several more times through out the year to give me a little reminder of what I need to be doing!

The Mile High City

I've been working on this Denver post all week! I had most of it all typed out ready to post, but something was telling me not to. On Friday, I was reading my friend Laura's blog. She was talking about her daughter's ballet performance of The Nutcracker and how her other kids weren't very good during the show. But she still had such a positive spin on the whole thing! She is such a fun, patient, young mom, and she is always cheerful and pleasant to be around!
So, I decided to delete everything I wrote about my trip. I'll describe it in one sentence instead of dwelling on all the details.
The trip had it's fun moments, but the majority of it was stressful and my kids cried ALOT!
Now, on to the pictures!

* Traveling with kids = LOTS of bags! This wasn't even Grammy's stuff!

* We got to PDX with plenty of time. We grabbed some lunch and let the kids play on the little playground! The time went really fast and we had to rush through security and to our gate. I quickly gate checked our stroller, said bye to daddy, and ran onto our plane!

* When we got off the plane our stroller was missing! They ended up finding it in Spokane and gave us a voucher to use on our next flight because of the trouble we had to go through with a 20-month old toddler running around the airport!

* Saturday morning we got up and let the kids play in the snow and on the scooter! They had a great time, and Uncle Brian was a great sport to be out there with them!

* Gagey loved to ride the scooter!

* Mommy got a turn on the scooter too! I was going down hill and I recall my self yelling, "How do I stop this thing?" It was going really fast!

* Last winter Gage was too little to play in the snow, so this was his first interaction with it!

* This was my favorite picture of the whole weekend! He slowed down for 2 seconds to really take in what snow was!

* Maisey climbed the snow mountain while Uncle Bri built her snowman. (in shorts!) I told you he was a good sport!

* Maisey helped accessorize her snowman. She willingly gave up her hat so her new friend could look good!

* Maisey always talks about making snow angels, and her dream finally came true!

* Saturday morning was good for the kids to get all of that energy out!

*Gagey ended up taking a 4 hour nap that afternoon!

* The rest of us got some snoozin' in too!

* And it was a good thing too, because that night we headed to the Denver Nuggets game! This was probably the best the kids were ALL weekend! Maisey cried the whole way in because we told her there was a mascot at the game! She was freaking so bad she was actually shaking.

* Thanks for the tickets Kels and Bri, and for helping with my crazy man!
During half time I went to get a few snacks! When I came back I walked through the row above ours since no one was sitting in it then hopped down to our row. I slipped and fell and my leg went between the seat back and the seat. It was so embarrassing. But the worst part was my boots were wider at the top so I couldn't just pull my leg back up. And I couldn't reach down that far to take my boot off, slip my leg out, then put it back on. Kels and Brian sure got a good laugh out of it. . . and so did everyone else in our section. Kels got my camera out and snapped a ton of pics before she was willing to help me!

* This couple was sitting like 5 rows in front of us and when they did the kissing cam it showed them and he proposed to her on the jumbo-tron! It was really cute and I thought it was really cool that they were right in front of us!

* Gagey and Grammy being buddies at the game! He loved all the yummy food!

* He ate the whole environment up! This was definitely his thing. It gave me a little hope for the rest of the trip!

* On the way back to our car, Uncle Blair gave Maisey a should ride. She was waving to everyone and pretending she was on a float in a parade! I think this was her favorite part of the trip.

* After the game and the kids were in bed, we broke out some ice cream sundaes! Us Olsen girls sure do love our ice cream!

* We played tons of games, including the wii!

* And no trip would be complete without a trip to Cracker Barrel! YUM!
Side note: Shaun really wanted to go visit his grandparent's in Boise this weekend. They are getting older and he felt it was a good opportunity to spend some quality time together. Just before his flight was getting ready to leave, he got a call saying his grandpa was on his way to the hospital. Even though we really missed him and his extra help in Denver, I am glad that he was able to be there to comfort his grandpa and to provide support to his grandma!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Caught Up!

I'm all caught up! I've back-dated all of my posts back to Dec. 19th. So, keep scrolling down! And I finished just in time to enjoy my weekend with my sisters and mom!

Denver -- Here I come!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Blogging Slacker

This is so not like me. . . to only have 1 "real" post in the whole month of December! And now, we are 1/3 of the way through January and still nothing!

I'm just exhausted. Trying to catch up on everything. Planning New Beginnings which is in a week and a half. Packing for our trip to Denver in a few days. Watching anywhere from 1-4 kids a day, not including mine! Cleaning out closets. . . again. And trying to sell our van and look for a new one!

I was going to work on blog stuff during nap time but I have a kid sleeping in my room! So I will have to work on pictures later.

Just know, they ARE coming. . . SOMETIME!

P.S. Anyone want to buy our van?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam!

She really was beaming this morning getting ready for church (even though we had to wake her up! 8 am is pretty early to have to be somewhere!) She couldn't wait to go to Primary with all of the big kids!
And this is what her brother thought about it all! He wasn't too excited to do Nursery with out his sis!

But we all survived our first Sunday of 8 am church!