In all my efforts to establish fun, long lasting traditions, I think the only real success I have ever had is in, of all the holidays, Valentine's! Every year we eat heart shaped pizza (Papa Murphy's, we are your biggest fans), on heart shaped plates, with heart napkins and placemats. We have heart shaped (or at least they are sorta heart shaped) pancakes for breakfast, and we eat a romantic dinner on the floor by candlelight in front of the fire place with champagne flutes filled with pink soda. It really might be one of my favorite holidays! And so little preparation is involved, hardly any money (those pizzas are $6.99!), it is clearly just my kind of holiday all around (plus, who can turn down pink and white peanut M&M's!?).
While Caden was going potty in the bathroom, he was chatting away as usual. He yelled loudly to me in the other room and started explaining what "Number 1" is and then followed by explaining "Number 2" and finally said: "When you go Number 3, your eyeballs fall out." He wasn't being funny either.
When it was time to brush his teeth, Caden cheerfully said: "I don't need to brush my teeth, they are already white. See?!" and gave us his (white) toothy grin. He was very unhappy that we still brushed his teeth.
Caden April 2012
At lunch I told Caden to say a personal prayer b/c we were all scattered, and he said okay. He bowed his head for less than a second and started eating. I accused him of not praying at all. He said: "Mom, when I do a head prayer, I just bow my head and I don't say anything."
(After designing a one armed Mr. Potato Head character) Caden says: "This guy is EXACTLY like daddy except this guy has one arm, he's wearing a pirate leg, and he's a potato." (maybe b/c he doesn't have hair? Still pondering what DID resemble Dad).
"Mom, Daddy was pretty when he had hair."
Caden, January 2012
"Mom, if you were dead, then Daddy would be dead, and then Levi, Kiara, Emma and me would be dead and we would live in a dead house." Caden, January 2012
For dinner we had tilapia and Spencer got out the sauerkraut to put on top. Caden saw Spencer putting it on his fish and started crying and said: "I HATE sour crap!"
Caden has adopted a new phrase that has caught on with everyone: "I am drinky", so now we all claim we are "drinky" when we are thirsty.
In Primary this week they were talking about the true meaning of Christmas, and Caden says: "Christmas isn't just about getting gifts. It is about getting PRESENTS too."
After finishing her homework, Emma smiles with satisfaction and says: "I am for SURE going to make it into BYU. I am really smart and I am in 1st and 2nd grade." (She is in a 1-2 split this year).
After school one day, Levi walks in the door and gives me a hug and asks: "Hi Mom! Howwas your day without me?"
During Family Night before the Sunday Levi received the Aaronic Priesthood, I got the ingredients for smoothies for FHE treat and we got the kids together to talk about the importance of this for Levi. I started off by saying: "Something very exciting, special, and VERY important is about to happen in our family...does anyone know what it is?" when not one, but TWO children yelled at the top of their lungs..."we get SMOOTHIES!"
August 2011 (Emma and Caden)
I was encouraging Levi to go on a 20 mile hike on one day and then a 10 mile hike on the next day for scouts this week and Levi in total sincerity says: "Mom, think about this, if I go do that, you won't get to see me hardly at ALL for two WHOLE days."
For dinner I cooked a ham and Caden was obsessed. He kept saying "I love this chicken!!" and I told him (for the 7th time) that it was HAM not chicken. He sat quietly for a bit and then exclaimed: "MOM! That RHYMES! Ham...chicken. Ham...chicken!!" (Said repeatedly with much enthusiasm.)
In the car on our way to church I asked Spencer if I looked okay. I was feeling a little insecure b/c I had on some textured tights with boots and larger than average earrings. He gave me a once over and said sincerely "Yes, you look great! Kind of like a pirate!" Hmmm...
While discussing the fact that Levi has been consuming large quantities of food recently, we moved into the discussion of "growth spurts" and "manliness". Levi said with a disturbed look on his face: "I am excited to get man muscles. But not very excited about getting man hair."
During sacrament meeting on Mother's day, Caden was having a hard time sitting still. Spencer was whispering in his ear about how now is the time to think about Jesus, and he was talking about some of the things Jesus did for him to make him happy. Caden, interrupts and loudly says: "Dad, it isn't JESUS' day, it is MOTHER's day." Everyone in the row in front of us turned and were quietly giggling. Definitely did us no favors in the reverence department!
While listening to some country music on the radio Caden says: "mom, this boy is sad." (after some clarifying from me that it was the boy/man singing the country song we were listening to) he then says seriously: "this boy is sad b/c he just lost his geerlfriend."
(While watching the NCAA tournament) Caden asks "Do I have to be brown to play basketball on TV?"
"I am so excited for dinner. There is nothing I hate in this dinner!"
Kiara, February 2011
Sitting at the table coloring with cute playdate friend Kira, Caden suddenly stops, sits up and says: "I have idea! Kira, you can marry ME!" and Kira agreed and they went back to coloring.
Caden, February 2011
"Mommy, girls are pretty and cute...but boys are just awesome."
Caden, December 2010
Walking to the bus stop the other day, Caden saw something brown on a leaf (mud). He says: "Mommy, I not like poop. I only like cheese and sour cream."
Caden tooted loudly during the sacrament today. All my kids started to giggle and Caden turned around said "Dad! You toot!" For a 2 year old to place blame elsewhere, we didn't stop laughing the entire meeting.
Halfway through a pretty long church meeting, Caden grabs Spencer's watch and looks at it closely for a few seconds then loudly says: "Church time Over!" (It represented my feelings exactly).
Levi after eating one of his favorite meals for dinner said: "Mom, I am going to sue you." (For what?) "For stealing one of the gods' cookbooks." (I'll definitely be making that dish again! :)
Emma: Mom, can we go to a jail someday? I want to give some treats to the people in the cages.
Mom: Why do you want to bring treats to people in jail? They have done bad things.
Emma: But mom, Jesus said "Father forgive them" when he was dying and we need to forgive the people in the cages and bring them treats. It would make them happy.
Mom: Time to get ready for dance Emma.
Emma: But Mom, I am just not feeling Dancy today.
"Mom, I have a new boyfriend." (Eye roll from mom: "Who is it now?"). "Well, he doesn't actually know he's my boyfriend, yet. But when he finds out, he'll be happy about it." (Are you kidding me????) Kiara
Mom, you actually look pretty! (I flat ironed my hair instead of putting it in a pony like usual). Emma
Emma while praying: "Thank you for soda. It is so yummy and it helps us to feel better after we throw up. Please help it to be good for us."
Kiara gets off the bus this week and a boy yells out the window loudly "bye Kiara!" She gives him a brief wave and then looks at me with an eye roll and says: "That is a boy I used to chase. But he screams like a girl."
Emma says today that she knows the boy she is going to marry. I asked if it was Sam, or Max (as have been previously one-sidedly betrothed to her) and she said not anymore. Now it is some boy in her preschool but she doesn't know his name. I asked why him and she said: "When I ask him to play. He plays!"
Today during scripture study Spencer pulled out the picture of Christ knocking (without the doorknob) and asked the kids what Jesus was doing in the picture. Emma says with much enthusiasm and gusto: "He's saying 'Behold! I am knocking!' "
After discussing why it isn't okay to ignore Christ when he is knocking (discussing the same picture of Christ knocking), Emma is concerned and asks "But what if we aren't home when he knocks?"
While running Hood to Coast, Emma called me on my cell phone and asked me if I was going to cross the finish line first. I said, "No, probably not". She asked why and I explained that there are other teams faster than us. She then somewhat exasperatedly says: "oh mom, you just need to run faster. Come on, pick it up and be speedy!"