Thursday, February 28, 2008

Jack-Jack (the Dan Dinger edition)

Does that look like the face of trouble or what? I was warned about the terrible two's when Maddie and Zach were toddler's, but they didn't seem to cause a lot of trouble. I never understood what "terrible two's" meant... and then along came Jack-Jack!

He may look charming! He may even look cute, but he has a little teasing streak in him that can not be shut off. (Does that sound like anyone else in our family??) Just today at the grocery store for instance, I was complimenting Jackson on how good he had been. I rewarded him with a candy bar. He proceeds to chuck it at the cashier's face, (an old elderly women I might add) and tries to spit at her and the person in front of me, all the while laughing at his joke!

Can a kid who looks this cute, cause so much trouble? When Dan gets home from work he usually doesn't ask, "How was your day Dear?" Instead, he asks "what trouble did Jack-Jack get himself into this time?" I must admit that he does give us some major comic relief, and he is always giving me hugs and kisses; he runs to his dad every day after work and greets him with a huge bear hug. He always tells me how much he loves me. However, last week was a rather difficult week for Jackson. I recall Dan asking if I thought Jack would ever grow out of it, or would he be the kid we were constantly bailing out of Jail. The sad thing is, I don't think Dan was kidding.

After a rather long and adventurous day yesterday Jack-Jack was ready for bed. He got his pillow and blanket and put it in this box of toys. He proclaimed, "Jack-Jack sleep here t'night mom!" He was rather upset when he realized I was not okay with that plan. I must admit that since I am not sure we will be having any more babies running around this house, I try to soak in all of his cute and funny moments, because I have a feeling he will grow out of them soon enough. He may be a stinker, but he is my stinker and I will keep him! The old saying "what goes around comes around" is particularly true in our case because no one is as big of a tease as his father! (Am I right Dinger's??)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Loose Tooth

Beneath those puffy red eyes is a brave little girl who lost her third tooth. She has wiggled, tugged, and pulled her tooth all day. It was "hanging by a thread" by dinner. After Family Home Evening Maddie and I decided it was time to get it out. After a few tears and a little arguing she conceded to let me do it. It took only a few tries, but with one final twist it was out!

P.S. Good Luck on the BAR Megan, you are going to make a great lawyer! Love ya!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My Maddie the Cheerleader

I seriously think that one day they will make a major motion picture about Maddie's adaptive cheerleading team. It consists of about 12 girls who come every week because they have such team spirit and love each other (and their coaches) so much. This was a compitition she attended last month and received first place. She performed in front of hundreds of other cheer leaders throughout Idaho. I was brought to tears as the entire audience went silent and were on their feet the entire performance. The respect the other cheerleaders gave to this squad was amazing. I was a proud mom!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Crazy Court Stories

Today I lost a fight in court over restitution because of the possibility that in 25 years a good portion of manual labor jobs will have been taken over by robots and the non-robot jobs will go to people who are not convicted murderers. It was disappointing. Though it was better than being threatened by someone fraudulently posing as the assistant band director for the Boise State marching band. That was a scary day.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


Years ago when Dan and I were dating I was amazed at his love for Chocolate. I soon learned that it was inherited because Alene always had (and still does have) the best chocolates hiding around the house. Well, the love for Chocolate has been passed down to our children, but most of it exists in Zachary. He loves chocolate, but for some reason brownies are his ultimate favorite! One mention of brownies and he salivates. I must admit, because he is so skinny and I worry about his food intake--we eat brownies more than we should.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Hooray for Broadband!!

Well, it is now official, Dan and I no longer live in the dark ages of dial-up internet. As of last night we became official broadband internet users and it is nice. Our blog has been a bit neglected, but to update family and friends on our adventurous lives in Boise, Idaho we will try to become avid bloggers--or as a good friend put's it--"My Space" for adults.

I would like to make one more important announcement: (And NO I am not pregnant) Dan and I are no longer in debt to BYU or it 's Law school. I remember long ago laughing about how "old" we would be when we finally were able to pay off law school loans. I don't feel old, and I certainly hope I don't look old.