Friday, October 24, 2008

The most insulting thing anyone has ever said to me!

There is this woman who attends our ward and is also a reading specialist at the school that Brooklyn goes to.

About 1 month ago she was talking to me after church about how she felt Brooklyn had been disrespectful to her teacher by asking her teacher if a book that she wanted her to read was "up to her level." church lady says " I don't know why she thinks she is so 'above average' but to tell you the truth she is just AVERAGE. She must hear a lot of that stuff at home."
I pretty much just heard her say ... blah blah blah after the average comment! She is so not average!
This woman must not know me and my parenting style - like she thought she did. To tell me that Brooklyn had been disrespectful to an authority figure had my blood boiling and Don's too.
Like seriously - down play down play down play unless you really want me to beat the snot our of my child in the church parking lot! But what she was telling me just didn't seem like Brooklyn. But I wanted to drag her out by her hair and beat her senseless. We talked about it - well I talked about it - Don backed me up- - - all the way home from church. I made her write and essay on being conceited and pride.....yeah it was still better then beating her. I talked to the teacher the following week - church lady was wrong - teacher doesn't feel that Brooklyn had ever disrespected her and as a matter of fact Brooklyn is one of the top 3 students in her class, scored at a 10th grade reading level and 10th grade math level on their standardized MAPS testing last week.


Just an update

CONGRATULATIONS! BAILEY PATTERSON!!! Linda's daughter made the cheer leading team at her school! She is a total cutie and a soccer star - totally happy for her! I told her that I may have to break my ban on hating cheerleaders now....except she is jock still too - and Alexa is my niece so I don't hate her either.

2 weeks until Chicago! Yeah. I am getting more nervous, not for no good reason but Don had originally thought that he was going to have a leisurely weekend where he and the girls just hung out. Since soccer was officially over 1 week ago. Monday while we were eating dinner and we get a call from Brooklyn's coach that she had made the all star team!! Yeah for her! She was voted in by 4 of the 6 coaches on her overall performance. Anyway the games go all weekend the weekend that I am gone! HAHA Don will have to feel the pain of taking the baby to a cold soccer game all by himself - he hasn't had to do it yet - alone. She also has her play practice every day that week. It will be interesting to see how he handles it! She already keeps me busy everyday after school. I am so glad I only have one kid old enough to participate in activities!

Monday was our 3 year anniversary, I can't believe that it has only been three years, in the best possible way it feels longer. I always stutter telling people how long we have been married I always want to say 5 years - 7 years? Weird huh? I love him so much! I am so happy that I found him...actually he found I am so happy that he found me.

Ava has been sick all week - that's never fun. She had double ear infections on Tuesday pink eye by Friday! That's GREAT!! Stacie said it best when I was describing how it sucks to try and give her any sort of medicine. She said, " Sounds like trying to give eye drops to a wolverine." Essentially, yes, yes it is. Oh yes - and she will only sleep in MY arms and only if I am rocking her in the rocking chair. Not so bad when you can watch TV all night long - oh yeah except our 2 year old POS projection screen TV bulb burned out! So I am in the rocking chair at all hours and they seem to drag on and on and on. The repair man says the bulb won't be in until next Friday. Don called Sony finally and ordered one and it should be here tomorrow! YEAH!

At Ava's ear infection appt this week our pediatrician was trying to listen to her heart and lungs and Ava kept ripping the stethoscope from her neck and off of Ava's chest. I had to restrain her like bear hug style so that the Dr could look in her ears and throat. Then Ava was screaming at herself and laughing because it makes an echo sound in there. She does that anywhere that is quiet and has great oh...Church and libraries. Our Dr. said "Oh wait until she learns a phrase like 'go to hell' or 'shut up' and begins to scream it at church, but I am sure you remember that from when Brooklyn was a baby." and I say, "no actually. I think I remember Brooklyn still being a pretty mild tempered child for the most part." "Oh well not this one, let me just warn you that you guys are really going to have your hands full with this one the next several years!" say the Dr. What a resounding vote of confidence! She scares me! She isn't 'offically' walking yet. She can. She just won't. She will when she wants to but for the most part she gets to where she wants to go by speed crawling.

So I think I am done. I will post pictures - maybe tonight. Maybe not.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Mother's Struggle

I have an old friend Tiffany Barney, she and I used to work together at Cumorah Credit Union.
She started dating a guy, Sonny Kaufusi, from the Foothills Singles Ward before I had Brooklyn. I never did like that guy, and frankly he didn't like me because...well I was ornery even then I would tell him he was full of it!
Any way he is a complete looser and scum bag. They got married, I remember that Tiffany had moved out of his place within 6 months or something and their daughter was born in like 10 months, their divorce was one of the ugliest that I have ever seen.
With Tiffany's permission I am posting an article that recently ran in the Las Vegas Review Journal. I encourage you to also watch the video clip, it is shocking to think that this sort of injustice went on for so long and then when the legal system had finally caught up to him he did what any "innocent" man would do...he took off to his native land of Tonga.
Any way read it - watch the video - draw your own conclusion.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Stacie emailed this to me. It's quite interesting -- long, but at least it is set to a good music!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Should I stay or Should I go?

So I have this one way free Southwest ticket it expires Nov. 9
I haven't been able to give it away all summer - of course maybe I could have if the contingency wasn't that they had to use it to come and see me,

Don has been telling me to use it since August, "Go see Brian, Amber, Becky or Stacie." So after much consideration, and some intimidation from Holly - I can't use it to go see Amber she is in Savannah and SWA doesn't fly there the closest airport is 3 hours away, and that would make for a LONG weekend.
Brian lives in Nashville and I would really like to take Brooklyn and Don with me if I went there.
I could use it to go to Vegas, but that's kinda lame tickets to Vegas are half the price and I just saw everyone there not long ago. I could always go to Chicago again and see Stacie and her new house. Since I have already done all of the touristy stuff in Chicago we could just hang out in the suburbs and relax. So I priced the return flight home and it is only $115.00, and we have a $50.00 gift card still - so apply that and after taxes and fees it's only like $86.00! Don wants me to do it, probably so that I stop whining about not having any friends. But I am nervous about flying Southwest that far? I actually have already booked my flight there using the free ticket ( so that way I have a seat Nov. 6)....but it isn't too late to change....what should I do?
I want to go!! BUT I am afraid to go??? It's silly - I know

Friday, October 3, 2008

She won!

Forgot to update that Brooklyn won the race for class president.
Yeah! I am so happy for her! What a little go getter!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Holy LOTS OF PICTURES!! Pictures from August and Sept

So lets start with that I haven't posted any pictures in a very long time! Sorry.... so I am posting a ton of pictures from August and September. My battery died at some point and I forgot to reset the date so towards the bottom the dates are way wrong. I tried to post them in a sort of date order Ava dumping out her toy box, and then crawling inside of it...and then rolling it.
She is so crazy

Ava getting the happy gas before the MRI/MRA

OK we went to brunch after Ava's procedure and I saw this...I had Don kinda pose so I could take this picture.... Can you even count the number of scrunchies and barretts?

Ava's first time on the beach, this is at Muir Beach
Daddy and Ava walking on the beach
Brooklyn getting chased, this was so much fun watching her run in and out of the waves.
I love this picture - like a post card
I like this one too
So much I guess i posted it twice....

Muir WoodsInside a Redwood

This tree fell down in the 1930's and it is thought to have began to grow in 909 AD,

These trees have such an impress life span and life cycle

The crazy small elevator in our SF hotel. Brooklyn playing on the luggage cart in our Sacramento Hotel...the condom hotel
The condom is actually under this garbage can, have pictures of the real deal but won't post them. Lucky you! hero! This is the crib box!

Brooklyn a little less then happy about the crib box

Doesn't this mean....??? Haha I laugh every time we pass this sign - so this time I got a picture
Lorelei's Cupcake tower
Naliea at Lori's shower

The woman of the hour

Brooklyn's first day of school

Peach Days! Waiting for the Parade

Holly getting ready to fly away
Jaren very upset having just lost his balloon
Kyle's balloon kept attacking grandpa

OK this ride is so stinking scary. A bunch of metal welded together in the shape of an octagon and then trampoline material attached - a few seat belt and there you have it - totally safe to let your kids go on...and flip upside down
The big girls LOVED this ride

Alexa and Brooklyn at the FREE Home Depot station. It was so much fun we had enough adults to kids so things moved pretty smoothly
My builder buddy!

Kyle's finished project

Kyle testing out Nathan's stool
Grandpa and Jaren
With their completed birdhouse!
What a great team

Don and Brooklyn and their accomplishment
The scary trampoline pentagon upside down ride thing..

Jaren still liking it here
Alexa going upside down

Jaren...not so much liking it anymore

Ava playing with the keys the Hutchings gave her

Ava loving on the bear my folks gave her for her early birthday Grandma Carol and Ava

I love this picture! It is the Mountain Meadow Masacre Monument

Don and Brooklyn walking to the Monument
Coming back
We were here! The ET highway. AKA dead cow highway
The ONLY thing in Rachel, NV
Snoopy taking a nap This was 5 days before Jase!
Don and Lori
Grand Pops, Mommy and Jase
So fresh! 9-19-08
Mommy and Baby Jase
The Lamb Family leaving the hospital
On the way out of the hospital....this woman just HAD A BABY!!
Ryan and Snoop
The cake that Brooklyn had to decorate since I had the flu.
Ava and I got the flu really bad last week (Brooklyn and Don got it too, just not as bad)
She couldn't keep anything down, and it eventually led to this.
It was so horrible!

His full name is
Snoopy Dog Sir Licks a Lot Stepro
Isn't he cute?

Jase Steven Lamb (10/2/08...his due date!)

So Sweet!! His eyes seem to be a more "true" blue....not as
baby blue gray....we will see!
Jase's Bedroom
That's the infamous crib...we will forever remember that trip!