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Under the plan of heaven, the husband and the wife walk side by side as companions, neither one ahead of the other, but a daughter of God and a son of God walking side by side.
Gordon B. Hinckley

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A day in the life of the Jaten kids



My new hair cut. Lindsey really wanted to see a picture. It turned out okay. The lady who cut my hair was really weird. She asked me when I was due, and I told her I wasn't pregnant. Most people would feel bad, not this lady! She looked at me and said "Oh, well, you look like your pregnant." Excuse me?!?! Oh well, I love my chubby tummy. It's reminds me that I had two babies in less than two years! :-) I think I look good!!!

Swimming in the yard




Nothing beats swimming on a hot summer day. We got this little blow up pool and set is up in the back yard. The kids like to slide down the slide into the pool. We've been out there almost every day! The kids, on this particular day, had so many fun things to say.


As we were getting ready, Capri was so excited to put on her "swimming soup" (as she calls it.) After I put it on her, she put her hand up in the air and screamed "I'm so excited!"


While outside, Emerson started coughing a bit, and Capri walked over to him, and started patting him on the back. What a sweet sister!


And my favorite for the day went something like this:


I was laying on the lawn chair relaxing. Emerson came up and asked me what I was doing. I replied by saying I was laying down, relaxing enjoying the birds singing. He said that he would like to as well. Then he said "here we are relaxing together, enjoying the day. The birds, the lizard, the bugs. Oh wait, that's right, we don't like bugs, so maybe not bugs, just birds and lizards." It was pretty funny.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Capri's First Hair Cut



So, when I came home from Vegas, I got a big surprise. Isaac had taken Capri in for her first hair cut. No, I didn't kill him, but I almost cried when I saw her. She looked so different. He took her to Great Clips. They didn't take any off the back (thank goodness, I would have been pretty mad!), but they did cut bangs. It's uneven, in my opinion. I'm upset that I didn't get to be there and take pictures, but I guess it's cute. I tried to do her hair on Sunday and it looked dumb. Isaac felt bad, but pointed out that it was a lot less work and her hair wasn't in her eyes. I guess when Emerson saw her after her hair cut, he burst into tears and said that it didn't look like Capri any more. At least I handled it better than Emerson. He was pretty mad at Isaac. I just need to get used to it! Next time I go out of town, I'll leave specific instructions not to touch my babies hair! :-)

Lolly pops


I got the kids some lolly pops in Las Vegas. They loved them. My kids aren't big candy fans and had more fun banging them on the table and breaking them into hundreds of pieces. Oh well, I'm glad they had fun with them! They sure made a big mess!

Colored Baths



One of the kids favorite things to do is to take baths. We found these "tub tints" at the store and we thought that it would be fun. The kids love them! We have a great time mixing the different colors every night for bath time. It's non toxic and doesn't effect the tub or them. Give them a try!

Curlers


I hardly ever put curlers in my hair, but when I do, it turns into a family event. Sorry the picture is blurry. I just thought it was cute.

Cute Kids



I just thought these pictures were pretty cute. When they aren't fighting, they play great together. I guess all siblings fight from time to time.

Curious George




While I was in Las Vegas, Isaac took the kids to the fire station museum to meet Curious George. They had a great time seeing everything. The only down part is that George was only there for about 5 minutes before "going to the bathroom" and never returning. There were a lot of disapointed children. Enjoy the pics!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day Isaac! You are a wonderful father and husband. I'm proud of you and your achievements. You have a way of being able to do anything you set your minds to. The kids and I love you so much. I couldn't imagine a better father to my children.

And here's to some other special men in our families lives!

Grandpa Clark. (Or "Other Grandpa") Love you and all your hard work. You amaze me daily in the things you have achieved in you life. Is there anything you can't do??? :-)
Uncle John. We wish we were closer to you. The kids had a great time with you over Christmas and in Alaska. They point to your picture in their picture book and ask when they are going to see you again.
Uncle Ken. Congratulations on you first father's day! We are excited to have a cousin to play with. The kids love you. You will be a great dad.
Grandpa Ken. Thanks for letting us live with you and reach our goal of buying a home. We are lucky to have you in our lives. Thanks for teaching the kids hard work. They love working with you in the yard.
Grandpa Boren. Thank you for loving the kids so much. Emerson misses his trips to the park with you. (And of course Wendy's chicken nuggets.) Emerson can't wait to throw rocks in the stream with you in August.
Unkie Dan. What a great man! The kids think you are great. You are definitely an example of hard work and dedication to the kids. We love you!
AND DAD! Thank you so much for all that you do. You are such a great example. The kids and I miss you so much. I'm so glad that I had you as a father growing up. I know that you love me so much and want the best for me. Sorry if I gave you a hard time growing up . . . Good thing I had great parents and turned out okay!
We have so many other special men in our lives. Sorry if we didn't name you by name. This would be an awfully long post if we did!

Arizona Science Museum

Capri playing peek-a-boo in the playhouse.

Emerson playing in the playhouse.
Emerson shooting alergins into the fake nose until is sneezes. (He thought is was so neat.
Yes that's a fake pile of poo and some intetines with legs.
Emerson learning about stretching.
My little "boogers" inside the fake nose.
Isaac and Capri pushing buttons to make different toot sounds.
Emerson learning about poop.
Climbing a rock wall. (I forget what body part that is suppose to be.)
Emerson and Capri playing with the frog gun.
Everyone learning about penguin antartric animal poo.
Emerson learning about the insides of cows.
Emerson loved this talking fly on a cookie.
It's so blurry, but she's making the cutest face.
Capri inside the submarine.
Going down the throat into the tummy.
More playing in the play house.
The only Narnia picture allowed.
Building structures to a home.

WARNING: This ones pretty long!
We got to do the funnest thing on Saturday. Isaac's dad's company sponsored an exhibit in the science museum in Phoenix, so we all got free tickets to check the place out. I wasn't sure how much fun it would be for the kids, because it was not the Children's museum, but just a science museum. It was fantastic! I couldn't believe how hands on everything was. The place was huge! (4 floors to be exact.) We spent all day their and the kids cried when we left. We got to go to the planetarium and see all the stars. It was really cool to see them turn off all the lights and look at all the stars and talk about constellations, to bad we had to leave before the presentation was over, because the kids were bored. The first highlight was the new exhibit called "Grossology." It was an exhibit all about poop, boogers, toots, throw up, etc. Sounds pretty yucky, but the kids loved it. They learned all about that stuff in a rather funny way. (Okay, I learned quite a bit myself. Although, I wasn't brave enough to do the "guess this smell." Isaac did it and literally gagged and had to go to the bathroom because he thought he was going to throw up. His smell was armpits.) Capri's favorite was the slide that was actually a jugular. You entered through the mouth went down the slide and ended up in the tummy. It was pretty funny. They also had this exhibit called weather. (It was actually the one Ken's company sponsored.) It was SUPER cool. You stand on this huge platform and their are screens all around and they show different storms and the wind blow, and it rains and the ground moves. It was sooo cool. (My hair was done after that, though.) The best part about the whole place though, was the Chronicles of Narnia exhibit. It was an interactive walk through exhibit. You start in this room with all the actual artifacts of C.S. Lewis. Hand written letters, and original first editions of The Lord of the Rings, it was sooo cool! Then you enter the "Attic" and enter through the wardrobe into the world of Narnia. As you walk through all the fur coats into Narnia, they had fake snow falling all over you and all over the ground. Then you walked through the exhibit where they had tons of original stuff from the movies. Isaac and I couldn't stop smiling. Too bad we couldn't take pictures. You weren't allowed to take pictures while in the exhibit. It was a very good day. The kids were exhausted as we dragged them kicking and screaming to the car. We will definitely be coming back. Oh, and if this was that good, we can't wait to visit the Children's Museum!
Sorry all the pictures are out of focus. The lighting was really weird and I couldn't get a good picture. I tried everything. But, I thought they'd work enough to just see how much fun we had.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rolo Cookies with Emerson






Emerson has been so good today, and I wanted to do something special. I decided to make Tammy's "Rolo Cookies" with him. (If they look good, check out The Clark's Are Cookin' link for that and many other great recipes.) Emerson was so helpful. It was great. He wanted to do everything. With these cookies, they are very forgiving and I could really let him do almost everything. His favorite part was rolling the finished dough in sugar. He thought that was swell. The picture are kind of in backwards order. Enjoy the pictures!! Oh, and sorry if they are dark. I had to turn the camera flash off because the sun was shining really bright in the window and the pictures were looking washed out.