Sunday, August 17, 2008

Optimist or Pessimist?

On Friday morning, the boys and I were eating breakfast in the kitchen and as always, we were singing silly songs. We happened to be singing the Bob the Builder theme song. For those of you who don't know it, the lyrics go something like "Bob the Builder, can we fix it? Bob the Builder, YES, WE CAN!".

So I would sing the first part and Ty would sing the "Yes, we can!" part. Josh thought it would be funny to interject a "No, we can't!" after Ty was done singing and without even thinking, I turned to him and jokingly said, "Pessimist!". Then, of course, I had to explain what a pessimist was and as we sang the song again and the boys sang their parts, I pointed to Ty and said "Optimist!", then pointed to Josh and said "Pessimist!".

Ty asked if we could sing it again, so I started off, the boys sang (giggled) their parts and Ty turned to Josh, pointed his little finger at him and with a completely straight face said, "Optimus Prime.". Josh and I both busted up laughing, which only encouraged Ty who continued calling Josh Optimus Prime and then proceeded in singing the Transformers theme song.

So from now on whenever anyone calls me an "Eternal Optimist" (you'd be surprised at how often I hear it at work), I won't be able to stop myself from bursting out into the Transformers theme song because after all, they must know that I'm really Optimus Prime!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The New 'Do!

Josh started 1st grade last week (much like me in high school, he was really excited to have school lunch...for the chocolate milk!), so Ty and I took him to get a haircut. I've been thinking about doing something with my hair (like I do every year, then chicken out) and was so impressed with the girl that cut Josh's that I asked her what she'd do with mine.

She told me what she thought would look good, I told her that I'd think about it, then I went back a week later (this past Monday) and let her chop it all off! It's an a-line cut, so the back is even shorter than the front. This is a big change for me...I can't even remember the last time my hair was even remotely short! When Ty saw my haircut, he begged to have one just like it. I told him that he would look weird with a girl haircut, but that we could go get his hair done too.

So here are the three of us with our new cuts! What do you think? :)

Josh's Birthday!

Well, Josh is 7...that's right, 7. Which can only mean one thing. I'm old. Just kidding! For Josh's birthday, we invited all of the cousins over for some fun in the yard with volleyball, the banzai waterslide and as always, a pinata!

Josh wanted an Indiana Jones birthday and I, of course, obliged (I don't know if any of you know just how big of a crush I had on Harrison Ford when I was younger). Josh decided that instead of cake, he wanted birthday pie, which means that he's turning into my Dad (who is always in the mood for cherry pie), so I got him his favorite, chocolate cream, and put little Indiana Jones figurines on top!

Josh has been bugging us for Nintendo DS for about a year now, so we finally got him one for his birthday. Needless to say, he thinks it's the coolest thing ever!

And since you can't have an Indiana Jones birthday without the famous whip, I got one of those too! Here's Tyler getting ready to whip the tree trunk!

Ty's Birthday

Ta Da!
Look who turned 4! Can you believe it? For Tyler's birthday, we took him to Jungle Jim's Playland in Fort Union. We spent the day riding on roller coasters, swings, bumper cars and airplanes. The boys also got hooked on skee-ball, which coincidentally is one of my very favorite amusement park games! :)

And don't forget the presents! There were plenty of Batman and Superman toys to rip open...the boy definitely loves his super heros!


Monday, August 4, 2008


In April, we packed up the boys and headed to Hawaii! The boys did great on the plane and even got invited by the captain to go to the cockpit, take a tour and then talk over the loud speaker!

Our first stop was Oahu, where we stayed in a hotel on Waikiki beach. We walked along the beach, saw a whale from our balcony and got to see some hula dancers perform. At this point, Josh decided that he wanted a ukulele. Unfortunately, we didn't have room for one on the plane. ;-)

While on Oahu, we spent a day at a Sea Life park where we saw all kinds of animals, got to touch a shark, hold turtles, watch dolphin and sea lion shows and then we actually swam with the dolphins! This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, so it was probably more exciting for me than anyone else!

After our adventure with the dolphins, we flew over to Kauai and drove up to the condo we were staying at in Princeville. It was amazing to me how you could look to one side of the road and see these beautiful green mountains and waterfalls and then look to the other side and see the ocean.

We spent a lot of time at the beach where Josh and Ty mastered the art of boogie boarding (really, they just rode the waves into the beach on their stomachs on a SpongeBob boogie was way cute) and we snorkeled and saw some really cool fish.
Here's Josh riding the waves and Ty hanging out with me on the beach.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

January through March

Hi everyone! I had a few minutes, so I thought I'd put up a few posts with some pictures. I'm going to do three months at a time...lazy, I know, but I can't keep up with my sis-in-laws or friends who seem to post at least daily! :)

So here we go! January and February were pretty boring for us. We went to the gym a lot, but that kind of fizzled out in March (so much for New Year's resolutions!). I had the honor of being in the top 1% of my company and receiving a President's Circle award. The reward was a four day trip to Grand Cayman island, so DJ and I left the boys (and the snow!) for some fun on the beach!

We got to swim with stingrays, snorkel, sail, jet ski and just relax. Of course, we also had some "work meetings"...really, they were just nice dinners where the CEO and VPs spoke, we ate (a lot) and got gifts, but hey, the company has to do something to get that big tax write-off, right? :) The best part was knowing that the whole trip was paid for by Ceridian!

Here's a pic of DJ and me outside the back door of the hotel, which was right on the beach, and another looking back at the hotel. The sand was so soft and the hotel, aside from I thought was a very strange teal color, was amazing!

Next up, our family trip to Hawaii, Ty's 4th birthday and some summer fun! Stay tuned...