Thursday, November 29, 2007

I Got Elfed!

Copy and paste this web address in your address bar and watch the elf-ish Beans!

Do you remember Lovell, WY?

I was at the health food store yesterday and came across some taffy-type candies made without sugar, only honey. They had six different flavors, so I bought one of each kind (except fudge) to try. Well, they were wonderful little candies, especially the coconut and caramel ones.

So, when I got home, I checked the website that was listed on the wrappers and much to my surprise, they were manufactured in a little town called Lovell, Wyoming! I would never have guessed. We stayed there on our way back from a road trip across the midwest. I remember thinking we were out in the middle of NOWHERE. Well, apparantly it's somewhere because QueenBee Candies are born and raised right in our very own little Wyoming town.

Here's a link to check out those Praline candies...they were yummy!

Gourmet Honey Candy - Natural Honey Candy - Truffles - honeymoons - Pralines - Wax

Monday, November 26, 2007

It Happened

I knew Gavin would probably be teased about his new glasses (kids can be so cruel), but I didn't expect Gavin to handle it that way he did.

He came home from school, two days into his new eye-wear, and declared that a boy at school told him he better get some contacts because he didn't look that good in glasses. Gavin's response: "Ahh,'re just jealous cuz' I still get all the ladies."

According to Gavin, Ben walked away speechless.
That's my boy!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A New Kid on the Block

He has been complaining for almost a year now that he can't see and wants glasses. His complaining came at about the same time he kept asking for braces because he thought they'd be cool. It wasn't until his teacher told Gavin to "tell his mom" about the fact that he couldn't see things on the board from the third row that I finally decided to break down and have Dave take a look at his eyes.

When he sat in the chair and looked at that first set of letters, Dave asked him which ones he could read. Gavin hesitated and said, "Mmmm....Z?" With a look from Dave, I mean "Dr. Esplin", I knew he was definately going to need glasses! Poor kid. He hasn't been able to see very clearly for over a year now. I think my neglect puts me at pretty good odds to win "Mother of the Year 2007".

On the way home, he was a bit shocked that he was ACTUALLY going to get the glasses that he had been asking for. He said, "Wow. I am going to have all the ingredients for a real nerd now. Buck-Teeth and Glasses." He wasn't real thrilled about that part, but I don't think he looks nerdy. He's still pretty cute to me!

Nap Time

Last Sunday, Allison and Gavin put themselves down for a nap. I was on the computer doing the newsletters and didn't pay them much heed. When I got done, I turned around and was caught off-guard by Allison's method of napping. Actually, it reminded me of Grandpa Duncan and the way he used to sleep on the 2x8's. When Richard saw her, he didn't believe she was really asleep, but she slept like this for over 30 minutes!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I have been tagged:
Four places I've lived: Utah, Georgia, Colorado, Montana

Four jobs I've had: Jerry's Dairy Burger Barn, Artistic Floral, Central Bank, Park Elementary

Four things I'd like to do before I die: Serve a mission, Visit England, Kiss my grandkids, Be mortgage free.

Four favorite desserts: Cheesecake (the real stuff), Caramel Cashew Ice Cream, Strawberry milkshake, Flan from Jalisco's in Idaho Falls

Four interesting facts about me: I hate the all-american Macaroni and Cheese, I love going for long drives, I like window shopping, although I usually end up with at least one item looked at, and I enjoy learning something new.

Four favorite movies: Pride and Prejudice or anything Jane Austen, What about Bob?, Corrina, Corrina and Sound of Music

Four people I'm tagging: I'd love to hear from Betsy, Chelsey, Jenni C. and Bean, if you have the time.
Now copy and paste to your blog and tag someone else.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

5th Grade Gavin

So, the kids got their school pictures back. Gavin came home very excited. He said, "Mom, you are going to LOVE my new pictures!" I opened his backpack with great anticipation and when I pulled out his pictures packet, I was speechless. "Wow," I said, "You are such a good looking kid!" Then I quickly changed the subject. Admittedly, I was hoping for a bigger smile, the same beaming one from last year's pictures.
The next morning, I tactfully approached the subject and asked if he was sure he didn't want re-takes. We approached his previous picture sitting on the shelf. I pointed out the big smile in last year's photo. I commented on how happy and excited he looked. He then began to enlighten me. "Mom...that was last year. That was Fourth-Grade Gavin." Proudly holding up his new pictures, he said, "This is Fifth-Grade Gavin."

Needless to say, we are keeping the pictures and you will find written on the back of every, single one, the title, "5th Grade Gavin".


Allison came to me the other day and said in a very concerned tone, “Mom, I need to talk to you.” She sounded so serious! I wondered what kind of discussion we were in for. With the television turned off, I got situated on the couch. Nope. That wasn’t good enough; she requested that we move to my room. Really?

When I got to my room, she was already “prepping” the bed by taking off the bigger pillows and laying out different ones for each of us to lay on. She turned on the lamp, off the fan, closed the door and propped herself against my headboard, then waited for me. When I found my place on the bed, she took a deep breath, looked at me very seriously and said, “Mom, ….I can’t decide which two boys I like the best...Tyler or Aiden.”

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Poor Alli...

While we were trick-or-treating last night, Alli tripped and fell. We were crossing a wide, busy street and trying to hurry because the opportunities to do so weren't coming around that often. As we sped across, she stumbled and down she went. Her elbows and knees caught her fall and she skinned all four. She also managed to spill candy out across the road.

We hurried Allison and the other kids safely out of the way and then my neighbor watched as the cars went by. As soon as she had a break in traffic, she jumped out to pick up a few pieces of candy until the next car came along. Four or five cars later, she managed to get it all except a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup that had been run over at least three times.

Happpy Halloween!

Gavin was an old man (he got called "Grandpa Bean" all day at school and loved it). He is wearing his grandpa's suspenders and even had some of his old after shave on. He hauled Richard's old walker (the one he used when he had back surgery) around to complete the costume.

Allison was the White Witch from Narnia. We didn't really get her hair all gnarled, but she did have glitter and glow-in-the-dark eyelashes. She also wore my old, white lace prom dress. This pose was her idea; she wanted to look as "witchly" as possible.