Thursday, October 23, 2008

Kids Say the Funniest Things

I just had to share this funny that happened last night at the dinner table. I had taken Natalie to Idaho Falls yesterday shopping. The boys were in school. When Conner & Logan got out of school at 11:30, Bryon took them to my friend, Linda's, for her to watch them for a couple of hours until I got home. We had a great day. We went to Target, Kohls, Old Navy and JcPenney. At the dinner table, I was telling Bryon about an incident that happened while we were at Old Navy. A little girl no more than a year or two older than Natalie, was behind us in the checkout line. Natalie is a very friendly and outgoing girl. She started by waving and trying to get the girl's attention. I soon turned my attention to paying for my purchase. It wasn't long after that that I noticed this girl picked up Natalie and proceeded to carry her to the front of the checkstand. I was getting a good chuckle out of it. The lady behind me in line, told her not to do that. I grabbed my sack and grabbed a hold of Natalie's hand and was trying to leave the store. Natalie wasn't so anxious to leave, not until she said goodbye to her new found friend. She started by waving at the little girl. Then before I knew it and could stop what was happening, Natalie reached out and gave the girl a hug and proceeded to kiss her on the lips. I was so grossed out! I get so frustrated at times by the genetics of my children which I have NO CONTROL OVER!

So here we are at the dinner table and I am telling Bryon about my frustration with this little incident. Sam was listening. He piped up, rather loudly. "That is so disgusting! Natalie you are a . . ." I quickly interrupted. I tried to gently remind Sam that he was not to say the word that I feared was going to come out of his mouth. We have had to start talking to Sam about the birds and the bees but I did not feel like we needed to get into it at the dinner table with his younger brothers and sister listening.

Anyone who has a nine year old, knows that they have a mind of their own. Sam was choosing not to listen to what I was telling him and was still going to blurt out what I had asked him not to. So Sam yells, "Natalie, you are a llama."

I wasn't quite sure I heard him right. A llama??? I questioned him. "Do you know what a llama is?" I asked him.

"I most certainly do." He said, rather proud of himself.

"Okay, what is it?" I asked.

"Llamas are two women that love each other."

I could not help but bust out laughing! At this point, it was rather clear what word he was trying to use but didn't know the right word.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Logan's Birthday 9-15-08

I am so behind on my blogging. I was looking through my pictures and realized I didn't blog about Logan's fourth birthday.

It was a bit of an unusual birthday. Bryon was out of town on a business trip. I got up early and went to the grocery store before the kids even were out of bed. I am so glad Sam is getting at that age where I can leave him to babysit while I run these fast errands. I bought doughnuts for breakfast. I also bought cupcakes for him to take to school. Logan's birthfather and his wife had sent Logan a package in the mail. I let him open that before school. He got a pair of shorts, an Iron Man shirt, and a Texas Aggie hat.

I took him to school. After that it was a normal day. That night I took the kids out to McDonald's for dinner. We went in to eat and to play on the Playland which is always a special treat. We were just getting ready to leave and a friend from my old neighborhood showed up with her kids so my kids got to play extra long.

Bryon got home on the 17th. Logan opened presents that night. He got a pair of snowboots from his Grandpa & Grandma Kennedy. He can hardly wait for it to snow. He drags them out every day wanting to wear them! Sam, Conner, and Natalie gave him a Red cowboy hat and a Cars book. Bryon and I gave him a remote control Cars car.

My parents came up over Conference weekend and gave him a Spider-Man scooter and a new pair of pajamas for his birthday. He has enjoyed the few days of nice weather, before this cold snap we are experiencing, being able to ride his scooter up and down the block.


I got tagged from Bryon's cousin Jaimee. This tag was a little hard for me to do. I really had to think on some of these!

I: Jennifer R. Kennedy
I Am: a wife, mother, daughter, sister, neice, cousin, piano teacher, and friend
I Think: about my Grandpa & Grandma Pehrson often.
I Know: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true
I Want: Spud Harvest to be OVER! I am sick of working out in the FREEEEEEEZING COLD!
I Have: a wonderful husband and four beautiful children.
I Dislike: eggs
I Fear: dying before I see my children grown or loosing a child in death.
I Feel: that our country is heading in a scary direction with the economy and the current
election. I cannot believe we are actually considering a President of the United States that
won't even salute the flag! (Don't get me started)
I Hear: the radio on and nothing else but silence (everyone is asleep as I write this).
I Smell: My Scentsy White Tea and Cactus melting in my new Scentsy wall plug-in.
I Crave: a big cup of Hot Chocolate with a huge dallop of whip cream on the top!
I Cry: not very often. I am not a cryer.
I Usually: am up by 6:00 a.m.
I Search: for my car keys at least once a day (if I could just learn to put them away)!
I Wonder: if my children will ever want to find their birth parents and what questions they will
have about their birth parents.
I Regret: my teenage years. I love my parents even more because they put up with me through
those awful years. I know I was not the easiest child!
I Love: Bryon & my children unconditionally.
I Care: about what other people think (probably way too much!)
I Always: two things came to mind on this one. 1. I always kiss Bryon good night. 2. I always talk to my sister, Lori on the phone every morning!
I Worry: about my children all the time!
I Am Not: the best housekeeper.
I Remember: how carefree life was when I was growing up. How I wish I could go back to those
I Believe: in miracles.
I Sing: Loud at home when I think no one is listening.
I Don't Always: say I am sorry and I love you often enough.
I Argue: with Sam & Conner about getting their jobs done. I wish just once they would do them
I Write: all my appointments in my day planner or I would forget. (Sometimes I still forget even
if I have them written down!)
I Win: every day I am able to cross off at least two things off my "to-do" list.
I Lose: every time I lose my temper with my children. I always feel so bad afterwards.
I Wish: I had enough money to do the things I want to do (get my house decorated, take some
vacations, the list could go on and on).
I Listen: to the radio or music of some sort almost constantly from the time I get up until I go to
bed (unless I am watching t.v., teaching piano, or helping one of my kids with
I Can Usually Be Found: at home, with my kids, running back and forth from various
appointments, or at the computer
I Need: new clothes but I am not buying anymore until I loose some weight!
I Forget: birthdates of friends and family (especially extended). I really need to be better at
I Am Happy: with my life!

I tag Linda, Joella, and Rozanne

Thursday, October 2, 2008

If I Only Had Today

Bryon's cousin has talked about this latest CD by Hilary Weeks on her blog. I finally broke down today and went out and bought it. The title of the first track really put into words all the thoughts that have been going through my mind the past couple of weeks.

Two weeks ago, listening to the Sounds of Sunday on our favorite local radio station, it was announced that a long time announcer on the radio had been vacationing with his family in Hawaii and had been in a horrible scuba diving accident. He was on life support and they were asking for listeners prayers. I awoke the next morning to find out that this radio personality had passed away. Although I had never personally met Wayne Richards, I felt like I knew him from listening to him every morning on the radio. My heart ached for his family and co-workers.

A few nights later, Bryon was at a work meeting and I got a phone call from a friend stating that a mutual friend of ours son was in an accident and ended up hitting a pedestrian and killing him. The man he happened to hit was a husband of one of Bryon's aides. Our hearts went out to both of these families affected in this horrible tragedy.

Both of these events have really got me thinking lately. This song by Hilary Weeks really put into words my feelings of the past two weeks. So Bryon, Sam, Conner, Logan and Natatlie I publish these song lyrics for you.

It seems like I've watched a million sunsets
And stared at a thousand full moons
Sometimes it feels like I've been here forever
And sometimes it all feels brand new.

I could never count the heartbeats
From the day I was born until now
But not a single one goes unnoticed
By Him who breathes life in me somehow.

But if there were no more tomorrows
If I knew that I could not stay
I know how I'd spend every moment
If I only had today.

I'd hold you and listen
And I'd let the dishes sit in the sink
I'd tell you I loved you over and over
And for once I'd just let the phone ring
Then I'd remind you of forever
And how our love would never change
If I only had today.

I'd wake up before the sun did
And I'd watch as you quietly sleep
I'd pray for time to move slowly
Knowing the moment won't keep

All the gifts that Heaven has given
Every blessing that's come my way
Wouldn't mean anything without you
So if I only had today.

I'd hold you and listen
I'd memorize every detail of your face
I'd tell you I loved you over and over
I wouldn't let excuses get in the way
Then I'd remind you of forever
And how our love would never change
If I only had today.

There's no time like the present
Life doesn't come with any guarantees
The sun will set and time won't wait.

So while I have today

I'll hold you and listen
I'll let the dishes sit in the sink
I'll tell you I love you over and over
For once I'll just let the phone ring.
And I'll remind you of forever
And how our love will never change
Because I have today.

A blog I have been following said it perfectly on her blog.

Life is short.
Make the most of the time you have.
Every second and every minute counts.
Hug a little tighter.
Laugh a little longer.
Yell a little less.
Forget about the mess.
and remember that the very most important things are those that depend on us the very most.
our children.
our families.