Tuesday, October 28, 2008


After a long day, we like to play with Isabella and see all the new things she's learned to do. So far it consists of smiling and hitting her head with a rattle. Some day she'll learn to control those muscles!
This is me multi tasking. I'm breastfeeding, on the computer and answering Jamie's questions at the same time. Sometimes I'm even on the phone. But, I can only multi-task sitting down. Once I'm standing up, I can't do it anymore. If I'm on the phone, I can't vacuum or clean the bathroom-my sister Elisa rocks at multi tasking all the time. I need to be more like her!

Look how cute these two are. I love Isabella's puffy hair and Jamie's killer smile! I fell for that smile 10 years ago and it still gets me every time.

Sock Hop

Last Friday, Christian's school had what they call a Sock Hop. It's a fund raiser for some parent organization and they invite the families of the students to come and partake of some festivities which include dancing, cake walk, face painting, pizza, root beer, fake tattoos and pretty much anything else they could come up with to get more money. The neat thing is that all year (remember these kids started school july 7th) they teach the students how to dance to the popcorn song, the macarena and a bunch of other dances. They even teach them to dance with a partner. It was so fun. Christian had been telling me his favorite class was PE, which is when they do all the dance teaching. Anyway, the dancing reminded me of Argie. I remember being a kid and going to the Christmas, New Years, Quincenieras and many other bailes that our ward would have. They all started late, but kids (like myself who was only 5-7 for these memories) would dance until 1 in the morning. Good thing the Sock Hop only lasted 2 hours and started at 6:30 because I was ready to be done! How fun his school does such a good job of preparing the kids to dance and teaching them how to get out there and boogie!!!

Christian dancing with Anika from his school. She is also in our ward and I found out on Sunday from her little sister that Anika has a "crush" on Christian. Nico was told by the little sister and came to tell me. These are his exact words "Mom, Anika just has a crush right on my brother!" Then he proceeded to tell me that he had a crush on me and Isabella. What do you say to that? I tried to set him straight, but I still think he's still confused. What a ham!

Snow Angel

So our first snow of this season was on Christian's birthday. Nicolas was set on getting all dressed up and going outside to play in the snow. So, we hauled on downstairs, found the winter box, found his winter clothes, put them on and 20 minutes later he was ready to trek through 2 feet of snow. Well, he went outside, tried out two snow angels and decided it was time to call it quits. He was out there for a total of 3 minutes. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!! I made him clean up all his gear (took him two days, but he did it). We'll see if he wants to pull that same stunt any time soon.

Drum Roll Please.....

So, I pulled my sewing machine out recently to put it to some use. I had to brush off the dust and clean out some parts, but it's still working and running great. I thought it would be a good idea to make the boys Jedi Costumes for Halloween. While at Disneyland, they were trained in the ways of a Jedi at the Jedi Training Academy. They received diplomas and everything. As I watched the program I thought, "hey, I could make those costumes". So I got online, downloaded some instructions and a trip to wal mart and 10 bucks later I had made these costumes. Not bad for 10 bucks! The Karate tops were hand me downs from Max and Cassidy. I love hand me downs!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Christian!

Christian turned 7 today. How time does fly. Our baby boys is in first grade and doing all sorts of things. He's been playing the piano and has told me that he wants to be famous for playing the piano someday. As a mom, I gotta love that statement! Here are some memories that Jamie and I have of Christian:

I remember being pregnant with him and watching the twin towers come crashing down and wondering what this world would be like for my unborn baby.
I remember how he always needed the perfect "symphony" as my dad called it, in order to fall asleep. That is where he got the nickname Beethoven (my Dad re-names all the grandkids what ever he wants!). The perfect symphony meant it had to be dark, quiet and no distractions.
I remember him at 18 months with these cute navy blue overalls trying to climb the porch steps in our Orem house.
I remember him holding up his hand to my and in a deep dark creepy voice saying "no mom, no."
I remember his first day of Headstart in Moscow getting on the bus. I wanted to cry, but I had to run to my classes and couldn't give myself that luxury.
I remember how he used to tell everyone at his preschool he loved them. His teacher said he must have said it to everyone, except maybe the male bus driver.
I remember how he used to hum himself to sleep. He would sit in the car and make this crazy one tone sound in order to fall asleep.

He is such a unique kid. We love how much joy and entertainment he brings into our lives. He has always been a good kid. he loves to make sure things are fair. He is especially good at obeying rules. He loves rules, math, science and is beginning to appreciate reading. We love you Beethoven!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bubbles Liquor World

If you have ever been down from Denver and exited at the Castle Rock Outlets exit, you have probably noticed the large store called Bubbles Liquor World. It's written in blue and yellow making it very vibrant and cheerful. Check out this conversation in the car today as we drive by the liquor store:

Christian: Bubbles....World (has a hard time reading the 'liquor' part).
Nico: How come we never get to go there? (in his new whiney voice-can't wait for that to end.)
Me: Because it's really called Bubbles Liquor World and liquor means stuff like beer and alcohol.
Christian: Why do they call it Bubbles?
Me: I don't know, just for...-(interupted by Christian).
Christian: Oh, probably because the beer has bubbles and stuff.

I can't believe I was outsmarted by my first grader. How many times have I driven by Bubbles Liquor World and actually wondered why they use 'bubbles' in the name? MANY times. I've been reading it far longer than he has-he just learned how to read!

Anyway, it's my smarty pants birthday tomorrow and I'm hoping he has a good day. I still haven't planned his birthday party, but I did get him a present. The plan is to make Mickey Mouse pancakes for breakfast, go to his school with cupcakes and finish the day at Nico's end of season soccer party. We'll have a family party Sunday and I'm trying to put a Video Game party together for him and a few friends (thanks Elisa for the idea).

Thursday, October 16, 2008

California, Knows How to Party!

Warning-this post may be too much if you're not related to the Townsends or Sosas in some way. Here we go...

California was great! We had so much fun hanging out with family, going to Disneyland, Seaworld and shopping by Steve and Keri's house. We can't wait to do it again. I'm already on the lookout for cheap tickets to Cali. Next time we wont spend as much money cause we've already done all the "fun" stuff! Our trip started out with a cold saturday at Steve and Keri's house. Keri was 8 months prego and look AMAZING. How funy that pregnant women look so beautiful when you're not pregnant. I know how she feels though, it feels great to get that bundle of joy out. Christian, Nico and Steve James had a great time playing and ripping Steve James' room apart. If you see the pic below, you will notice the beginnings of a gynormous mess. By the time Christian and Nico got ready for bed, Jamie and Steven had to literally brush all the toys to one side of the room to make room for the pull out bed. The boys had a great slumber party that first night. Steve and Keri were great about letting them party-what fun our boys had. We can't wait for the slumber party at our house in Colorado!

This room is temporarily clean. It eventually turned into such a mess that you couldn't even see the floor. They had a blast!
Look at these cute boys! How much fun we had with Steve and Keri. All three of them are so much alike in their likes and dislikes, it was very fun to see. Notice the Lego Star Wars shirt-my boys totally dig that kind of stuff.
Saturday we took the opportunity to walk through this great shopping center by Steve and Keri's house. It's called the Grove (sp?) and has fabulous outdoor shopping. I ran into the GAP and everyone else got together for a great pic in front of a fountain.
Sunday we took it easy and hung out at the Hotel, which was like 2 blocks from the beach. We hung by the pool and Steve, keri and KT and Brett came by. Elisa and I made dinner with the help of Alan at the grill. It was so fun hanging out and chatting. It felt like old times. The pic above cracks me up because Isabella looks like she's wearing a wig. I love all her hair.
I miss living by these guys. KT is also prego and due in the early spring. Can't wait to find out what she's having.
Monday was Disneyland with the Arthurs. We had a blast with them. The three older boys got to be in the Jedi training academy and were so excited about it. Crazy thing about this day. Very crowded and very hot. Who thought a Monday in October would be so busy. I was glad when Disneyland closed at 8 pm for the day. It was a long day and Isabella did fairly well. The cousins LOVED being together.
These cousins are two months apart and love each other. It's so cute to hear them talk on the phone. Hallie always has a nice compliment for Nico and Nico loves to talk to anyone who will listen.
Not the best pic. I didn't have as many pics of Summer, Jaxon or Hallie-Elisa you need to send me some. Tuesday was Seaworld and we LOVED that. The Shamu show was great. I could have done without all the cheesy "believe" crap, but it was amazing. We sat in the soak zone and got soaked! Jaxon and Hallie didn't love getting wet as much as everyone else, which I thought was hilarious.

Shamu-what a fun show to watch!

Wednesday was our day off to relax and go to the Beach. Jamie, Steve and Alan got up early to get in some surfing before any of us got up. Steve ended up pushing his teeth through his skin and had to go to the emergency room for some stiches. Poor guy didn't even get to surf, I think the first run they did Steve gets hurt and Jamie busts his board in two. These two guys have had bad luck lately. We hope that things don't continue to turn out so badly when they get together.

Thursday was Disneyland with Steve and Steven James. The boys had a blast and so did Jamie and Steve. We had such a good time with them. Friday we spent the day at their house again and Christian, Nico and Steven James put on a play for us. It was so cute. They all had speaking parts and rehearsed at least "seven" times, as Christian told us. The play involved light sabers, fighting and someone dying at the end-too much fun.

So that was our trip to Cali. We loved it. Thanks Alan, Elise, Steve, Keri, KT and Brett. We had a great time with all of you and wish we could see you guys every day!