Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I hung back and watched him try every trick he knew to make these kids want to play with him. At one point a train passed in the distance. Theres Jack shouting and waving his arms "Guys! A Train!" one kid finally turned to him and said "Its just a train."
Jack gathered up a bunch of acorns and brought them over to the group. "Check it out! they are grapes made of wood!" Unimpressed stares and then finally "they are just acorns, kid."
A while later one of the girls made the suggestion to her pals that they should play house. Jack jumped up super excited to show his domestic skills "Yeah, lets play house and I'll be the dad!" Finally one of the girls turned to Jack and just said "Uh, we don't want to play with you."He was crushed. He came over to me and said " I showed 'em my acorns but they didn't think they were cool." I responded (all the while stifling the urge to go over and throttle the little bitch) " I think your acorns are cool." You may be shocked but this provided little comfort. "Yeah, but you're my mom."
Why are kids so mean? What is a mom to do when she sees her kid excluded like this? Probably the only thing worse than being left out is being that kid with the mom who steps in to fight his battles. Afterwards we had a pretty good talk about choosing nice friends and how he can't control how others choose to behave but he can choose how he behaves and now he knows to always include everyone. This message/lecture was DRILLED into me as a child and its always funny to hear myself sound EXACTLY like my mother.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It really is amazing what he picks up on. I have learned the hard way that no swear word crosses my lips without it being recorded and cataloged in his little brain, and then inevitably rears its ugly head at the most inappropriate of times. Also he has inherited his mom's photographic memory for song lyrics so I have to now censor everything that plays in our car. I realized this a few months back when I found out that Jack had announced to his sunbeam class at church that he was "bringing sexy back". We were driving down the road last week and a song came on. He yells from the back seat. "Mom, this song is SO high school." Oy Vey.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Me: Hey maybe if you are really really good today we can go on a date to QT later.
Jack: Yeah! I love QT.
Me: Let me ask you something, If you had the choice between going to heaven or going to QT, which would you choose?
Jack: Isn't there QT in heaven?
So you can see Jack has some pretty high expectations for the hereafter. Forget streets paved with gold...give him free flowing icee machines and greasy hotdogs cooking on rollers.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We had a birthday party for Grandma Haws yesterday at Kristen's house and what a party it was! We had pizza and cake and games. Here are the highlights:
The best part was that my mom was in charge of the games and she just made it up as she wnt. It was HILARIOUS to see how much the kids loved these games, one of which involved nothing more than passing an empty cup around a circle. I was sure that the kids would realize that there was absolutely no point to this game, but sure enough, they just passed that cup giggling the whole time. It never occured to any of them that there was no object to the game. no winners or losers, no skill involved...just cup passing. My mom is a genius with kids. she assured me that they would love it and what do you know...they did. Jack said afterwards, "I was a really good passer" Yes Jack, you just might end up in the cup passing olympics.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Anyway, I was trying to turn over cars and I have got to hand it to the liberals. Cars are really heavy. I then went out looking for people to assault and stores to loot etc. but unfortunately, I live in an area that is heavily populated with other Republicans and so most everyone was at home since they have JOBS and KIDS. I guess someone has to go to work and make some taxable income so that all of the democrats in the country can get their welfare checks and have someone to pay for their healthcare.
Finally I decided that I was tired of rioting and that I should probably get back to my family. One distraught Republican just doesn't make for a good riot.
The great news about the election (besides 102 getting approval) is that the value of our gun collection just went through the roof. I guess there is always a silver lining.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Jack loved playing with Nick's girls. Amanda is five and Allison is seven and they are two of the cutest girls in the world. Apparently Jack and Allison had a special connection, because they decided to hold hands for a large portion of the evening. It was absolutely adorable, but the best part was how proud John was of Jack for being a ladies man. Especially because Allison is SEVEN years old. What can we say, he likes older women. Allison is a tiny little thing and Jack is a giant, so you can see they make a cute couple despite a three year age difference. GO JACK!
When we were on the way home, we must have hit something in the road becasue we all heard a loud pop but then didn't think much of it. A few miles later we completely blew out a tire on our van. Of course we were on a completely dark stretch of road with no flashlight in a scary part of town. it took John a little while to put on the spare tire in the dark, but eventually we were on our way.
To all of the crazy carnies, deep fried twinkie vendors, the toothless ride operators and the largest horse in the world: SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Jack- "You know who makes you wanna fight?"
Jack- "The Devil."
Ella- "Yeah, the devil makes you wanna fight and Jesus makes you wanna do good stuff."
Jack- "The Devil is a really bad guy. The baddest guy there is."
Ella- "Jesus is a really, really good guy. Jesus is in control of everything I do."
Me- "Woah, Ella, Jesus has set a perfect example for us to follow and if we are smart we will follow it, but he is not in control of everything you do."
Jack- "Jesus is in control of everything I do...except when I fight, then its the Devil."
Me- "no, you guys are in control of yourselves. Jesus wants you to do good things and the Devil wants you to bad things, but you get to choose.
There was a thoughtful pause and I could see that Jack was thinking really hard.
Jack- "Hey Ella, do you know who the Devil is?"
At this point I was expecting either a philosophical remark, "our enemy" or a doctrinal remark, "Jesus's bad brother" or even a simple identification "Satan". This was not so.
Don't worry, I spent the next five minutes trying to convince Jack that contrary to what he may have overheard his daddy saying, Obama is not the Devil. He is just a guy running for President that we don't think would be a good choice, because he wants to take away our guns and raise our taxes. He is NOT THE DEVIL. Just a person who we disagree with about alot of things.
Senator McCain might want to consider hiring Jack to do some campaigning. He already knows how to sling mud.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Here is Milan and Jack in one of their wrestling fests. Its so great for Jack and Milan to spend time together becasue he can gett all of his boy-aggression out on someone who can take it and appreciates it. Jack and Ella are best friends but she'll never quite understand the beauty of a great headlock.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Hopefully we will get even more coverage tomorrow.
It has been interesting to see everyone's response to greiving. I have seen people just fall apart and I have seen people who need to cling to someone and I have seen people withdraw and be alone. I have discovered my resopnse is to find a job and to stay busy trying to be useful. This has been theraputic for me as it helps me feel just a little less powerless against mortality. I spent all day getting this press release out to every news outlet in town and I have become the official donation cheerleader for the Matt Bachrach Memorial Fund.
Tomorrow we are taking Brigham and Hunter to Walking with Dinosaurs and I am really excited about it. I really want the boys to just have an amazing time and to have a cool happy experience that they will remember. The Viewing/Visitation is tomorrow which will be hard on everyone, so I'd like to at least start the day off with something purely fun for the kids.
Brenda is amazing. She understands that by letting people serve her right now she is really serving them. She has kept such a calm and classy demenor and she has been so strong for her kids. She is an incredible woman under any circumstances, but this is the ultimate and she is proving that her strength and grace are the real thing. She inspires me.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Here is the link to one of the articles about the accident:http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/stories/Phoenix-local-news-090708-double-fatal-i10-ax.535067af.html
We will all miss you Matt.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This is Talan and Abe on the day we arrived having a good conversation. Both of these babies are so good natured and sweet but with very different personalities. It was fun getting to know Talan. We discovered that Abed literally eats about 5 times the amount that Talan eats. Incidentally, he also has 5 times the stinky diapers.
We went to build a bear workshop on Wednesday because none of us had ever been and we thought it would be fun. Jack picked a T-rex and Reagan picked a Panther. Because we were in Provo they had a little missionary outfit complete with a Book of Mormon and a Bible. Jack picked the little missionary out fit as soon as he saw it. I thought it was a perfect Utah Souvinir. He named it Elder Tinkalicious Kramer. I have no idea where he got Tinkalicious from but I thought it was pretty funny. Reagan picked a pop star outfit. We laughed about how opposite their choices were.
On Thursday we went to the Farm at Thanksgiving Point. The weather was absolutely perfect and so we hung out for a long time in the grass and checking out all of the animals and stuff. One of the best parts about Utah is how many family friendly things there are all around. The kids got to have a couple of pony rides and the babies loved playing in the grass.
It was hard to resist this picture. Stephanie and I titled it
On Friday Stephanie went to a salon and got our hair done. I really don't know what I was thinking when I decided to cut all of my hair off, but thats a whole other story. We had a cousin babysit the four year olds and we took the babies with us to the salon. I had no idea that this ordeal would take FOUR HOURS and before we were done the babies had had it. I gave Abe a piece of licorice to try to keep him happy. Lets just say that the licorice worked. I had to hose him off afterwards in the salon sink! I love this picture because he is about the same age as Jack when we gave him his first taste of candy which was also licorice.
Saturday was game day! Steph and David have season tickets to BYU Football. It was the first BYU game I have ever been to and I loved it! Their seats are really close to the field and the cheer leaders cheer right in front of us so there was always something interesting to watch. BYU played Northern Iowa and they kicked their butts. It was so fun to be apart of the excitement.
On Monday a storm moved in and the temperature dropped about 40 degrees! We of course didn't even pack sweat shirts so we raided the Adair's closets. Here is Jack and Carsten in matching Sun Devil sweatshirts playing in the rain. These two play really great together. I loved seeing Jack with all of Stephanie's boys because he worships them and he can get all of his boy-ness out. They wrestle and run around and play football etc. Jack loved playing with all of his Utah cousins.
On Monday night David and Stephanie and I got a sitter and went shopping. I saw this Buzz Lightyear suit for Jack and I couldn't pass it up. What I really want to find one day is an adult size Buzz costume becasue I have always said that John looks like Buzz Lightyear. I think this costume is perfect on Jack.
Tuesday was finally time to go home to Arizona. The flight was full so I wasn't supposed to have a seat for Abe and was going to have to put him on my lap, but I overheard the flight attendants talking about a seat that was out of order because a kid had spilled chocolate and glitter all over it. I was able to negotiate a seat change and put Abe's seat into the chocolate seat. SCORE! He and Jack were both wonderful little travelers and the flight home was blissfully uneventful. Its funny how I used to dislike flying because it was boring. Now I just pray that it will be boring.
We were so happy to touch down back in Arizona. We had all missed John so much and it was so exciting to see him waiting for us outside of security. John brought me a dozen red roses and a new tank for himself... oh wait I guess that the tank was for Jack, although it was hard to tell with how much John played with it. He is such an overgrown kid. Thats why Jack has so much fun with him. Here is Jack giving Daddy all of the details of our fun trip.
A huge THANK YOU to Stephanie for putting us up and feeding us and entertaining us. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful family and even though I am sad that I don't get to see Stephanie and her family more often, it is really great to have a reason to go on vacation. We are so glad that we did this trip. John and I decided that we will try to plan another trip up there this winter with all of us.