Monday, March 31, 2008


Almost there! Aaron almost has intentional forward motion in his skill set. He rolls over at will either direction and pulls his body in circles to face a different direction. He loves to put things in his mouth, of course. But he is more interested in interacting with people than with objects. This evening he finally started moving forward to go after some blocks. With a look of desperation he pulls himself up on his knees and, if they don't shoot back out behind him again, they propel him forward towards his goal. He hasn't quite got it down, but he's not far off now!

Aaron has also started sitting up. We have to stay close and keep an eye on him though because he can't catch himself when he loses his balance.

Cuts, Easter Eggs, Spring Break, Family Fun, Exercise, Temple, Birthdays, Music, ER

Last week the girls had their spring break and we headed to our families for a week of work, family-time and fun! After church on Easter Sunday we went to Grandma and Grandpa Mavy's for our monthly family get together. We didn't make it in time for the easter egg hunt for the kids, but we had one for them on Tuesday to make up for it. My Dad also shared his birthday with Easter this year so we got to eat birthday cake with some of my family on Monday evening.

Thanks to my sisters in-law and Carolyn (Jason's Mom), I got to go walking outside twice! I usually don't do any kind of exercise when we visit family unless we stay with my parents and I walk with my mom in the early morning. It was so nice to feel like I haven't fallen "off the wagon." Also, thanks to Sheila, Jason and I were able to attend an endowment session at the Sacramento Temple. I can't remember the last time we were able to do a session together. It was so wonderful!

The kids had so much fun spending time with Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles, and Great Grandma's. Not to mention Aunt Joy, Uncle Kent, cuz Tonja, and Adrianna. Jason got to play the piano with them one night. He had fun but said he wasn't good enough to keep up.

The Friday evening before Easter we were all outside playing. Christopher took a short dive in the dirt and cut his head open on a piece of gravel in our yard. It didn't bleed much. But it looked deep so Jason took him to the Emergency Room for stitches. The hospital is less than a mile away so it is a short drive. After waiting over four hours Jason had had enough. It was 9:15 pm, Christopher wanted to go home and was getting restless and cranky and tired. He kept saying he was ready to go home, so they went home. We cleaned Chris' head, cut the hair and shaved his head around the wound, and applied some butterfly bandages. As you can see he toughed out the treatment pretty well.

Here's a shot of his head 10 days later. Click on the picture to see a large image.

You can just make out the smile shaped cut in the formerly shaved patch of his head. On the plus side he has a positive attitude about getting haircuts now. We kept feeding him while treating his head to draw his attention from the electric clippers, which he doesn't like at all.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Moose Hunting

A dentist and an accountant went on a fly-in moose hunt to Canada. The pilot flew them into their hunting area and told them he would be back in 5 days to get them. The two guys spent the next 5 days hunting and managed to get 4 moose.

The pilot returned on the appointed day and, upon seeing the moose, informed the hunters that he could not fly all 4 of them out because of the weight. The hunters informed him that they got 5 moose the previous year and the pilot didn't balk on them.

Not to be outdone by their previous pilot, the pilot helped the hunters load the moose and, engine straining, managed to coax the aircraft off the ground. He was unable, though, to gain enough altitude to clear a nearby mountain range and they crashed.

Luckily, the pilot and two hunters all escaped without injury. "Where do you think we are," asked the dentist. The accountant replied, "I'm not sure, but we can't be far from where we crashed last year."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Avocado Update

I decided I would look up how to grow an avocado tree on-line (duh! why didn't I think of THAT before?) and I have learned so much! First of all, I had the pit in the water upside down. I also learned that it takes almost a decade for the tree to produce any avocados and when it does they don't taste as good as the ones we can buy at the store. I read that most people just grow them to have as decorations in and around their home.
So I flipped the pit and we'll see what happens! Since I know now that we probably won't be able to reap any benefits from my efforts with this, I'll do what I can and maybe we'll enjoy another tree in our yard! I'm definitely not going to worry about what becomes of it since it was more of an experiment anyways.

Last year we grew Tomatoes, Corn, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Radishes, Tomatoes, Sage, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Tomatoes, and a Maple tree. Oh yeah, did I mention that we grew Tomatoes? Yeah we had those coming out our ears we had so many! I loved it! Tomatoes are my favorite! So, do you know of anything yummy that will grow well in beautiful California weather? I'd love to hear your suggestions and maybe try something new and exciting! What will you be growing in your garden this year?
Edit by jase:
You can see the diminutive corn is less than two feet tall yet already the tassels are developed. Gotta fertilize the corn with some nitrogen next time. We will have to use the space between the corn stalks too.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Emily's New Do

Emily came to me a few weeks ago and told me that she wanted her hair cut short again. I finally got to it about a week and half ago and thought I would show you all her new cute look!

Doesn't she look adorable! I love her with short hair! Not only is it easier to brush but it shows off her pretty face more! What do you think?

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Avocados Anyone?

Recently I read about how to grow your own avocado tree. I followed the directions I found and it said that something would sprout in about three days. It has now been five days and still no sprouts of any kind. Am I doing something wrong? Has anyone ever grown an avocado plant successfully? If so HELP! Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated!

Our goal for our garden this year is to grow most if not all the ingredients for our favorite salsa. Plus any other veggies that we enjoy eating.