Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Always a Party





Our goal each evening is to survive until about 7:15. This is the time each night when the event known as "getting ready for bed" takes place. It truely is an event. It's a clash of agendas. Ours vs. theirs. A clash of the titans. Us vs. them. Although very small, the kids collectively can wield quite a bit of influence as to the tone of the event. They remind me of fire ants. You see them, but don't pay much attention to them by themselves. In numbers, however, they can strike fear into you, no matter how big you are, and can inflict discomfort - even pain - seemingly with no warning.

Some nights are better than others, and even some nights bring with them some of the best "moments". After teeth brushing, potty, jammies, scriptures, 1 book and prayer, Chauntel usually puts Kayla down and Isaac and I head to the room together. Jackson is a toss up. We take turns with him, and we both have our own way of doing it. He just goes with the flow and understands that Dad does it this way, and Mom does it that way. Mom tells me how well Kayla is reading to her at night and I get to share stories like this to her about Isaac and mine's conversations:

Isaac has been wanting a cat for a while now. He says that, "when they meow, they just make me so happy". He asked me again for a cat the other night and I explained to him that cats make daddy sick because I'm allergic to them. He asked, "You don't want me to have a cat, Dad?". I told him again that I just can't be around them because they make me sneeze. He then said, " Well, maybe you can go where there are no Dads." I just told him that I'd look into finding that place and he covered up and went right to bed.

Once the kids are down, it's party time. There's usually a different party almost every night. There's the 24 party (on DVD), the I'll do dishes you do the floors party, and one of my favorites: our folding parties. I can usually tell when one of these are sneaking up on me because there's just no socks or underwear in the drawer one day. As I walk by the laundry room on my way out, that quick glance I give reconfirms the party planned for that night: about a 4 basket laundry folding party. YEAH BABY!!!

The other night we had a combined party: the Heroes (1st season on DVD) and folding party. We try to spice it up however we can. I've tried the topless folding party but with me being the only participant, it really wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be.

It's always a bonus when you get the over-flowing basket to start with and fold, and then realize that there are 2 big towels in the mix. YEAH! Done in no time! You then announce to the other spouse how lucky you are. That this was the towel basket.

It's also great when you start digging into the baskets how you can almost "hear" the clothes. Certain shirts or outfits bring an instant smile to you; thinking of Isaac wearing this shirt and how he said that he has to wear this one because he is a hoop star, and hoop stars wear this shirt. Or Makayla's running shorts that she likes to jog in around the block with Mom sometimes in the evening. I think of her coming back through the door with her red cheeks. Sometimes I get lucky and spend a little extra time in thought when I get to fold one of Momma's "pretty" items of clothing. Those are good memories.

The other night though, it was a little sock that made me stop for a while. It was one of Jackson's and as I picked it up, I immediately heard him running his lap through the living room, family room, and kitchen as he likes to do in the amazing time of about 20 seconds. I could hear his mumbling voice trying to tell me about something that was important to him as he made the final turn from the kitchen back into the living room, but what he was trying to say I'll never really know about. It's funny how important it was to get them down for bed so quickly can turn to missing them and when you hear a noise, running up to their aid to see if perhaps you can spend another moment with them before the night is gone.

This is more of a journal entry probably, but I don't have mine handy right now.

So as for the Logsdon's home, if it's past 8:15 and we don't aswer the phone, it's probably because of the party that's going on.








Monday, October 29, 2007

Some Logsdon Clips

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We'll put more videos up now that we know how to. And just for Uncle Mike, there'll surely be more of that great geetar music. Just for you little bro.

The clip of Isaac rockin' out is great. I walked in the door one day and he said, Dad, Dad! watch! and he just did his thing.

Since Chauntel and I refuse to buy furniture for our front room that we'll never use, it has turned into a football/soccer/gymnastics/guess where game (mom and dad - after hours) room.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I'm Jeremy's groupie

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here is a video of jeremy playing around on the guitar. i hope it's a good video clip. we didn't watch it before, to screen it for public viewing. we're trying to figure out the whole video clips for our blog thing.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Broken Camera!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The kids playing in their fort in the living room

O.K. so our brand new camera (used off of eBay) is broken. Not our fault this time. Except for buying it used in the first place. I sent it back to the guy and he's going to fix it or replace it. We'll see.

We did buy a new video camera. We haven't had a video camera for like three or more years. We left it on an air plane somewhere between Houston and who knows where. No one turned it in of course. They scored a bunch of Logsdon home videos. I hope they enjoy those:)

We are a new and improved (try to eat extra extra healthy) family. If anyone has any great healthy healthy dinner ideas, let me know. Oh and ideas on getting kids to eat healthy would be nice. Our kids have gone to bed starving for a week now. Poor kids, we have a video clip of them scream hysterically at the dinner table. I'm thinking of buy Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. Maybe if I sneak it they'll eat it (as long as it's in chicken nugget form:)

I think Makayla's playground worries are OK for the time being. I went to lunch with her again and she had Jeffery eat with us. I asked him what his favorite things about recess were. He said Makayla chasing him and playing soccer. Makayla smiled at that.

I think shouts are going to be a regular visitor to my blog:

GOOD LUCK MY SISTER IN LAW AMY ON YOUR TEST TO BE A TURBO KICK INSTRUCTOR

CONGRATULATIONS POPPY ON BEING CANCER FREE

GOOD LUCK TO MY SISTER ROCHELLE WITH STARTING CHEMO YESTERDAY, YOU'LL DO GREAT

CONGRATULATIONS MAKAYLA FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD READER (she read 5 books to me last night with HARDLY any help)

CONGRATULATIONS ISAAC FOR GET THREE LEAVES ON THE COMPLIMENT TREE (for being a special helper with out being asked and raising your hand so good)

CONGRATS AND GOOD LUCK TO MY SISTER KENDALL WHO IS HAVING TWIN BABY BOYS

GOOD LUCK TO MY MOM WITH ALL THE CRAZINESS IN YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN DO IT

CONGRATULATION TO JEREMY FOR MARRYING SUCH A GREAT LADY, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ALSO


this is too much fun i don't know if i can stop i'm sure i'll do it again so don't be sad if i forgot you

Friday, October 12, 2007

Another Shout Out



I can't get this photo any bigger. Some of you may not know that I have five amazing sisters. It was always A LOT of fun growing up with five girls, six girls, if you count mom. We kind of took over, but dad handled everything wonderfully. I aways thought that's what made me unique or different from those around me (having big family full of only girls) I always knew I'd have a big family just like it someday. Now that I have half as many as my mom, I realize truly how amazing she is. Our family has been through so much, but through it all, my parents have never let their testimonies waiver. They've always been strong in the gospel and totally 100% committed and in love with one another. To a child, that's just the way it should be - no exception, but now as an adult I see how much hard work they put in o each other, the kids, and the church, none of that just happens.

And of that hard work there are six amazing daughters (most now mothers). No matter how different our lives are or our choices may be, we each are loved. My oldest sister, Rochelle is actually who I'm shouting out. She is one of the most feisty women I know. She's truly able and capable of fighting anything that comes her way. She is strong. And along with that I know that there is a lovely Heavenly Father. He knows her, he loves her, and he is all powerful and knowing. I know this; if there's anything in this life that I know, that's it. Seasons change, ideas, and attitudes change, but I know that there is a God who watches over us. (1 Nephi 3: 1 Nephi says ..for he (the Lord) is mightier than all the earth, So why not Laban and his fifty, yea, or even than his tens of thousands?

I say, for the Lord is mightier than all the earth, so why not cancer. It happens everyday, if you just look around, MIRACLES.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pumpkin Patch, Recess, and More

Isaac on the hayride with some of his class friends. I was amazed at how well he listened and followed directions. Of course I saw a few slip ups, but oh well. Here's Jackson on the hayride. He had a good time.
Jackson was so brave. He fed the cows twice and the goat a few times. He did get scared a few times. Isaac said he didn't want to get slobber on himself (he's scared of everything)


I was able to go to the pumpkin patch with Isaac's preschool class. I took Jackson with me, I wasn't much help, but I think Jackson had a really good time. We went on a hay ride, fed the goats, sheep, and cows. Then we were able to pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. It was so nice out and it was a real fun time. I think Isaac does a whole lot better without me around though. He through a few tantrums because I wouldn't give him and Jackson Cheez-its. It was pretty embarassing, but I'll survive.
Makayla would just die if she knew that I was going to tell everyone this. From the first day of school she had two best friends, Jeffery, and Kaylee. Last week I went to eat lunch with her at school. She is allowed to pick one friend to come and eat with her. She chose Kaylee even though Jeffery was asking to join her. I think he got his feelings hurt. From that day til yesterday, which has been 5 school days, she says no one will play with her at recess. It breaks my heart in two. I emailed her teacher yesterday because she went to the nurses office with an upset tummy on her way out to recess. She told me the first day no one would play with her, she sat on the ground with her face in her hands:( We'll see how she does today. Her teacher said that she's always nice and great in the class and at recess, but that she would keep an eye on her.
Jackson is starting to speak a little better. He says car now and cool, wow, and dog. He loves playing with cars this last week. It's so cute. I catch him rolling cars along everything (couches, floors, walls) and running them into each other. He's also been lining them all up in rows :) Jackson's Dr appointment is Nov. 8th hopefully someone will cancell and they'll get us in earlier.
love ya all

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

REFLUX?

JACKSON EATING A WHOLE PEACH. I LOVE THAT HE'LL EAT ALMOST ANYTHING I TRY TO GIVE HIM. (almost, as long as it small portion all day long)
ISAAC AT THE FOOTBALL GAME. WHAT A CUTE KID!!!!!

So, I forgot to add something. I don't know yet, but Jackson may have reflux. I feel so bad. I thought the doctor was crazy for thinking that he had reflux. She mentioned reflux every time i went in to see her, but she never told me the signs to look for. All I knew about reflux is that as a baby you spit up all the time. He didn't a whole lot and now that he's older, he never spits up. Until a few weeks ago. He spit up twice and when he has anything with cheddar or straight milk he throws up (I thought he was just allergic) I got on a web page that gave like ten signs of reflux and he has like 8. I have to call the G.I. specialist today. I've already seen him, (like 5 months ago) but he's the one that will test him for reflux. I'm very excited that we may know whats wrong with him and that there's something we can do about it. I don't know much about it. So I don't know it he'll grow out of it or what. Hopefully he'll start eating, growing, and cheer up a lot.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SHOUT OUT TO ANGELA

THANK YOU! ANGELA SENT US BOX TOPS! AWESOME!!!!
MAKAYLA GOT HER FACE PAINTED LIKE A TIGER AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY. SHE HAD FUN CHASING THE BOYS AT THE STAKE PARTY THAT NIGHT!!!!
THE BOYS, ENJOYING THE FOOTBALL GAME. ISAAC ONLY STAYS FOR THE FOOD. JACKSON ENJOYS THE GAME A LITTLE MORE THAN THE FOOD!!!!!
MAKAYLA OUR MIGHTY MUSTANG, AND HER PROUD DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MOM WAS PROUD TOO. WE'VE ALWAYS KNOWN MAKAYLA IS RESPONSIBLE AND CONSIDERATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yesterday I had to rent a carpet doctor, because spilt half a galloon of paint on the carpet in my front room (formal dining room) I totally freaked, but I think I got it all up. It was white paint so it came up a little easier than the red paint all over jackson room. Here is still a red haze all over his room. And the purple and red make up didn't come up off of Isaac's room, and the purple soda on the stairs is barely noticeable now, and the red juice in the toy room is covered by a rug etc................................ So I guess the carpet will need replaced before we ever try to sell this place. Thank goodness jeremy didn't get his way, to recarpet before we moved in:)