Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lost Tooth Time!

The tooth came out last night! :) And the tooth fairy is very forgetful and didn't come when she was supposed to. But she came through tonight. :)




What a cute little hole in her smile.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Waiting . . .

Well, since I am waiting for the huge glump of pictures to upload to Snapfish while listening to my dad snore at random intervals as he catches some nightime ZZZ's, I think I'll put in a blog post.
Here is a little ditty I call :
10 years ago
- I was 17 years old
- I didn't like to look in mirrors cause I thought I was fairly unattractive (especially compared to my older sister, who always looked perfect)
- Went to voice lessons every week
- But never won a competition
- Was very shy and uptight and nervous

- Didn't have a best friend, or many friends at all, for that matter!
- Worked as a Dental Assistant for my father
- Spent nearly every lunch hour in the library
- Was a bit infatuated with a boy I had never spoken to
- Went to high school with my older sister and younger brother, which was kinda cool
- Drove to BYU for classes in a stick shift Volvo, which I got pretty good at
- Took an acting class at afore mentioned BYU and learned I have no acting skills whatsoever!
- Sang a solo in the school Christmas program, which was quite frightening.
- Was a "Mama" (please note: I was not the"Mama", I was a "Mama". Big difference. I was just an extra) in the schools musical of Fiddler on the Roof. It was pretty fun
- And therefore discovered I didn't fit in with the drama kids.
- Who did I fit in with anyway ? . . .
Yeah . . . um, and I don't know what else to put except for MAN am I glad I am done being a teenager! It definitely wasn't the golden age for me! I was quite the loner.

So, my ten years ago might seem a bit depressing, but I don't find it so. Because I see progress! I am doing better now than I was then, and all in all, I guess it wasn't that bad afterall. I turned out okay since I'm not too crazy. :D But yeah, I still am glad it is over with! :)


Sunday, November 6, 2011

On Top of It



On Top of It . . . yes, what a nice idea. I used to think that someday I would exprience what this phrase means. But upon further reflection, I realized that this hope would never come to pass. For various reasons, the main one being: The whole notion of being "On Top of It" or having complete control and understanding of everything in ones life is a FALLACY. Yep, it can't be done folks! I don't believe in it, and neither should you! Well, that makes my life easier. I am now free to be as dismally ineffective as ever. The laundry is piled to the ceiling? Eh! No matter, I'll never be "On Top if It" anyway! Dishes have been in the sink for 3 days? Pshaw! I'll wait until we have none left to use, there will just be more to do after every meal anyhow! Okay, okay, okay, this isn't going in quite the direction I was planning. . . On a more serious note, becoming aware that having complete control and understanding is an unrealistic goal, one should hopefully feel more free and less pressure. But not so much that one doesn't want to still strive to improve and do better. My main goal with this is to not feel so frustrated, inadequate or whatever when I find that I still can't seem to get a good handle on all the changes that happen in life. When we have to finagle and stretch ourselves into a new routine and make it work or when my house is just a WRECK (which is the state it is in this very minute)! So, while I can't ever realisically hope to be on top of it all, I can be on top of moments here and there. I can understand that when I need to check out at the grocery store, Barrett will need to be held, Kenny will need to be watched out of the corner of my eye and Lexi will need a question answered. I can be on top of that. I can be on top of cooking a quick meal with 3 kids needing attention seemingly all at the same time. I can be on top of when I need a break or when I need to lock myself in my room for ten seconds so I finish up a short conversation on the phone.




And most important of all? I can be on top of loving the 4 most important people in my life: My husband, my daughter, my son and my baby.






And when I am on top of that, everything else doesn't matter. Not really.


*But that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement! :)*

Monday, October 17, 2011

Supergirl

We had a crazy weekend. It was fun, but very very crazy. Fixed brakes, grocery shopping, a very long Primary program practice, birthday party, and Harvest party. We were busy, busy, busy from 1-9! Resting didn't happen much on Saturday. And then this Sunday didn't provide much rest either because poor little Barrett had a fever. And then this Monday we have been getting ready for my family to come to visit. It has been lots of fun, don't get me wrong. But tiring. Anyway, after our crazy Saturday, Lexi ended the day like you see her in the last picture. She was wearing her superhero cape and mask from the party and was completely tuckered out!!! I thought it was pretty darn hilarious and cute! :)




This is a beautious rag rug I started during general conference.

I really like it, especially how fast it was to complete.




Kenny dumped glue on Barrett's head the other day.

Barrett didn't seem to mind.




My kids loved playing in the rain.

So much rain!
















Making cinammon rolls with Daddy.

They were goooood . . .






Kenny in his superhero getup.







Even supergirl has to sleep!!!


And so does mommy, so good night!















Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baby Bear and the Birthday



Ah, phooey. I had a nice long post written, and it is gone. Poof! What a waste of time! :( Well, Barrett had his birthday two weeks ago, and it was a nice day for the little Bun, although crazier than I would have liked. And it came at the tail end of a week when Carl worked evenings (I really do not like these weeks!) so suffice it to say that the kitchen and house overall were worse for wear. And I was "terrible worn out" (Anne of Green Gables, anyone?). So, his Birthday didn't turn out quite as I wanted or imagined (of course, none of them have . . .). But it was a nice day nonetheless and he seemed happy with it! :)















































Kenny is on a "I-am-whatever-is-on-my-shirt" kick right now. So, he picks his shirts carefully and then pretends to be whatever is proudly displayed on his chest. Sometimes he is a car, sometimes he is Spiderman, but on this day of days, he was a Buffalo! :)










Charming girl.






Pretty happy if you ask me!!!

:)

And the epitome of cuteness too . . .






The story here? Lexi saw the balloon and the paper fan she made and recieved a vision! LOL a vision in which she made a peacock, apparently with Picasso as her inspiration! I loved this little peacock, and was sad to see it deflated a couple of days later.

So cute, creative and smart. That is my Lexi in a nutshell.



I love my little family.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Decision




Well, to start I will tell y'all the final decision that we made concerning Lexi's schooling. We are going to leave her in for the rest of this term, then we will try homeschooling for the second term, and then we will decide which one we like more. Seems like a good plan to me.
This way, we get a really good idea and feel for what it is like both ways. She is doing fine, by the way. She has made friends and has made the adjustment well, but I feel like her being gone so much is not the right fit for us or her right now. I feel like a five year old being away from home 7 hours a day 5 days a week, when being home is an option (ie: I don't work outside the home), is unnecessary. When Carl works evenings she hardly sees him for more than 15 min. each day that week. And I feel like my time with her during the week is not full of quality time because by the time she gets home (3:30) we are nearing time to make dinner and start the bedtime routine, otherwise known as the arsenic hour (within an hour and a half). So, that is the decision. There are definite pros and cons either way, and I want to give them both a try. And, to tell you the truth, I really miss my Lexi. If it was just half day, I would have no problemo! None whatsoever, but 7 hours is not what we need right now.








And now, some pictures:







Another Clegg family train




Kenny started Joyschool, and loves it! He never has any qualms about being at another mom's housefor 1 1/2 hours, most of whom he hardly knows. If they have different TOYS, he is good to go!












And who is this horrid bugger? He is Hornworth, the truly massive caterpillar that devoured most of my healthy pepper plant in one night. He was about 4 inches long and about 1 inch around (maybe more). He was the biggest monster of a caterpillar I have ever seen! * For anyone who cares, he is a Hornworm, and would have turned into a Hummingbird moth. And I don't know what his fate was, I threw him over the fence. :) *

And what is this mess? Lexi decided on night after watching Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus that she was going to have some iceskates. This is her cute attempt at making herself a pair. :D





Two final notes. There is finally some activity in my garden. I have 3 baby squash growing. Hopefully they keep it up. I am somewhat excited and hopeful. And . . . Barrett's first birthday is this Saturday!!!







Tuesday, September 13, 2011

At my house this evening



My girl is happy with her swing, my boy is happy with his new
caterpillar friend named "Squishy" and my baby is happy with the
dirt. :)





P.S. Barrett is NOT about to get hit by Lexi on the swing. It just looks like it. Carl is actually holding Lexi back for "Barrett Crossing".

Thursday, August 25, 2011

More Confessions

Here goes . . .

1. I just downed 2 pudding cups.

2. And I have no intention to do any exercise anytime soon.

3. We watched the Barbie as Rapunzel movie today. I loved it. What can I say? It makes me feel all warm and toasty inside. It's a feel good kind of show and it made me feel good. :P

4. I watch Dance Moms and I like it a lot. It's a guilty pleasure.

5. My teeth are yellow. Lexi told me so.

:D

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

School starts . . .



And I am not ready. I think I am almost avoiding going to bed because school will start sooner (so it seems) the quicker I go to sleep! I was not reassured and completely impressed after going to the Meet the Teacher today. I mean, everything is fine and dandy, but, I dunno. The classroom seemed kinda small, akin to crowded. And their schedule seems a bit too full (with only one recess!!!) for kindergardeners. And I worry that he teacher won't be as loving as I think she should be. I am worried it will be too much for Lexi to handle all at once.






Hmmmm, I just need to give it a chance, and be positive. Lexi is excited about it. Her only reservation is concerning weather or not she will get lost. (She got lost at an amusement park this summer and is having a hard time getting past it. She still talks about it a lot.) We have reassured her over and over again that she will not get lost. But if she does, there are lost of people there who can help her!






So here is the game plan. We give it a good 2 week trial period. We ponder, observe and discuss how we are feeling about everything and go from there. Yeah, that sounds like a good plan. Who know what the future will bring? Maybe we both will love it!






But that doesn't mean I am ready for this . . .

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Resurrecting the Photo Blog













Just a note to anyone who would like to take a peek now and then. I am ressurecting the Photography blog. It is under a new address and new name: http://www.hardcandypix.blogspot.com/




See ya later!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Stochastic Thoughts On My Mind

1. I just learned a new word today. . . can you tell???

2. The power was off for a loooong time (so it seemed). Hallelujah it is back on!!!

3. A/C is good. We like A/C.

4. I have lost a cute little toad in my house. His/her name is Alesha and he/she is brown and bumpy. If you see this toad, send him/her my way please! I have a little 5 year old girl who is going to be really unhappy to find her new pet is gone. :(

5. She will be even more sad if she finds a shriveled up toad a few days later. . .

6. I really like making new friends and building stronger bonds with old ones. As time passes, I realize more and more how important deep, fulfilling relationships and friendships are. A good social network isn't just something people want, it truly is something we all need in order to be healthy individuals. Attaining this network is hard work at times, and, depending on where we are, can sometimes seem impossible. But truly deep and fulfilling friendships can be found wherever we go. Sometimes we just find them in places we never thought to look . . .

7. Speaking of places to look, where am I going to find that TOAD?!?

8. Lexi is starting school next week. Damn, I am not ready for this . . .

9. Kenny is funny. And doesn't take to the whole notion of using the potty consistently very well.

10. Barrett needs to start sleeping better. So that this momma can start sleeping better too.

11. Sleep. I like sleep. Maybe I should go do this thing called "sleep". Oh, wait, I still have to do this, and this and this (find a toad???) and this (tallys fingers) . . . . . Maybe later.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

For Grammy and Grampsy Joao

My mom and brand new stepdad went to Ireland on their honeymoon and sent us some goodies they got for us while there. We love them (goodies and Grammy and Gramspy, that is)! And we were supposed to Skype them while we opened the box, but . . . well, Carl posted some furniture on Craigslist in the free section and gave my name and # for people to contact and 5 minutes thereafter all hell broke loose on my phone! I had 12 voicemails, several text messages and my goodness, it was a zoo! "What have you done to me?!?", I half jokingly said to Carl. Next time he can post his name and number, I say! Anyhoo, the package came right when I was in the midst of telling people to come over and take a look and working out details with all the text messages and yada yada yada. At least we got rid of the stuff that night. Within the hour, I think. And so, of course Lexi had torn into the box before I had a chance to even think about Skyping. Mom understands, of course. Here are pictures to make up for the lack of Skyping. And just because we like to take pictures a lot around here! :) :) :)



Barrett was soooo tired in this picture.




Lookin' good!


I love love love this sweatshirt on Kenny! Just my style. :)





All the kids having fun with their loot.

*The onesies are a little small on Barrett, unfortunately.*




Lexi loves her backpack and special pencils. Just in time for school!



Me wearing my necklace and ring. :)




Other random cute pictures.



Lexi made a nest for Barrett and was tickling him. It was very sweet. :)



Barrett was enthralled with these Chinese lanterns.



And this is Barrett's new favorite place to sleep.

He nods off in this special place nearly every day!


P.S. I have been feeling the blogging love lately from my friends and I just wanted to say, Thank You! It was really nice to hear such kind words of encouragment from all of you. :)


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Starting Kindergarten









Yeah, Lexi is starting Kindergarten this year. And I am seriously experiencing feelings of trepidation at the prospect of her spending seven hours away from her Mommy five days a week! I get anxiety and a headache and I am not sure what is best to do. You see, our school district, and pretty much every school district that we called here in Oklahoma City, doesn't offer half day Kindergarten (or Pre-K) anymore!!! It is all full day! Here I am thinnking, "What the he**!?! Whatever happened to a smooth transition?" It seems like too much too soon. Does anyone else feel the same way?











I hope I can find a solution soon that feels right. I have been looking into a Montessori school that seems awesome, but the tuition would make the budget tighter around here.





I know that a lot of moms cry when their children start school, and I am told that it is mostly because she is my first, but a headache, anxiety and the blues? Is that normal? Or am I just weird??? I know she will do fine, whatever schooling choice we make. And we will closely monitor how she is progressing and feeling. She says she wants to try full day, so we will give it a try. I just need to chill out and remember that homeschooling is always an option. :)








P.S. This picture took forever to get, and it still isn't right!!!

P.P.S Barrett chipped his tooth today at the pool, poor little guy. The low point of our day. :(


P.P.P.S What does "P.S." mean, anyway?


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Vacation Stuff

Alrighty, this is a looooong picture post that I am finally doing after putting it off for so long!

To start, I wanted to post some pictures of the kids enjoying the fun fishing game and gummies that someone in our ward left for us anonymously. The kids loved it, as did I! :) Thanks, whoever you are! It really is super cute and creative. I especially like the Jellyfish. :)





Barrett enjoyed it as well.





Cute fattiness is my baby Bear.
(Holding a fishing pole from the game, btw. It's magnetic.)


My birthday was the next day, and Carl made it a wonderful day!



My B-day cake and Dr. Pepper. Carl made this fantastic cake himself! :)





27 Big Ones!


Sooooo, . . . this year we took a rather long summer vacation. We went to Colorado first and visited cousins there for 5 days while Carl attended a conference.



We had fun at a Splash Pad while there.

(My boys realllllly like water.)



Lexi was in heaven having fun with her cousins.

Sometimes it is hard being away from family most of the year.

:(


After said goodbye to the cousins and left Colorado, we went to UT and stayed for 3 weeks! Carl flew back to OK the day before Father's Day (not my idea, but sure sweet of him to arrange for us to stay in UT while he came home). We had his gifts waiting for him to find around the house. Not preferable, of course. But he still felt really loved! Anyhoo, while in UT we celebrated the 4th of July.

Sparklers . . .




. . . .

(I didn't take as many pics as usual this year. I guess a crawling-cruising-falling-getting bruised all the time and getting into mischief everywhere baby will do that to you.)



Lexi loves her Step-Grandpa we like to call "Grampsy Joao". He brought her 3 cute handmade recycled plastic bag animals from Africa and they made a zoo for the animals to reside in. As you can tell, Grampsy Joao loves Lexi right back. :)




Anyone we loves my kids is a winner in my book!





I thought it was pretty cute! (as well as colorful!)

On July 8th, Grammy (my mom) and Grampsy Joao were wed. It was a lovely day, jam packed full of getting ready, and fretting about this and that and festivities and flowers . . . and it was just nice. Nice, but exhausting.


Here is Lexi in her wedding getup. She felt like a princess!





Here is their cake. Pretty neat cake, I think. Tasted pretty good too.





My kids are clamoring for CAKE!




Cody and Connor looking spiffy.



Barrett is cute and I love that suit!




Cody is clearly very excited. Very.

lol









Kenny hanging out before the ceremony.










Lexi with her ring bearer pillow. She was the ring bearer, and she took her job very seriously and did it very well! :) So sweet.

On a side note, I spent a good 15 min. curling her hair, and you couldn't even tell! Her hair refuses to hold curl!


We left the morning after the wedding. It was a long drive. But we got home right on time and are settling back in. It is a little strange being back after being gone for so long! It almost feels like I am new around here again! I definitely feel out of the loop. Hopefully it doesn't take me too long to get things back together again.



And to finish this post up,


A graham cracker faced drive home Barrett,




A car blanket over the face drive home Kenny,



And a happy faced, but sick of driving drive home Lexi.




Pheew, I did it. And that's all folks!

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