Friday, November 28, 2008

Oakley turns TWO!

Oakley turned two on Monday, and we had a wonderful day. It started out with Apple pies at McDonalds (Oakley's choice) and ended with presents, cake, and ice cream with Family. Kalle and Oakley even found a caterpillar that they spent the ENTIRE day playing with (poor caterpillar).


Playing with "Peachie" the caterpillar. And no- Oakley did NOT want to hold him.

Grandma Palmer, Grandpa James, Grandma and Grandpa Clifford, Jordan and Jared all came to help him celebrate!
He didn't quite know what to do while every sang Happy Birthday.

He sure got some fun gifts. Thank you Grandma Palmer and Grandpa James- The recycling truck could not be any bigger of a hit... He LOVES it! (As does his sister and all of their cousins!) We got him a "Moon in your Room" night light. It is about 10 inches in diameter, hangs on the wall, and teaches kids the different phases of the moon while they go to bed. My favorite is waxing crescent, but Oakley's is the full moon.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mommy Tag

I saw this cute tag on a friends blog, and it was a lot of fun!

"Mommy according to Kalle"
1. What is something mommy always says to you? "You love me so much"
2. What makes mommy happy? "If I don't die, and if Brennen doesn't die, and if Goobie doesn't die... oh... you and me would be SO sad."
3. What makes mommy sad? "If a bad guy took our clock and food and money"
4. How does mommy make you laugh? "by bringing good surprises home"
5. What was mommy like as a child? "She liked to paint like me"
6. How old is your mommy? "11"
7. How tall is your mom? "I'll count okay... 1,2,3,4,5... you're five inches"
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Go to the store... with just me"
9. What does your mommy do when you're not around? "clean up the house"
10. If your mommy becomes famous, what will it be for? "cause they love you"
11. What is your mommy really good at? "riding bikes"
12. What is your mommy not very good at? "painting the gate brown like daddy"
13. What does your mommy do for her job? "clean up the house"
14. What is your mommy's favorite food? "cucumbers and snow peas"
15. What makes you proud of your mommy? "I can't think of an answer"
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? "Ellen" -- So funny, because I have stopped watching Ellen, and have net seen it in over a month!
17. What do you and your mommy do together? "play ponies"
18. How are you and your mommy the same? "We both wear clothes"
19. How are you and your mommy different? "We don't wear the same clothes"
20. How do you know your mommy loves you? "cause one day you told me"

Kalle tags: Jaxon, Peyton and Hailey, Ryan Moore, Hailee Anderson, Ethan Woods, and "Little Man" Hodges!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Caution to all parents...

Beware: three year olds might be a little too young to watch "The Lamb of God" video.

Example One: My sister and I were chatting inside while the kids played outside. We heared Kalle say to her cousin, "Jaxon, can I nail these into your hands?" We looked outside to make sure no one was really being hurt, and then I explained that we had just watched "The Lamb of God" video the night before. A few minutes later we got a good laugh when Kalle came in holding a toy hammer and two long sticks and said, "Mom! Jaxon won't lay down for me!" She looked like this:

Example Two: After relief society I went to go pick up Kalle and Oakley from nursery. When the nursery leader looked at me, I knew one of my kids had done something naughty. Then she told me Kalle wouldn't stop spitting on people.

Kalle was very sad when I informed he she was not allowed to watch that video again for a LONG time.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

We miss old friends!

Attention HHS Graduates between 1999- 2002. We are planning a little get together at the park over christmas time. Nothing formal, just bring your spouse, kids, significant other, or just yourself, and come for a few minutes or a few hours. Bring your own dinner if you want to have a picnic. Here are the details:
Who: HHS grads between '99 and '02. Bring your spouse, kids, sig. other, or just yourself!
What: Fun get together at the park.
Where: Freestone Park (exact location TBD)
When: Dec. 26, 2008 @ 5 pm
Why: To catch up with old friends.
Spread the word- Email your friends. Anyone who wants to, Please post this on your blog! Also, leave a comment if you have seen this, and who you are sending the link to. Lets make sure all of our frinds know about it!
Hope everyone can come!
~Amber Ferrell Palmer , Becca Judy Nelson, and Britney Walker Bassett

Brandt's responses to "5 quirks about Brandt that others may not know (according to Amber)."

1) It's true, I hate an oily face. However, I usually wash my face with cold water to wake myself up. Guess I'm lacking in the sleep department these days.

2) Ask yourself, "How long does it take me to make the bed in the morning?" Now, divide that by two, and ask yourself, "By making half the bed for me (while asking yourself, remember to keep in mind that you should be making the whole bed since you got up last), is someone teaching me a lesson, or is someone helping me by saving me half the time of making the bed?

3)How long would it take you to put your hair in a ponytail? 5 seconds? 10 seconds?

4) What can I say, I'm an accountant and an attorney in training - I'm frugal (some may say cheap). However, there is a lot of junk in that trunk though.

5)I guess I have funny dreams???

6) "Smokie, Go Go, and Jobby." - need I say more?

Monday, November 10, 2008


I was tagged by the cute Raeanna Cardon. This was a lot of fun- Thanks Raeanna!

5 quirks about Amber that others may not know (according to Brandt)
1. She does a little hop when she bowls. I don't get to see it very often because she hates bowling.
2. Everytime she walks up our stairs, she looks at the mirror above the piano to check out her rear. (Amber does not agree with this one)
3. She walks around the house with no pants on most of the time.
4. When she finds a good book, she will spend hours upon hours reading.
5. When she plays defense in basketball, she yells "BALL BALL BALL" over and over really loudly to destract the other player.
6. She has to be leaning over to brush her teeth, with the water running, because she has to spit every few seconds. She doesn't like the spit to build up. Every time she spits, she washes her toothbrush in the running water.

5 quirks about Amber that others may not know (according to Amber)
1. I have whole conversations in my head with people before I actually talk to them. I "practice" every conversation I can think of sometimes if I am nervous. I especially hate leaving messages on people's phones because I will practice in my head what I am going to say, and then it will all come out wrong, and I will sound like a moron.
2. I don't usually remember my dreams, but when I do they are so terrible. All about loved ones dying tragic deaths (2 days in a row I dreamed about Brandt's little brothers dying- one falling down several stories through the middle of a circular staircase- the other falling into a raging sewage drain during a huge storm.), or about me doing horrible things (like giving my kids up for adoption because they were too much work or killing a robber by hitting him over and over in the head with a metal baseball bat). Sorry if that was too much info.
3. I really love to eat. I will think all day about what good food I should eat. Luckily, I really like healthy food(I do eat junk sometimes too, don't get me wrong), and I don't usually eat when I am not hungry.
4. I love the sound of running water. When I am pregnant, I will take multiple baths during the day just because I am feeling so crappy. The sound of the water is soothing and peaceful to me.
5. I don't like my bones to be touched. Growing up, I had a weird thing about people touching my collar bones. Now it is anywhere a bone sticks out- shins, knees, ankle bone, etc.

5 quirks about Brandt that others may not know (according to Amber)
1. He washes his face more often than should be humanly possible. About 200 times a day.
2. If I am last out of bed in the morning and I forget to make it, he will only make his side to "teach me a lesson."
3. It takes him longer to do his hair than it takes me to do mine. No joke, like 5 minutes.
4. He does not like me to drive with any extra weight in the car because of "gas mileage." He even goes so far as to check my trunk quite often to make sure I am not "hiding" any extra weight.
5. He giggles in his sleep. He will wake me up with his laughing at night.
6. Whenever I say a saying (or anything for that matter) that he has never heard, he will say something about "those Ferrells." He had never heard the term "rubber necker" until about a year ago when I said it. He thought I was nuts.

5 quirks about Brandt that others may not know (according to Brandt)
(After reading my list of his quirks, Brandt has refused to fill out his list. I think I offended him.)

I tag anyone who graduated from Highland High.


What happens when you pull a chair over on yourself (twice) and conk your head on the tile (twice).

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Choking and being "Girly"

I have been talking to the kids lately about not leaving small objects around the house. Brennen will be crawling soon and of course puts everything in his mouth. Kalle found a little pellet on the ground and gave it to me to throw away. Then she said this to me:

"He couldn't even chomp it. It would slide all the way down, and he could die. And Heavenly Father would have to catch him- even Jesus."

An hour later:

Kalle doesn't like Oakley to do "girly" things like playing with dolls. She was trying to look at a Ulta 3 magazine that came in the mail- and he wanted to look, too. I was still a bit shocked when she said, "Mom! Oakley is trying to look at a Girly Magazine!"

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

One of the BEST Moms I know...

I have some WONDERFUL women around me whom I look up to for their mothering skills. My own Mother has taught me all I know about being a mother. Brandt's Mom is also a great mother (She has to be good to have put up with Brandt for so long!).

This blog post is a tribute to another mother, who is one of the greatest, most loving mothers I know. She is such a good example to me of what a mother should be like... she only has one child and has pretty much perfected mothering already. The Mother I am talking about is my sister Ashley.
Ashley is so patient with Jaxon. When I am yelling at my kids to stop something, she has taken Jaxon aside and is lovingly telling him why he shouldn't do it. She lets him have fun and get messy, when I am telling my kids no- because I don't want to clean them up. She teaches Jaxon ALL the time. You have never heard a 2 year old boy who talks so well until you have talked to Jaxon. Most of all, she loves Jaxon more than life itself, and it is evident in everything she does. Thanks Sis- for being my best friend and loving your little angel so much. He is so lucky to have you.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Picture update... Warning- here come a LOT of pictures!

Grandma and Grandpa Ferrell: Here are all of the recent pictures you have asked for!

Brennen FINALLY learned to sit up by himself- 3 days after his pictures!

Now that he can sit up, he thinks he is a pretty big boy. He now loves to eat biter biscuits (or as Brandt calls them, "bitter buscuits")
Kalle and Oakley are still best friends. They just make me smile with the things they come up with. This day they asked if they could take their naps on the stairs instead of in their beds.
Brennen just LOVES his brother and sister. Whenever he sees them, he grins from ear to ear (even when Oakley tackles him and lays on him to give him a hug)
He also likes to bite Daddy's hats.
Oakley has not mastered the concept of painting "ONLY ON THE PAPER!" Here he is the day before we dyed his hair for Halloween.
Kalle sporting the "bandana head" to keep her curlers in all day until her (one of six) halloween parties.
It turned out a little more curly than I had hoped... but isn't she an angel?!?! She is a "Good Witch- Glenda"
Oakley didn't mind the dye one bit.
Here is the finished product. He is a munchkin from The Wizard of OZ
Kalle, Oakley, and I getting ready to go to a trunk-or-treat.
It's not really Halloween without carving pumpkins.
Here's the whole family at the trunk-or-treat. We are all Wizard of OZ characters. Brandt was sure a good sport and didn't complain once.
Brennen fell asleep mid-bite. He was pretty tired!
Kalle has just hit the "sorting" stage of life. She wanted to sort all of her Halloween candy.
We got to Babysit cousin Jaxon for a day. Boy did we have FUN. Here are Jaxon and Oakley pretending to cut down the palm tree (that Brandt had cut the weekend before).
Kalle also talked the boys into letter her do their hair.

And here is my sweet baby- always happy (unless he looses sight of a familiar face).