Wednesday, October 31, 2007

See below

Scroll down to see a couple cute videos of Sarah Jane. Can anyone help me? When I am working on posts and finally publish them - is there any way to make sure they appear as the most recent post? Instead of chronologically according to the date I started to write them? Does this make sense?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Check this out!

We recently had some family pictures taken. On the property where the pictures were taken was this contraption. I have no idea what it is called but it is used at carnivals, etc to give pony rides to children. The owner had wired it so that it ran automatically and he had attached several different types of swings to the ends. What a blast! Sarah Jane was an onlooker for this ride.

Cute videos

Two videos of Sarah Jane.
First, Sarah making her funny face:


Second, Sarah doing her army crawl:

ABC tag

I got tagged several days ago and it has taken me this long to get it posted, however I guess blogger likes to keep things in chronological order. Scroll down if you want to see it.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Carving Pumpkins

The kids have been anxiously waiting to carve their pumpkins. Saturday was the day. Wes helped Cate carve hers - and even brought out his drill to add some effects. Addie used a pattern but did the carving all on her own. Isaac did his own bat drawing and also carved his own. I made up my own design and it only halfway worked. But I used a white pumpkin so that was cool!



Here are the finished products: Cate/Wes did the cat, Addie did the witch with the crystal ball, Isaac did the bat, and I did the maple leaf





And what was the drill used for you say? Besides the eyes and the full moon, Wes did this to each pumpkin: (sorry but these slide show things are so much quicker for me than uploading photos to blogger)

Wes and I were invited to an adults only costume party that night. We were supposed to bring a treat to share and I had read about this idea on my cousin's blog . It turned out pretty cute.

The best costume idea we could come up with was a butterfly and butterfly catcher. You can't really see the extent of my costume in the picture. The hood thing looked pretty dorky so I didn't wear that but I did have some purple fake eyelashes on.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Confused

Is anyone as confused as I am about referendum one? I have tried to do my research - I have read many different opinions online. Among people that I admire and respect - some are for it, some are against it. I just end up more confused. Can anyone enlighten me on why they feel the way they do?

Sorry - not exactly a post about the family fun but I was sitting at the computer very perplexed and thought - maybe a few of my friends and family that read my blog could help me out.

Thanks! For those of you out of the state - no worries. It's a Utah thing...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Crazy Hair Day

Guess who won first place in each of their classes at school for Crazy Hair Day?


Anna tagged me and Wes! This ABC tag is not one I'm familiar with. Although I only recently started a blog, I have been reading blogs for a while. So I have seen people get "tagged" before. This will be my very first time!
(ok so I started this several days ago - and it's taken me this long to nail Wes down for a few minutes to answer these questions)

Emily -
A - Attached or single: Attached
B- Best Friend: Wes
C-Cake or Pie: Pie
D- Day of choice: Saturday
E- Essential Item: I kind of hate to admit this (and of course it's not entirely true) but I am going to quote Anna on this one: "my computer, I would die without access to the internet"
F- Favorite Color: I don't really have one but if my kids ask me I always answer "blue"
G- Gummi Bears or Worms: bears
H- Hometown: Provo
I- Indulgence(s): Eating out, pedicures, reading blogs, watching "The Office" or "Lost"
J- January or July: July definitely
K- Kids: 4
L-Life is Incomplete Without: my church, my family, my friends, and good food
M- Marriage Date: May 13th, 1995
N- Number of Siblings: 2 brothers, 2 sisters
O- Oranges or Apples: Orange (especially those little clementines)
P- Phobias or Fears: Something horrible happening to Wes or my kids, the dark, some dogs, and clogging the toilet (ok maybe I overshared with that one :-)
Q- Quotes: "you can pull off anything with confidence and flair" - my mom
R- Reason To Smile: my husband makes me smile the most, then my kids.
S- Season: I like all of the seasons because they change.
T- Tag Three: I don't know. If you read my blog and want to do this - go for it (Julie? Di? Jenn? Bek? Ruby? ...I am trying to think of people that have left comments)
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I read magazines backwards (I think my dad does too!)
V- Vegetarian or Meat Eater: Omnivore
W- Worst Habit: Not giving my full attention to my family members when they are talking to me
X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: ultrasounds
Y- Your Favorite Food: too hard to decide
Z- Zodiac: Gemini

Wes (most of these are the second answers he gave after his inital smart alec response)
A- Attached or single: Attached
B- Best Friend: Em (he actually didn't even say me at first! Can you believe it?)
C-Cake or Pie: Cake
D- Day of choice: Saturday
E- Essential Item: oxygen
F- Favorite Color: yellow
G- Gummi Bears or Worms: bears
H- Hometown: Provo
I- Indulgence(s): mountain biking, rock climbing, camping
J- January or July: July!
K- Kids: 4
L-Life is Incomplete Without: sleeping
M- Marriage Date: May 13th, 1995
N- Number of Siblings: 1 bro
O- Oranges or Apples: Oranges
P- Phobias or Fears: sharks
Q- Quotes:
R- Reason To Smile: kids
S- Season: summer
T- Tag Three:
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I'm shy
V- Vegetarian or Meat Eater: Meat eater
W- Worst Habit: not sticking up for myself
X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: can't decide
Y- Your Favorite Food: yes
Z- Zodiac: capricorn

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Family Halloween Fun

The annual Clark Halloween party was planned and hosted this year by my cute and fun sister Amy...



First the guests. There was the scorceress:



The bat.



The cupcake. (No, no, no I did not make the costume! Are you kidding me? It was used for the summer production of Beauty and the Beast)



The pink panther. We didn't know what else to call her! There she is doing tricks with Daddy.



The drummer/rock star. And I'm telling you - this kid can really rock out on the drums. For real!



The jailbird.



The...uhhhh...ummm....I just can't find the words! And to add to the joke - he actually wore a trench coat home! All you could see under the trench coat were his bare legs, socks, and shoes.



The clown. It's a long story but the "Janet" on the tombstone is not referring to my mom. Heaven forbid! Pretty funny though.



Their whole front yard was decked out like a graveyard. Here are a couple more clever epitaphs.




Other guests included a devil/used car salesman, a cowboy, and a secret service agent. I dressed up as the Statue of Liberty (same as last year - I know - so boring. But I was pretty busy...did you see my kid's costumes?!) and Wes wore a clown wig but it freaked Sarah Jane out too much.



The party included awesome decorations, a great meal, and some fun games. Halloween bingo was first - until we realized that all our cards were EXACTLY the same. That doesn't work too well but we still had fun yelling BINGO at the same time. Next was a scary story told by the devil/used car salesman accompanied by some slimy objects to touch and smell. Last was the treasure hunt. That was a hit. Kids were whizzing everywhere!









We jammed on the drums and keyboard for a while and then called it a night. So fun!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Saturday Review

Our fun Saturday started off with a visit from Great Grandma Eldine, Grandma Jan, Eliott and Jack. Great Grandma Eldine got busy making quesadillas for everyone with her special tortilla stamper (seen in the picture on the counter). Yummy! And they even brought cupcakes to finish off the meal - and everyone got to blow out a candle! We felt like we should sing so we all sang "Happy Halloween to You!"



Everyone got a kick out of watching this video on youtube. Check it out if you want to see a very scary resemblence to Weston when he was a kid (the boy with the brown hair).



The kids played a little air hockey.


Cute cousin


And then it started to snow...




All in all - a very fun day.

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Bat Hat


This little one was absolutely beaming when she walked out of preschool wearing this hat. She was even more tickled when she was scaring everybody with it. She especially loved scaring Daddy because he really made a big scene. This is her classic squinty eyed smile.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

She did it!



Our little gymnast tried out and made the traveling Level 5 team! She was thrilled mainly because that means she gets to go to California to compete and maybe even go to Disneyland. Well, she's earned it!

Sarah Jane - 8 months

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Donuts in the Driveway


Yesterday as I was reading a few blogs while eating my cereal (my usual morning routine), I ran across a post about donuts on Oh Happy Day. It reminded me of my dear friend Susannah and her fun fall donut parties. I thought to myself, "I want to have a donut party - tonight!" It is supposed to get really cold and rainy this week and yesterday's weather was supposed to be a perfect fall day - I felt like if I was going to have a donut party, then this was the night to do it.
The kids were out of school so I knew I could count on their help but my husband was working all day and would be on call that night so I really couldn't depend on him. I was on my own with this one. I called a friend for either some encouragement or discouragement depending on how crazy my idea would sound to her. She told me to go for it - she would lend me some tables and a deep fryer (I didn't even own a deep fryer and I was still wanting to have a donut party...). I called my mom who is always up for a party - she thought it sounded like fun and even came up with the name for our party: Donuts in the Driveway. I called my sister - they would love to come and she would bring her deep fryer. Great. Things were starting to materialize - the kids were totally stoked. They started making lists of people to invite, things we needed to buy, things we needed to do...they just couldn't get over the fact that mom had come up with this great idea and that it was so last minute. The dough was a huge concern for me - I did NOT want to make dough for 6 dozen donuts. I called my local grocery store - "would you sell me some of your donut dough?" "I don't know - we've never done that before....how much would you need?" I was put on the spot - I hadn't even decided how many people we were going to invite yet! "I don't know...enough for about 60-70 donuts." "How about 12 pounds of dough?" "Ummm...sure - that sounds great...ummm I'll pick it up before 2:00." I hung up the phone, looked at Isaac and said "I just bought 12 pounds of donut dough. Now we have to have the party!"
The rest of the day was spent making and delivering invitations, going to the store to pick up the huge bucket of dough that was rising faster than we could punch it down, the other things we needed, making the glazes, getting the toppings ready, setting up tables and chairs, getting centerpieces ready, getting extension cords ready - and then the biggest job - rolling out and cutting about 50 donuts (thanks to my friend's donut cutter) - and that was only half the dough!
My parents, sister and brother came early and helped a ton! Wes showed up just as people started to arrive - he was totally blown away. I had called him ealier in the day to tell him I was having a donut party and all he could say was "good luck!" Of course he jumped right in and started helping out. He thought it was a great idea and wants to do it every year.
It was a huge success. We had about 60 people come and we made probably close to 100 donuts. The donuts and the toppings were extra yummy. I had even called Susannah to get her maple syrup glaze recipe. The weather was perfect - the kids loved playing in the yard and on the rope swing. We want to make it an annual fall tradition and try to invite more friends and family. But for a first time event - it went really well.
Did anything go wrong? Yes... I didn't get one single picture!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Fall Fun

We went with the kids and the grandparents to Hee Haw farms for some fall fun. Yeah - the name is kind of corny but we had a good time. It was a beautiful, sunny day.
The corn box was a hit! We started to think about filling our sandbox with corn until we remembered how many mice and rats we would be feeding. We even buried Isaac! He was empyting corn out of his pockets all afternoon.




Grandma and Sarah Jane




In the middle of the corn maze, there was a slide that must have been at least 20 feet high. The kids loved it and even the grandparents took a turn.






Now that's some pretty cool grandparents if you ask me!


There was a small track where the kids could peddle some go-cart things. Look out! There were farm animals, a little tractor train, a playground and last of all we went on a hayride. Oh and I can't forget to mention the tasty pumpkin ice cream. Yum.