Kids (and adults) do the strangest things

Okay, so I am beginning to wonder how I fit in with the rest of my family. Each kid, and my husband as well, has a strange trick they can do. Even Claire has learned at a young age how to go cross-eyed.

Jacob can wiggle his ears.


Megan can go cross-eyed and shake her pupils back and forth (kind of freaky actually).


Katelyn can wiggle her ears and shake her pupils as well.


Claire can go cross-eyed on demand.


Seth can make little tiny bubbles and blow them into the air. He is like a miniature bubble machine. He can also shake his pupils.


That leaves me (I guess it is also too early to say what Drew may be able to do but I am sure it will be something fantastic.) and I am still searching for that crazy talent. I can’t wiggle my ears, shake my eyes, go cross-eyed and I certainly cannot blow mini-bubbles. I guess I can thank my husband’s side of the family for all these fun tricks my family can do!! How ’bout you? Do you have any fun or goofy traits you would like to share?

Little Drew

A friend of mine was nice enough to come over and take some photos of Drew when he was just a week old (visit Sue Richardson Photography to see more of her work). She did a great job especially considering how uncooperative Drew was being. He wanted to eat his fists most of the time. I thought these photos were sweet. It is too bad they don’t stay this way for very long. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Best Snow on Earth

We woke this morning to find about 8 inches of snow on the ground, with more falling. I went outside at about 7AM to start shoveling, but soon recognized the futility of my efforts. It was still snowing heavily; by the time I had half the driveway cleared, another half inch had fallen where I had just shoveled.

Since I don’t have a 4WD vehicle I decided to VPN in to work instead of braving the commute. Thank heaven for technology. I went inside, had breakfast with the kids, logged on to my computer, and put off shoveling until the snow stopped.

The kids were out of school for Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day, so they came outside to help me shovel the driveway and sidewalks. It was much easier with their help. After we finished, the kids were able to stay outside and play in Utah’s famous fluffy, powdery snow while I went back inside to work. Here is a picture of Katelyn and Megan having fun in the snow.

Katelyn and Megan Sledding

One week

Drew is one week old today. It is hard to believe that a whole week has passed since his birth. He has been a fantastic baby so far. He isn’t particularly fussy. He only cries if he is hungry or needs to be changed. Other than that he is happy being held or hanging out in his bouncie. Last night I was able to get eight hours of sleep. He only woke up twice to eat (once at midnight and once at 5:30 am) and he slept until 9 am. He is the sweetest little guy! The other kids adore him and fight over who gets to hold him. Claire runs around the house yelling “baby gubber” (aka brother). He will be well loved in this family. 🙂 Here is a recent photo of him.