Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kansas City Missouri temple- February 27th, 2011

Stake center... yes, there is a temple behind it... can't you see it?

The temple, I did zoom in a bit, but this is from down the hill next to the corner by the stake center.  FOGGY.

Temple from the south side.

Temple from the west, where we usually take pictures.  The walls are going up here, too!

Temple from the road leading to the 435 S onramp.  This is where Christopher said... where's the temple?

Here are our temple pictures from this week... we almost didn't go because of the fog but I'm glad we did.  Even though we couldn't see the temple from the freeway or from any bit of distance, I love how excited everyone was when the temple finally showed up in the fog... THERE it is!

February 27th 365 challenge

You will probably see this picture more than once from me... I really think it shows our day today.  It started out foggy and cold.  It stayed foggy and cold after church... icy, too.  Then we got thunderstorms and rain (and more fog) into this evening.

This is the Kansas City temple from the little intersection down the hill... by the new stake center.  Christopher wanted to know where the temple was hiding... this was not taken from very far away.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February 26th 365 challenge


My curly haired Timothy reading Chicka Chicka 123 after his bath tonight.  That always makes his blond hair extra curly, as you can see.  He loves this book.

February 25th 365 challenge


Christopher with his line up of Lighting McQueens.  (and other Disney Cars cars.)  He called it his Big Stick of Lightning McQueens.

Friday, February 25, 2011

February 24th 365 challenge

Emilie doing her nails.  She got all her schoolwork and chores done so I said she could.  Christopher was soooo fascinated by this 'painting your fingers' thing.  I need to take more pictures of Emilie.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 23rd 365 challenge

They dumped out all the cars, lined up the Hot Wheels (Samuel loves to find the different brands of cars...) and told me it was a big line of cars so I took a picture... with 6 boys you accumulate a lot of cars...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 22nd 365 challenge

This is our Texas baby boy... decked out in his boots and hat in our Missouri backyard.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Can I just say, I hate don't like playdoh.  Love the homemade stuff.  Hate the store stuff.  It smells funny.  It crumbles everywhere.  It gets mixed weird.  Kids love it.  It has bright colors.  Has fun little containers.  Christopher says it tastes yucky.  I also haven't made homemade playdough enough.

Benjamin made this gruesome beast.

Nathanael made this sluggish creature... scary.

This is Samuel's "Smeesh."  A smeesh is made when you squish play doh in your hand and make a cool shape.

Samuel's monster.  There is some kind of theme here.

Wait, Nathanael's flat smiley face doesn't fit.

Christopher's monster is coming after us with a hammer.  A "hammer-hammer" as he calls it.

Timothy with one of his monster creations.

Christopher loves play-doh.

Samuel's monster... that's his tongue, he's not barfing.

Timothy's monster friends.  One looks hungry...

Samuel's yellow monster looks like he's about to lose an eye...

Nathanael's multicolored monster is screaming?
What I DO love is how wonderfully creative my kids are with it.  So... it's a love-hate dislike relationship.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kansas City Missouri temple- February 20th, 2011

Stake center with temple behind it

From the South

From the Southwest, the street side.

From the northwest

From the northeast, temple faces the 435


Like the architectural renderings, from the southeast (ish)

From the street like our early pictures of the temple site

February 20th, 2011.  The younger 4 kids and I didn't go to church but after Tom and the older 4 got home and everyone had lunch we all went to the temple site, as we didn't go last week with everyone so sick.

Isn't it beautiful?  And the new stake center is coming along nicely, too.  A roof and everything!

February 20th 365 challenge

Samuel and his color coordinated Mr. Potato Heads... though some might be Mrs.  Hmm.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

February 19th 365 challenge

Liberty is so sad.

She can tell there's something IN the little packet I gave her but not how to get it out.  And everyone else is getting stuff out of theirs...

Friday, February 18, 2011

February 18th 365 challenge


Timothy was saying something about the bubbles... we got a little bubble machine with the little guys' Christmas gift cards... the kids loved the one their cousin Tayla had when we went to Utah last spring.  It is stuck to the sliding glass door with a suction cup.  I say this was a HUGE favorite.  (thank you!)

February 17th 365 challenge

The almost full "snow" or "hungry" moon over our neighbors' back yards.  No snow here, the weather has been very warm and it all melted in about 3 days.  And that was a lot of snow!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 16th 365 challenge

This is what we were working on today.  One picture couldn't work to show both bookshelves, top to bottom. I'm not tall enough or something... and this is still a work in progress.  The first picture makes it look like everything is neat all of a sudden, but the second picture shows you were still working on the top shelves... and this is just two of our bookshelves.

Sick days, again

I remember posting about the kids being sick in October.  Thankfully, this time no one needs an ER visit or even one of those CVS clinic visits, though we do have a doctor now that has seen some of us.  We have coughs, sore throats, and a lot of fevers and runny noses.  I think we've progressed through everyone now.  Benjamin seems to be the last to get everything.  He was well enough to go to church and give his talk in Sacrament meeting (main meeting of our church) and even stayed all 3 hours when Tom came home after just one.  (Benjamin got a ride home.)   The kids have all been troopers, and most didn't even need days off their schoolwork because the worst times seemed to be at night.  The fevers got worse, the coughs kept them up, and nothing was right.  During the day, life was good and they decided schoolwork was fine.  At least up until yesterday.  We took two sick days, Valentine's Day and yesterday.  I think everyone is ready to jump back into it all, chores, schoolwork, and all of it.  Here we come, world.

There's nothing like being sick to help you appreciate being healthy.... Nothing. 

Thank you, Emilie, now I know to keep an eye on your tonsils... 

Two preschoolers asleep at once... priceless?  I'm just glad they are starting to feel better.

Monday, February 14, 2011

February 14th 365 challenge

Yes, Whitman's is under the parent company of Russell Stover Candies. And yes, my husband got me some. And yes, I ate one. It was Maple Fudge and it was delicious. And he probably would have gotten chocolates without it being Valentine's, but it works.

Honestly? We don't do anything for Valentine's Day. We went out for Japanese a few years in a row when we lived in Utah... it was a nice, if short lived tradition. When Tom worked for Walmart he was working 18 hour days and one Valentine's in particular I remember him working overnight, then home for a shower, training meetings all day, home for a short nap, worked all night again, came home, gave me a kiss and went to bed. We don't do Valentine's and we didn't expect a big to-do. Our philosophy is if we can't show our love for each other the other 364 1/4 days, it's not worth pretending for one :)

What we REALLY like to do is go hit all the stores for chocolate clearance on the 15th. That is the real US.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

February 13th 365 challenge

Liberty gets to sit at the table now... we can't keep her down, actually, and we were having to ALWAYS buckle her in the high chair... she enjoyed having her dinner WITH the family later.

But this is her silly happy face making faces at mom.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

February 12th 365 challenge

Samuel is playing his twist math game and wanted headphones... Emilie's aren't working, Michael's are broken, Benjamin was using his, I didn't think of letting him use the ones from Tom's or my mp3 players because I saw the headphones from the piano first... lol at kids who don't realize ear buds are relatively new and it's the big head phones that are 'old school'.

Looking at the picture now I realize my little 6 year old looks so big from this angle!