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July 11, 2011

just another update

Filed under: carmen, family, gardening, Lee, me, moseley — Jana @ 1:26 pm

Carmen is getting so big, she is so smart and spunky.  She is getting to the age where you can’t really get away with slipping stuff past her.  She has a question for everything, and wont take brush off answers anymore like “just because”, which is leading us into more adult conversations (always fun).  She loves dresses (still) and has something to say about her wardrobe every single day I try to dress her.  She loves all things girly like pink, and purple… but she also likes red and “turqu-lish” (turquoise).

The tooth fairy visited our house for the first time ever the other day.

Carmen had this loose tooth, and it already had the adult tooth growing behind it.  I was urging her to wiggle it a lot, but it just wasn’t seeming to want to come out on it’s own, so I bribed her to let me tie a string to it and rub some baby orajel  on it.  Once I got the string on, she decided she didn’t wan’t to pull it and asked if I would take it off.  I had purposely tied it on tight, so it would be hard to get off without pulling the tooth.  So faced with that (and the fact that I didn’t want to have to take her to the dentist to get it pulled)  I made a split decision to just yank it before she knew what was happening.  I will tell you, this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.  I would liken it to jumping off a cliff at lake powell or something.  My heart was pounding and I knew I just had to do it, or I’d chicken out.  It happened so fast that we weren’t sure if the string just popped off or what, but when I looked in her mouth, yep the tooth was gone.  Her first reaction was hysterical laughing, immediately followed by hysterical crying once she realized it was bleeding.  Two minutes later the bleeding stopped and she was back to being excited at the prospect of the tooth fairy coming.   I asked her if she was mad at me and she said no, so luckily there was no lasting trauma to her psyche.

In fact she was so excited that she ran in my room the following morning at 5:45 am to tell me that “The tooth fairy came and left a dollar under my pillow!” yaaaaaay. ;)

Moseley wanted to show me his teeth too, and he was really bummed that I wouldn’t tie a string to one of his teeth and pull it out too.

Moseley is getting cuter every day with his new found words.  He loves to rattle off full sentences, although nobody can understand him yet.  His vocabulary is growing all the time.  I thought it was cute the other day when he pushed his chair over to the counter to watch me wash all the new produce I had gotten from the grocery store.  He took one look at all the nectarines and grapes and such and said ” NUMMY ‘TUFF!” (yummy stuff) “I want some of that nummy ‘tuff!”

Also the other day he walked up to me and said “I wanna go to the o-ten to see the wa-er”.  (which took  5 minutes of him repeating himself for me to realize he was asking to go to the “ocean to see the water”)   We have been going to the beach a lot this summer, and he just decided randomly he wanted to go that day

He is obsessed with mario brothers (apple doesn’t fall far from the tree).  He asks me all the time to turn on his game and when I do he stands there for about 3 minutes just humming and dancing to the theme music.  He is such a funny kid.

He has finally agreed to stay in his bed at night, which is so nice.  If I could just get him to stop screaming All The Time, things would be just perfect.  Carmen and Moseley are best buddies and they love doing everything together.  She loves being his “babysitter” and taking care of him.  Like she will carry him all the way from the gym to the car, even though he is almost as big as she is… she keeps plugging along.  She also love to dress him up… here she had picked all of us flowers to put behind our ears, and Mose would not be left out.

Look at that grin… he loves any attention from his sister.

I planted a tomato and herb garden this year, and it’s coming along nicely.

 And my first red tomato is just about ready.

I can almost taste that fresh tomato sandwich!  Why do garden tomatoes taste so much better than store bought?  I would pay way more for a tomato, if it tasted like it wasn’t picked green and allowed to ripen on a truck.

Lee still loves to take the kids golfing.  The other day he asked them if they wanted to go, and Carmen asks him what he was going to wear.  He shows her the light blue shirt and white shorts he will put on and she goes and finds a matching outfit out of her closet and puts it on.  It was seriously cute.  And watching her stretch out, and take practice swings just like her daddy, it was making me die a slow death of cuteness.   I wish I could have captured it on video.



  1. I am SO JEALOUS of that red tomato. Mine aren’t anywhere near ripe. :(

    Also, Moseley looks adorable with a huge exotic flower tucked behind his ear. He and Van would get along well. Something about having a big sister, I would guess.

    Comment by Eve — July 11, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

  2. awwww~ about the whole post. :D

    Comment by Carly — July 11, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  3. lovely post, very newsy. Just how i like them! great pictures.

    Comment by Wendy — July 11, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

  4. Thanks for sharing this little glimpse into your lives. :) It warms a grandma’s heart…

    I love you.

    Comment by utahgrandma — July 13, 2011 @ 7:51 am

  5. I was just telling Mignon how I’m so glad you got me into blogging…even though I practically never blog anymore. I feel like it’s how we communicate. We both suck at phones, and we live so far away that blogs are all we have sometimes! =) I’m glad I can feel like I know you and your kids. They are ADORABLE. I couldn’t agree with Wendy more…your post was newsy, picture-filled, and just what I love. Give the kids and Lee a high-five for me. Love you guys!

    Comment by (me)linda — July 14, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

  6. I love your pictures. You capture your kids personalities so well. And I agree about the tomatoes. The smell of fresh, home-grown tomatoes is one of my favs. I would probably wear a tomato-on-the-vine perfume. Okay, maybe not, but still!

    Comment by reese — July 17, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

  7. So your beach looks amazing, but I would love to share our beach with you!! When are you coming???

    I love your update. It was soo good. Your kiddos are growing up so fast. It is just nuts. Miss you guys. Give them all a hug from Hawaii.

    Comment by Bethany — July 24, 2011 @ 1:22 am

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