Friday, October 31, 2008



Little Snow White (for the second year in a row; yesterday she wore a different princess dress for her school party)

Funshine Bear and Snow White with Miss Nita

We got plenty of treats!

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Party time

I helped with Miranda's class party today, and also got to sneak a little peek at Olivia's. Paul is at the age now where the kids are supposed to plan the parties themselves, which, in this case, meant that Paul informed me on Tues. evening that he needed to have a craft for the party. Hmmm....well, fortunately I had gotten extra from Oriental Trading Company when I ordered for Miranda's.

Miranda's class, after the "Dress a Mummy Contest" (notice that Olivia found her way into the picture, also).

The winning mummy

Miranda being wrapped up. Her team didn't do it too speedy, but they got it done.
Playing "Giggling Ghouls" (these two boys were trying to get the "zombies" to laugh)

Craft time

Olivia playing candy corn bingo....I noticed a lot of the playing pieces kept disappearing

The 6th Grade teacher, dressed as dirty laundry

Miranda was a lovely "spider queen"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Questions, questions

Like many children her age, Olivia is full of questions. I'm sure Paul and Miranda asked me a lot of interesting ones, too, but as time goes by you tend to forget them. These questions all came in the space of about one hour...

"Mom, what is blood made of?"

"Mom, how do babies come out?" (this sounds like one for Dad)

"Mom, how do we milk cows?"

"Mom, how do flies go to the potty?"

"Mom, why do the days keep changing?" (we'd been talking about the different days of the week, and figuring out what comes after Monday, what comes after Tuesday, etc...)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bone solo

This one's sort of for my mom....finally, a clip of Paul playing his trombone. This is "Lightly Row," in case you aren't up on beginning band songs. Stay tuned--we're hoping for "Flight of the Bumblebee" by January. :)


It was a wonderful evening to carve pumpkins. Sonya wanted nothing to do with touching the slimy innards, but the other 3 really got into it.

Red Ribbon Week

Olivia came home from preschool with a Red Ribbon sticker on her shirt. I asked her what the sticker was for, and she said, "Say no to grubs."

I will. How about you? Will you say no to grubs?

I wonder if they do hearing checks for the preschoolers?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

New pics!

Renee took the kids' pictures last night. They'll be on the Christmas card, so many of you will see these again! I just couldn't resist the urge to put them on my blog, though. :-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

CSI: Nebraska

The Scene of the crime....

And more....
The evidence...
and more...caught red-handed, you might say...
The witness, a certain, Olivia D. Behrends. Under intense questioning, she said, "it happened at 10 o' clock." This statement is shaky, at best, because I happen to know that no one was awake at this particular time, except for myself and my partner, Aaron.
The perp. She handcuffed herself, as you can see.
All evidence points to a morning crime, as there were creatures stirring at the scene of the crime before 6 o' clock this morning. My partner and I simply thought the perp was playing with toys...lesson learned. Case closed. Now on to cleanup. We're calling in a reinforcement...Mr. Clean and his Magic Eraser.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Aaron, etc.....

We've been celebrating Aaron's birthday, which was today, for about a week now. Last week we had a little get-together with a few other couples to celebrate Aaron and Mike's 35th birthday (such old men, aren't they??) The first couple of pictures are from that. You might be able to see that Aaron is tickling Miranda in one of them. This is something I love about my husband--he pays a lot of attention to the kids, and is always playing with them, whether it's a computer game with Paul, or a tickle-fest with one of the girls.

Today we went to Minden with the band. I'm not sure it would be anyone's greatest birthday wish--to spend the entire day with a bunch of Jr. High/HS kids, but it was pretty fun overall. Then, tonight we went and watched the HS students put on their one-act play. Tomorrow evening we'll actually get to celebrate Aaron's birthday as a family, which will be a nice end to the weekend, hopefully.

I'm not sure what this was about. He was probably trying to make a point about something...

Poor Miranda...she NEVER provokes this...

P and M got to carry the band's banner....they even did so without it turning into a tug-of-war, thankfully!

Part of the crew. The weather was perfect!

This is one of our drummers....playing with a broken, that's dedication! Way to go, Cody!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hi ho cherry o!

Olivia and I played several rounds of Hi Ho Cherry O yesterday during Sonya's non-nap (I always lay her down, but she rarely sleeps). Anyway, after beating me several times (fair and square, I might add), she said, "it's 'cause of my good spinner technique." I about died! It's so funny to me when they use words like that, that you didn't even know they knew!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sonya's Serenade

Sonya has been singing a lot lately. Click the "pause" button on the music player to the right so you'll get the full benefit of her little serenade.

Shameless plug for the best band ever

Most of you who know me know that I LOVE the band Downhere....they are, however, underrated, in my opinion, so most of you have probably never heard of them. They've just put out their 4th album, and I think it's their best! Check out their website or MySpace page if you want to hear some of their songs. Here are the lyrics for one of their new songs....I just love it because it describes me so well....I think many of us (especially those of us with small children) are always looking down the road so far, and forgetting that there are many treasures right before us.

Don't Miss Now

The life you chose -
There's never a list for it
Of cons and pros
You find what you love,
and you commit
And you're looking so far down
The road so well
That you could forget your crown
Isn't just somewhere else

You get bumped and bruised and worse
For choosing the road less traveled
You know the reward is rich
If you persist through the darkest battles
Open your eyes,
Your prize is right before you, somehow
Whatever you do, just don't miss now

You're on a bus
Don't notice the miles and months fly by
To the rest of us
You're living the highest kind of life
And though the price you pay
Is costlier than it seems
It's worth another day
The end justifies your means

All that you're working for
Could blind you to the treasures all around you
So don't miss these moments, please
The joy before the crown you seek

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


I went to parent-teacher conferences this morning. Not to brag or anything :-), but they're doing great :-) Just to sum it up, Paul's teacher said he's "correctable," (must mean that he needs correction occasionally) Miranda's said she needs to slow down a little and that she's always sitting in her chair in crazy ways (like, sitting on her legs, putting one knee up next to her face, etc.), and Olivia's teacher said it's obvious she's had discipline. So I guess it was a pretty good report. One thing that 2 of the teachers also said was that, "we know where to find you if there are any problems." I guess that's true, considering my classroom is only about 50 yards from the preschool room!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Move over, Mrs. Fields

Miranda made chocolate chip cookies last night, basically without any help from me. All I did was take them in and out of the oven. I was really proud of her, and I must say that they are excellent. When Olivia was eating one at bedtime, she asked, "what's the recipe for these?" It was just funny because I didn't know that she even knew the word "recipe."

Mom, why do you always have to get out your camera? Miranda is going through a phase right now of not wanting her picture taken, but I was too quick for her.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

The day...

It started with a major fit by Olivia...for some reason she decided today that she didn't want to go to preschool. She's never, ever come close to complaining about going, and then today when we pulled up to the bus, she went ballistic. I had to drag her, basically kicking and screaming. She was perfectly happy when she got home. Who knows?

The day improved, as I had MOPS, and we made this fun craft. Thanks, Tiffany! It's a mini-scrapbook. Cute, huh??!!
I should back up and say that I'm having driving issues...last night when I got home from AWANA, I didn't pull in far enough to the garage before I tried to close the garage door. That didn't work too well....then, this morning, I started to back out before the door was completely up. Needless to say, the garage door had some problems. Luckily, Aaron was able to fix it (pretty much)....then, this afternoon I noticed that the carpet was damp around the fridge. At first I thought that one of the kids had spilled some water....a little later I noticed that the wetness seemed to be spreading....yep, it was a leak in the part where the water comes into the water/ice dispenser...once again, my wonderful husband was able to fix it, after sending me to Imperial for a part. What a guy.

Dig the shirt? It's homecoming week and today was "Mardi Gras" day.
Sonya thinks this day was exhausting! I agree!

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