Just Heard Thursday – barely there edition

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It’s Thursday again and we have been collecting some of the funny things we heard our kids say this week.  We would also love to read about what your kids are saying too.  We just get such a kick out of posts like these.  Here is some of what made us smile this week:

Okay, so we barely made it on Thursday and we barely have any quotes, but they are good ones I think.  At least they made me laugh!  So here goes:

Heard at the table:

Caleb:  “Hey Rylee, when I need to toot, this is what I do.  I lift up my legs off the chair and let it go free.  I like to let my toots go free.”

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Rylee:  (while gardening with her mama in the back) “Mama, I love to garden with you.  I just love gardening so much.  Look out Kyler, I am using my utensil to work the soil.”

Mama:  “I love two things about that.  I love that you love to garden.  And I love that you say ‘utensil’ and ‘soil'”

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A conversation while Caleb is in the tub:

Caleb:  “Hey Dad.”

Daddy:  (halting my walk down the hallway) “Yes?”

Caleb:  “Look right here.” (pointing down toward his lap…making me a bit nervous as to what kind of conversation we were about to have)

Daddy: “What?”

Caleb:  “Check this out.  Look right here (pointing again).”

Caleb:  “Did you see that!” (he exclaims immediately following a toot that he did on command creating a bubble that came up right where he was pointing).

Daddy: “Whoa…that is soo cool.  Nice one.”

Mama:  “Wow…farting on command at such a young age.”

Daddy:  “Yet another proud moment in our house!”

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What have your kids been saying lately?  Leave some quotes in the comments below, or post them on your own blog (you can even use our logo if you link back here).

Happy Thursday!

Not quite to Lake 22

What a great way to spend Sunday morning!  We woke up and began to get ready for the adventure of the week – a hike with the Jorgenson’s to Lake 22.  Unfortunately the night before, Audrey and Kyler came down with the flu so Karissa and the sick ones needed to take it easy and stay home.  Thanks to Mama for letting the three of us head out on what proved to be quite the adventure.

We got to the trail head just after ten and were the 2nd and 3rd cars to arrive, so we basically had the place to ourselves on the way up.  Caleb and Rylee were real troopers as we set out on a fairly steep trail looking to gain 1300ft or so on our way up 2.7 miles to the lake.  We started off with a brisk  pace as each of the kids were eager to go hiking.  Once the trail got a bit steeper, the pace slowed up a bit, but still moving quite well.  Instead of stopping for breaks, the kids munched on snacks lovingly prepared by their mama and sipping on water that Daddy carried for them.  Without any backpacks, they were moving along quite well.  We got to a bridge that overlooked a cool waterfall and stopped for some photo ops. All the while Isaac was doing great as Todd carried him in the ergo backpack.

We continued on our way and shortly found ourselves navigating some snow on the trail.  The kids loved it, and Maggie even preferred the snow to the previous loose rock.  With snow, followed by loose jagged rock, followed by more snow, and an increasingly steep grade, the trail began to get a bit treacherous.  Somewhere along the lines Isaac got a bit fussy, but all he needed was to be in the ergo with his mama so he could play with her hair.  I didn’t get a picture of it, but it was pretty cute watching a little hand sneak up from the depths of the ergo to grab his mama’s hair.  We finally reached a place that not only was a good stopping place for lunch with a great view, but it really was about as far as the little ones could go.  I figured we went just over 2 miles on the trail…pretty close to the top, but still had some killer views of the surrounding Creation!

Lunch was interesting.  Caleb decided that his tummy was not feeling well (he was the first one to go down with the flu, but he had been feeling better up until this moment) so he chose not to eat his sandwich and only picked out the cheese.  Karissa had made amazing sandwiches with pickles, cheese, mayo, mustard, pepper, turkey, and other yummies.  The other fun part of our break was when Maggie decided to lay down on her back to cool off and began to slide down the hill.  She went about 12 feet gaining pretty good speed before she realized what was happening and began to dig in with her claws to arrest her fall.  She has her own built in set of ice axes which is pretty cool.  She promptly came back up the hill only to do it a few more times while Rylee and Caleb giggled almost uncontrollably.

All in all it was a great time on the trail.  I can’t wait to go next weekend if possible, this time with the whole family.  There are plenty of great trails off the mountain loop highway up past Granite Falls if you are interested.  Enjoy the pictures below for a taste of our adventure.

Just Heard Thursday – Chicken Edition

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It’s Thursday again and we have been collecting some of the funny things we heard our kids say this week.  We would also love to read about what your kids are saying too.  We just get such a kick out of posts like these.  Here is some of what made us smile this week:

Rylee -“Daddy, Daddy, Daddy…we even dance with them too!”

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Caleb (exasperated) – “I am overloaded with chicks.  I have chicks all over me.  (overheard from in the bathroom – we can only hope that any statement like this will only be made in reference to chickens)

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Caleb – (holding a tiny chick in his hands up high in dramatic fashion) “The King of the Beasts!”

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Kyler – (looking sweetly into the eyes of his chicken) “You a trouble maker.”

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Kyler – “Look Mama, I make him go to sleep”

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Caleb – “Mama, will you get a kleenex and wipe my chicks bottom?”

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Mama – “Why don’t you put yours back and let him rest?”

Kyler – “He told me he not want to go in there.”

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(in the middle of a conversation with Mama)

Rylee – “What’s that?  Oh, sorry Mama, Fluff is calling me.”  (she then proceeds to run down the hall to the chicks to grab Fluffy, the fav chicken.)

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Rylee – “What are you looking at?”

Mama – “Fluff, I am just looking at Fluff”

Rylee – “What are you looking at fluff for?”

Mama – “I am just trying to figure out what kind of bird Fluff is.”

Rylee – “Mama, Fluff is a chicken!”

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Things heard from Mama and Daddy:

“No actually, the chicken is not a sword”

“No chickens inside your clothes”

“Get the chick out of Audrey’s mouth!”

“The chicken is not a fire hose shooting water all over”

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What have your kids been saying lately?  Leave some quotes in the comments below, or post them on your own blog (you can even use our logo if you link back here).

Happy Thursday!

Welcome back Junior!

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Along with thousands of other raving Mariner fans, I had the privilege of welcoming Ken Griffey Jr. back to Safeco Field for the first time as a Mariner since the 1999 season.  What a great day for baseball!  We could not have asked for anything better (except for parking).  Arriving at the ball park only a few minutes after it opened up was a bit of a mistake.  After driving around for a significant amount of time, we ended up paying to park in one of the lots close to the field.  Can you say opportunistic?  Wow.  Once we got into Safeco though, everything was forgotten and once again we were thrust into the gem that is baseball.  The sights, sounds, and smells were great to take in as we meandered around the park.  I stopped into the team store to price a Griffey jersey…yikes!  Not only were the prices outrageous but the lines were even worse.  Then we went down to the field to watch some bp and sat around throughout the opening day festivities.  When they announced #24 the crowd went bananas, this was only to be topped by his first at bat of the night, a line drive single hit in the right field gap.

A great night had by all.  We were treated to blue skies, sunshine, good baseball, Jr’s return, extra innings,  a mariners win, and memories to cherish.  From a fan that grew up watching you, thanks Jr.  How about the next time you are in town, we grab some Starbucks, my treat.

If you are interested in the game and Griffey’s comments regarding his return, read this story. Oh and thanks to FSN for the picture.

Just Heard Thursday

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It’s Thursday again and we have been collecting some of the funny things we heard our kids say this week.  We would also love to read about what your kids are saying too.  We just get such a kick out of posts like these.  Here is some of what made us smile this week:

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(Mama snuggling with Kyler tucking him in for the night, only one thing on his mind)

Kyler: (in a sweet but insistent tone) “You make me eggs.”

Mama: “Okay baby, in the morning.”

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Daddy:  “I love you so much, I can’t imagine life without you.”

Caleb:  “I love you too!”

Daddy:  “I love all of you and I can’t imagine life without Caleb, Kyler, Rylee, or even little Audrey!”

Rylee:  “Or even Mama”

Daddy:  “I certainly can’t imagine life without Mama, she is amazing.”

Rylee:  “Without Mama, how would we eat?”

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Another installment of Just SEEN Thursday

Rylee:  “Daddy, can I style your hair?”

Daddy:  “Of course you can.  How do you think Daddy should style it?”

Rylee:  “Umm…I will do it for you and you can see!”

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Daddy: (not quite hearing what Mama and Nana were talking about…) “What was that?  Who was fussy?”

Caleb: (not at all knowing what Mama and Nana were talking about but eagerly jumping in by responding to me) “Rylee, she is sometimes fussy when she is getting her hair put up” (spoken from someone who hears this “fussiness” regularly almost each time the hair goes up)

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This exchange happened during Sojourn’s Palm Sunday Gathering in the kids teaching time.  Rylee was playing the part of Jesus and she sent two of her friends to go get the donkey.  Mama and Caleb went to go get the donkey.  After they brought the donkey to Jesus (Rylee) they began to lay out their jackets and branches for Jesus and the donkey to walk over.  While this was happening, Kyler took the donkey and took him off the path over to the couch.

Mama:  “Kyler, where are you going with the donkey?”

Kyler:  “The Jesus donkey need gasoween (gasoline in Kyler speak)”  And he began to pretend to pour something into the donkey.

Mama:  “But Kyler, donkey’s don’t take gas.”

Kyler:  “Jesus need gasoween.  He not go.  I give Jesus donkey gasoween.”

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What have your kids been saying lately?  Leave some quotes in the comments below, or post them on your own blog and link back here.
Happy Thursday!

Just Heard Thursday

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I couldn’t wait until Thursday for this one…Enjoy.

It’s Thursday again and we have been collecting some of the funny things we heard our kids say this week.  We would also love to read about what your kids are saying too.  We just get such a kick out of posts like these.  Here is some of what made us smile this week:

Caleb: (9:00pm after he’s been in bed for about an hour)” Mom…can you make me some sausage and panpapes, with syrup for dipping my sausage and syrup for my panpapes and to dip my sausage with?”

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Kyler: (with a rising fist to the air) “Rock on Dad!” (a new Kyler catch phrase)

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Kyler:  “Mama, look, raisins!”  (Not too funny until you realize he was looking at the rabbits in their cage at the farm!)

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Daddy:  What are you looking forward to most about having chickens?

Rylee:  They are going to be chickies first!

Caleb:  We’re all going to be feeding them and we could look for the eggs to see if they have a crack every day.  And we can hold the baby chickens and put them by the heater.

Kyler:  I like chickies!

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And now, we have the first ever Just Seen Thursday!

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Okay, this picture of Kyler on our newly installed rope swing is screaming for a caption contest.  So get your creative hats on and let me know what you think the caption should be.

What have your kids been saying lately?  Leave some quotes in the comments below, or post them on your own blog and link back here.
Happy Thursday!

Inspiration from the North

We have dear friends who live North of us.  With four boys, there is always something exciting going on at their place.  You can read about their adventures here.  It seems like we are always about a year and at least one baby behind them.  Lately we have adopted a few fun ideas from them.  Pictured below is some of the craziness that ensued with the most recent idea we stole from our friends:

The Little Man
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The Princess
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The Big Man
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The rope swing was super easy to install in the family room.  I think it cost a total of $13 from Lowes and will be totally worth the investment as the kids grow stronger and more agile as they swing, climb, and do tricks on the rope.  Parts included an eye hook, a l0cking carabiner, and 16 feet of rope.

We have also been inspired to begin to raise egg laying chickens.  Our friends have had chickens for over a year now and it has been a great learning experience for the boys as well as a great source of eggs.  They told us that the only place to get chickens is from Murray McMurray Hatchery.  We are so excited to get the chickens.  They come through the mail if you would believe that.  You get them when they are two days old.  How fun for the kids.  I am pretty sure Rylee will de overwhelmed with delight.  Just recently we heard that we are getting chickens from the same place that Martha Stewart got her chickens.  If you don’t believe me, you can read about it here.  Who knows, maybe our chicks will be related to her chicks (we are even getting some of the same kids – Cuckoo Marans).  Martha is not the only one doing this, apparently free range chickens in your own backyard is a growing trend in the Seattle area.  On our way home from Pikes Place Market, we picked up a magazine called Conscious Choice Seattle.  In this issue there is a story all about this new phenomena.  Well, we are always a bit behind the trend, but we are definitely enjoying these new additions to the house.  We don’t get our chickens until the week of April 13th.  I can tell you that our little ones are as excited for the 13th of April as they are for the 25th of December right now.  How fun, Christmas in April!  By the way, if you are interested in having chickens of your very own, now is the time to order as the supplies are getting a bit limited already.  I will leave you with a picture of a few Cuckoo Marans.  We can’t wait until these guys show up at the Post Office!

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Just Heard Thursday

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It’s Thursday again and we have been collecting some of the funny things we heard our kids say this week.  We would also love to read about what your kids are saying too.  We just get such a kick out of posts like these.  Here is some of what made us smile this week:

(After Kyler went running ahead of Rylee to the van wearing his little man capris pants, no socks, and blue converse)

Rylee:  “Look at him.  He is sooo cute!  I just want to squeeze him!”

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(At the dinner table)

Daddy: “Anyone need a napkin?”

Caleb:  “We don’t need napkins around here.  We just lick ourselves.”

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Mommy:  “Caleb, what do you want to do special for your birthday?”

Rylee:  “Maybe you want to go to the Space Needle”

Mommy:  “Actually it is Caleb’s birthday, what do YOU want to do Caleb?”

Caleb:  “I want to go to the Space Needle, actually I want to ride an airplane”

(This might be a tough one this year, not quite as cheap easy as a train ride)

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(After Maggie, the family dog, got done licking the dinner plate clean)

Rylee:  “Mama, we can just put this one away now, it is totally clean.  Maggie got it totally clean.”

What have your kids been saying lately?  Leave some quotes in the comments below, or post them on your own blog and link back here.

Happy Thursday!

Just Heard Thursday

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It’s Thursday again and we have been collecting some of the funny things we heard our kids say this week.  We would also love to read about what your kids are saying too.  We just get such a kick out of posts like these.  Here is some of what made us smile this week:

(A Conversation at night tucking Rylee in for bed…often the best times for talking with her)

Rylee: “Mama, tell me what things you love about me”

Mama: “Wow, a lot of things…(I go on to list about 15 things I love about you)”.

Rylee: “Okay, now tell me some things you don’t like about me.”

Mama: “Well, I don’t like it when you talk back to me or when you-“

Rylee: “Nevermind, I don’t think this was a good idea, it might make me sad.  Can you guess who my girl friends are?”

Mama: “Thera and Chloe and Payton.”

Rylee: “Yes, and can you guess who my boy friends are?”

Mama: “Yes, Thomas, Aidan, Jake, Tommy, Zack, Adam, Aydin, Cole, Reese-“

Rylee: “That’s enough. But what about my best boy friend?”

Mama: “I don’t know. Who?”

Rylee: “I’ll give you a clue. He’s big, so big. He made the whole world. He’s everywhere.”

Mama: “God?”

Rylee: “Yep. It’s him.”

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Caleb:  Why is there hair in the shower?

Rylee:  Because mommy is losing her hair.  It’s falling out all over.

Caleb:  Why is that?

Rylee:  She’s just losing it!

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Rylee:  When people try to escape from prison, what happens?

Mama:  There are guards at the gates of the prison to keep them in

Rylee:  Do they have guns?

Mama:  Yes.

Rylee:  So if people leave they shoot at them?

Mama:  Well, maybe they might.

Rylee:  What do the guns shoot?  Do they shoot out labels?

(you might be wondering why Rylee thinks guns would shoot labels…around here, every once in a while there is one label gun that gets used extensively…click here for more details)

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Rylee:  Caleb guess what?  It’s dinner time and I’m still wearing my jammies and I’m not wearing any pull ups or panties!

Hysterical laughter ensues.

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Mama:  Why does the food that’s bad for us taste good?

Caleb:  Salt.  Lots of salt.

(this following a dinner trip to McDonalds in desperation)

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What have your kids been saying lately?  Leave some quotes in the comments below, or post them on your own blog and link back here.

Happy Thursday!