Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bedtime Kisses

Tonight while lying beside my son getting ready to read him a story for bed.........

Mom: "Charlie why do I like to kiss your face so much?"
Charlie: "Because it's awesome."

We were both laughing so hard that Mike had to come in to see what all of the noise was about. I love these moments as a Mom. They make everything worth it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What Anniversary?

That's right, yet again I have forgotten my anniversary. Lucky for me, Mike forgot too. I had the upper hand this year because I called him the day after and wished him a "happy anniversary". (He is in Virginia and forgot also.) So that means I have remembered four out of nine. I know, terrible odds. This seems to be the running joke between us and I am lucky to have a husband who isn't offended every year. Maybe he should feel lucky to have a wife that never expects a gift. Thanks honey buns, I love you.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Not For Weak Stomachs

Warning gross pictures ahead. We were at my sisters house to watch my niece Mallory open up her mission call. On the way in the house I noticed a cute little snail and decided to take a picture.

Then I noticed another and another.

While we went inside Charlie decided to stay outside with his cousin McKenzie and look what they came up with. Gross!!

But to better news...

Mallory is called to serve in the Rome, Italy mission! We couldn't be more excited for her. She spent some time in France last semester and knows the language well, so we thought she would be using her French somewhere but instead she will learn Italian.
(Mindy, Mallory, Kim & Glen)

Italy was my favorite country to visit I'll admit that I am jealous and I know she will love it.

(Aubry and baby Mya)

A few days later we went to the American Fork Steel Days. We enjoyed some fun carnival rides which made me discover that I'm getting old. I attempted "Gravitron" with Adam and Mallory. If you don't remember it's the weird spaceship looking thing that spins so fast that your face is sucked back and it's hard to move. I used to enjoy rides like this but I found myself a little queasy afterward. Charlie kept asking to go on all of the rides that would make me sick. I also thought he was a little young for these rides so I stuck him on all of the little kiddie rides with Jane.

Adam and Mallory took him on a scary ride and he laughed the whole time. So I hope Mike's stomach is stronger than mine so our children can continue to have fun on the "exciting rides".

Thanks guys.

Doesn't he look a little small for this?
And my question to all of you is.. are you getting older? Are you still able to do all of the fun rides you did as a teenager?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Everyday Adjustments

Could it be possible that my children are having a hard time adjusting to our new baby Maggie? Yesterday seemed to be a hard day for Charlie and Jane. The morning started out with a lot of fighting over the same toys. They had each been taunting each other and both of them had spent some time on "time out". I knew then that it was going to be a long day for me. In one instance Charlie was teasing Jane in the mean sing song voice that we all used when we were younger. Jane started getting mad and I said "Charlie, I've asked you not to do that now please go and sit on time out." Jane perked right up and ran passed us and climbed on the time out chair. She started doing the "nah, nah, nah" song and I realized that she just wanted to beat him to it. She was smiling the whole time because she knew that she had something he was supposed to have. I am glad that they do funny things so I can laugh through out the day.
We started setting the timer so they could have equal time with each toy that they were fighting over. Of course as usual they didn't really care about the toys at all so they were able to move on to playing nice again.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Crosland Family Bash

We had a Crosland Family Reunion over the 4th of July weekend. We went up to a cabin in Star Valley, Wyoming and boy was it beautiful. We all get a long so well that it is just fun to get together. We had Mom and Dad and four of their five children able to attend. Unfortunately we missed out on having Matt join us. (He lives in New York and travels so much that he just couldn't make it this time.) We spent our days four wheeling and playing card games. We enjoyed some fantastic fireworks, thanks to the state of Wyoming. They have pretty fantastic stuff that isn't legal here in Utah. I am grateful to live in such a beautiful country. I hope that I can teach my children to understand how lucky they are to live in the United States. We have such a good life and are grateful for loving and supportive family. Here are some of our pictures.