Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Miss A:  What was the Pentacost?
Miss M:  Maybe it was a pen that cost lots of money.

Miss R, being a cat:  This kitty can spin its tail while doing back fwips wif ownwee its ears!

Miss R, in a prayer (at Aunt M and Uncle B's house):  Thanks that we're safe in our house, and it's so beautiful here and there are horses we can wide.

Miss M:  You know what the word brave makes me think of?  A bandaid.

Quotes: Miss A...

Miss A:  (While demonstrating the chicken dance to her sister.)  Look.  I have done this with PROFESSIONAL Germans.  (Which she kind of did, at the German show at Busch Gardens.)

Miss A:  Miss R sleep cackles all through the night.


Mama:  See!  You can always look in books to find answers to questions.  (About how much airplanes weigh.)
Miss M:  And you can always ask space aliens to find answers to stuff.  They're very smart.

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Miss R, getting off the scale:  Mom.  It has a one and a two fours.  The one is in the middle and the fours are on two sides.  So how pounded am I?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Miss M: Trip Highlights...

My favorite things about the trip so far have been:

1.  My most favorite thing is seeing my family.  And talking with my family.
2.  Going to the water park.  I liked the slides.  And the huge buckets.  And one of them said "world's biggest splash."
3.  The Alpine Slide.  I was afraid first, but then I realized that it was fun.
4.  I loved lighting fireworks.
5.  Riding on Spice the horse.

Miss A: Trip Highlights...

My favorite things about the trip:

1.  My first favorite thing was going to this house with a theater room, a bounce house, a skee ball game (one side was broken) and this house cottage and this mini market thing.
2.  I liked swimming in the Jenny Lake.  I liked it because I was catching these teeny fish about as long as your thumb nail and it was really cold.  I'd never felt a river that cold before.

3.  My next favorite was the Alpine Slide.  I thought it would be scary, but then after the ride I thought maybe I should have chose the one with steeper dives and wider turns.
4.  My next favorite thing was going to a water park with BIG buckets that dumped and the splash was very big.  And my first two water slides were orange and yellow ones with tunnels, but the last orange tunnel, after you got out of the tunnel, you started to drop and it felt like you were flying.  Sometimes I would float.  The next ride I went on was the scariest because it was dark black and purple two.  After the twists and turns there was a straight down drop, and then you started to straighten out a little.  And my Grandma and Grandpa went on the purple slide too.  After that Miss M and I went to a blue slide called Hang 5.  After that one we went on a green one called Hang 10.  After all of the slides we went to the lazy river.  I kind of drifted off to sleep until someone bumped into me.  And then after that it was time to eat.  For my drink I had orange soda.  For my meal I had pizza.  And then it was time to leave.
5.  My last favorite thing was my first family reunion.  Cousin Kr and Cousin K and Cousin J all of them gave me piggy back rides because Cousin J did this monster thing where he ran away from the other two.  At the family reunion I slept with one of my favorite cousins, Cousin Kr.  I've had a fun time on my trip so far.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quotes From the Road...

We are on a marathon summer trip!   Here are some things the girls have said...

Miss R, in West Virginia:  Look at all the funder bugs!
Grandma:  You mean lightning bugs?

Miss R, in the mountains of Idaho:  This is a curly road.

Miss A, wading in a creek in Idaho:  This is so refreshing!  No.  Really.  I can't feel my feet.

Miss M, randomly:  I really love bunnies because they make really good fertilizer.

Miss A:  Well, I understand why Aunt L doesn't ever want to move.  She has every toy!

In the Tetons:
Mama:  If I could live anywhere in the world I would choose right here.  Except with Tarague Beach (Guam) right there.
Miss M:  And there would be a candy store right there, and a church.
Mama:  And a library.
Miss M:  And a food store that has all your favorite food.  Yeah, cause Heaven can do whatever it wants.  Well, except sin.

Miss M, telling stories in the car:  Paul Bunyan put Babe the blue fox, on a fire to warm him up.  But he stayed blue.  That's his normrell color.  When he's mad, he turns red.  When he swims, he turns orange.  When he's warm, he turns pink.  And when it's just right, he turns purple.  He's a rainbow ox.

Miss R, on getting out of bed to go down to the hotel breakfast:  I wiss they could serve it up here.

First Rodeo...

Here is Miss A's report:  The rodeo was good, because there were fireworks, buckin broncos, and there was a bull named Wolverine and he tried to gore one of the cowboys!  And no one had ever ridden him.  There were little kids on sheep too that got bucked off and some hung on to the sheep.  There were riders that lit up with lights on them because it was the hundredth year and there was a stage coach that lit up too.  The first night we were there the lit up horses braided and did cool stuff and never ran into each other.  The whole arena was dark and there were lights, lots and lots of lights before that happened.  The next night there was a little foal and its mom.  After all that there was cattle roping.  Two people didn't make it.  I can't believe there's a queen cowgirl and lots of princess cowgirls!

Some quotes:

Miss M, about a steer (male teenage cow):  Look at its milk thing flipping back and forth!

Miss A, at the end of the first night:  Since the bulls didn't gore anyone it was kind of boring.

The girls with Aunt L, the first night we went to the rodeo.

My report:  The girls' first rodeo!  And my first rodeo in an air conditioned arena.  I liked it.  The girls were so fun to watch.  Miss A was riveted, both nights.  The first night Miss M paid pretty good attention, and her favorite thing was a girl in front of us wearing a sequin covered royal blue cowboy hat that had lights around the brim.  The second night she was so tired she just sort of zoned out.  Miss R was so tired and wired from so many weeks of our trip, that she spent the whole first night being a bucking bronco, and doing quite accurate impressions.  Luckily we had a few empty seats around us so she had some space.  The second night she was so "firsty," that nothing else could hold her attention.  The second night was rough...
Some things to remember:  The Snake River Stampeders!  A drill team, which means they gallop around on their horses doing complex formations and almost running into each other.  In the pitch dark.  Pretty impressive.  Also, the One Armed Bandit, a man with, yes, one arm, who rode around at a gallop while cracking a whip.  And then, had two bull buffalo come out!  We were excited to see buffalo.  His act culminated with him on his mule and his two buffalo climbing on top of a moving horse trailer and spinning around.  Who knew you could train buffalo to do tricks?  I must have one.  The last night of the rodeo started with something cute/ sad.  They had a big wooden box decorated like a birthday cake, since it's the 100th anniversary of the rodeo.  Fireworks went off on top of it, then it opened, and out came a cute little tiny pinto foal!  But it was so scared and freaked out!  Imagine being in a dark box with loud fireworks on it, then the door opens, and you run out into a huge arena filled with deafening music and thousands of screaming people.  They released the mom to run around with it, which was better, but I thought it was pretty cruel.  The worst thing about the rodeo was the noise.  The music, (which why play loud rock music constantly?) was truly deafening.  The announcer was so loud that you couldn't hear him clearly.  With my fingers pressed in my ears it was on the loud side of just right.  The best thing?  The bucking broncs.  And the bulls.  With names like "Bath Bubbles"  and "Foofy Foofy."  They were gorgeous and glorious.

The girls with Cousin L the last night of the rodeo.

Uncle C brought the girls elk antlers.  So the whole rest of the night, including a very LOOONG car ride home, they were bugling and being elk...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Top Five Cutest Baby Animals...

The big girls are out of school.  (I don't know if that's a yay! or an achh!)  I'm trying to have a more "intentional" summer, and be more in charge and involved with what goes on, instead of just surviving.  So I'm trying to have them do some little "school" assignments.  Yesterday's was to make a list.  Above is Miss M's.  She is going to type and find photos to put of all her individual choices.

Miss M's Favorite Baby Animals:

1.  baby octopus.

2. baby bunny.

3. chike

4. baby wolf.

5. baby  kwaolabear

Miss A's Cutest Fabulous Animal List:

1.  cheetah  cub

2.  chestnut  foal

3.  owlets

4.  kitten

5.  Siberian  husky  puppy

Miss R's List of Cutest Baby Animals

1.  Puppies

2.  Kittens

3.  Bunnies

4.  Wolf

5.  Cheetah

Friday, May 29, 2015


Miss R:  No. Don't do that.  (I went to sit next to her on the couch.)
Mama:  You don't want me to cuddle you and pet you?  (She had been a pet baby horse- sorry, hoe-se).
Miss R:  No, I'm kinda stinky cause I been widin my hoe-se.

Miss M (regarding the complex relationship between Flopsy and Whiskers, her two best friend/stuffed animals):  Ten months ago (it was actually about three years) we got to Guam and that's when they first married.  On a box.  They kissed lips by the way.

(To Daddy while on leave) Miss M:  Daddy, you look like a yetti crab.

Speaker in church:  Even if you grow up in the church...
Miss R:  But it's not ever ok to frow up in the turch!

Mama:  There are some more dachshunds!  I don't know... I kind of like them...
Miss A:  Yeah, I do too.  I think they're very aerodynamic.

Miss R:  Hang on!  It's gowin be a bumpy wide!  We pwolly won't make it.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Very Clean...

This morning we got an emergency request to deliver B's summer white uniform to him at work.  If you aren't acquainted with this uniform, it is very white, very pretty, and very hard to keep clean.

(This is B and his little brother O.)
Here is the conversation when we got in the car to drop girls off at school and then go deliver the uniform to the hospital where daddy works.

Miss M (6):  I get to be by Daddy's suit!
Miss A (8):  Don't touch it!  It's sterile.
Miss M:  What does 'sterile' mean?
Miss A:  It means really really really clean.  For example, Heavenly Father is sterile.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Miss R's Fast Day Photos: April...

 Wrapped in a Pacific Islands Club towel shortly after arriving in Guam.
 At a friend's Easter egg hunt in Guam.
 At our favorite beach, Tarague, in Guam.  She's wearing her muumuu.
At Appomattox Court House for the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Miss M's Fast Day Photos: April

 At our home in St. Louis.
 Just learning to walk!  She always had the signal hands.  She still flaps those hands when she's excited...  At our home in St. Louis.
 At the Richmond Botanical Garden.
 On a dock in Pensacola Florida, homeless and waiting to go to Guam.
 At a friend's Easter egg hunt, Guam.
 At our favorite beach, Tarague, in Guam.  She's wearing her muumuu.
At Appomattox Court House for the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Miss A's Fast Day Photos: April

 Watching general conference at our apartment in St. Louis.
 In St. Louis.
 Our home in St. Louis.
 Daddy hoisted her up in the air chair, at our home in St. Louis.
 At the Richmond Botanical Gardens.
 On the plane to Guam!  Aunt A sent lots of little gifts to keep the girls occupied on the long flight.
 At an Easter egg hunt in Guam.
 One of the last trips to our favorite beach, Tarague, in Guam.  She's wearing her muumuu.
At Appomattox Court House for the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War.