Tuesday, July 26, 2011

They might drive me crazy but they make me laugh.

Roxie informed me she was a pirate. ARRG I couldn't stop laughing.

When you educate a man, you educate an individual, but when you educate a woman, you educate a nation.
-- Johnetta B. Cole

" A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous." Coco Channel

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tears, Excitment and wanting Martin

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. ~Edgar W. Howe

Today was Martins first day of school. We left the house a little after 7:30 and walked to Sanborn Elementary school for the first day of school. As we got closer Martin started to hold my hand but seemed very excited. I tired so very hard not to cry and when I started to I turned around to see Bev from my ward and she said "I have sent three boy to the MTC it doesn't get an easier." The tears stopped and she made me soak every second as he walked though the doors. Doug, Roxie, Zoey and I walked home and after a few mins Roxie started to ask "I want my Martin." She is really going to miss Martin.
I will confess I cried when Martin picked out his backpack, and I cried at the store while I bought his food for his lunches and I cried thinking this might be the end of my random hugs and I loves you he is so good at. I realized it is true time flies when you are having fun.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~Albert Einstein


Amanda and Roxie at grandma Wimmers pool
Amanda and the kids swimming at Grandma and pa Bremners community pool.

When Amanda arrived she had one goal and that was to swim. As you can see we did just that. The kids loved having Amanda visiting and Zoey really bonded with her. Amanda helped calm my nerves about Martin starting school and I loved having someone to talk to about what to expect. The kids and I had a great time playing with Amanda and when we dropped her at the airport and left Roxie started to cry because she wanted to Fly to MN with her Amanda. She cried for over 20mins about wanting Amanda to come home with us.
Amanda left on Saturday and Monday morning Roxie asked "When are we going to MN to see Amanda?" How can someone not feel loved when visiting my house.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

All I do is want to clean

So yes the title might sound a little funny and yes I am writing a blog when I could be cleaning but I know if I leave this chair someone is going to nnneeeeeddd me. I am going to let out my frustation about not having any time to get anything done. OH and yes I know it is only going to get harder and yes I know it comes with being a mom and yes I get to complain and you are going to read it because its my blog. :)
All I want to do is clean the upstairs of my house but I have two little people that have one LOUD volume and no matter how many time I say "Please be Quite" or "Don't wake your sister." It doesn't seem to get though to them. After 1 hour of trying to keep them from waking their sister I realized the only thing I go done is have my blood presser go though the roof.
Back downstairs I go with two people in tow. I figure I don't have to keep anyone quite downstairs so I should be able to get a lot done Right? Wrong! It starts with Roxie wanting to be alone and Martin needing someone to play with him. The spitting, hitting, kicking, yelling and finally the time outs. Again my blood presser though the roof. I take a deep breathe and tell everyone I am cleaning out the dishwasher and to play nicely but is it possible for them to play nice? NOPE! As soon as the dishes are done the toys they have been fighting over are now in time out for the week and no one gets to play with them.
As my days goes on I get Roxie down for a nap in hopes I can eat lunch with Martin before Zoey wakes up. I am sure you guessed it Zoey is up and I get Martins lunch fixed and I walk around with cold slice of three day old pizza. Most the afternoon consist of Martin (5 Years old) getting up set because Zoey(8Months) doesn't want to play with him or she is getting into his stuff. Now that she is crawling I have to rush to get things put away and that means throwing them on the dinning table or counter tops.
Zoey has been in a hold me or I will cry phase and since Roxie will wake up at every sound I decided to hold Zoey and get a little cleaning done. HAHAH That's right several sales man decided I need pest control, Alarm system and my family needs to be saved. After they left Zoey was getting tired and she needed her mommy even more. I put her to bed and went into Roxie's room because she had been awake since the first doorbell. Roxie informs me "I have Lava coming out of my butt." with Martin adding " It smells like gross poop." Ah the life of a Mom.
I get everyone happy downstairs and I decided to head up stairs to clean the guest room because in a few weeks it will be used. Within 1 minute Martin is upstairs wondering what I am doing and following me room to room talking about nothing and within another 2 minutes Roxie is upstairs talking louder than 10 grown adults. So back downstairs I go in hopes poor little Zoey can get some sleep. That brings me to now: Roxie is playing sword fight with my head and Martin is teasing her bring her to tears. Did I forget the spitting Roxie's does when she wants to be left alone.

I just want to clean because when I get to clean I get peace and quite WHEN I guess I should say IF it happens. Right now instead of washing the bathroom mirrors or chasing the dust bunnies from every corner of my house I am chasing kids away from my computer and back into the family room to play, fight, wrestle and eventual cry over something.

I love being Mom. I love being able to kiss their little hurts away, give hugs when their feelings are hurt and cuddling for 15 seconds before they decided they need to play but some days I just want to clean.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Haboob I learn something new every day.

You maybe asking yourself what is a HABOOB and what does it have to do with Arizona? according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haboob

A haboob (Arabic هبوب) is a type of intense sandstorm commonly observed in arid regions throughout the world. They have been observed in the Sahara desert (typically Sudan), as well as across the Arabian Peninsula, throughout Kuwait, and in the most arid regions of Iraq.[1] African haboobs result from the northward summer shift of the inter-tropical front into North Africa, bringing moisture from the Gulf of Guinea. Haboob winds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Kuwait are frequently created by the collapse of a thunderstorm. The arid and semiarid regions of North America – in fact any dryland region – may experience haboobs. In the USA, they are frequently observed in the deserts of Arizona, including Yuma and Phoenix[2][3], as well as New Mexico and Texas [4]. During thunderstorm formation, winds move in a direction opposite to the storm's travel, and they will move from all directions into the thunderstorm. When the storm collapses and begins to release precipitation, wind directions reverse, gusting outward from the storm and generally gusting the strongest in the direction of the storm's travel.[5][6][7]

When this downdraft, or "downburst", reaches the ground, dry, loose sand from the desert settings is essentially blown up, creating a wall of sediment preceding the storm cloud. This wall of sand can be up to 100 km (60 miles) wide and several kilometers in elevation. At their strongest, haboob winds can travel at 35-50 km/h (20-30 mph), and they may approach with little to no warning. Often rain is not seen at the ground level as it evaporates in the hot, dry air (a phenomenon known as virga), though on occasion when the rain does persist, the precipitation can contain a considerable quantity of dust (severe cases called "mud storms"). Eye and respiratory system protection are advisable for anyone who must be outside during a haboob -- moving to a place of shelter is highly desirable during a strong event.

Across North Africa and the Near East, there are many regional names for this unique sandstorm. The word haboob comes from the Arabic word هبوب "strong wind or 'phenomenon'."

Last night we decided to teach kids about recycling cans and that they could make money from it. As we were driving home we saw this huge wall cloud start to over take parts of the valley and it was like something from a movie. The sky turned so dark we couldn't even see the neighbors house across the street at the peak of the storm. Rumors have the winds at over 65 miles an hour and trees with 5 inch diameter were down in many areas. Our area of Chandler didn't see the down power lines and I saw only about 4 total trees down in the neighborhood so we were very lucky. Although there is fine sand all over the house and covering everything in the backyard. It was a very crazy night and they expect more sandstorms to come.

More Phoenix storms forecast after huge evening dust storm

More storms are forecast for Wednesday evening, following a massive dust storm that swept across the Phoenix area Tuesday night, leaving a path of dust, debris and damage in nearly every part of the Valley.

Wednesday evening's forecast includes a 20 percent chance for thunderstorms in the Valley and between a 20 percent and 25 percent chance for dust storms beginning between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

"No night is ever going to be exactly the same," National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Ellis said. "The odds of getting another (big dust storm) are not that great, but on the other hand, the conditions have not changed that much, so it's possible.

"It's possible we could get another dust storm tonight. As to how bad it could be, that's difficult to say."

The wall of dust rolled into the Valley starting just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Ellis said. The mile-high dust storm moved between speeds of 50 and 60 mph and appeared to be nearly 100 miles wide, according to the Weather Service's radar.

Winds in the Valley reached 50 mph with gusts approaching 60 mph, Ellis said. Visibility fluctuated between zero to a quarter of a mile during the storm's peak density.

"I've been (in Arizona) for nearly 33 years, and I've never seen as thick a coating of dust, on streets and cars, as this one," Ellis said. "I've never seen anything like it before."

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was forced to shut down for nearly an hour, spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez said. All planes were grounded between 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., and some flights were diverted to Tucson and California for landing. At least two flights were canceled.

The storm was so powerful, it blew a heavy cloud of dust into the terminals, triggering fire alarms.

Phoenix Fire Department received more than 700 calls for service as the storm rolled through the city.

"We expect that," said Capt. Scott Walker, a spokesman for the Fire Department. "When storms come to the area ... we have procedures in place."

The storm also caused power failures in some areas. In Tempe, officers were directing traffic at intersections in blackout areas, police Lt. Scott Smith said. Significant outages were also reported in Apache Junction.

Salt River Project reported 9,400 customers across the Valley lost power during the peak of the storm.

Arizona Public Service reported that the entire town of Quartzsite lost power, affecting 2,000 people, and blackouts affected 6,000 customers in Buckeye.

Significant outages were also reported in Apache Junction, central and south Phoenix, and south Scottsdale. APS reported Wednesday morning that 600 customers in the far west Valley were still without power, but outages should be fixed by the end of the day.

A semitruck was blown over along Interstate 8 near milepost 169, six miles southwest of Casa Grande, Ellis said. Twenty power poles went down, and a tree fell on a police station near Sacaton in Pinal County.

The storm brought down live wires in Tempe, and one started a fire near Rural Road and Southern Avenue, Smith said. The blaze was quickly extinguished.

In Chandler, winds toppled nine trees at the intersection of Chandler and Arizona avenues. Police officers used chainsaws and a tow truck to clear the debris.

Although the cause of the storm's speed was yet to be determined, Weather Service officials said the storm's unusual density was caused by little rainfall in affected areas during the past several months.

A typical dust storm in Arizona might reach 1,000 feet and travel between 30 and 40 mph, Ellis said.

More dust storms are forecast for Wednesday afternoon, with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2011/07/06/20110706phoenix-dust-storm-weather-abrk.html#ixzz1RM1Zc29H

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Little Princess and Little Man

Catching pictures of Roxie standing still is like trying to grab a greased pig. It doesn't happen all that often.

I wanted to play with the different settings on my camera so Martin was my model and to be honest he was a very unhappy model.

The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Nothing Exciting Just Pictures

Roxie showing off her new swimsuit and Muscles.

Nothing says I love you more than a hug, a kiss and "I'm sorry Martin for hitting you in the face again."

In a houseful of toddlers and pets, you can start out having a bad day, but you keep getting detoured. ~Robert Brault

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu

Friday, July 1, 2011

Zoey 8th Month Photo

Aubry Startin (Wedding Photographer) from my ward took her picture. I stopped by The Startins to drop off some free formula I get in the mail all the time and the next thing I know we are taking pictures of Zoey. She took some amazing shots and I told Aubry to pick her favorite and send it to me. This was the shot. My kids have the most amazing big blue eyes. Or at lest that what I think.

Joseph Addison
Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.