Monday, September 18, 2006

Brooke's First Night Time Prayer All By Herself:
"Please bless Tyler, Thank you for Mommy and Daddy....Thank you for the crib....Thank you for...the books, Thank you for the bookshelf....Thank you for the Blocks...and the games" (then she ended it. Well, from the mouths of babes! At least it was sincere!

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Yep, Oprah Show week later! I had a great reunion at the Oprah show (for the exact time and day one week later) with my friends from Quincy, Illinois. Ironically, we all live in the Chicago area. Leave it to Oprah for getting people together!!! Left to Right: Rachel, Allison, Vianey, and me.

We all spent the morning catching up and, of course, attending the taping of the Oprah show!

I was sad (but knew it was expected) that my friends from BYU freshman year (sexy six) couldn't come on practically NO notice (4 days). But you know, some things end up working out GREAT!

The Topic - WAS HORRIBLE...AGAIN!!! I have decided that Wednesday morning taping are the Serious, TV14 topics. I don't even need to go into more detail.

Sufficed to say that we were a little quizzical about why Oprah even decided to do this show. SERIOUSLY! However, Rachel and Vianey had a bit of luck. They just happened to be sitting on the far back corners of the room and therefore got a "golden ticket" from one of the producers. This entitles them to come in the next 6 weeks and bring someone of their choice. COOL.


So my little boy is 1. I think he is SO adorable, of course! He now signs please, all done, more, milk, and yes. His first official word 2 days before was "BONNIE" followed a few hourse later by "BYE BYE" followed a few hourse later by "DADDY". He also now says "ALL DONE" and we think he may have said that before. It is like something just CLICKED in his brain. He also now says "TYLER."

With the whole cake thing, he picked all of the frosting stars off one by one a little braver, and took a chunck of cake with his a little braver and picked up the whole cake and ate a little braver and dumped out his ice cream and smeared it all over the table.

APPARENTLY he gets more brazen in stages. He and Brooke love to laugh together at night when the lights are off. Tyler will look through his crib, egg her on, and giggle at her. She will them wiggle or say something silly and they will both laugh and laugh. We have a hard time disciplining that one becuase we are both laughing at them!!!

Here is Brooke at Tyler's bday party. She is 3 1/2 years old.

Tyler can now stand for up to 5 minutes, and crawl faster than an adult's brisk walking pace. When something is taken away from him, he will hurl his head to the ground, sulking. If he is really upset, he will then proceed to crawl in circle, head burrowed into the you just see this headless body crawling around in circle accompanied by an upset sulky cry. Here he is - a future missionary.

Tyler also LOVES Brooke - here he is trying to wake her up this morning!

Thursday, September 07, 2006


So we went to the Oprah Show Taping today - I, along with a couple of my friends from college - Cassidy Lundgren, Terica English, and my sister Tami. After rising at 5:15 and arriving fairly early, we waited with bated breath about what the show would be about. They gave us a questionairre on confessions of motherhood - do you love one child more than another, do you feel bad about things you do as a mother...kind of thing. So we at first thought - O.K....So its a Mom episode - thats cool. Well, rumor started spreading in line that it was a "serious show."

The night before we all joked about 3 topics we didn't want come for - and, yep, you guessed it, THIS EPISODE was one of those topics. Yeah, it was on pedifiles - GREAT! And then we find out the episode being taped after us was JANET JACKSON - and had we gotten out of the bathroom sooner, we could have stayed on to see that one. DANG IT!! Well, hey, we are a little more depressed and a little more wiser and disturbed for what we did see. So, here we are waiting in line to show our pic id. And, oh yeah, We got sat up at the very front and when she walked in I gave her five - cool!

Here we are after the show, and at lunch. YEAH!

Brian is SO good at giving the kids a bath

We went with the moms in the ward to an Orchard/Petting zoo - here we are feeding the bunnies!!

Out for a Sunday walk to Grandma's house!