Saturday, March 3, 2012

Brassells Lately

Awww...look at us all happy for Dad, except Cate- who KNOWS what she is doing!


  • Graduated in December with a degree in English and Professional Writing. 
  • Has applied for all his anticipated law schools- where we will be...I know not! He applied to....alot of schools...we like choices! (and back up plans, since those tend to be the ones most taken by us.)
    • We definitely won't be going to Michigan or Texas, but may possibly be going to Virginia- depending on what the other schools tell us, we should know around the end of April? Maybe? Who knows...I don't. 
  • Is driving semi-trucks to Montana to pick up hay to drop it off in Idaho falls area. He is up at 3:00 am most days and back as late as 10:00 pm on the most terrible days, usually like 5:00pm though- he stays positive most our time spent together consists of sleeping. I am grateful for how hard he works at job he pretty much hates. What a stud.
  • When he gets a chance is still playing basketball with friends in the mornings.
  • Is on the hunt for a truck. (again.) I mean a truck beats a mistress and all- but what is it with boys and their trucks?? He is lucky he looks so cute driving them, I am sucker for that boyish grin. 
  • Still wants to be an attorney for the FBI when he grows up.
  • Constantly has pillows being thrown at him by both Caity AND Johnny now...a perpetual self inflicted war if you ask me. The kids love it and if I hear exploding giggles from the kitchen I can assume they are having a pillow war.
  • Is planning a hike up Teton this summer.
  • Finished a proposal to do a presentation with his Professor he TA'ed last semester on Leadership in Vegas next fall.
  • Loves pre-school
  • Loves dressing up everyday and playing Goldilocks and the five bears, the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, the ponies and the bad guys, ghost forest and whatever other story games she can rope Johnny into playing with her.
  • Loves spelling her name for EVERYONE, "Hi, My name is Caity, c-a-i-t-y. Yep, C is the beginning of my name! What is the beginning of your name?" 
  • Is starting the beginning stages of reading- has it really come to this? Do kids really grow up so fast??
  • She is quite the story teller, though her stories tend to be quite morbid 
    • ie- "and I was in the forest with Johnny and the Prince came and put the sword up to the step mother's neck and said 'Do you want to DIIIIIIEE?' (like this mom,) and she said, 'No! No' and the prince said 'I....Don't....CARE!' and he cut her throat like this (hand motion here) and she fell in the water and the fish ate her EYES!!!......(pause)....then the prince texted me and Johnny and said 'Hey Caity you want to go to balls, get married and ride my horses?' and I said, 'no way! I'm going to kill you and get married to Johnny in the Temple! WhahahahahHAHA' "
      • Yes, I know we have some work to do, you can murder someone then go to the temple to marry your doesn't work that way.
    • "Mom if I eat food in my bed the ants will come all over me and get in my ears and eat my hair and eyes and make me suffering and say "THIS IS OUR BED NOW! GET OUT!" That is why I can't eat food in my bed, right mom?? Cause the ant are freakin' me out!"
    • you get the idea...but seriously everything has to do with death and getting her eyes eaten out.
  • The other day I asked her how she what she was doing (she was stretching her body all over) and she responded  in strained breaths, "I am trying to grow up so I can be a mommy and watch Harry Potter...(sigh) its hard!"
  • Loves Primary and the Primary songs. Loves "Choosing the Right" and loves her teachers. She is the only girl in her class which she says isn't fair sometimes.
  • Her punch line to every joke when she gets tired is "poop" and every time it is hilarious to her.
  • She claps her hands once when she asks a question, finishes something, or needs me to do something for her- it is very grown up looking and cracks me up every time.
  • She calls Johnny "Chunker Man" Because that is what his dad calls him and calls her self, "Big girl Man." 
  • She loves her all her grandparents and aunts and uncles- they are her imaginary friends, Utah is like a fantasy land to her!
  • Is my sweet little boy who will never grow up!
  • His first word(s) was "Hey Guys!" and that is what he calls me.  He also says Bananananananana, baby....and other words I just can't think of! He is always talking though, he explains, lectures, complains, describes- it is so funny.
  • Nods his head when you are doing something right (like getting him food or his blankie)....and the nod is very controlling and almost sinister- if he wasn't so cute!
  • Loves helping me unload the dishwasher
  • Runs up to me and gives me hugs multiple times a day.
  • Thoroughly enjoys anything with wheels and "Vroooooooms" them around the house. 
  • Likes following his sister around and laughing at her craziness
  • Hates socks
  • Loves the outdoors and makes a break for it every time the door opens.
  • Loves being chased and hugged so tight his eyes pop.
  • Enjoys Patty-cake, popcorn, do your ears hang low.
  • Is an absolute handful at church
  • is always lining things up then putting them in a bucket then lining them up.
  • Always finds Dad's cough drops, opens them, licks them, spits them out (all of them) before we can find him.
  • When I go to get him in the morning he sees me and jumps up and down and runs around his crib giggling then reaches for me saying, "mamamama, Hi guys!"
  • He is particularly picky- one day he LOVES yogurt next day he hates it. Same with everything- it is always a guessing game!
  • (Beautiful as always...)
  • Finally got my Associates Degree- I know I know...took forever, now I will finish my bachelors online. BYU-Idaho now offers full, complete majors online (not just the university studies) so I can get my degree in English! (I think...gosh, I am indecisive...)
  • I have enjoyed being home with the kids this semester, it has just been so much fun spending the time with them every day- they are both at fun stages in play and learining and I am loving (mostly) every  minute of it.
  • Reading Anna Karenina....Loooooongest book. ever. Pretty good though....just long. I am on pg. 650 and have 300 more to was written originally in Russian back in well....not exactly sure but VERY long ago- it is very Jane Austen-ish, a very interesting time period.
  • Speaking of Jane Austen- watched Persuasion yesterday...why does she make all the Mary's awkward??? Oh Jane- why must you do this me? (I wrote this previous to inserting the picture....)
  • Training for a half marathon half heartedly....its not me....its the snow! Would love to follow through with this goal! 
  • Enjoying the time I have to cook more in my closet-kitchen.
  • Re-reading the Book of Mormon- this time I am trying to read it as I would a leisure book and finish it beginning to end in about a month, so far I am on track, and I am really appreciating the regularity of my reading is so busy until this goal I hardly had (or made) time to read. I am not taking time to study verses as much as I probably should, but the consistency has been wonderful for me.
  • Teaching Primary- 9 girls all 7 years old. Crazy, but I love it. I might or might not bribe them with Skittles.
  • Maintaining my sweet tooth...just not my weight (why can't the two just work together!)
  • Went with John to Madison Gymnastics open gym and reaquainted myself with the beam- oh I loved it! What a work out! The flexability and strength I took for granted as a teenager (not to mention ability to look good in a leo...bleh.) It was a blast and want to go again, I am still sore three days later!
  • Mostly I am just trying to keep everyone sane, myself included. Life is good, I have no complaints (besides that one to Jane Austen.) Looking forward to spring!!


Kayleen said...

love the update! Glad to see you're all doing well! Good luck with the next step!

York Family said...

I personally love long blog posts, especially when they make me laugh. The way you write makes it so I feel we are sitting on the couch just chatting. Caity cracks me up!!! Johnny's nodding made me giggle. I miss you!!!! Btw, I didn't know Byui had that program for getting a degree online. It must be new. I'll have to check it out for sure.

Kristin said...

It was so good to get an update! Can't wait to hear where you'll be going for school. Miss you!

The Schultz Family said...

I *love* this update. :) Your kids are so cute! I especially enjoyed Caity's stories. You need to stop letting that child watch gory horror movies. Johnny looks like such a little man, so cute! Congratulations to John! I think you know which grad school the Schultzes are voting for. :) Oh, and I love the picture of you. :) You're pretty awesome. (And your short hair is way cute). (Yeah, I'm going to go learn some synonyms for the word "cute" now.)

Laura said...

Happy update! I think our kids would get along great together.

Meredith C said...

Mary! If you're still in town, I'm wanting to run a 5k in May, you're more than welcome to come on down and run it with me!

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