Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tag, I'm it!

My li'l sis Jen tagged me. I figure I'd be a nice sis and play along....

8 TV shows I love to watch: lets hope the ones that are no longer 'on the air' count...

1. ER
2. Heroes
3. The Backyardigans...they do have a few catchy tunes, you know.
4. American Idol. I never vote but I get mad when the likes of Sanjaya hang around for so long.
5. Full house. I just love how the nice cozy music comes on when the "learning moment" starts
6. Iron Chef: mostly I thank my lucky stars I'm not a judge so I don't have to eat the stuff.
7. Food Network Challenge, especially the cake ones
8. Ace of Cakes. It's the show I watch with Livs. Dubbed "The Cake Show" by her.

8 Favorite Restaurants

1. Los Hermanos. Oh, Utah, the food there comes in a close second on my list of things I miss the most.
2. Cafe Rio...I need pork. Must have PORK!!!
3. Daily Freeze. I'm a grilled cheese lover. Copying Jen here
4. The Cheesecake Factory. Currently seeking friends for a girls night out here.
5. Red Robin. Two words: Whiskey River...mmmmmm
6. Cafe Mom's....not a true restaurant, but I'd drive 8 hrs both ways to eat there!
7. Ottavio's/Tepenyaki/Glade's/Brand X Oh, Utah food, I will be there in 2 short weeks!
8. LaMar's Doghnut Shop. There are tables there and it thus qualifies as a restaurant. I love eating cinnamon rolls bigger than my head!

8 Things that happened today

1. I'm going to start my day at midnight. I woke up sure I was going to hurl. I didn't, but just as I was drifting off again....Emerson decided to join me in bed
2. Shower. Sam decided he needed one too. There's no talking this boy down in the early morning hours.
3. Dropped Aaron off at work
4. Took Sam to Preschool
5. Dropped books off at the library
6. Went to Target7. Visited a friend and explained to her she ought not use her phone when high on painkillers
8. finished my taxi?chef?mom duties and sat down for a break at the computer!

8 things that I look forward to:

2. Bedtime
3. Christmas! Shopping and all. I started listening to Christmas music before Halloween!
4. Hearing Sam sing "I Love to See the Temple" So cute!
5. Getting a rockin hair cut from Jen Jen...Razor only, por favor!
6. Getting a few bushy eyebrows waxed by my hot sister. Start the wax a-heatin, sweet cheeks!
7. Twilight. Coming soon to a theater near you!
8. Sister's night out!

8 Things on my wish list:
1. A trip to Disneyland
2. for the votes to be recounted and McCain to be the winner.
3. A hug and a kiss from my kiddos
4. To go on a trip somewhere tropical.
5. My personal Hairstylist to move to Colorady
6. I really want to find my drivers license and gym pass so I can go work out. Where ever they are, they're together!
7. to have a lifetime gift card to Gap.
8. To be gifted a beautiful fully furnished and decorated (to my liking, of course) house with a garden tub, a shower big enough to move in, and a maid.

8 People I tag:Hmmm.. let's go with:
I tag 8 people who want to be tagged. If you haven't already done this, then tag, or not. However you're feeling. I won't be offended, I promise.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Good Gravy! She's alive...and looking a bit off....

Happy Halloween, everyone! I've not been able to do a lot of Internet or computer things lately, so I've been lacking in the updates department. I am here to make amends and beg forgiveness with some darling pictures of a few really cute kids!

Emerson wouldn't stand still for a picture-oh, wait, she just plain doesn't stand still at all! Today during Sacrament she lifted her hand as I was passing the water over her and gave me a nice little shower. Then, my father-in-law said something in his testimony about how he'd forgotten how hard FHE with 3 little ones was. Between the 2 events I had moms and dads alike telling me life would get easier! Hooray for ill behaving children!

Sam. He is such a handsome cowboy! He is really not a scrapbookers child. He never looks directly into the camera. The lady in front of me, Sister Knight, turned around after Sacrament meeting was done and said, "He knows the agenda, doesn't he? He could conduct this meeting!" He's very vocal about when the bread and water should be arriving and just how soon afterwards he should be in Nursery. Do you think it would be wrong to take straight jackets and gags to church??

Olivia as a Pumpkin Fairy. Her whole Kindergarten class went on a parade through all the classrooms to show off their costumes. She is fairly well behaved. Her Primary teacher calls her his rock star because she is so well behaved in his class. She has a desk set up next door at Grandma Great's. They work together, sorting and piling and going through papers. 'GG' loves to have her over because she is such a big helper. Why do children act so different around other people? Olive is a good girl, don't get me wrong...but she very rarely willingly cleans or does whatever I tell her to.

I was thinking of going Goth or Emo....but I ended up Rock Star.

We went bowling after the Trunk or Treat. Aaron dressed up as a dad. Good costume, eh?

Olive and me....Fairy Princess and Scary Fairy.

My boys. I love 'em.

Other stuff worth noting:

We moved. Emerson was an excellent help! I was packing up a box of blankets and Em decided it was an excellent bed. It took a while to convince her otherwise.

Emerson tried to declare that where ever the Nesquik went, so did she. We brought it with us for fear Emers would not like storage.

Sam had Cowboy Day at Miss Patti's. We adore her!

Olivia and her mad drawing skills.

Blessed was the day Grandma Susan pulled out her costume boxes! Emerson had a blast plying in the necklaces.

We switched Olivia's school. She's now in a school that's much closer to me. Emerson doesn't care for the car so much. She screams BLOODY MURDER the whole way home. I am SO looking forward to 8 hours in the car with her come Thanksgiving!!

Is it done yet?? I just like the picture....

Friday, September 19, 2008

My baby is going.....

I had a first with Olivia the other day. The conversation started off the same as many others we've had daily the past couple of years:

Olivia: Mom, can I watch a show?
Me: Sure. Which one do you want to watch?

This is where it gets a little different....

Olivia: How 'bout Hannah Montana or the Cheetah Girls?
Me: *GULP* I'm not sure if that's on right now, let's check....

I swear yesterday all she wanted was Blue's Clues and Animal Planet shows. Just yesterday I tried watching Hannah Montana to see what it was all about. Just yesterday she told me Hannah Montana was boring and she didn't like it so can we please watch Growing Up? But, she wasn't in school then. She was in my little protective bubble....

My brother in law posted this letter on our family site. It still gets me every time I read it. So go ahead, grab a tissue, and (for maybe the first time in your life) consider all the benefits of home schooling.

Dear World:
I bequeath to you today one little girl ... in a crisp dress ... with two blue eyes ... and a happy laugh that ripples all day long and a flash of light blonde hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs. I trust you'll treat her well.

She's slipping out of the backyard of my heart this morning ... and skipping off down the street to her first day of school. And never again will she be completely mine. Prim and proud she'll wave her young and independent hand this morning and say "Good Bye"... and walk with little lady steps to the schoolhouse.

Now she'll learn to stand in line ... and wait by the alphabet for her name to be called. She'll learn to tune her ears to the sounds of school-bells ... and deadlines ... and she'll learn to giggle ... and gossip ... and look at the ceiling in a disinterested way when the little boy across the aisle sticks out his tongue at her.

And now she'll learn to be jealous. And now she'll learn how it is to feel hurt inside. And now she'll learn how not to cry.

No longer will she have time to sit on the front porch steps on a summer day and watch an ant scurry across the crack in a sidewalk. Nor will she have time to pop out of bed with the dawn to kiss lilac blossoms in the morning dew. No, now she'll worry about important things.

Like grades ... and which dress to wear ... and who's best friend is whose. And the magic of books and learning will replace the magic of her blocks and dolls.

And now she'll find new heroes.

For five full years now I've been her sage and Santa Claus and pal and playmate and parent and friend. Now she'll learn to share her worship with her teachers ... which is only right. But, no longer will I be the smartest person in the whole world.

Today when that school bell rings for the first time ... she'll learn what it means to be a member of a group. With all it's privileges. And it's disadvantages too.

She'll learn in time that proper young ladies do not laugh out loud. Or kiss dogs. Or keep frogs in pickle jars in bedrooms. Or even watch ants scurry across cracks in the summer sidewalk.

Today she'll learn for the first time that all who smile at her are not her friends. And I'll stand on the front porch and watch her start out on the long, lonely journey to become a woman.

So, World. I bequeath to you today one little girl ... in a crisp dress ... with two blue eyes and a happy laugh that ripples all day long ... and a flash of light blonde hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs. I trust you'll treat her well.

Sniffle, sniffle.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Good Ol' Onion Days

I uploaded these pictures a little while ago, but i have not really been in the mood to blog about them. Don't get me wrong, I had an excellent time....I'm just tired and busy and going crazy and normal stuff like that. Well, on to the good stuff!

The pictures are out of order, sorry, I'm not fixing it! Monday I ran my first 5k. I actually enjoyed myself! I ran it in 30:30. Not too shabby for a running hater. I am already looking forward to running another!

Emerson's first Carnival ride! She loved it! she had the cutest little grin on her face the whole time. When the Merry-Go Round stopped she threw a big ol' kicking, screaming, back arching fit until her obedient father went to get more tickets. then , she clapped and smiled again....for 3 minutes.
Sambo and the twins (Max and Chase) thought they were pretty cool in their big truck. Although, this truck, even if it were to scale, would have nothing on the trucks I see driving around Utah. I wounder how many of the drivers need ladders to get in??

Olivia with two of her favorite reasons to visit Utah, Gracie and Lauren. Megan isn't in this picture, but she absolutely adores her cousins.

He looks like a fire fighter in this picture! But not the kind of fire fighter that poses for those "Hot Fire Fighter" calendars. I don't think I'll recommend this profession to him. I'd rather he not be going into burning buildings. Why tempt fate?

Jen's work had a little shin dig Saturday night. The kiddos loved it. Liv made it about half way up the wall. She thought she was pretty cool!

Olivia and her personal stylist! Thanks for the cute haircuts and fun times, Jennica!

Ahem...."she's a maniac, MANIAC on the floor...and she's diggin' like she's never dug before..." To answer any questions that might be in your heads...Aaron was in charge of both her and the camera. While I am generally not too terribly opposed to my children digging in the dirt, I prefer they don't do it in their cute clothes.

Olivia, and her version of cotton mouth, with my sister in law, Ashley.

We had a great time visiting family. Sure, it got a little (or A LOT) rainy here and there, but I'd run through more torrential down pours in the middle of the Band Concert and Parade to hang out with my family any time!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Here Ya Go Jan

No....it's not a wig....

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


August has been a pretty hectic month here. We've had a few firsts for the kids and I'm getting ready for a first this weekend, but more on that later. Let's talk about the kiddos first.

Miss Liv had her first day of Kindergarten. I thought it was going to be difficult. I cried when she turned 5 just thinking about Kindergarten....but the day came and I was so tired of the continuing Sam vs. Li vs. Emerson wars that defined my summer...I could have done cartwheels! Maybe I'll cry come first grade...

This, by the way, is Olivia's extremely happy face. No big grins, just a small smile of absolute joy. She loves school.

Sambo. After a summer full of continual potty training, threats that Miss Patti wouldn't let him come to school if he pooped his pants, and endless nagging from him about when he could go to Miss Patti's, we took him to preschool today. He wasn't as excited As I thought he would be. He requested, and was granted (OF COURSE) one hug and 2 kisses...well, I actually requested the second kiss. He blew me kisses and waved me away from the window with a smile.

He'll do just fine. I'm enjoying a small slice of almost quiet here with Emerson. Here's to hoping Miss Patti makes it through the day!

Emerson also had a first this month. She had her first pig tails. They didn't last long, but they were there and I have the pictures to prove it!

OK, so there was also THIS first that included Sam and Emerson in their first cooperative tag team effort...and also the first time the fridge has been emptied to such and extent (I am a firm believer in Velcro). Fun times at the Martineau household.

This picture has nothing to do with my "first", I just think she's super cute...and, well, she is a first, my first child! Here's my first: I have, for the first time, willingly signed up to run. Now, I'm sure for most the world this is no big deal, but I loathe running, so for me, it is! I am going to Utah this weekend and running in the Payson Onion Days 5k. Or, possibly walking in the Payson Onion Days 5k. We'll see how it goes!

Monday, August 18, 2008

New Slideshow!

Hey, I finally figured out how to get the slideshow of our Leadville trip to work! Now I just need to get descriptions in there....

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Sweet Little Emers....

It has been a crazy busy week! We got home from the cabin (more to come later) on Sunday, Emerson's First Birthday was Monday, and we had a party for her on Wednesday. Then this book (Breaking Dawn) came along a day early and consumed my Friday and EARLY Saturday morning (OK, I have a problem....I was up until 3 am). So here I am Saturday morning posting about my sweet little Baby Doll.

Emerson is a lovely baby. She does things that are so naughty! But she is the sweetest little baby in the world. She is absolutely spoiled almost to the point of rotten-ness, she yells at us when she's lacking in the attention area: "EE-EE-EE!" She is a little smarty pants. She loves baby dolls and gets very angry when you try to take them away from her. She started crawling on top of the tables this week. She loves to sing "E-I-E-I-O". She says "Cheese!" for the camera. She has a smile that makes you forget that she should be in trouble and a laugh that makes your day. She is the sweetest baby named Emerson I ever met.

Now, for some birthday highlights! Let me apologize in advance for the video, this was my first time recording on my still shot camera and I wasn't smart enough to hold the camera the right direction. The sound was also a little off. Lean your head to the left to fully enjoy! Sorry about the kink in your neck!

And now, on to the cake destruction! Lean your head to the right for this one....

A few pictures for fun....

We love this baby girl!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

6 things...

My friend Pam tagged me. I wasn't even in town, and yet, I was tagged.

I'm supposed to describe myself in 6 words. I've been thinking I might describe myself in 12. Six the way I see myself, and 6 the way I want/hope/think others see me.

The way I see myself (please read with a bit of humor):

1. Hilarious...I crack myself up!
2. Pretty in a Catherine Zeta-Jones sort of way.
3. Biker Chick (the kind that has pedals) I may not be very good, but I do like a good bike ride.
4. Fashionable in a sorta I-spend-my-money-making-my-kids-look-cute-so-I-never-buy-anything-for-myself way.
5. Amazing Cook/Chef. I have no less (and no more) than 3 knock your socks off recipes. Most of them include chocolate.
6. Fabulous Singer. I will, regardless of the embarassment my children may endure, continue to sing loudly in the car. I sound just as good as those folk on the radio.

The way others may or may not see me:

1. Sister. At least 16 of my real life sisters see me this way, hopefully a few more.
2. Mommy. To my three....and counting....so just kidding. We've stopped counting (for now).
3. Wife.
4. Quick Witted. The unfortunate thing here is that I rarely hold back on the things that pop into my head. I should learn to edit.
5. Friend. I'm a bit quiet before I get to know someone, but then have a hard time quieting myself after I get to know them.
6. Messy. Let's face it. I'm not so organized. I try to keep things clean, but I have 3 or 4 strikes against me: Olivia, Sam, Emerson, and their father.

Now, I get to pick 5 people to tag. You don't have to do 12. Refer to Pam's blog to see how you're really supposed to do it....

Jennie, Erika, Meredith, Jan, and Leia.....YOU'RE IT!!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I thought that this one would be fun to look back on memories. Here are the rules:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

This is from my little sisters blog, and I thought it looked fun!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Top 10 Reasons We Love Jennie:

Olivia and I were reading Jennie's blog. She's awfully sweet writing all that nice stuff about us. We didn't even have to pay her to do it! We thought we would tell you why we love her!

#1. Because when I got my hair cut it was my first hair cut from her. (From Olivia) She thinks it rocks that Jen cuts her hair. She wants another trim. I think it rocks that she's going to school, I want to call it Beauty School...but I think there's a more PC title for it these days..

#2. I love Jen because she now has the rockin' wardrobe and she shares with her sister who, since having kids and using her dollars to dress them cute, is challenged in the fashion area.

Jen, Emerson, Marilee and McKinley

#3. Liv's turn again: Because I....Because, ummmm....I just love her!

Olivia and Jen at the Downtown Aquarium

#4. Because she has flown out here to turn around and drive to Utah with me! And along the way introduced me to the music from "Wicked". Thanks for that, now even Liv sings "Popular" and "What is This Feeling".....cute facial expressions and all!

#5. She likes the same movies I do. I love that she plays the movie line game with me. Especially lines from "Much Ado About Nothing".....which reminds me, "What my dear lady disdain. Are you yet living?" or, or, or, or "I would that my horse had the speed of your tongue!"

Speaking of movies, here's Jen doing her best Rufio impression. With my handsome nephew Spencer and me.

#6. From Liv: That she teaches me songs on the guitar. And sings with me. And likes to have fun with me.

#7. I love that she teaches me fun new hair for my kids. Sam rocked a fohawk (see photo below)when he was but a smallish bear thanks to her!

Jen and Sam....Sam's first Fohawk.

#8. I think it's fun that there was an audible gasp when I introduced her in Relief Society. Yes, yes. We've been told we look alike. No, we are not twins....good grief, have you seen her eyes? I would LOVE to have her eyes!

#9. 2 words: interpretive dancing. It's fab and it CRACKS ME UP! Especially when it's done in fabulous outfits.

Jen and Jan tearing up the asphalt at the good ol' band concert

#10. She's hilarious. She can fart and burp with the big boys. She has excellent wit. She makes me giggle. I miss Jen. I love her to bits!

At the Sacramento Temple for Maya

Honorable mentions that someone other than Jen might not understand: Night ensembles. The "wow' face. The reaching over and grasping of hands so as not to bust up laughing at inappropriate times. The movie collection. Introducing me to one Edward Cullen. Barb. Auntu Bethu. The Sea Urchin Dress.....please tell me you'll put this one on for me when I see you next.

I heart you, Jen!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Our Independence Day Celebrating....

Here's a few fun pictures from our 4th:

We had the traditional fried chicken for our festivities. Olivia opted against the chicken and asked for mac and cheese. The one bigger than the size she gets in the laptop meal. Aaron ordered the biggest one available for her. Happy girl!

So he's upside down. He's still cute and I'm too lazy to fix it. Sam wanted a cheeseburger instead of chicken. Thank goodness for KFC/A&W restaurants.

I think she's lovely. Getting comfy for the show.
Aaron thought it would be a fantastic idea to get the little man a large tube of sugar. Hmmmm. Sam actually quite enjoyed pouring it into his hands and then dumping it out, watching it blow in the wind. Made him sticky and got sugar all over the place. Next time, I'm in charge of buying the snacks.

Olivia and her Mac 'n cheese smile.

Aaron laid down and put his hat over his face for a nap. Emerson thought it was a fun game of Peek-a-Boo. Such a little doll.

The Jones family spread their blankets next to ours. Liv and Sam had so much fun sharing their sugar sticks and treat with Macey and Connor.

The next night (July 4th) we went to breakfast at Grandma Susan and Grandpa Dean's house and then we watched the fireworks with Adin and Grandma Susan. The kids were SO excited to go with Grandma!

Olivia and Grandma Susan

Sam isn't a huge fan of the fireworks. He mostly hid but would look up when I said I saw an orange firework. That boy LOVES orange!

Emerson, on the other hand, thought the fireworks were great!

Emerson had the best seat in the house. I think this sums up how we all felt when we sat down in the car.