Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Hauntings from the Hursts

First I wanted to show you my handsome boys all ready for church.  Secundus wanted to be like Primus and make grumpy faces... both turned out pretty cute I think.    
Ian got to participate in his first ever Primary Program yesterday.  After the narrator he was the first one.  Remembered his line and didn't even use his silly voice. So proud.  Sang some of the songs- mostly jumped around and said to daddy, who was sitting next to him in case of a jail break, "Look Mom's singing!" Because I happen to know the songs and I was trying to encourage him to sing or at least stop jumping.  So he tried, in vain, to get Daddy to sing them too--but Daddy wasn't the Primary chorister so he didn't know them (some were a bit obscure). He managed to get a few laughs from the congregation though.

After church it was time to CARVE PUMPKINS! I wasn't super thrilled at the idea (still groggy from my nap that should have just been an early bedtime) so I cleaned/roasted pumpkin seeds until the kiddos went to bed.  
Smiley face= Lando's, Jumping Spider= Sean's, Scary Teeth=Ian's, Cyclops=Maggie's
What a difference REAL carving knives has on the ability to carve decent designs! Growing up we used good ol' steak knives (sorry for breaking that one when I was trying to do my curly mustache Mom).  We will add to our pumpkin knife collection every year I think.  After pumpkins it was time to work on Sean's costume for work the next day (being today) Being the techie that he is we thought it would be funny if he was a software pirate.  
Behold again!
Sadly he forgot his hat when he drove to work and happens to mostly work by himself in a shed (as described by him) so no one will see the real awesomeness until tonight...unless of course they check out the blog *wink*

Then today: Remember the yummy Frankenstein brains we had a few years ago? Well today we had Monster Brains again for lunch with Swamp Milk to wash it down.  (Ian has blue milk here which he calls "horsey milk"--my swamp milk was green)

Now I just have to figure out what the heck I'M going to wear tonight... I think my gloves and nerdy glasses at least but I don't know what the final product will be.  I'll let you know! 

Oh yeah- and we made THESE. Holy scrumptious. Easy too!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dress Up

Well I may not get any other pictures for Halloween so I figured I'll give you what I've got.  Ian wanted to be Bob. 

 Like I mentioned before, Landon wanted to be an airplane but will have to make do with the flood style dragon.  He's had the roar down since he was less than a year old.  
 I don't remember what they were dancing and singing to but it was pretty cute.
 Side view of Sir Dragon
Maybe I'll remember to take pictures of the wee one in his getup later too. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Photos Phrom a Phour Year Old

My tough boys all got Cars tattoos before working on Nena: 
 I asked Landon a week ago what he wanted to be for Halloween.  
"How about a Dragon?" (I happen to have this costume on hand from when Ian was a dragon...)
Looks like he takes after Grandpa Wittwer in his love of airplanes.

So yesterday morning I brought the cardboard boxes inside before it started raining (brilliant move on my part thank you) so I could have decent cardboard to work with to attempt an airplane.  Well the morning was hectic as usual and I was hoping to work on it during a certain big brother's nap (because he often likes to help and this mama gets frustrated with little helpers especially when they are not allowed near Ex-acto knives).  Then the wind picks up and POOF! the power is gone.  We waited for a few minutes to see if it would come back on....and nothing happened.  The quiet was nice--it's amazing how much noise everything makes- even a fridge! But it was getting dark (due to the massive clouds) so we opened the curtains as much as we could to let all the light in and I decided it was a good time to make an airplane.  I give you the results: 
 One happy boy and a propeller that spins.  
 Unfortunately I don't think the cardboard will hold up until Monday because he loves to crash. 
"Oh No!" CRASH! "Back Up. Beep Beep Beep!"..."Oh No!" CRASH! "Back Up. Beep Beep Beep!" Rinse and repeat a gagillion times.  
He doesn't understand that airplanes only got forward. 

So that evening after scriptures Ian decided to hijack the camera.  The remainder of the pictures he took all by himself:
 Self portrait complete with chocolate muffin between his teeth.
 A snapshot of the plane:
 Mommy (and yes tired- no makeup- keepin' it real) 
I've always been impressed with his ability to get the camera so the subject is in the center... I have a hard time with that sometimes.  Maybe he inherited his photography skills from my Grandpa.

Sorry I haven't been blogging as much as I had promised but we're living life to the fullest so as my little photographer likes to say, 
"See ya later alligator!"

Friday, October 21, 2011

Youngest and Oldest

He likes it when I crinkle my nose.

I love that the boys love each other.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Make Out Point and Lover's Lane

So yesterday was Granny Night aka Date Night. 

I left it to Sean to plan it.  All too often my brain is fried at the end of the day.  So he called at 3pm saying I had to be ready to leave right at 5 so we'd have daylight.  I figured that meant we were going hiking or something.  Ding Ding Ding- I win--he had indeed planned to go for a little hike.  Good thing I figured it out and thought to bring along the Moby for Charlie.  

We dropped the kids off with the grandparents (the boys and I had been at Aunt Dani and Uncle Fielding's house) and headed south.  When it starts to get chilly, like it happens to do this time of year, heading South is the best option.  Drop elevation- warmer climates.  (The opposite is true in the summer.  One of the many great things about living here)  

Well we weren't out of town yet and Sean turns off the highway.  To the old Ruins Road.  Leading to none other than Make Out Point.  Which I find kind of hilarious because they actually have a Make Out Point here and I grew up living just off of Lovers Lane (that's really the name of it).  When I first took Sean home he saw the exit sign and joked that that should be our exit.  He was a little bit red faced when it actually WAS our exit.  The Lover's Lane in our town is just a street like any other.  You don't even cruise it or anything.  Maybe race on the way to 7-11 but probably not anymore because there are oodles of stoplights now to prevent just such racing.  Not that we ever did that mind you.  Perhaps it was originally the lane where couples cruised on Friday night- but to me it never crossed my mind that the name would even suggest anything.  Also funny- the road in town that you DO cruise...Mooney... and yet I was never mooned while cruising until I cruised State Street in Sandy with my roommate---by some 15 year old in a Winnebego...ew. (It was probably also shocking to Sean because streets are just numbers in Utah: center and main is zero, zero and everything else just grids out from there. Streets named 100 North, or 1300 East in their relative location to Center and Main.  In Visalia all we had were random names; Goddard, Sweet, Ben Maddox Way, Lovers Lane etc. so the numbers thing initially threw me off...but I digress)  So when we were discussing Make Out Point the other day (because that's where Sean's older sister Tiffany jumped the Chevelle thus causing Sean's parents to decide to sell it before Sean got his license-but don't worry he's not still bitter about it...PSYCH!heh heh heh) I was shocked to find it was an actual place and people actually do go there to make out.  I had heard about watching the submarines too but that's another story.  So you know- being the cool people we are we went to Make Out Point...all 3 of us...I won't gross you out by telling you that Sean and I tested the name of the place out but there IS something cool about that spot that all can enjoy.  There are Anasazi Ruins RIGHT THERE! 30 minute hike round trip (so really more like a walk except you go down a little ravine and back up the other side to get to them).  There's also a Natural Bridge at the corner just before you get to the dead end.  Pretty cool the things that are really just at the edge of town.  We even had time to make it back and have dinner (which was good because I was FAMISHED).  

So yeah- I learned that Make Out Point and Lover's Lane are two different things--Lover's Lane doesn't even have anything to look at...except the tattoo parlor and the Walnut Orchards that magically turned into houses last time I was in town.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Guy Smiley

Mr. Blue Eyes

There's the money shot! 

Sweet Boy

"Mom, gimmie the camera!"


(PS- There is another post for today.  I had to post this one for the grandparents though.  To see the other post: Click on "Hurst Family News" at the top and scroll down)

Meanwhile back at the farm...

So much for my blog every day goal.  
Oh well. 
Life happens. 

On the housing front: waiting.  I'll let ya know.

On the kid front: all sleeping.  Charlie didn't want to be put down at ALL today but he's kinda cooperating at the moment.  Wish I could get a nap in though. (Watch, as soon as I hit post one or all 3 kids will magically wake up and that 3 minute nap I was hoping for will vanish...)

On the crafty front: we made puppets today but the boys don't totally get the idea of acting out a story so I told them to try just telling a story... we'll see.  Pretty cute to see them get so excited though.  We're going to have to make more puppets.... I just need to get more felt first- a task not so easy given my limited resources.  I think we need to get a tension rod for the doorway too so they can have a curtain to hide behind, like the wizard in the Wizard of Oz...everything is more magical that way.  The cardboard box they are currently using is pretty hashed already.  Also I do have fabric for a couple of other projects but waiting for a critical part before I can really get down to it.

On the Nena front: Engine and transmissions are pulled.  Yay... I think... It's a little sad to see her with her front bumper off and her guts hanging out like that but we're all hoping that with the work that goes into her she'll be back to her peppy self again soon.  Sean is excited about the new transmission being all clean and plans on also cleaning the engine really well as he goes so she'll be good lookin' when she's all put together.  Had to order one tool already- I know Sean wasn't too sad about that other than it halted work for a few (rainy) days.  He loves new tools about as much as I love new fabric.  Oh the possibilities.

On the Halloween front: Ian wants to be Bob the builder- I'll fashion a wonderful tool belt for him.  Landon doesn't know what he wants to be and I'm trying to convince him he wants to be a dragon because I happen to already have that costume.  Charlie will be a monkey just like the other two were for their first Halloween.  Sean and I have no clue.  I love the Ms. Frizzle idea and Amelia Bedelia but I can't bring myself to work on my own costume.  I'll probably end up dressing 50's style with gloves and hat and glasses (because that's what I have on hand) and Sean will probably end up a pirate again.  He was a hick last year but sadly his overalls have lost the hooks... lending to the hickish look but don't stay up very well.  I yearn for the days when I had an awesome costume box.  High school homecoming week left me stocked every year with cool new costumes.  Through the years and many moves I've had to seriously thin my costume collection.  I think now that we're settled in one town it's time to begin building it back up.  Maybe my camera will even cooperate long enough to get pictures too.  Or we'll resort to using Sean's phone... ah technology.

That's all folks.
Until tomorrow...
or the next day...
or maybe next week...

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Help

Small town living means a few things:
Run into my father in law almost every time I go to buy fabric.  The fabric is sold at the hardware store.
Business hours=shut down when the sun goes down (and I think I should sleep then- silly winter)
Options? What options?
Speed limit 30. 
Movies? you mean MOVIE singular.

We have a theater here that has one screen and plays one movie.  It usually runs for a week or two and then onto something else.  Understandably so when the population is less than 5000 how many of those people are really going to go see every show every week or have enough demand for more variety.  So a few months ago the Book Club read The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book.   I loved Skeeter.  Gutsy.  Finds her voice and helps others to have a voice.  The other characters?  Hilly- Bully.  Elizabeth- Spineless.  Minnie- Large and in charge--a says-it-like-it-is character.  Abileen- Strong.  I was excited when I found out there was going to be a movie and that it was coming out weeks after I was reading the book. 

But not to our neck of the woods.  

Enter totally bummed Maggie.  

So Tuesday when a friend mentioned on facebook that it was playing here I jumped on the chance to go see it.  Last night Sean took care of the kids and I got a girls night out.  It was great. After all the hype I felt like the movie didn't move me like the book did.  But it was enjoyable and I think they did rather well at adapting it into movie form, which says a lot given that most movies from books are rarely worth the effort.  I recommend the book but if you're a person with little time for reading (What?!) I'd still recommend the movie.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

House #2

So I missed yesterday.


I did get feeling better but didn't get around to posting.  My bad.

We looked at another house last night.  (The first one accepted the other offer and since ours was second in line we'd only get it if the people backed out or the money fell through- neither of which are likely.  Ce la vie) This other house is better suited to my liking except that it's not finished.  As in-- it has sturdy walls but no insulation- plumbing for bathrooms but no toilets- plumbing for kitchen but missing a wall and hm- pretty much everything else in it.  But it has new windows and a new roof and is laid out well to do the finishing work.  It is small- but would suit our needs and we'd get to design a lot of it ourselves since we'd being doing the work.  And the lot is a third of an acre- good sized but not overwhelming.  It's been on the market for a while and we're hoping there's not a lot of back and forth bargaining on the price since it needs so much work.  It would certainly be a good learning house.  We probably wouldn't actually be able to move in to it until spring.  I'll let you know how it all goes whether we buy it or not.

Charlie is beginning to smile.  It's super cute to see his little face light up.  Never long enough to get a picture (oh and my camera is on it's last leg as it is- perhaps I'll get a new one for my birthday again) So far the count is grandma 3 and mommy 2 for little smiles.  I'm hoping he figures it out and is more smiley now.

The big bothers fill their days with cars and trains and building things.  Daddy spends a good deal of the time working hard.  He had to get a new tool for Nena so hopefully work on that front can move forward again soon.  I know- sounds like I just crack the whip right? A Whoopah!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Woke up sick.

No blog.

I hope this passes quickly.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Take off your shoes and stay a while.

So grateful that the sunshine is back!  
I firmly believe that all living things are solar powered- not just high-fa-lootin' cars.  

We spent the morning making cards to send to loved ones (hope they make it in the mail sometime this century) and Charlie learned to love his new swing.  $2 at a yardsale and it's exactly what I've been looking for! It's a wind up kind so no worries about batteries.  Also only swings long enough to calm him down so it's not incessantly going all the time.  I kind of like it myself.  It looks like THIS 
It works for us and I only put him in it if I'm around-- I do NOT trust his siblings. A little common sense goes a long way.  Saves my back too because usually if he's really upset I'm swing him in his carseat for a minute to calm him down- and it kills my back.  

We had Charlie's blessing this weekend (similar to a Christening) and my Dad and Step-mom we able to make the long trek out here for it.  It was good to see them- though far too short.  They kept raving about the area so perhaps we can convince them to come out and visit again sometime. (Hint Hint) People don't get why we would move to such a small town... that is- until they've been here.  It is beautiful.  Want picture proof? People come from all over the world to see things like this: 
Bear's Ears

Prettier shot of the Bear's Ears with a road.  I like this one better.

Delicate Arch near Moab-- you may have seen this on the Utah license plates.

Glen Canyon Dam

Goosenecks (which looks similar to the Grand Canyon in my opinion) but it's the San Juan River not the Colorado.

Lake Powell

Monument Valley at Sunset

Monument Valley with road

Shiprock NM

The Sleeping Ute

Twin Rocks

Wilson's Arch
And they're all within two hours of here. 

So come visit us people!

Friday, October 7, 2011


So far so good.  Haven't done a whole lot today except watch about 9 episodes of Lie to Me.  Pretty sweet gig this vacation business.  Not my vacation mind you- but my Sister in Law's and Sean managed to take the afternoon off (seeing as he worked late earlier in the week).  Which kind of makes it my vacation too.  More people to play with kiddos less laundry folded than there should have been- a stay-cation if you will.

Today it was cold enough outside that I was grateful I left my case of soda in the car so that I didn't even have to wait for it to be refrigerated to enjoy its bubbly goodness. One of the perks of Fall.  Another is that my birthday is just around the corner... HINT HINT BABE- Don't forget :) 

Looking forward to more family time this weekend for Charlie Bucket's blessing.

It's no Physics Phriday but I'll take it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


All three are asleep- two with the promise that if they take a nap they can stay up until Aunt Trish gets here.  They're pretty excited.  :) I even tucked Ian in with wishes of "Snug as Aunt Trish in her Mustang"--he liked that one.

So we put in an offer on a house last night and now we wait.  I'm a firm believer in the "do-what-you-can-but-if-it-doesn't-work-out-it-wasn't-meant-to-be" philosophy so I'm really just waiting to see what the next step will be.  Working on gathering the essential documents.  That's the really fun part.  I'm not over the moon excited but not full of dread- just peacefully waiting.  Don't get me wrong- it IS exciting and I AM excited.  Just not "oh-my-gosh-this-would-be-perfect-and-the-world-will-stop-spinning-if-we-don't-get-it" kind of excited.  Also wouldn't be jealous if someone else got it.  That's something I'm learning about living in a small town.  If you apply for a job, per se, and you don't get it but then your friend does.... ouch right?  Initially a little bit.  But in the end you're excited for the other person.  In a bigger town you likely wouldn't know the other person so it's easy to be upset or jealous or angry that THEY got it and YOU didn't.  In a small town I'm learning that you just have to let things go.  Or else you run the risk of alienating all possible friends because of holding a grudge over something rather petty.  And yes- the job thing did in fact happen to us.  But life has a way of working out for all of us.  And no- I'm not Pollyanna.

So Today is Thursday and day 4 of daily musings.  I find it hard to find things to blog about (and yet I manage to ramble on) mostly because I think nobody is really interested in the day to day stuff.  I should save my posts for when we do fun stuff or I have something brilliant to say.  But I find I still have thoughts and feelings even on the less exciting days.  Don't we all? And isn't that really why I love to read and write anyway?  It bridges the gaps and reminds us we're all essentially more alike than we are different.  Of course some of us just happen to have a better sense of humor.  (I kid.)  Speaking of humor- has anyone else out there seen the TV show "Lie to Me"?  It's on Netflix and I love it- far more than I loved Monk simply because Mon is a bit neurotic and Cal is focused more on emotions.  Check it out if you haven't- if you have- what do you think??

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Numbers, Numbers everywhere

Well Hello Wednesday.

Remember back in February and April when I mentioned finances?  Yeah me either.  Well we're back in the saddle again.  Did up a new budget with the new income.  I'd like to say it's exciting to see exactly where the money is going... but... how is it possible that it still feels like we don't have much?  If rent got bumped up to $850 a month we could manage--- but just barely.  Apparently that's what housing costs around here.  Which is ridonkulous if you ask me.  So we're looking at different options: renting vs buying.  And when I say buying I mean cheapo- fix it up type- so we can get this debt out of the way and pay less than we would in rent.  Today just may be one of those days but I'm kind of hating money and bills and all things grown-up.

In other news: made it to the gym today.  And now I'm thoroughly wiped out for the remainder of the day.  So I wonder--- is it worth getting up extra early (5am folks) and feeding the baby so I can go work out for 30 minutes and come home totally wiped out and not have burned all that many calories and then need/want a coke or two to get me through the day which is only as many calories as I burned that morning working out?? Wouldn't it just be better if I cut out the exercise and the coke?  I'd still break even right? (Budgeting even applies to calories too apparently) Just a thought.

Blessings related to these two items lest you think I'm just totally a cranky-pants today:
Money- We have enough to meet our needs which includes expensive repairs to our beloved Nena.  Also have health insurance now- SUCH a blessing.
Gym- I get to spend a little extra time with my hubby in the mornings than I would get to otherwise.

What're you up to for your Wednesday musings?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mail Time!

Here's the mail 
it never fails, 
it makes me wanna wag my tail 
when it comes I wanna wail MAIL!
(Ah Blue's Clues how we love thee)

This morning there was a knock at the front door- and that usually means one of two things: Either the neighbor kid is here to see if Ian can play or there's mail that wouldn't fit in our box.  Both are good things and today it was the latter.  A bright green Snoopy envelope lit up the boys' faces when I told them who it was for. 
"To Ian, Landon and Charlie" 
"It's for US MOM!"  
Open it up and there are shirts and a book for the boys.  Ian and Landon immediately decided they needed their Thomas the Train shirts on.  And Charlie was just excited to be out of bed.  Now we're off to read some of Little Critter.  I *Love*  Little Critter and suspect that perhaps the book is for Mommy too, not just the boys. 

WE LOVE YOU! and not just because you send us mail :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

MCS Middle Child Syndrome

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project suggests blogging a little bit every day.  Interesting idea and hard to fit in but I like the IDEA.  Probably won't happen but we'll see how far I can make it.  

The boys are watching Peter Pan and napping (Charlie is the only one napping) while I take a moment on the computer.  Lest you think that Landon is going to end up with middle child syndrome (you know- nothing new, no pictures to document his life, never big enough or too big...) let me share some things about my second born:

He knows most of his colors now- though pink throws him off.  He leans towards warm colors- red, orange, yellow, hot pink for his favorite things.  The other day we went to the Teddy Bear Clinic where the kids each get to choose their own bear and go through the doctors' office to show that it's ok to go to the doctor.  The bear got a cast at one station and the kids could choose what color they wanted.  Landon wanted a hot pink cast for his bear, Chopper.  He's all better now so he got to take his cast off today.  

My fearless one is at the stage where he's starting to be afraid of things.  Mostly large animals.  Like the elk head he thought was going to get him when he was with Daddy getting beans in Colorado.  Or talking about bears on our walk yesterday.  Don't blame him though- I wouldn't want to be face to face with either of them. He loves the smaller-stuffed-friendly versions of animals though.  He's also starting to play pretend with his stuffed animals.  

He loves the sky and all things in it.  This is one thing I particularly love about Landon.  We always joked that he would love to fly because he got to go on a plane hours after entering this world.  Turns out it might be true.  He *LOVES* airplanes, clouds, rainbows, stars, the moon- anything in the sky.  Maybe he'll be an amateur astronomer like my grandpa.  Maybe he'll be a meteorologist.  Maybe he'll be a pilot.  Maybe he'll just be a well grounded human with a love of all things above. 

Landon has the longest eyelashes I've ever seen.  Not that he has any sort of control over that- just think it's interesting.  He also has curly hair like his daddy.  I'm thinking of letting him grow it out a little as long as he lets me comb/brush it.  

Landon's favorite book is Goodnight Moon.  He loves to snuggle and sometimes just be NEAR you.  

I love my second born.  
My second born loves hats and food.  Just like his mama. :)
Making Gingerbread Cookies December 2010 

Fed Felt Fireman hat at the thrift store.  Yes we went to the store in sue me.

Mommy's red hat and cheese pizza.  Age 1. 

Dual weilding swards at Thanksgiving 2010. 

Nothing better than a bear and a boy and some chocolate milk.  

Daddy's villian hat from the Melodrama. July  2011

Popcorn: good for eating and throwing at Daddy. July 2011

July/August 2011