Sunday, December 14, 2008

Our Little Comedians

Oh these kids of ours. They just make us laugh all the time (except when they are driving us nuts in their less-than-rewarding moments). Anyways, we've had a good week of funnies around here. Plus, we attended our ward Christmas dinner and party on Saturday and for our two little guys, Santa was such a tramatic experience it could leave scars (see pictures below). We are getting ready for the holidays like everyone else. We are also getting ready to deal with a week of wintery weather. I know for many of you (in Utah & Idaho) this is no big deal, but we are not expected to get above freezing for at least the next six days. And we are expecting some snow this week, as well. That's in addition to the tiny bit we got today, which turned out to be enough to cancel church. Well, on to this week's funnies:

The kids have recently discovered wrestling with their Dad, and they are quite match. So we are wrestling the other day and during a break in the action, the kids got out a bunch of pillows and blankets and had them covering the living room floor. I said, "Wait a minute. Who said anything about getting all those blankets out?" Tyler said: "We said it to ourselves."

When Tyler gets a cold (like he has now), he gets a really nasty, dry, barky cough. Trevin was out on the couch with Carol the other morning and Tyler woke up and headed for the bathroom. He let go of one of his ugly hacks, and Trevin said to Carol, quite startled: "What was that?" Carol said: "Just Tyler coughing." Trevin replied: "Oh, I thought monster."

More bodily noises - While reading the scriptures the other day, Trevin was on the couch next to me. He pushed out a toot, then waited about 3 seconds, and calmly moved away from me over towards the other side of the couch. It almost worked, too. Carol thought it was me.
Speaking of tooters, while in the bathroom with mom at JC Penney's a woman in another stall dropped a bomb. Trevin asked what it was, and Carol just quietly replied "someone else going to the bathroom." He then said, "Was that the toilet?" Carol made sure to get out of their quickly to save the poor woman further embarrassment.

At our house, the kids always have fruit after lunch and dinner. Yesterday, Tyler asked if he could have a whole apple (cuz usually we make them share to make the fruit last longer). We said yes. Bailey then asked for a whole banana. We said no, and of course she said how come Tyler gets a whole apple. Trevin said "Cuz he bigger." We then gave in and let Bailey have a whole banana. Of course, Trevin wasn't going to stand for that and asked: "Can I have whole...grape?" Just so you know, usually we only give them half a grape each. Just kidding. They always have a good handful at a time, so that's why his request even funnier.

Me and the three boys were playing in the playroom and first Tyler knocked Caden down. He kind of whined a little bit so I asked him if Tyler did something. He replied in a whiney voice: "Yes." I asked him if he wanted me to beat Tyler up, to which he replied, again whining "yeah." A couple seconds later Trevin knocked him down on purpose. We went through the same line of questioning, only this time, I looked at his face while I asked the 'beat him up' question, and with a big smile he replied "yeah."

During another wrestling match Bailey jumped on me with quite a force and it hurt. I said, "Bailey, you're cruel." In all seriousness (and not familiar with the word cruel), she replied: "You mean cool?"

And last, but not least. Bailey likes to gather up all her dolls and babies and treat them as her children or school kids or primary class, or whatever else she can think of. She had them all on the couch today and was sitting in a little chair in front of them, while holding one of the smaller ones. Without prompting, she says out loud to herself: "I'm so bored of taking care of these kids all day, while their dad is gone. It's just so tiring." Carol assured me that she has never said anything like that.

Santa (And Spidey) Sitting

Tyler was right at home with the jolly man, and was impressed that he knew all the kids' names.

Bailey was sure to tell Santa that she has been nice...

This could have been the single most horrifying experience of Trevin's life. The picture doesn't show how bad he was shaking.

And for Caden, it was not much better. He didn't know what to do, but he was being held back very tight so he could not leap away. Oh the memories.

And this of course, is not Carol and Santa, rather Carol and Spiderman. She was praying, but I thought she was sleeping so I set up a wonderful pose. The hat is actually a piece of clothing for one of Bailey's babies. Quite cute, don't you think? Carol is a good sport and is nice to put up with my shenanigans...

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Latest From The Livingstons (in The Couv)

So how is everyone? We had a good Thanksgiving (and 10th anniversary) -- first at Carol's parents, where the food was quite good and the football (on TV) was spectacular. You should have seen the fruit tray Carol's mom did. Quite delicious and pretty fancy looking, too. After we were good and stuffed, we headed down to Eugene so we could enjoy some sales tax-free shopping, as well as free babysitting while we hit the early Black Friday sales. The clock in the room where we were staying at my parents had never been adjusted when Daylight Savings ended, so it was an even earlier morning than I anticipated. But we had a good time and saved lots of money.

The kids had a good time playing and NOT going to the stores with us. There is also a new park right by G & G's house, which we had a good time at. We also took them to see the new movie "Bolt" in 3D. It was really good for them and us.

Caden visited his "voodoo" doctor when we returned and it looks as though he is cured of ear infections. He is eating all things wheat now, and it appears there are no ill affects. We still have him abstaining from dairy, though. The whole situation with his ears has been one answer to prayer after another, and it is amazing the change in him. Thanks, Cory!

Tyler is doing well and he got to go see a play production of James and the Giant Peach for a school field trip. Bailey gets to go to the Children's museum in January. Trevin is doing quite well with pre-school. He gets a little rattled at drop-off time each day, but he gets over it quickly. And Caden is doing well on Sunday going to nursery. he could be our first easy one.

We got our Christmas decorations up on Monday for Family Home Evening, then on Wednesday we cut down our tree. We had it up and decorated last night. However, Carol called me at work to let me know that our tree had just taken a dive. What a mess! We got it all cleaned up and re-decorated today, so now it's just another memory for future Christmases.

And now it's that time again:

I was making a phone call that had to do with my church calling, but it was right at dinner time. Carol jokingly said: I'm gonna talk with Bishop about this Bisopric stuff. It's starting to take up too much of your time." Tyler chimed in and said, "Dad you're not in the Bishopric anymore." Then Bailey, who apparently had been doing some contemplating, added: "To be in the Bishopric, you have to be a Bishop and you have to be a brick."I said "a brick?" She said, yeah, you know, Bishop-Brick." So she needs a little annunciation work on that word.

Our Toys R Us store recently remodeled and had a grand re-opening sale. We decided to check it out to get some Christmas ideas for the kids. As part of the remodeling they added a "Babies R Us" to the store. As we were driving up to the parking lot, Tyler was reading aloud: "Toys R Us. Barbies R Us -- Barbies R Us?" I'm not going to that store." We pointed out his error and he was able to set foot inside the store after all.

Caden is quite vocal for a 19-month-old and he is apparently rather observant in his young age as well. The other day, with none of his siblings around, he opened the entertainment center drawer and pulled out a Wii remote and started waving it at the TV. I asked: "What are you doing?" His reply: "Pay Wii."Also, around here, Carol and I don't like to answer the phone. I'm worse than she is, but usually we argue about who it is going to be for, so other person has to get it. On the contrary, the kids love to answer the phone. Whenever it rings they make a mad dash to the kitchen yelling "I got it, I got it, I got it." So the other day it rings and Caden without hesitation, starts toward the kitchen yelling "got it, got it, got it." And lastly, each night when I leave for work, Carol always asks me if I got the cell phone. So the other day, as I'm at the door telling everyone I love them, Caden is saying over and over: "Got phone, got phone?" Finally we realized what he was saying, so I repeated, "did I get the phone?" He said: "Yeah" I told him yes and he said, "Kay (OK)." Quite cute.

As many of you know we have taught our kids who everyone in the First Presidency and Quorum of the twelves Apostles is. Trevin had the chart down the other day and I asked him what the prophet's name was. He started to smile and said "Thomas...(pause)....the Train," followed by a big goofy laugh at his funny.

While in Eugene for the Thanksgiving weekend, Trevin ran upstairs to tell me he was going to McDonald's. I said: "Who's taking you to McDonald's?" thinking my mom had just promised him a trip there. He looked at me, pointed, and replied: "You" By the way, we did take them all that day.

Last, but not least, we have a little Nativity set that we let the kids play with. The other night Trevin was playing with it and apparently let go of a big "tooter" (that's what we call them in our house, although I'm sure the kids have heard other terms for them by now.) Anyways, Carol said: "Whoa! Trevin, did you just do a big tooter?" He replied: "No, it was Joseph." At least he didn't say baby Jesus.