"I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life;
to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived." ~Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Jim Gaffigan

One of our favorite dates is dinner and a comedy show. Before we got married we had the opportunity to see some great comics live on stage, but married life and five kids seems to hender that. In November I caught wind that one of our VERY favorite comedians was coming to town on tour, Jim Gaffigan. The guy is high-lar-ious. And the best part is that he is clean too! Not too common to see a comedy show that will leave you in stitches but also be something you could take your parents all to and not be uncomfortable while watching with them. Anyway, Cody and I decided to just buy tickets and hope and pray that fate was on our side and we could find a sitter, Garrett would be willing to take a bottle by then, and that all of us would be healthy! Otherwise, that would be a lot of good money down the comode.

January 13th came and the only one on our family who was sick was...Cody. But he wasn't THAT sick and was still up to going. We actually got TWO baby sitters because leaving all five little kids with only one teenager would be a disaster (let me just say that we paid through the nose for TWO sitters for almost five hours!) We grabbed some dinner at a really great Chinese place called Pei-Wei and then headed up to Kingsury Hall on the U campus. It was awesome walking through our old stomping ground hand in hand. It was the first time we had been on a real date, just the two of us, since Garrett was born nine months before. As we walked, we laughed at the irony of how simple our lives were a decade ago when we both attended the U and how we never could have imagined back then that almost a decade later we'd be on a date there with our five kids back at home.
The show was amazing! It was better than either of us was hoping for! A guy named Keith Stubbs opened for him, and that alone was a great act. We laughed so hard! But by the time Gaffigan came out...we were in tears from laughter within the first five minutes. He and his wife just had their fourth baby and Cody and I could relate to everything he was poking fun at. "My wife has an open door policy where each night she allows the kids to come into our room to pee in the bed." And "People ask me what it's like when that fourth baby is born. I tell them to imagine you are drowning...and then someone gives you a baby to hold." I think we are going to buy some of his DVDs and CDs. It was such a fun night!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Tub Sitter

At nine months old Garrett is finally able to sit well enough in water that he now bathes with Devin. I have a feeling that these two will be pretty bad together in the tub. Lots and lots of puddles on the ground. Lots and lots of trouble. Double even.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Last week while I was packing up Christmas stuff to store until next year, Garrett found the Christmas lights and started exploring them. I quickly grabbed the camera and found his baby Santa hat and we did an impromptu photo shoot. This age is incredible because everything truly is magical!

Primary 2012

Today was technically our first day of church in 2012, since last week we were at Cameron and Bree's baby blessing. This year we are on the 1:00 schedule which has some cons, but it is actually my favorite schedule because we have so much time in the morning. I wanted to jot down a few things about how the kids' first day in their new classes went.
Devin is one of the big shot big kids in nursery now. Even though he has a late birthday, he is a 2009 baby so that means this is his LAST year in nursery. Kind of makes me sad and I can't believe next year he will be a Sunbeam! Even with the 1:00 schedule, he did great today. Most every kid in nursery cried the whole time, but not Moo. Every time I peeked in on him he was pushing his cars around on the floor going "VROOM VROOOM".
Lauren is a CTR4 and has Sister Dowdy for a teacher. She is very happy that her best friends are in her class again this year!
Hailey is a CTR5 and has Brother Watts for a teacher. He wasn't there today but I know she will love him because he is a great teacher.
This is a big year for Ethan because he is getting BAPTIZED!! When I was the Primary President, I had a special place in my heart for the CTR7 class because they all got baptized that year. Ethan is in Brother Fox's class and of course he is happy about that. As soon as church was over he came running out with a scripture reading incentive paper and he was adamant that we get crackin' on family scripture reading. This is going to be a great year!