Let me start this post by stating that I NEED a new camera. I hate my camera. All my pictures come out  blurry, poorly lit, and grainy. I have a Nikon Cool pix. It's horrible. I've tried every setting, even the easy auto mode is awful. So I need suggestions on new cameras. I want a basic point and shoot and maybe even a nice one. 

Happy end of summer! We took a lovely little family trip out to Lake Ontario and let the kids swim. I took this picture because I love breaking rules and I'm really trying not to let it rub off on my children but sometimes I can't help myself. 

We went to this fantastically cute little amusement park for kids and it was 25 cents per ride. Milly was taking this boat riding pretty seriously.
 I think Henry looks so adorable and sweet here. He isn't nearly as sweet as this picture makes him look unless he's asleep. However, he is pretty darn adorable all the time.
 Here's Milly goat at Lake Ontario. It's not the Ocean, just a great lake, with waves.
 She was hot and tired when we took this photo. She just kept begging to go "swim-eem" And check out those cowgirl boots.

I've added this picture because Milly is just so darn cute. We went to a baseball game and she begged to put on Henry's backpack and hat. She is so darn stubborn right now. Her favorite word is "self" which means, "I want to do it by myself!" She jibbers and jabbers non-stop. It's somewhat unintelligible at times. At other times it's hysterical. She calls pretzels, "pantsuits" at least that what it sounds like. And she walks around begging for "pantsuits." I think she's been watching too much CSPAN. She is also obsessed with the word "handful." Like on Sunday when they passed around the sacrament bread and she grabbed about 10 pieces of bread and turned to me and said, "handful!"


We went camping. And there were no toilets or running water. It wasn't even all that bad. Milly and Henry LOVED the tent. Although we realized that our family is ready for something a little bigger than a 2-3 person tent. I slept fine, and the kids slept great. But poor Taylor was a little cramped, he kept mentioning something about a little girl kicking him and rolling all over him all night. 

 She fell down a lot.

I've included two pictures of Milly and her morning hair. It's crazy. Completely out of control, and I love it. 

I told Henry about the Sasquatch. He and Milly went hunting for it. Milly kept begging to go "hunt". They loved it. I thought they looked like little sasquatches here. 

And lastly here is a very blurry picture of Henry sitting by the fire VERY early in the morning. He was begging for us to come light it, and we just wanted to sleep. Why did kids have to wake up so early?


#6. We went to a Carousel museum. I guess some of the first Carousels were here in Buffalo. It was kind of an old creepy place. But it's free on Wednesdays so we decided to check it out. The kiddos love the carousel rides. And all the old ladies running the place were a little overwhelmed at all the little kids. 

#5. Our kiddos LOVE to swim. We've decided that we're going to train them to be olympic swimmers. 

#4. We went to Letchworth State Park for a little day trip. It was overcast and rainy all day. I loved it.

#3 We got ourselves some fishing poles at a yard sale and we went fishing! We didn't catch a thing. But we didn't really try very hard. We took a little run down to the Niagara River and used bread soaked in tuna juice as bait. I think we'll use a real worm next time and go somewhere with better fishing.

 #2 We went to the Erie County fair and had a lot of fun.

We went to the butterfly tent.
We saw the people on stilts.
 And we enjoyed the animals. Milly didn't realize how close she was to the cows until she turned around.
#1. Milly and Henry are all grown up. It kind of makes me sad. Henry looks like a big kid in this picture. If only he acted a little bigger. He is constantly beating up on his poor sister.  She's one tough cookie. I heard Henry screaming from the front room this past week and I went out and found Milly following him around and pushing him and hitting him from behind everywhere he went. He was in tears telling me that Milly was beating him up. I picked him up and looked him in the eye and said, "Where do you think she learned to push and hit like that?" He looked at me and his tears stopped.  He finally realized one of the main reasons (albeit not the best reason) to not hit someone, is that eventually they are going to hit back.


Guess the birthday cake.....

I've got so much to post I have no choice but to create another top ten list. It's the top ten most important/exciting things that have happened, or that I've taken pictures of since the last time I posted. My mother is now offering me a dollar per blog post in hopes that I'll blog more often, but what I really need is a dishwasher! I've been adding up the time I spend washing dishes every week and it's about 10 hours. I should promise more blog posts if she buys me a dishwasher. Anyway, onto the exciting things...Here are the first few in my top ten. Let's hope we get the rest of the ten within the week!

10. Milly Goat turned 2. I made her a cake, and I must admit, it's probably the best cake I've ever made (let's be honest it isn't hard to beat the cakes from years past).  I didn't use a mold of any sort, and I think it's pretty darn amazing. And especially because I'm REALLY bad at baking/decorating. I'll let you guess who/what it is and you can tell me if I did a good job.

 Here she is in her 4th of July outfit with her new birthday microwave.
 Milly's birhtday fell on a Saturday this year so we got up early and went in search of an amazing yard sale birthday present, and we found it! A shoebox full of ponies!!! What more could a girl ask for? She loves them.

9. Running. I signed up for a half-marathon in September with some friends and my wonderful college roommate Hillarie, which means we've been doing a lot of running and we've found lots of new places and parks to run here in Buffalo. This first picture is us running through the corn fields of Western New York.
 Here we are after a run. Henry was screaming because I am too sweaty. Both my kids won't even touch me after a run. Milly just points at me and says yucky sweaty mommy. The humidity here makes me a sticky mess.
 And look at this awesome teeter-totter. They don't make parks like these anymore. It was amazing,

8. Milly climbs out of her crib now which means we find her sleeping in strange places. In this first picture, I had to move the bed to take the picture. I have no idea how she got under that bed. 

 I also have no idea how she can sleep like this. This was at midnight! She had been asleep since 7:30.
 And we still find Henry sleeping in strange places as well.

7. Roatrip! I decided to be brave and while Taylor studied for the Bar Exam, I made the -should be 6 hours but was really 8 hours- drive to Ohio to visit Leisy and her kiddos. Her husband was gone for the week for work, and we wanted some cousin time. This first picture is from the best part of the entire trip.  And might I add that driving long distances with two small children while alone is the definition of distracted driving. 

Luckily there is a Nordstrom Rack half way between Dayton and Buffalo, and we took a little detour to buy Taylor some clothes. It is the only place I've found that sells his shoe size (15!)  and dress shirt size (15.5 neck, 36/37 arms) without having to order online. Might I add however that Taylor is a little bit particular. His dress shirts have to be non-iron, slim fit, collar-stay collars. Here are the shoes we found for him. Milly held them up so I could send him a picture and get his approval. 

Here are the cousins. The fighting was minimal and the trip was well worth it. And Dayton has a Chick-fil-a which was an added bonus. Luckily we went before all the political hoopla and eating there was just a delicious experience rather than a political statement. The only major catastrophe of the trip was a major poop catastrophe at a firework store on the Pennsylvania border. I think the roadtrip was hard on little Milly Goats digestive tract. I would have taken pictures but I was busy being watched by employees and cleaning poop off the floor. 


Happy Birthday Mr. Henry.

This little boy turned 4! He is so darn cute and so darn stubborn. He's really into hypothetical situations right now, like "What if milk came out of the house instead of water?" or "What if Yoshi from Mario Cart was a real dinosaur that swallowed real fire balls?" "What if we put Milly back into your belly right now, and your tummy would tear open and bleed."
Here he is as Darth Vader. How is it that all little boys are drawn to star wars? We don't own the movies, nor do we discuss the characters and their space ships and weapons and uniforms but somehow Henry seems to know about all of these things.
I attempted another 3D cake. I'm really not good at them at all. Maybe on his 18th birthday I'll be able to make an amazing cake. I feel like I am already getting better as the years go by. And this cake made Henry happy, and that's what matters right? Can you guess what it is?
This little boy also graduated from headstart. He had such a good year. He loved it, we loved it, his teachers loved him, and everyone was happy.
Here are his teachers Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Tania. They were wonderful. I miss them. They even made Milly an honorary graduate since she and I went and had lunch with Henry and his class fairly regularly.
Here's Milly Goat at the graduation. She was trying to use the kaleidascope. It was pretty darn cute.
And lastly, my culinary skills outdid themselves on father's day this year. I made Taylor a rosemary and olive oil bread crumb encrusted rack of lamb. Lamb was Taylor's request, and it was actually pretty good. It was also quite pricey. Turns out it's hard to find rack of lamb that isn't organic and from Australia. This might be a once a year kind of meal. Taylor was definitely worth it though, he's the best husband around, and a pretty darn good dad too.


Here's the rest of my list of ten...

#5 Milly still has a Mullet. This poor little girl is never going to get rid of this thing. People keep telling me to cut her hair but I only think that will prolong the mullet. I've managed to figure out one hair-do that hides the Mullet pretty well. It's the only style we can manage.
Here's the mullet.
Here's hiding the mullet. This picture was taken at the end of the day where you can clearly see that her little wispy hairs won't stay in an elastic, but at least it hides the mullet. She's holding her new doll that she got at Henry's school. I asked Henry and Milly for suggestions on naming it (it's not anatomically correct and we cannot determine gender) and Henry wants to name him Henry. He says it would be really nice to have a black Henry and a white Henry. I agreed. Milly just calls him baby.

#4 Henry is hard. I mostly write this in hopes that I can get some parenting advice here. Henry is a wonderful little boy, sweet, funny, intelligent, etc. but he has been really difficult lately. He throws fits when he doesn't get what he wants, he won't eat dinner anymore, he has also gotten very defiant (I wonder where he gets that from). He does what we ask him not to do and he won't do what we want him to do. It's gotten much worse in the past few months and I don't know what to do. I feel like we do time-outs and other various punishments all day long. I am getting tired of it, and the punishments don't seem to be effective anymore. Any good books out there? Any advice from experienced parents? He just turned 4, so we recognize that he some of this behavior is normal, but not all of it. I'm including a picture of Henry in tears. He isn't throwing a fit here, he's actually crying because a bird pooped on him in the backyard. I couldn't help but take a picture. And these tears are very similar to the ones he cries when he is freaking out.
#3 Taylor graduated from Law School! It was a very eventful weekend with lots of visitors. His parents came from Nauvoo where they are currently serving their mission, my parents came from Utah, and my sister and her three kids came from Ohio. Congrats Taylor! I am proud of you. Now he just goes to school every day and studies for the bar exam. I don't know what we'll do when he's done. We've never been married when one of us wasn't in school. I hope nothing drastic changes and we still like each other all the same.

Here's little Milly Goat with her cousin Metta. I love her little pigtails. #2 Poop. How does something like this even happen? she was wearing a diaper and little shorts and she came to me to tell me she was yucky. I had to take a picture.
#1. Summer has arrived. It's warm outside, but thank heavens not too warm. We haven't needed our ac units yet because it cools off at night. It's the best weather in the world. I'm crossing my fingers hoping not to jinx myself. I'd be one happy girl if all summer was just like this.