Thursday, May 21, 2009

If April showers bring May flowers, What do May flowers bring?


I was weeding my garden two days ago and it started to rain. I repeated to myself my survival phrase from April "April showers bring May flowers" then I remembered that it is May and I thought "What do May showers bring?" Then I remembered this joke and laughed and laughed all by myself in my weed infested garden.

One thing you should know about me is that I love what my family calls "laffy taffy" jokes. You know, those stupid, predicable jokes that all the first graders tell once they are bored of knock knock jokes.

Here are some of my favorite. They make me laugh so hard...

Why do bees have sticky hair?

Because they use honeycombs

What did the baby light bulb say to the mommy light bulb?

I love you watts and watts

What did the horse say when he fell down?

HELP! I've fallen and I can't giddy up

Where does Hitler keep his armies?

In his sleevies

What sound do porcupines make when they kiss?


Why did the squirrel cross the road?

To prove he had the guts

What do little people drive?

Mini vans

What do you call a cow with no legs?

Ground beef

And my very favorite of all time...

Why do Seagulls fly by the sea?

Because if they flew by the bay they'd be BAGELS!!!

Do you have tears rolling down your cheeks too? I beg of you to share you favorite laffy taffy jokes with me!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

It's Official!

Todd Claybaugh (my little brother) and Alexis Watson went through with it!!

They actually had their reception the night before so they could leave straight from the wedding to the honeymoon. Smart pair!
How cute was Adeline?

We love Gram!

The happy couple...just not married yet!

What do you do when you are waiting outside the temple for the bride and groom to come out?

Take pictures of all the girls in every combo possible!

Still waiting...
...And waiting
Bailey is so thrilled to see them (and the pretty flowers)
Finally!! We're so happy we have Alexis in our family. They are a PERFECT couple.

Friday, May 15, 2009

How to Organize Girls Bows

Staple gun ribbon to the back of the cabinet under your bathrrom sink
Make sure it's under your husband's sink!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lemons into Lemonade

Jonas Family Vacation Part 3: Grandma's house.
I always revert back to childhood when I go to my grandma's house.
I took a nap on the beach
Then we had a family party at the pool

On the way home I grabbed some chocolate malted crunch ice cream to eat with grandma's chocolate "dip" and without guilt.
After that exhausting day, I had to take a bath in gram's big jetted tub.

I was thrilled to be able to spend Mother's Day with my grandparents and attend church with them

And you better believe my So. Cal. family knows how to celebrate mothers! My Aunt Eileen threw a great party and I love to be with my family.
Monday we drove all the way home!
Tuesday morning I found Addie curled in a little ball on the ground. I said "What's wrong?"
She glared at me and said "SHHH. I'm telling Heavenly Father thank you for the fun trip and for getting my family home safe." Then she buried her head back in the ground and continued her highly appropriate prayer.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Say "Uncle"

Jonas Family Vacation Part 2: Uncle Bob's house

It's always major party time when we visit John's Uncle Bob and his wife Dawn in Rolling Hills. They are the warmest and funnest people. Their home is full of animals!
Bailey cuddled up with the poodle Brillo

All three got to ride the horses
Actually, Bailey just sat.

Austin and Adeline were more brave

Addie rode all by herself

To see a video of her falling off the horse, go here

It's not a great video and looks scarier than it really was.
Dawn had to ride home with her

Check out the battle wound on her forehead

We also swam in their pool and took their convertible to the beach. HELLOO!! What a great time!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I'm a Lucky Mom Because...

...My kids love me so much, they climb all over me in church.

I'm a lucky mom because when I wipe a dirty face, I get to see a bright smile.

I'm a lucky mom because my kids make up all kinds of excuses to stay up late with me.

I'm a lucky mom because I'm the only one in all the world that gets quiet moments in the middle of the night with my baby.

I'm a lucky mom because when I get puked on, I know it's because I'm the only one who can offer comfort.

I'm a lucky mom because my kids want to eat food prepared by me ever hour or so (I didn't say they always like it).

I'm a lucky mom because all the laundry I do is from perfectly healthy children playing the day away.

I'm a lucky mom because my children love for me to sing to them even though I have a horrible voice.

I'm a lucky mom because going to sporting events means bringing your own lawn chair and yelling things like "KICK AND RUN" and "GIVE SOMEONE ELSE A TURN."

I'm a lucky mom because pee on the toilet seat means we've got potty trained kids in the house.

I'm a lucky mom because my kids think I'm good at bouncing them on the tramp.

I'm a lucky mom because I never have to go to the grocery store alone.

I'm a lucky mom because Spray and Wash is my friend.

I'm a lucky mom because taking a shower in privacy is a treat.

I'm a lucky because I get to comb rats out of little girls hair each morning. This means I have girls with hair!!

I'm a lucky mom because I am the first person my kids want to see when they wake up in the morning.

I'm a lucky mom because my kisses make all ouchies better.

I'm a lucky mom because a wet bathroom floor means clean kids.

I'm a lucky mom because if I were doing anything else in life I would be thinking "I wish I were a mom."

I'm a lucky mom because my kids have a dad who is totally dedicated to them and to me.

I'm a lucky mom because I am surrounded by many amazing moms to teach me how to be better.

A few weeks ago I sat in church, in utter frustration, because Bailey and Adeline both wanted to be on my lap and Austin wanted me to read to him. I was trying to listen and keep them quiet and failing at both. Tears burned my eyes as I thought "Can I do this?"
Somehow, in that moment of torment, my mind flipped and I thought "I'm a lucky mom because my kids love me so much, they climb all over me in church." What if they didn't want to sit by me? Now that's reason to cry! My body absorbed the tears. I smiled and pulled all my kids closer to me. Now everyday chores make me feel lucky!! And that's how I birthed this post.

Friday, May 8, 2009

It's a World of Laughter...

Part one of Jonas Family California Vacation 2009...

Have to drive through in-n-out and get hats for the kids! Drive was great. Kiddos are a dream!
We decided to head straight for my grandma's house instead of our hotel across from Disneyland. This was smart choice #1. Load of laundry done, home cooked meal (complete with gram's famous lemonade), pool and roses. Then we cleaned up and headed to our hotel so they could host FHE.
Smart choice #2...I researched hotels like I was going to live there for life and found a great one, right across the street with a nice pool, Internet and breakfast. I've already high fived myself, but you can too next time I see you.
We had early bird tickets, so we walked right in and onto the Matterhorn twice! it's a little scary the first time.
Mr. Toad was scary too. I didn't like going to Hell at the end.
The carousel was a favorite for the girls, but not cool enough for our big boy.
After 4 rides in an hour, we headed to the highly anticipated princess breakfast. Ariel greeted us
My favorite, Belle
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White
Adeline was on cloud nine. We will count that as smart choice #3 (paying through the nose to eat breakfast with the princesses instead of waiting in line for 2 hours to see them.) Worth it!
Jumping Jellyfish
Going to Tom Sawyers Island

To me, this is why it's the happiest place on earth

Toontown. Bailey's in jail.

Come on, Girl! Put your back into it.
I'm sure brother can do it

Sorry I didn't flip this picture. I'm on vacation, okay?
Austin got to do Jedi training, which was unbelievable. Disneyland does not disappoint. He got to fight Darth Vader!
Casey Junior's train ride around the park
Carousel for the 3rd or 4th time
Austin protecting Addie on Alice in Wonderland.
It was a perfect 2 days!! John gets smart choice #4. He bought Ridemax software that planned your day for you to minumize lines. Studying this gave him the info to know "that ride will be slower this evening" or "this is the best time to hit this ride." The longest line we waited in was 20 minutes!!! It was so great.
i just have to mention that Small World was pure magic for the girls. We rode that 3 or 4 times too. Addie just sat with wide eyes and gaping mouth. Bailey squealed in between each "look at that" and "I love that."
All we heard from Austin for 2 days was "Is that real?" and "How did Walt do that?"
What a treat!