Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Candy factory and Jack conversation

Jack invited cute Kory to join us on our journey to the candy factory. We watched hard candy lollipops be created. It was pretty cool. There was free candy after too.

After our factory tour we headed to park with sticky hands and faces. Jack and Kory decided to play "Home" Jack leaned over to Kory and said; "I will be the husband and you can be the mom" 
Kory: OK, my rooms up there and yours is here
They both head to their rooms and pretend to sleep
Kory: Hey hunny are you awake?
Jack: Yeah
Kory: what are you going to do?
Jack: I am going to the bathroom
Jack heads off to another part of the park and pretends to open a door and steps into what is his pretend bathroom and shuts the door and sits down. Then for about one minute he makes all sorts of grunting sounds and funny faces.
Kori: Hunny bun what the heck are you doing?
Jack: Trying to poo!
Kori: Its taking SO long and I am done with the kids its your turn

HA! Kids are hilarious this is better than TV any day. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Slow mornings look like this...

Some mornings I try to take slow, try to watch my kids, be in the moment, play pretend and laugh. I think one of the greatest gifts I can give my kids is my time. The type of time where I tell my mind to stop thinking about my to do list and everything that is a disaster in my house and be present. We have a lot of fun when I can actually do that. I need to improve on that!

Lucas likes me to read his favorite books over and over, they are:

And sometimes he likes to read all by himself


 On this particular day Jack played the role of the candy man and delivered little candies from his truck. Lucas was a devoted customer

we play

Feel sad when things don't go our way


 Play hide and seek

and while we enjoy each other our dog is ALWAYS present

sometimes you have to take it slow:)

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Holidays = Weight gain...I don't think so!

OK, so everyone LOVES the food associated with the holidays, right? Of course. I know you are drooling over the thought of those delicious candy canes, sugar cookies or mince pies and Christmas cake (those last two are my favorites!) But the problem is people just expect that they will gain weight over the holidays because they can't possibly go through the festivities without enjoying the food and there wont be time to exercise because of all the festivities so of course they are going to put on their annual 5 pounds that they will vow to loose in the new year.

I think that is silly. Terribly silly.

It is all in the mind.

I love food SO much! I especially LOVE Thanksgiving and Christmas foods. But I don't think food needs to be the center of the holidays. I don't think there is any shame in a weight gain because the fact is life happens and sometimes love handles appear or grow along with other jiggly parts but I don't think we should welcome a weight gain. To often people see the holidays as an excuse to be lazy and gain some weight. I think that is foolish because we all know how we feel come January 1st and every pair of jeans are a little too tight.

So this is me on my soap box. EXERCISE! You will only do it if you make it a priority. If you go in to the holiday season with the thought "I am going to TRY to find time" you wont find time because you are not committed to it. Decide every night what time you will exercise during the next day and write it down. Try to find a time when you will be least likely to be interrupted. You must be as committed to that exercise appointment as you are to a doctors appointment otherwise you will find reasons to replace it with something else that seems more important. 

If you exercise five times a week you will be happier, have more energy, crave food that is generally healthier and feel so much healthier. At the end of the day I think it is somewhat silly that Thanksgiving and Christmas are holidays that began as a way to give thanks and worship God and yet sometimes we allow them to represent a lazy day where we sit and constantly eat food. We should be giving thanks for the amazing body which God created for us by keeping it healthy and happy.

Just a thought.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Annual Guy Fawkes party

Oh remember remember the 5th of November...

It was that spectacular time of year when everyone in America thinks the next celebration is Thanksgiving but they are wrong. Bonfire Night, guy Fawkes night what every you desire to call it, us Carney's celebrate it in style.

This year we celebrated in style in our out door stone shelter. There was fire, food, dutch ovens, guy Fawkes dolls, silly games, chocolate, apple cider and adults being silly (most important ingredient). I think my favorite part was Jeremiah pretending to be a cougar in the bushes or maybe it was Dave Jones trying to do a Zumba pose or competing in teams to get the guy Fawkes dolls into the fire or watching the girls fight over chocolate.


Friday, November 18, 2011


Jack likes to wear his bike helmet A LOT. He requested he wear it to school the other day; that didn't happen.

Lucas eats his yogurt with his hands always and spreads it around his face; he has very soft skin:)

Reagan chases her own shadows.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I hate Goodbyes

Today was sad.

We said our awkward goodbyes to a family of super stars; The Roberts.

For the last 12 days we have had the fun situation of sharing our home with our friends before their move to Alaska. Our home has been full of laughter, commotion, screams, hilarious comments, friendship, food and so much more! 

Was it crazy? 

At times VERY. 

Would I do it again? 

In an instant! 

Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to watch Dallin (their youngest) and have come to really love that little guy. This morning I was playing with him and I told I was going to miss him SO much and that he is not allowed to grow too big. He looked at me with his puppy eyes and said very matter of fact, "Dessica, I am just so scared that I am going to forget what your house looks like, and forget what you all look like!" As my heart started racing I tried my hardest to push my tears back and promised him that I would send him pictures of us all at Christmas. He said, "That would be nice."

All morning I was dreading the Goodbye. I had told Lindsey yesterday that I am not a fan nor either good at Goodbyes. But the moment came to say my goodbyes, the luggage was all lined up in the car and I knew the instant I put my arms around Lindsey I would be a mess. I couldn't even speak, I was so overcome with love and gratitude that I had for this amazing woman and her family and felt terribly sad that I will no longer get to see her every Tuesday and Thursday. Those frequent visits always reminded me of the type of person I want to be. 

As much as goodbyes suck I think they help us realize what really matters. Relationships and friendships; that's what really matter. The people we meet and the relationships we develop are what can change us and draw us closer to God. This family has made an imprint on my heart and I simply can not wait to visit them in Alaska (Ben already had most of the trip planned.)


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lake fun

Last day before the snow came we took a trip to the nearby lake. Lucas was so angry that I wouldn't let him go swimming in the lake. Jack got wet and almost lost his shoe and totally freaked out and Dallin was confused by all the commotion.


Friday, November 11, 2011

My three beings that consume my life


He told me the other day that I am a pilgrim from England and came to America because our King was wicked.


is ALMOST walking!!! Seriously, he has taken a few steps on his own. Enormous breakthrough.


We are entering the cold weather and this means she get exercised less and has more energy to bug me. I hope I still love her in a couple of months.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wii faces

Jack is very involved and invested when he plays the wii. See for yourself:


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ah Sunflower

Ah Sunflower, weary of time, Who countest the steps of the sun; Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the traveller's journey is done; Where the Youth pined away with desire, And the pale virgin shrouded in snow, Arise from their graves, and aspire Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

William Blake


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fall festivities

A while ago me and my boys headed off to the middle of nowhere to enjoy the festivities of fall with pumpkin patches, corn mazes and petting zoos. Sometimes I get such a kick from going on mini adventures with my little dudes and nobody else to distract me from watching them explore and discover the world around them.

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