Friday, December 21, 2007

The Potty Train

Matt took Mason to a movie tonight. I took the opportunity to take Ollie for a ride on the Potty Train.
After a few sits on the potty, we had success. Big success. Then I asked Ollie if he would like to wear underwear. He said yes and ran into the bedroom.

He came out like this:
Apparently it was not quite as successful as I had thought. Oh well, there's always tomorrow!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a great day yesterday! Matt decided to go fishing with a friend so he got up at 3:30am to do some shore fishing. While we waited for him to get home, the kids helped me do some cooking. We made a pie, rolls, cranberry butter and a few other odds and ends. When we finished to cooking, we all had a much needed nap!

We were so lucky to be headed to the Spilker's house for dinner. They are great friends and Amy is a FANTASTIC cook!

When we arrived, Mark told the kids that he had raked some leaves for them to jump in...let the fun begin!!

Franklin Science Institute

Our second day in Philly was spent at the Franklin Science Institute. We had such a fun time there that if we had not all been so tired, we would have stayed all day!

We were so busy having fun today, that we didn't take too many pictures!

The kids loved the train exhibit. Lots to look at, lots to touch...what more could we ask for?

Then there was the flight museum. We got to sit in an airplane, make a fly paper airplanes, hold pretend wings and stand in a wind tunnel. We spent a good hour in there before we were off to tour the giant sized human heart. We followed the pathway that the blood travels through the heart and learned all sorts of cool things like how much blood we have in our bodies (Matt had over 200 cups!!)
Finally, we went up to the third floor where people were riding around on the sky bike (picture riding a bicycle on a tightrope) and there was the pro sports exhibit. Mason practiced his surfing, while Ollie was a rock climber. We also practiced spinning like figure skaters, doing slam dunks, stock car racing and defending our soccer goal in front of a green screen.

Weekend in Philly

We were lucky enough to spend a weekend in Philadelphia with Grandma and Grandpa Riley a few weeks ago. (I really AM that behind on my blogging!) We had a blast seeing all things Philly, enjoying cheesesteak sandwiches, and especially spending time with Matt's parents!

Here are Matt and the boys in front of the Liberty Bell. The kids were so good the first day we were there, we made them go see all the historical sites. I am sure they thought this would be the worst vacation ever!

Ollie running for a minute on the grass across from Independence Hall. We did a lot of walking, which means the kids did a lot of riding in the stroller. This was a much need potty/run around break! Below is Mason acting happy about getting back in the stroller to go see Benjamin Franklin's grave at the nearby cemetery.

FINALLY! Two very happy boys after we went in out of the cold and let them run their hearts out at the old Reading Railroad building. It is now the convention center. A child's dream: plenty of room to run around, tons of stairs and escalators, and really cool architecture for the rest of us!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Which Twilight novel character are you?

You're Bella Swan - You are intelligent and kind but not quite sure what you want out of life yet. You have a feeling there's something more out there for you. You're attracted to those who are real and avoid the fake. Sometimes you're a bit accident prone, but your true friends will always be loyal to you and come to your aid when you need it. not what I would have pegged myself. But, hey these quizzes DON'T LIE!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

To Infinity....

This year, when I asked Mason what he wanted to be for Halloween, I guess I forgot to mention that you do not have to be the same thing every year. So, he thought about it for a minute and said "Buzz Lightyear! I have a Buzz Lightyear costume!" He was so excited at the prospect of digging out the Buzz costume that nothing else crossed his mind. Perfect. So, we have year two of Buzz Lightyear and Cowboy Woody. And we are ALL delighted about it!

Just to note: When Matt asks the boys to smile he gets this:

When I ask the boys to smile, I get this:

I think it might be a conspiracy.

Ride the Pony

Last weekend was just too nice to not get out for a walk with the kids. With the kids on their bikes, we walked a little ways to this fun playground. As soon as this horse was discovered, all other forms of recreation were forgotten.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Well, the Cat's out of the Bag

We will be "Lyman, party of four" no longer. Come April 2008, we will welcome a new little Lyman into our family. And no, we are not getting a cat.

Monday, October 8, 2007

A Pie Baking Kind of Day

My two assistant bakers and I spent a good part of the day yesterday baking pies. After one failed attempt (not pictured) we ended up with two rather tasty pies to take to some friends house for dessert.

My trusty assistant bakers!

Friday, October 5, 2007


Last night I went in to check on the kids before I went to bed. I also like to wake Mason up so he can go to the bathroom. This is what I found when I went into their bedroom:

One happily sleeping boy in his bed.

And one boy Missing in Action.

Upon closer investigation, I discovered these:

I looked a little farther under the bed and found this: another happily
sleeping boy...under his brothers bed.

While I tried to gently coax Oliver out from under the bed without startling him so that he jumps up and bangs his head, I woke Mason up and sent him out to the bathroom. I got Oliver all tucked into his bed and waited for Mason to come back in to go back to bed. After a few minutes, I got suspicious of how long it was taking him to go to the bathroom. I went to get him and I found this:

I just love it when they are so tired that they will fall asleep anywhere.
That means they had a good day. And that makes me happy.

Monday, October 1, 2007

The Good Samaritan

Today, I picked Mason up from pre-school. His teacher pulled me aside to tell me that he got very frustrated when she didn't know the story of the Good Samaritan. Apparently, he was trying to tell her the story and forgot part of it. He wanted her to finish it for him and she could not. He finally just shouted, "You have to be nice to EVERYONE!!". And that was that. All I could do was chuckle. I am guessing that bible stories are not part of the curriculum at school. Fortunately they are part of the curriculum in primary. Thanks to Sister Meyerson for being an awesome primary teacher!

Power Trip

Thanks to Matt for clearing his schedule this weekend so that I could go see my grandma in CA. It was the quickest trip of all time. Flew out on Saturday, back on Sunday. It was also wonderful.
Now, back to the grind. There will be some serious grocery shopping and house cleaning going on this week. Wish me luck!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Just for fun

I am not really sure how accurate this is, but it was fun to give it a try!
Who do your children look like??

Friday, September 14, 2007

Future Fashion Models

Or maybe not. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Riley for the new digs. The boys now have a little piece of Yellowstone Park to wear around here. Oh, and they glow in the dark. The kids have been in the dark bathroom giggling for 15 minutes.

Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

There has been some serious playing going on around here. Here is the proof:

Henry, Mason and Joshua proving what big boys they are in the Barno's backyard.

This was the boys version of a train. They chugged all over the house like this.

After the train stopped everyone started jumping. I think I actually got everyone
up in the air in this one!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

First Day, Take 2

There was playing. There was painting. There was eating.
This little boy could not ask for more!

Ollie ready for his first day of Pre-School.
He has been talking about it since the spring. The time has finally come and he could not be happier. It is hard to see the happiness in this picture. Partly because his new favorite smile is pictured below. So, I tried to get him to open his eyes and smile his cute normal smile. What I got is pictured above. Hmmm.

Smiling? Squinting into the sun? Passing gas? You be the judge.

I thought that I should document, on the blog, that I do actually exist. And occasionally I allow my picture to be taken. But, don't get used to it.

Monday, September 10, 2007

First Days

Last week was a busy one at our house. Mason had his first day at preschool and his first day of soccer. Both were a huge success!
We don't really have a front door so the traditional "in front of the house" picture doesn't really work for us. So we have substituted the "behind the couch and in front of the messy bookshelf" picture instead.
Not to be outdone, here is Ollie on Mason's first day of school. Fortunately, he is always ready for a power outage. It is pretty handy to have him around.
At this level, the kids practice drills and skills with their coach, and each with their own ball.
Ready for a water break. It was HOT on Saturday!

Mason with his friend Jack. They are so happy that school is back in and they are seeing each other everyday. Emilie (Jack's mom) and I agreed that it was a long summer of "can I play with Jack/Mason today?"

This week, aside from trying to recover from our various ailments, we are looking forward to Oliver's first day of school and my first day of work. That is a post for another day...

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Can't Live Without

Thanks to Rachael for reminding how much I love this snack. I don't think I have had it since the kids were born and I stopped working at Wild Oats. Now that I remember the sweet nectar that is Pirate's Booty, we will be having it often.

Like this weekend for instance, we have all still been sick. The kids seem to be getting better right as Matt and I are at peak sickness levels. However, I dragged myself to the grocery store yesterday for a few necessary items and two bags of Pirate's Booty. This morning, after one trip to the ER, two ruptured eardrums, and 'massive bi-lateral ear infection' (Dr's words), I got back in the car to drive myself home and was so happy to remember that I had packed myself a little bag of the booty for the drive home. All was right in the world once again.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Working Girl

Starting in a couple of weeks, I will be working here. Thanks to awesome friends who will be helping with the kids, we will soon be a two income family!

Sicky McSickerton

Thanks to them :), we are under the weather. Runny noses, sore throats and coughing are taking over our lives. So much for a boring week...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Man are we boring this week! Aside from grocery shopping we have done almost nothing this week. Certainly nothing that is blog-worthy. We did have a couple of falls this week resulting in major bruising on the faces of both of the kids. For this reason, we have decided not to be seen in public until at least one of them is healed so as not to be reported to social services. We are, however, still bathing the kids. So, for blog updating purposes...I give you, "The Back Float"

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Girls Camp Update

So, sadly, I think this will be a little anti-climactic. First of all, I didn't take any pictures. I should have. Because I am not sure that Matt believes that I really did any of the things that I said I did. (Except one-there is proof of that one--keep reading).

Day one: I drove up to camp with three very cute 14 year old girls. They slept the entire way. It was the quietest two hours that I can recall.
After getting all settled in at camp it was time for the big certification dinner. Third years are required to start their cooking fire without matches (or a lighter-believe me, I checked!). The girls were awesome and started the fire in about 20 minutes. I was in charge of the dutch oven cobbler. I dug a big hole, lined it with foil and added my coals, the dutch oven, and more coals. After 1 1/2 hours it was done and deliciously golden brown. Success!

Day two: Nothing too terribly exciting this day...cracked 20 dozen eggs at 5am, chilled with the girls, had a little nap, a good day.

Day three: The hike. Seven rugged miles along the Appalachian Trail. I survived.
Then I got a hand massage and manicure at the "Little Piece of Heaven" camp salon. You haven't seen hot pink until you have seen my fingernails on the third day of camp.
That evening I had to certify the fourth year girls in astronomy. It was overcast, there were hardly any stars. We found three stars of the little dipper, a satellite and an airplane. We called it good.

Day four: More certification. I taught the girls orienteering. I didn't bother telling them that I have to use the GPS to get to the grocery store.
Thurs. afternoon there was a massive water fight, belly flop contest (sorry, I didn't even enter so hold your comments), a spiritual program and testimony meeting. A very fun day, despite the masses of crying teenage girls.

Day five: time to pack up and head home. We cleaned, packed, cleaned some more and were finally cleared to leave. We got the cars loaded up, girls loaded in and were ready to hit the road. That is when a huge tree jumped out of nowhere and assaulted the old Chrysler. I tell you, the nerve of those forest trees. Bullies. Just plain, old bullies. A few minutes later, and minus one driver side mirror, we were on our way. Two hours of silent driving (the girls were sleeping again) I was back to the comfort of my home. Matt's mom was cooking, the kids were napping and I had a nice clean, hot shower calling my name. I answered willingly. Home sweet home.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Do you think it is too late to start building an ark? We already have two ants and two centipedes living in our bug habitat.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Summer Fun

It has been raining here for two days straight. There is no end in sight. I was actually COLD last night. In August.

SOOOOO, as a tribute to summers past, here are some pictures of a fun playdate we had a couple of weeks ago, when it was warm. And summer. In August.