Sunday, May 31, 2009

New Moon Full Trailer

I know that some of you have probobly seen this, but some might not have known that the new trailer for New Moon was being shown for the first time on the MTV awards this evening. I thought I would share it with you guys just in case you Twilight fans have not seen it yet. I think it looks good. I am excited for the movie to come out. Have fun watching.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Emilee!

The last birthday of the month. Emilee Rae Lamps turned 7 today and she had a birthday party this year. She gets birthday parties on her odd ages, Megan even ages, Hunter will get one next year when he is six. Emilee had a Tinkerbell/Pirate (Captain Hook) birthday party. Some of the activities included, guess how many gold pieces in Captain Hook's treasure jar, decorating stars for pin the star on Tink's wand ( which they also played), mixing magic pixie (fairy) dust, playing freeze tag by using the pixie dust to unfreeze someone, break the pinata, pass the present around the circle, and of course opening presents and cake and ice cream. What a day. It seemed like all the kids had fun. They were all so good. Emilee had a great time with her friends, she was excited all week long and especially today.

Can you believe my little Emilee is 7 years old and going into the second grade? She has always been our little Velosa Raptor Dinosaur. She still is, always screeching at the top of her lungs. She is a crazy little girl, but we love her so much. She is a great friend to others and is very sensitive to other's feelings. She laughs a ton and loves to tease us all. This past year she has also found a love of reading. Her favorite seems to be Junie B. Jones.

Emilee had a great day! I am so proud of her and so glad to be her Mom. What a wonderful girl that she is. Happy Birthday Emilee!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Hunter!

Can you believe it? Five years ago, I was getting ready for preschool graduation. I ran into a friend, whose child I was teaching that year. She asked if the graduation was still on. (she must have had some premonition or something) I told her of course and that I had just set up the chairs the night before and I had just bought some of the refreshments. We were on. Little did I know. As I was getting ready to go to the doctor before graduation, little Hunter had other plans. My water broke. He was ready to come. Too bad his head was in the wrong direction. They had to do a C-section. It was the fastest birth that I ever had. Too bad I was on the drugs when he was born. Some of it is a little fuzzy. I didn't have that preschool graduation after all. Well, today Hunter is five years old. When each of my children turn five, I take them to Build-A-Bear and some where nice for lunch where they can sing Happy Birthday to them. Today was Hunter's turn and let me tell you, he has been looking forward to it for weeks. He could hardly wait until the store was opened. He wanted a puppy with a Buzz Lightyear outfit on. Well, they no longer had Buzz, but Hunter was very happy to find Batman instead. He picked the Puppy, the voice, stuffed it, gave it a bath, and dressed him. Afterwards, we went to Applebees, where the staff surprised him by singing very loudly to him and giving him ice cream. I think Hunter was a little scared of that and didn't know what to do. He sure did enjoy his ice cream though.
Up above is Hunter giving his new puppy a bath. He scrubbed him, blow-dried him, checked his heart, gave him his shots, and made sure he was in perfect condition. Down below is his puppy all dressed and happy to have a new home with Hunter. Hunter is glad to give it to him. He named his dog, "Bat Dog". That is what we wrote on the birth certificate, so I guess the name is here to stay, though Hunter says if he gets a Spiderman suit, his name will be Spider Dog. Go figure. Bat Dog also has his own MP3 player to listen to. Believe me Hunter has made sure of that all day. The only problem is that Bat Dog isn't the only one who hears it all day. The ear plugs must have speakers on the outside instead of the inside. Now we all hear the music all day long.
Well, my sweet Hunter is now five years old and what a blessing he is in our lives. He definitely makes us laugh all day long. He has everyone wrapped around his fingers (especially Grandma). He is very stubborn and conversation is never at a stand still with him. He talks all day long ( hardly without taking a breath). He is very picky about what he likes and doesn't and of course he is very lovable. He gives me kisses and hugs all through out the day. What a wonderful boy he is. We love you Hunter! Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day

Our ward had a picnic at this lake on Memorial Day. They have it there every year. We went last year and the kids had a great time. This year, I did not want to go. Mostly because of the whole lake thing. I was not in the mood to deal with the lake and the kids and I definitely did not want to go swimming. Jeremy on the other hand wanted to go, which is actually really odd, because usually he is not so much up on the social thing and I usually am. Jeremy just remembers how much fun the kids had last year and wanted that to happen for them this year. I told Jeremy that he was in charge of the kids down at the lake and I would stay up at the picnic area and relax and chat. He was good with that. Well, I chatted for awhile, then I found myself down at the lake watching the kids. They had a great time. It was a good day after all. We had good conversations, ate well, and the kids had tons of fun in the water. I guess my husband can be wise about things at times.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Megan!

Well, on May 24, 2000, Megan Nicole Lamps was born. As most of you know with your first pregnancy, it was a long exhausting day. We started out about 7:30 in morning and about 7:30 pm., Megan was born. She was very small to me and very cute. As most of you know, I have 3 kids and all of their birthdays are in the same week at the end of May. Crazy, I know, and yes it was planned, but who new it would be that precise. When we lived in Las Vegas with all the family, I usually had one big birthday patry with three cakes. Since we moved, I do them separate. Megan has parties on her even ages, Emilee has parties on her odd ages, and Hunter will start when he is six and have them on even as well as Megan. Last year, we had just moved to Alabama so Megan didn't get her party, instead we went to a small amusement park down in Birmingham. So, even though this year it is Emilee's turn for a party, I told Megan that she could invite 3-4 friends and we would go to Jump Zone and ice cream. (Jump Zone is a facility that has all these jumping blow-up air things that are all through out the rooms, about 7 or 8 of them. Some of them are big slides, some are obstacle courses, and some are jumping houses. The kids run like crazy, jump and slide on all the stuff, and have lots of fun. ) I made them take a short break to take a picture. It was so much fun to watch her with her friends. I can't believe she is nine years old now. It has gone by so fast. It seems like just the other day I was taking her home from the hospital and thinking, WOW, I can't believe that I am a mom. I guess I still think that at times. She is a great little girl. Very smart and very talented. How blessed we are to have her with us.

After Jump Zone, I took them to Marble Slab. Marble Slab is just like Cold Stone. They got to choose their flavors and what to mix into their ice cream. One even chose banana with cookie dough. I know, doesn't sound very good, but she assured me it was very good. I think I will take her word for it. I think Megan had a good time with her friends. Happy Birthday Megan. We love you very much.

72 hour kits / Emergency Essentials Enrichment

So, our last enrichment was on the 16th of May. We had an all day Super Saturday food storage/emergency essentials day. Now, this wasn't a day where you went from class to class learning about how to do your food storage. It was more about Hands on learning. We had several activities to do. One was making a no-rise 90 min. bread. They actually grounded the wheat, and mixed the ingredients, baked, and took their loaf home with them. We also dehydrated fruit leather using apple sauce and jello mix. Some were able to bring their bulk items and they used the canner and the Mylar sealer. We had an activity where they made fudge from pinto beans.( I know, it sounds really gross, but actually it is quite yummy. It must be good if I like it because I am so picky with stuff like that.) We had a class where they made can rotators out of card board boxes. It is a pretty clever contraption. Finally we put together 72 hour kits. This was my activity I prepared. It was very time consuming. The picture above is all the food and items I had stacked in my living room, ready to take to the church. I had no idea when I took that activity to do that there would be so many kits sign-up for. Most, liked the idea, cause then they could do it at enrichment and it was done. It was quite the chore to get all the stuff. Wal-mart customers thought I was crazy with the 159 tuna packages and 159 cups of soup mix. I got quite the looks from many who saw my cart packed mile high. Even at Sam's club, where people buy bulk all the time, gave me the looks. Cashiers would ask, what is all this for. We would explain about 72 hour kits and the church. All thought what a great idea and felt motivated to make their own kit. See, we even did a little missionary work with the preparations. Here are the items I included in each kit: 6 bottles water, 3 oatmeal packets, 3 hot chocolate packets, 3 granola bars, 3 cans of fruit, 3 tuna packets, 3 Ritz crackers packets, 3 cup-of-soups, 3 juice pouches, 1 jar of peanut butter, raisins and crasins, 1 roll of lifesavers, 1 package of gum, 1 poncho, 1 thermal blanket, no battery flashlight, 2 light sticks, 1 sm. first-aid kit, lighter, hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer wipes, plastic utensils, 1 roll of toilet paper, wet wipes, and a whistle. We put it all in an orange 5 gallon bucket w/ lid from Home Depot. We also had a table of food people brought from recipes from a particular food storage recipe book that my enrichment leader had. People could sign-up to order the book if they wanted. The food was good. I was pleasantly surprised. Well, that was our day. It was a good day, but I was glad it was over.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

No more teeth

So, Emilee is losing her teeth all over the place. She just lost one front tooth about a week ago. Then she had a dental appointment for them to take out one of her molars in the back. It was abscessed and had to be removed. Now, Emilee does not do so well with the dentist. She freaks out even when they put water in her mouth, so we have a pediadentist we go to when ever she has to have more work then an exam. Last time she just had a minor bit of medication and the rubber nose over her nose. She screamed of course. This time they gave her a heavy dose of medication and used the rubber nose over her nose. She still screamed some. Well, I figured since she was heavily medicated, I would have them take out the other front tooth as well. She was out of it most of the day. I tried to get a picture of the back molar. I couldn't get a clear picture of it, but we called it her monster tooth. For both teeth, the monster tooth and the front tooth, the tooth fairy gave her $5. Pretty good, don't you think? Well, Emilee is doing great now as you can see. She is very cute toothless. I also think having no front teeth and a monster tooth gone has made her a bit more hyper lately. Like we need that, right? Now we are getting ready for new birthday stay tuned for that in the next couple of weeks.