Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fun in the sun

Lyndon makes me lol at least 5 times a day. (side note: Because I'm in my early 30's I didn't know what "lol" meant for the longest time. I didn't really want to ask anyone because I didn't want to feel dumb. So after trying to figure it out using context clues I came to the conclusion that is meant "Lots of Love". That is until I received an e-mail from an older gentleman in my ward and he used "lol" in his e-mail to me. I immediately realized it DID NOT mean "Lot's of love" but meant "laugh out loud". hahaha.) On to Lyndon. He makes me lol at least 8 (I know I just said 5 but it's actually around 8.) times a day. Seriously. He is so funny. This summer we've been swimming as much as possible because it's the only thing Maddie and Lyndon can do when it's 100 and whatever degrees with humidity. This week while at the pool Maddie and I were in the deeper part together and I was watching Lyndon who is was trying to get in on some pretend play with 2 little girls who looked about 5 or 6 years old. One little girl was pretending to be a dolphin while the other girls chased her. Lyndon totally wanted in. He loves chasing games. He would walk up to the girls and start chasing but they were just oblivious to the poor little 3 year old who oh so desperately wanted to join them. The next think I know Lyndon gets out of the pool and stands on the side watching the girls to see if they'll notice him. About 5 seconds after he stood up on the side a huge helicopter flew right behind him up in the sky. The girls were looking at the helicopter and then proceeded to point excitedly at the helicopter. Lyndon, oblivious to the chopper, thinks they are pointing to him. I could just see the wheels turning in his head and the excitement in his whole body. "YES! They're looking at me!", he's thinking. Then all of a sudden he turns himself into Wolverine. Yes, that's right, I said wolverine, the comic character. He does this by immediately sticking out his "Claws" which are his 4 fingers on each hand while he curls his thumbs inward. He stuck his arms straight down stiff like a soldier with his claws piercing the air. He face had a look of fury and complete determination...HE. WAS. WOLVERINE. And HE. WAS. AWESOME. All the while the girls are still pointing (at the helicopter.) I could see the look of triumph on his face (beneath the terrifying exterior of his wolverine face.) He was thinking. "I did it! I really did it! Those girls LOVE me. They think I am so cool! I am cool. I'm Wolverine." When the helicopter finally passed the girls stopped pointing and continued to play their game. Lyndon, as confident as ever jumped back into the pool and marched right over to Maddie and I to which he exclaimed with a stern hard face, "I'm wolverine."

Lyndon, Oh Lyndon. (Said in "So I Married an Ax Murderer" fashion) :)

Yesterday I heard Lyndon singing to the tune of "Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam". Except he made up new lyrics. He sang, "Jesus wants me to use sun SCREEN! ...sun SCREEN, oh sun SCREEN!"
...I wonder if he knows the real words and he's putting the new words in or if he really thinks they're saying sunscreen... either way, clever.

Maddie says to me, "Mom, do you know what black ants eat? ...sugar. Do you know what red ants eat? ...humans."

pretty accurate, I'd say.

So yes, we've been spending out days taking lots of trips to the pool. Thank goodness for a way to cool off. Maddie and Lydnon adore the pool. We use LOTS of sunscreen. I love sunscreen. And apparently "Jesus wants us to use sun SCREEN." :)

He was whipping his hair around so I could "get a good picture of him" as he put it.

I have a new hobby...get ready for this...are you ready...I would have never's...SEWING. I know, gasp. My mom is an amazing seamstress. She could make us ANYTHING when we were growing up. And I mean anything...cabbage patch dolls, clothes, prom dresses, hair name it. Cool, right? Well yeah, I think that cool now but as a kid I hated being at the store and hearing the phrase, "I could make that". I have my own sewing machine, thanks to my wonderful mom, but I never thought I'd make anything beyond pillows or curtains. But look out! I made a new friend a few weeks ago. Her name is Dana and she is so much fun to get to know. She's one of those fun creative people and so much fun to be around. AND she has this awesome sewing blog called, "Made". She makes the cutest things. Really. Check out the blog, you'll want to dust off your sewing machine and give it a whirl. She's totally inspired me to start sewing a few things on my own. So I started with making Maddie a dress out of a black T-shirt from Jonathon's closet and a brown t-shirt from my closet. I even make my very own "Jack Skelington" (From the Nightmare before Christmas) freezer paper stencil. So a big thanks to my Mom for inspiring me my whole life and for Dana for giving me that little nudge to get going.

Jon and I like to be do-it-youselfers. We paint. We stain. We cut wood. We make our own music videos. We make our own websites. But the one thing he has never felt comfortable with was working on our car. We knew we needed new brake pads (by the irritating SQEEEEEAAAAK). I took it to the shop and found out we need not just new brake pad on all four brakes but 2 new rotors as well. The grand total...$685.00. That was a pretty good chunk of change to us. So Jonathon got on youtube and watched videos about how to change the pads and rotors. I called my Dad, who is a great mechanic and asked if he thought it was something Jonathon could do on his own. My Dad didn't even hesitate..."Yes.", he said. ( When I was in college, my dad walked me step by step, over the phone, through changing out an alternator. He's just that good.) So with the help from youtube, my Dad and my brother...Jon did it!!! He changed all four brake pads AND the rear rotors! And guess how much it cost? ...$150.00!! Pretty sweet. So it looks like I'm married to a mechanic. How cool is that?

I pointed out a few things in our garage...just in case you were wondering. I know you were. Admit it. :)

stay tuned for pictures of my latest sewing'll be dazzled, I'm sure.


Amy said...

Katie! I have totally been thinking about sewing lately. My mom gave me her machine when she upgraded last Christmas. I am so inspired by your dresses! You have always been a fabulous do-it-yourselfer!
Oh, and the brake pads! Our car is in the shop right now! Rear ones are screaching!

Cristiane Evans said...

The dresses are so adorable!! Did Maddie wear them already?? I like that you;ve been putting - little by little but you have - pictures of you and Jonathon :) We like seeing you guys too!