Saturday, October 25, 2008

Just another day on the Farm

A new favorite of New Jersey is an old historic farm with horses, pigs, peacocks, chickens, and sheep wandering around. The farm also has baby kittens that run free which Jack and Stephen are in love with. Jack milking his first Jersey Cow. His comment while doing it, "This cow is stinky!"

I loved this old swing!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Stephen started Preschool...

I finally after weeks of phone calls was able to get a hold of Stephen's shot records and get him enrolled in Preschool. It turns out that a doctor I had in D.C. got in a car wreck and was killed. Another doctor took over the practice but in the meantime they lost all the records they had of Stephen and Jack. Their solution was to have me go and get their shots all redone. Fortunately after a few more days of looking they came across them. I was a little relieved. Stephen is actually in his second week of school and loves it (although he tells me it is a little long ..5hrs) It is fun getting to know Jack better while Stephen enjoys preschool.
The photo below I thought was hilarious. The boys can reach our A.C. controller and so they turn on the air and stick the balloons up to the vent. I may think it is funny and creative now but things might change once I get the bill....

Thursday, October 23, 2008


My brother Orrin and I ran a 5 miler in the summer and I am finally getting around to posting it. It was fun running with him! I had to laugh because about three miles into the race I started to slow down a little and I just told him to keep going and he says are you sure? And are you going to be okay? I wanted to remind him this is a race!! But he is very considerate of others and a great brother. He also knitted us both matching sweat bands. We were defintaley styling!! We did so well in the race (or just maybe there were few particpants) that we both won a hammer (mine was more of a mallet) and so far it has come in very handy with recently moving. After the run all the runners were rewarded with a free pancake breakfast, but the thought of food just was not appetizing. It ended up being my fastest 5 mile pace coming in in 38 minutes and something seconds. Not to bad for this old mom.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

BYU Loses!

There is fantastic news in the Reddington house . . . BYU lost and they lost big. Now we don't usually cheer against the Y (or for them, of course) but with Boise State undefeated yet trailing Y in the polls this is fantastic news. This whole season has shaped up to see what "little" school (between Boise, Utah and BYU) will get the BCS bid so it is very important to have the Utah schools implode and serve it up for Boise. Now that BYU has effectively taken themselves out of the runing, it is all up to Utah to do its part and we go back to the BCS.

How about a loss to BYU in the "Holy War," Utah?

Our Economy...

The state of the economy freaks me out a little so much to the point that I would rather be ignorant of the exact details but today while at the park I was only reminded. While playing down by the pond with the boys a little girl came over and this is how the conversation went...

the girl: how old are your two boys
Me: 3 and 5. How Old are you?
the girl: 8
Me: (talking to the boys as they are getting all muddy) You guys are going to need to take another bath!!
the girl: We don't have water at my house. The water company shut it off so I have to take a bath at my cousins.

After hearing that it made me sick to my stomach! I just wanted to somehow do something for this girl but had no idea what.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

This past Friday was Stephens Birthday and it is very hard to believe that we are parents of a 5 year old!! For his birthday dinner he wanted to go to Chuck E Cheese. Yipee!! The kids had a great time and other than smelling vomit the entire time it was enjoyable. (The things you do for your kids) After Chuckies we all sang Happy Birthday and ate cake. He is growing into such a really sweet kid. He loves his brother and lately calls him his little buddy. (I think it is the cutest thing) He actually starts school tomorrow and unlike most mothers I am so excited for it. I know he will love it and enjoy making new friends. I think that he gets bored with me sometimes and will love all the interaction. Also today our ward had a get together after church to welcome us and to celebrate Stephen and one other kids birthdays. They had a cake for each of them and candles to blow out. (the cake just happened to be better than ...anything cake) It was fun and we are starting to feel more at home here in New Jersey.

When Declo froze Over...

My Family in Good old Declo, Idaho sent me these pictures of a snowstorm that happened just yesterday. I couldn't believe it. There was so much snow that their church was canceled. And here I am enjoying the great 70 degree perfect fall weather...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The after effects of How I met your Mother...

So every Monday night Matt and I sit down and unwind and watch How I met your mother (along with Chuck of course) and the episode was on finding the best burger. We both were sitting there craving a burger after the show was over. So finally on Saturday we drove a half hour to the closest Five Guys and I had my very first Five Guys Burger.
I am never turning back!! The best burger I have eaten!! I admit I am not a big burger person and never started eating them until after I got married so I don't have a lot of Burger experience but still...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

More Of Our New York Adventures....

You may recognize this church if you are a fan of National Treasure. The one and only Trinity Church...

And this would be Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange.
The picture above Stephen took. I gave him my camera phone to entertain himself with and he got a few good pics. (Along with a lot of other random people. I felt bad for those riding next to us on the train but thanks to Stephen we will now never forget those random people because the amount of pictures we have of them.)
I thought that this was pretty amazing. It is a small memorial for Sept. 11 and the brass ball on the grass was what was on the bottom floor of one of the Towers.
This was some signifigant monument of Washington that I now cannot recall what exactly it was there for but don't the rest of us look cute!!