Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dad's HOT!

Last night at Costco while we were sitting eating hot dogs and pizza....

Violet: I need to go potty.
Mom: Ok then (starting to set down my food so I could take her to the bathroom)
Violet: NOOOOO! I want dad to take me!
Brant: Why don't you want mommy to take you?
Violet: Because I want a "HOT GUY" like you daddy to take me....

SERIOUSLY!!!! She said that... I instantly started laughing and Brant responded with..."How can you say no to that"!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sneak Peek!

Taken today at her little birthday party...more to come SOON!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Chair Time With Ben

Here’s a shocker...The Madsons have TONS of energy and we have to train our children and ourselves for that matter, to sit quietly without movement and noise. For some families this comes naturally...NOT for ours! We instituted "Chair Time" way back when Tage was a toddler and have practiced it off and on over the years with the older three kiddos. Ben however has NEVER experienced "Chair Time" and lately I have noticed things would be a lot easier if I would work with him on it. NOTE!!! Your kiddo strapped into a car seat for long periods of time during the day does NOT constitute chair time...I can speak from experience! Now on with the story...Here is how we do chair time...

1. Put a kitchen/desk chair in the middle of the living room floor.

2. Let the kiddo pick out 3 or 4 books depending on the length of time they will be sitting.

3. No toys, blankets etc...Just kiddo and books.

4. Set timer. I started Ben off with 10 min and we will work up to 30 min over the school year.

5. Remind them that there is no talking or singing or noise making and they have to stay on the chair until they hear the beeper.

6. Blessings at the end! I let the kids pick one of the books they were looking at for me to read while they eat a cookie! Lots of praise, hugs and of course cookies!

Ben did a fabulous job today, and we read "Where The Wild Things Are" when he was done. I think that book is quite fitting...Don't you!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Chelsey's 1st Birthday

I may very well be in trouble for posting these before Michelle, but hey...I remembered my camera and if I don't keep posting I will never get caught up!
She wasn't crazy about the birthday hat.
Yummy cupcake!
Wanna taste mom?
Oh SO happy!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Grandkids Oh MY!

Here is on of my favoriate pictures from the summer. We spent a week at the Sandpiper Beach Resort (on the Washington coast) with my sister's family and my parents. On the last day we had an all kids and grandparents photo shoot....I love the end result!

Tractor Rides

Classic...and Yes, it is an O'Douls...You'll have to ask my dad why they were drinking O'Douls
Cousins LOVE a good ride in the wagon behind the John Deere!