Sunday, May 31, 2009

Curl Nest ---> Fohawk

SO I was distributing posters and forms for the Running Into FUN kids fun run and just was annoyed with Asa's hair. Drove by a Great Clips and jsut stopped right then, took him in, and got it cut off. This was a few weeks ago, but finally got around to posting it. I think it was an improvement for sure.

Not too bad from the front...
But pretty crazy from the back!
It was like a little nest of curls that always got mangled from rubbing in his car seat.


(I love how cute his little head looks coming out of this big apron wrapped around the huge chair and booster seat they put him on.)
Not quite sure about this lady...


Asa sportin' his new do.
Downing the whole milk, baby!
Just want to love on him, don't you!?!?!
Deer caught in the headlights...
but what luscious lips and dreamy eyes you have!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ella Bella Ballerina

Beautiful Blue Ella Dancerella!
Ella did just fabulous in her cute recital.
She remembered the routines pretty well, and was graceful. The funniest part was when she paused to take a little pick at her nose. She had to try twice to get it out... then she was focused and did a really great job. She loved being on stage and performing, as she is as far from shy as she could ever get! Not your typical 3 year old.
She was so adorable and excited that her Nana Gatten and Grandma Jeff would be there to watch her perform. She also had Uncle Casey, Aunt Tami, Aunt Alora, and of course
Dad, Mom, Noah, Kiah, and Asa there to support her.
She looked adorable and did both a ballet and a tap performance.
She ADORES her Miss Debbie, her teacher, and will really miss it this summer.
She loved looking at herself all dressed up in the green room backstage at NIC's auditorium.
Nana Gatten had to leave right after to get to more grandkids' events.
But, we did get a picture here with Grandma Jeff and Ella.
That is one of the perks a baby boy gets having an older sister to play with all day every day.
He was completely elated and ran around smiling and laughing at himself.
This is Ella "saving" him in the parking lot. Really, she was trying to get that tutu back from him somehow... And she did. And he was heartbroken.

Last game Soccer Sadness

Soccer Star : Kiah Morton
Okay, so this girl really is loving the whole soccer vibe. She loves to be competitive, and she loves to be social. She loves it when she plays Midfield. She is always a good sport and great team player.
Favorite person to play against: her BFF!
Jerzie Pluid & Kiah Morton
Smiling for the picture when she saw me taking one from the sidelines. Pay attention to the game there, champ. Kiah had a great season. She is getting better ball handling skills and loves to boot it down to the strikers.
Another new favorite... GOALIE. Just like Noah, Kiah has started to love being the only one to get in there with her hands and get the ball. She thought it was awesome to be able to be the last chance at the goal for the other team.
All in all, it was a good season. We are all freezing spectators. We are done with all the cold, cold games. That is another perk of living in the great Northwest!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chilly Soccer Season!

Soccer Champ : Noah Morton
Coach Jessy... Noah really loved having a young, fun, funny, vibrant coach this year!
The trophy was great, the "sweet rewards" even better!
He loved being number three. I think there is no reason other than the fact it was on his shirt.
We enjoyed watching how much he has fun out there. He is aggressive and intense, but all with laughter, smiles, and yells of happiness. Here is a great shot of him after he kicked at the goal... you can almost hear his joyfull noise! He cracks us up. He always kept his team in good spirits.
One position he grew to love was goalie...
It was SO COLD every game. Here is a shot of them doing planks and jogging to stay warm during half time. It was cute to see how creative their coach was with them. Now, that is another tactic I use at home to calm the madness... Planks!
Sometimes he even opted for the warmest option, not just the coolest one!
Here he is wrapped in Asa's blanket. Just trying to keep warm!!!

Minus 40 Pounds...and Counting!

So, some people have requested some before and after shots of my "battle against the bulge."
Here you go.  I never complained about being fat, as it was, in large part, the result of bringing 4 babies to our family; but I am not complaining about losing it, either! Sorry, don't have many pictures of me to choose from.

Monday, May 18, 2009


If I can do it, You can, too!!
Windermere Half Marathon
Saturday, May 16, 2009, 7:30 AM

I love my little family!
They had signs for me and cheered for me as I crossed the finish line!
Thanks for all of the support, Tyler, my love! I could not have trained for this without your encouragement, love, help and patience.
Asa, Tyler
Noah, Mikin, Kiah
(Ella had a dance rehearsal and missed it.)
Mikin> 2:30
I was just trying to finish without stopping once, and I did that. In the end, I was happy with my time as well!

My Sister, Brynne Erickson, stayed by my side the whole way! She and I kept each other going. It was a great experience to share with her. We just chatted the whole time, met some nice people along the way, and had someone to complain to those last minutes of the race. Thanks, Brynne, for your love and support!

Brynne Erickson, Mikin

So, I would have never done this if my sister-in-law, Liz Gatten, did not pay my registration for my birthday back in March. She committed me and so I had to start training. Thanks, Liz, for giving me the goal to work for. She believed that I could somehow do this, and she ended up being right! I doubted myself in the training at times, but I am so glad I stuck with it and I did it!
Mikin, Brynne Erickson, Liz Gatten
Here is the sweet running shirt we got. Also, my number card and the medal. I feel so accomplished just looking at this stuff! I know it is silly, but it was tough.

My mother-in-law, Jennifer Morton, walked/jogged the whole thing, also! What a great example she is to us all of keeping active and staying fit. I am grateful for the example she is to my kids. We are so proud of you Grandma Jeff!!

One of my good friends in Junior High lives back in Coeur d'Alene and ran it as well. It was fun to see familiar faces at the finish line. JamiSue (Croxford) Sharp and I are still friends after all these years. It has been fun to hang out and see each other every so often at the gym!

Here are my running partners!
I was fortunate enough to have two people I love support me and train with me on the long runs on Saturday mornings. Natalie and I motivated each other on the long runs and kept each other on track with the training schedule.
Brynne Erickson, Mikin, Natalie Frank
Here was another familiar family member at the finish line!
This is Sarah (Wallace) Frank, my second cousin.

I want to share a few things I do not want to forget about this experience...

*I followed the training schedule my sister, Cassie, gave to me. I only missed one run out of 48 the entire time. I ran between 3 and 12.75 miles during the training. It was a 12 week training, 4 days a week. In the month of April alone I ran a total of 101.75 miles.

*I have lost 40 pounds since November 2008. A combination of working out and training for this Half Marathon! I did not change my diet much, probably should work on that more! :-)

*My training started out on a treadmill at the gym. After several weeks the snow finally melted (enough) to run outside, and that was the weirdest thing to get used to!

*GU energy gels... purely heavenly at about mile 9! I prefer the Tri-Berry flavor.

*Carbo dinner of Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, garlic bread, and salad at Brynne and Jon Erickson's house the night before. Brynne and I ate it up after picking up our packets, timing chips to wear on our left ankle, and number card to pin on us, at the Red Lion Hotel in downtown Spokane, Washington. We got all we needed for the next morning.

* I was the most nervous about what I was going to wear. I could not figure out if I should wear short sleeves, long sleeves, layers, long tights, capri tights..... I ended up wearing my white running tights we all like to call my "whitey tighties." Yes, I know black is slimming, but white was on sale! I wore a long sleeve running shirt and felt fine until the very end when it started to get a little warm, but not enough to bother me at all.

*My conversation with Brynne at about mile 10...
Thinking back on how I could not even go up the stairs after Ella's birth complications. How it is amazing what our bodies can do if we just push ourselves.
It is incredible that ANYONE can just train and DO IT!

*The race mile markers were all messed up. We never knew what mile we were on really, or the time! The volunteers knew nothing. It was lame that way, especially when we were told the finish line was "just over the bridge and to the right." After 3 bridges, we thought we would never get there!

*Training Pace: About 12 minute miles. Race Day Pace: 11.45 minute miles.

*Times of others I knew in the race with me:
Brynne Erickson>2:30
Jennifer Morton> 3:26
Natalie Frank> 2:17
Liz Gatten> 1:50
JamiSue Sharp> 1:55
Sarah Frank> 1:56
Carrie Frank> 1:54
Katherine Helm> 2:00

*My finish line supporters:
Tyler, Kiah, Noah, & Asa Morton (Ella had a dance rehearsal)
Cameron, Shawnte', & Vance Morton
Duane & Alora Morton
Tami Fowler
Tim, Kate, Jackson, Sally, & Brady Gatten

*My oldest brother, Tom Gatten, and his wife, Brooke, ran the Ogden Half Marathon the same day as us. Kind of fun to think of them doing the same thing, different location! Way to go!
Brynne in black, and Mikin in white!
Finally... it is all over!

Mrs. Roboto

So, last week Mikin was up working on the garden at Grandma Morton's house and Uncle Cameron had tons of boxes in the shop. Being the fun and inventive uncle he is, he made Ella and her cousin, Preston Frank, into darling little robots. It was so funny to see them move and talk when we encouraged them to "act like a robot." Too cute.

Ella : The Cutest Robot

Roboto Preston.
Uncle Cameron : The Brains Behind the Project!
Ella loved it! Thanks Cam!

Mushrooms? Anyone?????

Morel Mushrooms.
Our neighbors have told us they are edible. We have started finding them on our 5 acres. We collect them. We soak them overnight in salt water and all the bugs and little worms come out and die. Then I bag them and put them in the fridge.... now what? I guess we eat them!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

This one is for you, Mom!

For my Mom : Jean Gatten

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .

"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.

"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL .

" If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.

" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.

"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me.."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.

"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY

"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.

"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.

"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA..

"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.

"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.

"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.

"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.

"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.

"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.

"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .

"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE..

"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.

"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.

"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT .

"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.

"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.

"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.

"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.

"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you

Monday, May 11, 2009

We "Call" Noah SMART!

Okay, so here is the deal...
We give Noah Mikin's old cell phone that is garbage.
He takes it apart all day long and meticulously peals it away layer by layer.
His tool of choice? A bottle/can opener!

Noah comes up to me after a couple of hours and states,"Hey, Mom! I figured out how it works." I was awaiting a humorous idea of how he imagined it to work... so off the wall and creative. I anxiously asked."How does it work, Noah?!" 
He continued to explain to me in detail how there is the layer of the numbers that is just a thin piece of plastic and under them is the piece with little sensors on it. So, when you push a number it pushes the sensor. Then, it goes through the tiny wires to the little green box that sends the numbers to the satellite in space. And that is really far away.

"Uh...yeah, Noah. That is exactly how it works."
It is sad when my 6 year old can explain it better than I could if he just asked me. Sometimes I answer his questions with,"That is something you should ask your dad when he gets home."
That way he does not catch on to the fact I don't know everything... yet! Ha!

Training Bra!?!?!

...found Asa in my room; so pleased with how he put on this boulder holder.
...continued to prance around laughing hysterically. 
...tried to take it off of him but he held it closer.
...ran to escape mom's removal of momentary joy.
...moment is up and the sadness comes as he bids his bra farwell... hopefully forever!