Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!

I received this e-card this morning. I love love love Hoops and YoYo... When the kids come home from school I plan on tutoring them a bit on some new trick or treat lines... Check out the link!;-102001;11441;-102106;68106%7Cecard%7CP0R41S0%7Cproducts?&totalCategories=25&sortBySelect=&categoryId=68106


My friend Lisa called me this morning telling me to get online to purchase a ticket for the MIDNIGHT showing of Twilight... MIDNIGHT! I always hope to be sleeping at MIDNIGHT! But for her...ticket purchased!
As I was blog peeking this afternoon Cheryl had this test on her blog.
For the Crew at Modern Physical Therapy... this test for you...
I was pleased to find I was ESME... Who are you?
I'm a Esme! I found out through Which Twilight Female Are You? Take the quiz and find out!
Take the Quiz and Share Your Results!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Opposites Attract



Saturday, October 25, 2008

Compulsive Tagger

Our tagger is at it again. He is into every ones initials right now.... This time the tag was found on my side of the vanity. {KR} that's me! And yes that is my sink... not to be confused with Marc-a-Roni's side! I can not bring myself to wipe it clean yet.

Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee

Noah has 3 different costumes this year... Baby Bumble Bee is costume #1

Jordie felt pretty grown-up wearing my {Spider Hat}

Friday, October 24, 2008

Midnight Snack

We DONT do Sleepovers... Unless.... We get tricked real good!
It seems that Benny gets to sleep over "here" and Jordie gets to sleep over "there" after a fun date night with Wayne and Lisa more times than not. The kids pull the "Cousin" act and are super sweet... so... We the tired parents give in. Really we love Benny! And Carrie is the perfect big "sister" for Jordie. They are all peas in a pod when they are together... I guess you can call that {Family} I was finishing cleaning up the kitchen super late tonight when Isaac came up with a food order... It went something like this:
Isaac: Mom, I need to eat. I am so so hungry.
Mom: It is late what are you hungry for?
Isaac: You can just make 3 ham sandwiches.
Mom: ?????
Isaac: Thanks, Mom..[he exits to the basement to finish watching a movie with the boys]
Marc-a-Roni: Are you really just going to take that order? [making a whipping motion in the air]
Mom: Sure, but can you imagine how many he will asks for when they are all teenagers?
Isaac: Umm... you only need to make 2 ham sandwiches, Ammon wants a peanut butter and honey.
Mom: That sounds like Ammon... even though for the past week he has informed me every morning I make his lunch that he is sick of peanut butter and honey...

It is 12:09 am and the boys happily have gone to the basement with sandwich in hand to finish their movie. What a great scene before I crawl in bed!

Comb Worthy

Noah's hair is nice and thick now! I was combing it out the other night and found that is is "comb worthy"
OHHH it is so soft and gooshy when I comb it out. Marc-a-Roni likes the tight defined curls... the ones you get fresh from the bath. I like his hair all combed out and "Fro" like!

Safety First

Isaac and Ammon convinced Siti that they just could not live without taking some of her "SPECIAL" rocks from her front yard. Their mom and dad said NO and to leave them there in the yard. Siti must have trumped the parents because both boys got in the car with loaded pockets! They could not wait to get home to start the destruction process.. I am not sure what they were exactly were looking for... Diamonds maybe...

I heard Marc-a-Roni tell them to get some safety goggles while we were unloading the car. But this is what I found on the front yard for the neighbors to see... I wonder what they really thing of out bunch!

Jack Jack

Ammon went to school yesterday looking like "Jack Jack" from The Incredibles. If his hair was parted down the middle he would be "Alphafa" from the Little Rascels. Today he begged me to let him wear one snow boot and one cowboy boot! He said "You never tell me no when I wear different crocks" Ok so he has a point...but Boots?!?! He is such a crack up! I am sure glad he's ours!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

{The Great Pumpkin}

I wonder if I can get a template for Sarah Palin to use in the pumpkin carving contest we have this weekend!?!?!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Now that's Funny!

I Stole this joke off my friends blog today! Enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2008


The African Name He Was Given By His Grandma Gloria and Grandpa Ike Is:


Breath Of Fresh Air...

The African Name He Was Given By His Grandma Gloria and Grandpa Ike Is:

A Gentle Giant...

The African Name He Was Given By His Grandma Gloria and Grandpa Ike Is:

She Leaves Beauty Wherever She Goes...

The African Name She Was Given By Her Grandma Gloria and Grandpa Ike is:

Sunday, October 19, 2008

20 Years for my Marc-a-Roni

We ventured off to Peoria this weekend for Marc-a-Roni's 20 class reunion.... He was not all that excited. Once we got there and found the group all worries were set aside and old friendships were renewed! Our kids had a great time making new friends while we all chatted at the park.
I feel pretty dumb for not taking any pictures of Marc-a-Roni and his classmates. Maybe we can get some from Kenny!

Matt's girl, "Aunt Sara" is always game to spend the weekend with us! It was great to see their new home! Congrats on the newest purchase!

Grandma Gladys and Aunt Kristie came for dinner with us one night. Of course everyone needed a Noah fix. Grandma Gladys was "KIND" enough to bring the kids a {Goodie Bag}. Guess what they found... BANDAIDS... It is amazing what kids can do when they are bored...

Noah enjoyed his Grandpa Tom

Aunt Onna had a few days off so we really enjoyed having her around for our visits.

No trip is complete with out the chance to hang out with our FAVORITE Uncle! It didnt matter who was holding Noah Uncle wanted him. We feel so blessed to be able to know and love this special man!

Noah would not have anything to do with his Siti until the last day. He wanted her while we waited for our breakfast this morning. Once he had her he did something I would have never guessed he would.
He fell sweetly asleep in his Siti's arms... Now he does not do that with just anybody!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hair Delima....

So last night I on a whim ran and got my hair colored and highlighted late last night! Ahhh lets not do things on a whim.... because when you wake up you may find you look like a zebra... or maybe a tiger.

This morning I went and JOSH fixed me back into a human mom again! Thank Josh! You are a rockstar
FYI... yes I am talking to you Jen...

Baby einsteins

Look at our butter ball. He loves to watch ANY baby einsteins dvd!

Oh so cute!

Express YourSelf

I wonder what Ammon's Kindergarten Teacher thinks of his many hair personalities?!?!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


the field trip was cancelled due to rain.

Ammon's Hair

So I dont know how it happened but our boys have a hair fettish...

Isaac has to have the {perfect} spikes. He is very particular about the type of hair gel he uses
Ammon on the other hand....He is a different personality each HAIR DO...yesterday...Link from "Hairspray" today...MARIO. Note the [M] with his bangs!


So it poured rain most of the night.
My back and leg are killing me! 48 more hours until the medicine should be in full force....
Ammon has a field trip today at the pumpkin patch/apple orchard we have seen a million times

Do you think he will settle for skipping the field trip playing hookie and going to a movie with me? You know in a DRY WARM BUILDING?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What a fun NON tag!

Borrowed from Cheryl....
1) Name something you have in common with all of your siblings?
2) Do you fold your underwear? NO... I am the "ROLLER" someone I know pointed out! What is wrong with rolling? You can pick your underwear in the dark if you needed to!
3) Do you like to drink the juice out of freeze pops? I do...but it rare that I eat one.
4) Who is the last person you wrote a letter to on paper? Grandma Mila
5) What was your first job? A nanny for a summer
6) Aside from Driver's Ed, who really taught you how to drive? My Dad, my Grandpa Bateman took me to the church parking lot several times but there was no teaching.... just a lot of screaming, breaking and laughing... How I didn't give the old man a heart attach I will never know. I would be interested to know just how many of my cousins he took over to the church to drive his Subaru!...good times!
7) What's the one thing you miss about your Grandma's cooking? Grandma Ferg's Rigatoni
8) What color is your favorite hoodie? I don't know... maybe my yellow and black one... but if we are going for comfort and warmth... then my blue one.
9) Who was like your second Mom? My Grandma Bateman... She still is...Thanks Grandma!
10) Name a sound that bugs you: Our kids whining!
11) What's your typical ice cream order at Dairy Queen? It's been forever since I have gone to DQ... But the oreo blizzard was always a fav in my taste!
12) What comes to mind when I say cabbage? Patch Kid
13) What did you do yesterday?Helped the kids clean out the car... vacuum, windows, dash, seats...everything! Went grocery shopping. Some laundry. Made dinner. 14) What did you do last night? Saw Grandma Jan! Glad you are here for a visit! I love spending time with you! Took the kids to the new temple site! the friend to the kids for a quick FHE lesson...
15) Do you have a cell-phone? Yes.
16) Are you emotional? Sure
17) Have you ever had the same dream more than once? I dont dream often. So to have the same dream? Ummm I dont think so.
18) Name a song that makes you happy. Anything from Indigo Girls makes me happy... Or October Project...
19) Do you use chapstick? No.
20) If you were in an emergency situation and you had to deliver a baby, could you? Sure, I am not sure what to do though since I have always had C-sections I would not know the first thing about labor!
21) What was the most recent thing you bought? A prescription for my back and leg pain!
22) What is on your fridge? magnets, vinyl lettering, and a calendar...
23) Name something you have to do tomorrow? Go on a field trip with Ammon... Looks like cold rain.. fun right?
24) What was the last movie you watched? Martian Child
25) Do any of your friends have children? Sure... most of them. Although some of the "Children" are now or almost adults!
26) Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk? I am not really a milk drinker. There are time a cold glass of chocolate milk is nice thought
27) Can you whistle? Not very well... but I have been with a whistling fool while shopping.
28) Do you have a trampoline at your house? Yes.... The kids love it... So does Marc-a-roni
29) What movie do you know every line to? Tommy Boy, but I sure know a lot of the lines to Nacho Libra
30) Would you ever want to swim with the sharks? no...are you kidding me?
31) Do you know how to do a cart-wheel? Yes, But I would have to do it in private first to see if i can even do one anymore!
32) What are you wearing? T-shirt and sweat pants... it is laundry day!
33) What was the last thing you ate? Banana Nut Bread I made last night. Yum
34) Do you take pills of any sort? yes.
35) When was the last time you did the dishes? Last night
36) How much sleep did you get last night? Not sure... My back was killing me last night
37)Do you own any band t-shirts? No
38) Last song you sang out loud? Called To Serve... Awkward ever awkward! I cant hear it enough from Ammon! he always picks up where I left off! LOVE IT
39) When was the last time you slept on the floor? I dont remember
40) Who have you talked to today?Jordie, Isaac, Ammon, Noah, Marc, Melissa, the doctor, the pharmacy, Cheryl, The kennel., I have had a really busy morning
41) What comes to your mind when I say pumpkins? White (there my favorite!)

Monday, October 13, 2008


This site will show you the EXACT spot Kansas City Temple will be built on!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Prayer Changes Things

I dont think I have ever been one to ask my friends to pray for someone we dont all already know...I guess there is always a first. Carol (my sister in law and BFF) and I were talking on the phone yesterday. We talk everyday. Maybe more then one time... anyway that is not were I am going with this story. Carol said she had to run because the Relief Society was going to do a final clean on a home that was just built. The family was just moving in. She said the mom's name was Shauna. Shauna and her sweet family are going though quite a struggle right now. Shauna has been diagnose with breast cancer. As I read through her blog I was overwhelmed with emotion. My immediate thought was how can I help this family? My quite answer was to add them to my prayers. So sisters, and friends will you please join with me. Will you please enlarge her prayer circle. Lets all pray for Shauna! Her family is moving this weekend... Moving is exhausting... I am sure a nudge from Kansas City may help.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month... PRAY FOR A CURE!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Glenn Beck

I think that I have become "addicted" to some kind of TV the first year of each of our children's lives. You sit and feed and watch...right? While we were in Houston I was introduced to Glenn Beck. My cousin had posted a video clip of Glenn on his news talk show. He talked about his sadness at the loss of our, then, current Prophet, President Hinkley. By this short clip I was hooked. We got home and he was put on our season pass on the TIVO. I AM NOT A POLITICAL JUNKIE. I don't pay attention to the news. I don't pay attention to the stock market. My vote is cast mostly based on moral issues. It is all a bit too much for me to deal with. When 911 hit I had to turn away from the news in order to keep myself together. I find most news reports negative and scary... But then I found Glenn Beck. He may be the most news worthy mouth out there. I love watching him! Yes, he point out the facts... our economy is in the toilet. But he does it in a way I can follow and understand. The past 2 nights Noah has me up around 11pm for a cuddle and a bottle. I have been lucky enough to watch his report. He said something about his family which made me wonder what sort of family he had. So I went searching... I found this video clip... Maybe I like him for his WITTY, HUMBLE personality. For now... I am thankful I have a "good guy" to watch on TV.

Glenn Beck Mormon, on Being Mormon - Funny home videos are a click away

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

This Just In!

I can not thank Kristin enough for coming here to Missouri to capture the best of the RitterB's. We had a blast as you worked your "magic" with your camera! Thank you... Thank you ...Thank you!
Go ahead and take a little peek at the fun we had!

New Temple Site Announced!

"For the temple serving the greater Kansas City area, the site will be in Clay County, Missouri, on residential land within the Kansas City limits that is already being developed by the Church. The development is known as Shoal Creek."

FYI... this "Shoal Creek" area is less then 5 miles from our home. I can not express my gratitude and excitement! I mean really....The love I feel from our Heavenly Father right now is almost more then I can handle!

Halloween is going to STINK this year.

Monday, October 6, 2008


This is our baby bear. Yes, that is rice on his chin. We thought we would let him try it out at dinner. He was not sure what to think of it...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Lion King

We took the kids to Lion King yesterday. It was a real treat! The show was amazing. We were all amazed at the different animals that were rendered.

After the show our "tender heart" Isaac was all teary eyed and said "When are you going to die dad?" It was then that I had remembered Isaac NOT liking the movie for this reason alone. We assured him that we were here to be his parents. That sometimes shows have topics like this to remind us how much we love each other. Isaac is so special to us. He helps us stay tuned in to what is important. There is never a meal that is not blessed, a soul that he doesn't try to save. We sure love you Isaac. I marvel each day at the love Heavenly Father has for us to give us you to watch and care over.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Temple

THE CHURCH IS TRUE! The Prophet announced this morning that "The Greater Kansas City Area" will be blessed with a temple. What a BLESSED people we are. My soul is calm. We have so much to be grateful for my basket overflows. Thank you Heavenly Father for seeing the rightous desires of your children here in Kansas City!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October's Relief Society Presidency Message

It was my turn to write the message for our RS newsletter this month. I spent a good week praying and searching for the right subject. Most of you that know me know that the "scare tactic" approach is not my gig. Yes we are to feel a sense of urgency for things that are good. But scared? The following is what the Lord helped me come up with. I think that this message is more for me to keep in check. I am so grateful for the promptings of the spirit. For what it is worth...

My Dear Sisters,
Fall may very well be my favorite season! I love the crispness in the air, the beautiful brown and orange colors that blanket our view, the smell of burning woodstoves and the first glimpses of the morning frost.
I worked diligently this summer gathering and preserving the harvest, so that this winter my family will be able to enjoy the wonderful tastes of the fruits and vegetables that grew this past summer. I was thrilled to find other sisters preparing in the same way.
As I prayed and pondered what message to share this month, I felt prompted to focus on our current events. This past week the news has been swarming with the crisis of our country’s economy. What a scary subject. It is natural to fear the unknown… but… our Heavenly Father wants us to FEAR NOT…yet to PREPARE for such potential challenges. This past Sunday Bishop Litster asked each family to go through the mini-budgeting course found on Marc and I followed his counsel. I found this course so interesting… the world says to make a budget and follow it. This gospel-oriented plan asks us not only to make and follow a budget, but to ask our Heavenly Father to guide us and support us in this great effort. We have found already, that as we follow this budgeting approach we find great personal peace in this world full of uncertainty. The Lord always keeps His promises as we hearken to gospel truths.
For those who may be inclined to feel that this “mountain” of personal/family discipline and preparation is too steep to climb, or just too overwhelming, I leave this thought from Sister Barbara B Smith, former Relief Society general president: “Life is made up of small daily acts. Saving in food budgets come by pennies, not only by dollars. Clothing budgets are cut by mending stitch by stitch, seam by seam. Houses are kept in good repair nail by nail. Provident homes come not by decree or by broad brushstroke. Provident homes come from small acts performed well day after day. When we see in our minds the great vision, then we discipline ourselves by steady, small steps that make it happen.”
Catching the vision of self-reliance is an important part of our responsibility to live providently and to help others in these days of trial. In this effort, the Lord is certainly our greatest resource. If we prayerfully invite His help and guidance…ACT upon it… and we will, step by step, be prepared.
Please know we love you. May you be blessed as you follow the counsel of the Lord and His leaders. And we wish you a happy and plentiful harvest.

With Love,


Yes, I love when the kids watch YO GABA GABA... It is the funniest kids show ever... I dare say it even beats Pee Wee's Playhouse!

Go ahead take a looksy... I know you want to!

Jack Black is scheduled to be on it this season! What a treat!


After many failed attempts and a couple of bit fingers we finally CAPTURED Noah's first tooth! This was a complete FAMILY effort!