Monday, April 28, 2014

Public Service Announcement

Don't forget to brush your teeth!

Love, Jenna

Saturday, April 26, 2014


With four kids in tow, I'm learning to drop the phrase "real quick" from my vocab.  The pie I was going to whip up real quick, actually wasn't that quick. I finished our "pie day" pie at about 9:00pm, so it was not quite ready for the family celebration I envisioned. However, those of us lucky enough to still be awake at 9 got to enjoy some yummy coconut cream pie in honor of that famous number.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Big Chair, Little Baby

We have a big stuffed chair that we love to pose our babies on.  The kids love to see these pictures in their baby books and Jenna made sure that I got a "Queen Annette" pic to match the rest of her sibs. Here a few of the pictures we've captured through the reigns of each baby.
Queen Jenna

Queen Annette

Annette graces her throne

King Rex (don't be fooled by his suspicious WT outfit)

Queen Marielle
It's sorta like the kids in Naria: rour Kings and Queens reigning harmoniously together.  Now if I could just find that wardrobe and send them into the woods occasionally when I need a break.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Don't Be Fooled

Rex loves Annette.  Rex LOVES Annette.  From day one he started calling her "Nettie" and now we all do.  The most frequent phrase in our house right now is some variation of: "Rex soft!" He wants to see her, hold her, step over her, sit on her, sing to her, and tug on her hands or feet.  These pictures portray Rex how we would like Rex to act around Annette -- sweet, gentle, and soft.  And I guess if I caught it with the camera he does manage to be soft with her at least some of the time. But most of the time he acts like a rambunctious three year old (shocking right?) and needs reminders to tone it down a notch.  I'm glad that he loves her though, and hope they will grow up as friends.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pin It!

A few weeks ago it was Rex's turn to choose the treat for family home evening.  He came up with a new and inventive dessert that I'm sure is going to take off.  His instructions were specific, "Lucky Charms dipped in chocolate."  And so we made it. 

They tasted just like the name suggests: like Lucky Charms dipped in chocolate.  Yum!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Kids Really Like TV

I try to limit our TV so that when we do watch, it is a reward.  They clean their room really fast when a show is promised and I love the break it gives me while I make dinner.  That means I am usually busy while they watch, but every once in a while I stop to watch them.  I love their expressions as they sit still, perfectly entertained and suspended in the fantasy. 
Don't you love how thoughtful Rex looks? And Marielle is blurry, but her expression is just adorable.  I wish Jenna was in the pic, because she also really loves TV make no mistake.  When the kids pray they almost always include "thank you that we got to watch a show".   I sure wish there were movies or TV shows that I loved as much.  Anybody have any good recommendations?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Let Sleeping Babies Lie

These were just too sweet not to share!

Can she stay like this forever please?

Friday, April 11, 2014

One Time

One time Annette slept through the night and the next day I made this:
It's amazing what a good night's rest will do for you.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Baby Face

Aren't babies cute?  Especially this girl. As you can imagine she is filling our house with smiles and laughter. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Youtube Revolution, did I miss the wave?

My younger brother Ben tells me about Youtube all the time. He especially loves watching Asian pranks. You'll have to check those out for yourself, as I haven't followed his advice yet. I assumed youtube is what the "younger generation" does when they are bored. (Yes, I am admitting I am old). However due to two separate emails from my parents, I had re-think the whole "younger generation" thing. Both my mom and dad sent youtube videos to my email this week. Apparently it isn't just those crazy teenagers watching. So in order to keep myself up-to-date and tech-savy, here's some funny videos I found. See, I can ride this wave!

This was another post I found today in the drafts section.  Not even sure when I wrote this.  I'm happy to say that I did not miss the wave and continue to ride the youtube wave often. I suppose I didn't end up posting this because I couldn't find any funny videos at the time.  So to make up for my delay here is a good one that we've watched more times than we can count. Ryan can whip up our waffle batter before the video ends and when it ends we start breakfast together.  Enjoy!


The Land of Disney

Our annual passed to Disneyland expired on Friday. Being Sycamores*, we had to use them one last time. And since our last Disneyland surprise backfired when Marielle burst into tears because she thought we were driving to see Ben & Kimi in Utah, we gave our girls plenty of notice. Apparently too much notice:
  • 7PM: Jenna cried when put her shoes in her suitcase. "On my feet. We go Disneyland."
  • 1AM: Marielle woke up crying, "Is it time to leave? Did we miss it?"
  • 7AM: We left Santa Barbara, 2 hours later than we'd planned. We set the alarm, but forgot to turn it on.
Despite, the tumultuous beginning, we had a fantastic day.

*Grandpa Sycamore, the progenitor of Sycamore genes, went twice the last week, once staying until 12:30am! And that was immediately after returning from a Disney cruise. There's no such thing as a Disney overdose for this guy.

(This post was written by Ryan nearly three years ago!  I just found it in the drafts box and thought it was too funny to not post). 

Name That Baby!

Everybody loves to guess who Annette looks like.  And it turns out all our babies look a lot alike.  I like to think we have a really strong "brand". Try your luck naming these babies. (There are two of each of our girls.)






Cool Kids

Is it just me or does this picture make you want to sing, "I wear my sunglasses at night..."
All the cool kids are wearing disney jammies and shades to bed.  And all the cool moms are posting on instagram which might explain my lack of posting lately.  I'm "marykarlee" if you want to follow me there. Are you on instagram?  I'd love to follow you too!