Thursday, April 09, 2009

What You Will

March was a little crazy, but when is it not? Topher is busy directing, but when is he not? Everyone's crazy and busy, so just add the Clark's to that list. There's nothing that bothers me (and Topher especially) more than people complaining about how busy they are because everyone's definition of that is different, but everyone is. . . or not but think they are. Who cares?! Some days I think I'm not so busy, I just want a good excuse to just sit down and watch tv with a big bowl of ice cream. So, I guess I just contradicted myself. I'm so complex and intriguing!

I used to be so good at writing down the funny and interesting things my kids would say and do, but as expected, that has drifted away a little, so I will try and update here. Miles and Owen love to read about the funny things they used to say and do and I don't want little Margaret, the youngest, to turn out like "8 Is Enough!" 's little brother, Nicholas, who as the youngest of eight didn't even have a baby book! Oh, the horror! Here's my attempt to add a little something interesting for the history books. You know, the one about the Clarks.


Phoebe has an interest in fashion. In particular, she wants to experiment with fashion. On this particular day she wanted to wear all blue. She has tried all pink, and is sensitive about not dressing too much like "a baby" because she is, after all, six years old. If I had to anticipate where her fashion trends will take her, I would put my money on a little 70's punk mixed with a 20's flapper chic. But, then again, it's too early to put this baby in a (fashion) corner.

Owen's cool. Everything about him is cool. He recently told "Mom, I'm an extreme kid. I'm extreme." He likes to do crazy stunts on his scooter which all end in him flying through the air and crashing in a new way. Miles wants to film these stunts and put them on kidtube.

Christopher has won some awards this year. His brothers Jesse and Matt came to one of his award luncheons when he received UVU's Faculty Scholar of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Wolverine Talent Award and the Wolverine Faculty of the Year. And won the Dean's Award of Excellence. I'm really proud of him. He works so hard to give the students a positive experience and it's nice that he's been recognized for that. We don't want him to get too out of control, though, so I'll remind him here, publicly, that he still needs to finish that dissertation. Heaven help us all.

Margaret's awesome, thanks for asking. She's in a new phase of life. She has a new set of teeth, she sings (which, honestly, is the cutest thing in the whole world--better than bunnies and baby chicks holding hands and sliding down a rainbow, hands down), and she climbs everywhere: stairs, chairs, etc. After 15 months of Hugh being, literally, in her face 100 times a day, yesterday she clocked him on the head with a spoon and made him cry. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are entering a new phase of rule. The tyranny of Hugh of Demands-a-Lot is nearing its end.

Miles and his bff Nick earned their Webelos. I don't fully understand Scouts, but I read the manual and try to figure it out (thank goodness for that English degree!). My boys both really like it so it's great that they have good leaders to get them through it all in a fun way. I admit it: I don't "get" scouts. I think it's a great thing, but, much like sewing and accounting, I admire people who can do it, but I have not even a little bit of desire to do it. Miles and Nick might go to Space Camp again this year together, so, look forward to pictures of that!

Hugh turned four and got "Spider-Pup" who now goes everywhere with us. I made him some cupcakes that were yellow for the Wizard of Oz's yellow brick road. I won't post pictures of the cupcakes, they were just good enough for the four year olds. Hugh continues to subsist on air and cereal, and manages to still have the energy to go all day. (seriously, don't all kids like chicken nuggets. . .or pizza. . . or pb and j sandwiches, mac and cheese? Not Hugh.) He really should be studied by Science. Or scientific minds. Or something.

This is me looking carefree. "Whatever" you guys!

18 comments:

compulsive writer said...

Awww. And um, where's your baby? Because that darling little girl in the cupboard is supposed to stay a baby so I can love on her and stuff next time I see you. (I miss you, by the way--it's been ages.)

Kacy said...

Margaret looks like a little mouse in there. Whatevs!

Amanda Valentine said...

Love it!!! I am so proud of Phoebe. So fiercely, fiercely proud. Conceptual ideas about fashion at 6! 6! I am weeping.

Bek said...

I think that Phoebe and Lu need to start their own business! We have two fashion girls...

I miss your kids (they are all so big!!). Please let M still be a baby for a few more months until we can I can come kiss on her.

I love Spider Pup!

Shawn said...

Phoebe has the most beautiful blue eyes and that color makes them pop!! Tell her auntie Shawn is cheering her on in her fashion decisions!

The boys are adorable (spider pup--heh, heh) and that Margaret---seriously---I am in LOVE!!!

Congrats to that cute hubby of yours also---and to you for watching TIVO and having ice cream!

wendysue said...

Did you secretly cheer when Margaret clocked Hugh? Just a little?

I think I've said it before but seriously, the first time I met Owen, I walked in your door and he flew down the stairs, banged into the wall and popped up, said "hi!" and ran away. I'm glad to see he's not losing his mojo.

Annette said...

I love your children! Hugh gives me comic relief during primary. Everything he does is just so cute. Your family sharing time was such an inspiration. So glad you're our neighbors!

Sister Pottymouth said...

I think our babies are kindred spirits or something. J Boo would LIVE in the bathroom cupboard if I'd let her.

Sandy Toes said...

I love that picture of her under the sink...it's a classic.

sandy toe

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Teachinfourth said...

I came across your blog on accident. I noticed you have photos of Brett, Matt, & Maclain. I used to work with them when they were at ComedySportz. I do see Matt there still from time to time. Great bunch of guys.

I also can't believe that your 'Wax Museum' is already done. Ours isn't until next month...I guess we scheduled ours a bit later than most.

You have a entertaining blog; it appears that you surround yourself with fun people. I imagine that you're friends with Cjane as well?

Julie Ramsay said...

Great post! I love that this journaling moment can be done in your freetime with such ease...such an inspiration to us all!

Lisa said...

CJane is my sister-in-law, Topher's little sister. Small world.

I am very lucky to have really fun, smart, talented friends.

Kelly said...

I enjoyed reading your post. The Clarks really have a great life don't they? Busy, but great!

The DeLeary Family said...

So hilarious one of my four lives on oatmeal, white rice, and peanut butter. Very bland and boring.

I am LoW said...

Are you a little worried, after your comment about not getting scouts, that now you will be called as den leader?

:-D

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

Seriously, you should sign up for the "followers" feature so I can be one of your groupies and follow, in a non-invasive sort of way. Lisa, you are so stinkin' funny. You should do something with it, maybe improv. Now THERE'S an idea. I need to snag Julie McKay and we need to come see you be funny.

Congratulations to the great man in your life.

Diagnose Rachel said...

Finally, another "good mormon mom" who doesn't get scouts. I thought I was all alone in that!!!
I had 4 brothers and I never remember anything scout related other than seeing the scout shirt. Now that my oldest (a boy) is some animal group and wears a blue shirt, I'm supposed to "help" him do some, not all, of the goals to earn something made of fabric or metal. YW and personal progress was so much easier and straigh forward!!