Friday, February 20, 2009

A Mother of Boys!

I love being the mother of two little boys. I haven't the slightest clue what I'm doing... but it's an adventure! From the poo talk to the inate inborn need to fight and kick...which must come from their hunter/gatherer instincts, every day is a new adventure. I'm just grateful to other Mothers of boys who keep telling me it's totally normal. (If it were not for them I would have thought mine had some sort of disorder!)

We have been watching a cute little dog named Shelby this week, and it has been a blast for my boys! Dog's really are "Man's best friend". When I picked up Evan the other day from pre school, the teacher explained a funny story! They were discussing a dog on a leash in their circle time, and when Evan heard the word leash he jumped up very quickly as if on cue and said "Leash?... I've gotta leash! And out of his teeny tiny pocket he pulls out this huge leash. She said all the teachers just couldn't stop laughing! I laughed so hard my sides hurt. (It felt great) and I'm giggling now as I write the story! Evan's explaination was that he didn't want me to take the dog on a walk without him while he was gone so he took the leash with him.

Once you get past the messes, destruction, and the poo talk, being the mom of boys is a Blast!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Update on our Family!

Due to the fact that this is a new blog and those visiting may want to see what our family has been up to thes last few years, I am posting some oldie pictures. This was halloween and Christmas 2008. Austin was a spider, Evan insisted on being an elephant for the second year in a row...(notice the highwaters) so due to the upcoming election we told him to tell everyone he was a Republican! Amanda and Ashley wore their Dance costumes...Amanda was a squirrel and Ashley; the Sugar Plum Princess!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Townsend Family Circus!

O.K so I have a good one! Has anyone ever been sitting in church wrestling four kids when the bishop begins announcing the speakers; one of them is you and you have no idea that you're supposed to speak? Sounds like a nightmare, right? "First we will hear from Brother so and so, after which we will hear from Sister Erica Townsend." I've never been so glad to be sitting in the back of the church than I was at that moment. The shock on my face was probably priceless. I looked at Dustin and said..."WHAT?" It all happened within seconds as reality began to manifest itself. I recalled vaguely the Executive Secretary approaching me 3 Sundays prior as I was running to teach another lesson. I took the paper with my topic on it, shoved it safely in my black hole of a church bag and never thought of it again until the moment they announced my name! My first thought was to hide under the pew. That wouldn't work: they would find me too quickly. My second thought was to run from the room: Too many witnesses. So my only option was to put on my best Primary face (that means a happy smile even when your freaking out inside), bite the bullet, get up there and wing it. The kind friend behind me handed me a handful of Ensigns, bless her soul. I found an article similar to the topic and got up there. Thank heaven one was a Conference address issue. I don't remember what I talked about, but boy will I pay attention next time I'm asked to give a talk, and I now can say I have literally survived one of my worst nightmares. My only solace is that I could have given a dang good talk...had I prepared.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Our first Post

This is my first post, and I am so excited! Katie, my AWESOMELY smart sister has a blog and inspired me to do this as a way of recording important events in our lives. Some other inspirations came from other good friends who enjoy bneeee,,a.455~ZXlogging as well, and popular blogs such as the nieniedialougues. What a cool way of giving others a window into your let them see who you really are. So we'll see how I do. Here's to a new goal of keeping a better record of what goes on in the life of my family. This is a picture of our favorite family getaway, Chincoteaque Is. VA. We have spent many relaxing weeks enjoying the sun here. It helps us survive the hibernation season here in New Jersey!