Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #21-Who Knew?

13 Things You Never Knew, Thought About Or Pondered
(but you will now!)

1. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
(Hardly seems worth it.)

2. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
(COOL!)

3. A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes.
(Wow.)

4. A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
(Creepy.)

(I'm still not over the pig.)

5. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
(Do not try this at home. Maybe at work.)

6. The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.
("Honey, I'm home. What the....?!")

7. Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
(I still want to be a pig ...quality over quantity)

8. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
(If you're ambidextrous, do you split the difference?)

9. Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump
(OK, so that would be a good thing...)

10. A cat's urine glows under a black light.
(30 minutes. Lucky pig. Can you imagine??)

11. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
(I know some people like that.)

12. Starfish have no brains.
(I know some people like that, too.)

13. Polar bears are left-handed.
(If they switch, they'll live a lot longer.)

Thursday Thirteen

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This Child Overwhelms Me

The antics of my 2 year old are nothing new. I'd even like to think they are nothing special...she will outgrow this...RIGHT? So, I give you a couple stories of things that happened yesterday, to tickle your funny bone. The first story didn't tickle mine, but I'm sure that you'll find it funny.

I babysit a 3rd grader and a kindergartner, four days a week. They are dropped off at my house at six in the morning, so that means that I have 6 kids to feed and get ready for the day. Yesterday went particularly well, I got out the door 15 minutes ahead of schedule. (Translation: I am usually running 5 minutes behind, so really...10 minutes early.)
I drop off the kindergartner and my 1st grader at one school and drop the 3rd grader off at another. (My town splits the elementary schools. We only have 2 and one houses the K-2nd grade, the other houses 3rd-6th. I really like this.)
Then, I head off to drop off the pre-schooler. I always walk her to the door, because sometimes she can't get the door open and her teacher is a friend of mine, so I like to chat with her a bit.
As, I kiss her good-bye and start to walk back to the car, I am ecstatic that I got everyone off to school early. All of a sudden, BAM!!! I slip on the icy driveway, roll my ankle (PAIN!), smack my knee and fall on my face.
Picking up my sore body (and my dignity), I hobble toward my mini-van, only to discover...my 2 year old has locked me out of my running van. Oh yeah. She locked all the doors (damn power lock) and is now sitting back in her car seat trying to re-buckle herself. Ten minutes of pleading, begging, crying, yelling and threatening later...I'm still locked out.
Then, another friend of mine shows up to drop off her daughter. Luckily, she happened to bring her new puppy and 5 minutes later, Avery finally rolled down the window to pet the puppy. Fifteen minutes of being in the cold, while hobbling on my sore ankle...made for a very cranky Mommy.

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Me: "What do you want for your birthday?"
Avery: "The smallest, smallest, smallest, smallest present."
Me: "What do you want in that smallest present?"
Avery: "A little, big present."
Me: "Huh. Do you want a puppy?"
Avery: "Yeah!"
Me: "Do you want a pony?"
Avery: "Yeah!"
Me: "Do you want an elephant?"
Avery: ""Yeah!"
Me: "Do you want a giraffe?"
Avery: "Yeah!"
Me: "Where are you going to keep a giraffe?"
Avery: "In a hole."
Me: (laughing) "Okay, what about the elephant? Where are you going to keep an elephant?"
Avery: (completely serious) "In the vacuum."
Me: (doubled over laughing) "In the vacuum?"
Avery:"Yeah, he's gonna hang out in the vacuum."
Me: "Oh. Makes sense." (giggle giggle)
Avery: "...and a DVD to watch a show."
Me: "Oh, yeah?"
Avery: "...and a little, big house."
Me: "You want a little, big house, of your own, to watch your show in?"
Avery: "Yeah."
Me: "If you have your own little, big house, who is going to cook you dinner?"
Avery: "Pancakes. Me and Barbie having pancakes. Barbie will sit in a chair."

I never claimed she was short on imagination! :)

Wordless Wednesday #21- Health Warning: Do Not Swallow Bubble Gum

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hair Update-Three Months Later

DAY ONE
ONE MONTH LATER
TWO MONTHS LATER
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DON'T KNOW WHY I WAS BALD? READ THIS

Monday, January 28, 2008

"Why Grandmother, What Big Teeth You Have!"

So, my 2 year old and I sat in the shower this morning have more drawing fun, when a funny conversation ensued.

Me: "What do you smell with?"
Avery: "Lotion"
Me: "No, you smell with your nose. What do you talk with?"
Avery: "A phone."
Me: (laughing) "No, you talk with your mouth. What do you hear with?"
Avery: "A microphone."
Me: "No, you hear with your ears. What do you see with?"
Avery: "MY EYEBALLS!"
Me: "Good job, your eyeballs."
Avery: "And (poke!) you have nipples!"

Well, that lesson will have to continue another day.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

We Thank Thee, O God, For A Prophet

President Gordon B. Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through twelve years of global expansion, has died at the age of 97.
President Hinckley was the 15th president in the 177-year history of the Church and had served as its president since 12 March 1995.
The Church president died at his apartment in downtown Salt Lake City at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night from causes incident to age. Members of his family were at his bedside. A successor is not expected to be formally chosen by the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until after President Hinckley’s funeral within the next few days.
President Hinckley was known, even at the age of 97, as a tireless leader who always put in a full day at the office and traveled extensively around the world to mix with Church members, now numbering 13 million in 171 nations.
His quick wit and humor, combined with an eloquent style at the pulpit, made him one of the most loved of modern Church leaders. A profoundly spiritual man, he had a great fondness for history and often peppered his sermons with stories from the Church’s pioneer past.
He was a popular interview subject with journalists, appearing on 60 Minutes with Mike Wallace and on CNN’s Larry King Live, as well as being quoted and featured in hundreds of newspapers and magazines over the years. During the Salt Lake Olympics of 2002, his request that the Church refrain from proselytizing visitors was credited by media with generating much of the goodwill that flowed to the Church from the international event.
In recent years, a number of major developments in the Church reflected President Hinckley’s personal drive and direction. In calling for 100 temples to be in operation before the end of the year 2000, the Church president committed the Church to a massive temple-building program.
In 1999 — 169 years after the Church was organized by its founder, Joseph Smith — the Church had 56 operating temples. Three years later that number had doubled, largely because of a smaller, highly practical temple architectural plan that delivered these sacred buildings to Church members in far-flung parts of the world. Many more Church members can now experience the sacred ceremonies that occur only in temples, including marriages for eternity and the sealing of families in eternal units.
President Hinckley was the most traveled president in the Church’s history. His duties took him around the world many times to meet with Latter-day Saints in more than 60 countries. He was the first Church president to travel to Spain, where in 1996 he broke ground for a temple in Madrid; and to the African nations of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Cape Verde, where he met with thousands of Latter-day Saints in 1998. In 2005, he traveled nearly 25,000 miles on a seven-nation, nine-day tour to Russia, South Korea, China, Taiwan, India, Kenya, and Nigeria.
At a general conference of Church members in April 2001, President Hinckley initiated the Perpetual Education Fund — an ambitious program to help young members of the Church (mainly returning missionaries from developing countries) receive higher education and work-related training that they would otherwise likely never receive.
Closer to his Salt Lake City home, President Hinckley announced the construction of a new Conference Center in 1996 and dedicated it four years later. Seating 21,000 people, it is believed to be the largest religious and theater auditorium in the world and has become the hub for the Church’s general conference messages to the world, broadcast in 91 languages.
Even before his term as president, President Hinckley’s extensive Church service included 14 years as a counselor in the First Presidency, the highest presiding body in the government of the Church, and 20 years before that as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
President Hinckley was born 23 June 1910 in Salt Lake City, a son of Bryant Stringham and Ada Bitner Hinckley. One of his forebears, Stephen Hopkins, came to America on the Mayflower. Another, Thomas Hinckley, served as governor of the Plymouth Colony from 1680 to 1692.
President Hinckley’s first job was as a newspaper carrier for the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City daily. After attending public schools in Salt Lake City, he earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Utah and then served two years as a full-time missionary for the Church in Great Britain. He served with distinction and ultimately was appointed as an assistant to the Church apostle who presided over all the European missions.
Upon successfully completing his missionary service in the mid-1930s, he was asked by Heber J. Grant, then president of the Church, to organize what has become the Church's Public Affairs Department.
President Hinckley began serving as a member of the Sunday School general board in 1937, two years after returning home from missionary service in Great Britain. For 20 years he directed all Church public communications. In 1951 he was named executive secretary of the General Missionary Committee, managing the entire missionary program of the Church, and served in this capacity for seven years.
On 6 April 1958, while serving as president of the East Millcreek Stake in Salt Lake City (a stake is similar to a diocese), President Hinckley was appointed as a general authority, or senior full-time leader of the Church. In this capacity he served as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles before being appointed to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on 5 October 1961.
President Hinckley received a number of educational honors, including the Distinguished Citizen Award from Southern Utah University; the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Utah; and honorary doctorates from Westminster College, Utah State University, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, Utah Valley State College and Salt Lake Community College. The Gordon B. Hinckley Endowment for British Studies, a program focused on the arts, literature and history of the United Kingdom, was established at the University of Utah.
President Hinckley was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America; was honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews) for his contributions to tolerance and understanding in the world; and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 2004, President Hinckley was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in the White House.
In March 2000 President Hinckley addressed the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He also addressed the Religion Newswriters Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors and twice addressed the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
President Hinckley wrote and edited several books and numerous manuals, pamphlets and scripts, including a best-selling book, Standing for Something, aimed at a general audience. In it he championed the virtues of love, honesty, morality, civility, learning, forgiveness, mercy, thrift and industry, gratitude, optimism and faith. He also testified of what he called the “guardians of virtue,” namely traditional marriage and family.
President Hinckley married Marjorie Pay in the Salt Lake Temple in 1937. They have five children and 25 grandchildren. Sister Hinckley passed away 6 April 2004.
(Taken from lds.org)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Miracle Of Miracles

***Disclaimer: Those of you that are in any way active, stop reading now. You will find this post boring, unimpressive and possibly comical.***

Last night...I did it. I have been using the Treadclimber at the gym, for the past several weeks. I have fallen in love with it and shoot daggers at anyone who dares be using it when I arrive.
But last night, I thought I'd try...are you ready?...running. This is the girl that can only run the straights on the track. You know the routine: run the straights, walk the curves...yeah, that's me.
I jumped on that treadmill and ran AN ENTIRE MILE. I know, it's not much, but coming from someone who has never been able to do that...I shocked myself. I was breathing just fine and would have been able to keep going, if my calf muscles hadn't cramped up in mortified pain.
So, laugh at me all you want.
But every great journey began with one step.
This was mine.

Playing Catch Up

I got this wonderful award from my good friend at "I Can Fly. Just Not Up."

She is an amazing friend and always knows just what to say. I can go to her with any question and if she doesn't know the answer...she will find someone that does.


I am going to pass this on to everyone on the right side of my page. If you are listed there, it means that I check on you just about everyday. My day would not be complete without looking in on your world and seeing how you are doing. I couldn't get by without a "Daily Dose" of your humor and your stories. Please be sure to take this and use it wisely! :)

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So, we finally have a court date for my niece! Febuary 4th, we will be going in, trying to get temporary custody of her. This has been long coming. We haven't seen her since December 17th and we miss her a lot. Hopefully her paternal grandparents won't fight us too hard and the judge will see that in the absence of both parents, our home is the best place for her. We offer a stable, clean and loving home. Most importantly, we offer a home free of drug addictions, drugs and drug paraphernalia. Pray for Skylie!

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Mom is doing well. After the wonderful news that the tumors in her liver and lungs were shrinking or disappearing, we received some more great news: the tumor in her brain lining did react to the radiation and has shrunk as well. We know this does not mean a cure, or even a chance at remission, but it does mean TIME. That's all we can ask for right now. Also, tomorrow is her birthday! Happy 47th Birthday, Mom!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Answers To Thursday Thirteen #20

So, I guess I frightened a lot of people off with my questions! I had way more visits from the Thursday Thirteen page, than I had comments. That's okay. I guess some people are afraid to think out loud. Here are my answers:

1. Would you eat spoiled food from the garbage, or go hungry?

-I honestly don't know. I have never felt such extreme hunger, that I would contemplate eating spoiled food.-

2. Would you make one adult film, if it meant that you would never have to work again?

-Sorry, no. For several reasons, but a big one would be my children. What if they ever saw that?-

3. In your relationship, you find out that a baby has been conceived. One of you wants the baby, the other doesn't. Who has the right to choose?

-I didn't necessarily mean abortion here, but just raising the baby. I suppose the woman is going to decide weither or not to actually give birth...after that, if the woman doesn't want it, but the father is ready for task...why not let him raise it?-

4. You are in a serious accident in the middle of nowhere and you only chance of survival is to cut off your own arm. Would you do it?

-I don't think I could. I'm not strong enough to do something like that.
No. Really. Bone has got to be WAY hard to cut through! :)-

5. Do you think it is important to tell the truth, or spare someone's feelings?

-Depends on how big the lie is going to be. "Hey, your new haircut looks good!" never hurt anyone. "No, she's not sleeping with your husband." is on a whole other level.-

6. What is something you find yourself constantly thinking about?

-What I've eaten, why I've eaten it and how quickly I can get to the gym to burn it off.-

7. If your house was on fire, what is the one thing you would have to save (of course, I am assuming that all people/pets are safe)?

-My children's scrapbooks.-

8. Forgive and forget? Or forget to forgive?

-Eventually forgive. Never forget.-

9. Why are you best friends with your best friend?

-He is the father of my children. He knows every part of me inside and out. He completes my sentences, knows my moods and loves me anyway.-

10. Name one challenge you are faced with on a regular basis.

-Time management. How to balance marriage, kids, school, work and everyday life, so that nothing gets left out.-

11. Do you think its possible to only love one person for the rest of your life?

-For Eternity-

12. If you had the skills, what is your dream job?

-A dolphin trainer at SeaWorld. I think that would be amazing!-

13. What is your favorite quote/saying/scripture?

-Currently: "I may not be there yet. But, I'm closer than I was yesterday."-

Thursday Thirteen #20-I Want To Know

I'm interested in all views on life. I may not agree with yours and you may not agree with mine, but I'm fascinated by the way people think. So, I present:

13 Things I Want To Know About You
(I will post my answers tomorrow. Of course, feel free to skip questions if
you are chicken feel they are too personal.) :)

1. Would you eat spoiled food from the garbage, or go hungry?

2. Would you make one adult film, if it meant that you would never have to work again?

3. In your relationship, you find out that a baby has been conceived. One of you wants the baby, the other doesn't. Who has the right to choose?

4. You are in a serious accident in the middle of nowhere and you only chance of survival is to cut off your own arm. Would you do it?

5. Do you think it is important to tell the truth, or spare someone's feelings?

6. What is something you find yourself constantly thinking about?

7. If your house was on fire, what is the one thing you would have to save (of course, I am assuming that all people/pets are safe)?

8. Forgive and forget? Or forget to forgive?

9. Why are you best friends with your best friend?

10. Name one challenge you are faced with on a regular basis.

11. Do you think its possible to only love one person for the rest of your life?

12. If you had the skills, what is your dream job?

13. What is your favorite quote/saying/scripture?

Thursday Thirteen

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I Married Him For His Looks

Me: "Are you ready for me to start dinner?"
Josh: "It's just Shake 'n Bake. I can handle it."
Me: "Well, okay. Thanks." (Because I am working and if I stop I won't get done till late.)
Josh: (staring at the box of Shake 'n Bake)
Me: "What do you need?"
Josh: "How much butter....?"
Me: "Butter? Butter? For what?"
Josh: "Well, I don't know..."
Me: "It's Shake and Bake...why would you need butter?"
Josh: "I don't know."
Me: "So, you just looked at the box and thought, "Butter...It'll need butter!"...?"
Josh: "Well, I've never done this before."
Me: "Cut up the chicken. Put it in the bag and cover it with the seasoning. Shake it. Then...bake it. Hence the name Shake and Bake."
Josh: (sticks tongue out at me)
Me: "You realize I'll have to blog this now, right?"
Josh: "Shut-up." (Walks away. Shoulders slumped. Defeated.) LOL

Wordless Wednesday #20- You Don't Have To Ask Him Twice

"Hey, Lukey...you want to take a shower?"

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

They Make Me Laugh Everyday

(4 year old cuts out two cartoon bears she colored. She then squishes them together, making them kiss.)

4 year old: "I cutted them out for them can kiss!" (quite proud of herself)
1 year old: "Ewwwww!"

I hope he always feels like that! :)

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(6 year old finds a note that Josh left me on my nightstand.)

6 yr old: "I found a letter in your room." (hands it to me)
Me: "Okay. Thanks."

6 yr old: "It has a bad word on it."
Me: "Really? (laughing to myself, knowing where this is going) What bad word?"

6 yr old: "The "s" word."
Me: "What "s" word?"

6 yr old: (whispers) "Can I spell it?"
Me: "Sure."

6 yr old: "S-E-X-Y"
Me: "Sexy?"

6 yr old: "Yeah!"
Me: "Why is that a bad word?"

6 yr old: "Some boy at school said that to Coral."
Me: "Hmmm. Do you know what it means?"

6 yr old: (shakes head no)
Me: "Well, it's not a word that you need to use, but when you are a grown-up, it just means beautiful."

6 yr old: "Oh. Okay." (blushes and walks away)


That'll teach me, for teaching that kid to read. Daddy better be careful what he writes! :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

2y + 3(-4y - 6) = I'm Crazy

When my oldest child was teeny, we started doing something a little different. When she would scream and pitch a fit until I let her in climb in the shower with me, we would sit on the floor of the shower and draw on the foggy, glass door. Since then, three more little ones have joined in on drawing time. (Not usually all at once!) :)
This is where my kids started drawing shapes, learned to write the alphabet and practiced writing their names. It is actually calming, to sit there in the hot water and draw pictures.
However, I crossed the line today.
I found myself in the shower alone...which is a rarity in this house. Did I relax under the hot water?
No.
Did I allow myself a little day-dreaming time?
No.
What did I do with my rare alone time?
I practiced algebra equations, on the foggy, glass door.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Can You Keep A Secret?

Josh has been SO amazing these last few weeks. I have been so busy and he hasn't complained once about me being gone so much. It seems like everyday he has been off, I have been gone, running around. Between dealing with my neice's issue, being "Mom", school, the gym, homework and work....I am going 24/7. He is so patient with the kids and has been very understanding about the fact that I am exhausted. He spent all day yesterday catching up all the laundry and playing with the kids (my house is a freaking WRECK, but I'm trying to tell myself that it doesn't matter.)

So, to surprise him, I just ordered some books he has been wanting. (Luckily, the man doesn't read my blog.)

The first book is one that he read and loved. Sadly, the 2 year old ripped a bunch of the pages out, so I am replacing it for him. The second is the sequel to the first. He wanted to buy it the other day, but I told him to wait for paperback. Hardback is so freaking expensive! But, I looked it up today and that book doesn't come out in paperback till the end of 2008! That is too long to make him wait! The third is just another book by this author. I figured that he could try out this one, too.

I can't wait for him to get them! He will be so surprised! So, shhhh....don't tell.

Growing Up Is Hard To Do...Apparently

At the local elementary school, they do a sort of "fund-raiser". Every Wednesday and Friday night during January and February, the kids can go roller skate in the gym. It costs $3 and lasts for two hours. What is really nice, is that they break the grades up. K-3 goes at one time and 4-6 goes at a later time.
So, last night, I brought my daughter and her friend to skate. You can just drop your kids off (they do a GREAT job of watching everyone) and then come back to pick them up. But, being the Mommy I am, I still don't feel comfortable doing that, so I opted to stay the 2 hours. (Although, I don't recommend 2 hours on bleachers made for elementary school sized bums!)
But, I figured that it gave me 2 hours "alone" to get some homework done. As I sat there trying to figure out my math, I was half listening to some adults sitting by me.
First, you must understand these "adults". These adults are the kids that were a bit older than me in school. He played football and she was a cheerleader. They got older, married and produced offspring.
There they sit, in all their wondrous glory, making fun of the very over-weight teacher playing with the kids. This teacher was doing conga lines, the hokey pokey and the chicken dance...all to the delight of the kids. I won't even repeat the comments that were made, but I found it very distasteful. What is worse, is that these comments were made in the presence of their other, younger children.
I know that I am sensitive anyway, when it comes to weight issues. Not an hour goes by that I am not thinking about it. But, I still found it completely disheartening to see "adults" and parents acting this way. One of the top rules in my home is TOLERANCE and it pains me to see that other people are not this way.
It also worries me that MY children will have to grow up with THEIRS. Hopefully MY children can teach them of love, understanding and acceptance.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Random Recipes #2-Birthday



So, umm...I'm gonna cheat a bit. Pam at "Random Thoughts" does a wonderful Random Recipes every other Friday. Today's theme is your favorite birthday recipe.


Well.


I didn't really do it.


See, instead I was at the hospital visiting Mickey, from "Life Simply Lived" because she was celebrating a very special birthday today! Beautiful, Natalie Marie was born this morning!

I'm sure once she gets home, she'll post some pictures. Be sure to stop by and ooh and aah over them!

So, in honor of Natalie, her Mommy and Daddy and her siblings at home...I give you:

Recipe For A Happy Family
1 Husband
1 Wife
Children (several)
1 Set of Scriptures for each
Generous portion of Prayer
3 cups of love, packed
1 pkg. of work
1 pkg. of playing
1 Tbsp. of patience
1 Tbsp of understanding
1 Tbsp. of forgiveness
1 cup of kisses
MIX THOROUGHLY AND SPRINKLE WITH AWARENESS. BAKE IN MODERATE OVEN OF EVERYDAY LIFE, USING AS FUEL, ALL THE GRUDGES AND PAST UNPLEASANTNESS. COOL. TURN OUT ONTO PLATTER OF CHEERFULNESS. GARNISH WITH TEARS AND LAUGHTER. ADD IN LARGE HELPINGS, SERVE GOD, COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Leave It To A 6 Year Old

(Dad turns on radio)
Bailey: "Dad, I am allergic to music."
Dad: (laughing) "Oh yeah? Why do you think that?"
Bailey: "Because everytime I hear it, my body starts moving!"

Thursday Thirteen #19-Things I Say

13 Things I Say Everyday

1. "Where's Avery?"
2. "Please go clean your room."
3. "How many times do I have to tell you to keep your hands to yourself?"
4. "Go check on Avery."
5. "Will someone please go get your brother a diaper?"
6. "Didn't I tell you to go clean your room?"
7. "Do you need time out?"
8. "Great job!"
9. "Will you please put your shoes away?"
10. "I don't know where your coat is. I give you a place to put it and if you can't find it, that's not my problem."
11. "If I have to tell you one more time to go clean your room...[insert threat here]"
12. "Thank-you! I really appreciate your help!"
13. "I love you."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Taco Hell Bell

So, today I had the grand idea of trying to get a little bit of work done while the 1 and 2 year old watched TV. I set them up with their favorite show, gave them a cup of Craisins and snuggled them on the couch.
I walked over to my front room, only a few yards away. About 6 minutes later, I get up to check on them. I swear I didn't hear a thing that caused me any concern during those 6 little minutes.

Into the living room I walk and see: every cushion on my very large sectional has been ripped off and thrown on the floor....Craisins are scattered ALL over...on the floor, on the cushions on the floor, on the couch, in the sleeper-sofa part...and there are my children sitting calmly, eating tortillas.

Wait.

I don't have any tortillas.

I look it over. Soft, fresh looking. Okay, it didn't come from inside the couch. (Don't judge me! My couch is known for eating things. Who knows what they could have found!)

Then, I see the box. A Taco Bell dinner kit. Ahhh....that's where the tortillas came from....it's ripped open.

That's when I really notice the mess amidst the mess in the room. My darling daughter had ripped open the red sauce packet and squirted it EVERYWHERE. I mean everywhere. Three spots on the couch, one spot on the sleeper-sofa part, seven...or eight...or twelve spots on the rug, all over the DVR and DVD player and on the entertainment center.

I'll be damned if I can make that sauce packet stretch over the 10 tacos the kit is supposed to make...but my daughter can decorate a freaking room with it.

Wordless Wednesday #19- In A Man's World...

...shot-gunning Mountain Dew with your brothers,
to see who throws up first...
is fun.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Nutrition Class


I had to make a yummy, nutritious soup for Nutrition class and take pics. We had to use water that we had boiled another vegetable in, hence the broccoli (so the broccoli is not actually in the soup, I just used the water that I boiled it in! Extra nutrients!). Actually, it improved the soup! So, I share them with you. This is the soup I listed for the last Random Recipes: Chicken and Tortellini Soup. So good!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Perserverance

I did something today, that I haven't done in years. Years.
I would like to say it's not eating chocolate...but...I had a couple pieces after dinner.
I'd like to say it's not yelling...but, let's face it...that New Year's resolution was a battle that was lost before it started. (However I still haven't had pop and BOY do I want a freaking Diet Coke with Lime!)
I sat through ALL of sacrament meeting. For those of you that do not understand the enormity of that statement, let me explain. Church is three hours long. For the first two hours, children go to primary (or nursery) and then Sunday School. This means, that for two solid hours, my children are coloring, singing songs, playing games/with toys, eating a treat (which is bound to be sugary) and while learning, being somewhat rambunctious.
Then, we all gather for sacrament. This means that the formerly hyper children, now have to sit reverently for an hour. This is no easy task. Every possible reason for getting out of sacrament and wandering in the halls...has been invented by my kids. My children learned early on that whispering, "I need to go potty." is not nearly effective as yelling, "I gotta POOP!"
Today, I went prepared with 4 coloring books, 837 crayons, apple slices, candy and 2 binkies. Thankfully, Lukey passed out after the first song, and Bay and Ry colored most of the time. That left the 2 year old. Josh was able to come today, so we had a great 2-on-1 defense. She only crawled under the benches twice, yelled, "WHAT'S THAT MAN DOING?" three times and threw her binky at the back of some unsuspecting woman's head, once.
All in all, a success.
Thankfully, there are seven more days until next Sunday.
I need that long to recover.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Commit To Be Fit

funny

So, went to the new gym last night. Going at 9:00, you would think that it wouldn't be too crowded, but no such luck. Every elliptical and every treadmill was in use, so I hopped up on the Treadclimber. If you don't know what this is...find out! Holy cow. It is like walking uphill for 30 minutes. I am now in love with this machine. If I can work out for 30 min. and burn double what I do on a regular treadmill...why not?
So, while doing 30 minutes on the treadclimber, at a slower pace and 30 minutes on the treadmill, at a fast walk...I had plenty of time to observe those around me.
There were a couple of other Mommy-looking people who were there sweating along with me. I'm thankful for their presence because it's nice to know I am not alone in my weight-loss journey.
Then, there was the man that lifted weights the entire time I was there. You know, the guy that looks as though he could pick up my car and throw it across the street? He probably thought I had a thing for him, because I kept staring! I couldn't help it! I just kept wondering how it is possible to make your body look like that. I don't find that abnormal-muscle look attractive at all, but I am fascinated by it. What dedication it must take!
Making her way all over the gym, was the girl that knew what she was doing. Ran 4 miles and then lifted weights for 45 minutes. She was very focused and of course looked fabulous. I need to take some lessons.
Then, in comes "those" girls. The kind that come with make-up on. The kind that wear teeny-tiny little shorts with TIGHT END written on the bum. The kind that spent my entire 30 min. on the treadmill chatting and "stretching".
So, all in all, a good experience. I may not look as great as some of the people in there, but I'm working on it. I burned 710 calories! Their 710 calories, aren't any better than mine.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

What's In A Name?

Go to this link and type in your name. I suppose you could use your own name, but I used the name of my blog. Below are my results. Yeah, they are long, but it's MY blog and I can do what I want. LOL

Anything I disagree with, I have changed to red font. Amazingly, I find it pretty accurate.

What The World: Through The Eyes Of Me Means

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless and you have a lot of questions about life.You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.
You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.
You are very charming... dangerously so. You have the potential to break a lot of hearts.You know how what you want, how to get it, and that you will get it.You have the power to rule the world. Let's hope you're a benevolent dictator!
You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.
You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.
You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.
You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.
You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.
You are deeply philosophical and thoughtful. You tend to analyze every aspect of your life.You are intuitive, brilliant, and quite introverted. You value your time alone.Often times, you are grumpy with other people. You don't appreciate them trying to interfere in your affairs.
You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.
You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.
You are loving, compassionate, and ruled by your feelings.You are able to be a foundation for other people... but you still know how to have fun.Sometimes your emotions weigh you down, but you generally feel free from them.
You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!




I encourage you to try it. I'm curious to see your results!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Good Times

So, I went to the doc's today. Fun little check-up to see why my uterus has been causing me such pain and problems.
Fast forward to that moment where I am sitting on the table, naked from the waist down, covered with a see-through sheet. I am happily reading a magazine article on how to organize my garage, when I hear it.
At first, I don't believe it, so I sit quietly and listen again.
Yep, there it is again.
Holy crap.
I am sitting on the table, naked from the waist down, covered with a see-through sheet...and the fire alarm is going off.
I hop off the table, clutching the sheet around me, and peer out the door. All I see is nurses running down the hall, yelling, "Do you have patients in rooms?" and "This can't be a false alarm...they didn't announce it!"
I realize that I have but a few seconds, to make my decision. Evacuate in a sheet, or get dressed and take my chances with a fire.
So, not wanting to cause anyone to go blind, I quickly shut the door, throw off the sheet and try to put on my clothes as fast as possible.
I put one pant leg on, and start hopping toward the door, while trying to get my other leg in. Suddenly, at the same time, I hear an announcement that it is a false alarm and no one needs to evacuate...and I trip over my loose pant leg... and fall flat on my face.
Oh yeah.
Good times.

Thoughts To Keep Me Focused

"Perseverance is the hard work you do,
after you get tired,
of doing the hard work,
you already did."
-Newt Gingrich-

"I may not be there yet,
but I'm closer than I was yesterday."
-Author Unknown-

"Believe in Yourself and all that you are.
Know that thre is something inside you
that is greather than any obstacle."
-Christian D. Larson-

Sunday, January 6, 2008

She Loves Me...She Really Loves Me


Miss Sniz has given me this fantastic award because...well...she enjoys laughing at my pathetic attemps at humor and my sad, little life stories says I make her smile. Isn't that nice?

So, I will happily pass this on to a few special people...in no particular order:

Candygirlflies-She has a fabulous blog with such a positive outlook on life. She also was extremely helpful with my many questions regarding my Mom.

Andrea-I love reading Andrea's blog. She is so open and honest about everything. She can put a "funny spin" on just about any subject.

Lacey Sue-One of my BFF's. If you haven't visited her blog...please do. She is a fantastic Mommy and a truley fantastic person...inside and out.

Pam-Pam is an amazing person. How she juggles her babies and being a teacher....I will never understand. Her blog never fails to improve my mood.

HolleeAnn-A newcomer to my blog life. She is an amazing Mommy and has wonderful insights. I feel like I could meet her in person and feel like we have known each other forever!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

**Parental Alert**This post contains adult subject matter...or so I thought.

I just finished watching this show on HBO Family called "Middle School Confessions". It was like a reality version of the movie "Thirteen".

Both of these shows are such a reality check, as a parent. It wasn't too long ago that I was in middle school. I origionally thought to myself, "It wasn't like that, when I was that age." But, in reflecting on it...I am wrong. My best friend, at the time, lost her virginity in 6th grade. I knew people that drank. I guess that it just never crossed MY mind to do these things.

On "Middle School Confessions", girls were discussing many facets of sex, as though they were as harmless as hand holding. I was shocked at how easily a 12 year old described her first sexual encounter. At how candidly a 13 year old discussed oral sex and the "sex scene". She says, "I think I feel more comfortable with somebody that I wouldn't know because if I didn't wrong, it's okay! Because I'm not going to see them again."

It showed scenes of parties where girls were rubbing up against boys. Scenes where girls were dirty dancing with other girls, while the boys watched. Where are the parents during these parties? Seriously, why are these parties allowed? It frustrates me, as a parent, that all parents don't want the same morals for their children, that I want. It saddens me, that I can be as responsible as I should be, I can make sure an adult is present when my child goes somewhere, but if that adult doesn't find these actions wrong...I haven't protected my children from anything.

My oldest is in 1st grade, so one would think that I have a while before I need to be worrying about these things. But, when you live in a community with an extremely high teenage pregnancy rate and a community where a 5th grader became pregnant last year...I need to worry. Sex has never come up (other than a slight mention of the Spears pregnancy) and I honestly don't know when the appropriate time for that is. She knows how babies are born (because I have watched a lot of "A Baby Story") and I have honestly answered any questions about birth.

So, I question you...how have you approached seemingly "adult" subject matter with your children?

Friday, January 4, 2008

Random Recipes #1-Soup

Chicken Tortellini Soup
(6) 15 oz cans chicken broth (or make your own if you are so inclined)
Carrots, Onion and Celery (Add to your liking...I use about 1/2 onion, 2 celery stalks and 25 baby carrots cut up)
(3) Chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
Parsley and Pepper (Add to your liking)
(3 Cups) Frozen Tortellini

Bring broth, veggies, chicken and spices to boil. Turn down to simmer and cover. Simmer about 1.5 hours. Take out chicken breasts and shred with fork. Add back to soup and bring back to boil. Add Tortellini and boil as directed on package. (They vary, depending on the brand. You boil anywhere from 3-8 min.)
Viola! Done!
The kids even love it! Serve it with salad or bread and a cold glass of milk.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #17-Home Improvements

Thirteen Home Improvements We Completed Over Christmas Break

1. Painted family room walls with a brown faux finish.
2. Painted frames red barn red and hung up family photos.
3. Sprayed plate holders with textured spray paint and hung photos in them, instead of putting frames directly on the wall. Pretty neat, huh?
4. Painted homemade frame with barn red paint and hung up new family photo.
5. Painted kitchen stools red to match apple decor. The red now flows from the kitchen to the dining room to family room. Gotta tie together the open spaces!
6. Painted master bedroom walls with a light blue faux finish.
7. Made "love each other" sign with vinyl letters on glass. (Sorry, picture isn't great. I had to take it without the flash.)
8. Antiqued the frame for the "love each other" sign.
9. Took nightstands we got for $5.00 from a hotel doing redecorating and antiqued it.
10. Added knobs to the dressers. Left-overs from the kitchen drawers.
11. Painted children's bathroom green. Matches their rug and bathroom stuff.
12. Painted frame/shelf to go in children's bathroom.
13. Added 3 cute photos to the frame/shelf.

Thursday Thirteen

Wordless Wednesday #17- Night At The Movies-Best Seat In The House

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

This year, I want more smiles,
And not so many tears.
A year to be quite daring,
While ignoring all my fears.
This year I will understand,
And criticize much less,
I will celebrate my family.
And ignore the loads of stress.
I want to curb my spending,
Instead, I want to save,
Yell less than I do now,
And reward when they behave.
I want more time with family,
And I want to hold them close,
Because at every year's end,
My family matters most.