Saturday, May 31, 2008

Thursday Afternoon



WARNING: Often I ramble a long time to make a brief point! This post is no exception!
So the day began with Mike requesting at 2:57am for me to go to the store and get him some medicine. (He had already been sick for a couple of days and my patience with him being sick was wearing thin...-would make for a good whole 'nother post!) So, I politely declined him on the medicine and told him I would in two hours. As 5AM seemed a more reasonable hour????? I "slept in" and it was 5:53AM when I got out of bed and went to Walmart. So, my day began a little earlier than usual, by mid-afternoon I had a headache, (combination of listening to Mike and lack of good night's sleep!), Joshua was napping and I asked Luke and Ellie if they would play quietly for 15 minutes so I could lay on the couch. Well they couldn't play quietly and as their fighting woke up Joshua barely 1/2 way through his nap ... a few unkind words ... a couple of swatted bums....I was NOT in a good mood. All this as I suddenly remembered I had to take dinner to someone that evening....
Fast forward an hour or so. It was time to take Megan to dance and I joked with Mike that maybe I'd leave all the other kids home and take the uninterrupted dance time to work on my Relief Society lesson for Sunday. What do you know, my dear, kind generous SICK husband...AGREED! And here is the point of my whole rambling blog.
After I dropped Megan off at dance, I decided I wanted a treat, but not just any "everyday" treat would do, so...I went to the Lion House Pantry inside Deseret Book, shyly surveyed their menu...ordered me a slice of chocolate cream cake...returned to the car...got out my lesson papers...and ate THE WHOLE SLICE OF CAKE!!!! How pathetic is my life that I sat there almost giddy with the satisfaction of a purely perfect dessert, no children around me, and all alone for the next 45 minutes!!!
I'd have titled the post "Guilty Pleasure" but that wouldn't be accurate! I didn't feel guilty at all. Instead I felt like maybe....just maybe... I DESERVED IT!

P.S. I'd never paid attention to the new Lion House Pantry within each Deseret Book. They have a delicious looking menu. Lunch anyone???

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hmmm... Not Sure What To Think....

Now, "headstrong and fiesty" I would agree with, BUT..."romantic dreams about the world around you"??????????? And am I really "a little naive"????
Looking forward to seeing what princesses all of my "blogging friends" are...



You Are Ariel!
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Headstrong and fiesty. You have a mind of your own that's full of romantic dreams about the world around you. Exploring exotic places is your ultimate dream, and although you can be a little naive you'll realize that there is something to be gained from your family's wisdom.


Which Disney Princess Are You?

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Kids Say . . . . .

The other day, Megan reminded me of an embarrassing experience she had just this last Christmas, and it has inspired a post. Megan was in a class at school before Christmas and they were discussing different decorations used at Christmas. She raised her hand and said, "My mom always puts 'garlic' on the stair-rails." I guess her teacher had said, "Interesting, I've never heard of that." The first thing Megan asked upon arriving home from school that day as she stood pointing at our stairs, was "What is this?" I replied, "GARLAND." Megan started to laugh... and I realized that I've heard her say "garlic" before, but I guess thought it was cute and never corrected.
As I've thought about that, I realize, there are many words I don't correct because they are so darn cute!? Any other parents guilty of the same thing? And do you think it does any permanent harm?

A few:
"mow-lawn" = lawnmower
"Walking Man" = Crossing Guard
"threeway" = freeway
"alligator" = elevator
"tample" for "temple"
"beltseat" = "seatbelt"
"bomato" = tomato
"snow" = powdered sugar
"home family evening" = Family Home Evening
After I gave a talk in church Ellie said, "I couldn't sit with you because you were up "taking a talk."

Don't even get me started on funny prayers, questions, thoughts etc. Actually that would be another good post....

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!



On Tuesday, Ellie celebrated her 4th birthday. Where have the four years gone? My first two kids, I felt like I wished their first few years away, anxious for the "next stage." I finally think I "get it," ...just enjoy every stage! Ellie is 4! Ellie had a great day. She received many nice gifts but her favorites have to be, her new child-size picnic table, new Barbie scooter, new necklaces and new markers. She keeps asking when her next birthday is, "Will I have another one in the Summer?" Happy Birthday Ellie! We love you and are so glad you're part of our family.

Will It Pass The Test?

So it all began when I had been married 3 months and it was Mike's 25th birthday. (Actually rewind, it all began when I was a child and ALWAYS had a homemade/decorated birthday cake.) I thought it would be thoughtful to make Mike a boat cake as he very much enjoyed waterskiing at the time. Imagine my disappointment when Mike looked at the cake and asked, "What's the triangle supposed to mean?" (Of course there is no picture after that comment!) So then, Megan came along. Her first birthday cake I realized that pictures in magazines still require some skill to duplicate. Mike's comment? "You tried." Next came her 2nd birthday, Mike needed to make no comment because Megan could speak for herself. When I excitedly showed her the Barney cake she said, "What's tat?" My confidence has slowly increased and with the exception of just a few, most of the cakes I am quite proud of. The ultimate test always seems to be Mike and Megan's approval, neither of which have seen my latest cake attempt. So here is a glimpse of a horrible tradition I have started-homemade-made-to-order cakes!

So...here is Ellie's 4th birthday cake which will debut this afternoon at her requested "Purse party." (Yes-most kids have character themed parties-not Ellie!) I lucked out from feeling like I had to do any fancy frosting this time-as two little friends coming to her party are both dairy intolerant and can only have a certain brand of store-bought frosting! Yeah! Less work for me!


Ellie's 3rd birthday cake-Please note Mike actually declared this one, "The best yet."

Ellie's 2nd birthday cake

Monday, May 19, 2008

Worth the Wait!


So a week after Mother's Day I received my new bike! I love it. Mike had it specially made and surprised me with it when I got home on Saturday evening! Though we've taken a few rides around the neighborhood, the "inaugural ride" is going to be riding to school this morning... Thanks Mike!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"The Prophet Said To Plant A Garden"

Is it obedience to the prophet or reacting to the high price of groceries?
 
There is absolutely nothing like the flavor and taste of homegrown vegetables, or knowing you have all the ingredients to bottle salsa growing in the backyard!
 
However, I disagree with ALL parenting suggestions that say, if you involve your children in the planting, they will be very likely to eat the produce from the excitement of their efforts. Yeah right, like Luke would EVER eat a piece of zucchini, a tomato or a pepper!
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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day



"Mother, who willingly made that personal journey into the valley of the shadow of death to take us by the hand and introduce us to birth—even to mortal life—deserves our undying gratitude."
Thomas S. Monson


My mom, my grandma, my two daughters, and me.

Today doesn't seem to be the day to write my feelings on motherhood. Instead, to ALL the women who are such an influential part of my life, thank you, I love you and Happy Mother's Day.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Hooray for Ellie!



Ellie was riding a two-wheeler by herself less than 5 minutes after Luke removed her training wheels! Hooray for Ellie-she is soooooo proud of herself. (She will be four this month!)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

One of My Favorite People



It really isn't too hard to be one of my favorite people. One of the simple requirements HAS TO BE that YOU LIKE ME TOO. My sister-in-law Cindy, fits the requirement. (And that can't be said for all of my sister-in-laws!) Truthfully, I like Cindy not just because she likes me too, but for many reasons. My kids love Cindy too and were so excited that it was her birthday. The kids were also very concerned about getting her the right gift, which ultimately Luke disagreed on the one I chose, because, "Cindy doesn't wear pink." We had a simple birthday party for her, complete with a game, birthday cake and candles. I put a lot of effort into making her a cake and instead it was a "blob." (A bundt cake that severely fell!) I know as the saying goes, it is the thought that counts, but I still felt bad, especially when Megan looked at it and said, "Oh Mom, I would be so embarrassed if I were you, because usually your cakes look so good." Happy (late) Birthday Cindy! We're glad you're part of our family. (I also have to pay tribute to her for taking on the project of making my pioneer dress for Trek! She went from volunteering to help me, to volunteering to do the whole thing! I am very thankful. Thanks Cindy!)

Glad My Tax Dollars Pay For A School Bus



My kids have been waiting all Spring to ride their bikes to school. We live exactly 1.5 miles from the school (which is why we qualify for the bus), and I think it is too far for Megan and Luke to ride alone, so who had to go along for the ride? Yep, me! Mondays and Tuesdays have not been an option (volunteering and early morning choir), and up until yesterday, Mondays and Tuesdays were the only "bike riding temperatures." So yesterday was the big day. ( yes it was cold and rainy later in the morning, but wasn't first thing) Preparing for the ride took longer than the actual ride, helmets for all, blankets and snacks for the trailer kids, etc! Off we went. On the way to the school, I felt very tired and couldn't figure out why it was so hard. Of course pulling 70 lbs is somewhat difficult, but I began to wonder if there was an incline to the street!? I finally figured it out as I enjoyed the ride home... I wasn't trying to keep up with Luke and Megan! Once I had taken them to school, and was on the return trip I could ride at my own leisurely pace!!!! All in all it was an enjoyable experience, although midway through Joshua removed his helmet completely, Ellie was instructed to stop picking Joshua's nose boogers, so he wouldn't keep crying, and I was thrilled that at least some of my tax dollars go to good use, and I don't have to ride bikes every day.

P.S. I was actually quite relieved that it rained later in the day because I would have had to return to pick up Luke from Kindergarten, and then again in the afternoon to pick up Megan. (Potentially a total 12 mile trip for me.) Thank goodness for a suburban to load 2 bikes into!
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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Random Thoughts on Random Shots


Luke and his bike!: Mike was at work and unavailable to fix Luke's flat tire. Luke's solution? Find Dad's wrenches, remove tire and replace it with the tire from old bike! Yes, Luke did this all by himself. As funny as the bike looks now with two different sized tires, I am mighty impressed my 6 year old knew how to do it!

Brrrr Cold!: Mike had promised the kids that he would sleep on the trampoline last weekend. So, Mike, Megan and Luke slept outside on the trampoline. I think the reason there are no heads showing in the picture has something to do with the fact when I went out to take the picture in the morning, I could see my breath in the air!! Brrr!

Luke playing baseball: Luke is the youngest on his machine pitch team. He is doing great. I especially love when he asks, "What team am I versing tonight?" (He has heard it said for example, "Yankees vs Pirates.")

Joshua and Megan: It has been so fun having older kids around this time with a baby. Joshua loves Megan, and she is so good to play with him and give him the attention he wants.

Pictures of Megan and Ellie: People always tell me how much alike Megan and Ellie look, I don't really think so (unless looking at pictures of Megan at Ellie's age.) I love these two pictures of them, it shows their personalities. Megan-a pleaser, Ellie-well, Ellie!

Luke relaxing: We were at some friend's house helping them in the yard. While the kids were off playing, Luke got his chair and perched up on the uneven dirt mound and observed the working!

Joshua: Never too young to start learning the value of hard work!

Ellie: On Sunday afternoons, Mike sits on the couch with the ottoman and reads the newspaper. Ellie wanted to do the same and announced, "I need do some reading, shhhh."
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Friday, May 2, 2008

Luke is 61/2!--Happy 1/2 Birthday

It all started when Megan turned exactly 6 months old. It happened to be Nana's birthday (April 12th), and I thought how fun that Megan is 1/2 a year old on Nana's real birthday. So as Nana had birthdays, we acknowledged that Megan was officially 1 1/2, 2 1/2 etc. Now fast forward to May 2nd, 2003. Mike was working late, a few young women were gathered at my house and I remembered that today Luke was 1 1/2 and for some reason I decided to bake a cake and it all began from there... Some people think it's dumb, but it gives us a fun excuse to be honored simply and not with the big fanfare of a regular birthday. On your half birthday, you get a half a cake (see picture if you wonder how you bake 1/2 a cake), with 1/2 a candle in it, and we sing 1/2 of Happy Birthday. The 1/2 birthday kid also gets one small gift.

I warn you now, this entry gets a little long, BUT the details are so important to the story.

Now the gift has to be explained. It is a memory and story I hope to always remember. For weeks Luke has been talking about a "Jack Pock." Some kids at school have them and he has described them over and over to me. A few days ago, I decided to ask a few more detailed questions and try to purchase one for his half birthday. (I had already been informed that they were "$5 or $6 and you can buy them at Walmart or Target." So, I began my "Jack Pock" quest. Nothing anywhere said, "Jack Pock" but I came home with something I felt matched the description (names always get changed don't they?), and soon after quizzed Luke a little more and became discouraged that I didn't have the right item. Well, after school today, I said to Luke, how about we go and get you a "Jack Pock" for your birthday. I told him I had looked at Walmart and couldn't find one. I was then informed "they are at Target." So to Target we went and up and down the toy aisles we explored. Finally, there it was high up on the shelf, Luke excitedly announced, "That's it." I handed it to him and said, it doesn't say Jack Pock on it, to which he didn't respond (too excited to be holding his highly anticipated and wanted item.) Finally, as we're walking to the car I said, "I'm glad you came with me, I would never have found that because it doesn't say Jack Pock anywhere on it." Luke stopped, dead in his tracks, "It doesn't? "What does it say?" To which I respond as I take the package from him, "Drop Popz." "Ohhhhhhhh," was Luke's response, I thought they were saying, "Jack Pock." Luke is now the proud owner of a "Drop Popz," and it has given him hours of satisfaction and fun today, but if you say "Drop Popz", no one in our house will know what you are talking about, it is, a "Jack Pock." Happy 1/2 Birthday Luke! We love you.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tagged!

How to play this game of tag. Post these rules on your blog. List 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 random surprising facts about yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

3 JOYS
1. My children, Megan, Luke, Ellie and Joshua.
2. My husband, Mike
3. Hearing my children laugh. I love the sound of children's laughter-especially my own, because it means they aren't fighting!

3 FEARS
1. Mike dying at a young age.
2. Water (being baptized was a very traumatizing experience for me!)
3. Dying in child-birth (I obviously haven't so far, but I've stressed about it with each pregnancy and it is the major reason I second guess having a #5).
P.S. I could keep going. I unfortunately have a lot of fears, driving in snow, flying, snakes etc. etc.

3 GOALS
1. Teaching my children to love the gospel (on-going)
2. Not saying the D-word I am "so well known for"
3. Not yelling as much. I have made some drastic improvements with a lot of support from Mike and much prayer!

3 CURRENT OBSESSIONS/COLLECTIONS
1. Quicken-I like to know how much money is in my bank account at any give moment.
2. Chocolate. Seriously I know it sounds so cliche, but I can't live without it!
3. My Blog, it is becoming a family journal and I love that!

3 RANDOM SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT MYSELF
1. Love to do laundry. (The sorting is my VERY favorite) The first thing I do AS SOON as we get home from any trip is unload the suitcases and sort all the clothes.
2. I am very uptight about the blinds being opened and beds made in the morning. Blinds being left closed will cause my temper to flare rapidly! (I know it sounds dumb, but I can't seem to lighten up about it.) Side note: Sometimes my kids teeth don't get brushed before school, but their blinds are always opened!
3. Mike and I don't have specific sides of the bed we sleep on. We are always sleeping on different sides. In fact, if I think we have slept too many nights in a row on one side, I make us switch so we "don't get sides."

I know, I know, I am a little different. But that's what makes me- Me!


I tag Heather, Adrienne, Kim, Lesley and Michelle.

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