Friday, December 18, 2009

The Christmas Spirit

Jack has been so excited for Christmas! The first thing he does every morning is plug in the Christmas lights "so they can be bootiful". After we decorated our tree we let him place the star on top. He was so happy to "put the star on the stick on the tree...like a Garfield".

We've been asking Jack what he wants from Santa and his reply is always "presents." He can't tell you what should be inside there, but he knows he wants presents. He also will tell you "Santa Claus is coming to town" anytime you mention Santa.

The other night before getting into bed he came in to my room to request "Santa music" in his room. He is constantly asking to watch "Frosty the Snowman" and other Christmas specials. He calls wreaths "Skittles" (?) and says, "It's a Candy Land!" every time he sees a candy cane.

His excitement is visible...and audible as he can't stop jumping around. It's been very fun to see his excitement. It's really making the season bright!

I just hope he'll sleep on Christmas Eve so that Santa can actually come!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

She Has a Point

"Want some cinnamon toast for breakfast?"

"No, I already got mine cereal and bowl."

"But honey, we're out of milk."

"That's okay. We can just make some milk."

"No, we can't. We have to buy it."

"Why?"

"Because milk comes from cows. We don't have a cow, so we have to buy our milk."

"Soooo...let's buy a cow."

It makes sense, really. But I wasn't going cattle shopping for a single bowl of cereal.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Time on Your Hands

Congratulations to Jackie! Your name was pulled in the Crazy Daisy Jewelry giveaway! Please send an email to 3Tfoodblog@gmail.com so I can get your contact information. If I don't hear from you in the next 2 days an alternate winner will be chosen.

Jackie asked to win Stone Age

Didn't win? Well, there's still plenty of time for you to visit Crazy Daisy Jewelry and purchase your favorite watch. I'm not much of a jewelry wearer but I found these watches hard to resist. Thanks to all who entered!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tummy Time






I love the look on his face in this one. Look how those cheeks just hang down. :^) I could just eat him up sometimes.

What a perfect little profile! I love this sweet kid!

So after taking a few still photos of Hewitt lifting up his head I decided to put the camera to the video setting and just record. I was surprised at what happened next...

video
How often do you catch THE VERY FIRST "FIRST" on video? This was the very first time that Hewitt rolled over. It's like he was just waiting for me to hit record. I guess you can hear my surprise, but I was totally taken aback! Hewitt has been such a fun blessing in our home. love, Love, LOVE that kid!
(Oh, and did I mention he's sleeping through the night? Yeah, it's okay to hate me just a little.)

Friday, December 04, 2009

Free Time

You'll see how cute that title really is in just a minute...and how cute the phrase 'just a minute' is...although that one was completely unintentional...and then you'll wonder why I started out with this explanation because it's pretty obvious...aaaanywho...moving on...

Is it just me, or has 2009 totally flown by? I can't believe I feel that way since I spent most of it being pregant. But truly, it seems as though we just celebrated the New Year and here we are gearing up to welcome in 2010. And just this week I took my baby in for his 2-MONTH check-up. I don't remember saying he could grow up. Oh well, now he fits in with my other kids who don't listen to me.

I've heard it said that the only thing we all have in common is time. We are each given 24 hours a day and it's up to us what we do with it. Somedays I spend it really well, other days I completely waste it. Other days I just plain ol' lose track of it.

So, why all this yappin' about time? Because for the first time ever Good To Be Me is hosting a giveaway! You know those lovely beaded watches with interchangeable faces and bands that are rapidly gaining popularity among the with it and hip? Well, you have a chance to win one!
Good To Be Me had teamed up with Crazy Daisy Jewelry to give one lucky reader their very own beaded watch! All you have to do is visit Crazy Daisy Jewelry's website, then come back to this post and leave a comment telling me which watch you want to win. I'll leave comments open until 10:00PM MST on Tuesday, December 8. The winner will be chosen at random by an unbiased source (read: A 2-year old will pull your printed comment out of a bowl).


These are the two bands that I own and love. Both are from Crazy Daisy Jewelry.

And guys, this would be a smart giveaway for you to enter. You may not want a ladies watch, but chances are you know a lady, and chances are you need a Christmas gift for a certain lady, and I'm positive that lady would want one of these watches. I know because I asked her.

(If you're reading this on Facebook, you'll have to visit the actual post on my blog to leave a comment and be entered in the giveaway.)

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Trickle-Down Tomboy Effect

Ok, so I spent a lot of time around family this weekend and 1 thing I noticed is that my daughter is not very girly. I watched her play with her girl cousins, some of whom will rarely wear anything but a skirt. And at one point one of my neices was terribly distraught over the fact that her dress was not twirly enough. I give Kenley credit for just knowing what a dress is!



I guess it was destined to happen. I am the single female out of 7 children and I have a long way to go on the being a lady front. And I'm her main femenine influence. The odds are stacked against her. But I know one thing that could really help! The Polka Dot Daisy is having another fantastic giveaway with adorable, Christmas GIRLY accessories!



I am especially in love with the Peppermint tutu and think it could work wonders as I try to teach Kenley how to effectively twirl. There may be hope for us yet!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Another Jack Attack

I'd say I remained surprisingly cool as I shampooed blue marker out of our cream carpet. Jack should be ready to leave his room in about 4 years...when it's time to go to school.

Friday, November 13, 2009

I Was Possessed

This morning I went for a run. Okay, a jog...or maybe...I'm not sure what to call it, but I was out there. I've never been a runner or even one who exercises regularly so I set short, realistic, attainable goals; such as, "just run until the sidewalk curves", "make it to the Stop sign", "run in front of so-and-so's house in case she's awake and looking out her window so you'll have a witness".

Taking an idea from Audrey, here are a few of my thoughts.

*being able to breath through your nose is a desirable ability
*maybe running in the cold morning air with a sinus infection on the horizon isn't the best idea
*back pain and the fact that I'm nursing my baby may make this morning's jaunt a singular event
*I did better than I thought I would, probably because I ran and walked intermittently
*I'll have to make sure my iPod is charged if I go out again
*I really need to work on breathing (are burning lungs normal?)

Overall, more complaints than anything, but it was my first time and I'm just six weeks out from having surgery. Maybe I'll go out again, maybe not. It would help to have company, but I'm sure I'd slow anybody else down. Perhaps I'll get a turtle.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Portrait

Yesterday Isaac and I were in my room when I found his school pictures. "We keep forgetting to hand these out," I tell him.

"Are we going to have a yard sale with my pictures?"

"You think people would pay money for a picture of you?"

"Yeah."

"Why would someone pay money for a picture of you? You're not even famous."

"Yes, I am! One time I played twenty-three pianos at the same time!"

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Adult Supervision Required

Sometimes I wonder what I do all day. Seriously, like where did the hours of 10 AM - 2 PM go? I'd like to say that I spend them doing something productive, but looking around my house there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. In fact, the evidence seems to be mounding exponentially. I have a condition called Fibromyalgia and sometime go into what is known as a Fibro-fog, but I can only fall back on that excuse so often. Most days, I have no explaination.

Take the other day for example. I heard Hewitt crying in my bedroom. I went in there to see Jack trying to look innocent while standing over the bassinet. I fully expected to lift my crying baby out of his resting place, but guess what...the bassinet was empty. Jack had tried to "help" him out of his blanket and ended up rolling him right out of his bed and onto the floor like a meatball off a mound of spaghetti.

Not long after that I decided to bathe both Kenley and Jack. While they were bathing I went into my bedroom, which is adjacent to the bathroom, to fold laundry. I heard lots of splashing and went in to check on them. They had decided to take a bubble bath...by pouring all the shampoo into the tub. Seriously, it was a brand new bottle of shampoo! The water was so thick with suds I had to drain it and spray them down with the shower head.

Later that day I came into my front room and found that Jack had relocated an entire tube of lipstick (which begs the question, "why do I even own lipstick?") from inside my purse to all over my wood floor and newly shampooed cream carpet!

Then the next day Jack found a tub of vaseline and decided it would do wonders on the walls and carpet in his bedroom. I may have lost conciousness at some point because I really don't know how I handled it. He's still alive, so it couldn't have been all that bad.

Now that I think about it, there's one common factor in all of this...Jack. And all I can think to do is look at him and ask, "Where is your mother?"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

And the Light Turns On

After church we like to try and have the kids give us a recap about what they learned during Primary over dinner. Isaac was happy to share that he learned about 4 ways to communicate, "Ya know, revolution, computer, telephone and letters."

That's when Jeremiah and I gave each other blank stares, stifled laughter and then turned to Isaac, asking in unison, "Revolution?"

"Yeah, ya know...revolution?" He asks with a look of "DUH" streaming out of his eyeballs.

So Jeremiah asked, "Can you give me an example of revolution?"

Isaac, getting annoyed, pointed up and said, "Jesus!"

That's when the answer, and the irony, hit us both...REVELATION!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I Have to Do This Again?

Jack is finally "excited" about wearing underwear and using the potty. So today we are officially beginning potty-training him. That also means that our carpet shampooer will get a steady workout over the next couple of months...I'm hoping weeks.

Wish me luck. And send me chocolate.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Did I Mention...

...that I had a baby?

I feel really terrible that he's nearly two weeks old and this is my fist post about our new addition. No excuse other than I've been enjoying him. How could I not...he only wakes up once a night and he's a sweetheart to boot! Hewitt Daniel was born October 1, weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long. When the Dr. told me his weight I had to hold back tears! My 2 goals this pregnancy were to have a full term pregnancy and to have at least a six-pound baby. (Since both my boys were born in the 36th week and my largest baby up until now was 5 1/2 lbs.) I was very thankful to have reached both those goals.I was wondering how Jack would react to his arrival but he's been very accepting and excited. He always asks to hold the baby and will randomly blurt out, "I love the baby!" Jack pronounces the baby's name "Hoo-it," which I think is cute. Also, Jack is HUGE! Adding a baby really made the other kids seem grown up.

Isaac has kind of surprised me. He really loves holding Hewitt and gets upset if his turn gets cut short for any reason. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, Isaac is really a cuddly kid. Hewitt's name means "little smart one" and Isaac had fun taking Smarties to his 1st grade class to share the news.
And of course Kenley thinks that having a baby in the house is wonderful. She claims she's magic when she holds the baby and he falls asleep. She's a great helper and thinks she is so grown up when she helps take care of Hewitt.
Here are the kids visiting the TV me at the hospital. They thought it was great laying in a movable bed while watching a TV mounted on the wall. No, they don't get out much. Why do you ask?
And there he is. I really have never had a baby that was this good so soon. I got up with him 3 times the first night, twice the second night and once a night ever since. He's up at about 3:30 AM and then he wakes up about 10-15 minutes before my alarm goes off, which is also nice because I can get him fed and changed before I wake up Isaac for school.
Our family feels so blessed! We're so thankful that this pregnancy and delivery went so well. I feel really great and our family is really happy. It certainly helps that we had meals brought in from wonderful friends and neighbors for a full week! We were certainly spoiled and we are so grateful. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers in our behalf.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Good News & the Bad News

The Bad News: I've been missing my keys since Friday.

The Good News: I found them this morning in my jacket.

The Bad News: When I got out to my mailbox, my federally assigned mailbox key was missing from the ring.

The Good News: I found the key in my jacket pocket on a loose ring.

The Bad News: I went out to the mailbox and found my slot empty...since today is Columbus day and all.

The Good News: I had a good laugh at myself. I hope you're laughing too.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

At This Point, I Guess I'm the Baby

Well, tomorrow is the big day. People keep saying things like, "You must be excited!" The truth is, right now, I can't really wrap my mind around having another baby. It's like I expected to be perpetually pregnant and this whole "birth" thing seems like a surprise.

Perhaps it's because, so far, there have been no surprises. I'm not used to that. So the fact that I'm still pregnant at 38 weeks and that I have a date for the actual delivery is kind of foreign to me. On the one hand it's been nice to have a date to look forward to. However, I've still been on alert - paying attention to every contraction and carefully feeling for the baby's movements. I feel bad saying it, but I guess I feel a little let down. Not that I wanted that emergency, far from it, I've just been waiting for one because of my history.

I suppose what I'm feeling is a strange form of relief. I've been expecting the unexpected and I guess what I've been met with, in the end, really was unexpected - a full term pregnancy with no emergencies. At any rate, I'm sure all of this will be just mindless prattle tomorrow when I get to hold my new baby boy and see just how worth waiting for he's been.

Hmm, I just read through all that, it sounds a little depressing. Don't get me wrong. Our family has been praying that the baby would be healthy and full term. I truly feel that our prayers have been answered, for which I am immensely grateful. Today I am just feeling a lot of anxiety which, hopefully, will dissipate as the day progresses and I can focus on what tomorrow really means - another one of Heavenly Father's most valiant spirits will join our family and be encircled in our love.

Maybe it would help me if he had a name. :0)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

He's a Laugh a Minute

The other night Isaac wanted me to lay down by him before he went to sleep. Jeremiah and I had been to the hospital the night before because I'd had a false alarm with the baby. So Isaac and I were talking about when the baby really will come. I should have written this down sooner, because I can't really remember how the conversation went. All I remember is how it ended.

Isaac wanted to make sure that I could make it to the hospital as soon as I thought the baby was coming. When I assured him that I could he replied, "Good, 'cause we don't want all that gunk on our floor."

Saturday, September 12, 2009

An Open Letter

Target, you and I have always been friends. But today I hate you. Passionately.

I decided that after 6 years of longing for some kind of crib set that I should just go ahead and get it, even though this is probably my last baby. I HEART this crib set. It's on sale right now at Target.com and I have a gift card with a decent balance. So I went in to my local Target thinking that I could get the online sale price since it says "Find it at a Target Store" right beneath the "Add to Cart" button online. Then the cashier tells me that Target stores and Target.com are separate and that they cannot match the sale price. I was annoyed but figured that I could still buy it online, I would just have to wait for it to be shipped.

Then I got home and was all excited because the crib set was eligible for free shipping. So I logged in to my Target.com account and placed the coveted bedding in my shopping cart. I plugged in my gift card number and my credit card number for the remaining balance. And you know what? You wouldn't accept my gift card.

I called the 800-number on the card to double check that there was indeed a positive balance. Affirmative. So I entered the numbers online again. Still you refused.

I then called my local store to see if they had any inside information on how to make it work- such as chanting and swaying while entering the number in an effort to please the gift card gods- and was told that I should call Target.com and given another 800-number.

I was greeted by an automated female whom, honestly, I did not find pleasant at all. Perhaps it was because I was reaching the end of my rapidly fraying rope and I happened to find her fake pleasantry condescending. I pushed '1' several times navigating my way through a web of "if you have a question about"s and when I was finally connected with a live person she read me the following script, "Thank you for calling Target.com. We're sorry, we are currently updating our system and are not available for assistance. If you have time, please call us later and maybe we'll get our frickin' act together and be able to provide you with some real assistance. You'd think that in this economy we'd be eager to make sure we get any and all the business we can, but we're morons. Thank you!" (At least, that's what I heard.)

So today, Target, I am looking at your bullseye logo and thinking of several unpleasant things to launch throw at it. I hope you "get your frickin' act together" before that bedding I want goes off sale. That would really not be good for our relationship.

Sincerely,
Gwen

Update: The reason the link won't work is because it went off sale the day after I posted this. Here's a link to the crib set that I may or may not ever have to surround my new baby.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Week of Destiny?

I'm a little bit nervous about my doctor appointment today. Today I am 36 weeks.

On my 36 week appointment with Isaac the doctor told me I had to deliver THAT DAY. They had been watching me for toxemia and my blood pressure had gone through the roof and my reflexes became very brisk. Isaac was delivered at 36 weeks, 2 days.

I made it past my 36 week appointment with Jack, but I went into labor that week and delivered him at 36 weeks, 5 days. When the doctor cut the incision for the C-section he said, "There's no water." I was a little drugged up and at the time didn't realize that meant there was NO AMNIOTIC FLUID. Don't know how much you know about pregnancy, but that amniotic fluid is pretty important.

Kenley is my only baby that didn't come pre-term. She's also my only girl. This baby is, of course, a boy...so that's why I'm nervous about this 36th week. So far everything is just as it should be. My blood pressure is fine, my weight gain is fine (although this is as big as I've ever been) and my doctor has taken extra precautions in checking the amniotic fluid levels. Really, I seem to be in good shape for this one.

Although I don't know that I'm really ready for a baby this week, I am mentally preparing for it purely based on my history. Nervous as I am though, I can't help but think I'll feel slighted if I make it clear to week 37. I'm hard to please.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Wanna Be a Winner, Too?

Are you in need of some absolutely adorable and spooky Halloween decorations? Then be sure to enter the giveaway at the Polka-Dot Daisy! Tanielle always has super cute stuff, probably because she's super cute and can't possibly make anything ugly. Anyway, be sure to enter, but don't feel bad when I win...because I really want to win. ;^)

I'm a Winner!

A while ago a blog I like to stalk read was hosting a 'Special Bedtime Moments' contest sponsored by GoodNites. To enter you had to share a special bedtime moment, whether it was story, routine or tip. I shared this memory:

Observed one night at bedtime…

Isaac (4) and Kenley (1 1/2) stood before the sink brushing their teeth. He lifted his toothbrush to let the water run over it. Kenley lifted hers too, but was unable to reach the running water.


She looked at her big brother. Holding out her toothbrush she asked “P’ease?” Without a word Isaac took her toothbrush, held it under the water, then returned it to her hand.

“You,” came her abbreviated gratitude.


“You’re welcome,” he replied and they continued to brush their teeth together.

I sat there on the edge of the bathtub brushing my teeth, taking in the sweet exchange, so grateful for these beautiful kids.


Sometimes all is right with the world; I witnessed it from the edge of my bathtub.

I still remember that night, it was such a simple act of kindness but it really was sweet to witness; one of those moments that makes you realize how precious kids can be when they're not conspiring to make you go bald from pulling out your hair. Anyway, aside from being a precious memory it has now made me the winner of a $100 gift card to PajamaGram.com, a $50 gift card to Borders, a blanket, a bedtime journal for recording special bedtime moments and a tote in which to carry it all. Can we say, "Yahoo"?

Also, Jeremiah and I are going to a David Cook concert tonight because a fellow Seminary teacher won tickets off the radio but wasn't going to attend. Thanks, Gary!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Wedding Cheesecake

My brother got married earlier this month and he and his wife asked me to make cheesecake as their wedding cake. Um, I've never really decorated a cake for anything save a couple of cakes a few years ago. (I'd like to believe I've made improvement.) Plus, how do you decorate a cheesecake? Anyway, here's what I came up with. I was quite pleased with the result and, more importantly, so were the bride and groom.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Takin' the Good with the Bad

This week has been full of ups and downs. We'd been planning all summer on taking a vacation to Salt Lake City but kept putting it off as other things have come up. So we finally decided that last week was the week to get it done or else it probably wouldn't happen before school starts, or before I have this baby, or before the Second Coming.


Jeremiah thought he would mow the lawn on Monday so that it wouldn't be too overgrown by the time we got back. He mowed the front lawn and then the mower wouldn't start when he began on the back lawn. Neither of us is a mechanic so we said, "Hmm that sucks" and pretty much left it at that.


Then Tuesday morning we got up and I was fixing breakfast. I had the oven on so I could bake some bacon. While I was standing at the stove I heard a muffled pop and looked inside the oven to find glowing embers scattered across the bottom of the oven. We were headed out of town that day so I thought we'd just try to replace the heating element when we got home.


Off we went to Utah. We had a great time, we visited Hogle Zoo, the Clark Planetarium, ate lunch at the Lion House Pantry, played at the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, visited the Living Planet Aquarium and strained our necks looking up at fossils at Thanksgiving Point Museum of Anciet History. Plus we got to spend time with family and friends who were kind enough to let us crash at their homes.


We got ready to head home on Saturday afternoon and before we even reached the freeway the van started acting up. We stopped and had the oil changed since it had been on our neglected to-do list before the trip. But after driving a little further the 'Check Engine' light was flashing and our van was still misbehaving. We located a Tunex who ran a free diagnostics test and determined that 4 of our 6 cylinders were misfiring. Not a good thing when you're 200+ miles from home.


We made it to Evens and Kelly's house and were planning on staying there until we could get the van fixed. Then we got the call saying that Jeremiah's grandmother had passed away. Although there was nothing we could really do, we all felt like we should try and make it home to be with family. Luckily Evens and Kelly purchased a 2nd car a couple of months ago so between the two cars there was room enough for both our families.


Yesterday our home was filled with relatives who needed a place to congregate and remember Grandma. The weird thing about death is that a lot of times it brings family together . Although it wasn't the ideal circumstances bringing us together it was nice to be able to share stories and laugh together. I made a huge pot of spaghetti and the neighbors were kind enough to lend their oven so that we could heat some garlic bread and later bake some "dump cake." I was grateful that our home was accomodating for that purpose and that people felt comfortable gathering here.


Like I said, it was full of ups and downs and I suppose life is always that way. This week just seemed to compress a lot of experiences. I'm thankful that my family was able to have a nice little vacation. We had fun together and I think that time made us realize that although we also experienced some personal misfortune, that things really could be worse. Although we will miss Grandma terribly we are thankful for her release from her pain and suffering. She was a wonderful woman and I am so grateful that my children have known her.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Sweetness

This morning Jack woke up just as Jeremiah was leaving for work. Jack is a daddy's boy and was in tears, crying, "I want to come wif you!" over and over as Jeremiah tried to get out the door. It was heartbreaking. I picked up Jack while he continued to cry, "I want to come wif Daddy!" and sat with him on the couch to try and comfort him. Isaac was also awake and walked in to the room carrying a sucker for Jack.

Isaac handed the sucker to Jack and he stopped crying immediately. His small act of kindness (and the inclusion of something sweet, I'm sure) calmed Jack far more quickly than my hugs and reassurances. It was just a sweet moment. It made me thankful that my children have siblings. I'm sure that if it had been just Jack and me he would have calmed down eventually. But I was glad to see that my children have learned, by having siblings, to think of others. Isaac thought of Jack and how to help him calm down and the smile Jack gave Isaac while he said, "Fank you!" was full of love for his big brother.

I know everyone has their own reasons for the number of children they have, or don't have, but I am so grateful for these great kids that my Heavenly Father has blessed me with. I've been kind of nervous about adding the 4th, but as I look at my kids I know that things will be great. Every time we add a family member it feels as though they've always been a part of the family. And when I witness those sweet moments like what happened this morning it makes me excited to welcome another of Heavenly Father's sweet spirits into our family.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Just Checking In

I'm happy to see that my blog is not the only one suffering from neglect. I'd like to think it's because everyone is busy with awesome, fun summer acitivities. That's my excuse. (Oh, that and that I'm addicted to Farm Town on Facebook.)

This week we've had company, attended a family reunion where we camped and went swimming, Jeremiah and I took in a "secret" movie, we all went to a ball game last night where we had an absolute blast, and today we're going to help get things ready for my younger brother's wedding tomorrow! What a loaded week!

I hope everyone else is doing fun things as well and enjoying the nice, sunny weather before school starts up again and things get back to "normal."

Monday, July 13, 2009

Reconnecting on So Many Levels

I had an enjoyable week last week. Alisha, my best friend from HS, was in town from Virginia and after a failed attempt at getting together because of a sick child, we were able to see each other Wednesday night. Alisha brought her daughter, Genevieve, over and they kept me company in the kitchen while I prepared for a BBQ.

It was fun to be with Alisha again. We always had a lot of fun and I'm so thankful that we're still friends after all these years. Instead of swapping stories about our latest date or talking boys as we would in high school we spoke of our trials and triumphs as mothers and wives.

A couple of our neighborhood friends and their families came over for the BBQ and I think we all had a good time. There was lots of food and lots of laughing, so you know at least I was happy. The kids played and the parents chatted. After a while Alisha had to get going, but I was so glad that she took time out of her visit to come see me!

Our backdoor neighbors stayed for a while and watched Wipeout with us. Again, lots of laughter. I never get tired of watching people "eat it" on the big balls. I love having friends over, it helps me feel a little more connected!

On Thursday I loaded up the kids and drove to Katie's house. She has two homes for sale and was going to be painting, so I invited myself over to offer some help. (Although after our visit, I realize I wasn't much help at all.) Jeremiah was at scout camp helping out so the kids and I stayed the night. It felt very different for me to load up the kids on my own, make the drive myself, and be without a husband overnight. But I did it, and it was fun.

Our kids play well together and seem to enjoy each other, so that left plenty of time for Kate and I to visit and paint. After Josh got home we had a pleasant weenie roast over the backyard fire pit. It was just fun and relaxing (for me at least, I wasn't the one with a houseful of people...Thanks, Kate!)

We stayed until Friday afternoon, just long enough to walk to the park for lunch and let the kids play a little longer. I was also hoping that since it was Jack's nap time that he would sleep the whole way home. Um, I was not so lucky. Isaac quickly zonked and Kenley and Jack sat in the back arguing, singing, and just plain yelling.

We pulled into the drive Friday evening and I was relieved. I'd had a good time but I tire so easily with this pregnancy! I fed and bathed the kids, put Jack to bed and laid down on the couch. Isaac and Kenley were good not to wake me. I took a short nap and then we all laid in my bed reading until Jeremiah got home at 9. He took care of the kids after that...I was out!

Then on Saturday we went over to the church for an Elder's Quorum party. They had hamburgers and hot dogs and pot luck going on. After that they set off model rockets and water rockets. The kids and dads played out on the grass watching the launches while a lot of the moms sat in the shelter visiting and enjoying the warmth of the summer evening.

Like I said, I had a good week. I'm so thankful for good friends and neighbors! I'm also looking forward to this week as well. Jeremiah and I get to speak at Girl's Camp tomorrow night, we're having a picnic with the Seminary on Wednesday and a BBQ Wednesday night with more of my long-lost buddies from my school days. Then on Friday I get to leave kids and husband at home while I got to my mom's for my will-be-sister-in-law's bridal shower/slumber party!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Snippets

Hmm, it seems like things here are just gliding along. There doesn't seem to be much news. Although, maybe we'll do something fun now that we're not constantly covered with rain clouds. Nothing exciting, but here's a few recent highlights:

I signed up Isaac for the summer reading program through our local library. He has to read by himself at least 20 minutes a day for 50 days out of the summer. So far he's missed only 1 day since June 1 when the program began. He's been very interested the Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne and is on the final book. His current page count? 2,653 Pages. Not bad for a 6-year old.

Jack has really stinky poop. I had no intention of sharing that but right now my nostrils are burning. Guess I'd better go take care of that... Hahaha! While I was changing that stinker I told Jack, "That's yucky!" He answered back, "That's not yucky, it's poops!"

Kenley loves to pretend. She also likes to do things that she knows she's not supposed to. To get around that little obedience issue she has imagined herself "a other mom." She'll go into a corner and ask her other mom if she can do something. It's usually a request to which I would definitely answer no. Then when she gets in trouble she innocently declares, "But mine other mom said I could!" That other mom is far more permissive than I!

We planted a tree in the backyard. Anyone who has been to our home in the sunshine knows how blasted hot it gets. Our back lawn gets virtually no shade so last year we planted a maple. This year we planted a Purple Robe Locust. It's tall and skinny now but it will grow to be about 40 feet tall and 30 feet wide. It has beautiful blooms on it that hang down, reminiscent of wisteria. Come visit us in 10 years and enjoy the shade. :)

Finding a name for this baby is proving difficult. How our parents each named 6 boys is beyond us. However, if we didn't each have several boys in the family maybe some the names of our siblings could be used for this baby...I guess they still could...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

February 23 - 7W 2D

I spent most of the day in bed on Saturday. Not because I felt sick but because I feel so tired! I always seem to forget that part of pregnancy. I'm very thankful that I don't get morning sickness, but wow, feeling exhausted all the time is just weird. I keep thinking that I need a reason - aside from being pregnant - to be so tired. It doesn't help that I've had trouble sleeping either. I keep thinking I'll wake up. Oh well, at least I'm not making offerings to the porcelain throne.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Say a Prayer

Jeremiah's cousin's daughter, Ravyn, is fighting a good fight but every prayer helps! Read more about her at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ravynfinch. (You'll probably need some Kleenex handy.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Breathe a Sigh of Relief

So I went to the doctor this afternoon and everything looks great. My doctor went ahead and did an ultrasound because I wasn't entirely certain of the date of my last period and because I had been spotting. I was pretty nervous, but I got to see the little fetus and I saw the heartbeat and everything. It was a huge relief! He also told me that there wasn't much risk involved with the hormones I just finished, so that took a load off me as well.

As of today (Feb 17) I am 6 weeks 3 days. My due date is October 10, 2 days before Kenley's birthday! I'm kind of hoping for a girl, mostly because I think this will be our last baby and I'd like Kenley to have a sister, but I still think we won't opt to learn the gender until the delivery. Also, I'm just really happy to be having another baby!

In Recent News

Today's date is really February 17. I awoke at 4:17 this morning with the distinct impression that I needed to take a pregnancy test. I've had this feeling a few times the past week, but was hesitant to take the test because I get really emotional about it, especially when they return a negative result.

Over the last 6-7 months I've been concerned that I might not be able to have any more children. My body has been acting strange and I felt like it was a sign that my child-bearing days were over. Each of my childrens' births have had their own surprises, and when I had Jack the doctor expressed his concern about me having more children. Jeremiah and I have concerns as well.

I brought the test down to the kitchen to view the result. Tears streamed from my eyes when I realized that my Heavenly Father was blessing me with another opportunity to raise and care for one of His children. I ran upstairs and woke Jeremiah. I turned on our lamp. He rubbed his eyes and took several looks at the test I had shoved in his face. Then he smiled. We hugged and laughed and I cried some more. We're very happy.

I'm not letting this news post until June. I have concerns about this pregnancy already. I'm not sure how far along I am because I've had irregular cycles for months. To help regulate those cycles I just took a course of hormones. Additional hormones and babies have risks. I am going to the Dr. today and I'm hoping that they'll get a good idea of how far along I am and if I should be concerned about the medicine I just finished. Right now, I'm just excited! I partially took the picture just to make sure it wasn't a dream!

Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker

Monday, June 15, 2009

Whahoo!

I just have to tell you all that I am so excited! I'm getting another sister-in-law! My younger brother, Luke, got engaged over the weekend. He and his fiance, Janelle, have dated off and on for 8 years and now the timing is finally right! (You can tell because they've set the date for August 1, less than 2 months away!)

I love all my brothers and I'm glad that each of them have found their eternal companions! WHAHOO!

Also, they've asked me to make a cheesecake for their wedding cake! I'm really excited and, now that I really think about it, a little nervous. Never had to make anything for a wedding. It will be awesome!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

So, It's Come Down to This

I was going to post about my sadness at losing my iPod shuffle...but then I found it.

Really, don't be jealous that my life is so interesting.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Quote of the Day

Brought to you by ABC's Wipeout

"Sometimes it pays to be crazy, just ask the tiny elf wizard that lives in my bellybutton."

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

My Hidden Talent

Sometimes when I read my friends' posts I feel completely inferior to them. They are at times poetic. More than once have I been brought to tears by their intimations. They seem to be incredible photographers as well. They take beautiful pictures of everyday things that most of us just pass by without a thought. They are really talented. As I read their posts I can't help but wonder if possess any talent equal to theirs. I guess all I can say is I have the ability to make lasting friendships with really wonderful people. And that makes me happy.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Interview with the Kids 2009

Something you do well
I: Play game because I love playing games!
K: Clean up and play with Jack
J: Uh, that one.

Something you wish you could do better
I: Play games
K: Do something with Morgan and Carson
J: Uh, owie

Your favorite food
I: Macaroni and cheese
K: Bacon
J: Carrots

3 words that tell about you
I: Cool, I like to play battleship, I love my mom
K: Pretty, drawing, playing
J: Jack, this one (as he points to himself)

What makes you happy?
I: Playing computer
K: Giving you a hug
J: that card

The most important thing in your life right now
I: You
K: To give you potatoes
J: Birthday

Your favorite movie
I: Wall-E because the cars chase him and hit him
K: Aristocats
J: Wall-E

Your favorite book
I: Dinosaur Days
K: Tinkerbell
J: Football

Your favorite thing
I: Computer
K: Play dough at Nana's house
J: Balls

Your favorite place to go
I: To the bread store so you can get "Toastie" treats (Hostess)
K: To the restaurant
J: Gammie's house

Your favorite thing to draw
I: An octopus because they have EIGHT ARMS!!!...They're cool.
K: Letters
J: Book

Something you want for Christmas
I: Toys! Lots of 'em!
K: A dolly and a T-Rex
J: Basketball

Your favorite color
I: Red, purple, orange
K: Pink and green and blue and red
J: Orange

What do you like to play?
I: Games
K: With balloons
J: Football, basketball, baseball

What do you like to do when it's raining?
I: I guess jump in rain puddles
K: Go outside and play in the snow
J: Outside Gammie

Your favorite animal
I: Armadillo because they can transform into a ball
K: An elephant
J: Turtle

Last year's interviews.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Over the weekend my husband and my in-laws surprised me with a getaway to West Yellowstone. They even provided a baby-sitter for the weekend (thanks Gabriel and Clarissa!) It was a wonderful weekend sans children and I am very grateful for their thoughtfulness and generosity! (My kids had a great time, too. With a break from their parents and a fun outing to the zoo...pizza, junk food, fun guardians....so don't feel bad for my leaving them, I don't!)

We didn't venture into Yellowstone National Park. We went last year and while each of us had been there several times before, it was fun because we took the kids. Instead, we decided to drive deeper into Montana and visit the Lewis and Clark Caverns. We arrived midday and got there just in time to use the restroom, visit the gift shop and head out on the tour. There was a short hike that was about a 1/2 mile up to the cave with a 300 foot rise in elevation. (I won't lie, it was a little difficult for me. I'll blame it on the growth in my belly.)

As we looked down off the trail we could see the muddy Jefferson River by which Lewis and Clark travelled twice without discovering the caverns. (In fact, the caverns were discovered about 60 years later by a hunter named Dan Morrison. Lewis and Clark "lend" their names to the caverns for the tourist draw.)

View from the trail (the pale tan stripe is the Jefferson River)

Man-made section of the caverns made by blasting the limestone with dynamite.

I have never seen anything like the formations in the caverns. They were amazing. (I kept my eyes out for Fraggles, but saw none...they must be shy.) Everywhere we turned there was another natural formation that varied greatly from the formation only a foot away. Stalactites hung from the ceiling, stalagmites jutted from below. Sometimes they met to form columns. There was flow rock and "popcorn" and smooth limestone, glistening in the dim light. The tour guide described the way they form...something about water and calcite and other things I didn't commit to memory because I was in awe of what stood before me. But I can tell you this...it was dang cool!

There were several "rooms" in the caverns and several tight spaces including a fun, wet little beaver slide. My favorite room was the fantasy room. Up until that point everything had looked brown/yellow/grey. Once inside the rooms with the ultraviolet lights the spectrum of colors was amazing. Shades of pink, red, purple, and orange lent to the fantastical feel of the rock formations. I'm not that great with descriptions so here are some pictures to do the talking for me.




I took about a bizzilion more pictures, these were just some of my favorites. I think the lowest point we hit was 420 ft below the peak of the mountain and at one point we were on the "one mile step" - one mile above sea level. It was truly incredible. If you ever get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just One of Those Days

The one thing that really bothers me about pregnancy is my emotions. I like to think I'm pretty strong and can keep it together but during pregnancy I wear it all on my sleeve. And then there are the days where I am on the verge of tears for no apparent reason. It's really aggravating. Then people who mean well say nice things like, "Are you okay?" or "Can I do anything for you?"* and it's like a dam bursts. It's really embarrassing because truthfully I'm fine but the tears leave others unconvinced and I just feel stupid. Meanwhile people are probably thinking I'm either really ungrateful for what I do have or that I'm just plain crazy. Either way, I doubt I'm enjoyable company. That's just what's on my mind today.

*While I was typing I accidentally wrote, "Can I don anything for you?" That was funny to me - like someone would ask if it would help if they changed their clothes...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hip Hop

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This one really cracks me up. This is the last dance that the girls learned and it's a little...okay, way too fast for Kenley. We'll have to work on her rhythm!

All She Want To Do is Dance, Dance!

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Last night was Kenley's dance recital. I enjoyed every minute of it. It was so fun to see my little girl doing something that she enjoyed and something that is so dear to my heart. I cry everytime I see anyone performing dance. I miss it so much!

Kenley had fun dancing. Right before her 1st dance she started crying because her headband had fallen off and they had to bring her out in the audience to me. I was so worried that she was going to be too upset to dance, but she pulled it together and the show went on. (The bribe of ice cream after the recital may have had something to do with it.)

All year her dance teacher has told the girls to "find a piece of tape" and Kenley really takes that to heart - even if someone is already standing on hers.

Kenley worked really hard to learn all 3 routines and I think she did really well. She is the youngest in the class and one of the smallest, but I think she put on a BIG performance!

Way to go, Kenley! I love you!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Democracy...Ha!

I need an electoral college in my family because I lost to the popular vote.

Jeremiah and I went back-and-forth so many times about whether or not we would learn our baby's gender at the ultrasound that we finally put it to a vote. (If you took our poll and thought you were helping us make up our minds, um, you weren't.)

I explained to the kids that we could learn from the doctor with "pictures" or we could wait until the baby was born to find out if it's a boy or a girl. When we put our hands in the air, Kenley and Jack voted for both options, so that method didn't work for us. Instead I had them stand on my left side if they wanted to learn at the ultrasound and the right side if they wanted to wait. Jack and I were the only ones to vote "wait." Since I'm the only one on my side of the issue who actually understood what I was voting for, I lost to Isaac, Kenley and Jeremiah who are babies themselves and just can't wait.

Ultrasound tomorrow! Maybe we'll go with the "Find out but annoy everyone by not telling them" option. :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

On No, I've Lost It

This morning I read on a friend's blog that her son wants a poop cake for his birthday.

I left the following comment:

I've heard of diaper cakes, but a poop cake? You should also serve cow pies and buffalo chips. (Is anyone else laughing, because I'm starting to tear up!)

Seriously though, I can't stop laughing. My laughter is so intense that it has turned into a wheeze with a few blips of audible laughter. I don't know why it struck me as being so hilarious but I will be calling on this thought all day to keep myself in high spirits.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mommy's Asleep, Let's Get the Camera!

Last Tuesday I was so tired. I woke up and got Isaac off to school and then laid back down because I just couldn't keep my eyes open. Kenley and Jack woke up so I had to get them taken care of and then I laid down on the couch. The kids entertained themselves until Isaac got home from school and I got up just long enough to feed them lunch. Then I put Jack down for a nap and told the other kids it was quiet time. I hit the bed again and didn't get up until 4:00. By the time I got out of bed the kids had already let Jack out of his crib. I was thankful that they had let me sleep. Later that day I told Jeremiah about how it had felt like the day of the living dead for me. He asked, "What did the kids do?" Since I had only been semi-conscious all day the only answer I could give was, "I don't know."

Then somewhere between Tuesday and yesterday I realized I didn't know where our camera was. I asked Jeremiah if he knew its whereabouts and Isaac gave a quick reference to when he and Kenley, "took a few pictures." We finally located the camera and I found that "a few pictures" turned out to be 106 pictures! Most of them were of things like the carpet, wall, TV, and toys with blurs of kids running through the shot. I'll be deleting most of them, but here are a few that made me laugh.


Obviously pretending the sleep. And, honestly, who doesn't want a picture of their brother's bum?


I suppose it is a good sign that at least they were having fun!
I love the I'm-trying-so-hard-to-look-sad face.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Back Online

Yay for people who know what the heck they're doing on computers! Bye-bye you stupid virus.

Anyway, here are a few mental notes I've made over the past few weeks in hopes of posting once our computer got repaired.

While going through Isaac's backpack I found a paper with the instructions "Write the numbers 1-20 in the rectangles." I looked at each of Isaac's numbers and noticed a small, scribbly circle after each number. As he got into the double digits the scribble was between the two. "Are you trying to write a decimal?" I asked him. A grin slowly spread across his face and he sighed exasperatedly as he answered, "Mom. You don't get it. The numbers are farting!" Really...I should have known...

I made some frozen pizza of the "cheap" variety for lunch. One of them was ambiguously labeled "Mexican." Isaac was hesitant to try it because he could see onions and green pepper on the top. After a few bites he ran to get himself a drink and when he returned he declared, "Those Mexicans sure do like spice!"

Kenley has decided that the baby will be a girl and that we should name her Kenley. We've had several discussions about the confusion that would undoubtedly cause. (I have to add here that Kenley has, unfortunately, inherited my stubbornness.) She maintains that we need two Kenleys and that we'll easily tell them apart because one of them will be a baby. No matter how many times the issue arises Kenley will not budge. At least we have a few months to work on it.

I have an ultrasound on May 19 and Jeremiah and I are constantly wavering over the decision of whether or not we want to learn the gender. (Am I the only one who says gender? I just get sick of people asking "Do you know the sex?" I really want to answer, "Do I! That's how we got the baby!" Also, I don't want my children picking up on the word "sex.") Anyway, right now my vote is to wait until delivery but we may not truly decide until we are right there at the ultrasound.

My kids seem to have inherited my "charmed life." Yesterday they emptied the candy bowl of all the real candy leaving behind only candy canes that we have probably been collecting since our first Christmas together. Some friends of ours invited us to a "Siete de Mayo" party (since both wives had to be at mutual on Cinco de Mayo.) Although ours were the only children present, they had a pinata. So each of my kids came home with a large bag of candy and now our candy bowl overfloweth.

I mowed the front lawn today and started on the back lawn. The weather has not been too cooperative as far as good days for lawn care and so this was the first time this season I have dared to take on the uneven backyard with the GPLM (Gwen-Propelled Lawn Mower.) Even at the tallest setting the grass was too tall and thick for me to easily push the lawn mower. I decided that the effort on my part alone would guilt Jeremiah into finishing the rest. Throw in the fact that I'm pregnant and I should be setting myself up for a great Mother's Day gift!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Par-tay!

Sunday was Jeremiah's 30th birthday. Whenever I ask him what he wants for his birthday he can never give me a straight answer. He says things like, "I don't need anything," or, "Um, I guess I could use another tie," and "How about a pencil?" He also doesn't like to be the center of attention. So for his 30th I had no choice but to throw a surprise party!

I decided to invite family and friends and just have a lot of food. Kate and her family came to visit for the weekend to help throw him off the scent. So while Josh and Jeremiah went to the Priesthood session of Conference, Kate and I set to making artichoke dip, a fruit tray, setting out chips and salsa, Chex mix, Twix, Kit Kats, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Dr. Pepper, 7-UP, and sparkling cider....all of which are Jeremiah's favorites. We also had a chocolate birthday cake complete with Batman and Joker on top, requested by the birthday boy himself.

When Jeremiah walked in the front door he was greeted by about 30 friends and family yelling "SURPRISE!" I think he was genuinely surprised. We then just ate and talked and had a good time. I gave Jeremiah a hat, a battery charger with batteries (to end the continual battle with the remote controls), and a book that had been autographed by the author. He also received some superhero T-shirts as "gag gifts," an electronic version of Trivial Pursuit, Madagascar 2 along with 3 Pez dispensers, and a book printed in 1854...which I think was more of a surprise than the party itself.
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After most of the food had been devoured a lot of the guests decided to get going, Jeremiah's family had spent a lot of the day helping his grandparents move to an assisted living apartment and were (understandably) very tired. Those who stayed behind played Truth or Dare and we stayed up until 2 AM laughing and talking and revealing our true selves. I don't know about everyone else, but I had a blast.

Oh, and Jeremiah said he liked it, too. :^)

Happy Birthday, Jeremiah! I love you!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

To End the Suspense

The shed would have been helpful, but really if we got rid of all the crap we're just "storing" we'd have more than enough room for the things we actually use.


The Wii was heavily considered but, in the end, would probably have cost more than any other of our options after buying all the accessories we'd want for family fun. I'm not giving up the idea though...maybe for Christmas?

We had our wall painted.

Jeremiah and I discussed all three options and I ultimately made the decision to have the wall painted. I've had a paint chip taped to my wall for almost a year and although I admired the 2"x3" splash of color, it was time to have it cover the entire wall. We'd have done it ourselves, but it's a 14'x30' wall and that's a lot of ladder time, people! The painter came in and did all the prep work, painted 2 coats and the cleanup in less than 6 hours. If we'd attempted it ourselves I'm guessing we'd still be climbing ladders to hang tape. I'm really happy with the result and the fact that it is finally done. Bye-bye, paint chip!

And it was the least expensive of the 3, so I feel pretty thrifty.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nothing That I Really Need...

Today, Jeremiah and I decided to finally spend money on something that we've been talking about for a while. Since we had 3 main things we were trying to decided between, I'm going to ask my readers what they believe was our final decision.

Did we...
1) choose to buy a storage shed so that we can move the lawnmower and lawn tools out of the garage?
2) hire someone to come and paint the large expanse of wall that is in our front room?
3) buy a Wii bundle for some family fun?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Signs of Spring*

The weather is finally changing over to Spring. Yesterday was so warm a beautiful! The kids and I went for a walk and played outside almost all day. In fact, I got a mild sunburn on my neck and Isaac's face is obviously sun-kissed. It was wonderful to be outside without puffy coats and footwear up to our knees.

We're right in the heart of the spring thaw. Jack was clever enough to find the stickiest mud on our property and wasted little time in sinking right in. He started to panic when both his feet got stuck and when I pulled him out the mud chose one of his shoes as a memento.If you've ever been at my house for any occasion in warm weather, chances are I've served you BBQ riblets and grilled pineapple for dinner. Because it was so nice outside I decided to welcome spring by firing up the grill and preparing a feast! It may sound dumb, but after all that effort on the grill, the baked potato I served with it was what really hit the spot.

Another thing that signifies the beginning of Spring for me is the urgent desire to shop! I don't know if it's a side effect of the cabin fever and stir craziness experienced during the winter months or if it's because we have 3 birthdays, our anniversary and Easter in April, but man I want to $pend! In any event, I try to remain responsible when I hit the stores. But when my 3 year old daughter insisted on jelly shoes instead of the cute sandals I picked out, I threw sensibility out the window. Because every little girl needs jelly shoes.

*I began this post on Saturday afternoon, before our fickle Spring decided to relent to the bossy winter. We've had snow every day since!

"It's a Major Award"

The lovely and amazingly talented Tammy has just given me the Sweet Lemonade Blog Award. It's my first award and I'm so flattered to have received it, especially when it comes on the wings of my first "troll" comment. Thank you, Tammy!
Here are the rules for sending it along and sharing the love:

1. Put the logo on your blog post.

2. Nominate at least 5 blogs that show great attitude and/or gratitude.

3. Be sure to put a link to your nominees.

4. Let them know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you've received the award.
Hands down my first nominee is Katie at Our Own Private Idaho. Kate has 3 intelligent and hilarious children, 4 if you count her husband. Her blog is full of comedy but she also shows off her awesome photography talent and some of her writing prowess in short essays. I also have to credit her for inspiring me to start a blog.
I'd also like to give this award to Alisha at Now, What Can I Say When I Get Home Today? Alisha and I went to high school in a small town together. She obviously has moved on to a grander life, but stays grounded as she raises her young daughter who also happens to be sweeter than a marshmallow. She also asks thought provoking questions, such as, "How do you feel about your toes?"
My next award goes to Carole at South of Sanity. If ever there were a blog about making lemonade out of lemons, it has got to be this one! Carole shares the intimate details of a very delicate situation in a way that will make you laugh, cry and maybe even throw up a little in your mouth. Check out her blog and then buy her book!
My fellow foodie, Goldie, from Confessions of a Serial Baker, must also be recognized. She has some amazing recipes posted and takes the time to share some comedic antics and hockey love.
And last, but not least, Kelly at The Martin Family. Kelly is unexpectedly expecting her 2nd baby. Most of her posts talk about her adorable daughter and the fun things they do as a family. Kelly is hilarious when sharing her feelings about pregnancy and openly expresses her hatred for "stupid, happy pregnant women." I happen to fall into that category when I'm pregnant, but I still laugh.
There you go! Make sure to visit all these wonderful blogs and let them know they are great! Thanks again Tammy for the award. (I'll pay you later. :^P)

Judge Not

Don said...
You must really have no life if American Idol is your life-blood. I cannot stand the show nor do I really care about what these people do to get onto a show like this.
I have a better use for my time than some kind of variety show.

What can I say, Don? I guess you're right...I have no life. Obviously you think the "better use for [your] time" is reading a stranger's blog and talking down to the author. That must be very rewarding. If only the rest of us could be so full of purpose.

I am sticking out my tongue at you, Don. *phbbbt*

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My Thoughts on American Idol

I don't normally post about TV but I just have to say this: I miss last year's American Idol contestants. This year's group kind of scares me. I haven't chosen a favorite yet and I have yet to vote.

Did you hear Adam Lambert's take on "Ring of Fire?" F.R.E.A.K.Y. I guess he didn't have much choice than to be all weird on country music night, it's obviously not his style. But still...

And I was surprised that Allison was in the bottom three. I really like the tone of her voice.

And then there are some people that sing well each week but for some reason I still can't remember their names. (Even though I can still tell you the top 10 from last season.)

Also, I secretly think the blind kid, Scott, is a recovering vampire. Have you noticed those fangs? Still, he seems like a nice enough guy.

I was sad to see Alexis leave last night. I liked her, too. That only leaves a few girls left on the show!

Anyway, apparently my life is boring, because this is all I have to say.

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009