Thursday, January 31, 2008

oh happiness...

You'll all be happy to know that today I found me a new pregnancy skirt that fits and doesn't have a built in air conditioning vent!

really funny...

Our neighbors are Vietnamese and are REALLY nice. We don't talk to them much just becuase we don't see them often but when we do we always wave and say hi. The man has been in the house for about a year and in the US for a while longer. The wife is just FRESH over from Vietnam as of a month or two ago. Well, we're putting up a fence in between our 2 houses and we're doing that in the next few weeks because it's cheaper in the winter time. So we got some bids from companies and then Preston went over to talk to them about splitting the cost. When Preston went over just the wife was home - who speaks almost NO english so she had a really hard time understanding what Preston was saying. She did understand enough to have her husband call Preston when he got home. So the next evening Preston goes over and right when he walks in the door the wife goes over, turns on the tap and fills up a glass of water and hands it to Preston - VERY NICE of her! Preston takes the glass and takes a drink and the water was scalding hot. He didn't know if she didn't feel the water before she put it in the glass and just didn't know that it was hot or if she figured it was cold outside so she would give him some hot water to warm him up. Either way, it's hilarious that Preston had to drink plain old HOT water!

OK, it was 50x funnier when Preston told it...I literally had to cross my legs to keep from peeing my pants!

pet peeve...

I realize this is going to make me unpopular with about 95% of the people who have blogs and I'm not saying it in hopes that people will CHANGE their blogs, I'm just mentioning that it is a pet peeve of mine and mostly because I'm a dork!

One of my biggest pet peeves are those blog music players that come on when you open someone's blog. The reason: I am usually listening to something like talk radio or iTunes when I decide to read my friends' blogs so I just end up turning them off anyway.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

alright already...

I have no idea the fascination - but whatever the reason I've had MULTIPLE requests for shots of my fat old pregnant self. Enjoy this one 'cause I can guarantee this will be the only one for the rest of my pregnancy unless there is some grand mistake on my part! 6 months or 25 weeks pregnant...

*side note* my bum is BIG (just ask my Stake President) but it's not as big as it looks in the picture, I'm wearing baggy pants...

i'm awesome...

The other day I went to the church to get the Stake Presidency to sign my temple recommend - not a big deal. Well, since they only do it for 2 hours on Tuesdays I decided to go first thing. When I got there there was already a line of people seated on the row of chairs. So I took my place in line and waited and as each person would go in, everyone would stand up and move down and let the people standing sit on the chairs. All this is fine and dandy and then it's finally my turn. I stand up (in front of the whole line of people sitting on chairs) and walk into the office. It's not an interview so he just signs my recommend and I leave - walking back passed the row of people sitting on chairs. Mind you, I'm in the ONE and ONLY skirt that fits my newly pregnant self. I get home and go upstairs to change out of my skirt and Preston says "nice bum". I'm he blind, it looks like I stuffed 2 beachballs back there ever since I got pregnant. So I just keep going upstairs to change. It isn't until I take the skirt off that I realize there is a HUGE rip all the way down the backside of my dress - going diagonally and exposing my entire BUM! See, I told you I'm awesome!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

worst non-tragedy ever...

This is quite possibly the worst non-tragedy that has ever happened to me! Today Annie and I made Valentines sugar cookies, which in turn, made our kitchen a HUGE mess! While I was cleaning up the kitchen I noticed some old food (pork chops and rice) and food that I just didn't want to eat anymore (crock pot full of chili) in the fridge so I opened it up and piled it in the garbage can. I also had some left over pink frosting which I scooped out of the bowl and put into the garbage can along with Annie's peach yogurt that she didn't finish this morning. Needless to say the inside of our previously, nearly full garbage can was not a lovely sight. I finished cleaning and took the kitchen garbage out to the big garbage. On my way, I dropped the garbage can and the contents went SPILLING down my driveway. In the summer time this wouldn't be AS big a deal because I could clean it up and then hose off the driveway. But what am I supposed to do in the middle of the winter??? So I got a dust pan and broom and swept up what I could and then prompty threw the dust pan away. I picked the rest up with my bare and freezing hands - gross! Now I'm just PRAYING for more snow!!!

i heart costco...

Not last year, but the year before for Christmas Preston got me a Kitchen Aid mixer from Costco. We were living with my parents at the time and I just didn't have room for it - so it stayed in the box. Fast forward a year and we had moved into our house and finally had room for the mixer so I unpacked it and put it away and threw the box and "instructions" away. Well after using it a couple times I noticed that the bowl didn't lock into place and that the mixer would scrape the bottom of the bowl and leave metal residue on whatever I was making - yummy! I told my mom about this (who also has a Kitchen Aid and has used it MAYBE twice). She said she didn't want her mixer anymore and that if Costco would take mine back I could have hers. SWEET! Who doesn't want a free $300 mixer?

So last night I loaded up the mixer and all the parts, sans the instructions, into some dinky cardboard box (not even the Kitchen Aid box) and went to Costco and hoped for the best. I got to the counter and explained what the mixer was doing and without any hesitation they took it back and handed me almost $300 in cash!

Who doesn't love THAT kind of return policy?!?

i'm a dunderhead...

My new favorite TV show is "The Office" and I love to watch it. I have the first 3 seasons on DVD and have watched those several times. I just heard that The Office only has 4 of 5 more shows taped before they run out of material because of the dumb writers strike. Could somebody PLEASE figure out a way to end this strike so I can keep on being a Dunderhead!?!

Monday, January 28, 2008

funny annie...

On Sunday our Home Teachers were over and in the middle of their visit Annie goes into the bathroom just off the family room and doesn't bother to shut the door. We must have said something about her becuase from the bathroom we hear her scream "Hey, don't talk about me while I'm on the potty!"

Sunday, January 27, 2008

President Hinckley...

I'm sure I'm not alone in my feelings of sadness today. President Hinckley died. He's not the only Prophet I've known and I'm certain he's not the only one that I will grow to love but he is the Prophet I "grew up" with and the one who has most influenced my life to this point.

He made you want to try harder, be nicer and just be better whenever you heard him speak or saw his face. Even if you didn't belong to his faith you just knew there was something about him - he was a great man and millions I'm certain, will miss him.

I'll never forget being in the Conference Center waiting for a Christmas program to start. The whole place was bustling with people trying to find seats, coming in out of the cold and talking to their neighbors. President Hinckey walked in and immediately it became absolutely silent and still. Nearly 21,000 people rose to their feet and you could just feel his presence as he walked into the room.

I think of his 50+ years of tireless work for the church and I can't be sad for him. He's with his wife, I have no doubt as to where he'll spend eternity and I'm certain he's peaceful and happy...but I miss my Prophet.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

man rules...

Preston told me I needed to "butch up" the blog. I think this ought to do it!

We always hear "the rules " from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules! Please note.. these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!
1. Men ARE not mind readers.
1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.
1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
1. Yes and No are perfectly Acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only If you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1.A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem See a doctor.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.
1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't Expect us to act like soap opera guys.
1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one
1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.
1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not! A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
1. If it itches, it will Be scratched. We do that.
1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear Is fine...Really.
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or golf.
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!
1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Two days ago I was standing by the fire because I was FREEZING. Well, I stood a little too close, touched the fireplace and burned the skin in between my thumb and pointer finger. That is really sensitive skin and it HURT! It took almost 4 hours of constant ice to finally feel a little better.

Well, today I was making a cheese sandwich and when I was putting the bread in the oven I burned the back of my SAME hand on the oven broiler. Right now as I'm typing this I'm intermittently sticking my hand on the ice.

Is this a pregnancy related thing or am I really that clutsy? Hopefully all things don't come in 3's!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

my latest obsession...

It's sad to think that I've actually wasted the better part of 3 days playing this stupid computer game - but I'm now officially obsessed!

my husband...

What is his name? Preston Charles Stinger
How long have you been together? 7 years
How long did you date? dated 3 months, engaged for 4 months
How old his he? 29
Who eats more? DEFINITELY me...even when I'm not pregnant
Who said i love you first? Probably me
Who is taller? if neither of us have shoes on we're EXACTLY the same height.
Who can sing better? Preston, I'm awful...but that didn't stop me from singing at our wedding :)
Who is smarter? depends on the subject. Preston is way better at math!
Who does the laundry? Preston would claim he does...but I do!
Who pays the bills? I do - with his money!
Who sleeps in the right side? Preston...but I'm not too happy about that.
Who mows the lawn? both
Who cooks dinner? besides Cafe Rio, Applebees, Chilis and Costco???
Who drives? both about the same.
Who is more stubborn? me
Who kissed who first? Preston kissed me first even though I begged him NOT to!
Who asked who out first? we were friends first so we never really went out on a first date.
Who proposed? Preston - what kind of girl actually does that???
Who has more friends? He does
Who is more sensitive? depends on the issue...neither of us are very sensitive
Who has more siblings? that's a tough one since I'm an only child!
Who wears the pants? probably me

Ashby, Melissa, Debby, Jen, Marissa, Shelley, Amy, Sierra and whoever else that reads this tag, you’re it!

DI special...

I don't know if it is pregnancy or the fact that I am just sick of all the crap but from the time we started packing to move into our house, I'm certain we have single-handedly kept the DI in business. I'm getting rid of EVERYTHING...if I don't use it every day, chances are it's loaded in some box somewhere. If you want anything just stop by my house and mention that you like this or that and chances's YOURS!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

new favorite treat...

Well, I don't know if I would call it a treat per say, but MAN Oh MAN are these little things delicious! I'm not a big fan of mints or sucky things but the Icebreakers Tropical Sours are definitely worth picking up next time you're at the grocery store!

i heart my cousins...

For a girl who has no siblings, I sure got blessed with great extended family members! My cousins have always felt like brothers and sisters to me. I only have 3 cousins on my mom's side and a few more than that on my dad's side. Whenever my parents told me I could bring a "friend" on a trip, I always invited one of my cousins. They always treated me like just another brother or sister and they will never know how grateful I was and am for that. I'm sure I was a little annoying, spoiled or overbearing (maybe I still am), but in spite of that, they were always loving and inclusive of me - and still are!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

if you've ever wondered...

...does whiteboard marker come off the face or the stomach more easily? The answer would be the face. I know this from experience. I put Annie in her room for her usual nap today. Usually, she plays or reads for a while and then falls asleep. She wasn't too excited about taking a nap today but she finally stopped crying and I didn't hear anything going on in her room. After about 10 minutes I figured she had layed down and was going to sleep. Well about 10 minutes after that I hear her yelling from her room...I mean screaming at the top of her lungs - so loudly that I couldn't understand what she was saying so I opened her door and found this:

digi scrapping...

Recently I've been thinking about digital scrapbooking. I have most of the stuff and I know how to use photoshop so I figured why not? I sat down to make a page the other day and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be! 52 minutes into it, I still didn't have anything that looked good, so I gave up! I enjoy scrapbooking in general, I can just never find the time to sit down, get all of my "stuff" out, come up with something cute, glue it all together and make a page. I'm still scrapbooking the pages of when Annie was born and in the hospital. I was hoping that going digital was my answer...but so far, it's been a big FLOP!

Friday, January 11, 2008


I've never enjoyed naming my children, or I guess I should say I didn't enjoy picking out a name for Annie - it was NOT fun! Luckily, I love the name Annie and it fits her like a glove but I am just dreading the whole "naming a child" experience again. When I was pregnant with Annie the names on our list were: Sadie, Ivie and Lucy - none of which I'm really fond of this time around. I can't even come up with a name that I really like, let alone love. The names we have that sound ok at this point are Kate and Sophie. Again, don't love them but don't hate them either.

So, every so often I'll ask Annie what she thinks we should name her little sister and EVERY SINGLE TIME she says "Hannah". Now, I'm not aware that she even knows a Hannah so where is she getting the name??? Luckily, I don't hate that name either but I'm just curious as to where she's getting it from - maybe she's getting inspiration I'm not....LOL!

So...I'm open to name suggestions. Actually, I'm not only open, I'm begging!

Monday, January 7, 2008

cute story...

While we were in Disneyworld in September I found these Cinderella glass slippers that I just KNEW Annie would love. For months she had always pretended like she was walking around the house in glass slippers, so when I saw these I knew they had to be hers. My mom agreed to buy them for her. When we got back to our hotel, my mom gave her the glass slippers and Annie was in heaven. She slept in them and would cry when we told her she couldn't wear them to Disneyworld every day. Still to this day, she wears her glass slippers at least once a day for several hours - she loves them!

A few weeks ago we couldn't find one of the beloved glass slippers. We looked everywhere for it and still we had no luck. Annie was so upset. I was out of ideas and places to look so I told Annie that she should say a prayer to Heavenly Father and ask if Jesus could help her find her glass slipper. I was sure it wouldn't work but I figured it could be a good "learning experience " none the less. We kneeled down and Annie's prayer sounded something like, "please bless that Jesus will find my glass slipper, amen." Wouldn't you know it, as I went to stand up I stepped right on the glass slipper that was almost completely under the bed (a place we had already looked) and covered in blankets (also a place we had already looked). I told Annie that I thought Jesus had found her glass slipper and pulled it out from its hiding place.

While that was a great and faith promoting, learning experience for both of us, now I wonder what I have gotten us into because now she's sure that whenever there is a problem or something is missing or out of place for even a second she says, "mom, maybe Jesus can help us find it". Oh to have the faith of a child!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

2007 favorites...

It's time for my own year in review of some of my favorite "things" from 2007...

Favorite NEW TV show discovered in 2007 - The Office

Favorite book finished in 2007 - Children of the Promise series

Favorite NEW restaurant discovered in 2007 - Paradise Bakery

Favorite NEW song from 2007 - Bubbly by Colbie Calliat

Favorite movie from 2007 - Dan in Real Life

Favorite 2007 reality show - So You Think You Can Dance

Favorite trip of 2007 - Disneyland (of course)

Favorite picture from 2007 - baby Stinger at 8 weeks

Most eaten at restaurant in 2007 - Cafe Rio


I can't even say how liberating it is to enter a new year and not have the usual goal of losing weight. Which isn't to say that in June, I won't have that as a mid-year resolution, because I will. So since losing weight is always at the top of my list, I had to think long and hard about what else I wanted to accomplish in 2008. Since I'm practically perfect in every way (wink wink) it was tough but I managed to come up with a few...

1. Fly by the seat of my pants more. While I enjoy being responsible, I think that sometimes I am worried too much about this or that and lose track of just having fun. I'm too worried about what the house looks like or if Annie's room is clean. I try to keep on schedule and don't vary too much from that...not this year, I'm going care free (maybe)!

2. Does the Ensign actually have words in it? I wouldn't know, I haven't cracked on open in YEARS! I'm going to at least read the First Presidency message every month and hopefully find myself compelled to read beyond that.

3. Be a better mom. There are always things I can do better and this year I'm going to concentrate on the quality of the time as well as the quantity of time. Work is taking a back seat. To use a line from Annie's nightly prayers "please bless mom will be more patiently with me"...hopefully Heavenly Father hears her prayers and answers them!

4. Scrapbook more! I think I'd better get through Annie's birth/hospital pictures before I have to relive that experience again with another child. In addition to scrapbooking I do journaling on the pages. And since I'm about 4 years behind, the memories aren't quite as fresh as they once were. I need to catch up while I can still remember things!