Friday, February 29, 2008

gap dress...

Yesterday Annie and I had some time to kill at the mall before we met my cousin for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. So, since I had a few gift cards to the GAP I decided to go in there and see if there was anything that would look cute on my hideously pregnant body.

I found a few shirts that I thought were cute and was heading to the dressing room to try them on when Annie stops and says "mom you HAVE to try on this dress". I looked at it and thought, yeah right that will never fit me and it really isn't my style. So I told her that she had found a really cute dress but I just didn't think it would fit me. She was insistant that I try on the dress and then do a "twirl". Again, I told her no and to come with me to the dressing room. She would NOT leave the dress, so to stop my 3 year old from throwing a fit in the store, I grabbed the dress and took it to the dressing room, never intending to actually try it on.

I tried the few shirts on and actually found one that looked pretty cute and was getting ready to walk out and make my purchase when Annie said "STOP mom, you forgot to try on the dress and do a twirl". I told Annie that it wouldn't fit but that she'd found a cute dress for me and that I appreciated it. She was about to start to cry so I thought, 'if trying on this dumb dress that is going to look hideous anyway will make her happy then fine'. So I throw the dress on and look in the mirror and what do you know, it was ADORABLE! You know that "little black dress" that every stylist tells you you should have in your closet - well, this is it! It is perfect for winter or summer, cute with flip-flops or boots, great for being pregnant or not.

Annie said "oh mom, you look great, does it twirl"? So I spun around to prove that it does and I think she was more excited about the dress than I was. What does it say about me that my 3 year old is choosing better clothes for me than I am???

After I bought the shirt and the dress Annie said she wanted a twirly dress too. So we walked next door to GAP kids and didn't find one, went to Gymboree and the Children's Place and didn't find one there either. I said "I'm sorry we didn't find you a twirly dress Annie" and she said "that's ok mom because I love the one you got".

Now the only trick is to figure out how to look like this in my new little black dress! Wait, if I said that was me do you think people would belive me???

Thursday, February 28, 2008

at night...

Whenever Annie is in bed, asleep for the night and my night is winding down, I always lay in bed and think about the day. Even if it was a stressful day and I have the right to feel the way I did, I always beat myself up for the things I did or didn't do in regards to Annie. I always think "I should have done this" or "why didn't I do that" or "why did I make such a big deal out of that". And every night I resolve to do a better job the next day - which for the record, usually turns out pretty much like the day before.

Can you be a mom and live without thinking "if only I'd done this"?

I think sometimes that I take myself too seriously, in fact, I know I do. I worry too much about whether the house is clean or if I got the laundry done or if I kept in touch with my friends.

It's at night when I'm laying in bed thinking that I realize how wonderful my life is and how good my daughter is. She really is one of the sweetest spirits I've ever met. It's then I also realize how much I took for granted that day and how much better I need to be at acknowledging what I have. One of these days, maybe I'll wake up and actually be the mom I resolved to be the night before!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I don't know what it is about kids and bandaids but whenever Annie gets a hurt or thinks she gets a hurt, she immediately figures she needs a bandaid and that will solve all her pains. I swear that sometimes she makes hurts up just so she can have me put a bandaid on it.

One time her grandma gave her 4 purple bandaids to take home. You wouldn't believe how many times that child got "hurt" in a day and how those little purple bandiads magically made everything better.

I suppose if it really is that easy to cure all of my childs ills then I should just go with it and be glad we don't have anything more serious in our lives, but I'm running out of bandaids!

Monday, February 25, 2008

good dad...

Preston is such a good dad and I love that Annie loves to spend every minute possible with him. One of her favorite things to do is to "play ball" with Preston. All that game entails is Preston throwing an inflatable ball around and occasionally bonking Annie on the head with it and Annie running around trying to get the ball from Preston. It's mayhem, but she loves it! Another one of her favorite things to do with her dad is to dance. She'll put one one of her many princess dresses, curtsy and ask Preston "may I have this dance" and they'll dance around the room with Annie constantly asking Preston to "twirl her more". She also loves to color. Anything that will leave a mark on any surface is a "color" and she'll use it. The other day I found Preston and Annie in her room coloring and Annie giving Preston instructions on how to color and which shapes should be which color, which she'd follow up with "yeah, good job dad".

Annie loves her dad and is so lucky to have a dad who is willing to do so many things with her!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

what's next, caviar...

Annie and I went to the grocery store today and when we got there she asked if she could have a treat. I told her if she was a good girl while we were at the store she could pick something. She was good so I asked her what treat she wanted. I thought for sure she'd pick something like a sucker or a fruit snack, maybe even marshmellows. Here's how our conversation went:

Me: Annie which treat do you want?

Annie: shrimp, I want shrimp!

Me: You want shrimp - are you sure?

Annie: YES! I want shrimp!

Me: For your treat?

Annie: yes, I want shrimps and fish!

So we go over to the seafood counter and I point to the shrimp and say "that's shrimp, is that what you want?" Sure enough, it was. I got 1/4 lb. and headed home. The whole way home I heard "mom, I want to eat my shrimps now". So we got home and I piled the smelly, awful things onto a plate and have never seen a happier 3 year old!

hoarding husband...

Preston is a MAJOR hoarder of things - not junk, he just saves things he likes so he'll have them for later. Well, he's ALWAYS from the time he was a little boy, hidden money in random places. Last week while we were cleaning out the basement, we were going through some of his stuff and I was making him get rid of a lot of it because we have space/storage issues. As we were going through all of his random things we found around $400 he had hidden over the years! He had money hidden in decks of cards, birthday cards, in between old baseball cards, etc. My cute, hoarding husband! Now what to do with all the cash???

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

new bed...

After almost 4 years of sleeping on a crib sized matress, Annie has finally progressed to a 'big girl bed'. Preston started making this bed nearly a year and a half ago and then got side tracked with building things for the house (like kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets and a mantle). It is such a cute bed and I'm always impressed with his ability to make ANYTHING we need. Annie has officially reached "big girl" status and loves her new bed!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

euthanized shoes...

After nearly a 10 year relationship - one longer than my marriage, I've finally decided that the best thing to do would be to euthanize my shoes. There are, afterall, worse things than death.

A little history about our relationship. I got them at the Dr. Marten store in London in 1999 and have worn them every spring, summer and fall since then. They cost $125 dollars then and have been worth every penny since. You can't put a price on a good relationship. They have gone with me to places as far as California, Germany, Scotland, Florida and places as near as the mailbox.

My decision to euthanize my shoes was not an easy one but after looking at the fact that the soles are worn to the bone in the heal, the velcro no longer sticks very well, there is a hole where my big toe was supposed to go and they are starting to lose their shape. Like all things who have seen the passage of time, it is off to greener pastures - rest well my old friends!

please tell me...

Someone please tell me how I get my pictures to enlarge if you click on them once I put them in my blog??? I've tried everything I can think of and I'm STILL stuck - any ideas?

Friday, February 15, 2008


My mom took Annie and I on a girls trip to Disneyland (again)! It was nice to get out of the crappy Utah weather and into 80 degree weather - but not so nice to come back to one of the biggest snow storms of the year.

We originally had reserved a compact rental car but when we got to the airport, they upgraded us to a convertible. We put the top down and I asked Annie if she was having fun in the car with no roof - she said yes. About 2 minutes later I asked her if she was still having fun and she said "NO I ISN'T"...

We ate at the ESPN Zone and while we were waiting to be seated one of the workers came up and gave Annie a card with some points left on it so she could play some of the games. Her favorite game was this rowing one and she was actually really good at it...The hotel we stayed at has a pool on the roof - which is cool except that I don't think it was heated because it was FREEZING. This is about the extent of the swimming that we did...

One morning we got up and Annie told me she had to read her "scripores" before we went to Disneyland (thanks the the Gideons there was a Bible). Then she insisted that she wear my moms glasses so she could see the words. She spent about 5 minutes "reading" and then declared she was ready to go...We ate lunch with the Princesses at Ariels Grotto. Lately, Annie's favorite princess is Belle. She had a great time meeting all the princesses...Annie had under the sea macaroni and cheese - which meant there was a hot dog octopus on top and goldfish crackers mixed in, it was really cute (probably not worth the $17.99 that it cost though)...Annie's favorite ride is Peter Pan. The line is always really long but she never seemed to mind waiting...Annie and I on the Pirate Island...Obviously we didn't get a lot of use out of the convertible, but we still had a good time...

I wish I had a picture of Annie throwing her pennies in the fountain because the FUNNIEST thing happened. When Annie woke up I asked her if we should take off her diaper and put on her panties she said "NO" and ripped the panties out of my hand. I asked her why she didn't want to put her panties on and she said "because I have to throw them in the fountain". I said "you mean you need to throw your pennies in the fountain"? and she said "No, Grandma told me I had to throw my panties in the fountain". When I told her Grandma couldn't possibly have said that, she marched off and reminded Grandma that she had in fact told Annie to throw her panties in the fountain.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

what we have to look forward to...

No matter who wins the 2008 Presidential election, this is what we all have to look forward to as far as I can tell.

-gas that costs at LEAST $3.60 a gallon

-the revenue of the higher gas taxes going to fight "global warming" to the tune of $1.6 TRILLION a year! At least global warming is a REAL issue and it won't be money down the drain *please sense the sarcasm*

-higher taxes by at least 30% - is anyone else going to have to get an additional job just to pay the TAXES???

-Socialized medicine. At least we've seen how well government run health care programs have gone in places like Europe and Canada. Now everyone can get FREE and less than adequate health care - even the illegals.

-Oh, illegals - we'll have A LOT more of those thanks to open borders and the NAFTA Super Highway. Se habla espanol???

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

tag about me...

1. 10 years ago: I was a Junior in High School playing basketball and softball and I was A LOT skinnier because of that. I was dating a guy named Sam and working at JoAnn's.

2. 5 things on my to-do-list today: VOTE (which I did), clean the house (which I haven't done because I've been too busy watching and reading all the Super Tuesday coverage, interact with my child (again something I haven't done for the afore mentioned reason).

3. Snacks I enjoy: It would be a LOT shorter if I listed the snacks I don't enjoy, but I'll name a few. Diet Coke/Pepsi, Jamba Juice, Milk Duds, Peanut Butter M&M's, Nerds Rope, Sour Skittles and anything with chocolate cake.

4. Things I would do if I were suddenly made a billionaire: Buy my parents and Preston's parents anything they wanted, buy Preston and I new cars, pay off the house, put money away for kids college, TRAVEL, donate some to a couple charities I deem worthy, then SAVE IT...I love seeing positive numbers in the savings account!

5. Places I have lived: Sandy, Cottonwood Heights, Dallas and Lehi.

6. Jobs I have had: cleaning phone rests (you know those things from the 80's that you put on your phone so you didn't have to kink your neck so much to talk on the phone, JoAnn's Fabrics, ZCMI, Convergys, at a kiosk in the mall, an Architectural Firm, the UVSC Bookstore, Thanksgiving Point Golf Course, running an internet business and MOM!

7. Things people don't know about me: Probably not alot, I'm kind of an open book. Let's see...I hate my nose - always have, I LOVE Lord of the Rings, I love anything to do with history, I'm really lazy and one day I want ot write a book - though I don't have a clue about what!

Ashby, Kat, Jessica, Melissa and Amy - you're it!

Christian enough...

About a month ago, just before the Iowa caucus, the Reverend Mike Huckabee accused Mitt Romney of not being "Christian enough". An accusation which, if you're a Mormon is nothing new and nothing jarring. Mitt Romney probably let the comment roll off his back as merely being one made out of lack of understanding, ignorance and religious bias.

In the beginning, Huckabee went to great lengths to show his Christianity, from the blatant comments to the subtleties of his infamous Christmas commercial. Not once did he have to defend his religion, only the "in your face" tactics he used to demonstrate his great faith.

Only a month later, we are seeing how "Christian" some of these candidates are capable of being. If you are a true Christian you believe in turning the other cheek, loving your neighbor and treating others how you would like to be treated. If measured by these standards, one of these candidates stands out as being not Christian enough.

"by your fruits ye shall know them..." (Matthew 7:20)

One candidate has refused to pull out of the election even though he has no chance of winning. His reason; to take votes away from another candidate whom he sees than less than fit and whom he doesn't like based solely on religious differences.

One candidate basically said that he, nor the people of his faith would ever allow a Mormon to be the President.

That same candidate is allowing a liberal force to take over the Republican party (something he claims to be affiliated with) to its detriment just to spite his conservative rival.

It makes me wonder, which of these candidates isn't Christian enough....

Saturday, February 2, 2008

homeward bound...

Preston is FINALLY on his way home! On Wednesday morning he left for Missoula, Montana for work and was supposed to leave Friday morning to come home. Well, thanks to global warming and the abnormally large amounts of SNOW that we've had, the mountain pass between Idaho and Montana was closed and he got stranded there. Which by the way I find hysterical that he got stranded in Montana - I don't know why! Anyway, he is officially on his way home - YAY! Annie and I have missed him and so has my patience!