Thursday, July 31, 2008

roley poley...

Aren't your second children supposed to be a little delayed? Everyone always said "don't be surprised if it takes #2 just a little bit longer to do everything". So what in the world was Halle thinking when she ROLLED OVER last week? I thought that maybe it was just a muscle spasm or something so I put her on her stomach again...NOPE, that darn kid did it again!

Then the next day she was in her swing and I thought all was fine and good until I heard a scream. I looked over and Halle wasn't in the swing. She was face up on the floor...she had catapulted herself right out of the swing (which wasn't even swinging at the time) - oh brother!

With Annie I was always waiting and excited for the "next thing". With Halle, I wanted mobility to wait just a little bit longer than 2 months...oh well!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

mommy tag...

1.What is something Mommy always says? I Love You
2. What makes Mommy happy? being good
3. What makes Mommy sad? don't behaves
4. How does your Mom make you laugh? something funny
5. What was your Mom like as a child? 3, I don't know
6. How old is your Mom? 16 (that's the BIGGEST number she knows)
7. How tall is your Mom? 9
8. What is your Mom's favorite thing to do? go to Disney
9. What does Mom do when your not around? get cross
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? i don't know
11. What is your Mom really good at? games, parties (sounds like I'm really fun)
12. What is your Mom not good at? doing buckles and computers
13. What does Mom do for her job? making treats
14. What is Mom's favorite food? watermelon
15. What makes you proud of your Mom? Heavenly Father
16. If your Mom were a carton character who would she be? herself
17. What do you and your Mom do together? play hi ho cherrio
**she said..."mom I am done with this and now it's the end - so here are the other questions that she didn't answer...
18. How are you and your Mom the same?
19. How are you and your Mom different?
20. How do you know your Mom loves you?

Now I tag Brooklyn Hatch, Max Heumann and Maggie Leland

Monday, July 28, 2008

first time fishing...

Last weekend Annie's grandpa Dennis took Annie fishing at the Wasatch Mountain State Park stock pond. At first she was really scared because she got pricked by the fishing hook - and being the boob that she is, she decided fishing wasn't for her. But as soon as Preston got a nibble on the line, she LOVED it. She caught 3 fish and had another 3 on the line but they got away. We kept one and came home and barbecued it. She wasn't a big fan of eating something she had just pulled out of the water but all in all, it was a good time!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


I don't know about you, but I LOVE trying things that other people recommend. If someone I know says it's good and they like it, why not give it a try? So, I'd love to hear some of the things you can't live without in your everyday life and that you recommend. Here's my list:

-Windex Wipes. What the heck took people so long to figure out that simple idea? I'm so glad I don't have to get out a roll of paper towels or an old rag just to spray some Windex on and clean a window or a mirror anymore.

-Shade Clothing. I think I bought one of each shirt they made this season, I just love them. I'm totally into plain and simple so that's probably why it's a good fit for me. I also bought Annie one these in every color they make and they are adorable!

-Coconut Lime Verbena hand soap from Bath & Body Works. Actually, any of their hand soaps are great (especially when they are on sale) but I just LOVE the Coconut Lime smell!

-Incredible. I heard about this stuff from my cousin Amy so I went out and bought it - and man, it is just what it says, INCREDIBLE! There hasn't been a stain that I've put it on that I couldn't get out. I even got out Preston's dried on dark chocolate stain! I found it at Bed Bath & Beyond for 5 bucks!

-Jergens Natural Glow Lotion. You know how some artificial tanners make your skin look splotchy and orange. This one doesn't. Back in the winter/spring when I'd put it on, I had more than a few people ask me where I'd been to get so much sun. It is fabulous and doesn't stink, streak or look fake at all! Best of all it is only about $6 or $7.

-Costco. I just LOVE Costco. I could spend hours there I swear. They always have the best deals and it seems like everything that comes from there is quality.

-Love and Logic: Magic for the Early Years. I don't know about you, but my kids didn't come with an instruction manual...UNTIL I found this book! It is absolutely FABULOUS and it makes so much sense to me. I sort of fell off the "wagon" in the last months of pregnancy and after I had the baby but now I'm back on track and I feel like a whole new parent. The best part is, you can start this any time, the book is an EASY read full of good ideas and costs less than $20.

- Dreyer's Spumoni Ice Cream. Holy Smokes this stuff is good. I have a confession. There have been a few times that I've gone to The Old Spaghetti Factory just so I could get their spumoni ice cream. Thank you Dreyers (or Edy's) for this fabulous new flavor!

-Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner Wand. Also another thing I can't live without! I love having a disposable head cleaner thingy so I can just throw it away instead of having to think about the feces sitting underneath my sink or in a cabinet somewhere. Hooray for that! Also a plus that I don't have to carry around a soggy toilet bowl brush from room to room!

-Zucchini. YAY that it is finally zucchini season! I eat at least one zucchini every day from now until the end of October basically (not an exaggeration), I LOVE it! If you want to get me a good present, just give me a bag of zucchini's. I really like them once they have gotten just a little bit too big. Not so big that you could hit a baseball with one, but just about double what you would buy in the grocery store...YUM!!!

-DVR. I think that one is pretty self explanatory. So I'll just say, if you don't have it there is something wrong with you!

-Talk Radio. Sounds lame but I am a faithful listener to talk radio. My favorite station is KNRS out of Salt Lake. They carry Rush Limbaugh (not a big fan), Dr. Laura, Glenn Beck and then Dave Ramsey. I'd say I listen to 10% music and 90% talk radio. Did I think I was 50 already?

-Bamix. This is quite possibly the greatest kitchen appliance I have EVER bought. It was worth it's weight in gold and definitely worth every penny spent on it! I should be a sales person for the company because I can't say enough good things about it. If you've ever had a regular blender or hand mixer or even food processor - this blows them out of the water! We make smoothies every night - and you make them right in the cup you're going to drink it about dish saver! Plus, it is so powerful, it can turn skim milk into whipped cream and it crushes ice cubes to smithereens. I've ground wheat into flour, made oat flour and even turned regular sugar into powdered sugar before. Oh the things it can do...FABULOUS investment!

Alright, I won't officially tag people but put a list on your blog...I need to find more fabulous things to try!

Friday, July 18, 2008

great idea #2

Ok, I'm CERTAIN this isn't an original idea of mine but I thought I'd post it anyway. I was just trying to organize my food storage stuff and I was surprised at how many things I didn't know I had an how easy it was to forget when I had purchased some of the things. Some things I thought were maybe only a year old were expired already.

There has got to be a better way than just guessing at what you have and when it all expires, so I came up with this spreadsheet. In the space where it says quantity, I just colored in the boxes to equal the number of cans, bags or cases that I have and will cross it off whenever something gets used so that I have a current inventory.

Yes, this is a little over the top I agree! And, out of the goodness of my heart, I made my spreadsheet downloadable - you're welcome!

Food Storage Inventory List - Google Docs

oh and I got this list of when certain things expire from the cannery...thought it was useful too!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

when God said...

When God said "thou shalt not covet", He certainly couldn't have anticipated that Restoration Hardware would come out with this...

It seriously is painful because I absolutely love Restoration Hardware more than any other store on the planet but can't afford even a door knob from that place. And then they come out with a children's line for me not to be able to afford either - awesome!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

daily vent take seven...

...dumb things people say! My only regret is that I'm not going to remember all of the dumb things people have actually said to me recently!

-We're at Disneyland and walking toward the train. Our stroller has a ZILLION things piled into the bottom of the basket. Instead of going through the turnstyle and trying to fold up the stroller, we decide to go up the ramp and have the train dude just open the little gate and let us in that way. So we get there and ask "can you open the gate for us so we don't have to try and fit the stroller through the turnstyle"? He looks at the stroller (and it's pretty obvious it's a stroller) and says "do you use that as a wheelchair"?

-Sorry mom, but you do this to me EVERY time you call. My HOME phone rings, it's mom and she says "oh, are you home"?

-People who say "he's the Tiger Woods of tennis" or "He's the Tiger Woods of swimming". What's next, "Eminem is the Larry Bird of rap."

-When I'm around people and I say "I'm so fat" or "my hair isn't done". I'm not looking for a compliment, I'm saying those things because I really am fat or my hair really isn't done!

-When I'm around Preston and I say "I'm so fat" or "my hair isn't done" and he agrees with me. I am NOT fat and my hair is ALWAYS lovely!

-When people ask you what your baby's name is - so you tell them. Then they proceed to tell you who they know that has a dog or a hampster with the same name.

-People who ask you if you saw the newest episode of a show and when you say no, they proceed to tell you EVERY SINGLE detail! The horrible part is when you show obvious disinterest and they keep telling you anyway. And the most horrible part is when the show is Battlestar Galactica!

-When you're wearing a shirt with a brand or a logo on it and some random person comes up and reads out loud what is written on your shirt and tells you like it is brand new information and you had no idea what was written on your shirt. "Hey, your shirt says Snowbird" - no kidding?!?

beach conversation...

Some strange lady to Annie: is that your little sister?

Annie: Yes.

Strange lady: what is her name?

Annie: Today it's Tinkerbell.

Poor Halle is going to have an identity crisis. Between getting called Bullseye, Steve and Tinkerbell, she's not going to know her real name!

Monday, July 14, 2008

o remember...

“Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?”

Henry B. Eyring recently gave a talk about keeping a journal and writing down the ways you have seen the hand of the Lord in your daily life. I am HORRIBLE at keeping a journal! I am also HORRIBLE at recognizing my blessings daily. I haven't done this yet so I am mostly posting this so that I will do it. I am making a mid-year resolution to try this for a while and see if I don't become a more grateful and humble person. Nothing fancy, just a few chicken scratches on paper. Anyone want to do this with me? Keep me honest people and I'll let you know how it goes...

"Tonight, and tomorrow night, you might pray and ponder, asking the questions: Did God send a message that was just for me? Did I see His hand in my life or the lives of my children? I will do that. And then I will find a way to preserve that memory for the day that I, and those that I love, will need to remember how much God loves us and how much we need Him."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

swimming lessons...

I actually wouldn't call them swimming lessons as much as I would supervised splashing hour - but all the same, Annie had a great time! Apparently she learned how to float and go under water, among other things but if you ask her to show you she says she doesn't know how - money well spent!

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Yes, I think it's a disease or something but we just got back from Disneyland AGAIN! We had a great time. My mom took Halle on her very first Disneyland trip (and Annie on her 13th). We decided to break Halle in early since Annie didn't go until she was 1.

Every time I go I see someone I know - and this time wasn't any different. We met up with my cousins and their girls and some of our friends Ryan and Ashby and their girls. I would have LOVED to have spent more time with Ryan and Ashby but we just couldn't make it work...

Annie has waited and waited to be tall enough to ride Splash Mountain. She was SO EXCITED when she found out she was finally "taller enough"...Both Annie and I love pickles...and you can tell because we both chose that for our treat at Disneyland...

My mom said she wouldn't take us if we didn't at least spend one day at the beach. Well, twist my arm! Annie had a great time and was really brave (for Annie) and went far into the ocean. Some of the waves even crashed over her head - she had a BLAST at the beach!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

i'm so comfortable right now...

The other day I brought Halle in from the car and then went back out to get some things I'd left in the car. When I came back in, this is how I found her in the carseat. She was sleeping like a log and didn't seem to mind that her body was forming a perfect 90 degree angle...

what, floods aren't racist???

Have you all noticed that Cedar Rapids is under 10 feet of water. Thousands upon thousands of people are displaced? Have you noticed that nobody is looting every empty property in sight? Have you noticed that nobody is shooting at rescuers? Have you noticed any victims on TV wondering where the federal government is to 'take care of them'?

Or, have you noticed victims, who have lost everything, make comments like 'life goes on', 'we'll just need to pick up the pieces and start over', and 'at least we still have our lives'. Maybe Barak could help make victims of these survivors as well, convince them that they aren't strong enough to take care of themselves, or that they're not smart enough to survive. Maybe we should subsidize their lives for the next 2+ years, free housing, $2000/month to not work...

A couple questions from The National Review: Where are all of the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods? Where's the media asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn't solved the problem? Where are the FEMA trucks (and trailers)? Why isn't the Federal Government relocating Iowans to free hotels in Chicago? When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines? Where are Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks? Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes and big screen television sets? When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to rebuild a 'vanilla' Iowa, because that's the way God wants it? Where are the people declaring that George Bush hates white, rural people?

How come in 2 weeks, you will never hear another word about the Iowa flooding ever again?