Thursday, October 30, 2008

holy cuteness...

My friend Ashby has the most amazing bow blog! In it she tells you how to make your own hairbows for FREE - how great is she?!? She just figured out how to make Disney princess hair clipies - you have GOT to check them out, they are so cute!

Check out Ashby's blog here!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

i can complain...

I always say that if you don't vote, you can't complain. Well, I voted today which means I have the next 4 years to complain (and no matter who wins, I'm sure I'll be doing PLENTY of it).

I voted early today, along with everyone else who wanted to avoid a long line come November 4th, which meant that I waited in line for nearly an hour. But as I was waiting to exercise the civic duty for which many fought and sometimes died, I was struck with emotion.

The people behind me were talking about the wonderfulness that is Obama - and if you've read my blog, well ever, you know I feel the exact opposite of that. But what struck me was the fact that here were nearly 100 people, waiting in a long line to exercise their right to vote too. And in that moment, it didn't matter to me who they were voting for but that they were voting. In that moment, we were all American's just wanting to make America better as we see it.

I blog about this neutral, patriotic moment only because I'm sure it will be a fleeting one. And in a few years, when things are really awful (because how can they be good given the choices we have) I can remember that on a sunny day in October, there was a moment, even a brief one, that I felt good about this whole political process.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

which kid is this...

If my mom couldn't tell and Preston had trouble, can you tell which of my children this is uncanny how alike they look...


Yesterday Preston turned on the sprinklers to water the grass. I could end the post there and that would be remarkable in and of itself because it was October 27th yesterday and the fact that we still need water on the grass is pretty amazing. What's even more amazing is the fact that Annie ran through the sprinklers at 6:00 at night, in her clothes and wasn't even cold. I wonder how many more October 27th's she (or anyone else for that matter) will be able to run through the sprinklers?

Monday, October 27, 2008

daily vent take twelve...

I hate it when someone calls you and leaves a message, either on your cell phone or your home phone - or worse, BOTH and says "I'm just calling you" or "I guess you're not answering". Two words...caller ID. I check it. I'll call you back if I see you've called. You don't need to leave a message just to say that you're leaving a message.

Along with that...

Why is it that when you call someones cell phone and the answering system comes on that that lady comes on and says something like press 5 or press 2 and it takes you nearly 4 extra minutes to actually get to the voicemail system of the person you're trying to call. Who actually pushes those extra buttons rather than leaving a voicemail?

I also hate it when I get someones voicemail and they are either way too serious, give you way too much information or are trying way too hard to be funny..."Hi this is Emily. I have 2 kids, I used to work in an architectural firm, I love to read and cook, I'm a Libra and I wear size 11 shoes. My kids are adorable and I have some left over pot roast in my fridge. Please leave me a message and I'll call you back as soon as I can but I have a dentist appointment so if it takes a while, I'm sorry."

If you're going to call me that's fabulous, I would love to talk to you. I would NOT love to sit and listen to dead air while I try to come up with new things to say every 2 minutes. There is a certain someone that calls me a lot (who doesn't read this blog, so don't worry, it isn't you) and whenever they call me they say "I was just calling to talk to you" but then they sit there and I have to come up with EVERYTHING to say. When that gets old (which only takes a few minutes) I do the classic try to get off the phone phrases which NEVER work with this person! "Okay, thanks for calling, I'll call you later...".

And finally...when you're done talking and you've said all you need to say, end the conversation and hang up the phone. Nothing bothers me more than a 10 minute good-bye. My favorite end to a conversation is "okay BYE" - click!


A few weeks ago we my parents took us to Lagoon. I think the last time I was at Lagoon was maybe 10 years ago when I went to Frightmares on a date. And, when you're spoiled like some people and go to Disneyland every 20 minutes, Lagoon just doesn't seem that cool.

Anyway, we went and Annie had a really good time - which is all that matters I suppose. I couldn't belive how much had changed and at the same time how much it stayed the same. I used to think that my mom was crazy for liking the sky ride the best and now I guess I'm old or something but that's my favorite ride too (or maybe it's because it was the only ride I rode ALL DAY long)! We were lucky and had good weather so all in all it ended up being a pretty fun day (though if I don't go back for another 10 years, I won't feel too bad).

When I was little my dad used to tell me that he'd buy me any treat I wanted at Lagoon if I could just hang on to the side of the ride and not slide down next to him. We'd go on it several times so I could try with all my strength to hang on. I never could (though I'm pretty sure I got a treat reguardless). This time Annie wanted to go on the scrambler and since pregnancy brought on motion sickness, my dad was the lucky rider. He told Annie the same thing he always told me...she didn't last too long before she slid over though...

Friday, October 24, 2008

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trip to the dentist...

I didn't go to the dentist while I was pregnant so I figured I had better schedule an appointment for Annie and I. I talked to her for a couple days before and told her the dentist was great and that he used a tickle brush and that he could probably tell if she had princess teeth or not (ANYTHING having to do with a princess is compelling for Annie). So we got the dentists office and I sat in the chair first and told her how fun it was so she wouldn't be scared. So I get finished and it's her turn. She sits down and everything is great. They start cleaning her teeth and exactly 1/2 way through she decides to FREAK OUT and closes her mouth. No amount of bribery or threatening got to this child. She was determined that she was done! After like 10 minutes of asking and pleading, she finally opened her mouth again once the dentist promised not to clean anymore and once he told her he just wanted to see if her teeth looked like Belle's teeth.

As a side note, I have 11 cavaties and have to go back in for 3, 2 hour apointments. I'm pretty sure my insurance is going to drop me. First the ambulance and now this!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

birthday fun...

I decided to start my birthday off with a bang. So for a little extra excitement I decided to take a ride in an ambulance.

A few nights ago I was sitting at the computer, the kids were asleep in bed and Preston was in Salt Lake working late. I was chatting with some friends and all of a sudden I couldn't breathe. I fell to the ground and tried to catch my breath - it was like someone had kicked me and I had the wind knocked out of me. After a few minutes of still not being able to catch my breath I crawled into the other room and tried calling Preston. His phone was dead so I couldn't get in touch with him - so I called my mom. She told me to call 911 - which I didn't want to over react and do, so she told me that they were on their way down to my house. After about 5 minutes of rolling around on the floor in pain and still not being able to catch my breath I called my mom and asked where she was...she said they were still only on the freeway in Salt Lake. I was determined to wait it out and not freak out. Well, not being able to breathe is not only a little bit scary but it is also not very fun. So after 15 minutes, I finally gave in and called 911.

The dispatcher told me that she was sending the medical personnel - and boy did she ever! After only maybe 5 minutes of waiting 3 police cars, a fire truck, fire personnel and an ambulance rolled onto the street - sirens and all. Needless to say, every neighbor within a mile was standing on their driveway waiting to see the spectacle that was Emily.

Anyway, they hauled me out on a stretcher and into the ambulance and took me to the hospital. All of that only to find out that I have a condition of the esophagus which causes my esophagus to expand and push on my trachea and make it feel like I can't breathe.

So my first (and hopefully last) ride in an ambulance was rather uneventful - they didn't even go fast!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

look mom, a new dress...

I'm was sitting at the computer today working on a bunch of stuff for Relief Society and from the other room I hear Annie say "wow, a new dress". I didn't think much of it until she came in the room actually wearing her "new dress". When I finally caught my breath after laughing hysterically I asked her where she got it and she said she didn't know and that it "didn't fit so much" but that she loved it anyway. I couldn't get her to stop curtsying so I could take her picture. What you can't see very well from the picture is the tag that says '3-6 months'. I guess a true princess can make a dress out of anything - even a baby sleeper!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

good riddence...

After over a year of submersion in the political pool, I've finally had enough and I'm out. I can't take another minute of coverage, another one-sided story or another journalists biased opinion. I'm voting early and then I'm done for the next 3 1/2 years!

I'm sad that I live in a country that has come to seem more like communist China than the land of the free as far as freedom of speech and a balanced journalism is concerned. I've heard the most outrageous stories of people being arrested and put in prison for speaking out against Obama. I've watched more than several interviews where the "journalist" asked the most outrageous, ridiculous questions of anyone leaning even slightly to the right. I've watched men and women being unfairly accused and hung out to dry by the media - and I've had enough.

I never thought, especially a year ago, that I would be crossing my fingers for John McCain and hoping he would win. I don't agree with most of his policies. I don't think he has a good plan for America, I don't think he is qualified to lead this country. BUT I think Barack Hussein Obama is evil. I truly in the core of my soul believe that about him. So I find myself compromising my views and standards of what I believe this country is about and thinking of voting for the lesser of two evils - when did it come to this?

I could go on and on and ON about how much I disdain Obama and anyone that in any way supports or agrees with him (and yes, I really do. If you have even one thing in "common" with Obama I feel as though WE have nothing in common). I could go on and on about how evil and dishonest I think he is. I could go on and on about the flattering media coverage he is receiving and how duplicitous this campaign has been. I could go on and on about the unfair coverage Sarah Palin has received. If people said the same things about Hillary Clinton or even Barack Obama for that matter, that are being said about Sarah Palin, people would have lost their jobs, companies would have been boycotted and the media would be in a frenzy. I could go on and on and on about all of my frustrations - but I won't. I'm tired just thinking about it.

"...and by your fruits ye shall know them."

How many more leftist radicals, racist bigots, terrorist and criminals does Obama have to associate with before people see his true colors? I'm tired of the ignorance pleas. I'm tired of the excuses. I'm tired of everyone turning a blind eye to the fact that Obama is friends with all of these people. I'm tired of the lack of media coverage.

Obama doesn't salute the flag. Can you imagine, a President who doesn't salute the flag? Why is he even being considered for President let alone leading in the polls? Whatever his "personal reasons" may be, it is unacceptable to have a potential commander in chief who is unwilling to support the values that made up this country - and the flag as a symbol of that.

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism ." ~George Washington

I'm tired of the games.

I'm tired of the lies.

I'm tired of the selfishness.

I'm tired of it all.

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. " ~Samuel Adams

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

8 things...

Whenever I can't think of anything to blog about I go and steal ideas off of random blogs. Besides that, can you really know too much about me - didn't think so!?!

8 TV shows I love to watch:
The Office
Prison Break
American Idol
So You Think You Can Dance
channel 5 news
Little People, Big World

8 favorite restaurants:
Cafe Rio
California Pizza Kitchen
Paradise Bakery
Brick Oven
Cheesecake Factory
Pei Wei

8 things that happened yesterday:
I actually made dinner - chicken enchiladas
did stuff for Super Saturday
worked on the computer (big surprise)
watched a few episodes of The Office
I wore winter clothes for the first time this year
talked on the phone a LOT - but not by choice
I went to bed early
at home most of the day because we are back to one car

8 things I am looking forward to:
having 2 cars
my birthday - I always look forward to my birthday, I just like feeling "special" for a day
the next time I get to go to Disneyland
going to California for Preston's work Christmas party
the first big snow fall
getting our basement finished
checking most of the things off our house "to-do" list (I think that will take a few years)
Halle being able to sit up on her own

8 things I love about fall:
definitely fall food
the change in the weather
College Football
clothes that cover more of my fat
standing by the fire and getting warm
my birthday - of course
the colors

8 things on my wish list:
another car (sadly, I want a mini van)
-30 pounds
a cleaning lady
money to pay off our debts
free stuff from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware
digital SLR camera
more storage space
access to a private jet

all my funny is gone...

Maybe I'm like Sampson whose power came through his hair...maybe all my funny went away when I had Halle? I don't think it was as much "funniness" as it was angst for EVERYTHING and the ability to communicate it well. Whatever it was is gone. Now I'm like room temperature water in a plain see-through glass...could anything BE less interesting (picture Chandler from Friends when you read that)?

Monday, October 13, 2008

daily vent take eleven...

All I wanted to do was sit peacefully and watch Les Miserables - yeah right!

This last weekend, Preston and I went to St. George to watch Big River on Friday and Les Miserables on Saturday. The plays were excellent, the conditions we watched them in were not.

" you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men, it is the music of a people who will not be slaves again..."

The music of Les Mis is probably the best I've heard. I love it! I love it when I see it at the theater, I love listening to the soundtrack, I DO NOT love listening to the lady next to me sing along with the actors while the play is going on! Why do people do this? Am I supposed to be impressed that she knew the words? Was she hoping the director would hear her and give her the lead in the next production?

Then as if trying to avoid listening to Celine Dion next to me wasn't enough, I had to try not to listen to the dude in front of me explain every nuance of the plot to his ditsy girlfriend. I don't know if it was that she was really that stupid or if he was so into it that he felt the need to tell her what was about to happen. Isn't that what the plot summary in the playbill is for?

posterior decorator...

Annie has a bin in the kitchen that has paints, crayons, stickers, etc. She is constantly getting things out of the bin and creating something - which is fabulous. Well yesterday she ran across some stickers that I guess she forgot she had. I ran upstairs for a few minutes to grab something and when I came downstairs I found Halle covered in stickers. When I asked Annie what she was doing she said that she decided to "decorate" Halle.

Friday, October 3, 2008

birthday list...

My birthday is not too far away and some of my family members have been asking what I would like for my birthday. What I can't figure out is why they all look at me like I'm unreasonable after I tell them what's on my list?

-digital SLR camera with a few lenses
-satellite radio for the car & house
-the office season 4 DVD
-monthly pedicures
-gift cards

when 4 year olds get sick of cleaning...

The other day we were in our car driving home from somewhere and like usual, Annie is talking about this and that while I'm half listening and saying "oh yeah" and "really" just to make her think I'm listening intently. Well, she starts talking about this sign that she wants to color and the more she keeps talking the more excited she gets. By the time we pull into the driveway, she can hardly contain her excitement. She jumped out of the car, ran up to her room, pulled out a piece of paper, ran back downstairs and furiously starts coloring on this piece of paper. Next thing I know she is insisting on a piece of tape so she can hang her "message" on her bedroom door.

Me: Annie, what does you sign say?
Annie: Mom, it's a circle and a line and a kid.
Me: oh yeah, and what's that for?
Annie: It says that no children can come in my room and mess it up because I cleaned it a lot of times and it made me tired so no more children are allowed.

Who can argue with that logic? What I want to know in the world did she learn all of these things? They really are sponges!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

trip to the capitol...

We just got back from a vacation to Washington D.C. for 10 days. We had a great time and our kids were FABULOUS! Seriously, I can't even imagine how boring it must have been for a 4 year old to go from monument to museum to battlefield for 10 SOLID days and I didn't hear one complaint the entire time - Annie was such a trooper! We stayed with my aunt; first at her ranch and then at her house right outside of D.C. We saw all the sights and best of all, got to visit our cousins and friends! We really had a great time and thanks to everyone who made sure that we had fun.It's amazing how just being there, you can feel the history. You don't need to hear one word or see one thing, you can just FEEL it!
When we first got to Virginia we stayed with my aunt and uncle on their ranch. They have 8 horses, an awesome old house built during the civil war and a huge barn on a zillion acres. Annie was in HEAVEN while we were there.

Preston and my dad playing pool (or best out of three). I don't actually know who won...

My aunt showing Preston how to drive the tractor...
Annie was so excited that she got to ride on the tractor with her dad, and even mow the grass...

Annie loves horses but seeing as how she's not the bravest soul, I didn't think she'd actually get on and ride one. By the end of the stay at the ranch, she was riding a horse by herself...

There is something SERIOUSLY wrong with this picture...

This one is much better...Annie at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to measure how much money she's worth according to her height. Depending on the day, I'd take it (kidding)...At the Library of Congress they had a display about the National Treasure 2 movie about the Presidents book of secrets. One of my favorite things was the World War II Memorial. I wish I looked cuter but the memorial was fabulous...One of our good little travelers...Again, I wish I looked cuter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial but at least Lincoln was cute...The Vietnam War Memorial. My dad thought it was cool that you could see the Washington Monument in the reflection...Annie thought riding the Metro (or underground train) was really cool...Who needs a double stroller?Another one of Annie's favorite things was taking pictures. She actually ended up being really good at it, but she had an enfatuation with taking pictures of her feet. We seriously have like 20 pictures of her feet, 50 pictures of Halle and at least 20 pictures of random peoples bottoms...The Nationals stink and they played the Marlins who also stink, but who doesn't love a baseball game - especially when you get a free T-Shirt...The Iwo Jima memorial. It is a lot bigger than I imagined it being...We met up with our friends Ryan & Ashby and went to Sweetwater Tavern. The food was fabulous and it was fun to see them. Annie and their daughter Brooklyn had the BEST time playing together. Annie had a major meltdown when we told her it was time to go...

Of course we had to get a picture of the White House...We went to the Air and Space Museum by Dulles International Airport. It was WAY cooler than the one at the Smithsonian on the Mall...