Saturday, December 19, 2009

fat pizza...

Tonight for dinner I made home made pizza. After it had been in the oven for a while I told Annie to go and see if it looked done. She walked over, looked in the oven and said "oh yeah mom, it's done. It's looking really fat, just like your tummy and that's FAT."

Thanks for the reality check, Annie!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

christmas lights...


Last night we went with Preston's sister to Thanksgiving Point to ride through the lights. They were nothing spectacular but the kids had a GREAT time! We piled some blankets into the back of their truck and off we went.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

day six - toffee...


I have always loved toffee but I have just been too scared to make it. This year I bit the bullet, bought a candy thermometer and decided to dive in head first. After stirring until my arm fell off and then for another 15 minutes after that, the toffee part was finished. I wasn't so sure it was going to turn out but I'm pretty impressed with myself - and it doesn't taste half bad either.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

day five - cookies...




Annie has been BEGGING me for weeks to make sugar cookies. I finally bit the bullet and she was so excited to start decorating them. This activity more than others really tests my quest for perfection and design. It takes every ounce of control I can muster just to let her do it her own way - but I did. The cookies turned out great and I wouldn't have it any other way. She was one happy girl! Even dad got in on the action and turned out some pretty "cute" cookies!

Monday, December 14, 2009

sweetest thing...


I don't know how it happened or what I did but I have the sweetest 5 year old on the planet! It is no single event or happening that makes me say this, it is just a bunch of constant thoughtful actions on her part.

Today she asked me if she could go outside and play in the snow. Sure. So she got herself dressed in her coat and boots and headed outside to play. As she was walking out the door I told her to "stay by our house". When I looked out the window there were a bunch of kids her age playing on a snow mound but I didn't see Annie. I went downstairs and opened the garage door to see her standing in the driveway. I asked her why she wasn't playing over with the other kids and she said "because you told me to stay by our house".
The other night I had just had a really long day and I had lost my patience. I was being shorter with Annie than I should have been and when she asked me a question I told her to go to her room and figure it out and I'd be there in a minute. Well, a minute turned into about 10 and when I finally made it into her room I found her fast asleep in her bed. She had gotten herself into her pajamas, turned on her night light, turned on her music, put a few books by the side of her bed and fallen asleep before I made it in.

Most kids get a treat and want to eat the entire thing themselves, not Annie. One of the first things she does when she gets a treat is ask if she can share some with Halle (or whoever is around). She has always been such a good sharer. She is the best sister to Halle and is always concerned about Halle before herself. She is always willing to help me do whatever it is I need and she CONSTANTLY reminds me what it means to be loving and forgiving. She is definitely the kinder and gentler spirit in this house. I love her so much and every day I'm grateful that I'm lucky enough to be her mom - though I'm not exactly sure who is raising who.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

day four - cake balls


I came across this recipe from one of my favorite new websites http://www.bakerella.com/. All the reviews said they were easy and delicious (not to mention cute to look at) so I decided to give them a try. These little gems were neither easy nor delicious but here they are none the less. For this recipe I used dark chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting. IF I make these in the future I think I'll try something like chocolate cake and chocolate frosting or german chocolate frosting.

if games were won...


If games were won by who had the cutest fans, UTAH definitely would have taken the cake today. It's a shame they lost but at least I had some moral support from the cutest fans in the league since I have to live in a sea of blue.
funny side note - I got Preston tickets to the game and while we were sitting at home getting ready to watch the game on TV, Annie started complaining that she wanted to go to the game. I told her that wasn't an option but that we could look on the TV and see if we could see dad anywhere. She thought I meant that he was playing IN the game. It wasn't until several minutes in that she finally asked which number he was and I told her we should look for him in the stands.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

day three - thankful turkey


I was trying to come up with a little craft that Annie could do while she was waiting for dinner to get finished tomorrow and I came up with these little "thankful turkeys". Annie cut out the feathers and I did the head and then we wrote what we were thankful for on each feather. I think they turned out pretty cute and they were SO EASY! I also thought I could have used a potato but I had a whole bunch of apples just laying around so I went with those. What a cute table decoration too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

funny annie...

We got Annie's hair cut today. We went to the Cookie Cutters by our house. When it was Annie's turn a guy sat her in the chair and asked her how she wanted it cut. She said "I want it a little bit long and a little bit short. After clearing that up he proceeded to cut her hair. She instantly got this look of sheer terror on her face (I wish I had taken a picture). When her hair was all finished I asked if she liked it and she excitedly said that she did. It wasn't until we got home that she said, "mom, I didn't know that boys cut hair so I thought he was going to cut me some boy hair". No wonder she had sheer terror on her face - I would to if I thought I was going to get a boy hair cut. Then she goes, "mom, if he had cut me a boy haircut dad would have come home and said "who is this boy girl and where is Annie".

Oh, I love having conversations with a five year old!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

25 things...

I'm sure most people saw this when I posted it on Facebook but I've gotten in "trouble" for not blogging lately, so I'm putting this on my blog too. They're just 25 random things you might not know about me...

1. I love dry humor. Speaking of which...I'm really funny!

2. I love politics. I got really into politics in college and now I'm a junkie. Not only do I love it but I'm always right.

3. I can't speak in any foreign accent. When I try I sound like I have a mental disability.

4. When I was in college I wore a size 9 shoe. After I had my first daughter my feet grew to a size 10. Now, after having my baby my feet ballooned into a size 11. In case you're wondering, they don't make cute shoes in size 11.

5. I am into homeopathic remedies. I haven't sworn off modern medicine and doctors but my kids aren't immunized and I think everyone should have a bottle of silver on hand.

6. I wish that people would randomly drop treats off on my doorstep. Maybe I would like to actually know who it was that was bringing them to me so I would feel comfortable eating the treats but how fabulous would it be to have people just show up with a plate full of treats?

7. I'm just not sensitive at all. I don't believe in sugar coating things. If you feel a certain way - say it. People just need to grow thicker skin.

8. I like old movies and music. Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, The Letterman, Doris Day, Bing Crosby - all good artists. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Snowball Express, Holiday Inn, Apple Dumpling Gang, The King and I, Breakfast at Tiffany's - all good movies!

9. I am awesome at parallel parking. I don't know what it is and how it happens but I can fit any car into any space and end up 2 inches away from the curb on the first try. I impress myself with that talent all the time.

10. I would secretly like to be a journalist, scratch that, an editorial columnist. I want people to hear what I have to say not write about what someone else is thinking.

11. I am attracted to geeky guys (except my husband, he's AWESOME and not geeky at all). I would totally date Ross from Friends.

12. I hate war movies. My husband loves them. Therein lies the conflict.

13. When I go to Cafe Rio I order the pork salad. When I go to Chili's I order the Buffalo Chicken Salad. When I go to Paradise Bakery I order the Turkey and Artichoke Panini. When I go to Pei Wei I order the Pei Wei Spicy. When I go to Red Robin I order the Teriyaki Chicken Burger. When I go to California Pizza Kitchen I order the BBQ Chicken Salad. I love to eat out.

14. I like to learn and use big words. My new favorite words are tangentially and proclivity.

15. I have a zillion projects floating through my head at any given moment. I always have really good intentions of starting at least one or two of them - but rarely do. But trust me, they are REALLY good ideas, and cute too!

16. I love bargain shopping. I don't buy anything unless it is on sale and if it is more than $10 then I probably won't buy it. I'm really good at finding deals.

17. I wish I could play the guitar.

18. I worked at Thanksgiving Point on the beverage cart at the golf course for 2 years. It was a great job and I love golfing. I wish I got to play more but children and golfing are not cohesive.

19. If I could eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be chocolate cake - that's a food right?

20. I hate swimming in the ocean. I like being near the ocean but not actually IN there.

21. I have a series of strange, non life threatening disorders - one of which is costalcondritis which is the inflamation of the cartlidge around the ribs.

22. I love Disneyland. It is a newer obsession of mine. In the last 3 years I have been 14 times.

23. I am a horrible example to my daughter. I am constantly telling her not to say words like stupid, hate, idiot and dumb yet my top 4 most uttered words are stupid, hate, idiot and dumb.

24. Before I got pregnant with Halle I had ZERO cavities. After I had her I had 16 cavities. And YES, I brushed my teeth.

25. I love to garden but I'm awful at it and I kill everything I try to grow!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

let me in...

I don't understand parents when they say that their kids don't like to get in the tub. Mine have the exact opposite problem. Annie would take a bath 3 times a day if I would let her and Halle is following suit. I wish that that last sentence had said "is following IN a suit" becuase this is what I found the other day...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

day two - breadsticks...

I know that to some people (ok, most normal people) breadsticks probably wouldn't be considered a craft. But, I spent so much time making 120 breadsticks from scratch yesterday that I didn't have time to do anything else, so I'm counting it!

I also didn't think this whole 30 day craft thing through completley because I failed to remember that I would be immersed in preparations for Super Satruday this coming Saturday. So, I'm probably going to be craftless until Sunday or Monday. But after that, it'll be 30 crafts in 30 days-ish!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

day one - christmas tags...



Well, I thought I would start out with something easy and make gift tags. It was NOT easy! Coming up with all the ideas was horrible, getting all the supplies from every corner of my house took forever and at the end of it all, my kitchen looked liked a hurricane had blown through - all for these "simple" little gift tags. Hopefully today's craft (once I decide what it should be) will be less difficult. Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

30 days...

I've recently decided that I needed to "do more" with my days even though I'm not exactly sure what I meant by that. So in an effort to "do more" I shut down my card business and figured that could wait until the kids were older and in school. Just doing that alone has given me a lot more time to spend with the kids and more time to do things that I want and need to do. I took up baking or more specifically, bread making and have been making about 8 batches of bread items a week. We've had pizza, cinnamon rolls, breadsticks, rolls, artisan breads and more. I love to sew and decided I needed to do more of that, so this summer I made my kids some skirts to wear around the house and to church. All of this "activity" has been fun but there is still more I want to do. I'm giving myself 30 days and I'm calling my goal: 30 crafts in 30 days-ish. I can't promise that all of them will be cute or worthwhile but I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BEST email I've gotten in YEARS...

-I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

-More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can
think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell
my own story that's not only better, but also more directly involves
me.

-Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you
realize you're wrong.

-I don't understand the purpose of the line, "I don't need to drink to
have fun." Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and
sticks when they've invented the lighter?

-Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're
going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to
be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the
direction from which you came, you have to first do something like
check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to
yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're
crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

-That's enough, Nickelback.

-I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

-Is it just me, or are 80% of the people in the "people you may know"
feature on Facebook people that I do know, but I deliberately choose
not to be friends with?

-Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't
work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically
fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all
know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards
or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

-There is a great need for sarcasm font.

-Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and
suddenly realize I had no idea what the f was going on when I first
saw it.

-I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually
becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting
90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's
laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little
bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the
only one who really, really gets it.

-How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

-I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than
take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

- I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear
your computer history if you die.

-The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to
finish a text.

- A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the
spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

- LOL has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

- I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

- Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron
test is absolutely petrifying.

- Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart",
all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

- How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod
and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

- I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up
to prevent a ---- from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

- Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in'
examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete
idiot. Today I had to spell my boss's last name to an attorney and
said "Yes that's G as in...(10 second lapse)..ummm...Goonies"

-What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

- While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and
instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

- MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I
know how to get out of my neighborhood.

- Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the
person died.

- I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the
shower first and THEN turn on the water.

-Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,
and you can wear them forever.

- I would like to officially coin the phrase 'catching the swine flu'
to be used as a way to make fun of a friend for hooking up with an
overweight woman. Example: "Dave caught the swine flu last night."

-I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

- Bad decisions make good stories

-Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their
profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got
the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if
I do!

- Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

-If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring
would probably just be completely invisible.

-Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go
around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly
nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be
a problem....

-You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work
when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything
productive for the rest of the day.

-Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't
want to have to restart my collection.

-There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are
going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

-I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me
if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I
swear I did not make any changes to.

- "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

-I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people
watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will
they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren't
watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and
leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

-I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?
Dammit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and
goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone
and run away?

- I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not
seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

-When I meet a new girl, I'm terrified of mentioning something she
hasn't already told me but that I have learned from some light
internet stalking.

-I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle,
then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

-Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising
speed for pedophiles...

- As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers,
but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

-Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still
not know what time it is.

-It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

-I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to
answer when they call.

-Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.

-Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car
keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the
Donkey - but I’d bet my --- everyone can find and push the Snooze
button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time
every time...

-My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would
happen if you ran over a ninja?" How the hell do I respond to that?

-It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on CNN.com and
the link takes me to a video instead of text.

-I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they
drive behind obeys the speed limit.

-I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

-I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or
Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

-The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw
they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words,
someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think
about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people
eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by
myself. There's nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard
before dinner.

Monday, September 14, 2009

favorite new website...

Warning, this website can suck away hours of your life without you even realizing it. Another warning, some of the captions can be a little PG-13 rated but other than that, I've found my favorite new time waster! http://www.jakeoftheweb.com/

Saturday, September 12, 2009

4 for 4...

As I said in my previous post, Halle is a MAJOR bonk face. I just took a picture of her latest bonk. WARNING in one of the pictures she looks dead. She's not she just didn't like the flash. The bonk on her forehead is from 3 days ago, the cut on her eye is from 2 days ago, the black eye is from yesterday and the bonk just under her eye is from tonight.

I SWEAR I don't beat my child although I'm a little worried that if CPS saw her right now they might wonder.

Ok and now that I'm looking at the pictures, these make her look worse than she actually does but SERIOUSLY, can we just go a DAY without having a major bonk? My poor baby :(

mom I want to marry...

Today we were in the car and Annie goes "mom you know which man I love the most? Well, it's daddy but you know what man I love the most thats on a ride? Indiana Jones. I think I want to marry him." Oh by the way, she's never seen Indiana Jones before...where does she get this stuff?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

and this bonk makes #973...

I'm going to TRY and compile an injury list for Halle in her short 16 months of life. I can only remember the "major" injuries, the small ones occur too often for me to try and remember those.

-fell off the bed in our bedroom
-sliced her finger on the heat vent
-fell off the bed at my aunts house
-fell down the stairs
-fell off the bed
-fell into the corner of the hutch and bonked her gums off
-fell down the stairs
-bonked her teeth out on the driveway while I was holding her hand
-fell into the buffet and bonked her face off in Jackson Hole
-got the biggest goose egg I've ever seen by falling into the corner of a piano
-slided her eyebrow in half when she fell onto the pot lid she was carrying around

The saddest part of this whole list is that she is actually a very well supervised child...can you imagine if she weren't? Poor Halle bonks her head at LEAST 2 or 3 times a day I always just pray that there isn't going to be any permanent damage - so far, so good (knock on wood). I really love that little bonky face though!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

my feet felt like 40 pound weights...


but I finished. I know it was only a 10k and people who run do twice that distance on a daily basis but for me, it was a big deal. I LOATHE running, I hate it. I would rather chop off my knee caps so "training" for 6.2 miles was quite an accomplishment. Funny thing is, now I actually enjoy a 2 or 3 mile run.

This last weekend my friend Kathryn and I ran the Swiss Days 10k. I felt pretty good until about mile 5 1/2 when my feet suddenly felt like they weighed 40 pounds each and I wanted to melt into a puddle on the floor.


My very most favorite part was looking toward the finish line and seeing Annie jumping up and down waiting for me to cross. When I finished she ran up to me and said "mom I was so proud of you, I had tears on my face". Who wouldn't be proud of themselves after that???


Oh and I would just like to say that the water on my shirt is rain NOT sweat and that this picture was taken AFTER the race. Why I'm showing everyone the orange in my cup...I still don't know.

Monday, August 31, 2009

quotes...

I've been looking for a good quote for my 2009 blog book. I don't know if I've found "it" yet but I've come across several quotes that I like:

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind". ~Dr. Seuss

"One of life's greatest myseteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the greatest grandchildren in the world".

"Your children will become what you are, so be what you want them to become".

"If I had my child to raise over all again,
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd finger paint more and point the finger less.
I'd do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging". ~Diane Loomans

"Whatever hour God has blessed you with, take it with a grateful hand, nor postpone your joys from year to year, so that whatever place you have been, you may say that you lived happily." ~Roman Philosophy

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

obviously I looked for my shoe in the...


One of Halle's latest "hobbies" is to take things from one location and put them in another location. I have found one shoe in the bedroom and the matching shoe in the garbage can. I have found socks, CD's, a camera, money, papers, toys, kitchen utensils, you name it, in the garbage can. I literally have to follow behind her and pick up after her path of destruction. If I don't keep my eyes on her 24/7 whatever she is carrying or playing with will be lost for good.

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law was at my house and when she was packing up to go she could NOT find her shoe. We looked EVERYWHERE we could think of and couldn't find it anywhere. So she left my house, stopped at the gas station and drove home without her shoe. As she was leaving she told me to bring her the shoe when I found it.

I forgot about the shoe until a few days later when I finally found it IN THE CROCK POT!!! Halle had opened the cupboard, taken off the lid to the crock pot and shoved in the shoe. If she had been playing with my shoes, they never would have fit in there :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

what do you call someone who eats all the ice-cream...

The kids and I are in Jackson Hole with my parents. So while here we went to the grocery store and one of the things we picked up was DELICIOUS Rocky Road ice cream. It lasted all of 30 seconds and so today we decided to go get some more. After we got the ice cream I told Annie that I was going to eat it all and not share. My mom said "she's a pig isn't she Annie". Annie got all sorts of upset and said "NO, she's a raccoon grandma". I guess raccoons don't share any of their food!?!

Monday, August 17, 2009

what did you do this weekend?

If it is true that bad luck happens in threes I better go get a bunch of lottery tickets because I'm due some good luck any minute now.

This Friday was my brother-in-laws wedding which was great. They had their reception at an art studio which meant they had to have valet parking because there was NOWHERE to park. I got there before the valets (and before anyone else for that matter) and so I had to find my own place to park. I pulled around the back to a parking lot, saw that there were some reserved spots with signs, some reserved spots with painted numbers and about 4 spots with nothing - so I parked there. The wedding reception got over, my feet were bleeding, the kids were crying, my hands were full of stuff. I walked out into the rain to unload everything into the car - and it was gone. Since I've been known to lose my car more than once, I head back inside, walked back out the way I came in the first time and still, no car. So I went up to Preston and said "either my car has been towed or stolen. I really hope it has been stolen". Sure enough, it had been towed. So 2 hours and $150 later, we got my car out of the impound lot and headed home with even bloodier feet, tireder kids and rainier rain.

Saturday I sat down to the computer to check the bills and the bank account balance. When I opened up our account I noticed that the account had -$103.00 (which wouldn't be unheard of for us except that Preston had just been paid a week before). So I look into the details of the account and notice that the guy I rented my camera lens from had withdrawn $900.00 instead of $90.00 - which means that not only do we have no money for the next 3-5 days, we also have a few hundred dollars in overdraft charges.

Sunday, I'm laying in bed hoping that Preston will get up with the kids - which he FINALLY does and as I'm starting to dose off again I hear him come in the room and say "GET UP, I need your help, the basement is flooding"! I'm thinking, it didn't rain THAT much on Saturday. But when I got to the basement and saw the window wells looking more like swimming pools I started to panic. After a few hours of dumping the water into buckets and hauling it out to the front yard where the grass wasn't a swampland, we finally got all the water out of the window wells. After we finished that fun task, we started the process of drying the carpet out in the basement. Not only did the basement flood but now our water bill is going to be enormous. Fabulous. Turns out, Annie and her friend left the hose on the night before.

What did you do this weekend?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

conversation...

Me to Preston: Are you sure you're going to love me for eternity?
Preston: Not if you keep getting the car impounded.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

bye bye toothy face...

I want to BURST into tears just thinking about this. Yesterday I was holding Halle's hand and we were walking UP the driveway when all of sudden she just fell on her face. Not her hands or knees or anything but flat on her face. The sound of her teeth hitting the concrete still haunts my memories. Anyway, when I pulled her up, her mouth was totally bleeding and after I got her all cleaned up I noticed the worst thing ever. The front tooth on the right side was chipped and the tooth on the left side was pushed up and sideways. She seems to be doing better today and isn't any worse for the wear - me on the other hand, I'm SO SAD! I'm going to miss her toothy smile. I think ultimately her teeth will be ok (minus the chunk out of the side) but still, it's just so sad. I'll have to post updated pictures when I finally take some.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

rhode island diner...


Next time you're in Oakley, Utah stop by the Rhode Island diner. Okay, nobody is EVER just passing through Oakley so let me say this: make it a point to have a fun family outing to Oakley and eat at the Rhode Island diner.

Several months ago my mom called me and said that she and my dad were driving to Oakley to eat in a diner car. Thought going through my head "okay mom, that's neat". So when we were all in Midway and she suggested that we drive to Oakely to eat there I was a little less than thrilled as I was already starving. But I'm a good sport and I went with the flow.

I was so excited when we got there! The diner car is so cute, it is full of amazing history and the food is WONDERFUL! It really was a great experience and one I hope we do again soon.

Friday, August 7, 2009

recommendation...


I have a cook book obsession. I love to get them and then read through them. Rarely do I use them but I always have good intentions of using the ones I have. For Christmas my mother-in-law gave me the America's Test Kitchen Cook Book. I was thrilled to add another book to my small collection.

As I sometimes do, one day I was 'reading' my cookbooks. I think I was looking through the books to see if I could find a recipe for zucchini bread. I opened the America's Test Kitchen Cookbook and started looking through it - 3 hours later I was convinced it was the greatest cookbook on the planet.

Since then I have made many of the recipes in that book and they are easy and wonderful. Some of the things I like most about this book are that nearly every recipe has a picture to go with it. It has variations to almost every recipe, making for even more recipes. America's Test Kitchen also tests ingredients and appliances and makes recommendations for making the recipes better - trust me on this one, this book is worth every cent!

Today was a day of firsts for me. Using that cookbook, this morning Annie and I made butter rolls from scratch. Then I decided to try my hand at breaded, fried chicken (which I had to make home made bread crumbs for) with home made honey mustard sauce. All in all it was a successful day of first for me and my new favorite recipe book!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

annie's birthday...





For months and months Annie has been talking about her birthday and turning 5. She's been so excited to be 5 that it feels like she went from 3 to 5 because that's all we've been talking about. Several times a week over the last months, she would ask me "mom when is my birthday again" and when I would tell her the date she would say "no how many days" and I would say something like 67, 35 or 4. Last year Annie was dead set on having a Lion King cake (which turned out to be a nightmare) so this year when I asked her what kind of cake she wanted she said she wanted an Ariel cake (which actually, there is a lot more to that "theme" that involves her Ariel toy - but that's a whole other story). Months ago we started planning her Ariel birthday party. Needless to say, there was a lot of pressure to make this party fun for Annie since it has been in the making for nearly 6 months. We incorporated "under the sea" into her Ariel party so that we could play water games and have some fun decor. So if anyone needs any under the sea decorations - call me!!!

conversation...

Annie (whispering): "mom I'm still really thirsty, dad is being rude and it's time for scriptures and prayers".

soon to be sister-in-law...




In one week my brother-in-law Drew is getting married, FINALLY! His fiance (Alisa) is really cute and I'm excited to have another sister-in-law that I really like. There is only one problem with her...she's CRAZY!

She asked me to take their engagement pictures, then her bridal pictures and then their wedding pictures. Um, does she realize I have NO IDEA what I am doing? Apparantly not because she just keeps having me take pictures. Don't get me wrong, I like to do it, I think it's fun...I just feel bad that I'm not better at it.

I'm posting some of their pictures so you can see how cute my almost sister-in-law is and hopefully my lack of picture taking ability doesn't show too much!

toothy face...




Halle is one of the smiliest people I know. All you have to do is look at her and she is all smiles - toothy smiles that is. Ever since she was months old, she has smiled with her whole face. This only got funnier (and cuter) when she started getting more teeth. One of my favorite things to do all day is to look at Halle and make her smile. If you can't look at that face and be instantly happy and/or laughing there is something wrong with you. She really is such a sweet and wonderful baby!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

am I really this old...


This past weekend was my High School 10 year reunion. At first I was pretty excited to go but as the weeks got closer I was a little more apprehensive. Afterall, I hadn't seen ANYONE (except a few friends) from High School for 10 years and needless to say, the years haven't been kind to my waistline. I said to Preston that I hoped everyone from High School remembered me as a big fatty so that when they actually saw me they wouldn't think that I was "that girl who gained 400 pounds since High School". But as soon as we got there I wasn't worried as much as I had been and I ended up having a really good time. It was fun to see everyone and to catch up with old friends.


We started out the day at an alumni golf tournament. It was really fun and it was a perfect day for golf. Even better, I won the long drive contest and beat all the boys! In all fairness, I did get a significant jump from the white tees to the red tees but I really nailed that ball! I guess if you have to spend your 8 year anniversary with all of your high school buddies, you might as well be on a golf course!

daily vent take fourteen...

I am a horrible listener. After almost 30 years I have decided to chalk this up to selfishness. If I'm being honest with myself (and now with everyone else) I guess that deep down I just don't care about 75% of what people say and therefore just don't listen to and process the information. Not my proudest admission, but a true one none the less.

Bearing that admission in mind, people shouldn't go on and on about a subject you know I care NOTHING about. Are my not so subtle hints too subtle? Do I literally have to fall asleep while you're talking to me to drive home the point that I don't care about some subjects?

For instance, telling me that you just bought a Kawasaki Z599S means absolutely NOTHING to me so when I say "ohhhh" with as much excitement as I would if I were in a coma, please don't try to clarify yourself by telling me that it's just like the Kawasaki Z598T but with more horse power - you might as well speak Chinese to me. Which, lets be honest, I wouldn't listen to even if I did understand what you were saying.

This doesn't only apply to motor vehicles, it also applies to computers and movies or TV shows I've never watched or cared to watch EVER.

Telling me the plot of the latest episode of Battlestar Galactica is only going to put me to sleep, NOT induce a conversation. So when I turn around, gnaw on a carrot and fiddle with a calculator just to have SOMETHING else to keep my interest, PLEASE stop talking!

Furthermore, when someone says a punch line from a TV show that everyone gets but me because I didn't care enough to see the show in the first place, please don't take 25 minutes to explain all the nuances of the show to me just so I'll understand the line you told. Believe me, if I care, I'll ask.

This isn't to say that I'm completely heartless and never want to hear things that people have to say. If you talk about my children, disneyland or politics - I promise to listen!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

maybe...

Maybe this redesign of my blog will inspire me to blog more often...I hope so! I can't remember what happened last week if I don't write it down.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

little secret...

My kids both have horrible skin in that they have eczema. Both Annie and Halle get really dry and chappy skin, especially during the winter.

So here's my little tip for soft and wonderful skin...

Put 1/2 cup to 1 cup baking soda in the tub EVERY time they take a tub. I had a prescription eczema cream for Halle (because I completely forgot about this little tip) and it totally wasn't working. After the first tub in baking soda her skin was SO SOFT and since we've been doing this, her skin problems haven't come back! Halle has also had a really bad diaper rash and this has helped a ton with that too.

Friday, March 20, 2009

my latest dorkiness...











If you read this blog, it should come as NO SURPRISE that I like Disneyland a little bit. Check out my latest endeavour http://www.tipsfromadisneygirl.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 19, 2009

what's been going on...


Ok, I realize I've been a major slacker as far as blogging goes. I would like to blame it on the fact that I've just been so busy or that I'm spending less time on the computer - but I think the real culprit is Facebook. Well, Facebook and the fact that I'm trying harder to have less angst in my life and without angst I just don't have many things to vent about. That being said, my kids are still cute and I'm not totally immune to things really REALLY bothering me.

At the end of January, Uncle Ryan got home from his mission to South Africa. He looked fabulous and not one bit different. I thought he would have an adjustment but he seemed adjusted from the minute he stepped off the plane - it's great to have him home! It was funny, on the way to the airport I was telling Annie that we were going to get Uncle Ryan from his mission and she thought we were going to go to Africa - maybe one day!

Also at the end of January, Preston and I went to San Francisco for his company holiday party. He works for the greatest company, and not just because they fly us to California and put us up at the nicest hotel in the city - but that doesn't hurt either. It was a short trip but it was so nice just to get away (kid free) for the weekend. We packed a lot of things into 36 hours and had a great time.

side note...I'm really not 40 inches taller than Preston, it's a weird angle and I'm wearing 6 inch heels.



Then in February we went on Annie's 15th trip and Halle's 3rd trip to Disneyland. I'm telling you, that place never gets old. The more I go, the more I want to go back - it's an illness really. We planned the trip for when Ryan got home from his mission and it was great to go with everyone. The weather was FREEZING but it was still a lot of fun. I'm beginning to wonder if there is a spot at Disney where I don't have a picture?


Other than those big "events" we've just been hanging out and having fun (most days).


Halle is getting so big. She is almost walking *gasp*. She started really standing and stepping around 8 months and has been on the move ever since. Right around 9 months she started climbing the stairs and now she's a big pain to try and corral. She's got 7 teeth is still an awesome sleeper! She goes to bed around 6pm and wakes up around 8am but rarely naps during the day. She has got the wildest hair of any child I've ever seen. On the back of her head she has 2 callics that go opposite directions and that makes her fine hair stand straight up on the back of her head. Believe me, no amount of gel or mousse can tame that head. Her favorite things to do are spit and growl. If you try to coo at her, you'll get a big face full of spit. She can also say ma ma, da da and ba ba - though I'm not exactly sure she knows what she's saying. I took her to the insta care for her first ear infection last weekend and she weighed in at 18 pounds, she is a thick child! She is so much fun and such a great addition.




Annie is going through a crooked phase right now! She is obsessed with things being straight and not crooked. Her pants are crooked, her socks are crooked....and on and on. If she feels that one thing is even slightly crooked, she'll throw a fit and take whatever the cluprit is off. This has made getting dressed a real treat! I finally decided to let her wear whatever she wants from her head to her toes. So if you run into Annie on one of her especially "cute" looking days, just please try to notice that at least nothing is crooked. All of this crooked-ness has resulted in her wearing shorts and flip-flops for the last 2 months even on less than warm days. I just tell her "you can wear whatever you want, I just don't want to hear about it". So on the one day that she had worn flip flops and a short sleeved shirt and it snowed she walked around looking happy as a clam because nothing was crooked and I was happy because I didn't have to hear about it! Other than that Annie has been so much fun! She is such a fabulous big sister. I keep waiting for things to change and for her to start caring about Halle going in her room and messing up her toys or for her to get jealous or something but she just loves Halle so much and is such a big helper.