Monday, August 31, 2009


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


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


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!!!


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 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.