Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Contemplating Coupons

I have such a love/hate relationship with coupons. I'm always collecting them because they're like free money and I feel like I can't just throw them away, but I just hate keeping track of them. I mean, maybe if there wasn't an expiration date {ugh} which requires me to constantly sift through them they might, just possible, be tolerable. Anyone else find themselves with this problem?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ok, I Admit It



Am I crazy, or have some of you done this too. Picked up your baby {which you know will most likely cause him to wake up} in the middle of the night and held him just because you are craving some cuddles from the little guy. James thinks I'm crazy to do this. But how can I not!

Monday, December 22, 2008

A time to be thankful


So I've been really busy with a bunch of random things lately. Hence the lack of blogging. Plus my blogging abilities (what little there is of them) have been a little dry lately. Anywho... here's a belated post about thanksgiving. My family got together at my house again this year and to keep up with family traditions we of course stayed up late playing wii once our stomachs were stuffed to their capacity. Don't cha like our new TV room. I go out of town for a week and look what happens while I'm gone. Kidding. He did ask. While I do think it's nice and all, I just don't get what's up with guys and their TV stuff. I would have much rather spent the money at a spa (many, many trips to the spa) or something.


I made the above cheesecake for thanksgiving dessert which was quite yummy if you don't mind me saying. Don't' worry. There's no need to get frazzled. I made some pumpkin pie too.


My brother made this wii character. Pretty freaking awesome huh?! Well, it's awesome if you have any sense of taste in movies. If you don't know what I'm talking about then I'm not even sure why you are reading my blog in the first place...


A bit random I know, but WHO did put this cup here. Sam, was it you? Come on. Fess up. It seems like something that you'd do. We do have counter space you know.

Phoenix Zoo


When we were in Arizona in November we went to the zoo again. I learned one thing here. Joshua is still too young to appreciate a nice zoo. I mean look at him. He looks bored out of his mind!


Some good did come of it though. First point of goodness. Noah learned to walk around while pushing his stroller.


Second point of goodness. Joshua got in touch with his true "boy" by becoming aquainted with a john deere tractor.


Third point of goodness. We saw a tiger climb up and down a huge tree. No joke. Look closely at the picture. Or just look down below for a closeup.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Forgetful Us

Rachel and I sure have short-term memories when it comes to some things. A great example is remembering if a prayer was said at night or at dinner. It's a very common thing to hear "Did we say the prayer?" about 30 seconds after it was said. It sure makes the person who said the prayer feel nice since their prayer was so unmemorable. :)

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Family Pics


We finally got some family pictures taken by my sister. Unfortunately Joshua was having a bit of a rough day (figures right?) and we weren't able to take them where we planned due to the tardy dish network guy (who was suppose to come between 8-12 and came like at 2 instead). We still got some really good ones despite the circumstances. You can look at them here and here. As always, thanks Sharon!

I didn't realize I needed to put a do not eat sign...

I'm not a fool. I knew this was possible. I guess I was just hoping he'd be able to make it through teething without realizing that he had a trusty wooden crib that felt oh so nice to sore gums. I particularly wish he hadn't figured this out in the middle of the night. Apparently he must have spent all night chewing and chewing and chewing on it because this is how we found it in the morning. Pretty ain't it? {how much did this cost again?}

So then I ordered something off line. But until it arrived I used a trusty sheet and made my own crib teether. I don't know how well it worked, but at least Joshua wouldn't be waking up with, as Alex so nicely described, "a mouth that looked like it had been in his poopy diaper". {I hope that wood finish doesn't kill too many brain cells. Best not to tell him I found him with wood finish on his mouth so I'm not the one to blame for any future problems}

And here's the new crib guard (which he is ripping off in this picture as I am trying to put it on...arg!). Of course when I put it on I realized that I should have ordered two of them because, hello, there are sides of the crib for Joshua to chew on too. That only took him about 1 nap period to realize. So, time to visit amazon.com yet again. I just love amazon. Maybe a little too much.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Obviously I did not make this...

My sister made this family Christmas "photo" out of felt. Talk about tallented (hence the title, since my artistic ability is almost nonexistent). All in all she was pretty happy with her work except that she noticed after the card was done that one of her legs was a tad fatter than the other {could this be a case of Christmas card elephantitis?} and that her 4 year old was a tad tall for her age {that is, unless she has a case of Christmas card gigantism}. But these things aren't even noticeable at all unless they are pointed out. Which I guess means they are now noticeable. Oooops.

Since she didn't feel like anything Christmas card worthy had happened this last year in her family so she decided to put down her 4 year old daughter Alex's dreams in the card (note: unless you have some freakishly awesome monitor screen that I would be totally jealous of, click on the image for a closer look at her dreams). What did I tell you. This girl has some creativity. Can you tell that Alex doesn't like robots but for some reason is fond of eye balls and spiders. Yeah, not the case with me. For some reason I get more scared of spiders by the day. I turn into a real girly girl around them which is totally and completely embarrassing but I just can't help it. Oh, and Alex also likes cats. Scary black ones in particular. At least that's what she wanted to be for Halloween....

Say Cheese!

So how many pictures does it take to get three babies to look at the camera at the same time? Obviously more than I took, and these are just the best of the bunch...

We've got Joshua looking here while Noah smiles at who knows what and Keanan decides there is something pretty cool under the table...


And now Keanan decides he'll take a look at the camera, but Joshua is checking out a little white dot on the stool and Noah can't keep his eyes open...

And now it appears that whoever was suppose to be making the babies smile is a little more interesting than the camera for Noah and Joshua, but not interesting at all to Keanan who is looking out into space...

Hmmm, let's try this again.


We've got one baby looking...

Now no babies looking...


Once again only one baby looking...

Well, I guess 2 out of 3 isn't so bad after all!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bath Time Battles

At first, bath time with Noah sounded like a good idea. I mean look at this guy. He knows how to have a good time.



But then he started to get a little too wild for a fragile little boy like me



Hey mom, I think it's time for me to get out now.



I said I want out! Isn't anyone listening?! Help. Help. He's trying to pull me under!



Ahh, now that's what I'm talking about. A nice, quiet bath all to myself.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Halloween (lame title, but I couldn't think of anything more creative)

What do you get when you combine a 10 month old, no naps, a late bedtime, a 1.5 hour plane ride and trunk or treat?


And here's a closer look at the guy.

And now he looks like he's been out all night at a bar.
My little nephews Mario (Noah) and Luigi (Keanan) decided to join us at the trunk or treat to keep things in order. Actually, technically Keanan's dad is Joshua's cousin, but we figured we'd just call the little guys cousins for now so as not not confuse them. That's right people, Joshua is an uncle.


And here's another one of Joshua before I took him out to the bar. (Just in case you are a little slow today, I am joking. Though I'd like to mention that in some cultures they actually do put beer in babies bottles to help them sleep. There, now you have your educational lesson for today, and all while reading my blog! Don't worry, I didn't try the beer in the bottle technique either. Though, looking back, I can understand why some parents do.)

Lights, Camera, Action!


While I was in Phoenix I became a movie star. That's right, a movie star. Because I'm not too computer savy (which no longer matters since I'm a movie star now and can hire someone else in the future to figure out that kind of stuff for me), I wasn't able to figure out how to get this to play on my blog, but you can check out my new skills here.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

From 95 to 45 degrees in a matter of hours

We just got back from Phoenix. Well, we got back last week. I would have done a post sooner, but I've been a little obsessed with a few books I'm reading. Ahh, I just love the Eragon series. I'm reading this other one that I don't really like that much, but my compulsiveness pushes me to finish reading it as stupid as that is. Anyway, so we were in Phoenix for almost 2 weeks visiting my brother and his family again. We mainly went down for my nephew Noah's 1st birthday


but decided to stay a bit longer since I wanted to get my money's worth from the plane ticket. Lucia (my SIL) and I spent a few days getting things ready for Noah's party right when I got there. Note: don't expect this awesome of a party from me for Joshua's first birthday. My mom was selfish when it came to my DNA and kept her creative gene to herself. I'm just hoping to be able to at least make a cool looking cake. Got any good ideas B?

We visited my brother almost exactly 4 months ago and took this pic of the babies

And here's one from last week. Noah is still as huge as ever. Joshua has thinned out quite a bit. His wrist rolls are fading :( The only way I can see to save them is to hold Joshua all day long so he has no chance to move around and lose more weight. Which I'm faithfully doing. Oh yeah, I guess all this holding might have something to do with him freaking out when I put him down.

I'll do a couple more posts later of the boys playing together. Oh, and here's a picture of Noah on his birthday car. Ta ta for now.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tag, You're It!

So one of my wonderful, soon to have two babies 14 months and under (yikes!), friends tagged me. Finally, some kind of recognition that I really do exist! Well, ok. So my self esteem is a bit better than that, but it still feels pretty good to be tagged for once :)

While I am one to plan way in the future for some things, I don't plan for other things at all, like things that actually really matter. Hence, the following list is a little sparse, but I tried...

In 6 months I will be:

Hopefully in France visiting family. I'll be pretty much the same but a little older.

In 1 year I will be:

Maybe pregnant. We'll see!

In 5 years I will be:

A mom of kids instead of a kid. Probably living in the same place and doing a lot of the same things. Hopefully I'll finally know a lot more of my neighbors by this time.

In 10 years I will be:

I'd like to go back to get my Masters or Doctorate, but we'll see what James says about that and how old our kids (hopefully all here) are then. Once again, probably still living where I live now and doing a lot of the same old things. But I like the "same old thing", so I'm not complaining.

I will be 70 years old on my GOLDEN Anniversary and will:

Still be laughing, joking, walking, in control of all bodily functions, and holding my sweet husband's hand each day and loving him more than I did when we got married. I'd love to have a bunch of grandkids to spoil and some great kids of my own that have grown up well and become good, temple worthy adults.

Oh, and Mecham, you're tagged.

Isn't He a Little Old For This?



When Joshua was in the swing the other day I thought I'd take a picture to compare him to when he was only a few days old.



Whoa he has grown. Wasn't that like just last week?! I know he's getting a little old for the swing, but he still loves it so much and, I have to admit, it is a pretty good babysitter at times. Did I just say that out loud? Now I would never...

As you can see from this picture James and I, being new clueless parents, hadn't yet figured out that the head rest lowered, so poor little Joshua is striving with all his might to not topple sideways. Oops!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So Much for Being a Cool Mom

James told me the other day that it there is a new trend in Junior High/High School where you send someone in facebook an invite to "be in a relationship" with you if you want to go out with them, and if they accept then you are now officially boyfriend and girlfriend. Besides this being totally weird, but, let's admit, a somewhat convenient way to get past the "where is our relationship" talk, I can't believe that I am so out of the loop with what's happening so much already when I haven't even been out of High School for 10 years. Man, I'm going to be a total idiot when my kids are teenagers. So much for being the "hip" and "in the times" mom.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

It's Pull Up Time



This is how I found Joshua when I got him up from his nap earlier on today. Now he won't stop pulling himself up on everything. I guess it's crib lower'n time!

Oh, and isn't he so cute! He'll be able to dazzle the girls with those big blue eyes when he gets older...much older.

Mommy Hair

OK, so I know this is kind of a weird picture, but I just wanted to show how interesting my hair has gotten since I had Joshua. If you look closely, you'll notice in the top right corner of the photo I have tons of short little hairs that are pointing straight up in the air. They are driving me crazy. I can't get them to settle down. It's like they're possessed or something.

Along with this, I've lost about half of my hair. If this doesn't stop soon I'll be bald by the end of the year. Good thing I started out with really thick hair or I may have had to start looking into hair transplants already. A bald woman is a no go for me. Definitely not an option. I love Joshua and all, but I sure wish he came along with a nicer body and better looking hair rather than the other way around!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Did You Just Say Cowlick?

Joshua has one major cowlick. That's right, a cowlick. And no, I did not spell it wrong. And no, I certainly did not use the wrong word. How do I know this? I wish I could say I was smart, but I actually looked it up. Apparently I've been saying it wrong for years, because I always thought it was calic.


He also has some insanely swoopy bangs. Some of you may have thought that I have been purposely doing his hair like this in order to start preparing him for a mission at a young age, but this is not the case. I constantly try to "fix" the swoop but it just keeps going back into its favored position. It looks like a hairstyle from the 60's. Or is that the 70's? I don't know. I wasn't exactly around in either decade.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Finally...Quirks!

I've been meaning to write this for many a moons. I procrastinated it because it seemed like it would take forever. Sadly, I am apparently so odd, it didn't take me that long at all to make this list. Actually, some things aren't extremely odd, they simply define me. So, if you didn't already think I was weird enough, here I go...

1) I can't stand to cry in front of people. Crying by myself is barely tolerable.

2) As a teenager I ate cream of wheat and a tortilla with enchilada sauce on it almost every day for a couple of years.

3) I'm a great believer in the words of Monk "don't change anything". I hate change.

4) I love wind and the smell outside right before it rains.

5) I am a terrible artist. In fact, I can't stand to doodle because it looks so bad it makes me really frustrated.

6) I love to go to nice restaurants. Unfortunately I usually order the same thing over and over because I don't want to end up paying for something that tastes gross. See #3

7) I'm an introvert and an extrovert. It totally depends on the situation.

8) Speaking of being an introvert...I had the same piano teacher for over 10 years and I still shook in front of her while playing the piano.

9) I love to read text books. I usually have several books at a time I'm trying to read. Once I start a book I have to finish it. Don't know why.

10) I feel pretty when I'm really big and pregnant.

11) I can burp on demand.

12) I loves hugs, but I'm not a big fan of kisses. (unless they're from James or Joshua of course:)

13) I can't stand 80's music. Well most of it at least.

14) I'm always thinking up inventions.

15) I really wish I was a better swimmer but I'm too embarrassed to learn in front of other people because I'm so old.

16) I still get scared walking around any house in the dark.

17) I love math.

18) I am strangely flexible.

19) I find sitting on my knees with my legs out to my sides (like little kids) really comfortable.

20) I hate bugs, but I love the outdoors.

21) I have a pile of lotion and chap stick that I rarely ever use but still keep for some reason.

22) I often sing to myself (and now Joshua) throughout the day. Some days I start singing a song that goes along with anything someone just said.

23) I love doing puzzles, especially during the holidays.

24) I prefer several really good friends to tons of semi-good friends.

25) I'm a post it note-aholic. I have them everywhere for everything.

26) I love to organize and then reorganize things.

27) To my dismay, I am a total insomniac. The only time I'm able to sleep is when I shouldn't, like during church.

28) I love Star Trek. That's right. I'm a trecky.

29) I have already thought about what I and my sisters will do if our husbands die - I know I’m paranoid and a total over thinker.

30) My left and right pinky toes are completely different. One looks like my dad's toes, the other like my mom's toes.

31) I organize all my groceries on the conveyor belt when I check out at a grocery store.

32) I don't usually like to go clothes shopping, but I love grocery shopping.

33) I like to weed. In fact, when I was in school I used to take a "break" from studying to go weed my garden.

34) I can't help but read everything I see. It drives me crazy sometimes.

35) When I look at a clock I often try to put the numbers together in some kind of mathematical equation.

36) I used to know what picture appeared on every out of state license plate.

37) I always have cold feet. I sleep with socks on my feet like an old person.

38) I find really small spaces comforting rather than claustrophobic.

39) I can never remember what title of movie goes with what movie.

40) It really bugs me when I find spelling or grammatical errors in a book that I'm reading, which I always do.

41) When I read books I visualize everything happening. Later I don't know if I read the book or saw the movie.

42) When I was growing up I was often afraid that my older sisters would steal my friends or boyfriends.

43) I'm missing two permanent teeth. Apparently my body forgot to make them.

44) I like to be tough. Even labor pains were a little invigorating. But no, I am certainly not a masochist.

45) Often when I say things they sound so much better in my head than when I say them out loud.

46) I pretty much have my own personal conversation going on in my head at all times. CRAZY I know!

47) I get a headache from wearing glasses or having my hair up in a pony tail.

48) I am my own worst personal critic about everything.

49) It's embarrassing for me to walk in front of a group of people that are sitting down.

50) I really don't like to drive.

51) Most of the time I don't really care if I'm wrong.

52) I'm pathetically indecisive, which is why I don't really have a favorite anything.

53) One of my biggest pet peeves is when people don't have common courtesy and manners.

54) I am horrified of cooking for people, and especially talking in front of people.

55) Though I don't plan on this happening anytime soon, I'm kind of excited to die so I can know everything.

56) I feel awkward talking on the phone without a purpose in mind. I never know what to say.

57) If I get tickled too much I become violent.

58) I feel such accomplishment from crossing something off a list that I often write something down after it is done just so I can cross it off.

59) I think of what I'm going to say so much before I say it that sometimes I can't remember if I already said it or just thought about saying it.

60) I used to have a huge crush on Aladdin. Didn't all girls?

61) I am terrified of looking into a mirror in the dark.

62) I can't stand to wear socks that are even slightly damp.

63) I often change into sweats when I get home from somewhere so that I don't wear out my pants.

64) I find listening to really loud punk music relaxing.

65) I could eat pasta or Mexican food everyday, all day, for the rest of my life.

66) I always have at least 10 different kinds of cereal in my pantry at any given time.

67) I hate waking up. This is one reason I don't take naps. I don't want to experience this feeling more than once a day.

68) I am OCD with brushing and flossing. I spend a good 10 minutes doing both of these each night.

69) When I'm with my close friends or family I often act really silly and totally immature.

70) When I was younger I wanted to live with my twin sister forever.

71) I always forget simple vocabulary. It makes me feel so stupid.

72) I honestly don't even understand myself half the time...poor James.

73) When I was growing up I sometimes got along with my friend's parents better than my own friends.

74) I always want to buy jewelry even though I rarely wear it.

75) I hate it when people are obsessed with their cell phones and hold and look at them like someone is going to call them any second to tell them they are in labor or about to die.

76) For some reason I can't flex my left arm.

77) I like simple food. My favorite sandwich has either plain peanut butter or a piece of cheese on it.

78) I can't stand non-cartoon movies with talking animals.

79) I save napkins, tomato sauce packets, etc when we go out to eat.

80) When I talk on the phone I pace around in circles.

81) I'm extremely clumsy.

82) It bugs me when people use there/their/they're incorrectly, though I'm sure I've done it before.

83) When I spread something on bread, it has to be spread evenly and all the way to the crust.

84) I sleep with my hair sticking straight up and above my pillow at night so it doesn't touch my face and bug me.

85) I have a "separate stomach" for desert.

86) I eat ice cream with a fork.

87) I clean out the hair in my brush every time I use it. Can you say OCD?

88) Prissy girls and really sensitive people (the kind you have to be careful what you say around) drive me crazy!

89) I am constantly trying to do about 10 things at one time. This explains why it may take me a good 3 hours to finally finish unloading the dishwasher.

90) I also often plan on completing about 5 days worth of tasks in one day and end up running around like crazy trying, impossibly, to get everything done.

91) My husband is cleaner than me.

92) I would love to live and work on a farm one summer.

93) In public places I always throw away the first few squares of toilet paper on the roll before I use it.

94) People with long toe nails or males with long finger nails gross me out.

95) In High School, I forgot that my cat had died.

96) Coupons drive me crazy. I feel like I have to use them to save money, but keeping track of them is practically impossible.

97) I hate waking up to lawn mowers or birds chirping in the morning. See #67

98) I have a descent vocabulary, but I really wish I had an amazing vocabulary. I guess it would make me feel super smart or something.

99) I don't like the bathroom door shut when no one is in the bathroom. I feel anxious that I am going to walk in on someone.

100) I like to do DDR in public and shock everyone that a girl can actually do it, and pretty well if you don't mind me saying (this is some strange exception to my usual introvertness).

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Little Miracle

The other day James set Joshua down in his crib for a minute while he looked for some clothes to change him into. When he turned back around to pick up Joshua he was already asleep in his crib. Talk about amazing! If you have any kids, you know this ranks right up there with learning to talk, walk, and probably even graduating from college!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Great Assumptions

As I was swimming the other day I noticed that my legs were speckled with their usual bruises (which is not at all unusual due to my clumsiness). Is anyone else as clumsy as I am? I swear I pay attention to where I'm going, but somehow I end up running into everything. At least that's what I think happens. I usually don't remember where they come from. After the millionth bruise you kind of lose interest in their origin.

Well have I got a story for you (which has to do with bruises of course). Several months ago while I was at a work meeting I had several bruises on my arm from who knows where and the person next to me asked where they were from. I said I didn't know, but that I'd been working on finishing my basement recently and that maybe they were from that. She looked at me very suspiciously and accusingly said "what, did a beam hit you or something?" Talk about jumping to conclusions! To make matters worse, we met together the next day and I had to decide if I should wear short sleeves again and take the chance of this lady making another lame, totally uncalled for claim, or if I should wear a long sleeve shirt making it appear as if I'm trying to "cover" something up!

Also, several times when I've been away from home without Joshua people have asked me, sounding very concerned I must add, "where's your baby?" They've also asked my me and my husband this when we've been out without our baby. I've almost said to them that I left him at home by himself in a dirty diaper with knives lying all over the floor. Obviously I'm fine with people asking where my baby is if they aren't suggesting that I'm negligent, but where do people get at accusing me of abandoning my baby just because he isn't on my hip 100% of the time? Ugh, this is one of my new pet peeves.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Homemade Baby Food

Just before Joshua turned 7 months old I decided to make my own baby food. I know, I 'm pretty impressed with myself too! But really, it isn't that difficult and doesn't take that much time. And he gets much healthier, nutrient rich food along with a greater variety of food. I mean, where in a store could you get a jar of zucchini or cauliflower?


Here's how you do it...

First clean...


Cut (and possibly peel)...


Steam...


Blend and put into ice cube trays...


Refrigerate then freeze...


Lastly, pop out food from ice cube trays and put into a zip lock bag. Don't forget to label it with ingredients and date!