Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope you all are having a wonderful day! We have had a busy fun day. This morning we went to a party that had a ton of kids and it was so fun. Then at 3 we took Little Baby to his mom at work and went with them to another business that was giving out candy. Then we had trunk or treat at the church, where we gave out all of the candy we had, so we had to go buy some candy on the way home for trick or treaters. Both boys hadn't napped all day so they fell asleep in the van on the way home. Hubby should be home from his trip in about an hour, then we will eat dinner and he will take the boys trick or treating. It's been a fun day.

What fun stuff did you do today?

Pedal cars

5 Minutes for Mom is having a giveaway for an item from their store, Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles. You could win a cool pedal car for your child, or choose from some other cool prizes. I know Toddler would love the Harry Car. And check out their store to see all the cool retro stuff they sale.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Ian Update

I wanted to post an update on Little Ian and ask for some extra prayers for him. He has been on ECMO for a few weeks now, his lungs still can't work on their own, although his new heart is working well. They just found out today that he has a bleed in his head and they need to be able to take him off ECMO asap but his lungs won't tolerate it yet. They are going to try taking him off ECMO again tomorrow, please say some prayers that it will go well.

Tuesday To-Do

I get to do all this today:

* Laundry

* Go to the bank

* Pick up cat from the vet

* Vacuum

* Clean up play room

That sounds lieka good enough list. We had to take our cat Colors to the vet this morning to get fixed and will pick him up later. I need to finish some laundry and it's about time to go switch the loads around. Oh, and I need to get lunch going too :) Hope you all have a great day!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday Madness

My head is pounding. My eyes don't want to stay open any longer. My nerves are shot. I could never make it as a single mom. Hubby left early this morning for a work trip to Las Vegas and he won't be back until Wednesday afternoon. I am already going insane. I seriously don't know how single moms or moms with husbands away for military or work can do it. I just do not have the patience for it. As soon as I can get Baby to go to sleep I'm heading to bed. The house is a mess and dishes and laundry need done, but right now I just don't care. I just want to crawl in bed and hopefully get a good night's rest.

Menu Plan Monday


Check out Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie to join in or get some great dinner ideas!

Here's this week's dinner plan for us:

Monday
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Soup

Tuesday
- Pancakes, Sausage, and Eggs

Wednesday
- Pizza

Thursday
- BBQ Chicken and Mashed Potatoes

Friday
- Leftovers

Saturday
- Hamburgers

Sunday
- Crockpot Roast with Potatoes

Fall Y'all Bloggy Giveaway!

Rocks in My Dryer is hosting another great giveaway with hundreds of bloggers joining in. Check out the Bloggy Giveaways site to see all the great giveaways and join in.

I am joining in too and giving away hats from my Kara's Custom Crochet site. You get to choose the type of hat, colors, and size (baby, toddler, child, adult). And I am going to be giving away 3! So go check out my site and then come back and leave a comment to enter.

Contest open to USA and Canadian shipping addresses only. I will close it Friday night sometime. Open to non-bloggers also, just make sure to leave an email address for me to reach you. No duplicate comments please.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Turn it down

Hubby likes to watch TV at night, and sometimes after I go to bed. I'm a very light sleeper and the way our house is designed makes the sound from the TV travel right to my room upstairs, seriously. I can usually hear the TV better than Hubby. I make him turn it way down but then he complains he can't hear it. I wish we had a Bose home theater system with those headphones so that he could listen to it without me having to hear a sound. His dad has some headphones he uses when watching TV since he's partially deaf, and I think it would be great for Hubby to have some so I could sleep better.

Mail time

For some reason I love getting the mail, it makes me happy to see stuff in our mailbox, as if somebody really cares about us lol. But these days you hear all kinds of stories about identity theft and how people can get information from your mail. I get nervous putting stuff to send out in our mailbox, cuz who's to keep somebody from coming by and stealing it? Sometimes I wish we had cbu mailboxes, the ones that lock so only the mailman and the owner can get into it. Of course I'm pretty sure I'd lose my key and never be able to get my mail lol. Of course I'm glad to have a mailbox at all. At our last apartment the mail came to our landlord's box that went into his garage so we had to wait until they were home and brought ours down to us. That was a pain when we were waiting for money or something that we needed asap, sometimes if they weren't home I'd have to sneak upstairs and get our mail.

Sugar rush

I'm so excited for Halloween. It's so fun to dress up the boys and take them trick or treating. Our church has a trunk or treat which is great for little kids. Of course I don't let the kids eat too much of the candy, I eat it myself lol. And we've stocked up on candy for trick or treaters too, and I'm sure we'll have extras. I'm going to need a drug rehab for over-dosing on sugar by the end of the week with all the candy I know I'm going to be eating lol.

Sunday Saying

"Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves."
- Henry Ward Beecher

I constantly am thankful for the many blessings my family has, a good house, Hubby's good job, 2 healthy boys, etc etc. I do admit though that there are times I wish I had more, or feel like I deserve more, or something. It's those times I try to be extra thankful for the things I do have and remind myself that it could be much worse.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Back again!

So the boys were very happy to see us and Baby was definitely ready to come home. They had fun with my family though. It was really nice to get to see my family some more. The 3 hour drive isn't very fun though. Baby hates long car rides and usually cries part of the way. And Hubby is exhausted from the driving. We also went and got pumpkins today and we'll carve them tomorrow, that'll be fun :)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Going to pick up the boys

Well, today we are going back to SLC to get the boys :) I miss my little guys, but it was nice to have a little break. We are leaving in a few hours and will be home some time tomorrow. I guess I should pack our bag, I still haven't. I have to go drop off Little Baby with his mom at work in about 30 minutes, and Hubby will be home by 12:30 then we are heading out. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Update on Sick Kitties

Yesterday I posted about how a few of our kittens were sick and I had to take one to the vet. He said it might be distemper, which is basically a death sentence, but gave me some medicine and said he hoped it would help and maybe it was just a little bug. Well, there has been no more throwing up and the kitties are more active today so I think it's working :D Yay! I have to keep giving them the medicine for a few more days, and just keep an eye on them to see how they do, but to me it looks like it's not distemper.

Friday's Feast


Appetizer
Name a great website you would recommend to others.

- Antique Mommy

Soup
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night?

- 9. I dream almost every night, but usually don't remember my dreams.

Salad
Did you have a pet as a child? If so, what kind and what was its name?

- My family always had dogs and cats. I remember having bunnies when I was little, and we had a horse once. The horse's name was Red, and I had a cat that was mine named Zen.

Main Course
If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise?

- Some kid product probably, then I could probably get free stuff that would be useful :D

Dessert
What is your favorite kind of hard candy?

- Hm, Skittles or Peanut M&Ms

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sick Kittens

Today I had to take one of our kittens to the vet. Last night one of them started throwing up and today another one was, so the vet told me to bring one in to see what the problem is. I was thinking just worms or something and he could give me medicine and it would be all better. Unfortunately he suggested that it may be distemper, which is not good at all and usually fatal, and very contagious among unvaccinated cats. I'm hoping it's not that and they just got some little sickness that will get better. The vet gave me some medicine to give the sick ones and said to watch if it seems to help or not. Poor kitties.

Note to self...

Do NOT substitute olive oil for butter when making macaroni and cheese! Can I just say YUCK?! Ugh, it was so gross, I still can't get the taste out of my mouth. I realized halfway through making my mac n cheese that I was out of butter, so I tried to figure out what else I could use and figured olive oil would work. Um, no! Seriously, that taste was just not right. It doesn't help that I think the olive oil I have is past it's prime and tastes a bit, uh, off. Ew, I can still smell it too. I need to find something strong to eat to chase the taste and smell from my memory.

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for this quiet week I've had with the boys gone. But I miss them and their little hugs and kisses, which I am also thankful for. It's crazy how I can really want some time alone without them to get some rest and get the house clean, but still miss them a ton and want them back so I can cuddle them.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Family Finance

One class I really enjoyed in college was a family finance class. My brother and I took it at the same time and it was an online course. The book we read for it was called "The Wealthy Barber" by David Chilton and was like a fictional story, but with financial advice given by a family friend who's a barber. It gave really good financial advice that was easy to understand. There was only one part I do not agree with. The author believes that you don't need life insurance for kids or anyone else who has no income. His reasoning is that if they die you are not losing income. But my view is that a person, even children, should have enough life insurance to at least cover the expenses of a funeral, which can be around $10,000. We don't have that kind of money just sitting around, so if we did have to pay for a funeral we would lose income. And life insurance really isn't that expensive usually. But besides that point, I really enjoyed that book and learned a lot from the class.

3 Things Meme

Mama Pajama tagged me for this the other day and I figure I better do it before I forget again :)

List 3 things you are thankful for today

1. Peace and quiet

2. My family, watching my boys for a week

3. Egg nog

List 3 people from your past you would love to see again for any reason at all

1. Heather, an old friend who I haven't sen in a few years, I want to see how her and her kids are doing

2. Mallory, high school theatre buddy, she was so fun and now she has a CD out and getting famous :D

3. Amanda, another high school friend that I haven't seen in about 5 years

List 3 things you dream of doing before you die

1. See more of the world

2. See my kids grow up happy

3. Write a book

List 3 wishes you’ve had come true

1. Marrying a good man

2. Having my beautiful boys

3. All expenses paid vacation to Cancun

List 3 things you wish you’d never done

1. Wasted time with crushes on stupid jerks just cuz they were cute

2. Stopped dancing

3. Stupid stuff when I moved away for college just cuz I could

List 3 random things about yourself

1. I love being a mom

2. I love sugar

3. I hate cold

List 3 people you tag for this meme

1. Dawn

2. Beth

3. Tisha

It's not Thursday!

For some reason last night I kept thinking that today was going to be Thursday. Not sure what I was thinking, but I am happy that it's only Wednesday lol. I didn't get anything on my to-do list done yesterday, except going to the post office. So today I need to work on the other stuff. I mostly want to get all the laundry folded and load the dishwasher. That shouldn't be too hard. I have 15 minutes until Little Baby gets here and that should be enough time to get the dishes done and the kitchen cleaned up a bit.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Heads or Tails: Train

Today's Heads or Tails theme is Train.

Toddler loves trains. Every time we drive by a train he yells, "choo-choo!" and makes me sing a train song he learned at storytime. A few days ago I was telling Hubby that I figured out what we should get him for Christmas this year. I want to get him a Brio toy train set, cuz I've always thought they were so cute and I know he'd love it.

What a nice day

Having a good day so far. The sun is shining and it's cold but not too bad. I got a short nap while Little Baby was sleeping and we just got back from the post office. It's so nice to be able to run errands with only 1 kid. Now I'm eating lunch and when Little Baby takes another nap soon I will take another one :) Oh, Dawn and Emily, expect your packages in about 4 days, sorry it took so long!

Tuesday To-Do

Today I have on my list:

* Go to the post office to mail a few things

* Dishes

* Clean up living room

* Vacuum

* Fold laundry

* Clean bathrooms

I'm going to try napping when Little Baby naps today cuz I'm tired and I can :D The only thing on my list that must get done today is going to the post office, everything else can wait until after I get some sleep :)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Monday Madness

So after my great weekend I just need to do some cleaning and relax. It is strangely quiet without the boys here and I get bored a lot easier. Little Baby is taking a nap so I really could just try to nap too. Weird. Actually I have one hat to finish crocheting so I can mail them off today. Should only take me an hour or two to get it done. I also need to fold laundry since I never got that done before we left last week. And I might watch some movies I DVR'd last week while I crochet, since I don't need to watch cartoons all day lol. I hope my boys are having a good time with my family.

Menu Plan Monday


Check out Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie to join in or get some great dinner ideas!

Here's this week's dinner plan for us:

Monday
- Pork Chops

Tuesday
- Baked Potato

Wednesday
- Taco Ring

Thursday
- Stuffing Casserole

Friday
- Leftovers

Saturday
- Hamburgers

Sunday
- Lasagna

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...at least at WalMart

I can't believe Halloween is almost here. Before you know it Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be here. Of course stores are already displaying Christmas stuff. I don't know why WalMart insists on starting Christmas 3 months before everyone else. The whole north end of our store is dedicated to holidays this time of year. You walk past the aisles of fattening Halloween candy that they purposely place right across from the health section with it's selection of Slim Fast and diet patch display, then you head into the land of autumn-colored place mats and plastic cornucopias that they have on display for Thanksgiving, and into the winter wonderland that is set up for Christmas, complete with trees, singing elves, and toy trains running through the little villages. By the time Christmas actually comes I'm sick and tired of seeing all the decorations and that cinnamon smell they coat everything with gets so annoying. I try to avoid it as much as possible so that I don't get Christmas-ed out too early lol.

Housing boom

In the area where my family lives, the housing market is just going nuts. in the last 5 years home values have at least doubled. It would cost us twice as much for a house down their that compares to ours here. I'm not sure how we could ever aford a house if we ever move down there. It's not as expensive as places like New York or Arizona luxury real estate, but still a bit high. It's so crazy how fast that area is growing, someone told me it's one of the fastest growing areas in the country actually. Every time we go visit there is a new shopping center or housing development. And they are all really nice too. One thing I don't like is the housing developments are all the same basic house design with no yard. I like having a yard for the boys to play in and it's getting hard to find new houses there that have a big yard.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sunday Saying

"We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought."
- Alfred North Whitehead

For some odd reason this quote reminded me of an experience I had this weekend. I went to dinner with my sister and sister-in-law and we went to TGI Friday. We were talking and laughing and not paying attention. We walked past a couple guys leaving the restaurant and one said, "Oh, *dang*. Hello ladies!" in an admiring tone. It took us completely off guard and we just burst out laughing. It was soooo funny :D Anyway, I like this quote and I'm sure it can tie in with that story somehow, but I didn't sleep well this weekend so my brain stopped working about 2 hours ago and I'm heading to bed. If you can make a correlation, feel free. :D Good night!

I'm back :D

We had a great weekend! Yesterday my sister and sister-in-law and I went out for dinner and it was so much fun. I wish I lived closer so we could do that more often. My sister also did my hair like I said earlier, and I will take a picture eventually if I remember, but not right now cuz the camera is downstairs and I'm heading to bed. The boys will be staying down there until Friday or so. I know Toddler will be fine, especially cuz he just loves my sister-in-law and he gets to spend a few days with her. But Baby is definitely a mommy's boy so I hope he will be ok without me. Luckily there are plenty of people to cuddle and spoil him down there. It's so quiet when they aren't here and I never know what to do with myself lol. I will enjoy having a clean house though :)

New hairdo

Somy little sister just finished coloring and cutting my hair. It's been over a year since I've had it done so it was long past due. It's red and she just trimmed it a bit and added some layers. I love having red hair :D I also love having hairdressers in the family to do my hair for cheap! My sister-in-law gave the boys and Hubby haircuts today too. Now we all look much better. I will try to get a picture up when we come home tomorrow.

Friday, October 19, 2007

And we're off

Well, it's time for me to turn off the computer and finish getting ready to go. Not sure if I'll be on much this weekend while I'm at my family's house. I'll be having to much fun. My little sister is going to do my hair, I'm going to some Halloween thing with her and my sister-in-law tomorrow night, and church with the family on Sunday. Should keep us busy. We'll be back Sunday night, without the boys. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Cute Kitties

Here are the kittens at 3.5 weeks old. They are so adorable, and getting more active. I had to make them a box with higher sides cuz the biggest one kept climbing out. He's my favorite. The runt is doing good, still half the size of the others, and his fur is getting a lot more white in it so he's not all black like the others. Toddler and Baby love to see the kitties, but Baby is not gentle at all so we keep them apart as much as possible. I told Hubby I want to keep my favorite one, but he's not in agreement. Of course once they grow up I don't like them much either lol, I just want them to stay little kittens forever :D

Packing

Well, I am half packed for our trip to SLC tonight. Just waiting for some laundry to get finished. I need to make a list so I don't forget something, though I'm sure I will anyway lol. I always forget something whenever we travel. The boys are being good so far, Little Baby is napping but should wake up soon. I think I'll go get the living room vacuumed while he's still asleep, it needs it so bad. Oh, and I need to get some new pics of the kittens up later. They are 3.5 weeks old and so cute!

Friday's Feast


Appetizer
If you were a dog, what breed would you be, and why?

- Lab/retriever mix. They are smart and fun

Soup
What does the color purple make you think of?

-Dinosaurs.

Salad
Approximately how long does it take you to get ready each morning?

- If I need to shower, about 30 mins. If not, 5 minutes.

Main Course
How many cousins do you have, and are you close to them?

- LOL I'm not even going to try to guess, but it's in the hundreds, seriously, and not close to most of them.

Dessert
Take your initials (first, middle, last) and come up with something else those letters could stand for. (Example: SFO = Sweet Funny Otter)

- KMA Kids Make Art

Thursday, October 18, 2007

"Teez!"

My boys loving taking pictures. They will climb up on the desk and get the camera and just start snapping pictures. Toddler actually does a pretty good job. His objects are nice and centered and look pretty good, besides the fact that they are ordinary objects like a chair, the window, a toy. He also likes standing in front of the mirror and taking a pic of himself, so when I go through the pics on my camera all I see is a flash with legs. And Baby learned how to turn the camera on recently so he will sit on the desk taking pictures of himself up close saying "Teez!" or his legs or close ups of the desk. He just loves getting his picture taken too. Any time I get the camera out for anything he has to come stand right in front of it with his face as close as possible and say cheese :) My boys are so adorable!

Bright Sunny Day

Today is nice and sunny. It's still freezing cold, but at least the sun is shining. I'm sure that is part of the reason I'm in a better mood today. Yesterday it was all overcast and gloomy, which makes me feel yucky. But when the sun is shining it makes everything look better. I could never live somewhere that is dark half the year, I would go insane, I need light. :) I definitely have more energy today and feel happier. So looks like it will be a good day.

Clean up

OK, I have a bunch of stuff I need to do before we leave to SLC tomorrow. I need to clean- vacuum, dishes, laundry, playroom. And once the laundry is done I need to get us all packed. I usually end up doing it last minute and I don't want to do that this time. I better go get started while Little Baby is sleeping.

I love my microwave

I don't know how people managed before microwave ovens were invented. Seriously! How would I cook anything without my microwave? Like popcorn and hot dogs and hot pockets. And how would I easily reheat leftovers? I really can't imagine using my stove/oven for all that, that would take a lot more time. I'm not sure I'd ever have time to eat if we didn't have a microwave lol. And I really love ours because it's huge. It's probably 25 years old and still runs great. It's very large so it fits anything. I could probably fit a whole turkey in there, though it probably wouldn't cook very well lol. The only problem is that the lining around the door is cracking and breaking and I'm not sure if there would be replacement parts for it since it's so old. I guess we could call the manufacturer and see. We really don't want to get a new cheap model that won't last as long or hold as much. Ours is the best.

Need Christmas ideas

Little kids are so much easier to Christmas shop for. As long as they get something colorful that makes noise they are happy. But shopping for teenagers and young adults is so much harder. They want stuff like cell phones. Van Halen tickets, video games, expensive clothes, etc. I never know what to buy anyone anymore since all my brothers and sisters are growing up and I don't know what they like that I can afford lol. I might just have to see what movies they like and get those for them. People like movies right? Buying for couples is even harder too. Any ideas?

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful that I'm in a better mood today :) Hopefully it will stay that way. And I am thankful for my cute new phone. And I am thankful that we are going to see my family this weekend. Hubby and I will stay a few days, and the boys will stay a week. That will be really great. Plus my little sis is going to cut and color my hair, it needs it so bad! I'm thankful for a sister and sister-in-law who do hair, they do a great job.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New Cell Phone!

Hubby and I finally went to get new cell phones tonight. His hasn't worked for months because the charger was broken and the battery was really bad. And he lost mine a few days ago and we can't find it anywhere. So, since we'd been planning to get new phones soon anyway we went ahead and got them tonight. We both got the Sanyo Katana II. Mine is pink, I love it! Unfortunately I lost all my cell phone numbers that were in my old phone and don't have them memorized so I can't call anyone! Not that I called people very often anyway, but still. Hm, wait, now I have a good excuse not to call people! The only ones I can remember right now are my mom and Hubby, and that's what matters right? I think I remember Michelle's, but need to double check with her.

Just one of those days

Have you ever had one of those days that you are just in a bad mood and everything gets on your nerves? I am having one of those days. I don't want to be around anyone cuz everyone annoys me, even if they haven't done anything. And I annoy myself. And every little thing the boys do is driving me insane. Like right now one of the boys pushed the page button on the phone base so the phone is beeping repeatedly and I just want to throw it out the window. I better go stop it, cuz it means that one of the kids is on the desk downstairs and might push the modem button and cut me off here lol.

Stupid Weather

Grr, I really hate this cold weather. Do you know what the high is supposed to be? 46*! That isn't a high! It's also supposed to be windy and rainy. What yucky weather! And it's supposed to be like that all week. At least I don't have to go anywhere today. I'm really dreading winter. Thinking about the upcoming months of snow and cold just makes me want to cry.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

So lazy

I feel like I have been on the go all day, but I really haven't gotten much done. I mean, of course I was at Michelle's house from 11am-3pm so that took a good chunk of the day, but I really haven't done anything since then. I have done zero cleaning, though I promise I will get the dishes done before bed. And I really did mean to get those pumpkin hats done today, but I just plain forgot (sorry Dawn and Emily! They will get done soon!). I just don't know how I can feel like I haven't had more than a few minutes to sit down, when I haven't done anything?! I have made dinner, picked up a box of thumbtacks that got scattered on the floor (twice), changed a few diapers, and... um... and... hmm... yep, that's all :P

Tuesday To-Do

Today's to-do list:

* Preschool- done
* Dishes
* Fold laundry
* Vacuum
* Clean bathrooms
* Go to bank

We had preschool today and that was good, the kids seem to enjoy it. I need to do a little cleaning today, but not feeling like it right now. Maybe when Hubby gets home. Oh, and I need to get dinner started in about an hour.

Heads or Tails: 10 Things

Today's Heads or Tails theme is 10 Things. We get to list 10 things in any category we choose.

10 Things I Hate About Cleaning:

1- Bathrooms
2- Dishes
3- Mopping floors
4- Dusting
5- Sorting and filing papers
6- Sorting clutter
7- Folding laundry
8- Cleaning up cat messes
9- Washing tables/counters
10- Nothing stays clean for more than a few minutes

Head over to Skittles' Place to join in Heads or Tails Tuesday!

Monday, October 15, 2007

What a nice day

Today has been so nice and slow, but the time went fast. Weird. The boys all napped at the same time, I got dishes mostly done, the house isn't too messy. All together it's been a pretty good day, especially for a Monday. Now we are getting ready to go out to Pizza Hut for dinner. Mmm, pizza. I really like having a good normal day with no big messes or anything, Toddler didn't even get a single time out or "Stop that!" the whole day :D Hope everyone else had a good day!

Monday Madness

My throat still really hurts. The cool dry air at night makes it so bad. I guess I need to pull out my humidifier and see if it still works. Don't have much to do today except work on crocheting some hats and get them mailed off it I can finish them today. Already did a load of dishes, about to go put a load of laundry in the wash, and I should clean bathrooms, but that's about it for today. I'm just going to focus on keeping the house from being trashed since Hubby put so much work into helping clean this weekend.

Anyone doing anything fun today or this week?

Menu Plan Monday


Check out Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie to join in or get some great dinner ideas!

Here's this week's dinner plan for us:

Monday
- Eat Out

Tuesday
- Meatloaf

Wednesday
- BBQ Pork Sandwiches

Thursday
- Taco Ring

Friday
- Leftovers

Saturday
- Hamburgers

Sunday
- Chicken Divan

Sunday, October 14, 2007

I want a home theater

A friend of mine from a messageboard recently won a huge home entertainment system. Well, her husband did actually. Anyway, it came with a huge 90" projection screen, surround sound, and all new things like DVD, VCR, satellite, etc. It sounds so awesome! I think the only thing missing is some home theater chairs. It would be so cool to have something like that and have friends come over to watch football, or movies, or play video games. I mean, a 90" TV, how cool would that be?! That would take up a whole wall! I bet the Superbowl would be so much fun, to have a huge party and watch on that big screen!

Jewelry

You know what's silly? I hardly ever wear jewelry except my wedding and CTR rings, but I have plenty sitting around my bedroom. I have some pretty necklaces and earrings and bracelets that just never get worn. I really like cute earrings, but I think I stopped wearing them when I had Toddler cuz I was afraid they'd get ripped out of my ears. And I'd be afraid to wear them when I have Little Baby over cuz he just loves to grab things with his tiny little strong fists, so I know he'd pull them. I guess my jewelry wearing days will have to wait until I have no babies in the house lol.

Sunday Saying

Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself."
- C.S. Lewis

Very true saying. I think most friendships start with finding someone you have something in common with. It would be hard to stay friends with someone if you don't agree about anything. Unless of course you both loved to debate, then I guess that could be fun lol. It's so nice to have someone you can talk to about things that interest you and them.

Go Patriots!

Anyone else love football? My favorite team is the Patriots, Hubby got me into watching when we were dating and I love football season now. Did anyone else watch the great game between the Pats and Cowboys today? They were both undefeated so I knew it would be a good game, and it was. 1st quarter the Patriots did awesome, 2nd quarter the Cowboys did, 3rd they were neck and neck, and 4th the Patriots totally beat down the Cowboys. The score ended at 48-27 Patriots. I totally have respect for other good teams like the Cowboys, but still enjoy when the Pats beat them. Next week the Pats play the Dolphins, who have not won a game yet this season, they may as well forfeit now :D

Need a nap

Ugh, I think I'm getting a cold. I woke up with a very scratchy throat and it still hurts. Now my nose is starting to feel stuffy and I have a headache. Plus I'm tired and I pulled a muscle in my rear end so it hurts to walk. I really should try to get a nap, but Toddler is playing with a friend and I will have to wait until he naps.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cleaning Guy

My Hubby is the best. On the weekends he always helps get the house cleaned. And he does a good job too, even better than me. AND I don't even have to ask! It is so nice to start off a new week with a clean house. :) Aren't I the luckiest woman on Earth?

SMART Habit Saturday

Well, still not doing too well. I think this week I'm just going to focus on a few and not worry about the rest. I'm going to focus on reading my scriptures and saying my prayers, because I know when I do those I am in a much better mood, and hopefully being in a happy mood will help the rest just come naturally.

Goal recap:

*Clean 1/2hr a day
  • Make bed
  • Keep up with dishes
  • 1 load of laundry
  • Clean office
  • Bringing dishes to kitchen
*Bedtime routine
  • Read scriptures
  • Lotion
  • 50 crunches
  • Take vitamins
  • Brush teeth
  • Floss
  • Bedtime 11:30pm
*Toddler bedtime routine

*No computer for 1hr a day when Hubby gets home

*Daily prayers, morning and night

*Dinner 3x during the week

*4 cups of water a day

To join in SHS go to The Lazy Organizer.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Need a good book

I'm always on the lookout for good books to read. I really like fantasy/sci-fi stuff like Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, and stuff with dragons and stuff lol. I also like action like Clive Cussler and religious fiction like Gerald Lund. Anyway, I'm pretty diverse in what I like. My sister recommended I read the Twilight series by Stephenie Something-or-other, anybody read that? Is it good? I have it on hold at the library but they are all checked out and I'm like 25 in line for them, guess that means they are good lol. But I need something else to read until I can get them.

What are some of your recommendations?

Crossing my fingers

Mamanista is having a contest where you can win a beautiful Rockin' Baby sling. I want to win it so bad! It is so cute and I've wanted to try a ring sling for a long time. I'm hoping that one of these days I might finally win something :D

Gorgeous Locket

I have always wanted a personalized locket so when I got the chance to get an engraved locket from Picturesongold.com I was soooo excited! They do engraved gold lockets and other jewelry. I chose to get mine on silver since I like that better than gold and my rings are silver and white gold. Then I chose a color picture of my Hubby and I from our wedding day, one of my favorite pictures from that day. I also got a little saying engraved into the back. It is the same thing I had engraved on the inside of Hubby's wedding band: "Today, Tomorrow, Forever" and had our wedding date engraved under that. When Hubby brought in the mail today and gave me the package I was so happy. I ripped it open and it was even better than I'd imagined. It really is beautiful. The picture looks great and the engraving is perfect. I'm thinking that now I know what to get a few people for Christmas! And they don't do just lockets. They also have charm bracelets, name jewelry, locket watches, and tons more. I am so happy to have my beautiful locket and would definitely use PicturesOnGold again.

Crazy 8 5s

A few people have tagged me for Crazy 8s and I figure I better get it done before I get tagged some more lol. But I could not for the life of me think of 8 things for all that so I decided to just do 5s

5 things I'm passionate about:
Hubby
Toddler
Baby
My Church
Family

5 things I want to do before I die:
Visit every US state
Visit every continent (except Antarctica, don't care for cold lol)
See Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
Go on a cruise with Hubby
See my kids grow up and have kids

5 things I say often:
Just a minute
I'm almost done
I love you
Okay
I need a nap

8 books I've recently read:
Power Play, Power Lines, and Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey
Changlings and Maelstrom by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsblood by Anne McCaffrey
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and 2nd Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

8 songs I could listen to over and over:
Um, yeah, I can't think of any. After a few rounds they all get old, though there are some hymns I don't mind hearing frequently.

5 things that attract me to my best friends:
Honest
Sense of Humor
Helpful
Generous
Fun to be with

5 things I've learned this past year:
Prayer works
Trust God
No matter how crazy a 2/3 year old makes me, I still love him so much
No 2 kids are the same
How not to grow tomatoes

8 people I think should do Crazy 8's
Ok, seriously, I think everyone I know has already been tagged for this, so I have no idea who is left to tag. So um, tag, you're it!

Friday's Feast


Appetizer
When was the last time you were surprised?

- When I went downstairs the other day and saw the huge mess the boys had made.

Soup
Fill in the blanks: My eyes are ________, but I wish they were __________.

- My eyes are uneven, but I wish they were perfect.

Salad
If you were a Beanie Baby, what would you look like and what would your name be?

- I would be a cat named Lazy Lady

Main Course
Name two things you consistently do that you consider to be healthy habits.

- Make dinner instead of going out, try to get to bed before midnight

Dessert
What brand of toothpaste are you using these days? Do you like it? Why or why not?

- I can't even remember, whatever I have lying around, Crest or Colgate or something.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

ER Fan

Oh, I just remembered what I was going to post! I have a meme that 2-3 people have tagged me for but I don't have time to do it right now cuz ER starts in about 5 minutes and I need to get downstairs before Hubby tries to change the channel lol. :D Love that show!

Long day

Wow, today seemed to drag on so long. And I just remembered I still need to finish some laundry and do dishes. Fun times :) My gums and teeth are sore from my dentist and orthodontist appointments so it hurts to chew, but it's a good way to get me to drink more water lol. I keep thinking there was something I've been meaning to post but I can't remember what. I was hoping that if I started typing it would come to me but no such luck. I really should keep a notepad for that type of stuff so I don't forget.

Playing Outside

Kids these days don't go outside enough. TV and video games have taken over playtime. Whatever happened to hopscotch, jump rope, and model rockets? I remember when I was little we'd all go play outside with our cousins and friends, riding bikes and playing "Kick the Can". It was such a blast. My Toddler loves to play outside with his little friend from next door, even when it's only 50 degrees outside. I'm so glad we have a big backyard now that he can play in, it'll be so fun next summer to let the boys run around out there and work off some energy. And now that we have grass planted they won't be all covered in dirt after playing lol.

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful that I got to spend a great weekend with my mom, aunt, and sisters. It was so fun! And I'm thankful that my teeth are nice and clean, even though I don't like going to the dentist it's worth it. And I am thankful Hubby is working from home today and has tomorrow off, it's a relief to have more than one adult in the house.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Is it still Wednesday?

I swear it feels like it should be at least Thursday by now, this week is going too slow! My teeth hurt :( I really hate the first few days after an orthodontist appointment. My teeth just ache and are sore. Stupid braces. I didn't even get anything done that I wanted to today. I wanted to make bread and get the laundry done, but forgot until too late. Maybe tomorrow. Hubby is working from home tomorrow and took Friday off so I'll have a little help. We both have dentist appointments for cleanings tomorrow too. I don't particularly like going to the dentist, but I love the feeling of nice clean teeth.

Anyway, I'm tired and just rambling on and on. I hope everyone's week is going well. :)

Metal mouth

I swear it feels like I go to the orthodontist an awful lot. I have an appointment today but it doesn't even feel like it's actually been a month since my last appointment. The months are going by so quickly, yet it still feels like I've had my braces forever lol. I'm tempted to tell them that my teeth look good enough to me and I want them off now lol, especially when there are people that tell me they wore braces for 4-5 years and I've only had mine 2. I don't think I could stand another 2-3 years!

Bloggerwave

By now all my regular readers should know that I love being able to make money on my blog. Well, yesterday I was just reading through my feeds and saw a few bloggers who had joined Bloggerwave. It is a new company where you get paid to post reviews, opinions, and buzz about products or sites. And it was so easy and quick to get started. I signed up yesterday and am already approved, less than 24hrs later. Go check it out!

Works-For-Me Wednesday: Organizing with cereal boxes

Head over to Rocks in my Dryer for lots of helpful tips.

My tip today is one I read somewhere else, probably on Organizing Junkie or Lazy Organizer. The tip is to use empty cereal boxes and other boxes as cheap storage containers. What I do is I cut the box down to the height I need it and it makes an easy box. I use the ends of cereal boxes to keep my spice cupboard organized, and I have all my most used spices in one so I can easily pull out that one box while cooking and have my spices where I need them. I use other empty food boxes in my pantry to keep bagged things organized. I also have different sizes of boxes in my junk drawer to keep it slightly more organized. And cereal boxes make good magazine holders.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Just a day

Today's been a pretty good day. Went to preschool, where I did a horrible job of explaining to 3yr olds what names of family members are and mean while they sat in their chairs backwards and giggled. But that's ok, cuz they did awesome with their colors. The rest of the day went pretty normal. I got some laundry washed and now that I think of it I don't think I did any other cleaning at all, none. Oh well, it'll still be there tomorrow :D

Heads or Tails: Explore

Today's Heads or Tails theme is Explore.

You know, the only thing I could think of that had to do with exploring was yesterday's Columbus Day holiday. In 1492, Columbus went exploring and found what he thought was India but was actually America. Or that's about all I can remember of the story lol. He was much cooler in elementary school when we got to spend the day making paper hats and coloring pictures of the world and boats. Personally, I think there are cooler explorers like Magellan. He sailed around the world, but we don't get to have a Magellan Day, instead we get an almost non-holiday for a guy who bumped into the wrong continent and got all the natives mis-named forever. I guess I wouldn't mind as much if the almost-holiday wasn't responsible for closing the banks, libraries, and post offices on what is a normal day for everyone else. Or if we got candy or presents or flowers or something for the day.

Tuesday To-Do

OK, I have lots I need to do today:

* Preschool

* Lots of laundry

* Dishes

* Clean up living room

* Vacuum

* Sweep/mop

* Clean bathrooms

* Shower

We have preschool in an hour and I haven't even looked at our Month 2 curriculum yet. Better at least go skim through it. And I have to get laundry done today or I will have nothing to wear.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Monday Madness

I am not in a good mood this morning. I did not get enough sleep all weekend. I don't watch Little Baby this morning so I was going to try to sleep a bit longer, but Hubby is way too loud in the mornings and woke the boys up. Sigh. Anyway, when I don't get enough sleep I tend to be really grumpy and have less patience. Hopefully I can get the boys to nap good today so I can get a bit more sleep and hopefully that will help my mood.

Winter Wonderland

I forgot to mention the snow we got this weekend! I was away in Bear Lake, where it snowed about 5 minutes, but while I was gone they got a few inches of snow here at home! And it was heavy, wet snow too and actually make 3 big tree branches break off the big tree behind our house and a bunch of other branches are bent way down. I am not at all happy that winter is trying to make an early appearance. I hate the cold! We've had to turn off the window a/c units and ceiling fans, and now we have the heaters turned on :( Why can't we just go straight from Autumn to Spring? Who needs winter?!

Menu Plan Monday


Check out Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie to join in or get some great dinner ideas!

Here's this week's dinner plan for us:

Monday
- Sloppy Joes

Tuesday
- Garlic Chickenn

Wednesday
- Pasta Roni

Thursday
- Spaghetti

Friday
- Leftovers

Saturday
- Hamburger Helper

Sunday
- BBQ Ribs

I hate driving

On Friday when I was driving down to my girls weekend away thing it was windy, rainy, and dark. I absolutely hate driving in the dark, but adding in the wind and rain made it a million times worse. I don't have the best night vision and get nervous. I'm surprised I didn't get in a semi truck accident because every time a semi drove by the wind would knock the car around a bit and make me flinch. Luckily I drove back during the day yesterday, although I was tired and almost fell asleep driving and the sun was very bright and hurting my eyes. I just really hate to drive, and would've made Hubby do it if he'd been allowed to come lol.

Need clothes, must shop

I really need some new shirts. I only have maybe 6 and they are starting to get faded and worn. I really like the shirts from Down East Basics since they are extra long and comfortable. I don't usually buy clothes from WalMart anymore cuz they tend to wear out sooner. I've looked a bit at JC Penney, Sears, port authority clothing, and ShopKo. I think I should go check out Ross, my mom and sisters keep telling me they have cute cheap clothes but I forget to go see for myself.

Do Follow


Hey everyone, I've made my comments Do Follow which means that comments you make here are followed by Google and count as a link for you, which is good :D Check out Randa Clay for more info.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

I'm home!

I had a wonderful weekend with my mom, sisters, and aunt. It was so nice to just have us ladies together to hang out and talk. Mostly we just talked, we played some games, watched some TV, and went to the pool a few times. I taught one of my sisters how to crochet and it was so fun to get to talk to her since we used to talk so much before I got married and moved away. Hopefully we can do this more, it was such a great weekend.

Friday, October 05, 2007

SMART Habit Saturday

Since I'm going to be gone for 2 days I figured I better post this today. I've been doing pretty good at my most recent goal to drink 4 cups of water a day, and I've done good with a few others but I'm still slacking on my cleaning goals and my nightly routines. But oddly I don't feel much remorse about it this week lol. So I'll just keep plugging away at it and maybe one day they'll start coming naturally.

Goal recap:

*Clean 1/2hr a day
  • Make bed
  • Keep up with dishes
  • 1 load of laundry
  • Clean office
  • Bringing dishes to kitchen
*Bedtime routine
  • Read scriptures
  • Lotion
  • 50 crunches
  • Take vitamins
  • Brush teeth
  • Floss
  • Bedtime 11:30pm
*Toddler bedtime routine

*No computer for 1hr a day when Hubby gets home

*Daily prayers, morning and night

*Dinner 3x during the week

*4 cups of water a day

To join in SHS go to The Lazy Organizer.

Getting away

I'm so excited for this weekend! No kids, no Hubby, just me and the ladies in my family hanging out for the weekend! I might have time to finish crocheting the blanket I'm working on, I won't have to clean up after anyone but myself, and I won't have to even worry about my house getting trashed while I'm gone since the boys are spending the weekend with Hubby's family. YAY!

Friday's Feast


Appetizer
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you look forward to your birthday?

- Probably around 8. We don't do anything big but I know I will always get something and go out to dinner :)

Soup
What is one word you don’t like the sound, spelling, or meaning of?

- I can't think of any right now, but I bet it would start with a "G"

Salad
Do you wear sunglasses when you’re outside? If so, what does your current pair look like?

-Nope, I can never find a cheap pair that look good on me. I have a pair lost somewhere that I never wear.

Main Course
If you were to write a book, to whom would you dedicate it?

- That would depend on what the book is about but it would definitely be a family member.

Dessert
Name a beverage that you enjoy.

- Egg nog. I got so excited when Hubby brought some home the other day, I love when it's finally here for the season and sad when they stop selling it after the holidays.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

More Blog Awards :)

I've received a few more blog awards that I better post about before I forget again.

Lorie passed on the "You Make Me Smile" award to me again :) Thanks Lorie! I'm passing this on to:
Dawn cuz I love reading her blog, her kids make me laugh
Kimberly cuz I love her posts about her past, she's a great writer

And Misty Dawn passed on this "Totally Fabulous" award :D and I'm going to pass it on to:
Mimo for her awesome pictures
Tisha cuz her posts make me laugh

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful that this weekend I get to go to Bear Lake with my mom, sisters, and others for a girls weekend away! No kids, no Hubby, just us ladies all hanging out! I'm so so excited!! I am also thankful that little Ian's heart transplant went well and he is on his way to recovering, what a strong little boy. Thanks to all of you who joined in with prayers for him. :)

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New Winner!

OK, the winner of the baby blanket from my Bloggy Birthday Bash Giveaway never contacted me and left no email address so I have drawn a new winner! The winner is...

Melissa!

Congrats Melissa! I'll be contacting you shortly. Thanks again to everyone who entered! I think I may do another giveaway around Christmas so be on the lookout!

Works-For-Me Wednesday: Backwards Edition

Today WFMW has done a flip and it's time for us to ask for tips instead of giving them! I kept forgetting what I wanted to ask by I just remembered so I better post before I forget again!

I was recently given some eggplant and long green peppers (can't remember what they are called) and have no idea what to do with them. I've never used either and feel bad just letting them go bad. So what are some easy eggplant recipes and what the heck do I do with a bunch of peppers?

Head over to Rocks in My Dryer to get your questions answered!

Another Ian Update

I posted yesterday about a friend's little boy Ian getting a heart transplant. They just posted an update today on how it went. The procedure was long and they had some rough spots with bleeding and him going into cardiac arrest a few times, and they had to reinsert the ECMO to give his lungs a rest, but now he is stable. He is on immunosupressents to keep his body from rejecting the new heart but it is working good and hopefully in a few days he will be off ECMO and recovering well. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts/prayers for a good recovery. This poor little guy is less than a year old and already undergone so many treatments and surgeries.

Romance

I'm a hopeless romantic at heart, cheesy love stories and chick flicks make me so lovey dovey. My Hubby can be pretty romantic too when he wants. He used to always surprise me with flowers and chocolates for no reason. Here's one particularly sweet thing he did for me that made me love him so much. We were both still in college, living in a nice little basement apartment. Toddler was a little over a year old and I was pregnant with Baby. On top of being a mom and part time student, I was also working a full-time graveyard shift while pregnant. For about 2 months I lived on about 2hrs of sleep a day since the time I was at home I was watching Toddler while Hubby worked full time and went to school full time. It was rough, I had to be on my feet all night and lifting things a lot. I'd come home completely exhausted with about an hour to eat breakfast and get ready for school. Normally Hubby would still be asleep when I got home. One morning I cam home and hubby had made me a delicious breakfast and had the table all set with candles and roses. It was so wonderful and sweet and I will never forget it. Now it's a bit harder for us to find time to be romantic with two little kids and work and everything, but for those of you like me we can still find romance by getting lost in good Romance Novels. I love to read and a good romance is great for helping me feel romantic in my own relationship. www.millsandboon.co.uk offers a wide variety of romance novels for you to get lost in.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Heads or Tails: Stack

Today's Heads or Tails theme is Stack.

Here are some things you might find stacked around my house:

1. Dishes


2. Papers to be filed


3. Toys


4. Laundry


5. Books


Update on Little Ian

A few weeks ago I posted about a friends baby boy Ian who has heart problems and was in the hospital. A week ago he had heart surgery but his heart was not functioning by itself and he is on ECMO and they have been waiting for a new heart for him. Today they got news that there is a heart for him and he will be having heart transplant surgery today! They are very hopeful that this is going to make such a difference for him. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers today. Also, there is a family somewhere grieving the loss of their little one but they were generous enough to donate this heart, so please keep them in your prayers too.

Tuesday To-Do

Today I need to:

* Go to the bank to deposit some money

* Get a few things at the store

* Do dishes

* Work on crochet stuff

Today is preschool day but Toddler has a cold so we probably won't go, I'll just go over the stuff with him at home. And I don't think I want to drag the boys into the store so I think I'll have Hubby pick up stuff on his way home. If the boys are really good I can work on the blanket I'm making for the winner of my contest. By the way, the winner has not contacted me yet, so if I don't hear from her by tonight then tomorrow I will be drawing a new winner for the blanket and post it.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Little Lamb Embroidery

I know a lady from a messageboard who does some awesome embroidered products. They are so adorable and she really does an amazing job. I really want to get some "Big brother" "Little brother" shirts for my boys. Go check out her site Little Lamb Embroidery, I promise you will love her stuff! She does clothes, blankets, backacks, and tons more stuff and it is all sooooo cute!
(This is not a sponsored post, just want to spread the word about a great site!)

Stupid Glasses

So I haven't worn glasses for probably 10 years, ever since I got contacts. I finally got a pair to use as a backup. I tried on about 50 frames before finding the perfect ones, waited a week to get them and finally got them Saturday. This morning I decided to try them out. Unfortunately they did not work like I expected. I couldn't see straight so they made me dizzy and gave me a major headache. I ended up taking them off after only an hour and putting in my contact, but the headache has stuck around all day. I think the prescription for the right lens is wrong, I see worse in that eye with the glasses on, plus I don't wear a contact in my right eye normally (I have a scar on it) so it's not used to having any correction. I'm thinking I'll need to make another eye appointment and see if they can figure out what to do. I might just tell him I want a lens with no prescription for the right since I don't normally have one.

Monday Madness

Wow, I can't believe it is October already! Though the SNOW we got on Saturday made it feel more like December! Stupid snow :P Anyway, today I am trying to get some cleaning done. I just finished loading and unloading the dishwasher. Baby and Little Baby are napping and Toddler is playing with a friend next door. If he comes back anytime soon I'll put him down for a nap too and maybe get a chance to lay down for a bit myself. I need to go to the library today to pick up some books on hold before my hold expires, don't let me forget! I also need to do a few loads of laundry, but it can wait for later.

Hope you all have a great week!

Menu Plan Monday


Check out Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie to join in or get some great dinner ideas!

Here's this week's dinner plan for us:

Monday
- BBQ Chicken

Tuesday
- Pancakes

Wednesday
- Pizza

Thursday
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Soup

Friday
- Leftovers

Saturday
- Hamburgers

Sunday
- Turkey or Chicken

Traveling

Last year in March Hubby and I drove to San Diego. I love San Diego, the weather is always so nice, but a 14 hour drive when you are 34 weeks pregnant is not my idea of fun lol. Not to mention the snow storm we drove in through most of Utah. On the way back we decided to spend the night in Las Vegas so we wouldn't arrive at my family's house at 3am. It would've been nice to stay somewhere like the Excaliber or the Sahara hotel but for one, I was pregnant and the smoke was making me sick, and two the prices were outrageous. So we ended up driving all over to find a Holiday Inn Express. All together it was a great trip, but next time I travel pregnant I would prefer to fly!