Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My Cute Boys

Wow, I'm such a slacker mom! The last time I took a pic of my kids was Easter. And we haven't had professional (aka WalMart) pics taken since Jason was 1 month old. I keep telling myself I need to get us all nice looking and run to WalMart for some nice family pictures, but we never get around to it.

Jason is being so cute this morning. I was going through boxes in the nursery and found a Cars hat and a little backpack of his and he was excited to have them again. So he's wearing his hat and backpack and telling me he's going to school. :) And he just looks so adorable.

Jakey is not being so cute. I woke up at 5am to the sound of him gagging and throwing up. Yuck! Not what a preggo mommy needs. I about threw up but managed to get him cleaned up and sent him to lay on the couch with Hubby for a bit. I didn't get back to sleep and half an hour later he came back upstairs so I decided to at least get a shower since I wasn't getting any more sleep. He seems to be fine now at least, so I hope it was just a fluke and he's not getting a tummy bug or something, especially cuz I've planned to have a bunch of friends and their kids over today and don't want to have to cancel.

I still have a bunch of cleaning to do to get ready for my get together today. The family room needs picked up and vacuumed, bathrooms need a quick clean, and the kitchen needs mopped. Oh, I still need to make Oh Henry Bars, but at least that is quick and easy. :)

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lazy

So, I did not get anything on my to-do list done today. I may get dishes done before bed, but I make no promises. This means that tomorrow I'm going to be rushing around trying to get my whole house clean by noon, plus making the Oh Henry Bars. I didn't even go get chocolate chips like I needed, so I may send Hubby for them when he gets home. He went golfing after work today. The day seems so long when he doesn't get home until later and the boys really wear on my nerves. They are up in their beds not sleeping right now :P Maybe when they finally go to sleep I will clean a bit.

Clean

I was watching TV earlier and saw a commercial for this steam cleaner that I really wanted. I don't remember what it was but they were cleaning a cushion or something and it looked great. Everyone I know who has a steam cleaner loves them, especially if they have pets and/or kids. I know my kids are always spilling stuff on the carpet or couches and I think a steam cleaner would be much better at getting up some of those stains.

Pizza face

I hate my face. :P Every day a new pimple pops up. I normally don't have a big acne problem, but when I'm pregnant it just goes crazy, especially around me mouth and chin. And I don't really have any acne solutions except for a little Mary Kay tube of acne cleanser or something, and I don't think it's helping. And I swear the more I wash my face the worse it is. I don't know why that would be. Oddly, my coverup seems to clear it up better than anything lol. I can't wait for this phase of pregnancy to pass.

Keep out

I'm thinking I need locks on every door in my house to keep the boys out of things. Especially the bathrooms. They get in there and dump out bubble bath, flush whole rolls of toilet paper down the toilet, stick toothbrushes in the sink drain, etc. It drives me nuts! I also have a cupboard in my room for personal items (babydolls, lingerie, etc) that they love getting into and strewing around. Not fun when company comes over and I suddenly realize some lacy underthing is laying out. We already have to have locks for the pantry, fridge, and most of the kitchen cupboards and I really wish we had locks for the dishwasher and stove. They get into everything! Today they have kept getting into the closet in the nursery/Jakey's room. It's full of baby stuff and they keep getting it out and making a mess. I don't know any way to lock it either, unless I try tying the knobs together. Sigh. Kids are so curious.

Not on the list

So, I haven't done anything on my to-do list yet. Not a single thing. But I did get the nursery cleaned up so we could put Jakey in there. We were planning to keep him and Jason in the same room, but it's getting to the point where they won't go to bed at night because they keep each other up playing. So we decided to move Jakey into the nursery and see if that helps them both go to sleep better. I also haven't gotten around to the garden yet today. But I think I'm going to get the boys dressed and go out now. They are driving me nuts and I think some fresh air will help.

ETA: Well, it got really windy a few minutes after we went out so we had to come in, dirt was being blown in my eyes and I was seriously afraid something would get blown into our yard and hit us, it was sooo windy.

Prepping the garden

I think today I will finally get around to weeding our garden. We have a little raised bed in the backyard and I want to plant some tomatoes (hopefully this year they will actually grow lol) and maybe some corn. And Hubby says there are already strawberry plants so that would be nice. But right now it's full of weeds. Since it's supposed to be warm today I think I'll take the boys out and let them play while I weed. I better ask Hubby where the gardening gloves are. And hopefully it won't be too windy. I hate that the warmest days here are so windy lol. I should have done it yesterday when it was warm and not windy. And I think I'm going to see if our library has Gardening for Dummies or something because I really am not good at it and I don't want my garden to just die. Oh, and I guess I need to buy some nice gardening soil/mulch stuff to dig into the dirt. I wish I could till up the dirt but first we don't have a tiller, and second it's a narrow garden bed and I don't think it would work well lol. So old-fashioned digging will have to do.

Tuesday To-Do

Let's see, what do I need to do today?

* Dishes, shouldn't be too bad, they haven't piled up yet

* Fold laundry. I really shouldn't put this off so much lol

* Mop kitchen and bathrooms

* Vacuum

* Clean playroom (not sure why I bother)

* Make Oh Henry Bars, mmmm

* Clean bathrooms

Tomorrow I might be having some friends over again so I need to get my house cleaned up. I promised to make Oh Henry Bars again too cuz they were such a big hit last time, so I need to get some chocolate chips so I can do that. I mostly need to get the bathrooms clean and the kitchen mopped. And the playroom. It gets so messy so quickly. I need to get some new storage bins for the toys, the boys have destroyed the ones we have by standing on them a lot. Maybe we'll head to the dollar store for that.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to Menu Plan Monday from Organizing Junkie.I love having a weekly menu plan to follow. It makes my life so much easier. And it's not set in stone either. If something comes up or we decide to switch it around a little that's fine. But overall it works wonders and I am much better at getting good dinners on the table. (OK, Hamburger Helper may not classify as a "good dinner" but it's better than having nothing and just eating donuts and hot chocolate or fast food lol).

Here's is what we are having this week:

Monday- Pork Chops for Hubby, Hot dogs for me and the boys

Tuesday- Baked Potatoes with Chili

Wednesday- Hamburger Helper

Thursday- Stuffing Casserole

Friday- Leftovers

Saturday- Hamburgers

Sunday- Lasagna

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Camera Critters


This is a picture from last year at the zoo. We went with my friend Michelle and her girls. This peacock was sitting on a roof by the bears and I thought it was too pretty not to get a pic. I think I liked it more than the kids did lol. I love peacocks cuz their feathers are so pretty and this one had it's feathers fanned out all the way making it a great site.

Wanna see more pics of animals? Check out Camera Critters.

Sunday Saying

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
- Mignon McLaughlin

I believe this is true. Initial infatuation is what brings people together, the key to staying together is by seeing in that person things that make you love them again and again. My Hubby does things that make me fall in love again all the time. There are little things like when he does dishes (he does them better than I do!) or when he surprises me with candy or flowers or something. Then there are the big things like the first time I saw him holding our boys after they were born, my love multiplied when I saw the love in his face for our boys. I love my Hubby :)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Wii Love It

So last night I gave in and let Hubby buy a Wii. Only because we actually had the money for it right now and he'd won a Best Buy gift card at work. He didn't end up buying it from Best Buy because there shipment comes in tomorrow and he didn't want to break the Sabbath. Instead he bought a new one from an online classified and went to Best Buy to get a second controller. Then Monday he's going to Best Buy to buy the new Mario Kart to go with it. I'm very excited for that, we love Mario Kart. Right now we have the Wii Sports game that came with it, and Wii Play that came with the other controller. We've been playing lots of tennis and it is a ton of fun. And today my right arm is so sore! I'm not used to this much workout with me arms. And the boys LOVE it. They have no idea what they are doing and aren't at all good, but they have fun doing it anyway.

I won!

I'm so excited! I entered a ton of giveaways this week at the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival and I actually won something this time! There were over 900 giveaways and I entered probably 1/3 so I'm glad I actually won or I would have lost all faith in random drawings lol. Anyway, the awesome prize I won is a stylish apron from The Quilting Nurse! This is great because I don't own a single apron and have been wanting one for a while, cuz I can get pretty dirty while cooking and baking. Yay for me!

Friday, April 25, 2008

So nice!

My boys gave me a great gift today. They slept in until almost 8am! That is almost unheard of from them, they usually wake up around 6:30. Which meant I got to stay in bed until they got up and was able to get a bit more sleep. It was so nice! And they were happy and mellow this morning, and I was definitely happier lol. Hm, it suddenly got very quiet upstairs, better go see what they are up to!

Friday's Feast


Appetizer

Name something you would categorize as weird.

- Dwight from 'The Office' lol


Soup

What color was the last piece of food you ate?

- Hm, yellow and brown? Taco Ring


Salad

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy being alone?

- 7


Main Course

Fill in the blank: I will _________ vote for ___________ in _______.

- I will not vote for Hillary Clinton in any election.


Dessert

Describe your sleeping habits.

- I'm a very very light sleeper, and I wake up a ton and toss and turn a lot and
in the morning I'm still exhausted. I try to be in bed by 10pm and get up at 6am with Hubby's alarm.




Thursday, April 24, 2008

Still a metal mouth

So I had an orthodontist appointment today. I have to drive almost 2 hours there and then back, which usually really stinks. Today wasn't too bad though, the boys slept most of the ride there, behaved during the appointment, and were good on the ride home thanks to the 30 miles of road work that provided lots of eye candy ("tractors!") for the boys. I also brought snacks and water to help me pass the time. And the appointment wasn't too bad. There is one tooth that we are having trouble getting moved. We are trying one more time and if it doesn't work then we are going to call it quits on that tooth which means I'd be done sooner. I'm not sure if I now hope it finally works so we get that tooth taken care of, or hope it doesn't so I can get these dang things off sooner! Either way, I'm really hopeful that they will be off by the end of the year. After 2.5 years, what's a few more months?

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for my sister-in-law who is awesome and my boys love her. We went to her this morning to get the boys haircuts. I am thankful for good sales too, we bought about 25 boxes of cereal last night on sale and saved a ton and won't have to buy cereal for a long time. And I am very thankful that our pantry has a lock to keep the boys out and that I put a lock on our fridge. Now I don't have to worry about them getting into everything lol.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Is it really only Wednesday?

Well, no nap for me today. I guess the boys were really tired cuz they both fell asleep watching Tarzan, Jakey was laying down with me. But I can't sleep with any noise so I just lay there watching the movie and resting a bit. I really need to clean up the family room still, but all I want to do is lay down lol. I better go see what the silly boys are up to in the kitchen. Oh and if you haven't checked out 5 Minutes for Mom's 2 Weeks of Toys Giveaway, head over there now cuz it ends today!

Just too tired

Well, I didn't get as much done yesterday as I'd wanted. OK, I didn't really want to anyway, but I should have lol. I still need to clean up the family room and vacuum. And unfortunately I didn't get a nap, Jason won't nap often anymore. :( And I have more dishes to do. And the playroom we spent over an hour cleaning up yesterday is a junky mess again. Sigh. I really hope that I can at least get a nap today, I need it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tuesday To-Do

Ok, so let me see what I should get done today:

* Clean Playroom Done! except for vacuuming but it looks much better.

* Dishes

* Clean living room

* Give boys a shower (Jason just smeared pudding all over his face, on purpose lol)

* Make dinner, meatloaf

* Try to nap

* Finish laundry

I'm going to go throw the boys in the shower to get them cleaned off (they love the shower) then put them down for a nap. Hopefully Jason will nap today, cuz I want to lay down for a bit. Then after naptime I need to get dinner started.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Shoe Adventure

So Saturday we went shoe shopping for jason. First we stopped at Payless. They were having a buy 1 get one 1/2 off sale so we were going to get both boys new shoes. we found a pair that Jason just loved. He put them on and started doing some little funny break dancing and was so excited, telling me, "Mom, look! I can dance in my new shoes!" It was so cute. But. We went to the section that was Jakey's size and there were no sneakers in his size. A bunch of sandals but that's not what we wanted. So we had to break Jason's heart and put his shoes back and headed to Target. That was even more of a bust. They had nothing for a good price in either boys' size. So we decided we would go home and try again another day. The boys were not happy with that plan. On the way home though we decided to stop at another Payless to see if they maybe had what we needed. And luckily we didn't disappoint the boys again. The store had those shoes that Jason loved in both boys' sizes. All Jason has been able to talk about since then is his new "big shoes" and he excitedly tells everyone about them. Funny boy.

Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to Menu Plan Monday from Organizing Junkie. I can't say enough how having my menu plan has saved my sanity. We used to be scrambling for something for dinner and ended up eating out more than we should, but ever since I made up my monthly meal plan it is so much easier to get dinner ready and go shopping.

Here's is what we are having this week:

Monday- Eat Out (I'm thinking we'll use the coupon we have for a free pizza)

Tuesday- Meatloaf

Wednesday- BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Thursday- Taco Ring

Friday- Leftovers

Saturday- Hamburgers

Sunday- Chicken Divan

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Shoes with the wheels

Jason keeps telling me he wants shoes with wheels. He got this idea from all the kids skating around on those skate shoes, Wheelies or whatever they are called. I keep telling him no, but almost every time we go to WalMart he tells me, "Mom, you need to get me shoes with the wheels." I can just imagine him falling on his backside many many times until he breaks an arm. Definitely a no for a 3.5 year old lol. I told Hubby we are not getting him any until he can earn the money and buy them himself. I'll provide the necessary regular shoes, but indulgences like that can wait until he can get it himself lol. Oh, and we did buy the boys new shoes yesterday, which I will post about tomorrow or something, cuz Jason was so funny about it.

GPS

One day I really want to get a new Honda Odyssey with all the cool features, like OnStar and navigation system and power everything. I'm really interested in the OnStar system from all the commercials I've seen. It can help if you get in a wreck or get a flat tire and stuff. A few days ago on the news I was watching a live car chase (I love watching car chases for some reason) and they were able to track down the SUV because of the vehicle tracking GPS thing that OnStar had in the vehicle. Even if the police and helicopter had stopped following, they would have been able to find the SUV at any point. Pretty cool stuff.

Sunday Saying

"Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind."
- Khalil Gibran

This is a sweet little quote :) I think like most moms I was so happy when my kids first said "Mama". It just tugs at your heart. Jason now calls me Mom and Jakey calls me Mommy. I love it most when I've been gone and I come back and they run to me yelling "Mommy!" and "Mom!" and give me hugs. Nobody in the world gets the same type of love as a mom gets from her kids :)

Nothing on

I think there are more commercials on at night. I'm sitting here listening to the TV in the background but I don't even know what's on except that it has to do with the NBA, because most of the time is taken up by commercials for life insurance, fast food, car sales, flea control for pets, and all that. It's like the all-night commercial channel or something :) Maybe that's a sign I should be in bed lol.

Etc

I like to use dictionary.com when I need to know the definition of a word. I also use it to find out what acronyms mean. Cuz when you are given a bunch of letters like cpm, nra, lso, and things like that, unless you know the exact context it is being used in it can be hard to figure out what they stand for. And there are many acronyms that have different meanings. Sometimes I can't even find the right one using dictionary.com and have to do a general search for it to see if I magically come across it. That's why when I'm writing something with an acronym I try to remember to put the actual meaning with it so I don't confuse people. :)

Broken glass

Some days I really wish I had a magnifying glass. Last week we had 3 of our glass cups broken in one day. Yep, 3 in one day. One by a cat and 2 by Jakey. Luckily nobody got cut from the glass, but Jakey walked through it and I hurried and scooped him up and made sure to get as much of the little tiny shards off his feet as I could (as well as my own). A magnifying glass would have been so helpful. I had to just hope I got all the pieces out cuz I know how those tiny little glass slivers can hurt. He went on with his way happily and never complained of his feet hurting so I think I got it all. Fun times I tell ya.

Camera Critters


So, this isn't a living critter, and not one you'd want to see living really lol. But I thought it still counts. Here's my boys under the T-rex statue at the Dinosaur Park a few weeks ago. I was surprised I even got them to sit that close, they were terrified when they first saw the dinosaurs and started crying and screaming at the one inside that moved and made noise. So I was happy to get this pic of them with the T-rex.

You can join in Camera Critters every Sunday too! It's lots of fun.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Too much junk

Ugh, we have had too much candy in this house lately. First there was Easter, then there were the after-Easter candy sales. Then Cosco had a coupon for boxes of candy bars so of course we had to buy one, and picked up a giant bag of M&Ms with it. Then last week Albertson's had some sales on cereal and fruit snacks and stuff and Hubby got us 3 boxes of Gushers (Mmmm, yummy!) and 3 boxes of fruit snacks. In 5 days they have all been eaten (mostly by me, I admit). I'm going to need some orovo detox pills or something at this rate! I really am trying to eat better, and at least I am drinking more water, it's just hard when nothing sounds good and I need to eat a quick snack lol.

Hard to Sleep

I'm finding it harder to get comfortable in bed these days. I think since this is my third kid my joints are starting to loosen up earlier than in previous pregnancies. My hips and knees especially ache when I'm laying in one position too long. I'm glad that at least this time I have a memory foam mattress pad on top of my mattress that helps cushion a bit more. Now I just need a stack of pillows I can position around me however I need.

Nice Kitchen

I was watching Flip That House today, the show where people buy a cheap rundown house and fix it up for big profits. I love seeing all the things they do to fix it up, but my most favorite is when they redo the kitchens. They usually get custom cabinets with stuff like built in wine racks and cupboards with those pull-out shelves, the kind of stuff I walk through Lowes and Home Depot admiring. Although I don't like cooking, I would still love a beautiful designer kitchen like that. :)

Setup

When we got our cable internet hooked up last month I'm so glad there were professionals here to get it going for me because I had no idea how to get it all connected right and make sure the settings and stuff worked. Then I didn't get our router set up until Hubby got home because I had no idea how to get our network working so I could use the laptop. It's not like it's a huge network needing KVM switches or anything, just a simple router, but I just knew I'd screw it up, so I left it to him. It took him just a little while and we were up and running. Good thing I have him around to do technical stuff. :D

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

Today was such a nice day. It got into the 70s so it was sunny and warm, but it was also pretty windy so we had a nice breeze. We spent a lot of time outside, letting the boys play, and Hubby did some yard work. Hubby got sunburned becuase he doesn't like sunscreen. They boys and I spent most of the time under the covered patio so we aren't burnt. Then we spent the evening grocery shopping and buying the boys new shoes cuz their's are getting tight. Now it's past their bedtime and I'm exhausted too, so I'm going to get them to bed and hope they go to sleep quickly.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday's Feast

Appetizer

Name a color you find soothing.

- Blue


Soup

Using 20 or less words, describe your first driving experience.

- Before I started driver's ed, my dad let me drive a little bit. I remember him pulling over and letting my get behind the wheel to drive a few minutes. I was terrified and had a hard time staying in my lane.

Salad

What material is your favorite item of clothing made out of?

- Cotton


Main Course

Who is a great singer or musician who, if they were to come to your town for a concert, you would spend the night outside waiting for tickets to see?

- Nobody. I'm way too tired to want to spend the night out for anything lol. No musician is more important than my sleep.


Dessert

What is the most frequent letter of the alphabet in your whole name (first, middle, maiden, last, etc.)?

- A, there are 4 total.



Thursday, April 17, 2008

Subway fixes everything :D

I am still sick today, and very tired. I couldn't fall asleep until 1am this morning :P And then Hubby stayed late after work to go golfing and didn't get home until after the boys were in bed. But, to make up for leaving his sick tired pregnant wife home alone with the kids all day, he brought me home Subway. And because Subway is one of the few things that always sounds good to me right now, of course that makes up for it all :D It was so yummy. Hm, I should have had him get some double chocolate chip cookies too. Oh well, next time. :) And now the boys are in bed and I'm going to head to bed soon, after taking some Tylenol PM to help me sleep.

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for the break from nausea that I had last weekend. From Thursday through Monday I felt pretty good. And I'm very thankful for the beautiful weekend we had and that we were able to get out and get some sun. And it's supposed to be pretty nice today and tomorrow too, so that is great.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sicky

I feel so yucky today. I woke up with a very sore swollen throat, I could barely swallow, and a runny nose and major headache. And that's on top of my normal pregnancy nausea and exhaustion. Just sitting here is wearing me out. I'm going to try to get the boys to nap now, a little early, so that I can lay down. I need them to nap so bad cuz I might not make it through the day otherwise.

Earning Interest

I hate paying bills :P It's sad to see all your money floating away lol. Yesterday I paid most of our bills, then transfered what was left into our savings account to go towards the mortgage payment. Our savings account earns 5% interest or something, but we usually don't have any money in there to earn interest on lol. Now if we do this every month, transfer money to savings until it's time to make the house payment, we might actually earn some interest on that :)

Online Shopping

I love to shop on Amazon, half.com, buy.com, and some other sites for books and DVDs, I can find what I want used or new for great prices. You can use Ebay too, but you usually have to wait days for an auction to finish and you might not get it or the price keeps going up, so I usually don't bother lol. Another thing I like is when you buy stuff they come up with lists of other stuff you might be interested. There are tons of places like this online too, like buy.com, and you can find books like Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the Westy by Benazir Bhutto that are new for prices better than you would in the store.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tuesday To-Do Done List

My nausea is back today, after a nice break since Thursday. Since I wasn't very productive today, instead of a list of all the things that need to be done, I'll write a list of what I did:

* Got dressed (so what if it's PJs, at least I'm not in my bathrobe still lol)

* Fed the kids

* Changed diapers

* Unloaded the dishwasher

* Made dinner

* Paid bills

See, that's at least something :D And I am going to do a few loads of laundry. I have to if I want clean towels and something besides PJs to wear tomorrow. Actually I don't even have anymore clean PJs, so if I want to wear anything I better do some laundry lol.

Heads or Tails: Tip


Today's Heads or Tails word is Heads- Tip or Tails- Anything that rhymes with tip.

So let me think, here's some stuff about things rhyming with tip.

Zip- I have a pair of black pants, that I wore yesterday actually, but the zipper is broken. It drives me nuts cuz I have to make sure I wear a shirt long enough to cover it up.

Trip- Jakey always trips when he runs, it's so funny. He gets excited and starts running for something and forgets to watch where he's going. At least he's not as bad as Jason was when he was younger, he always managed to trip right into the edge of the coffee table. Every. Single. Time. Poor kid looked like he'd been beat.

Lip- I'm sitting here watching VeggieTales (why I still have it on after the boys went downstairs to play I have no idea lol) and am reminded of one of their silly songs called "I Love My Lips". It's nice to have a fun cute cartoon I don't mind myself my kids watching.

Flip- A week or two ago some ladies from church came over as a kind of meet-the-new-lady thing to get to know me better. Jason was telling them how old he and Jakey are. He put up 3 fingers and told them he was three, then told them Jakey was one. Guess which finger he used to show 1? Yep, he flipped them the bird. Good thing they understand little kids don't know any better lol.

Well, that's about all I can think of right now, I better skip to the kitchen and whip up some lunch. Hehe.

It's that time!

So today is the deadline to file your taxes! Who out there is rushing around to get them finished in time? Not me! We got our federal return done in February and used up all that money already, paying bills and stuff. And last week we mailed off the $23 we owed to Idaho. So we are all done until next year. We were a bit disappointed in our refund this year, but it was because we had almost $20k in untaxed money we received from my paid blogging and money Hubby won, and we had to pay the taxes for all that. I was actually afraid we'd end up owing, but thanks to our two cute little tax credits we got a little return. And next year will be better cuz we will have another cute little credit, and it's doubtful that Hubby will win $10k again this year lol.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Love good deals

I love when stores have case lot sales or 10 for $10 and all that. Today I sent Hubby to the store for a bunch of stuff on sale at Albertson's. We saved over 50% for stuff like cereal, ketchup, artichokes, pudding, and a few other things. And of course the thing that we actually did need immediately was milk, which he bought, but it somehow didn't make it home. Somewhere between checkout and the car it got forgotten. So he just got back from running back to the store for it.

Um, ouch!

So I may have underestimated the extent of our sunburns. Except for Jason. Because Jason kept his jacket on half the time we were out, he has no burn at all, not even his face or ears. Poor little Jakey looks like he painted his face pink and his forearms are red too. And my arms are burning! They hurt so bad and are bright red, doesn't help when Jakey wanted to lay in my lap and kept wiggling around in my arms. I'm sure my face is a little burnt too. Serves me right for forgetting sunblock. I will definitely be slathering myself and the boys before we are out that long again. At least I won't have to worry about doing that tomorrow, because it's supposed to be in the 40's with a chance of snow. Yep, after our beautiful day in the 70's and sunny, we might have snow tomorrow. Stupid weather. But at least this weekend is supposed to get sunny and warm again.

Monday Madness

Today is the nicest day we've had in a long looooong time. It's in the 70's and sunny, though quite windy. This morning we headed to SIL's work to get my eyebrows cleaned up and hang out, then we stopped at the library to try to find a dvd we misplaced and get some more. My neighbor let me know that her and some other ladies from church were taking their kids to the park around noon, so we went too. The boys had lots of fun and I got to get to know some of the ladies a little better. Unfortunately I didn't put any sunscreen on any of us and after 2 hours in the hot sun we are all a little sunburned. I missed my mom coming over to visit while we were out cuz I didn't have my phone with me, I felt really bad, it was her first visit since we moved in. I might take the boys over to see her tomorrow. We are having hamburgers for dinner so I think I'll have Hubby fire up the grill to cook them and we can eat out on the patio. It's great cuz it's covered and we can put down the side curtain things to block the wind, but still enjoy the warmth. What a beautiful day.

Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to Menu Plan Monday from Organizing Junkie. I'm so glad to be back in the habit of my monthly menu, it makes things so easy to cook and buy groceries. Anyway, here is this week's menu:

Monday- Hamburgers, fries

Tuesday- Garlic Chicken

Wednesday- Pasta Roni

Thursday- Spaghetti, garlic bread

Friday- Leftovers

Saturday- Hamburger Helper

Sunday- BBQ Ribs

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sunday Saying

"Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

This goes along with the saying "Home is where the heart is". Wherever the things you love most are, that is home. For me, as long as I am with my family then no matter where we go, I am home. It's not the place, it's the people. Where is home to you?

Camera Critters

I'm very excited to join in this new meme by blogging friend, Misty Dawn! The meme is called Camera Critters and you can post pictures of any kind of critter, whether or not it's your pets, animals at the zoo, bugs, anything. Just make sure you or someone in your house took the pic :)

My picture is of our cat Stars when she had her kittens last year. It was a surprise for me because I thought it would be another week before she had them, but one morning I went down and found 4 tiny black kittens there (you can't see one in the pic, the runt is under her front leg). We no longer have any of them, but MIL took the runt so we get to see him when we are there. So here's Stars with Devil, Tiger, Junior, and (unseen) Monkey.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Let's go fly a kite...

Today was such a nice day! It got up to around 60* so we did some yard work and the boys played in the backyard. Then 3 of my brothers and my SIL came over and we went across the street to the school to play. The boys played on the playgrounds a bit, and ran around, and we played frisbee and flew a kite. It was so fun. I haven't flown a kite since I was probably 10, so I enjoyed that lol. The wind kept blowing the frisbee over neighboring fences and my brother had to jump them and go get them, until finally it ended up on a roof and we just said forget it. I'm so happy the weather finally seems to be warming up. Monday it should be in the 70's, which will feel so nice! We'll probably go play on the playground again. The boys love when we can get out of the house.

House Work

If we'd stayed at our last house longer one of the things I would have wanted to change was the painting on the trim around the house. It was old and faded and I'm not sure what color it was originally, but it looked brown. It looks so nice when a house has a nice fresh paint job and especially if you have a good color for the trim, exterior shutters, and all that. But we moved and our new house looks fine, so now I don't have to worry about it. :) We just get to find other stuff to change. Today I went out and pruned the huge rosebushes on the side of the house. They were way out of control, so I had to trim quite a bit, hopefully they grow nicely this year. And those things have some nasty big thorns! I got a cut on one of my fingers that was bleeding all over.

HD TV, or not

When we bought our big TV last year we were so excited cuz it was an HD tv. Unfortunately we didn't realize that you have to get a special DirecTV reciever for HD, they don't just have HDMI switches or something. And although we were good customers they wouldn't just upgrade us for free, or even a small charge. Instead they wanted us to pay $300 to get the HD receiver! New customers can sometimes get free HD upgrades, but not existing, paying customers?! So we've decided that once our contract is up with them we are going to call up and ask for a free HD upgrade or we'll go somewhere else.

Friday, April 11, 2008

What's in a name?

So here's a funny story about me :D Last year I was thinking of getting family members personalized gifts, so I was looking at Etsy shops (I think?) and just searching for stuff with their names on them, like shirts or purses or whatever. My little sister's name is Kelsey. After an hour of looking at stuff with her name on it though, her name started to look really weird like it does when you say a word a lot and it just sounds funny. Well, I began second guessing if that was really her name! LOL, I was so confused because I'd been looking so long that it just didn't even sound like a real name. I even started asking myself, "Wait, is that her name?! What else would her name be?" LOL! I don't know what else I thought her name might be, Delsey, or Kiley, or something lol. I told Hubby about it later that day and he just laughed at me. Anyone else ever done something so silly?

Upgrade

I keep wishing we could get some new bedroom furniture that is a matching set to look all nice and pretty in my room, but of course they are usually out of our budget. I've been thinking that might be something we can use next year's tax refund on. I would use this year's but I think we are planning to put it towards a new stove and dishwasher and the rest in savings. Which is also nice, but I really hope one of these days to get new bedroom furniture, everything we have has either been handed down to us or bought at thrift stores.

Great day :D

So today Hubby had his work employee evaluation. They do them every year and give out raises around this time. Normally they only give raises if you have been there a year, and Hubby has only been there 3 months. But, they told him he is doing a great job and even exceeding all their expectations and so they gave him a raise! It's not a ton, 2.5%, but it's still awesome. We are very excited and I am so proud of my Hubby for doing such a great job. Tonight we are going out to eat to celebrate :D

Cleaning like crazy

Man, I am exhausted! I've been cleaning and cooking all morning. I just need to sweep (and maybe mop) the bathroom floors and vacuum most of the house. The O' Henry Bars are done (and very yummy!) and my friends should start arriving in about 45 minutes, so I better get finished with the cleaning and wash up the kids a bit. Looks like I need to sweep the kitchen again, the boys have left sandwich pieces from lunch all over.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful that tomorrow I get to meet up with some friends, it's going to be so fun. And I'm making O' Henry Bars, yummy! I'm thankful that I was able to get my house clean, it feels so nice to have a clean house. And I'm thankful that today I didn't feel to sick, or maybe I was just too busy cleaning to notice lol, either way I feel pretty good today.

What are you thankful for?

Clean up

Boy, I've been cleaning more today than usual. Why? Because I invited people over tomorrow and that is the best way to get me to clean lol. Some friends from one of my messageboards are getting together at my house. I've met a few of them in previous get-togethers, but a few others will be my first time meeting them in real life. Should be a ton of fun. But I'm exhausted, and I'm not even done yet! Plus I have to keep it clean until tomorrow lol.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Scaredy Cat

The other day we bought "I Am Legend". Tonight we decided to watch it. I don't know why I let myself do this stuff lol. Watching scary movies at night is a sure-fire way to ensure I have nightmares and can't sleep. I'm already afraid to go up to bed by myself which is why I haven't just stopped watching it lol. I need to wait for Hubby to be ready for bed so he can go up with me. Might as well eat some ice cream or something while I put myself through this torture. :P

Good day

Hubby says he had a really good day going on the ride-along and all. He says he it was really cool seeing how their software works in the police cruisers and dispatch. It's really cool for him to see how the software he works on actually helps the police and 911. They toured the jail and he says that is definitely not someplace he'd want to be lol. During the ride-along he got to watch as they arrested some people and stuff like that. I'm glad he enjoyed it :)

The boys weren't too bad. Except for the poop on the bathroom floor and downstairs counter, juice and water and food spilled on the kitchen floor, and all the other messes they make. But really, it wasn't too bad, I guess I had more patience today than normal.

Stupid computer

Man, my computer really annoys me sometimes. A few months ago we went through a time where it wouldn't load pages or pictures most of the time. Eventually we got it taken care of so it worked fine, but now it's doing it again. It started a few days ago and I have to keep reloading pages to get them to load, and a lot of pictures just won't load at all. It is so annoying. What's the point of having cable internet if it takes just as long to load a page as it would if I had dial-up? :P I really think it's a problem with Vista or our wireless adapter. We also have the problem that usually once a day the internet just stops working and we have to restart the whole laptop to get it to work again. Not cool when I'm in the middle of something online.

The one good thing about this problem- my house is getting cleaner :D

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Ride-along

Tomorrow Hubby gets to go on a police ride-along for work. His work makes software for 911 dispatch and police and stuff so they occasionally do ride-alongs. Should be pretty exciting for him, he gets to go all day. And he gets paid for it since it is for work. They also visit the jail and dispatch, pretty fun day. He really likes his job and they treat their employees well so that makes me happy. :)

I get to clean the house and keep the kids from making too many messes, so fun day for me too lol. Actually I'd prefer to be here instead of a ride-along, I don't think I'd enjoy it much.

Tuesday To-Do

Let's see what I need to do today:

* Take a nap. The boys are laying down now, as soon as they are asleep I'm going to try to nap.

* Dishes

* Clean up family room and vacuum

* Make dinner. I can't even remember what we are having tonight lol.

Not much on my list today. My main concern is getting the family room cleaned up. The kids left some candy on the floor and this morning we had a bit of an ant problem, so I need to get the whole room clean and vacuumed and spray ant killer around. I want to do my yoga dvd, but not going to on my dirty floor with ants. :P

Monday, April 07, 2008

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
- Not sure yet

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Potty Pals

I have a feeling Jakey is going to be potty trained a lot faster than Jason was. Lately he's wanted to take off his diaper and sit in the potty. He still goes in his diaper, but he also goes a little in the potty. It would be so nice to have him out of diapers too before the baby comes. Jason's still not fully trained, he still poops in his underwear. We also keep a diaper on him at night, not quite ready to risk the messes at night lol.

Not so fun

One thing that is not so fun about pregnancy is the acne. I always get more zits during early pregnancy, though luckily it usually clears up later on. I need some type of acne wash or something, though from what I've heard most aren't safe during pregnancy or something, need to see which ones are okay. Guess it's just soap and water for me for now. Could be worse :) At least I still haven't had to throw up, though I've come close a few times. :P

That's Living

Yesterday we got a magazine in the mail called Salt Lake Living. This is one of those magazines that show upscale homes and how to make yours look like that. There are some gorgeous homes in there with pools, fiberglass columns, drool-worthy kitchens, and all that. It's really good for getting ideas for stuff we'd like to update in our house. Makes me want to get renovating.

Clogged Drain

Today Jakey got on my bathroom counter and started shoving things down the sink drain. My mother-in-law ended up taking it apart for us cuz Hubby thought it would be too hard (this is the same guy who has spent hours today out fixing a sprinkler pipe in the cold dirt lol, but unscrewing a sink pipe was too difficult). There were 2 toothbrushes, my tweezers, and Hubby's class rings in there. I''m glad my watch (that I don't wear lol) didn't get shoved down there too, not that we have luxury watches but that drain was gross and I wouldn't want my pretty watch clogged with gunk. And I am just glad my toothbrush didn't get shoved down there lol, I would've just thrown it away. Oh, and he tried to put a drinking glass down there too, but ended up dropping and breaking it in the sink. What fun that kid is :D

Peace

Wow, the house sure is quiet when the kids aren't here! Jakey is napping and my little BIL took Jason and his cousin across the street to play. Hubby is outside trying to fix a sprinkler pipe and MIL is not noisy lol. So it's nice a peaceful and quiet for now. Just me and the TV :) I better take advantage of it and lay down for a quick rest.

Sleepy

Wouldn't it be nice if little kids understood the concept of sleeping in? LOL For once I'd like them to sleep past 7am just so I could get a little more sleep. Or at least I'd like to be able to sleep better so waking up at 7am wouldn't be such a chore lol. I think tonight I'll try taking some Tylenol PM to help me sleep. And since Hubby is sleeping in today maybe he'll be nice and let me sleep in tomorrow. :)

Friday, April 04, 2008

Good MIL

I think I have the best mother-in-law ever. I always hear people complaining about their MILs but I must say mine is not one of those types. When she is here she helps with the house and makes dinners and helps with the boys. It's been especially nice the last few days since I'm so exhausted and don't feel good. And I often thank her for raising such a wonderful son who is willing to help out with the house and kids. Well, I better do dishes and head to bed soon, MIL is getting the boys to sleep. :)

Friday's Feast


Appetizer
Invent a new flower; give it a name and describe it.

- Um, I have no idea, I'm not good at this kind of thing lol.

Soup
Name someone whom you think has a wonderful voice.

- I can't think of someone right now, lots of singers have wonderful voices.

Salad
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how clean do you keep your car?

- 5

Main Course
How do you feel about poetry?

- I like poetry, sometimes I like to write it.

Dessert
What was the last person/place/thing you took a picture of?

- When my boys made a mess with Taz, posted a few posts down.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

B-I-N-G-O

So I've recently checked out the Pogo games site cuz I've heard other bloggers mention in and I was bored one day. So far I've only been playing Bingo, but it's so fun! Honestly I've been playing it a bit too much lol. It's really hard to stop. I should check out some of the other games they have available. But first I need to figure out dinner. :)

So it starts

So, like I figured, morning sickness has started to kick in this week. It did around the same time with my boys so I was sure it would. So far no throwing up, just feel sick to my stomach all day and food all sounds disgusting. Hopefully it stays as easy as I had it with the boys. It would be nice to be able to eat though lol, even stuff I normally love just sounds so yucky and usually makes my stomach hurt more.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Flipped

I remember last year I saw something on the news about North Carolina, especially Wilmington real estate, was one of the best markets for selling homes in the country. With the recent credit and mortgage problems causing housing markets to fall, I wonder if it is still the best market. They were showing how house flippers were making big bucks there, which is what caught my attention cuz I think it would be cool to flip houses, you just need to be in the right area where you can actually make money on it.

UFC

Anyone else watch UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)? My brothers got me into watching it and I really enjoy it. I've never liked boxing or wrestling or whatever, but these mixed martial arts (MMA) fights are so cool. My brothers are over here tonight to watch and now we are watching Ultimate Fighter, the reality show based on UFC. It's interesting to see the fights of the amateurs compared to the fights we just saw with the professionals.

Wednesday

My little sister spent the night here last night. It's the first time she's been to our new house. I love it when she is here because she is such a big help. This morning she helped us clean up the boys' pigsty playroom. I'm tired and hopefully I can get a nap today, I might see if she will keep an eye on the boys while I lay down for a bit.

We have no plans for the day, just hanging out. Sounds like the boys are already messing up the playroom again. It's an impossible job to keep that room clean lol. I do need to go through it and put away some of the toys in the storage room so there isn't so much to make a mess with.

My stomach isn't feeling good so I'm going to go lay on the couch and do nothing for a while. :)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Swaddled

My kids always slept better as babies when they were swaddled. Jason loved it and he was swaddled until he outgrew all the blankets, I think around 6 months old. Jakey hated it. Although he slept better he just did not like being all wrapped up and always managed to wriggle his way out. I would wrap him in a receiving blanket then in a Swaddle Me blanket, with a safety pin to keep it closed, and at 2 months old he would still wriggle his way out. I finally gave it up around 4 months old with him. I always wanted to try one of those special swaddle blankets that people swore by.

My friend Amanda is having a giveaway for an adorable baby swaddling blanket and gift certificate from Ju Ju Beane Boutique. I'd love to get this very cute swaddle blanket.

Poor Taz

My Hubby has a huge Taz and I have no idea where he got it. Taz is getting old and starting to get holes. I thought he just had a small hole on his arm, and occasionally the little white styrofoam balls inside would leak out a little. When we moved here we put him in our boys' room. Big mistake for poor Taz. See-


No, that is not snow covering my boys and half the bedroom. Apparently Taz has developed a large hole on his face and the boys have enjoyed jumping on him and making the snowy white beads fly out all over the place. And of course when I tried to clean up the boys they ran all through the house with a trail of fluff falling off them, so I have tiny white beads all over the place. Taz has been retired to a kid-free zone, the storage room. I finally got the kids to hold still so I could vacuum most of the styrofoam off them.

Heads or Tails: Fool


It's been a few months since I've joined in Heads or Tails but I figured it was time to jump in. This week's HoT word is Fool.

Seeing as how it is April Fool's Day I'm sure many people will be talking about pranks they've pulled or what they have done to fool others. But not me, I've never been good at April Fool's jokes.

Instead I'm going to tell you about a friend who's birthday is April Fool's Day. And just for fun, let me say that 2 of her children also have that birthday, and one was due that day but came early. I bet when she tells people they say, "Yeah right! April Fool's!" But it is completely true. Quite a coincidence to have a mom and 2 of her kids born on April Fool's Day. :)