Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I had 4 parties of various variety last week. All great and fun in their own way, but Friday's party with some good friends was hilarious as always. We eat great food and chat the night away, but the white elephant giving is so much fun. Bill and I received a gigantic 44DD flower bra (to me...the flattest woman in the room) and a lovely blue poinsettia plant. You can just imagine this beautiful plastic wonder...gorgeous! Well, Bill ended up trying to hide it in our host's beautifully decorated home, hoping she wouldn't notice, and we wanted to share this beautiful plant with her. Well, I guess we weren't the only one hiding our presents...(sorry, Shelly, I'm sure you didn't want a huge ceramic snowman in your shower).
Saturday night, I went to my doorstep to find the blue plant had found it's way home. Aahh, thanks! Emi thinks it is gorgeous....yesterday, she wanted to use it for a table decoration for my party with Bill's sister. I told her it would look wonderful in HER room. She's happy with that, but it did make an appearance for our festive tortellini dinner tonight. I guess I can always re gift it at next year's party.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
But, I can honestly say that marrying Bill on December 18th, 1998 was the smartest thing I ever did. Well....I should have waited until spring. My only regret. December should only be for Christmas...no anniversaries and birthdays (you can see how planned Emi was...j/k). But Bill has made me laugh almost every day of our marriage, and that is so important to me. It really gets me through the rough days. He works so hard to make our life fun, sweet, and happy. I love that he is his own man with all sorts of his own interests. Bill is passionate about many things and he gets things done. He has no fear in taking charge when necessary and is an obvious leader. That's just a few short reasons why I love him. It's nice to say that I love him more now than the day I married him. Gosh...I barely knew him when we got married! Seriously, if my daughter ever does what I did...I'll kill her. But luckily, it worked out for me.
Happy Anniversary, Bill. I love you!
p.s. for the MANY people who have begged to know the answer to the previous post....it's Bill's new FJ cruiser. Some of you saw me try to gracefully (not) climb into it after the cookie party.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Anyways, I'm really happy for him. The cool thing about our relationship is that we can allow each other these type of things every so often...no questions asked. I think this is impractical, but I'm sure he thinks I'm frivilous on some things.
He's really, really happy. He's dreamed of this for 3 years. And, he's feeling the need to suck up a little, which is nice. Yesterday, he washed my dirty pans/pots and took out trash without being asked. How long can I make this last?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here's why: I found myself having to go to the post office twice this week to stand in a mother of a line both times. Yea, I know...lines should be expected during the holidays. The first time wasn't so bad, but today...arghhh. While I stood in the snail-paced line, somebodies car alarm was blarring the whole time, there was a skip on the CD being played, so I had to hear Bruce Springsteen say, "Coming to town-Coming to town-Coming to town-over and over again. The man in front of me was on some mission to collect bizarre and very hard to find stamps....DO THAT IN JANUARY!!!!!! It sucked. Ho ho ho...sorry. I'll cheer up.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Daddy brought her a dozen red roses after his morning bike ride (ignore the awful spandex beanie that he wears....SEXY). She was so happy to have her own flowers.
Then she had her first non-house party at her gymnastics gym....I seriously will never do a party at home again. It's so great to just show up and the kids LOVE it. They all wanted to sleep there. It was all we could do to get them home. She scored on Ponies, Pet Shop stuff, Webkinz, and all sorts of great things.
The "gramp" tramp...hee hee hee
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
But, ahhh, a nice holiday weekend:
Thanksgiving at my mom's house is always a major treat. Her southern cornbread stuffing is amazing....most southern stuff is gross (okre, butterbeans, etc) but this is SO good. Someday, I'll post the recipe. She has way more side dishes than necessary, and everyone of them is awesome. I wish we could just spread it out over 4 days. Joyce's family was there as well as Anne, Kip, and Brady. Really fun group.
Emi got sick Friday, so most out-in-public plans were squashed. We still went to my mom's to do the traditional gingerbread boys. Parker made an old man, cub scout, mickey mouse, and piano player gingerbread boy, and Emi made Belle, Minnie Mouse, Li-Li, beach girl, Michael Phelps, and a blackbird dancer gingerbread girl. Cute, cute.
Saturday consisted of raking leaves, attending a nice funeral, putting Emi's birthday party bags together, making a gingerbread house (DON'T buy the Willy Wonka brand....horrible frosting...kept dripping....looks like a snowman ran face first into the house) and decorated the Santa tree. I will post about that later. It's a great tree, if I do say so myself.
Hope everyone had a super holiday. I didn't do one inkling of shopping. I hope to get to that soon. Happy December!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
- Onion dip
- Mozzerella sticks
- Peanut M&M's
- Chips and salsa
- Weinharts Vanilla Cream (It looks like beer....it's not)
- Cocktail weenies, marinated in grape jelly and mustard....sound gross, but it is SOOOO good...very white trashy
Another tradition embarked on today was the raking of leaves. The kids go crazy for it.
And, oh yes....one more silly tradition done by the men and boys of our ward. The infamous Turkey Bowl. They basically run around talking schmack and then limp around in major pain the rest of the day. My dear Bill goofed up his back. He's the one in the 89 jersey.
Friday, November 21, 2008
- Why do some people forget Thanksgiving and have their trees up?
- Why is my body giving out on me?
- Why do I want it to snow so badly before Thanksgiving?
- Why do I always stay up later than I should?
- Why can't I sleep in, even when given the opportunity?
- Why do people choose to be mean to others through snide little comments?
- Why do I look forward to Christmas, even though it's a boatload of work?
- Why are the Mormons being blamed so ferociously for Prop. 8?
- Why does "retail therapy" totally work for me?
- Why does tanning cream smell so yucky?
- Why did I have wheat thins for lunch instead of something more filling?
- Why do we have to practice piano today?
- Why do I HAVE to eat mozzerella sticks, Weinharts, and Bill's onion dip for the BYU/utah game? (oh....never mind....yum)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Why I love Blogging:
- I have been able to connect with old friends that I haven't seen in years. I love this! I (unlike many in my family) am a very social person and love to still be involved in peoples' lives, even if they are all the way across the country. And honestly, being a mom of a child with special needs is a VERY isolating feeling sometimes. So, if I can connect with y'all this way, it keeps me off my ledge. That's why blogging is not a waste of time.
- I'm a horrible journal keeper because it isn't very fun....blogging IS fun!
- It's a non-obligatory way of keeping people abreast of my going-ons. No one HAS to read it (except Bill), but they only do if they want. I like that!
- I love reading my friends' blogs and see that their lives aren't perfect either.
- I love comments.....it makes me happy to hear from you all and I try diligently to keep up with all of your blogs.
Now...I'm still not very good at it. I haven't figured out how to put a site meter, images, new backgrounds, and a lot of other things on my blog, but I'll do that one day. Right now...it's just a bare bones blog that enables me to brag or bash on my kids/husband, share big moments, share little moments, and basically just spout off random thoughts into the universe.....thanks for reading!
For you folks that have wheat but no grinder, a wonderful way to start using it is by making blender pancakes. I promise they are wonderful! We eat them nearly every weekend at my house.
Blender Pancakes1.5 C. wheat kernals2 C. milk (may use Buttermilk)3 T. vegetable oil2 eggs1 T. sugar or honey1/2 t. salt1 T. Baking Powder (if using buttermilk, use 2 t. Baking Soda instead )
Put wheat and milk in a strong blender and blend for 4-5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients except for Baking Powder and blend 1-2 more minutes. Add baking powder and blend till just mixed.
Fry on a hot griddle. These won't be quite as light and fluffy as white flour pancakes but the taste great. Using buttermilk does make them seem a bit lighter I think.
This recipe makes enough for my family of 6 (including 2 teenagers) and sometimes we don't eat them all - but they store ok in an airtight bag for a day or so and my kids argue over who gets them the next morning. So if your family is smaller/younger you might want to cut it down a bit - (1 C. flour and 1 1/3 C. milk)
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here are some questions I send out to the universe to help me finish this project. I could google these things, but I trust the collective mind of my "blogiverse" more:
- Is there any way of storing eggs or egg substitutes?
- Is the dry pack the best deal of dried milk?
- Will the leftover Halloween candy save for awhile?
- What are your best food storage secrets?
Thanks for the help...I really hate this. I would much rather be doing ANYTHING else.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
And now a HUGE congrats to Julie and Dave with their beautiful, new, healthy triplets. Wow, a family of 9! So much more than what you bargained for, but they will enjoy your family so much. I can't wait to see them.
And.....congrats to my brother, Mark. He was put in as Bishop last week in his ward in New York. However, being your sister, I must let it be known the reasons you shouldn't be bishop:
1-Mark and I once stole a Taco Bell bell and replaced it with a roll of toilet paper.
2-He didn't get married until he was 28. A definite menace to society.
3-He once poured rootbeer on his applejacks just to bug me, though he admitted it was gross. He just wanted to make me mad.
4-He took my bed outside while I was at ballet. Hoodlum!
5-He threw a party when my parents were out of town. O.k....it wasn't too crazy. The prophet's grandson attended (that's pretty much the norm in Utah).
6-He re-nigged on a bet with his best friend that he would name his children "Scripto" and "Colgate".
7-He toyed with the emotions of Mr. Knight, his 9th grade geography teacher. Seriously, he messed with the poor man....so much that Mr. Knight had it out for me when I came into his class.
8-He once paraded down Broadway in a Kool-aid man costume.....all in the name of his job. PR?!? Oh yeah, he got kissed by famous mall-rat Tiffany and hung out with Cyndi Lauper while making the 80's Trivial Pursuit commercial. Not fit to be Bishop!!!!!
Oh, just kidding. I find it weird that I am at the age where I go on group dates with Bishops....it's bizarre. Good luck, Mark. You will be awesome! As will your family.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
8 T.V. shows I love to watch:
5-House Hunters (it's the voyer in me...I love to see inside people's houses)
6-Jon & Kate +8
7-So You Think You Can Dance
8-Curious George and Charlie & Lola come in as a tie.
6-The Do Do (my VERY favorite)
8-Bucca de Peppo
8 Things That Happened Today:
1-I started laundry (isn't this exciting?)
2-I shoveled heavy, wet snow
3-Parent Teacher Conference
4-Subbed for Jen and taught her 2 classes
5-Drove to school 3 times (morning, Kindergarten, PT conference)
6-Got both kids to finish homework within half an hour of getting home
7- Dealt with a VERY long tantrum from a middle child who shall remain nameless.
8- Found 3 pair of mittens in 1 minutes time.
8 Things That I Look Forward To:
1-8:30, when all kids are in bed
2- hearing about the birth of Julie's triplets (I heard it was really close!)
3- a new president (yes, I don't share my "conservative democratic" political views often because of the rudeness of many, many Utahns, but I am excited for the new year. I did vote for Huntsman and a few other choice republicans)
4-attending a play with my hubby on Saturday.
5-Thanksgiving week....I love that week.
6-Girl's night, whenever and wherever it will be.
7-a cure for autism/asperger's
8-seeing Quinn when he wakes up because he is so cute in his monkey sleeper suit.
8 People I Tag: seriously, like any of you! do it. Monika? Stacey? Kari? Amy? Jessica? Brooke? Mark? whoever!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Here's my cute, out-of-focus, children. They had just trick-or-treated at Bill's work, but were ready for more. Apparently, they ran the whole way.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The Quinners, the Quinners, ooo, we love the Quinners (to be sung to the tune of "The Bunny, The Bunny" from "Rack, Shack, and Benny")
He is as sweet as can be, but definitely my most emotional toddler. He will being pushing his train happily and then instantly break out in shrieking sobs. He has also shrieked every morning as I take off his PJ top. Very attached to his sleepwear, I guess. He is so attached to his lion, Li-Li. I know it's naptime when he proudly announces, "LI-LI". He says "Li-Li" more than momma or daddy, so I guess I know where we stand in his priorities.
Quinn picking his first pumpkin at the cabin. He took it very seriously!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
1-Quinn....of all the fun the park had to offer our little guy, this was by far his favorite spot. The fountain. So entertained by water!
2- Good food! We enjoyed the Blue Bayou (my absolute fav), the girls did Ariel's Grotto, and the boys did Goofy's kitchen. This is Emi enjoying her shells and cheese with goldfish on top.
3. Pirates...well, Quinn screamed through the entire pirate ride, but that didn't dampen Parker's love for all things pirates. Didn't dampen my love for a audio-animatronic Johnny Depp, either.
4. Fun characters everywhere. It's nice that Emi doesn't run away screaming like she used to. (Bill is the one on the right...yuk, yuk, yuk).
5. Thrill rides! Parker ADORES them. This is us on "Tower of Terror". Emi went on it once, but not twice...she really did get brave for most things this year. Parker just giggles through these rides. I love it! It's a good age because he is as happy on those as he is on Dumbo.
6. Grandparents (these are in no particular order). This was AWESOME! It's like bringing your own personal nanny and photographer. My dad must have taken a billion pictures of my kids.
7. Mickey Mouse. Too bad Quinn decided to nap for this part, but oh well. He loved all things Mickey.
8. ....speaking of which, here he is enjoying the Mickey ice cream. Thanks to my dad's obsession with these little beauties, we enjoyed them a lot!
9. Princess Emi.....couldn't believe it! She got to meet Belle! She was so happy. The princesses rotate, and we were so lucky to get her. Especially since I dueled out a bunch-0-money for her Halloween costume. We met almost every princess, but Belle is so her favorite right now.
10. The new "Toy Story Mania" ride in California Adventure. Super fun. It takes the "Buzz Astro-blasters" to a whole new level. I'm seriously so impressed that Disney Imagineers come up with this stuff. Had a ball on it!
So that was the good.....we won't mention Tinkerbell malfunctioning during the fireworks, 3 of us getting the gurgly crud, or the monorail breaking at a crucial moment in our day.....the good far outweighs any of the bad!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Why I love an October 5th birthday:
-Cool, crisp fall weather with gorgeous, decorative leaves
-When my birthday falls on a Sunday, I don't have to tote all the kids to church because it is conference weekend. This is way more important to me since I ALSO have my hubby home, which is unusual for Sundays.
-I can usually talk my mom into making me stuffed baked potatoes.
-I get to celebrate with my bro and sis (Oct 2 and Oct 4). Not ALWAYS fun to share "Birthday Week", but it also kind of makes it an event (and it drains Mark of all his cash....the only sib with his b-day in July).
-I can buy new fun fall clothes under the label of "birthday shopping". I tend to buy a lot of things under this label...often way into November.
Why I don't love an October 5th birthday;
-studies show that this is the most popular day to have a birthday. More people have their birthday on Oct. 5th than any other day. It's less special because 15 other people are being sung to in any given restaurant.
-if my birthday falls on a Saturday, Bill (or any guy I was dating) was off to priesthood session. This means I'm on babysitting duty.
-having to spend my birthday shopping for sibling presents, which I always leave to the last minute.
Favorite birthdays past:
-2 years ago, we woke up at 4 am and hopped a plane to Disneyland. It was Parker and Emi's first time there. I was WAY prego with Quinn, but we had a ball! They were SO excited, and that kept us going (even though we were tired). I've never seen my kids fall asleep so fast as they did that night.
-My first year we were married, my hubby arranged for me to have a full spa day, complete with lunch. So fun.
-My 18th birthday was so fun....it was the night of my senior year homecoming dance. It was Ryan's (the guy I went with) 18th birthday, too (see what I mean about EVERYONE sharing my birthday) and we had a ball. We went with a fun group....I was escorted to the U-haul truck by all the guys, we all had pizza in the truck looking out from Zarahemla drive. After the dance, we watched "Field of Dreams" on Skyline's baseball field on a big projection screen. The only bad part was my dad's automatic sprinklers went off during the doorstep scene......an accident? Probably not.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
cute, sticky kids
They sleep like the dead when we camp....even through a terrential rain storm. Wish I did. Of course, I drugged them.
Me, with headlamp and hot chocolate, finishing "Breaking Dawn". I so want to be a vampire.
Hiking the "Mormon Trail"...colors were awesome. This picture doesn't do it justice. Fall is in full swing and I LOVE fall! Please ignore the bedhead. I don't fight the hair battle when camping.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Girl carpool today: "I LOVE your shoes...they go so well with your bow"
"and then we were trampolining and we slid everywhere..heee.heee.hee!"
"why does Quinn wear those shoes EVERYDAY...isn't he sick of them?"
"does everyone have their backpacks on the hooks...oh good, we are all alike!"
"Cheetah girls were on again last night.....I love them..they are so amazing"
"why does your cat run away when I try to pet him?"
and ended with singing a rousing rendition of, "What's more American than Cornflakes.....". This all takes place in about 6 minutes time.
Boy carpool today: "Do you know the best way to stop throwing up....just swallow it. That's what I just did. That's the best way to stop throwing up....do you want to know what it tastes like?" ....end of conversation.
Such a difference.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
You might be my sibling if:
1. you know of the lesser-known FHE manual that suggests watching M*A*S*H* or Newhart.
2. you still have deep fears and issues resulting from your kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Leverich.
3. you never, ever call Dad on Saturdays between 5-7 p.m.
4. the sound of a fire drill suddenly makes you want to get naked and run outside.
5. you have Co-cola running through your veins.
6. you know that cherry cokes and Disneyland have no sense going together.
7. you know what a wombel, Freddy the Wonder Guppie, a lerp, Herman/Frank, Le Mutt, the sheepskin, or James Jenny Wilson are.
8. you crave vanilla shakes with....oh, flavor.
9. the thought of a Hawaiian Dairy Queen gives you an ulcer.
10. you ka-chunka your trunk.
11. you start thinking of your Halloween costume or the order in which you will run downstairs on Christmas morning in early June.
12. you know the secret of the 2 Foo-foos.
13. you have slept on Mark's apartment floor in NYC and seen cockroaches in the middle of the night.
14. the Hallelujah chorus brings to mind exploding gingerbread lips.
15. you can get Dad on any roller coaster if you call it a train.
16. you have ever been dressed into a cupid costume, bunny costume, or even a tollbooth to ask someone to a highschool dance (oh yeah...that was just me.....never mind.)
17. you crave powdermilk biscuits once in awhile.
18. you look for a vacuum any time you pass gas.
19. breaking a tradition KILLS you.
20. you hear the "Happy Birthday" song, you must cross your arms and hold hands.
21. you hear the words, "I can't I can't I can't I can't" you must say in a low, husky voice, "yes you can yes you can yes you can yes you can".
22. you throw a little beach sand into your sub sandwiches.
23. your stuffed animals belonged to groups (ie the dog group, the snake group, the fish and owl group).
24. you have ever peed at Zzyzx exit in California.
25. you must clog your arteries with homeade eggnog, cheeseball, and southern sausage every Christmas.
Yes....there must be a million more, but I won't bore you with those. Enjoy!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Look at that great Tiger Woods grip on his club.....he must have learned it from his dad!
Bill (with Emi) showing his true California driving ability.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Let me tell you about a quick conversation I had while away. I had been reading by the pool and got up to go back to the room. Mind you, I'm wearing a swimsuit. Well, this older lady approaches me and says, "How far along are you?!"...........................Tears sprung to my eyes and I sucked my tummy in and said, "EXCUSE ME?". She then pointed to my book and said, "How far along are you in "Breaking Dawn"? I'm only on the third book".
So, there is a little lesson there.....NEVER ask someone how far along they are unless you specify what you are talking about. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!!!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
- Parker's brand-new lunch box zipper ripped right off as I was closing it. Yeah for Target for returning it, even with his name "sharpied" on it.
- On the first (there were three) drive to school, I somehow lost my car keys, but did find them quickly
- I got home, and the basement bathroom had flooded as a result of a broken sprinkler...yes, the one we had just fixed on Saturday. Hallelujah for tile floor!
- I spilled baked beans all over the kitchen floor. Hallelujah for tile floor!
- Quinn fell down the bottom 3 stairs....not Hallelujah for tile floors! Poor guy!
- Took Emi to Kindergarten orientation....the second trip to school. As we were leaving to get Quinn, noticed a little puff of smoke in the mountains above the kids school...hmmmm. Glad to see Parker out at lunch recess, now knowing he didn't start the fire!
- Got Quinn, headed back to school for a third trip to school to pick up carpool for early out day. I become engulfed in smoke! Fastest fire I've ever seen.
- Went husbandless to Wendy's for dinner with the kids to celebrate first day of school. I let Quinn down as much Diet Coke as he wanted....he had to be in the car all day and I took pity on the boy!
- Finally, I plopped into bed to start "Breaking Dawn"....zonked out after 5 pages.
Back to the rat race......I'm just tired of being the head rat!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
- Padres Game
- 5 full days on the beach
- Children's Museum
- Thanksgiving Pointe Farm
- Sleeping under the stars with my sis and watching movies on the gigantic movie screen.
- Countless playdates
- hours of Wii fit tournemants (I ROCK at ski jumping.....seriously, I'm good at it!)
- hours at the library
- biking, jeeping, and razor scooting the neighborhood
- Staying in Grandpa S.'s RV for the night
- Cousin time, many parties/BBQ's, firework displays
Granted, this summer has also had the boring things like countless grocery store trips (with 3 kids...who doesn't love that?), hours of AS therapy, and house scrubbing. But, come on....why do I feel like I have to fit 10,000 more activities into next week!?! They have toys, don't they?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Here is Emi at the Hopkins BBQ in Park City the other night. They entertained themselves for an hour by turning on and off the bounce house. Thanks again, Carey, for having us up (and 22 children) to eat and play. Sorry that we all ended up in your bedroom with Julie watching Olympics and using your massager!
And then there's Quinn....stick him in a swing and he's happy forever. The one sock is result of a wasp sting on his toe...thanks to former lifeguard Jenn who knew how to treat it right!
I will now try to entertain myself by simultaneously watching Olympic Gymnastics, unloading my dishwasher, and finishing "Eclipse" so that no one will spoil "Breaking Dawn" for me!