31 December 2007

It's been a little while....

So I realized it's been a while since my last post. It's been crazy since we got back from Hawaii with Christmas. Then on Wednesday night I got the stomach flu and was flat on my back all day Thursday. Friday I spent recuperating...and poof more than a week is gone. Not only that but tomorrow is 2008! Wow!

Speaking of 2008 I don't really do resolutions so don't expect any great changes coming here. I do have a few goals that I've been throwing around in my head lately. So I'm going to work on those. They aren't really important to share, so I won't.

In other news, remember I was sick? Well it was horrible. I had a fever all day and had barely enough strength to sit up-sort of-for a couple minutes. Luckily I have great friends. One was willing to take Rachel all morning for me for which I was super grateful. Another kindly brought over popsicles since I couldn't eat anything. I didn't eat them that night because I was still on clear liquids but we did bust them out for dessert last night. It's been a while since Rachel had had one and she kept saying it so funny. I wish I had it on tape but I don't so you're just going to have to see it written phonetically. At first she said, "Can I have a pockspickle?" Spencer and I were trying our hardest not to laugh--to hard. We helped her with her pronunciation but I'm not sure it was getting any better. It turned into "popsciple"and "pocksciple" until finally we got her to say "popsckiple" and called it a night! :)

We don't have very many pictures from Christmas because I was using the video camera (and I can't find the stinking cable to upload but don't get me started on that) but here is one of Rachel showing off her Spongebob shirt that Daddy got her.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

21 December 2007

Back on the Mainland!











We got back from Hawaii last night and we had a great time! Last Thursday Rachel and I flew out by ourselves because Spencer had to finish a final that day. We got there shortly before my mom and her friend so once they flew in we headed over to the windward side where Laie is. We took a walk around Laie and saw the Temple.

On Friday my Dad, Karen and Rachel went to go pick up Spencer from the airport. We had anticipated going to Pearl Harbor that afternoon, but when we got there we found out the last tour was at 3:00pm. It was 3:15. Spencer was the only one that hadn't been there so we didn't feel too bad about not going since he wasn't too excited about it.
Saturday was graduation for my brother. The ceremony was nice and Elder Ballard was the featured speaker. He spoke about using the internet--and specifically blogs--to share the gospel. I thought it was kind of an odd topic for a graduation speech but I really enjoyed it. You can see his talk at LDS.org. That afternoon our family and some friends had a barbecue but Rachel was so exhausted I took her home to take a nap, okay I slept too...We headed over to the North Shore that evening for a quick view of Sunset Beach, Pipeline and Waimea. This picture is Spencer and Rachel at Pipeline as the sun is setting.

On Sunday morning we took a drive around the south side of the island to just see some sights. It was really windy the whole time we were there so instead of waiting for the wind to die down we just took pictures of how it was. Rachel didn't like the wind so we didn't get out of the car too much that morning.

When we got home we went to church and they had a beautiful Christmas program that brought tears to my eyes repeatedly. After church some of my brother's friends who also graduated had a barbecue at the beach and we went there. The mosquitoes were super happy I was there and they ate me alive! That is one thing I do not miss about Hawaii. I'm still scratching my legs.

Monday started the touristy stuff. We hiked to Waimea Falls and Spencer and my mom and her friend got in and swam. It kinda creeped me out to swim in it so I didn't. Then we drove over to Haleiwa and had some Matsumoto's shave ice. If you are ever on the North Shore there is no better place for shave ice then there. That afternoon we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) and saw some villages. Rachel was a little freaked out by some of the loud noises that were there so I took her home instead of staying for the Night Show. I'm sure it was awesome though--it always is.

On Monday night my sister-in-law and brother went to the hospital to have their baby! Baby Elizabeth came on Tuesday morning and she couldn't be more perfect. We spent most of the day with them in the hospital and then did some more driving around that afternoon. I showed Spencer Diamond Head and Waikiki.

Wednesday was our last day on the island and we hadn't once swam in the ocean. It was cold and windy most of the time we were there but Spencer was determined to get in the water. We headed back to the North Shore and swam in Waimea for a little while until it rained on us. :) So after that we went back home and called it a day.The next morning before we left we said goodbye to baby Elizabeth, Jesse and Doretha. So that's our trip in a nutshell. If I think of some more fun stories instead of just boring facts I'll post them but I wanted to get the basics down before I forgot. All in all it was a great trip!

12 December 2007

Back to the Alma Mater

I went to BYU-Hawaii. I started college at a Junior College here in San Diego but didn't know what I wanted to major in so after three semesters I dropped out and worked full-time. I took some time to think about what I wanted to be when I grew up and where I might like to go to college. I finally settled on Phyical/Health Education. I really wanted to be a teacher and thought Health and P.E. would be the best fit for me.

So I started looking around at schools. Ever since I can remember I wanted to go to BYU-Hawaii. Who doesn't? I finally settled on that and Humbolt State in Northern California. I sent applications to both and patiently waited. As soon as I got that acceptance letter from BYUH I new that was where I was going to finish out my schooling.

In January of 1999 I got on a plane to fly 5 hours alone to somewhere I had never been. I sincerely hoped that the school shuttle would be there to pick me up. We got on the big bus and everyone started talking about where they were going to live. It turned out I was the only one not in Hale (pronounced "holly") 3 or 5 which where the main girls dorm. I was in Hale 2 which was a little farther away from the main dorms. I found my dorm room and started unpacking. I didn't think I'd ever make any friends, but within a couple days I had met all the girls on my side of the Hale and some of us became fast friends.

I had a wonderful time that first semester meeting new people and acclimating myself to the area. I also had a great time eating all the yummy food in the cafeteria. I gained 15 pounds that semester and it stuck with me until after I graduated. :)

I spent 2 1/2 years of college at BYU-Hawaii. I had many good times and many bad times. My first semester and my last semester were great but I can't say the same for the semesters in between. I can say I learned a lot about myself during those times so they weren't all for waste. By the end of the 2 1/2 years I was ready to come home. I had island fever pretty bad and couldn't wait to set my feet on the mainland for good.

I didn't think I'd ever want to come back.

Last summer I realized that the time at BYUH was a wonderful learning experience and it made me a part of who I am today. I finally decided that I would want to go back sometime.

Well I'm so excited to say we are going to Hawaii tomorrow!! My brother is graduating from BYUH on Saturday (I'm so proud of him) and my sister-in-law is going to have a baby any time soon. We got great priced tickets and don't have to pay for where we are staying. It couldn't get any better than that. I am so thrilled to go back and see my college and the changes that have been made. I can't wait to show Spencer everything and see my brother and sister-in-law.

So I won't be around for a few days but I'll take lots of pictures and post them when we get back so you all can live vicariously through me! :)

10 December 2007

Where have I been?

Call me oblivious but I had no idea the flooding in Washington was as bad as it is. I read through this on Daring Young Mom's blog and was almost in tears. I am so reminded of the devastating fires that swept through Southern California a month an a half ago. So many people came to our aid when we needed it, (and by "we" I mean our area) how could we not help them.

Please visit her blog and donate whatever you can to help these people in need.

04 December 2007

Two Has Got Nothing On Three

Oh. My. Gosh.

Rachel has turned into a nightmare. All my life I've heard about the "Terrible Two's" and how hard they are to deal with. Let me say I was pretty nervous about going through them with Rachel. We've had our ups and downs over the last year and a half, but they have nothing on what we've been going through the last few weeks.

The "Terrible Two's" is the greatest lie ever told in my opinion. Why doesn't anyone ever talk about the "Terrible Three's"? Wait let's call them the "Terrifying Three's." The closer Rachel got to three, the truth started coming out. Dr's and friends started confiding that their children were holy terrors when they were three and it was way worse than two.

We have been living that in our house the last few weeks. Major--and I mean throwing-herself-on-the-floor-freakishly-sobbing major--tantrums over the tiniest things. Here's a rundown of one that happened today:

1. We were in the bathroom at the Dr's office. She went potty so I told her she needed to wash her hands. She didn't want to. So I helped her get some soap on. When I lifted her up to rinse--because she couldn't reach--she started yelling that she didn't want to see herself in the mirror. Okay...so the next time I only lifted her a little so she could reach the sink. She did not want to rinse that soap off. So instead of getting it everywhere and trying to reason with her, I just quickly rinsed her hands. Then I told her it was time to go and she had a tantrum right there saying she wanted to wash her hands. After I washed her hands because she didn't want to...

There are many more from just today that I could describe, but you get the idea. We have never dealt with the throwing herself on the floor tantrums before so this is all new to me. I was at my wits end yesterday but today they are getting hilarious to watch. Tantrums over water on her toothbrush, what song we are going to sing to go to bed, the list goes on and on.

Someone please help me....

02 December 2007

3 years ago today

I was in the hospital recovering from the birth of my first child. She was born just after midnight on December 2nd and was beautiful! I can't believe it's been three years. We love you Rachel! Happy Birthday!

29 November 2007

Christmas Meme

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper.

2. Real tree or artificial? I grew up with only real trees. To even say "artificial" was blaspheme. The first few years of our marriage I insisted on getting a real tree and loved it. Last year my mom offered a huge fake tree for us to use from her work and since I didn't want to spend money on a tree I said yes. We had to give it back then, but a month or so ago she gave it to us for good!

3. When do you put up the tree? Right after Thanksgiving! We got home on Sunday and by Sunday night the tree was up and decorated!

4. When do you take the tree down? Between Christmas and New Years. Since this tree is huge I can only handle it in our apartment for too long.

5. Which do you prefer: Hot chocolate. In fact, I might just go get some right now. Yum!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? The only thing I can think of right now is the banana-seat bike I got when I was about 6. LOL

7. Do you have a nativity scene? 2 of them.

8. Hardest person to buy for? Spencer's parents

9. Easiest person to buy for? Rachel

10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? A package of 3 fruit cakes. Does anyone need more than one? Or one for that matter??

11. Mail or email Christmas card? We've done both. This year I actually got photo Christmas cards and mailed them today. I am so on it! :)

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Christmas Story--can't get anymore classic than that. Elf is a close second.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? About November when I realize I don't have much time left!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? See #10. We gave it to my Dad as a gag gift

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Uhhhh, food. LOL I don't know...I really love all the Christmas desserts and foods. I can't think of anything specific.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear

17. Favorite Christmas song? Sorry I'm lame. I can't pick just one. I love them all.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I like to stay home. We usually go to LA on Christmas Eve but I try to make Christmas Day just our family. I don't want to drive too far.

19. Can you name Santa's reindeer? Yep - Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blizten and Rudolph

20. Do you have an Angel on top or a star? A star. I just bought it the other day!

Go ahead and do this if you want. Consider yourself tagged!

26 November 2007

I'm home!

So we left Arizona on Saturday morning and drove to my sister's house in Palm Springs. We spent the night there and watched my nephew be blessed and then we drove home yesterday after Sacrament. It was so nice to sleep in my own bed last night! I know Rachel's glad about it too. On Saturday night we stayed in a hotel and she says, "I don't want to sleep here. I want to sleep in my bed." I felt so bad for her.

The trip home was uneventful and like I said it's so good to be back! I didn't waste any time and got our Christmas tree out and decorated it last night. Bring on Christmas!

22 November 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you get to spend it with your family or loved ones. This year my heart is brimming with thanks. I haven't seen Spencer in two weeks so I'm so happy that he's coming today. Looking back, this year has had it's trials, but surprisingly I'm glad that I went through what I did. I really have much in my life. I have a place to live, a wonderful family and food to eat. I don't think it's coincidence that Thanksgiving comes right before Christmas because when we think of how blessed we are and how much we have, I think it makes us want to share that with others and give to people.

Briefly, I am thankful for my life, my family, and my testimony of the restored gospel. What are you thankful for?

17 November 2007

Back to normal

Well I'm happy to say that I found my happy place yesterday. Thursday was just a crappy day in all respects. Yesterday my youngest niece went to school so it was just Rachel and I for the morning (except for another sick niece but she's old enough to leave at home). I finally got to really leave the house and do some errands. It was nice to get out and have my happy kid all to myself.

We didn't do much, just went to Target and bought some food and things, but it made such a difference in my mood. I do not do well when I am cooped up in the house all day--especially when it's not my house. While here I have been making more purses, but I ran out of fabric and because of all the sickies I haven't had the chance to go to Joann's--or anywhere for that matter.
Today I am going to attempt to take the kids to the Science Center here so we'll see how that goes. My niece who was sick yesterday just woke up and said she feels mostly better so hopefully she'll continue to improve. She's eating so that's a good sign. This stomach flu has really made it's way through the family. There are two other kids that have yet to have it so I just pray it takes a day or so-or never-before another kid gets it.

I really am blessed though. It's amazing how one down day can really make me remember
and realize all the things that I have.

10 November 2007

A public service announcement for my friends

Spencer and I have friends, Danny and Erin Packard, who are excited for an opportunity and blessing to adopt a child. We know them very well; they are a kind, fun-loving, and family-oriented couple who will be wonderful parents.

Recently they attended an adoption information fair, which emphasized the importance of letting others know of their desire to become parents. This is where all of us can help. If you know of anyone who is considering finding adoptive parents, will you please share Danny and Erin's on-line profile link below. Also, if you would be willing to post this on your blog or forward it to all your friends, they would be very grateful.

Anyone in the United States can view their profile on-line at www.itsaboutlove.com. Click on 'search adoption profile' and search by their profile name, 'DanielandErin.'

07 November 2007

Oh the Joy!

I just found out this morning that our downstairs neighbors are moving! Hooray! These are seriously the worst neighbors I have ever had.

It all started last October. We have this girl who screams so loud about once a week--usually between the hours of 9 and 10pm. She slams doors and yells at her mom and brothers like no one I have ever seen. We've complained a number of times and because this girl is 13 years old they were trying to help her with her behavior. I get that. She was actually really good for a while, then once school started so did the screaming. We affectionately call her the Banshee.

Around the beginning of the year we started smelling sweet smoke coming from the windows downstairs too. The boys were smoking weed. On my birthday in September we had some friends over and when we opened the door a number of them asked us, "Is someone smoking pot out there?" That's when you know it's obvious.

So between the regular smoking, the weed and the screaming I am jumping for joy that these people are no longer going to live below me. Today is a great day!

04 November 2007

Cute Bag

A couple weeks ago I saw a post on Tracy M's blog about making homemade bags. She said it was super easy so I printed out the pattern to try. Last night I dragged Rachel to the fabric store and picked out some cute fabrics.

I have to admit it took me a lot longer to do this than I thought because it was hard for me to visualize how to make it, but I'm so happy with the end result! Now that I've made one and know what it is that I'm making I'm sure the next few won't take me as long.

02 November 2007

Halloween

I'm a little late getting to this but here are some pictures from Halloween. Rachel got sick and was throwing up so we didn't go out trick or treating, but she got some candy at the ward Trunk or Treat on Saturday. She had a great time dressed as a duck and following around a big giant chicken! Spencer went as a Caddy and I didn't get into the mood this year to dress up...maybe next year.





27 October 2007

Jamie 101

I saw this on someone else's blog and decided to steal it so here you are: 101 things about me, Jamie.

1. I bought Chewy Chips A Hoy today and ate 1/4 of the bag
2. It was a hormonal emergency
3. I used to hate my first name and at one point tried to get people to call me Lynn
4. There were 3 Jamie Lynn's in my High School graduating class
5. Now I like it
6. I especially like the fact that Rachel and I share the same middle name
7. I am married to a wonderful man that I love
8. I love Reese's Pieces
9. I'm staring at a small bag of them that I'm debating to eat or not
10. I stole them from Rachel's trunk or treat pumpkin stash from tonight
11. I already ate a Twix bar and Nerds plus the cookies earlier (see #1)
12. I like to cross stitch but don't have one that I like to work on right now
13. I'm thinking of taking up knitting
14. I love making bread but haven't had the drive to in a while
15. I have one beautiful daughter who will be 3 December 2nd
16. Spencer and I are trying to make her a brother or sister but it's proving harder than we thought
17. It's been over a year
18. I love the color blue, but lately I've been wearing a lot of red
19. I think red is my new favorite color
20. I grew up in a small town in San Diego county and I wonder if I'll ever live in that city again
21. I drive a Chrysler Sebring that we bought from my Dad
22. I miss my Tacoma sometimes that I bought after I graduated from college
23. Speaking of college, I went to BYU-Hawaii and graduated in 2001
24. I don't use my degree which I got in Exercise and Sport Science
25. I always have to think about how to spell exercise. I always want to add another "c"
26. I am glad I have a degree and can say I graduated
27. We are going back to Hawaii in December. I am going to be an aunt again and my brother is graduating. I am SO excited!
28. I can't wait for the day when Spencer is graduated from college
29. This is how old I am
30. I am super proud of him for getting this far
31. I love The Office
32. I think I am addicted to the internet
33. I have a small part time job that I love to do when Rachel goes to sleep
34. I am glad I can make a little money
35. My stomach is growling so I'm going to eat the Reese's Pieces. Yum
36. I am the middle child of 3-one brother and one sister
37. I love walking with my friends every morning and have missed it this week. The fires broke out and the air quality was too bad to be outside for long.
38. I hate doing the dishes so I'm glad that Spencer is in charge of the kitchen
39. I don't clean my house as often as I should
40. I hate to vacuum and we have a crappy vacuum so that doesn't make it very fun to do it
41. I want to buy a Dyson
42. I'm determined to own a Dyson
43. I had braces put on-with headgear-when I was 12 and got them off the week before I turned 16
44. We acquired a piano last month and I love that we have it
45. I wanted to take lessons when I was younger until about 12
46. My mom forced to continue until I was 15
47. I'm glad I know how to play the piano but I'm not very good any more
48. I love singing songs to Rachel when she takes a nap
49. Some of my toes are double jointed. I always wanted something that was double jointed but never realized my toes were until a few years ago
50. Sometimes when I'm thinking I like to scratch my belly--like I just did trying to think of something else to write
51. I twirl my hair and have since I had hair--before that I twirled my mom's hair
52. I like to sleep on my stomach with one arm up near my face and the other arm at my side
53. I have slept like that for as long as I can remember--except when I was pregnant and had to learn how to sleep on my side.
54. I am very particular about how my sheets are. I like the bottom sheet tight on the mattress and my top sheet and blankets smooth and straight on top of me
55. I am also very particular about how my closet looks. The shirts have to be facing the same direction
56. I don't mind doing laundry but hate hauling my clothes to the apartment laundry mat
57. I long for the day when I will have my own washer and dryer
58. I could live forever in my denim capris, a t-shirt and flip flops
59. I am very patriotic and cry when I hear or sing the National Anthem
60. We are reading a book about the founding fathers next month for book club and I'm very excited
61. I should be reading Frankenstein this month but I can't get into it
62. I have never broken a bone in my body but have had stitches two (or three, maybe) times
63. The only times I have stayed the night in the hospital are when I had a concussion when I was 11 and when I gave birth.
64. I wish I could grow my hair longer than shoulder length but it starts to look nasty when it gets too long.
65. I haven't highlighted it in years but I wish I could
66. Rachel has the same hair and hair line as me, but she can grow hers longer without it looking unhealthy
67. I always had short hair as a kid. My mom never let me grow it out. I finally grew it out when I was a junior in High School and didn't cut it for probably 3 or 4 years
68. That's when I learned I had some wave in my hair
69. Wheat Chex and Raisin Nut Bran are my favorite cereals. Too bad they are rarely on sale and I won't pay full price
70. I love a good bean and cheese burrito from a Mexican place
71. I feel good about myself when I cook a good, healthy, delicious meal for myself and my family
72. I hate peas
73. When I was a kid I would eat the balls that the brown sugar would make when it clumped together. My mom hated that
74. I can't believe I did that now
75. My feet used to be a size 7 but after being pregnant they grew to 7 1/2
76. When we are done having kids and they are older I want to go back to school part time and learn how to make web pages--although things will probably be a lot different when that time comes (I mean with the Internet)

77. I took an HTML class on-line last year and really enjoyed it
78. If I didn't work while Rachel was sleeping I would take another class right now
79. I also want to learn how to do digital scrap booking
80. I have never been to Europe but hope to before I die
81. I can type 61 wpm. I think that's pretty fast, but not as fast as Pam Beesley (she can type 90 wpm)
82. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas
83. I think Halloween is way more fun now that I have a kid
84. I look forward to Easter and our family tradition of homemade carne asada burritos
85. My fingers like to stay busy...I am always feeling or fixing Rachel's hair, twirling my hair, or touching something. I can't sit still for too long
86. I clench my teeth at night--and sometimes during the day--and can really notice it when I am under a lot of stress
87. My two front teeth are porcelain. When I was 4 I hit them and they rotted and fell out. My mom told me she was going to fix my teeth for 10 years and a year and a half ago finally did
88. I have 2 nephews on my side of the family
89. I crack my knuckles
90. I have a long board skateboard that I need to use more often.
91. I ate it really bad bombing a hill before Spencer and I were married so I will only go on flat surfaces now.
92. I have loved to read my whole life. When I was a kid I would read a whole Babysitter's Club book in an afternoon. During High School and college I didn't read very much though because I was always reading textbooks.
93. I joined a book club a year an a half ago and love it!
94. One of my favorite books is The Secret Life of Bees
95. One of the greatest things in life is to be laying in bed with Rachel on one side of me and Spencer on the other side
96. Since being married Spencer and I have lived in 4 different apartments
97. I am looking forward to the day when we can buy a house
98. I am so grateful for my family
99. I have a testimony that there is a God and he knows who I am and loves me
100. I know the Atonement is real and that if we apply the principles we can have the blessings
101. I am truly blessed with so much in my life

Okay go ahead, your turn. I want to see what you come up with!

25 October 2007

It's Thursday??

Wow, this week I cannot keep track of time. Today I was talking to the doctor's office and trying to figure out how long Rachel has had a runny nose and counting back the days. I had to ask the guy on the phone whether today was Wednesday or Thursday. On Tuesday I though it was Thursday already because Monday and Tuesday had been such LONG days. My dad and Karen stayed the night with us again last night because RB was still not open where they lived. Luckily I think they will be able to get back home finally today. I'm so glad we weren't displaced for very long so that they had a comfortable place to sleep for a couple nights.

The good news is I am finally getting back into gear with life. The skies are somewhat clearer and the smoke is a little thinner in the air. It's not suffocating to go outside anymore. We still aren't though. There is still a real danger of fire in some parts of San Diego county but not near us. They have let most people back into their homes except for the heavily damaged areas and Ramona. They still don't have any water pressure.

President Bush is here today touring all the damaged areas and visiting shelters trying to raise people's spirits. People in San Diego are awesome survive quite well in times like this but it's nice to know we have the government's support.

Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts though all of this. It's so nice to know that there is so much love and concern. That is one good thing about disaster: it brings out the good and decency in so many people. Again, thank you.

23 October 2007

Fire Update Again

Well as I posted yesterday we are home--and home still. The evacuation orders for San Elijo was lifted about 4 pm so we figured we were in no immediate danger. My Dad and his wife, Karen, came and spent the night with us since they will not be able to return to their home until at least tomorrow. We have just been glued to the tv all day watching the progress of these fires--especially the Witch Fire--as they move east. It's moved down Del Dios Highway toward Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe and has burned quite a few homes in that area. I thought that it would stay going south west, but a couple hours ago we heard that some neighborhoods directly east of us in Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove have gotten the reverse 911 calls to prepare to evacuate.

Just on the news they said Harmony Grove is not in immediate danger but the fire has crested to to the top of Mt. Israel--for those who know the area. The good news is that they have brought in the helicopters and some planes to fight the fire today. They haven't been able to fly until today because the winds have been so severe. The air assault is such a huge part of fighting these kinds of fires so it looks like they are at least stopping parts of it from spreading too fast.

That's my update for today. I'll let you all know how things progress.

22 October 2007

We are home!

What a morning!! At 3:30 some friends up the street called us saying their were mandatory evacuations and that we needed to leave. We immediately turned on the tv to get an update and saw the fire burning on the other side of the hill where we live. We are a couple miles from where our friends were and never got a mandatory evacuation, instead it was voluntary. After watching the news for over 3 hours we decided we were going to voluntarily evacuate ourselves and so we headed to the church building around 7am.

Surprisingly there weren't too many people from our ward there, but over time more and more started trickling in. Later the Stake Center, where other wards went early this morning, had to be evacuated so they came to our building too. The kids watched movies all morning while the adults were glued to the news channel. The Coronado Hills fire which is the one close to us never got too big--thankfully, but it could have been devastating had the San Marcos fire department not been on that with serious power. My thanks go out to them for their hard work at protecting us. The evacuation order was lifted a couple hours ago so after a little while we decided we would go back home too.

Unfortunately others in San Diego have not been so fortunate. If you have been following the Witch Fire--you know how devastating it has been. Hundreds have lost their homes and thousands more have been evacuated for who knows how long.

Well it's been a long day and I am frankly exhausted so I'm going to take a nap. Keep praying for the firefighters and especially those that have lost their homes.

Fire Update

Over night 5 more fires broke out in San Diego County. One of those is right over the hill from us about 3 miles away. Currently we are in our home but will most likely leave in a couple hours or so. Almost every hour there are more notifications of evacuations as these fires continue to burn west and spread quickly. Please keep everyone in your prayers.

21 October 2007

Please Pray

This afternoon two fires broke out in San Diego County. One of those fires, the Witch Creek or Highway 78 Fire is burning where I grew up in Ramona, CA. I have word that one of my brother's friend's home already burned. They have issued mandatory evacuations for 1/2 of the town. This is heading toward a repeat of the 2003 Cedar Fire that burned 300,000 acres and destroyed thousands of homes. It burned in a similar area in Ramona. These people don't need to lose their homes twice. Please pray for those that are evacuated and especially for those firefighters that are protecting these people and their homes.

20 October 2007

Update--Day 5

I can't remember the last time I posted 5 days in a row on this blog. This must be a personal record or something....I just felt it my duty to update on the potty training situation--I know you all are waiting with baited breath to find out how Rachel did the last couple days. I would like to say she has continued on the same path that she did the first few days but that's not the case today.

Yesterday was good though. We went to Bate's Nut Farm and surprisingly she stayed dry the whole time. As previously stated I was planning on just putting her in a pull-up to put my mind at ease but she told me they were only for "sleeping time." I reluctantly let her wear undies and she went potty before we left. We stopped at my Grandma's on the way home and she went potty in her bathroom. I think Rachel was just excited to pee somewhere else.

Later that evening she didn't make it to the potty for #2. Ah crap. Literally.

This morning she did fine staying dry. Her and I went to Target to pick up some gifts for today. We had a birthday party to go to shortly after we got home so I tried to have her sit on the potty before we left, but she wouldn't. It was a costume party and I had already put her duck costume on and she didn't want to take it off to go. I let it slide, but 15 minutes after we got to the party I saw that look on her face. I thought I could get her to the potty in time, but nope. She peed her pants. Luckily her costume was surprisingly dry (it was made out of highly nonabsorbent fleece) and I had brought a change of undies. Crisis averted.

After the birthday party I took Rachel home and left to go to a baby shower. When I got home Spencer told me she had a full blown accident on the porch while they were blowing bubbles. She hasn't had a full pee accident all week and then 2 in one day? Luckily we were able to catch the poop face and get her on the potty in time for pooping tonight so no clean up necessary for that.

I was hoping she would be ready to go to nursery tomorrow in underwear but not I'm not so sure. I htink she won't be too thrilled about wearing a pull-up to church though because they are just for "sleeping time."

I don't know what we are going to do. Any advice?

19 October 2007

Nate's Butt Farm

Uhh, I mean Bates Nut Farm...Speaking of butts, I'm taking a break from my regularly scheduled potty training talk so I can report on today activities at Nate's Butt, I mean Bates Nut Farm.

The Farm is a huge pumpkin patch and we went today. We got pumpkins and saw the animals they have there. Here are the pictures:






18 October 2007

Day 3 of The Potty Training Chronicles

Well today was the day I was expecting to happen. She did stay dry this morning on our walk so that was good. However, we had a few accidents and resistance from Rachel. I kept telling her to go sit on the potty and she would say, "I already went enough" like she never had to go again. It was actually kinda funny.

During the day she would do the dribble test though. She would dribble in her underwear then realize she didn't have a diaper and tell me she had to go potty. I take this as part of the learning curve. I mean, she's been in diapers for almost 3 years. It's gotta take more than 3 days for her to get out of the habit. So we went through a few pairs of undies today.

Then tonight while I was making dinner she was in the kitchen with me. Then she jumped off the chair she was standing on and went in the living room. I was preoccupied coating raw chicken with corn flake breaded mixture that I wasn't watching her. All of a sudden she comes running in and tells me she wants to go poop on the potty! So I tell her okay and I'll meet her in there in a minute after I washed my hands. Unfortunately she hadn't made it to the potty before she went #2. I have to count myself lucky that this is her first real accident in three days so I'd say we are still doing pretty good.

Tomorrow we are going to the pumpkin patch so she will probably be going Pull-up clad because that will be our first real excursion since our adventures in potty training have started.

17 October 2007

Day 2 of The Potty Training Chronicles

Another really good day! I am so glad I waited this long to really potty train because Rachel is doing great. She was a little dehydrated this morning so she only went potty once before nap time. I tried to push the fluids and that helped later on in the day but once again she stayed dry the whole day!

She had some little problems remembering she had underwear on when it came time to poop though. It's a good thing I can read her "poop face". When I told her she needed to sit on the potty to finish pooping she said, "You can just change my diaper, Mom." I quickly reminded her she wasn't wearing a diaper and whisked her off to the bathroom. Once there she pooped like a "big girl" should.

She is not quite telling me that she needs to go potty but if I get her on the toilet and remind her she will usually go. I'm going to tackle the morning walk tomorrow so we'll see how she does in the great outdoors!

16 October 2007

Adventures in Potty Training

We are venturing into uncharted territory here in my house. Today was a full day in underwear for my little almost three year old. Over the last few months we have had mornings here and there where I've given it a try, but for Rachel it never seemed to last past lunch time.

For the last couple weeks I've been prepping her that we are almost out of diapers and when they're gone she has to wear underwear. I was going to start yesterday, but too much was going on. So this morning after our walk, I promptly changed her into undies and let the day begin.

Let me tell you, she did GREAT! She would dribble in her underwear a little then want to change them so I made sure she would sit on the potty and she peed! Then this evening she even went poop! She was so proud of herself!

I'm not holding my breath for a great day again tomorrow, but I'm just so thrilled about how she did today. She didn't give me any resistance really about getting undies on or going on the potty like she has before. It really helped that I went to the bathroom when I asked her to also so the sound of me going kinda got her moving in the right direction I think...TMI? Sorry.

I think the kicker was that I told her that only babies wear diapers and big girls wear underwear. She was all over that. She does not want to be a baby anymore. :)

The biggest thing is she "gets it" and she never has before. She understands that she's supposed to keep her undies dry and that pull-ups are for naps and bedtime. I've been waiting for her to be that aware and I'm glad I didn't push her to be potty trained earlier.

Wish us luck for tomorrow and the days to come!

12 October 2007

All about the Mama

I saw this at Tracy M's blog as well as Julie's so I just thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and do the Mama Meme. Enjoy!


1. How long have you been a Mom?
Since December 2, 2004

2. How many children call you Mommy/Mom/Mama?:
Just one...for now.

3. Girl? Boy? or both?
One beautiful little girl

4. Did you know what you were having?:
Yes we found out. Although I was convinced I was having a boy. Turns out my mother's intuition isn't tuned right! :)

5. How old were you when you became a Mom?
26

6. How long were you in labor?
About 4 1/2 hours. I went in to my appointment 2 days past my due date and the doctor suggested inducing me that night. I really wanted her to deliver me and she was going on vacation that weekend, plus I was already contracting and dilating. So we just helped it along. It was wonderful.

Apparently question #7 is missing. ?????

8. What was your least favorite thing about labor?
The shakes I got from the pitocin. Horrible. After the epidural I was fine, thank goodness.

9. Do you want more kids?:
Yep, working on that right now.

10. Do you plan on having more soon?:
Yep, see #9.

11. Does daddy change diapers?
Heck yes he does!

12. How many times have you been peed on?:
I don't think too many actually. Pooped on, now there's a different story.

13. Barfed on?:
Luckily no. Rachel has only barfed twice in her life...must have an iron stomach or something. One time was on my sister in law's carpet. The other all over herself in her car seat. Gross.

14. Is your child named after anyone?
Rachel and I share our middle name.

15. How did you come up with their name(s)?

We went back and forth on names. I liked Annie, Spencer liked Rachel. When she came out Spencer said, "Why don't we name her Rachel?" What woman has strength to fight after giving birth? Anyway Rachel fit her better, but I made sure her middle name was Lynn.

16. When your child(ren) gets in trouble, who is the bad guy?
We take turns.

17. And who is the good guy?
Spencer.

18. What is the longest you have been away from your child(ren)?
My dad and I drove to Utah for a funeral last year and Spencer stayed with Rachel. We left on Friday morning and were back Saturday night.

19. Kids bedtime routine?
Jammies on, brush teeth. I read books, we say our prayers and I kiss Rachel good night. Then Spencer sings.

20. Are your toes painted?
Usually. Red or pink

21. Last movie you saw in the theater?
Bourne Ultimatum--loved it!

22. Last time you had a date?
Last Friday. We went to Costco and Target--what fun! Seriously, it was! We have a date 2 Fridays each month because we do a babysitting swap so we decided to run some much needed errands last week! LOL

23. One thing you will not give up just because you are a mom?
Me time. Gotta have it for my sanity.

24. One thing you did give up now that you’re a mom?
Lots more "me" time. LOL

25. Best Mom you know?
Of course that would be me. At least I try...that's all that matters, right?


Consider yourself tagged! Let me know if you do it so I can read yours too!

11 October 2007

I Love Jim Halpert

It's no secret we love The Office here in our house. I even had an "Office" themed birthday party a couple weeks ago. Anyway, so I also have this itsy-bitsy crush on Jim Halpert. For all you ladies who share this with me, check this out. Made my day. :) I can't wait for tonight.

09 October 2007

Funniest Joke Ever

Two fish were in a tank.

One fish said, "I'll drive. You man the guns."

Hahaha...get it? A tank?? I crack up every time I hear that joke!

05 October 2007

I Love My Book Cub

Last month we read Peony in Love for our book club and discussed it last night. This wasn't just your normal book club discussion though. One of our members read the book a month before and when she finished it emailed the author. She told her how much she enjoyed the book and and that she was going to suggest it to our book club to read. The author Lisa See said she would love to join the discussion by phone if she was available.

Well she did!

We had her on speaker phone and it was just amazing to talk to her and have her answer our questions. We took turns telling her some of our favorite parts and then she would tell us why she put that part in the book or some background. The book is fascinating in itself, but to have the author give us additional information was the icing on the cake.

If you have a book club and are looking for a good book to read, I definitely recommend Peony in Love--and then ask the author to join you. Thank you to Lisa See for taking time out of your schedule to join us. Last night was the best book club ever!

26 September 2007

We're getting a piano!

For FREE even! and it's coming tonight!

My dad's new father-in-law moved out of his house over the weekend and just doesn't want to deal with trying to sell the piano and we can't afford to buy it, so they are just giving it to us! Happy Birthday (tomorrow) to me!

Yay!

25 September 2007

Sad News

Sorry for the depressing post today, but it's easier to tell everyone this way instead of having to either wait for you to ask how I am, or for me to tell you in person which I don't think I could do right now.

Anyway we found out yesterday that we lost our baby that was to be due in April.
We saw the heartbeat at 8 weeks (a month ago), but apparently something went wrong from then until now. My Dr. did an ultrasound yesterday, but it was visibly over.

As soon as I left the Dr's office the cramps started. I was originally scheduled for a D&C on Friday, but everything progressed so fast and I was in so much pain I ended up in the ER yesterday afternoon and they did the D&C last night.

The good news is I have no more physical pain, but of course the emotional pain is still there. So sorry if I don't feel much like blogging for the next few days.

20 September 2007

Family Pictures

I had a 50% off coupon for the Target portrait studio so a few weeks ago we went to get our pictures taken to try it out. I think they came out great! In case you were wondering what the "J" family looks like, here we are in all our glory! (they aren't super great quality because I had to scan them)






Peony in Love by Lisa See


I finished this book a couple days ago. We are reading it for book club. I have never read any other book like it, but I really enjoyed it.

18 September 2007

Here's a fun MEME

I can't think of anything important to say lately so I'm resorting to this MEME I found saved in my drafts. Enjoy! (Oh and consider you all tagged)

Me Me Me Me Me Me MEEEEE

My roommates and I once: toilet papered this guy's house because he bragged that no-one could get away with it. We did get caught and had to abandon the job, but he never found out it was us. We, however we petrified he knew it was us and thought he was going to come after us in retribution...luckily that never happened!

Never in my life have I: been to Europe. Some day!

High school was : Okay...I didn't really love it or hate it.

When I’m nervous : I fidget or don't look who I am talking at, in the eyes.

My hair : I wish I could grow longer but it always starts looking nappy if I let it grow past my shoulders.

When I was 5 : My mom would let me cross a HUGE street in our neighborhood by myself. I would never let my child do that now.

When I turn my head left : I see Spencer's desk-clean actually-with a laptop and a lamp.

I should be : Wondering why I heard Rachel start to open the door a minute ago but never came out of her room after her nap.

By this time next year : I will have 2 kids!

I have a hard time understanding : Why some people are so oblivious to what's going on around them.

You know I like you if : I spend my time with you and ask you questions

My ideal breakfast is : French Toast with powdered sugar, strawberries and orange juice.

If you visit my home town : Um, there's really no reason to visit my home town...except maybe the rodeo.

If you spend the night at my house : You get fed yummy food and have fun conversation.

The animal I would like to see flying besides birds : Horses would be nice.

I shouldn't have been : So grouchy in college.

Last night I: had FHE and finished Peony in Love

A better name for me would be : Lily. I've always loved that name.

I've been told I look like : No one has ever told me I look like someone...

If I could have any car, it would be: I like the Acura MDX's or the new Mazda. The CX-9 I think...

Your turn!

11 September 2007

September 11th

It's hard to know what to say on a day like today, but I just wanted to stop and commemorate it. I feel like people kind of forgot it today and haven't taken that time to remember the lives lost and the courage shown. I want to say thank you to those who showed great courage in helping and especially those that gave the ultimate sacrifice--their lives.

It's taken time, but I don't feel as emotional about September 11th this year. It is still a devastating thing to remember, but maybe it is true that "Time heals all wounds."

10 September 2007

Well it was fun while it lasted

I am a phone dropper. It's just something I do. My last phone was so scratched up when our service contract was over that we only got 10 bucks for it on eBay. I just have butter fingers. I don't know why I thought I would not continue this pattern with an expensive SmartPhone but I thought I'd try. I saved up my money and got the Palm Treo 680 and LOVE it! I love how it has the calendar, contacts and text messaging. I can put everyone's address in it and schedule my day. I used it tons! This morning it all came crashing down though--literally.

I pulled my phone out of my purse and it slipped through my fingers and fell upside down on the leg of the table cracking the screen. I am so bummed, let me tell you. The thing that I'm super bummed about is now it's having trouble HotSyncing up with my computer. So I have tons of appointments and things that I have no back up of. I'm hoping I can get that fixed in the next day or so so I can have my life back! So after getting mad at myself, I called up AT&T to see what I could do. The rep there said I could either try to buy a refurbished phone from their website or take it into the local corporate store for them to help me. I looked on the website and they had no Treo's. So after Rachel woke up from her nap we headed on down to the AT&T store.

Let me tell you first of all that I've been nothing but dissatisfied with the service of AT&T since we switched. So I walked in to the store hoping someone could direct me to what I need to know to fix the phone. The kid I talked to first of all didn't even think they could fix the screen. Then after asking another lady found out you could. So he told me to call the customer service line they have. Then when I told him I was having trouble HotSyncing the phone he said, "Well I guess you'll have to buy a new one." I was shocked! He didn't even offer to help me or even try! I was so miffed at this point I told them it was really lame that their phone customer service had told me to go to the store and they were telling me to call them back and I just stormed out of the store. The thing that really gets me is no one even tried to help me feel satisfied! Where is the customer service these days??

Anyway so when I got home I called the number they gave me and got transferred three times and finally ended up connected to Palm's customer service. (Which I should mention if you go on Palm's website, they always direct you to AT&T for any kind of help or issue). Finally the guy there said I could send in the phone and get it fixed for $200 bucks. I'm trying to decide if that's what I want to do. All the cheap phones on AT&T.com are all around $200 so it wouldn't even be worth downgrading and a new Treo costs more than that. I'm just bummed that I'll be out of a phone for a couple weeks. Currently I'm checking out eBay to see if I can maybe get a phone there for cheaper than $200 and not have to worry about whether it's gonna work or not when I get it back.

UPDATE: Good news! The Sync finally worked!! Now I have everything I need! I have to say I said a little prayer and started pushing buttons on my phone and figured out it was on the phone setting. So I navigated back to the main screen and pressed the button on the Sync cable and it worked!! I am so thrilled!! Now if only I can find a cheaper phone somewhere so I won't have to send this one to who knows where. Wish me luck!

09 September 2007

Rachel has something to say


Just in case you can't read that shirt, it says, "I'm going to be a big sister!"

Yep, that's right, I'm pregnant! Today I'm 10 weeks along and pretty confident it's going to stick. Spencer and I have been trying for quite a while so we are absolutely thrilled! Just in case you are wondering my due date is April 7th.

04 September 2007

I opened the windows!

After over a week of near 100 temperatures and running the air conditioning non-stop, we finally got some respite tonight. I opened the windows and didn't get blasted by unbearable heat. And they are still open! I LOVE having my windows open and despise having to use the air conditioning constantly--especially the unit in this apartment--so this is a glorious day for me! Let's hope it still continues to get cooler and cooler like the forecasters say so we can keep them open!

27 August 2007

She thinks I'm nice!

Cheryl at Happy Meets Crazy gave me an award! She thinks I'm a nice person! Ha, little does she know...I mean, of course I'm nice. :) At least I try! Thanks so much Cheryl!

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And if you haven't, go check her blog out. She's great! And nice as well!

26 August 2007

Rise & Shine...whether you like it or not

Yesterday we spent most of the day visiting my sister and her new baby--and her family too, of course :)--two hours away. We didn't get home until 11 so I was so happy to see my pillow. Lately, if I don't eat right before bed, I'll wake up in the middle of the night hungry but last night I said a little prayer helping me sleep through because I desperately needed the rest. Well unfortunately my prayer wasn't answered and I awoke bright and early at 3am.

I hate eating in the middle of the night so I reluctantly got our of bed and ventured into the kitchen to see what I could eat that needed very little effort to prepare. I decided on a fruit leather--which are really yummy and healthy if you're looking for good snacks (from Costco) for you or your kids--and ate it as quick as my half-awake self could. 20 minutes later I was back in bed but still with a rumbling in my tummy. I decided to ignore it and try my luck falling asleep hungry. It took about an hour--but probably would have anyway had I eaten more--so around 4 I finally made it to dream land.

Not for long...

Right at 5 o'clock I was awakened to SCREECH! CRASH! BAM! HOOOOONK! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! I gotta tell you it scared the crap out of me! Spencer said I was on my knees looking out the window from laying down in less than a second flat! The entry way to our apartment complex is very dangerous. It's on a curve on a pretty busy road. A couple months ago someone didn't turn and ran into the shoulder and up the embankment. That wasn't the first time someone had been in an accident right outside our apartment either. So this morning someone was trying to turn left into the complex and got hit by the oncoming car. It was early and not too many cars were on the road at all so Spencer--and a bunch of other guys--went out to make sure they got the help they needed. I stayed inside and had breakfast because I was hungry again. Unfortunately that bowl of cereal didn't even fill me up all the way because I tossed and turned for another hour until I finally dozed off around 6:30.

I thought the next time I would wake up would be because a certain 2 year old would be standing by my bedside whispering, "Mommy, I'm hungry. I want some dinner, Mommy." Not the case. In fact when I first wrote this it was just after 8 and she was still not awake. Not that I'm complaining though! :) She even slept through the final thing that disturbed my already inconsistent sleep last night.

Thunder.

Yep at 7:30 I was woken up scared by loud clappings of thunder right over our house. Since I'd only been asleep about an hour I was so confused and couldn't understand what was waking me up for the THIRD time in 4 hours! Finally it registered and I laid there for a few minutes listening as my heartbeat calmed down. I actually like thunder and the smell of a storm that usually accompanies it. We get thunder so rarely that it's actually a treat. It lasted about 20 minutes and now the storm has passed--I can still hear the faint rumblings in the distance--but it's mark is lasting. I am awake and probably will be for the remainder of the day.

We have late church so there's little hope of me getting a nap today. Pray that the speakers aren't boring so I don't fall asleep in Sacrament Meeting and especially pray that my Sunbeams aren't too crazy. I don't think I'll have the energy to control 7 three to four year olds for 2 hours today. Oh and take a nap for me....Somebody should at least get some sleep....

17 August 2007

Losing my mind?

Yesterday Rachel and I took a nap together in my bed. I wanted to take a nap and so I laid down in her bed with her. After a while she still wasn't settling down and looked like she was needing some more room. So I said "Let's go take a nap in mommy's bed." That did the trick and we were both out quickly. Today I put Rachel down in her bed and then went to lay in my bed. About a half hour later I woke up to what I thought was Rachel's voice--turned out it was just some kid outside. I looked up really quick to get my bearings and then looked next to me and saw that Rachel wasn't there! I swore she was sleeping next to me today too! I ran around the apartment looking for traces of her until I remembered she was sleeping in her bed.

Good thing I'm just losing my mind and not my kid.

14 August 2007

8 Things about my marriage

I feel like I've been neglecting my blog lately. I haven't really felt like I had much to say. Life is good...couldn't be much better. It is stinking hot today, but we have a pool accessible to us so that's where Rachel and I have been all morning. Now I'm sitting in my nice air conditioned apartment with my 2 year old snoozing. Last week Scribbit put this on her blog and actually tagged me so I decided to do it. Since Spencer and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary this Friday, August 17th I thought it fitting that I do it.



Eight Things about My Marriage


1. Where did you meet your husband? We met at the singles ward in Poway, California. If you want to get more specific we were actually in the same Primary class when we were 8. We actually have a birthday card to Spencer with my name on it proving it. We don't remember that of course, but I guess it was meant to be at an early age. :)

2. What was the first thing you said to your husband? I can't remember specifically. One Sunday during Break the Fast we started talking because we found out that we were going to be speaking in Sacrament Meeting together in a couple weeks. We started talking about our families and ourselves and I mentioned that we were talking right around my birthday. That's when we found out that I am a month older than Spencer. All that time I thought he was a couple years older than me and he thought I was a couple years younger than him.

3. Where was your first kiss? First date? Well our first kiss was outside his house after a long drive home from Utah. See, both of us wanted to go to General Conference and we had a few other people who wanted to go too. Bottom line, they all backed out last minute. So there we were, just the two of us in my new truck. We drove to Conference, had a great time and then on the way home were holding hands. He kissed me when I dropped him off at his house.

4. Did you have a long or short courtship/engagement? We started dating in October, took a break in November and then got back together near the end of November. Then in May he proposed and we were married in August. You decide if it was short or long. I think it was perfect.

5. Where did you get engaged? The top of the Hyatt in San Diego. We had dinner at the Napa Valley Grille in Horton Plaza then walked around Sea Port Village. Then we took the elevator to the 40th floor and he proposed there overlooking San Diego. I should say that Spencer had asked my Dad almost three weeks before but the ring was late. I kept wondering when it was going to happen! My parents were starting to wonder if he was really serious! :)

6. Where did you get married? The San Diego Temple on Aug 17th, 2002

7. How did the reception go? It was fantastic! We had so much fun dancing. It was just a big party. We loved it!

8. How was the honeymoon? We spent our first two nights in Dana Point. Then drove to Santa Barbara and we took the long way there. I'd never been there so we hung out at the beach, went to the zoo and to a botanical garden. We didn't have too much time, but it was great fun!

So there you go. I can't believe it's been 5 years already. We've had our ups and downs, but overall I couldn't be happier. I love my husband with all my heart and am so grateful he picked me to spend eternity with.