25 March 2007

Sunday Smiles

Isn't this a beautiful picture of spring? We were at the San Diego Temple yesterday watching my sister's son while they were inside watching a sealing. It was such a gorgeous spring day and they always have the prettiest flowers on the grounds. I love how the sun light is reflected off Rachel's hair. I love Spring!

23 March 2007

I've done it again

I got yet another new template for my blog. I think I must be on number 5 or something....The previous one I had, I really liked except for how narrow it was. I hate having so much empty space on either side of my posts. "If there is space there--use it!" I want to scream at the blog template designers. I guess I shouldn't be too picky because I'm not the one out there designing them, but I wonder, do these people actually have a blog? Do they not realize the functionality and space that they are wasting?

Anyway, so I've been sick the last two days and have watched more TV than I have in the last 4 1/2 years of my life. After Rachel went to bed last night we turned on Ugly Betty--I love that show--and then Grey's Anatomy--which incidentally we decided we wouln't watch anymore. It's a great show and all, but--Spencer actually brought it up--it just has too much sex in it. I've had the thoughts that we shouldn't watch it, but just shoved them down because I like the entertainment value of it. So after the TV being on all day and me vegging out in front of it, I needed something else to do while I was watching. I already had my relaxing hours in front of the TV, I didn't need to be a slug anymore. So I decided I would spend most of the two hours in front of the TV with the laptop searching for a new template.

When I got to page 13 of the Google search I thought I had seen enough boring or way too crazy templates, but still not the right one for me. Plus, I had made it to page 13...how much more could I find? Well a couple pages later I stumbled upon this site. I really liked te style of the designer and tried this one on for size before settling on my current design. The first on had a few too many swirlies of pink in it. I love the clean, crispness of it, the boxes on the side and the fact that it takes up most of the screen. Finally! I'm hoping to stay with this one for a long time!

21 March 2007

Diaper Head

Rachel has taken a liking to a new head accessory lately. She has been wearing it since last Friday actually on and off. Yesterday she picked wearing it over bringing her blankets into Target. We got a few funny looks, but hey, how often can you wear a diaper on your head and not have to explain yourself?

Just don't mess with her while she's wearing it. She'll mad-dog you.

What's been going on...

I just realized that it's been 11 days since my last post. I've been posting to my bread blog the last few days--and actually have two more posts to put up there--so I've been neglecting this one. Life seems to be getting away from me. I feel like there isn't enough time in the day to do everything like working, playing and blogging. I guess cleaning should be in there too. :) Last week Rachel and I were gone Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning because it was so beautiful outside. Thursday and Friday we stayed home and just took it easy. I had had enough running around.

On Wednesday we got the Once Upon a Potty DVD from the library so on Thursday I decided to see what Rachel could do in the way of the potty. We spent most of the morning watching TV or movies so that she would stay sitting on the potty. She did and liked it too which I was surprised about! Up until then every time I asked her if she wanted to sit on the potty the answer was always a very firm, "NO." She actually peed twice too, but then later had an accident with her pants on. I think she forgot she wasn't wearing a diaper. So we haven't really tried much since then. Her interest has definitely peaked though. Today I was talking to my sister and out comes Rachel from her bedroom with no pants on. I was shocked to see her without a diaper and followed her to her bedroom. Well it appeared she had taken her diaper off after she pooped and tried to sit on the potty. Luckily she didn't try to sit anywhere else or--heaven forbid--play with her poop. So she's getting the idea.

The other thing that's going on lately--and I've been stressing about--is my Sunbeam class. Me and the other girl who team teach have absoluletly no contol over these kids. They are running me ragged. Luckily Rachel was sick and couldn't go to Nursery and it wasn't my turn to teach so I just stayed home with her. I needed that break. I cried and prayed a lot on Sunday afternoon. I just struggle so much with trying to reign them in at least to look at me. If they aren't jumping off the chairs they are running circles around the room. This is seriously the most challenging calling I have ever had. Sunday evening I was driving to a fireside with a friend and she had a great suggestion to at least get them to pay attention for some of the time. She said to get Red Vines and put one up on a board for each kid--we have 6. Each time they don't listen or do something bad--we have a couple really naughty kids--they get a snip on the licorice. I thought that was an answer to a fervent prayer that I have had for a bit, so today I went to Costco and got the giant pack of Red Vines. We'll see how it works this Sunday.

The last thing that has been occupying much of my time is my quilt. I finally finished the top today--and I think it looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

So I have to figure out what I want to border it with. I don't think I have enough in the scrap box so I have to go buy something. Any suggestions? I'm thinking a one inch solid lighter border, then a 2 1/2 inch red one then a lighter one again to finish it off. I am actually pleasantly surprised with what I've done. As I'm sewing and the seams are off I kept thinking to myself, this is going to look horrible, it's so not going to be straight, but when it was all pieced together, it turned out okay. Even the edges are lined up. I even told my self that this would be the last quilt I would probably make because I just am not a perfectionist when it comes to sewing. If a seam is off a little, I just don't worry too much. I guess I picked a good error-proof pattern.

So that's what's been going on. Tomorrow I'm watching two little girls in the morning. Their mom is on major bedrest pregnant with their 6th kid. They are really good girls so it should be fun!

10 March 2007

Amish Memories

Is is coveting when you are going to get something you love that someone else has? Julie over at Rarely Home Mom posted pictures a few days ago of the most beautiful nativity scene I have ever seen. She showed us a couple of the pieces she had around Christmas and I instantly fell in love. Now she has the whole set and I have set a goal for myself to be to owner of this same set within the next few years.

I have always loved the Amish people. When I was a kid my mom would make Amish quilts with big solid color blocks in the most simple, yet elegantly beautiful designs. She talked about the time she went to visit them and described their simple way of life. From her trip to Pennsylvania she brought me back a set of books about Amish girls and I devoured them. I was looking all over the internet for those books the other night but to no avail.

A couple years later we went on a family vacation back east. We went to Washington D.C. Virginia and Pennsylvania. One place we stayed in Pennsylvania was right outside Lancanster in a bed and breakfast next to an Amish farm. One morning we got up early, went outside and saw the family working in their yard. So we went out and started talking to them. My dad is the kind of guy that can make friends with anyone, anywhere so not before long my dad was on his knees weeding the garden with them and the rest of us were working their yard with them. Then in the afternoon we played softball together. They even took my little brother in their house, which I hear is very rare.

Two families just connected that day. We weren’t an Amish family and a Mormon family. We were just people. Sometimes I think there is such a divide between the Amish and the rest of society—and maybe they like it better that way—but that day there was no divide. We saw the Amish as they really are instead of just a strange people from a distance. I just had such a wonderful time there. It will always be one of my fondest family memories. I can't wait to get the Amish Nativity so that I can always remember the way I felt there in Lancaster county and share the story with my children.

09 March 2007

Go Vote!

If you think my picture below is the most inspiring, go vote! Thanks everyone!

(Oh and don't forget you can vote once a day.)

06 March 2007

A Photo Contest

Kalani from An Island Life is having a photo contest. She wants to know what inspires me. I thought I'd enter with this picture:

The beauty of nature inspires me. First of all it reminds me that we have this earth created by a God who loves us. It inspires me to be better. A beatiful sunset lifts my spirits when I'm down. It calms me when I'm uptight and stressed. When I sit on the beach with the sand between my toes watching the waves wash up and down the beach as the sun dips below the horizon, I know that there is a God who knows and loves me individually. It makes me want to strive for greatness in my life.

So if you love this picutre head over to An Island's Life and vote for me once the voting opens up between the 9th and the 11th.

05 March 2007

7 Weeks?!?

We just finished watching the last episode of Heroes and just found out we have to wait until April 23rd to see the next one!! Oh the torture! Why do they do this to us??

04 March 2007

I Love the Internet

I love the Internet. There is endless information on there. Granted not everything is good, but I love that if you want to know something it's just a few key strokes and clicks away. Not only do I get to blog and read other's blogs each day because of it, but I have learned so many cool things lately.

For instance today I needed to know if I had to soak beans overnight or if a few hours would do. Well lo and behold I learned beans can only soak up so much water before they reach capacity--usually in about 4-6 hours. Hooray! I could have my beans soaked in time for black bean soup tonight for dinner.

A couple other things have to deal with my recent hobbies. I got a Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas and have been using it like crazy. I decided that with this lovely tool in my kitchen I would try my hand at making bread. Now Spencer loves bread. Give the guy a loaf of good bread and a neat drink and he'll be happy for a while. Anyway so I have mostly just made French, white and wheat breads so far, but I'm still learning. At first I was just using the recipes from the Kitchen Aid book that comes with the mixer, but wasn't really happy with them. They tasted funny after a day or so and smelled really yeasty. So one night I decided I needed to know more about bread so I turned to my trusty FireFox browser. In a couple hours I had 6 websites as favorites so I could go back and reference them if I needed to--and I have.

My other hobby lately is quilting. I've made two quilts in the past--nothing exciting--but I'm trying to get back into it. Luckily my Grandma gave me a big box of scrap fabric that I can use. So on Friday night I Googled free quilt patterns and a few came up. I decided on one and started last night. It has step by step instructions on how to cut your fabric and piece it together. This is awesome for someone like me who watched my mom quilt, but most certainly doesn't know the ins and outs of quilting. I have already made quite a few squares because it's so simple so I should have it done in a few weeks. All because of the blessed Internet!

It will be strange when my daughter grows up and has no idea what life was like without the Internet. I will have to tell her that when I was a kid when we didn't know something we asked someone who did or went to the Library to research it. Times have definitely changed but in my opinion positively for the better.

Floating Star Quilt Project

A few days ago my Grandma gave me a box full of scrap fabric that she has saved over the last couple years.

I'm so excited! I've been wanting to make a quilt lately, but actually going out to buy fabric for it seems like such a headache. There is quite a bit of useable fabric in this box, so I'm making this quilt:

It's surprisingly really easy, and I think it will be perfect because there is such a variation in patterns in the fabric I have. Here's where I found it if you're interested. This pattern doesn't seem to need too much uniformity. This is my third quilt so we'll see how it goes. I'll keep you updated! So far I have two squares sewn, and about 10 ready to go!

02 March 2007

A Routine is a Routine

I have a very specific routine that I follow every day in the shower. When I first get in I rinse off my whole body. Then I shampoo and rinse my hair. Next I wash and rinse my face. Then I wash (and shave if needed) my body. Lastly, I condition and rinse my hair.

Well the last few days I've noticed my face is a little more oily than it has been before and it seemed like I was transferring some of that to my hair after I washed it. So today I decided to try an experiment. I was going to wash my face first to get all the oil off it and then go on with the rest of my shower routine.

So that's what I did. Now today I was not very focused on my shower; I was merely just going through the motions and making sure I was clean. When I got out I combed my hair and got dressed. After a little while, I went back in the bathroom to dry my hair with the blow dryer. As I was drying my hair I noticed it looked really oily. I thought that was weird and maybe it was just because I had put my moisturizer on my face a few minutes before. So I just kept on drying. But the more I dried, the worse my hair looked!

I thought that maybe I had mistaken the conditioner bottle for shampoo and not realized it, but I usually do. I've done it before, but when there are no suds on my hands I quickly notice and use shampoo instead. I finally realized that my hair looked too bad and that it needed to be rewashed. So on my knees I leaned over the edge of the tub and stuck my hair under the faucet. In this position a realization came to me.

I forgot to wash my hair.

I have such a strict routine that because I wasn't really thinking about what I was doing while I was showering, I totally skipped the shampoo step. I already washed my face, so naturally I must have washed my hair first!

Well, I finished washing and conditioning my hair doubled over in the bathtub and went on with my day. I realized long ago that I have a routine in the shower, but I guess I need to make sure I pay more attention to what I'm doing or at least be more flexible!