31 December 2008

Happy New Year!


I hope you all get to spend New Year's with the ones you love. Here's to 2009!

23 December 2008

Things I've learned the last two months

So rember this post? Well there was a reason I didn't feel all bloggy for a couple months. I was sick, sick, sick. Sick with what you ask? Morning sickness. I threw up every day for a few weeks and if I wasn't throwing up I was doing everything I could not to throw up.

Yes I'm pregnant again. Can you believe it?

Most days I can't.

I still look at myself and that little baby bump and think I'm just getting fat. (Until my last appointment and my midwife said my uterus was at my belly button. I guess there really is a baby in there. Who knew? Oh I'll be 18 weeks tomorrow, due the end of May)

Ironically I found out a week or so before this post. Even thought I knew I was pregnant at the time I wrote it, the post was still very important to me because I still have to have hope. Getting pregnant is not my challenge anymore, staying pregnant is. I still have hope that we will add to our family. Posting this is of itself a leap of faith since I lost my previous two pregnancies two weeks after announcing it to blog land. I'm pregnant today though and my mantra this time around has been "Pregnant until proven otherwise."

So since it's been so long since I've made it this far into a pregnancy I wanted to put down some things that I've learned this time around.

1. Throwing up scrambled eggs and popcorn (not necessarily together) has to be one of the nastiest things there is.
2. I could never be bulimic. I hate throwing up non-digested food. It just plain hurts.
3. Nothing tastes better coming back up despite what some people have claimed.
4. Feeling the baby kick can bring immeasurable joy--especially if it's been a few hours since you last felt it.
5. Even if you are going to the doctor every two weeks to have ultra sounds it's still too long to wait.
6. I will never get tired of seeing the ultra sound picture of our baby on the fridge every day. That in itself gives me hope.
7. Sometimes you do crazy things like kiss your fingers and touch those ultra sound pictures just because you are so grateful for what you are given.
8. The first 8 or 9 weeks go by really fast, but 9 through 15 take for.ever.
9. Prayers can bring about miracles
10. Morning sickness doesn't end when you get into the second trimester
and lastly 11. No matter what Billy Madison says, peeing your pants (while throwing up, sneezing, coughing--you fill in the blank) is never cool.

One thing I haven't learned yet though is with just barely half of the pregnancy behind me, how I can love this little person so much already.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support when I've needed them. My "real life" friends and my "internet" friends have both been immeasurable supports and I'm truly grateful for you all.

Merry Christmas!

18 December 2008

Can you guess who the goofy one in our relationship is?

A couple weeks ago we were at my sister's house and my mom and brother had their cameras. T-Bone and I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and take some pictures of ourselves. This is the result. It started out innocent enough and then got a little out of control...

(I'm going to apologize for the picture sizes...Blogger takes forever to upload photos but if I use Photobucket--like I always have--it's not resizing them right)






I don't even know what's happening in this one...



02 December 2008

4 Years Old

Today Boogers turns 4.

I have a four year old.

That's just crazy to me. She has been waiting for months for her birthday so she is totally thrilled that it is finally here. She knew that she had to wait for mine, then her Daddy's and then it was hers. So consequently since the end of October she has been obsessing. It started way earlier than that but I had to make a count down calendar so that she would stop asking me every day, "Is today my birthday?" This morning when we told her it was her birthday and she was finally 4 she said, "I'm done with three?" She couldn't believe her birthday was finally here.

Boogers is both a joy and a challenge in our family and I love her for everything. Here are just a few things about her on her special day.

She loves her blankies and smells them- whom she calls "Pink" and "Yellow"

She loves plain tortillas, spoonfuls of peanut butter and cereal

She has become a Princess fanatic and is having a Princess birthday party

We have to read her 3 books every night. She loves books

She loves music and learns songs very quickly

Lately she has been a big "helper". She wants to help Mom do everything

She loves "twirly" dresses. It's not a dress unless it twirls

She doesn't want to get bigger. She always wants to stay "her size"


Life would not be the same in our family without our sweet Boogers and I am so grateful I have her. Happy Birthday Princess!



Here are a few of my favorite pictures from her life:


24 November 2008

Blogging Blah and a Gratitude post

So maybe some of you have noticed that I haven't been around much--maybe not. I just haven't felt in the blogging mood lately. I haven't really been reading or commenting on people's blogs either too much either so don't take it personally if you don't see me around. Other things have been taking up my time the last few weeks. And I'm not going to apologize for it either. This is my blog and I write it for me. You all that read it and have become my blogging buddies are just a bonus. Maybe I'll get back into the groove shortly-maybe not.

But today I really wanted to list some things I've been grateful for lately. With Thanksgiving coming in a couple days I've been thinking a lot about my blessings. I love the Holiday season when we get to see our families, eat yummy food and think about things we can do for others.

I'm thankful for my husband. Things have been kind of crazy around our house lately and he has jumped in and picked up the slack where I couldn't be there. I know he has his own things going on but is always willing to help where I need him.

I'm thankful for Boogers too. She brings light and joy into my life each day. Sometimes it's hard to be a mom to an almost 4 year old--each day is an adventure--but it's something I would not give up for anything.

I'm thankful for the rest of my family. We get to be together this week and I'm really looking forward to spending time with my brother and his family and my sister and her family. As I get older I treasure the time I get to spend with my siblings.

I'm thankful for our house.

I'm thankful for T-Bone's job. With the instability of the economy I see so many people struggling and my heart goes out to them. We don't make very much money at all, but I'm grateful he has a job. Especially since he works for a Financial Planner and his job might be in trouble if the economy doesn't make an up turn shortly. Every day I'm grateful he can go to work.

I'm thankful for my friends who I love dearly. I have great friends who have been there through the good times and the bad times in the last couple years. One of them just moved away--not too far, but far enough--but I know that we will stay friends.

I'm grateful for doctors, washing machines, running water, the sunshine, cameras for keeping memories, and so many other things.

Lastly I am thankful for my Savior. I have learned to rely on him so much in the last couple months and it has made me a stronger person. I have had experiences where I have felt that He knows me individually and loves me and these help me remember what I already knew. Life is sometimes hard, but there is one constant in the Savior.

I hope you all take some time to remember the things you are thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

08 November 2008

I freaking love vortexes



I love this song. I remember dancing to it at my first New Years Eve Stake Dance with the kid I had a crush on. Ah memories....

But seriously, what is up with the vortex???

01 November 2008

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween. I started out the day doing laundry and then I made a cake for T-Bone's birthday. He has joined the ranks of the 30's. Boogers was Belle for Halloween and was loving every princessy moment. Here are some pictures. Some are from last week's Trunk or Treat and some from her preschool party. I realized I didn't get any from yesterday but there's enough of her in her costume so the point is there.

Also there's a bonus of T-Bone's costume. He went as a Hobo. His birthday was yesterday too so the joke was he lost his hair and his job when he turned 30. Life is rough sometimes, ya know?



30 October 2008

4 People's voice or 4 million people's voice?


Because I'm Lazy

I've gotten a few awards lately so here they are. I'm totally lame at putting these on my blog but I wanted to say thanks to those that have given them to me! Feel free to snag them!

From madhousewife: This blog invests and believes, the proximity. [meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy]. They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text.
--Just a note, I have no idea what the heck this means...:)

This one's from Cheryl


And this one is from Shauna


And because I'm even more lazy, I've been tagged a couple times. Here they are.
This one's from my old college roommate at BYU-H, Maile:

Tagged
Here are the rules:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers to do the same.
5. Leave a comment to let them know.

1. I hate my toenails long. As soon as they get long enough to where I can feel them they get cut. I would rather do my own toenails then get a pedicure because those ladies never cut them short enough for my liking.

2. I have a very defined routine in the shower. If I waver from this at all I'm liable to forget things. First I shampoo my hair. Then I wash my face, then my body. Then lastly I condition. Has to be that way.

3. When I'm talking about something I usually makes sound effects about it. I never realized it but T-Bone makes a big deal out of it every time I do it.

4. I have a crooked mouth when I yawn.

5. I've taken a nap every day for the last 3 weeks. Pure bliss.

6. I get my mail every day. I always thought that was pretty normal but some of my friends don't. They just forget. Not me. If I don't get the mail I worry about whether there were any important letters or anything that I'm missing. Funny thing is we don't get a lot of mail. Same thing with my email. I hate knowing that I have unread messages.
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This one is from another BYU-H roommate, Shelley. And no I didn't live with Maile and Shelley at the same time, I just lived with each of them separately.

1 Thing I'm looking forward to:
Relaxing tonight

2 Things on my wish list:
New clothes
Someone to do my laundry for me tomorrow

3 Favorite restaurants:
Mr. Taco
In N Out
Trattoria I Tuilli

4 Things that happened yesterday:
Watched Pushing Daisies
Held Prop 8 signs on a corner
Took a nap
I know there must have been more, but I can't remember

5 TV shows I love to watch:
The Office
Chuck
Heroes
Pushing Daisies
The Biggest Loser

6 people I'm tagging:
Anyone who wants to

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ABC tag, you're it:

A = ADVOCATE FOR: Proposition 8

B = BEST FEATURE: T-Bone says my butt

C = COULDN'T DO WITHOUT: The internet and my laptop

D = DREAMS AND DESIRES: Right now, another kid

E = ESSENTIAL ITEM: flip flops

F= FAVORITE PASTIME: Checking my email and watching TV

G = GOOD AT: Knitting cute things

H = HAVE NEVER TRIED: bungee jumping

I = IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS: I'd save most of it especially for a house, buy a car for T-Bone

J = JUNKIE FOR: peanut butter and chocolate

K = KINDRED SPIRIT: I've met lots and lots... I've been lucky that way in my life.

L = LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: A couple of my toes on both feet are double jointed

M = MEMORABLE MOMENT: Getting married and giving birth to Boogers.

N = NEVER AGAIN WILL I: Longboard skateboard down a hill in the dark...or the day for that matter. I ate it baaaaaad a few years ago.

O = OCCASIONAL INDULGENCE: Corndogs. I know that sounds silly but I love Hot Dog on a Stick.

P= PC or MAC: I have a PC but I want a MAC

Q = QUOTE: I know I could pick a more motivational quote but I like this one. "I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite."--Buddy the Elf (Elf)

R = REASON TO SMILE: Boogers and T-Bone

S = SORRY ABOUT: Being frustrated with Boogers

T = TAG SOME FRIENDS: Do it if you want

U = UNINTERESTED IN: Making my bed every day or being productive after Boogers goes to bed.

V = VERY SCARED OF: Never having another baby.

W = WORST HABIT: Procrastination which sometimes turns into forgetfulness.

X = X MARKS MY IDEAL VACATION SPOT: New Zealand

Y = YELLOW OR PINK: If I have to choose, pink.

Z = is for zippers. What a great invention.

24 October 2008

A little Friday randomness

First and foremost, the Weezer concert? Awe.Some. T-Bone and I had so much fun. They played great songs and I just stood there and sang to them all. About 3/4 of the way through the concert they start playing what sounds like Pink Floyd. Everyone is kind of looking around wondering what is going on when they actually start singing "Time"! It was classic. (Obviously it sounded much better live.) After a couple more songs they left the stage but the lights stayed off so we knew they were coming back. All of a sudden all these people start walking on the stage with random instruments. Turns out there was some radio station contest and a bunch of people won a chance to play on stage with Weezer. They all brought their instruments and then sang Island in the Sun and Beverly Hills. It was pretty sweet. We had seats like 2 rows from the back so it was kind of hard to see everything but we had a blast. Totally worth spending my birthday money on.

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Did you know it's the 24th of October? That means it's 2 months until Christmas Eve. Holy Moly.

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We went to Bates Nut Farm last weekend to pick a pumpkin. Boogers had a blast. They had a little pony ride and that's all she wanted to do. So we forked over the $4 bucks to ride a pony for 2 minutes but watching her face light up was so worth it. While she was waiting for all the other kids to get on their ponies she was kicking her's to get it going! Of course that started all of them moving so the workers had to stop them! We were cracking up watching her!


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Here's a hilarious video of a wedding. Was it yours??

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Have you been following everything that has been happening in California lately regarding Prop 8 and same sex marriage? It's a huge deal and something that could change California and possibly the rest of the United States. Cheryl has some great pages with links here, here and here and she doesn't even live in California. We are going sign waving tomorrow to show our support.

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I'll be putting a couple more things up on my etsy store in the next day or so, so check them out! Oh and Summer made me a header and an avatar for my store. What do you think?

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Our ward is having their trunk or treat tomorrow and Boogers is so excited. She is going to be Belle for Halloween and has been talking about it for months. I got her some play jewelry today to go with her dress and she hasn't taken it off all afternoon. She even asked to sleep with it. I don't know how these girls just suddenly love princesses. We never did anything to encourage this but one of her other friends is going as Belle too and her other one is Cinderella. I hope she has a good time. Pictures to follow!

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Have a great weekend!

16 October 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Okay so I know my birthday was two weeks ago but I just bought myself the best birthday present ever!

Weezer concert tickets!!!

T-Bone and I are going tomorrow night! Ever since the tour was announced a couple months ago I have been yearning to go. Finances have been kind of tight so we didn't know how we could justify concert tickets so I was kind of resigned to not going. Until today.

I was talking to my friend Stephanie and she said that her husband and her was taking their three boys and the longing to go came even stronger. I was determined to find a way. Then it hit me. You have birthday money!

It didn't take me long to know that that is what I wanted for my birthday! A couple clicks later and bam, we're going to the concert! Thanks Mom and Dad! We're going to have a blast tomorrow!

13 October 2008

Standing For Something

A few months ago we learned that judges in California had overturned Prop 22 that was passed by a majority vote back in 2000. This Proposition stated that California will only recognize marriage as being between a man a woman. Due to activist judges this is not the case anymore.

I believe that marriage is only to be between a man and a woman and I am taking a stand on this. When I first heard that my church asked us to take a stand on this issue, I wasn't sure how I felt. I thought that it wouldn't really affect me all that much. Then I decided that if the Prophet asked me to help then I would. I have a testimony that the Prophet is divinely called and can see repercussions that we would not otherwise see.

I also believe that marriage is a divine institution that deserves to be protected.

Then I started to read up on the issue. Here are some basic points from PreservingMarriage.org:
  • Having tolerance without condoning.

    We can love someone while still maintaining and advocating our standards and beliefs.
  • Unless Proposition 8 passes, California society will soon undergo a profound change in its basic understanding of marriage and family life.

    That will affect everyone in numerous ways. Over time, greater acceptance of nontraditional marriage will be demanded of all people. This could impact the ability of any religion to teach and practice its beliefs.
  • Proposition 8 will not hurt gays.

    In California, the law provides for marriage-related benefits to be given to civil unions and domestic partnerships. Proposition 8 does not diminish these benefits.
  • Failure to pass Proposition 8 will hurt children.

    If gay marriage remains legal, public schools will put it on equal footing with traditional marriage. Children will likely receive “age appropriate” information about sexual relations within heterosexual and homosexual marriages.
  • Failure to pass Proposition 8 will hurt churches.

    The court’s decision will inevitably lead to conflicts with religious liberty and free speech rights. Society will become more and more hostile to traditional beliefs about marriage and family.
Things are already changing. A first grade class took a field trip to a homosexual wedding in San Fransisco already. Umm, we never went on a field trip to a heterosexual wedding. The schools have no business doing this. I want to be able to teach my children what is right and wrong without them being confused by what is taught at school. I don't know everything that will happen if this proposition doesn't pass but I do know that it is important.

We have the opportunity as voters in California to make sure that activist judges don't represent California's residents and that our rights will be protected. Please vote yes on Proposition 8 in November and protect marriage and our families. Our future is at stake.



Here are some links to look at for reference:
Preserving Marriage
Protect Marriage

08 October 2008

Oh Sticker Chart, How I Love Thee

So some of you may remember my woes and complaints a couple weeks ago about Booger's behavior. I was determined something must be done. She was spending way too much time in time-out and needed something more positive and motivating.

Well let me tell you I found it! Oh blessed day, I found it. I went to the Teacher's supply store down the road and found a sticker chart. All it has is 6 things that she must do every day but it has worked wonders. Wonders I tell you! (I changed one since we don't really make our beds around here.)

We started it last week and she grasped onto the concept right away. We told her that if she got all her stickers then she could get a treat at the end of the week. I figured something from the dollar section at Target or a small candy. The first day was magical. Every time she delayed in doing something--mostly it was being a good listener--I would ask her if she wanted her sticker. That set her straight right away. She loves to put her stickers on at the end of each day and eagerly awaits the end of the week.

I really wanted her to get all her stickers the first week so it would be a positive experience and she knew she could achieve it. I gave her lots of chances to do things but I never felt like she was taking advantage of those chances. Also for the first time I noticed that she really felt remorse for things when she did them wrong. She would really feel sorry. I guess when you have something to look forward to you feel worse when you think you might not get it.. This was a great opportunity for me and her to talk about repentance--in a way a 3 year old can comprehend--and forgiveness as well.

Well she did get all her stickers and we went and got her treat on Monday. She was so excited. Now we're on to week 2 and she's still motivated by it. I've had to change one thing with the chances though now. I told her that if she disobeys I will have to put a check mark in her spot and if she gets three then she doesn't get a sticker. That has seemed to hit the spot with her too. "I don't want to get a check mark, Mom." Good answer, I think to myself.

Life has been happy around this household for the last 11 days. I have hardly raised my voice in over a week and I think she's gone into time-out like once or twice. I'm optimistic but also realistic that this may be temporary but I really hope it continues.