30 September 2008

50 Questions

Susan M was doing this on her blog, so I thought I'd join in the fun! Feel free to steal this and play along.

1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes
2. Have you ever smoked a cigarette? No.
3. Do you own a gun? No.
4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? You can add flavors to your drinks? They don't have Sonic around here.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointment? Sometimes. Depends on what I'm going in for.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? I really enjoy eating them if I don't think about what I'm eating.
7. Favorite Christmas Song? I like Silent Night
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Orange Juice.
9. Can you do push-ups? Plural? Um, let's skip this question... hehe
10. What is your favorite movie? I can't just pick one. I have way to many.
11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring. I'm not a big jewelry fan.
12. Favorite hobby? Knitting, blogging.
13. Do you work with people who idolize you? Only if you count my daughter.
14. Do you have ADD? No.
15. What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? I have hairy toes. Now that's just nasty. (and yes I do shave them)
16. What’s your middle name? Lynn
17. Name three thoughts at this moment:
a. I really need to go do that laundry
b. Why don't we have any food around here?
c. Maybe I'll just take a nap.
18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday:
A Famous Star from Carls Jr., fries and Chicken Stars for Boogers. Other than that, nothing.
19. Current worry right now? We'll skip this one too-I don't feel like divulging that.
21. Current hate right now? The laundry pile in front of me...
22. Favorite place to be? The beach, when I don't have a three year old to chase after that gets sand all over me. :)
23. How did you bring in the New Year? I don't think I did...That was a long time ago though. I probably just went to bed.
24. Where would you like to go? Anywhere in the world? Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Switzerland.
25. Name three people who will complete this? Eh, dumb question
26. Whose answer do you want to read the most? Anyone's.
27. What color shirt are you wearing? Red.
28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I never have but I don't think I would.
29. Can you whistle? Yep
30. Favorite color? Red, lately.
31. Would you be a pirate? Sure! Do I get to keep the booty?
32. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't. I talk to myself.
33. Favorite girl’s name? Lily, Julia
34. Favorite boy’s name? Jack
35. What’s in your pocket right now? Nothing, I don't like things in my pockets.
36. Last thing (Person) that made you laugh? Probably Boogers
37. Best bed sheets as a child? I can't remember having any special sheets. They were usually white.
38. Worst injury you’ve ever had? I cut my thumb when I was 19. Had to get 6 stitches.
39. What is your favorite snack? Popcorn
40. Favorite thing to do on Sundays? Read or take a nap.
41. Who is your loudest friend? Boogers.
42. How many dogs do you have? None.
43. Does someone have a crush on you? I hope my husband does :)
45. What is your favorite book? That's like asking me to pick my favorite movie. I guess I might say Charlotte's Web.
46. What is your favorite candy? Reses Peanut Butter Cups or Reses Pieces.
47. What is your favorite sports team? Padres.
48. What song do you want played at your funeral? Um....?
49. What were you doing 12 AM last night? Sleeping
50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning? It's not light out yet?

26 September 2008

Questions Answered

So The Office last night?? I'm a little late on the synopsis--I was too tired last night--but I wanted to say that I loved it! All my questions were answered.

Did Pam go to New York? Yes. Wasn't that hilarious how she was in the wrong class and the teacher made her stay there? I hope they don't make that other guy a new love interest. Jim is the only man for Pam.

When the heck is Jim going to propose? Last night! Yes! I loved it! He is such a romantic. I thought it was great how it wasn't built up to and just happened. It was perfect! I may just have to watch it online again today.

Are they going to follow Toby in Costa Rica? Oh poor, poor Toby. If you missed the end on your DVR, he's in the hospital because he broke his neck on a zip line. He said he hasn't even seen the beach yet and he's been in the hospital for 5 weeks. Poor guy, never gets a break--or maybe he does...

What's happening with Holly and Michael? I love this "relationship." I'm so glad they brought Holly. I loved it when Jim said, Michael is "killing it" with Holly because she's kind of a major dork." Classic.

And Angela and Andy or Dwight?? Ok what was up with this??? So weird that Angela would page Dwight every time she was frustrated with Andy. It was kind of sweet that we actually saw some affection between Angela and Andy though. I get a little tired of the coldness of her. I wonder if they are actually going to get married. I think this relationship is going to be the on again off again one. I'm not sure how I feel about that but I guess we'll see. Have you seen Angela and Andy's wedding page?

In addition I loved that Holly told everyone Kevin was mentally retarded. Hilarious! And the awkward conversation between her and Oscar. She's going to be awesome. There were so many more but now I want to know what were your favorite parts?

25 September 2008

Who's excited for The Office tonight?

Can I get a "That's what she said?"

So many questions: Did Pam go to New York?
When the heck is Jim going to propose?
Are they going to follow Toby in Costa Rica?
What's happening with Holly and Michael?
And Angela and Andy or Dwight??

23 September 2008

Booger's Requests

Yesterday Boogers and I were just chatting. I mentioned that my birthday was coming up and that got her talking. She loves birthdays and is eagerly anticipating her own in December. Just to see what she would say I asked her what she wanted for her birthday. Then we got talking about Christmas as well. Here is her list. I should say this is totally unprompted. I wrote down exactly what she said...

If you can't see it, it says:
Christmas
monkey dolly
cake and a fridge for baby
little tiny scriptures that I can read by myself

Birthday
dolly
apples (a lot)
blocks with a lot of 1's on them. 1111111111111 (She made me write all the one's)

So there you go Grandparents. Your life is easy when it comes to Boogers this year! :)

21 September 2008

Anniversaries

I don't talk about the things I'm going to talk about very much so if you don't want to hear it, just move on...I won't get my feelings hurt. These are things I just need to say, mostly for my benefit.

September is an interesting month. It didn't used to hold much value until two years ago. Before two years ago it signified the end of summer and the start of another school year. It is also the anniversary of my birth--that was definitely something to celebrate. I've always loved birthdays. In fact next week I celebrate my thirtieth birthday. Crazy, huh? Unfortunately September is now clouded by other kinds of anniversaries.

Two years ago September became a more interesting month. It was two years ago that T-Bone and I decided that we would try for our second child. Up until that point I had battled with hormonal depression and irregular cycles. I also was in a lot of pain during my pregnancy with Boogers and it was very difficult for me to even think of being pregnant again. In September I finally was comfortable with the thought of being pregnant again. We also decided that we didn't want our children to be too far apart. Boogers was turning two that December so we figured 2 1/2 years was a good spacing to have--if we got pregnant in September. A week or so after we started trying a good friend of mine told me she was pregnant with their second. I was delighted especially since I thought we could be pregnant together. Her due date of April came and went and she had a beautiful baby and there I was, still not pregnant.

The first 7 months were very trying for us as my cycle was very irregular and my body could not even support a pregnancy due to hormonal issues. After that my cycle started to regulate and we were delighted to find out in July that I was finally pregnant. Unfortunately that pregnancy ended in miscarriage one year ago next Wednesday at 12 weeks--in September. Three days before my birthday. How's that for easy to remember?

T-Bone and I figured that this was just nature taking it's course. Everyone has miscarriages, right? We would just try again and everything would work out. My doctor gave us the go-ahead after the D&C and we were surprised to find out in November that I was pregnant again. This time we both felt like we had a second chance. We saw the heart beat a couple times, then one day nothing. I had another D&C at 14 1/2 weeks.

That was my lowest point. I could understand having one but two right after each other after trying for so long and getting to so far in the pregnancy was too much. Normal daily life seemed unbearable. I had one good cry after the first miscarriage and then moved on determined to show nature who was boss. This time around I felt like I had lost all hope. It took me a lot longer to reach that plateau where I could actually not cry when I saw a pregnant woman.

I'm so glad I had a couple friends, who even though I found out were pregnant a couple months later, had gone through similar trials and knew what I was going through. I treasured the talks I had with them and the patience they had with my while I bawled my eyes out.

T-Bone and I decided that emotionally we were not ready to start trying for at least six months. We needed time to regroup. We needed time to heal, to try to understand what was happening. I had some very real and comforting experiences through this time that helped me be reminded that Heavenly Father knows who I am--as an individual--and loves me very much. Sometimes he steps in and makes things happen, but I believe for the most part he lets life takes it's course. The important thing to remember is that he is there for us when things don't go our way. These experiences gave me something to hold on to when life seemed very dark. They have strengthened me over the last 7 months. They gave me hope. Isn't that all there is sometimes?

I think remembering anniversaries in some way can be depressing. But I choose not to see them that way. I choose to be strengthened by them. I choose to be reminded of who I was and see how far I've come. I choose to use them as a way to remember the spiritual experiences and use them as a jumping off point for the future.

These experiences gave me hope that one day again I will be blessed to carry another child, to hold a baby that is my own, to grow our family. And here I sit, two years later, still with that hope.

Sometimes hope is all there is, and I just hope it's enough.

20 September 2008

The Cruise Travelogue

T-Bone and I went on a cruise this week. We have never been on a cruise before so it was definitely eye-opening. We had a good time, though I'm not sure I would travel this way again.

Part of the cruise ship as we were getting off. I should have taken another picture earlier, but I didn't...This thing was huge. 800 feet from end to end.

We left the Port of Long Beach on Monday evening and sailed all night. For those who haven't been on cruises before they assign you a time, a restaurant and a table to eat dinner at each night. You can chose to eat somewhere else if you wish but that way it's nice. You don't have to wonder if you will find a seat in the restaurant or somewhere else on the boat. We sat at table 205 with a couple nice couples that only came to dinner twice out of the 4 nights we ate there. We enjoyed the conversation so we kept coming back. The food left much to be desired though. It wasn't bad, per se, but not what I would like to eat for more than four days at a time. The boat had a lot of things to do: comedy shows, game shows, karaoke, a few jacuzzis and pools and lots of food to eat all the time.

Our first stop was Avalon, Catalina Island. I was expecting it to be bigger. We got off the boat at about 10 am and walked around the town. We had a shore excursion planned at 12:30 so we figured 2 hours would be enough time to wander around and explore. We were done by 11. T-Bone had lost his voice on Sunday so he was a little annoyed and grouchy with that so the morning kind of drug on since I had no one to talk to but myself. Finally it neared 12 noon so we started looking for where we needed to be. We had planned a kayaking trip and saw a company on the dock we were at. We waited around for a little while then T-Bone decided to get smart and ask if we were at the right place. We weren't. So we looked around and found that we had to be around the island a bit. We hoofed it over there not want our tour. When we were in San Francisco 5 years ago we planned to go to Alcatraz. I have wanted to go to Alcatraz my whole life and this was my opportunity. It took us 35 minutes to find a parking spot and the boat left 2 minutes before we got there. So depressing. We did not want that to happen again. We made it over there with time to spare.

After frustrations with a locker and getting all ready we finally climbed into our kayak. This is another thing I have wanted to do my whole life too. It did not disappoint. We kayaked for about 45 minutes around the island, stopped at a little cove and got some cookies, and then went back. Along the way our tour guide stopped us and told us about the giant kelp beds, history about the Island, and the birds and animals that live there. It was very informative. Before the tour I was worried that it would be lame and overpriced but I'm so glad we went on a tour. We could have just gotten to the island and paid that way but we wouldn't have gotten much information about where we were. We met some wonderful people too that took some pictures for us. I did get an underwater camera so I have some pictures on there I still have to develop. Those will come later. Here's some from walking around the Island. After kayaking we went back to the ship. We were pretty tired from walking and kayaking so we just hung around.


Some pics of us on Catalina

Wednesday we were in Ensenada, Mexico. Total letdown. I've been to Mexico a couple times. We went to Rosarito a few years ago and I've been surfing once but seriously folks, a whole day there? The main drag was full of shops with the clerks outside practically harassing you to come in. And don't even get me started on all the street peddlers. I was hoping to buy some cute things there but every store--and street peddler--had the same exact stuff. I wondered where they got all the stuff to sell and T-Bone joked that it was from Wal-Mart. I was hoping we would dock near a beach and we could play in the water and lay on the sand for a little while, but that was a no-go also. I asked a security guard at the dock in my best Spanish accent, "Donde esta la playa?" "3 miles," he said. So we headed back on the boat for another nap.

This flag was HUGE. That's how we were welcomed to our neighbor to the south.

Since we had nothing else to do we roamed around the boat some more and decided to take advantage of what they had to offer. They had a 9 hole mini golf course that we played twice. Then we played some shuffle board. My hips started hurting from all that lunging so after a couple games I left T-Bone to play by himself while I listened to my iPod.


Thursday we had a full day on the boat while we sailed back to Long Beach. We spent most of the day lounging around by the pool and the jacuzzi. It was a little chilly since the wind was blowing pretty hard but it was still nice.

Friday morning we got off the boat as quick as we could and headed to pick up Boogers at my sister's house. After lunch, we took the kids off her hands to a Children's Museum they have. The kids had a blast and I'm glad we could give my sister a couple hours peace after having three kids all week.




So there you have it. Our first vacation together that lasted more than a weekend and our first time away from Boogers. All in all it was a good time and I'm glad we got to spend some time together.

12 September 2008

Quiet Time

Let me preface this by saying this is not another rant post about my daughter. I love her, cherish her and and am so grateful for her. She's the only one I've got, you know?

In the afternoon I get tired. About 1 or 2 it hits. I get the yawns and just don't want to do anything. Sometimes I get so tired I cannot physically keep my eyes open and need to take a nap. It doesn't happen very often, maybe every other week. I think it stems from my walks in the morning. I know exercise is supposed to give you more energy but for the last year or so it has been zapping mine. Sometimes I just need a power nap to make it through the day.

When Boogers was napping it was no big deal. I would just lay down for a few minutes and then be re-energized. Then when she stopped napping I implemented quiet time. She hated that so much. I would tell her she needed to play in her room for a few minutes and I would come get her when it was time to get out. Most of the time she wouldn't play she would just fall asleep. She would rather take a nap then spend an hour alone in her room.

Lately quiet time has been movie afternoon time. I still need down time--whether to rest or just catch up on the computer--and so does she. Instead of forcing her to play in her room I just put a movie on. If I make her take a nap she won't go to bed until really late and that's no good for anyone. In an effort to decrease the amount of TV that she watches I've had to be a little more creative.

Today I got really tired. I knew that while we were playing together that I was going to fall asleep. I could not keep my eyes open. I told Boogers that I was just going to lay on the floor for a few minutes and could she not bug me but play for a little bit until I woke up. I swear it wasn't more than two minutes and she was in my face asking for something. I told her that Mommy was sleeping and could she do that herself. The crying ensued. It's like I tore a part of her heart out. This went on 3 or 4 more times in a half hour. So here we come to the root of the post:

Boogers is incapable of playing by herself.

I've known this for a while and have tried little things to help her learn this all important skill. I give her opportunities to play by herself and it won't last more than a couple minutes.

Today it got to the point where I was done with my little power nap but I pretended sleeping just so I could see what she would do. She spent most of the time on her little chair about 7 feet away from me. She would whisper little things to me. She was unable to not say words or leave me alone for more than 5 minutes. Like I said I love her dearly, but every Mama needs a break.

Three and four year olds are supposed to play by themselves, right? Am I way off? Are my expectations too high? I read a book last year that said that this age group should be able to spend at least an hour by themselves. That has never happened in my house.

Right now she gave up on quiet time and just went to sleep. What kid would rather take a nap instead of just playing for half an hour by herself.

What do your kids do? I know this is part of her personality and I will never get her to do things that other kids do, but I'm hoping that I can help her with this skill.

Random Friday

First and foremost, Boogers has been fantastic the last few days! Thank you for all your suggestions. I think it all stemmed from the fact that I said I wouldn't fight with her but I still was. I was still always trying to have the upperhand. Well I stopped that and laid down the law. I tell her "I am not fighting with you. You need to listen" and she backs down! I'm not sure if it was just coincidence or if she really is listening better, but my life has been so much easier the last couple days. Let's hope she keeps it up for my sister next week when we're gone.

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Did I mention we are going on a cruise next week? Yes! T-Bone's brother and sister-in-law gave us a cruise voucher earlier this year for graduation. What an awesome present, huh? Well it was discounted to begin with so we paid a little of it and we are leaving Monday! I'm so excited! At first we didn't think we were going to be able to use it because I was pregnant at the time and--if had stayed pregnant--would have had a newborn right now. There is a silver lining to some things. Anyway we are going to Catalina and Ensenada, 3 days 4 nights. We so need a vacation! My wonderful sister will be taking Boogers so I hope she behaves!

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Boogers started preschool 3 weeks ago...did I mention that? I'm so lame with things like this. She did go to preschool in January so it's not her first time ever, but I should at least document it right? Here she is in her new outfit. I think she looks so grown up!



We walk to preschool and back so it's a nice little opportunity for her and I to chat. I really look forward to those.

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I got my hair done last week and Boogers looked so cute on Sunday for church that I made T-Bone take our picture. She would not smile for anything! Little stinker!



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Yesterday Boogers and I were bouncing our big ball back and forth. I've noticed lately her sport skills have gotten a little better than they've been in the past. So I asked her if she wanted to play soccer or baseball when she turned four. She said, "No I want to play football!" Not sure if she really knew what football was I asked her to describe it to me. "You kick the ball really far and then you throw it into a basket!" She was getting basketball and football (or soccer) mixed up. They have a small basketball hoop at her preschool so I guess she's been working on her shots. She did say she made it in the hoop!

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Well that's about it. I'll be around sporadically the next few days and then totally gone for a week so have a great week everyone!

08 September 2008

Heaven Help Me

If I have to answer another "Why Mom?" question when I tell Boogers to do something heads will roll. I swear I'm ready to sell her to the highest bidder on Craigslist.com sometimes. Everything is a battle. Everything I ask her to do she either says, "Why Mom?" or "I don't have to do that. I'm in charge of myself."

Um, excuse me?

I feel like we are fighting all the time. She's always bargaining with me. It's always her terms. Sometimes I let her win the little battles but it doesn't seem to help me at all at winning the war. She has learned the nasty art of talking back and it is driving me nuts. I often think these extremely headstrong and determined personality traits will help her to be a successful adult but boy are they hard to deal with in a 3 year old.

T minus 90 minutes until bedtime...

Any ideas?

06 September 2008

Honesty is the best policy

Which is why today is Anonymous Day. I am relieving you all of your identities today so that you will be truly honest. Below are some finger puppets I knitted. I'm thinking of making a bunch of sets for the November boutique that I'm going to do but I want some unbiased opinions. My friends all say they love them but they have to say that, ya know? I do think the photos make them look freakier than they really are cuz I took these really fast but I think they are kind of funny looking.

So click "anonymous" on the comment form to tell me what you think and let me have it!