28 March 2012

On Reliving 1967 and More

Yeah I know I was not alive in 1967 but hear me out. Recently we discovered that the Spiderman 1967 cartoon series is on Netflix. Mr. Smiley loves Spiderman--what almost 3 year old boy doesn't?--so of course he begs to watch it.

Let me tell you something. It is terrible.

Spiderman sounds like a 40 year old man (even though Mr. Jameson calls him a teenager), the dialog is head shakingly painful to listen to, and the plot lines are just downright horrible. Even T-Bone, who is a comic loving man, thinks it's terrible. But Mr. Smiley loves it and wants to watch it every day.

I've seen some of the episodes and it's been interesting having a glimpse into TV in the 60's. Luckily I found the 1981 Series today so we'll see if that one is any better.  I'm done with the 60's.


Right now we are trying to make an important decision for our family. When I think and pray about going ahead with it I feel calm and peace, but I can't seem to verbalize those thoughts. I really want to do it, but there are some concerns T-Bone and I both have. How do we decide?? I wish things were easier sometimes.


I can finally wear my wedding ring! It's a little tight still but at least it's wearable. I bought a cheap $10 one from Target right after Little Sister was born that I really like, but it's just not the same. I haven't not worn my wedding ring for very long in the almost 10 years that I've been married! Speaking of 10 years...we are trying to plan out a 10 year anniversary trip. We really want to take a trip to New York in September and I hope it happens. See above blurb...If we go ahead with this decision then we probably won't have enough money to go, but we'll be in a better situation long term. I hate making hard decisions.


This year I'm going to try to talk more about Easter this year. To me Easter is the pivotal celebration of the Christian world, but it just doesn't get the attention it deserves. I decided this year to do the 12 days of Easter Resurrection Eggs so that the kids can be more involved in the story. Especially Big Sister...she'll be 8 at the end of the year and I really want her to be prepared for her baptism by learning more about the Gospel and Jesus Christ. I love Easter and hope that my children will get more out of this year!


Well that's about it. I'm going to try to go to the park today with some friends. Wish me luck!

23 March 2012

Keep on keeping on

Last weekend I found a copy of Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss at a resale shop and bought it. Mr. Smiley has been asking me to read it multiple times a day so I'm getting pretty familiar with it. I think this is one of Dr. Seuss' most inspirational books. It helps kids see what the future can bring and how to get there. I love how realistic it is. He talks about how bad things are going to happen and that we will have setbacks in life but that we can eventually succeed. To me it's kind of a life-is-about-the-journey type of book. Today as I was reading it to Mr. Smiley I was struck by a certain part:
Whether you like it or not, 
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.
And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on. 
And this is the part I really liked today:
But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go 
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many 
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike.
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
On Sunday at church we were talking about enduring to the end. This part in the book really illustrated that point to me. Even though life doesn't always go the way we want, or we run into stumbling blocks and have bad things happen to us we just have to keep going. The illustrations have the little guy in a boat rowing through dark, turbulent water surrounded by scary looking creatures, but he just keeps rowing.  He just keeps on keeping on. On he goes. On we will go to face up to life so that we can succeed.

I love this and hope I can remember it during the hard times in life as I continue to endure to the end.
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

15 March 2012

On being a homebody and other randomness

I realized something this morning: I would rather spend most of the day at home then go somewhere. This is the complete opposite of when I had Big Sister or Mr. Smiley. Especially with Big Sister I longed for places to go and things to do. I went to the library every week for story time and sometimes twice a week for the puppet show, I went to the park all the time, we went for walks. I was busy. With Mr. Smiley it wasn't quite like that but we stayed fairly busy. Now I have to make myself leave the house to go to the grocery store. Getting out and going to the park is more of a chore than it is fun. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that Mr. Smiley will play at home. He likes to play with toys and can entertain himself. Big Sister never could--she still can't. She doesn't like playing with toys and needs to be in my face all the time if she's not occupied with a book.

Right now I have a stack of library books that are due today and am actually dreading going to return them. Mr. Smiley doesn't really like story time at the library so I have no motivation to bring him. T-Bone has somewhere to go tonight so I'm going to have him drop the books of. Hooray! Saved again from leaving the house. 

What has become of me? 

My kids love scrambled egg burritos. We'll have them for dinner usually once a week and a few times a week I'll make them for Mr. Smiley for lunch. The other day I had just gotten done scrambling the eggs and told Mr. Smiley, who was standing on a chair next to me "helping" me, "Don't touch. It's very hot." I turned to put the eggs on the tortilla and heard sizzle! Of course he had touched the stove. He has three blisters on his index finger and one on the others. Poor kid! He keeps telling me, "I touched the stove, Mom and got an owie." Yep. That's what happens. I hope he learns. Since I wanted him to have that hand in water as much as possible to soothe the burn I put him in front of a movie. He loves the new Phineas and Ferb movie. It's pretty cute. He watched it twice the day he burned his hand and I have been singing the songs in my head ever since. "A brand new reality, a brand new reality...I guess I'll see you around!" "I found a brand new best friend, and it's me!" They're pretty catchy.

I am loving Little Sister lately--I mean I've always loved her and still love her, but you know what I mean. I have been enjoying her more and more each day. She is super smiley right now. I love when I come into her field of vision she'll look at me and then a few seconds later a huge smile will come across her face! It just melts my heart. And the cooing! We have little cooing conversations. Love it!

I'm reading a lot lately. I just finished Sarah's Key and I have to say I think that has to be one of the worst books I have read. I don't usually hate on books but this one...I enjoyed learning about the historical part of the book--the round-up of the Parisian Jews during WWII by the French Police, but the execution of the book was terrible. It was for one of the book clubs I belong to so I'm interested to see how everyone else felt about it. I'm reading As I Lay Dying now.  It is for the other book club I'm in. I also got the digital copy of 1984 that I requested a while back. Can you believe I've never read it? I only get it for 2 weeks so I think I might have to put down As I Lay Dying and read 1984 instead.  I'm not sure I even read 12 books last year but this year I set a Goodreads goal to read 17 and I've already read 6 so I'm well on my way. (If you're not my friend on Goodreads go add me).

Anyway that's about it. Life is good.

13 March 2012

Little Sister's Blessing

On Sunday we were privileged to have Little Sister blessed by her father. For those that aren't familiar with the LDS practice of blessing babies, it is customary to bless infants in front of a congregation generally by their father. It is a time to pronounce blessings upon them for their life. It is a wonderful event and is usually attended by family and friends. Little Sister was lucky because she had LOTS of family to support her! (Her cousin was also blessed too so that helped).

Because of the blessing and lots of family in town we had a super busy weekend. Saturday was taken up by the baptism of a friend and dinner preparations, Sunday was the blessing and a get-together luncheon after and then Monday was Sea World all day with family. Here's some pictures of the weekend.

Our family of 5!
All the family that was at the church. We had one more brother and sister-in-law join us for the after party too.
The blessed babies and their families
Grandpa and Mason
Aunt Beth and cousin Heath
Cousin Josie
Cousin Nolen
Aunt Kristen and sweet Little Sister
Either she is preparing to be a nun or she is a Russian Nesting doll
Me, Little Sister and Cousin Abbie (who LOVES babies!)
Caden and Abbie loving on Little Sister

We are so happy to have Little Sister in our family!