Friday, December 26, 2008
We ate a yummy dinner of hors d'evours (did I spell that right?) which was great, though I never bothered to look up how many points shrimp and cocktail sauce would be! After cleaning up a bit, each family put together their own gingerbread house out of those awesome kits you can buy. The cake decorating class I took as a freshman in high school really came in handy! My boys were all about doing exactly what was on the box. Ours wasn't the most creative, but the icing on it looked better than some of the others!
We put together a nativity with the grandkids acting out the parts. Our family is structured beautifully with a perfect Mary, Joseph (Andy), three 5 year old wisemen (Canon is one of these), two little girl angels, Charlie (whom I didn't worry about trying to get him involved - someday he'll make a great shepherd boy) and a bunch of (four) little babies that we could take our pick from for the baby Jesus. After this, Grandma and Grandpa gave out their presents to the grandkids. We headed home at about 10:00 and had the kids open their Christmas jammies. Paul and I got new pairs of scrub bottoms as well. Once we got the kids in bed, we proceded to discuss (for about an HOUR) just how we were going to do all of the Santa stuff.
Paul and I come from complete opposite ends of the spectrum where Santa is concerned. In my house growing up, Santa filled our stockings and hid them around the house, leaving clues as to where to find them. Finding the stockings was my favorite part of Christmas, even if he usually only brought crayons, mittens, socks, and small stuff. My parents really downplayed Santa, and that was fine with me. Paul's Santa brought everything FUN! The most expensive gift and anything actually entertaining was always on display in your corner of the room. The gifts they opened from his parents were things like sweaters and clothes, etc. So we had some compromising to do, and though we didn't fight about it, we definitely didn't agree. It provided a pretty annoying buzz kill for the night. We did end up displaying the bigger gifts they asked Santa for on the couch, and then hid the stockings, leaving at least the coloring books in there!
On Christmas morning, I made our traditional Christmas breakfast casserole that needs to cook for 1.5 hours. I was surprised the boys slept in and we ended up waking up the boys at 8:00. I was excited to get the morning started. After saying a prayer together, we let them find their toys on the couch. The magic of Christmas is not lost on children, and it's so fun. Then we followed them around with the camcorder as they looked for the stockings. We then opened our gifts and realized just how spoiled we all were this year. We bought Andy and Canon a DS, and they were both so excited about it. We laid down some very stringent rules about their use and where/when they'll be allowed to play with them. We're planning on using them as parenting tools... Can you say "leverage"? I, too, was spoiled because Paul went one gift too many overboard in buying me a new "big girl phone." I am now the proud owner of a used Blackberry Pearl and it's a nice little thing! I got some new jewelry, an MP3 player, and was given the green light to get some stampin stuff the previous week. I also got some workout equipment (yoga mat and a body ball) to assist in some at-home workouts I've been doing. Paul also got a little spoiled when he got a GPS watch, new tires for his tri-bike, and some biking accessories. To say the least, we all found it to be a blessed and lucky Christmas morning!
We played with our stuff for a little while and finally got showered and ready to head back over to Paul's parents house to join the rest of the family for a few more gift exchanges and Christmas dinner. Instead of drawing names this year, the siblings decided to exchange FHE ideas. Melanie and I gave Rhyll a quick meals cookbook and some frozen meals for her to try on her busy evenings. I also enjoyed giving all the sisters and neices a headband that I sewed over Thanksgiving break. It truly is more fun to GIVE gifts than it is to receive them!
We played some games throughout the afternoon and evening and ended the night later than we should have. It was a fantastic day and one I'll remember a long time. I'm so grateful for the Spirit of Christmas that we (or at least I) felt this year. How blessed we all are for the gift of the Savior and for the chance to celebrate His birth each year. I hope you all had a great Christmas with your families as well!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The songs we sang included: Sally Deford's, "And His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful"; a sweet melody line and my group sounded great. "If this Child were Born Today"; again, another nice melody with parts of "The First Noel" and "Away in a Manger" thrown on top of it here and there. A hymplicity version of "Oh, Come all Ye Faithful"; meh, not my favorite, but it was good to toss it in to the mix. And lastly, Craig Petrie's arrangement of "Silent Night." This was by far my favorite and it sounded better today than it ever has.
Our sacrament meeting program was great. The bishop had asked two young mothers in our ward to speak and they both did an excellent job. Jocelyn's talk kept making me cry, which was just killing me! Then, before we sang "Silent Night," the bishop stood up to make some remarks about charity and how it is the pure love of Christ. He mentioned the part of "Silent Night" where it says, "son of God, love's pure light," and how blessed we are to have His love. Well, we got up to sing the song and everything was going along PERFECTLY!! Then we got to the best part... the last verse where we sing "son of God, love's pure light" and I totally lost it. The choir sounded so beautiful, the Spirit was so strong, the tears started flowing and I couldn't even sing with them (I did keep my arms moving, though!). Unfortunately, I have a couple criers in the choir and I felt AWFUL for making it harder for them to keep it together! Embarassingly, my mascara was everywhere... oh well!
The reason I labelled this post, "Just call me Liz" is because my mom has done this so many times! I have watched my mom lead the choir most of my life and as I direct MY choir, I channel her a lot (as well as all my other past choir directors, but mostly her). I know I hold my hands the same way, move my arms the same and cut them off the same as she does. This was the first time, though, that I started crying hard enough to barely finish the song! Thanks, Mom, for teaching me so much about music, but no thanks for passing down the "crying boob" gene!
I wanted to say, though, that I'm so grateful for this chance to lead the choir. Today was so fulfilling for me. I've had TONS more support from the ward members this fall/winter and I love being able to work with talented singers. I know there are so many more out there in the ward, and I'd beg and plead if it would help to get them to come sing with me, but I understand that we are all really busy. It's not easy adding one more appointment/responsibility (especially on Sunday) when we all have so much going on, but I couldn't be more grateful to those who come despite all this. I'm grateful to have an amazing accompanist who can play everything I throw at him with ZERO notice. Jay Butterfield is a member of our bishopric and it is such a blessing to me that he offers us his talent at the piano. He is one of the best examples of selfless service that I know. I'm also grateful that Paul often will pick up the slack on performance days when it should be my turn to teach the sunday school lesson to our primary class. I intended to teach today without even looking at the lesson manual first (he's taught the last two lessons), but he sat down with the book and the class and took care of it. He also let me take a super long nap after church today because I wasn't feeling well. I sure love my sweetie! He amazes me, too!
So, I hope you all had a great Christmasy Sabbath day, like I did. So far, this Christmas has probably been my very most favorite!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Last night I wanted to get to my Weight Watchers meeting early because last week it was packed. We have gotten a LOT of snow recently, so the already precarious parking situation at the Presbyterian church where the meetings are held was worse than usual since you couldn't tell where the lines were. At this church, the parking stalls along the road (there is no parking lot) are diagonal. This guy had parked his sedan a little too straight, not leaving enough room between him and the other guy for someone to park, so I kept going to park on the other side of him. I honestly don't know how it happened, but as I pulled in the next spot, I somehow clipped his back bumper with SOME part of my van... though I still can't tell where. In my defense, him being parked badly was part of the problem, but I obviously pulled in too close and didn't judge well how long his car was. I think I scratched the paint more than dented it, but either way, I felt terrible! This guy was PISSED and really rude to me, even as I became more and more vehemently apologetic. It was an AWFUL moment for me, full of adrenaline and some unshed tears. I gave him all my insurance information once we got inside the meeting and he cooled down a bit. By the time the meeting was over, he was much more civil and even admitted that it probably didn't do much damage.
When my insurance agent called me this morning, he reported that the guy estimated very minimal damage. Since it won't likely be a very costly repair (at worst, some paint touch-up), we'll be able to take care of it privately. I'm still just so frustrated that it happened in the first place, and very confused that I can't even tell from my own car how/where it happened! Oh well. I'm just so grateful that it wasn't worse and even more grateful that I have a husband that is an excellent driver in the snow! I will avoid driving for a little while! Glad I'm done with work for a couple weeks!
At least going to the meeting wasn't a total waste. I lost 1.4 pounds. I was shooting for an even 2 pounds so I could reach the 25 lb loss mark, but that will give me something to shoot for in a few weeks after the holidays are over. I really don't want to show a GAIN this time like I did after Thanksgiving. So, for now, I've lost 24.4 pounds! Now, I just need to get through a handful of delicious parties.... (sigh!).
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I wanted to add something here... I'm grateful for the help I've also received from the Lord as I've passed through a few little storms in my life. Compared to many, it may seem like I haven't passed through any significant storms, but we all have, and all do, and all will pass through storms. I know the Lord is not done with me yet, and that undoubtedly, there will be storms yet to come that would make me shake and tremble if I were to know them in advance. I admit to being somewhat fearful of this fact of life, however, I truly BELIEVE. I believe in Christ. I also trust Him. I've seen His hand perform many miracles in my own life and in the lives of many I know. When those storms come, He'll help me be ready. What peace that brings me.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Monday- spent the day driving home from Colorado. Despite some bad weather at the beginning of the trip, we made it in some decent time. Got back in time for Paul to take Andy and Canon to a little of a Flash basketball game. I stayed home and put Charlie to bed!
Tuesday- went to work at Channing Hall. Got home and set up the Christmas tree we inherited from my sister. This sucker is huge (not too tall, but really fat & round)... no wonder she got rid of it! She gave me some ornaments to fill it up, but I'm not a big fan of blue Christmas decorations, so it stood lit, but otherwise naked for a couple days.
Wednesday - struggled with the decision to spend my morning working out or cleaning the house. Ended up going to the gym. Picked up carpool, dropped off the kids and went to work at Merit Academy for a couple hours to see what kind of caseload I've got there. Thankfully, it's small to start with! Let's hope it stays that way. Took the kids up to Orem for a playdate while I ran some errands to pick up an audiometer I borrow from an old classmate and to Costco. Found Charlie's main Christmas gift and some smaller things. I'm ALMOST done! Ended the night by stopping by the ward enrichment night bake-off, but I didn't eat anything. I was too nervous about Thursday's weigh-in.
Thursday - went to work at CS Lewis. Afterwards, went straight to Parent/Teacher conferences and was VERY happy with the results. Andy has moved up 2 groups in spelling and was doing just what he needed to in math and reading. He's now perfectly average!!!! YAY! Canon is also starting to calm down a bit lately and is able to focus and learn more this way! Phew! Last conferences weren't this positive. Later, went to my weight watchers meeting and had gained 2.2 lbs. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. So frustrating, but it could have been worse, I guess. Finished off the night with putting our old ornaments on the tree. I'm in some serious need of revamping my ornament collection.
Friday - went to work at Channing Hall again, then straight to Provo Canyon to see three of my students there. Got home at 4:30 and got the house more presentable for our primary students to come over. We took three of them (only half could make it) over to my in-laws for pizza and a movie. We watched Kung Fu Panda with them and kept it low key. We needed to reward our 11 year-old group for fully participating in the Primary program in November - they're at that age where they're just too cool for school! We really like our current class and will miss them in a few weeks when they (and we) move on to the next group.
Saturday - went swimming with Paul and ran a mile on the treadmill in the morning. Took the kids with me to Melanie's (SIL) so we could discuss and plan out our Christmas gift for Paul's mom and dad. Hung out at home (which means cleaning) until about 5:00 when our babysitter came over. We got tickets to go to Glenn Beck's Christmas show, "the Christmas sweater," and made a nice date out of it. Got chinese food for dinner and drove up to SLC for the show. I'll give a review of the show in another post. It was AMAZING. You should read the book! What a great Christmas message.
Sunday - slept in AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. Went to church, taught the lesson, yada, yada... Held choir practice (which Emily didn't come to AGAIN!!!!! You're so gonna get it!) and then headed over for my birthday dinner with Paul's family. Both Melanie and I (the two girl-in-laws in the family) have December birthdays. Last year, with the hustle and bustle of the season, we didn't get a birthday dinner. You may be saying, "what's the big deal with that?" Well, in the Croshaw family, for your birthday dinner, we go around the table and everyone says something nice about you. Lately, we've been picking one word that describes that person the best for you. So, Melanie and I have had to, I mean gotten to say nice things about everyone else twice without hearing something nice in return. Even though this family is incredibly inclusive, it's natural to feel like an outsider with your in-law's sometimes. I really missed not getting my dose of positive reinforcement last year. So today, it was great to hear some good feedback from these family members that I love and get to spend lots of time with. Nobody even visibly struggled to come up with something for me... well, maybe Preston squirmed a little coming up with "enlightening", but I don't blame him! I always tease that they'll have to say something like, "hygenic" or "punctual" because they can't think of anything positive to say! But, as I already said, it was nice and everyone was wonderful.
So, there's my week. It was a little over-packed and I realize that I didn't get to spend as much time with my boys as I would have liked. At least this upcoming week, I'll get to follow more of my "normal" schedule with some more time off. I really struggle on the weeks I need to work every day. Tomorrow I get to go to the dentist! I won't admit how long it's been, because it's positively shameful. Wish me luck! I'm sure I'll have something to blog about after I get through it.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The project itself did not need to be so time consuming, but I'm a bit of a freak and instead of making "some", I made 35. That's right, THIRTY-FIVE. It would have been more, but I cut a TON of them out wrong. I had gone to the store last night and bought a few different patterns of material. This project doesn't require lots of material, and I didn't want to waste any of it, so I just kept cutting them out! I can't believe I made that many... I don't even have this many friends! Actually, I do plan on keeping 5 of them for myself, considering I invested an entire 24 hour time period to making them! All I can figure is that when I get in "craft mode," I'm always mass producing things. Card exchange and stamp club require me to make 10 of every card I design/copy. I send out over 80 Christmas cards each year. Making little gifts for teachers requires at least 4. In the least, it's understandable that I would make a bunch, but I definitely went overboard!
So, why haven't I told you what I made? Because I made 35 of them and will need to be giving them to people. I honestly don't know how many people actually read this silly little blog (I'm sure not many), but I wouldn't want to spoil any potential surprises since I'll be using as many of them as possible as Christmas presents.
Ah well, at least they're done (well almost!). I could have spent the whole day reading or watching football like Paul did, so I don't consider it time wasted. I do feel satisfied that I spent the day doing something creative and I'm now quite comfortable with operating a sewing machine!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I went running yesterday morning with Paul and again this morning to help me feel better about the fact that I'll be going WAY over my point allotment today! I'm not going to worry about LOSING any weight at next weeks weigh-in, but I really don't want to have to RE-LOSE any weight that I've already lost. I'm up to 22 lbs now and want to keep it that way.
So, considering this is a Thanksgiving day post, it would be logical for me to list some of the things that I'm thankful for, but I probably do that too much on this blog anyway. I'll just say, I'm grateful to know in advance that 1 piece of pumpkin pie is 9 points. Knowledge is power!
I hope you all have a fantastic holiday with your families!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Here's Andy's cute picture. I love that he's smiling big enough to see his missing front teeth! I also love his bright eyes and how happy he looks. What a sweetie!I love Canon's picture too, but I wish I would have been standing nearby when they took it so we could have tried another one with a bigger smile. He's also missing his two front teeth! Ah well, I'm sure they'll still be missing next year, too. But I love this picture because it is just SO Canon. My funny, little, squinty-eyed, mischief-maker!Charlie's picture here just makes me burst with joy inside! He was NOT going to smile at this photographer, but she was doing her thing, trying to get him to laugh, trying to get me to laugh, etc., and this awesome little grin is what she captured! She asked if this is his normal smile and I said, "no, but I love it!" Ornery toddler pictures are the best!
So, here are my cute boys on display. I've been having lots of fun with the digi-scrapping and think I'll send these pages off to Walgreens today to be printed. I'm dying to see if they come out clear and sharp. I also wanted to say, since we got the package with the CD, we also got a TON of pictures (it was the biggest package of course). So if any one wants us to send you pictures of our little boys, just let me know (I'm assuming only family members may take me up on this!)... I can throw them in with your Christmas card!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Like any award or tag... there are rules involved. Here they are:
1 . Name 5 things you love,
2. Pass the award on to 5 blogs you love, and
3. Link back to the giver's blog and tell how fabulous they are.
It's not hard to find 5 things I love... heck I have a pretty extensive "happy list" full of things I love. The hard thing would be picking just 5. But instead of stewing over narrowing it down, I'm just going to hurry up and throw some things down here!
1. Though I've loved my roommates from the past, I especially LOVE my current roommates!
2. I LOVE Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I'm very blessed to have even a small understanding of Him.
3. Of all my hobbies, I LOVE stamping and paper crafting the most. I just love pretty papers and ribbons and all the fun accessories that go with it!
4. Showtunes Saturday Night - Whenever Paul and I drive somewhere on Saturday nights, we always tune in to the showtunes program. I LOVE musical theater and lots of different kinds of music. I also love having a hubby that enjoys it too!
5. Reading good books. I hated reading as a kid and never thought I would LOVE reading the way I love it now! I spent tons of time reading over the summer, and now that our schedule is super busy with school and work, it's taken a back seat and I'm missing it bigtime!
Five blogs I love (and again, hard to narrow it down, but a girls gotta do....) belong to 1. Emily - my bestest buddy right now. She and I began running together this last spring and I love spending lots of time with her. Her positive outlook on life, her impecable taste, and her loving heart lift me up. So, even though I see her often, I also love reading her blog.
2. Rachelle - I met her at the Stampin' Up! convention this summer. We spent two days together doing something we both love, and it's like we've been friends for years! I love reading her blog because she is someone who goes ALL OUT in life. You should check out the descriptions of the birthday parties she throws for her 6 BOYS! Amazing! Plus, she's an awesome chick with lots of great thoughts!
3. Rachel - my neighbor and friend. Rachel is very funny with a dry sense of humor that I love. She lives about 100 yards from me (if that) but I see her only weekly at church these days. You know how it works, she's busy, I'm busy... but I love it when she updates her blog because I usually laugh out loud when she does. Her toddler says some very profound things sometimes!
4. Denise - a friend of mine from back home, way back in the day! I usually giggle even thinking about Denise because she is just a funny gal! If you know Denise, you love her! I love reading about her mommy adventures and thinking of how fun she must be as a wife and mom! Hers is another blog I laugh out loud at just about every time she posts.
5. Alisha - my cute and tall little sister. I'm using this award to get her to actually post something on her blog. She must think she doesn't have much to blog about, so I'm helping her out, right!? I think she should post something about her new house because even if I'll get to see it soon, I hate surprises!
And now I get to tell you why I think Mindy is so awesome. Mindy was a very loving roommate of mine. We had a great group of roommies that year at Bridgerland and she's the one I've stayed in touch with the most. It helps that she was also roommates with my above mentioned lil sister after her mission to the Ukraine. I love that Mindy loves to read (she was an english major) and I check out her goodreads list for suggestions. She has great taste! She also has a cutie pie little girl and is expecting her second daughter... lucky! Overall, she's a super great gal and I love her guts!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Aren't these fun?! Okay, the second page is a little boring, but I just needed to add more photos to the layout! For a long time, I poo-pooed digital scrapbooking. Seriously, someone who has spent the amount of money I've spent on stamps and paper and all the stuff necessary to put together actual scrapbook pages doesn't need to venture into another craft arena. But there is lots of free stuff out there and for now, I can just dabble a bit and use these files for my blog.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I was actually very relieved to reach it because 8 years ago when I went on the Weight Watchers plan to lose some of my "first year of marriage"/"love makes you fat" poundage, I got within one pound of my 10% goal before I got pregnant with Andy. I had to resign from WW at that point having never reached my goal. The ironic thing is, now that I've lost this weight, I'm at the weight I was when I started WW 8 years ago... ooh, that's kind of depressing.
So I've set a new goal that I'm hoping to reach by Christmas. Currently, all my pants are looking pretty baggy, but I don't want to buy just the next size down... I want to skip it all together. So, my goal is to be that next size by Christmas and my birthday so I can go on a little shopping spree and get some clothes that actually fit. Here's a squinty picture of Charlie and I. I know it's lame, but I had Paul take a picture of me to sort of "document" where I was at when reaching my first weight loss goal.
The second fun event from this week occurred last night. Several weeks ago after setting up a Facebook account and reconnecting with some old friends from high school, I got a real itch to perform something again. A big part of my identity in high school (to myself anyway) was my singing. I did a lot of performing in college, but since then, it's been limited to mostly group songs or duets for church stuff and family talent shows. Well, last Monday, my mother-in-law called to ask if I'd sing a duet with Tara for a "night on broadway" event they were having with their ward at the lodge last night. She also asked if I would be willing to do another number, which I happily agreed to. Being the theater-loving geek that I am, the hardest part was picking something! So, last night, I got to sing "Someone Else's Story" from Chess, and the small Glinda part to "Defying Gravity" from Wicked. Though it was still small scale, and it was for a church function, in the same set up as our family talent shows, I had a lot of fun doing it. It's nice to still be able to enjoy the musical part of me.
If, you read this post previously, I need to retract something. The bullet I thought I dodged ended up finding me. It turns out that I WILL be helping the new charter high school in Springville, Merit Academy, with some of their speech and language testing needs this month. After this month is over and the December 1st headcount is past, I'll be taking a "try-it-out and see" approach to determine if I have enough room in my schedule to handle another caseload. So far, there is not a very big caseload at Merit, so I'm hoping the caseload can be managed in half a day a week. But lately, caseloads seem to have a funny way of growing on me! So, we'll see! My favorite thing about working with this school is that it is local, just 5 minutes from my home. I'm hoping this will be a positive experience for all involved! Plus, having a little extra money coming in right before Christmas will be nice, especially since we're buying my brother-in-law's car this month!
So, it's been a great and crazy week so far.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
"I'd a writ you a letter, but I couldn't spell, "ppbbbbttththhht" and that's all I gotta say... that's all I gotta say."
That's how I feel about this election. I felt this way even before it started. I felt like all I had to choose from was the "evil of two lessers" at the polling location today... and that's a crappy way to feel.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I guess this blog started back in June as a joke to some friends and now it gets thousands of hits a day. This blog is about TAMN, the perfect Utah Mormon newlywed/soon-to-be mommy and her perfect life with her perfect HOT hubby to go along with her perfect hot bod, despite her pregger status with twins!! It's out there spoofing us in some ways, but not out of bitterness or spite. It's just a way to laugh at ourselves and our tendency to only blog about the best in our lives. She's very superlative, so it's easy to see that she's not serious. I have to warn you, if you take yourself and your blog too seriously, you won't like this blog! After reading a few posts, I said to Paul, "I don't think I'll ever be able to blog again!" But after thinking about it some and reading some of the news items, I realize, this blogger is just a normal gal making fun of the extremes in our culture.
So, I think I can follow this blog a little... if for no other reason, she has some INCREDIBLE "give-oh-giveaways!" It'll likely help me make my blog a bit more "true" to me... and keep me on my toes about typos and words like "go-jus"! Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Several weeks ago, we had some changes to the personnel at one of my schools. This change (and the events leading up to it) left a HUGE mess for some of us to clean up. So, on top of my ever growing caseload (I'm almost up to 35 students at this one school), we've got extra meetings to hold, current students whose paperwork needs renewing, new students to be tested and signed in, hearing and kindergarten screenings to start and on and on and on. And that's just at one school! All I can say is... it's a very good thing I really enjoy my work. I have to be careful, though. Paul and I are going through another phase of testing/temptation in regards to my work and I need to make sure this doesn't snowball. Ugh! What to do!
Last week was a short work/school week for us because of "fall break." The boys and I had Thursday and Friday off and Paul also had Friday off, so we actually made some plans for last weekend! I had a few errands to run which took us as far north as Brigham City. Since we were heading up that far, we decided to go just a little further and spend some time in Logan. Paul and I met while attending USU, Paul was raised in Cache Valley, both of our roots stem from there, and it holds a VERY dear place in our hearts. Thankfully, we still have a handful of family and friends still living there. I love this place!
Friday: drive north - stop in Woods Cross to deliver some stampin stuff to my wonderful Aunt Lynn and see how Uncle George is recovering from his recent back surgery - stop in Brigham City to pick up a fake Christmas tree from my sister's old house (add on - see all the improvements to said house since the new owners moved in!) - visit Carrie Ann and Richard and see their new, beautiful home! We could have spent the whole evening with them! - drive to Logan and get some yummy Mexican food from El Sol - stay up late talking about politics at Kim and John Cook's house! (I could so post a whole paragraph on each of these things, but I'll spare you!)
Saturday: hang out with Kim and John til noon - go to park and picnic with friend, Mandy, and her two gorgeous daughters, Morgan and Mady - read a book in the car while Charlie naps and while Paul goes on a little hike up Logan canyon with the boys - visit Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Mickey for a while - get dinner at the Bluebird (mmmmm, Bluebird chicken! We had our wedding dinner there.) - visit Carla, Brent, Amanda, Carma and Boyd (all relatives and all at the same time) for just a few minutes - drop Paul off at Daniel and Andrea's to watch the UFC fight - drive to Brigham to visit Cami and Jeff and talk politics, books, everything with them for a few hours - backtrack halfway to pick up Paul - drive home.
Here are some pics of the boys at the park. These are just taken with my camera phone... hopefully Mandy will post some better ones on her blog that I can steal!
We had so much fun! Spending a whole day visiting the people we love is one of my favorite things to do! We had some really great conversations on a whole myriad of topics. I love hashing things out with people... it's amazing how we all see the world in our own special way.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The other day, I joined Facebook and WOWZERS!!! That place is CRAZY!!! I'm amazed at how much time I can just waste away over on that website! I mean, I really should be watching "biggest loser" on my DVR right now, but nope, I'm at my computer, finding more and more friends on Facebook. It truly is addicting though. In less than a week, I've touched base with a BUNCH of long lost friends that I haven't talked to in over a decade. Not that I haven't thought of them often (I'm an insanely sentimental person), but it's so easy to just lose people!
So, it feels like my world has been jumbled up a little. I know this sounds retarded, but I've been a lot more pensive this week about my life and where I am these days. When you've gone this long without communicating with people from your past, once that connection is made again, it almost throws you back there! I think of who I was back in high school and I laugh... and sigh... and even beat myself up a little. What a PAIN I used to be! Yuck! I'm so thankful I'm not in that place anymore. I'm so glad that we have the chance to evolve and mature. I'm also grateful to not be in a place where it matters if someone has something that you don't. I don't need to worry if this person has an important job or looks the same or better than they did in high school (but don't we all look better?!? Those mid-nineties hairstyles are something else!). I don't need to worry about the fact that 13 years later, I'm dealing with a weight battle brought about by having 3 kids and not working hard to keep myself fit. It's not like I ever "let myself go," but I wouldn't love heading to a reunion in my current state! But this is just where I am now... and it's great... because I won't necessarily be here tomorrow! But it's been really good, because I LOVE where I am in life right now. I love my family, my faith, my home, my job, and my friends. Maybe others wouldn't be as content as I am to be living this kind of life, but I am so grateful for my little world full of blessings. I would be happy to list them all, but I don't need to. I list them plenty in my prayers and that's good enough.
So, I don't know if my friends from Facebook will ever venture over to my blog or not... but if you are one of them and you do, I'd love for you to leave a comment to let me know that you came a saw a glimpse of who I am today. I have learned so much since then!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
These two cards are basically identical, but with different colors. The colors don't look right at all in the pictures, but you get the idea. The stamp set is Punches Three; paper on the left is Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Whisper white, Bella Rose DSP. Paper on the right is Ruby Red, Mellow Moss and Bella Rose DSP. Ink on each card matches the paper. Accessories include the 1 3/4" circle punch, scallop square punch and gold brads. Very easy but fun.
Secondly (and much less importantly), I got to go to a convention for Speech Pathologists on Thursday and Friday. I am now a little smarter in the areas of infant/childhood development, fixing the /r/ sound, and Asperger's Syndrome. So go ahead, ask me anything! HA!! Two of the keynote speakers are legendary in their areas of expertise. Dr. Rosetti is the go-to-guy for early intervention (helping babies learn to communicate) and Mr. Kowalski is the SLP expert on Asperger. It was awesome to listen to these men. Wow, there's so much to know! Conferences are great in that you get to learn more, but terrible as you realize how little you know. As an SLP in the schools, I don't get the luxury to be an expert on anything, you have to be "smart enough" in everything. I got to hang out with my friend from college, Lacey, and two sweet SLP colleagues I met from a previous conference. Now, I just need to figure out how to actually apply all this good information to my daily WORK. Wish me luck.
My other recent convention was the Stampin' Up! convention in July. I already posted about this in August, but I just wanted to throw that in here to acknowledge (again) how much I enjoy being able to experience these kinds of events. I'm very blessed.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
So, you'd think I'd have a good evening with my weigh-in today, but I was wearing the wrong jeans!!! I was happy with my number this morning (being dehydrated and wearing light clothing), but after sitting all day at a speech therapy convention and a big yummy sweet pork salad from Costa Vida for lunch, I was NOT happy with my 1.2 lb GAIN for the week... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Just to make myself feel better, I weighed myself at home with my jeans on, then off, and the difference was 1.4 lbs!! So, technically, I think I lost 0.6 lb this week (my scale is .4 higher than the WW scale)... which STILL stinks because I worked hard this week! Last week, my total weight loss was 11 lbs, and now I'm only a 9.8 lb loss. Crazy how the body works. Next week had better be better!!!! I am so in the mood for a big bag of peanut M&Ms.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The RS presidency gave excellent talks as usual, but the real treat came with President Uchtdorf's talk. I'm not sure what this talk will be titled, but I hope all of you will look it up (when it's posted) on http://www.lds.org/ if you were unable to somehow listen to it today. He started off talking about how men and women are different and how women tend to be horrible critics of themselves. He told a sweet story about how his wife will prepare a beautiful feast for dinner, putting in an extra mile's worth of effort to make it perfect. Yet, she'll start the meal with an apology for something minute that could be wrong with it! Then he shared how he'll make greasy fried eggs and burnt "toast" and consider himself a hero!!! So sweet. Anyway, then he began to tell us that we, as women, tend to minimize ourselves and the things we're able to accomplish in a given day. Sometimes we find ourselves so discouraged, overwhelmed, and afraid of our potential to fail.
He spoke of the type of happiness we need to shoot for... God's happiness. Two fundamental principles of God's happiness is creation and compassion. He encouraged us to find ways to create. Creating is making something that didn't exist before. It doesn't have to be done in the kitchen or with a paintbrush or on a piano, it can be something as simple as creating a smile on someone's face. This portion of his talk gave me so much peace and encouragement. It made me grateful to have a few creative outlets that fill my soul. I sometimes worry that my stamping and paper crafting is selfish, but it's something that gives me satisfaction and helps me feel like I'm allowed to enjoy parts of my life. All my recent canning is also creative! I made something that didn't exist before and it will eventually bless my family. I'm grateful to know that by doing some of these things, I'm feeling part of God's happiness!
Other thoughts I had as he was talking was that if there is a part of my life that I'm feeling overwhelmed with, I should put some extra effort into making it more creative. For example, I hate cooking. I don't understand people who love cooking! But to be honest, I've never even tried to make an amazing dish or one to take pride in. I'm not sure that if I do put in more effort that I'll begin to love it, but I should at least try. There are also lots of things that I could be doing to be more creative with my children. I do need to recognize that I'm working hard to CREATE a loving home for my boys, but (without beating myself up) I realize I could be doing more to create positive, lasting memories for them that they can carry throughout their lives. This last week, Paul and I have been blessed with a precious gift... PERSPECTIVE, and this talk added to it. I'm so very blessed to be the mother of three amazing little boys, and whether we're given the opportunity to add to our family in the future or not, I've got one shot at these little one's childhoods. I would love to feel more of God's happiness as I put more of myself (my creative abilities and compassion) into my husband and boys.
So, if you haven't heard the talk yet, look it up... read it in the ensign... whatever you need to do. There's a treasure trove of the Spirit in President Uchtdorf's words. I hope they help you as much as they did me!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Then, in the early after noon, I had "stamp club." This is a different group of ladies (though some of them overlap!) that get together monthly to make cards and we all order stuff and take turns getting the free hostess benefits. I provide all the materials for this group and these are the cards we made.
This card is 4"x4" and uses the 'faux silk' technique. For this one, you stamp on tissue paper, crinkle it up really tight, spread it out and glue it down (with glue stick) onto some cardstock.
Ingredients: (all Stampin' Up!) Eastern Blooms stamp set, Ink: sage shadow, chocolate chip. Paper: chocolate chip and sage shadow cardstock, whisper white cardstock, white tissue paper. Accessories: anywhere glue stick, white grosgrain ribbon, 3/4" circle punch. Easy and fun!
This card was a fast and easy one. No special techniques here!
Ingredients: Upsy Daisy stamp set, Ink: riding hood red, chocolate chip. Paper: riding hood red cardstock, Bella Rose designer series paper. Accessories: vintage brads, piercing tool.
This one was also very easy. Ingredients: Say it with scallops stamp set. Ink: tempting turquoise. Cardstock: tangerine tango, kiwi kiss, tempting turquoise, whisper white. Accessories: scallop square punch, tangerine tango striped grosgrain ribbon, silver brad, dimensionals.
So after all the card making fun, Emily and I picked up some amazing peaches from our neighbor and friend in the ward for a great price. We each bought two boxes, so we were in for a marathon peach-canning extravaganza! We ended up bottling 51 quarts of peaches that night, finishing way later than we wanted to. Here's the end result... I love how sweaty and beat we look!
While Emily, Nate (her hubby), Paul and I were all working hard on the peaches, we were glad that Sammy and Charlie were getting along well! We could even hear them laughing and playing together in my room. Well, we learned this lesson a little late, that though the house may be mostly Charlie proof, it is NOT Sammy proof! That little one has some AMAZING fine motor skills! I now know not to leave things out just because I think Charlie won't get into it. Things like fingernail polish....Yikes!!! It was a pretty tough moment, but we got through it, finished the peaches, and got the carpets cleaned today. I was impressed how much of the stain came out, and thankfully, it's not in a high-traffic area of the house. It now just looks like we didn't bother to clean up some spilled kool-aid or something, which is MUCH better than the full-on, brownish-red fingernail polish all over the floor!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
1. I'm a picker. Yep, it's gross, but I pick things. I pick scabs, zits, peeling sunburned skin, stuff like that. For some reason, I just can't help it. Skin should be smooth, and when it's not, it gets picked. Call it a curse.
2. I ALWAYS have to turn around at least once when I'm driving someplace I've never been before. This is partly due to the fact that I'm not a great driver... never have been. Paul does ALL the driving when we're together, and that's okay by me!
3. I sing along incessantly. Radio, CD's, commercials... if there's music with words, I'm probably singing along. In fact, if you were to ask me what kind of music I like, my answer is, "music I can sing along with." Coincidentally, I married a man that also sings along. We happen to have 3 children who sing along... so much so that we have a rule at our house... "no singing at the table." Otherwise they'd never eat. It's actually kind of funny, but not.
4. I'm not a germophobe. While I do wash my hands after using the bathroom and after touching meat, I'll go ahead and eat food off the floor if it's something I really wanted (within reason, of course).
5. My feet are almost always cold when I get into bed. My husband's legs are usually nice and toasty. You can imagine the scene.
6. I talk too much, especially about myself. Pretty much, all of you know this already. I'm just letting you know that I'm aware of this issue and have been working on it. I figured it out a while back when I met someone who talked more than me and I realized how annoying that is. Sorry about that one, folks!
7. Paul says I should also include the fact that I laugh at my own jokes. Apparently I think I'm funny. I hope I'm not the only one!
So, now I'm supposed to tag 6 other people. They are supposed to post their own "quirk list" on their blogs. I tag...
4. Lisa G. (so she'll actually post something!)
5. Mindy Tec
Today, I ventured into the arts domestic. This was the result! PEACHES!!!!!
I don't know what it is about canning, but I find an INSANE amount of satisfaction in it! Especially when you get the fruit for free... Thanks Tammy! She had some extra peaches picked from her mother's tree and wasn't going to can anymore quarts. This little batch only made 7 quarts (aren't they pretty!!??!?), but my friend, Emily, and I have some big plans for Saturday. Can't wait to have some help!
On a side note, Charlie says the word "peach" (and "chip" for that matter) in a very questionable/inappropriate way. To use some speech pathology terms, he's been doing some prevocalic voicing and some "metathesis" on chip. Just nobody take it personally if he says it to you! It could be worse, though! My neighbor's daughter has a hard time with the word "truck." Hahaha!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Anyway, part of the problem of doing this project is that I neglected the laundry and the rest of the house pretty much all week, leading to an exhausted meltdown on Saturday. Sometimes it's hard when you feel like you have to "do it all" and "be it all."
Other news, I lost another 1.4 pounds at my weigh-in on Thursday. YAY! I'm now down 7.6 lbs from my starting weight.
Also, Andy FINALLY lost that ugly, yellow, front tooth!!! I took the boys to the dentist on Wednesday and was thrilled to have no cavities. Even Charlie got his teeth cleaned, with much screaming and fighting. Luckily the older boys are total troopers when it comes to the dentist, but the gal sure earned her money when it was time to do Charlie. Andy's tooth was loose (he actually has 3 loose teeth), so the dentist showed him how pushing vs. wiggling is better for getting the tooth to come out. He pushed and pushed on that tooth for 3 days, but it finally came out when he was jumping on the trampoline at Grandma's and he hit his face with his knee. Ouch! Well, he looked and looked, but couldn't find the tooth. He figured he may have swallowed it, so he had his cousin, Ellie, write a note to the tooth fairy. This is what it said,
"Dear tooth fairy, I think I swalowd my tooth today. I was bowsing on the tramp my knee hit my tooth my tooth got knocted out that's the part when I swalowed my tooth. From Andy
Isn't that so precious??!! I wish he had written it himself (though it would have hardly been readable) but he did sign his own name! He put the note under his pillow and the tooth fairy brought him 3 quarters! He was thrilled. Now he and Canon have matching smiles again.
Fast forward to last Saturday (Sept 5th). I was in some serious need of "mommy alone time." It so happened that the same expo was going on again and I knew I could go exchange my watch there! Paul had been gone overnight to do his final triathlon of the season and didn't get home until early afternoon. Of course there was a BYU game on TV that somehow (in Paul's mind) trumped me going to the expo by myself. I stood my ground and insisted that I was NOT going to take Charlie with me. You can see that Charlie's very cute, but he's almost two years old. Even in this very picture, he's just finished pulling all the clothes out of the laundry baskets. I love this little guy, but there is no way I'm taking him to a crowded women's expo so he can sit in a stroller and scream (he's a screamer... a loud, ear-piercingly high-pitched screamer!) while I try to take a little break and get my watch replaced!
SERIOUSLY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Yeah, that's a broken glass right there! Cheap crap! I'm sure they'll replace the face again, but grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! As if sitting on the highway for an hour wasn't punishment enough for wanting to escape, but then the fruits of my labors end up breaking less than 24 hours of getting it fixed! Ah well... it's a bummer, but at least it's just "small stuff" and could be much worse. At least it's still keeping time!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I've been watching the die cutting/embossing folder trend in scrapbooking and card making for years now, but have held off because I'm kind of a SU! snob when it comes to my crafting dollars and we didn't offer anything in that market. But finally, I need wait NO LONGER!!!!! So, it was exciting to get my BigShot on Friday, but the rest of my order (that had the only die I ordered in it) didn't come until Tuesday, so I didn't get to play with it right away. But on Tuesday, this box was on my porch when I got home from work! And these are the goodies for me!!! It felt like an extra birthday!
The Whole Box and then a breakdown of what's inside! 7 stamp sets (4 of which were free!), 6 punches that coordinate with the stamp sets, 5 ribbons, and some random tools and paper! That black square is my first die ordered... a big scallop circle!
I can't wait to work on my cards for card exchange and stamp club this month! (hey, we all got our thing!)
Now for the other part of the weekend. On Saturday morning, we got the kids up WAY to early to get Paul to his triathlon up in Riverton. It was a sprint triathlon to give Paul a chance to try out his new wheels in a race. Well, you know what? HE DID AWESOME!!! This was Paul's first podium finish, taking third place in his age range!! It was so fun to see him be so much awesomer than most the other racers there! I'm super proud of my guy and feel bad I won't be able to make it to his last race of the season this upcoming Saturday... that dang soccer mom stuff again!
On Monday morning, I also did a race... a nice little 5K in the rain! I did pretty awesome myself, taking 4th (from last) in my age range!!!! I know, I'm pretty amazing! This is me at the finish line, smiling because it's almost over!
This is my friend and neighbor (we share a wall), Monica. She beat me by 3 rockin minutes! You go girl!
It's amazing how much of exercising and racing is a mental battle as much as it is a physical one. This was the first time I'd ever run in the rain, but it wasn't raining that hard. Because of the bad weather, Paul debated on whether to get the kids up or not. I told him not to worry about it because if I were in his shoes, I wouldn't stand in the rain for 40 minutes with the kids just to watch him run! So, as I'm going along, stopping to walk 4 TIMES during the second mile (just being lazy!) I'm thinking to myself, "self, nobody cares how fast you do this race." I ran most of the last mile, but even then slowed down more than I needed to until I came around the corner and heard Paul and the boys cheering for me to hurry up! I guess they got there just in time to see us START the race, but didn't have time to find me to let me know they were there. I think if I'd have known they were waiting for me, I wouldn't have been so POKEY!!! Ah well. It was fun to have them there to support me. I loved it when Andy yelled at me to "kick it, Mom!!" so I did kick it into gear to finish the last 25 yards! My kids are so fun! The rest of the day, I sat around the house reading "Gone with the Wind" until we went to a barbeque at the Croshaws!
One more update... having intentionally weighed in at weight watchers with my heaviest shoes and clothes on last week, I lost an impressive 6.2 pounds this week! I'm sure at least 3-4 of those pounds are the difference in clothing, but hey... sometimes you've got to make sure you have a successful start to things! It's been a great week figuring out where I'm adding too many calories into my day. And now that I can factor in activity points earned into my daily points budget, this dieting stuff shouldn't be so bad! Okay, nuff for one day!