I am Strong! I am Invincible!


Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed.”

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning. She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer.  She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer. She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry. She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk, wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a textbook out from hiding under the chair. She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both near her purse. Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleansers, put on her Night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails.

Dad called out, “I thought you were going to bed.”
“I’m on my way,” she said.

She put some water into the dog’s dish then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on. She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV’s, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework. In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. “I’m going to bed.”   And he did. Without another thought.

Wonder why women live longer?  Because we are made for the long haul.  (And we can’t die sooner; we still have things to do!!!!)

Sittin on the Dock of the Bay

You ever wish you could be somewhere, anywhere, but where you are?  It’s not that I’m unhappy here, I’m just pregnant- And I have a cold!!  Woke up Sunday barely before 9am church with a yucky tasting mouth and a bit of a sore throat.  I made it through the day though, meetings and all.  And my hubby made all 3 meals yesterday- I still am questioning whether I was dreaming or if he really spent more time in the kitchen than in front of his computer =o)

I keep reading about a saline solution for kids that I guess you squeeze up their noses and it helps to clear out all the junky nose boogies and help them feel better, but I’ve never tried it, nor has my kiddo.  So I wonder if you’re close to a beach and are breathing in the salt water smell if it would have the same effect?!?  So today I wish I was near a beach. 

How crazy that I would rather be at the beach rather than in my warm cozy bed.  I really think I’m sick now!  I do give credit to my prenatal vitamins that I really think are helping my immune system from letting this cold get me too warn out and sicker than I already feel.  I am running around today in super slow motion.  My family was up and had eaten before I was out of bed.  I go downstairs to join them and they head upstairs to get dressed and ready.  I told them I’d be up in a sec. and by the time I was climbing stair #2 they were dressed and heading back downstairs!  I did get my hubby’s lunch made though, unfortunately he had already left for work!!  So at least I have a headstart for tomorrow’s lunch =o)  I’m just taking things as the come and realizing that I am only as fast and productive as my body will allow me.  It’s not too bad, and I am really not feeling that bad.  I’m just taking it easy and doing what I can!!  Oh man, the phone just rang and I missed it, because I’m too slow.  2 days ago I could’ve made it.  Well maybe naptime will come early today and I can get one step closer to my beach =o)



It’s all Inside

So last month our ward had an Emergency Preparedness Faire to get people informed and motivated to start with their family home storage (food, water, fuel, other supplies).  The lesson: It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark! 

Since I was on the planning committee, not only did I learn that delegating assignments is the only way to go and makes your life easier, but I had a blast with my specific topic of “where to store all that food!”  Disclaimer: I am not an expert at where to store food storage.  When I was a teacher the motto was “beg, borrow, and steal” which I applied while researching this topic- to get pictures, not the actual food!?!  What you’re about to see are ideas I have gathered from all over the place as to where people are storing their surplus. Click and open:

Parade of Homes (if you have PowerPoint) or use this: free PowerPoint Viewer

Food, Glorious Food!

I think I’ve used that title before, but I couldn’t think of any other songs related to food!  We are totally getting excited for food storage at my house- the MREs came via ground shipping today and so we can let the packing 72 hour kit games begin.  These things are awesome!!  1 MRE meal has like 1700 calories so if we pack 3 meals for each person each day, we’re determined to stay alive in a disaster and probably have left over food I think.  Did you know that the real MREs are property of the US government and not available for resale?  The ones we got are the real thing and somehow that little disclaimer wasn’t printed on the them, so the company could really sell them. 

 Well we have a long ways to go to get up to par with this whole idea of food and home storage for 1 year, but I’m feeling a step closer now that we have some MREs that don’t need inspecting until 2010!!!  How awesome is that?  All I got to say is “it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark” so do a little every shopping trip to buy a little extra, or buy a bigger size to help in the goal of attaining 1 year of food.

Wild Thing, I Think I Love You!

So I was checking out a cool website about fun photo tips for Valentine photos and thought I would try them out.  I got all excited and then realized that I didn’t have my camera, because hubby took it to Idaho.   So, I couldn’t wait and I took pics with my cell phone camera, because I just had to try the techniques. 

Well, my kiddo didn’t quite follow the directions given, but here’s the result we achieved while trying.  It was a neat little bonding experience and he had fun saying “cheese” every time I snapped a shot.  He’s such a ham! 

I see you!             Valentine’s pic 2008

I’ve Got Sunshine

So Mikey got invited to his first birthday party, for 4 kids actually, and we had quite a cute little time.  Little kids love parks, so what better spot than the community park- complete with grassy area, 2 playgrounds, tables, and covered area.  We had some yummy food and the Elmo cake was quite an accomplishment.  Would you believe we got a little sunburned??  It’s February and we got sun!!  We are totally red on our arms and face.  I guess it’s time to seriously bust out the sunscreen and lather on the thick goopy stuff. 

I always liked Banana Boat’s coconut scented sunscreen, but I haven’t bought that stuff in a long time!  So out with the sunscreen and away with the winter clothes!!  My kiddo has so many winter clothes so that will be nice to make room for more summer clothes.  Horray for nice weather.  Only a matter of time before a real Vegas summer hits us.

I’m all by Myself…

So the hubby is out of state with his entire family for a funeral, minus a few inlaws, and I am surviving day 2 being a bachelorette (with a kid). So we’ve eaten out a lot and been shopping all over the place and we still have a few more days to go. It isn’t so bad except for the part where my kiddo refuses to take a nap and that means mommy doesn’t get a nap either, such a bummer. I’ve gotten smart though and sort of doze off while he’s playing in the living room or watch his Jesus DVD as he calls it.

Today we had some Valentine making fun at the Krafty Kreations store which is closing its doors unfortunately. It was the coolest little store for letting kids do arts and crafts. And they clean up everything. I will admit that I ended up making most of the stuff b/c kiddo was too enthrawled in eating his candy bracelet and pointing and the ink smudges he had made on the table from rubber stamping Valentine cards for “Ammah”, “Ampah”, “Unkee Biyee”, and “Daddy”! We had a blast despite the distractions and the sweet treats from Costco that were totally free and delicious kept us around a bit longer. Note to self- Capri Sun drinks go straight through a kid who normally drinks water and milk… don’t let an entire juice box get devoured in 1 sitting.

All Aboard!

So it’s February, getting close to Valentine’s Day, and my kid is wearing a Santa hat, jingle bell necklace, and jingle bell bracelets as he sadly whines for me to open back up the train set that has been finally put back in the box. It just happened last night- the start of us finally packing up Christmas in the front room! Better late than never!! We’ve only packed up the big train that was circling around the base of the Christmas tree. I had 2 clear plastic totes full of decorations, have taken a lot to the D.I., and I can’t figure out why now it will take 3 plastic totes to completely pack up the holiday decor. I don’t get this kind of math… is it geometry or algebra or maybe it’s like finite math with nothing finite about it!?!

Well since my kiddo is bored with taking ornaments on and off the tree I decided to go get him the new “un-Christmas” train that his wonderful Aunt Michelle got him just because it was on clearance at Target. (Her addiction to Target clearance toy racks is worth its own blog too, so one of these days I will do that)!

Well it’s been a whole day and Mikey is still playing with this train set. Luckily Daddy came home in good time and figured out how to get the tracks all together so it’s a continuous journey in a figure eight all through the living-room, up and down some hills, under some bridges… I didn’t think hubby could figure it out, but he surpassed my expectations for getting it all together without using the instruction manual!! He just assessed the pieces and walaa- came up with the layout for a pretty cool scenic ride for Mikey’s little train. He’s a pretty clever guy. Mikey’s pretty clever too! I guess Mikey is truly his father’s son when it comes to this complicated, put-it-together kind of stuff. They make a great team.

Now the question is: Will Mikey still be intrigued with the train tomorrow? Oh magic 8 ball, please tell me yes!!