I’m So Excited!

Guess who slept through the night last night???  Mommy AND baby!! 

So we finally got home and to bed about 9:30ish last night and when I was awakened by dear little baby there was light in the room.  I looked over at the alarm clock and it was 6am.  I had to think for a while, but when I came to my senses I realized that I was not up feeding baby at 1:30am like normal.  Can I just tell you how excited I was??  So now the tricky part is to figure out if this is a fluke or a result of my “milk free” diet my friend Patty told me to try for a week.  Hey, if giving up milk for a full night’s sleep is the trade then I think I can handle the deal.  Josh is already less gassy, hardly congested, sleeping longer at naps, and seems happier.  It’s only been 2 days though!  I really hope it’s the no milk thing, because if I’m giving up my block cheese and milk on my many bowls of cereal for nothing than I am really bummed!  Who votes that it’s the lack of milk that’s making my baby wonderful??�

You [Should] Listen to the AM Radio

Jerk of the Week Sponsor

My husband is on KXNT!! 

Just look on the right hand side of their website in yellow and black where he’s sponsoring the “Jerk of the Week”.  They have nicknamed hubby the Geek of the Week as a result. 

Well here’s the story.  Dear hubby loves loves loves listening to talk radio, especially KXNT. And he really likes listening to Casey Hendrickson!  Well they were looking for a sponsor for their “Jerk of the Week segment” and hubby really really really wanted to do it!  This is like one of those things where you know it would make dear hubby happy, he’s been trying really hard to be resourceful with his time and money, but basically he really really really wanted to do this!  It’s like a once in a lifetime opportunity that he really wanted to be a part of.  Or maybe he just wanted to hear his name on the radio?!?  So sometimes you have to give in and just say YES dear hubby. YES you can do that!!!!  So he met with “The Boss” and sent over his business image and signed some papers and now he’s on their website as a sponsor!

Hubby is a true computer geek if you haven’t figured it out.  He’s appropriately named the company “Las Vegas Geeks” and in case you’re thinking of those other geeks- hubby was here first AND he’s much less expensive and more personable!!   So hooray for me for letting hubby do something he really wanted =o)  You know the feeling I’m sure ladies =o)

Winter Wonderland

So to beat the heat this weekend we met some friends up at Mt. Charleston for the first ever Mt. Charnival Celebration to welcome the first day of summer. It’s a good 20 degrees cooler up there than in “the valley” so being outside is actually allowed and encouraged really since it’s a nice national forest/ rec area. Mikey had his first experience with big animals, carnival games, nachos, jump houses,a horse ride and a sunburn!! Despite the cool breeze and comfortable temperature, we totally forgot the hat, sunblock and sun shades for our toddler!! You can bet we won’t be forgetting those again any time soon! We had a wonderful time and the horse and buggy ride was our favorite!

Mt. Charleston is the closest place to go in the winter to play in the snow and surprisingly there was still some snow on the mountain tops when we went up. We even checked out the little Holiday Shoppe that sold Christmas ornaments and realized it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

Bittersweet Memories

So when I went away to college I knew I wanted to be a teacher because 1- it would be an easy major and I could zoom through college since my major was “decided” and 2- growing up in Las Vegas and then coming back to be a teacher would be a guaranteed job! So even before college I started collecting fabulous teacher finds at yard sales, thrift stores, from former teacher friends and colleagues and this past week I gave it all away! We’re talking like 7 years of collecting wonderful artifacts, books, resources…. you get the idea- it has become useless stuff taking up precious food storage room! Let’s face reality- been there, done that, got the faculty t-shirt and I am not going back!

Someone in my ward just finished student teaching and will be teaching 3rd grade this coming school year. Imagine my excitement when I realized I could just pass off everything to her to help her get started (I taught 3rd grade for 3 years.) So 2 days of sorting through stuff and I have condensed 9 boxes down to 2. Mikey really liked the pattern blocks and geometric shapes so I couldn’t pass those on. I did keep a few other items like ABC and number flash cards for my kiddos as well. I seriously passed on so much teachery stuff that I had forgotten I owned! I hardly miss the stuff and I rarely miss teaching, so overall I am just happy to help out a brand new teacher and gain some precious storage space =o) Now I need to have this attitude when tackling the closets and craft room that so desperately need cleaning.

Mikey’s favorite thing is to line up whatever he’s playing with into these long “trains” that span the whole family room. So here’s some pictures of Mikey and his new toys from mommy’s classroom teaching days!

It’s Been 3 Months Since I Had This Kid!

Father\'s Day at Mt. Charleston

Another month down! We’re starting to get the hang of this parenting to more than 1 kid. Getting out the door with everyone is getting quicker each and every time. I remember our first outing (baby doc appt.) took nearly an hour of preparation, but now a days we’re about only 5 minutes until take off. Diapers and wipes are pretty much all I check for. Luckily we have had no blowouts outside of the house. I’m sure they will be coming soon. Here’s some highlights for the scrapbook that still isn’t purchased and scrapbook pages are only still ideas in my head:

-fits size 2 diapers

-takes a bath with Mikey every night

-has dark hair (still), but is loosing it around the back and top

-has been to church and survived the block 2 times

- was blessed June 1st

- loves to sit in your lap, look up at you and babble back at your questions

- cried it out for 30 minutes and then gave in to taking a nap and getting into a daily nap schedule with hardly any resistance

- is very congested, still!! It’s been like 2 months. We suck out the stuffy nose boogies at least twice a day.

- fell asleep on the Boppy today

- starting to grab for toys hanging on his toy mat

- has been to Mt. Charleston, Plant World, and Target for outings

- loves to hold hands with Mikey on the bed or playmat

- gives really big smiles when you talk to him

- sleeps in a bouncy chair rather than the crib

- smiles when you touch his nose or cheeks

-likes it when you play “this little piggy” with his toes

-gets really stinky gas before he poops, which is only like every 3 or 4 days

- puts up with Mikey smothering Baby Bear all over him

Josh\'s Baby Blessing on the bed Josh on the boppy hanging around on the bed Mt. Charleston for Father\'s Day Mom and Josh

I Love Freecycle!

Have you signed up for this yet?  I love Freecycle and check in every day in hopes of finding something I could use that someone else in the city is getting rid of.  The whole idea is to keep your items out of the landfills by giving them to someone else who could use them.  And it’s all for free! You can post offers and wants and you’d be surprised at how many people respond to you and want your junk, er uh I mean stuff!  I have cleaned out closets and freecycled our extra school backpacks, clothes too small for either of us, old board games, window “bug” screens, leftover paint, and furniture pieces we no longer need. 

Of course getting things is always fun too!  We’ve picked up large outdoor toys, craft and office supplies, bookshelves, a BBQ, and lots of little kid clothes that people have to offer.  And currently, I’m hoping to be the lucky recipient of some unopened packages of diapers.  Hello!  Free diapers!  Pick me pick me, because I live close and will come as soon as you call me!

So, you post an OFFER on the Freecycle Yahoo group and include  a description of your item and your general area, cross streets, or zip code (this cuts down on no-shows who don’t want to travel the distance to pick up your item).  Then you wait patiently while your email inbox fills up with emails from people requesting your item.  I always ask in my post that people respond with their name, phone #, day and approx time they can pick up.  Then I weed through the emails, pick a person to receive my item, contact them and make arrangements for them to pick it up.  I leave my items outside by the front door, give the people my address, and have them just come by and pick it up.  That way, they don’t know come inside my house or anything like that.  You also could arrange to meet people half way to deliver the item in a crowded area like a store parking lot just for saftey’s sake.  So after the item is picked up, you post a TAKEN message to the Freecycle group so people know it’s no longer available. 

So whether your “green” or not, Freecycle is just plain simple and easy and a great way to give and get new stuff within your community.  Freecycle groups are nationwide, so you just have to select your city and sign up to be a member.  It’s free! Free, free free free!  It doesn’t get any better than that!

Check out the Freecycle website, enter your city, and sign up to be a member today!

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Say Ahhh, Now Spit

So I first need to thank my Sonicare toothbrush.  It’s been 2 years since we’ve been to the dentist (long story short- if I couldn’t go to the Wagner’s, then I wouldn’t go to anyone) but at our last visit (at the Wagner’s) Jenn mentioned we should get Sonicare toothbrushes just to boost our good oral health.  So we did and would you believe we have NO cavities and hardly any tarter??? I don’t even floss everyday either!  I always seem to have little cavities, but no cavities this time, and it’s been at least two years since we stepped foot in a dentist’s office!!  We aren’t at the Wagners, oh how we miss them, but some dentist is better than none!

Well today I went in to get my teeth cleaned (oh I love that feeling) and get my cracked filling replaced.  The funny this is I made it through the cleaning, but started freaking out when they said they had to numb me to fix the filling.  I can handle a spinal tap (it’s like accupuncture) and recovery from having kids, but try to give me a little tiny shot in my mouth that will probably feel like a mesquito bite and I start whimpering and tearing up.  I told the dentist just to try it without the shot and would you believe I didn’t feel a thing?  I’m serious!!  I have a mouth full of fillings and none of them ever required numbing!  I’m not about to start now, either!  Let’s just hope this place doesn’t reuse needles, used or not, because that would just be insane after what’s been going on at some places in this crazy town.

So thankyou Sonicare toothbrush for getting in the hard to reach spots and keeping my mouth clean and cavity free so I won’t have to endure numbing torture at the dentist’s office.

I Want to Run Through the Halls of My High School!!

Love him or hate him, Bill Gates sure hits the nail on the head with this! He recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

 Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
 

Rule 2 : The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

 Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

 Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

 Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

 Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

 Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

 Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

 Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

 Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

 Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Can You Feel the [Burn] Tonight?

So I am finally taking a step to get back into shape and do something finally for me  after having this baby! Me me me. Wonderful me. No kiddos or hubby, just little me! 

My ward just started a swim aerobics class this month and I went last night.  It took maybe 2 minutes to drive there and it was fabulous.  It doesn’t get any better than working out in water- jiggle and no one sees, sweat and not even know it, go as fast or slow as you want because it doesn’t require any coordination really.  I took a huge water bottle thinking I would need to take a break every 5 minutes or so. Nope, I made it through the whole hour class of constant moving and grooving and I survived without a break.  We worked hard, but not killer like you’re dying just trying to catch your breath.

So, Tuesday nights the kids go to bed earlier so mommy can go swimming with the girls!  We had so much fun.  We giggled more than anything.  And I was hardly sore this morning.  I for sure thought I’d be wiped out and in pain today, but nope!  I guess I am in better shape than I thought.  Always nice to find out =o)

Memorial Day

I’m way behind in posting, so maybe I’ll just let the pictures tell the story. I spent a week in Ferron, UT which is 30 minutes past  the middle of no where according to my hubby.  My parents moved there from the fast- paced lifestyle of Vegas about 2 years ago.  Well it’s always fun to let the kiddos be spoiled by grandparents, but not so fun to realize that you are, despite what you think, slowly starting to act like your mother at times- aughhh!!  Another point for hubby’s team (you were right dear!)

Well one of our traditions is to go decorate graves on Memorial Day.  My grandma (whom I was named after) and grandpa are really the only ones who get flowers, flags, and pinwheels, but this year we at least drove through some other cemeteries.  See, when my grandma was alive she would take us to all the cemeteries each year and tell us who was where and how they were related.  Well, the info didn’t quite stick, but the cemeteries did!! We even asked an aunt this year who were the people buried in the cemeteries we remembered going to.  Luckily she knew. 

Memorial Day is my fave. holiday for some strange reason.  I really don’t know why I get so excited to put flowers and decorations on graves, but there’s something sweet and reverent and exciting about doing so.  Mikey just enjoyed all the flags and finally getting out of the car to move around.  He did pretty well!

Flags among flowers Flags Helping Out Helping Grandma

Am I the only one who doesn’t care for BBQs, swimming pools, and watermelon on Memorial Day, but rather a long ride to the country cemetery to put fake flowers on dead people’s graves?  I think I am a little odd for this one.