My black skirt is missing!!  This wouldn’t be so bad except that I found out like 10 minutes before leaving for church!!  My other “church” clothes just aren’t as comfy as my classic long black skirt with it’s wonderful elastic waist.  I know I know, elastic waists are a total no no especially if Stacy and Clinton are standing next to you, but I can’t help it!  I think I’ve had that skirt since high school.  It may only be since college, but still, that’s a long time ago.  And it has stretched with me through 2 pregnancies now.  Oh how I miss my black skirt.  It goes with nearly everything and was my go to skirt for last minute “special” occasions.  I had it when I went to visit my parents at the beginning of this month and my mom just looked through her closet and didn’t see it among her 12 black skirts (who needs 12 black skirts, seriously) so I’m in mourning for my classic piece of comfort.  I’ve done all the laundry, checked all the suitcases, looked in all drawers and closets and no luck!  Where’s the weirdest spot you’ve found a long lost item and maybe I could check there next?

My Candidate/ Your Candidate

A refreshing reminder this political season… by Eric Snider

Your candidate lacks experience.
My candidate is refreshingly free from the stain of politics.

Your candidate has been part of the Washington system for too long.
My candidate is blessed by years of political know-how.

Your candidate is a reckless loose cannon.
My candidate is a maverick.

Your candidate is exotic and strange.
My candidate represents America’s melting pot.

Your candidate is a flip-flopper.
My candidate adjusts his views as new facts come to light.

Your candidate is cranky and stubborn.
My candidate is tenacious.

Your candidate makes brash, controversial remarks.
My candidate speaks his mind, no matter what.

Your candidate has a checkered past.
My candidate has a colorful past.

Your candidate has served time in prison.
My candidate has an intricate knowledge of our country’s legal system.

Your candidate sold government secrets to Russian spies.
My candidate is a savvy capitalist with international business experience.

Your candidate once killed a Mexican day-laborer and dumped his body in a river.
My candidate takes a tough stance on immigration.

Your candidate is addicted to painkillers.
My candidate takes a pro-active approach when dealing with difficult situations.

Your candidate is a promiscuous bisexual.
My candidate supports gender equality.

Your candidate was seen drinking the blood of a freshly slain goat in unholy tribute to the dark lord Beelzebub at a gathering of Satanists.
My candidate is an active participant in his religious congregation.

Your candidate released a sex tape on the Internet.
My candidate has nothing to hide from the American people.

Your candidate commandeered a Civil War reenactment and fired a cannon into a crowd of people, killing three.
My candidate vigorously defends his right to bear arms.

Your candidate is a pedophile.
My candidate loves children.

Your candidate burglarized a nursing home.
My candidate treasures the things that our senior citizens have to offer.

Your candidate recruited teenagers to work in his meth lab.
My candidate believes in teaching science to young people.

Your candidate visits prostitutes.
My candidate supports small-business owners.

Your candidate is a wealthy elitist who doesn’t trust common Americans to make good decisions.
My candidate shares the views of the Founding Fathers.

It’s Been 6 Months Since I had This Kid…

Wow.  We’re 1/2 way through the first year of life!  Scrapbook- still an after thought; sitting on some store shelf in a little scrapbook store…. one of these days.  Well Josh is getting pretty cute and starting to do more and more. Here’s some highlights of our milestones up to this point:

– has rolled from his back to stomach a few times and then screams, because he doesn’t know what do to

-had his bangs trimmed by Grandma N. and his hair shaved by uncle Bill.  There’s still a few long strands, but his little shaved head is oh so cute

-sits in the highchair (well tries at least) wearing a bib and eats rice cereal.  He opens his mouth at the sight of his spoon coming close.  He really likes eating like a big kid

– has started sleeping for 7 hours straight! Hallelujah and amen to that.  He goes to bed between 8-9pm, wake up a little before 5am to eat and then he’s back to bed until about 8:30.  Mommy is so happy!

– loves kids and all the attention they give him.  He will actually giggle for Mikey and other kiddos more than for his parents!

– went for his first swing ride and Grandma and Grandpa N’s house during Labor Day

– stares at his hand while twisting and turning it around and around

– nibbles on his toes

– according to Daddy, Josh says “I love you daddy” everyday.  I beg to differ!

– babbles more than he screams thankgoodness

– grabs for hair

– likes playing peek a boo

– still in size 2 diapers

– wearing 6-9 month clothes

– goes with daddy during the 3rd hour of church

– still enjoys having his nose boogies sucked out

– puts up with Mikey’s wrestling matches

– has let Mikey hold him up a few times (with supervision)

– plays with “Baby Bird” on his carrier and a red soft plastic chewy spider rattle upstairs

– likes to grab for things- food and plates on the table, pens, toys

-tears up paper

– wears a baseball hat when we go out driving around to keep the sun out of his eyes

– got a sunburn on his leg while mommy read Twilight on the shore of the lake during Labor Day

In Our Lovely Deseret

So for Labor Day we took our first vacation for the year as a family (somewhere other than St. George to visit the in-laws).  We went to see my parents for a change and we had such a relaxing time.  We, for only a split second, were contemplating leaving the city life and trading it in for real country small town living.  I think we came back to our senses rather quickly though!  Mike drove back home Labor Day while I stayed at my parents for a week to enjoy the simple country life.  Here’s a little run down of our events:

Friday- arrive at Grandma and Grandpa’s house at like around midnight… The funny thing is that we left Vegas about 8 hours earlier and it’s only a 5 hour ride!?!

Saturday- we went to the mountains in Upper Huntington Canyon for a day trip.  We had Green River watermelon, took Mikey on a nature walk, played in the dirt and, get this- I started reading Twilight.  I don’t know if I should be ashamed or embrace that I finally gave in to peer pressure to read the book.  Mikey, Mike, and my dad were on the boat for Mikey’s first boat ride and chance to fish, so I stayed on shore and read a book while Josh slept the whole time in his carrier.  We had no sense of time or commitments or the hot scorching sun!!! I was so engrossed in reading my vampire love novel that I didn’t even feel the sun penetrating my pale cold skin. When I got home I sure could feel the burning hot sensation on my arms and legs- a sunburn!!  I haven’t had a sunburn like this since I was a kid!!  I guess there’s no pollution in the mountains to block the sun’s rays, because I got burned bad!! I’m still peeling like 3 weeks after the fact!!

Sunday- Go to “Ammah’s church” and go to nursery!!  Mikey has come a long way since starting nursery nearly a year ago.  He’s happy to go to any nursery class now!  We had fish for dinner and since we appropriately called it “fish nuggets” it was eaten in its entirety by Mikey.  We couldn’t believe he ate the whole thing!!

Monday- Just watch Cars on DVD like a million times and debate whether to go to Provo or not.  We chose not to.  Mike traveled back to see him parents and got a haircut while there. 

Tuesday- Go to Provo for shopping and fruit.  Nothing beats fresh fruit from the fruit stands on the side of the road.  Note to self- VEGAS of all places has peaches really cheap and really big!  Perfecto for canning.

Wednesday- Do some shopping, visit some relatives, go check out the Harvest Village.  Mikey experienced his first pony ride.  We ate some awesome sandwiches on homemade bread and shopped, shopped, shopped.  Utah has the best home decor stores!  We drove back home to Grandma’s house and took pictures of their alternative energy.  It was ironic that the mills were hardly turning though.

Thursday- Rested and recouperated at Grandma’s house.  Ferron was having Peach Days, their Founders Day pretty much, and offered a free dessert bar and talent show in the evening so of course we had to check out the local talent.  Grandma appropriately made peach cobbler and received a participant ribbon and a crisp $2 bill.  Mikey almost sang the ABCs for the talent show, but was too busy spinning and making himself dizzy when they were doing the last calls for participants.

Friday- Canned peaches all day and hit up the free city dinner at the park to continue the celebration of Peach Days.

Saturday- We went to the Ferron City parade!!  Mikey experienced his first small town parade- complete with salt water taffy, lots of politicians in shiny cars, horses, 1 marching band, and a few princesses and queens waving their pageant wave.  It didn’t take him long to figure out what to do- run into the street to pick up the candy that was thrown from the floats.  It was so much fun.  We don’t have that kind of fun in Vegas, that’s for sure!!  And we had to check out the quilts and oversized veggies at the Ferron City Fair.  Grandma entered her hand sewn quilt, but she missed the deadline so it was only for show, not to be judged.  Maybe next year the big blue prize ribbon can be yours Grandma!

Sunday- Go to church and nursery.  And lucky for me, the RS teacher was a presidency member and gave me all her notes from her awesome talk.  When I was a classroom teacher, the motto of a teacher was to “beg, borrow, and steal” and that’s just what I did!  So, 2 more months and it’s my turn to teach again in RS and I already have my talk!!

Monday- Take our time coming back to Vegas to see Daddy and adjust to the hot blistering sun that only Vegas can offer.  Grandma drove us back and stayed for a few days in Vegas before going back home.  That was so much fun to take a break from the hustle and bustle of not only city life, but church callings, homework, housework, and all the other great stuff that I completely left behind.  That little slow paced country lifestyle was just what I needed!!  It was of course wonderful for Grandma and Grandpa to see their grandbabies too!  Hopefully we’ll be able to get away for Thanksgiving and go see some family in California.

Free Ice Cream!

On Thurs., Sept. 25th from 5pm-8pm guests of Coldstone Creamery will be treated to a FREE 3oz ice cream to help promote the Make a Wish Foundation!  Click the Cold Stone link to find out more info.

And check out my “bargain bin” links on my ever growing blog roll on the right (under the archives) for some neat sites that tell about great shopping finds and coupon crazy deals!  I love this type of stuff so I’ll be searching and adding more as I find them.  Let me know if you’ve found some sites worthy of bargain bin status so I can share the deals (that someone else worked so hard to find and post and share so we don’t have to!)