It’s Been 9 Months Since I Had This Kid…

Lots of pictures taken, but the poor little guy has maybe 3 pictures actually hanging up in the house.  Oh the sad sad life of the 2nd child!  So we had our first experience with really sick kids.  Josh gave it to Mikey and between the 2 kiddos I think we’ve been experiencing sleepless nights (more than normal) for 3 weeks.  We are getting better.  Little Josh’s milestones:

-weighs 17 pounds and a few ounces (they don’t check the other stuff during a sick visit to the doc

– loves to jump when you hold him up on his feet

– still not pushing up, crawling, or sitting up without support (doc says he might be one of those who just goes straight to walking)

– wears size 3 or 4 (depending on brand) diapers

– says mama and yeah yeah

-started breathing treatments while sick

– has become attached to holding and biting real cell phones (let the fun begin)

– had 2 little bottom teeth pop through finally

-likes to eat and then have his diaper changed

-rolls all over the carpet and he’s pretty fast

-kicks the walls non stop

-slaps the kitchen floor with both hands while on his stomach

-love to put his hands all over Mikey and whatever Mikey is doing

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Dear Santa,

I’ve been a good mom all year. I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on
demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my doctor and sold sixty-two
cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school
playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several
Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on
the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when
I’ll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.
Here are my Christmas wishes:

I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache (in any color, except purple, which
I already have) and arms that don’t hurt or flap in the breeze, but are
strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the
grocery store.

I’d also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of
my last pregnancy.
If you’re hauling big ticket items this year I’d like fingerprint resistant
windows and a radio that only plays adult music, a television that doesn’t
broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a refrigerator with a
secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, “Yes, Mommy” to
boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don’t fight and three
pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting “Don’t eat in the
living room” and “Take your hands off your brother,” because my voice seems
to be just out of my children’s hearing range and can only be heard by the

If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for enough time
to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of
eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a
Styrofoam container.

If you don’t mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the
holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable?
It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could
coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if
they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son saw my feet under
the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip
and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so
you don’t catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs
on the carpet.

Yours Always,


P.S. One more thing…you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my
children young enough to believe in Santa.

*Santa has asked that this gets passed on to all the mommies you know

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The house next door is for sale.  A short sale for 150K. Oh how I would love for someone, anyone, with small kiddos (or no kiddos) to move next door and be my nice friendly neighbor.  It’s a single story house so you could stay there through retirement =o)  No stairs are good on the knees.  We’ve got a nice little park behind our house for birthday parties and fun neighborhood get togethers.  Did I mention we can swap babysitting days and date nights??  I have no one, no one living close enough to go borrow an egg from or drop my kiddos off for 15 minutes so I can leave for my RS mtgs while Mike is on his way home.  I’m dreaming of some nice neighbors.  Just like the ones I used to know.   We can share our hobbies and food.  And we’ll even share our lawn mower and ladders if you wish.  So that didn’t quite rhyme, but you get the idea!   I hope Santa hears my plea!

To Decorate or Not to Decorate. That is the Question

Mikey has anxiously been waiting for the day when we could finally bring down the Christmas train from the high shelves in the garage.  Mike teased him the other day by getting the train down, having Mikey eat all of his dinner and then said, “Okay Mikey, time to go to bed!”  Oh if you could have seen those eyes!  I think they were comparable to this priceless expression!

Well of course we let Mikey get out the Christmas train rather than go to bed early and we set it all up and listened to it for oh probably an hour.  We set up the Christmas tree too, so the train wouldn’t look out of place.  Well Mikey’s got his train and I’ve got the tree set up and now I’m debating if I even really want to set up all the decorations and ornaments on the tree.  Don’t think we’re in need of anything if you come over and visit and our tree and train look a little meager this year.  I assure you that there’s a lot more where all that stuff came from- meaning the garage.  We’re talking 4 large totes full of Kris Kringly cheer and decor.  If I don’t get it out, then I won’t have to put it away in like 2 weeks.

Global Warming in Vegas?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Check out what we did today… in Las Vegas… in December.   I had flashbacks of college days in Cedar City where I really learned how to drive in the snow!  This wasn’t bad at all!

Mikey had a blast playing in the white powder while Joshy slept soundly in the carseat.  Now if only it would head east and drench our neighborhood so we wouldn’t have to drive to the other side of town to play.

Applesauce Take 2!

Well I gave it another try and made some more applesauce.  This time we got 8 jars of applesauce, 2 large apple crisps, and 4 small apple crisps made.  And I still have apples left over I need to use soon to make something.  I wasn’t playing dress up by putting Mikey in a dress.  He’s wearing the only apron I have that kind of fits him.  He loved wearing the Mikey apron and loved being my little helper.

Desperation Plea!

Choir concert tonight @ 6.  The 16 dresses are not finished (long story, don’t ask).  WANTED: people who can sew a straight line or are willing to learn and people who can iron out wrinkles!!  Stay as little or as long as you can.  Kids welcome- mine could use some company!!

call me and I’ll give you directions (Teracina neighborhood)

Amanda (see neighborhood list for #)

Oh Johnny Appleseed!

I bought a box of apples and got ambitious.  I’ve never canned anything all by myself, but I decided that today would be the day to do it… without mom by my side to really do all the work while I played lazy assistant. 

I actually picked up some canning rings and lids on clearance on Wednesday and ironically got an email on Thursday about boxes of apples being offered at the Bosch store.  Collected some canning jars on Freecycle and now I’m in business.

Great news- I opened and used my Pampered Chef apple corer/peeler/ slicer (another wedding present still in the box until now!) and kind of got it to do what it’s supposed to do.

So all that hard work and I burned some of my first batch while talking to mom on the phone!  What luck huh?  So the apples I did salvage made a whopping 2 jars.  That’s a lot of work, but try #1 always takes the longest.  Batch 2 was a cinch to peel, but took so long to boil that I missed a Christmas party (sorry Patty) and resulted in 3 jars!! Note to self- 20 lbs of apples fills 5 medium jars. 

All in all I’m feeling all domestic diva-ish and so excited that I canned something.  Well, I’m still waiting for the lids to pop to let me know the whole process worked!  I’ve got to take a break from canning though before I get all worn out.  Lots of work, little to show for it (in quantity produced… the big sticky mess on the floor and my shoes doesn’t count).  I sure hope Mikey eats this stuff.  And Pampered Chef fans, how do I prevent major juice leakage from running down my cupboards (see picture)?

Ice Cold Lemonade

Every kid needs to make lemonade once in their lifetime, right?  My aunt gave us some lemons from her trees and so there on the counter they sat and sat and sat.  We busted open the juicer (wedding present never used until now) and made lemon juice ice cubes, filled up the lemon juice container in the fridge, and then experimented with water, sugar, and lemon juice to make lemonade!  Not too bad for our first time. 

Now to figure out what to do with the grape fruits and limes?!?