Happy Mother’s Day

Mine was nice, relaxing, carefree, and with family.  Does it get any better?  And my kids pretty much did what they wanted without any reservation!  Whatever makes us happy, right?  Here’s Josh’s choice of after church attire:

I'll wear what I want to wear!

I love the one sock on and one sock off! 

The boys made me homemade Mother’s Day cards and Josh was so excited to tell me about his.  “It says I Love Daddy!” he proudly proclaimed!  We couldn’t help but to laugh.  Mikey drew me a nice big rainbow using ROYGBV (he recently learned that to help him remember the rainbow color order) and he gave me a learn and grow kid kit from Lowe’s that’s a flower container.  The boys and daddy used their new real tools in small kid sizes to hammer in the nails and assemble the really cute flower container.  Then they painted it every shade on top of the previous so it slightly resembles grey and black, but it’s cute and made with love!

Hey RS Teachers!

I am going to make your calling easier!  Well,  Trina is actually!  You’ve got to get this book if you’re in a presidency or if you’re a RS teacher. Trust me!  I was called to be a teacher (that’s a whole story for another day) and my mother-in-law said I had to get this book, because another sis-in-law used it to teach last year and just loved it.  So I get it, use it, love it, and then my other sis-in-law gets called to be a teacher and calls me to find out “what’s this book all about I’m supposed to get?’  Look out other sis-in-law who isn’t a RS teacher… yet!

Make sure to get volume 2, because those are the 2011 lessons and they are incredible!  There are great ideas to use as object lessons (many per lesson so you can choose) and Ensign articles related to the lesson and handouts to copy for each sister.  I could go on and on, but what I really have come to like is Trina herself! 

She signed my book!  At my house!  Ahhhhh!  It’s almost like the “I’m debt free” scream, but maybe not quite as intense, maybe a little more high pitched squealy like.  She is so nice!  I wonder if she coupons?  I’ve got to find that out!  She came over to pick up a ham radio and take our turtle off our hands (thank you!) and she’s so fun to chat with.  I still had pjs on and she totally didn’t care.  Don’t you love people like that?  I did some research. Well I clicked on the find out more about me link on her blog, and she was young mom of the year in CA.  So she totally knows about pajamas-still-on-at-noon days!  It was only 10am actually, but you get the idea!

So pajamas on all day or not, you’ve got to get this book!

Oh What a Week

Mike and I were the speakers in church today.  Are Mormons the only ones who have their congregation members give the sermon each week?  That probably would be weird, but kind of nice for a person-not-of-our-faith to experience.  I’m glad I won’t have to do that for a few more months at least!  I read my favorite faith promoting story about THE FILE ROOM and talked a bit about food storage.  I love those things! 

On Sat. I’m hosting a Grocery Smarts class to teach people how to use a free website  to help them buy groceries at the lowest price possible!  I love this kind of stuff.  And I’ve had a few people already RSVP which really settles my nerves as to whether people will show up or not.  Why would you not show up?  You learn how to shop smarter and save money!

My mom is making the boys matching St. Patty’s Day ties and Hannah will have a matching St. Patty’s Day dress made from the same material.  I’m excited that she’s excited to do those kind of projects, because I’m just so not in the mood.  I did however finally finish the rag quilt I’ve been working on for 3 years!  It’s washed and delivered to my sis-in-law with a note stating: Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas for the rest of your life!  So glad that big ole pile is out of my closet.

Oh, got diapers B1G1 Free yesterday at Walgreens!  Can I even write a post, have a regular conversation, speak to a stranger without mentioning shopping and getting a good deal?  I’ll get back to you on that question once I finish my shopping trip =o)

We need to do our taxes still!  Pretty sure we’ll owe money, since we prefer to have money collect interest in our bank acct every year rather than someone else’s, but maybe just maybe this will be the year we get a nice hefty check from jolly ole Uncle Sam!  I’m pretty sure I’m dreaming, but it’s a good dream at least.

I need to collect moving boxes this week.  There’s a chance we will be moving an entire house full of furniture/ belongings out this weekend and it falls on us to do it.  We are not moving, someone else already has and left everything behind.  Packing up someone else’s treasures actually sounds like fun to me except that we can’t have any of their stuff.  So basically we’re the free packers and movers.  We should be really good at this by now!

Hannah Bear is scooting.  Not crawling or pushing up off her stomach, but sitting (you have to sit her up) and stretching out and somehow moving across the room.  She really is such a good baby.  I’ve decided that babies at 7 and 8 months are finally wonderful and exciting and worth keeping.  Oh, she can sleep through the night too!  That’s totally worth mentioning, because the other 2 kiddos were closer to 18 months before we finally saw eye to eye on the whole sleeping at night issue.  She’s done it all by herself.  And she only sleeps in her carrier.  I mention this, because I’m sure there’s some new mom in blogger land who’s fretting over her child never seeing the slats of a real crib.  This one’s for you dear fretting mother!  My kid sleeps in a  carrier and not a crib either and I’m going to keep on doing it until she’s too big or I really see signs of flat head and require a baby helmet to shape it back to normal.  She seems fine to me!

Mikey has informed us what he wants for Christmas already!  The kid just had a birthday last month, but I guess when you become aware of holidays and months and stuff then you start planning early for the next big present receiving celebration!  He has covered our entire house in art work from preschool, primary, and his own original creations.  It was bothering me, but now I just embrace this arts and crafts movement and proudly display his creations.  Well, actually he is well versed in tape dispensing so he tapes his work where ever he wants!  And he somehow knows if I’ve removed piece 217 from his ongoing collection spanning in the six hundreds, so I’ve just given up.  They are pretty cute and I’m sure it won’t last forever so if you’re ever visiting our museum, make sure to check out the train tracks that span all over the house and view the art work, hung appropriately at a preschoolers eye level!

Josh supposedly has asthma and now has a nebulizer and does a breathing treatment every morning and night.  He’s fine in front of the tv, but starts hacking up almost phlegm as soon as he takes off to see who rang the door bell, who moved his train, or what Mikey is doing to tease him from the other room.  We’re trying to get a grasp on things, but it’s hard!  You want your kid to be active, but when they cough till they hurt from doing so, and the only thing that keeps them calm is being stagnant, then you start to wonder and worry.  He’s started defying nap time and I have unfortunately caved in and agreed.  Must do better this week…

Well there’s some little amusing tidbits from our life this week.  That reminds me that I need pineapple since I’m down to 2 cans and the whole talk of produce prices rising  50-90% in the upcoming weeks has me nervous.

Government Workers

One day, two city public works department laborers worked as a team in which one dug a hole and the other followed behind and filled the hole.  They worked up one side of the street and down the other, then they moved on to the next street working furiously all day with one man digging a hole, the other filling it in again. 
 
A passerby noticed and watched for a while very much amused until he was no longer able to contain his curiosity, and so he approached the two city workers and asked the hole digger, “I’m very much impressed by the effort you two are putting into your work, but why do you dig a hole, only to have your partner follow behind you and fill it up again?” 
 
The hole digger wiped his brow and replied,  “Well, I suppose it looks odd to you.  But the truth is, we’re normally a three-person team.  However, today the guy who puts the tree into the hole called in sick.”

Mum vs. Dad

Mum and Dad were watching TV when Mum 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, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. 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 and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the excursion and pulled a text book 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 bag. Mum then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, 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 and put the cat outside, 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 radios, 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.

Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer…?

Life According to Mikey

We were driving tonight and the sun kept glaring in Mikey’s eyes which was making him upset.

Mikey: I want to pray to Heavenly Father that he will make the sun stop shining in Nevada.

Me: Ok, tonight at dinner with Grandma you can ask for that.

Mikey: No.  I want to pray now.  Dear Heavenly Father, PLEASE MAKE THE SUN STOP SHINING IN NEVADA! Amen.

Mikey: Mom, the sun is still shining.  He didn’t make it stop.

Me: Well sometimes what we want isn’t what Heavenly Father wants for us.  So maybe he wants you to wear sunglasses from now on when you get in the car and it’s going to be sunny outside.

Mikey: Oh, I don’t want to wear sunglasses.

(Tonight while getting ready for bed)

Mikey: I should get 4 blankets, because I’m 4 and Josh should only get 2.  You should get 28 blankets mom and daddy should have 29.  How old is Grandma N?

Me: I don’t know.  I think like 48 or 49 maybe.

Mikey: Well you should know.  She is your mommy!

Happy Mother’s Day

I received a fun Mother’s Day card from my m-i-l and had to share. 

Optimist: the cup is 1/2 full

Pessimist: the cup is 1/2 empty

Mother: “Who didn’t put their cup in the dishwasher?”

Here’s to hoping you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and get spoiled just a little more than normal.  And while all the cups don’t end up in the dishwasher or get broken way before their time, just remember to make the best of the situation and know that it could be a lot worse!

My Big 4 Year Old

So Mikey had a pretty fun birthday this year.  We did go visit my parents for the week, but my pregnancy brain didn’t plan well enough for us to participate in the winter ice fishing festivus.  We were only 1 day late, but missed all the extended family and fun little cousins who joined us last year.  We did have a family party and homemade cake with Uncle Brian, Aunt Heather, Luis and Megan, and my parents.  Mikey got a Cars stool that my mom painted, a sticker maker, and a large piece world puzzle since he’s mastered the USA puzzle and some other stuff. 

We had lots of snow during our trip and my boys loved playing in it.  Living in Vegas sure keeps us sheltered from the elements having to buy things like snow boots and snow pants.   My car actually got stuck and required towing, then the battery died which was scary since it’s a hybrid, but after staying an extra day and Grandma’s we made it safe to the other set of Grandparents.

Mikey got cupcakes, balloons, pizza, and a shopping spree with Grandma (with no little pestery brother or parents) when we got to their house.  We played with cousins and then headed home to Vegas to try and make it in time for 9am church the next day!

Mikey’s stats:

38.5 lbs and 39 inches tall

has started a foreign stamp and a state quarter collection

loves arts and crafts- especially cutting up my scrapbook paper with decorative scissors and using a glue stick to glue them together.  He then tapes his masterpieces to the walls of the house.  He spells out words with letter stickers to let you know who the pictures are for.

Is a Sunbeam in church and already given his 1st talk.  We printed out little pictures next to the words to help him remember what to say and he did great!  He only needed help to remember 1 word.

loves singing primary songs.  Here’s what he’s learned so far for the song to learn the  Books of the Old Testament.  I crack up when he says Equisi-nasties for Ecclesiastes.

fave cartoon: Super Why

fave food: grapes

fave color: green

fave movie: Dora

fave song: stuff on the piano

I Dreamed a Dream

And lately these pregnancy dreams have been quite disturbing!

2 nights ago I had a dream that the docs went in to get the baby (c-section) and couldn’t find her!  They were seriously baffled and then came to the conclusion that I passed her a few months ago through my urine.  So then I had to send a txt msg to everyone including the hopeful grandmas that there was no cute baby girl and that she was dead.  I then had to deal with a recovery with no kid to show for it!  I was baffled!

It wouldn’t have been so bad except that we were babysitting a friend’s daughter overnight while they went in the have their baby #3.  Needlesss to say that Tuesday I was way uneasy and extremely anxious to hear the news if their baby came safe.  I also was more aware of little movements in my stomach just to make sure she was for sure still in there.  This pregnancy has been a piece of cake (well, except for the swollen feet that have come on this week) and she really doesn’t kick or nudge very hard to make things uncomfortable!

Last night I had a dream that she kicked me so hard that her foot protruded out so far that it looked like a baseball bat was coming out from the side of my stomach!  Quite a difference from the previous night, but still weird.

Not sure what they mean, but it’s an interesting change from the usual pregnancy dreams that leave you thinking.  Some of my dreams seriously took me back to high school with the same friends and all the teenage drama and teachers and homework…  they were so real and vivid that I’d wake up and be a bit surprised to find myself 10 years later in a completely different setting.  Kind of funny though.

So here’s to 2 1/2 more months of dreams and swollen feet and hopefully a really big baby to show for it.  I’m surprisingly getting really excited.  I haven’t bought hardly anything and probably won’t go shopping until the week before, but hey, it’s kid 3- she has a carseat, a place to sleep, grandma has made her some blankets, and I’ve been stocking up on diapers for a while!  I think we’re good to go!