Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
That morning, Betty had asked for two pigtails. I'd wanted to do something more interesting, so I turned them into messy buns...which when she saw she veto'd :( ah well. Then at almost the last song, they sang "Called to Serve Him" which has a nice marching beat to it...and she started swinging her tails very spiritedly to the beat. It was hilarious! She took up her "headbanging" during "I am a Child of God" too. Afterwords, we asked if they thought they had sat reverently during the program (neither of them really did, btw...they were quiet, but VERY wiggly). Betty's reply was "reverent as a chipmunk!" lol...guess that summed it up pretty well.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
So, now we are home....It's pretty bad when you prefer a hospital room to your own home (disclaimer....because I know family reads this..family who I live with...any statement I make here does not apply to you personally...I love my family, and things could be so much worse. This situation is bearable because you are here...). I'm really at a point where I'm want to move NOW! If anyone here doesn't know...background...we are living with Chris parents and sister's family. There are 13 of us here. There is space for us all...but it does get a little cramped. And it is hard for me, because I know it's not permanent. We moved in about a year ago...and almost all our stuff is still in boxes. Well, sorta in boxes, because it didn't get packed real well when we moved here. So we have piles in our room, and my girls room, and the living room (this one gives me a good deal of guilt because it is taking living space from the rest of the family that is really needed), and our storage room. And I need to go though it all and repack it for a move to Utah. So, to sum it all up...I hate it here. There is the not enough room issue, the living out of boxes issue, the too far out of town w/only 1 car which chris takes to work issue (I hate living so far out of town...even with 2 cars), the water issue (our well is dry right now, so we have to have it trucked in and ration it), the shared kitchen issue (we all eat together, but there is never enough communication, so schedules/menues/etc. are always making me stressed...and if I have to leave dishes, then I feel guilty cause they are there, or someone else does them), and the laundry issue (part of the water issue mentioned...),,,,
anyway, I could go on. I really hate it here. I'm trying not to. I'm trying to be happy with what I have. But I still find myself hiding in my room so that I don't have to pretend I'm not so unhappy.
So now I've said it...I've vented...I've whined...now to look for positives.
The other day, Aimee found a good thing to be thankful for during night prayer. "I'm thankful for.....um....nails that hold houses up..." lol. I just need to keep that in mind. Even though things suck, there are nails that hold houses up. And even though the noise of rain on this stupid metal roof drives me insane!!, at least the rain is not on my head.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Ok, it's really not so bad, so no one freak out.
She has the Croup. She got an ugly, barking cough that we went in for on Monday. Then we took her to emergency a few days ago because she was having trouble breathing, and I couldn't get her fever down and she was very lathargic. They said most of her breathing issue was from congested head, and he didn't think it was Croup. They got her fever down and she seemed a lot better so we took her home. Yesterday, she still was having difficulty breathing so we made another apt. at our dr office for this morning. The apt was with the nurse who looked at her Monday and she felt she wasn't getting better like she should, so she went and got our doc who felt the same. (and they both said definitely croup...idiot E.D. doc...) They did a breathing treatment and shot to bring the swelling around her voice box down, and sent me to the hospital so she could be watched closely today. When we got here, she needed another breathing treatment, but has been really good since. Seems she is just catching up on sleep she has missed now that she can breath again, and as long as she is realaxed she breaths just fine. We may get to go home tonight.
It's actually really nice here. I may have to take some pics from our room...our view is wonderful! The nurse we had this morning was a girl I went to high school with, so it was fun to catch up, and everone has been really nice. I almost want to stay the night so at least chris can have a night to get caught up on his sleep...and this room is so peaceful and the bench/bed is really comfy...If I get to it, I may even try to get Aimee's birthday pics up while I'm here :)
Friday, October 10, 2008
here's how it works:
1. Open your music library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, Etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press Play
4. For every question, Type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
My opening Credits: Overweight – Blue October
Waking Up: Wild and Free – Rednex (wow, I wish I woke up like that everyday! lol)
First Day At School: Arms of an Angel – Sarah McLachlan
Falling In Love: Sunrise – Norah Jones
Breaking Up: Everytime We Touch - Cascada
Prom: Bleed It Out – Linkin Park (hmmm...guess I have some of my husband's music on my playlist...I'd never heard this before...)
Life's Ok: I Want to be Loved Like That - Shanandoah
Mental Breakdown: Old Pop in an Oak - Rednex
Driving: Amazing – Blue October
Flashback: Clumsy Card House – Blue October
Getting Back Together: The Long Day is Over – Norah Jones
Wedding Scene: 30 Munutes - Tatu
Birth of Child: I'm With You – Avril Lavigne
Final Battle: Hurt – Johnny Cash
Death Scene: The Prettiest Thing – Norah Jones
Funeral Song: Set This Circus Down – Tim McGraw
End Credits: Softer, Softest - Hole
And look, Chris played too :)
My opening Credits: TATU – We shout
Waking Up: Snow Patrol - Beginning To Get To Me
First Day At School: All American Rejects – Move Along
Falling In Love: Peter Gabriel - I Grieve
Breaking Up: Hole – Northern Star
Prom: Tim McGraw - Forget About Us
Life's Ok: Blue October – Blue Sunshine
Mental Breakdown: Blue October – She's My Ride Home
Driving: Evans Blue - Over
Flashback: TATU – Ludi Invalidi (Dangerous and Moving Russian Version)
Getting Back Together: Cyndi Thompson – What I really meant to say
Wedding Scene: Snow Patrol - Run
Birth of Child: Blue October – Sound Of Pulling Heaven Down
Final Battle: Blue October – What If We Could
Death Scene: Alanis Morissette – Wake Up
Funeral Song: Metallica - Breadfan
End Credits: Blue October - Congratulations
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
On our way down the driveway to wait for the bus.
At the bus shelter (which it turns out we won't actually use, but it made a nice frame for pictures.)
Getting on the bus! Good bye Aimee!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
In other news...(since my blogging has been lacking...)
Katie is now 3 months old. She is working on using her hands, and has started smiling and flirting with everyone. She has the best little wiggle that goes with her wide mouth, gummy grins, too. She is such a little joy!
Betty is doing well, too. She wishes she were going to school, too. I'm going to try to find some good activites to do with her while Katie naps and Aimee is in school. I feel like she has missed out on 1 on 1 mommy time because Aimee was still so little when she was born. I'm cherishing that time I get with Katie now, and realizing that I didn't get it with Betty, so I'm going to start taking some time each day to just be with my Betty.
Chris and I have decided that we need to move forward with getting to Utah. We have had strong spiritual promptings that it is where we need to be...and we've had little faith in regards to getting there. We are planning to be moving before the new year...and are praying for a miracle to allow us the funds to do it, and the faith that the Lord will provide the way. For a long time the plan was that he would move and the girls and I would stay until he got settled, but that just doesn't feel like a good idea. We need to stay together, and I believe the Lord will help us.
So, that is a short update on us...Pictures to come soon.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Later that day, I was telling them the story of Ammon from the Book of Mormon. We had talked about that story in Sunday School this week and I thought it would be an exciting story they would like to hear, and I'm trying to make it as dramatic as I can as I'm cooking grilled cheese sandwiches. They were really into it too with all the oohs where they belong. (I'll quickly tell the story for those not familure with it...)
Ammon was the son of the Nephite king. He decided to go on a Mission to teach the Gospel to the Lamanites who were their enemys and who didn't know about God. When he got there the Laminites tied him up and took him to the king who asked what it was he wanted. He said he wanted to serve the king. The king put him to work watching his sheep. When he and the other servants took the sheep to water, bandits came and scattered the sheep. The other servants were worried because, when this had happened before, the king had the servants killed, but Ammon told them to watch the rest of the sheep and he confronted the bandits.
This is where I was in the story when Aimee half stood out of her chair, made a motion of drawing a sword and slashes it down as she says "AND HE CUT OFF THEIR ARMS!!!" I guess she already knew that story. It's really nice to know that she is retaining some stuff she learns in primary...even when she is "taking a nap under her chair". And it was kinda funny to see that she has a small bit of her moms flair for drama.
Oh, and to finish the story for my readers here...
The servants were so astounded by Ammons strength that they took the arms to show the king. They told him that Ammon had great power. He then summoned Ammon and questioned him. "Are you the Great Spirit?" Ammon said that he was not but that he had the power of God. The king asked what Ammon wanted. Ammon said he wanted the king to listen to him and believe his words. Then he told him about God. The King believed and as a result his whole kingdom was converted to the Gospel. (My telling is a rather simple version with a few good points left out....read the whole story here. chapters 17-19)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Ok...these pictures take a long time to upload, so I'm only giving you a few :) Betty was totally in charge here. We did a fire and hotdogs and marshmallows...for lunch we had a toast ("toasts"...after we explained that it was different then the kind with butter and jam lol) and brownies. It was a really fun day.
Look at that pose...is there any question about who is in charge here? There is a lot of attitude for one little girl lol.
It was rather cool out, so Katie got all bundled up. (yes the hat is very big...I planned for a summer baby!)...she was disappointed that she didn't get a marshmallow.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I love this little sleeping pose!
and another...what a little angel baby.
I got a shot of her hair just after being washed...It goes in every direction!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
There are the two big helpers. They love helping take care of Katie.
In the bath she goes. Can you tell that a bath is nice and relaxing for her?
I love the look on her face. She was so relaxed...even with her sisters yammering on about wanting to help, and having 4 little hands grabing for the rag and washing her.
This one says "Mom, please don't let dad do my hair on a regular basis..." Her just washed hair has so much curl...then it mostly straightens out and will stick out in every direction. I hope she gets to keep her hair!
A side view of her just washed hair and "Look, I have a belly button!" Her cord stump fell of just the day before.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
After we had finished weighing her and everything, I nursed her while waiting for the doctor and she fell asleep. She breifly woke up when he shined the light at her eyes (cooperative of her, eh?), and then when I put her clothes back on. She then got her first shot (vit. K cause we didn't get it done in the hospital), where she wrinkled her nose and let out one fuss, then back to sleep. Then, we went to get her 2 week PKU done...again, a grump face and single fuss, then back to sleep. lol. And here I was trying to tell the doctor that I have a baby that is kinda fussy.
I know everyone is looking for pictures...I have them on my camera, and as soon as I have 2 hands and my computer I will get them posted. (I can only get them onto the laptop from the camera and Chris took it to work). So...coming up very soon...pics of Katie's first bath, a fishing trip with the girls, some cute outfits Katie was given, making brownies with Aimee and Betty, Dad feeds Katie, Our Celebration, and more.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Heidi was induced just after noon on Friday May 23rd. Things progressed well and the baby was born at 5:10 PM. She was 8lbs 4oz, and 19 1/2 inches, right about the same size as her older sisters when they were born. Both mom and baby did great. Heidi did it all with no interventions at all besides the breaking of the water to get things started, no drugs, no needles, all natural.
More pictures can be seen here. http://www.setinteriors.net/katie/
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
So, for the update on what you are all wondering about....
Today I am 40 weeks pregnant...for those who don't know these things, that means it is my "due date". Last week, I was in a weird, impatient place were I just wanted the baby OUT, and I talked to my midwife about induction. She checked and found that I was ready enough that we could do an induction with minimal drugs to get things going, then let my body take over so I could have as drug free of a birth as possible. I decided to think about it, but pulled all the stops on "natural" induction methods with herbs, walking, spicy curry, etc. On Thursday, I woke early to fairly regular contractions...they weren't intense, but they kept up for about 2 hours, so I had Chris call to notify my Sister in law, Miriam, who is one of my support people. She got her girls together to watch my kids for the day and they came over. About then, things slowed way down. I'd have a group of contractions then nothing...and I couldn't do anything to get them going again. Since then, I've had no signs of anything going on and I've swung back to this place where I'm all patient and she will come when she is ready....but I'm hoping it will be soon. I had an appointment today and we didn't even check if I had dilated more. Tomorrow I have an appointment with the chiropractor. I feel that she is not quite positioned correctly, or that I have alignment issues that is preventing birth from starting. The midwife thinks she is probably pretty close to position if she is out, but agrees that it is reasonable to think that If I get adjusted it will help her drop right into place and labor will start. So, maybe tomorrow night :)
I hope that helps you all be at ease for a bit. I will try to post here before we actually head in to the hospital. Or general protocol has been that we call our parents and let them spread the news to everyone else. So I will do my best to update here for everyone who would not be on my parent's call list.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
My point is...I was VERY sick, and food and I didn't get along for several months...to the point that I didn't leave bed. There were a few things I could tolerate in small amounts, like Pasta Roni's Fettuccine Alfredo (which I can't bring myself to eat now). But at one point I actually started craving something. This wasn't like, "hmm, that sounds kinda good." It was a full out, pregnant lady, Willing to kill for, absolute NEED to have item.
That's right...a Yoo-hoo. And not one in a can or box...I needed one in a glass bottle. When Chris went to the store (where I frequently had bought them as my shopping trip treat), I asked if he would pick one up for me. The idea of me consuming anything sounded great to him, so he said he would. However...there were none to be found. He even tried several more stores with no luck. I didn't have the energy to push him to look more, and I couldn't go out questing, so I simply went without. However, I always look when I go to the store because that craving has never quite gone away.
Then, yesterday, there they were...right where they'd always been before their long absence...right at waist level in the cold beverages section where they were easy to grab...and on sale too! OH THE JOY! I could have wept right there in isle 3 of Fred Meyer! In fact, I'm tearing up a little right now, just thinking about it. Chris asked if I wanted to go see if they had a case. I should have taken him up on it, but showed some restraint...I bought 2. And now that I see they have a strawberry flavor, I may be going on a quest this week....mmmmm, strawberry.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
"The Ditsy, Ditsy Spider went up the water spout"
LOL. I couldn't help but think what a Ditsy spider it must be to get washed down and then climb the same way back up again....silly spider!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Now she has developed pink eye, poor thing. She also has been not feeling well overall with a temperature on and off and a bit of a cough. Yesterday, Chris and I went to put her eye drops in...I've never seen a child fight as hard against things as she does. She even admits they don't hurt, but still, she fights. She clamps her eyes so tight that we pry them open and it just turns them inside out! So, I decided to try affirmations with her. She would repeat after me "Mom and Dad love me, and only do what's best." Don't know how much that helped.... When we got all done, I was snuggling her (as she cried all her eye drops out) and she looks up at me and says, "Mom, that was not taking care of me!"
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
For Betty's birthday, she wanted a skating party. It was a fairly small group, with family and just a few close friends, but we had so much fun!
Betty and her dad skating together. It was so cute. She was bugging me when I was trying to finish frosting her cake in the party room so I told her to go skate. She looked out and they had the lights all out with the disco ball. She turns to her dad and said "Come skate with me in the dark!" It was so cute.
Aimee is getting really good on her skates. She is getting to be so big.
At Skateworld, when you have a party, they will call the party girl out to the middle and give them a crown and sing. Betty even got to pick her birthday crown. What a treat!
Jenalyn, Aimee, and Betty waiting for cake.
Betty managed to blow out her candles all by herself. We told her to make a wish and after thinking for a bit she said "I wish we could all be nice to everyone"....ahhh! What a sweetheart!
Grandma and Grandpa H got her a ballet dress and ballet shoes...just like she asked for. We didn't even wait to get the tags off before trying it on.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Then, last night, we made english muffin pizzas. They were all just canadian bacon and pineapple. I cut the muffins and spread the sauce, but the girls put them together from there. They are so proud of cooking their own food, and eat so much better when they participate. Now I just need to plan more meals with that in mind.
Monday, February 4, 2008
As most of you know, our beloved prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley passed away at the age of 97. His funeral will be on Saturday, February 2nd.
I was thinking of how I could honor his legacy and I came up with an idea. My friend and I have created a challenge for those willing to accept it: Read the Book of Mormon in 97 days. We are trying to get everyone to start on the same day. Here are the details:
- Goto www.hinckleychallenge.com and create an account (free, of course).
- On Feb 4, 2008 (the Monday following the funeral) have an FHE lesson on the Book of Mormon and begin your reading.
- Each day you read, record what page number you are on by going to www.hinckleychallenge.com
We would like this challenge to be heard all around the world! Please forward this message to everyone you know. We would love to see over 1 million pages of the Book of Mormon read by the time this challenge has ended.
Do you want to show your support? Do you want to follow the prophet? Do you want to get rid of all of your excuses for not reading and become a warrior? Then join me in this challenge!!!
We are going to spread this throughout the news media (TV and radio) and we've already contacted Fox news, KSL, CBS, and ABC. But we cannot get the word out to everyone without your help! Please forward this on to EVERYONE in your address book. Time is of the essence!! This will be the one forwarded message that everyone will be happy to get .
P.S. You can always see an updated list of those who have accepted the challenge by clicking here (www.hinckleychallenge.com/warriors.php)
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
She was so excited to get to go to Primary like a big girl! She has been doing so great in there and is having fun learning new songs. I'm so proud of her!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
How sad it was to walk through my house for the last time. Seeing all the projects we had done, and personalizing. And also looking at all the projects I had planned or unfinished. In one bedroom there were 2 small closets and I was going to turn one into a little reading nook and paint a tree in it. It was all going to be African savanna themed...I never even got around to painting that room. Then the room we had just turned into my office. We'd painted it such a nice soft blue that was perfect for me right now. And my girls "princess room"...we did pull down and keep the light fixture. We kept the one in the dinning room, too. I'd found it at a garage sale for $2, and LOVE it...I'd never find another like it, and someone else would just throw it out probably. I couldn't live with that. I also have this blue shelf that we hung in the yurt when we lived there. I'd kept it meaning to hang it somewhere someday. Chris wanted to leave it, and my father in law was also keen on trashing it...glad I'm pregnant and emotional cause I cry easily right now...especially over something that important. The shelf is now hanging on a support beam way at the ceiling of the shop and I plan to take it when we move.
Now all our stuff is in piles in our room, and the girl's/play room, and the downstairs almost blocking the entrance. My job is now to go through everything. Decide what we need out and in drawers, what we need to keep but can pack, what we can get rid of...and I need to get on it and get it done as fast as I can. I can't believe how much stuff we've accumulated!
Well, off to "phase 1" of sorting...cleaning my room, folding and doing laundry, finding room for the crib in here, and making room for the rest of the project...I think I need some ice cream...
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Me...well, I'm a little nervous about being the full time parent again. I'm not giving up my career at all, but I am the one with the flexible schedule that I'm going to plan on being more part-time. Last year we switched to Chris being at home...then I was sick and he took on full responsibility of family and house. So it's been almost a year since I've been the primary caregiver. And for the last few months, Chris and I have worked together at everything...and honestly, I've been letting him take on most of the responsibility out of habit. I'm worried that I won't be able to keep up with two little girls. Or that I'll be lonely with out Chris around to laugh and talk with. Or that I will simply get so stressed out at it all and spend the day yelling at my kids. It seems such a strange thing to feel stressed about; being home with my girls. But I am not sure how I'm going to do. I'm sure I'll get it before too long...I'll just have to take it one day at a time.
Monday, January 7, 2008
I'm healthy and baby looks great. Measuring right where I should too. Everything was well within the normal range on my ultrasound and blood tests. They changed my due date from May 15 to May 13. Because of my habit of going well over my due date, I'm going to keep it around the 20th in my head. I even got a friend to take my first belly shot today.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
- Track the food I eat (eating what I should will come later this year)
- Exercise weekly (M-W-F strength work, walking every day I can) and track my exercise
- Go to bed before 11pm and be up at 8am (moving that earlier as the year progresses)
- Do a weekly meal plan and stick to it
- Read my scriptures daily (Personal study for me is the New Testament this year)
- Weekly Family Home Evening
- Attend the Temple at least 6 times this year
So, how am I doing on day 5???? Food tracking is going well. I don't hit my target calories most days and I could definitely be eating better (chocolate from my stocking first thing this morning probably wasn't the wisest choice....), but I'm keeping a record, so that's my start. Exercise...well, I track it when I do it...now I just need to do it more often to keep track. Actually I've done pretty well this week. Only 1 walk, but exercise 2 days, and I think I can get some in today. For only being on day 5 that's not too bad. Now, for getting to bed on time....I think this will be more of a struggle then I thought. I haven't hit 11pm yet...most nights it's after 12 and last night we didn't get in bed until 2:30! Needless to say, I am not getting up on time, either. This goal is going to be something I really have to work on. Especially now that I'm getting into my 3rd trimester and have to wake so frequently in the night to turn over or go to the bathroom.
So, there are my goals...feel free to ask me how I'm doing whenever you talk to me. I like the idea of being accountable for these and the more people know the more I feel compelled to follow through.
Friday, January 4, 2008
- Unload the Landcruiser
- Go to the other house
- Mop the kitchen and dinning room
- Sort out what we are keeping
- Load the Landcruiser
- Set up my computer station(so I can stop stealing Chris')
- Get out an important email for work (should have been done yesterday)
- Grocery shopping
Then the everyday stuff of
- Getting dressed
- Feeding kids
- Bathing kids
- Playing with kids
- Music lessons
- Reading with Aimee
Yet, here I sit...on the computer...in my pajamas....I'm pathetic lol
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
You won't see many pictures here yet, because of a slow internet connection, but more will come as things get settled.
So, HELLO to 2008 and all the many exciting changes and adventures it will bring!