Wednesday, November 30, 2011

One of these things is not like the other


While the kids were gone over thanksgiving weekend, I put up the tree and a few other decorations. While in Africa, my parents got us all a nativity set that was carved and is beautiful. I put it on the coffee table every year, and it alone (ok, there is a small stack of christmas books there too). When Grandma Dearie moved into a new nursing home, most of her belongings had to be given away or taken. When she was in Africa visiting my parents she got some animals carved out of similar wood, one of them was a baboon. For some reason, Sammy latched onto this baboon and it was given to him. He plays with it, and loves it, but is sure it is anything other than a monkey.


So, he comes home and sees the manger scene Sunday night and he says "where is the other camel" and runs into the kitchen to look through toy box and comes running back into the front room; camel in hand. Except it isn't a camel. Who knew there was a giant BABOON at the birth of Christ that holy night? And so the Baboon has remained there and will remain there all season.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

I have wanted to go to the Redwood Forest all my life. Visiting Muir Woods a few years ago confirmed that that is a dream I have and will not die without seeing them and loving every second of it. So, I'm going, with the kids of course. I'm going to start planning a trip right now for next summer and would love to have anyone join me that would like to for some or all of the trip. I know that you are all lucky enough to have husbands that work, and they can't take a lot of time off, but you are able to do things without your husband, and it's still fun. I'm planning on beign gone for at least two weeks. If you can join me for just a few days or a whole week, or the entire time, I would love it. I found a map called "the best of the Redwood Coast", 25 great things to see and do in Humboldt county and I'm doing them; ALL of them. Ok, most of them. Believe me, it's a long drive to get there and an even longer drive home. I hate driving and road trips, but seeing as this is one of my life long dreams, I'm doing it and going to suck it up and make the drive! So I'm going to start saving right now (maybe next month) so that I have a good chunk of change to spend and not have to eat off the 99 cent menu every meal of every day; blah. I am going to camp, at campgrounds with showers, but I'm planning on camping in the redwood forest, so it's a camping trip. If you are interseted in seeing what types of daily activities I'm going to do, here is a link to the map and list of things to do that I"m planning on doing: http://redwoods.info/redwood-coast-map-to-do.pdf It's going to be awsome. I don't know exactly when I am going to go. Probably in July. Let me know if you are interested in joining me for some or all of this adventure. And I would love to have anyone, even if you aren't family, technically speaking :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

I love this girl

This is Jane and her best friend Kenzie. They love each other :) Kenzie spends almost every day at our house and has become part of our family. But that isn't what this post is about. It's about Jane. I LOVE Jane. She makes me smile all of the time and makes me laugh a lot of the time. Sunday was the primary program in our ward. Katy had been prepping Sammy to give a whiz bang performance. They asked each sunbeam to tell what they loved about the creation, and his line was "family". Easy enough. Well, Katy taught him to say "I love my family, except Jane, she's an L7 Weanie (from sandlot)". No matter how I chastised her for teaching him to say that, he kept saying it. That or "jane's a square". As luck would have it, Casey's birthday was on Sunday and insisted on having Sammy and taking him hunting. I was secretly relieved. Again, I diverge from the point. Jane was to introduce the entire theme for the primary and had written her own part after saying the theme. We went over it and over it, as she was asked to have it memorized. She knew it so well and I was certain of it. In the back of my mind there was that little devil saying "give her a notecard with her part on it", and I kept thinking "no, then she will read it. She can do it, and if she forgets, she will improvise and it will be great". Here is what she said:


"The theme for primary this year is the scriptures are the word of God. The scriptures are important to me because they help people all over the world with their testimonies, and they have helped me with mine also. They provide guidance and comfort, and they..........oh crap........I forgot my part....... this is so embarrassing.......I guess I will just be done." and she turns and walks away and sits down.

I have to admit that it was HYSTERICAL!!! The guy in front of me, in between laughing tells me this is so far the best primary program EVER! The entire congregation was laughing and it was very funny. It was hard not to laugh. I mean who says "oh crap" in church in front of everyone. It was a packed house, the entire ward was there with every family member they could dredge up. She just smiled and went and sat down.

The person in me just laughed, cause it was humorous, but the mom in me wanted to sweep her up in my arms, tell her that she would laugh about it in a week and for her entire life and comfort the pain that I knew she was in. I know Jane, and I knew that she was mortified with herself and doing everything she possibly could, sitting there, to keep the tears from welling up and running down her face. I wanted to make her realize that it just didn't matter, but every time I thought about it, I started to chuckle. After the meeting was over she basically ran over to me, and I could see in her face that she just wanted to disappear, and I couldn't blame her for that. We decided to skip the rest church and go home and snuggle on the couch to a good movie (the other side of heaven). It was a good choice. Katy was at her dad's, Sammy was with Casey, and it was just me and Jane; the girl I love almost more than life itself.

Good thing Sammy wasn't there to tell everyone that Jane is an L7 Weanie! I think I would have been asked to never be part of the primary program or any other program again.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I'm trying to post more :)


I'm the queen of doing projects around my house, and love it. I find it really relaxing honestly to sit and paint something. The problem is that after the whole thing is done I think to myself "self, why didn't you remember to take a before picture". I always forget that part, and am bummed. This week has been a nightmare to be honest with you. I've been SO busy and haven't had a day to just sit and breath, or even clean the house, and today (saturday) was scheduled to help Jane make cinnamon rolls that she sells to make spending money. It takes a lot of work, but I'm happy to help so that she has spending money for the holidays. Anyway, I have had this little tiny coffee table next to my couch. It has followed me around for the last 10 years or so. I've never loved it, but never hated it either. It's just been a good size cause it doesn't take up much room. I've actually never given it much thought to be honest. But lately I have felt like I need some bold colors sprinkled around my house. My home is very serene as far as the colors go and I like it that way. I do have very small splashes of red in my front room, and am starting to try to get some red in my kitchen/dining room now too and am loving it. At the parade of homes this last summer I saw a dresser that I fell in love with. I loved the color of it, and decided to try to paint my little end table in the front room to match it. So I ran to the hardware store to get paint, and found something that I thought was the right color and came home. Driving home I kept telling myself to remember to take the before picture. I forgot and realized that 1/2 way through. Luckily I have pictures of my entire house in case there is a fire or something and I need documentation that I actually have nice stuff. Anyway, here is the dresser that I LOVE and that inspired me.The picture below doesn't look like the color that it really is at all. The lighting is a little off, or maybe I just chose a really off color. None the less, the is the picture of the little table after the paint went on.

HEre is a picture of the little table after I put an antiqueing glaze all over it and sanded the edges. I am really happy with how it turned out. The color isn't quite as green as the dresser, but I actually love the color it turned out to be better than the dresser. It adds a great pop of color to my front room.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Will my house ever just be done?

This was my piano that I got for free. Jen's neighbor was giving it away, and so I spent about $150 getting it tuned and fixed up. However, I never played it and the kids don't play. I didn't play it because it just isn't a great piano and so keys stuck and it was frustrating. So, I decided that as pretty as it was, I wasn't in love with it.


Anyone that knows me very well knows where I spend my discretionary income (oh wait, I don't have extra money, it's more like where I spend my grocery money); on furniture and home decor. I LOVE interior design and wanted to major in it until my parents told me that I wouldn't be able to pay the bills. They were probably right .However, my real love is not teaching, it's interior design, and I'm actually pretty good at what I have to work with. It's a never ending project and sometimes I stand back and just say to myself "wow, I can't believe that I just did that". I may not paint beautiful masterpieces, or sew amazing quilts. I may not even be able to make a great chicken (walmart does it for me), but if there is one thing I can do, it's create a masterpiece within the walls of my home. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

So, I decided to sell the piano since nobody was playing it. I listed it on KSL for $200 and sold it the same day. They came a week later and off it went. That was on Saturday. Originally I decided to move a beautiful white shelf down there to be put in it's place. Got it down there from jane's room and hated it. It was way out of scale for the space and the light color just didn't work. So, loaded the kids in the car and off I went on a search. I had a budget of $200 and didn't know what I was looking for. Downeast was having it's anniversary sale, everything in the entire store was 20% off; great deal. I looked and looked and found a lot of pieces that I like, not loved, and none that fit in my budget. Walking out I stopped to look at the halloween stuff on a table, and low and behold, the table was on sale. It was perfect, but it was $279. With the sale, it was about $220. I went to a few other stores and was torn. Did I really want to spend the money on this table when I wasn't exactly sure it was what I wanted? Well, my passion for interior design beat out logic and I came home with the table, after going $30 over my budget. Not too bad I guess. Katy is my moving furniture buddy, and she helped me get it in place and I began to work my magic. Below you can see the result of my day. I had a large lantern that I found on clearance for $20 sitting around, and got it hung, and I have to say, i just love the results. I smile every time I walk in the kitchen.

The mirrors were already above the piano and there are HUGE anchors holding them up, so I didn't want to move them. I had the black frames with kids photos already sitting in a stack with nowhere to hang them, so I made what I had work. All the decor on the table was stuff I had already, so I spent nothing on finishing the project. The only expense was the table, and it was only $30 out of pocket after the piano sale.
I do want a new centerpiece for the table, and this table in ANCIENT. It was a lovely oak table that I got while I was going through my divorce with Mike (11 years ago). I painted it black and it was the craft table for the kids until I needed an actual dining room table. I love the table, and love that the kids can ding it all they want and I don't care. Eventually I would love to get a really beautiful table and chairs, but it's not on the list since I have kids that would destroy it! But the centerpiece is on the list of purchases that will be happening.
All in all, I love how it turned out and I'm so happy with how my house continues to evolve. I'm me, what can I say, I am Clara Boren's grand daughter, always making home improvements, and I'm so grateful that I have the talent of making my home look like it does. I know it's not everyone's taste, but it's mine and I love it. I smile every time I walk in the house (as long as it's clean) and am so proud of what I have provided and done. My life is pretty good and it's great when a $200 purchase can make someone this happy! Now if I can just figure out how to round up $300 to take the kids camping this weekend that would be great.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm not all that crafty!


Who knew you could make something so cute with candy corns and styrofoam wreaths :)




I go over to other peoples houses and admire what they can make cause I just don't have the crafty talent. And typically, other than Christmas, I don't really decorate much. When it comes to christmas, my house is decked out! This year I decided that I wanted more, that I needed a little more, and that I wanted to make things. So Melissa (sis-in-law) had a craft day during conference on Saturday. I gladly went, and made the most adorable wreath, that is now hanging on my front door, and decoupaged some of the pumpkins you see in the pictures. I LOVE them. However, Melissa and our good friend Angie, were working on adorable witch boots. I wanted some, so we schedule another craft day and you can see what I made. Not only did I make two witches boots, but I managed to make a BOO also. I even covered some creepy bugs with glitter and stuck them on; oh my heck, what is becoming of me!!!? The kids are pretty happy that I have decided that there are other holidays to decorate for other than christmas! You never know, I may even decide to decorate for Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

There are about three blogs that I check daily, no make that 4; my three couponing sites, which are checked probably 12 times throughout my work day just to see if there are any fabulous deals that I can use for christmas. I check a lot cause when they are posted, the world knows and they disappear VERY fast! I also jump on free samples as soon as I find out about them and get the best things in the mail, often, like daily. I love free things! Anyway, the other blogs I check almost daily are Marian, my cousin, her sister Jessica, and then my other cousin Alyson. Why do I check just those you ask? Simple, they post things! Marian posts things daily and I LOVE it. I really enjoy reading about her life. I love reading about Jessica's travels around the east coast with her adorable little family, and I love reading about Alyson's kids and all of their many accidents :) They don't seem to be the luckiest bunch of kids when it comes to accidents.

Anyway, I was thinking, nobody checks my blog, why? That's why; I don't post things regularly and the things I do post, well let's just be honest, they aren't really that interesting. I do my blogging at work (maybe I shouldn't admit that) when I just don't want to grade papers and my students are working on an assignment, so I don't have my pictures, and I don't have funny stories to tell. It's work after all. However I'm sure that I could do better posting things and that if I actually did post things maybe people would be interested in my little life, just maybe. And if not, well, I don't post for anyone really, just me.

I do have a great life, full of fun and stress. For example, 3 weeks ago my best friend Claire (single and 38 also, but way prettier than me and never married) went all the way to St. George for this singles conference. We HATE stuff like that, but thought, "what the heck, you never know, we are going to actually be positive and try to be somewhat proactive in finding a spouse." So off to St. George we went. We got up Saturday morning and spent a good long time, way longer than normal, getting ready. I mean after all, there just might be someone worth looking good for. WRONG!!! We drove to the location of the opening meeting that morning and inside was a huge group of OLD people!!! Seriously old, not just old like me, but like Grandma Dearrie old! We even asked if we were at the right place, yup! We were pretty upset and went to the outlets and drown our sorrows in shopping and buying completely unneccesary items and then went and laid by the pool. Overall we had a great time, but what a let down! So that was something. I should have taken a picture of the group of them. The funny thing is that there were activities like "watermelon toss" and hikes and things like that. Did they have an abulance standing by?

Then the weekend after that I loaded up the kids, all three of them and headed up to my favorite place, Pineview Reservior for a comping weekend. I have purchased a tent trailer and it was our first time using it and we LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!! I can't even tell you how much fun we had. It was great watching the kids just run and play and enjoy each other and to just camp. I have missed it. Not only that, but in the site next to us there were a bunch of arabians, litteraly! They were a group of about 20 young men from Saudi Arabi. When they started pulling out bags of veggies I just ahd to walk over to see what they were up to. They were SO friendly and told me that at the moment they were chopping the lamb, THAT THEY HAD JUST KILLED!!! and were going to be cooking it with all the veggies. Later that night they brought some over. It was super spicy, but I could tell it would have been something super good if I had liked spicy food.

Last weekend I took the same little tent trailer, my two best friends, Claire and Brooke, and we headed back up to Pineview for a weekend of relaxation and just plain laughing fun, which we did so much of. In fact, Saturday night guess who showed up in the campspot accross from us; the arabians! I couldn't believe it. I walked right over and was greeted with hugs and kisses from them, because of course they recognized me, and this time, they invited us to stay and join them. So we all sat on the blanket, after removing our shoes of corse, and drank tea with them while they all smoked something horrible (we said no thanks to the smoking part of all of this) and listened to them play arabian drums and some sort of fabulous guitar. It was amazing! They killed and chopped TWO lambs for this weekends party, so we were in luck. When it was done, they set out two HUGE plates, like 2 feet across, down on the blanket and they all dove in. There they were, just kneeling and literally digging in with their right hand only (it was pointed out that the left hand is used for other "dirty" things, so they don't ever use it to eat). There were no forks, but I went and got one, cause as I found out, eating rice and meat and veggies with my hand doesn't work well. I couldn't do it, but my friends were both willing to try the tongue and the brain. I just couldn't do it! Dissecting them is too much for me, and I have NO desire to eat them. We ended the night with hugs and kisses and walked away feeling like we had jsut had the most fun we had had in weeks. It truly was an amazing time.

So I guess that I do have fun, I just don't share it. I never take pictures, so I don't have pictures to share, cause I just suck at taking pictures, but I need to do better. I do have an interesting life I guess and maybe some of you enjoy reading about it.

On another note, I am still getting up every single day at 5 am, running for 15 minutes, doing squats while lifting weights, and doing 500 crunches. My belly is starting to look pretty good :) I'm super proud of myself; it's now 3 months solid that I have been exercising every single day but sunday, or when I'm out of town. My pants just keep getting looser and I am eating just about what I want, but still trying to eat a much healthier diet. I'm loving it!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Summer Activities finally closed!

the kids sitting on the curb waiting for another round of fireworks on the fourth of July.
Jane just being adorable cute Jane. I love that girl so much.
All three kids, plus Renee's and one of Lisa's at the Dinosaur park in Ogden. Notice what Kate is doing.

Waterfalls above Lake Tahoe at our family reunion in June. I had to really control myself and not freak out too much at the danger involved here.
This is my favorite picture of the summer taken at Fallen Leaf Lake on our family reunion. I just love how natural Katy looks and how beautiful the surroundings are.
Summer started with our family reunion in California. It was a lot of fun and our only vacation of the year so far. We highly anticipated it and were not let down. It was so much fun and the kids loved it.


I was so bored all summer and tried so hard to find activities to do that were free or close to it. Not so easy. My AC was out all summer, which didn't help the whole situation, but at least it was a somewhat cooler than normal year. I did get it fixed today though :) I have to admit that I loved being at home, but really was so happy to go back to work. I know that I will start wishing I was at home and not at work in a few months, but actually I LOVE my job and really do enjoy working. It is great to get out and feel like I'm worth something other than wiping noses and cleaning messes. That could have come out offensively; hope not. It was just SO much harder to be at home all day than to be at work, so I actually admire you women that are full time housewives. I don't think I could do it.

Anyway, I will try to do better at posting my life, not that many people even care, but you never know, some day my kids may actually read all of this. On a good note, I did start actually exercising every single day other than sunday about 2 months ago and have only missed one day. After the running disaster called my body during the ogden marathon relay, I realized I needed an overhaul. I exercise at 5 am every single day and stopped eating whatever the heck I wanted. I eat much better, and am so much happier. I've also lost 11 pounds and look way better. Wow, this eating better and exercising actually works. I'm doing a 5k mud run on Saturday with a friend and can't wait, and then do another 5k "foam fest" in 3 weeks, which is like mud, but foam. Super fun!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

HELP!!!!!

I'm literally going insane. I have been sitting on the bathroom floor for over 3 hours. You see, I am attempting to potty train Sammy; he will be 4 in November. I have tried what I consider to be EVERYTHING!!!!!. Yesterday was my first full day off for the summer and I started with 2 hours of him freaking out, screaming because the diaper monster came and took his diapers and he had to wear underwear. I didn't make him put them on and he went naked for about 30 minutes before putting them on to cover himself. We went to the gas station and I bought him a 32 oz. diet coke and an ice cream bar. He drank about 1/2 of it. Nothing; no pee. Finally at about 1 it was "quiet time". He was exhausted and I needed some time without going into the bathroom every 5 minutes, or less. I put a pull-up on him and he went up to his room to watch a movie. He came down a few minutes late cuase he peed and wanted a change of pull-up. Fine. 10 minutes later, same thing. After quiet time we went to my parents house. Isabelle (my niece) and he come walking through the back yard gate with the pants down. They said that they peed in the yard; sam's idea no doubt. She said he really did pee; progress! Even if it was in the grass. Then she said they went in the bathroom and he really peed. I was feeling good, but very skeptical. Bedtime, still hadn't seen any pee in the potty or poop, but the pants had stayed dry. I kept him up til 8, put him in a diaper and off to bed.


This morning, heavy pee-laden diaper! Not too surprised. Into the shower we went and his undies when back on. We were in and out of the bathroom every few minutes with NO success. we went to my parents house and about 30 minutes after getting there he peed his pants. No biggie. We went home a little later and I was bound and determined to get him to go potty on the toilet! I moved my computer into the bathroom since he was saying he wanted to pee every 3 minutes, literally. It's been hours, more than 3 to be exact. He has made hundreds of attempts with NO success. He needs to poop. He keeps saying he needs to poop and pee, but he can't actually go.

I have been trying to do this since christmas. I have tried froot loops in the water to aim. I have tried prizes and stickers. I have tried to bribe him with a trip to Boondocks. I have tried telling him about a party that we will have. I have tried even putting food coloring in the toilet to see if that would get him interested. He has just sat for minutes and minutes "waiting", and still nothing. I know he has to poop, and I know he has to pee. He has been drinking water all morning, literally about 32 oz. of it. I won't let him have quiet time today because he will fall asleep and then pee his pants, and I don't want to put a pull up on him cause I know that he will just unload the second I do. My butt hurts from sitting on the bathroom floor. I'm losing my temper. I'm hungry and tired of eating snacks. I'm irritated that he won't just go! I just want to have this child potty trained. I'm starting to think that there is something medically wrong with him that he can't just release his urine! I'm seriously going insane and would LOVE anyone's ideas or advice. Please help me. There are no charts I haven't tried, no prizes or candy I haven't offered; they don't work with the worlds most stubborn child!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ok, maybe the body can do amazing things, but it sure won't look good doing it!

I like to look at this picture and compare it to a wax figure melting in the sun! Look at the jowls I didn't even know I had melting down my face under complete and total physical diress. Wow! I couldn't believe how HORRIBLE this picture was. This is the shot that the company that takes these, blows up to life size and makes fun of for the year. I thought I was kind of cute before seeing this picture; not so anymore. I now realize that I look even worse than I felt while running. Well, we can't all look fabulous while pushing our bodies beyond the limit they are physically used to now can we. But hey, if I'm going to look like the melting wax lady, we should all get a good laugh out of it :)

After publishing this, the picture won't get any bigger, dang! Well, if you want to see the full horror in all it's glory (which will convince you to never run 8 miles without training, or put a wax figure in the sun with jowls), you can go to zazoosh and the bib number is 9153! You'll get to see all of us in our glory. Believe me, nobody looks as badly as me! Not even close.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The body is an amazing thing!

A long time ago, like 9 months ago or something like that, Renee (2nd from right) decided that we (DeLong siblings) should do the Ogden Marathon relay in May of 2011. My oldest sister Lisa was in town when the decision was made, and I was deemed the "manager" or "helper". Fine, I hate running. However, with trepidation, they came to me when Lisa decided that she could not justify spending hundreds to fly out for this little event and they needed me, the not runner, to run. I will say that they way I was approached was a little offensive when they preceded to doubt that I could even do it. I told them I would run the 5 mile leg of the relay down Ogden Canyon, I mean really, who can't run down a canyon right?

The race was this last Saturday and I have to say, I was really bugged with all the comments from my sibliings and parents about not being able to do this since I had basically refused to even train. I mean come on, it was 5 miles down a mountain highway. If you know me at all, you know a couple of things about me, first I HATE TO EXERCISE, and second, I HATE EVEN MORE TO BE TOLD I CAN'T DO SOMETHING WELL!!! So run I did down that mountain, almost killing myself. I did it, and I wasn't the slowest. I ran about 11 and a half minute miles and did my run in under an hour, and not only that, but since it was the 4th out of 5 legs, just kept on going to get to the finish line. So all in all, I did 8 miles Saturday and swore I would never do it again. I hated almost every step of it. However, I finally do see what runners get out of it. It was VERY satisfying emotionally to know I had pushed myself beyond anything I thought possible, and after mile 3, I just went hazy and don't even remember much. I was in some sort of zone, so runners must like that part of it.

However, and here is the big however, I COULDN'T WALK YESTERDAY AND COULD BARELY MOVE! I'm not kidding. A meazly 8 miles did this to me and that is TOTALLY unacceptable in my book. I will NEVER EVER EVER let my body do this to me again. I am better than this and am bound and determined, for the sake of feeling not sore like this again, to get in shape. I am signed up for a 5k in July and possibly one in August just so that I am forced to get in shape. I hate that I did this to myself. However, I proved them wrong, I could do it and did it pretty well.

Yes, the human body is capable of running 8 miles without any training what-so-ever, but I wouldn't advise it if you want to walk the entire next week. And next year I AM doing it again and am bound and determined to have under a 10 minute mile pace. Just tell me I can't do it and you will be proven totally wrong. I hate being told I can't do something!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

a funny story

Well, I'm not sure how funny this is. Actually, nothing is ever funny if I tell it. If Renee tells it, it's hilarious. She just makes every story so much better. No matter how I try, I just can't tell a story to save my life. First of all, I foget everything that ever happens, and second, nothing really funny ever happens. However, the story I'm going to tell is funny if Renee tells it, and she is part of it.

When I had some plastic surgery about 7 years ago I was laid up in bed (I had a couple of procedures and was in a lot of pain). I was single and living at my parents house. They had brought a tv into my room so that I could watch movies. I was on pain killers for obvious reasons, and Renee was also living there, so she did a lot of the babysitting of me during that time. Fast forward a couple of years. We are sitting together, as a family, talking about movies and the movie zoolander was brought up and I say "oh, I've never seen that movie". Renee looks at me like I am crazy and says "yes you have, you watched it over and over when you had plastic surgery". You also yelled at me a lot to make you scrambled eggs. I honestly have NO recollection of watching zoolander even once, let alone over and over. She said taht every time she asked what I wanted to watch, it was zoolander and that I wanted scrambled eggs.

I watched zoolander finally, and don't even like it. Why I wanted to watch it over and over is beyond me. She still teases me about that. Every time someone brings up zoolander, we look at each otehr and I say "I've never seen that before" and we laugh. It's funny to us, but I'm srue you read that story and don't see the humor at all. I told you. If Renee was telling it, you would be on the floor rolling in laughter.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Some of my favorite photos

This was a trip I took with my two friends (also single) to Las Vegas in February. We went to the wax museum and loved it. It was the highlight of our trip.
I love this picture of Jane and her cousin Elisabeth. We were up at my sisters house in midway.
Casey had me do pictures with Sammy when he was two weeks old. I'm SO glad that he encouraged me to do this. I LOVE the pictures and they are a treasure to me now. This is one of my favorites and shows how content I was in my life at the time, and just how grateful I was for Sammy and to be a mother.
This is just Sammy. Thumb in mouth, blanket to nose. So Sammy.
What can I say. It's just me trying to look younger than my 37 years old. I think I pulled it off that day.
I love how this image captures the sweetness and beauty of Jane. She is one of the kindest people I know.
Sammy being caught doing something mischievous. I love this picture.
The reason I have this one is because of how well it captures Kate's personality. Anyone that knows her knows that this is her to a tee!
Just a cute pictures of me holding Sammy while he is loving me.
This was two christmas's ago. Sammy was wearing his little backpack and got this basketball standard for a gift. He figured out that he could hang it on his backpack and make the basket every time. Clever little fellow :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

My day in detail!

5:30 alarm goes off and I am jolted out of sleep 5:35 morning prayer, turn on lamp, sit on edge of bed wondering if I will make it today 5:40 shower 5:45 get out of shower, still wondering if I am going to make it and force myself to get ready in this exact order: *towel on head, robe on *brush and floss *take my medication *lotion on body *moisturizer on face *deodorant *hair products on *blow dry hair *get dressed *straiten hair *put on the small amount of make-up I do wear 6:12 walk up the stairs, but first turn off lamp, get cell phone, tell myself that tomorrow I will actually make the bed, and find some shoes 6:15 let the dog out to pee 6:17 go wake up Sammy and get his clothes, again telling myself I will start making his bed tomorrow 6:20 turn on Dora and hold Sammy on the couch 6:30 make toast and orange juice for me and Sammy to eat while watching Dora, put diet coke in my purse, make a pb&j for my lunch, and put some sort of fruit in my purse for a snack 6:40 get sammy dressed while watching Dora and eating toast 6:50 walk out the door, carrying Sammy, his blanky, and my purse. 6:52 pull out of the garage 6:56 drop Sammy off at the babysitter 7:10 get to work and hope that I have something planned, which I usually do. 7:25 bell rings and students pour in 7:30-2:20 a combination of teaching and babysitting while I try to do some banking and personal things like blogging :) 2:20-2:40 try to keep busy when all I really want to do is go home, but have to stay since it's Contract time. 2:43 walk out to my car 2:45 drive away from work, thankful it's done, going through a mental list of what I still need to do 3:00 pick up Sammy from the babysitter 3:15 go to parents house for tea time (argentine, remember) 4:00 rush home and get upset because the house is a wreck 4:15 do the dishes that didn't seem to get done the night before 4:30 sit down and play with Sammy for a little while, while trying to figure out what to make for dinner 4:30-5:00 playing with Sammy or furiously cleaning the house so I don't lose it 5:00 start dinner of some sort 5:30 eat dinner and listen to someone complain about dishes 6:00 usually do some laundry or some housework 6:30 start to get Sammy ready for bed, bathe him and that sort of thing 7:00 take Sammy up to bed, call his Daddy so he can say good night, read him a story, say bedtime prayers, snuggle for a couple of minutes and kiss him good night. 7:15 fall onto the couch totally exausted, thinking about what needs to still be done 7:30 at this point I am usually folding laundry and cleaning up the front room so I can try to relax. 8:00 I watch tv at this point just trying to unwind, the whole time thinking about how much needs to be done and what I SHOULD be doing. During commercials I hop up the stairs for exercise and run down them, barefoot and in whatever I'm wearing. I can only hop up them 3 times in a row. It's very difficult. 8:30 beg Jane to play with my hair while watching tv. She does it about 1/2 the time. 9:00 I am pretty much done at this point and can't keep my eyes open, so I head downstairs to my room 9:00-9:15 brush teeth and get ready for bed, still telling myself that tomorrow I will make my bed and pick up the clothes that lie at the foot of my bed 9:30 I'm usually asleep or at least the lights are out and I'm in bed. My days are exausting, even just thinking about them. There is always one day a week that I stop in the grocery store on teh way home from work to get dinner for the week, and when it's nice out, I take the dog and Sammy on a walk after getting home from my parents house. The laundry never ever gets done, and the house is always messy. My bed only gets made about once a week, if that, and that's just ok. I get a dinner on the table each night, even if it's pancakes. My life will be a lot less hectic once my masters degree is done; IN THREE WEEKS!!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 18: my dream house(s)


I've never been a "want a huge house" kind of a girl. I just want a realistic size home, you know, like 5000 square feet :) Anyway, the pictures I have here are of homes that I would love to build one day. I would love to build one of them in about 5 years. I may be actually be able to afford to build my dream home so that my kids have all this lovely room, when they move out. Great! I love craftsman style homes, with a cottage type feel. I love how both of these houses look, however house number one is my preference because I LOVE to sit on the front porch. I live on my front porch during the summer. I really do spend hours out there, so I would miss a front porch.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 17: my worst habit

I LOVE projects, especially around my house. I decided to remodel my basement one day, and the next day, I took a hammer to the wall and put a whole right through it. I didn't waste any time getting the wall ripped down. I worked fast and furiously for weeks, so excited to have a new family room. I am super gung ho at the beginning of every single project I start, and then the bad habit kicks in and when it's "done enough", which is usually about 90% of the way, I'm done and stop. My basement is amazing. I love this new family room and it's beautiful. However, there are no light switch plates, or plug plates. There is no heater vent in the cealing, just a hole. There are no moldings around the doors, and a piece of baseboard is still not attached. It's just the way I roll. I don't know why, and actually I hate it. But as our marriage counselor pointed out to Casey when he complained of this same issue "well, she does about 70% more than most women, leaving you only 10% to do. You should be grateful". It's true. I do a lot of work on these projects and usually don't ask for help (the basement was not one of those projects, I needed a lot of help). I get a lot done, but everywhere around my entire house there are projects that are just about 90% done. Why I can't just finish a job I start I will never know. I think i just get so burned out from giving it so much that when it's done enough, I'm done enough too :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 16: favorite food


A couple of weeks ago I went with my sisters and mom (yes, Angie is considered a sister) for a spa day. It was so nice to just spend the day with the people I enjoy most, even if it did end in tears for me,but it wasn't intentional, so it's fine. Anyway, after the spa, we went out to eat. Now I have to tell you that I don't love going out to eat because I never can find anything on any menu that I just love, or even care to pay for. Most of the time I leave a restaraunt feeling like I could have just made that for free at home, and it would have been better for sure, even though I'm just not that great a cook. I just hate paying for food when it isn't absolutely amazing. A weakness, I know! Anyway, it was announced that California Pizza Kitchen was our destination. I don't love that restaraunt, but I don't love any restaraunt, so it was fine. I ordered a very disappointed pasta dish (not surprised I hated it), and then ordered the above pictured dessert: chocolate souffle cake with a scoop of very high quality vanilla ice cream on a bed of vanilla bean cream. Can I just say, I love desserts as most of you know, and usually am very let down by the desserts also at restaraunts. NOT SO WITH THIS ONE! Oh my gosh. I wanted to take my clothes off and bathe in it. I think about that one dessert like a man thinks about sex, continually! I can't stop thinking about it and want it constantly. I want to eat it every day for the rest of my life. I want it so badly I'm ready to drive to Salt Lake to get it and nothing else. I'm ready to by dozens of them just so that I can eat them for the next month. I even tried to find a copycat recipe with NO success. It's no wonder they don't want to share this recipe; nobody would ever eat anything else again. It truly is to DIE FOR! And there are very fews foods I feel that passionate about. I'm pretty sure that you could smear this on dog poop and it would still be irresistable!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 15: Celebrity Crush

I LOVE Collin Firth. There are very few celebrities that would get me to run away with them. Collin is probably the only one. Rupert Everett is a close second, but since he's gay, I'm pretty sure he won't be asking me to run away with him! Every since I saw the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice with collin firth, I was in love. That scene of him walking out of the lake will never be replaced. It's every woman's vision of perfect romance and I adore him. Okay, maybe it's Mr. Darcy that I am in love with, but since Collin plays him so perfectly, I am totally in love with him.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Day something: somewhere I want to go

This is an easy one: The amalfi Coast. Look at that image! Can you blame me? Who wouldn't want to go there. I do have a goal to go on a cruise along the Mediteranian coast for my 40th birthday. That's 2 years away and a lot of money to save. I don't know if I will make it, but I SURE hope that I do. It's somewhere I dream of daily.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

day something: something I bought recently


I'm pretty sure that there is little interest in what I really bought most recently, which was 3 grocery carts full of groceries (it had literally been months since I went serious grocery shopping)! So I will put the last thing I bought for just me, which just happens to be one of my favorite movies, and it should come any day! :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pet Peeves

Where do I start? This is the hardest thing to narrow down cause quite frankly, I just have way too many! My biggest pet peeve is people that are always late. I will admit that DeLongs run on their own standard time, which is 15 minutes early for everything, which some will say is equally as rude, but by the time someone shows up late, I'm just about ready to blow a gasket!


Here's the rest of the list:
*bad artwork
*drivers that are morons
*going to the store to buy a particular item, or use a coupon, and they are out of stock
*asking "what is my grade Mrs Rasmussen" or "can I still turn this in"
*dirty carpet
*stinky dishclothes
*not being able to find something cause the girls have used it

There are so many others, but I just can't think of them. We all have them, and the challenge is trying to not let them drive us and others crazy.

Friday, March 18, 2011

What do I crave?

Craving is an interesting term. I think mostly we think of food or drinks when we are asked what we crave. Things that I crave are a little different because I don't have them any more and my body and soul literally "crave" to be loved and touched by a husband. Being single isn't bad at all, in fact, I quite like it. However, any single woman will tell you that as she crawls into bed each night, alone, the one thing that she craves more than anything is touch. There is nothing like it in the world that can replace it. So tonight when you climb into bed next to your spouse, remember how lucky you are to have them next to you and squeeze their hands and love them. You would crave it nightly if you were without it for more than a couple of weeks; I promise.

Some people may think that you can't "crave" sleep. I disagree. I crave it all day long and always look forward to climbing in my bed.



Cereal something I crave every single night. My favorite is Frosted Flakes, with Frosted Mini Wheats and Reese's as a close second. I would rather have cereal than ice cream.