Thursday, January 31, 2008

Memorial Gordon B. Hinckley


"President Gordon B. Hinckley, world leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church), was ordained and set apart as the 15th President of the Church on Sunday, March 12, 1995. He passed away Sunday, January 27, 2008.


He had earlier served 14 years as a counselor in the First Presidency, the top governing body of the Church, and as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for 20 years prior to that.

His Church service has been extensive. He was called as a member of the Sunday School General Board in 1937, two years after returning home from missionary service in Great Britain. For 20 years, he directed all Church public communications. In 1951 he was named executive secretary of the General Missionary Committee, managing the entire missionary program of the Church, and served in this capacity for seven years. He was president of the East Millcreek Stake in Salt Lake City when he was called as a General Authority in the capacity of an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 6, 1958.

President Hinckley was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 5, 1961. On July 23, 1981, he was called into the First Presidency to serve as Counselor and on December 2, 1982, was named Second Counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball. He served as First Counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson from November 1985 to May 30, 1994. On June 5, 1994, he was called as the First Counselor to President Howard W. Hunter. He was also ordained and set apart as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

As a member of the First Presidency, he has had a major role in administering both the ecclesiastical and temporal affairs of the Church, whose more than 13 million members are spread over some 160 nations and territories. His Church assignments have taken him around the world many times, and he has dedicated more temples than any other leader in the history of the Church. He is the first Church President ever to travel to Spain, where in 1996 he broke ground for a temple in Madrid, and to Africa, where he met with thousands of Latter-day Saints in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

In addition to his Church duties, President Hinckley has been active in community and business affairs, serving as chairman and board member of a number of business corporations. In 2004, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award, by President George W. Bush. He has been the recipient of a number of educational honors including: the Distinguished Citizen Award, from Southern Utah University; Distinguished Alumni Award, from the University of Utah; and honorary doctorates from Westminster College, Utah State University, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Southern Utah University. He has received the Silver Buffalo Award of the Boy Scouts of America and has been honored by the National Conference (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews) for his contributions to tolerance and understanding in the world.

He has served as chairman of the executive committees of the Board of Trustees of Brigham Young University and of the Church Board of Education. The Church Educational System includes not only Brigham Young University's Utah and Hawaii campuses, but Brigham Young University - Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, elementary and secondary schools in developing countries, and hundreds of seminaries and institutes of religion serving several hundred thousand high school- and college-age youth.

The Church leader is known for his writing and speaking skills, which he began developing as a young boy growing up in the Church. He honed those talents as a missionary preaching regularly from a portable stand in London's Hyde Park and further refined them as a Church authority. He has written and edited several books and numerous manuals, pamphlets, and scripts.

President Hinckley married Marjorie Pay in the Salt Lake Temple in 1937. They have five children. Sister Hinckley passed away 6 April 2004."

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Birthday Wishes Via Musical Medley

B is in the shower, much to her dismay, while J&L are in the tub. All at the same time. I think she is old enough for showers during the week. She prefers to lounge in the tub for 30+ minutes. It's an ongoing battle. Anyway, to fill the time while showering she is currently singing a medley of self written tunes. The main focus of the lyrics is "Happy Birth-DAY, 5 year old Lay-DAY (lady)" sung in the style of a show tune. J is indulging her, but keeps saying, "Thank you, but why do you keep singing that?"

Happy Birthday to my Mini-me

5 years ago today our little firecracker was born. She chose to have a family party this Sunday, and then to go to the indoor Schlitterbahn when it opens for the season in a couple of weeks. So, celebration pictures will be forthcoming. We had a server meltdown and a bunch of our pictures are missing. I'm still hoping to find another disc with the backed up pictures from 05-06. Trying to find pictures for this post was traumatic. I really hope they turn up.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pretty Pretty Princess?

The kids like to play Pretty Pretty Princess. Daniel is lucky we allow him to wear the blue jewelry. It could be worse.

5 Minute Phone Conversation with my Mom...

Impressive results. Broke into upstairs bathroom, slathered face in kids toothpaste and an inkpad, then hid inside the tub with the curtain closed. This is why I can't get anything done. I can't take my eyes off of her for 5 minutes.

Monday, January 28, 2008

18 Month Check-up

L had her 18 month check-up today. It went very well. Nothing particularly noteworthy. Weight: 23.7lbs 50%ile, Height: 33.5 inches 75%ile. She only needed one shot.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Eye Candy

Not feeling great today. Nothing exciting to post. Here's a blog I enjoy. It's what I like to call "food p***ography". Who doesn't like great food photos?
The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Friday, January 25, 2008

I'm a Mommy Psychic

Within 1 hour of my earlier prediction, J started coughing like a 60 year old smoker, and L threw up on the carpet. Yipee!

Good thing I've got that homemade bread and soup cooking.

Highs, Lows and Splits

Quick highlights of the past few days...

-B got an awesome report card
-J's teacher says they are working on helping her be more assertive, and she wishes that she would act up once in awhile
-L is obsessed with the words, thank you and yuck
-I fell down on the slippery driveway yesterday into a complete split, must have been a funny sight at 7 months pregnant, but boy am I sore
-I also did my 1 hour glucose test and got all my blood drawn for other tests. I didn't pass out, but the lady kept asking me if I was okay because I was so pale. Not passing out or throwing up when consuming that much sugar is always an accomplishment for me.
-Daniel is supposedly having a productive week at work
-The weather is nasty and cold again after one nice warm day. I predict that between all of the illnesses going around, and the weather, one or more of us will be getting sick soon. I heard J coughing a lot today, hopefully it won't worsen.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Looking for New Dinner Ideas

I'm getting tired of trying to think of what to put on the menu every week. I'm also tired of repeats. Does anyone have anything kid and adult friendly that they love?

Here is this week's menu:
Cuban beans and rice with quesadillas
BBQ Boneless pork loin with mashed potatoes and corn
Homemade chicken noodle soup with Portuguese sweet bread
Shredded BBQ pork sandwiches (with leftover roast), french fries, fruit
hot dogs, chips, salad or maybe baked beans (I know pathetic)
grilled chicken, baked potatoes, salad
spaghetti and homemade meatballs, green beans

Pregnancy

I really do hate to whine about being pregnant. I adore my children, and they are worth the complete and utter destruction of my body. It seems though that each pregnancy has been more difficult than the last. I wonder if that has something to do with the fact that I've had all of these c-sections. Maybe it's just because I'm getting older. I don't really know. I am totally fed up with being pregnant right now. I also have a wisdom tooth erupting right now and it is killing me. I'm not even going to the dentist because I'm not going to have oral surgery until after the baby comes. I just needed to whine about it out loud today. I really, really, really, do not want to do this again. I'm sure once my Dr hacks me open for the 4th time, he'll probably agree. Ok, whining finished, back to the 7 loads of laundry and cleaning for a Brownie meeting.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Done Working...for now

There is nothing more enjoyable for my bargain hunting self then being paid for working, while I'm lunching with my girls (Grammy included) and grocery shopping. We finished scoring early today, so I was able to get things done while I was technically "on the clock". I just got L down for her nap, and am trying to muster up the energy to stop by and visit Leslie at 4pm. I get SO TIRED in the afternoon. Hopefully she won't try to beat me up and stick a Mitt '08 bumper sticker on my rear end, LOL. Totally kidding of course. Though at the rate that this nameless boy baby is spreading my rear end, it could probably use some decoration, or flashing lights.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Last Call for Cookies

I'm turning in our girl scout cookie order on Thursday afternoon. If there is anyone else who has not contacted me who has a burning desire for cookies, speak now or forever hold your peace. Well, until next year that is.

My First and Probably Last Political Post

We are not "into" politics. It's just not our thing. That being said, consider us "uneducated" on many topics of political debate. My husband is a Republican (more by breeding than by strict alignment with Republican ideals). I am an Independent (spawned by Democrat parents). But, to be honest I have a history of voting Republican, though never straight ticket Republican. Now that we have the groundwork established, it is time for someone to answer a question for me...why does U.S. policy seem to blindly support Israel? I'm sure there are reasons for this, but I don't know what they are. Even the Republican in our house is a closet Barack fan, and I have been reading criticisms of him regarding his "lack of true support for Israel". Should this concern me when I don't even understand the reasons behind support of Israel in the first place? I can fully understand the other criticisms of him, but this is the one that perplexes me.

Also, as a side note, being "mormon" I feel a certain unspoken obligation to support Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee. My husband does not feel that pressure at all. I think maybe it has something to do with the "degree of separation" issue. I feel like most everyone I know, either knows or is connected with someone who knows Mitt Romney. Again, I'm not terribly educated on the specific differences between the Republican candidates. However, based on personality alone I think I can safely say that Daniel and I both like McCain. We don't like Huckabee at all, and Romney just comes across aggressive and pompous to us. No offense intended, and may be completely untrue of course. I'm just speaking of the impression we get. I don't "connect" with him any better as someone of a shared faith than I "connect" with Clinton as someone with a shared gender. I'm just not feeling it.

Ok, that's my uneducated political commentary. Feel free to explain to me the whole history of Israeli support thing. As it stands now, both of the votes in our household are "up for grabs" by either party. However, we do live in a red state, so it doesn't really matter anyway now does it. That's a whole other can of worms.

Here Comes the Sun

Yeah! The sun and warmth have returned. This blog will remain sluggish for the next week until I am done with this scoring session. Please excuse the lack of posts. Have a great week everyone.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Cabin Fever

It is cold and rainy. I am working 4 days this week. Okay, "days" is a stretch. I only work 4 hours each day, because that is all that I can get away with in pea-ville. The weather is making me reluctant to leave the house altogether. It is a good thing that we live in a climate where cold and rainy weather is not generally a long term situation. I am anxiously awaiting the sun and warmth. I am also awaiting a good blog topic to strike me.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Father/Daughters Date

Daniel took B&J to see the new Veggietales movie this morning. We would have gone as a family, but L does not do well with movies. So, she is taking a nap. It's kind of lonely.

The good news is that our furniture came, and our bedroom looks like adults live here. Looks like I will meet my goal of having a "grown up" bedroom before I turn 30. I'm very satisfied with the furniture and would recommend the seller (National Clearance Centers). It is nice, heavy, quality furniture, and came thoroughly boxed with tons of padding/protection. I can't believe how tall the dresser is. We got it to put the flat screen on, and it comes all the way up to my chest. It is a good height for the tv though, so I'm not complaining.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I'm a Squeaky Wheel

It's not that I want to be a complainer, it's just that crappy customer service really irks me. I changed banks back at the beginning of November, because BOA didn't have a branch anywhere near our house. We had just gotten a Wells Fargo at that time. So, being the bargain hunter that I am, I brought in the little mailer that they had sent out for a $50 bonus for opening a new account. To make a long story short, despite 3 months going by, and me having to go into my branch twice the bonus never appeared and they weren't fixing it. They just said, "Oh, you're right, it must have been an error, we'll take care of it." Yeah, right. It was not being taken care of.

I refused to drag my rear back into the bank again (I do everything online, why should I have to keep going in the bank because they are screw-ups). I emailed them through the website. Their answer, go into your local branch and they will handle it. Ummm...NO! I will not go back into my branch because they are not handling it! I replied to the "go into your local branch" form letter response with a snarky reply. I figured no one would pay attention to it, and I was annoyed. My response was, "Thanks for nothing. I was trying to avoid going into my branch with my kids for the 3rd time to resolve their error. I wish I hadn't changed banks." Normally I'm not that harsh, but I'm pregnant and annoyed. Well, it looks like someone actually was reading the emails because they suddenly contacted my local branch "in my behalf" and corrected the problem. Why may I ask didn't they do that when I sent the first friendly email? It's the squeaky wheel. They are forcing me to be the squeaky wheel in order to be treated properly.

A New Favorite Game

I should be doing a ton of productive things today. Especially since I'll be a bit busy in the next week with another scoring session. Unfortunately, I am feeling extremely unmotivated toward housework. J and I spent L's nap time today getting to the final terrace on Mario Galaxy, and playing our new favorite card game Sleeping Queens (B got it in her stocking, highly recommend it). Here's a link, but I got it at Target. They are only young once right? Maybe we'll mop the floors now since she enjoys that job so much.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Jimmy Legs (I am my father's daughter)

I come by my occasional bouts of "Jimmy Legs" honestly. My father has them, my grandfather had them, I have them. I know it will probably worsen with age, but it is not terribly bothersome to me right now. Pregnancy does tend to make mine worse though. I thought "Jimmy Leg" was just something that we called it in our family. We've got plenty of other made up terms for things. We were watching John Stewart last night, and found out that term is not native to our family. I laughed so hard, I may have pulled something. Here is the clip.

Peas Playing Soccer

So, we signed the big girls up for our community soccer league this Spring. When we asked them if they wanted to play a sport this Spring B immediately said yes. J, in typical fashion, said no. We asked several more times as registration approached to ensure that everyone had a chance to change their mind. On the very last day, when I told J that we were registering B for soccer today. I asked, "Are you sure that you don't want to try soccer? This is your last chance to change your mind." She decided that she did want to TRY it. I guess she just didn't want to commit, long term. ;) Fortunately, one season is not exactly a long term commitment. So, they start games March 1st. That should provide some good photos and blog fodder.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Doesn't Everyone Shop Online?

I find very few reasons to go to an actual store anymore. Food, household supplies, and special sales that aren't available online. These are the only things that get me in an actual store. We are just busy all of the time. It makes me wonder how the malls even stay open. I did not buy one single Christmas gift in an actual store. I did it all online.

So, B grew out of her tennis shoes recently and we've been trying to get to the store for new ones unsuccessfully. She spends 7 hours per day at school, and weekends have been busy. I would have happily picked new ones out myself, but she wanted to choose for herself (my days of choosing her clothes for her are numbered). Finally today, we just went online together and she picked out some new Nike's (pictured at the left). She is a fan of online shopping too. I just ordered them in the next full size up from the ones that she outgrew. Hopefully they will fit. We ordered them from Kohl's (so if they don't fit, hopefully I'll be able to bring them back to the store for an exchange). So, with the ease of online coupon codes (easily found with a quick google search), and 99 cent shipping, I ask...why would I go to the actual store? I just went ahead and got J a new pair also, since she outgrew her tennis shoes awhile ago, and has been wearing an older pair of B's. That was so easy, I don't know why I didn't just do it in the first place.

Local Friends & Family

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We are currently doing cookie pre-sales for Girl Scouts. I thought it would be convenient to post the chart of the varieties available here for our local friends and family. No payment is due at this time. Our pre-ordered cookies will come in around Feb 12, I think. So, if you are local to us, and want some cookies, just post a comment here with how many boxes/what varieties you want, or email me. No pressure :) We'll bring by your cookies when they come in, and then collect your payment. All cookies are $3.50 per box.

P.S. All Girl Scout cookies are certified Kosher, and are tax deductible, in case you care.

Homework Time

They are just so cute. I can't stand it sometimes. B&J were doing their homework while I was making dinner yesterday. L couldn't bear to be left down from the table. I had to give her some crayons and paper to make her feel like she had something important to do. That lasted about 5 minutes, then she started stealing everyone else's homework, so I had to give her a lollipop. That was the only way to keep her from trying to climb the stove or steal homework. It's like a three ring circus around here.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Thinker

supervising Daddy's game play
J is a very thoughtful little person. She asks the most interesting and pertinent questions all the time. She is very quiet, but is always thinking. She is also a "backseat driver" when it comes to almost everything. She loves to give extensive advice while anyone else is playing Mario Galaxy on the Wii. She will lay out a whole strategy for you, and if you don't listen she gets irritated.
L's new obsession, shoes.

Family Fun

We went miniature golfing with Daniel's sister, brother-in-law and kids on Saturday afternoon (and 2 of P's brothers). Then we came home and had some pizza and cake. It was fun. Here are photos of the birthday boys Uncle P and H.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Outback Takes Customer Service Seriously

So seriously that I feel guilty and wish I hadn't emailed them about the problems I had at our local Outback. We went reasonably early on New Year's Eve, with all 3 kids. I had some major problems with my order, and we were seated at a table that was like, blocking the entryway to the kitchen. So, I had emailed them to mention the kitchen problems. I'm sure I related the story here before (because I ramble like that). Anyway, when the manager called me, I insisted that she did not need to send me anything. I really did just want to report the issue to them, so that they could improve their kitchen problems. But, she sent me the gift check thing anyway. Ok, fine. Then today, UPS delivers this box. What was in it? Some gourmet brownies from a cookie company in Georgia, and another apologetic note. Really people, it was not a BIG DEAL. Now, I feel guilty for giving negative feedback.

She's So Emo...

So, I heard some of the teenage girls at church using this term. It supposedly means "emotional". I guess I'm getting old. L cries every day when Daniel leaves for work. It's so pathetic. She wants to be with him 24/7. Luckily, after I get her dressed, baby her, and hand feed her some breakfast (she's in the camp with J and I as non breakfast lovers) she quickly recovers. Here is a before and after photo. 1 min after daddy left, and 10 min after daddy left.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Gotta Love That Girl

B found a star with my name on it from a Young Women's activity a few months ago. She decided to turn it into a gift. She started by writing "princess" above my name, then branched out to some construction paper. How cute is she? I had to document the cuteness here. You know, so that when she's a teenager and hates me, I can refer her back to this post.

Funeral

Today we attended a funeral. It was for our brother-in-law's sister. It was very sad, but we were glad to have been able to attend, and help in some small way with our niece and nephews. It was a very full funeral, and it was clear that she was loved very much.

That pretty much sums up our day. B and I are off to a Brownie meeting in a few minutes. If you are needing some basic kids clothing super cheap, head to Old Navy tomorrow. It will supposedly be the annual (usually semi-annual, but the last one was canceled with no warning) 50% off clearance sale. Not just the usual 50% off, but where everything that is already clearanced gets another 50% cut. That makes for some very, very cheap basic clothing. People go nuts for this sale because you can get things for $1-$3 a piece. I still need jeans/pants for B, so I will be there bright and early.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I Like Things that are Even

I'm starting to think that I am weird. I love when things are even, and sometimes get a little preoccupied with it. Like, it freaks me out when the kids Christmas presents aren't "even" in value and number. When I was younger (I've 99% grown out of it luckily) if I would bump my right arm on something, I would turn around and purposefully bump my left arm, because I felt "uneven" until I did. Still now, if Daniel rubs one of my feet, he knows that he has to then do the other because I can't stand the uneven feeling. At dinner the other night, B pointed out that when our new baby comes, our family will be "even again". I smiled and thought, "let's just keep it that way, I like things even". Today at the grocery store my total ended up being exactly $100.00. I can't say that's ever happened before. It was just a total coincidence, but I was so pleased with the perfect even number, it was silly. That's one of my weirdnesses. So what are you weird about?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Update on the New Pea

He seems to be doing well. I on the other hand, am exhausted. I feel like I could sleep 20 hours a day. My house is a mess, and the laundry is backed up into a mountain. L is going through a "high maintenance" phase, which is not helping. I'm so tired, I don't even care that we haven't agreed on a name yet. My Dr. has officially bumped me up to visits every 2-3 weeks. That totally freaks me out because it demonstrates how soon we are having this baby. I also have to go in (within the next 2 weeks) and do my glucose test. I have failed it in the past, so will be surprised if I pass. I also have to get another full thyroid panel and a CBC, he wants to make sure the exhaustion is not related to low iron (which I am prone to) or my thyroid getting worse. Other than that, I am totally healthy, LOL. He squeezed my ankles to check for swelling and then laughed (because I have the boniest ankles in the world). The only thing about me that swells in pregnancy is my stomach, and my big round face. He also called over a medical student to look at and feel my stomach because I supposedly have a perfect and easily visible fundus. So, I've got that going for me ;) My usual super low blood pressure continues, so hopefully they will be able to keep it elevated to normal during my surgery. Before I had L, they hooked me up to the IV, and I sucked in 3 bags of fluids before they started the surgery and still had a blood pressure of 60's/40's at one point. I was not built for having children. It's a miracle that I've been able to have this many.

New Visitor

Our yard has a new visitor. L really likes him. She is also obsessed with the tiny frogs that are always hanging on our back door and windows in the evenings. I tried to get a picture, but they did not come out very well.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Jack of All Trades

Friday I used my free time to fill in all the nail holes on the trim in the kitchen and family room with wood putty. Saturday, I sanded it and started putting on many coats of trim paint. I also lightly sanded the benches in the kitchen and painted those too (The tape I had used when I was painting the walls ripped paint off of the the benches)
Why does she do this? It's a miracle she hasn't gotten a skull fracture (this table is counter height). It used to be enough to keep the chairs pushed in, but now she is strong enough to pull them out and climb up anyway. She does it at least a dozen times each day and it is so frustrating.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Funny Furniture Update

So, I went to order the furniture (pictured in the last post) and it showed a local location opening where I could pick it up. That saved me $100 on the shipping. Then, after I placed my order, I went to check out where this location is specifically so that I would know where to pick it up. When I clicked on the location it said...opening Feb 1. No problem, it will take 2-3 weeks to get to the location anyway. Then it said...order by phone before we open for a 10% discount. Ugh. So, I called the number and told them I had just placed an order online, etc, etc. Basically, I wanted my additional 10% discount (this is already a place where everything is priced 50% off MSRP). The guy took all my info and is trying to track down my order and deduct the 10%. It's another $150 off, so I want the discount. Here comes the funny part...so I'm telling the story to Daniel and we click on the same tab again 5 minutes later, and it says order from this location now and get "free delivery". So, they changed it minutes after I called. I'm not sure if I'll get the 10% off now. Daniel said he would rather have it delivered than worry about fitting it in our van to pick it up anyway. So, I guess if he says I can't have the 10%, I'll ask for free delivery.

If I do get the 10% off, I'll probably borrow one of my parents SUV's and drive that with the van (minus van seats) to make sure I can fit it all. I really don't think 2 nightstands and one dresser, plus the bed frame will be that monstrously large. I could be wrong.

Bedroom Furniture Continued

I didn't find anything I liked at Costco. I'm leaning toward this set. Opinions? Feel free to be honest. I have a hard time making decisions on furniture and decor. It is a really good price. I would get a set with a mild sleigh look, but I can't find one at a good price. The only sleigh styled sets that I like are $2k just for the bed alone. I don't like the extremely heavy, traditional looks. But, I don't like super modern either. I also like a lot of the black styles, but Daniel would prefer "not black". So, I thought that this was a good compromise of what we like. I would get a King bed set, 2 nightstands, and the short dresser.

My Bedroom is Depressing Me

I would post a picture of it, but I wouldn't want to depress you too. We really need bedroom furniture, but have not been able to justify spending the money since we moved in. I did the family room/kitchen first, as it seemed like the logical place to start. The leather sectional and recliner for the family room were NOT cheap, so the bedroom took a back seat. Daniel would happily continue to live with folding tables, crates, and no headboard for an indefinite amount of time. I am getting down to my last straw of sanity with the way it looks. But...I am also cheap. What to do? Any suggestions? I need a king sized headboard/footboard, 2 night stands and some kind of low dresser, or "media" table to either set the flat screen tv on, or hang the flat screen above. Since my beloved husband didn't blink at buying 2 expensive LCD monitors as TV's in the year and a half since we moved in (which I could have lived without), I don't see a good reason to continue having my bedroom look like an oversized dorm room. I am about to have his 4th baby, so he'll have to deal. That, or pay for the therapist that I will need for living in a half finished construction zone for years on end.

I made a bad bedding choice about 8 months ago. The bedding I bought from Kohl's (for about $150 so not super expensive) did not hold up AT ALL! We are a bit hard on bedding. We have a habit of sitting/laying all over our bed while it is made. The silky fabric of the set I purchased literally fell apart at the seams, and wasn't machine washable. So, it's basically trashed already. I'm leaning toward one of these two options. I'm thinking the blue, because I've been wanting to paint my bathroom this blue, and just regrout the stupid white tile, and replace the fixtures and possibly shower door. It would be cheaper than redoing the bathroom entirely. These are both on sale at Pottery Barn. Please voice your opinions...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Back to School

The big girls went back to school today. It's so quiet here. L is kind of lonely without her "sis-ers". I'm just not that exciting I suppose. Now, if only I could haul my big, fat, pregnant butt up and do some serious housework. L is napping though, and as much as I would like to be productive, I'm not feeling it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I'm a Micromanager

I just sent off email instructions to Daniel regarding dinner, which he is picking up. (We have a to-go visit scheduled at Cheesecake Factory today for Mystery Guest, hooray for free Crispy Spicy Beef!) I realized as I read it, that I am a micromanager. I literally give him a list of every single thing to do, including the phone number to call, and suggestions for what to order for himself. Part of that is because he always has a hard time deciding what to order, and often forgets what he liked or didn't like. And, if I don't tell him specifically what to order for the kids, he'll make bad decisions. That is how I am with most things though. I'm not sure if I am controlling (probably somewhat LOL) or if the organizing and listing and whatnot is just the way my mind operates. I like things to run smoothly. Anyway, I blame this partly on Daniel because every time I tell him to make a decision for us, or "just pick something" or "just stop anywhere" he insists that I please just tell him what to do. I think he thinks we're both happier when I give specific instructions. Sometimes though, you just want someone else to make a decision without your input, ya know? So, after 7 years of marriage, here I am...I micromanage.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Don't be alarmed. Your eyes are not deceiving you.
Daniel is actually working on the mantle/shelves.
Our New Year's Eve: I bargain hunted till I dropped in the AM. We played some Wii in the middle of the day. We took the girls over to the park in the afternoon. They rode their scooters. We are getting old and boring. We did take the kids out to dinner at the Outback last night. That was fun. Even L was well behaved. They screwed up my order though (put bacon and cheese on my potato), and despite asking twice, it took 20 minutes for my salad to arrive. It arrived at the same time as my meal, which always irks me, because you have to jam down your salad, then eat a cold steak (I fired off an email, because I'm a butt like that). We got home around 7pm. L went to bed, and the big girls had a bath, dessert, and played some more Wii (we can't get enough of that thing, it's sabotaging our home organization projects). They went to bed around 8:30pm. Daniel and I managed to stay awake for a couple more hours, then lost consciousness long before midnight. Someday maybe we will have the energy to ring in the new year properly, I doubt next year will be that year.

Today we are just working on cleaning/organizing, and playing yet more Wii with the kiddos. Mario Galaxy is too fun, it's not our fault. :) B helped me work on L's room all morning and we cleared out all of the baby clothes that don't fit, cleaned the closet, and she labeled all the bags of diapers with their size and stacked them under the crib. Thank goodness for crib skirts.