Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas, From Soren



Consider this our Christmas card this year.

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's My Due Date, and I'll Cry if I Want To

To all the mothers who have their babies early:

You don't really know what it's like to be pregnant. Sorry.

Now, I think I'll go make myself some hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie with CJ.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sign of OCD?

He gets it from his dad, I swear


Someone should probably tell him that's not where empty wrappers go anyway.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pure Bliss.

For three reasons, really.

1) I just got back in sweats and a sweatshirt after being in "real" clothes. I made it until lunchtime, ok.

2) We fixed our water/ice maker on our fridge after being out of order for a year. This was the real reason I bought this house, so moving here has finally paid off.

3) Just got a netflix in the mail today. It looks like Date Night has come a little early this week. Hope Christian won't mind if I stay in my sweats.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

This is Kermit.



I think it's good to have family traditions for every holiday. Or at least the really big holidays like Halloween and Flag Day. Our family tradition is for Christian to get sick and for cj and me to have dinner at my in-laws. True to tradition, Christian insisted on getting the Swine Flu this year. Poor guy.

We still had fun and cj went trick or treating at one house, his cousins. One mini butterfinger was enough for that kid. I unwrapped it, handed it to him, and no exaggeration I looked back three seconds later and the candy bar was gone. Just a little bit of chocolate drool sliding down his chin and a big grin. Nice.

As expected, cj refused to wear his Kermit hat. No surprise there. I think I tricked him into wearing it for twenty seconds at one point, but without any camera footage. Oh well. Next year.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Best Thing I've Taught My Son


Besides folding his arm during prayers is that yogurt is ice cream. You should see how excited he gets when I grab a Yoplait from the fridge. He starts chanting--"ICE CREAM, ICE CREAM!" It's the best.

I think I'll start telling him that the library is Disneyland.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Seriously, The Best


When I was pregnant with cj, I watched my sister Daisy's kids for two weeks. Besides a trip to the ER and a few crying sessions in the closet, it was a great experience for me. The best part definitely was sweet little Maggie (sorry Parly, Clayre, Kate). She was 18 months and so cute. I honestly got homesick for her when we went back home. I remember Daisy telling me that it would be hard having a baby after seeing how cute a toddler is.

I hate to admit this, and I don't very often, but Daisy was right. Sure, I didn't realize it when cj was born. He was sort of cute in a newborn, helpless way. He even got cuter as time went on, and I'm sure there were a couple times around the year mark that I actually convinced myself that he was cute. But now we have finally hit the best age: 18 months. Seriously. Here's why:

  • Still slurps his milk out of his cereal bowl even though he knows what a spoon is for
  • Says, "Hi guys" when he walks into a room, "Oh shoot" when he drops something and "Ew stinky" when you smell his feet (and yes, they really do stink)
  • Knows the names of all his stuffed animals and says hi to them: Larry, Gertie, George, Fred, Alligator
  • Is old enough to go to nursery--enough said
  • Is too young to be embarrassed by his parents
  • Is too young to talk back
  • Takes a three + hour nap
  • Runs in place really all the time and says "Whoa.....fast!!!!"
  • Sings the Dora songs and wears a backpack around the house
  • Is always working on projects, useful things, like loading the dishwasher, moving everything out of the bathroom drawers, taking all the clothes out of my dresser, taking all the books off the shelves, and getting peanut butter and other sticky stuff on my white bedspread
He's been a pretty decent kid. I'm glad to have him around.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Train Rides, Caramel Apples, and Raffle Tickets


I tell you one thing, Apple Days is really starting to grow on me. Maybe because I was, to put it nicely, not asked to be part of the Cutest Baby Contest Committee this year. But something about train rides, a performance by River Heights' own Jumprope Team, and cotton candy just feels right. CJ loved the whole thing, especially eating candy from the parade for lunch and a bag of Doritos for dinner. Although he would've been content to sit in the sand volleyball pit the entire night, we forked out the big bucks for a couple of train rides and a few pushes on the park swing.

And the famous raffle tickets? We didn't fare quite as well this year, probably because we didn't buy any raffle tickets. But Isaac did great. Again. Five bucks on raffle tickets goes a long way in River Heights. He didn't win the bike this year, but he did come away with $20 to the local Bridal Boutique and a few other equally useful prizes. We're already looking forward to next year.

Here's the footage from the train ride. Excuse the annoying mom yelling in the background. I think she was near tears. She was excited, ok, it's her first kid and it's his first train ride.


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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Porch Sitter


This is how cj likes to spend his time outside--sitting on the porch. For the life of me, I can't get him to come out and play. He'll last about three minutes in the sun, then go back and situate himself comfortably right next to the door, just hanging out. We've had some good times on the porch this summer. I'm a little sad to see it end.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Date Night

Oh date nights, how I've missed you. I've always known that our date nights would be a little casual. When your culminating proposal date consists of getting hot chocolate twice and going for a muddy walk in below freezing temperatures, you may question what the married date nights are going to look like. On one hand, you really can only go up from there, right?

Nice try. First, in Christian's defense, I have to say that we have had some pretty good date nights. Casual? Yes. Cheap? Of course. But we had some good Hot and Readys in the park (really romantic) and Pita Pits up Green Canyon (supplemented with potato chips from my parents' cupboard). We brought cj along because, let's face it, it's easier than getting a babysitter and he's pretty funny to watch eat, anyway. I was actually feeling good about the whole thing. The dates weren't the most consistent or planned out, but we'd gotten somewhere. I had finally convinced Christian that me making dinner and us watching a movie in bed wasn't technically a date night. Yes, I felt good about that. Until last week. Last week my brother Marty took his wife on a date, an actual date. It included food, activities, and a babysitter. What's more, I think they even left the house.

We've got some real shaping up to do. It's ok. I have a plan. Tonight after I make pancakes for dinner, we are definitely going to Maverick to get frozen yogurt. And maybe even a red box, too.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Beach Sand Tastes Better


CJ enjoyed our family outing to California. And why wouldn't he? He got to play with actual toys instead of me handing him something out of the junk drawer. Whenever I didn't know where he was, which was often (come on, how does one person keep track of FIVE kids? Sorry, Em I'm not that good), I would find him drawing on the chalkboard or downstairs in Canyon's room playing legos.

But most of all, CJ loved the beach. He loved everything about it but the water.


It was tough coming back.

Monday, August 17, 2009

No Potty Training for Me, Thanks

Christian and I are watching my sister Emily's kids for the week. It's almost like a vacation: beautiful home, sweet kids, beach trips, swimming and all in Northern California. There's just one sort of messy catch. Jane, Emily's youngest, is potty trained, according to Emily. But it's Day 2 and we are on our second clean up of the messy kind and countless of the not as messy kind. I've spent about half my time here in the bathroom. I'm starting to wonder if Emily was hoping to come home to a real potty trained 2 year old--not the fake kind. I'll tell you one thing, it has sure made me appreciate diapers. I've never been so happy to change CJ's diapers, truly a joy. It's making me rethink potty training entirely. I think I'll start working on that in another few years. Do Kindergarten teachers change diapers? First grade? Just wondering.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Advantages of Losing Your Cell Phone


  • No pesky alarm to wake me up
  • I can sit easy at church or the movies when a cell phone starts ringing. In fact, I can even give a, "Can you believe these people?" look.
  • Finally an excuse for not returning phone calls or text messages (you reading this Heather?)
  • Yet another thing I borrow from my parents multiple times a day--their home phone (weird that they started locking their doors)
  • Drastic drop in our cell phone bill
  • Using a pay phone. Yes, they still exist. They may be a little less sanitary and a little more pricey but a nice temporary substitute.
  • My son no longer holds everything to his ear and says, "Hi"
It has been so nice being stranded all day, and I know Christian has really enjoyed being my personal secretary. Too bad I can't pay him. Honestly, I don't know how I survived with a cell phone. It's a new trend. Try it. Now living without a computer, that I wouldn't dare try.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I know, I know

Enough videos. But here is cj's first slip 'n slide. He cried for about fifteen minutes afterward, but I think deep down he really liked it.
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Don't worry, I made other parents send their one year olds down first to make sure it was safe.

Monday, July 27, 2009

By the Way

It's gotten worse. Notice the untouched drink to his right.
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Oh Boy!

When you can make them this cute, why not have another one, right?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Feeling Lazy


Reading Little House on the Prairie does that to you. I'm halfway through Farmer's Boy and occasionally, I sit back and sigh thinking of simpler days where you cut bricks of ice from the pond for the ice house and woke up early to milk cows by hand. (Way easier than a freezer or a gallon of milk from the store.)

Then I read the breakfast menu and reality sort of slaps me in the face. The menu: oatmeal (with thick cream and maple sugar), fried potatoes, golden buckwheat cakes, sausages, gravy, butter, maple syrup, preserves, jams, jellies, doughnuts, and a spicy apple pie. For breakfast. Breakfast! That's the meal where I can, with one eye still closed, pour myself, Christian, and cj a fresh bowl of cheerios.

Next comes the "sack" lunch: bread and butter, sausage, doughnuts, apples, and "four delicious apple-turnovers, their plump crusts filled with melting slices of apple and spicy brown juice." I hate to remind anyone what Christian's prepared lunch looks like. Let's just say it begins and ends with a peanut butter sandwich.

Dinner is, well, three times what breakfast was and covers about four pages of the book. Needless to say, they don't eat Hot and Readys on the Prairie. And the pantry is full, not of pretzels and fiber one bars, but of yellow cheeses, large brown cakes of maple sugar, crusty loaves of fresh-baked bread, four large cakes, and a whole shelf of pies. All baked without a Kitchen Aid.

Don't even get me started on Ma's Spring Cleaning. It's a touchy subject for me.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Still Here


To all my faithful readers (you are still reading, right mom?), yes, we are here. Just haven't had a lot to write about. And still don't. We haven't really been busy, just enjoying summer. Highlights:
  • Barbecues
  • Watermelon
  • Aggie ice cream
  • Swings
  • Morning runs (ok, jogs....ok, walks)
  • Books on hold at the library
  • Watching our garden sprout up (still a miracle to me)
  • Popsicles
  • Hiking
  • Watermelon
  • CJ in shorts and flip flops
  • Blankets on the grass
Yes, we are enjoying summer. And it hasn't even started yet.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Our Garden

Thanks to Isaac and Elise, CJ got to ride in a golf cart and a wheelbarrow yesterday. Oh yeah, and they helped us get our garden ready. CJ is already going to be a great helper. He ate three mouthfuls of dirt. Now if we can just get him to eat weeds.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Baby Animals Day




It was a real hit for the babies.

An Easier Way to Read: YouTube

I found an alphabet book at Border's yesterday that I really wanted to get for me...I mean cj. I was having a hard time explaining it to Christian so I googled it, and there it was on youtube. Pretty cool. Now, I can watch it any time I want. I just saved myself $20.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Do You Have Your Child on a Regular Exercise Routine?

If not, you should reconsider.


We do about twenty minutes on the treadmill, twenty on the stairs. And you were wondering how cj keeps his trim figure.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sweat, Blood, and Tears--Literally


Thank goodness that's over. There were a few sketchy parts there at the end, so don't look too closely. In fact, try not to look at all. I've put it in cj's room and am finally starting to get used to it. We're ready for a new project....in about another year.


CJ was always SO happy to watch me work.

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Couple Things

My day so far:
1. It snowed. Lots. And will again this week.
2. I finally untangled cj's seat belt. It had been twisted and tangled about thirty times and was a pain to buckle. Five minutes well spent. Very satisfying.
3. I dropped my cell phone into our FULL blue recycle bin. Somehow it weaseled its way to the bottom. Luckily, Christian fished it out for me. That's what husbands are for I guess. I have rededicated myself to more thoroughly rinse our aluminum cans from now on. Gross.

I love Mondays. Seriously, I do.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Last Week at the Park


Now there's snow on the ground. It was fun while it lasted.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Birthday Hangover


Yesterday was CJ's first birthday and he slept until 9:30 this morning. 9:30. Ever since he turned one, he's been so LAZY. I'm not sure why he was so tired. We didn't even celebrate his birthday yesterday. That's coming tonight. We did give CJ the best birthday present ever. A walk outside. It felt good to be outside again. The snow is melting and things are looking up.

A year ago today:


It has been a great year.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Every Day is Library Day


Growing up we always went through our weekly agenda at Family Home Evening. Everyone else had soccer games, swim meets, dates, parties. I always had two things: library day and show and tell day. It was the same every week. Everyone else was in high school. I was in elementary school. My siblings mocked me then, but I think my life has come full circle. I'm back to library days.

First, I miss the Salt Lake City Library. So very, very much. I miss five floors of beautiful, wonderful books from floor to ceiling. I miss abusing my employee card with limitless checkouts and zero late fines. I miss the children's department with picture books, chapter books, board books as far as the eye can see. And movies. Oh yes, movies. Sometimes when I come across an obscure book, I look longingly at Salt Lake's online catalog and find six copies at five different locations. Sigh.

Having said that, Logan Library has been good to me. I have daily contact. Daily. I have utilized their facilities to full capacity. I have about 20 checkouts at a time--all with different due dates: picture books, sewing books, cooking books, "regular" books, dvds. I have at least that many on hold. A couple processing through inter-library loan. And I have made a few requests. One being a European Union flag (Who knew you could check out flags?)

So I have no complaints. Yesterday was a library day for us. And with any luck, today will be one, too.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Things I No Longer Take for Granted



Add this to the list: Garage doors that open and close. Right now we have one that closes. And stays closed. I remember when it closed AND opened. Those were good days.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lately, Our Favorites

Book: Since CJ was born, we have read Peter Pan, Watership Down, Wind in the Willows, Winnie-the-Pooh, Stuart Little. He hates it all. His favorite book BY FAR is this 2 in. x 2 in. book called Things We Wear. The "book" has ten words in it, including the word "blouse" and "swimsuit", followed by a picture of a speedo. Weird book. But whenever I pick it up, he starts clapping and giggling.

Toy: It's a toss-up between the diaper caddy filled with lotions and medicines and pulling on heavy bookcases. That and doors. I'm trying to figure out how to wrap one of those for a cheap birthday present. I'm still working on it.

Pastime: Eating. For both of us.

As you can see, we have been up to A LOT lately and have had NO time for blogging. We'll get on that again.

I stink at Blogging


Lately, I really do. But here is my 6th picture from my 6th folder. Pretty boring. It is a little ironic that the person who tagged me (Megan) is in the picture. Nice.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

White Shirts, Snow and Blisters

It snowed yesterday. A lot. A snowstorm in December is listen to Christmas music and drink hot chocolate kind of cozy. A snowstorm in mid-February is mildly depressing. So we spent the day ironing 12 of Christian's white shirts. Really, 12. I scorched two of them and got blisters on my hand. Blisters from ironing? I used to get blisters from things like running marathons and hiking mountains, but in mid-February I get blisters from ironing.

Oh well. Back to the shirts. At least I have calluses now.

Monday, February 16, 2009

My Valentine



Christian had to share me this year.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Broccoli: Something to Clap About

Why not?
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Of course, just about everything is clapworthy these days.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sorry, Larry

He may never be the same again.
Before Dryer:


After Dryer:


Fortunately, CJ hasn't noticed a difference yet.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Calling in Sick

That's what CJ and I are doing today. I'm feeling fine but CJ has the croup. He is finally tucked into his crib after a sleepless, barking night, so things are looking up.

Our plan for today: nap, eat applesauce, watch movies, read, and nap--all in our pajamas, of course. It should be a good day.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Litte New Years Cheer

I love writing New Year's Resolutions. Yes, writing them. There is nothing I love more than sitting back with a cup of hot chocolate (whipped cream on top) watching the snow fall and imagine ways I could be a better person. I write them down of course, and then sigh, finish my hot chocolate and go to bed. I've been thinking about some of my past New Year's Resolutions. One year: "Learn how to write left-handed". After about 20 minutes of practice over the entire year, I never did get it down. Another year: "Learn about the U.S. presidents, in great detail". I watched half a documentary and read a children's book. I still want to do that one again, sometime. Maybe next year.

This year is different, though. This year I am following through. Last night Christian and I wrote some New Year's Resolutions--four each in different categories. My resolution for knowledge: "Reupholster a chair". I've had this on my "to do" list for almost two years but have gotten nowhere. I shouldn't say nowhere. I've checked out books from the library, even read some, browsed sewing stores, and even bought the fabric twice. I think I maybe even googled int once. Somehow the chair is still sitting in CJ's bedroom. Any advice? I'm counting on all you seamstresses out there to help: Julene, Mom, Emily, Ashlie, Bonnie, Tori, Erma? Anyone up for the challenge?

Mostly I think my best shot is to get Elise involved in this. Elise? Ready to provide everything for this project, too?