Monday, March 30, 2009
I spent 3 hours on this castle for the Princess. I keep thinking it would look like something more after that long. But whatever. Here ya go. After starting it late on Sat night I finished at 2 am on Sun.
So you can see she was spoiled by loving family, as usual. Thanks everybody!
And all day she has been toting around horses, squooshing playdough, and wearing fancy shoes. Pretty neat being four.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Babies, birthdays, meetings, service, scouts, playdates, trainings, lunch dates, music practice, finding lost best friends, driving, shopping, school, doctor visits, and on and on.
What a week. I have been so blessed and my heart is very full. Life is good.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Potter [yelled from the bathroom]: Bugs! I need some toilet paper. I'm all out!!
Bugs [playing downstairs]: Alright
Potter [five min later]: Puulllease! I need toilet paper.
Bugs [tp now in hand]: only if you say "I will never cheer for BYU again and I will always cheer for the Utes"
Potter: I will always cheer for BYU!!!
Princess: Mom, do you know why I eat things off the floor?
Me: Oh, I hope you don't-
Princess: Because things are yummy!
I made a delicious pasta salad to go with supper on Saturday. Ok, it was from a box. But it was good and I was looking forward to grilled hot dogs and pasta salad all week. At the dinner table the kids got excited when they saw it and loaded their plates. After several minutes I asked why no one was eating any. They replied "These noodles are COLD."
Sunday, March 22, 2009
My baby brother Matt is headed on a 2-year mission. Where is he going?
Mozambique Maputo, and he will learn Portuguese. Cool, huh?
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His mission will also cover Angola, which is on the other side of Africa a couple thousand miles away. That will be a fun trip. :-)
Congrats, Matt. We are so excited for you!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Orange Creamsicle Dessert
Unmold onto serving plate. Spoon remaining whipped topping in center of ring. Garnish with reserved mandarin oranges.
1) Post rules on your blog
2) Answer the six '8' items
3) Tag 8 others
8 favorite TV shows:
1. The Office
2. Lie to Me
5. Studio 5
6. Good Things Utah
7. American Idol
8. Law and Order
8 Things I did yesterday:
1. Took Princess to preschool
2. Made dinner
3. Saw my sister and her little family
4. Went to parent teacher conferences
5. Went Visiting Teaching
6. Held my new niece
7. Helped kids with math
8. Walked around the block with my new stroller
8 Things I'm looking forward to:
1. Finding out where my brother will serve his mission
2. Learning all about my new camera
3. Spring break
4. Having a backyard with grass
5. Enjoying the rest of the newborn stage
6. Watching my kids grow up with cousins
7. Seeing my tulips pop up
8 favorite restaurants:
2. Costa Vida
3. Ruby Tuesday
4. The Roof
5. Olive Garden
7. LoneStar Steakhouse
8. anything chinese
8 Things on my wish list:
1. Children that are always healthy
2. That Strider could be completely finished with school
3. A comfortable house
4. Year's supply of food
5. My kids getting chores done without nagging
6. Sleeping through the night
7. A vacation once a year
8. A reliable, newer van
8 people I tag:
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
If you've ever cared for a baby, though, you know the poop story.
You hold your sweet little thing, keeping their gaze and marvelling at the wonder of it all. They smell so sweet, their cheeks are so soft. You are so connected right now.
Then a sound breaks through the silence. There's a bit of an explosion of sorts going on in the trusty (we hope) diaper. Why are they grunting so much? It's just liquid for pete's sake.
Now this sounds high-volume. Panic begins to set in as you wonder what the next 10 minutes has in store for you.
Questions run through your mind. Is she wearing the name brand diaper right now or the cheap-o one? Did I put a onesie on? Who gave us this outfit? How expensive was it? Do I have time to soak the outfit and do a load of laundry before I go visiting teaching?
More explosive sounds. Now you have to deal with the dilemma of how to hold the child while she "finishes". You don't want to put pressure on the exploding area - what if you made it squish all over? Can't lie her down, same problem. So you decide on a strange under-the-armpit dangle while hoping for the best.
Periodic checks to see if the offensive substance is beginning to leak anywhere, and really wishing you hadn't worn your white shirt today. Sure enough, we are beginning to show orange through the blanket sleeper back.
Where to assess the damage? In the nice clean bassinet where you normally change diapers? Well, this is not a normal diaper. This is the once-a-week "tell daddy about it" kind of poop. Ok, still dangling infant (gotta keep the white shirt clean) you pass the hamper and see a dark colored shirt on top. Perfect. No stains. You lay baby in the bassinet but on top of the dark shirt.
Where to start? Sheesh, the more you deal with the legs and bottom parts, the more it will flow out the top of the diaper (curse Pampers). Remember that the little pink sleeper was a hand-me-down and not worth the trouble. After way too many wipes, wrap up the garbage and outfit together and throw in trash.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
My little sis finally had her baby! Many of you who read this blog know her, and know she was overdue and ready.
Well, Friday was the magical day. She had to be induced, but even with the pitocin she went unmedicated. So impressive. She had such control and a reverence about her.
I was honored to be there and witness the miracle. I certainly have given birth many times but I've never watched another baby be born. How exciting!
9 lbs 6 oz
22 inches long
So Strider and I now have a niece!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
First of all, don't you just want to eat this child? Scrumptious.
Second, it better be a big bite. At 5 weeks weighs in at 11 lbs 12 oz.
Third, after a week of my sister waiting for me to stich these burp cloths for her, I finally did. I am enjoying sewing even more than I thought I would. They turned out really cute, even for a rookie like me.
And fifth, tell me this guy isn't handsome. This is my baby brother at his military ball over the weekend. He wrestles for Iowa State and is also there on an ROTC scholarship. This is his first college date, awwww. He has submitted his paperwork for a 2 year mission for our church, and any day now should hear where he gets to serve!