Monday, December 29, 2008


Dinner is in the oven, and Mike is playing with the boys, so I have about three seconds to do whatever I want. We had a crazy December and a great Christmas. I have tons to catch up on, but for now, here are two of my favorite Samisms:

  • Hey, I remember when we bought this at the store. Did Santa come and wrap it?
  • (To Grandma Grace) You're not my boss, I have parents of my own!

I bought gas today for $1.31 a gallon.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Let it Snow!

It's been snowing all day, so after Will went down for his nap, Sam and I went outside to play! It hasn't snowed for a month, so Sam was excited that it's finally winter!
He made snow angels...
and helped me shovel the walks. And threw snowballs at me. And made me throw snow at him.

If anyone is looking for toddler snow bibs, Target carries them for $12.99 (regular price). They're pretty decent too. Kept Sam warm and dry.

I'm trying to remember to take more pictures. Pregnancy just makes me such a slacker in pretty much every respect. We played a rousing game of Roll Ball before bed the other night.

Mike was at welding class, so the boys and I had a quiet dinner of grilled cheese. Or maybe this was when he was working late. That's probably it, because Katie usually comes over on welding class nights when her husband is out of town.

"Mom, take a picture of me like this!"

Such a cheeser! That was about all he would eat of his grilled cheese. This boy and his picky eating. It's a miracle he gains any weight at all. My friend's baby is 9 months old and weighs slightly more than Will. Will's checkup was today and he is growing. He weighs 22 lbs. 13 oz. That puts him in the 25th percentile for weight, but he's in the 50th percentile for height. I'll have to remeasure him because I don't think they told me his inches.

"Mom, if you really love me, you'll give me a haircut."
(I gave him a haircut Saturday morning while Sam was at a movie with his little buddy Taylor and her family.) Not a beautiful haircut (no pic yet), but for anyone who's never tried cutting the hair of an 18 month old, they NEVER stop moving. It doesn't really improve until some time between 3 and 4. It's decent for my lack of skill and his rate of movement, but some day I'll be really good at it. :)

Mom, Look!

Sam stuffed two tennis balls and a mini football in his shirt and said, "Mom, look! I have three babies in my tummy!"

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Sam was so proud of himself as he announced, "I took all the decorations off the tree that I could reach!"

Crazy Day

Wednesday was a pretty crazy day for me. It was our first Enrichment Activity since I called to Relief Society. Not just that, it was the Christmas dinner and program. Talk about pressure. I have a fabulous enrichment leader (and we have a very small committee), and we actually pulled it off! Luckily, it was also Mike's day off, so I went and set up in the morning, went home for a shower, went to a stake RS luncheon, took the boys to the park with Mike, and then went back to the church for the rest of the night. The food was good, the program was great, and I was home by 9:00 with everything totally cleaned up and done. Whew! I was a complete zombie on Thursday, but we won't have another major activity until March. I'll have a newborn, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there. These boys love their daddy!

They had tons of fun. Mommy and Daddy got a little break when a minivan full of kids stopped by.
Sam always makes new friends when we go places. It's great, everyone is his friend before he even meets them. These kids were lots of fun too. They made trains going down the slide. This time around Sam lost his shoe. He was pretty bummed when they had to go. They all had "A" names...there was Austin, Alec, Aspen, and Alta. Mike and I have so much trouble naming our kids anyway, we'd never be able to stick with one letter. And no, we have not picked a name for the baby. We're not trying to be coy, and we're not waiting until we see what she looks like. We just can't decide. Same as with Sam and Will. We just need a deadline, and signing the birth certificate seems to be pretty motivating.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Don't tell Mike...

Mike would probably be mad if he knew Sam tried my boots on...but Sam was pretending to be Puss in Boots from Shrek. Not quite right style of boot, but whatever. I went shoe shopping the other night and I finally got my black boots. It's really hard to find cute boots for a good price, but I found some! And I got these shoes fun! I really like them. The boots were normally $70, but I got the boots and shoes for $50 (for both). Yay for double sales plus a coupon!

My other favorite thing right now is Biosilk's Silk Therapy. This stuff is amazing! It makes my hair manageable and soft. Costco has it right now for around $12 a bottle (which is a great deal compared to a salon). When we went to California I forgot to take conditioner (which is a problem when you have long hair!), but I packed this and had no trouble. Love it.


5 of my neighbors within a block of me are pregnant. That makes 6 of us total. Just found out about the other one tonight. I think another one will probably be pregnant soon too. Just a guess. We must have one of the most hormonal blocks in the state, and that's saying a lot for Utah!


Food always looks better in person, especially when you're eating it. This is a cinnamon roll caramel apple pecan pie. Pretty good. I'll post the recipe on the food blog some day...when I have some time (ha!).

Climbs. On. Everything.
We let Sam watch movies after we ate so everyone would be happy. Will didn't want to watch the show, he just wanted to hang out with his brother on the amazing green chair. I love that thing.

I guess I ate too much...I look so full! I'm seriously starting to get a complex. 4 of my neighbors within a block of me are pregnant. One of them is due any day, and the other three are all about two months behind me. Except for the 9-monther, none of them show yet. At all. And it's starting to make me feel bad. I was already in maternity clothes two months ago, and this is my smallest pregnancy yet! But I'm 30 weeks now...just 10 more to go!
We went home and put the kids in bed. Correction, I put the kids in bed because Mike had a migraine coming on. But then I went and saw Twilight with Melissa and Renee. I have to say...I liked it! I thought it was going to be really bad, but it wasn't. Some of the casting and acting left something to be desired, but I was so glad the movie wasn't awful! It was fun to have a girls night too, it's been a while! Now I can't wait for the next one...

Catching Up

Life has been so busy lately! Back at the beginning of October I was released from teaching Mia Maids in our ward and called to be the 2nd counselor (enrichment) in the Relief Society. Even before I was sustained and set apart, I had already been to two meetings. It hasn't slowed down a whole lot since, especially with Christmas. And our Christmas dinner is on Wednesday. Yikes! More than half of the enrichment committee has been released since I was put in, and we've only called one more person. Plus our enrichment leader is brand new we're all new, and we're all trying to figure out what we're doing! I guess as long as everyone shows up with their food assignment, we can't go wrong. I hope.

Will had a blast running around with Sam's backpack on one day after preschool.

And Sam had his first homework assignment! He had to put together a city plan using these shapes. I made a couple of suggestions when he got stuck, but he thought of pretty much all of it by himself. Down in the corner is a monster truck. My artistic skills are pretty much non-existent, obviously. And that's him flying the kite.