Sunday, February 28, 2010

Goin' for the Gold

I think I am one of the few who didn't watch/care about the Olympics.  We don't have TV so I couldn't glue myself randomly to different sports that I know nothing about.  I kind of miss watching the ice skating.  But that's about it. 

Random.

Not entirely blog worthy.

But there it is. 

Better blog another day.

G'night.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Open link in New Tab...

I have been ruminating about what to blog on.  I feel the desire to write and yet no inspiration or direction.
Sometimes I feel like Tootles in Hook where he see's that it's snowing and slams the door.  I know I have been very anti-snow this winter and I am sorry to those of you who enjoy it or are sick of hearing me gripe.  In my defense: you don't HAVE to read my blog :) Needless to say- it's snowing again.

In other news: 5 things about me you never knew you never knew:
1- I got my head stuck in a sliding glass door.  I was 18. Betcha didn't know that was possible eh? What can I say? It's a gift.
2- The only 4 colors my bedrooms have ever been are: Pink, Purple, Yellow and of course White.  I am looking forward to exploring new colors some day.
3- I want to learn how to free-motion quilt. I think I need to upgrade machines to be able to do that though...hmm.
4- I have always been drawn to stories about cancer.  As a pre-teen I loved to read Lurlene McDaniel's books.  I am still profoundly touched by stories of cancer victims and survivors.  I participated in Relay for Life a couple of times at home and then when I went to college that was a defining moment for me when I could choose to do it on my own whether I got any friends to go with me or not.  (I got my RA and two other girls to go with me)
5- I like using a power sander.  (In Tim the Toolman Taylor's voice) Oh Oh Oh! More power!  It makes sanding anything so much faster and worth doing.  It was fun to try it in Cedar where the wind always blows.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Star trekkin' across the universe...

Star Trekkin' across the universe,
On the Starship Enterprise under Captain Kirk.
Star Trekkin' across the universe,
Only going forward, still can't find reverse. 

Oh Dr. Demento. How we love thee. 
We took our own little trek across what felt like the universe.  
On the way we had a very momentous occasion:
Nena, our beloved Jetta, hit the 200,000 mile mark. 
We bought her just before we headed to California to get married almost 4 years ago.  I think she had 145,000 miles then.  We've had some good times with Nena.  And just so you know-- she has a bit of a flair for the dramatic.  Not only did she hit 200,000 miles without so much as a hiccup but she did it right at the stop sign at Crescent Junction.  
I kid you not.  It was awesome.  (In the picture it's the wooden pole in the middle there.  I couldn't get a picture of the stop sign from the other angle because I was watching the odometer roll over. PS I was riding shotgun- NOT driving.) As you may have noticed we were at Crescent Junction about a quarter after nine in the morning.  If you've ever driven that road or know how long it takes that would mean we'd been on the road a while.  Well.  Let me tell you...we were at Sean's sister's house in Salt Lake for a sibling pot luck.  I didn't take pictures there sorry. Soup. Bread. Salad. Brownies. Good times and great oldies.  We'll we were staying the night with Tiff and Tim so we could visit a bit and get on the road bright and early-- which for us is not usually before 7. As tradition would have it we stayed up a tad bit late chatting. So Ian didn't go to bed until 1 am (a few hours past his regular 8 pm bedtime).  He threw his first lay-down-screaming-for-forty-five-minutes-like-a-banshee fit.  Oh man. It was rough.  (Sorry Tiff and Tim for keeping you guys up) so then he zonked.  We figured he'd be asleep for a good while.  At 3:30 he woke up from a bad dream and started screaming again.  We decided to just head out on the road because I wasn't all that tired and the boys would sleep in the car.  We got lost a little finding the freeway but I think it was Nena getting in the perfect amount of miles for her dramatic little show hours later. 

So while we may be star trekkin across the universe I hope Nena keeps on keepin' on.  We love her and will be sad the day we have to give her up for whatever reason.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In honor of Valentine's Day

So on Facebook this week people are posting how long they have been together with their significant other in honor of Valentines day. Here's a little data about Sean and me by the numbers:

  • Sean and I have been together for 4 years and 5 months 
  • Married for 3 years 11 months (on Monday)
  • Sealed for 2 years 11 months and onward to eternity
  • Have 2 kids
  • Rented 1 house and 2 basements 
  • Completed 2 BA Degrees
  • Started 1 grad school
  • Owned 3 1/2 cars (Sean owned the Buick that we crashed a month before we got married)
  • Sold 1 car
  • Had 0 pets
  • Gotten 1,000's of dollars in debt for school
  • Killed 4 or 5 houseplants
  • Planted 1 garden
  • Traveled 53,000 plus some odd miles
  • Visited 4 states not including where we live
  • Gone to the beach 3 times
  • Attended 6 weddings
  • Blown 2 tires 
  • Attended 2 funerals and 1 baptism
  • Watched a gagillion movies
  • Read at least 10 books out loud together
  • Stopped at the Arby's in Green River 10-jillion times 
  • Stopped at the Subway in Green River 5-jillion times
  • Stopped at scary only open gas station in Monticello at 2 AM once
  • Made 1 batch of "diaper stew"-- and yes it was gross though NOT what you're thinking
  • 1 partially torn tendon
  • 1 batch of Jello-Jigglers (they're just not that yummy when you have to eat the whole batch with two of you)
  • Longest seperation 3 weeks
  • Changed lotsa diapers
  • Done lotsa laundry 
  • Been to 6 temples
  • Camped just the two of us 1 time
  • Ran 1 5k
  • Had 3 computers (though one has had lots of different parts replaced)
  • Owned 0 TV's (though we had a TV tuner in our now broken computer)
  • Gone Deer hunting 3 times
  • Killed 0 deer (though we only had tags twice)
  • Hiked Overlook Trail at Zions--- 1/4 time
  • Hiked Emerald Pools trail at Zions 2 times
  • Driven the "Hog's back" 1 time
  • Played Cataan 50 some odd times
  • Recontructed 1 rocking chair
  • Stayed at 5 hotels
  • Painted 1 item of furniture 
  • AND
  • Been to IKEA 1 time
So there you have it folks.  Some of us by the numbers.  Just in case you were wondering.  I knew you were. 

Monday, February 8, 2010

Landon is almost 9 months old already!

Quick little bloggity blog. 

Isn't he such a sweetie? 
Eight and a half months old: 
and then I'd say this next one was in honor of the superbowl... 
but we're not big football fans and didn't watch it. 
Just one of Lando being a cutie.
One more of the second born:
"I can't put my arms down!" 
"You can put your arms down when you get to school."

And last but not least: Big brother cheesing for the camera.  
 He insisted Daddy took his portrait.  
Please forgive the ketchup on his face- he's 2!

I may be biased in thinking these boys are cuties-- 
but it's comes with the job title of Mom.

On a side note:  May I just state for the record that I am so grateful for the power of the priesthood? I am.  Ian went home from church yesterday (with Daddy- not by himself) with a cough.  A pretty nasty sounding one.  He's had it since Friday and I swear to you this ALWAYS happens: he gets sick just in time for the weekend when the doctor's office isn't open.  So we waited out the weekend to see if he'd improve.  He seemed to.  Then Sunday evening in a matter of an hour he had a bad fever and just looked like he felt terrible.  102.4 according to the thermometer.  So I gave him a little tylenol to help break the fever and help him be a little more comfortable.  Then Uncle Fielding came over and he and Daddy gave Ian a blessing.  A few minutes after Dani and Fielding left Ian decided he wanted to get down and play with his blocks.  His fever did go down some and he felt well enough to play and even eat a little.  YAY.  Then this morning he had a fever again so we're heading to the doctor's this afternoon to get checked out.  But I'm grateful he was able to get a blessing.  It helped him feel better- there's no doubt about that.  Some of you may chalk it up to the Tylenol kicking in... but that's not all it was.  You could see a difference in his demeanor.  I'm very grateful.  Let us all count our blessings.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Currently jazzed about....

Ya know what I love?  Crafting.  And by that right now I mean quilting.  I don't quilt in the traditional sense that I measure everything and have perfect anything-- but I like taking fabric, cutting it up, and sewing it back together in a new way.  Pretty cool.  Currently I'm working on a quilt for my niece, who is scheduled to make her apperance sometime in March (though I think due dates are ma-larkey...both of my boys were 4 weeks early) Hopefully this little girl isn't early so I'll have time to finish it.  I'm really excited about this one because I'm not doing what I've always done; namely- figure out a pattern then go to the store and get X amount of this material and X amount of that and make it just like the picture in my head.  Nope.  I'm wingin' it on this one and I'm rather enjoying seeing where it wants to go.  First off I'm using old clothes for the material (mostly) which means I'm reusing something that has already gotten use once (I feel good about that) AND I have access to fabrics of really cool textures that I wouldn't normally have thought of using.  I'm enjoying how this little project is going.  Now I'd better get sewing while the boys are asleep...(PS No pictures of it yet because I want it to at least be a little bit of a surprise as to what it looks like for Dani and Fielding)

Note: the picture at the top is the last blanket I made almost a year ago- for our baby #2 Landon-- I thought a picture would be nice for the blog- even if it's not what I'm currently working on.  

Monday, February 1, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday...etc

We attempted "Muffin Tin Monday"-- basically food in a muffin tin.  The theory is it's fun and a variety of food gives the kid choices...
 Ian had Pretzels, Fruit Snacks, Cheese, PB and Honey Sammich, Raisins and Pink Lemonade.  What do you think was his favorite??  
 
Yep. The fruit snacks.  Oh well.  He ate some cheese and raisins and all the pretzels but I couldn't get him to touch the sammich...next time.  (AKA that's what he's having for dinner) Let's add some more pictures just for kicks shall we? 
 
Ian earned his "Science Kid DDDD!" YAY! 

And here are the boys watching the "DDDD" Well they WERE.  As soon as the camera came out Lando wouldn't look back at the movie. 
Good bonding time.

So I thought I was the one in the family who loves hats.  
And I do.  Apparently so do my boys: 
 
Landon in a "Military" cap given to me by a friend.  It's fun but fits weird.  Ian wouldn't keep it on when he was little.
 
Ian sporting a train conductor's hat fashioned (made) by Oma in days past. 
And we can't forget the big boy either: 
 
Sean in his new headlamp.  We use it mostly for mining laundry (it's in the basement and we have no light on the back porch/stairs).  Alas- I'm going to have to play catch up and get some pictures of myself in hats for another post.  Until then. TTFN.

Punxsutawney!

Passamaquaddy! Quadamapassy! Passamapoddy!

(Ian is supposed to be napping so I had better type quickly- before he gets the door open.)

What is all the gibberish about?  Well- tomorrow is Groundhog's day.  I remember it most years (which is weird because it's not even a real holiday).  Why do we celebrate a groundhog that "forecasts" the weather based on if he's scared of his shadow or not?  Eh. Who cares?  I say bring on the sun, the warmth, the flowers, the walks to the park.  I'm done with winter.  Being a California girl at heart (always and forever) I have a rough time with the white stuff we call snow.  I never dreamed of a white Christmas.  I didn't care.  If we wanted to play in the snow we WENT TO THE SNOW.  Which Sean finds hilarious that we would "go to the snow".  It is beautiful for about an hour.  Then the snow plows come through and coat the roads in dirt and make it a muddy mess.  If, when it snowed, we could all call it a snow day and stay inside and snuggle and drink hot cocoa I'd be just fine with that.  But when I have to go to the grocery store and deal with it all just to get some milk- that's where I call it quits.  Or when the snow is still there after WEEKS... *sigh*

Today is beautiful and sunny.  I may even take the boys for a walk after Ian's "nap" (which isn't happening thus far).  We'll bundle up because it is still frigid outside but at least the sun is shining and the sky isn't crusted over with the "inversion". 

Bring on February! I'm excited for my brother to get home this month.  Crazy to think he hasn't even met Landon and last saw Ian when he was just a wee babe.  Now that the post is random enough I'll go find some pictures to post.