Monday, January 31, 2011

Did you ever really USE the crayon sharpener on the back of the box?

Remember when Mr. Rogers went to the crayon factory? I LOVED seeing the crayons and could almost smell the waxy newness of them.
My kids are BRUTAL on crayons.  No point in buying new ones- they'll just end up busted 5 minutes after opening the box. Stepped on. Snapped in hand. Tips broken off.  Normal kid stuff. 
So I tried kid-proofing the crayons by melting them together. We'll see how it works after naptime.  At least it's something novel. 

(FYI the "washable" crayons will end up giving you a clear coat that rises to the top-- sort those out if you can.  I didn't but I doubt the kids will notice they don't color as well as they used to)

Step 1: Sort crayons by color. You want to do this before you peel the paper off because many of them don't look like the color they are when they're naked.
Step 2:  Peel all your broken crayons.  Hire the kids to help. Mine didn't help much until I figured out cutting the paper with a razor blade FIRST helped the unwrapping process.
Step 3: Put crayons in cupcake tin.  I used 2 disposable ones because I didn't want to gunk up my good ones.  Even if you use the liners- they can leak through. 
Step 4: Oven 350*--- but what? Mine is at 325... no it's not. Our oven is challenged and runs a bit too hot around the collar.  So I tweaked it. 
Step 5: Melt away. About 10 minutes or so until it was liquid. 

Step 6: Put cupcake tin in freezer for an hour. OR if your freezer looks anything like mine there is no room for a full cookie sheet of hot wax. So I put mine on the washing machine for a while to cool off.  (Out of reach of the kiddos AND in the basement where it's colder)
Step 7: Pop them out. Rub off rough edges. Color away.  


Saturday, January 29, 2011

I thought it was a regular Grapefruit....

In our Bountiful Basket this morning we got 2 pamplemousse (Mooses? Meeces?) 
In their honor I give you:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Good Idea, Bad Idea

Good Idea:
Organizing the mass of toys (most of which we don't need- and the kids have forgotten about).

Bad Idea:
Organizing the mass of toys with the "help" of the 3 1/2 year old and 20 month old who are so overjoyed at all their "old toys". It's like ADD central over here. I'm hoping I can keep the world domination to a minimum.  (I'm pretty sure that's what the toys are plotting.)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Stay Awake

Stay awake, don't rest your head
Don't lie down upon your bed

While the moon drifts in the skies
Stay awake, don't close your eyes

Though the world is fast asleep
Though your pillow's soft and deep
You're not sleepy as you seem

Stay awake, don't nod and dream
Stay awake, don't nod and dream

From: Mary Poppins
Music: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by: Julie Andrews [Mary Poppins]

Two posts in one day- geez.
This one is mostly so I have a reference point: It calms the wee one down and he's asleep now. Ah. 

crazy face

It may not be fish lips- but I think it fits in the flow of your post OMA

Love you.
And Tootsie too. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Animals and ABCs

Can you guess what this is?
TOW! (cow)

That's what Lando thinks this is.  He was so excited to see a picture of a horse that he got a smidge confused. His brother still has trouble with them sometimes.  He was also very excited to see a picture of his aunt this morning.  Evidently she's busy with school so we don't see her as often anymore. 
" Te-Te" is her name according to him. 
It's fun to watch and listen to him learning to speak.  So much easier to communicate.  When his brother was this age (and younger) he wanted to communicate SO badly. We taught him a few signs in ASL and it helped a lot.  The little brother never really felt the need to learn sign and we didn't push it so he's made do with speaking (or grunting). Some of the things he says now are: Pi-Pi (pickles) Talta (salsa) Dog, Tity (kitty) Tow (cow) NahNah (his cousin) NoNo, Up! (he's very enthusiastic about that one) Don! (gone- which is important  to know for food as well as people) Bok (blocks) Ticken (chicken) BarnBarn (Barney) Book, WaWa (drink- doesn't have to be water) Doc! (from the movie CARS) MayMay (Mater- also from the movie) Talty (Salty from Thomas the Train) Teddy (which is what he calls Chubby his bear and is the name of his brother's bear) Dood (good) Litis (delicious) Trown (crayon)
He is much more fun to communicate with now. 

In other news: His older brother is learning to write his name.  Good thing it's short.  He loves learning the letters of the alphabet and how to draw them by himself.  He's known the letters for quite a while and can associate them with different people like "O" is for Oma.  He can also write Mom and Dad. Mom is easy it's "UpDownUpDownUpDownUpDownUpDown- circle-UpDownUpDownUpDownUpDownUpDown"
He likes UpDown letters. M, N, W, A (that one is "UpDown Tross it) 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I took this morning with a break in the weather to do some much needed cleanup around our yard.  Things that should have gotten put away months ago before the snow started flying were finally lugged down stairs.  Another day they'll all get a good cleanup. But for today my work is done.  So what got hauled down to Fraggle Rock?  (That's what we call our basement- though it would be MUCH more inviting with a bunch of muppets.  Maybe the muppeteers would be a bit much but it's the price you pay for singing fraggles.)
2 Bikes. One with front flat tire. The other with back flat tire.
1 Bike trailer. Evidently it's been out in the elements a bit long because the plastic on the front "window" cracked when I touched it.  Next trailer we'll save up and get a better quality one AND we'll bring it in BEFORE it snows.  Reading reviews this one is made with very low grade materials.  Live and Learn.
1 Double Jogging stroller.  Meant to bring it in a while ago but it got blowing snow on it and I didn't really want it melting in my house. Lame excuse huh?
1 blow up pool--- not dinky sized--- this one I've been putting off because it really needs a good scrubdown- but I don't want the plastic to end up like the bike trailer.
1 cooler- don't know why it was outside.  Long since forgotten.

Our yard looks much less trashy and I feel better about the things not getting TOTALLY ruined.

In side note: I really don't enjoy animals. Less so when they belong to other people.  Even less so when they encroach on my space.  Our neighbor that we share the back yard with has chickens, a rooster and now his roommate has acquired 2 rather large, LOUD (ugly) dogs that leave large droppings next to our strawberry plants.  I cannot begin to describe how grateful I will be to no longer share a backyard with such creatures.  Oh and the rooster is cooped up most of the day and the night in a rather small, in my opinion (but what do I know I'm not a chicken) coop with at least 6 other chickens.  There's a heat lamp to keep them all snug and cozy in there.  The drawback seems to be that the poor animal is extremely confused WHEN it is time to crow. (Gotta fly. Gotta crow. Gotta save Maggie and Jack...) His incessant cock-a-doodle-doing through the night and day is getting on my nerves.  I've heard it's against municiple code (what isn't) to have a rooster in city limits.  Maybe I'm just a killjoy and don't appreciate the country-ness of it all.  But I don't.  The other night the strange rooster noises outside my window led me to a very strange somewhat nightmare-ish dream about my grandparents house.  They too live in the city (much larger than Cache Valley) and they suffer from blind neighbor rooster syndrome too.  I think perhaps the best remedy is for me to live in a place where my neighbors and I share the same opinion of loud blind roosters OR perhaps more space between me and said rooster.
With that said.  Here's a little Rufio to lighten the mood. Mmm Never Foods.  All made out of frosting....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


...wishing for husband's dream job to magically appear on the job posting sites.
...grateful the wee ones let me sleep a bit longer this morning and are mostly getting along-- no bruises yet. hearing #2 talk: "Mor! Mor!" The kid ALWAYS wants more food.
...enjoying the sunshine and clear air.  Here's to hoping it'll last for the day. my exercise clothes/jammies and have little to no plans of changing that.
...wondering where I can get boxes.
...a bit antsy to sort my belongings; what I love, and what I can live without. I'm ready.
...thinking about printing out pictures for my jewelry box/picture frame-- can't decide what theme.
...also thinking about the super weird dream I had about my grandparents remodeling their house-- all inspired by the blind rooster our neighbor has so thoughtfully placed in our back yard. thinking about cock-a-leek-y soup. (Chicken and leeks and barley- soooo yummy)
...enjoying a non-rationed glass of milk.  I hate having to ration milk.


Monday, January 17, 2011

A to Z

A- Age: 26

B- Bed size: Queen- I doubt a king would fit in our room and I don't really want one. 

C- Chore I love: ....THAT's a hard one. I hate all chores. Maybe the bathroom- small room and such satisfaction when it's done.  

D- Dogs name: Gretel was the dachshund we had growing up.  Now we have a toy weiner dog named Hansel. 

E- Essential start to my day: scriptures with Sean then back to bed. (Sorry babe but it's true)

F- Favorite color: Yellow

G- Gold or Silver: Gold

H- How many times have you been outside the USA: twice Italy and Germany

I- Instruments I play: Used to play the Clarinet in6th grade. Not even very well. 

J- Job Title: CFO Hurst Family Corp., CEO, HR department, Nutritionist, Personal Shopper, Royal Butt Wiper, Head Nurse, etc aka Mom

K- Kids: 2 and jellybean

L- Living arrangements: We're renting a house that's around a hundred years old.  I'm less fond of it's quirks today than when we moved in but I'm grateful nobody lives above us. 

M- Most popular dessert at my house: Oreos. Though I've been craving mud stuff- that has graham crackers and chocolate pudding ans whipped cream.  

N- Number of times I have stayed overnight at the hospital, not counting my own birth: 2- (though more than two nights) with baby numeros uno and dos 

O- Outdoor activity I have never tried but would like to: water skiing. 

P- Pet peeve: people calling my cell phone and NOT leaving a message- even if it's to say they were just calling to chat- leave a message people or I will not call you back. 

Q- Quote from a movie: "Red light! Green light!"

R- Restaurant I could eat at everyday: IHOP

S- Siblings: Big brother, little brother, little sister, step sister, step sister and step brother. 

T- Time I wake-up: 5:30 for scriptures then 9 after going back to bed. If the boys go back to bed that is. 

U- Unknown fact about me: Blue Raspberry slurpees are lovely. I'm grateful to currently live in a town that has a 7-11

V- Vegetable I dislike: Rhubarb.  

W- What is my dream vacation: Private cottage with maid services on the beach. Or travelling Europe with Sean.  That'd be fun. 

X-rays I've had: Just at the dentist

Y- Yummy food I make: I like to make goulash. 

Z- Zoo favorite: Giraffes and Elephants. Chaffee Zoo has a pretty cool bird show though. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

happy crafting.

So I saw this chain letter-esque trend that started on FB (facebook) and has now moved to the blogosphere (then again maybe the chicken came first).  Either way.  I'm in.

I promise to send something handmade to the first 3 people who leave a comment here. To be eligible, you must also post this in your blog, offering the same thing to 3 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 3 people *sometime* in 2011.

Even if you posted on Facebook I don't see why that would cause you to be ineligible here- though I can't promise cooler stuff because it's my blog.  Then again....  

Maybe later I'll post pictures of crafty things I've made just to inspire you. 

Friday, January 14, 2011


While their cousin was vacationing in Cabo the boys thought they'd 
add a little joy and merriment to these cold winter months. 
"I can't put my arms down!"

Who turned out the lights?

His glove fell off and Daddy is helping him get it back on. 

His other arm had a little mishap...

Complete with raisin eyes and mouth and buttons and a carrot nose.
Happy fellow for being stuck out in the cold.

I dare say it might have worked.  Though I'd still like to play at the beach sometime soon. Sandmen are harder to make I think. Good thing we have plenty of snow. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Be Humble Dangit!

We don’t discover humility by thinking less of ourselves; 
we discover humility by thinking less about ourselves. 
-Dieter F. Uchdorf
 from a talk found HERE

Do I really need to be hit over the head with a brick?  I've been ruminating on this thought (the quote not the brick). I've always struggled with depression and self-esteem.  This makes sense to me. 
Often we are taught that pride is a sin and we should do everything in our power to not be prideful. That doesn't mean we are to belittle ourselves in order to rid us of our "pride".
 Another good point: 
"The very word pride seemed to become an outcast in our vocabulary...I believe there is a difference between being proud of certain things and being prideful. I am proud of many things. I am proud of my wife. I am proud of our children and grandchildren.
I am proud of the youth of the Church, and I rejoice in their goodness."
   Here's one that hit close to home: 
"For others, pride turns to envy: they look bitterly at those who have better positions, more talents, or greater possessions than they do. They seek to hurt, diminish, and tear down others in a misguided and unworthy attempt at self-elevation. When those they envy stumble or suffer, they secretly cheer."
Ouch. Really? Hm. Ok. Well, things need to change then. 
Just my thoughts for the morning. 
What's going on in your noggin this chilly morning?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Another one of those days.

Funny- I tried to post this earlier and magically the universe decided I needed time to cool off.  Ok Cosmic Universe: I could use a hot bath about now- whatcha gonna do about THAT ONE?!

Do I hear water running? Hm. Cool.  Thanks universe.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Time to SLOOOOWW Down

Lately life has been a bit overwhelming.  We had an unexpected expense that tightens out financial belt a bit more.  This pregnancy with having two wee ones is tiring.  A blessing to be sure but tiring all the same.  My calling at church takes a lot of time (though less than others I've had).  Still in Limbo for jobs and housing and figuring out packing--- basically anything not in the immediate future of today.  

I keep thinking of the scripture "Be still and know that I am God." I'm ok at being still- when I want to sleep or read.  But being still in my core is much harder. 

Then I read a talk I love by President Dieter Uchdorf. Not president of the US--he's in the Church 1st Presidency.  He talks about trees and years when resources are scarce or times are hard because of fire or other things they slow down their growth and focus on the essentials for survival. As humans we often don't look at life that way.  We see more things we "need" to do and find ourselves overwhelmed by no other fault than our own.  I'm thinking I need to slow down.  I need to do less and just say NO.  I usually say "yeah sure I can do that" to anything and everyone just because it's easy.  I figure a way to get it done- so I'm not breaking my word- at my own expense.  I got sick yesterday and still went to church. It's just a sinus infection.  Should have stayed in bed.  Should have listened to the advice of my husband-  Hear that Sean YOU WERE RIGHT! Next time I will remember this.  I will. I'm still not sure WHAT slowing down and focusing on the essentials entails for me in my life right now but I'm working on it.  

So if I don't blog as much- it's probably because I'm focusing on OTHER things a little more vital to my every day existence.  Then again.  Maybe blogging is vital for ME. We'll see. 

Any of you ever feel the urge to just pull the plug and say "I'm not doing this anymore! Life isn't working the way I'm doing it so it's time to CHANGE THINGS" ?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ever Wondered?

Today is a writer's block kind of day. So let's try a few lists to keep things interesting and see if maybe it'll get juices flowing for another post...

Haven't you ever wondered: "What does she keep in this thing?" You know what I'm talking about: the 50 lbs. purse.  There's no way all of that can possibly fit in there right?  Well let's take a look at my own purse and see what treasures we can find.

  • Green Wallet with the usual wallety things: cards- reciepts- and change.  Cash?  What's that? 
  • Used tissues- it's a Mom thing.  (I hope). (Into the trash they go finally.) Actually I think it was a dried wipee used for cleaning a Cheeto-faced-kid. 
  • Fresh bottle of Ibuprofen 200 mg- good for what ails ya. Mine is usually joint pain. Left Hip- thanks for asking. 
  • Travel sized Baby Magic with just a smidge of lotion left. Mmm- smells like babies. 
  • 2 packs of Bubble Yum Gum- 1 original flavor and 1 cotton candy.  Why does it have a punk duck on it?  Weird... (Totaling 4 pieces of gum. Was 5 but I split one with Ian just now). 
  • 1 Diaper and 2 sets of wipees- for the obvious. (Crossing my fingers that numero uno is potty trained soon).
  • 2 pads- for emergencies. 
  • Lipstick.
  • 3 Peanut Butter and Choco Chip granola bars.  Just in case I need it for myself or one of the kiddos that magically seem starving whenever we go anywhere.  
  • Earplugs (still in their packaging) for trying to sleep on road trips.  Never works. 
  • Broken mini candy cane from ward party a few weeks ago- also still in packaging. Could come in handy I guess if I run out of mint gum.
  • Mint Gum- Orbit- with 3 pieces left in the package.  
  • Fine point lime green Sharpie marker- taken from the 3 year old so he doesn't add "art" where it's not supposed to be.
  • Blue Pentel Marker taken from 19 month old so he doesn't color himself- as he is often wont to do. 
  • Utility Bill that will be paid by Thursday.
  • November Medicaid cards for the boys (THAT'S where they went! I've been looking for those!...yes I know where January's are...) 
  • More orbit gum- Cinnamon flavor this time. Only two pieces left in that one but at least I don't have to share with the 3 year old because he thinks it's spicy.  
  • 5 pens: 4 black 1 neon blue
  • Travel sized "Dark Kiss" body lotion from Bath and Body Works.  

How's that for ready for anything?  Oh did I mention I keep band-aids in my wallet?  Sean used to laugh at me for doing it---until he needed one. Other than those usual items I throw in my phone and keys when I'm headed out and usually a pair of gloves (if they're not already on my hands).  Now you know my deep dark secrets. 

What's the weirdest thing you've found in your purse/pockets?

Monday, January 3, 2011


I don't really bother with those at the new year I usually do them at the school year start.  But I'm not really doing either of those this year. There's a whole laundry list of things I can improve on.  Oy. Speaking of Laundry... ;) Gain weight? Lost Weight? Save more $? Spend less? Be kinder? Remember birthdays and send cards? spotless house? It's overwhelming.  
My goal this year: 
Maybe a better goal would be to get rid of a buncha our stuff so I don't have to pack it :) That'll probably be in the mix.  Or to cook dinner once in a while instead of letting hubby do it :) (That's a good one right Sean?) Or blog more consistently....

Well off to life. See ya around.