Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Christmas Eve is my favorite. We went to the Cardon cousins and played and played and played. The kids are so excited and wild-I love it! The kids fell asleep on the ride home. Thanks to my awesome dad, who had the kids sleep over on the Sunday before Christmas, Dave and I had NO WRAPPING to do on Christmas Eve. It was glorious. I told him to count that as our present, but of course he didn't listen. Hopefully he listened when I told him to make it a yearly tradition:)!!! We also had a very fun performance by the kids on Christmas Eve. I hope I post pictures of it when my dad sends them to me next week.
Dave and I felt ten years old this Christmas. We could not even sleep this year we were so excited for the kids to get their gifts. Detmer woke us up at five to go to the bathroom and we tossed and turned until 8 when Allie finally got up. We couldn't bear to make her wait much longer, so went and woke up Detmer and Kendall. Having young kids is the best. I just love them and their excitement. They make us so happy!Kendall shows off her loot. She was mostly happy she got cookies for breakfast. I thought she would just wander around and look at everyone's gifts, but she was very excited to unwrap her gifts. She was also VERY slow. I kept trying to help her along and she was not having it.
This is Allie and her famous Barbie house. For anyone who didn't hear the national news bulletin, Dave built this thing! I looked everywhere for a Barbie house and if it was one hundred bucks or less, it looked like it would break in five minutes. I secretly thought of this idea to have Dave make one and waited for the right time to approach him about it. After showing him some houses online, he came up with the idea all on his own. I had conviently kept this very sturdy wood piece to use and Dave did the rest. It has been her favorite thing. She's been playing with it non-stop!
Monday, December 20, 2010
I don't have a picture of Santa number 3. Maybe Kelly will post pictures next September for us all to enjoy. Kelly was in charge of her wards Christmas party and she could not find a Santa anywhere. The Santa from the past retired this year. Another guy they tried to get was going out of town but was willing to rent out his suit. Kelly suggested Dave but I had to laugh at that. I mean, just because he has made his modeling debut does not mean he can act. Desperately, Kelly asked my dad. A tricky thing because he did just have major surgery less then two months ago and he does not know how to say no. But of course, he was happy and willing to do it and Kelly said he did an awesome job. I can't wait to see pictures. Thank goodness for my amazing Dad! It was only about four days before that she got it all worked out, too.
I told Dave to take a picture of the kids in their church Christmas outfits. But I didn't specify that if Allie had candy cane on her face, he should wash it first. Also, "cheese" "Merry Christmas" "Happy Holidays" all great phrases to say during a picture. "Ho ho ho"? Not so much. Still, I love these little cuties, even if they look like big nerds in their Christmas clothes.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The only problem is all my pictures are on the computer. I don't mind blogging without pictures, because I love to go back and read and re-live through my posts. However, the children only appreciate the pictures. Everytime I turn on the computer Kendall comes running over and says, "I want to see Kendall" so I show her pictures of herself on the blog and I'm ready for some new ones! But that will have to wait because I'm too cozy sitting on my couch tonight, so here are some random things.
Dave took me on a surprise date yesterday. I teased him because we went to a movie as part of the date and I could have only guessed that since going to a movie is his favorite thing in the whole world. However, I was very grateful that HE got a baby-sitter and I didn't have to worry about a single thing! We saw Harry Potter and it was sooo good!!! I hated the first Harry Potter but then after I was forced (by my bookclub) to read the book I watched it again and loved it. I have loved all the movies since. Dave and I also loved all the books. I personally don't think the movies are even worth watching without reading the books!
Dave also took Allie and Detmer last week to see Tangled in 3D. They loved it. The best part was Allie and Detmer's excitement over going to the movie. They are like there dad and think the movie theater is the most exciting place ever.
We got Eclipse from Netflix. I think we got it the first day it released. Anyway, I'm not a huge Twilight fan, but I thought this movie was the worst one yet. Dave thought it was the best one yet. Who wants to be the tie-breaker?
I would also like to congratulate Dave on his new position at work. It is a position he set his sights on when he very first started with Fidelity and it has been awesome to see all his hardwork recognized. So far he has been loving it. I feel very fortunate, as a wife, that Dave has always loved his job. He could probably be happy working at the dump, he's got a great attitude about things. He hardly ever complained at all last month when he was going in early and getting up at 5:30 while the rest of us slept several more hours. I also take partial credit for him getting the job because I did a really awesome mock interview for him. I even wore a dress.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Not into this whole winter thing. It's the whole spend an hour to get dressed, go outside for two minutes, come in screaming from cold-hand-pain.
Kendall and her favorite guy.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
2. The glucose test that pregnant women have to do causes me huge amounts of anxiety. This was the first time I had to drink the orange drink and I thought about it for weeks. The paper of instructions says THREE times to be sure your test is done exactly one hour after you finish the drink. We got to our appointment at 5:39 and I told them, "I need to do the glucose test at 5:49." I stared at my phone waiting for 5:49. It came and I thought surely, they know what they are doing. Finally at 5:55 I went up and said, "um, I was due to take the glucose test at 5:49?" The receptionist replies, "oh. it's too late now." WHAT?!!! I was so mad! She called the medical assistant who was at fault and she took my blood anyway, and then said, "well, you're going to have to do it again, but you're going to have to do the three hour test." Please raise your hand if you feel I should be reimbursed for my time, driving expenses, and emotional trauma caused by her mistake. Thanks, I thought so too.
3. How do you like this song I wrote? Okay, so I didn't write it, but I could have. For Halloween we went back to my dad's old neighborhood. All night Allie kept asking to go to Grandpa's. We had already gone, I thought she wanted to go back because cousins just went. Finally Dave figured out she meant Grandpa's old house. I told her we could go there while Dave, Detmer, and Kendall (who were so done) waited in the van. We knocked and the guy who answered was really friendly. Just before we left she muttered "this used to be my Grandpa's house." The guy at the door said, "what?" I told him, "she just wanted to tell you her Grandpa used to live here." A very long story short, the guy invited us in, offered to let us take a tour, and chatted with us for at least ten minutes (my apologies to Dave, Detmer, and Kendall in the van). I appreciated it so much. It was nice to go in and look around. It all really happened, even if my only tangible memories are a couple of boxes of things cluttering my basement and Kelly's. He also said I could come back anytime. I might.
The lie: You might be surprised to learn my baby daughter will not be named Betty Jean. If you recall this post, I asked for suggestions on naming my baby boy. The reason being Dave and I had picked out a girl name, so I only needed a boy name. The joke is on me. Just as quickly as our daughter's name came, it left. Both Dave and I, on cue, started feeling less then excited about the name (we actually have two possibilities). Who knows, maybe my daughter will be Betty Jean. The rest of that post was true, including Dave disputing using Jean for a middle name. Incidently, Dave's mom's middle name (along with 50% of the female population) is Marie. You might think it's a no brainer to use that. BOTH our names rhyme with Marie (think: Bree Marie). And you thought you had problems.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
On Sunday, Kelly had the best idea ever. The Cardon's and some neighbors hung their Christmas lights on Saturday, so on Sunday the Cardon's asked the neighbors to turn on their lights. That way when Denny came for dinner he was welcomed to a winter wonderland. As if that wasn't enough (and it probably was) Kelly made Christmas sugar cookies and had Christmas music blaring on the radio. You can guess (if you know Denny at all) he wasn't in the house two minutes before he began his rant. "Thanksgiving? What's Thanksgiving? Isn't it Christmas?" He said sarcastically. Denny doesn't know the meaning of "I don't care". He is he has an opinion on everything, and it's a strong one.
(Hey Denny-Wasn't Jennifer Aniston HOT in her last movie? Oh my gosh, have you seen The Blindside? So good! And what about The Office? That's what she said. Could you please give Limo a hug for me? If I could stomach it I would put something like go utes but I don't want to taint my blog.)
I have two legitimate questions for anyone interested in this hot topic:
#1. Why doesn't anybody ever accuse me of skipping Halloween? I pull out my Christmas music before Halloween, but everyone is only concerned about precious Thanksgiving?
#2. People make the accusation that others are "skipping Thanksgiving", but what does that mean exactly? Is it simply listening to Christmas music? Should you not go Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving? I'm truly curious. It's probably just a matter of opinion.
But this year, before you accuse me of skipping Thanksgiving, please tell me how I can do so.
I. Hate. Thanksgiving.
After I had Allie and the rest of the children came, I lost a lot of the bitterness that came when my mom died. I found joy in everything again. Almost everything. But somehow, it didn't happen with Thanksgiving. It has sucked every single year since my mom died.
The first was obviously horrible. We were all in such a deep depression and my mom was more painfully absent then ever as we tried to celebrate whatever it is you celebrate on Thanksgiving (overeating of food that's not that good?)
The second Thanksgiving was even worse. Ryan had just died. And what's worse then being around a lot of people who are as miserable as you are? Being around people who aren't miserable at all. This was the worst "holiday" I have ever had in my life. I still remember playing a game that night with a bunch of people laughing and talking and thinking that I was going to die.
To try and make Thanksgiving a little less horrible, three different years I asked three different people (I mean four) who had made endless offers of "ANYTHING I can do to help" to help. That's when I first realized when most people say "Anything I can do to help" means "anything I can do to help as long as it fits into my schedule and doesn't cause me the least bit of inconvience."
Do I sound bitter at all?
And I didn't even include the real doozies.
A couple of years I made some attempts at turning this holiday around and making it really special, but those all failed so this year I'm anxiously awaiting Black Friday, a better holiday then Thanksgiving.
Just for fun, want to know what our two options are for Thanksgiving this year? No. No, you really don't.
Until next time, Merry Christmas!!!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Kendall enjoying her Halloween dinner, which was, of course: brains (speghetti), sea monster with exploding guts (salad and dressing), eyeballs (meatballs), grapes (also meatballs, I realized too late I wasn't creative enough and called two things meatballs), mummy (bread), and to drink, blood (kool-aid). The children are not big dessert people and I didn't want to waste stuff just for the sake of the Halloween dinner. I thought of the perfect thing. Worms (gummy) in mud (pudding). They love gummy worms and pudding, but do you think they would touch it? Nope. Detmer did eat his and the rest got tossed.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will
Peace be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea,
or demons, or men or whatever it be,
No waters can swallow the ship where lies,
The Master of ocean and earth and skies.
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will
Peace be still, peace be still.
More quickly then I dreamed possible, I was healed. My problem was there, just the same as it was that night. But peace overtook me and I was comforted and have worried very little about it since.
When the missionaries came to our house a couple months ago and challenged Dave and I to find someone to hear the message of the gospel, that is why I said yes. I don't know everything about this life. Some questions concerning the church will never be answered for me in this life. I am not a scripture scholar and I am constantly reminding myself to be a better example of the Savior. I won't get fame, fortune, or prestige by introducing the gospel to someone. But I truly want everyone I know and love, and those I don't know, to know the peace the gospel brings.
A couple days ago one of my friends took me off guard when she made the comment, "why can't we just live and let live." She disagreed with something she heard from a church leader and said, "if what they are doing does not effect me, why should I care?" I was surprised, because the whole message of the gospel is that we do care about everyone around us. That's why my parents went to Scotland when they were young. Dave to Texas, and my brother's to Connecticut, Canada, and even onto the next life. The choices of the people in those places were not effecting their lives, but they knew the importance of the message they had to bring! After they grew to know and love the people it was even more rewarding to see them accept it!
A couple weeks ago when I attended the General Relief Society Conference. What touched me the most was not one of the talks or the songs, but to see how much we, as women of the church love our prophet! I think he could have just stood there and not said a word and everyone would have been satisfied (watch the first 10 seconds of his talk and you will see what I mean). I did love President Monson's talk and have been working to keep my windows clean!
My favorite talk during General Conference was this one, by Mervyn B. Arnold. I also loved
this one, by President Uchtdorf. (I posted the link to the text but I definitely recommend listening if you can, and I know everyone wants to listen to my favorite talks. I'm sure posting the audio is possible, but not with my limited computer capabilities) I LOVE this line from President Uchtdorf's talk: "It is so easy for the basic gospel message to get lost amidst the deluge of information that hits us from all sides." I barely heard it the first time around but as I listened to his talk a couple days later, I realized what a prophetic statement that truly was.
Monday, October 4, 2010
-22 week 4 day belly picture
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Example 1: Allie walks in the bathroom while I am changing. Gets a look of disgust on her face and says, "Mom, you look fat." I told her that is such a rude thing to say and it hurt my feelings. SHE starts to cry and says, "that's not what I meant to say." So I ask, "what did you mean to say?" "I meant to say, 'when are we going to the dentist?'" So at least she had a really good cover. Didn't stop her from saying it again a couple days later. The first time I told her I wouldn't tell Dave (only because she was so embarrassed) the second time I told her I'm telling Daddy (I told him the first time, just not in front of her because I thought she felt sufficiently bad). So I tell him and his response was, "she's just being honest." Oh, well thank you SO MUCH. He realizes his error and stumbles, "um, because she just thought, that's what she perceives..." He should have just said he meant to say when are we going to the dentist.
Example 2: We're in the kitchen, I'm making dinner while the children are at the bar. Allie says, "Mom, if I were you I would NOT wear those glasses." Just a couple sidenotes. Number one, I have ALWAYS hated wearing glasses, but I'm so blind that even with my contacts in I can barely see. Number 2, I have always hated wearing glasses even BEFORE Kendall bent these ones so they sit sideways on my face. Number 3, last year I was set on getting LASIK. But how could I bring myself to spend that much money on myself? Wouldn't I rather get my family season passes to Disneyland? Gee, Allie, I am so sorry I wanted you to enjoy the finer things in life so I gave up my vision on your behalf. Guess if we are going to Disneyland next year? Nope. But at least I will NOT be wearing these terrible glasses.
Example 3: I admit, I bated them on this one. For some reason they were talking before church on Sunday about whose nice and whose mean. So I ask if everyone in the family is nice or mean. Of course, everyone (Allie, Detmer, Kendall, Daddy) was nice. "Is Mommy nice or mean?" Allie and Detmer both agreed, "mean". We get home from church and the children are wondering where their french toast is. I make them french toast every Sunday. I said, "mean Mom's don't make their children french toast." "Pleeeeeeeeeease Mommmmm!!!!!!!!" "Nope, sorry, I'm too mean." So Allie says, "sometimes you're not mean." That's the best she could do: sometimes you're not mean.
But at least if I've had a long day, I can count on a warm dinner on the table. And they throw me the ultimate Mother's Day and Birthday celebrations, so I can remember that I'm truly appreciated.
To be completely fair, last night for family night Dave asked everyone to share a blessing. When it was Allie's turn she said, "it's someone whose beautiful. Someone who looks really good in her glasses..." Maybe she's learning?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
First off, a favor from anyone who is reading this. Could you please name my baby? Okay, thanks. Just let me know what you decide. Good news. You only need to pick a boy name. If it is a girl, her name will be Betty Jean. Except the other week Dave told me he wanted to chose a different middle name besides Jean. I said, "Great! What is it?" Which is when he broke the number one rule of baby naming and said he didn't know. That is just not allowed. If you want to replace a name, you keep your mouth shut until you know what you are replacing it with. Names are not something to be taken lightly. They are thought over, changed, and prayed about until the perfect combo is found, so you must not ever cast aside a name with no replacement. I loved having a name so early with Allie, Detmer, and little Betty Jean. I wish they all came so easily.
With my other pregnancies when people said, "how are you feeling?" I usally just said, "fine, thanks." But I really haven't done that this time. It all started in the beginning. You might recall I was very sick. More sick then I have ever been in my life. People would say, "how are you?" I would say, "fine thanks." Then the other person would say, "oh, you are sooooo lucky, I was always SOOO sick with MY pregnancies." I also had a neighbor tell me, "you better let us know when you are pregnant so we can help you." I secretly knew this was just her code for wanting to be the first to know I was pregnant. But still, I made sure everybody knew how sick I was just in case they wanted to offer to help with the kids or bring in some dinner, you know. I never turn down service. That way no one can say, (gasp) "you should have told me how sick you were!" Cause I did. I was just trying to give everyone some service opportunities. So, now, if you ask me how I am doing I will probably tell you. Just ask my poor bishop who got more info then he bargained for on Sunday. Don't worry, he is about the kindest man alive and acted like he couldn't have been more interested. Still, he was probably wishing I would have said, "fine thanks."
Last week, I officially lost the use of my left leg. It happened right on cue. With my 2nd, 3rd, 4th it has happened right around week 20. This week, it has been feeling amazing. It has barely bothered me at all. This is a huge blessing because I usually get no relief from it for about eight weeks, so even if it comes back I'm grateful for everyday I can move!
I have cried the least amount with this pregnancy then any of my other's. Usually lame books and movies make me cry (you should have seen me reading The Wedding when I was pregnant with Detmer) but not this time. This is good because I hate crying and my kids HATE when I cry. Considering the circumstances, you may think I would be full of tears. But maybe I am running out. That would be great. Unfortunately, they are probably just waiting for an onslaught next month.
So according to the myths, my lack of tears would mean boy. You are supposed to be less hormonal with a boy. Of course, less tears does not really mean less hormones:) A girl according to the myth that girls still your beauty. My complexion is worse then it was at sixteen. The way I am carrying, so far, also says girl but I'm not going to go by that because four babies in five years, things are bound to change. My friend asked me the other day what the chinese gender chart says I'm having. I told her I didn't check. She was like, "check! that thing is always right!" It's funny, because she has three boys, which is probably why it was right for her. According to that, I also have three boys (so it was right with Detmer). However this time, it says girl.
The other night I had a little scare. I was freaked out, my doctor's office was closed, and I told Dave I will not sleep a wink tonight. But then, when I got in bed the baby was moving around so crazy it comforted me so much and I fell right to sleep. Love being able to feel the movements! The best part of pregnancy for sure!
Our baby is now called "Manase" instead of Michael Jackson. Tonight I asked Allie and Detmer questions about Manase and videotaped while Allie and Detmer answered. I asked Allie why she is most excited for Manase and she said, "because of his name". So I guess she is in for a surprise when the baby is either A) a girl or B) a boy named ______ (Remember? You are deciding.)