Saturday, January 31, 2009
Here's my clarification...
I too don't leave messages sometimes. But when I do that, it's because I'm either going to quickly call your cell phone OR I don't need you to call me back.
Likewise, if you call me and don't leave a message, I just will assume I don't need to call you back. But don't feel like you HAVE to leave one just because of what I said in my post. ;)
I hope that clears things up for some of my dear friends, and you don't need to worry anymore. ;) Love you guys.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
So these are the three most recent wordly possessions that make me smile... Do you have anything in specific that you love? Please share.
I had a hard time bringing myself to by this. Here's why:
1. It was $129.99.
2. There was another high chair that was a 3-in-1. The chair popped off and it became a booster seat that you could hook to another chair. And then as the child gets older, the back comes off to make a big kid booster chair. Practical, right? And cool too. It even had a super euro pattern that I knew Brian would like. Plus, it was $30 cheaper. But I REALLY wanted the cherry wood one. Thank you Jacque for talking me into just getting what I really wanted. Remember? Practicality out the door.
I'm in love with this high chair. Every time I walk in the door and see it waiting for me, I get a little burst of happiness in me. :) And Spencer loves it too. It has some great compartments under it for storing your food and bibs, which is a bonus and the tray is really cool. Pop-off insert and it slides much easier than the cheaper high chairs that the tray constantly falls off and it's hard to slide on and off. This high chair, besides it's beauty, has it's bonuses too. :)
Oh! did I mention that I loved it so much that I took a bunch of stuff back that I had bought Spencer but hadn't used yet, and then had $50 in Gift Certificates from a couple people. So I basically got the chair for free! Well, in my mind anyway. teehee :)
Cocomotion Hot Chocolate Maker
I've had this thing in my cupboard in it's box for the last two years. Brian has pulled it out a few times but I've never really been around to "catch the fever." Brian's sister gave this to us two years ago for Christmas. Supposedly you can get it at Walmart, but only at Christmastime.
I never used it cuz practicality pushed too far forward in my mindset to get me to pull it out of the box and make the hot cocoa when I could just warm up a glass of milk in the microwave and stir in the chocolate.
Practicality is now gone. We used this every day for two weeks at his parent's house. We bought 8 flavors of Brian's favorite hot chocolate maker, Stephen's, and had chocolate at least 2 or 3 times a day. It's SO f'amazing! You just put the milk in (the pitcher is pre-marked), dump the chocolate in and push a button. 5 minutes later, 4 cups of whipped, frothy hot chocolate are piping hot and ready to go. And if your hot chocolate gets cold, you just dump it back in there, push the button and it whips and heats itback up for you. This now has a permanent place on our countertop, at least during the winter.
Clorox Disposable Toilet Wand
This has changed my life. I know. You're thinking, why in the world is she posting about toilet cleaners? :) Because now I actually don't mind cleaning toilets anymore. (I said "don't mind", not "I like doing it".)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
10:00 a.m. Posted about my feelings. That afternoon I was going to go in and give a piece of my mind to the principal. Remember?
1:00 p.m. Just as I was signing my name (no joke!) to a letter to the teacher to let her know this would be the girls' last day, I got a phone call from the art teacher saying that both Xoe & Xanthe were going to be getting an award at the Ceremony on Friday, as well as an Honor Roll award for good grades (what! according to their own teacher they were falling behind. I don't "get" her sometimes).
I put plans on hold til I could talk to the girls to see if they wanted to get through it just til Friday. I swear I thought that that sounded like more fun (to get an award), but they seriously did not want to stay. They didn't even care about the award.
Well, after some talking and discussing, they decided to stick it out til Friday.
Friday "Awards Ceremony" Day
(This picture is not from the Awards Ceremony Day. It's from when we visited their classroom in December.)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
And now I'm off. To have confrontation. I'm SO ready! I'll keep you updated.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
SPENCER & SWEET POTATOES
I really wish the one of him eating bananas uploaded but I don't know why it didn't. It's too large of a file I think. But that one he actually starts shuddering. hahaha. I'm crying right now watching them.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Who's rockin the slopes now? Yup! That's me!
It was a whole family affair sledding at the golf course in Utah...
1. Brian & I & Spencer
2. Brian's Mom & Dad
3. Brian's sister's husband Sheldon and two of their kids.
4. My brother Sam and his daughter Ainsley
5. And Xoe & Xanthe and their dad and his whole family.
Yup! We all wanted to go sledding! Why not do it all together?! It was a grand ol time. Here are lots of pics for your enjoyment.
The picture below is when Sam eased Ainsley into go down all the way by herself. She even rode on my back, both of us on our stomachs. How dang cute is she!
Ahhh ya! That's right! We even took little Spinny down. :) He, well, "kind of" loved it. I think the snow was just too bright for him. He was plenty warm with that way cute snowsuit on.
I don't know what happened to Xanthe. All of these pictures I'm posting are with Xoe (see below). I need to see if anyone has pictures of Xanthe...too bad people can tell them apart now. I can't pass Xoe off as Xanthe anymore like I used to.
Monday, January 12, 2009
1. Your 6 Month Old is horribly sick with a chest congestion cold...
2. He can't breathe (through his nose OR his mouth)...
3. He can't sleep because he can't breathe...
4. Mom and Dad need some SERIOUS sleep...
Breathe Right Strips! Yup, they make them for kids and you bet I used them! Leah Grammer totally gave me the idea and although they were a little big for his face, they totally helped him sleep. Not through the night but at least he wasn't waking up every 30 minutes. (This was Spencer on our Utah Trip for Christmas...no fun!)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Spencer and Brian.....Check out the "Sammy's" Van rockin it in the background. It even backs up with an announcement over the load speaker to "move away" in SPANISH! hehe.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I just realized this because I just got the thrill of hanging about 20 Christmas cards all at once. Since we were gone, I didn't get to see most of them until after we got back. I just had the funnest time opening and reading everyone's cards.
I don't know why I feel that way about Christmas cards. Is it because I realized how fun it is to see all of them displayed on a wall? Probably. Or because it's so fun to fit all the geometric shapes together in a fun design? Maybe. Or is it because I realized that even through blogging, facebook, myspace, etc., there are so many who don't stay in touch with each other...except at the one time of year that we call Christmas.
And as I stepped back to view the beauty, I realized...all these people are people whom I truly love...And they're my friends. Thank you to everyone who sends Christmas cards. You really make my Christmas Season special in more ways than you know. :) Do you see yours up on the wall? Fun, huh?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Our Girl Scout troop took part in a Food Drive at Safeway to help collect food for the needy. I'll be honest, when I heard the term "Food Drive" I imagined having to hit up all my friends and family AGAIN to donate to the Food Drive. However, they did it so differently here in Sierra Vista. They made little cards that had a list of what they needed and gave it to the customers as they were walking in. If they could buy it, great! If not, no big deal. That way the people could just add it to their grocery list.
I was astounded at how much food was collected in just the few hours we were there. I guess it was such a success last year with the Girl Scout troops, our local TV station wanted to be a part of it. So it made it even bigger this year and they had truckloads full of food. It was pretty amazing. I was really pleased we were able to be a part of this event.
Oh, and notice the little girl who has what looks like a hat made of turkey legs. Yup! That's what it is! We made those for Thanksgiving and the girls thought it would be fun to bring them to wear at the Food Drive. Hehe. I love the humor we have in our troop! We have a great time!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
And then Xoe wrapped this box that we could take the lid on and off. She asked us all to write all the things that we were thankful for on little pieces of paper. When we were finished, I was pleasantly surprised that there were so many things people were thankful for. The box was almost full.
Brian's presents were also in another wrapping paper. Can you see them all stacked up in the green paper with white writing in the background?
...Let the presents begin!