Wednesday, May 31, 2006
I'm a big fan of historical fiction. It always makes me want to learn more about subjects that I had never really thought of before. I've never been interested in Dracula but I thought this book would be a good read. Plus, it's long and I enjoy books that are a bit meaty. I learned a lot about history and now I'm keenly interested in finding out more about the man behind the myth.
This book is rated PG for a lot of death and vampire attacks (although they are not described in gruesome detail). There is very little cussing (if any) and sex (come to think of it...I don't think there is any).
I give this book an A- only because it did get a little slow in some parts. However, it did not cause me to lose my interest in the book.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
I didn't get ANY knitting done on this trip like I had planned. I had an unexpected sports injury. All that competitive knitting and computer game playing has put a strain on my arm. I have it in a brace right now and it's been hurting like a bugger. Hollie massaged it for me (she's a professional) a couple of times but I don't know if it's going to get better anytime soon.
Megan and Mary left a night before the rest of us and missed out on our crepe extravaganza. I did manage to get some pictures of them before they left. So, back to the crepes. Yummy! Here's the stand where they make them. The guys there were really funny.
Hollie, Shelley, and I were chowing down. Kellie took the pictures because she finished hers in two bites. Kellie took some time out to smile in front of the sign. Here are some of the other highlights of girl's weekend: Go Goddess, Upwords, Laguna Beach marathon, Megan's lasagna, hot tub. Am I missing anything else?
By the time Sunday rolled around, we were ready to get back to our families. I think they were glad to see us back, too.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I think it helps that I absolutely love Taylor. He's been my favorite Idol since Clay Aiken. Wait...Clay didn't win. Oops. Speaking of Clay...how about that guest appearance with his freaky little look a like? I didn't delete this episode just so I can watch Clay again (among other things...).
Other things? Like this surprise performance by PRINCE! What the heck? How did they get Prince to do AI? Probably because they let him just come out and sing and didn't make him talk to Ryan Seacrest or do a duet w/ an Idol.
Those were my favorite parts of the show. Let's just gloss over the lowlights (Meatloaf, Katherine trying to dance all goofy in a gown, Rhonetta---don't give that girl MORE airtime!).
Well folks, I'm outta here. I'll be back on Monday for more blogging! Have a great weekend because you know I will!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tomorrow I leave for my girl's weekend in Colorado. I've been looking forward to this for months and I can't believe it is finally here! I'm a little nervous for my family. I'm pretty sure they will survive without me for four days. I will try not to think about that too much so I can enjoy my time "alone".
I've been busy getting things ready around here so I haven't been able to blog as much as usual. I've done loads of laundry, made a double batch of mac & cheese, started packing, and did a lot of things for my Relief Society calling that needed to be done by the end of the month. I'm also trying to get a couple of knitting projects ready for the road.
So, it's hasta la vista from here. I'll post pics and a travel report when I get home.
Monday, May 22, 2006
1. Tonight I am going out w/ Carl for a business dinner. He's got some big presentation today to some railroad people so they'll give him research money and tonight they are going to Misty's (a steak house that I LOVE!).
2. Wednesday night I am going visiting teaching. That means only one thing. Ice Cream!
3. Thursday I leave (FINALLY) for my girls weekend in Breckenridge, CO. I have been looking forward to this for months and it is finally here! Don't expect me to be counting points while I'm there (although, Hollie and Mary can "try" to keep me in line a little bit). I think there is a refrigerator in our room so I might not do too horribly there.
Let's just say that you all shouldn't expect to see a lot of progress from me next Monday.
*coming soon* I've been unpacking my "craft heaven" and I'm going to be showing it off in my blog in the next couple of days. Just something to look forward to, Eric. :)
Friday, May 19, 2006
If Caleb is on the phone, where is Eva?
Those crazy kids. Caleb is starting to really like the camera. He starts posing whenever I bring it out. Here are a few of his closeups. The last one is especially for Uncle Eric.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
My May socks are done for the Sock-A-Month knit along. They were made with a toe-up pattern (that I wasn't good at...need to practice) and Lorna's Laces yarn in the colorway Flames. The yarn is really nice to work with and it feels great on my feet. I named these my Survivor Socks (and I'll probably wear them for every Survivor episode from now on---unfortunately I have to wait a while for that!). I was working on them during this season's finale and it just seemed so appropriate with them being Flames.
I don't have a lot of time to blog today. I've been busy baking like Martha. I got her baking cookbook and I've wanted to try a lot of the recipes. But, I didn't want to do them unless I had other people to share them with. I can't be eating 6 point cookies all day! Anyway, book group is at my house tonight so those of you that are coming...you better be hungry! Sugar Cookies, Cheesecake Thumbprints, homemade cinnamon chips and Apple Berry Salsa (Pampered Chef recipes) await you! Oh yeah, raspberry lemonade to drink.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
So, for what most of you really want...pics of Caleb and Eva.
Caleb was taking a nap (I know, I can't believe it either!) yesterday and Eva and I started making dinner. We had the sister missionaries over and I was making the kids' favorite food...spaghetti. Eva likes to "help" around the kitchen. By help, I mean get in my way in as many ways as possible. I finally decided to empty out a cabinet and let her play in there. She loved it! Once Carl got home (he found her in the cabinet), he took Eva upstairs to get her out of my way. This girl has so many hobbies already! But, on to her most favorite thing to do of all... eat!When Caleb woke up, he decided he wanted to help out too. He likes to put on my oven mitts and give people hi-fives. What great kids!
Monday, May 15, 2006
Eva had a good time yesterday eating some dang quesadillas (Mary you should get this, now that you've seen Napolean Dynamite). They are her new favorite food.
PFA Update: kind of lame. I had a horrible week. Let's just say Fuddruckers+Skeeter Barnes+Tostitos+Ice cream. I didn't gain back all that I lost last week so that's good. But, I definitely have to kick it up a notch this week.
Friday, May 12, 2006
I got the book, Inspired Cable Knits by Fiona Ellis. Cables are one of my favorite things to do with knitting and the sweaters in this book are absolutely gorgeous. This picture was taken on the deck off of our master bedroom. It gives you a good view of our swing set. The sweater I immediately cast on for is called "Gathering Intentions".
I absolutely love how those i-cords are used to gather up the sides. The cables are interesting enough and not boring to knit. That's a plus. I'd like to have this done in time to enter it into the Lancaster County Fair (along with my Snowdrop Shawl).
This is my progress on the right hand sleeve (since Monday). I threw caution to the wind and used this as my swatch. I'm using my recycled Plymouth Encore yarn from a hoodie that I knit last year and never really liked. I had to go down 2 needle sizes to get my gauge right. Depending on how my days go, I can usually knit 10-20 rows a day on this. It's not really something I can knit on when the kids are up and around. For that, I'm knitting on the scarf for Hollie.
The color is really off in this picture. It's a light lime green. I took this one inside and used the flash so I think it must have flashed out all of the color! I'm almost done with the second skein and have one more to use. It's almost as tall as I am (not very...5'1") but the recipient is really tall so I want it to be at least as tall as her. I'm also working on my Lorna's Laces Flames socks (toe up) but I didn't get around to taking a picture of those. I'll probably be working on those a lot this weekend while Carl and Caleb are at the Father/Son campout (they leave tonight and come back tomorrow around lunch time).
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Our digital camera arrived this afternoon and I should be getting a "new" computer (one that Carl built--he assures me it will be awesome) tonight so expect an excellent post w/ pictures tomorrow (or days of silence because of computer problems).
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Our seats were really close to the stage (8 rows up on the side). But, we did realize that there were really no bad seats in that place. It's not that big. We were the first row in the "cheap" section so we had a little fence between our seats and the row in front of us. This turned out to be a great blessing. It kept Caleb and Eva from jumping into the rows in front of us (most of the time). They had 2 big screens playing a video (Wiggle Sailing Around the World--the theme of this tour). That helped keep them a little occupied.
At 6:30pm sharp the show started. Caleb was having a hard time with the noise and the lights. I had to cover his ears for most of the show, but he was watching. He was so excited when he saw the Wiggles drive out in their big red car. He said, "LOOK! It's the WIGGLES! Hi Greg! Hi Murray! Hi Anthony! Hi Jeff!". It was pretty awesome to see them come in. They were so close. Right away Murray and Jeff jumped off the stage and started running around the arena. We were sitting right by the aisle but Murray was just one aisle away from us. Bummer. So close.
I was worried that most of the songs were going to be from their Sailing Around the World dvd (which I don't like very much). But, I was wrong. As Carl said, "they know their bread and butter". They sang all of the favorites like "Fruit Salad", "Do the Monkey", "Quack Quack Cock-a-doodle doo", "Rock-a-bye Your Bear", and "Hot Potato". Caleb lightened up towards the end and started singing and dancing. I still had to cover his ears a lot and the last song had some wacky lighting so he kind of freaked out for that, but I think he had a great time! Eva danced, too, but I think she was most interested in trying to eat the food that the people behind us had. Tiffany is going to see the Wiggles with some of her kids next week so here are some tips:
Bring a camera. I didn't because I was thinking they wouldn't be allowed. They are.
If you're sitting in the floor section, bring a sign and/or something for the Wiggles. All of the kids that brought stuff took it to the stage and they Wiggles took it and said their names. N would love that! Jeff was the only Wiggle to collect roses so unless you have some sitting around, I wouldn't bother. On one of the songs they turn down all the lights and ask for you to turn on your cell phones or other lights. So, bring some kind of light. You're going to have a blast!
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I've loved Enrique since he first came on the scene in the 90's. A couple of years ago, I was even able to see him in concert in Chicago. Do I think he is the greatest artist ever? No way José. That would have to be Neil Diamond. But, Enrique definitely has some good music for working out and driving. Miente is also an excellent song to teach kids commands. Props to my man, Enrique for that one. Feliz cumpleaños.
Monday, May 08, 2006
I only got to the Y once or twice (I'm thinking once because I can't exactly remember what I did if I went twice) last week. We spent most of the time preparing the house for the fiesta (which was a blast and I'll post the only pics we took later this week). This week I anticipate going to the Y more. There is a water aerobics class that I want to take on Tue/Thur mornings while Caleb is in school. I think this is why I thought I might have gone twice last week...I packed my bag for Tuesday's class and then couldn't go because Eva didn't wake up in time (she didn't sleep well during the night and now she has 2 molars to show for it). Anyway, I'm looking forward to kicking it up a notch this week and seeing how I do. I'd like to be down another size before I go on my spa retreat to Breckenridge (May 25-28).
In other news, we bought a digital camera. It was time to upgrade. Ours only had 1.3 megapixels and we couldn't leave the batteries in it for any extended amount of time. This one has 7.1 megapixels and a 4X zoom (and probably cost the same amount as our 1.3 did when we bought it). I'm looking forward to getting it in the mail and then I'll be a picture posting fool!
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Let me start off by saying I feel a tremendous amount of guilt as a mother. For as long as I can remember that's all I ever wanted to do with my life. Now, as I am living my dream...it is feeling to me more like a crazy dream with too many ups and downs and I want to throw up. I don't want to say that I think my life is horrible. Are you kidding me? I know I have a great life. My husband is the best (you might think yours is, but I assure you, he's not). I have two gorgeous kids. One is the funniest kid you'll ever meet and the other is the most beautiful (believe it). We just bought the perfect house for us. We are leading a pretty charmed life. So, why am I so depressed?
There are some challenges. While Caleb hasn't been officially diagnosed with anything beyond language delays, we are pretty sure he falls somewhere under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have a really hard time coping with this. Not so much the diagnosis...but there is a steep learning curve on how to deal with his behaviors and help him with his communication.
But, here's the bottom line. This morning I started crying like a baby because in my head all I could hear was "You're a good mom" over and over. People have said this to me before. Today I believed it for probably the first time.
I'm over myself. While I was wasting time feeling sorry about how much work it is for me to take care of Caleb and Eva and our family, I should have been focused on how grateful I am to have them and of all of the things I am doing right.
Some of my finer moments:
1. Getting Caleb the early intervention he needs.
2. Being just selfish enough to know that I need some "me" time every once in a while.
3. Using the time that Caleb is in pre-school to really bond and play with Eva.
4. I'm getting much more patient in dealing with Caleb's outbursts.
5. Praising the kids comes easily to me...so much so that Caleb mimics me by saying, "GOOD JOB, CALEB!!" whenever he does something he knows is good.
I'm a good mom. I'm not perfect. But, I'm good. I'm doing the best that I can---I finally realized that today. That's really all I could ever ask.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Carl: So, aren't we going to see the Wiggles sometime soon?
Me: This Tuesday!
Carl: Have you arranged a babysitter?
Me: Uh, it's the Wiggles. We're taking the kids.
Carl: Oh, yeah.
Me: I'm SO going to blog about this.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
The first couple of days are always a struggle for me to eat enough points. You would probably think the opposite. But, here is what happens. If I eat the crap I want to, I could burn through all my points in one meal. So, I have to think about my day and plan it out. What I find is that the food I normally like is either really high in points or really low. I can eat two cups of jello and it's only 1/2 point. Yogurt (3-4). My favorite Smart Ones meal has only 2 points (Grilled Chicken Santa Fe). Arby's Chicken, Bacon & Swiss (11). I'll miss you Arby's.
Project Fat Arse is back and being kicked into high gear. You can expect regular progress reports on Mondays. I know...you can't wait!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
1. You post an email with the things you want to give away.
2. In minutes (depending on how good your stuff is), people start responding with offers to come and pick it up.
3. You choose which person you want to receive your items and arrange for them to pick it up.
4. Your stuff is miraculously GONE!
In the past few days I have gifted a computer desk, a dresser, a box of old books, and a laundry hamper. All were spoken for within minutes of posting. It's awesome.
I told Carl about the site but I'm not going to let him join because I have great fears that he will go and pick up almost anything that is offered, whether we need it or not. He is finally admitting he has a problem but he's just not quite ready to do anything about it yet. We did have some minor victories--I was able to throw out old tithing settlement sheets from 1999 and a lease to a house we lived in a couple of years ago.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
I love this house.
One of the benefits of moving has been finding little treasures around the house. I found a drawer full of old pictures just waiting to be organized. Here are some of the memories I uncovered.
1. Remember when I came over to your apartment on Lindsey street not long after you came home from your mission? We ate ice cream from the container and you let me "play" with your name tag since I was getting ready to leave myself. Fun times.
2. We were dressed alike at Erin Blamire's baby shower...that had to be documented, of course! Know what we were wearing? It was the 90's OU staple of jean shirt, white t-shirt, and khaki pants.
3. You were there with me the first time I went to the temple. You felt like you hadn't been enough but you had to tell my mom and her friend what to do next.
Melessa, you've always been a great friend and even though we don't live near each other anymore, I still feel like I get to talk to you everyday through your blog.
**You are an awesome writer and don't forget that even best selling novels have typos. Your pearl necklace story has stayed with me as well as the O. Henry short stories I love.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Speaking of the other house...I love my Hoover Agility SteamVac. It was so awesome! The carpets looked great. It was nice to sit on them and have them not feel crunchy (the joy of toddlers). We'll be able to keep the carpet in our new house looking nice!
Another aside...I've been knitting! It hasn't been a lot so I didn't think it was really worth mentioning. But, I'm making a scarf of my own design for Hollie. We bought the yarn at the end of last year so she could learn to knit. She did a great garter stitch scarf for a while and then she decided knitting wasn't for her. Too bad because that garter stitch looked SWEET for a beginner (and I'm not just saying that because she reads this blog). At the garage sale last weekend she gave me the yarn and I decided it still needed to be a scarf for her. Anyway, the yarn is this great wool/cotton blend from JoAnn in a light green. As soon as I find my camera, I'll post a picture.