Friday, March 28, 2008


5 years ago I was...
1.still in college, but about to graduate.
2.working for Freshman Academy.
3.unsure of what we were going to do.
4.half way through my year of taking coumadin. in a one bedroom apartment in Provo with my Bob.

5 months ago I was...
1.very pregnant.
2.trying to finish up various projects before the baby was born.
3.getting ready for Halloween.
4.wondering how I'd ever be able to go anywhere with two kids.
5.supporting Bob in his job changing-ness.

5 things that worry me...
1.doing dumb things.
2.suffering as a result of dumb things other people do.
3.making my kids suffer because of dumb things I do.
4.dumb things I've done in the past.
5.the criminally insane (or just plain evil).

5 bad habits...
1.emotional eating
2.picking at my skin
3.not listening
4.being short tempered
5.saying dumb things

5 of my favorite places I've lived visited and/or lived...
1.Chicago- both
2.The D.C./Balto area - both
3.Ottawa Canada- visited
4.Wisconsin Dells- visited (but not in many, many years)
5.San Diego- visited but not nearly long enough!

5 of my greatest blessings...
4.the Gospel
5.peace and joy

5 things in my virtual shopping bag/wish list...
1.a room of requirement (like in Harry Potter, that'd be so awesome!)
2.some flattering, well fitting blue jeans
3.something to suck my gut in, or negative belly (anti belly?)
4.quiet time
5.some slipcovers for those sectional couch sections we got off of freecycle.

5 of my favorite things to blog about...
1.the kiddos
4.funny stuff
5.random stuff

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I guess I don't exist?
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Lousy Smarch Weather!

We haven't had too much excitement around here since we fixed the spectacular plumbing failure. But March has been a somewhat interesting month. Here's a little bit about some of the "kooky projects" I've had going this month.

For some reason we decided to try to not buy anything made in China this month. If nothing else, we'd save a lot of money we thought. It was fairly challenging. We had wanted to play tennis for our date without the kids, but I needed to buy a racket and balls and at Walmart at least, every single last one was made in China. We wound up just going to Coldstone Creamery instead. But I did have more luck (at Walmart even) buying stuff for Easter. I got Kiree two pacifiers with a clippie (made in Austria), Jaide got a color wonder set (made in the USA) and some tinkerbell stickers (printed in Canada- whatever that means). Instead of buying a bunch of gross Easter candy that I would eat way too much of, I decided to get a bar of good chocolate (made in Germany). Saturday night I made some rice krispy treats in egg shapes and filled some plastic Easter eggs I already had with some mini marshmallows and almonds.
I even managed to find a decent looking spiral notebook that was made in the USA for my recently started "kooky project" I'm doing a food journal in hopes that recording everything I eat will cause me to eat less. I think it's working so far. I don't want to have to write down tons of little stupid things, so I just don't mindlessly eat. The tricky part so far has been dinners where we tend to make extra. We'll see if it pays off the next time I get measured.
It's hard to get a good family picture!
Speaking of getting measured, I did get measured this month (skipped February though). I was down a little over 10lbs from where I had started but only 1lb down from January. I think I need some more cardio in my life! My arm muscle was actually an inch bigger- I was not impressed.
The other thing I started doing was putting stickers up on the calendar each day that I read my scriptures on my own. Bob and I read every night, but it's been hard for me to get personal study in. We'll see if that helps.

Quick cute story: Jaide is a little Harry Potter fan. We have this little foam witch hat and she stuck it on my head and said, "You're giffandore" Then she "sorted" Kiree as well.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

If you like peeps, or even if you don't you should check out these hilarious dioramas.
I love the peeps on the metro and the peeps at Mardi Gras. There are a lot of good ones though.

thanks again to Jenny for fun stuff :)

On the Bright Side...

This is a post about Thursday. Friday was Good Friday, and it was pretty good, but Thursday was something else! So instead of complaining about it, here's looking at the bright side.

Our Trip to the Play Area at the Mall
On the bright side.... least no one tackled me thinking I was trying to abduct that screaming tantrum throwing child.
..I noticed that my wallet had fallen out of my bag shortly after it happened.
..I was physically able to carry a kicking and screaming 3 year old in one hand while dragging a double stroller behind me. least I managed to get us all out of the mall eventually.
..I didn't get arrested or anything.
..I even eventually got Jaide into her carseat.

Plumbing and Hot Water
On the bright side... didn't happen when we were gone.
..we were home, awake, and even on the main floor when it happened.
..Bob was also home and he even knows where the main water shut off is.
..we got the kitchen floor pretty clean sopping up all that water. least I had my Avon delivery in living room and not in the kitchen or entryway like it often is.
..Bob was going to take Friday off any way.
..we didn't have to call a plumber to fix it! I love my Bob the builder- can we fix it? Yes we can!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Fun Little Quiz

This quiz got me. I've been made fun of for my midwestern accent before. I got this off of Jenny's blog. She always has a lot of fun things. Thanks Jenny!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland

North Central

The West

The Northeast



The South

What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Here's my little leprechaun.

Check out that red hair!

It's easy to believe Kiree is Irish, but did you know I'm Irish too?

I feel a little like I'm dishonoring my southside Irish heritage. None of us are even wearing green today!

At least we had some green food- broccoli is green :)

Did you know they dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day?

Then it just looks kind of murky green/brown the rest of the year.

My two cute girls
Even though we had a bit of a rough day today, I sure do love them.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Fun With Scissors

This story took place last Sunday night.
I've really, really been meaning to call and make an appointment to get my hair cut. It just kept not happening though. Last Sunday night, I was fed up with my way too long hair getting all over (especially since it's falling out!)That's just a small sample.

So I got a hankering to cut my own hair. I've done this once before- pre cut my very long hair so that the stylist wouldn't be all worried about cutting so much off. These pre cut pictures make my hair look better than it really was.
So I pulled my hair in front of my shoulders and cut. And that's how it looked on my head (above) and in the trash can (below).

But the back wasn't very even and it was still pretty long since I'd pulled it in front to cut it.
I let Bob help me "even out" the back. Oops! Better even it out a bit more.
Eh, close enough. Well.... I think I need to grow it out a little more before I get it professionally cut. I've just been wearing it in ponytails (like before only shorter). No one has noticed it (or mentioned it at least).

Bob always wants me to cut his hair but it's not my favorite thing to do. I didn't get a picture of Bob until I had already started.
He was trying to make a sad face, but I kept making him laugh. Here's the end result, sort of. He did clean up a bit and comb his hair and stuff.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Some Milestones

Kiree is four months old now. She had her checkup on Monday. Kiree weighs 12lbs 8oz and she is doing well.

Yesterday she got her first taste of rice cereal. This picture just about sums up her reaction. She was a little cranky before we started so that probably didn't help. She spit up a very large amount later on (I nursed her after the cereal so I don't know what exactly caused the massive spit up) We'll have to try a little again today and see how it goes.

Today was Jaide's last cooking class. They made dirt cups today.
Jaide isn't very fond of having her hair done (or even combed for that matter) but I told her we had to put it up for class. She had to have it up for ballet when she was in that class, and I decided she had to have it up for cooking class too. Jaide's hair was quite unruly today so I tried "half piggy tails" instead of the usual pony tail. I think we might have found a hairstyle Jaide can live with! She's usually yanking out the hair things as soon as we get to the car but she still has her hair up today, a full 2 hrs after class! Maybe this style doesn't pull her scalp as much?

And now I'm going to stop procrastinating and work on my taxes :(

Sunday, March 9, 2008


I learned something this past week: Pittsburgh is spelled with an "h" at the end. I also learned that 250 miles is a bit too far for our little family for a short trip.
This weekend we went to Pittsburgh. Bob is working extra these days so he can take every other Friday off. He's doing this so we can get projects done or do something fun. Since we've been using our Saturdays a lot lately for projects we decided to have fun. We thought of going to Pennsylvania because there's all kinds of fun stuff up there- more so in the summer though. One of the things I found in my looking was the Pittsburgh Zoo. So we decided to go there.
I discovered something really cool though. If you go to you can select "road trip" and it will find hotel deals within a certain radius of your location (up to 250 miles). This was how I discovered how far away Pittsburgh is. I also discovered that Virginia Beach, VA is slightly closer. We probably would have gone there if it hadn't been raining in this entire region this weekend. The morning before we left (that would be Friday) I discovered that the rain would actually be snow up in Pittsburgh. Oh well! We brought hats and gloves and warm coats.
The hotel we stayed at wasn't as nice as we had hoped it would be. Apparently we've gotten really spoiled with our no smoking basically anywhere county and the years we lived in Utah as well. Our room had three ashtrays in it (or as Jaide called them- bowls). But we didn't let the stink get us down. Jaide, excited as could be said, "there's a hairdryer in the bathroom!" She's become quite fond of me drying her hair after her bath these days. We went to the Olive Garden for dinner (thanks for the gift card mom!). It's been a long time since I was asked at a restaurant what my "smoking preference" was. But the food was good and the service was good and even Kiree was good- she slept the whole time.
Sadly, the hotel wasn't very soundproof and the noisy neighbors woke Kiree up during the night. Then she just woke up all on her own several more times (I guess she did sleep a lot on the drive up).
Saturday morning we got our continental breakfast, checked out and headed to the zoo. The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is a pretty neat place. I think it would probably be even more fun in the summer (then they have rides, a train, this huge slide/playground thing, a petting zoo area, and more). It was still fun though on Saturday. Some of the animals weren't out but some you could go inside and see (and that was good as it was cold and then snowing!) The aquarium was all indoors and that was really nice.
Here were some of the highlights:
We got to see the "jellies" and Jaide asked why Marlin and Dorie weren't in with them. "Because then they'd get all stung Jaide." Then Jaide found Dorie and her family in another tank. Jaide said she found Nemo, but I don't think any of the fish looked too much like him.
When we first got inside the aquarium there was a big tank with this interesting looking seahorse like things. While we were looking at that, a peacock came up to the entrance of the aquarium. I guess he struts around loose at the zoo (they had peacocks loose at the Milwaukee zoo when I went there years ago too). I had wondered why the automatic doors didn't open until I got very, very close to them, and when I saw the peacock strutting near the door I guess I had my answer. I wanted so badly to let the peacock inside, but I resisted.
We got to see the elephants inside their building and apes were also inside their own building. One of the gorillas was picking his nose and eating it- ewwww.
Bob and Jaide crawled through the Meerkat tunnel and got a good look at the little guys.
The tigers, lions, snow leopard, giraffes, polar bears, kodiak bears, spectacled bears, sealions and seals were all outside. The polar bear and seal enclosure areas were pretty interesting. I wish we would have taken a picture of the outside part. They had it set up to look like a little seaport town. Then there was a part where you
could go underneath the water. (the first picture in this post was taken there, it looked pretty cool even though the polar bear wasn't swimming at the time- I don't blame him it was cold!).
Little Kiree, who turned four months on Saturday slept the whole time we were at the zoo. I got one picture to prove she was really there. If you look closely you can see part of her little face all bundled up in her baby bucket.The trip home was a little rough. At least the three of us girls each got in a nap! But everyone was quite ready to be home by about Hagerstown. We probably won't be traveling quite so far for a weekend outing again but hey, we still had some fun.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Eat Meat Friday- A Flashback Friday of Sorts

Right now it's Lent. That's the period of time 40 days before Easter where Catholics give something up and do their version of fasting on Fridays (ie no meat, and you're not supposed to eat extra snacks either, although I never heard that one until I went to Catholic school, oh and fish is not considered meat). Growing up in Chicago, I was in the minority as far as religion goes (ethnicity wise in my elementary school as well, but that's another story). Most people were Catholic and while I was baptized in the Catholic church as an infant (I sure was crying and wailing in the pictures!) I've never actually considered myself Catholic. My mom became LDS before I was born and we ended up going to church with her (although my dad said, the kids are gonna be Catholic- there was almost absolutely no follow up) So anyway, during Lent we often had non-meat dinner (before my parents divorced) but we were allowed to eat whatever we wanted. If I had a turkey sandwich at lunch, oftentimes someone would say, "you can't eat that! It's Lent!" And I'd say "I'm not Catholic" I don't know why I liked that- to be different? to be a twit? I don't know. But at times I would make a point of eating meat on Fridays during Lent.
I was reminded of this as I was looking through a grocery store ad the other day and seeing all the fish and fish accouterments featured. I told Bob the story. He asked me if I did that the year I went to Catholic school. I honestly can't remember if I did. I think I didn't eat much meat at lunch that year in general and I sometimes bought my lunch. Maybe I didn't feel the need to draw attention to how I was different there, as it was blatantly obvious all day long.
So there you go. I think I'm going to go get me some meat :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

If you like incompetence...

....then you'll love the copy services at Office Depot in Snowden Overlook!
Expensive, poor quality, and slow service! 120 copies done wrong.