Friday, December 31, 2010

How'd I do in 2010

Scroll down to the next post for Christmas pictures

This year I didn't do follow up posts on my goals, but I did still work on most of them ;)
I think my 2009 goals were a bit more specific and thus a little easier to work on. I think I've got some good starting points for 2011 goals.
Here's how I did

2010 goals:
Continue good habits established in 2009- I did pretty well, those things (for the most part) have pretty much become habit.

Take care of and enjoy the things I already have.

- using craft and other project supplies I already have, making use of free things (like the library for example), taking full advantage of the memberships/passes that we've already paid for, taking care of our house (improvements/maintenance)
I did work on this one. I tried very hard to use up our Christmas wrapping paper and other craft materials, for example. We went to the zoo a few times, we went to the amusement park several times. I did a lot of work on the house, but I did have to buy a lot of things in addition to what we already had.

Ask myself each day if what I'm doing is going to help us get closer to our financial goals.
I think what I had in mind here was really about evaluating how I was spending money and time. I don't know that I always did this, I tried to think about it often, but obviously I didn't go without any frivolous expenditures this past year.

Take time each day to do fun things, even if it's just for a few minutes.
I only did this a couple of times. This one was basically a fail. I bought art supplies and spent some time drawing a couple of times, but for the past several months all that has just sat in the closet and under the bed (it's not even all in one place anymore!) I think I need to lighten up some times. I put off having fun way too often.

Get to the root of my bad eating habits. Learn the principles of good nutrition and apply them in my life.
-reading nutrition text book, reading other good information from the library and online, also continuing to exercise consistently
I did really well with the learning and reading parts. I read the nutrition text book (I probably need to review it some more) and some other really good books from the library. I really recommend one called Mindless Eating, it was really interesting. I did great at putting things into practice until sometime during the summer. I just kind of backslid.

Find more opportunities to give service

-complete at least two blankets for Project Linus using yarn/fabric I already have, look for other service opportunities (especially ones I can involve the kids in)
I made one blanket but haven't donated it yet. I got involved with the PTA this school year. This Christmas we participated in some donation things above our usual getting rid of stuff donations to charities. I don't know that I really got the kids involved in service like I wanted to.

Get our emergency preparations in place

-work on our year supply of food by getting enough grain to complete 1 year long-term food storage for one person (or 3 mo for our whole family, it's the same thing).
yay! Finally one total success!

-make a will by the end of February
It didn't happen by the end of February, but it did eventually happen, although we still need to get it signed by witnesses so it's actually legal.

Projects we hope to complete in 2010

making slipcovers for our freecycle sectional couch that we did
fixing/painting the lower kitchen cabinets also done
new kitchen countertop that was done in June
new flooring on the main floor didn't do this one, but we did replace the flooring in the basement instead. We bought laminate flooring for the main floor though and we should be starting that project next month.
improving the drainage and grading of our swamp backyard We took some steps to help this out, we've got more to do back there though.
exterior painting done
some interior painting Don't know exactly to what this was referring but I definitely did some interior painting this year, and not just because the neighbor sent 6" bolts through our shared wall.

Christmas 2010 in pictures

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas to you!

We ended up taking 24 Christmas eve pajama-clad pictures, and this one was the best. I told Bob that was going to happen when he decided to pose upside down.

Or maybe this other one is the best. I don't know.
At least we had some laughs. Next year, I'm thinking I'll go with pjs that aren't XL and/or horizontal stripes.
I hope you had a very merry Christmas!

December kid-isms

K: (standing outside the baby gate I put up in the kitchen) "did you know that this is a gate that keeps little people out? M: yeah K: "did you know that it keeps me out?" M: yeah

K: (after being told everyone has a skeleton) "i DON'T WANT a skeleton!

J: "You shouldn't pull down somebody's pants unless they say so."

K:(after making a mess with finger paint) "i got art on my shirt"

J:(talking about Meg's birthday) "There's no theme! The theme should be, uh... happy birthday!

K: "i know an easy way to get dressed" B: What's that? K: "first you put your shirt on, then you put your pants and socks on."

K:(after I asked her if we should tell Grandma about her intestinal distress) "it's not time for potty talk."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Post Formerly Know as Decembering

My friend Jenny wrote a post titled Decembering the same day I originally started this one, crazy huh?

So this is December 22nd? And what have we done?
The month's almost over, and winter break hasn't begun.

Bob cut his own hair for my birthday, because I don't like to cut his hair, but I like his hair to be cut.

Bob and I went to his work party.
That face about sums it up.

There was a ward Christmas party- A night in Bethlehem.
The girls made a festive pair.

We listened to BYU win the New Mexico bowl and decorated sugar cookies.
Bob had enough BYU shirts to clothe our entire family, I'm sure he's not the only one.
The cookies kept breaking, so we used what we learned from the cakewrecks blog to make up for it.

I finally got around to entering in a little over three months worth of receipts.
I stuck a pencil in there for scale.

Today the first graders made gingerbread* houses. *they used graham crackers
Kiree and I came to join in the fun. I'm not sure how Jaide managed to get so much frosting all over her entire self. Jaide ate most of the candy (with some help from Kiree) when she got home this afternoon.

This evening we got the kids in their pjs and drove around to look at Christmas lights.
Tomorrow is the last day of school this year (finally!) and we're hoping to go see the lights at the temple.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A New Decade

I had another birthday this week. Bob and the girls made it a special day for me. Jaide made a banner. Bob put it up. Jaide and Kiree made me pages and pages of drawings and notes and wrapped them up in Christmas paper and every gift bag we had. Bob took us all out to eat at Outback Steak House and he made me brownies frosted with peanut butter and topped with cup up reese's peanut butter cups (my request after I saw it in an email I got from bhg). My present from Bob was a new phone. It is a fun little phone. It's an android. It is still my prepaid phone, but I can use the wireless internet at home on it. And it takes pictures! I've been using it to listen to Christmas songs on pandora and Bob put the scriptures on it today so I could use it at church.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What to do with broken gingerbread men cookies

Thanks cake wrecks! Now we know. The rest of the post is here

Saturday, November 27, 2010

And Now We Shop

I started my Thanksgiving times shopping Thanksgiving night at Michaels. I was on a mission to get a bunch of baskets for my Ikea bookcases. Thanksgiving/Black Friday seems to be the only time they are on sale while there is also a %off sale priced stuff coupon. It took like four visits to three different stores over two days, but I managed to buy 7 matching baskets (matching 2 I already had) for cheap. Woo hoo!

Later on Thanksgiving night I headed out to Toys r us with my friend Danelle. The store opened at 10. We got there about 10 minutes early. There was a looooong line. It took us over an hour to even get into the store. I guess it's good they didn't cram the place full. When we finally left, there was no more line. Sadly, I was wearing my boots instead of my sneakers and my feet hurt for two days afterward. But it wasn't all hassle. We both got what we were looking for. It was great to have a buddy at the store. One could man the shopping cart, or wait in line while the other gathered stuff or had a potty break. For the most part people were all very nice. We even saw some people from the ward. We didn't get back until like 1:30am. I didn't get to bed until like 3am.

On Friday, I was so tired I slept until 9:30. Then I rolled into some clothes and headed to Target. It was too late. Even the stuff I thought surely would still be there was gone. But they did have similar stuff that was way more expensive right near where the cheap stuff would be. Target landed on my naughty list on Friday, but it didn't last long. I guess they've built up sufficient good will with me that it covered it apparently.
After another Michaels run, I tried to go to the Children's Place outlet at the mall. There wasn't a single parking space! I wisely left and went home.
At some point we got out the Christmas decorations and put up the Christmas tree. I was tired all day.

Saturday was my Grandma's birthday. I called and wished her a happy birthday. We also shopped some more. A little online. A little more Michaels. Kiree and I shopped. Jaide and Bob shopped. Christmas presents for one another were purchased and secretively wrapped. Kiree and I scored several awesome kids books at the Goodwill (3 for $1!). I also bought some solar powered led Christmas lights to use outside. I was pleasantly surprised to find they were 20% off this weekend only! They're not as bright as we're used to, but at least we don't have to run cords through a cracked open window throughout December! We put up said lights and more of the Christmas stuff. Bob ran out in the evening to exchange one of the light things that was messed up. I put up regular old lights inside the windows.
And today is Sunday, the day of rest from shopping and decorating.

I'm sure I'll be checking out the deals online on Monday though.
But, hopefully, I'll have all my Christmas shopping done before December 1st. First time ever!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

November Kid-isms

K: (at the grocery store) let's buy cows milk!

(whiny with a big frown on her face) i'm not frowning, i'm happy!

(talking about directions in the car) right is the strong way.

we are going to make pumpkin pie and eat it all up and then go to bed.

that's not impressive.

M: How long have you been poopy? K: a couple of weeks.

J: Hey, Kiree, I found a game for you. It's so easy a caveman could do it.

Happy Thanksgiving

Jaide has been learning about Thanksgiving at school. Last week, Jaide's school had a Thanksgiving feast for the first graders and their "special persons." Bob and Kiree attended that. This week was the annual Turkey Trot. Kiree and I came and cheered Jaide and her classmates on and joined them in running the last part.
Today is Thanksgiving. Yesterday I made two pies and a crust for Bob's pie. Today we're making some side dishes and Bob is making cranberry meringue pie.
This morning we got some exercise running to the library and back.
This afternoon, we'll have turkey time with some friends. Tonight I'm going shopping!
We have a lot to be thankful for. What I'm most thankful for is all of our family and friends!
Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

oh yeah!

... is something my 20 month old niece likes to say, apparently. We got to hear it quite a few times lately.
Last week my niece and her parents
(Bob's sister Emily and her husband Travis) came down for a visit.
Travis had a conference in DC and the girls tagged along.
We were glad they could come because the girls love their cousin Alyssa!
And we were glad Emily could come despite being very pregnant (one morning Kiree asked Emily why her tummy was so bumpy). We had a fun time visiting and taking a few fun outings.
The Tramily Family arrived Sunday afternoon and the girls soon got to work playing and orchestrating a "costume party."
Monday morning Travis headed down to DC where he stayed for his conference.
After getting Jaide on the bus and everyone dressed and ready to go, Kiree, Emily, Alyssa, and I headed over to Patapsco to play at the playground, take a little hike, and eat a picnic lunch.
Our hike took a bit longer than I'd expected because I'd kind of forgotten the distance and Alyssa wanted to walk pretty much the whole time.
We got our exercise in that day, walking from the swinging bridge to the Lost Lake and back.
Nearly everyone took a nap when we got back home.
Tuesday was rainy, so we hung out at home.
We made sugar cookies and decorated them when Jaide got home from school.
On Wednesday, the power had gone out overnight which resulted in lots of things beeping in the basement (sorry Emily!) and the aquarium filter ceasing to work.
We all took a little field trip to the pet store that used to be in the mall, but which is now by Costco. I thought the kids would enjoy seeing all the pet store animals. I bought a new filter and didn't realize until I'd already started putting it together that afternoon that at some point, the old one had finally kicked back on. I'm still going to replace it when we run out of it's filter cartridges though.
After the pet store we headed over to another local playground. We brought beach towels to dry any leftover rain from the slides. It was a nice day, but it was very windy. We had the place to ourselves. The girls ran and laughed and played for a long time.
In the evenings, we chatted and played games. One night we let Jaide stay up to play Clue with us. She was quite tired the next day.
On Thursday we drove down to the National Zoo. Travis met up with us since his conference was pretty much over. We got to see several things that I'd never seen before, even though we've been there a few times.

This is the only picture my dumb camera managed to take at the zoo! And I managed not to get either of the girls who were both standing right there.

The elephants were back, and I don't know how I managed to miss the zebras, cheetah, tigers, lion, and gazelles every other time I've been there. When we were finished at the zoo, I dropped the Tramilies off at a metro stop since they were all staying in DC the rest of the week.
I was really glad that Bob could come home early since we didn't get back in time to meet Jaide's bus.
Jaide had been very sad about Alyssa leaving on Thursday. She was somewhat comforted when I told her we could go down and meet them for dinner on Friday.
That's what we ended up doing.
With a little bit of trouble, we all managed to meet up at a Five Guys burger place in DC (near Gallaudet University of all places).
But we enjoyed getting to spend a little more time with them before they left.
We'll have to go visit them up in Boston some time, maybe for spring break.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Can you believe Kiree is three? Can you believe she's only been three for like a week? I made a Dora cake for Kiree last year and this year she wanted Dora again. We made some cupcakes on her birthday and then this past weekend we had a little Dora party at the state park, with no boys allowed (except for daddies). The weather was awesome! We had Dora Star cookies instead of cake.
At her 3 year old check up, Kiree was in the 50th percentile for weight and about 75th for height.
Kiree is quite the little talker these days. Her hair is still curly and strawberry blonde. Kiree is very sweet- most of the time. And she apologizes very sweetly when she hasn't been. She loves her big sister and her little cousins (all of
whom she's gotten to see this month!) It's getting harder and harder to remember what life was like without her.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Little {Great} Grandma Party

My Grandma is turning 90 later this month. She wanted to have a party and we all wanted to come party with her. Some people can't get off work around Thanksgiving though, so we ended up having a Halloween time celebration.
We got a random assortment of photos from this trip on account of forgetting to bring our camera along to important events (such as the party). Maybe someone will share some of those photos.
The pic at the top of the post is from Halloween at Grandma's rehab center (recent health problems and a surgery have landed her there for a bit). In addition to our family there's Grandma, Kathy and Asher, Mom, and my Aunt Cynthia.
The drive out wasn't too bad. Bob and I switched off driving. I made the kids zip folders full of art supplies and paper. We made it all the way in one day even after starting out past 11am.
The next day, we took Grandma out and all met up at her apartment to chat and eat. The kids had a lot of fun playing together. The girls don't get to see their few cousins too often.
The next day, the three of us kids and the three grandkiddos visited Dad and went out for lunch. Our crew then headed up to Great America for Fright Fest. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the sky trek tower. They had it decked out to look like King Kong had climbed on top of it and that there were people trapped inside with a fire. It was fun, but it was cold (ya, know, it being nearly to Wisconsin and all) and the lines were fairly long, and major bummer-there was no trick or treating that day. The kids were dressed up and everything! All four of us got to go on the whizzer together though, that and the roller coaster from kiddieland.

My kids slept in a drawer closet. Due to a hotwire snafu (possibly Bob's fault) our rooms only had one bed and one reclining chair. Kiree eventually ended up in the chair, but no one slept super great. Poor Kathy called and asked if they had a crib, over the phone they said yes, then when we got there, they had no cribs!

Grandma's party was on Saturday.
The party was at Colonial Cafe in Elgin, a restaurant Grandma used to take us to frequently when we were little. It's a place famous for it's icecream kind of like Leatherby's. Grandma had all her kids, all of her grandkids, and her surviving sister at the party, along with many friends. Kiree thoroughly
enjoyed playing with her reflections in two mirrors positioned in a corner of the room we were in. Somehow Kathy ended up sitting with all the kids, sorry Kathy! Mick and Amber had flights leaving very early Sunday morning, so they decided to just stay up all night.
They came over to our room and played games for awhile.
Sunday we went to church, ate, and then visited with Grandma.
Asher was sad when his mommy took a shower and left him in the same room as that sketchy Uncle Bob guy.
Not even favorite cousin Jaide could console him.

He later learned to smile again though.
Monday we said goodbye to Mom, Kathy, and Asher and stopped by Grandma's one more time. Of course Jaide was very sad to say goodbye. We did have something to look forward to though. We took a little detour up to Ann Arbor Michigan to visit Russell, Jen, and baby Andrew. So the girls got to see another cousin! We didn't get to spend too long with them, but we did enjoy chatting with them over dinner and playing a game of yahtzee.
We even got a couple of pictures. After a night at a nice little place in Toledo, we headed home the next morning and got there by dinner time, if you can believe it.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

If you're anything like me,

... you've been crazy busy lately, yet still found time to goof off on the internet.
Here's some of what I've distracted myself with lately.

My sisters in law Rosie and Becky are in India and Rosie has been blogging about their experience. Recently she and Becky made poems about all the members of the family. Even me!

Through another blog, I found a blog called unhappy hipsters. It's not quite as funny as cakewrecks, but some of the posts did literally make me lol.

You could spend hours looking through this site-

I also enjoy reading the Thrifty Decor chick's blog (and the blogs on her blogroll). It's always fun to see stuff other people have done on linky posts.

Friday, October 29, 2010

October kid-isms

K: grampa is grandma's husband!

we gotta have ice cold smoovies!

daddy, you help me with my pants and socks. mommy help me with my shirt.

(running into the room) daddy has a white car!

mommy, jaide tasted me!

praying makes my hair hurt.

J: I'm hungry, tired, and ready for parties.

(before our realtor came to visit us) The inspector's coming!

(after hearing we weren't going to stop and visit our friends in Ohio on the way to Chicago that day) So are we going to take a plane now?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mommy Daughter Date

Jaide and Kiree both have sticker charts to help encourage good behavior. Recently, they both filled up their charts. When they fill up their charts, they get to pick a one on one outing with either mom or dad. Jaide decided to have a daddy-daughter date at the playground. They played frisbie golf and played at the playground. Kiree wanted to have a mommy-daughter date. Bob thought it was funny, since Kiree and I spend a lot of time together while Jaide's at school. I was fine with it. Kiree and I went to Clark's Ellioak Farm last week during school. Kiree had a free admission ticket from the summer reading program. We went through the pine tree maze, played on the Enchanted Forest play dealies, fed and pet some goats, went on the hayride, and picked out a "huge" pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mystery Inc.

We're kind of missing Halloween this year, so we have had to have some dressing up fun early. We went to Fright Fest at Six Flags last Saturday with the kids and two of their friends. The four of us wore our costumes. This year we're the Mystery Inc gang from Scooby Doo. Jaide is Scooby Doo, Kiree is Daphne, I'm Velma, and Bob is Shaggy. We were kinda like celebrities going around the park. I don't think adults are actually supposed to dress up
, but I don't think anyone was going to mistake me for a park employed ghoul (that's what I was always afraid of at Fright Fest growing up, weirdos in costume who weren't employees). I know at least a couple of people took my picture. I liked the people who talked to us about our costumes more than the people who stood nearby and talked about us like we couldn't hear them. But people seemed to like our costumes. One little boy asked us where Fred and the mystery machine were. The part of the day the kids liked best was the candy!
The other day the girls and I got to wear our costumes again to a friend's Halloween party. Ironically, Shaggy was at work. ha ha!