Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
- No Acne. That might not be an issue for some, but I have had acne since the age 14. The only time I have beautiful skin is while I'm pregnant. I haven't popped a zit in months and it's been heaven!
- Being able to say "No" without an ounce of guilt. I have always been a pleaser and use to say yes to everything. I still laugh when I think back to a conversation I had with my sister-in-laws a few years ago when they tried to get me to say no. At the time I had been diagnosed with "Grave's Disease" which sounds horrible but really is just an overactive thyroid. Mindi, laughing almost through tears kept demanding, "Say it with me Sarah: NO, I have a disease, NO, I have a disease." She & Kristin supposedly have no trouble saying no - uh huh. What can I say, they're lovable hypocrites.
- Wearing stretchy pants all day. Granted this month the stretch is pretty much gone, but for 5 blissful months I haven't had to suck in once.
- Absolutely no desire to shop for clothes. I don't know if it's just me but when I'm not pregnant I'm always looking for a great deal. I love clearance racks (which Joaquin is hoping to break me of someday). I walk through shops and feel like I need to find cheap clothes that I won't feel guilty for buying but that look better than my old stuff. When I'm pregnant though - I know everything looks better than what I'm wearing and honestly don't care. Yahoo.
- Warm feet. Every night I used to snuggle up to Joaquin and put my icy feet onto his warm ones. Not any more. I'm sure a lot of my new found warmth is because I have to wear these lovely compression hose all day, but I love crawling into bed at night already toasty. Now it's Joaquin who snuggles up to me.
- Having a Goal. I know that might sound cheezy but it's true. When I trained for the marathon I loved having something to work towards and plan for. Well this pregnancy is by far harder than the marathon and it has even better rewards.
- Feeling movement. This is my 5th child and I am still in awe every time she moves. Sometimes it really isn't pleasant but it always reassures me that she's alive and well in there.
- When she gets the hick ups. I love the hick ups! Last Sunday I had one of those "aha" moments you store away in your heart forever. She got the hick ups and every one of my children was able to put their hand on my belly and feel her move. I looked up at Joaquin on the stand and just grinned like an idiot.
- How excited my other children are. I don't think there is a single toy I could buy them that would make them smile more than when we announced they were going to get another sibling. Every time Shelby prays she first thanks Heavenly Father for her new little sister. She can't wait not to be the baby any more. Quinn & Jessi still fight over who gets to hold her first and Josh is looking for a new wrestling buddy.
- And the last reason I love being pregnant is . . . Joaquin takes special care of me. I love being a strong, independent woman, but when I'm pregnant I also love letting that all go and just being whimpy. He helps with laundry, straightens up the house when I'm gone, lifts everything heavy, gets the kids to help more, rubs my feet, encourages me to lay down for a while, asks me how I'm feeling, and my favorite - he prays for me and our baby every single time I hear him pray. I truly am grateful for this opportunity to see his gentle side and think I'm going to ease up on the whole "anything you can do, I can do better" theory. I'm kind of liking being treated like a girl.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I wanted to catch a picture of Josh at pre-school with Shelby. She just wants to be so big and go with him. The really fun part is that he loves Shelby to be there too. He always begs her to get dressed in the morning so she can come play for the first half hour of free time.
It was a really busy Wednesday as we had Josh, Jessi, & Quinn's Halloween Parties. Here is Jessi's party where I got to be the cool Mom because we played "Boo Bingo." I still love that no matter which child's party we go to - they absolutely love when their siblings come to visit. As you can tell Jessi pulled up 2 chairs, shared all of her candy, and even took them with her on the little "costume parade."
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Quinn's 11th Birthday has to be one of my favorites! She wanted lots of things, but the most important was being in Sandy, Ut. with Grandma Sally & Grampa Ed. She wanted Grampa to make one of his famous chocolate cakes - he even had a layer of cheesecake in the middle, yum - and guess what? I didn't have to cook, frost, or decorate a single thing! I do love making fun cakes, but just enjoying it was even better. We shopped for opals (Aunt Mindi showed her one this summer and since they're the official gem for October - Quinn couldn't wait to get one), earrings (Jessi even got hers pierced!), and lots more girl stuff.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This post is directed more to the Mom's who need a good laugh because they mess up, forget everything they read, and are just plain selfish sometimes. If you're reading this Mom, I promise I'll try harder tomorrow - they are your grandchildren after all.
The day started happy enough but got a little ugly on the way home from dropping off parts for a customer. Josh is 5 now and can unbuckle himself any time he desires, but poor Shelby is still too little to escape. So for about 1/2 hour Josh just "bugged" Shelby. I tried the regular threats - you'll have to take a nap, go to bed early, etc. Nothing seemed to work. Shelby's the screamer, Josh is the brother - it was a loud drive. So when we got home from taking Joaquin lunch I told the kids I was pretty tired and needed to rest for a little while. Thinking I was being nice I told them they could take the kittens up to Josh's room and play quietly while I slept on the couch for a little bit.
Being 7 months pregnant and the mother of 4 children allows me the pleasure of dropping off to sleep any time during the day and today was no exception. I woke up a full hour later to a completely quiet house. My little heart did a quick pitter patter as I thought joyfully, "Maybe they fell asleep." Then I laughed at myself and started to search for destruction.
I didn't have to look far as in Josh's room I found crackers, frosted mini wheats, cat food, & water in the carpet. Then I followed the giggling to Quinn & Jessi's room where these two adorable children had dumped every prized toy, jewelry box, lotion bottle, crayon, marker, school papers, blankets - everything into the middle of the floor. I'm not sure if they were jumping off the top bunk into this "fort" but do you know the first thing I thought (this shows how selfish I've become) "At least I got to take an hour nap!" Then instead of scolding my little ones I told them we better work hard to clean this up before the girls got home from school. I didn't want to get caught sleeping on the job!
I realize the better choice would have been to give them time out and a lecture - but then I knew I'd be stuck cleaning it all up by myself. They colored with crayons & markers on the wall, lost all of Quinn's earings, bent Jessi's prized Mickey Mouse ears she got from Disneyland, rubbed lotion on every backpack & in the carpet, used up all their stickers, played in their "make-up" - it was ugly.
As I began cleaning up I felt less guilty about the unsupervised destruction though when I found at least 2 dozen of my nice pencils & pens (these I use for my Napa work & they have their own), my paper cutter, scissors, stapler, & at least a ream of paper with scribbled "stuff" over them that I have been searching for for days.
Tuesday is our busy day with Quinn & Jessi's extra curricular piano, basketball, & gymnastics, but at least they hadn't had time to see their room yet. After dinner is when everything went to pot as Quinn walked into her room looking for her earrings. She & Jessi cried for over half an hour over the lost & ruined items, Josh & Shelby cried because of the tongue lashing they got from Dad after he heard about their mess from the girls (You notice I didn't tell him-I found half of my office supplies that I wouldn't have after all).
So the night ended with everyone crying loudly in their beds at 7:45pm. And now I have time to worry over child #5 who'll be joining our family. I hate the varicose veins running down my legs, the vivid dreams that make you feel like you haven't rested all night, and just feeling huge - but after today I'm grateful I have 2 more months before this little one makes her appearance. I am so not ready.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Of course, my favorite part is the cool cakes. Here's this year's choice "The Treasure Chest." Argh Mattee!
Craft #1 - Chinese Dragon Head. Jessi & he put this together on his Birthday (Sunday - Sept. 27) morning.
Craft #2 - Halloween Masks. Both he & Shelby loved gluing a few of these together.
Now this is a craft I give full credit to Donna for, Craft #3 - a race car town. I looked at all those pieces and cringed - Donna said, "Ooh, I haven't bought him a present yet. Could I buy this from you and put it together with him." Wow, I don't know Donna - COULD I KISS YOU?!? They came over to borrow everything from packing tape to a hot glue gun, but the good news is that 2 hours later they were done! There are more projects to come like a "Haunted House" tongue depressor door hanger, wooden motorcycles, beeded necklaces, etc. But I didn't want to bore everyone to tears.
As long as we're chatting about my lovely Mother-in-Law, Donna I just had to put this picture in. Poor Donna was pulling the tarp over the pool in Glenns Ferry with Dennis when she miss-stepped and fell backwards. She hit her head so hard that her one eye went black, her ear plugged up, and now she has double vision. She is looking so much better, has had a blessing by her sons, a Cat Scan from the Doctor, and prayers from all of her grandkids especially.
This is my final picture (I know it's not of Josh - but look how just utterly CUTE this girl is!). Everyone loved the treasure chest cake, especially Shelby who not only wore the treasure but ate a fair amount of it too.
Friday, September 25, 2009
2nd Annual Family Walk-a-Thon
The Race is On
I thought I would make one giant thank you post for all of my family out there who didn't hang up on Jessi when she called asking for money. Last year I started this walk-a-thon and it turned out so well we decided to do it again for our elementary school. Poor Jessi has been seeing all of these presents, posters, and race flags lying around the house and just wants to keep them all. We tried the "Chuck E. Cheese" idea this year – you know where you spend tons of money to earn tickets to buy a little tiny toy. Well I had to order all the presents ahead of time so Jessi, Josh, & Shelby (it's beneath Quinn now that she's in the Intermediate School) have been drooling over the prizes you win for raising $10, $20, etc. If only I could have those presents in all of the 450 students' homes as well we might actually hit our goal! If you want to check out the website (Maria helped me create it last year) it's www.HillcrestPTO.blogspot.com Again, thanks everybody!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The gift shops were all the kids favorite place. "Old Faithful - cool, Paint Pots - they stink, but can we please please please go into that Gift Shop?!? I'm sure it's got something I haven't seen yet!"