Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Anyway Lady D got sick of me saying "say that again, I didn't hear you".. that or she got sick of hoping I wasn't faking hearing her. I suppose that could make you paranoid, knowing that the other person had only a 50% chance of hearing what you're saying and that they wouldn't always admit it to you when they didn't.
So, she sent me and the Man a new phone for Christmas. Some might say it's a self serving gift... (saving her sanity etc). I say it's a blessing!! I'm so excited to have a new phone. And apparently she listened every time I b*tched and moaned about my current phone and all the features I would want a new phone to have if I were to ever win the lotto and go buy myself one. It had to have speaker phone in the hand sets (not just the base unit). And it had to have intercom capabilities so that two phones could be used at once on the same phone call. Cordless, with a phone book feature, and answering machine. She went above and beyond and got me one where the ringer volume can be adjusted, plus the ringer can be a song not just a boring ring (helps with the stress level when it's Mozart and not the obnoxious "ring ring ring" sound). AND it's expandable so when I do someday win the big pot of gold and buy the 4 bedroom mansion I can purchase two more handsets and have one for every room. Nifty cool eh?
So don't mind the clutter, and check out the phone. It's hooked up to my wonderful fabulous Beamer video phone which I adore and don't get to use often enough. It's beautiful and silver and I adore it.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I'm still not a big fan of my tree. I don't like the wide spacing between the branches. I shouldn't complain, it was free, but I still gripe about it every single year.
It does look pretty good once it's decorated though. And I like my colors, which are, rather strictly, blue, silver and white. I like how it sparkles with the lights (white and blue). The good thing about having specific colors is that in a small apartment it can get rather cluttered looking with to much.
Lady D has her tree up in her place as well, I like it, it's a beautiful tree. I love how it looks against her green walls and with her tile flooring. She is far to busy this time of year to put up her own pictures so I'll post this one for her so everyone can see it. I like her style of tree so much better then my own. But I wonder how it would go trying to string two strands on lights on it? Perhaps I should just be happy with my own little charlie brown Christmas tree and stop coveting others?
Sunday, December 21, 2008
For those of you on my Christmas card list you are going to be getting happy seasons cards instead... that means don't be checking your mailboxes for cards this week... with the Santa visit so late in the month there was no way I could do cards on time and have the usual pictures in them so to avoid the stress (and ensuing melt down) from trying I will attempt to get cards sent out sometime next week.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Anyway that said EpiJunki over at Pink Warm and Dry posted a link to Her Space My Space His Space .. There they are doing a daily photo challenge (you check the word of the day, make a photo to match the word and post a link to your pic in the comments). I figure why not, especially since it's winter AND Christmas time... the world is chock FULL of amazing beautiful things just waiting to be photographed.
Todays word is Tinsel.
I'm doing both yesterdays and today to catch myself up a little. Throughout the week I will try to catch up on a few more of the photo themes (posting one catch up shot in addition to the daily word shot). I can't wait to see what tomorrows word is.
Yesterdays word was Gold.
Up above he names all the letters but I realize that some of you might think he wasn't really recognizing them but just saying his ABC's while looking at them... sooo we tried a mixed up letters version... unfortunately the kiddo had to leave mid way through, but I think it proves the point. He's a smart kid!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The funny thing... The night before last somebody took our driver side windshield wiper and our antenna! The Man can't get over why they would take the antenna and then the wiper off the opposite side of the car.. since wipers are good for either side. Maybe they just weren't smart enough to know that? Fortunately for us he left for drill before the snow started yesterday, and he came home after it stopped. We had to make a quick run to the store to pick up new wipers after he got home though.
The other funny thing, his units Christmas party last night was canceled (they did it because the roads would have been really slick and dangerous). . Which isn't funny in and of itself. It's kinda bah humbuggy. No the funny part is it was a pot luck party and the Man had signed us up for rolls. We now have a hundred rolls sitting on the counter that I have NO idea what to do with. I need extra big freezer zip lock bags or something so I can freeze them and pull them out every time we're invited over to dinner at the inlaws. That way I can always cheerfully volunteer to bring bread *chuckle*
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
His car seat he just wants to play on... he likes to sit in it and kick his feet, like it's his very own reclining chair. It cracks me up.
We're also going to see if we can sell his einstiens play mat and his crib mobile.
It really breaks my heart. The man doesn't understand why I would get so upset... the reason is twofold. First of course is the memories and the history.. and the fact that I really wanted to pass these things along to Kiddo #2 if they ever show up. Reason number two directly relates in that by selling these things I'm admitting defeat, I'm saying that we aren't going to have a kiddo #2 so I don't need to keep the stuff. Dang womanly emotions anyway. I suppose at least we'll have money to buy the Kiddo christmas presents.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
While we were at the store I remembered that the kiddo needed some new breakfast cereal. Now usually I buy him Cheerios, Chex, or Kix (he actually prefers his cereal without the funky fruit flavors or too much sugar). This time, as I was walking up and down the isle I couldn't seem to pick one. Finally after I had given up and decided not to buy him cereal at all I saw the bright blue Alphabits box!! I didn't even know they made these things still. The Kiddo was so excited he sang the alphabet song all the way to the car. I let him have a handful of them as a snack and he named almost every letter! I knew he could name about 1/3 of the alphabet but I'm starting to think maybe he can do more then that. Smart kiddo.
The Festival of trees was a lot of fun for us. It was 4$ each to get in (which was half of what I had prepared myself for) and worth it. We spent 3 hours walking around and looked at every single tree. The Kiddo rode in the stroller for the first half but he kept wanting to turn around and tell us something so finally I carried him for the second half (he is getting sooo heavy, he weighs 30 pounds now!!). We saw a half a dozen Utah Utes trees (at least) which the Man thought was pretty cool.
We also saw more then a few trees that made us cringe. I took pictures of a few of the trees for you guys to look at. Hmm, I hadn't realized that the ones I took were all white. A white tree properly decorated can be really really pretty. A white tree improperly decorated can be extremely NOT pretty. I think I still prefer a green tree though, it's just looks classic.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday we went and let the barber school cut the Mans hair. If you'll remember I mentioned last week all the money they made that day went to Primary Childrens. So, in the spirit of giving, we let them attempt to give the Man a high and tight... um yeah we'll probably be using our own clippers to 'adjust' the results later this week. We also had them pretend to trim the Kiddo. He didn't need it, but it was only 5$ a haircut and we wanted to give more then just one haircut worth.
Saturday we also went to the Festival of trees (a post on that, with pictures, later today). All the proceeds from the festival go to primary Childrens as well. I fought myself for awhile before deciding that the money for us all to get in was something I could spend w/out feeling guilty (only 11$ but still). It's been hard for me to get into the holiday spirit this year but the Kiddo is in full swing with Christmas lights and I knew he'd love it (he did).
Sunday my Mother in Law took me (and the Mans sister) to see a movie. The last time I saw a movie in a movie theater was two years ago!! It was really nice. I left the Kiddo with Grandpa and the Man. They had a "boys day" in which they hung out and the Man taught his dad how to burn music onto cd'd. When we got back from our movie they were all in a very good mood! It's always nice when the Man and his dad get to spend a little guys only time together... it was extra nice that they included the Kiddo and they all seemed to really enjoy it.
That was my weekend... now that you're caught up I'll see about posting something more interesting. I took several pictures from the festival of trees, and I've got a very cute picture of the Kiddo... stay tuned.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Basically you use a pencil to draw shapes and force a little ball to capture a flag. It's physics 101... and um er ahem, hilarity insues when you've got a three year old telling you where to put the shapes.
Magic Pen Game
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I've had a terrible time sleeping lately, it's been at least two weeks since I've been able to go to sleep any earlier then 2am. And it's not because I'm sleeping in to late... Not only does the Mans alarm wake me up at 3am every day, but then the Kiddo gets up at 730.
Aaanyway, the whole reason for this post is not to whine about my lack of sleep... rather it's to share a fun little fact I learned last night while flipping through the two channels we get (no cable + rabbit ears = very little tv).
Shaving cream, spread on you bathroom mirror, then wiped off (just wipe at it with a paper towel till it's gone, don't use cleaner)... equals a fog free mirror!! The Man doesn't use shaving cream, he uses gel but it worked just the same.
Sooo if you have a little bathroom and the mirror gets all foggy and drives you nuts... give it a try, then my sleepless nights will have been worth while!!
Yesterday he had a bath and I brushed his hair. Considering how long it's been growing it isn't very long at all and mostly just looks messy. So I've been trying to decide if I shouldn't just cut it... after all, Santa pictures are coming up (next weekend) and I'd like him to look his best for them. Plus I heard yesterday that one of the barber schools here is doing 5$ haircuts this weekend AND donating ALL the proceeds to buy presents for the kids at Childrens Primary Hospital. I know for sure that the Man is going to get his haircut there and am fighting with the decision.
So the question is posed to anybody who feels like giving me their two cents. Should the kiddo go back to high and tight? Or should I keep letting it grow.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Speaking of ... did any of you happen to catch the planets lining up last night? I'd love to say I was on the ball enough to see it but that would be a lie. I had NO idea it even happened until the guy on the news started talking about it. Which is extremely ironic considering I was outside at sunset. The Kiddo and I had just walked out of the grocery store and I pointed out how beautiful the sky looked, all pink and blue and purple (it was a very pretty sunset). He, as is his habit, found the moon and we talked about how small a sliver it was. But then we went home, inside, and totally missed the big event. Ah well, they say it will happen again next year.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I meant to post something earlier... before we left for the inlaws to spend the day... but I ended up getting distracted and forgot. Needless to say better late then never so Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!
This was one of the better Thanksgivings I've had since leaving AZ and I had a really fairly good day. There was plenty of bird (it was a 26 pounder!!), tons of stuffing, some really good garlic mashed potatoes and of course (as is now the 'norm') I brought the sweet potato casserole. This year I made it a little different, I used fresh sweet potatoes and roasted them, I then broiled them with butter and brown sugar, mashed them with strained apple sauce, and topped them with the usual layer of marshmallows. Yams are the one thing I HAVE to have, it's my little piece of home even when I can't be there. When I'm mashing the yams I always think of my mom, when I'm sprinkling on the 'mallows I smile and think how she always lets me steel some (now it's Chance who gets to steel them).
Hopefully next year I'll be able to go down south for the holiday...
oh and by the by... that picture up top with the kiddo sitting in front of a pie. That was taken AFTER we got home. He wanted to see the pie, then he wanted to taste it. Thinking he just wanted to taste it and then he'd be done I went ahead and set the whole thing in front of him. When he started chowing down I quickly transferred that pumpkin pie piece onto a plate and put away the rest. *sigh* The whole reason we brought home a pumpkin piece was for ME to eat. I can't get to upset though, he didn't eat any pie at the sister in laws place, he was too focused on playing.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
The Man and I are amazed, very nearly daily, on how creative and imaginative the Kiddo is. Yesterday we were all hanging out in our bedroom and he started playing with one of my socks. It was a thick black and gray stripped calf sock. He had his little people, and his little people school bus and a sock. ... ... what do you think he did with the sock?
He made the sock into a "dinosaur" and used it to gobble up some of the little people. They all fled before the great sock dinosaur, and it opened it's big sock mouth and ate them if it caught them. Then, he told the sock to "say aaah" and he performed sock surgery to extract the people from it's sock'y tummy so they could go ride in their bus.
A sock dinosaur. I don't know else to say *shaking head*
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Today is the B.I.G. game. We play BYU. We've won every single game played, they've lost one. If we win we get to go to a big bowl game. I don't really care about that, but I do think we should win. This is the biggest rivalry game (I'm sure you can imagine why), the one everybody looks forward to every year. I think we have a chance, but our offence has to step it up. Anyway I'll post the results tonight, we're going over to the inlaws to watch this afternoon. I hope the Kiddo actually lets me watch vs making me chase him all over the basement.
So I don't do a lot of these, in fact I do very very few. But I don't have anything else exciting to talk about so I thought I might as well. If you've got a minute it would be neat to know what your answers are... just cut n paste the questions into the comments box, delete my answers and type in your own.
1. EggNog or Hot Chocolate? Eggnog. Don't get me wrong I LOVE Hot Chocolate but I can have that any day of the year. Eggnog is seasonal, so for a holiday drink it tops the list.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? He wraps them. What would be the point of unwrapped presents, isn't that what elves are FOR??
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored on the house, but white inside (or white and one single color like blue or green)
4. Do you hang mistletoe? I haven't yet but I kind of like the idea, sometimes the Man needs a kick hehe
5. When do you put up your decorations? First weekend of December'ish
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Turkey stuffing, with turkey mixed in, drenched in gravy.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? I think my favorite is Christmas morning with us kids all in each others rooms trying to wait till we were aloud to go down stairs.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? For me there is no distinct before and after knowing. Which speaks volumes on how much importance we put on it. I think Santa should always be the "extra something" not the main event.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Never have.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Blue silver and white. Though, if I can afford it this year I might switch to green silver and white... that would be fun.
12. Can you ice skate? Um, define ice skate?
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? The one that stuck out when I did this with the Man was my guinea pig. But I woke up this morning thinking hmmm I think that was a birthday present? Anyway, I've had a bunch of good gifts over the years but most of my favorite Christmas memories are more family focused.
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? By far family. Mine little one here, and my big one in AZ.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Pie, with ice cream. mmmmm pie....
16.. What is your favorite holiday tradition? When I was little it was hanging the stockings and the morning of sitting impatiently with lady D waiting to go down stairs. When I was older it was Christmas eve decorating the tree, cookies, eggnog, and the walk around the neighborhood with lady D and my bro P looking at the lights. I miss that SO much EVERY year.
17. What tops your tree? The ceiling *snicker*... ahem A white and silver star.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving, when it's the perfect gift and I know they'll love it.
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? It's a tie between a couple. The Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas CD's are usually on repeat play once December hits. I want a hippo for Christmas makes me think of my mom and I smile every single time I hear it. And "River" (which is an unbelievably sad Christmas song, but I still love it). (for fun, a mini Christmas play list)
20. Candy Canes? Yes!!! But only the normal ones. Weird flavored candy canes are just... well... weird.
21. Do you feel Christmas is too commercialized? Who doesn't? I think I'd feel better about it if they'd just wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate. For crying out loud people yeesh.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This is the kiddo having his very first ice cream cone!! I couldn't catch it on film but he was licking it with tiny licks like a kitten lapping up milk. He had so much fun eating it. And if you're wondering no, he didn't finish it (but he did eat a good 2/3's of it which was rather impressive).
And yes, I know, the picture quality kind of stinks, but all we had was a cell phone camera at the moment and, well, you make do with what you've got. (Plus, apparently, the man does NOT have a steady hand when it comes to photography).
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I followed a link from Dawn's review page over at Because I said So. She does a lot of neat reviews and contests so if you've got the time go check it out.
Anyway you do have to register to play with the site, but it's fun to play with so I think it's worth it.
(click on the picture to make it bigger and see the detail, it's one of their paint style options)
Maybe it's a lazy day for me *chuckle* So far all I'm doing is stealing posts. I suppose at least I'm posting something!! I didn't realize until last night that I hadn't posted anything at ALL yesterday. It's twilight zone week for me I guess. So, what breed are you? (I actually really do want to know, I think my results were pretty accurate).
Your family is what makes you tick, and you never "flea" from an opportunity to hang out with the whole gang. A family picnic complete with hot dogs, deviled eggs and a refreshing swim in the lake is hard for you to stray from. Your sparky temperament and dogged intelligence mean you are not only a blast to hang out with, but great to work with as well. Your close pals appreciate your patience and forgiveness, knowing you'd rather let sleeping dogs lie than dwell on the mishaps of the past. Your dashing good looks may one day lead to a modelling career, if only you can tame the unfortunate clumsiness that sometimes causes you to go flailing from the catwalk.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday afternoon Chance and I spent a bit of time camped out in front of the tv (with apples and popcorn) and watched Tinkerbell. I was worried it would be very "barbie"ish (if you've seen the commercials for the barbie movies you know what I'm talking about). It really wasn't to bad though. The movie had so much potential (seriously how many of us adults are Tinkerbell fans!) but it was definitely made for kids. It makes me wonder if anybody will every make a Tinkerbell movie geared towards grown ups. My final review is it was cute and not to obnoxious. If I had a daughter I'd definitely be buying it and adding it to my collection.
The Turky update is I contacted the buyer and offered a refund if she returned it. She wrote back and said she'd super glued it and it looked fine so she will keep it. I'm glad. I still feel a guilty that it broke though. I thought it was packed well enough (so did the Man AND Ph).
My last rambling note is this... over the weekend I got some unsolicited Avon junk catalogues hung on my door. First let me say to anybody thinking of doing that it is NOT a good way to get business. Oh sure, I looked through the catalogues, then I marked the stuff I may want, and then I browsed online to find some place else to get them. I don't like to encourage junk mail *grin* The ultimate point of this paragraph though is to say that there is a cologne in there for Men (Black Suede) that smells absolutely devine. I tried to get the Man to tell me if he'd wear it and he wouldn't commit. You can get it off Ebay for about half the price of what Avon is selling it for and it's really not a bad price to begin with (comparatively). hmmm... ...
Saturday, November 15, 2008
As far as I can tell he wanted to drag her into a tree like the leopards do before he ate her.
I'm cranky because ... well, if you've checked out my etsy store lately you've probably noticed I've listed some craft stuff for the MIL. Last week one of those things sold. This morning I got a message from the buyer saying that a piece of it was broken when they got it. Granted I packed it in a bubble mailer with paper and plastic bags as extra cushion (instead of spending money on a box), but the thing was at least 3/4" thick wood so I figured it would be safe. Now I have to write this person and tell them if they want to return it I will happily refund the purchase price (minus shipping) and I'm really sorry bla bla
The whole thing is sooo much more trouble then it's worth just for good karma points and being a good DIL *big sigh*
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The rest of the weekend was spent either window shopping and trying on shoes etc (I found the most amazing pair of pants which fit lovely but were a gasp inducing $50!! *wistful sigh*). Or hanging out. It was supposed to snow Sunday night but didn't and we were very disappointed, we did a little hot tubing anyway. She spoiled the living daylights out of Chance, and he loved every minute of it!
All in all it was a great visit and over way to quickly. I didn't take any pictures at all (aside from these few here) and spent four days strait talking (it's a wonder I don't have a horse throat).
First a funny story (the Man says I MUST share). Friday morning the Kiddo and I bundled up and hustled to the car (several minutes late) to drive to the airport and pick up Ph. I had him, his diaper bag, my purse, a blanket, and my coffee... only I didn't have my purse. I found that out when I got to the car (which is a decent distance from the apartment). So as I was buckling Chance in I was (yes I admit it) distractedly swearing up a blue streak. shit shit shit shit shit... thinking hmm can I get away with locking him in and running back for the purse or will I get arrested and have my child taken away. (You know the drill I'm sure).
Okay do you have that image in your head?? There I am, kneeling in front of my child buckling his seat belts saying the S word... and the angel child pipes up, interrupting me from under the mound of blanket, and winter coat "no mommy, it's damnit!, say damnit"
I still snicker thinking about it. Yeah, I am SO getting the best mom of the year award. I was corrected on which swear word I used by my THREE YEAR OLD!! To give myself a little credit I told him "no, it's darNit, mommy should have said darNit, we don't say those other words huh."