Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yay for insurance companies!

We got a letter from our mortgage insurance company today saying,"In order to keep up with inflation you will see an increase in your payment."
Hmmm. . .

And all this time I was under the impression the equity in our house was de-flating. I don't know where I get these silly ideas from. Yay for them for being glass half full kind of people :)

I wish I knew how to play by insurance company rules:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thank you Baba-Boom!

We spent the abnormally warmish day outside at the zoo today with Robyn and her kids. They had so much fun. After being cooped up for so many months, they sorta seemed like little wild animals on the loose themselves. I think Madisen yelled every single word she said while we were there. She just had too much excitement for one little body. I guess going from watching the world go by all winter to finally cutting loose into the outside world will do that to you.

Making sure no one had gargantuan gorilla arms

Sitting on the elephants trunk

Since I didn't get any of The Boy at the zoo. .

How cute am I?

It's definitely better to go when it's a little chilly outside. We saw bears wrestle, zebras fight, and even the tiger was up and wandering around. Thanks to "Baba-Boom" (Grandma) for the zoo pass. Hopefully we'll be able to go a lot more this year.

By the by, in case anyone was wondering Pete claims he already signed us up for the Trek. Hmmmm, this fights not over, but I gotta say, props to him for the good Strategy!

And By the by again, I will be registering with MormonMommy Blogs in a week or so, so I will be giving the kiddo's nicknames. So don't be confused. And thanks for the floods of comments for my blog title post. It's going to be hard to choose between all two comments. :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Trekking Along

My husband came home from a fireside last night with a crazy idea. I've gotta stop letting him go to all these church events, they're starting to fill his head with nonsense. He came home with a proposal to go on the pioneer trek this summer. I said, "That's great hun, have a good time."
The bombshell:
"I think we should BOTH go."

He's such a funny guy! LOL :)

"I'm Serious, I've thought about it and I think it would be an awesome experience"

REALLY?? I know some people have fun on these, but some people are also weird. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy camping (For two nights when there is a bathroom nearby), and hiking is awesome, but I've heard they make you eat snake, you can't take chocolate, and I don't think it's easy for many to look hot and fashionable in a bonnet. (I haven't tried though so that's to be determined)

I had a lot of excuses and he threw back at me that it would be hard to get our kids to go when they're older if we had the opportunity to go, but refused.
Of course Pete has a tattoo (Explain yourself out of that one!)

I'm looking for wisdom for a few more arguments to convince him of his evil, conniving ways. So I will consult a secret weapon. Later tonight I have a date with the scriptures. More specifically James 1:5.

He won't know what hit him :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Good Morning!

My husband, whom I love VERY much and think he is so awesomely- cool no one else comes close to comparing, is somewhat of a knucklehead. (I mean that in the sweetest way possible Pete). First of all (though not the most important) he decided to take his young men camping last night. SERIOUSLY? Maybe nobody told him it's cooooold in the mountains this time of year. I dunno. But secondly (Feel free to gasp audibly) he took the only toothpaste in the house with him. To be honest, I'm not that sure that he even brushes his teeth when he goes on scout camps. I'm pretty sure he would have been okay out in the fresh mountains with a bunch of stinky boys (not that I recommend this option I think he should have bought his own toothpaste grr.). But sadly, over here the morning just hasn't smelled the same in our house. So I am asking you what you think I should do for the next 10 hours until he gets home:
Option one: Go crazy with mouthwash/floss/and gum
Option two: pull out the baking soda like the good ol'days
Option three: counter attack by going au naturale and planting a big smooch on him when he gets home. Poll on the side.

Boys! Arggggh. Why do we even like them?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oh, to be little

Today Shea had a friend over who she plays with almost every day. I told her I wouldn't let K come over if she didn't get dressed (because in Shea's mind: "who needs pants?") This is her outfit for the day.

Not too bad I guess. She has a shirt, pants, oh and shoes:

I didn't even bother to correct her because in her mind she just solved one of the biggest hurdles toddler fashionista's struggle with. Which pair of shoes today? "
The obvious answer: One of each
Shea and K are the cutest little friends and play so good together that I had to post some pics.

This was just after Shea told K she wasn't allowed to play with her computer and K came in crying because Shea was such a bully. Gotta love 3 year olds. They don't hold grudges. :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Baby Cows

I've been calling my kids nuisances since they were babies. I'm always telling them what big nuisances they are, usually right before a big kiss or something like that. Today I was playing brain quest with Madisen when the question
"what are baby cow's called?" came up.

She thought really hard for a couple seconds and then said:


Big Boy!

The boy is seven months now and he just learned to crawl TODAY! Yay for him!
It's actually more of an army crawl/scoot, but I'm his Mom so I don't judge. He's been all over the floor today. One of the first things he went for was the light socket. We're so proud! An electrician just like his Daddy :)

The Boy Sneaking to steal sister's toys
The Boy and Madisen hangin' out on the floorSorry about the few day delay in my posting. I was having a bad case of bloggersblock with the HUGE weekend and everything. Valentine's day and all. Pete totally got a pass this year. He said "we live Valentine's day every day". AWWWWWWWWW! How sweet is that?
I told him it's a good thing he's cute or he would have been in trouble with that speech. And strike two because he stole it from someone else. Oh well, I've decided true love is looking at Pete and knowing he drives a minivan with a straight face and still thinking he's the one for me. Right?

P.S. this weekend I ran six miles. Feel free to gush over how awesome I am.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The rule of Halfsies

This past week I've been working hard on cutting our house in half. It all started the other day when I was again up to my hips in laundry. I came to the realization that I don't like laundry, so why have so much of it? Doesn't make sense. So I first went through my girls clothes. Madisen had over twenty pairs of Jeans/pants for school at the beginning of the fall. TWENTY! She's FIVE!! Seriously I have a problem. But it's hard to not buy fun clothes for her when I find them so cheap. But that way of thinking is what led to me drowning in my fabric ocean. So I took half my kids clothes and gave them away. That led to my closet. We all know I'm training for a half marathon, and hopefully this will lead to my getting back to pre-preg shape. But will I want to wear those clothes I already had? Nope. Not this girl. I'll want new. So all those: gone. Then the Kitchen. Our house is only between 1000 and 1200. ft. With five people. Even though I'm not a pack rat, I realized when trying to shove all the clean towels into the pantry/laundry/storage/hall closet, maybe we do have too much for THIS house. So I'm keeping only two towels per person, and three plates per person etc. While I was at it I found 18 spare car keys my husband hid throughout the house so I wouldn't be stranded when I lost my own. Half of those: gone. CRAZY? yes. I will have to make sure I do laundry EVERY day, but hopefully I will no longer need a snorkel to navigate through my mess. I feel so much lighter! It's been awesome. And I have the warm fuzzy feeling of giving stuff I obviously don't need to someone who does. Turns out sharing is fun.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pat on Back

In answer to my previous post, I found this gold star taped to my front door today:

Thank you very much.

Thanks to Sonya who dismantled her entire Christmas collection, digging through all her boxes just to make sure I could pat myself on the back :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

I Heart St. George

Pete's boss sent us on a "forced" vacation last weekend to his little (very large) Second home in St. George. It was awful. We went to the park Jacketless.
It's February for cryin' out loud!
The kids spent a lot of time outside getting reaquainted with sidewalk chalk and their scooters, and I beat Pete at basketball a few times
(sorry pete, the truth's the truth). The weather was a FREEZING 6o degrees. Ahhh, I LOVE St. George! Good ol' St. George.
Then it had to end and we came home to snow and reality. But I still have to tell you how awesome I am (for those of you who don't know already). Saturday was wet and rainy and I had a GINORM headache, and it was a bad hair day,and windy, and I STILL got out for my long run. Outside. Cuz it's St. George. Now where is my gold Star? Here's a couple pics of the trip:

Madisen on her new barbie scooter Aunt Michelle got her for Christmas
The Boy found out he likes to swing

. This is Shea looking innocent. Don't be fooled.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I haven't visited the blogosphere in a few days. It feels weird. A crazy virus tried to attack my computer , but Pete was ready with his mideival battle ax and sword. So once I talked him into putting those down we were able to find our neigbor to help us fix it. All is now well. But watch out for spyware 2009. Scary stuff.
I babysat baby K today who is only 3 weeks younger than The Boy. She's so precious, but a little sneaky. She kept picking on my baby boy today and here is proof:

This is a picture of both of them enjoying their peaceful morning snack. Keep in mind K was very aware I was trying to take a picture.

And this is what she did when she thought I wasn't watching:

See her trying to steal his bottle??? And that's his favorite thing too.
This is what she did when She noticed I had come back:

I dunno Sonya. . . She looks awfully suspicious doesn't she?