Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I went to K-Mart yesterday to get the girls some new boots. I don't normally go there and was excited to see long sleeved women's t-shirts for $4. So I bought a black one in XL (I've come to grips with my XL body). They also had gloves on sale. I figured I couldn't go wrong with a blue striped pair (they are very cute, I bought them in one size fits most). I donned the new items today and was sooooo annoyed. The sleeves of the new shirt were about three inches too short. I'm 5'9". Apparently that equates to having monkey arms. Now could my circumference make shirts have short arms? I don't know about that. The new gloves that I bought were about one inch too long on each of the fingers. Seriously? Why does my five year old insist on stuffing an entire roll in her mouth? That's not so bad, it's when she tries to talk to me and spits crumbs all over the floor, then I have to sweep. While we eat dinner I have to endure 20 questions (at least). Here's a sampling: Why is this spoon here? What am I supposed to use it for? What's this green stuff on the pear? Why is this quesadilla (really just a tortilla) folded in half? Why is that plate on the table? So on and so on.
So in conclusion, today I am a monkey-armed, stubby fingered, cranky about cleaning and impatient mama. But I feel a little bit better by submitting my gripes to cyber-space. Tomorrow has to be better right?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Me: Ashby, can I eat your face? It's just so cute and I love it, can I eat it?
Ashby: No, mom.
Me: Please, come on look at those cheeks, you don't need them, please can I eat them?
Ashby: No, mom.
Me: Come on, what do you need your cheeks for?
Ashby: No, mom.
Ashby: Because if you took a bite from my cheeks, my food would fall out through my cheek-holes.
Ashby: 1 Me: 0
Monday, January 14, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Laziness=crankiness, depression, obesity, filthiness, boredom, etc, etc.
So, you see the problem? With this characteristic on my mind, I decided to make 2008 the year of working hard. I'm not fool enough to try and set new year's resolutions that are completely the opposite of what I am. That will never work. So what I had in mind was doing things all throughout the year that will help me change my lifestyle into one I want.
Here are the top five things I will be working hard on this year:
- getting out of debt. It will be impossible to get completely out of debt this year, but I'm going to make as much progress as possible. I think that will mean getting a job, and I'm cool with that. I will also be better about managing finances, poor management is what started all the problems
- getting healthy. I've lost small amounts of weight in the past, but my approach is different this time. I think I'm kidding myself by thinking I can lose all the weight I want to in the next four months. What I really want to do is slowly change my lifestyle to be healthier, with the intention and expectation that the changes will stick.
- gardening. We have never gardened before and I know it will require a lot of work. Since I'm lazy I can see that the work needed won't get done, unless I really try. So that's what I'm going to do.
- being prepared. I have learned recently that things go much better when I'm well prepared. This extends into several different things, here are a few: food storage, church callings, family home evening and 72 hour kits.
- building a strong family. I don't need to elaborate too much, we all know what's out there, the only way to combat is to build a strong family. I will do this by making our home a home of peace, refuge and love.
I'm excited about this year. Every year is another year to make progress and do better than the year before. 2008 is going to be a great year.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Christmas Eve was the day that made me really nervous. That's when my family has their big Christmas party where there's tons of food and a fun present exchange. We decided to fill time on Christmas Eve by making sugar cookies. I was really impressed at how well the girls did frosting and decorating cookies. They made a plate for Santa and they turned out awesome! We really had a great time and couldn't remember why making sugar cookies from scratch gets such a bad wrap. Thanks Brynn for the recipe, it definitely is a family favorite!
The window sill takes great pictures!
I think Avery ate 7 sugar cookies for dinner.
Ashby loves them too.
Roger thinks he's so funny. He reminds me a bit of Mike Myer's as the hyper-hypo kid. Or Stuart from MadTV.
Girls excited to leave cookies for Santa and go to bed!
Christmas day came and the girls were quite excited to see what Santa brought. I think he did pretty well myself! We had our traditional Christmas breakfast casserole and then went to an afternoon movie. It really was a wonderful day and I think the kids enjoyed themselves too. This was the first year where I didn't feel a huge sense of letdown on Christmas day. Every year after all the presents are opened I'm always so bummed it's over, it ruins the rest of the day! This year we tried to fill the days with worthwhile activities and I think it paid off. I felt very fulfilled and happy all through the Christmas season. I am so grateful for our little family and for all the time we have to spend together!
The girls with their favorites from the day.