Friday, August 25, 2006

Time to get excited...

A little over a month left...

Check it out!

Don't you hate it when...

You think of something interesting to blog about, but by the time you have two free minutes an hour later, the thought has completely left you?

Oh well, I don't really have two free minutes... guess I better go clean up the morning dishes!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Hip-Hip-Hooray!

Emma has been officially accident free since Wednesday...
She is sporting her new wand, fairy godmother hat,
and wings that she got for being such a big girl!

Check it out

Ethan has a new post that he would love to get comments on... Check out his Godzilla blog on the sidebar.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Andrew's First Day of School


With some of the neighborhood kids at our bus stop. Ethan officially starts tomorrow, but wanted to hang with the other kids while they waited for the bus.


Looking Good!

Today was Andrew's first day of second grade. Yesterday we went to the school to see his classroom and meet his teacher, Mrs. Boots. Because Andrew is in the Challenge Program (the G&T prgoram in our city) he is in a 2nd/3rd combined class. There are 2 other Andrew's in his class. (Let that be a lesson of what not to name your child!)
We had trouble figuring out exactly what they did today, and whether or not his first day was fun... Hopefully this year his teacher can work on his communication skills with him! Maybe I can get him to blog about the first day later.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Almost-ending Story (I Hope!)

Here is Emma in her favorite dress. Many of you know we started trying to get her to use the toilet back in February. We have tried many different incentives to get her to use the toilet, all to no avail. She has been quite stubborn about the whole process.
Last week I had given up... we were going to have two in diapers once again, and there was no getting around it. However, my mother (brillant, experienced woman she is) suggested we get Emma pull-ups, and tell her when she wanted to use the toilet she could take the pull-ups off and use the toilet. I also added the extra incentive that she couldn't wear this dress anymore, her favorite in the whole world, until she started using the toilet.
The other day Emma suprised me by announcing she had to use the toilet, taking off her pull-up (all by herself) and climbing on the toilet (again, all by herself, and this is a regular toilet, not a little potty.) Unfortunately she had already tinkled in her pull-up, but at least we were making progress.
This has been going on for several days, and today I thought would be no different. But when she climbed on the toilet today, she actually used it! I was jumping for joy. And of course, she got to put her pink dress on. That made her quite happy. She knows she needs to stay dry if she wants to be able to keep wearing the dress. We will see how it goes, but it looks as though the end of Emma's diaper days may be in sight!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Godhead

Jeff Lindsay's "Mormanity" blog has an interesting article about a Jewish scholar who offers evidence that early Christians believed, as our LDS faith does, that The Godhead is made of 3 members. We know that the Niacine (hmmm, can't remember the spelling at the moment) Creed was when the later Christian church decided Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were one, so her research on the topic is quite interesting.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Don't waste your money...

The kids and I went to see the movie "Barnyard" this afternoon. Don't waste your money... it was rather boring. Ethan and Emma both hated it, Andrew was mildly amused.
It was also a little weird... the boy cows had udders. There were a few too many bathroom jokes for my taste. I am so tired of all these movies that have male animals getting hit in the crotch... I guess it is a joke that appeals to prepubescent boys, but I am refusing to allow my kids to see one of the preview movies, based on the fact that most of the preview was made of this very thing!
Leslie--- you will be humored to know that I got teary at the preview for the "Charlotte's Web" movie that is coming out this winter... I think it is time for me to be institutionalized!

Don't waste your money...

The kids and I went to see the movie "Barnyard" this afternoon. Don't waste your money... it was rather boring. Ethan and Emma both hated it, Andrew was mildly amused.
It was also a little weird... the boy cows had udders. There were a few too many bathroom jokes for my taste. I am so tired of all these movies that have male animals getting hit in the crotch... I guess it is a joke that appeals to prepubescent boys, but I am refusing to allow my kids to see one of the preview movies, based on the fact that most of the preview was made of this very thing!
Leslie--- you will be humored to know that I got teary at the preview for the "Charlotte's Web" movie that is coming out this winter... I think it is time for me to be institutionalized!

Vote for Joe

I was bummed this week to learn that Senator Joe Lieberman lost the democratic primary for his Connecticut seat. I hope that when he runs as an independant he has more luck. I believe he is one of the few democrats that has a clear vision of what he wants, and actually makes sense, and follows what he believes is right, rather than caving to pressure from his fellow democrats.
This opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal does a great job of explaining why we still need Senator Lieberman, and others like him, in congress.

By the way, if you would like a great source of news, I highly recommend subscribing to the Wall Street Journal. The editorials and opinion pieces are very well written (my favorite part of the paper, actually), and it not only has world news stories, but also many social commentary articles that are quite interesting.

Sit down...

...before you open this link. Warning, the picture may be offensive if you do not like seeing pregnant women's bellies bared. (more offensive will probably be the ad next to it, sorry about that!) Anyway, this is probably what the Jane Mag editorial had in mind when they decided women should dress any old way they like!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

uhm...

Are Elliott and I weird because we sit on opposite sides of the room blogging and then responding to each other's blog, rather than interacting verbally with each other?
Hey Babe- let's go watch a movie!

All My Hopes and Dreams, Dashed!

Okay, they aren't really all my hopes and dreams, but I thought it would be so adorable to have the 3 kids dressed in costumes that all went together. I was really pushing for Captain Hook, Peter Pan, and Tinkerbell. Alas, Elliott informed me tonight that Andrew doesn't really want to be Captain Hook. He really wants to be Superman. Ethan has now decided that if Andrew is going to be Superman, he wants to be the Hulk. Emma said she wants to be Sleeping Beauty, but I just bought her a Tinkerbell costume from Costco... We tried it on tonight and she is now okay with being Tinkerbell.
I suppose if I pushed enough, I could get the kids to do what I wanted, but what kind of mother would I be? In the mean time, if anyone knows a good source for royal blue long john underwear...

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

LDS Modesty

Check out this article about LDS dress standards and modesty. Then run over to Feminist Mormon Houswives (see the link on my sidebar) for some more discussion about the article and dressing modestly...

Monday, August 07, 2006

Catching Leslie's Bug, Part II

Once again, I am stealing from Leslie...
I have started a blog with stories from our family history, and interesting connections.
You can find the first of many "Mystery of history" stories here.

Parents who buy their children everything

Put me in this catergory!

Today I took the 3 young 'uns to Target with me. They were doing fine until we got to the toothpaste aisle. Everyone likes a different kind, so we chose 3 different ones. Then Emma decided that she had to have a princess toothbrush. Mind you, she doesn't need a new toothbrush yet, her old one is a little over a month old. But, being 6 1/2 months pregnant, and having all 3 kids with me, I didn't want her to start a scene, so I agreed to let her get the toothbrush. Which meant that the boys both wanted one to.
If it had just been Andrew, I would have said no, and that would have been the end of it. But lately, Ethan likes to cause a scene when he doesn't get his way either, so I decided to avoid the fight altogether and let everyone choose a toothbrush.
It drives me crazy that in every aisle Target manages to market some product that my children "have"to have. I really try to limit what I buy my kids, especially in terms of toys. They usually only get toys or games at their birthdays, and at the beginning of summer (I like to buy a couple of new games then so we can have something new to do with each other for a few months!)
I can't wait for school to start so I can start going to Target all by myself. 8 days and counting!

Common Dates and Names

Going through more of our family records... I have 3 ancestors who are named Sophia. I think it used to be a common Swedish name.
Judy- did you know Ruby May Maxfield and Loma Roundtree Keene, mom's maternal grandparents, were married on your birthday in 1920?
Maybe I should start a family history blog too...

Catching Leslie's Bug

Last Christmas my dad sent me the Personal Ancestral File (PAF) for our family. Inspired by Leslie, I recently downloaded the software to open from the LDS church's FAMILYSEARCH website.
Last night I was looking through the records, and discovered that one of my ancestors was Artemus Millet, who was in charge of building the Nauvoo temple. Also, I discovered that I have relatives came to America about the time of the Pilgrims.
I am excited to research into more of these lines and find out more about our past family history. Thanks for the inspiration Leslie!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

New email address

Today I opened my hotmail account to find that I had 20 new junkmails in my regular account.... most of which where ones that I don't want to have to see titles for.
As of today I will be cancelling my hotmail account, and only using my yahoo account. If you need that address, please email Elliott for it. Thanks

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Our weekend in Chicago


For Christmas this past year, Lauren and David gave us a weekend away, so we chose to go to Chicago. We saw the musical Wicked, which was a lot of fun, and had fun walking around this amazing city. The architecture of so many of the buildings is just amazing!


Elliott was supposed to be taking a picture of the lighthouse that I am hiding, and a tall masted ship, which I am also hiding... hmmm, what happened there babe? Oh well, see Leslie, you don't look that big compared to me! :-)

There was an exhibit of tall ships moored around town... They were pretty cool.

The Chicago skyline... this is Lake Michigan, although it really looks like the ocean. Elliott and I walked about 4 miles this day... whew!

One for the kids. There was a LEGO store that was having a master building exhibit... This spider was about 4 feet big!

More pictures of Chicago

A view of State Street from our window.

A view from our window of the Oriental Theater, where we saw "Wicked" The theater was one block from our hotel.

Our bedroom at the Burnham Hotel

The Chicago Skyline as seen from the end of the Navy Pier

Get to know us...

Judy sent me this. Since I am tired of seeing myself on her blog, I thought I would give her a "guest post" of sorts on my blog. Her answers are in red, my answers are in purple...

1. What is your occupation? zookeeper Hmmm, good answer, me too!
2. What color are your socks right now? not wearing any. me either
3. What are you listening to right now? the kids and Loi watching Justice League in the other room. The sounds of silence (the kids are in bed... yeah!)
4. What was the last thing that you ate? corn flakes with non-fat milk and brown sugar. A piece of See's candy... thanks mom!
5. Can you drive a stick shift? no, although I could at one point... Yep, I just drove one up to Chicago on Thursday, in fact!
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? dark red Red too!
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Michelle's cell voice mail. Pa
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Of course! Yep!
9. How old are you today? 27 Wow, you are 27 already??? I am too old to say how old I am, plus I can't remember exactly at the moment.
10. Favorite drink: root beer/chocolate milk water
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? college football diving
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? yes many times
13. Pets? none not currently, but we have had fish and a madgascar hissing cockroach in the past!
14. Favorite Food. Hmmm, there are so many good ones... Thanksgiving dinner, See's, roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy (my Mom's, not mine!!), root beer floats, chocolate milk shakes (the good kind, not some weanie McDonald's shake) Tough to name one, so I will go with Potato Casserol
15. What was the last movie you watched? End of the Spear Superman Returns
16. Favorite day of the year? Christmas Eve/Christmas Christmas for me too (we are so alike!)
17. What do you do to vent anger? Cry, try to talk about it. Clean my house!
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? Breyer horses I don't really remember, but I did like this little record player we had, barbies, and fake make-up.
19. What is your favorite, Fall or Spring? Fall I like them both.
20. Hugs or kisses? With who? Both- with Loi I like both too, but with Elliott
21. Cherry or Blueberry? Cherry!!!! Especially in Mom's cream cheese pies or Dionne's jam Blueberry
22. Do you want your friends to email you back? of course. I'm not sending it out becasue I am lame!
23. Who is most likely to respond? Ginger Yeah, I did!
24. Who is least likely to respond? Loi You are probably right on that one!
25. Living arrangements? DH and kids Same!
26. When was the last time you cried? A few days ago, see above # 15. The last time I cried was also in a movie... I am mortified to say, see #15 also (but I am pregnant, so that is okay, right??)
27. What is on the floor of your closet? clothes, shoes and our duvet cover. drycleaning bags (don't worry, not the suffocating kind!), sandles, and clothes
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sendingthis to? Steph (sister's don't count as we have not always been friends. : ) ) What, we used to not get along???
29. What did you do last night? Went out with my hot husband while my siblings watched our kids. Elliott and I saw Wicked the Musical in Chicago, and had dinner at a yummy restaurant.
30. Favorite smell? Roasting turkey. new baby and new house!
31. What inspires you? Photography Amazing Mormons
32. What are you afraid of? Loved ones dying young and/or not being with me forever. me too
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Plain BBQ'ed
34. Favorite car? Fantasy? Ummmm.. I don't know some kind of cool, souped up muscle car, or a ridiculously expensive luxury car. Reality? I want a
mini-van. (Boy I never thought I would be saying that!!) My Yukon XL Denali... I love it!!
35. Favorite dog breed? Not sure... Uhm, if I was forced to choose at risk of my life, I would say a Cocker Spaniel
36. Number of keys on your key ring? Uh, a few. About 10, but can you believe it is impossible to unlock my house all the way with any of them??
37. How many years at your current job? 6 1/2 zookeeper... almost 7... happy homemaker...
8 1/2
38. Favorite day of the week? Since Loi has been off everyday is fun. When he is at work Saturday because he watches the kids for me. It is about to be Monday, because all the kids will be in school!
39. How many states have you lived in? 1...CA 4 I think, but I might be missing one...
40. Favorite holiday? Christmas Christmas
41. Ever driven a Motorcycle or heavy machinery? Yes, Mom's old blue passanger van and Loi's truck. I have ridden on a motorcycle, but never driven one.


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Why bother having kids...

This story is pretty sad... I mean, does any mom really prefer changing diapers to her own pursuits? Probably not. But my kids are such a source of joy for me. I would have a less fulfilling life without Andrew spouting off random science facts, Ethan drawing monsters from the Rampage video game nonstop, and Emma doing Barbie movie impersonations (see Elliott's blog for more on that!)
I admit that being a mom is tough, and frustrating, but the good times definitely outway the bad. I have witnessed some great moments when I take my kids to their activities, help out at their schools, and just hang out with them!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

"Nesting"


This morning I put 4 samples of stain on the underside of my rush stool seats, chose the one I wanted, and went and got the stain from Lowes. While there, I also decided to get a sample of paint for our bathroom, which I just finished putting on the walls. On Friday I ordered fabric to make 3 new pillows for our family room couch, bought a new tree for the family room, and am currently debating running to Hancocks Fabrics to look at white fabrics so I can recover an armless chair in our bedroom (see picture; I mean, does it really match???)
Of course, I can't get any of these jobs done fast enough. We are also in the process of having all of our perimeter sprinklers moved so we can put border beds around the whole back yard. (Luckily we are able to pay someone to move the sprinklers... it is hard manual labor... plus it is in the 90's this week.)
Why do I feel the need to get all these projects done, and so quickly too? Do pregnant women go crazy because they know there won't be time after the baby comes? Is it psychological, or hormonal? I really don't know.
But I do know that the fabric won't get here fast enough!