Saturday, March 31, 2007

Much cuteness

Okay, these are mostly for the grandparents!

On Thursday, Elliott tried feeding Sophie rice cereal for the first time.

Here's what she thought of it!

Isn't she sweet?


2 ear infections + 1 sinus infection =

3 kids on amoxicillin in our house, all at the same time.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Kid logic

Emma: "When Andrew and Ethan are grown up I'm going to have three daddies."

Spring Break (long, sorry!)

Today is the first unofficial day of Spring Break. Unofficial because it is actually a"flex" day, meaning if we had enough days of school cancelled for snow, this wouldbe the make-up day, but luckily, everyone got to stay home.

In order to not drive me crazy, I started an incentive program for the week with the kids. They each got a special prize that they are working for. They earn points by doing what I ask the first time I ask, and once they earn 100 points they get their prize. So far, Emma and Ethan have been wracking up points, and Andrew doesn't seem interested, although hopefully that will change soon.

We started our little vacation today by straightening our house, and then we were off to the library, Target, and Wendy's as a special lunch treat. This week we plan to do several crafts, visit the Zoo, and later in the week Elliott and I are taking the kids to Chicago. It's going to be a fun week!

By the way, Wendy's has a yummy (for fast food) salad... the Mandarin Chicken. Just be careful; with the dressing, the salad is 550 calories!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sophie's new thing

Lately, Sophie likes to grab my sleeve with her hand, stick her thumb under it, and start sucking away. It's really endearing!

A great website...

...for moms of girls:

Ribbons and Bows Oh My

If you are anything like me, you don't like spending $5 plus for a bow, and this website sells many different types of ribbon very inexpensively (their 5 yards price is comparable or less than 1 yard from the craft store.) You can buy in 5 yard or 100 yard increments. I just ordered a bunch of ribbons to match Emma and Sophie's clothes, and plan to spend a few days next week making up a bunch of clips.

If you are asking yourself what you will do with all the extra ribbon, I like to buy white craft paper to wrap gifts in, and use the ribbon to decorate the box.

You may want to order the solid grosgrain color card, as the colors seen on the computer are a little off. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Wow, I am more of a liberal than I thought!

You Are 72% Capitalist, 28% Socialist

In general, you support a free economy and business interests.
You tend to think people should fend for themselves, even when times get tough.
However, do think the government should help those who are truly in need.

My kids are sooo lucky!

You Will Be a Cool Parent

You seem to naturally know a lot about parenting, and you know what kids need.
You can tell when it's time to let kids off the hook, and when it's time to lay down the law.
While your parenting is modern and hip, it's not over the top.
You know that there's nothing cool about a parent who acts like a teenager... or a drill sergeant!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sophie's first hair cut

Elliott has been begging me to let him trim Sophie's hair for a few weeks, so this afternoon I finally let him get out the scissors. Here she is before the cut:
Enjoying herself during the session:

Almost done:
The final product!
Sophie says, "Thanks Daddy!"

neat design idea

I love this idea for decorating... I think it would be cool to paint the hoops white, and then put big floral fabrics, like this
in them. Wouldn't that brighten up my laundry room?

Your blog made into a book.

I am so going to do this.

I saw one made up on another gal's blog and loved it. What better way to remember the years than with a book!

PS... How do you like my "chemical peel"?... I needed a little lift for spring.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Look what I can do!

Sophie turned 5 months old on Monday, and has been just a little gigglier ever since. She also learned how to roll from her back to her tummy today. It took a good 10 minutes, but she was quite proud of herself in the end.

For a while, her arm was the only thing keeping her from rolling all the way to her stomach. She managed to get it to this point while I was getting the camera.

Here she is completely turned. I guess it is time to start putting her to sleep in her crib!

We also bought her rice cereal yesterday, and one of these days I may try feeding it to her. It might be because she is my last baby, but I am a little reluctant to start her on solids. I think she will be ready soon. She pays lots of attention every time we eat, to the point where I feel a little bit bad about eating in front of her!

She will probably be getting her hair trimmed soon too. I hate to do it, but Elliott has been mentioning it for a while, and it is always in her face... Clips only seem to hold half of her bangs, and the rest fall into her eyes!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Tonight Andrew had a headache, so I gave him two Tylenol meltaways to help the ache go away faster. He popped them in his mouth, and asked if he was supposed to swallow them.
"No," I said, "chew them." So he drank some water, chewed up the tablets, and spit them into the sink. I exasperatedly asked him why he did that, and his response was,
"You said I wasn't supposed to swallow them!"

What's your body shape?

Elliott sent me a link to this website, where you can buy clothes according to your individual body type. They have 7 different body types, rather than the traditional 4.

I was skeptical that this type of website would have any cute clothes, but I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, my favorite item is the $498 yellow Cynthia Steffe Eyelet Coat, shown on the homepage, but they have lots of less expensive cute stuff too. Maybe I will even find a pair of jeans that I like (finally!)

Grab your measuring tape, find out what body type you are, and have fun shopping!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Is your house a House of Order?

I was just released as the Primray President this past week. Just shy of two years, and yes, that does make me feel like a bit of a failure. But I am also ecstatic that I no longer have the burden and responsibility. I feel such relief at not being constantly bombarded with thoughts about what we can and should be doing or changing in Primary.

The last year in Primary was quite difficult for me. I went through my pregnancy with Sophie, during which I was VERY sick for the first few months, had a small break, and then became so over-sized and swollen it got hard to even move. I also had issues with counselors; One left her 3 kids and husband to go do her own thing, the others were unavailable to me right after I had Sophie because one was put in as the Relief Society President, her replacement got pregnant and was really sick, one had a baby in the beginning of December, and my secretary is in the process of selling her house and moving to California. Needless to say, I found myself trying to do a lot to ease the burdens they felt, and combined with trying to keep my busy household in order, it just wasn't working.

So I prayed fervently, and the Lord in His goodness inspired the Bishopric to release me. I will definitely miss Primary... I wish all it required was giving sharing time lessons. I will miss being in the same classes with my kids, but I am grateful to be able to concentrate on my family more.

This website may be just what I need to get myself organized. I can't seem to stay on top of everything that goes on around here now that sweet little Sophie has arrived. Especially keeping up with all the schoolwork Andrew and Ethan have. Little person #6 seems to have increased the laundry exponentially, and recently my children have decided that rather than putting things away, they would rather drop stuff out of their hands onto the floor. Since I'm not a great housekeeper anyway, you can imagine the disorder and mayhem.

As I sit here typing, Sophie is looking up at me with her sweet little face. That makes it all worth it!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Friday, March 09, 2007

Seriously, Folks

Uhm, I just got done being pregnant... I don't really think I want to wear fashions that make me look that way again!

Style trends

Leslie has probably noticed these trends, but it has been a while since I was looking at "regular" clothes. I thought I would hold out a little while longer, but I am tired of wearing the same two pairs of pants over and over, so I have decided to take the plunge and attempt to be a semi-fashionable momma! Of course, I don't think most of the people here in Indiana are into fashion... will they really know that these shirtdresses are in all the stores right now? (This one is at Banana Republic)

Or how about camo-style capris (these ones are from Ann Taylor Loft, JCREW has a cuter pair!)? I am trying to decided if this is going to be one of those trends that is only for those of us that are trying way too hard!
Actually, I am spending quite a bit of time looking, but then I add up the cost of how much everything I want is, and I feel a little sick, and I can't decide what to weed out, and then I end up not getting anything. And then I type the word 'and' way too much on my blog. Ha!
It's okay babe, I guess you won't be needing those smelling salts after all!

Spending Spree

I am on a spending spree lately... Beads, clothes and books.

I just redeemed a gift card that my wonderful mother-in-law gave me for my birthday:

Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England by Alison Weir
Queen Emma and the Vikings: A History of Power, Love, and Greed in 11th Century England by Harriet O'Brien
Mary, Queen of Scots by Antonia Frasier
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
The Woodsman's Daughter by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Green Darkness by Anya Seton
The Winthrop Woman, a Novel by Anya Seton
Katherine by Anya Seton
The South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook: 200 recipes ready in 30 minutes or less

The first 4 are biographies, the next 4 are historical novels, and the last two probably speak for themselves! Looks like I have the next few months cut out for me.

Now I am off to finish putting my clothes list together. That one is really going to be a humdinger! hehehe

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Have I told you lately that I love you?

Elliott's computer randomly generates pictures on the sidebar, and this one just popped up... It reminds me of the fun we had this summer in California.

But that isn't what this post is about. This post is about relationships.

My dear husband, Elliott, is not a big fan of Valentines Day or anniversaries. I think part of the problem is he doesn't like spending money unnecessarily... but what he says is that if these holidays are the only day you show appreciation to your loved one, there is a serious problem in your household, and if you show your love often enough, your shouldn't need a special holiday to say how you feel.

I have to say, I agree. Frankly, the only reason I like for him to get me something is so that he doesn't seem like a cad when the other women ask what he did for me.

Mother's day is another one of those holidays that has become a mass marketing bummer, even at church. Our ward has grown significantly, and all the auxiliaries had their budgets held at the level from the previous years. This means that although I used to have only 35 kids in Primary, I have the same operating budget now that I have 90. It is harder to do the fun stuff that makes the kids enjoy their activities. I guess that is why I was shocked when Elliott became the Sunday School president, and was entrusted with a $400 budget for Mother's Day gifts from the ward. I mean, I think that money could be better spent than on roses that don't usually make it past the first hour of Primary!

My suggestion is that the Priesthood instead have a lesson on honoring wives and mothers, and how to teach those principles to your sons. Elliott could teach it... Tonight not only did he run to the grocery store in the snow, he brought home roses... for Emma, because she always loves them and wants to get them. For me, he brought Peeps. Now that is love!

Friday, March 02, 2007

What housework?

I really have a lot I SHOULD be doing right now,
but I am SO tired, and don't feel like it,
so I am taking a short break to finally post a picture of Audrey's bracelet,
which I promised Leslie I would do a couple of days ago.

I also finished my sister Cleo's bracelet last night...

Hope the recipients like them!