Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Devin's Birthday

Today is Devin's birthday!  He's 27!  That's almost 30!

He's done quite a bit in his almost 30 years...  He's graduated high school, served a mission, married the girl of his dreams (me, obviously) for time and all eternity, bought a home, earned a bachelor's degree, became a daddy 2 times (soon to be 3), became a high school math teacher, bought a new minivan, been accepted into a masters program, and is currently the best husband ever.  I mean, really, he is.  I'm so grateful he chose me because I had my eyes on him for a long time!

Happy Birthday to the boy without a nickname!

PS...Jaxon saw these pictures of Devin and thought it was him.  I told him those are pictures of Daddy and he said, "Oh, daddy had blonde hair when he was little, but now he doesn't have hair because blonde hair falls out."  What a cutie!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


I uploaded the video of Henry falling asleep to YouTube since it wasn't working on Blogger.  You can watch it here.

Friday, August 27, 2010

2 Years!

It's Henry's birthday today!  When daddy told him happy birthday this morning, he said, "No happy birthday, no happy birthday Henry."  I'm not sure why, but he doesn't like to be reminded he's getting older!

He's such a funny little kid.  Devin likes to pester his kids and Jaxon gets so mad, but Henry just smiles and even gives Devin a courtesy laugh sometimes.  It's so funny!  He only likes to sleep in his crib and will go to sleep without a second thought as long as he's got a binki to suck on and a binki to hold.  He's going to have to adjust to sleeping in Jaxon's room the "boys room" and binki free before December when the baby comes.  He'll take his naps in there, but at night time, he wants his crib.  Any suggestions from fellow moms on how to ease the transition?

Henry is usually really easy going unless he's hungry or tired.  When Jaxon turned 2 he seemed so grown up, but Henry still seems so little.  He talks all day and can say almost every word he needs at this point in his 2 year old life.  He always asks questions and tilts his head to the side when he does it.  It's so funny.  Oh, and he does this cute thing when he's excited where he puts his arms in the air above his head and says, "yes!"  And, oh my gosh, he is the cutest little dancer!

A few of his favorite things to eat are noodles, popcorn, and oatmeal.  He likes watching Harry Potter (only the first one, the rest are too scary) and The Incredibles.

Here he is falling asleep on the couch yesterday (while attempting to finish his peanut butter sandwich).

I tried uploading the video of him falling asleep, but it didn't upload:(  It's hilarious!

(And no, I don't dress Jaxon in pants and sweaters in August.  As usual, he's in character with one of his outfits.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What A Load

Tell me if this is not so hypocritical...

For daycare, I am sponsored by a food program.  They reimburse a portion of my grocery expenses.  I went to the annual training this past weekend where we are informed about new changes, paperwork, etc.  To be reimbursed, they have STATE REGULATED guidelines I have to follow.  I like the guidelines.  They insure the kids get balanced, healthy meals.  There are certain foods the care providers are prohibited from serving the kids...chicken nuggets, Ramen noodles (This one is newly added and people couldn't believe it.  Really?  You think Ramen is healthy?  Of course it's a junk food!), french fries, pop tarts, sausage, corn dogs, hot dogs, flavored milk, muffins, brownies, etc.  I agree that those are not healthy foods.

But, then why in the heck does the STATE serve those foods in public school lunches???!!!

That is what makes me mad.  I am totally all for prohibiting feeding kids garbage.  I don't want my kids eating that junk.  Occasionally, yes, but not often.  So, why isn't the state prohibited from serving those foods as well?!  They are the ones who made the guidelines I have to follow, yet they serve kids in public school the worst foods every day!  They should not be serving junk either!  You should hear what Devin says about the school lunches he sees...it's no wonder so many Americans are so unhealthy!  They start young!

Ug, it makes me dread the day my kids are in school and don't want to take a lunch from home anymore.  I won't be giving them lunch money for that garbage though!

Did anyone watch the Jaime Oliver Food Revolution?  I loved it and hope it happens in all of the US.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Love

At one time, I had a relationship with my Dyson.  But, then it got old and wore out.  With having to clean up daily after 2 dogs, what do you expect?  We bought it used and the lady honestly let us know it was refurbished, so it wasn't bound to last for years anyway.  

Especially since we have dogs, I am a crazy person about having my floors vacuumed daily.  So when our Dyson started making funny noises and not sucking as well as it used to I knew we'd have to invest in another vacuum soon.  When the day came, it was bittersweet.  I didn't want to spend the money, but we did need one and it is a household tool that I definitely can not live with one that does not work super well.  So, the Craig's List search began.  I found one right away, still in the box!  And almost half price!  I was so excited!

I picked it up that day and brought it home to use.  I love, love, love it!  

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

M3 Strategy

Do NOT work with this company!  They stole our money and didn't help us one bit.  When we paid them, they were such a new company there wasn't a single bad review to be found...now...there are hundreds of complaints!  It's a long story and I don't want to write it all out.  But trust me, don't pay them a cent!

M3 Strategy

Monday, August 23, 2010


Our weekend was really fun.  Devin and I got to go on a date!  We don't go out very often and I forget how much I enjoy it.  Every time we get to, I think, "We have got to do this more!"  We ate at one of our favorite places, The Deli.  As usual, it was divine!  Then we saw Inception.  It was awesome!  I hadn't heard a bad review, so I didn't think I would be disappointed, but really, I loved it!

Then Saturday, I had a few hours of childcare training and Devin had to work, but we spent the afternoon having a BBQ, swimming, ice cream, and a movie with our little guys.  It's so fun to play with them!  Often, I get caught up in what needs to be done and forget to take time to do the fun things with the kids too.  As their mama, I have learned those fun activities are just as important as the necessary ones because those moments are the ones that make bonds and memories.

Devin has been watching the Airbender cartoon and Jax joined him for a few episodes recently.  Now they like to play "Airbender" and run around the house making sound effects.  It's fun to see Devin be such a good daddy.

Sunday, as usual, was fabulous.  With church and relaxing at home, how could you go wrong?  Devin made a yummy homemade macaroni and cheese dinner and we enjoyed the evening as a family.  We're so blessed.

Tonight for FHE...house rules.  Since Jaxon has been going to preschool, he has been quoting his preschool rules at home, "I can keep my hands and feet to myself.  I can be respectful to people and things.  I participate.  I can do it!  Wohoo!"--he loves that part!  And, he points out when other kids aren't following those preschool rules.  This made me realize we've never really sat down and explained the rules within our home.  Of course, he knows he's not supposed to hit, yell, etc, but I think (and Devin agrees) that maybe he'd be more obedient to those "unwritten rules" if they were actually written!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Guilty Pleasure

Earlier in this pregnancy when I was put on bed rest for a little while I borrowed some DVD's from my sister in law.  One of them was the first season of the OC.  The first episode didn't have me hooked, and I didn't love the second either, but by the third, I couldn't stop watching!  I have finished through season 2, but she doesn't have season 3, so I'll have to Netflix it.  I know it's a trashy show, but I think the drama is great and it's so NOT my life, so I enjoy watching it.

And, popsicles are my new favorite treat.  Oh yum they are such a good summer treat!  So, eating popsicles while watching the OC is my current guilty pleasure:)  (I only indulge while the kids are napping of course.)

Anyone else love the OC?  The only other person I know who was into this show is my friend Michael.  I don't know why I remember that, but anyway, he's the only one I know of.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010


of it.  I am full of it.

I had to go buy milk this afternoon.  I didn't have the kids with me so I was able to make it quick.  As I was walking out of the grocery store with a gallon of milk in one hand and my keys in the other, I let out a big sigh.  As soon as it came out of my mouth I had a thought, "Why did I do that?"  The rest of my thought process went something like this:  "I'm not even worn out or tired.  I'm actually in a pretty good mood.  Why didn't I smile at the cashier as I took my change and said thank you?  Why am I not walking out here with a smile on my face right now?"  It was as if I was playing the role of "sleep deprived, mother of two, pregnant lady" rather than just being myself, who at that time, was feeling great!

What's with myself acting one way and actually feeling another?  Do I just act tired because other people think I am since I have 2 little kids and a growing pregnant belly?  Last week when I had to buy milk (and take the kids with me) the first thing the cashier asked me if any of the groceries were WIC.  I told her they weren't, but thanked her for checking.  Then as I paid and finished the transaction, she said to me, "Go home and get some rest."  Was I really looking that bad?!  Some days I truly am frazzled, but not every day.  When I'm feeling good and energized, I should put out that vibe.  I should be making the world a more positive place, especially when I'm having a good day!

Since this super annoying, complainer post, I haven't had a downer day like that one.  I've been patient with the kids, more thankful, more motivated, and been more happy overall.  My prayers are helping, I'm sure.

Maybe this blog is too journal-y lately, but whatever, it's my blog.  Plus, I don't get out much lately, so my social interactions and conversations have been few and far between so I write my thoughts here.

Goal Accomplished

I am caught up on my digital scrap booking!  I found a great site that prints for cheaper than Costco and they look great.

Now I just have to stay caught up!

Since it's $1 per page to print, I try to fit as many photos per page as I can and skip the decorations.  As long as the photos and journaling are there, the page is good with me!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Here's Henry trying to wear an outfit like his big brother.  I guess Henry thought you were supposed to wear them all at once.

These are just the clothes that Jaxon uses for Harry Potter outfits.  Notice the small blue bin at the top of the photo.  They started out fitting in that, but have grown to overflow it.

When he's not wearing outfits, Jaxon really loves to color, draw, and practice his letters.

Monday, August 16, 2010

It's Getting Old

I have had the worst attitude lately.  I'm not unhappy, I just get irritated constantly.  It happens mostly when I have to do everyday tasks that usually I find joy in.  I feel terrible about it, but I just don't want to do anything!  I mean, like, I don't have any desire to make meals, do dishes, deal with the kids' fights, laundry, clean my house.  Usually, I enjoy doing these things and feel good about life when they are done.  But lately, pretty much anything besides sitting, seems impossible to me.  I have no energy.  Like none.  The other night, I fell asleep on the couch at 6:30!  Who goes to bed that early?!  Devin bathed the kids and put them to bed while I just slept.  Then, he took me to bed when he went to bed.  (Isn't he the best?!)

This is so not like me and it's driving me nuts.  Devin says it's probably because of the pregnancy.  I hope so.  This time around has been so different.  I have been trying not to complain, but I just feel so blah.  My first two pregnancies, I went on with life like I wasn't even pregnant.  I had a few sick days, but most of the time I felt great.  But this time has been almost the complete opposite.  Ug, and then I annoy myself with the complaining because I think so many pregnant women make things worse for themselves because of their own bad attitudes.  So, I've basically turned into that pregnant type that I can't stand!

I can't wait to be back to my old self.  That girl who exercises daily, has a spotless house, has her happy kids under control, makes time to prepare dinner, and does it all with a smile on her face!

Trampoline & Sprinklers

Enjoying one of the last days before I had to start watching kids again... Spending the afternoon with the sprinklers on the trampoline at my mom's house.  The boys sure do love it there.

I love the Arizona sun.  It's just a little too warm right now though.  

Friday, August 13, 2010

Anyone Heard of Ooma?

It's a phone company found here.

If you know anything about it, good or bad, let me know.  It sounds good to me, but I gotta know if it really is.

Little Boys

I absolutely adore these little boys.
Jaxon is a vanilla lover and Henry goes for chocolate.
Eating "cots" (apricots)
Bedtime is the only time Henry gets his binki.  I think he's trying to make up for lost time with his request for one for his mouth and one for each hand!
It will be so fun having another little guy running around!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Good news!  The "bleed" is continuing to shrink!  And I got the okay to swim laps and walk for exercise!  Yea!  

And he's definitely a he:)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

18 Weeks

When I asked Devin to take a belly shot, Jax wanted a picture with Mommy too.

Now, I'm almost 21 weeks though, but I needed to get these pics up.
Another ultrasound tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tiger Pancakes

Jaxon wanted some "tiger pancakes" like in the story, The Boy and the Tigers.  It is a crazy story, but he likes it.  This is the best Devin and I could do.  Mmmmm...  They were so healthy!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Too Much Junk

I wish I could get rid of all the soliciting phone calls I get every week.  Since our home phone doesn't have caller ID, I can't screen calls.  And, it also doesn't have a machine so if I don't answer, I'll never know who called.  I've added our phone number to the national Do Not Call List, but it doesn't seem to do anything.  I probably get 1 call a day, a lot of days 2 calls, that are just solicitors!

And, then there are solicitors who come to the door.  I need to put a sign out so stop that.

Also, all the junk mail that just takes up my time to sort through.  I don't know if there is anything you can do to stop getting junk mail, but it's such a waste of paper and my time!

All of this is extra stuff to deal with.  Like I don't have enough essential stuff to deal with already!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

I don't want to have a cake or eat one.

Devin and I had an interesting discussion last night.  Well, I thought it was interesting, maybe you'll think it was boring (should you decide to read this now).

Anyway, he asked me what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday.  I told him I didn't want one.  I said I would rather him spend 3 hours doing pretty much anything else besides spending 3 hours in the kitchen.  (It really would take like 3 hours since he does it all from scratch.)  Plus, I don't want the kitchen to be a mess of dishes and cake ingredients.  He said, "How can you not want cake on your birthday?"  I told him I don't really like cake anyway, so it doesn't matter.  "But it's your birthday!" he said.  Yes, since it is my birthday, I am deciding to have no cake!  Living 3 hours husbandless to get a birthday cake in return is not worth it.

On his birthday, he can bake himself a cake.  I'm not being sassy, that's really what he'll want--to bake his own cake.

I think he'll try again to convince me to let him bake me a cake.  It won't work.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

How to Cope with Anxiety

I subscribe to Real Simple magazine.  It's the only magazine I've ever subscribed to and I really like it.  So, anyway, I saw this article called "10 Ways to Cope with Anxiety."  I tend to be a worrier, so I was interested to read it.  There were a few I thought were pretty good.  Here they are:

Repeat your worry until you're bored silly.
If you had a fear of elevators, you'd get rid of it if you rode in one a thousand times in a row.  At first, you would be very anxious, then less so, and eventually it would have no effect (except to make you sick of riding in an elevator).  So take the troublesome thought that's nagging at you and say it over and over, silently, slowly, for 20 minutes.  It's hard to keep your mind on a worry if you repeat it that many times.  I call this the "boredom cure" for obvious reasons, but it sure beats feeling overwhelmed by anxiety.

Set aside worry time.
All too often we take a "Crackberry" approach to our worries:  They show up unannounced, like constantly dinging e-mails, and we stop everything to address them-even if we should be doing something else.  But what if you don't respond right away?  Try setting aside 20 minutes every day-let's say at 4:30 pm-just for your worries.  If you are fretting at 10 am, jot down the reason and resolve to think it through later.  By the time 4:30 comes around, many of your troubles won't even matter anymore.  And you will have spent almost an entire day anxiety-free.

Take your hand off the horn.
You constantly check the weather before a big outdoor event.  You replay that clumsy comment you made, wishing you could take it back.  And, yes, you honk your horn in traffic.  When you desperately try to take command of things that can't be controlled, you're like the swimmer who panics and slaps at the water, screaming.  It gets you nowhere.  Instead, imagine that you are floating along on the water with your arms spread out, looking up to the sky.  It's a paradox, but when you surrender to the moment, you actually feel far more in control.

Make peace with time.
When you're a worrier, everything can feel like an emergency.  But notice this about all your anxious arousal:  It's temporary.  Every feeling of panic comes to an end, every concern eventually wears itself out, every so-called emergency seems to evaporate.  Ask yourself, "How will I feel about this in a week or a month?"  This one, too, really will pass.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Jaxon started preschool yesterday.  He loves it.  He is going to a lady in our ward and most of the kids are in his primary class.

Every Thursday is "Mommy Helper" day where one of the parents comes in to help with the class.  I am pretty bummed I won't be able participate in this since I watch kids.  I want to be able to go see him in his class.  Maybe sometime I'll get to...

Monday, August 2, 2010


When Henry was born I was all current on our family and Jaxon's scrapbooks.  Now, I am months behind. Luckily, I have this blog so most everything is documented, I just have to make it look all cute scrapbook style.  So, my new goal is to be all caught up by the time the new baby comes.  That gives me until the end of the year.  We'll see how it goes...

Oh, and who is Ali gonna pick?  I think she'll pick Roberto, but I hope she picks Chris!


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