Monday, December 31, 2007
This is really cute. I elfed the kids and they look so cute!
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Friday, December 28, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I have this dress- it was the one my mom made me out of fabric that was leftover from my bridesmaids' dresses. I call it my going away dress. It is what I put on to leave the reception. Every year I take it out around are anniversary and put it on for that Sunday. Some years I have been pregnant and not able to wear it, but so far there has only been 2 years I wasn't able to wear it when I wasn't pregnant. It is my "this is where you are at dress." This year it was not comfortable at all. I told my husband that it was cutting me in two. Sam looked at me and said, "why didn't you just take it off, then?" Ah, men. They just don't understand. I have to wear that dress for at least the three hours of church. It is the rule! This year we had tithing settlement right after church, though. I was very happy to take it off as soon as we got home! I was not happy with the way our bishop handled a certain situation, so I went straight back to church to talk with him instead of letting it fester all week, but I did not wear the dress! Next year, I hope to report that it was not cutting me in two!
This is the dress I bought on-line. I looked and looked for a decent Christmas dress. I didn't like any of the dresses out there. Mostly they don't have dresses, they just have skirts. I finally broke down and bought a skirt/shirt compo. Of course I had no idea how formal it was. It didn't go all the way to the floor on the model. I am 5'8 and it drags all over the floor on me. The shirt, I thought was a nice velvet. NO way- it is a stretch black with sparkely copper thread all over it. At first I thought it was hideous. But now I like it. It is just a little formal for church. I will probably only get to wear it on Christmas and then never get to wear it again until I have a formal. Luckily, in the army there are usually plenty of formals. Just not here in D.C. Which seems really odd to me! I decided that I would look at it this way- for $60 I got a formal and a Christmas dress. Now if I can just find a dress I like!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Ok, a couple of people have tagged me and so I thought I had better write one, finally. You are suppose to write 5 things about yourself- I think. So here goes:
1. I hate to shop. Always have! I love getting new things, but going and looking at things and fighting the crowds and not finding what I want over and over and lines, etc. etc.- not my idea of fun! My mom used to take me shopping for fun until I finally told her that it gave me a headache. Now with the kids it is even worse, but I don't enjoy it even without the kids.
2. I love men in uniforms. I guess that is obvious from my choice of a husband. It started with football uniforms and by the way, I still like guys in football uniforms. Then it turned to military uniforms. Almost any guy looks good in a military uniform!
3. I am a typical Mormon mom in that I feel guilty at all times. If I am cleaning the house, I feel guilty that I am not playing with my kids. If I am playing with my kids, the whole time I am feeling guilty about not doing my ironing. If I am writing a blog, I am feeling really guilty that I haven't run yet today! Got to go do that soon!
4. I eat way too much junk food. All that running and my really good metabolism (thanks Grandma and Dad!) are the only things keeping me from gaining some serious weight.
5. I loved growing up like a military brat. My dad wasn't actually military, but it takes too much time to explain, so I always call myself a military brat. I loved the moving and getting to meet new people and see new things. I loved living in Germany and getting to travel. I really get itchy to move after 3 years, still. I want to move, right now, but there's no chance of that- stupid housing market. Maybe it is good for me to learn to stay put for a while, though!
Ok, that was 5 things about me. Now you are suppose to do the same thing ;)
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Monday, December 10, 2007
This is a fun Christmas song to enjoy and get you ready for Christmas!
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Thursday, December 6, 2007
Happy St. Nicholas Day, all! St. Nicholas is a European thing. We still celebrate it in our family, because it was tradition in my family since we grew up in Germany. He comes on the night of the 5th of December and puts little treats and toys in your shoes that you have left out for him. Ours nicely coincided with our first snow day. I was not quite ready for this. We have only had about 2 weeks of jacket weather (50-60's), then all the sudden the last 2 days have gotten really cold and then it snowed last night. All the schools around us, both north and south are opening 2 hours late, but not ours- no they decided to close for the entire day. Bunch of wimps! The roads are completely dry, now and there is only a skiff of snow on the grass. It looks like spring in Idaho.
Monday, December 3, 2007
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Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
We had a nice Thanksgiving. Orginally we were suppose to have 3 families over to our home. One's step-mother died of cancer the Friday before and so they went out of town to attend the funeral and then stay with their family for Thanksgiving. The other family remembered that they had agreed to go somewhere else and decided they really needed to go with their first invitation. That left us with our newly married couple friends. It ended up being a quiet Thanksgiving.
Rolls ready to go for tomorrow
Rob finally did get a Turkey bowl going. Last year the Elder's quorum president tried, but him, Rob, and Scott were the only ones that showed up. Rob was very unimpressed with the ward after that and even more impressed with Scott. This year, with a lot of contraversy, they finally got it going. I was so glad to see that lots of people showed up and they played for close to 2 hours. I had worked the night before and after two hours of football, Rob and Scott were tired, also. So by the time we were done with the dinner, we just sat and watched a movie and then Scott and Jodi left and we went to bed. We aren't quite as energetic as they need, so they went over to a friend's home and stayed up until 1 am.
I tried something different with the pies this year, like I always do. I use frozen sweet cherries instead of tart cherries. It turned out really good. I also used a mixture of Pink Lady's and Granny Smith apples in the apple pie and Rob keeps asking me to make another apple pie. It did turn out really well. I use a pie shell recipe I got in Homemaking when I was first married and living in Shelley, Idaho. There were some really good things that came out of Homemaking- especially for a younger mothers. I think they should at least make an interest group that teaches stuff like that to new wives/mother's. I know a bunch who can't cook worth anything and their cleaning/organizing skills are really lacking. I could still use a class on stretching your budget. I know a lady who spends $200 a month on food for her entire family of 6. I never got that price out of her, because she refuses to talk about money, therefore; making it impossible for other's to learn from her thriftiness.
I made this book, that folds out and displays a tree. We put a leaf on the tree for every person with what they were thankful for every day from November 1st through Thanksgiving. I love that I can now fold it up and keep it forever and it got the kids thinking about what they were thankful for the whole month instead of just one day. I also had Sam and Robert make this boat out of clay and then we used it as a nut boat. They did such a good job on it and it gave them a couple hours of father/son time. I am trying to think of things like that to do for the Christmas season. I bought a gingerbread mold on e-bay and I am going to do gingerbread with my kids this year. I also want to do donuts like we did in my family. I just want things we can do together. Any suggestions of things you do would help me.
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas here. I made this display after I saw a Halloween display on a blog. I love the apothecary jars. I got them at Michael's with the 40% off coupons.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I have always been too much of a follower. One of the things I tend to follow in, is my big brother's shoes, so when he ran a marathon at the ripe old age of 18, I thought, I need to do that one day, too. Fast forward too many years and two marathon's run by my husband. Now my desire is a little stronger. Still not a burning flame, but certainly a flicker. Then I don't seem to loose those last 8 pounds from the last baby and I think to myself, "training for a marathon will definitely help me shed those unwanted pounds." I will fast forward to the end real quick and let you know that I haven't lost a single pound- I eat too well.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Here is a very cute story about Pajama girl- Jodi, who ran with us. It is really a story of the PJ's. Rob knows exactly what Jodi's brother is going through, since after he went off to basic training and AIT, he says he never got all his stuff returned.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Here it is, finally. Ok, it took me two whole days to get it back on- a little lesson in don't delete something, before you have the new one uploaded.
A little note about the music. The Whitney Houston song is obvious, but the first one by Bon Jovi you might not understand. One of the people we trained with said that when he was training for a different marathon, the guy he ran with would bring a big boom box and play music as they ran. So, one day we decided to bring our little clock radio and put it on the bike with our support team- Scott. He wasn't very appreciative of our music choices and as soon as the song (you want to) Make a Memory played, it somehow stopped working. We heard the song several times early in the morning as we drove to the school parking lot where we started all our training runs. Then, the day of the marathon our alarm went off with that song, (you want to ) Make a Memory, playing. We were, of course, already awake, so we didn't exactly get woken up to the song, but it did become from then on out The Marathon Song! And making a memory is exactly what we did. The days and months of training and the final run of the marathon were an amazing experience both physically and socially. We will always remember it with fondness and are ready to do another one! Yes, amazingly enough, running a marathon is a lot like having a baby- you forget all about the pain and only remember the amazing feeling. Rob couldn't convince me that I would, at first, because that was pretty good pain and exhaustion, but it has happened. Marine Corp Marathon here we come!
P.S. For all you non running type, the nipple was bleeding after being rubbed by the shirt for 12 miles in the rain. That's why it is smart to tape those puppies up! There is also one more part you can't read, but I am not doing this uploading thing again, so it said, " a complete team, all in under 4 hours and 30 minutes, even the sick and hurt ones. That's amazing!"
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Sorry, guys, I changed the video to make it more readable and now I am having problems loading back up. Try back soon and hopefully I will have it figured out be then.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
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Friday, November 9, 2007
I just finished the book "Amazing Grace". It is a biography of William Wilburforce. I had heard of him before, but didn't know what he was known for. I just associated him with a little man trying to move a mountain. He was one of the main people involved in stopping the slave trade. It was an amazing book- A little dry at times, like all biographies are, but I was so glad that I am involved in a book club that forces me to read this kind of stuff. I would never do it on my own. It is so humbling to see how many great men's shoulders we stand upon. I recommend the book- I haven't seen the movie, but it might be a good alternative to you less motivated lot- like me.
The Marathon is tomorrow and for any of you that are interested you can check out our progress along the route at this website. It has splits in real time (I believe.) Unfortunately, half or more of our team is not feeling well. Rob has been having a lot of stomach problems since he got back from the Ukraine. He went in and they gave him a Sulfa antibiotic. Now he is really dizzy and nauseated. I took his blood pressure yesterday, because I was afraid he may be getting septic, but it was normal. One of the other guys got sick about two days ago and says if he still feels this bad tonight, he won't be running. Wish us all luck. We have been training hard and really wanted to run as a team.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Friday we went to the cannery to buy a bunch of wheat and some other stuff. I have to tell you why. A few month ago my mother-in-law told me of a friend of a friend who said that in their conference they had one of the apostles who had opened the floor to question and answer period say to a question about why the bretheren didn't talk on food storage in the last conference "that the time of warning was over." This was a little scary, but I always wonder about those friend of a friend comments, so I kind of blew it off. About a week ago I had a very vivid dream in which a lady was showing me this time-line for the second coming (it was actually quite long.) I asked how she could know any of this, since no one knew when the Lord would be coming again. She said she had just made the timeline from the prophecies that had already been given. She said that the important thing that she wanted to tell me was that we had only 5 years of relatively good weather left, before we had 5 years of severe drought. I woke up very nervous and thinking that I had to get more water storage, but also more food, since a drought would affect food, also. I told the running group the next day. I was really freaked out! Still I didn't do much. Then Wednesday I got an e-mail message from Natalie C. from my last ward- I am still on their ward list to receive e-mails. She was sending out a message that because of drought conditions the price of wheat was going up a few cents and that it was expected to double in the next little while. Well that was enough for me. I don't have to be told 4 times! We headed up to Maryland on Friday and had a great time with the two little boys canning lots of food. Aren't they such helpers?
I did find out that we only got enough for an adult and maybe one child- but that's better than nothing! Now with a laundry room full of good food, I feel at peace- sort of!
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