My youngest was playing with some toy pirates and a toy chest the other day.I listened in and heard this: "Ah-ha" This was the pirate finding the chest. Then the pirate opens the chest and says, "yeah, Chocolate, yum, yum,yum!" with his head diving into the chest and his body swinging around and around as he gobbles it all up! I am so glad I am teaching my children what is really important in life- Good Chocolate. My favorite is Cadbury! The English don't have much to brag about when it comes to food- I've been there, I know! But man they hit it on the head with Cadbury. I have lived in Europe most of my life and tried all kinds of yummy chocolate- Swiss, German, etc. but nothing is better than Cadbury. So here's to England- may you always swim in a sea of yumminess!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I am cheating, just a little for this SPT challenge. I am using a picture from 2006 Christmas. I am going out of town and have family here, so it's a little hard to get a photo session in. These are my 4 children. Aren't they cuter than cute? I got the name of our website from them. Every time we blessed one of them in church, my husband would get up afterwards and tell the congregation how glad he was to have "another little monkey to jump on the bed" with him. My husband is sometimes a big kid himself and loves to jump on the bed and wrestle with the kids. This is something I love about him. He usually knows when it is time to be serious, though he's not always so fast on the uptake when it comes to joking around with women. You always know if he likes you or not, though. If he will joke around with you and try to play with you, he likes you. If he's only serious with you, he thinks your a woman to stay away from! I digress!
When my 4th child was born I went insane, apparently, because I made around 45 of these announcements by hand. I had to cut out 4 little monkeys for each card. I got the idea from my husband always saying he was happy for another little monkey to jump on the bed with him. I told him that and he didn't remember that he said it, so it must have been pure inspiration each time.
My children are high energy. We have this philosophy that all those good little children will become the lazy teenagers that you just can't get off the couch, but our high energy children will be the go-getters! We'll let you know how that goes!
Anyway, our website is official a whole lot of monkey business, because of these 4 beautiful little monkey children of ours and do they keep us busy with all their monkey business!
Friday, January 18, 2008
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The idea I got out of the challenge was what do I spent the most time on or focus on the most during the day. I thought about it for awhile, but due to the events of this week, it came to me pretty easily. Can you tell what it is?.....
It is one of my son's bellies. Yep, one of the main focuses of any mom, I think, must be what comes in and what goes out of that belly- Your's, your husband's, your children's. Are they getting enough, are they getting too much, is it healthy, when is the last time they had a bowel movement. This is actually a frequent question for us, because we have a holder. He will go sometimes 2 weeks without going. Of course he is just trying to hold it in, because it gets in his drawers and you can tell. Ok, too gross! I can't believe it, but my husband will call when he is out of country and we spent half the time talking about poop. We have tried regular bathroom times, mineral oil and fiber in the juice, enema's, suppositories. It is a constant challenge.
This week we are dealing with vomiting-yeah! I hate it when it is actually a bug and not just food poisoning, because then it goes from one kid to the other. Sunday night was Joseph, Monday night was Max, today it is Sam. It would be so nice to have it all done at once, so that Mom could get some sleep. Sam is a trooper, though. Last time they had that spinach thing where people were dying- we got that. It was awful. I would find him just curled up on the bathroom floor- not trying to bother anyone. I was too sick, to move him, so I was really thankful for him. Today, he decided to try and go to school, but threw up on the bus. My phone isn't working (that's a story!) and so he told them that I was probably trying to buy a new phone and then told them he felt OK and went back to school. I finally got the message and went to pick him up. It took him awhile to get to the office. He told me that was because he stopped at the bathroom to puke, so that he wouldn't have to puke in the car. He is such a stud and so considerate. Ever done the Heartman Color code? He is definitely a blue! Probably a blue/white mix. What a kid!
Anyway, everyone cross your fingers that Emma and I don't get it. We both have special events coming up and don't want to ruin them!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
My husband came up with a wonderful idea. Let's count our calories together and see if we can loose a couple of pounds. When my husband puts his mind to something- watch out! Enter the Excel spreadsheet- A perfectly harmless thing if you are using it to keep track of your budget, but it transforms drastically in an engineers hands on a mission to loose some weight. Now I have a boss that demands I put my calories in it all day long. It adds these up, substracts my workout calories and then calculates how many pounds I will loose by the end of the week if I don't eat another thing. I watch as that number drops from 5 pounds to a mere 1.55 pounds today- that is, if I don't eat another single thing for the rest of the week. Oops, I forgot about those 2 oreo cookies I just ate. Oh well, I guess I'm going down again!
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I found this blog that does a photo challenge every Tuesday. I think the letters stand for She Photographs on Tuesdays. One thing I really need to work on is my photography. I need to take a class, but until I have the time, the best thing to do is experiment with my camera, right? So here is my SPT this week. It is a self portrait that also includes some of my goals. The one word I had come up with was Flexibility. You can read more about that here. But I do have more goals. Some center on health. I did just run a marathon, but that doesn't mean that I am super healthy- especially where it comes to eating chocolate with abandom.
Some are more social. One thing I have found, is that I don't live in the moment very often. I am always worried about what I could or should be doing, where everyone else is and I am not, how I should be looking or what everyone else is thinking instead of enjoying the simple moments. Take for instance this fun day we had. Can you believe it was in the 70's today at the beginning of January? So I took our preschool stuff outside and we did a little lesson and then we played with chalk and hop scotched. I tried really hard to just enjoy it and not think of all the things I could and should be doing and things like that. It was really hard for me and I almost stopped the playing too soon. But I took a deep breath and redirected myself and just tried to enjoy a little hopscotch with my 2 youngest.
I was readjusting the straps on my youngest's carseat to the highest level and I thought. I will be doing this for the last time and I was a little bit sad. I don't want to miss out anymore. I don't want to find the laundry more important than the reading of one more book or the molding of some color of clay I can't even describe. I am a stay-at-home mom, because I choose to be with my children. Won't it be sad if I look back and think- I wasn't really with them?! So I also choose to live in the moment this year!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Joseph is our comedian. He makes us laugh all the time. One day he came up and said, "Mom, wouldn't it be funny if Max was asleep with a book on his face?" I said "yes, that would be funny." Mostly because it was so funny the way he was saying it. Then he took me by the hand and led me downstairs where Max was on the ground- having fallen asleep in the jeep, I had put him there when we came in. This is what I found. Pretty funny, right? One of the games Joseph likes to play is "try to get a strike." This is what he calls a "Strike":
I think he means a "stripe." The game goes like this: He tries to put his car window down, as I try to put it up and turn off the car, before he can put it down, again. This is hilarious to him and he loves it when he actually gets "a strike." When I get it all the way up and turn off the car before he can get it down, he tells me he still got one- it's just invisible!
This is what I find in my fridge all the time. He loves it when I find it in there. He doesn't tell me when he puts it in, he just waits until I find it in there. It is always "The Encyclopedia of Mormonism." This is obviously a much funnier book than any other that we own. He frequently reads it at bedtime, too. I guess that's where he gets all his material/jokes from!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The other day I read Natalie's comment about me having to be a great baker and what a lucky family I had and I remember the other day one of my friends telling me that I was the best Homemaker. It is so weird, because growing up I was such a tomboy and didn't have a creative bone in my body. I liked things clean- as far as I can remember I aways have. Mess/clutter makes me irritated after a little while. But as far as cooking or crafting- totally not my thing. I also hated babysitting and was definitely not good at it. I would put them to bed as soon as possible and never played with them. I just watched shows on TV while they did what they wanted- as long as it was safe. I can't believe people paid me to do that. I ate their food, too! Ah, the shame! Anyway, I came across this quote on the Everything Pink blog- I really think it is just something her bishop told her, but it makes so much sense.
"Don't be fooled into thinking your life is not turning out just the way you want it to"
I never thought I would be a wonderful homemaker, but I am trying my best for my family and for my own self improvement. Also, I love traditions and many of the things I bake or do that is fun is for traditions sake.
I also never wanted to be a nurse when I grew up- way too girly of a profession. Now I am an ER nurse and I love it. I think one of my saving graces is that I am so curious about everything and I love to learn something new all the time.
Life may throw you a few curve balls, but don't be fooled that it's not all turning out just the way you want it to. This leads me to my word for the year. I found this on a couple of blogs- don't know who started just using one word to help them through the year, but they don't use any other goals. I will make my yearly goals, still, but I liked the one word concept, too. This year, I think I want to focus on Flexibility. First of all the obvious. I am so unflexible, now. I used to compete in gymnastics- you would never guess now, though. The other is more of a mental flexibility. I am flexible when it comes to last minute things and changing schedules and so forth, but I am not good at thinking outside of the box. When I think something should be one way, it is hard to change that picture. I have started already. I always thought my daughter would go into gymnastics, like I did. She started out really well and was invited to team when she was 6, but she got bored really quick and ended up loving soccer. Just the other day we started my son into gymnastics, because he taught himself to do a back handspring and has almost got a back tuck on his own, too. He does them while we are watching TV. It drives us crazy. My husband finally told me to put him in a class, because he had never seen anyone so intent on jumping and turning and flipping. So now my ideas of a gymnast daughter and a football playing son are completely upside down. Weird how that happens!
Also, I have noticed at the end of this year that I have done some quick judging of people and later found out the whole truth and felt really bad. Part of that mental flexibility will be to give people the benefit of the doubt. I will be as flexible as Sponge Bob- He always has a positive attitude and doesn't take offense easily. He is another thing I didn't like at first. We wouldn't let our kids watch Sponge Bob at all, but after we saw one all the way through, we liked it. He is usually positive and there is almost always a good message at the end.
Obviously my values are not flexible, but there are so many things that can be, including me!
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