Tuesday, May 31, 2005

A Layout about our pink slip -- it's next to the actual pink slip all torn-up in the album. How cute am I? Posted by Hello
A new layout about Conner's preschool Posted by Hello

After further review of the rulebook

I was wrong, apparently it is the INFANT that always wins, and moms basically have no control.
Thanks for making that fact PERFECTLY clear Spencer.
Ah-HEM... thanks.


This is the second time I have written this, silly Blogger is trying to drive me insane, luckily it really can't compare with a 4 year old and a one year old
So, I've been epilated. Who knew that was even a word... I mean, I would have thought it was something like de-folliculate. Wrong-- it's epilated. How, you might ask, was I epilated. Well, it basically feels like a weed wacker's been put next to your leg and you're running it UP and down your leg. And WHY on EARTH would I DO such a thing to myself? Why, because my mom gave it to me for my birthday. Happy birthday to me (not sure which is worse -- an epilady or Drew telling me he doesn't have time to get me anything). So, my legs are clean. REALLY clean. I kind of like the way it feels. And, apparenly, I don't have to do this again for another 4 weeks, which I can easily handle. Actually, on the old happy face/0-10 pain scale, I'd put myself at a moderate frown, or a 2. So, probably in the end worth it... Thanks mom...

Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day

You know, when I lived in Utah we used to spend Memorial day driving around to the cemetaries and putting flowers on the graves of our loved ones. And now that I live in CA -- there's no graves of loved ones to put flowers on... unless I want to fly somewhere. So, I'll just spend a moment reminicing about them... "virtual flowers" if you will.
My grandma Pope was the best grandma a girl could ask for. Always playing games, always knowing the right answers -- just a super person. She died when I was pregnant with Conner, and one of my saddest personal things is that she wasn't alive to see him. I know that he would have loved to hang out with her for a bit. Her husband died just after my dad got his PhD. I have always admired her spunk and spirit and willingness to have a great attitude even though she was "alone."
I have two uncles who both died suddenly. My uncle Brad died in a plane crash when I was a Sophmore in college. He was fairly young -- left 3 kids behind and a great wife. He had a great sense of humor and though more quiet about it than my other uncle could SERIOUSLY get some quiet stingers in... something I esteem to. He always wore polo shirts had a professional look about him. Great guy.
My uncle Randy died right after Conner was born -- in his sleep. Cause of death still basically unknown. Again, leaving a great wife and 2 kids. Randy was a great man of both stature and humor and kindness. He spent somethng like the last 10 years of his life as a singles ward bishop in West Jordan (or South Jordan... some sort of Jordan). I admired his willingness to take out of his personal time to serve the church and those singles. He was EXTREMELY funny and was even a radio host for a while on one of those talk radio channels.
They say the legacy of people is the way those around them live after they're gone. I have been so impressed by both my uncles families after his death and I have found great examples in both their wives. So, now I suppose I'll go on to my "traditional" second part of Memorial day, planting flowers in our own yard (ok, they're already planted, this is CA -- but I'm gonna go make sure they're growing). It's interesting how my family always tied those two things together. I mean, placing flowers for the dead, and then planting our own -- possibly reminders of how they'd want us to live our lives regardless of if they're "here" or "there."
I hope they look down from heaven every now and then and give a little extra help to my own family... here friends, these "flowers" are for you...

Sunday, May 29, 2005

a new layout -- time I could have been used extracting. OH well, we all know it's about dedication... Posted by Hello


I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have a firm testimony that callings ("jobs" we are given in our ward to help it run smoothly) are given from God. I mean, I know there are times when you're just SEARCHING on the ward list for SOMEONE that will even DO a daring calling, but often times two of us would think of the same person at the same time, and really feel the spirit tell us this was the person we'd been looking for -- who would make a difference.
So, Drew and I had previously had fairly hefty callings, which we enjoyed. We totally feel out of the "ward loop" now -- but since I now have two jobs I guess it's for the better. Anyway we were recently called to be the Ward Extraction coordinators. When we were called, we told them that time in the evenings where one of us could go out is very short. I mean, we don't have a ton to do when we're home in the evenings, but it is extremely rare that we're both home (in fact, I think besides Monday nights it's around 1 time/month) -- but they said it woudln't be a problem. But, it has, we can't go to other people's houses to share the joy of extraction (and it's hard to share a joy you don't know very well) because the one left home needs to stay with the kids. So, the stake extraction coordinator called us up to tell us we weren't doing well enough (it said it MUCH nicer, really made it sound like our priority should be our families) so he'd like to ask the bishop to release us. I feel bad. I mean, why can't I drop everything and go serve -- I did it in Young Womens (but was was MUCH easier to take my kids). And why would we get a calling that we can't really do (or, perhaps don't have the willingness to sacrifice what would be necessary)? Anyway, just another reason to make me feel lower than dirt. I'm sure I'll come out of it, but I don't like failure. Maybe that was the lesson we were to learn, that failure is an option, and sometimes it's what you need to do for your family.
On a side note, some of my non-LDS friends might be wondering what extraction is (no, nothing to do with teeth). Our church goes all around the world in search of old church records (be they catholic or jews, etc.). They take photographs of the pages in these books and send them back to church headquarters, where they are sent out to churches around the world for people to "extract" -- or, get the names, dates, family members, etc. into a church system which people all over the world can go to in search of their ancestory. This is a large part of the reason we are such a giant in the family history arena, because our people are willing to do this. It's tedious work, in many different languages and I salute anyone who can do it. I have at least recieved a belief (or testimony) that this work is very important and those rhat do it are working hard to benefit people everywhere.

For my user photo, please ignore Posted by Hello

Saturday, May 28, 2005


Just needs some double paned windows (coming on the 9th) and this house is gonna be FAN-cy. Posted by Hello

Fancy new pot and bark... Posted by Hello

more plants

So, we've got MORE plants... we did the side of the house, by the rosebushes. Wwe bought 1 pot, but it wasn't big enough, so I went back for a different one. I think I like how it carries the grey from the one side to the other. Gives us our hpapy triangle. Not too happy with how the pot turned out. But, as Drew said -- water it, give it time and see what happens. Same with kids... right? Anyway, posting pictures of it ASAP.

Friday, May 27, 2005

The roll continues... Posted by Hello


Spencer's a mess. He hasn't had his afternoon nap for about 5 days. Church, me working and sundry other items have kept him from a good nap. Yesterday was my first day off with nothign in the afternoon so I settled for battle and waved my white flag around 4 (he'd been down for about an hour vasilating between singing and yelling and crying). Today, I was set for war. He just went to sleep after about an hour and a half of pure crying torture (the Chinese tried it). Nighty night little soldier, you've done your best, but mommies always win. It's in the rulebook. I love you.

I'm on a roll... Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Another Layout from today... Posted by Hello

A new layout I did today Posted by Hello

The Home of Brotherly Love

It's what I'm talkin' about... Posted by Hello
I hate little kids and swings. They have no clue that under the proper hands a swing can be turned into a speeding bullet just WAITING to knock out teeth. I've been trying my hardest to prevent this, but sadly, I perhaps am more obsessed about keeping a good yard, rather than safety today. I saw Conner pulling back the swing, and Spencer standing there. Then, as if in slow-motion, "NoooOOoo... " as the swing is released I dash over there, throwing off my gloves and shovel. Poor Spencer, the kid looks like he has a cleft pallate now. All we had were purple popcicles and he wasn't a big fan. Where ARE the ice pops when I need them? Maybe in the freezer.... Ahh, feel the celestial love.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Over for dinner...

We had a new couple from our church over for dinner (ok, they've been in the ward almost a YEAR, but that's new, right?). Frankly, it's not something that Drew and I do a lot of -- entertaining. WE've made a pact to do it more often, but I digress... It was so nice. I mean, it was just great to see our family from a different viewpoint. Perhaps realize that our kids aren't he monsters that we sometimes get stuck into thinking they are. Think that we're pretty snazzy for having bought a house -- stuff like that. So, thanks for coming with a salad you guys... it was lovely.
P.S. Oh, and I bought the camera (YA-HoooOOOOOO) -- even in a kit with some lenses and an extra battery and a memory card. I'm a lucky girl... love you Drew.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Not my favorite layout, but then again -- Spencer was SCREAMING the whole time I was making it. So much for being "happy"... or "fun."Posted by Hello

I came, I bought, I'm poor...

That's right, I'm the NEW OWNER of a DREBEL, only the coolest camera ever. In fact, I'm fairly sure it's too cool for me. But, I'm excited to learn. It feels good to have it bought. Guess that means we're not gonna go to the poor farm from it.
p.s. Found it with a package for a great deal -- all things I wanted. I'm a lucky girl!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

now, everyone can see what our yard USED to look like... Posted by Hello


I really want this camera and SOME people (ah, hem) make fun of me for finding SO much joy in spending 100 dollars less on it (even though I make the decision at work, quite often, that 100 dollars isn't worth staying and I go home early) that I can't even buy it til' I find it on a good sale. I feel that if I find it on sale, I'll have more fun using it. Does anyone else feel this way? Do I need help? Please don't answer that.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

This is how it looks, total house view. We are going to do something with the rose area next week. wish us LUCK! Posted by Hello

We spent like 7 hours doing THIS this morning. Whatcha think? Posted by Hello

Friday, May 20, 2005

This is the layout I did tonight at my crop... it has one of those old page flipper things (using my stash, YEAH) so the right side flips out, and that's the layout. TA-DA... If you want to see it bigger, you can click on it and it'll come-up in a separate window. I think my favorite part is the "bubbles" over the word "love" -- for some reason I LOVE that effect. Posted by Hello


So, I went to a crop tonight. I don't think I went to one since I worked for Utah Valley Pediatrics. It was actually really fun. I had spent a bit of time picking out papers and brought my ribbon and letter stickers with me and I think it turned out alright. Call me a geek, but I feel like it's nice to sit around and be with people who are as obsessed over this hobby as I am.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Happy Birth to Me

Ok, let's face it I'm 29. It's depressing, I know... but something we'll have to face HEAD-on. So... for my big day I went to Conner's preschool graduation, then it was off to the library (which is in very quick walking distance from Conner's school -- but of course, requires a LOT of whining when we walk) and then to the scrapbook store with a friend and some lunch. Does life GET much better than this (beisdes the whining, but you can't win 'em all)? I doubt it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Too Busy for me....

OK, so my birthday's coming up. I am often disappointed in how little celebration is involved with my birthday, and while I have VOWED now to work on my birthday this year, I am already feeling a tad left out of the loop. Ususally, we celebrate with the family on the actual DAY, and then drew and I go out (possibly with some friends) on the weekend following. I've tried my sitters in vain... and now it's Drew's turn, but since he is low on initiating things... well, you know how that goes. Anyway, does anyone have any ideas on how not to be ignored? I've tried making his birthday really special, but then I just feel worse on my day when I hear, "I was too busy to get you anything...."

Monday, May 16, 2005


Spencer has started walking. It's so fun to watch. Just yesterday he seemed to take off. I think it was his natural instinct telling him to RUN from church. But, either way I guess he's deciding it's better to be upright than on all fours. Fly little friend, be free!

Friday, May 13, 2005

A job well done

Ok, we've had a bit of work done on our house. And I am consistantly disappointed in the companies that do it. I think that because I work in a trade which is so specific and so important that I just can't make mistakes. I can't say that a patient will be scheduled for an induction, and then the induction doesn't happen for a week... I want things done when they say they'll be done and I wan things the way they say they'll be. Is that really so much to ask for... honesty? I guess that's the problem. I should expect no one to keep their promises, but still plan on keeping my own.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


Ok, so -- now WHERE did that word come from? I have no idea, but I'm starting to think that it "makes-up" for the little ares in my life that I feel not so good about.

I have made myself a pact, that I would spend 10 minutes a day on me... and my appreance. I mean, I often used to just shlep out of bed, brush my teeth, put in a clip and off I went, probably 4 minutes (including getting dressed) tops... and the extra 6 minutes are really paying off for me.

I notice when people take time with their appearance (I'm not talking CRAZY make-up here, I'm talking just taking your time to look decent) and I am sure that others notice it in me.

So, in goes the contacts, spread on the tinted moisturizer, dust on the powder and my fancy new mary kay icicles, add a bit of eyeliner and mascara and off I go, fancy... little... me...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The importance of good teachers

So, Conner's finishing his pre-K class next Thursday. I'm trying to decide what to get his teachers. They're two great ladies, really make an effort to make this preschool class great. Of course, we're practically fund-less since we bought windows. But, I was just thinking about HOW important teachers are -- other lifelines for your kids. I mean, I really try hard to teach Conner at home, but I truly just don't believe only my perspective would be healthy for them. So, I am thankful for all teachers... even Drew. :)

Monday, May 09, 2005

My PSA about Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

I'm basically one step away from the obsessive compulsive wing of the State Mental, but I am a gal that likes things clean. However I have two small children and two jobs (not to mention my obsessive hobby), so I have to find "ways" to work in my cleaning. Anyway, every week I've been picking a new product to clean my sink and counter (thank you Flylady) with (I deep-clean my kitchen on Mondays -- but I only have like 20 minutes while Spencer's eating breakfast in his highchair). Today, I chose the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Now, I'd used it for crayon, and scuff marks on the wall (which, it works great for) but it was SO great today. Since the cleaning stuff is right in the sponge, I didn't have to keep spraying, and letting it set... and praying that my stove would recover from Drew cooking Mothers Day breakfast (thanks honey, love you)... the nasty egg crap came right off, and hten I'd rise if off and away I could go to my next stop on the cleaning train. It also did a good job on my fridge and my microwave (which, is where the OCPD ends, my microwave gets GROSS). Anyway, just a thought for you cleaners out there!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

A new profile pic... Posted by Hello

A photo shoot

Ok, I admit it, I actually don't scrap photos of myself. Unless my kid are looking PARTICULARLY smashing, it doesn't go ANYWHERE near the printer. So, I asked my friend Shannon to take some pictures of me. I mean, this may be as good as it can get... body wise. I'm 29 -- and I'm not getting any younger (if you know what I mean). So, she did. And guess WHAT -- after some insightful cropping, I actually like how they turned out. I'm really surprised at myself (and I'm happy that I could get some skills in my paint shop program). I did print these photos, and I plan to do a layout with them any day now... As long as I keep my guts up... I'm a great person and my kids deserve to know the "young" me... I just need to keep chanting that... "I'm a great person...."

One more of my snazzy photos... Posted by Hello

A recent photo shoot of myself... it's taking a LOT of courage to post this. I am planning on increasing my body image ANY day now... Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Scripture study

Ok, I can be with my kids ALL morning, talking, singing being the five star mom that I am... and then just ONE slight move into my room to read my scriptures and basically the whole house caves in. Today, I go back, I'm in the LAST few chapters of the book of Mormon and I'm really excited to run to the "finish line" -- plus, I think it's really interesting to see what he wrote before he died. And Conner WILL NOT leave me alone. He actually told me he needed to stay and "bug" me.
WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DERSERVE THIS!? Oh well, I guess the effort's half the blessings, right?

We bought

We did purchase windows... from Bay City windows...
We are a lucky family. Can NOT wait.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Choices, choices... good and bad...

So, we're in the market for double-paned windows... and BOY are we excited. Well, actually we are, I'm REALLY excited for the noise reduction as well as the energy savings. Anyway, we're trying to pick between 3 companies. Same windows, similar record, similar EVERYTHING... I just don't know what to choose. I want CLEAR-CUT answers, someone give me ten percent off!!!! Anyone?

Monday, May 02, 2005

Cutting hair

We cut Spencer's hair last night. It was seriously traumatic for me. I LOVE his cute little curls (Drew doesn't). So, the clippers and the scissors came out. He was shaking he was so afraid, but what's done is done and now my little boy looks like a little boy. I'm so sad....

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Zions Youth

So, I went to our Multi-Stake dance festival that Drew has been involved with last night. As I sat there and watched these kids (most aged 12-16 or 17) dance their little hearts out to fun songs and having fun with each other I was truly touched. I mean, I usually work with girls this age at Regional. As of a couple months ago we'd had a few 12 year olds come in for a delivery. And what were THEY doing on a Saturday night... certainly not dancing with friends. I am lucky to belong to a church where people will take their time to help the youth out in such ways, and provide things for them to do. Now, if only Conner makes it to that age without killing himself on the one step in our house....


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