Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Hello Mojo... you're back. :) Posted by Picasa

Ok, I just can't get into my layouts lately... I guess this one's ok -- wish those flea market stickers came off a little brighter, and a tad more yellow... Posted by Picasa

Pretty much the funniest thing ever...

Ok, call me crazy -- but if ANY of you ever see me in one of these please shoot me.
Just a little PSA, for my own sake.
And if I NEED to wear one of those, please don't post.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Safety FHE

So, tonight our Family Home Evening was on Safety. I split it into fire safety, earthquake safety and stranger safety. Thankfully, the Sesame Street website has some cute coloring pages, but I just wanted to remind everyone how important it is to review all this stuff with your kids.
I find safety almost more uncomfortable to talk about than the birds and the bees. I think the hardest part is that if he gets to the meeting place, and we're not there -- he needs to stay put. I just imagine him there, waiting in the dark with the house on fire and possibly Drew and I NOT coming out to comfort him.
Anyway, knowledge is power ladies -- empower your kids, and your whole family could always use a reminder!

A new layout using Amy Howe's 3 product challenge (cardstock, chipboard letters and buttons)... I'm not a huge fan of this layout, but it's growing on me... like a bushy fungus. :) Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 26, 2006

I sang in church

Pick your jaws off the floor. I know, it's crazy, but true.
There were 4 of us, it wasn't a solo. :)

Saturday, February 25, 2006

A new layout... first one in a while. Used my new paper from my new "club" --- www.simplycardstock.com And gals, I am in love. Posted by Picasa

The beauty of living in CA

Alright, so we didn't rest for long after our trip. This morning we found ourselves at Home Depot picking out some new flowers for the front, and some pea seeds for our garden. Seriously, people -- it's February! So, the picture of the flowers are our newly blooming bulbs (or tulips are already almost ) which I am totally in love with. And the container I planted today. I am loving all the colors. Our house is so white, I feel like I need to spruce it up with flowers. I am sure Home Depot appreciates every dollar. :)

Our Big Trip

So, we started-off heading to Santa Barbara, where our friends the Haws live -- they did an awesome job of showing us around the city and making us very jealous of the town they live in. Santa Barbara's an awesome place. AND, they have cute kids -- their son Keller and Conner had a great time playing together (this picture keeps uploading weird... blogger must not like cute kids).
Then, it was off to Disneyland. We went for a few hours on Monday night and saw the fireworks show. HELLO... AMAZING. If you're even considering DL this year -- go, and see the fireworks (make sure they're happening when you're there because if we hadn't gone on Monday night we would have missed them all together). The crowds weren't even that bad on the Holiday (which was surprising).
Here are some of our favorite Character shots... you'll see Abby Mallard (from Chicken Little -- guys, this gal is not cute), Gepetto, Mickey, Hook, Wendy Darling, Rafiki (and no, we couldn't remember his name when we were standing in line to get his picture -- but he was cool with that), and Buzz.

What was our favorite part? Well, the fireworks rated pretty darn high... but I think my favorite part is this shot (poor as it is) of Spencer and I BELIEVE this is Sneezy (don't qu0te me there). He hadn't been to excited to see Characters (there's a reason that Drew is so far from Mickey) the whole time, but he just about burst when Sneezy came up to him at the end of the parade. Just one of those moments you sit back and sigh with happiness that you're a parent.

Of course, now we're home and back to our regular grind. It's nice that today's a Saturday so we can get a bit done before we're back to the usual. Hope everyone else had a fun break too!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Holy Crap

Erica, the leader in all things scrap (ok, right by Shannon -- don't want to leave anyone out) tagged me to do a scrap quiz. As I smooth my pants and hair at such a demanding opportunity I try and control my breathing as I answer.

What scrapbook lines/products, etc. do you dislike?
Umm.... I plead the fifth... but the last name Foster might ring a bell with some of my scrap friends...

What is the hardest thing you have ever had to scrap?
One day I was totally mad at someone (in our house, I'm thinking it was Conner or Drew) and was doing a page about how I love them so much. Initially it was hard, but I ended-up loving them by the end. Scrapbooking -- the power to heal. :)

What technique do you use more than anything else?
Glue stick. I am not a technique gal.

What is the smallest scrap of paper you save?
Anything that "looks decently big" (how's that for specific)

Have you ever had any scrapbook related injuries?

Finish this sentence, "If I wasn't a scrapbooker/stamper, I would
spend my money on...
Well, since I mostly just spend on cardstock anymore... I don't think there's much out there I could buy with my scrap budget. HOWEVER, I could seriously use a new outfit. Perhaps I could use my exacto knife to get me a size smaller... :)

Give us your best storage or organizational idea.
Don't buy things -- you won't have to store them. However, I do love my tackel box. Oh, and garage sales are nice. :)

When you received your first publication notification, who did you
tell? Pretty sure it was Ms. Shannon Montez, and I think I had one before she did. Oh, how things have changed now....

After answering the questions, tag four of your buddies.

K... I'm not saying I'm friends with any of these people... :) BUT, Shannon Montez, Lara Neves, Mary Ruth Franks and Amy Grendell (that's right folks, a GG has actually left comments on my blog and I'm prentending we're buddies now).

I'm BaaaAACKK....

For the safety of our few meager posessions, I chose not to post that we were going out of town for a few days, but we did. We went to DISNEYLAND. Lucky us. Anyway, it was awesome, and I'll save that post for later but I had a few thoughts as I left the park last night. We were dashing out after the parade with the cast members behind us saying "go, go, go" (because we were crossing the street during the parade, and no one wants a giant goofy running over a stroller) so I'm going and apparently I got the guy ahead of me a couple times with my stoller. And he turns around and looks like I've stabbed him (he has a stroller himself) and tells me if I'm in such a hurry to get AHEAD of him (Which, I totally understand -- but it's disneyland, if I got mad every time someone hit me with their stroller I'd probably have a massive coronary before 2 of my 4 day hopper pass was up). So, I tell him that I am really sorry and I do get ahead of him. And then we were taking a quick picture of Conner in front of Mickey and I hear him and his family saying that if they had someone get them with their stroller they'd bet the @#%*# out of them. And so I just whirled around and said I was really sorry but didn't realize it was worth bad-mouthing me to the whole park. And he wanted to take-up fisticuffs with Drew but we had a bus to catch.
Anyway, I was really bugged by the whole moment. Just moments before this doc had come-up to Spencer had I thought his whole world had burst with glee. Everything seemed just right, and then this guy (who I will now refer to as Lucifer -- just kidding) has to come-out of nowhere and say something really mean. Seems like something like this happened the last time we were leaving Disneyland.
Then, we got home, put the kids in bed and were watching the Women's skating. There was that from Turkey whose parents had put their whole lives aside to help her with her skating -- moving to Canada so she could train. It was such a great story -- just how parents will do anything for their kids. And perhaps that was the topper to the Disney story. I didn't go on all my favorite rides (although I did ride Space Mountain a couple of times -- great new music peeeps) I did have a great time with my kids, things we most definately wouldn't have done at home and this is an age to savor them, to build relationships and to be a family. I can't let anything ruin those good times, regardless of how hard they try.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

As Drew Would Say "I (referring to Drew, not to myself) Am Awesome"

I fear that Drew felt my blog was a tad one-sided... So I wanted to mention some of the sweeter things Drew does do -- using my day as an example.
1) He climbs ladders (I don't, 'nuff said).
2) When Drew is home -- he is the diaper changer. I believe I made this decree in my own head, but Drew willingly goes along, and I SO appreciate it.
3) Drew let me lay in bed today, as if I were a sick-o while he went about -- emptying the dishwasher, inspecting Conner's homemade pochimon (how the HECK do you spell that?) cards. The guy's a winner.
4) Drew, is a heck of an un-packer. Seriously, all I want to do after a trip is lay down and cry and he's a freakin' work-horse. High fives for Drew.
5) He's mine, and he still loves me even when he reads my, sometimes, not so nice (and someitmes VERY nice) blog.
Smooches to Drew, I hope we last this week together. :)

Friday, February 17, 2006

Olympics Parade

Yeah! Team! Go Olympics were shouted from all the Ponderosa Kindergarten today. They had a great time parading through the school sharing the olympic spirit. I felt happy to know that we'd hit Kindergarten in an Olympic year.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

What I would want...

I think that the most christlike behavior is to realize that you are supposed to do what YOU would want done to you -- not what you're getting, or what you'd like to give.
For instance, Drew's in his room, resting because he's sick. For me, when I'm sick, the kids are all over me, there's no resting and it's pure misery. I have to remember that if I had my CHOICE I would obviously pick to have some peace so I can get better. Giving what I would WANT, not what I get...
I know that Drew doesn't want another mother. I know that I don't want another mother... but it's hard for me not to mother everyone around me. I am SO non-procrastinating, organizational it's hard sometimes for Drew and I to mesh. However, it's good to have a reality check and realize that not everything needs to be done instantly.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Last night we had a nice little family home evening. I had a book that told the story of the original St. Valentine and how he'd taken cards to children on their birthday or when they were sick, and later when he died -- people would bring cards out on Feb. 14th to reminice the great life St. Valentine had lived. I asked Conner who he thought St. Valentine seemed a lot like, and he said Jesus.
I asked us all to think of a time when we felt love. Of course, Conner said that he feels love when he's around Grandma Pope -- and all the games she plays with him (basically, he's in love with my mom -- I'm pretty sure he'd send her a dozen roses if his allowance was big enough).
I just wanted to give thanks for all the holidays that remind us to love. Today was Conner's Valentine's party, they had addressed and stuffed all the valentines in class so there wasn't much candy (we were told to bring-in a box of valentines about a week ago) and it was just nice to see the kids open the cards and just appreciate each person for the sweet card (instead of the sweet item INSIDE the card). Mrs. Ross is so smart.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Sick Days

Drew is home sick today. Which, is fine... he's sick. But WHY is it that I get so bitter about it? I want to be angry about life the whole day. And these are my hypotheses:
A) I am a creature of routine, I like to have my computer to be mine at certain times. I am used to having the house to myself. Drew isn't a fan of staying on the bed when he's sick. He's more of a couch napper. Obviously, a problem.
B) I don't get sick days. Ever. Even when i call in sick to work I end-up having the kids more than I would have if I had gone to work.
Ok... so B probably sums it up. Today I am going to gather my Christlike courage and get on with my life. Drew deserves a sick day. He should enjoy it. And my goal today is to make sure he does. :)

Sunday, February 12, 2006


Spencer is in a HUGE-MONGOUS "mine" phase as of late. PErhaps it was that he opened his toys on Friday night only to have his older brother "help" him learn to share (seriously, the words CAME OUT of Conner's mouth). Today during church he issued the prolamation many a time that the church toys were "MINE". Love this phase. Anyone remember when I wondered WHEN he would talk?

Spencer got a trike, a homemade ABC book from mom, a counting book from Conner (homemade -- he did a great job), books and a shirt from Grandma and Grandpa E, a priate ship and lacing beads from Grandma and Grandpa P (who, I think just walk into Toys R Us and ask where the biggest toys are, and go pick one out from that area)(and Spencer is IN LOVE with his priate ship -- I am thinking that is where the "mine" part started), some workbooks and... oh, a Rescue Hero, his first.

As an update to the cake saga -- all things went well, except a few hours after I foudn there were giant in it (you can see them in the picture with Spencer). Also, don't buy the "writing icing" from the store -- our cake looks more spooky than cute with the two's on the side being all drippy. Yum, yum. Oh, and did I mention I WALKED to the grocery store with Spencer -- it was about a 20 minute walk each way... AND I saw Karen Hovey there looking gorgeous. :)

Friday, February 10, 2006

It's All About Spencer

Although there will be a blog about my successful cake venture (although, frankly it probably won't be a true sucess til' I put the cover on, and I'm still letting the icing dry for a bit before I do that) I would like to have a blog entry dedicated to Spencer. Today, he is 2 years old (deep sigh). Seriously can't believe it has been 2 years since that sweet little boy came into our lives. He is most definately a great addition to our family. He is a great dancer, he is very funny (or, at least he and Conner think so), he is an excellent builder (legos being his choice of materials), he tolerates most things his older brother likes to inflict on him, but is definatley starting to be his own man -- learning to stand-up for his rights (mostly with screaming). Happy Birthday Spencer -- this cake's for you, please take a VERY long nap.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Living a tradgedy

Something happened last night, a tiny life was lost of a good friend of mine. Just a few days alive and then gone.
The problem is, I can't get on with my life. I drive down the road and cry, I woke-up crying... and this is not my child. His mom is a friend of mine, I wouldn't say super-great, but I would have gone to her shower...
Perhaps the real problem is that his mom and I both work in a place where happy endings are the norm, regardless of how many packs a day someone smokes or if they breathe in oven cleaner for fun, most times -- the baby pops out, cries and everyone goes home to live their own happy lives.
And yet, a baby so wanted, a baby that thousands was spent to conceieve and IT is the one that is lost. That, my friends is what I can't get over.
It wasn't the 13 year old who was raped by her father, it was the 15 year old who didn't think to cross her legs, it wasn't the family that isn't happy that hasn't been trying for years...
It was little baby R...
And yet mine, when I got home from work were asleep...
Life surely is the luck of the draw...

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My thoughts for the day

Some thoughts:
A) Ham and mozzerella roll-ups with orange sauce, Desperation Dinners page 256 -- you NEED to make them... if you don't have the cookbook, post with your email address and I'll send it. Kids love 'em... and although it sounds kinda gross-- you couldn't be more wrong.
B) I am still doing well with the resolutions. Walked with my friend Jamie today, and that is a lot more fun than walking alone. I have decided to add pilates at night, just 10-15 minutes 4 or so, times a week. I am hoping that'll help with flexibility and do something for this two-birthed-child abdomen. :)
C) I am loving the salads. I think the main thing is to look for bagged salad on sale, and then add some protein. I like that pre-grilled chicken, or shrimp or salami, or cheese. I'm totally into it and not starving all day.
D) I can take my pants off without unzipping.
Check me out.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Another new layout... I think it's so fun that our primary presidency wants to take a "whole primary" picture every year Posted by Picasa

Arnold Hates Teachers

I know, it's not a big statement, but I'm fairly sure he does.
First off, he takes away their "educator expense" credit. Painful -- considering we get to claim it on the fedral form AND all the other states let you keep that deduction for state taxes. But I digress.
THEN, you can't do the free state filing if you filed for the educator credit.
Arnold, the buck stops there. First off, you never TOLD me I couldn't use that form if I had taken the credit and second off -- it took me 1/2 hour to figure out why CA had estimated our taxes wrong.
Now, I have to get a freaking envelope -- find my postage, find a mailbox...
Arnold, seriously -- if you don't want teachers and nurses to stalk you at every stop -- don't be mean. It's good advice from a kindergartener.
Can anyone tell what Hilary's been doing today?

Thursday, February 02, 2006

This WEEK (wild hand gestures)

Ok, so this week is totally stinkin' it up. I'm feeling VERY single-parenty, and the kids are not behaving. Spencer is feeling the full power of his two-year-old-ness (grr....). The week is not going well. Tonight as I was setting the dishwasher I realized that we have the author's visit tomorrow at school, which will be me dragging Spencer to ANOTHER event that he is not that excited to be at. Period. Yuck.
And then I realized what else I experienced today. My friend had a baby, and I was lucky enough to come and assist (she had it at the hospital where I work, so I was trying to work some perks for them). As I was driving home I realized that the worst part of her life has just begun... and I think back to that nasty post-partum period. And then I think of all the sweetness that has come of it.
Children are such a tug-of-war of emotions. One minute you want to kill them and the next you're showering them with kisses. One minute they're sweet and the next they're screaming NO!!!! But, when you sit back and look at the whole picture (probably using your hand to block-out those first couple of months) their sweetness is beyond compare.
Author event, or not.


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