Thursday, August 30, 2007

I hated casseroles as a kid

So... I hated casseroles as a kid, and now I'm on the look-out for some easy ones. I googled "best casserole recipes" and came-up with this page:
http://www.mom-mom.com/casserol.htm
It looks like it has some goodies. I'm excited to try some out. I'm hoping to be able to make some, stow them in the fridge and throw them in the oven when I'm home from soccer practice. I know my mom used to use time bake all the time back in the day, but somehow that just makes me nervous.
I also wanted to give a shout-out to my south bay peeps who are looking for grocery deals. I just happened to find a blog listing the deals she pulls out of ads:
http://weeklygrocerystoreads.com/sales/
She seems to just pick out the REALLY good deals, but even just jotting those down can help your grocery bill considerably.
Go moms go.

Dang tag about love

Lara tagged me.
She's fired as my blog friend, btw. :)
1. Where did you meet your husband?
We met in our BYU ward, everyone felt like we should be friends since I had been in the marching band before and he was in it currently. My roommates had hung-out with him over the summer... so it was just a "hang-out" situation for quite some time.
2. What was the first thing you said to your husband?
K, who on earth remembers this? It's been 10 years, but I'm guessing I said, "Hi, my name's Hilary." I'm pretty sexy that way. :)
3. Where was your first date?
Grocery store. I was in the first semester of nursing school -- very very busy! Grocery store was about all the time I had for romance.
4. Where was your first kiss?
My doorstep at the Regency. We were naked.
Kidding.
5. Did you have a long or a short engagement?
WAY too long -- 6 months. We're just lucky we got married in the temple, if you know what I mean -- and I know you do. :)
6. Where did you get engaged?
In Drew's parents basement.
7. Where were you married?
Salt Lake City Temple, it was the Friday after finals -- VERY busy. Something like 60 other weddings that day. Just one of a herd of righteous peeps.
8. How was the reception?
Freakishly long. It was supposed to be 6:30 til' 8:30 (and said so on the invitation). We didn't finish the line (which was up to an hour wait at times) til' 10:30'ish. I was SO tired.
9. How was the honeymoon?
Did I mention how tired I was? Anyway, we went up to Afton, WY (we were too poor to stay closer to Yellowstone), spent some time in Yellowstone and Tetons. Like 3 days and then it was home for band camp -- sound familiar?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Soccer and ABC's

Conner's first day of soccer went really well. He LOVED it. I forget to get long socks before we left though, so I need to get some of those today... my bad. Glad he's having a good experience so far though.
Looks like I'm going to be doing a little preschool for Spencer's friends. Of course, it's not me doing it... it's all of us. Kind of a joyschool type thing, but since it's only going to be one time a week we didn't really want to be quite as structured as joyschool was (did joyschool with Conner). Have any of you done a preschool swap type thing? I am kind of thinking it'd be a good thing to have a type of unifying activity at the very beginning where we all sit down and sing the same song at the beginning, talk about our letter of the day and perhaps talk about the weather or something.
Anyway, have you guys done a preschool like this and do you have suggestions?
I should mention I SWORE I'd never do joyschool or anything like it again... but somehow it just seems like Spencer needs something of his own. He's 6 months older then Conner was in relation to how his birthday falls next to school. Wish me luck. :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Loopy Looping

Happy First Day of School to all my fellow moms out there today! It's a happy thing indeed at our house. I still felt the strain of growing up, that Conner's a big second grader now, thankfully there were no strains that had to do with worrying about his teacher, his friends stuff like that. Conner has already been in class with about 3/4 of the kids that are in the class. We've already had lots of talks about making sure we're friends with ALL of the fireflies, not just the ones he already knows. That might be a tough sell.
Felt bad for my little dude. Some mean kid made fun of him (he was in his kindergarten class, but somehow his name illudes me) for having the same backpack now as he did in Kindergarten. I could tell this kid had the 12.99 backpack from Target that he'd ruin within minutes of having it. His parents were nowhere to be seen... shocking.
So, the first day of school is scary in many ways... new friends, new teachers, new procedures at school as we grow-up. All very exciting. BUT, it's also scary in that parents who will never bring their kids to school again are there driving like crazies. Man, drop-off was like taking my life into my hands. Parents stopping anywhere in the drop-off zone (even though there are signs CLEARLY showing that you should drive to the end to drop-off). Yikes.
Tonight starts Soccer, I think I'm almost as nervous for this as I am for school.
Go team.

Monday, August 27, 2007

And We'll Have Fun, Fun, fun....

It's the last day of summer around our house. School starts tomorrow and we're READY to go. However, I figure I need to make this the funnest day evah for a certain someone. So far we've played computer games, painted with water, and now they're doing double dance mania. We're off in a bit for some fun with friends at the pool while eating our lunch. Just trying to give him happy memories of home. :)
On a completely other note, my parents were going on a trip. My dad forgot his billfold at home, so my brother rushed them back home and back to the airport and they made their flight. However, they woudn't have made it if their flight had been on time, it was delayed due to a medical emergency while the prior flight was in flight. So, my parents are very thankful for someone's medical emergency.
Funny how that goes, isn't it?

Friday, August 24, 2007

Why I can't Homeschool, but I'd like to consider it...

A lot of Mormons homeschool. There, it's out, I've said it.

I, however, am not one of them.

But, yesterday for 1 hour I was considering it. You see, the ever-loved Ms. Dodson is looping with her first graders from last year (including Conner), and she'll be teaching all second grade this year. HOWEVER, my trusty PTA board member friend called me and said she is listed for first grade, not second. OK, by way of back-story I'll mention that most of the schools in our district do not share with students who their teacher will be until this evening after the office closes (school starts next weel). I hate it, I hate it, I. hate. it. I would love to talk to my kid during the summer about his teacher, who his friends will be, if he knows anyone in the class we could set-up a play date as school gets closer, but they prefer to leave us in the dark so that those prone to nervousness will just get nervous-er. There's a good chance they're in ka-hoots with the makers of Xanax... Anyway, back to yesterday I ran my house for an entire hour yesterday stewing over who Conner would have instead of Ms Dodson this year... wishing I'd put in a request, all that jazz. Turns-out, the PTA gossip chain is just that, gossip (lesson learned to not listen to gossip -- at least it's learned for this week) and she will be teaching 2nd grade and although I am unable to know completely where my son is, I've had a knowing wink sent to me via email. That wink soothed a lot of anxiety. Anyway, I hated that hour, I hated the whole thing where I have no control of what's going to happen to my child. I have always been of the camp that children need to have good and not-so-good teachers so they can learn to grow-up in different types of environments. {sigh} glad he'll be in a good one this year. I'd prefer to leave the stress til' next year. Also, I hate it when he picks-up naughty words (we have a girl in our class who always says "oh my G**") I hate it, and I have yet to figure out a way to STOP it. Comment if you have a nice way that won't leave me as the mean mom. Other kids can totally teach your kids bad things. Of course, they can also help them become a functioning member of society, which is hopefully my final output. Homeschool does have benefits, I'll agree.

Anyway, back to why I won't home school.

I am a nazi mom. My kids have done homework all summer long, both of them. Around 9:15 we pull-out Spencer's workbooks and flashcards, and Conner has a nice couple of workbooks covering spelling, math, time/money/measurement and reading comprehension. And then, along with all that I make him write a little something every day... to keep up the good writing instruction he gets at school. It is SO hard to teach to both of them. They are obviously on different levels. Conner is solving triple-digit math problems and Spencer is sounding out "cat", and making sure he doesn't leave-out the number 8 when he's counting(eight's a tricky number I've found)... I feel like I need to devote more attention to Spencer but then Conner feels left-out. Phewsh, I just don't know how the home-schooled sector does it. And frankly, I don't want to know. I do believe Conner learned a fair amount this summer. He has most-definitely gotten faster at his basic addition and subtraction as well as money and a little bit of time (but not as much as I'd like). Anyway, hats off to you homeschool moms... and good luck.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Another Layout

I'm totally gonna get caught-up when school starts... right?
RIGHT?

A Sad, Anal Day

It's a sad day at our house. We are running out of book space, I am slowly aquiring more chapter books and quickly running out of room for the more baby books, so today I took the plunge. The board books are headed to the garage. I was sad as I packed them up, they're all so sweet... and I don't want them to feel bad. :) Of course, Sandra Boynton and a few treasured ones are staying...
And that brings me to the anal part. I have now organized our books according to picture books, informational, easy reader and chapter books. I'm going to type up labels as soon asn I'm done here and then I think all I can do is pray. I left a little sorting area where Spencer can put books that he's done with (since he doesn't really have a clue as to if something's informational, etc... but I'm hoping Conner can police the area appropriately.
Which, brings me to my last question. What kind of jobs do you have your kids do around the house? So far Conner vacuums his room, puts away his clean clothes, uses our little electronic sweeper in the kitchen, cleans the bathroom counter and sorts his laundry. Spencer also sorts laundry, he cleans behind the toilet, gets the towels and the rugs on the days I wash them, but I'm looking to add a few more responsibilities for each of them during the school year.
What do you guys do?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A better video

Friend of mine sent me this link...
and for those of you wondering about the missionaries in our last video, this shows more of what they usually do.

FHE Video #3


video

An oldie, but a goodie... with our special guest stars.

Pretty-much like the love boat. :)

FHE Video #2

video

This one's about the Jaredites, they were to sale across the ocean, but needed light for their boats. It's a story from the Book of Mormon found in Ether.

FHE Video #1

video

This is about Joseph Smith getting the Gold Plates, which later he would translate into the Book of Mormon.

Marching band and its side effects

So, today is the last official day of band camp. Drew also starts his paid portion of his job. Teachers who work during the summer are supposed to get paid. However, Drew asked his principal about it and he said that this is Drew's CHOICE to work band camp, hence no payment.
So, today he starts meetings that he has no choice-in (and his well-equipped staff does band camp while Drew checks-in between meetings.
I, on the other hand, am totally gaining weight from this whole band experience. Maybe it's the transistion of it all... it could quite well be the 1/4 platter of cheese fries from chilis I had last night but MAN it's no good.
So, I'm asking you for the fun snacks you guys have that are crunchy and statisfying for the alone woman, yet fine for her thighs as well.
In my defense (and marching band's, I guess, as well) I've had a few girls night out recently (one being last night) and that will soon end. I'll be nice to be into the routine of school.
6 days peeps.
6 days.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Missionaries for din-din

Our ward now has 2 sets of missionaries, and we were lucky enough to have BOTH of them for dinner last night. Thankfully our house is big enough because you do feel a tad outnumbered with that many elders there.
This month we've been filming re-inactments of scripture stories. I haven't had the will to put them on the internet yet, but don't you worry I'm sure they'll be on soon. The elders and our family acted out Shadrach Meshack and Abindigo... it's pretty humerous. Maybe I'll upload later today. I know the missionaries were excited to give the link to all their family. :)
We did talk to them about how we could better share the joy of the gospel. I don't know that I exude my Mormon glow from every pore, but I do know that the gospel brings me almost every joy in my life. I'd like to share that more frequently.
Of course, there's lots of things I'd like to do... like upload videos. :)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Trying

Today, while sitting in church I was just so impressed to look around and see so many people trying to do the right thing. I think, perhaps, that is one of my most favorite things about Sunday, although I've never really thought about it.
You see the woman, 9 months pregnant trying to keep her other kids in check and trying to gleen just an ounce from the meeting.
You see people fulfilling their callings (in the LDS church most of us have "callings" -- aka sunday school teacher, organist, chorister, bishop and none of them are paid), just trying to do their best.
You see people serving others, sharing smiles and meeting new people who need a new friend.
For some of us, trying is just walking in those doors, and that is just about all I can muster some Sundays. And then, other people serve me by being my friend.
I think perhaps that is what strengthens my testimony most of all. To know that everyone is in my boat, we're all trying to do the right things, all trying to live what we know is true.
As I say to Spencer at least once a day at the dinner table "you've gotta just try."


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Sweet Finds at the Garage

Well, those of you who didn't get to come to the garage sale today totally missed out.
We got some SA-WEET finds there.
I'm talkin' old school spirograph, a pinball machine, a spongebob ball, some cool old books (and some newer ones, gotta love Dora) some learning stuff and my personal favorite:
the Sesame Street Apartments
I'd given each of the kids a dollar to pick something out, but once Spencer saw this he totally fell in love with it.
So, it's ours now... it's way old school fisher price... I just ebayed it... didn't see it, but I'm guessing it could be a popular little item when my kids are done with it.
But, with the looks of it at this point, that won't be any time soon.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Need a Big Garage Sale?

Well, funny you should ask.
There's a GIANT garage sale happening THIS SATURDAY at Santa Clara High School. 8 am to 12 pm.
All proceeds will go to the Santa Clara Marching Band.
They are supposed to have A LOT of stuff.
Word.

10 Really {gloriously} Long Years

With my kids pulling me down into the depths of despair as of late, I forgot to even do more then grumble at my husband "Happy Anniversary" yesterday.
10 years peeps.
That's right, I have been married 10 years.
I can't really believe it.
I mean, it's been a long 10 years. Drew and I have practically grown-up together. We've both graduated college while married, gotten our first real jobs, bought 2 vehicles, bought a crazy-expensive (although, not big) house, had 2 kids. It's amazing what's happened in 10 years.
I can't imagine doing it next to someone else. We perfectly fit each other. The things he freaks out over, I am calming (mind you, those things are few) and the vastly larger number of things I freak out about he's there to lend a steady hand.
It's good to know a hand is there...
Love you Drew, here's to another million more.
As I think back to our wedding day, it was most likely one of the longest days of my life. If you can believe it, we sent-out 1100 wedding invitatons. We had probably 600 people come to our reception that night, and another 300 or so to the Mink Creek reception the next night. That was a very long weekend, and it felt nice to settle into our very tiny apartment the next week.
Go us.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Reminder

Well, last night I was given a patient that reminded me that my children are childs play compared to some people.
It also reminded me it's my job to rasie them NOT to be those kind of people.
We all know that kind of people.
Don't we?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

These KIDS

I lost it yesterday. I lost everything.
I lost my mind.
I lost my temper.
I lost any hope that the rest of the summer will go OK.
I lost some gas.
I was just SO tired by the time we got the FHE I was a nutcase.
These kids have been together too much, they're scheming against me.
If I don't post again, you'll know they've gotten me.
I'm supposed to work this afternoon, it'd be nice to not have to go somewhere and yell for everyone to BE QUIET SO I CAN THINK. Most often, I'm thinking of ways to run away.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Worried

I'm a worrier... I pull my curls, no shocker there.
I'm worried my friend doesn't like the pictures... and that's just the drawback of handing off the CD and saying, "I hope you like them." You never find-out that they really DO like them, that they want a 20X24 to hang in their living room they loved them so much... I must figure-out a way to get more feedback... {sigh} BTW, for those of you who wondered, those were taken at Natural Bridges state park. They had their engagement shoot at that beach and wanted to sort-of re-create it (although mine was at 11 am, and the other one was at Sunset, so I think I have a very different look to mine).
In other news, I'm taking Spencer up to the Stanford Psychology lab. I guess they have a thing where they test kids to figure out how preschoolers learn. I hope I garner a little bit of information from the visit.
If nothing else, it breaks-up our day. :)
Go us.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Guess who

did a maternity shoot on the beach today....
it was REALLY fun... Gemma was totally up for anything.
I'm so glad I could do it for her.
Want to see it?
Call the Shots Photography

Friday, August 10, 2007

Hurts...

So, we woke up this morning to a screaming Spencer, he said his neck hurts. Drew (by some miracle) got him to go back to sleep til' around 7:30 when again he was screaming that his neck hurt. So, I tried to play simon says with him, try and get him to loosen it up. I try to check his glands and immediately my mind washes over every single bad thing it could be -- cancerous lesions of the spinal collumn, meningitis, freaky-neck-problems. Anyway, I took his temperature to rule-out the meningitis -- no fever. I called the ever-informative Kaiser (not) and they said that kids this little can get neck spasms just like you or I might. They recommended taking away his pillow for a few nights and putting a roll under his neck (good luck to me). So, that's where we're at right now.
I did offer him a pop tart to get off my bed and come out to the kitchen. Prior to that he woudln't walk on his own or hold his head up so that was a big step.
I did realize that I am the queen of thinking of EVERY bad thing it could be. It's a real talent. Go me.
I have an evaluation at work today. Wishing it was my old manager who priased me for being a stay at home mom. Hopefully this one will be so nice.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Thi is what happens when I'm home this much...

Lots of posts.... For some reason the left side of this layout just reminds me of little boys, most likely what they hide in their pockets.

Just some more motherly advice

I found this great website that generates endless worksheets:
http://www.kidzone.ws/math/dynamic.htm
It's been great because I am hoping to get Conner faster on his basic addition and subtraction so he can do his math homework better next year. So, I've been able to make him a ton of worksheets to work on that (and I'm using a stopwatch to time him, and for every 2 seconds he does better then last time he gets a jellybean -- uh huh, I'm not above bribery in any form).
Anyway, take that info for what it's worth.

Desperate Housewife

People, I had big plans, I'm gonna clean I'm gonna have happy kids it's gonna be the BEST END OF SUMMER EVAH!!!! Well, frankly -- that's tiring. I mean, I'm keeping up with all of it, and I think it's all grand but MAN did I want to get out of the house last night! Of course, I didn't. I was tired, and I still had a bit to do and I thought I should see my husband for at least 20 minutes. And of course, there was "So You Think you can Dance" (go Sabra).
So, I'm back to working once a week, I'm back to the regular grind.... and I'm not totally sure I can take it.
I know I just have to ease back into it... like a cold pool.
Just gotta get past my lungs.
I'm just hoping my life is shallow enough I don't drown......
BTW, the band aid thing is working miaracles... he's loving the band aid and he's not sucking. And yes, if it was infrequent I'd probably let it go, but the kid wants to suck his thumb ALL THE TIME, and he sometimes just does it to bug me -- "look mom, I sucking my thumb." Uh huh...

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

And a layout...


Guess who's going to for the title of happy homemaker today. Not screaming at my husband, stopping the thumb sucking, staying on top of cleaning AND scrapbooking.
This type of thing could drive a woman to drink.
ETA: And yes, I did re-arrange the journaling strips before throwing it in the scrapbook. Maybe I was drinking.... :)

That Sucks

Alright, hopefully you -- my friends, have seen the last of Spencer sucking his thumb. I said I'd stop at 3, but now he's well over 3.5 and it's time to stop.
So, last night I was looking on the Internet for some ways to get them to stop. We tried the vinegar, but he'd just suck it off and keep going, so I also saw you could go to the store, get them some special band aids and try that.
SO, this morning Spencer and I had a talk about how germs make us sick and how he'd have to miss-out on fun stuff if he was sick and we both decided it was best he stop (mostly me, but you get the picture). So, we put on a spider man band aid this AM, and went to the store for him to pick out some of those tattoo band aids (have you seen those, they stay on REALLY well, but they were kinda expensive -- worth it if it works). So, every night he'll get to pick a new one until they're all gone and then hopefully we'll be done with the whole sucking thing.
Because my friends, pacifiers can be thrown away, but thumbs are somewhat useful things... as Spencer once told me "everyone has thumbs, we NEED our thumbs."
Dry ones are best. :)

Ensign Article

Have you guys read this Ensign Article? It's entitled "Crossing Thresholds and Becoming Equal Partners". Even if you're not LDS it does bring really important things to the table. I was browsing the Ensign while Drew and I were making some last minute stops before our trip up north last weekend. I saw the picture of the harried wife and the husband who just needs a bit of time to relax after work and I totally identified.
The main part of the article, at least to me, was how you're not supposed to be independent of other but interdependent and I thought that was a message the world needs to hear.
Do you allow your husband his 5 minutes, and then does he come in and happily help or does it go the other way... "DREW, I am SO tired of these kids I don't care WHO was bugging you today you get over HERE." I know, as a wife, I feel as though I can demand that type of attention from him since he helped produce this offspring just as much as I did.
I think that in the women's movement a lot that was lost was the fact that husband and wife are a team. We're not both pulling to make it in our own worlds, we're pulling together.
Which brings me to the point that marching band starts TODAY (yes, school doesn't start for another 3 weeks, why do you ask?)... that means me, home with the kids and a very tired husband when he gets home.
So, I have some goals for myself. I'm going to try not to be the harried mom throwing the mac and cheese box at her husband. I'm also going to make it a happy end-of-summer for my kids. I also want to make me a better person, and since I'm done working so often I think it's something I can work on. One of my main pet peeves about our house is that it's not clean in the AM. So, for August I want to work on cleaning up every evening after I put the kids to bed. Just 5 minutes, to make sure all the dishes are put away and the counters are clean, that kind of thing. I think it'll help make my day a happier one.
Go moms, we can make the world a better place... one child or husband at a time.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A Long visit

video

We have been VERY lucky to have my brother here for the summer (about 8 weeks of the summer). Conner and Spencer are lucky enough to have cousins almost exactly their ages, so we have pretty much dropped everything and played. They have had SUCH a good time, it makes me want to move closer to cousins. Anyway, some pictures -- mostly for them and the grandparents of our coolio summer.

My fabu. weekend

Drew and I went to Half Moon Bay for our anniversary weekend last weekend. We stayed at the Goose and Turrets bed and breakfast. Now, a bed and breakfast is always a gamble -- you never know what the owner's gonna be like... or what the food will be like. When I walked in, I thought this was a replica of my grandpa's house -- knick-knacks as far as the eye could see... but it turned-out to be good. Comfortable beds and ammentities. They do serve an afternoon tea, with some yummy goodies (even if you don't want to drink the tea) and a four-course breakfast in the AM... the company at breakfast was the best. Interesting to share thoughts with people all over the country. All in all a good stay.

We had dinner at the montara bistro, which was GREAT. We had a restaurant.com coupon which made it a super deal. The food was some of the best we've had and we were SO full after.

We even did romantic stuff like go to the beach in and watch the sunset (aka, Hilary plays with her camera). However, we're just not up for that stuff around our kids. I'm always on top of the time and feeling like we have a lot to do, and in Half Moon Bay we were able to let that all go. So often I get caught-up in our sorry little lives, I forget why we got married, I forget how much fun we can have when people are bombarding us with questions from all angles.

Here's to a 2 day vacation next year. :)

Monday, August 06, 2007

Me, being tagged

Summer is wearing me down, thankfully Britany tagged me, so I can have a mindless entry. :)
Jobs I've had:
Malt Shoppe, Provo, UT
Cannon Center -- in various positions, most all of the positions, in fact, Provo, UT
Utah Valley Pediatrics -- LVN night emergency nurse, Provo, UT
Eastlake Care Center -- Charge RN, Provo, UT
Harmony Home Health -- hospice, pediatric and home health nurse, Provo, UT
Regional Medical Center of San Jose -- Labor and delivery nurse
O'Connor hospital -- Labor and delivery nurse
Photographer
Designer
Mom

Movies I Never Get Sick of:
Beaches
Steel Magnolias
Anne of Green Gables, etc.
btw, I haven't seen any of those in probably the last 5 years

Places I Call Home:
Provo, UT
Bay Area, CA (sneeky, aren't I?)

Favorite TV Shows:
So you think you can dance
Ugly Betty
Monk
Project Runway
... my memory is fleeing, I need my shows to come back on....

Vacation Spots:
We've been a lot of places.... none of them really being a true vacation... many trips, if you know what I mean.
We did just get back from Half Moon Bay, CA -- that was very fun, and a true vacation -- just wished it was longer.

Fav Food:
Fetucinne Alfredo
Hot Pastrami Sandwiches
Ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Fav Websites:
Mine.
Mine.
All my bloglines friends (and you know who you are because I am a compulsive commenter)
2P's.

Places I'd Rather Be:
Asleep.
Alone.
... are you getting a sense of my day?
On a brighter note -- Skinny Cow Ice Cream sandwiches are on sale at Albertsons, bought vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter/chocolate, and mint. HELLO... PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE?
HELLO.
Uh huh....
Not tagging anyone, unless you feel so-inclined.... just feeling my eyelids drooping. Must find pep before FHE.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

This Google Query just in

Just checking my referals....
"super glue chastity"
I think I should just rename my blog, or would that be my stripper name?

I am a Scrapbooker

And I vow to get caught-up by the end of the year. Yes, Stacy Julian -- take THAT. It's time to buckle down and get those memories in the books. Have lots to say about our weekend, must do so at a later time.
BTW, Conner wasn't in a class full of smooshed-up kids, but I figured you'd know that.

Friday, August 03, 2007

The Hardest Decision

Drew and I are embarking on a weekend of festivity for our 10 year anniversary but beforehand I had to do a bit of cleaning (shocking but true).
So, I was cleaning out some old papers we had from our times in Utah and I came across our old paycheck stubs. Drew received a grand total of 1594 for an entire month of teaching, and my paycheck stub (I think I got 2 a month) averaged to around 90 bucks... some more, some less... So, we were living off of around 1800 dollars/month.
And then came the decision to move.
The decision to come to CA was most definitely the hardest of our marriage, harder then having kids, harder then buying a minivan... harder then buying this house. It was hard stuff. Particularly hard on me because I had a 1 year old who was already very attached to grandparents.
I was just looking back at the times in our lives when we have to make big deicisons, and how it's the big decisions that pay-off... and in this case the payoff has been apparent. It's also showed that prayer and bringing God into our decisions is what provides success, even if it's difficult.
I had no idea we'd ever live in CA... and NO idea we'd live here this long when we moved here. I have always tried to share with those un-married how the choice you make in a mate shapes all the other choices in your life. I don't think I comprehended it at 21 (I know I didn't), but again, just another good deicison made with the Lord's help with giant dividends. Here's to another million more years of marriage.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

A Happy Moment

Yesterday we turned-in our summer reading program sheets. The kids both met their goal of 20 books read (weird that we can turn them in this early -- since school doesn't start for almost another month -- unless you're the marching band director). They were both very proud, especially Conner who was only able to write down books that he himself read, instead of me reading to them (self-imposed rule).
As we were leaving (they each got to pick out a new book, as well as a family book because Drew and I had participated) the librarian said,
"Conner is such a good reader, and you guys are great examples. I remember Conner as a little baby coming to the book mobile."
That's right peeps, the librarian knows Conner.
We live in a fairly large town, lots of kids come to that library, but she remembers Conner because we used to live all-ghetto and walk to the book mobile.
Anyway, a little compliment that made me feel all warm inside... and frankly, you've gotta take the compliements where they come.
ETA: Just wanted to mention that the book mobile itself isn't ghetto, but it does only stop in the poorer areas of the city -- we used to live in the ghetto... and no we live 5 minutes away. :)

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