Saturday, September 29, 2007

Nice

The color scheme....
Conner's soccer outfit doesn't really call to me... sadly, I am deeply in love with the boy in the photos, and the intent look on his face.
Guess who has a new maternity shoot?

Friday, September 28, 2007

Groceries

So, lately I'm having an internal game about how much I can save on my groceries. Yesterday I saved 59% (total before coupons and sales was 124, total after was 51). Today I only saved 33% and I am feeling like a total loser (although I bought some hamburger that was marked down since it was yesterday's, so I don't think that showed-up as the sale price.
Anyway, I'm finding a little too much joy when I save over 50% (50% is my goal, when I surpass it I'm just elated).
How do I do it, you might ask?
I rarely buy stuff that is full-price. I shop a local produce store for the things that aren't on a good sale at the grocery store. For everything else I buy a lot when it is on sale (let's not even talk the jubilation when it's on sale WITH a coupon). I want the sale to be at least 50% off before I actually stock-up.... plus I've been using the grocery website on my sidebar, it's helped a lot.
Hopefully it can help you guys too.
I find a lot of women who find a lot of joy in finding clothes on sale, but then go through the grocery store grabbing whatever they need off the shelves -- when it's the weekly grocery store trips that can truly save you the dough!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Obsession, by Hilary P.

It should really be my france of choice.... who even makes that, Elizabeth Taylor?
I've been making business cards for Call the Shots, I considered posting them here -- but I want all the excitement to happen when I hand them to you, because, of course, they are going to be amazing. :) Plus, I've already sent protypes to 1/2 of you anyway.
I just could NOT give-up on them, I wanted to research every angle of how expensive they'd be, I wanted them to be perfectly aligned I wanted it ALL to be perfect. Hours and hours on a business card that I don't expect to bring me that much revenue....
I don't even want that much from it -- just had to be perfect.
This week, during church, I wrote down 5 thigns that I'd like to improve on this week and frankly, I'm not doing well at all. One of them was less obsessive (one other was less time on the internet, which looking at every single business card store out there didn't help)... so, I guess it's something I'm gonna have to strive for... wish me luck. :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Be afraid.....

So, the week is waining... I'm waining....
Spencer has got some serious fears going on, and it's starting to drive Drew and I to the edge. First one, he's afraid of the Muppet Show. I'm not sure why, he has never liked the larger monsters on that show, always ran out of the room, but now it's spread to Gonzo, the Swedish chef, he creeps back in the room only to see someone he doesn't like on TV and go running (and screaming) out. Second one is bugs. Any bug, he SCREAMS, his life is ENDING....
Our new tactic is to put him in his room, sometimes he's just REALLY tired when he has these fears, but sometimes he's just afriad.
Do you guys have kids that have fears? What do you do about them?
I'm talkin irrational fears, not the running out in the street fears.

Monday, September 24, 2007

People are Dumb

Today during my free time I did a TON of stuff around the house, and then I was done with everything I had planned, so i decided to go wash the car, and since it was looking so nice, I decided to wax it too.
That was dumb.
People are dumb though, there are PLENTY of people who go somewhere to get their car detailed and pay to have a gym membership. If they'd only realize that washing and waxing a minivan's just as good as any class they're taking at the gym....
Sadly, I can't lift my arms right now to shake a stern finger at all the dumb people.....

A Long Weekend

It was a long weekend, sadly not in the way that one might usually say it -- where an extra day was added. Just a lot done, a lot of annoying things.
I worked on Saturday, they shifted me to post partum, which is a bummer in itself. One of my patients called ALL the time, asking me to help her change a diaper (so one time I taught, and the second time her husband was there and I taught him and then I said they were on their own), one time to pour her some water. Seriously, pour her some water. Had a little issue while I was at work. Just some confrontation with my assistant manager, and I wish people would realize that they'd get a lot more flies with honey if you know what I mean. I suppose some people will never learn. Shocking.
Yesterday was the primary program, Conner, along with all the other kids, did a great job. We'd been listening to the songs in the car for the past week straight, so he did a good job knowing the words and all that jazz, part from memory.... I always feel the spirit so strongly in those meetings. It's such a strong feeling of goodness, that you take your kids to church, that they're learning to choose the right. ALL those kids learning to choose the right -- imagine if everyone went to church. :) I know Miss Dodson would have an easier job. :)
Just finished "I Don't Know How She Does It" (how do you like my new good reads widget?). I really liked the ending. I swear I've read the book before, but I couldn't remember anything about it. {spoiler alert, although not really a big one} Anyway, in the end she chooses to stay at home and realizes she'll probably straddle the whole working/not working thing, and hopefully see her kids more. It was OK, only gave it 3 stars though. I just felt so stressed for her while she was trying to do it all. Not sure what I'm reading next.
S is headnig off to his ABC school here in a few minutes, and I'm going to be completely alone with nothing planned to do. Sadly, I see crabgrass spraying, cleaning out the freezer and cleaning some other stuff in my future -- but it's probably the first time ever. Luckily, it will only happen about once a month since I usually go help in C's class on ABC school days. I just don't know what I'd do with myself with all that free time!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Now this is what I'm talkin' about...

Comments.
Loved Amie's comment on the "Who's the Adult Here" thread -- about letting kids make their own choices under your own guidance.
I do that a LOT. I mean, he gets to make most of his own decisions, with limits. I have 2 kinds of child-friendly cereal, but both of them are what I consider "healthy" (or did when I was in the grocery store a month ago). He gets to pick his clothes out, but I say if he gets to open the short sleeve shirt drawer or the long sleeve shirt drawer.
He gets to decide if he makes his bed or does his responsibility first. I mean, these are the kind of good choices I want him making. Obviously, I can't rule his whole little world... despite how I'd like to try.
Bottom line, we're trying to raise good adults. Good adults make good choices. Currently, there are many adults out there making bad choices. How do you think Lindsay and Brittany were raised?
I also once took a Human Development class at the good ol' BYU where the teacher said, "Never let your child make a decision that you don't believe he can live with the consequences." Aka, don't let them play near a lamp if they can't buy a new one (or live in slavery til' they can). It's a good rule of thumb, I think. Of course, he also gave his kids, once they were 16, full reign of the family checkbook. Interesting priciple, but I don't think I could live with the consequences.
On a sidenote, Brittany... you have kids, do you love them? She just makes me very sad.

Missionary Calendar

There's a calendar out there (google it yourself, i wont give the site any more hits then it already has) where returned Mormon Missionaries are posing with their shirts off, and greased-up chest hair.
What do you think?
Talk amongest yourself.
I will post my thoughts in the COMMENTS section. :)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Who's the Adult Here?

Now that I'm done with ACLS I can concentrate on resuming my blog reading, etc. As well as diving into a pile of fabric that at some point, will be our Halloween costumes.
Anyway, I was reading a blog -- I won't name it, but some avid blog readers might recognize who it is.
Her child is out of control. She runs the house. She is an only child and the parents have pretty much let that be fine. They do things based on her needs and schedule... and while I'm fine with that to a point.....
Well, lately I've been catching myself. Spencer has been particularly obstinate about things lately. Not wanting to put his own socks on, wanting to wear sandals all the time (I am sensing a feet obsession as I type this), not wanting to clean-up when it's time. Stuff like that. Now, my lazy-little-tired-of-studying-and-being-a-single-mother-on-most-days-self says "Self, I don't want to have this war... it'll be fine just this once." Now, that argument can work on occasion. Like, when your holding your head over the toilet bowl, or other extreme cases -- but it just doesn't cut it on a regular day, with just a regularly tired mom. So, I realize that this mom is the adult in this house. I pay for everything in his life, I provide him worlds of pleasure and education and dang it... I make the rules. So I do. I lay the rule and he has to follow it.
Now, this isn't to say that I'm not one to pick my battles, but I don't think that running around in sandals when it's raining is something I want to compromise on. So, I don't.
And lately I've realized that many parents haven't realized that they are the adult. If it comes down to it, we can stay home all day long if he doesn't want to put his shoes on. He can miss-out on lessons, and playing and Sesame Street all for his own obstinacy (is that a word?). Yes, it is a world of punishment for myself, and it's by FAR a worse punishment for me then him, but it has to be.
My boss doesn't let me be in charge (if I was, I'd have a really sweet salary), she wants me to like my job and have benefits which I enjoy... but there are things she doesn't compromise on.
Conner's teacher doesn't let him run the roost. She does a great job at praising the positive (in fact, it's one of my most favorite things about her) but the law is the law and if you break it you suffer the consequences.
Anyway, it's a beef I have with some parenting. I know what an easy trap it is to fall into (it's covered with leaves, bark and some island grasses) but once you fall-in you realize it's just a manure pit... and you'll be suffering there for quite some time.
Now comment.
Really, it's easy. :)

You People Need to Comment

So, I just finished my ACLS class today. VERY happy to have that sucker over and done with. Words can't really express how happy. I only take the class every 2 years and it's excruciating when I do.... We never use our ACLS skills, and if we do it's all a little different if the baby's still inside. Anyway, just glad it's done, hard to use my brain after 2 kids.
BUT, in that class you learn about communciation during a code and they said you need to correct people clear and consisely.
So, there it is.
You people need to comment.
You think this blog is free?
No, it runs on comments, or emails to its owner.
Dang you.
In other news, Spencer can't get his pronouns right. It's totally amusing. When I watch our little friend Logan (who is a boy) Spencer uses the pronoun "her" (as in "her is crying, her needs her mom.") Today he was with our friends who only have girls, but today he chose to use the pronoun "his" (as in "His wants to be in the car."). Pronouns, they're tricky little buggers.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Scam and Fabric.com

First the scam. So, a couple of days ago I get a check for almost 3k $$. I was like WTH!!! It looked just like a real check from the Union Bank of CA. I read the letter, it says we've won a cruise and $25,000 -- and this 3k is for the fees that it will cost us to get the cruise and the rest of the money. It sounds fairly suspect but plausable. So I google around, nothing about the financial institute that the letter is from (Excel Financial Trust). so finally I google the cruise which they call "Intrepid Ocean Linear" -- and I finally find-out the scam. So, I go to depost the check, and immediately I'm supposed to call their coporation. THEN, they ask me to send them 3k in the fees so that they can process my winnings. I, guilible that I am, send them the 3k and then their 3k check bounces, hence -- I'm out 3k. No cruise, no other winnings just crying in my soup. So, just an FYI. BTW, I think this reads like I Actually gave them the 3k. No, I'm not quite that gulible... just worried about people who are....
Secondly, fabric.com -- LOVE them!!! I mean, I can't even process how much I love them. AMAZING customer service, amazing amounts of fabric at good prices, love that. Anyway, just thought I'd share. I've found a lot of stuff there I couldn't find elsewhere and the prices are better then what I'd find at Joann's.
Crappy, crappy Joanns....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Brady Lunch

New tradition -- eating lunch while watching a tivo'd Brady Bunch... Spencer LOVES it. He asks for it every day.
At first it was just a bit of nostalgia for me, I loved the Brady Bunch as a kid... but now I see it has other benefits. The Brady clan was always big on supporting each other as a family, and even though it's fairly cheesy and has some weird scenarios (aka, Greg stuck in the meat locker) I have really enjoyed talking about how they honor each other as a family.
So, Brady Lunch it is.
Thank goodness for the DVR.

Monday, September 17, 2007

You made me...

Conner's driving me insane lately.
I mean, he's making me really happy lately, but insane as well.
Sure, he's doing great in school, he was fairly un-rowdy at church yesterday but man... the sass.
This morning we had a time-out before school. He hit me because I poured him a bowl of cheerios (I told them if they weren't dressed by 7:40 I was picking their cereal for them)... hence the time-out. Then, he proceeded to scream the entire time how I WAS GOING TO MAKE HIM LATE FOR SCHOOL.
They just don't see how they did it to themselves (or they refuse to see it... either way).
I'm sure God's sitting up there and I'm down here saying "my kids make me so angry" and He's up there thinking... you did this to yourself. You woke-up late, you didn't work-out, you didn't say your prayers with enough thought this morning... there are a million reasons why I could be angry at any given moment.
We had a nice weekend around here though. I ended-up working on Saturday AM (and no, thanks for asking, I didn't treat my patient as though she were my friend -- but I did think more about my actions, my friends aren't crazy -- let's just put it that way), then we went to the Art and Wine festival (or Art and Whine, as in our case), then dinner with good friends.
Hated the Emmy's.... thought the shows they picked weren't as good as the shows they didn't pick.
But, what's new?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Better Nurse

I delivered a friends baby last night. I mean, the doctor took all the credit, but I did most of the menial labor (my friend doing the big work). Every time I do this I realize what a slacker I am for the rest of my patients. Sometimes, I do feel a real kinship with my patients and I go the extra mile for them -- getting them beverages, etc. Sometimes I'm just counting down the minutes til' my shift ends.
So, I have resolved to treat each and every one of my patients as a good friend. Supporting them in their wishes, bowing to their every wish... it's something I could do better at. It's not to say that I'm not a caring nurse -- just something I could work harder on.
Of course, that will mean I'll need more naps. BOY, was I tired today....

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Back to Work

So, it's back to work with me. I worked one Saturday since school started, but now I'm back for my first weekday shift (and actually, I don't work next week since I have to take my class)... always nervous for how the whole hand-off thing will work. Drew has an extra class this year, so that's made it a little more difficult... but I'm hoping the moola will make it worthwhile.

On a happy note, my friend Janelle's coming in today for her induction. Of course, my fingers are crossed that she's already in labor and she won't have to be induced...

I should have some good quiet time to myself this morning, my neighbors are re-sodding their front yard, and so far there've been 3 big trucks and a bobcat to watch for Spencer. It's definiately nice to have a window just his size he can see the world through.

So, I'm reading "I Don't Know How She Does It" -- have any of you guys read this? Anyway, in it, she's a working mom and one of the wives of one of her associates dies of cancer, and leaves behind this huge list of all the things she does as a mom. So, I'm reading through it and I start to have a panic attack as to what would happen if I die. I mean, I have always made sure that Drew knows the important things but I'm not sure he has a clue how I balance the checkbook, or where the really important files are. Does he know how to drop-off in the morning, does he know how to add vegetables to a meal, does he know that Conner's been counting his fruits and veggies like a hawk since his pediatrician said he should be getting 5 a day (thanks to Dr. Copeland the kid is finally eating a balanced diet -- LOVE her). I mean, I just don't think I COULD write it all down. The funnyt thing is, Drew is more involved then most dads. I have worked since I was 18. I only took a five week maternity leave for Conner and a 2 month one for Spencer and then it was up to him. Granted, now it's only one night a week, but I bet that's more then a lot of husbands do. Anyway, have any of you done this? Part of me feels like I should leave town for a week so just so I can have some peace he can do it all... Of course, part of me just wants to leave town for a week.... I'm sure he's much more competant then I imagine. Right?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Joys of Having a Blog

So, some of my ever-loyal blog readers might remember a former post where a friend from high school googled their name and came across my blog... anyway, he emailed me and it was really fun to find-out where he is in life.

Living in CA that's something that I really miss. I get sad that there isn't a single person here that I can reminice beyond the past 6 years with (besides Drew, but he only goes back 11 years). I totally enjoy catching-up with old friends, finding out what people are doing. Realizing that high school opinions of others were totally off base.

I can never go to high school reunions because they are {shockingly} during marching band season... although, I'm not sure I'd want to go... perhaps I just like the one on one interaction without all the pressure.

Anyway, so if you're an old friend reading this blog please email me. I need more joy in my life. :) Maybe I should post all my friends names, so when they google themselves, they can find me. :)

P.S. Is anyone else weirded out that the Mountain Meadows Massacre and September 11th fall on the same day? Is it just me? I read the Ensign article a couple of days ago and was just shocked. I'm not a girl that believes in coincidences...

Monday, September 10, 2007

Upgrades on the site

New shoot on the photography blog, as well as changing some wording, etc. That site is always a work in progress. :)
I'd also just like to add that all things on my photography blog are under copyright by Call the Shots Photography, it's against the law to copy photos or wording that I have on there. Of course, the families whose images I took are able to have full resolution versions of the images on my site (theirs are watermark free).

ABC School

So, today's the start of our ABC school. I am teaching today, and it's nice -- I like to get it out of the way. I think we're considering moving it to 2 hours (today's only 1.5 hours)... what do you guys think? Did you do it, and how long did you do it for?
We only have 4 kids in our group right now, which makes me excited since I think you can do a lot of fun stuff with 4 kids (even 5 would be OK with me).
So, I'm doing the letter A. We're going to sing the Ants Go Marching One by One song, Reading a book about Autmn and making ants out of old egg cartons. We're also going to be using some Zoophonics that my friend Janelle gave me. I think whenever you can get kids to use their bodies to learn something it goes over way better.
So, go me, good luck to me. AND I'm feeding the missionaries tonight. Where did I hide my gold stars.... :)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Reverence....

So, I taught the lesson today in Relief Society... it was on reverence. Hard topic, just because it's not something I am the best at... but maybe that's why I ended-up teaching it.
Interesting to hear the varried opinions between you've just gotta go, and you get points just for going to church, people who don't let their kids turn around or have books or anything, at all... ever.
However, that's not what it was about for me. For me, it was about teaching reverence for anything. I think anymore we don't have reverence for anything, marriage, family, God, parents, our elders. It's just sad. So, if anything I want to have more reverence in general in my life. And hopefully that will carry over into my kids shutting their yappers during church.
Hopefully....

Saturday, September 08, 2007

7 to 0 but we're not counting


We are truly blessed to have everything I wanted in a soccer coach in coach Chuck. He is so into everyone having fun, and having a good experience I couldn't be more pleased with him. Even though we showed the Tidalwaves how wild our little wildcats are they also had a great time.
Excited for the rest of the season to come...
Also excited to bring my umbrella next Saturday. :)

I'm Baaaaack...

I seriously think it was the 45 minutes I spent at a work party last night. Acting like a normal person, drinking my sparkling lemonade (I sadly eyed the margarita next to mine with a little covetousness... sometimes I realize why moms turn into lushes... but never fear gals, I was strong). I'm an all-new woman today.
Was it not working for a bit that turned me into a grumpy bear?
Do I NEED that fix in my life to really function well.
When I don't work I don't get much time with out children... even now that I'm starting that little preschool I'll spend the free time from that at school with Conner's class, which I feel really strongly about... but still...
So, ladies, what do you do, at home, to get your fix of normalness? I don't think I'm using my evenings to my benefit as of late. I haven't been scrapbooking but I have sewing calling my name (have I mentioned we've picked our halloween costumes already?)... I bet working on that would at least give me some feeling of accomplishment.
Anyway, back to regular life today. I have a photo session this morning (prices are a changin' peeps), then it's our first soccer game of the season and then WE HAVE A SITTER TONIGHT. I haven't see my husband since... well, probably Wednesday. I saw him for about 5 minutes just now.
It was nice.
And then he left. At 7 am. On a Saturday.

Friday, September 07, 2007

I am just not feeling it...

I'm not feeling blogging.
I'm not feeling the joy of being back to school...
I've taken off a little time to be home for the beginning of school but I can't seem to snap out of being tired and moderately bitter at life....

Of course, Spencer's stopped taking naps, that's enough to drive anyone into seclusion.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

My Hogwarts Home

My SIL did this little quiz...
beware there are a lot of questions.

The sorting hat says that I belong in Hufflepuff!



Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot, and treat them just the same."


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Jumpin' Back In

Helped out in Conner's class yesterday. Guess who's the room mother.
Yup, you're right.
I never figured myself a room mother, but honestly... it's surprising how few parents volunteer at school. I don't think they realize the impact they can have on their child's classroom. I read a great article in the NEA magazine (Drew gets it, and I just happened to thumb through it during lunch the other day). Anyway, the article talked about how parents don't feel welcome in the classrooms and how other parents can "show them the way." I had never really thought of parents being afraid to go into class. Yes, it's always a little awkward when you don't know the teacher at the beginning, but they are always SO GLAD to see you.
I think some parents think we're just doing work the teachers could be doing. While, this is true this also frees them up to do other things... I can't imagine Conner's teacher taking the time I used to cut-up her laminate (while also spying on my child, I think the byproducts of me being there are just a bonus -- mostly I'm there to see how he's doing, btw-- he's doing really well) to watch TV. I know she does use the time to work on new things for the classroom, etc.
It's definately a pleasure to help a teacher out. I doubt many of us realize how much work there is behind the scenes (much like being a nurse).
So, go help out in your kids classroom today!!! :) You can't even imagine how much your kid will enjoy it. Conner always asks when I'm going to come back next. What age to do you think the novelty wears-off?
In other news, the fire extinguisher fell on Conner's foot. It's a REALLY big one, and I was kinda freakin' out inside when I heard what happened. Thankfully it's just bruising, and we moved the fire extinguisher to a safer locale. Amazing how kids don't break more often.
Heading to the hospital today to pick-up my ACLS study materials.
I wasn't meant to study after having children.
I think it's a rule.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

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