Monday, July 30, 2012

And a Broken Leg Makes it All Better...

Ok, I don't think it's broken.  It's passed the 3 step test (although initially it did NOT... but I'm getting ahead of myself).

So, there's been motherloads of fighting around here.  Kid to kid, kid to parent, kid to kid, parent to parent... you get the idea.  The beginning of school tends to culminate in much of the "honey do" list ending in the "honey could care less" pile... and I tend to blow up.  Set your watch by it.

Anyway, I've just been wondering about my kids, do they love each other, is this the same way that myself and my brother yelled at each other?  Do they need cages?

They, by some miracle, were all out riding bikes (and I was writing my blog about carb fast week #1).  Spencer comes scootering to the back door saying, "mom, come quick, Conner hurt his ankle -- and it's bad")

{immediately my head goes to our crappy insurance... it is a worry for me, but I'm having to let it go as we have a lot of other things that are taking up my will to live instead of that}

I go out, and he looks perfectly fine, I help him him inside, we pull off his sock and yuck it's a MESS.  There's black and blue and blech already!  He won't walk on it.  What a nightmare.  But princess P and Mr middle are rushing around getting things for him, they are BANDING together.  Just as the thick got extra thick.

I propped it up on a couple of pillows and then put frozen peas on it (wrapped in a dish towel, you don't want ice directly on broken skin) and set a timer for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, we did a test to see if he could walk on it, and he can.  I think he just ran into the pedal pretty hard.  I think we're OK but we'll do ice on and off until he goes to bed.

Anyway, somehow I feel better just knowing when the going gets tough, the tough get going.  Sad that it took something like that to make me feel better.  But it did.  Sad and all. :)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Photo Friday: But WAIT, we did things BEFORE vacation!

I think I missed a few of the exciting things we did BEFORE vacation.
Hold onto your hats, people.

We had our finishing Waffle House Visit (you can read more about that here).  In brief, we have visited the waffle house around the 28th of each month to celebrate moving to Arizona.  Frankly, it was a great tradition.  Waffle house is pretty darn cheap and lead to some interesting conversations on its own (like the time they kicked a homeless man out because he was homeless and then started yelling at each other... ahh, good times).

Princess P loved the tradition, as you can tell. :)

We made Gak.  I think I may have blogged about it, and how it didn't work quite like we'd planned and putting it on our sub-woofer was less then exciting, but it was still fun to make.  Fascinating stuff that Gak.

We microwaved a bar of Ivory Soap... very cool.  And cheap fun. :)

AND we went to the circus!  That was actually a lot more fun then I thought it would be.  I'd recommend it to everyone. :)  Not as cheap as microwaving ivory soap, sadly.

You can read more about these fun activities on my pintrist board here.

We have one week left of Summer, gotta make the most of it!  Hoping to do a couple more activities from that pin board.


Reunited and it feels so good!

Or, does it?

Anywho... Drew's family does a giant reunion with his mom's family.  We do it every 2 years.  Uh huh, yup.  We do.

Somehow I have very few photos, which kind of makes me sad...  I wish I had more.

Drew's sister came up with a great minute to win it game.  We all had a great time doing it.

His cousin Margie did a ton of fun games for the littles.  Princess P had a great time searching through paper shreds to find treasures.

There's always a pinata.  Margie, I am pretty sure gets combat pay for that one.  Right?

Conner obviously had a lot of spare time....

There's a lot of this:

The kids also do a water slide down the hill using irigation water, they adore it.  It tuckered them out something fierce. :)  We even slept down at the pond (Drew's parents have a pond on their farm that we use for this fine event).

Here the kids are with Drew's parents.

Here they are with the silo in the backyard...   P obviously couldn't get enough of it. :)

Anyway, it was super fun.  Drew has 5 sisters, so I'm not going to pretend that this reunion is a walk in the park for me every time.  I'm not a huge reunion fan in general.  I LOVE getting together with my family, but something about the word reunion...  somehow the extended togetherness is a lot on a person's soul.

If I still have a soul after that week. :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

While I Eat My Fruit Salad

You know, those wiggles really were right.  Fruit salad is yummy, yummy.  And Mashed potatoes are mashed potatoes... potato... potato, potato, potato....

Here I am on carb fast day #1 (you can read about day #1 here)... I get easily sidetracked.

But, I've had some thoughts today.  Like, if I've been a mother this long why is it....

1.  Why is it that I still have a fear of scissors.  P still hasn't picked up a pair.  I still cut out everything for her.  She's 3, by jove.

2.  Why is it that my 8 year old still wants me to tie his shoes?  I hate tying shoes.  Am I the only one?  My kids are just awful at it!

3.  Why does seeing popcicle juice on my patio bother me, why am I just not happy it's not on my tile floor inside where I have to clean it?

4.  Why do I think I can ever leave my kids alone, in almost silent conditions and not expect something bad to happen... like someone "borrowing" my credit card for internet possibilities.... {no, it's not as bad as it sounds, or maybe it is....}

5.  Why does girls hair still mystify me.  I juts can't get the hang of it -- although Princess P has two piggies looking awfully adorable today, although not that even or well done.  Celebrate the small miracles, right?  I need a tutorial on SIMPLE girls hair, not a french braid that wraps around their entire body, using pubic hair, ending in being woven through their toes.

And that is all.  My fruit salad is over.  I'm having good results from this little plan of mine.  I'm not totally sure it's a "plan" but it's all mine, right? :)

Oh wait, one other query -- why are haboobs called haboobs?  Anyone know?  I do know that this one we saw on Saturday night made Drew and I re-think date night.  They're scary looking!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Vacation: Week 1

In an effort to bore you ALL to tears, I'm going to review what we did on our vacation.  I don't really scrapbook anymore, so this may be my only hope of family history.  Luckily it is totally skewed from my personal viewpoint so generations to come will pay homage to what an amazing mom I am. :)

We got up at like 3 am and headed out to Provo.  Princess P wasn't sleeping very well anyway that night so we just gave up and left.  I'm glad we did, it was less hot then and we were awake anyway....

We stayed at my parents house that night (my amazing sister in law was there looking at houses, so it was nice to be able to see her while we were there, although my kids were DEVASTATED that her kids weren't there... oh well, next time!).  The next day, one of my former YW was blessing her baby (don't worry, she's married) and I got to see all of my peeps.  It was so fun to see everyone.  We miss CA a lot, but luckily the people from CA are all spread out. :) 

Then, we headed up to ID to be with Drew's family.  His sister and her family was already there, and then 2 more sisters came (and one already lives there).  Yes, Drew has five sisters.  Aren't we lucky?  Well, most of the time we are. :)

Monday was spent exploring Franklin county, and a requisite stop at Big J's.  We also tried to get into the Franklin museum with no luck.

Tuesday, we played at my cousin's house and stayed for fireworks, and even set off a few of our own (to the delight of my children).  Then it was time to batten down the hatches for the family reunion.  Post on that to follow.  :)

Making Bread

I get questions every now and then about making bread.
This blog was a great resource if you're considering it. :)

Showing Self Control

Self control is actually a bit of a theme around here lately.  One partiular child recently shared with me the fact that he can't control himself.  I told him he was the ONLY one who could control himself.  He said he just couldn't.

I get it.

I get wanting to rip that bag of oreos open and swim within the bounds of the tasty middle cream, but I don't.  Of course, this is only day one of the crazy diet. :)

I have times in my life where I've showed crazy amounts of self control.  Nursing school, potty training, when I had gestational glucose intolerance....

And this week I'm thinking back to those times, knowing that I can DO this.

But, I'm not sure he knows of times he's showed self control.  This child.  How do you teach them self control.  He's actually GREAT about self control with food.  I need to follow him on that, but how can you help someone gain self control.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Control Yourself

My scale has some very ugly numbers.  Especially the # in the 10's place.  I didn't think I'd ever see that number again.

But, after a long trip of yummy food, half of which were buffets, I'd SWEAR I am aghast at myself.  I did enjoy the trip though, and I am glad for that.

But I have to get ahold of myself.  My clothes aren't fitting and I am NOT proud of that, nor am I buying larger clothes.  SO, I'm doing something I swore I'd never do.

I'm doing a carb fast.

I am including fruit, mostly because it's frankly Arizona here.  I will need cool sweet things to get me through the grueling heat that is sure to pierce my home this week.  But, I can't have popcicles.  {so, so sad}  Here are my 7 goals for this week:

1.  Eat only fruits, vegetables, proteins and a bit of fats.  I can go crazy on good fats, but I only want an ounce of cheese or so in my daily diet.  I can easily see this turning into the "Hilary melts cheese until it is crispy in a pan and then eats it diet"... and while I think that would be time well spent, it isn't healthy.  I am also not going to eat any sugar replacements -- no splenda or agave... no sugars.  End of story.

2.  3 serious workouts, on days that I don't workout with a DVD I'd like to do something active with my kids.  Most likely wii because, well, it is Arizona (although I heard it's supposed to rain this week, glory be!)

3.  Ab workouts daily.  Uh, the muffin top is so tasty when covered with crumbly bits of yummyness.  Not so much over my pants.  I plan to do the CFS method daily.  It's only like 9 minutes but I think it's a winner and she inspires me to hold my gut in all day.

4.  Biggest loser -- I love biggest loser, and I am pretty sure there's a season I haven't watched yet that's available on hulu.  It's always inspiring.  I think it will my "lunch hour" show.

5.  The couch is not my friend.  Here's my biggest problem.  I'm up early, I work out I race around getting my "chores" done and then I just want to lay on the couch and die all afternoon.  And I often do, watching crappy tv.  I'm a huge proponent of needing a little "me" time with the boob tube, but I need to limit it to an hour in the day, and then an hour at night.  Period, end of story.

6.  Track.  It sounds like myfitnesspal is the best one to use.  I need to get it on my phone ASAP.  While I am planning on eating on those 3 things I still want to track.  It's just a good habit.  I want to track at least through August.  Does anyone else use this app?  Can we be friends?  How's that work?

7.  1/2 hour of one on one time with each kid, every day.  I think this may help with #5, and for various reasons I think it's necessary.  The fighting around here has reached its limits and I think some one on one time with each kid is necessary.  I'm serious about setting a timer and doing it.  I am glad I don't have more then 3 kids with this goal. :)  It's not particularly fitness related, but it is one of my goals.

I need to fix this.  NEED.  I can't buy new clothes. I've already re-bought at my size 12 size and I don't need to buy at the size 14 size. 

I want to fix this.  I want to show myself that I am the ruler of my body.  I'm not ruled by the food.  And frankly, there are SO many tasty options out there to eat I don't know why on earth I feel compelled to make bad choices.  Ok, I do -- it's called eating out.  But, there's none of that this week.

These aren't long term fixes.  Eliminating carbs (except for fruit) isn't really a great plan, I'm aware... but I think it's something I can be strict about.  I plan on no other carbs this week, and next week allowing beans and quinoa and the next week maybe allowing complex carbs.  Do you think that will work?  Thoughts on that?

Anyway, this is usually a post relegated to my weight loss blog but I wanted to put it out there for the larger readership of this blog.  I plan to do daily posts on the weight loss blog about what I'm eating and how it's going.  You can always see new posts on the right hand side -- where I link to it.

I'm going to print out these goals and put them by my bed now.  I'm going to be accountable on this thing.  Wanna join me?  Any other input would be great too! :)

Friday, July 20, 2012


Just got back from our big vacation.  Sadly, I never announce on my blog when I'm going on vacation.  I just think it's like handing over your house to hooligans...

I don't even announce it on facebook....

I'm crazy like that.

BUT we just had 3 weeks of family, family, family and even some fun.  It made me think about ALL the areas that we LOVE to be in because of the people who live there.  I think it's comforting to know that wherever you go, you will find lots of people to love.

You may also be glad to come home.

Although, home is a funny thing.  I'd get asked "where are you from" and I'm go... "Arizona?"... I don't really FEEL like an Arizonian.... I don't even know how to spell that, but I do know my heart feels a little homeless...

How long do you think that will take to fix?

Did you miss me? :)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Just SO You Know....

I think it's pretty obvious....

BUT, sometimes I read mom blogs, especially Mormon mom blogs and I get this sense that although they try to slip in the fact that they MAY not be perfect, with perfect children, their blog seems to the reflect the fact that they are, in fact a perfect family.

And that's just not me.  If you ever get that sense, please comment, tell me you hate me -- I won't be offended.  Sometimes you write down the perfect moments to savor them, but there is plenty about us I'd love to change.

Do you sometimes read blogs and toss your cookies in your mouth?  I do... ;)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Too Fast

Lately I just want to stand in the middle of the room and scream STOP!!!!  I hate how time is flying by this summer.  I'm not able to soak in enough of my husband and really enjoy our little family before each one is torn to their own parts

But, having a blog has so many perks, and one of them is allowing time to stand still, if only for a few moments.  So, right now....

Princess P loves to come cuddle with me in the mornings, usually as I'm reading the news on my phone.  Then she wanders off to find someone who will get her a sippy of milk.  I adore that little bundle of goo.  We came home really late last night and she was SUCH A mess.  It's actually exactly how I'd act if I didn't have some manners... love her.  Suddenly we're traveling sans stroller and giant bag of stuff to entertain her.  She either travels on our shoulders or by her own walk/run/carry me mentality (somehow her power walking comes out of her shoulders, how does that work?).  She did tell me she is little today though.  I always ask her if she's big or little today.  The answer is pretty well random, but today she is little.  Followed by a lot of thumb sucking.  I have a feeling the magic bandaid will be making a showing once school starts.

Mr Middle had a breakdown of his own when he couldn't find pajamas last night.  I told him to just sleep in a T-shirt and all heck broke lose.  "I CAN'T SLEEP LIKE THAT, I NEED PAJAMMAS"  I will credit him with the fact that it was pretty darn late last night... but he does get liked this frequently, usually accompanied by a lack of sleep.  I worry about the middle child with this one.  I need to find his niche.  I need to work on that.  I have strong hopes that a younger family moves into our neighborhood.  Fingers crossed.  I love the smile on this little boy.  Yesterday he came out of the bathroom with the biggest smile (his smiles are huge, seriously... maybe none of my other kids are big smilers, but this one is hilariously great at smiling) and I asked him why the smile and he said no reason....  there really was no reason, just happy.  This one loves to cuddle, and make his little sister mad... I love that he loves the cuddling.

El Presidante is taking his birthday in stride.  I made him hold hands with me when we discussed where to go for ice cream.  He almost died.  I love forcing him to make physical contact with me.  Like, I need a hug before we can talk about school supplies... stuff like that. :)  He's acting so grown up, and I realized in 4 years he'll be able to date.  I need to stop benchmarking milestones.  6 years left of school, 7 til' a mission.... belch.  Tell me Jesus will be here before then, that was always my plan.

Me and Mr E are in a good place right now.  I need to write that down because marching band is staring squarely in my face.  I'm staring back at it, and telling it that I know it is there but I still have one more week before it squeezes our little family.  ASU is also standing next to it screaming it needs its time from him too.  Enjoy what i have, while I have it -- right?

And time continues to march on.  I need to make friends with time.  Really savor what's going on, when we have it.  I know these days are fleeting.

How do you stop time at your house?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Happy Birthday C/Momaversary for Me!

We are officially pre-teen at our house, I'm not exactly sure WHEN that happens, but I know at 12 you are solidly in that state.

Boo-hoo... how did this HAPPEN?

He was such a cute baby, all those adorable curls... {sigh}.  Where has it all gone.  Well, I guess it's been replaced by a responsible, thoughtful pre-teen who gives me a run for my money on most days.


And I thought the carseat was hard.

I always feel a heartstring tug when I'm celebrating my oldest.  Just 12 years and 1 day ago I wasn't a mom.  I was just a normal human being with regular responsibilities that didn't include a lack of sleep or wishing I wasn't the one born with boobs.  I don't feel as much of it with my other 2, mostly with him, but boy oh boy was he a life changer.  I think I've done alright in the mom department, most of it due to his leniency with all my mistakes. :)

It's no secret that this year for El Presidante has been a bit of a toughie and I'm sure we're set for many more of those, but lately I feel like we've crossed a bit of a hump and maybe we're up for something great.

Either way, here we go.  Happy birthday Mr C!  Let's hope it's a great one!

My 12 favorite things about C at 12:

1.  He babysits.  Hello.  I grew my own, just like a garden it took a while but I sure do love it!

2.  He adores his baby sister.  Boy oh boy does he.

3.  He loves math.  He really likes a math problem.  I guess someone has to....

4.  He's a great writer, although he doesn't think so.  I was grateful that he had a teacher that really took him by the hand and showed him how amazing he was.  HE adored her too.

5.  His bed is his lair.  I look up there and sometimes realize he is a pre-teen, what with 9 million charging devices up there.

6.  His long limbs.  He's pretty skinny, but those long limbs give me a double-take every time.

7.  He played night games with the big kids at the reunion.  What happened to me worried he'd fall in the pond or the fire the whole time.  Ok, I still worried, but my heart was happy knowing he was int here with the biggies.

8.  He just picked grandpa to go to breakfast with.  I'd pick him to.

9. He's a REALLY hard worker, when he wants to be. :)

10.  He loves his bike, and the freedom it gives him.  Reminds me of how I felt about my own bike.

11.  He has big plans.  I smile at them, but he's got 'em, an that's a good thing.

12.  I love how I've got a little thinker to think with me.  I really LIKE him.  He's smart, funny, and thoughtful of those around him.  I feel pretty lucky to have him.

Love you dude!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Something Special

I love our new home, and all our friends that we have here.... love, love, love...

But somehow there's something special about the place we left in California.  I can't quite put my finger on it.  I think maybe it's the struggle LDS people have to stay LDS and strong.  Maybe it's just the struggle to pay those insane rents.  OR the struggle to not lose your mind in those tiny houses that those insane rents pay for.

I don't know what it is.... but it builds amazing bridges.

Other people said it who left it, but now I'm feeling it too.  Anyone know what it is?

Monday, July 09, 2012

I Can't Stand You.

TEe hee, nice title, right?

I have been pondering about getting along with people.  This year, while meeting new people I have had a lot of first impressions.  Not all were favorable.  I tend to sum people up pretty darn well in a first meeting, but I have been grossly wrong a few times here.

But, I also really try and give people the benefit of the doubt, and not burn any bridges  for a bit.

But, then there's people you have to deal with and you have to learn how to get along.

And I'm just not sure that I'm all that great at it.  I do it with patients, but that's only for like 12 hours and I can stand in the bathroom and silently scream how much they bother me. 

That doesn't work for long term things.

So, what do you do when you can't stand someone, but you have to deal with them long term?  There's no getting out of it, or just not being around them?

Am I shallow, should I just perfect myself and love everyone?


Sunday, July 08, 2012


Do you ever wonder how each person you meet leaves a footprint on your life? I am not sure that people around me know how I watch & learn from each of them.

Lately, it's been a real priviledge to sit back & see some of my favorite people and think about how they have touched my life...

Sometimes I think what differs those that succeed from those that don't is their ability to learn from others, and not just actual teachers.  I see people at work who continually make the same mistakes as those around them...

I script a lot in my life.  How situations could have gone better, how I wish my kids would react, how other people could have handled things differently...

Anyway, just some random Sunday thoughts.

A lot of the time I sit bac & wonder how I got so lucky to have these amazing people around me, & I know that it's because of them that I am who I am.

Awfully lucky.....

Monday, July 02, 2012


I've been thinking a lot about marriage lately.

Drew and I had a rough year.

And then, at church, our high councilman gave a talk about how hard marriage is, and how he hated it for the first while.

And I had a hard time not rolling in the isles and saying amen.

How I WISHED there had been a talk like that when I was first married.  We have a lot of young couples in our ward, and I hope it helped some of them.

It's not that our marriage is perfect now or that I love it every second, but I'm well aware of the ups and downs of marriage.

When I was first married, I'd look at a room full of "perfectly" married couples who adored each other and wonder what was wrong with me?

Turns out I was normal, sometimes that first year can be a doozy.

I recently saw this video:

I really like the comparison between marriage and human life.  We work HARD to save lives at the hospital and I think we all need to realize that sometimes you have to work that hard to stay married.

And that life isn't a bed of roses.

Sad, but true.

Anyway, that video makes me want to work a littl harder, and maybe do some preventative care.  I think Drew and I might actually get a night away this summer.  First time in years.  That's good preventative care. :)


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