"In our day to day actions, it is often the small and simple things that will have a long-lasting impact. What we say, how we act, and how we choose to react will influence not only ourselves but also those around us. We can build up, or we can tear down." -Per G. Malm

Monday, March 31, 2008

Miss Idaho

In the previews I have seen for the upcoming Miss America Pagent I don't remember seeing Miss Idaho look quite like this. Thanx to my frined Beth for the funny photo.

This makes me smile

For all you Harry Potter Fans or not so Harry Potter Fans out there. This makes me laugh everytime. I thought I would share. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx1XIm6q4r4 Enjoy one on me. :-)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Tickles and Giggles

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Faster Please

So today is Fast Sunday and I am having a really hard time. It has been FOREVER since I've done a full 24 hour fast. First I was pregnant, then I breastfeed, and to tell you the truth I have tried the last 3 months to last the full 24 hours and succumbed to my weakness. But I came close. These last 35 minutes seem to be dragging on and on and on. But I will prevail. So I need to focus on something else. Oh heres an update on my back situation. It turns out I do have a bulging disc. Dr Lyons and the tech guys missed it (mind you this is their job). But to give them the benefit of the doubt it is small. Anyway two weeks ago I could hardly move and had to take a vicadin to get to bed. Brock said this is it you are not going back to this guy. He took off work and we went to a Dr. Cox. He came highly recommended by 3 friends. All of which have not had to go back since. He actually fixed their problems. So I started with 4 times a week treatments and have done this for the last two weeks. I have now graduated to the twice a week visit. Yeah. He says I am moving right along. When I go back Tuesday I am going to ask how he knows this. But my regiment is as follows. I am not to sit longer than 30 minutes at a time. I have to do specific stretches 2-3 times a day and ice pack my back twice a day. I am not allowed to lift, bend, twist. Thank goodness my dad is able to be at my house everyday and thank goodness for Anna, Carisa, Jennifer and Jana who have helped out when my dad couldn't. It can take up to 3 months to heal so I am really looking forward to July 1st. That is giving myself an extra 2 weeks. Okay only 30 minutes left. I am going to go start dinner.

Monday, March 24, 2008

$4.00 Well Spent

One of the best investments I've ever made are the bubbles at Gymboree. They entertain for hours on end.
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Creative Easter Goodies


We went to Ohio yesterday to celebrate Easter with Brock's side of the family. At his Step dad's family they had tons and tons of desserts. One of them was this Easter Bunny Car. It was made out of swiss cake rolls with lifesaver tires and steering wheel, jelly bean headlights, and the marshmellow bunny driver. Too cute.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Naked Baby Fixes

Upon sharing my naked baby story I have learned some creative ways of dealing with this in case the situation arises again. 1). Put a safety pin at the top of the zipper. 2) Put the jammies on backwards and zip them up the back. 3). Put jammies on and duct tape around the waist. The zipper can only go half way down and can't get past the tape barrier. (I think that is my personal favorite). Any other suggestions?

Friday, March 21, 2008

Not so Innocent

Do you see this face? Most of you are foiled by the innocent looks you see on Sundays or at the stores. But I know better (Anna you do too). This is the look of the not so innocent. This is what I see daily. Cute it is...innocent it is not! This morning Brock got Emily out of bed and she was completely NAKED! No jammies, no diaper, no nothing!!!. At least it was only wet. No poo messes. I think we have stepped into another dimension of parenthood.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Wonderful Day

Today is lovely. Church was great. It is extremely beautiful outside. The windows and doors are open allowing a wonderful and refreshing air to waft throughout the apartment. Dinner is in the oven creating this intoxicating aroma, (roast and potatoes yummo)and the baby is sleepi....oh just joking. Pause while I go get her. False alarm she either fell back asleep or is contentedly playing in her crib. I can't hear her crying so I assume all is well. Why mess up a good thing. I love spring. I love the feeling of rejuvenation it brings not only for the earth but for myself. I love days like this. It always makes me more appreciative and grateful for the things around me. Emily was super good in church today and that was most helpful. I have to go back tonight for BYC/BYSED so I am taking the next couple of hours to relax and enjoy. I'm going to just kick back with a heating pad, my current read(Counseling with our Councils), and the Ensign.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Parenting Predicaments

So when do the eyes in the back of your head develop as a parent? I clearly have not received mine yet. The other day I am giving Emily a bath. She is contentedly playing with her bath toys and so I decide to multitask and am cleaning out my Young Women's bag. All is well. I am sitting by the tub just in case when I look up and Emily has my razor on her mouth and her top lip is bleeding!!! (Not badly, she just "nicked" it). Nonetheless. I freaked out. Note to self remove everything from tub that could pose a potential threat and no more multitasking.

What kind of Flower are you?

I am a
Daffodil

What Flower
Are You?

So this was really fun to do. I actually saw it on Lorie's blog, who got it from Shanna's blog, yadda, yadda, yadda. So what kind of flower are you? I know you want to know. So go on.... find out.... it's only a click away. :-)

What The????


My little brother was over and got the coolest new cell phone (it is the envy). It has GPS in it and does all these new things. I could never own one because I would spend more time reading the instruction manual to figure out how it works than actually using it. But he took this picture of Em. I don't really know what she was doing. I think she just had eaten something really good.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Lame-o

As I have perused every ones blog I have realized that I am a lame blogger. My life is currently fairly boring and I am not as clever as the rest of you. Since I started the "blogging craze" late I have to get ideas from other people and then I just look like a copy cat. I do have some ideas but don't know how to implement them. Oh well. You like me anyway right?
Brock just left for Indy. He'll be out of town for 3 days. Fortunately my dad moved in to help with Emily (you know things like picking her up). I did get my MRI results and do NOT have a bulging disc. (YEEEEEAAAAAH!!!!) But that means they still don't know what is wrong and are still trying to decide. I go back Monday for another treatment. On the flip side though; it feels better than it did 2 weeks ago. Which translates into I haven't had to use drugs in 3 days. Tomorrow after my treatment my dad and I are going to take Emily to get some new shoes. I can feel her toes at the end (not quite sure how long they've been like that) but we've lasted (this is a relative term) 5 months in these shoes instead of the normal 3. But that's what tax returns are for. Wowzers!! It's 9:00! If I'm going to reach my study/reading/life goals I need to get off the pc and get to readin'.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Patch Preparation

I know it is only March 2nd however I am increasingly anticipating Spring. I am ready to be able to play outside with Emily. It has been either too cold or too muddy. I am also excited to implement our plans for our new garden. Growing up my mom had a 60 foot by 120 foot garden plot. Since then it has been too much for my dad to maintain so he uses about 1/3 of it and in the last two years has shared it with us. Last year was tough because I only made it up every 7-10 days. There were times when I'd spend hours weeding and barely making a dent. And everything came "due" at the same time. So I have devised a plan this year which I will experiment on and tweak over the next few years.
I plan on having my dad till up more of the garden making 1/2 of mom's plot useful. I then plant on expanding what we plant (for more variety), plan on planting in phases (3 to be exact). The first part of May(or end of April depending on weather), the end of May and Beginning/Middle of June. This way I can continuously reap what we have sown and enjoy it all summer long instead of trying to get it all canned at the end of the year. Last year I did Green Beans, Tomatoes, Green Bell Peppers, Lettuce Carrots, Broccoli, Peas, and Onions. Not so much luck on the carrots, broccoli, peas, and onions. (It was my first time for those). So I am keeping the same as last year and adding jalapenos, spinach, cauliflower, squash, honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, squash, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, red, yellow, orange Bell Peppers, potatoes and corn. ( The potatoes, corn, melons, and squash I'll share with my dad). Then here at the apartment I'll do a container of tomatoes and lettuce for easy access and eating. I'm freaking out!! (This all of course is dependant on my back. Its kind of hard to garden when you can't bend. But I am optimistic!) So this summer if you need to get a hold of me try me at my dad's.

Happy Birthday Baby

Well, today is my adorable husbands birthday. He is turning 28! How exciting for him. We've extended the celebrations into an entire weekend. (It's always fun to celebrate longer.) His dad and dad's girlfriend came to town yesterday and took us out to the Olive Garden last night. Emily did surprisingly well considering there was a 40 minute wait. Today his mom, step dad and my dad are coming over after church. His mom is going to make her "famous" enchiladas accompanied by a salad, vegetables, and chocolate cake with fudge frosting (Birthday boy's favorite). He isn't spoiled by any means. (It's tough having a birthday on a fast Sunday though. I'm dying just thinking about it. We could eat beanie weanies for his birthday dinner and we'd think it was the best meal ever.)But just to give him a birthday shout out and let him know how much I love and appreciate him. And let him know he truly is the greatest thing in my life. I am grateful he chose me out of all the other choices. Thank you. I love you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HONEY!!!