Monday, January 31, 2011

day 31

The picture comes with an explanation first.  Sister, Sky preformed a puppet show at school last week.  Brooke was too sick and so dad had to go represent the family and watch the show.  We missed out.  Today, was the first sign of life from Brooke in a whole week.  She has been sicker than sick.  Then today, I wasn't feeling so well (being prego) and barely pulled it together to get Jett off to school.  I had spent most of the morning just laying on the couch and I could tell when we got home, Brooke was going a little crazy.  No one to play with and I wasn't all to lively.  I heard Brooke in the other room doing her version of a puppet show.  NO amount of nauseousness could keep me from going and being her audience (camera in hand of course).  So here she is... and I even made it better by flipping the couch around.  The last picture is her "Ta-Da!" picture and I clapped as loud as I could!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

day 30

In desperate need of some comfort food!  A warm, homemade, chocolate chip cookie sounded delish, and it's been awhile since I've made these.  Remember the complaint about my oven, well, I've avoided using it to make these cookies for the longest time.  It just isn't the same as the old, broken oven.  I had that oven down to science and got it to work perfectly for me when it came to cookies.  They were so perfect in fact, that my husband was selling them on a regular basis to people at his work.  They craved them as much as I did today!  Good news,  after a few tweaks to the temperature, I got a couple dozen to come out like they used to... PERFECT AND YUMM!!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

day 29

Sorry, for my lack of creativity... it's been a long week, stuck in the house!  I have sat around watching things pile up around me, including the sock pile.  I just haven't had it in me (cause I'm prego) and cause of the little one who's been stuck on my lap, to do anything! 

Friday, January 28, 2011

day 28

Today, as I sat again staring at a little face that just wasn't getting better, I decided I better go to the doctor to make sure it wasn't anything more than influenza.  I would have gone in sooner had it not been for all the friends with kids experiencing the exact same thing.  I just couldn't believe that she could look worse after five days and still only want to lay in my arms.  Her cough had gotten so awful she wasn't getting any rest.  I am freaked by medicine and when there's a big warning to parents, I'm the first to abide.  After a visit to the doctor, I found out it was as expected, influenza and she should be on the mend now that she's not running a fever.  I gave in and gave her some of this, with the permission of a doctor of course.  Some of her coughing spells were the worst I've ever heard and she needed some relief for sure.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

day 27 {or should I say week 7}

This post has been on my mind like crazy.  I wanted to be creative and do something fun.  I didn't want to just post a picture of a positive pregnancy test.  I've thought of SO many ideas.  I've laid in bed awake thinking of them.  I thought at first (and I kind have done it) to just post things each day with little hints along the way.  Some of those hits have been my comments and some the pictures.  Remember the pink and blue cupcakes, or the undying need for a roast (a major craving) and even the date on the DS was September and the "bursting with excitement" balloon picture... all little hints.  Then there was the idea today to go buy a bunch of blueberries and take a cool picture of them, cause that's how big the baby is at this point.  But nope, it ends here the announcement that I'm pregnant with #4.  I couldn't resist using this.  This morning as I was putting Sky's homework away in her homework folder and telling her to make sure to turn it in, I see this.  She is my little artist and I must show off her work!


So let me revamp my New Years Resolution...
I will no longer be losing but rather gaining 10 lbs.
Getting to church on time is going to be brutal, just getting there will be my new goal.
Saving money, kinda hard with another baby to spend on, but I will do my best.
Sticking to this 365, so far so good.
I believe more now than ever!!!  I'm prego!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

day 26

Choosing something from this pile today.  Since Sunday after church, I've been in sweats or jammies.  I can feel myself getting fatter by the second.  When I'm in my comfy clothes, I just sit around and eat and when I've had a sickie on my lap, it doesn't help.  I haven't been to the gym this week, so today I decided I must put a pair of jeans on.  They remind me, especially today when they fit a little tighter, to get up and move more and eat healthier!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

day 25

Still not well.  I have been sitting with her all day today.  I think I've had my fill of Dora episodes, but the great part is that it's allowed me to doze off a bit here and there.  It's nice just snuggling my baby and her not wanting to get down off my lap.

Monday, January 24, 2011

day 24

She ran a fever last night and today we hung out in jammies and snuggled lots!  When the kids got home from school, they ran outside (it was forty something) without coats and began to play.  I noticed Brooke make her way up there, watching from the sidelines.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

day 23

With 9am church this year, I've done a lot of preaching about "being prepared the night before" so that we can make it on time.  I want the church bag packed, clothes ironed and laid out, etc.  The less hassle on Sunday morning, the better.  I was pleased to see my sweet Sky had brought down her books last night so that this morning they were out and she wouldn't forget them.  She loves to sing you can see the love in her songbook.  She's being baptized this year so at Christmas Grandma gave her a Book of Mormon to start reading. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

day 22

Not much could have pulled me off the couch (or even floor) today.  It took everything in me to get up and dressed by 3pm.  All I could think about was how I wanted a roast for Sunday dinner which meant a trip to Costco.  And, I  had a hard time resisting these on the way out!  But quite the accomplishment, I'd say... I walked out with only two things, a roast for Sunday dinner and a package of chocolate muffins.  Sunday will be a yummy day!

Friday, January 21, 2011

day 21

It has warmed up enough that the kids have been able to play outside a bit.  Today, I sent them out to get some of those winter bugs out.  What I didn't realize was how muddy the grass had become now that the snow has melt.  Ugggghhh... now I get to clean off these muddy shoes.  Worth it?  Sure!  The kids are much happier when they've gotten some fresh air.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

day 20

He got this game for his birthday and we've been playing non stop!  He's actually fun to play with, he doesn't get upset when he loses and he's so sweet when he wins.  He truly has fun playing games and is one heck of a GOOD SPORT!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

day 19

Up With Kids
Today she had to memorize and preform a little commercial.  She did FABULOUS!  I don't know how she does it.  When I was her age, I was terrified at the thought of standing in front of a microphone and speaking in front of any one.  I would cry.  She smiles and enjoys the spotlight!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

day 18

Yesterday was a beautiful day outside and warm enough that the kids could go outside and not freeze to death!  They bugged me all day to put together Brooke's bike so she could ride too.  I kept up the," wait til dad gets home and I'll have him put it together tonight" each time they asked. Well today came and guess what, Daddy didn't put the bike together.  I couldn't say no to at least giving it a try. 

 I think I did okay... just look at her!

Monday, January 17, 2011

day 17

It's Monday and Bachelor Night!  I am so happy to get away and enjoy a little time with my friends.  Thus the smiley face picture!

You don't see the smile?  Well, then here...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

day 16

Santa brought this game to my 7 year old, but I think it was meant for me!  I got it going so that I could teach her how to play and now I'm addicted.  You get to meet friends, find out what they want for their birthday and then go buy gifts and go to the parties.  There's little mini games along the way and one in particular has got a little contest going between me and my husband.  It's similar to Tetris and unfortunately very addictive!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 15

Today I had an engagement shoot and just before leaving dad and the kids were having lunch.  This is what I left behind...

Friday, January 14, 2011

day 14

I'm a little emotional today.  I'm not in to thinking much either, which is why I'm using this picture I took yesterday.  After taking one of my little niece, my sweet boy did the usual, "here take one of me..." talk.  Never fails, if the camera is out, he's making faces or doing funny poses and asking for me to take one of his creation.  He cracks me up.  Looking at this picture today, made me smile!  

 Is there anything better than getting something in the mail?  Had I just waited for my mail to come today, before posting a picture...  This made me smile too!  I am incredibly blessed with AMAZING friends!!!  Really, really amazing.  They lift me up, make me smile and are always there for me!  Thank you!!!  You know who you are!  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

day 13

Twice a week, she's mine!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

day 12

Dear White Trash, oh how I love you so.  I was so glad you were around today when I needed you.  It's going to be hard when you're finally gone.  Please come back next year!  Love, me!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

day 11

Today is a great day!  1-11-2011, and around here we're bursting with excitement!  So many exciting things to come this year!

Monday, January 10, 2011

day 10

This is the night we waited for, 
always a treat we have in store.
We love each other more and more,
with every family night.
I love these cookies!  I loved them more when I had my old oven.  The broken oven that required me to make an educated guess at how hot it really was.  I typically set it 100 degrees hotter than what the recipe called for.  But I had it down.  I could make cookies like nobodies business and they always turned out.  Since we've gotten a new oven, it's been nothing but flat cookies ever since.  LAME!!!  So even though they're flat, they're still YUMMM.  Especially the next day for breakfast!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

day 9

Tonight, as we were preparing for the week to come, I glanced up at this to help me plan out my week.  ERRRRRRR.... I don't have a calender for 2011 up and I'm going insane!  I think that will be moved up on the to do list, BUY A CALENDER!  I have a calender on my computer and I've tried using it but it just isn't the same as the one that hangs on my wall.  I think because I can't just "glance" at it and remind myself what's going on.  In any case... I NEED ONE!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

day 8

Tonight, as we got in the car to come home from In and Out, we looked down at the millage and noticed we were at 55546 miles.  We wondered, if we could make it home before changing to 55556.  We are a funny numbers family.  We get excited about things like this.  So we drove, crossing our fingers we could make it.  Before pulling into the driveway, we put the kids on our lap and showed them the numbers... and there it was, fifty five thousand, five hundred and fifty five miles EXACTLY!  Of course, I ran in and got my camera.  It had to be the picture of the day!!!  And now I know, I live 9 miles from In and Out  :)
 And just for the sake of remembering, we've had our van 5 years and 2 months... not bad!

Friday, January 7, 2011

day 7

For those of you that think I can only be seen in a pony tail and hoodie... I do have other things in my closet.  I was lucky enough to go out to dinner tonight with my hubby and enjoy a plate of cheese fries at Outback.  On occasions like this, you can be sure I toss the hoodie aside and wear something a little nicer.  I'm just not great at fashion (and to prove it, my friend bought this outfit, showed me, and I went out and bought the very same one).  I envy some of my friends who on any given day, any hour of the day, look like a million bucks and wear the cutest outfits.  
This too was for me, to see what I really look like.  I've been trying to get in better shape.  I'm happy to have stood on the scale two days in a row to confirm the fact that I was able to lose 6lbs in two months (during the holidays none the less).  I'm thrilled!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

day 6

Pretty anti climatic considering the day it was today!  Kind of a boring picture.  Let's just say that I got wrapped up in the moment (one that lasted all day) and didn't think to take a picture.  So after bathing the kids tonight, I shot this.  It's symbolizes that the day is over!  I promise to bring more exciting pictures next week!  I've got ideas already.  Some of these posts I really want to try hard to be creative and have a plan!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

day 5

On days like this I can guarantee that my husband is glad it's ME that is the mom and in charge of taking care of the kids.  The day ended with a BANG... I mean SPILL (same difference, right moms?)

So I have to lay it all out for you as to why I'm sitting her exhausted and why this picture says it all.

6:30am couldn't sleep... decided to get up and go to the gym.
ran 4 miles
8:00am got daughter ready for school
8:45am took daughter to school so dad who didn't sleep well either could keep sleeping
9:30am showered and showered youngest as she didn't wake up dry
dressed the kids and got them breakfast while I checked email
11:00am finished getting ready for the day
11:30am rushed the kids out the door to take them to my little sisters elementary school so she could fulfill an assignment and babysit them for an hour
12:00pm got to a friends house to visit for a bit
12:30 left to go pick up the kids
1:00pm dropped son off at preschool
3:00pm left to pick up oldest from school
3:45pm picked son up from preschool
4:00pm dropped oldest off at Up With Kids while I did some returns
4:45pm went in to use the bathroom and youngest tried going herself and got it everywhere
5:00pm left for home to clean up youngest
5:45pm realized I didn't have what I needed for dinner
6:00pm Costco run and I mean RUN
Kids were begging for food on the way out and I KNEW they couldn't wait for lasagna
6:15pm gave in to buying hotdogs and drinks for the kids so I could make dinner in peace
6:30pm brought in groceries all the while the youngest carried in her drink....
it was rootbeer!

It's ALMOST 8:00pm...
the kids are not bathed or ready for bed, but the lasagna is JUST about done and I can't wait to bite into it.  It's a good thing I make a mean lasagna, right?  I'm going to need a boost of energy to finish it off tonight with baths and putting kids to bed!

And to all a good night!

Just to prove it was delish...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

day 4

Monday night, my daughter explained how devastating it was that she didn't win the contest.  Contest?  What contest?  She then went on to say that this week who ever wore the most buttons each day was the winner.  I could tell this really meant a lot to her (cause she is her fathers daughter)!  So with that I rummaged through her closet... buttons, I needed buttons.  I wanted her to be warm at the same time with it being 15 degrees outside.  What to wear?  What to wear?  I had an idea and this was it.  So come this morning I knew what would do it... what would help her win.  I laid it out on the floor so she could see it when she woke up.  I snapped this just before waking her!  We counted them up... 12!  Could that be the winning number?

I brought it up first thing after school, "Did you win?" I began asking before she could even finish getting in the car.  YES!!!  She did!  Hooray!  Success!  Oh but there's more... as soon as she explained she had won for today she told me she needed to wear more tomorrow to be sure to win again!  WHAT???  Another day?  I found out it's going on all week long.  But of course!  In any case, she won at least once.  Not sure tomorrow will be as successful, but you know I'll do my darndest when it comes to helping her win again!   

Monday, January 3, 2011

day 3


It's more than I ever thought possible!  For Christmas, my husband surprised me with a D700, a 85mm 1.4 and a new and better flash SB900.  To say I was floored is an understatement!  I cried!  So here's to 362 more pictures taken with my new camera!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

day 2

"Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam"

Today, was a pretty big day for me and my baby!  She is no longer with me in the nursery, she's in Primary.  I was so sad to see her move up.  It means my baby is getting big!  She went like a champ, nothing but smiles!  She always wants to be big like Jett and Sky and today was a day that she could be just like them and in Primary.  She did great and so here is a picture of her after church singing for me the song with the actions!  The smile lasted long after church today!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

day 1

I want you to know I thought all week about what to take a picture of.  Nothing fabulous or amazing came to mind.  I asked myself, what one thing symbolized the first day of a new year,  or what do I want to accomplish this year.  I started to think... and there were just too many ideas.  UNTIL... I was at the gym running my heart out all the while watching a movie on Lifetime T.V.  It was about these three fat ladies and their quest to get skinny again and what it was they wanted at the end of their journey.  One said she wanted to wear a bikini, one said she wanted to fit into this lovely wedding dress and the other wanted a fancy pair of shoes.  As I watched, what I call a silly show, but great in the way that it kept me running on that treadmill, I listened to these ladies discuss their determination and how they BELIEVED they could do this together.  My thoughts quickly turned to the other night when I was playing the game Sequence for Kids with my three kids.  My oldest, not great at losing was not handling it well.  I tried to help her... I said, "You know how daddy thinks he is Green Light Neils-C, and how he always gets green lights?  Well, it's because he BELIEVES he is.  Do you understand what I'm saying?  You need to believe that you can win this game and you'll be amazed at how many times you will win.  But if you believe you're going to lose, I guarantee you'll lose the game every time."  I got a bit of a nod from her through the tears, but it was my boy who I think understood the lesson best of all.  The next day, in the van while driving, from the back of the van came his sweet little voice.  He asked me, "Mom?  Did you pass all your tests to have a baby?"  I looked over at my husband with a curious look, wondering what he'd say next.  "Yes, I responded, why do you ask?"  He said, "Oh good, so now you just have to BELIEVE you'll have a baby and you will."  Tears filled my eyes.  So as I kept running, it hit me... BELIEVE!  I just need to believe and I can do it.  This sits on a shelf in my kitchen.  I look at it every day.  Now it means a little more to me.
So with this new year, here are a few things I believe!
1.  I believe I can actually do this 365 day challenge.
2.  I believe I can lose 10 lbs.
3.  I believe I can save more and spend less (I probably shouldn't admit this to my husband, but I'd really like to).
4.  I believe I can get to church on time this year (9am is brutal for me).
5. I believe I will have another baby.
So excuse me for my lack of creativity when it comes to the photo, but this is how my year begins... BELIEVING I can!