Monday, October 29, 2007
The little kids played downstairs with the toys and the ATV like I'd hoped they would. The older kids and teens played football and baseball in the backyard. The adult men crowded around the BBQ and around the race in the family room. And us ladies gathered around the kitchen table for appetizers and conversation!
We had a tailgate party theme. It was really fun. The food was amazing--my husband cooked. I made a couple of "Bears" colors Jello salads and a slew of desserts. The biggest amount of work went into his cake. It is a Costco cake but the football on top was made by me. It isn't hard, and it is one of my favorite things to do--so honestly--I can't complain! Barrett loved it because he is such a big football fan.
Friday night we took him to dinner at dad's restaurant. At the end all of the servers came out with a candle laden brownie sundae, and they all sang Happy Birthday to him. It was the loudest song I've ever heard, but I guess when it's the bosses son, you sing your heart out. When they got to the part where they say his name, he buried his face in my arm--so shy. We didn't get a picture of it, so last night I was determined not to miss a minute. This time when we get to his name his mouth drops open and he turns around to his uncle Bob. Yep, I was on the wrong side of the table--but you can kind of see his shocked little face before he turns--it's really cute!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Barrett came nearly one week after my due date. My OB wasn't interested in inducing him on time--had I known that--I would have chosen a different Doctor, but at 9lbs 2oz--I can honestly say, a couple of days earlier would not have hurt! The previous three weighed in at 8 lbs 14 oz, and had Barrett come when he was supposed to, he may have kept the streak alive, but...just as he is now, he was too stubborn to come on my time table. I was starting to get stressed though. My parents had flown in from Utah to be here for his birth, and they were leaving on the 27th of October...really early in the morning. If he didn't hurry--my mom wouldn't even get to see him.
I had my doctors appointment on the 25th and for the first time EVER...my blood pressure was elevated. I have never in my life had a raised blood pressure--and apparently it was really high. So they sent me to the hospital. By the time I'd gotten home, taken care of some child care arrangements and made it back to the hospital, my blood pressure was elevated--but nothing to worry about. The doctor was trying to decide whether or not to send me home--and I refused. I was there to have a baby--and I wasn't leaving until I'd had him! So we finally induced him.
It wasn't anything abnormal with the laboring portion--I'm a champ at getting babies out!! The epidural started to wear off just a touch and the man came in and pumped up my meds. Not a big deal--but all of the sudden, I couldn't feel my legs. Yes, I know--this is pretty normal, but earlier I was in no pain and I could totally walk around. Not this time!! There was nothing but heavy weight in the lower extremities. I wasn't worried--it would wear off soon, and we'd be good to go. I was wrong! Not 5 minutes later it was time to push.
Again, let me point out the fact that I am a CHAMPION BABY PUSHER OUTER!!! My first was out in 20 minutes, my second was out in 15 seconds, my third actually had the doctors hand on her head keeping her in (out in 25 seconds...he was lecturing and her appearance was just not scripted yet...little did he know I was pushing with all of my might while casually chatted! I will not be stopped!!) so now we are ready to push--and I can't feel anything!
They get my legs all stir-upped--I couldn't have helped with that--each leg weighed a ton!! So I have my husband, my mom and my mother in law all around me--and they are telling me to push. I push my hardest--I think I'm pushing right--but since I can't feel anything I couldn't be sure! But apparently I was living up to my "Champion" status because not 3 minutes later he was here--and I didn't feel a thing! Luckily my mom got to spend a few hours with him on the 26th before they headed back to Utah--I felt so bad!
What a precious little monkey had just entered our lives. I know it sounds so cliche--every parent says that, but really!! He has been such a HARD baby--messes are created at his every breath, he literally can take down the 7 year old in a full on tackle--but stubborn messy monster and all--what an incredible little spirit he has.
He was singing before he could talk, and now that he can talk--the singing has only improved and the words have been added. He lives his life at a fever pitch, which terrifies me. Every child I know that lives at 150 miles per hour has been either terribly injured or killed in their youth--and that literally terrifies me. He is a dare devil and is unmatched by any child I've ever met! He loves to steal car keys and can open the car door, lock himself in and can even manage to get the keys in the ignition before mom finds the spare keys and can get to him! I can't imagine what he'll be like at 13!
He is a happy soul, that is for sure. He loves his family--especially mom! His heart is broken every day when the three older kids get to go outside and play and he is stuck in the house. Oh...the tears! But I've learned that he wants nothing more than me. So when the tears began, mom just has to sit on the floor and play with him until they are replaced with giggles. This birthday has been the most fun so far. Early yesterday morning the chorus began--and all through the day Barrett would break out into a round of "Happy Birthday" to himself. Last night I went into his room just after midnight--the same time he was born--and just snuggled and sang him happy birthday! I also thanked him twice yesterday for letting me be his mom--I know--he's three, and a hard three--but I just wanted to let him know that although he's constantly in trouble, he is loved beyond words!
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
It's not much--but it will be framed and sitting in my living room as soon as I head to Walgreens to pick it up! I love the dark colors contrasting against the light. Yep--I'm quite proud!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
How big of a deal would it have been to give the dog back?? I guess she's now getting death threats. I don't condone that by any means--but apparently--she needs to stay away from "Water" -- isn't that all it takes to melt the Wicked Witch? And hey...doesn't the dog in her arms look like ToTo?
"I'll get you and your little dog too!!"
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
It looks positively horrible, unreal, unshapely---YUCK!
It can't possibly be real! But plastic surgery??? Who would do THAT? You can see she thinks it's awesome by her pose and her little smirky face! But if that were my big ol' fat butt--there would be some plastic surgery of my own--to remove the 200 lb tumor attached to my backside!! She is a Kardashian, maybe this is O.J.'s next planned hide out spot!!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I ended up calling her late last night to wish her a Happy Birthday, and to let her know that when she finds a "password request" on her email---it was just me! So I was totally Busted!!
Anyway----Happy Birthday Sally!!
Today he stayed home with an earache. As we were sitting on his bed I laid out the rules of the day--no playing PS2, no playing outside, and no scout outing in the evening. All of these are laid out for a couple of reasons. I want him to know what he is signing up for. And secondly--I want him to know what he will be giving up even if he's just faking. Usually by the time I'm finished with what they lose, they are up and getting ready for school. Not today!
So I thought ok, he's sick! So we started our day with him home, and as time has gone on he's becoming more and more angry with his inability to do anything. The thing that sent him to his room was the him throwing his 2 year old brother to the floor. I sent him up to his room threatening to leave him there forever!
He's come down to apologize, and normally I accept it readily--but not today! It was just too heinous an act to have him let himself out of 'Solitary'!! Like I said, I'm probably doing something wrong. I would have expected some of these things to go away by now, but he's just getting worse and worse, and I'm not finding any solutions!
It comes with several sporting games and even a second joystick for more than one player. This is good, as I have four kids.
The nice thing about the Wii--you actually have to play it. You can't just use your fingers. If you are boxing--you literally have to hold the joystick and box. Bowling and tennis are the same way--I think the kids will enjoy it--and it will get them up off of the couch a little more often!
Cyn (Revolutionary/Servant/Guard) has been holding down the block since 1983. In 1998 he began serving thespians at his high school where he laid down phat beats in the pit orchestra for several play productions. Cyn is currently writing, composing, and choreographing a rap opera entitled Melle Mel You Rap Swell. In addition to busting up the theater, Cyn can school you on drums, guitar, and one mean triangle. His musical endeavors have led him to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and at Disney World. Eric hopes you enjoy the play you are about to see as much as he enjoys barbecue tofu. He would like to thank his family, his crew goawaykids, pollito, needle$$, and the makers of Sweet baby Ray's, you know who you are. The sauce is BOSS!
Grayson will turn 8 in February, and start his Bobcat/Wolf program in March. This is PERFECT for our family. Jake has been the Grand Champion for both of his Pinewood Derby's, and with the derby being in February I would have two brothers competing for Champion--and that would be bad. They both want to win all three of their derbies--so the only way to do it is to separate their 'Derby Days'--and this is how we are doing it!
I'm not looking forward to having a Webelos Scout--they seem to do a lot more "grown up" activities--and my baby is just not ready for that!! Ok, so it's his mom that isn't ready for that!
Wait a minute...am I off topic?? hmmmmm, I probably should have put this on my cooking blog, since it deals with food!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday morning before the boys head out to the school bus, they roll the garbage can and the recycling can down to the end of the driveway for the garbage man. Since the move our recycling can has been filled to over flowing. This last Friday was no exception. There were boxes from our new desk sitting folded on top of the box.
So normally I send them out on their own to take care of it--but due to the boxes I came out to the garage to offer some directions and as I stepped down from the first step to the garage floor, the back of my foot snagged on something sharp on the end of step. It sent a portion of the skin from my heel---up under another portion of skin on the heel. In case you can't picture this--it ripped the skin off of one penny size area of my foot--and shoved it up under another penny sized area of my foot--causing it now to be pulled off of it's meaty base!
OH THE PAIN!!! OH THE BLOOD!!! OH THE HUMANITY!!
It's been days--and I'm still limping everywhere I go. I had to go up the stairs--and use nail clippers to try to unwedge the bottom skin from the top skin. Before attempting this I had to thoroughly smear the entire bloody area with Anbesol, you know what you use for a toothache. It numbed it up a bit, but still nearly passed out from the pain and the blood! It hurt so bad!
After my attempt at minor surgery...I found the last huge band aid in the bathroom, and laid down to try to get some rest! I'm hoping it heals soon--I'm not planning to limp around Las Vegas!!
But with a face this cute---I'm not sure I'll be able to stay away!! I just want to snuggle that little girl!!
We had 9 people at our table, all amazing women--many of them counted among my favorite people on earth, so it's pretty hard NOT to have a good time. My husband stayed home with the four kids. Well, he came home for the four kids and then headed back to work when I got home.
It was kind of nice to have 3-4 hours all to myself!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Enough skiers for a west-side resort?
By Leigh Dethman
Deseret Morning News
Published: October 6, 2007
Utah might have the greatest snow on Earth, but are there enough skiers to go around?
With plans for a new resort on the west side of the valley in the Oquirrh Mountains, ski industry insiders say another resort won't snow under the market.
Kennecott officials plan to build a new 3,150-acre ski resort in the mountains above Magna. The resort is part of Kennecott's future vision of Salt Lake County's west bench, with neighborhoods and businesses stretching across the Oquirrhs from the Utah County line all the way to the Great Salt Lake.
The development is estimated to bring in nearly 500,000 new residents in the next 75 years, many of whom will likely be skiers, said Russell Fox, manager of land planning for Kennecott.
The resort would be the first of its kind on the west side of the valley.
"All indications are the market can handle it," Fox said. "With the population potential out on the west bench, it's going to continue to impact the other ski resorts over time."
Nathan Rafferty, president and chief executive officer of Ski Utah, said another resort can only help the Salt Lake market.
"We're in our fourth record year in a row and our — knock on wood — industry here in Utah seems to be doing nothing but shooting upward," said Rafferty. "If they figure out the right niche for them in terms of what kind of customers they want to attract, I think they could do really well, and I'd love to see another resort complement the ones we've got."
Utah's 13 ski resorts put up record numbers last year, with 4,028,094 skier days. The state ended up No. 3 in total skiers behind Colorado and California.
Rafferty said ski markets can reach a point where one resort is too many, but Utah is not to that point yet.
"We're really growing," Rafferty said. "It will just force other resorts to elevate their game a little more and be more competitive, and that's all going to benefit the consumer. It's just another choice for people."
The resort is still in the very early planning stages, a spokeswoman for Kennecott said. The base elevation is planned for 6,200 feet, with the resort's peak reaching 9,350 feet, Fox said.
The planned resort will eventually overlook 10,000 homes in a secluded mountain community called the "Little Valley" flats.
Fox said planners have identified a ski area that is north facing, so the snowpack should be OK. Kennecott recently completed an initial analysis that looked at the slopes, angles and "everything that would justify that there could be a resort out there."
Now Kennecott officials will continue to monitor weather conditions to see what types of snowpacks the resort will get.
"So far, it's promising," Fox said.
Just when the resort is actually built is the real question. The sooner people move in, the sooner Kennecott will build the resort, Fox said.
Ski resorts on the east side of the valley say they're more than happy to share the snow.
"If this is an opportunity to introduce more people to the sport of skiing and snowboarding then we think it's great," said Julia Partain, spokeswoman for Snowbird resort. "We're just really in favor getting more people on skis and boards."
Kennecott also plans to build hiking and biking trails in the Oquirrh Mountains, a spokeswoman said
Not all of the kids are going to want to watch with me, so I may have to find something on Pay Per View for the faint of heart--I'm sure we'll find something appropriate!
For all of you wondering--pizza bread is made using Rhodes Bake and Serve bread dough, bring it to room temperature and roll it on to a large cookie sheet. Then cover with shredded mozzarella cheese, and any pizza toppings you want and bake it. There is no pizza sauce, and the bread rises and thickens to the yummiest crust ever! It's a favorite in this house!
And NO--Canadians aren't Yucky!!
What are some funny ones you've had?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
This morning it was really chilly in the house, so I made the boys a hot cocoa protein drink. Very nice, toasty warm, they enjoyed it--but at 7:30 a.m. I forgot to put the canister containing the chocolate protein powder back into the pantry. Skip to 5 p.m. when I start to smell chocolate. I look back toward the stove--where I had left the canister, and my stomach dropped. The canister was gone! So I followed my sniffer to the a huge, chocolaty powder mess! It was everywhere, and even though the vacuum did a relatively good job, I was still left with a brown haze over most of the mid-section. I worked it over several times with the carpet cleaner--and it looks fine since there are no lights in the living room to highlight the carnage--but it's still there and it will bother me until we replace the carpet...or move!
But finally--the boys are in bed--and the younger two are slowly but surely getting ready to snuggle down--and then Mommy Time is OVER!!
His case is little--I remember my brother's case being much bigger! But the cool thing with his...he can wear it like a backpack! How cool is that! Totally easy to carry. He looked really cute this morning walking to the bus with his cello on his back and his back pack on his chest!!
They are upstairs in Blake's closet playing dress up. It's all very cute! My little 2 year old boy prancing around the house in his high heeled Princess shoes and glittery ball gown! Man I hope this doesn't destroy his delicate psyche!!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I was upstairs cleaning up a "dog eating diaper" mess when the doorbell rang. I thought I was really behind on my timetable--I hadn't even started cooking anything by that point. But then I realized that she had just come early-and I was just fine.
Everyone else came around noon, looked around the house and sat down for a yummy dinner--it was a lot of fun! I knew I liked to have people over!!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
She will be here for Barrett's 3rd birthday party-so that will be really fun. She went in on his big ATV gift--so it will be a good chance for her to see him in action on it! Although, he's not much more than a blur these days!
Monday, October 08, 2007
Then we are supposed to meet my husbands boss at the Pumpkin Farm/Corn Maze. It sounds like a really fun place--so we need to get our day started! I love the days when the boys don't have school--and dad's home and, well, Payday doesn't hurt either!!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
On the days he doesn't take it to school--I may just teach myself how to play it. That way I can help him along the way. Only--I taught myself how to play the piano, and that has never translated into teaching my kids--so I may be 'up in the night' on this one too--but I think a little understanding of the instrument can't hurt!
Anyway--back to my original question--it appears that the ONE person I didn't know on this season's show was also the first person to leave. I guess that just goes to show...I'm not the only one who didn't know Josie Maran. This week, the second person eliminated was also someone I had never heard of, Model Albert Reed.
I'm going to have to sit down and program my Tivo--I'm missing everything!
For today we have baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, broccoli and radishes. Ok--the radishes are mine--but I have to want to eat some of it too! I can't wait for the boys to get home. They are going to be so excited!!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
And they say women are fickle!!
My son was given Lincoln Logs when he was tiny. Kind of a 'nostalgia' gift from his grandma. He played...or threw most of them around for awhile--until he was a little older to figure it out. Then it was both of my older boys. They would play with them for hours building houses and forts--and calling me in to see their creations. And then, just like when we were little, they would be forgotten, then remembered, then forgotten. Today is a "Remember" day--and my two youngest are in the family room trying their hands at making a fort. It's kind of fun to see just how long lasting the idea of this toy really is.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The best part of the day looks like it will be the corn maze. I've never seen one that was a picture as well as a maze. Now mind you-this is my first corn maze period-so there really may be lots and lots of mazes that are pictures too!
What do you think? Pretty spiffy, eh?
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
He was a natural on his ATV! Mind you--it goes about 5 mph! He figured out how to back up and go forward and even turn and go straight! Such a smart boy!
I do think he'll be getting a bike helmet for his real birthday though!
Let me take just a moment to tell you about the scariest thing that has ever happened to me! Sadly--it just happened! I decided it would be really nice "update" my WP on my blog--I had an old one running on this site--and a new one running on a new site--talk about confusing! So I thought, since I couldn't take the new blog back to the old WP--I would bring the old blog--forward!
Well, for the past 3 hours--I thought my blog was gone forever! It disappeared! LITERALLY!! Now to some of you "Techies" out there--this may not have bothered you...I was lost! I had no idea how to get it up and running again and persevered while I tried everything I could think of!
I figured I could get a blog back up and going--but I would have to re-write everything I had done for the past 90+ days. Everything before that would just have to be lost! But when I finally got the last piece of the puzzle in place--my blog came up--empty! I was sad thinking of all of the work that was ahead of me--but happy to have it back. Then up comes this magic button to upgrade my site--I clicked on it--not knowing what it would do--and up came my blog! Everything that I have EVER typed on it is here! Yes, the theme leaves much to be desired...but it's back--and THAT IS ALL I CARE ABOUT!!
I'm literally crying tears of joy at this moment!!
Monday, October 01, 2007
Julie Andrews was born October 1st, 1935, Walter Matthau in 1920 and Richard Harris, the original (and best)Albus Dumbledore, in 1933. The first Model T was produced in Detroit in 1908, The People's Republic Of China created by Mao Tse-Tung in 1949, and Disneyworld opened in Florida in 1971.
Pele, the most renown soccer player retired today, in 1977. Watergate trial began in 1974, in 1969 the Concorde breaks the sound barrier. Julliard opened in New York in 1905, and the Red Cross was founded in 1881.
Pretty good things all in all! I've left a couple things out--but a pretty good day! We'll just have to see what October 1st, 2007 has to offer the world!