- I now answer the door with wet hair and no make-up because Palmer has not yet taken his nap that I use to primp for the day. Many of my neighbors and friends and salesmen will attest to this.
- I no longer wear heals. I was clumsy before I had Palmer, but now I truly believe it would be a safety hazard to wear healed shoes while toting him around.
- I hardly ever wear jewelry because of little, but somehow very strong, baby hands that like to pull and grab.
- I don't wear v-necks because Palmer likes to pull down my shirt and I'm sure everyone has seen enough of my chest as it is with my awkward breastfeeding.
- I usually have spit-up or some type of food mess (from the kids I tend) all over my clothes, and sometimes other places on my body (like the last time I went to get my hair dyed and the beautician said I had some very strong product in my hair that was difficult to brush out. I replied that I had not used any hair product that day and then blushed as I realized, and embarrassingly admitted, it was spit-up).
- I hardly ever curl my hair anymore because if I straighten it I get two days without having to wash and dry it. Which leads me to the next point...
- I have my hair in a pony tail just about every other day.
- I no longer wear dresses. A couple weeks ago I wore my favorite dress, so happy that I could once again fit into it. But alas, when I walked into the mothers' room to nurse, I just stood there dumbfounded as I realized in order to feed my baby I would have to pretty much get naked at church. Needless to say it's been skirts ever since.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
1 3-4 lb. pork roast
1 sm. bag baby carrots
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans cream of celery soup
2 cans French onion soup
salt and pepper to taste
Place roast into slow cooker. Chop the potatoes and add them and carrots to the pot. Cover with soups and cook on low 7-9 hours.
Peach Berry Dessert
8 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1/2 t. almond extract
juice of one lemon
1 1/2 c. fresh blueberries
3/4 c. butter, melted
1 c. flour
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/4 c. quick oats
vanilla ice cream
Place peaches in 9 x 13 pan . Stir in almond extract and lemon juice. Sprinkle berries on top. In a bowl combine butter, flour, brown sugar and oats. Sprinkle over peaches. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday we spent most of the day in the mountains. We found a great spot with a lot of shade by a creek. We went four wheeling (my favorite!), had a BBQ and made smores.
Kelly's girlfriend Mary is an excellent cook. She made us the yummiest breakfasts. Saturday morning we had country biscuits and sausage gravy, fried potatoes, sausage and scrambled eggs. Sunday morning we had scones with honey butter, bacon and peaches and cream.
We really had a great time and we are excited to go back soon to visit again!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The second way I am poopy is pure and utter exhaustion. No, don't try and correct me. I am not pooped. There is no past tense in this action. I am poopy! I am an extremely light sleeper and normally wake up at the drop of a hat. So when Palmer awakes in the morning I am up and in his room before he even gets his eyes open, let alone he begins to cry. This has not been the case the past couple of days. I have awoken bleary eyed, in a daze of confusion to a blood curdling screaming child. Today I was able to go back to sleep with the baby because I didn't have any additional children to tend, and even after another two and a half hour nap I awoke in the same exhausted befuddled state of half-consciousness. I am currently getting ready for my second nap of the day. I even have my mouthpiece in (Yes, I sleep with a mouth piece. I am that cool.) and my contacts out. Hopefully I will wake up this time a little less poopy. Oh crap! Palmer just woke up crying. Nevermind.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
1. Who is your favorite Book of Mormon hero?
2. Name a primary song that includes hand gestures.
3. What is one of the young women values?
4. How many minutes a day do you study the scriptures?
5. Who is your favorite modern day prophet?
6. What calling would scare you the most to receive?
7. What temple do you visit most often?
8. Name a reason a mother would leave a church meeting with her baby.
9. What is something teachers borrow from the library to use in their lessons?
10. What would be the most exciting place to serve a mission?
11. Name a general authority known for giving great conference talks.
12. Name someone who was present at Christ’s birth.
13. What is an item you would see at a ward potluck?
14. What percentage of the time are you on time for church?
15. Name something an LDS family might do on a Sunday afternoon.
16. What is a common assignment given for Family Home Evening?
17. Name is something/someone that is often prayed for.
18. What LDS movie have you seen the most times?
19. What can usually be found in a member’s food storage?
20. Name an uncomfortable item of clothing that church goers wear.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
- 1. Batman! We saw The Dark Knight last night and loved it! I am a huge Batman fan to begin with, and I loved Christian Bale in Batman Begins. This one was even better. I also have always been a huge fan of Heath Ledger (since the moment I first saw him in 10 Things I Hate about You and A Knight's Tale) and was happy to see him doing his thing one last time. He really was an amazing actor! His portrayal of The Joker was so freaky; it gave me the shakes. It was really nice to have a date night as well.
2. Ward members. Thursday night I attended the Relief Society picnic and so enjoyed the company of adults. I have such great friends in the ward. I just love them! It also gave Greg a quiet home to study in for the night. And this afternoon our ward friend Gary brought over some cherry lemon sweet rolls. He makes the best cinnamon rolls in the entire world, which he generously shares with our family. He said he was experimenting with different flavors today, yum. Gary, we will be your guinea pigs anytime you need! He also brought us a 2 GB memory card so that we could take longer videos of Palmer, so kind and thoughtful.
- 3. The Olympics. I've always enjoyed the Olympics. There is just something that makes me marvel at such dedicated athletes, their drive and amazing abilities. Greg is developing a love for the games as well. He wasn't interested in watching them when I first asked if he would like to, but as I had them on television later he also got caught up in the sport of things and now stays up late watching instead of going to sleep when I am ready for bed. We've especially enjoyed watching Micheal Phelps and the American gymnasts. Go team USA!
4. Palmer. Greg has loved having evenings off to spend with the baby, and me too I think. :) Since I started watching other kids I haven't been able to give Palmer as much attention as before and it's made me appreciate the times I have alone with him more. He really is such a joy to be around. Everyone comments on what a happy and smiley baby he is. You can't help but love him.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Honestly, it wasn't so bad. I don't know why I got myself so worked up and was dreading it so much. I only had two additional kids today; more are scheduled to start in a few weeks. And I must say it is easier just having to take care of Palmer, but I handled it. I am tired, but I'm always tired at the end of the day with Palmer, might as well add a few more kids in the tow, help out some of my friends and make a little money.
It may not sound like much to all of you out there. Truly I didn't think it would be a big deal before I had our child (I should have been a bit tipped off when I told my fellow mother friends of my plans to start one month postpartum and they laughed at me. What can I say; I am just a little stubborn). But, I am proud of myself. The kids, Palmer and I survived the day! Wish me luck tomorrow.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Palmer is really beginning to realize who we are, and we can't help but be happy because he loves us. He recognizes our voices (he turns when he hears us and talks with us), our smells (he loves to sleep in our bed our on our pillow) and our faces (he makes sure we have our eyes on him often and always smiles when we make eye contact). I had his pictures taken at Kiddie Kandids a couple of days ago and when he became fussy only mommy could make him happy. He would smile in my arms and pout in the photographer's arms. The photographer even took his last pose as I held him because that's where he was happiest. Palmer is getting very close to rolling over, so he hangs out on the floor now instead of the couch or bed. He likes to play and roll around on the floor, but today when Greg got on the floor with him he was even more excited than usual. His eyes lit up and could not contain the smiles.
Our favorite workshop was the Gender Differences in Communication taught by Dee S. Barrett. It was great, very funny and so true! Greg and I have learned to communicate pretty well with each other during our years of marriage, but to have it totally spelled out for us was enlightening. I wish we had taken the class when we first got married. It would have saved us a lot of trouble. Brother Barrett explained that men and women use communication for different things, men to complete a task and women to feel closeness/intimacy. He also said that men and women think differently, which also leads to differences in communication. He compared a man's mind to the ridges in a waffle. He said when a man is doing something his brain is completely focused on that one thing; it's like being inside a specific crevice in a waffle. In order to think of something else, the man must leave that crevice and work in another one which completes another different task. He compared a women's brain to air traffic control, they take everything in and process it all at once. For example when a man is at work, he is focused on work. When a woman is at work she thinks of work, home, her family, friends, etc. He also pointed out that when you present a new idea to a man and ask what he thinks about it, he needs a moment to process that. He is first completing one task, which is listening, then he has to go to another task which is thinking and deciding his opinion. Women are different and will feed off each other when talking, forming their opinion the moment the information starts coming to them. Really interesting stuff, I thought. He did point out that this is how men's and women's brains work naturally; it is possible to condition them in other ways.
Brother Barret pointed out 8 ways in which men and women are alike.
- Both men and women need to feel safe and secure.
- Both men and women need to develop a positive picture of themselves.
- Both men and women need to value themselves and feel valued.
- Both men and women need to be involved in close loving relationships.
- Both men and women need to feel like they belong.
- Both men and women need to self-respect and feel like they are respected by others.
- Both men and women need to grow and develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
- Both men and women need to feel competent and like they are good at doing or achieving certain things.
I want to share one last thought he said that I thought was quite profound. He said, "If you like who you are, you will allow someone to love you."
What a wonderful opportunity it was to attend this conference. I was touched, uplifted and motivated. I saw some old school friends, and Greg and I met a good friend of Greg's dad, Chad Hymas, one of the speakers. I wish I had realized what a benefit these gatherings are when I was a youth and when I was single, and taken more advantage of all that was offered to me. Even with our best efforts we were unable to convince any of the singles in our ward to attend. We will continue to try and get them involved, but like most callings, it seems that this new calling is going to teach us more than anyone else.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
A Novel Service
by Lera Hess
at my very fingertips
to remember a history
journey far-off lands
battle a grand war
dance with an elf
fall in love once more
The door lays open
it does not judge
so it will not reject
through isles and rows
words, paragraphs and indexes
An escape of life
with new life
more than I -
could alone imagine
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Some other things mentioned that helped me was that we should not expect perfection from ourselves. I think women especially have a hard time with this. I often feel I am not good enough, not strong enough. Another sister commented that if we come to Christ he will make up the difference. What a blessing! We were also advised to work on the aspects of ourselves that we can change and accept the things we cannot change.
A suggestion was made to keep to do lists (I love lists!) that we can check off and look back over to help us realize the good work we have done. I used to make lists just about every day until I became a SAHM. I will be taking that habit up again. There is some strange sense of satisfaction that comes from checking off an item on your list. What a small thing that can make you feel of worth.
One last thought I'd like to share. It's a quote by Leighton Ford. "God loves us the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way."
I hope those of you who read this know of what great worth you are in the sight God and others who love and know you.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Kay’s Pork Roast
1 3-4 lb. pork roast
salt and pepper
½ c. butter
8 oz. fresh sliced mushrooms
1 onion, diced
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 c. water
¼ c. flour
½ c. cooking sherry
Roll roast in flour and salt and pepper. Melt butter in roasting pan. Brown roast in butter. Place roast in crock pot. Saute mushrooms and onions in remaining butter. Remove from the pan and put in crock pot with the roast. Put bouillon cubes and water in the pan with remaining butter. Bring to a boil. Add flour and sherry. Stir with a wire whisk to get lumps out of flour. Cook just long enough to get a smooth consistency. Pour over roast. Cook on low 7-9 hours. When ready, whisk drippings to get a smooth consistency for gravy.