Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday morning my sisters and I woke at 3:30 am to hit the sales. It is a tradition that we go together every year. We love the thrill of the sales, the crowds and the all around madness. This year was by far my most successful. We made great time and were done by noon, with a breakfast break at Village Inn in the mix. I got everything I set out to get, including a killer deal on a big screen LCD TV (thanks to my pushy sister who insisted to all the customers that the line started behind us... and yes, we were those three crazy woman dancing and screaming in line at Sears, at 5:00 am, when the cashier informed us we were getting the last TV in stock). Greg and I are forgoing gifts this year and instead buying a nice big television to play with as a family. We had planned to wait until Christmas to get it out, but by the time I got home from shopping Greg had already set it all up; he was too excited. I must admit I didn't mind too much, and it has been thoroughly enjoyed since. We gave Palmer his gift early too, so it might be a bit of a let down Christmas morning this year. We'll just have to savor those stocking gifts, I guess.
One downer about the holiday was that I had the stomach flu. I made it through the dinner and the shopping, but only because I was pretty determined not to miss out on the fun. I am finally feeling better. However, I don't know how long it'll be before I can look at Thanksgiving food again and not get queasy. It was worth it though... nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
- Laundry. I never get to laundry until I am left with absolutely nothing to wear, and even then it only gets washed. Each weekend I end up with about five loads in the laundry room that I need to fold.
- Vacuuming and Dusting. Our home is basically picked up and straightened, but we never seem to get around to the deep cleaning. Just don't look too closely at the baseboards.
- The Yard. Our yard has been a nightmare since the day we bought the house. I am so overwhelmed by it; I don't even know where to begin! The front lawn in choppy and the back yard is an absolute jungle. Based on the exterior of our home, we are the white trash family in our neighborhood.
- Dejunking. Since we purchased the house from my Dad, we inherited a whole lot of my parents' odds and ends. The attic, the garage and the backroom are full of my parents' unwanted belongings.
- Exercising. I have a newfound passion for working out now that I have a free gym membership from my job and with that an hour of free daycare a day. I love having the break to do something for myself, and I plan to go everyday I am not working (I don't think Palmer could handle another hour in the day care on the days I do work), yet, sadly, I only seem to make it about once a week.
- The Mail. We are notorious for not getting our mail. I'm sure the mailman mutters profanities under his breath each time he opens our stuffed to the brim mailbox.
- Visiting Teaching. Once again it is the end of the month and I have not done my visiting teaching. I guess a phone call will have to do it this time.
- Shopping. For those of you who knew me in my single life years, this one is a shocker! I love shopping, but between naps and feedings it is just too hard to make it to the store for anything other than the bare essentials. Thankfully, Greg is taking the day after Thanksgiving off from work so that he can watch Palmer while I go shopping; I am so excited!
- Writing and Reading. I'm glad I am participating in the book group, otherwise I would never finish a novel. Even so, I start the book for the group the day after it is decided upon and finish the day of the discussion. The time before last, I didn't even finish it. What a shameful admission from an English major! As for writing, I am trying to find the time to redevelop my previous passion. I even started writing a book, a lifetime goal of mine, but am not getting very far because by the time I really get into the flow of it, Palmer awakes from his nap.
- And apparently, bathing my son. At least I bathe myself, right? I'm pretty sure if it had been me lacking a dip in the tub, I, as well as many others, would have realized it before a week's time.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I was bald until I was two, and we think Palmer might follow suit. Lately though, we have, to our dismay, noticed a little more hair growth atop his head. It is thin and extremely light in color, so it's not too obvious, but it's still sad to see him move on from the hairless state by which he is so well known. Oh well, I guess all things must eventually come to an end. His baldness is super cute now, but I suppose if it continued in such a manner, with his light complexion, he might end up looking like Powder. I suppose we will just have to enjoy it while it lasts and sap up all the good luck possible from our bald headed babe whom we love so very much.
Friday night we went out with some friends in the ward, the Crowfords and the Hursts to celebrate Gary Hursts' birthday. We went to a restaurant in Bountiful called Mandarin. It honestly was the best Chinese food I have ever had! The company was great to; we had a blast. I made Brownie Goody Bars for Gary. They are his favorite and we, of course, enjoyed snacking on the few that didn't fit on the plate we gave him.
Saturday during the day we saw Twilight. An old coworker and her son offered to watch Palmer. We had them over for lunch before we left for the movie as a thank you. We had Papa Murphy's pizza and what Greg calls a pregnancy salad (this time it included spinach leaves, cottage cheese, bacon, craisens, pecans and raspberry vinigrette). It's called pregnancy salad in our home because I always craved green salads with fruit when I was pregnant. At least once a week Greg came home to a big macked out salad for dinner which contained one or all of the following: mandarin oranges, craisens, strawberries, and/or raspberries.
Saturday evening we visited our friends the Jennes in Orem to see their new baby girl, Madelyn. She is adorable! So sweet and so tiny. She's pretty mellow and likes to sleep. I think she looks like her momma. I held the baby and chatted with Jenn while Greg and Jake played the Wii (as always).
Sunday we went to church. Palmer only fussed for a very short time, which was great because we were able to enjoy the lessons. We had a wonderful lesson based on President Uchtdorf's talk "The Infinite Power of Hope". I remembered being inspired by the talk during conference. Upon revisiting it, I was once again uplifted. During the closing prayer all the sisters in our Relief Society held hands. It was a nice moment; I truly love all my friends in our ward. They are wonderful women, and I am so very blessed to have them in my life.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Finally, we come to Palmer. He doesn't yet have a set nickname, but we do call him just about everything under the sun. It always starts with the phrase "little" and often, but not always, ends with some sort of dessert or seasonal item. We call him Little Pumpkin, Little Sweetie Pie, Little Pudding, Little Pudding Pie, Little Turkey Squirt, Little Kumquat, Little Polliwog, Little Lima Bean, Little Cookie, Little Bug, Little Cupcake, Little Baby Cakes, and so on and so forth. I suppose the right one will stick when we find it.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
No Looking While it’s Cooking Chicken
4 tbsp. butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
2 c. uncooked rice
1 soup can milk
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
Grease 9 x 13 pan with butter. Sprinkle raw rice on top. Combine soup over rice and pour milk over soup. Place chicken on top. Sprinkle dry onion soup mix over chicken. Cover pan with tin foil. Bake at 275 degrees for 3 hours. Do not lift foil during cooking time.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
products used - stamps: Hero Arts, ink: Close to my Heart, ribbon: Ofray, popdots: 3L
products used - stamps: Hero Arts, ink: Close to my Heart, fibers: Making Memories, other: staples
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I miss her so much. For some reason, I don't know if is it the season change, the upcoming holidays, or the fact that I am not so overwhelmed with being pregnant and having a new baby, but lately I've really had a difficult time not having her around. I've truly noticed an absence in my life. I think I will need to make another trip to her grave again soon, one where I am alone and can let all my emotions out.
Happy birthday to you Mom. You were one of a kind! You are deeply loved and deeply missed. I look forward to the day when I can once again see you and hug you.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, for the first time since I had Palmer, I was able to go to the gym and get a good workout. One of the perks of my new job is a free membership to the fitness center, and as a member I receive one hour free a day of childcare. Exercising felt great! I actually wasn't as out of shape as I thought I would be (I guess those mommy muscles are pretty well developed), but I must say that my stomach is so incredibly weak since the c-section. It about killed me to do 50 crunches. It was so nice to have a short break from the demands of motherhood and do something for myself. I just might become an exercise fanatic!
Friday night we went out to dinner at Greg's favorite restaurant (I really like it too) Texas Roadhouse. The food was really good; you can't get anything better than their warm rolls with honey cinnamon butter. But it ended up not being much fun, because Palmer screamed the whole time. We took turns walking him around the crowded restaurant and outside, but the moment we went back to the table to eat, he cried loud and hard. The same thing happened the last time we went to the Olive Garden. I think he is acting up so much because he sees us eating and wants to eat too. Unfortunately he can't eat what we are having and it's not to easy to spoon feed a baby food at a bustling restaurant. I'm thinking, from now on, if we want to have a pleasant and relaxing time going out to eat we will have to get a babysitter.
That evening we watched a good movie, Lars and the Real Girl. It's about a lonely man who purchases a doll to act as his companion. He truly believes the doll is real and his friends and family go along with the delusion in order to help him work through his emotional baggage. I would have never given it a chance if my friend hadn't recommended it to me, but I am glad we did. It was funny, poignant and very touching. So if your up for a good artistic film, give it a try.
And finally Sunday we had my side of the family over for dinner. We get together with them every other Sunday for a potluck dinner. The person in charge of the main course hosts. I made spaghetti carbonara. My sister Sariah is pictured enjoying the dish. I had to substitute turkey bacon because my sister is allergic to pork, and had to made a glutton free version of the meal because my brother-in-law and my nephew are allergic to wheat. We also have allergies to or intolerances of garlic, nuts, citrus, milk, and eggs in the mix. It's always a challenge to figure out something that everyone can eat. The spaghetti carbonara recipe was a wedding shower gift. It is very, very easy to prepare and is a yummy dish. Enjoy!
6 slices on bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
12 oz. spaghetti
1 beaten egg
1 cup half and half
2 tbs. Butter
½ c. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Cook spaghetti for 8-10 minutes until tender but still firm. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine egg, half and half, and butter in a small sauce pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until egg mixture just coats a metal spoon (about 6 minutes). Immediately pour sauce over spaghetti; toss gentle to coat. Add bacon, cheese and parsley; toss to mix. Season with pepper.
Friday, November 7, 2008
2. What kind of car did you drive? My mom's Oldsmobile Achieva.
3. Did you pass your driver's license test first try? Yes, although now that I look back on it, I was a pretty scary driver.
4. Where you a party animal? I liked to party, but in a good Mormon girl kind of way.
5. Were you considered a flirt? No, I had a serious boyfriend.
6. Were you in band, orchestra or choir? Choir.
7. Were you a nerd? I don't think so, others might disagree.
8. Were you on any varsity teams? Definitely no, I am not coordinated at all.
9. Did you ever get suspended/expelled? No, but I did, on occasion, sluff during my senior year (with my mother's knowledge even... she trusted me not to take advantage.) We were caught several times by my best friend's parents. Every time she told them I had started my period to get out of trouble, thanks fot that Jen!
10. Can you still sing the fight song? No, but I know my junior high song because I later worked there as a teacher, does that count?
11. Who were your favorite teachers? Mrs. Lofgren, Mrs. Packer, Ms. Heart, all English teachers. 12. Where did you sit for lunch? In the middle of the commons area on the stairs.
13. What is your school's full name? Hunter High School.
14. What is your schools mascot and colors? Wolverine, blue and silver.
15. Did you go to homecoming and with who? Yeah, with my high school boyfriend Nick.
16. If you could go back and do it again, would you? I liked high school a lot, but I'm really happy with where I am in life right now.
17. What do you remember most about graduation? Sneaking into Jenny's grandparent's hot tub in the middle of the night. Later we found out her grandpa almost shot us with his gun because he thought we were burglars.
18. Where did you go senior skip day? I don't remember. Probably out to breakfast, and maybe shopping?
19. Were you in any clubs? Yes, I lived and slept for Literary Magazine, also Physics Club (no idea why!), Key Club, French Club (once again, not sure why, I took Spanish), and Concert Choir. 20. Have you gained some weight since then? Sadly, yes.
21. Who was your prom date? Once again, my boyfriend at the time.
22. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion? Maybe.
23. Did you have a job in high school? I worked at Blockbuster and for a very short period of time, Discover Card.
I'm going to tag my fellow alumni bloggers: Jenn, Lyndee, Lissa, Adrienne, Rie, Sarah, Tanya, Kristina, Haley, Nick, Jay, Valerie, Mindy, and Missy... and anyone else who wants to take a walk down memory lane.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I also started my new job at the fitness center day care yesterday. I think it will work out just great. It was a bit rough last night because Palmer had his shots earlier, and was fussy and very clingy (I had to hold him the entire time; my arms felt like jello by the end of my shift). I didn't plan that too well. But it was definitely easier than watching children in my home. Most of the kids are only in there for an hour and there are a lot of fun things to occupy their attention. My sister-in-law also works there and it is nice to spend time with her and my cute nieces. I think the environment will be good for Palmer too, because he will be exposed to other children and hopefully learn to play nicely with them. That way when we have our next child it won't be a huge adjustment for Palmer.
We were home in time to watch the end of the presidential election. I'm a bit worried that both houses as well as the president are democratic. I think our country is far too liberal as it is, but I guess that's why as members of the church we live in the world, and not of it. Even though I voted for McCain, I do think it's pretty amazing that we have a black president. What a way to absolutely shatter the boundaries of race.
I am so grateful for the health and wellness of our family. The Lord truly looks after us and provides for us.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Well, the children I watched at daycare would not drink water, and after realizing I could not afford to provide them with gallons and gallons of juice all day long, I started buying and making Kool-Aid. They were happy with that, as was my wallet. Greg started drinking the leftover Kool-Aid with his meals, and one night I tried it and realized I actually liked it too. Crazily enough, I am now, at 26 years of age, addicted to Kool-Aid! I realized this was not okay the other night when we had friends over for dinner. I had made a considerably yummy, very adult, meal and Greg offered them Kool-Aid as their accompanying beverage. They tried to hide it, but I'm pretty sure I saw them give us a strange look. So, for the sake of maintaining our cool, okay not cool, but maybe normal, status and so that I do not gain back the baby weight, I have decided to wean myself off the juice... I mean Kool-Aid.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
He has learned: to eat purified versions of just about everything under the sun: prunes, apples, pears, peaches, peas, green beans, squash and sweet potatoes, and as of last night at Leatherby's the banana from our banana split, to also suck his right thumb, and to sleep a couple more (now up to 9-10) hours at night
He likes: jumping in his jumperoo, eating baby food, going on walks, flirting with everyone he meets, playing with toys, being outside in the wind and putting his fingers (and Mom's and Dad's fingers) in his mouth
He dislikes: napping anywhere but in his crib, going to the doctor (he now associates the doctor's table with getting shots), being confined to the carseat and as always pacifiers
Things he does that makes us laugh: funny faces, wakes up laughing and cooing in the morning, lots of wiggling, big smiles and giggles