- Palmer refused to take a single nap during the entire eight hours of driving.
- We ate our weight in delicious food (gourmet lunch meat sandwiches for lunch, steak with baked potatoes and grilled zucchini for dinner, sausage gravy over biscuits with scrambled eggs for breakfast, and bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and roasted chocolate marshmallows for snacking).
- I learned how to play Texas Hold 'Em. I'm not very good at bluffing... no surprise there.
- We took a scenic drive through the mountains and saw sheep, deer and cows.
- We watched a Last Comic Standing marathon.
- Palmer did his normal ransacking of every electronic and breakable object in their home.
- I looked longingly at their hot tub and four wheelers. Greg was a good sport and did not get in the hot tub or go four wheeling since I, being so pregnant, was unable to do so myself. What a nice hubby.
- Palmer had an on going battle between himself and the two dogs to see who was tougher. The dogs usually won.
- We had a great time visiting with family!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. This is one of my favorite books. It a fun, easy read and yet it also has a lot of poignancy.
- Tide Pen. I love these! I try to always have one in my purse/diaper bag. I am quite the clumsy klutz, and this little miracle pen has saved numerous items of clothing.
- Sobe Lifewater. Greg has gotten me hooked on these. I have always been a water person, and don't even really like soda pop. But put one of these babies in front of me and I can chug it in seconds. I also enjoy Vitamin Waters and Gatorade Rains.
- Big necklace. I like jewelry that makes a statement, big and gaudy some might even say. What's the point of accessorizing if other's don't notice it right?
- Homemade cards. Everyone knows I love to scrapbook, and so handcrafted cards are right up my alley. I don't remember the last time I gave someone a store bought card.
- My favorite recipes. These were the only repeat from the last time I participated in a favorite things exchange. I would have included a sample of one of the desserts listed, but Susan is on a diet and I didn't want to tempt her too much.
I love these parties! I could seriously do one every month.
Today I am attending a paper crafting swap hosted by a good friend I met during my working days at Scrapbook Heaven. I made a card to exchange this particular month (the front and inside of that said card are pictured here). It's been a while since I made a shaker box; I had forgotten how cute they are. We will also be doing a make and take at the get together this afternoon. What exciting times for me!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I am so thankful for temples, and especially for how near so many of them are to us, enabling us to attend often. I am thankful for the work we are able to do there, and for all the blessing we receive for temple service, most especially eternal families and for the peace and personal guidance the temple offers. The spirit was so very strong during the dedication today; how blessed I feel to know of the gospel and receive the blessings of attending the temple.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I can not help but wonder what he will come up with when he enters the "Why?" stage.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
It started acting up last night, making funny noises and stalling a couple times at lights. This afternoon it drove fine as I dropped off Palmer at my sister's so I could go to my OB appointment, but just before arriving at the office, it died in mid-drive. I coasted into the parking lot and to avoid hitting a car had to come to a stop right at the entrance. No matter what I tried the car would not start up again. Everyone was honking at me and getting very annoyed and I couldn't do anything about it. It's not likely that I could move a car on my own, but being eight months pregnant, there was no possible way. I called Greg in a panic and he said he would leave work and come to help. I put on my hazards and went to my appointment, letting the front desk know (on the verge of tears) that my husband was coming to move the car and to please not have it towed. Needless to say, at my visit my blood pressure was a little high. Greg arrived after a half hour, and was able to move the car into a parking spot. We went to the store to buy a towing rope and he towed me and the car to a nearby autoshop.
So I'm trying to be positive here. At least I made it into the parking lot and wasn't stuck on the street. Thankfully, Greg's work is unbelieveable slow with the department being laid off and he was able to help. My sister saved the day by watching Palmer for a couple additional unexpected hours as we towed the car. We have a small emergency fund we had planned on using on medical bills and to help with both of us losing our income (I will not be able to work for six weeks with the c-section recovery), but at least we have something to pull from and hopefully have enough to fix the car.
If anyone wants to send some happy, uplifting thoughts my way, please feel free to do so. I have faith that everything will work out, I really do. But it is hard not to get down when you are in the brunt of your trials.
The Proposal. Two weekends ago Greg and I hired a babysitter for the third time since Palmer was born and went out to a movie. We saw The Proposal, and I'm not sure if it was because we really needed a night out together, we were kid free, and watching an adult movie, but we both thought the film was phenomenal, absolutely hilarious! It was a very fun night that was over far too quickly. As a bonus, the young women in our ward are amazing babysitters! I came home to a very happy baby who our sitter was on the floor playing with and a sink clean kitchen sink since she had even washed the dishes they had used for dinner. Wow, what service!
The Yard. Our backyard is still a jungle, but not from lack of effort. We have been making slow progress on it but progress nonetheless. Greg is working four ten hour shifts at work until the layoff, and has had Monday free to work on the yard. We borrowed a neighbor's trailer and have just about piled it full of dead trees, overgrown bushes and human sized weeds. This entire load only constitutes a teeny tiny corner we have reclaimed, about 1/15 of the area we need to tackle.
Palmer is on the move at church. Not that he is per say bad at church, but he is definitely a handful! He is wild child and runs and climbs all over the place. He is loud and very distracting from the talks and lessons. Of course through all this he is also very charming, silly, and funny, so we can't even get completely annoyed about it. I just hope our ward doesn't ban us from coming until he gets into nursery. The new baby will be coming a month before Palmer is in nursery, and I'm thinking we might just wait to come back after that. Two babes not in nursery seems a little too much to handle right now.
FHE with Grandma Nancy. Greg's mom's birthday is today, so last night we brought her a present and took her to Cabela's with us for family home evening. I've taken Palmer there once before, but he much more enjoyed the sights (and Grandma) this time. We looked through the aquarium, at all the animals, took in a few games at the shooting range, feed the fish, and of course took home some very yummy gourmet fudge. It was almost like a free trip to the zoo, or more acurately, a zoo with very still, calm animals.
Friday, August 14, 2009
3/4 c. sugar
1 T. milk
1/3 c. shortening
2 t. almond extract
1/3 c. oil
Cream above ingredients until light and fluffy.
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
Sift the three ingredients listed above. Gradually blend into wet mixture on low speed. Spread crust onto ungreased 12” pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees, 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Cool.
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/3 c. sugar
½ t. vanilla.
Blend above ingredients. Spread over crust. Cover with a variety of fruit. To fill a rectangular cookie sheet make 1 1/2 of recipe.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
- How to open a door
- How to climb on the kitchen table, as well as the tables at work
- How to turn off the computer and feed paper through the printer
- How to pick his nose
- How to take off his shoes
- How to resist walking in the direction we are leading him (i.e. lay down in the middle of the parking lot)
- How to open the top drawers in our kitchen, which include medicine, spices and silverware
- How to reach through his crib slats to get to toys and blankets so that he can play instead of sleep during nap time
- How to shut a door in your face
Regardless of the mess, craziness and running around these new behaviors create, we've really been enjoying this age. Fifteen months is a fun time stock full of a lot of learning, a lot of personality and a lot of silly quirks. He currently has a shoe fetish. I think he loves his shoes so much because he associates them with going "bye-bye." He dances by waving the palm of his hand face down in the air over and over; he portrays his west-side roots with pride! He also begs like a puppy to let us know when he is hungry and wants food (I will surely be getting this on video soon, because it is hilarious). And today at lunch, he discovered that an olives fits perfectly on the tip of his finger. As you can see the discovery just made his day!
1/2-3/4 cup diced precooked bacon
1/2-3/4 cup diced precooked sausage
2 chopped Roma tomatoes
2 cups shredded Monterrey and Colby cheese blend
1 cup sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
Butter a 9 x 13 inch casserole pan. Spread meat, tomatoes, and cheese along the bottom of the pan. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs well. Add sour cream and salt and pepper and beat well. Pour egg mixture over meat, tomatoes and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until set in the center. To check for doneness, insert knife in center. If it comes out clean, it's ready.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I am mostly worried about how this will affect our insurance, and the delivery, whether I will be able to stay with my current OB. Greg has lost his job once before, but now with a child, a pregnancy and a mortgage, being unemployed is a much more terrifying prospect. I know many of our friends are going through this as well and can understand how I am feeling right now and I appreciate that. I think now that we are going through it ourselves we have gained better insight into others' trials.
Monday, August 3, 2009
The yard sale was a great success. It was a lot of work and a long day out in the sun, but we saved ourselves more than half the loads we would have taken to the D.I. (plus borrowing a friend's truck), made some extra money off of items we no longer wanted and best of all, dejunked our house to make room for the new baby. Thanks to all those who dropped by and supported us!