Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I was at Walmart doing some grocery shopping today. Buying milk, cheese, anything I can get there because it's less than the grocery stores, then I head over to Dave's Market for the fresh stuff. So, I have my cart loaded with canned goods, dairy, some hot dogs, and some frozen items, and I have Matthew and Brooklynn with me. This lady is ahead of me in the checkout line, and her cart is filled beyond capacity. Truly, this woman had a talent at cart-packing. Her cart was filled with a couple matching comforter sets, a couple of candle do-dah thingys, an X-Box 360, and a brand spanking new 26+inch tv/dvd combo.
Hmm...no judgement on my part, people are entitled to buy whatever they feel like, fine with me. UNTIL!!! They have the audacity to make comments like these!
I make a nice comment on how pretty her comforter sets are, and she tells me that she "just couldn't not buy them, she saw them and loved them." and then she admits that "I actually didn't come in here to buy comforters, my two boys are at the dentist right now, and I promised them that if they were good for the dentist that I would buy them an X-box and a TV for their room."
So, I'm totally taken aback. In fact, I'm thinking..."WOW! I totally lost the parent lottery here! Gee Mom and Dad! I was good for Dr. Cutforth all of those years...and what did I get?" (of course I'm kidding guys.) So, I say "Wow, they're pretty lucky boys! How nice of you!" and she says, "Ya, but the dentist is gunna kill me, cuz now I don't think I have enough cash left to pay him."
But she doesn't stop there. She takes a glance at my cart and says, "Wow, you sure are buying a lot of food." "I wish I could afford to feed my family that well." OKAY. Here is the point where she left herself WIDE OPEN for my judgements...but I was very proud of myself. I kept all of my meanest thoughts to myself...thoughts like, "hey, return the x-box and tv and you'll have about $500.00 to spend on food today!!!"
Instead, I simply smiled...took a deep breath, and said, "I sure wish I could afford an x-box and new tv!" (I decided to let her off the hook for the comforter sets and candles...who knows? Maybe she really did NEED new comforter sets and tacky candles!)
There ya have it folks. Everyone has different priorities as to what they do with their finances...for 6 out of the nearly 10 years that Andy and I have been married we've been students, and now we're students living off of loans which we carefully budget to support a family of 6. Not easy. Sometimes you have to not buy the things that you just "Have to Have"...because that's what you do to make things work.
I do regret one thing about today. I lied to that lady. oops. I don't wish that I could afford an x-box...nope. If I had my choice...it would be a Nintendo wii.
Ahh....that was therapeutic. Thanks.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The Primary's singing in Sacrament Meeting is always a highlight of my Mother's Day. This year was Brooklynn's first year singing as a Sunbeam. She was so excited to go up there. Two times she stood up to go up to the front and I had to ask her to sit down because it wasn't her turn yet. When it was time for them to sing, she made sure that she was standing right in front. It just cracked me up.
After church while we were waiting for dinner to come out of the oven, Andy took all of the kids up to our bedroom and I heard a lot of giggling and various exclamations of excitement. Each year, Andy always finds ways to make my day awesome. I love it. So, after a while of this secretiveness in the bedroom, they all come running down and Brooklynn blurts out everything they wrapped up for me. (and I pretend to have not heard a word of course)
Here she is, so excited for me to open my "Birthday Presents." We couldn't get her to understand that it wasn't my birthday. She is still convinced that it was my birthday on Sunday. Okay, so I look at this picture and realize that her face does not spell excitement...but trust me, she could hardly contain herself. :)
And, the rest of the pictures will be a bit blurry. This is because of the excitement of my children. They could hardly contain themselves, and it just made me laugh. Here they are telling me which gift to open first.So, Brooklynn convinced me to open her gift first. She had wrapped it all by herself. And she did a great job. I think she used at least a half roll of scotch tape on it. I finally got it open, and it was a picture that she had colored in her primary class. It was so cute of her to wrap it up for me. I loved it. Sometimes, I wonder why we don't just wrap up little notes and give them to each other every day...what a little sweetie.Okay, and I think the kids' favorite gift was the kitchen shears. Funny huh. I can't get over it. They wanted me to go straight into the kitchen and cut something with them. The kitchen shears are now located on top of the fridge. I'm suspicious. You can see Brooklynn's fascination with them...that spells D-A-N-G-E-R.
And this was my favorite gift. As you can tell by the blurriness of the picture, I have just been tackled by three (although you can only see two) hungry children, and I deserved it because I was holding a box of chocolate cremes...yum. I had to open them up right then, and it took a great deal of personal sacrifice to share. Yes, I admit. I'm selfish when it comes to chocolate cremes. My favorite is raspberry creme in dark chocolate. So good. Anyway...Andy knows my weaknesses very well. :)
Mother's Day always makes me realize how blessed I am. I couldn't ask for more loving, imaginative, intelligent, bright children. When they gather around me and I can see them bubbling over with excitement to give me handmade, self-wrapped gifts...and understand that that is their way of showing me how special I am to them...it really just makes everything that I do as a mother so much more meaningful. And it makes me wonder in amazement at how Heavenly Father has entrusted me...with all of the shortcomings that I have...to raise them.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
For example, one day he reached up onto the top of my dresser and grabbed one of my jewelry boxes. I came up to my bedroom to find that he had emptied out the entire contents of that jewelry box into the bathtub, and then had emptied an entire bottle of shampoo onto them. Apparently, he thought that my jewelry was dirty and needed a good cleaning.
Another time, he got into Andy's sock drawer and put a pair into the fridge, another pair into the office garbage, and another pair into his crib...apparently just stocking up for later on when his foot would be a size 14.
He is also very dangerous around the toilet...he really enjoys watching things flush down...but I won't get into that.
This past week Andy and I have been busy painting the girls' room...well, Andy went on an errand run to the Home steal all your money Depot, and left me there painting. I had put up the gate so that none of the kids could come into the room. The girls were downstairs in the toyroom playing, and Taylor was reading. Matthew was just wandering around the living room playing with his toys...or so I thought. I was painting in the closet and I kept hearing a "plunk" sound, followed by the laundry chute door slamming shut. This kept happening, and I although I wondered who was doing that, I figured that I needed to keep painting and finish quickly.
Later that night, when I went down to sort laundry, I realized that the plunking noises were actually a bunch of miscellaneous objects that Matthew had been throwing down the chute. I put them all on the steps and took a picture of them because I thought it was so funny. Here is his "chute collection."
Yesterday while I was making dinner, again with the gate up so he couldn't come into the kitchen and get into everything...I happened to glance around the corner because I heard sounds in the office. I caught him "figuring out" the computer. Here he is, caught-in-the-act. I LOVE the look on his face.
So, I get him down, and take him into his room with his toys, and ask Taylor to watch him. (Taylor was doing his homework) About 2 minutes later? I hear sounds in the office again, and this is what I see.
Yes, he is trying to explain to me why he actually needs to be on the computer chair taking the printer apart...apparently it needed a tuneup.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Rachey spends so many hours each summer out here picking flowers. It looks like she's teaching Brooklynn how to do it as well. :) Now I'll have two cups of flowers in my kitchen window instead of just one!
And now she's a beautiful 6 year old.
(if you click on the pictures, they will enlarge)
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
So, over the past couple of years I've slowly worked on little things here and there...like the one day that I had just "HAD IT!" with that ugly wallpaper and tore it all down. Brooklynn thought that was so awesome, watching mom just start pulling the walls down. She immediately went into her room and started ripping her wallpaper...but that's another story for another post.
Long story short...the room is finished except for doors and flooring, which will come a little later. I love how the room turned out...it is so fun, and well worth the work it took to make it new!
I can't believe it, but I really didn't take any "before" pictures...but if you look in the background of this picture you can see where the wallpaper is only halfway there...and what's behind it is glue haze over old dirty paint.
And here is the room after all the work. I love it. I took about a month to do prep work...filling holes, sanding, filling and sanding again...etc.,etc. Then Andy showed me how to install a chair rail, and it took a while, but I actually got it on STRAIGHT and LEVEL!!! The fun part was painting. Tay has wanted a blue room forever...so I chose these two colors with white trim. Then I put a border of airplanes around the top of the room (so it looks like I may be making him a new quilt this winter to match the airplane theme) and I put the old blinds out on the tree lawn and installed...yes, my favorite...the 2'' faux wood blinds.
This is a closeup of the "buddy wall" as Taylor calls it. I think it turned out really fun. I am a collector of Willowtree figurines...and yes, I designed an entire wall around this "Brothers" figurine. Obsessed? Maybe. A strong maybe.
And here's the slideshow that includes all of the pictures from start to finish...enjoy!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Here they are in the rain forest...we went here first because it was dry! There's an alligator in this tank that they were looking at underwater, he was submerged. And here they are looking at the Orangutan's (ahem. I don't know have to spell that one...okay orangish monkeys) This mother "orange monkey thing" had the cutest little baby that was climbing the ropes all the way to the top of the dome ceiling...the kids were pretty caught up in it for a while.
By the look on Rachey's face, I'd say that she just saw something really cool, or something really gross...I don't know which.
Here's a bigger group of some of Rachey's classmates...with a couple of siblings mixed in.
Here we are after having good healthy nourishment. Notice how Brooklynn climbed up in the back with big sister. Seriously, I was so impressed with how patient Rachel was all day!!!
And little Matthew was a trooper. He was so happy to be carried around in the backpack carrier all day...thanks Andy! I wasn't up for it! (So I was sitting two rows back from Andy and Matthew on the shuttle...and these two old ladies were sitting in the row ahead of me...he was flirting with these old ladies, grinning and cooing....Matthew was flirting, NOT Andy...Andy wanted me to make that clear.)
Here's Rachey at the end of our day at the gorilla enclosure...look at how small her hand is next to the big guy's. Yikes!
Okay, and this is documentation that I was there...strep and all. (Don't worry, it's not contagious past 24 hours of taking antibiotics...and this had been a couple of days) But...I was seriously ready to go home and rest...those Kindergarteners wore me out!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Well, I didn't feel well enough to do any work yesterday or today...but I also just can't sit around. I'd rather sleep, but "ha ha ha" when you have small children it doesn't matter if mom is sick, life goes on...so sleep is out of the question. Hmm...what to do. Tada!!! I pulled out a project that needed to be done. A project that I was waiting to do until our remodeling took us to the living room...but hey, I did it anyway! So, here is my new welcome sign on our old wallpaper...in a few months you'll be seeing it against the new paint, but for now...here it is.
So, this is what it looked like to start...just a plain piece of pine...Taylor asked if I was making an airplane for his wall. Hmm.....glad he has so much confidence in my crafty skills!
Here it is on the wall. The lighting isn't the best, but I liked how it turned out. I bought some decorative moulding to put on the top and bottom and then I used different shades of paint to bring out the highlights of the profile.
What's fun to do with the moulding is to use a sponge brush and lightly brush over the top of it. Because the profile has high and low points, the paint only touches the high point. So, I just left the low points as unfinished wood. I used a really light coat of green for the base of the whole project so that the wood grains show through, and then (again with a sponge brush) used deeper tones of green to create shadows and highlights.
This was a fun little project! But now I'm just sitting here with a sore throat and no motivation to do anything else...not good. Oh...Loralee, I thought you'd get a kick out of the color I chose. (laughing)