Monday, February 23, 2009

She Loves me, She Really Loves me

I have mentioned to a few people about the goblin that has replaced my daughter. The screaming, spitting, pinching, scratching goblin showed up a couple weeks ago. I'm slowly learning how to deal with it and have gotten a lot of good advice. It's been a tough change that is emotionally grueling and physically demanding. Saturday, I was reading through Parenting Magazine and they had an article about how to know when your baby loves you. As I was reading through her age group, 12-20 mos, it said that the ways she shows her love are through imitation and that she isn't afraid to be naughty with me and test boundaries. Dropping her off for babysitting during our temple trip last month was nerve wracking, I thought I would get a report of bites, pinches and scratching, but of course she was a perfect angel---because she loves me. Then a couple weekends ago she came to me with her monkey and a dishtowel and wanted me to wrap it up. Then she rocked it on the ottoman. What a sweetie.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Product Review: Toddler Bibs

A few months ago I bought some new plastic bibs from Meijer. I needed something that provided more coverage than just her baby bibs. It wasn't exactly what I wanted but it was the best they had. They were the Baby Beginnings brand and were about $6.00 for 2. They were made in China (which I knew when I bought them...does that make me a horrible mother?). After using them for a while I've been very disappointed. For one thing, they STINK. For some reason they hold on to smelly smells. And stains and you know how I feel about stains. I've bleached them several times and they still are dirty and stinky. SO...I was really happy when the other day I found these other bibs at IKEA. They were 2 for $4.00 and they're machine washable which I think is great. I haven't had to machine wash them, I just put a dab of dishsoap and handwash them quickly. Another good thing is they dry by the next time I need to use them whereas the other would take a really long time to dry so if both were wet...I had to use the old tiny baby bibs. AND they have sleeves...lots of good coverage. So, if you need some good bibs check out the baby section at IKEA.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Return to me.

When I lost my camera I thought it was stuck in the couch, so we took them apart, took the bottoms off, shook them out, I took a flash light through all the nooks and crannies and didn't see it. Then I started to think, well, maybe it was in my pocket when I went out to get our take-out and it fell and is gone forever. I was hoping that wasn't it because it would truly be the most expensive item I'd lost and was making me feel pretty bad about myself.

I was sort of resigned to the fact that it was gone and decided to be "okay" with it and just, "let it go." Then I started reading a book by Gene R. Cook, an Elder in the LDS Church. The book is about the power of prayer and faith. In the beginning he tells two stories of lost items and then the prayers of faith offered and the subsequent finding of the objects. He really made me reflect when he said something to the effect of, "you don't think this can work for you, do you?" and then challenged the reader to think of something that might take more faith than just our standard offerings and to plead more earnestly, to be more obedient and to repent more fully.

So...I decided I was truly going to exercise my faith...I really thought the camera was gone and that if it was found it would truly be a miracle. I got on my knees and prayed. I was sincere, I asked for forgiveness, I gave thanks and I asked simply that if it was His will, that I would find my valuable camera and if not, that I might have peace in my heart over the matter. After the prayer I distinctly felt that the camera was in the couch and that I would find it. So, again, I got out the flashlight, I found little crevices I hadn't seen the first time and really believed I would find it.

But, I didn't.

I was a little discouraged and felt a bit deflated, thinking that maybe my prayer wasn't good enough, maybe I wasn't as good at interpreting the promptings of the Spirit as I thought, and just let the matter drop. I recieved a new camera for Christmas and have been very happy with it, even though every time I would drive by the gas station and restaurant I went to that night I would wonder if the old camera was smashed to a zillion peices in the parking lot or if someone had found it and had just deleted the sweet pictures of my new neice. Not to mention the times I have been reminded that I lost the camera. It was like it proved I was irresponsible and couldn't be trusted with valuables.

A couple weeks ago Lucy got ahold of one of our remote controls and when she saw me coming promptly threw it down onto the floor. When she did this the battery cover flew off and I couldn't see where it landed. I assumed it was under the couch and would have to look for it later because I couldn't feel it and they're too heavy for me to lift alone.

Last night, finally ready to look for the battery cover Tony decided to move one of the luck. Then the other. There was the battery cover, on the floor. Finally...something that had disappeared into the vortex of the apartment had reappeared. We aren't crazy, things aren't just disappearing.

This morning I was playing with Lucy in the living room and saw a little string hanging out from under the couch and thought, "that looks like the wrist strap of my camera," Then I thought...but it's on my desk...that couldn't be the OLD camera. Could it?

Lo and Behold! When I tugged on the string the familiar black and silver shape of the old camera came sliding out from under the couch. I almost didn't believe it. I turned it over in my hands a couple times before it sunk in. I found the old camera! I called Tony and tried to make him guess what I'd found because this was too good to just come out and say. He wouldn't play along so I just said it, but there you have it! It was found. I knew all along that it was in the couch, hadn't the Spirit manifested that to me months ago? Why had I given up? Why did it take so long for this prayer to be answered? I don't know the answers to those questions yet but I did get back on my knees to offer a prayer of thanksgiving that my exercise of faith had worked and that the camera had been found.

Truly a miracle.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I'm sappy, creative, and I gosh darn it, people like me

Some people get annoyed by others creative Valentine's ideas and activities...some people don't like Celine Dion. I am neither of those people. I mentioned that I made Tony a cute card for V-day and said I'd post it when I had it is. I got the idea from Martha's website. I can't take full credit. Cute, huh?

Front cover

Inside---it's a pop-up

Did I mention I also like Anne Geddes?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tony the Chef

Tony knows me and that is one of the greatest things about him.
He made a FEAST for Valentine's Dinner.

The menu:

Salad Caprese
Spaghetti and Meatballs

And for dessert-chocolate and green apple sour straws.

44 Seconds

Is it too early to send in her Harvard application?

I haven't really updated about Lucy lately...not that anyone besides me, Jennifer and Grammi and Grandpa really care but oh're going to hear how cute and smart my child is, so there.

Lucy is giving me a run for my money---so thanks Steph, for posting about tantrums relating to intelligence and creativity---she's 15 months and can give a pretty awesome dirty look.

She can say a lot more words, climb everywhere-her favorite places include the dishwasher and backs of couches. She has started screaming and hitting-which I'm desperately trying to deal with. How do you discipline a naughty 15 month-old? I've tried a firm "no," and put her arms down, I've tried ignoring, I've tried a sweet voice saying no and I've tried distraction. I'm not sure if any of it is working or if any of it is even the correct course of action.
Um...that owner's manual can show up any day.

I have no idea how much she weighs or how tall she you care...but she fits into sizes 12-18 months depending on the manufacturer and she has gigantic feet...she fits a toddler size 6 already and sometimes they're a little tight. She is doomed to a life of big feet but like my Dad always said...lots of understanding. She gives kisses sparingly, usually sleeps wonderfully, eats like a very messy bird and is the light of my life.

She is still my sweet girl despite her new found attitude, I wonder where she got it. ;)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Balentime's!

Happy Valentine's Day from our little Love Bug.
So far Tony definitely knows that the way to my heart is through my stomach.
He made fancy french toast for breakfast and I hear there's more to come.
I made him a cute card---I'll post a picture when I take one. It's cute.

I love:
my family
my friends
text messages
my calling
seeing robins
not driving in the snow
sour candy
hair bows
bibs with sleeves
my computer

my audience

Mommy Girl

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Apple Crapple

Stuff I would have if I were a frivolous spender:

I love this, but who pays $25.00 for a kids water bottle?

Also, this lunch bag, adorable (even though the apple looks like kidney beans),
but not $40.00's worth.

Ever hear of a recession?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Spaghetti Face

If wearability is any indication of likability, I'd say Spaghetti is number one on Lu's list.
**Cute side note: this is the face she made when I said, "Say Cheese."**
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

There's now such thing as a free lunch...

After reports of traffic jams, waiting outside and long wait times (90 minutes) I was a little leery about Denny's Free Breakfast. However...I think I waited in line about 20 minutes and then another 15 or so for our food. We had a really great time!
Thanks Denny's!

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Grease Lightin'

I went to my High School's Musical last week.
The musical was okay. It was a special alumni showing before the opening night and I thought maybe they still had some bugs to work out. The best part was hanging out with my BFF Katy.
Lizzie Vos, Jane Charette, Me and Jen

I think I have about a 1,000 pictures just like this from HS

The largest musical cast I've ever seen.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009


I love love love Chinese food. My favorite place is in Provo, called, Saigon Noodle Cafe. I haven't found a place here that's as good. One of my favorite dishes is Chicken Lo Mein. My friend Callie recommended this recipe and it turned out really well. I thought it was definitely restaurant quality.

Monday, February 02, 2009


She definitely saw her shadow.
Happy Groundhog's Day.