Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Oprah and Bob Greene

Many of you have asked what I applied to be on Oprah about and now I will tell you. I love Bob Greene who is Oprah's fitness guru. I think he is great. I read his first couple of books and although they didn't change my life, I think they could have if I tried harder. I really like his philosophies and the way he looks at the fitness/dieting thing. So, he has a new book out called The Best Life Diet which I haven't read but I want to. I'm trying to find the best price. They are looking for people willing to have them come into their home with cameras and go on the diet. I would basically be followed as I tried to change my life. Sort of cool, sort of crazy, but if the end result is a healthier, thinner me- I'll do it! We'll see what happens.

Ear Ache

Man, so now I totally understand why the little kids scream bloody murder when they get ear infections. They hurt so much! My right ear is hurting crazy bad right now. I went to the doctor knowing just what I had. He said he wished all his patients were as easy and would come with a diagnosis and he could just write the prescription. I was like, just write it fast, bucko, I'm in pain! I am also having a tough time hearing out of that ear. It's like it is stuffed full of cotton or something. Ugh.....

So because I didn't feel well and I had a lack of sleep we had the ultimate lazy day today. Griffin is still wearing the pj's he wore to bed last night. I too am wearing pjs and we did leave the house to go to the doctor and then the drive through pharmacy and the drive thru McDonalds for the kids. (Griffin loves the fruit and yogurt parfaits) I then laid on the couch most of the afternoon either reading, or watching Oprah. When Evan woke up from his nap he was walking bowlegged. He told me, "Mommy, I'm walking like this and I need to be changed." Sure enough, there was diarrhea running down his leg. NICE. So I just ran a bath for him. He played in the bathtub for like an hour and finally yelled, "Ok, Mommy, I'm cold now." I got him out and he said, "Now my jammas." Who am I to argue. Why should the rest of us live in comfort while he wears jeans. So Ryan came home to a jamma clad crew.

He of course got home really late today and then had to run to Young Men's. Bummer. Today I would have really liked him to be home. I'm counting the minutes to bed time and to American Idol. Yes, I admit my deep and abiding love for this show. My only gripe is that they changed the age limit too late for me to audition. I just know I could have made it to Hollywood! I guess we'll never know. Plus, I have to admit that I also like Simon and I agree with him about 90% of the time. Perhaps he is a bit cruel but man some of these people really suck.

Good night.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

My list

100 Things about me: (my favorite subject….hehehe)

1. I was born and raised in Kansas
2. I have one older sister and two younger brothers
3. I am not scared of tornadoes
4. I thought I was a huge star in 4th grade when I was in the high school’s musical, “The King and I”
5. I love it when people use words that are somewhat obsolete
6. I have two tattoos, Gasp!
7. One of my tattoos is a theatre mask and one is a plumeria flower
8. I served my mission in Phoenix, AZ
9. I met my husband when I was 20 and married him when I was 25
10. Ryan is 21 months younger than me
11. I have preterm babies
12. I saw Sarah McLachlan in concert before she was famous
13. I own every Indigo Girls album
14. I have never unwillingly fallen asleep during a movie
15. I am a total night owl and still fighting it
16. I am one step away from becoming a certified doula
17. I hate peas and beef stroganoff
18. I love rolls and mashed potatoes
19. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday
20. I have had two c sections
21. I have had 5 surgeries total 6 if you count wisdom teeth as oral surgery
22. I have two sons Evan and Griffin
23. Evan was born almost 6 weeks early
24. Griffin was born 4 weeks early
25. My favorite color is orange
26. I have always wanted to go skydiving
27. My biggest dream is to be on Broadway
28. I would love to be on a reality show (only a few: Amazing Race, Biggest Loser, American Idol)
29. I recently applied to be on an Oprah show…I’ll keep you posted
30. I wrote Ryan a letter to reveal my feelings for him
31. He emailed me back from Albania to tell me he felt the same way
32. I become physically ill when touched by bare feet and cannot look at them on screen
33. I am a cat person
34. I secretly love boy bands and am sad that they are gone
35. I love to sing so loudly in my car and think it is fun to sing bad on purpose…hehehe
36. I pretend sometimes I’m in a movie and try to pick the background music
37. I wish my life was a musical
38. I was on the dance team for three years in high school
39. I am obsessed with childbirth and love to hear all the gory details of people’s birth stories.
40. I started BYU as premed but quickly changed to Theatre Ed
41. I taught Drama and English in Maryland for a few years
42. I love high school kids (not in a weird way)
43. I have directed a ton of plays and musicals and love love love it
44. The last book I read was Running with Scissors and I DO NOT recommend it
45. All of my grandparents are still living
46. I love to blog
47. My favorite candy bar is Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
48. I like my steak medium rare
49. I used to play the alto saxophone
50. I was a competitive gymnast
51. I think my husband has the best looking butt in the world
52. and lips
53. I love it when people misuse finger quotes
54. My biggest pet peeve is when people smack their lips while eating
55. I love hibachi restaurants
56. If it were in America I would live in Canada
57. I get in a rut where food is concerned and will eat the same thing for days
58. This week it is Perogies (yummy)
59. I think Evan is smarter than me
60. I still think about becoming a nurse or a doctor and one day want to be a certified nurse midwife
61. If we had more money I would adopt a ton of kids and be a foster parent
62. I may still become a foster parent eventually
63. I cry very easily
64. I have nightmares about my kids getting hurt
65. Some days I just watch my kids play for hours and marvel at them
66. We went to Prince Edward Island for our honeymoon
67. I married Ryan Gibson Stewart June 9, 2001 in the Washington DC temple
68. When I dream, I’m thin
69. I am obsessed with shoes but keep it reined in
70. I love American Idol
71. I love medical dramas
72. I do not want to serve in the primary at church ( I would but I just don’t want to)
73. I think I’m photogenic
74. I lived in Maryland for 6 years
75. I graduated from BYU with a BA in Theatre Ed and a minor in English teaching
76. I am certified to teach in MD and UT
77. My sister lives in TX
78. I love driving my minivan
79. No matter how hot I am, I have to be covered with a blanket to fall asleep
80. I cry every time I watch Extreme Home Makeover
81. David Letterman, NOT Jay Leno
82. I still think that Brad Pitt is the hottest actor
83. I love Julianne Moore and think she is an amazing actress
84. I always wish I were a runner
85. I read at least a book a week
86. I love the public library
87. I hate laundry
88. I would rather be cold than hot
89. I never want to live anywhere without all four seasons
90. I love traveling and wish I could do more of it
91. I want most to go to Italy and Greece
92. I went to study abroad with BYU to London. I loved every minute of it.
93. Tivo has changed my life
94. Sweets are my weakness
95. I work at Michaels part time and I love it
96. Pretty in Pink is one of my favorite movies of all time
97. I love Jane Austen movies and period dramas from BBC are so awesome
98. I still grin every time we pull into our driveway because I love our new home and PA so much
99. My life has been very blessed
100. I feel like I am so lucky!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Time is flying by.....

Seriously, where does the time go. I feel like the days just kind of melt into each other and before I know it another week, month, year has gone by. I'm feeling really nostalgic lately for old friends and good times, noodle salad. (contest to see who can catch the reference first!) Anywho. I miss all my old friends and my old old friends and I'm feeling like I need to put more effort into my new ones. Many of you can expect a call or email from me.

Here is a video of Griffin in his normal happy way. I love it because it is just him smiling and loving life. Man, this kid is great. I like to think that he is happy because he has such a wonderful mother, and kind brother, and fun loving father, but I think he just "is" happy. I'll take it.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Boys at the park

Evan really wanted to go to the park on his birthday so Daddy took the boys. It was a bitterly cold day but they had fun anyway!

Finney and his permagrin!

Evan having a great time!

The best of friends!

Typical Griffin face. Love those cheeks!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Pictures of Evan's birthday!

Here are some pictures from Evan's birthday. We had a family dinner on Wednesday night and then on Thursday we had some friends from church over for a play date. He had a Cars theme and Towmater party hats! If you want the pictures to be larger just click on them and they come up bigger!

Here is Griffin with Aunt Camie! He ate at least three pieces of her garlic bread! He wouldn't let her get it to her mouth before he grabbed it for himself.

Evan methodically blew out each of his three candles.

Sammy and Lindsay stayed the night. We always love having them around!

Here is Stacy Foley and her two kids Kate and Maxim. To the right of her is Michael Winward from the ward.

Here is Evan in his cute hat! He had so much fun.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Making new friends....

Before we moved to PA I was sad to leave all of my good friends in Maryland. I had worked hard to make a network of friends that I was able to call family and was really sad to have to leave that. I wanted them all to move with me. I knew that eventually we would have that same kind of network here in PA but it is tough to make and takes time, sometimes a lot of time.

I was lucky to make a new friend pretty quickly in Stacy Foley. Stacy and I were both singing in a small group for a musical fireside. Literally the first Sunday after we moved in she and I began talking after a rehearsal and 2 hours later decided we had better call it a night. Don't you love those instant friendships? There are some people that you simply click with and from the first moment you can talk and share for hours. Stacy and I had that. We have since spent a lot of time with the Foleys and we have very similar likes and dislikes. We like Indian food and went to a yummy restaurant in Harrisburg. We have had dinner at each others homes and I am a member of their book club. They have been good enough to help me out when I am in a pinch. They are really the only people I feel comfortable asking since we don't really have any other close friends.

The other night while driving home from Maryland I had a bit of sadness. I was thinking about Samantha's birthday party and all the good friends that Lindsay and Larry had to come and celebrate with them. I was thinking of Evan's birthday last year when many of our friends came to celebraet with us. I was thinking of how much I missed all of that and felt a little sad for Evan, even though he is fine with this. I know I will look back at this eventually and think of all the good friends I have in PA and remember a time without them. I just want to fast forward a little bit.

I am one of those people that wants to get through the hard stuff fast. I know it is for my own good. I know I will learn from it, I just want to get to the end of it. I want to be in that place that took me years to find in Maryland. I know I am getting there more every day, but some days I feel lonely. Some days I feel very sad and alone. Perhaps I need that so I will rely more on the Lord.

I really didn't mean to make this a sad post. I just was thinking of these things and wanted to write them down.

I love bloggers

Ok, so I just had to share how much I love this blogging thing. I am able to keep up with so many people who I wouldn't normally keep up so well with. I feel like I know pretty much the daily happenings of their lives and get to know them in a way I wouldn't normally. I love it!

Evan just said the funniest thing while I was typing. He is playing with his Diego field journal. If you don't know, don't ask. He said, "Griffin, I love you and the field journal." Big words for a 3 year old. He is putting Griffin in the same category as a favorite toy. That is pure love for you.

Today Griffin is boycotting his morning nap. I have tried and tried to lay him down and he gets so sad every time. I have tried letting him cry himself to sleep. I have tried rocking him to sleep. I have tried feeding him to sleep all to no avail. He is acting tired and usually goes down without a problem but today he just wants to play. I have decided to let him.

We have had a week of birthday celebrations. On Monday the boys and I went to Maryland to attend Samantha's (our niece) birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. It was crazy and fun and we loved it. Evan was totally scared of Chuck E and has talked about him all week long. We all got 40 tokens which was so much for us and by the end of the night I was frantically playing skeeball to get rid of them. We got lots of Smarties and silly toys with all our tickets. Sam had a blast and I was glad we were there even though I was SO tired on the drive home that night.

On Wednesday it was time to celebrate Evan's third birthday. He and Sam are 3 days apart and very close because of that. We don't have any real close friends here yet and so we had a family dinner and cake on Wed. Lindsay and Sam came from Maryland. MeMe came from New Jersey and Pam and Roby (Ryan's aunt and uncle) came from Elizabethtown, PA. We had a really great time and Evan had so much fun.

The next morning we had a few friends over from church for a playdate. I didn't tell them it was Evan's birthday because I didn't want them to bring a gift and I didn't want it to turn into something big. We had snack and played all morning and all the kids and mommies had a great time. It was something I would do again because it was much more casual then a real party would have been. My mother in law said that she has actually paid kids not to have a birthday party before. I guess when you have 8 of them it could get pretty expensive and time consuming.

I have been working a lot. A little more than I had hoped for. I asked them to cut back a little bit. We'll see if that works out. If it doesn't then I'll just tell them more days I can't work and that will have to do. I do really enjoy working there. The people are really nice and the work is not at all difficult. I am at the front the entire night. I do none of the stocking or restocking or price checks or cleaning. I check people out and help with returns and then I close the registers at the end of the night. It is a cake job. I also get paid more than the others because I am a "supervisor". Nice! I call it my break from my real job, which is taking care of my kids and my home. It honestly is more work when I am home but it is also more rewarding and more fun at home.

The house is coming together nicely. I'll put up pictures later. We are waiting until this summer to paint and I am getting antsy. All the walls are white and that's just too much for me.

Things to look for in future posts:
List of 100 things you may not know about me (a friend did this and I loved it!)
Pictures of all birthday celebrations
Pictures of the house
Fun stories about the kids!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mmmmm, good.......

We had spegetti and meatballs last night for dinner and both boys had so much fun with it. Especially Griffin. For a 7 month old he has a really large appetite (shocking, right?) and also will eat pretty much any table food we give him. He uses his 2 1/2 teeth for all they're worth. I say 2 1/2 because the top one is just barely through.

Griffin gets his bite in and won't let go. Most often he chews on the spoon a little bit and it is tough to get it out of his mouth.

A satisfied customer! Look at those cheeks! Now those are big baby cheeks that you can kiss and believe me, we do.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Feelin' Fat Definitely not Phat.....

Ok, so I guess we all go through this a little bit after the holidays but I don't think mine has anything to do with the holiday season. I think I am just a little fat right now and have been for awhile. I have known I need to lose weight but honestly didn't care enough. Now I do.

Why now, you may ask. Well, I'm not sure. I think I got rid of a lot of the other stressful things in my life so that now I am able to focus more on this. I was exercising at the beginning of my pregnancy and doing really well until I hit the preterm labor junk and that wiped me out. When you are literally not moving except to go the bathroom you are bound to gain more weight than the normal person. Then with all the other stuff this summer I just couldn't focus. Now I have been gearing myself up for the big loss. I really feel like I can do it this time. I know, because I did it before.

I have worked out this week and that feels great. It has been way too long. I always did like to work out it is just hard to get going. Once I start, though, I really stick to it. I am not going on a drastic "diet". I am just going to change my eating habits and that should help enough for awhile. Then we'll see what I need to tweak.

So you may be wondering why there is a picture of Denise Austin. I have been doing the Denise Austin workouts on Lifetime. I like them. They aren't too strenuous so I'm not sure they'll work for the long run, but for now I like them. We'll see. I have also been doing a lot of walks around the neighborhood. Do you think I can look like her? Her website says she is 5'4" and weighs 112 pounds. I'm really not trying to look like her. I just want to be a normal weight and feel better physically and mentally.

Ok, enough of that.

Hoping you have a great weekend and a good day!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Best of 2006

Well, here is my best of list just off the top of my head

Griffin's birth
New house
Selling old house!
Moving to PA
Holidays in Kansas
Texas to see April's family
Mom and Dad's visit in July
Laurel fireworks
Watching Evan learn and learn and learn
Griffin's laugh and constant grin
King Kong
Staying with the Stewart's and getting closer with them

I'm sure I'm forgetting things but that is just off the top of my head. We had a tough year but a good year and full of a lot of changes. Our lives are completely different then they were when we began 2006. I look forward to a wonderful 2007!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What if I never drive again?

My three boys at a Sonic in Missouri!
We stopped at the first one we saw.
I love Sonic and don't understand why we don't have them in the East.

Christmas Eve!
My gorgeous boys are wearing hats that Grandma knit for them.
They look so handsome in their matching sweaters for church.

Matching Christmas PJ's are a family tradition that we have.
This picture sums up for me the
fun and love that Evan and Griffin share.
They are so loving towards each other. That's my Chrismas miracle!

Evan and Hunter. Evan couldn't get enough of playing with "cousin Hunter."
What a sweet boy Hunter is. We will sure miss him.

Caitlynn is such a fun kid. She is always singing and dancing. I love it!

Well, as you can see our trip was a success. We just loved seeing all of our relatives and getting reaquainted. We were also able to see Ali, Matt and their little girl Margo. They were kind enough to let us stay in their new home.

We wouldn't want to make the drive again any time soon but are so glad we decided to go. We had a wonderful holiday.

I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.