Friday, August 31, 2007

Your Linguistic Profile:

70% General American English

10% Upper Midwestern

10% Yankee

5% Midwestern

0% Dixie

Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Sticky Situation or: How I Got into a Real Jam

Evan woke up bright and early this morning but I had stayed up late reading Eclipse (likes it much better than New Moon). I was unwilling to get up with him. I don't usually let him up before 7:30 and it was 6:15. I told him to climb in bed with us but he was hungry. Ryan got him a pop tart in the kitchen and then a little while later I woke up to Evan crawling into our bed. We all slept for another hour and then it was time to wake up for the day.

We went downstairs and Evan was playing around. I sat on the couch and tried to finish my book. A bit later I stood up and a pillow came with me....stuck to my back. Strange. (I was clothed in sweat pants and a cotton undershirt) Well, I took off my shirt and to my surprise there was about half of a strawberry pop tart stuck to my back. Interesting.

I could not believe that my senses have so degraded that I didn't feel a pop tart stuck to my back. Obviously Evan brought this into our bed and then I rolled on top of it. Apparently it didn't bother me while sleeping either.

My sheets were covered in strawberry jam stuff. Ewww.....It came out in the wash.

Here are some pictures of the incident.


"Mommy and Daddy, understand is a good word, right?"

"Yes, it is."

"And happy. Happy is a good word too, right?"

"Yep. Happy is a great word."

"Yea. Happy and understand. Those are great words. I like those words."

Back to Reading...

Lately I have been really wrapped up in reading. I just can't seem to get my nose out of these books. I have always been a big reader but it has been pretty bad for the past few weeks. I have had a run of really engaging books that I simply can't put down.

Gretchen wrote a lovely post on reading a brilliant book that really speaks to your soul. I read a lot and I like a lot of what I read. I even really like a lot of books. Every once in awhile there is a book that simply speaks your language. Here is what she had to say about it and I echo her thoughts completely:

"If you're a reader, you understand. It's bittersweet finding a book that has this kind of pull over you. The kind of pull that makes you want to buy a crate of them and wallpaper your living room with the pages. Just so you can be surrounded by the words and pause when putting down the mail, or dusting a side table to read a few lines and remember. You love it for so many reasons. But you also hate it. You race toward the end -- oh how you race! -- but with each passing page you get a little bit sadder. Soon it will end. You will have experienced it all. And you will never be able to discover it again for the very first time. It is the happiest tragedy that I know of."

How brilliant! She sums it all up for me in this paragraph!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Goals for the day...

This won't be an ongoing thing but for today I wanted to let everyone know I am not as much of a slacker as I seemed yesterday....(which by the way I did accomplish all of my goals for yesterday)

1. Fold piles of laundry in my bedroom (yikes)
2. Take items back to Target (and try not to find anything else to buy)
3. Take Ryan's check to bank (we finally got it, Halelujah!)
4. Dishes
5. Meet Ryan for lunch
6. Make an actual dinner tonight (I've been bad for a few days)
7. Go to work.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Goals for the day

1. Stay in PJ's all day
2. Begin new book titled "A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libba Bray
3. Take at least one nap
4. Not worry about housework until tomorrow....or the next day.....
5. Send Ryan for more cold medicine
6. Cuddle with kids as much as possible (I have such cuddly kids and I love it!)
7. Get off of computer now! (while Griffin is asleep and I can nap)


So tonight, or should I say this morning, I'm dealing with a bout of insomnia. I used to get this quite regularly but this is my first bout in quite awhile (and hopefully my last). It's odd because I am not feeling at all well due to a bad bug that Ryan, Evan and I caught and I have taken a lot of cold medicine. Usually that means I sleep fairly well.

Perhaps I got too much sleep last night, approximately 10 hours. Then I rested for the majority of the day. I did go to church to teach my Relief Society lesson but other than that I was down for the count. My house is a disaster area and I could care less. I finished reading New Moon today. Liked it, didn't love it.

Then I made the mistake of beginning to watch Design Star. I simply couldn't stop. I had all episodes on my DVR list and watched four in a row. I am debating watching the next one.

I don't feel tired.

I am still fuming over the paycheck debacle of last week. No, we still haven't received it and won't until Tuesday.

I'm upset that I'm sick and feeling really awful. My throat hurts like the Dickens (whatever that means). My body aches. My lymph nodes are swollen.

Can you tell I feel like complaining?

On the upside my lesson went really well today. I teach the 4th Sunday Teaching for Our Times lesson in the Relief Society and I love my calling. It is a great one for me at this time. I love teaching but not the responsibility of teaching every week. This works out great. I have felt like my lessons have all been very strong because I have more time to give them then I would if I were teaching one per week.

This is also the night before Ryan goes back to work. This is always a bummer night and yet an exciting night. I am bummed not to have him around so much and not to have his help around the house but excited to begin a new year. This is when I start a lot of projects and can focus more on my things. It is always a bit tough at the beginning of the summer because we have a schedule and have to totally revamp it. I am not complaining at all, though.

I love having a teacher husband. Yes, the money stinks but you know the other perks are worth it. Two weeks at Christmas, Spring Break, Summer Vaca, and he's home early in the evenings. I love it.

Ok, enough late night lamenting. I'm off to....I'm not sure...perhaps to sleep....perhaps another episode of Design Star. Oh, the life I lead....hehehe

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Gorgeous boys

Such gorgeous boys!
These were taken a couple of months ago
but I'm just now posting them.
Griffin is looking handsome and
I love the action shot of Evan!


Ok, so I simply had to write to get out some of this frustration that I have boiling within me. Ryan got an email TODAY from his HR department that said, "If you are covered under the union's contract (and who isn't) you will not receive your paycheck on Friday but will have to wait until Tuesday to pick it up. And there will be no direct deposit."

Ok, so apparently this has something to do with them not finalizing the new contract early enough and he will get his pay raise but couldn't they just give him his raise in his next check? It's not like teachers make enough money to have plenty stashed around. This won't kill us but we will have to wait to pay some bills I was planning on paying this week. Plus, I have some of them paid on a regular basis so I had to hurry and make sure they were cancelled.

Who are these people who think it is alright to tell someone less than three days before they are supposed to get paid, "Oops, sorry, you don't get your money."

I'm so mad right now.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Evan's humorous day

Evan was on a roll today and although he didn't realize it, he made us laugh a lot.

Laugh #1:

From the tallest tunnel of the McDonald's playplace we heard, "Hello, Mommy, Daddy and Griffin. I'm Evan. My favorite color is blue. I am three." He was yelling this for all to hear. I guess he just wanted people to get to know him better.

Laugh #2:

I asked him to do something and he said, "Okay, big Mommy."


Laugh #3:

For some reason he kept saying the phrase, "I'ts my pleasure" tonight at dinner. Every time it was out of context and very funny.

Then he got mad at me and said in a very forceful, mad voice, "NO! It is MY PLEASURE!"

Oh how hard it was to keep it together.

Laugh #4:

He kept trying to use the Spanish word for stop while we were on a walk today. He was trying to say alto but it came out as a gibberish word with about 4 syllables. He kept getting on and off of the sit and stand stroller and every time would yell this strange word so we would stop the stroller. Very strange.

He is just a very silly kid.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

My favorite pasttime

I have recently read a few books that I simply adored and once again felt that joy of reading. I have always been a reader. It has always been one of my absolute favorite things to do. I love the escape into another persons world. I love how emotionally involved I can become. What fun it is. I find it very difficult to explain how much I love to read and how grateful I am that it is such a huge part of my life. I also find it almost impossible to understand that there are many many people who simply do not like to read.

As a high school English teacher this is something I came across quite often. I used to think that it was simply a matter of being able to read well. Basically, I thought that those who couldn't read well didn't like to read. I have since realized that although this is definitely one of the reasons there are still many people out there who can read perfectly well and still just don't appreciate a good book like I do. I guess it's a matter of taste but with all the different books out there shouldn't there be something for everyone?

The books I have read recently that have made me think on this are: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Twilight. Both were wonderful reads. Interestingly enough both of them would qualify under the young adult fiction category. I've decided I'm a teen girl at heart.

I have been thinking about why these books appealed to me so much. I think the main reason is that I was able to easily relate to the characters and I really cared about the characters from the very beginning. Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight) was so great at creating realistic situations and relationships in a very unrealistic plot. I could really feel how the characters felt. I loved that.

Anyway, go pick up your copy at the library. And, as always send me the names of any good books you have read lately. I always want to find out about a good book.

In this same vein, last weekend I saw a movie at my friend Michelle's house called "The Prize Winner of Defiance, OH." Such a great movie! Michelle knows I love Julianne Moore and thought I would really like this movie. She knows me so well. This was a fantastic movie. It is a true story of a woman who lived in the 1950's in poverty and had to raise 10 kids on nothing. She entered all these contests where you had to create a limerick or poem or finish a song and won enough to save her family in some hard times. She was also just a wonderful woman.

I also read the book this week that the movie was based on. It was also very good. Same title as the movie but with a subtitle of: How my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less. So great. Just a feel good kind of movie and book.

My favorite line from the book, which wasn't in the movie for some reason was, "I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight." That's my new motto! I'm seriously putting that on my blog title!

Well, I'm off to start on my Etsy shop!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Good News!

Today's doctor's visit went very well. In fact, I don't think it could have gone any better.

Griffin was able to get in a good morning nap so he was well rested and happy when we got there. We were taken right back to the office and the doctor came in just a few minutes later. He talked to me about Fin for a long time. He asked so many questions and my answer was almost always, "no."

To sum up what he decided. He said that there are several reasons why he isn't worried:

1. Fin isn't in daycare or nursery of any kind
2. He is a thriving, happy kid
3. His blood and urine tests run by his pediatrician are all very normal (apparently the sedimentation rate is the most revealing test because when it is normal it rules out all kinds of things like any autoimmune disorder, lymphoma, or anything causing inflammation)

The doctor checked his lymph nodes, his tummy, his joints, his ears, his throat and even how he walked. He said that he thinks that Fin just simply has a higher temperature naturally. For him a fever is when it reaches above 101.5. Griffin's is right around there. Most nights it is between 100.5 and 101.5. He did say if it gets higher to bring him back in.

So I guess that is it. I couldn't believe it was so simple. I am hoping that it is the right answer because I would really hate for something to be wrong and us not find it for awhile. I guess I'll just keep a close eye on him and probably I will keep taking his temp to be sure.

Thanks for the prayers!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Prayers Welcome.

Today I received a phone call from the pediatric infectious disease specialist's office (who will from this time forth be known as Dr. Dawson) and they said that the doctor wants to see Griffin tomorrow. I'm a bit nervous. I guess the doctor really wants to find out what is going on. I am right there with him but it still makes me nervous. Up until now I have done a really good job at not focusing on it but since that phone call it is all that I can think about.

I don't want to write a lot about it until I know what is going on. I'm sure that tomorrow all we will do is discuss possibilities and schedule tests but it is one step closer.

I just wanted to ask for more prayers as I really truly believe in the power of prayer. Please pray that Griffin will be calm and that the doctor will be inspired to do the right things to find out the true problem. I appreciate it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Pay it forward...

I won this fun little contest on Leslie's blog today and part of the deal is that I would post the same contest on my blog!

Here you go:

I will send a handmade gift to the first three (3) people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. You may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. (So, you must have a blog to participate.)

How fun! Now let's all pay it forward, give each other gifts just for the heckuvit, and comment away!

If you are one of the three, I'll contact you to get your mailing info (if I don't already have it.) If you're not one of the three, hurry and click over to the winners' blogs to see if you can make it!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Crafts For Claire

A good friend of mine has a niece who has been diagnosed with a rare seizure disorder and other health issues. Lynette has opened up an Etsy shop that is dedicated to Claire and all proceeds will go to help her family with the medical costs. Please do what you can to help. If you can't purchase something a link on your blog would be great! Lynette is an amazing seamstress and makes the most adorable items for kids. You won't be disappointed.

Check out Lynette's blog entry about it here.

Check out her Etsty shop here.

Email Lynette if you have any questions:


Friday, August 10, 2007

Rock Lobster!

As many of you may know seafood is one of my favorite things. I always request Red Lobster for birthday dinners (or an even better seafood restaurant depending on who is paying) and I simply love fresh seafood dinners.

Tonight we cashed in on Ryan's birthday gift from his parents and received our LobsterGram. It came this afternoon and when we opened it Evan said, "Oh, Bugs!" I don't think that was what he was expecting to see in our package. We explained it to him but he had already lost interest.

After the boys went to bed we cooked up the lobsters (who were alive by the way) and grilled up the filets and had ourselves a wonderful feast....mmmmmm. The only thing missing was either my mom's lemon meringue pie, her peanut butter bars or Denise's (my mother in law) chocolate chip cookies. I could go for either one right now.

Yes, I did cut all my hair off and I am so pleased with the decision. All of you remind me of this next time I want to grow my hair out. I feel more myself with really short hair. I feel cuter, thinner and think I am more photogenic. Do not let me forget this!

Pictures from recent esapades!

Wonderful Zoo at Van Saun Park in NJ.
We just happened to go on one
of their special "no charge" days,
Lucky Us!

This is an aviary within the same zoo.
Very cool!
I think I had at least 15 birds on
me at one time.

Bealeton, VA and a short visit with
The Jensens.
Here is Abbey and Evan.
They love each other so much!

Evan is really hamming it up for pictures lately.
I feel like he is thinking,
"What joy, what bliss! It is the Liberty Bell!"

Family picture at Franklin Court Park in Philly.
It was so hot and humid.
Not a good day to walk around Philly.


Tomorrow is my birthday and I will be 32 years old. That sounds a lot older than it feels. I decided in honor of my birthday I would name 32 things I am most grateful for. I thought of doing 32 interesting things about me but I already did a list of 100 and I don't want to bore anyone or make anyone think I am narcissistic. So I thought a better idea was things I am grateful for. Don't worry, although there will be a few items of cheesiness the bulk of these will be fun. I'm not that deep.

So, in no particular order, here are 32 things I am grateful for:

1. Ryan
2. Evan and Griffin ( I put together because I can't possibly put one above the other)
3. Knowledge of the restored Gospel
4.Wonderful friendships
5. Blogging
6.My car
8.Tivo (again I sing it's praise)
9.Grocery stores (I would have been a terrible pioneer)
10. Sonic (we are getting one close by! Woo Hoo!)
11. Air Conditioning!!!
13. Acrylic stamps (ok, so I simply love these stamps. They make scrapbooking so much easier!)
14. Summer rains
15. Summer vacation
16. Amusement parks and roller coasters
17. Our lovely home
18. Back country roads in PA
19. Free summer movies
20. Music
21. Libraries
22. Digital Cameras
23. Baby giggles
24. Doctors who are caring and really help
25. iGoogle reader (such an easy way to keep up with all the blogs)
26. Education
27. Insurance
28. Ice Cream (My new favorite is Turkey Hill's Cherry Duetto)
29. LobsterGram (tonight we are having two lobsters and two filet mignon delivered!)
30. Cook Books ( I love them and would collect them if they were cheaper)
31. Kisses
32. 32 years of good living!


So my newest addiction is Etsy. I love it. I love the creative ideas they have there and the many beautiful items I find there. I am working on some projects that will be going on my own little Etsy shop in the next couple of weeks.

While Mandy was here we had many ideas and she and I decided I can't keep them to myself but should make some money off of them if I can. Plus, it gives me an outlet for my fun hobbies. I will be making an array of items such as beaded watches, little tote bags, ready to go scrapbooks, etc...I can hardly wait!

I just need to make a few more before I can begin to post them.

I have a lot of ideas lately for little projects. I am also going to work on a scrapbooking workshop I will be holding soon. I am going to do a fall project of the following artwork and then will also be doing a Christmas card workshop where we will make 10 cards and then everyone can go home and make more if they want to. Fun, easy, and a great way to get some things done.

Let me know if you are interested in joining our workshop. It should be a really fun time!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

To sum up...

Ok, so I have been gone for what feels like an incredibly long time. I know it has only been a little over two weeks but it feels like forever. I have things I want to talk about so in order to do so in a fairly quick manner I will be mentioning things without going into detail.

Mandy's trip here was so much fun! For a full and detailed play by play you can check out Mandy's blog and find out all the gory details. She even has pictures! She rocks.

We miss you already, Mandy!

While we were in NYC we were able to see The Color Purple and I loved it. The music was gorgeous. I have a thing for really intense gospel music. It moves me and brings me, quite literally, to tears. Goosebumps have arrived just because I am thinking about it.

Update on the kiddos.

Evan is still doing wonderfully with his medication and is eating like a champ. He has gained 6 lbs since starting this new one and I am thrilled. He asks for food and rarely refuses to eat anymore. He has had a few vomiting issues but that has also calmed down quite a bit.

Griffin is still not doing well. I haven't written a whole lot about this so here goes. I will make this as brief as I can. In May Griffin had an ear infection and fever and was put on antibiotics. It didn't go away an he was put on stronger antibiotics. Well, three doctors visits and a trip to the ER with a fever of 105.7 later we were no closer to finding out what is wrong.

He was sent to an ENT who was extremely rude and not at all helpful. I left that office in tears and immediately called my pediatrician. Nothing has been resolved as of now. He still runs a fever a few days a week and his ears seem clear. They haven't found anything in his blood and urine tests.

He has added the symptom of vomiting anytime he drinks milk. We tried Lactaid and he didn't do well on that either. We had another doctor's visit on Monday and they are sending him to a pediatric infectious disease specialist. That just doesn't sound good, does it. His appointment is on the 30th and although I have a feeling it won't be pleasant, I am looking forward to finding out what is amiss with my child.

I have that mother's instinct telling me that there is something wrong. His fevers are not normal and they need to get to the bottom of this. That is why I have been so pushy with my doctors to get him into the right specialists and really get to the heart of the matter.

I am trying not to focus on it too much because it makes me really nervous. Although I really want them to find out what is wrong I don't want it to be anything really bad. I'm sure it won't be but I still get nervous.

Through all of this he is still the happiest, cuddliest, and giggly child. I am glad this hasn't affected his happy go lucky way of life.

I have more to say but that is enough for this evening. I'll post more tomorrow....

I almost forgot to announce that we have a new member of the family. Jackson was born on Tuesday July 24th to Ryan's sister Lindsay and her husband Larry, we are thrilled to welcome him. He is such a cutie!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Evan singing Hinges.

This is a video from last month but it is so funny and I was thinking about it today. He loves the song Hinges but doesn't really know the words. Funny, funny stuff.....

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