Tuesday, November 27, 2007

What a sweetheart

Evan is such a lover. He has been this way since birth. He is always ready for a cuddle and is constantly telling us he loves us. I watched him in primary the other day and he took turns sitting on the adults laps. He just loves to be close to people. I love that about him.

Recently he has been waking up when Ryan leaves for work around 6:30 or 7. This is still early at my house. He comes and gets into bed with me and sleeps for a little longer. He burrows into my side and makes sure my arm is around him. Most mornings I wake up nose to nose with him stroking my cheek and whispering, "I love you Mommy." What a sweetheart.

I think that is why he is such a follower with his friends and cousins. He will follow them to the ends of the earth because he just wants them to be happy. This can sometimes get him into trouble, but his heart is in the right place.

Here is a fun picture of Evan at our first recent snowfall. He was SO excited and ran around like a crazy person until I got him ready and let him play outside for a little while. I watched him from the kitchen and it was so cute. He loved how fast his slick pants let him slide! When he came in he said, "Look how many footprints I made!"

If you ever need a hug or a sweet word, Evan is the boy for you!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

Well, we didn't go too crazy but last night I managed to convince Ryan to go camp out at Best Buy so that we could get one of their amazing laptop deals. He went and I am currently typing this on our lovely new Sony Vaio that we got for only $400! It is a great laptop and has all the things we were looking for.

This will be so helpful with Ryan and all the work he has to do for his online master's degree program. He is just constantly on the computer. This will be good for all of us.

Other than the computer we didn't do any shopping. We just didn't have it in us to do any more shopping. The lines and the parking were just too crazy.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving here at home. We had a lot of family and friends over and it was great. The food was amazing and the company was even better.

I didn't lift a finger to clean up but my friends cleaned my kitchen so well. It is cleaner than it has been in a long while. You would never guess that I had Thanksgiving dinner at my house last night! Thanks, guys! It really took so much of my stress away to have that done for me.

All in all, a wonderful start to the holidays.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Things I'm thankful for (in no particular order):
  1. My husband, who takes such amazing care of us
  2. My boys, who are playful and fun and cuddly and lovable
  3. A nice warm home in a friendly country town
  4. A knowledge of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ
  5. My mom, who taught me how to make a dang good pie crust
  6. Good friends
  7. A close extended family
  8. Blogging!
  9. Good food, and plenty of it!
  10. Look below to see what Ryan and I are very thankful for this season!

Our new little alien! Yep, we're expecting! I am 9 weeks along and things look great. I'm very sick this time but they put me on anti nausea meds that work nicely. My due date is mid June.

We think the baby looks like a little gummy bear at this early stage.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Black Friday

So how many of you are the kind of people who go crazy at the after Thanksgiving sales? Honestly, I have never been one. I usually stay home or do more family stuff that day. There has been one time that I went shopping on that day with Camie at the Palisades Park mall in New York. This is a seriously huge mall that has a Best Buy, a Target, a JoAnns, a Borders and a Home Depot, IN THE MALL! Plus all of the other usual stuff. We just felt like shopping and off we went. Parking was crazy. We ended up finding a nice couple who walked us to their car and we took their spot. Crazy.

But we had a great time shopping and I remember some amazing deals and buying a ton of stuff!

I am tempted to go this week. Toys R Us is calling my name but so is Walmart. The two places that you simply do not want to be on Black Friday. The deals are so great! We really could use a laptop for Ryan. He is in an online master's degree program and simply put, we need a laptop. I'm just not sure it is worth the craziness to save $200. I guess I'll see how I'm feeling after a big Thanksgiving dinner at my house!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Screaming and more Screaming!

This is how I spend my days, while listening to a constant high pitched screaming from Griffin. I am at my wits end here people. Please help me!

It seems like it is his only form of communication lately and I have tried everything to get it to stop. We tried baby signs because he mainly used to scream when he wanted more food. Now he just signs "more" while screaming. I have tried ignoring him but that is impossible when you are in a public place.

Today we went for what I knew would be a long trip to the grocery store. I had a huge list, lots of coupons and I armed myself with a huge bag of snacks and drinks for Fin. He started screaming right away and I immediately stopped it with a string cheese...and then another string cheese....and then fruit snacks.....and then a sippy cup.....and then one fruit snack at a time. It is difficult to feed him while checking my list and all my coupons and making sure I don't have to backtrack.

About half way I thought, "We're doing ok and we're almost done." Then Evan had to go potty. I asked him if he could hold it and he started yelling (from his post in the front of the truck shopping cart), "I'm holding my penis, Mommy! I'm holding my penis."

I tried to explain to him why we don't say this or especially yell this but he didn't get it. So off to the bathroom, behind the seafood counter, we went.

By the time we were done with that Fin was done with the entire experience. He started screaming in earnest. The last half of my shopping was done while feeding him, looking through coupons, AND keeping him from throwing things out of the cart. He was sensative today and every time I said no he started to sob and cry.

Finally, I gave up on the rest of my list and just went to the check out. This was another brutal experience in child rearing.

After we got to the car I decided I would go to DQ for a peppermint blizzard which is perhaps my favorite treat of all time. Unfortunately, they don't have them until Dec. 1. Man I was unhappy about that. I could have just gotten a different flavor or perhaps a dipped cone but I was so looking forward to the peppermint that I just said never mind and went home.

Seriously, ladies. I need help. How can I stop this little crazy man from screaming. He is learning to talk and says quite a few things but nothing seems to forego the screams.

I am at the end of my rope. It is days like this that I understand why some women lose their minds. I almost snapped at a few old bitties in the store today. One was holding her ears and saying, "He is a loud baby!"

"Really! You think so, because I can barely hear him!" (I'm sure you're catching the sarcasm here...)


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Gorgeous Pictures!

Thanks to Amy for taking some really gorgeous pictures of my lovely family! Check out her other pictures here!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Flu Shots

A few days ago the kids and I went to a flu shot clinic at our family doctor's office. We got there soon after it started but the waiting room was already packed with geriatric patients awaiting the shot. Every seat was taken except for the kid chairs in the middle of the room around a table with the beads on the wires.

I put the kids in front of the toy and went to check in. Griffin thought he was on stage and started talking so excitedly and then laughing to himself. They all thought it was wonderful. Then Evan stood up and said, "Everybody listen. I have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I can learn my family history." Those are his lines from the primary program. It was hysterical. I was trying so hard not to laugh and just look proud because I could tell he was so happy he still remembered them.

Then Evan went up to every person and pointed at them saying, "And you're getting a shot...And you're getting a shot....And you're getting a shot....." Every single person. There were at least 25 people there.

Evan also kept saying, " I will get the shot and I will cry cry cry. I not stop crying."

Then, to both of our amazement, he didn't cry. He grimaced and then saw the bandaid and realized it was over. He got a look of shock and amazement on his face and said, "Mommy, I didn't cry!"

"What a big boy you are, Evan!" I was so proud of him.

Plus, earlier in the day we were at Target and Evan was in the cart singing, "I love you, You love me. We're a happy family......" It was Halloween and it was packed in that section and they were all oohing and ahhing over him. It was a proud moment.

Heck, it was a proud day. I had a huge grin on my face that entire day thinking of how gorgeous, outgoing, loving, spiritual, and just plain amazing these little guys are!

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Everybody's favorite geek will be appearing on as a host on G4's The Post Show to talk about Heroes with other nerds. The show will air at 11 pm EST on Saturday, November 3, immediately following a marathon airing of Heroes, which starts at 5 pm EST. Ryan will be a host and will get to talk all about his favorite show.

We get G4 at channel 354 on DirecTV. If you're not sure what channel it's on, you can check this link.

Save the cheerleader, yadda yadda yadda.

All Hallows Eve

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up in a costume, thus the degree in theatre. I love the fall season and picking out and carving pumpkins. And, let's be honest here, I love free candy! We got a ton this year and I'm trying to be so good.....it hasn't been easy.

Evan was so excited to dress up like Mickey Mouse this year. He studied Mickey Mouse Playhouse like he was preparing for a midterm and told me every detail he would have in his costume. I thought it would be no problem to find a Mickey pattern but boy was I wrong. I ended up making it from my own little pattern but the headpiece was harder than I thought it would be. I think we were all happy with the results. Evan didn't want to take it off. He kept saying, "But I'm not done being Mickey yet. Please!"

While trick-or-treating he would say to people, "Hi, my name is Mickey Mouse." So cute.

I was so happy last night! We have the greatest neighborhood. There were dozens of little ones and their parents out and those with older kids or no kids all sat out in their driveways or on their porches. Two families were playing movies on a projection screen and several were handing out hot cocoa and hot dogs. It was just like the movies.

I seriously got emotional at one point because this is exactly what we were hoping for when we moved. A friendly neighborhood that has a ton of little ones in it where our kids can play and grow and get to know everyone. It was just representative of what we were searching for and really cemented our decision to move.

Griffin wore an old Elvis costume that I made for Evan a couple of years ago. Evan wore it much nicer. What I mean by that is that Evan didn't mess with it or tear anything off or walk away from us. Fin, on the other hand, was all over the place and before he had the costume on for 2 minutes he was tearing things off. He also would not sit for one good picture. *sigh* They are so different.

Here is a fun picture of Evan in the same costume with his cousin Samantha. They were both about 22 months old here. Such cutie pies.

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