Wednesday, April 30, 2008

yeah for stephanie!

So for the past couple weeks I have been trying to decide what to bless Kyan in, since we are blessing him on May fourth and that is getting really close, and have thus far come up with nothing I love! Then came Stephanie. I know I know – how could she fix this grave dilemma? Well with some amazing timing she decided to go through her boys’ clothes she is done with and give them to me! But that is not all. Not only did she do all the work of sorting these clothes and coming all the way to my house but she had to break in to give them to me. Well I guess it’s not considered breaking in if the door is open is it? Sigh – yes I’m working on it. She even left me treats to top off the wonderful gifts. As I begin going through the clothes feeling like its Christmas all over again a perfect little white sleeper (I have no idea if she used it to bless any of her boys) jumps out of the bag at me! Vance looked at it and said, “done and done”. So the story has a wonderful happy ending and all we have left to do is hope he doesn’t exceed his diaper that morning on the way to church. =)

On a much less exciting note, last night we had another lovely first with child rearing. Melia woke up screaming bloody murder and when I went to check on her she had puked all over herself and her pillow and all in her hair. She definitely disliked me during the shower that followed but I couldn’t let her go back to bed smelling like that. Two more rounds of fun followed but then she managed to sleep the rest of the night. I have no idea whether she just ate something her body wasn’t cool with or if this is going to continue so we are hiding in the house today to see how she fares. Thus far she has been fine but tired due to being awake so long in the middle of the night so she is having a good solid nap and Kyan actually decided to nap too so I almost don’t know what to do with myself! Well that’s been all our fun today so far! It can only get better from here right? Maybe I should hide the diaper cream and vasaline just in case she feels better later. =)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

happy birthday!

Friday was Melia’s second birthday so I invited a couple kids over that she loves to play with (I couldn’t invite them all cause that would be all of nursery and I don’t think I’m ready for those kind of numbers yet!) and we had a little birthday party. As it was we had a good number and the kids actually played really well together and Melia was in heaven having so many kids over to play. We made some pizza which turned out well and then we had the puppy cake Vance and I decorated the night before. We are definitely rookie cake decorators but it turned out pretty cute and all Melia cared about was getting to blow out some candles and eating the icing anyway.













She even got some presents, which I certainly didn’t expect, which she loved. She is still sitting in her new chair like the queen and we actually managed to entertain her for most of sacrament today due to her new bug book.



We couldn’t quiet the demand for “nursey time” every five minutes though despite our best efforts. Apparently she is a lovely welcoming committee for new kids in nursery though I found out from Mihoko. Since Sterling was there today and is relatively new in nursery she is making him feel welcome by pushing him over at every opportunity, sigh. I guess that way he is not left out. Everyone must get equal shoves apparently.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

the crazy cooks

Well this weekend has certainly been an adventure! Due to the fact that there was a deacon’s conference in Medicine Hat we had been planning to go to the hat and take a couple of vance’s boys for the conference. I was all excited because I wanted to go to Michels and get some scrap booking stuff and go to Costco. I hadn’t left brooks for about seven weeks and I needed to get out! SO Saturday morning dawns and it has been dumping snowing all night and we are back to winter again after having spring for a couple weeks. Now for those who are not aware – I hate being disappointed. I hate getting excited about something and then having it not happen. So since I am a little silly and rather selfish we went anyway. The weather report on AMA said that the hat had just got the edge of the storm and that the weather was the best in that direction. So we packed up and got in the van and once we left brooks the highway was fine so we had a fun day at Michels and Costco and V V Boutique (value village). Then we left to go home and discovered that the roads were now terrible. Really not all that surprising but we figured if we took it easy we would be fine. We were fine but we did leave the road for a short time. We hit some ice and did a lovely 180 and shot into the ditch backwards. Thankfully we didn’t roll or anything but we did bust through a barbed wire fence backwards and finally came to a stop in a farmer’s field. A lovely part of the story is the truck that saw us go out of control and stopped right away to see if we needed help and if we were okay. As it turned out we were able to drive right back out by ourselves and all he had to do was hold down the remains of the barbed wire fence for us but the simple fact that we knew we had help if we needed it was wonderful. We were very relieved when we arrived home safely and saw that a broken taillight was the most serious damage we could see. Melia was a little unsure as to why we stopped I think and I took it pretty much in stride being rather experienced with ditch time but Vance, who has never had such experiences, was rather traumatized. He is recovering I think though and will no doubt be speeding again in no time. We also got stuck pulling out of our alley on the block drive to church today which I thought was hilarious. Vance says it’s due to the grass and dirt we still have underneath the van from our fun yesterday but I still thought it was funny.
Here is a funny picture of the van that vance took which shows how much snow and mud we enjoyed on our fun trip.


This is a picture of what happens any time I put Kyan on the ground for tummy time or just to chill by himself for a bit. She loves him too much to let him do anything alone. =)

Monday, April 14, 2008

a smile for mom

I copied these from a babycenter site which stole it from somewhere else but it made me smile. Its about how to prepare to have children.

Lesson 1
A really good way to discover how the nights might feel…
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can’t get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)
Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 2
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.
Time allowed for this - all morning.

Lesson 3
Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don’t think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don’t look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 4
Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice).If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week’s groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 5
1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.
You are now ready to feed a nine-month-old baby.

Lesson 6
Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying ‘mommy’ repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each ‘mommy’; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 7
Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the ‘mommy’ tape made from Lesson 6 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

How to prepare to diaper a baby:
1.Take a puppy who’s not properly housetrained and hold him down on his back gently with one hand.
2. With the other hand, reach for the diapers which are about 10 feet away on the dresser.
3. Pick puppy up and go get the diaper.
4. Place puppy back down and release tabs on soiled diaper.
5. With free hand, reach for wipes, which are on the dresser where the diaper was.
6. Re-adhere tabs on soiled diaper and pick puppy back up and go get the wipes.
7. Once back, puppy on back, one hand on puppy, realize husband forgot to refill the wipes container.
8. Curse husband.
9. Bring wiggling puppy to husband who is sitting calmly in the living room.
10. Holding puppy out, advise husband it is his turn.
11. Go make yourself a drink.

Post-Partum Body:
1. Take a baseball bat and hit yourself (or better yet your husband!) on every part of your body for 3-36 hours, focusing on your back and crotch.
2. Fill several Ziploc bags with marbles and duck tape them to your thighs, rear, tummy, and chest.
3. Whenever the alarm goes off in Lesson 1, soak the front of your shirt before heading off to carry the bag around the living room.
4. Think about the saddest thing ever until you have cried uncontrollably for 15 minutes.
I could go into the other fluids, but that is too gross.

Monday, April 7, 2008

stitches and such


So on saturday Kyan was one month old! I can’t believe time has gone so fast. I can tell there is going to be a special bond between Melia and Kyan like there is between my siblings Savana and Dallin because Melia absolutely loves him and spends most of her time concerned about him and ordering me to “get baby” any time he makes a noise. She is rather overenthusiastic in her love for him of course and he gets smothered and hugged aggressively numerous times a day but what sparked this special comparison was saturday’s fun. A special day for Kyan – which Melia of course knew nothing about so she celebrated it by crashing off of her chair (which she was standing on to destroy the pizza I was trying to make for supper while i checked on kyan) and cutting her forehead open. So she and daddy spent a couple hours at the hospital in the emergency room so she could get stitches. Needless to say, he missed the priesthood session of conference. Her eye is already turning blue and swelling up really well so she should have a good solid black eye to go with her stitches. Now this special experience made me think of my siblings since when Dallin was born the day they brought him home from the hospital Savana fell off a bed and broke her collar bone. Not intentionally of course but it was an effective way to get back some of her lost attention!




Due to a special request here is the recipie for my favorite cookies;

Triple Chippers

1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup shortening (I just use margarine)
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3 ¾ cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350. Mix sugars, butter vanilla and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer or mix with spoon until creamy. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Then stir in white, butterscotch and chocolate chips.
Drop dough onto ungreased large cookie sheet. (I use my pampered shef scoop.)Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool a couple minutes and remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Enjoy! .

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Slacking here but I am doing something!

YEAH for the young womens!!!!!!!!!! The lovely young womens crew (yes I am aware of how much work is done by the leaders) brought me a beautiful basket full of meals which has come at the all time perfect time. For the last 4 or 5 days I want to eat absolutely nothing on the list of things I make and am therefore super excited to eat someone elses ideas and not have to try to think of something or clean up the 5 pots I used to make whatever I didnt want in the beginning. So I have to say it again: YEAH FOR THE YOUNG WOMENS!!

I am now learning the art of speed scrapbooking. Melia does not thus far tolerate me scrapbooking while she is concious which gives me nap time (more on that later) and after 8pm. This would give me plenty of time really but Kyan has learned her schedule and uses her sleeping time to shine and demand the love and attention he is deprived of when she is awake. SO she goes down about 11:30 or 12 - well thats a lie actually she is voluntarily locked in her room around then and remains in there anywhere from 10 min to two hours either playing quietly or napping - I dont actually care which but the break time is essential for sanity. If I wish to nap during this time Kyan is okay with that as long as he sleeps on me but if I want to do something else I have to commit at least 45 min (I swear he times it) to him and hope Melia will stay in her room longer than that - then I race downstairs and hope for quick inspiration on one of my pages for however many minutes I happen to get. The same process happens after eight when Melia goes down (is put in her room) and Kyan gets up to party. You would be surprised how much I can accomplish this way! It forces me to cut out my doddling time and if I blank at a certain point - I just skip it and go on!

I am also very excited about what I found when i was wandering around some blogs. It may be old news for everyone else but the scrapbooking school kit I heard about on Becky Higgins blog (and promptly ordered as a present for me for Vances birthday - its an odd tradition) has me very excited even though I know I still have a couple years before Melia is in school. I was telling my mom about it because she has to hear about everything and she was actually interested too since she is doing her scrapbook of all of us punks in school now (she is a little behind). Well I think that is all my interesting stories today!