Friday, April 25, 2008

40 Things

1- I have a very extreme, irrational fear of outhouses. We call it portapotaphobia.

2. I hate when my kids go anywhere without socks on- even my babies- I think it makes them look orphaned.

3- I like to read cereal boxes.

4- If I am reading a book- I tune everything else out, and will not respond if someone is talking to me- I don’t even hear them.

5- I can spend hours on Ebay, and Etsy, and often do.

6- I will not pay money for something someone has made- I would rather make it myself (if I can- and I usually can), yet I pay someone to come clean my house.

7- I love to make budgets and to-do lists, but rarely follow them.

8- I love coupon shopping. It turns my favorite activity (shopping) into a sport. ( I even get 5 newspapers every Sunday just for the coupons, and want to get more.)

9- I sing the Guardian Angel song from My Turn on Earth to my kids almost every night.

10- I love buying and organizing scrapbook supplies, but don’t use them very often, especially if I found the perfect place for it to be stored/displayed.- Sometimes I will buy a couple of the same things just for this reason.

11- I am SO not a morning person.

12- I am starting to train (trane?) for a marathon (again- I had started before I got pregnant with Kenadee, and stopped because I have activity induced asthma, and didn’t want to use the inhaler while I was pregnant.)

13- Disneyland is my favorite place. EVER.

14- If I make a dish with tofu in it- I have to tell Jeremy it is chicken, and he likes it, but if I tell him it is really tofu- all of a sudden the taste changes for him, and he cant take another bite.

15- I LOVE vegetables.

16- I have a little bit of a shopping addiction- I have to really watch myself. (And yes- I realize that there really isn’t any such thing as a little bit of an addiction- it just makes me feel better when I say it that way.)

17- I love many foods burnt. BBQ chicken, lasagna, freezer pizzas, grilled corn on the cob + more.- If it has a couple of really nice black spots it tastes so much better to me.- I know, I know, it causes cancer, but really what doesn’t nowadays?

18- I came up to Utah to go to school because I didn’t want to be one of those people who spend their whole lives living in Vegas, and now I think to myself- ok maybe Vegas wasn’t so bad.

19- I don’t think I am a very good driver- especially if there is snow or ice on the ground, I absolutely refuse to drive in the snow!

20- I justify taking nice long HOT baths in my big tub by bathing my kids in the water after I am done.

21- I really want to go to New York again- we almost did for our Anniversary, but decided against going anywhere, because its not much of vacation when you have to bring a baby.

22- I am my boys soccer coach, and although we are undefeated the kids don’t know this. I tell them that it only matters that everyone had fun playing the game. (They are only in Kindergarten after all.)

23- Sometimes I am tempted to just do my boys homework for them- especially if it requires scissors. I have to constantly fight the urge.

24- I LOVE fabric stores. I can walk in and spend 4 hours, and think that like only a half hour has gone by. My mind just sees fabric and all the possibilities of what can be done with each design.

25- I am a major procrastinator. I need to change this tendency, but keep thinking I will start tomorrow.

26- I’m jealous of all my daughters cute tutus, hairbows and tiaras, and sometimes wish I could put them on and go to the store like she does and not have people think I was crazy.

27- I am only 25, and I have 4 kids.

28- I married one of those guys that I used to make fun of (in my head) in High School. You know- the super-smart-computer-guys.

29- I am really into British History.

30- Orchids are my favorite flower, followed by Gerber Daises, Hydrangeas, Hyacinths, and Lilies.

31- Cumin is the most used spice in my pantry, and cilantro is my most used herb. – We cook a lot of Americanized Mexican food. And my favorite deserts are Mexican desserts- especially flan.

32- Barley is my favorite grain, followed by quinoa.

33- My favorite color is pink, and just a little bit behind is green, the shade that soybeans are after you steam them and take them out of their pod. I want to take a soybean in to Home Depot to have them match a paint color to it for my scrapbook room.

34- When I get too stressed out I just shut down and don’t do ANYTHING. I never worried about anything in High School and College, and as a result I don’t have good stress coping skills.

35- I consider myself a professional beginner. I like to start lots of things, but don’t finish them a lot of the time. Also, I learn how to do a lot of stuff, but move on to the next thing before I can get really good at whatever it is I am learning to do.

36- My husband totally spoils me, and I have been told this a couple of times.

37- All my kids still take naps everyday, and sometimes I do too.

38- I still think Fairy Tales do come true.

39- I love my family SO SO SO much, and of course think I have the best one ever.

40- My life definitely hasn’t turned out like I planned…


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Left out

So of course since Ryan and Cameron had super cool new shirts they loved, Adelle wanted one. She decided on Cinderella- (she LOVES Disney princesses & Tinkerbell)So I made this one for her, and on the back put her nickname from her Daddy- CinderDelly. She loves it! Now I just need to make Kenadee one. Im thinking an owl on one of her onesies- Im really liking owls at the moment.

stenciled shirts

Its hard to sew for boys. I dont like the whole "homemade" look for them. Sometimes it looks so shabby- and not in a good way, so I usually dont sew for my boys- except for quilts or blankets, and costumes. But I am always making new dresses for the girls, and my boys ask me when I am going to make something for them, so I decided to paint them shirts with their favorite things. Camerons favorite is T-Rex, and Ryans is sharks, so here they are. These were my first stenciling attempts, and they arent exactly lined up, but I still like tham, and my boys absolutely love them. They have worn them for the last week straight, wont even let me wash them. Maybe after bath time tonight I might just raid their room and steal them to finally get them clean.

Monday, April 14, 2008


So in one of my last posts I told everyone about how Jeremy was giving Novell his 2 weeks, well he ended up starting his new job today. Last tuesday, after he got back from accepting his new position at this new company, his director called him in and asked if he had a lot of work to do for the next 2 weeks, and since he didn't he let him stop working that day. I guess that it is a liability to have employees around that are leaving and have access to everything, because if they were disgruntled they could cause a whole world of trouble. But they still are paying us for those last 2 weeks, even though he isnt working them, and an extra week from the FTO he had, so a months worth of pay for a weeks worth of work isn't bad. So we decided that he would take the rest of the week off before starting his new job since he wouldnt have any days off stored up, so who knows when our next break from work will be. We had originally planned on finishing up our garden boxes and just spending time here together at home. Well yeah, that didnt really happen. He ended up working at my uncles shop wednesday morning, then going to his farewell from Novell lunch, then to Santaquin the rest of the day.

Thursday was quite an experience. Late wednesday night, I get a call from out pediatricians office rescheduling our 2 p.m. appointment to 9 a.m. due to and emergency with one of the doctors, so thursday morning, I wake up bright and early (for me) and get up, take a shower, do my hair, makeup, get dressed, go downstairs, get breakfast ready, and go upstairs to wake Adelle up so she can eat. It was about this time that I was thinking to myself how smoothly things were going, and that we were going to actually be early, and getting excited about it... Then I opened Adelles door. All I can say is DESITIN. EVERYWHERE. She must have taken some into her room, and hidden it, and after we put her to bed for the night she had a party with it. She had also put it into her hair. So she had whitish-grey hair that stuck out in every direction possible. And the smell- UGH! So I put her into the bath and scrub her hair 3 times before I realize that it isnt coming out at all, and we are now going to be late by the time she eats, and I get her dressed. So I pull her hair back to try to disguise the desitin. We end up getting to the doctors office late, but since we were scheduled for the first appointment of the day, it isnt too bad. After her 3 year check up, and Kenadees 6 month appointment, we went to the optomitrist to order our sunglasses. Well I had gonr into the Sunglass Hut before and found the pair I wanted, but they gave me the wrong code for it, so we had to go back into Sunglass Hut, get the right code, then go back into the Optomitrist, order them, pay for them whatnot, then we went to AF to look at some cars, and went to La Vigna for lunch. Decided we werent going to make it back to Spanish Fork in time for our boys school, so they would just spend the day with us. Looked at some more cars. Then we had to hurry back here for Soccer pictures, and then play our game. After the game, we came home, and Jeremy had to go back into Santaquin, so I bathed the kids, and got them to bed, he came home and we pretty much crashed. Friday we spent most of the day looking at cars again, and Jeremy figured out what kind he wants. I think it is the Honda Civic SI. We came back so we would be here in time for the boys bus, and Jeremy had to go to a tax place to fix their computers. After that our friends, Jeff and Mandie, took us out to dinner to thank Jeremy for helping Jeff get a job. We went to Tepanyaki in Lehi, so Jeremy was able to get food he likes, and I was able to get sushi- yay!!

Saturday, I took Ryan shopping with me, while Jeremy worked on the garden boxes, then we had a little barbeque with our friends. We had yummy steak, grilled zucchini, salad, baugette bread. For dessert we had strawberry shortcakes, and I tried a new recipe.
It was so good. Then we just played Wii untill we were all exhausted. It was so good to be able to spend time with them, and see their cute little baby.

Well I gotta go, it is Spring Break for my boys, and the weather is actually decent, so they are begging me to jump on the "frampoline" with them.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Random quiz

What Your Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich Means

Your eating style is reserved. You are a bit of a fussy eater, and you have very specific ways you like your food prepared.

You have an average sweet tooth. While you enjoy desserts, they aren't exactly your downfall.

Your taste in food tends to be pretty flexible. You may crave sushi one night, and your favorite childhood recipe the next.

You are probably a fairly normal, upper middle class person. You don't rock the boat too often.

You never really grew up. While your childlike innocence is charming, you often just come across as a big baby.

Precise and controlled, you can be a bit anal retentive when it comes to how you like things. You're definitely a perfectionist.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New Job

Well he did it. He gave his 2 week notice at Novell today and is on his way up to Salt Lake as I type this to put his acceptance in at this new company. So for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about (aka everyone but our parents and my sister) I will fill you in. So Jeremy had said that he would look for another job after he got a promotion at Novell, we just thought that it would take over a year longer than it actually did. So last year he got his promotion unexpectedly, but things were going good, and his manager was fast tracking him and whatnot. So he just kinda stayed and didnt think much about moving. Well every time there is a layoff I get majorly stressed, there have been like 5 of them at least since he started working there. While he has been completely safe every time I still drives me crazy. Plus with the outsourcing to India last year- let me tell you it was not fun to have my husband half way around the world, and me at home with a newborn and 3 other kids for most of December, we just feel like Novell is more out for whatever is going to save them the most money instead of trying to keep their employees happy. They have been steadily cutting back on the perks since he has been working there, and we just hate the whole, well who knows if he is going to have a job in 6 months, because they dont seem to care about the Provo office thing. But he had an awesome manager, who always went to bat for him and whatnot, so he said at that point that if his manager left he would look for another job. So about 2 weeks ago his manager quit and got a job as a director up at a company called Control Four.
Well Jeremy gets a call from him a few days later that there are a couple of openings and he wants Jeremy to come work for him. So he did the whole interview process and we got an offer last week. Well Jeremy wanted his friend, who was recently fired to get a job up there so they could carpool and whatnot, so we waited until his friend got an offer and accepted.

I am kinda stressed about the whole thing. Just cause it is the unknown. Its kinda funny, when his old boss first called him to try to talk him into coming up there, I was all for him just staying at Novell, then when he decided that he just wanted to stay at Novell, I was all for him leaving, we have gone back and forth and every time, I get nervous and try to convince him to do the opposite thing. Well I finally talked him into leaving, and he is going through with it, and of course now I kinda want him to stay. Oh well. We prayed about it and felt it was right. And I told him if it was something he really wanted to do I would support him 100%- that I would always stand right behind him and support him while he follows his dreams. So it looks like we are moving to a new company. There will be a longer drive for him, and benefits arent quite as good- (paying $15 for our last 2 babies, and like 100 for a $60,000 surgery just cant be beat.) But it is something we can handle, plus it is a new company that is taking off, so there are more opportunities here.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Jon and Kelseys reception

So 2 weekends ago we went up to Idaho for Jeremy's brothers reception. He and his wife got married on Valentines Day, the same day my sister and her husband got married. (My only other married sibling also got married on the same day that one of his brothers did- CRAZY) Anyways, because it was kinda a last minute thing I guess, they had their reception later. So we drove up on Thursday. Because we cut it close, we just went straight to the reception place. Let me tell you, it is not fun having to do a 3 year olds hair in a tiny bathroom, while the baby is crying, and the 3 year old is protesting, and trying to run out every time you reach for a bobypin or whatnot. We took our Wii up with us and most of the weekend was spent with everyone gathered around that. The kids had so much fun with their cousin, Kimberlyn. It was nice that Adelle had someone to play with. The boys are at that age where they dont want to play with their little sister so she is constantly being excluded, and we are used to dealing with lots of screaming, fighting, and tears as a result. So needless to say, we would have gladly kidnapped Kimberlyn and taken her back to live with us. For some reason I dont think that that would have gone over very well though. On Friday we went to this really fun park that is mostly handicap accessible, and they had the most comfortable swings ever. They are made to strap people (even adults they were big enough) in that would fall out otherwise, and completely support them. So most of my time was spent on one of those, reclining, with Kenadee as I watched everyone else run around. We went to see Horton Hears a Who on Saturday since the elephant is named after our family after all. It was definitely an experience. In the row behind us there was a Dad and Grandpa that took the kids to the movies. Now I am all for Dads getting to spend time with their kids, and giving the wives a break, but let me tell you it definitely wasnt a break for the rest of us. They were constantly kicking out seats, and since the seats are the kind that kinda rock, I was almost feeling motion sick from all the kicking. So being the brat that I am I would brace my feet on the floor and as they would put their feet on the seat to kick it again, I would push back, which they werent expecting, and they eventually stopped. (Like an hour into it anyways) They were constantly talking over the movie, and towards the end, and I am not joking about this, they dumped an entire large popcorn over our heads. The whole time the Dad and Grandpa are just sitting there watching the movie, not even paying attention to the kids. So about this time I just loose it and swing around and yell at them in the middle of the movie- "Watch your kids!! They are throwing popcorn all over us." I think it embarrassed them a little bit, but come on- it was ridiculous. At the end of the movie the Grandpa comes up to us and says "Wow you guys are good sports, I've never seen that ever happen before." I was thinking in my head- yeah because usually people are courteous of other people and actually watch their children. Ugh! Some people. But overall it was a good trip other than I got food poisoning one night, and Ryan was throwing up one day, but yeah.