Friday, August 28, 2009

Problem Solved!

Since we moved, I have had a hard time finding time to shower. In our old apartment we were blessed with 2 bathrooms, one on the opposite end of the place as Samantha's room, so I always showered while she was asleep. Now that we live here, the bathroom shares a wall with her bedroom and always wakes her up. But if I shower while she is awake, she bangs on the door, shrieking, no matter what I try to entertain her with. I checked out some Baby Einstein dvds at the library a while back, and today had the brilliant idea of strapping her into her high chair while she ate breakfast, watching baby einstein, while I took a quick shower. It worked! She didn't even notice I had left. Thanks, Baby Einstein!!!

Also-- a special shout out of Congrats to the Seamons on expecting again!!!! (It's kinda making me baby hungry to hear about, though haha!)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Good Health

What is good health? There are many, many perspectives on good health, what it entails, what it doesn't entail, etc. Some people spend their lives following health trends, others find what is healthy for them and stick with it. Others have an idea of what is healthy and are either too lazy or don't care or don't have the motivation to get with it. I have my own ideas.

#1- The most important thing you can do for your health, above all, is EXERCISE. Some people hear that word and cringe, some feel guilty, some nod enthusiastically, other have different or no reaction. I firmly believe that just about ANY "disability" you may have, you can still exercise. Unless your doctor has put you on bedrest, or you are extremely handicapped in some way, or paralyzed, (or some other random thing I can't think of/ don't know about) there is SOME form of exercise you can do. Have a bad knee, back, wrist, foot, eye, elbow, ankle, neck, stomach, leg, finger, toe, hair, or whatever excuse you are thinking of? Go talk to your doctor, he will help you find exercise you can do. Too obese to exercise? WRONG! Your doctor will still help!!!!! If he can't, switch doctors. The things that exercise can do for your body are endless. Exercise aids in preventing many heart diseases, cancers, acne, digestive problems, depression, etc etc ETC. Most people don't realize there wouldn't be near as many people die from heart disease and other heart problems if they would just cut back on their fat intake a bit and EXERCISE!
#2- I firmly believe in moderation in ALL things. You can have too much of ANYTHING, including water (though it is hard to do) Some things you definitely need more of than others. Take meat for instance: Meat is delicious, and provides a lot of nutrients, but is one thing americans tend to eat too much of. Meat is one of those things on the lower end, but, in my opinion, still needed (HA, can you tell I'm not vegan or vegetarian?!) I believe dairy products are good for you, I DON'T want to break my hip at age 55, thanks anyway though. Moderation though. I'm not eating cheese or yogurt alll day long (not really even once a day, though I do have milk daily). A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a fantastic one. BUT if you ate only fruits and veggies, you would be lacking some valuable nutrients!
#3- I believe we should have as many "whole" foods as possible. There are some things about the vegan lifestyle that, I guess you could say inspire me. But only that, inspire. They are lacking a lot, and are just another silly diet trend, but, like most diets, have some good points. I like their outlook on "whole" foods. Although, it is pretty much a scam... My brother in law, a dairy farmer, was working at a farm where they produced "organic" milk. Want to know what thye had to do to make their milk "organic"? I bet you do, don't you! So, to claim their milk as "organic" their cows had to have a certain amount of "roam time". Bet you want to know how long it was, don't you? Yeah, all they did was pen the cows up on one side of the field, and walk the cows ACROSS the field to milk them, then walk them back.... TADA! "organic" milk. Sounds like some killer milk, huh? And this isn't coming from some article I read, but someone who actually worked on the farm. And not through my nephew's 3rd cousins ex-wifes uncle, but from the mouth of my brother in law as heard by myself, husband, and whoever else was there. BUT, back to my point of "whole" foods, there have been countless studies for decades, suggesting whole wheat bread (nope, sorry, not just plain wheat bread, or multi-grain bread) is far better for you than white or any I just listed. And, if you have your own garden, I imagine those vegetables are probably healthier than ones purchased.
#4- You don't have to give up something you love!!! If you love cheesecake, then by all means, eat a piece of cheesecake!! Just don't eat it every day, every week, or even every few weeks! And if you love greasy french fries and burgers, or other fast foods, then eat it, but CERTAINLY not every day or even every week.. Eat that type of stuff SPARINGLY.
#5- Soda-- give it up! Talk about empty calories!! Plus it's not very good for you! When I exercise and the day before I drank a soda, my workout doesn't go nearly as well. Most runners or people who workout vigorously on a regular basis will attest to this. Then again, it might just be ALLLLL the sugar in it. who knows? either way, it isn't good for you. And don't try to tell me you're drinking diet, so it's fine... Go google your fake sugars and find out the damage they are doing to your body first. right, that's what I thought.
#6- back to the vegans... Ummm guys... you use those fake eggs called "egg-beaters" or whatever they are called... Um yeah, a scientist invented those. Please explain to me what is so "whole" about a scientifically invented egg substitute. I'm sticking with the real thing. Yep. And yes, I realize that the whole vegan thing means "No animal by-products" but, vegans also are proponents of "whole" foods and 'organic' foods because they are healthier. If you want to keep preservatives out of your food, and pesticides off your fruit, you better grow and make EVERYTHING by hand, because the companies are fooling you and making a ton of money when you buy 'organic' foods.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our Anniversary!

Jacob and I had a fabulous anniversary celebration a couple weeks back! It was soooo nice! We went out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse (I know, not fancy shmancy, but it's what we wanted) and it was delightful and yummy.

Like my sunglasses? true retro- they were my grandpas :)

We stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast in Sandy and it was a reeally nice place!! All cozy and romantic! Then the next day we went to Lagoon and had a BLAST! It was great fun! It was nice to be away from Sammie for so long. I love her to death, but man that break was great!! I love my sweetheart and am sooo happy that I get to spend forever with him :)

The "castle" where we stayed.

They had a pleasant little walk outside to some fountains and such

Us being the goofy nerds we truly are


-None of my clothes fit and we are too poor to buy me new ones. :( Too bad I don't like belts like I did when I was 14/15ish.
-I can now only part my hair on the left side, or else I would expose a nice streak of Gray hairs.. that's right, GRAY. Too bad I don't have blonde or light brown hair, that would hide them all!! On second thought, I am proud to have dark brown hair, nevermind.
-Ottavio's shut down :( :( :( I had no idea and have no clue how long they have been shut down, but they were my favorite restaurant in Provo and I just discovered this yesterday.

Friday, August 21, 2009


Just a warning, this is going to be a boring post, so don't bother reading :) I still have no idea what I'm going to write about, I just felt like posting! Hmmmm what's new... Jacob and I celebrated 2 years awhile ago, and it was fun. I'll post about it later. Samantha is a little turkey, and into EVERYTHING. Basically while she is awake I chase after her cleaning up her messes! She loves to squeal as loud as she can, especially at church for some reason... Not the most reverent child. Sometimes I feel like she is driving me crazy, but I sure love her!! Jacob and I are muchly enjoying his break from school. It sure is nice to have a husband that only works! That will end in a little over a week though :( We have been watching a lot of 24, which gives me nightmares because its so intense, haha. We have been staying up late and getting up early, so we've been tired all the time. We love where we live now, mostly because the people here are so great!! Thanks everyone who lives here who says hi to us and invites to do stuff-- it has been soooo fun!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

First Word?!

We think that Samantha may have said her first word last night!! We have Matt and Mari Bell to thank for this, haha! Last night we went in to check on Samantha a little before midnight and accidentally woke her up and she sounded scared (she is still adjusting to living in a new place) so we decided to get her up for a few minutes. After she had calmed down she kept lunging for something on the other side of the bed saying 'pe! pe!' We figured out she was after a scultpure of an eagle that Jacob got when he received his eagle. We got it up for her and she kept saying "pe!" so we were kind of like is that her first word??? Because a baby's first word sometimes doesn't have anything to do with the actual word. It is correctly defined as any word they consistently use to call an object-- they have to KNOW what they are talking about. Some incorrectly call the babblings of 'mamma and dadda' as their first word, but often the first time babies say those, they are simply babbling and not referring to their parents. Anyway so we were marveling over the fact that she could be saying her first word and I suggested that maybe it's because she looooves Gus Gus (the Marquez's bird) and Petey (the Bell's bird) and the eagle was about the same size as the birds. Then Jacob was like "Petey! Maybe she's trying to say Petey!" so we say "petey? are you trying to say petey?" and since then she points at it or pats it and says "pee-ee" it's sooo cute! And we don't have to ask her or anything, she does it by herself! So maybe it is her first word! Petey or 'pee-ee' meaning: Bird. haha