Wednesday, December 29, 2010

dooo do do

So we are stuck in Idaho for now. We were going to go home yesterday, but Jacob was eager to eat the duck he shot, so we stayed so we could eat it. It tasted nothing like chicken and a lot like beef. Not what I expected. Anyway it's been snowing and blowing like crazy here and apparently snowing like crazy at home, sooo here we are. Maybe we will go home tomorrow, maybe not til Friday. We will see.

Samantha calls every mom or woman she likes "Momma". This includes many of my friends, nursery leaders, my mom, and my sister. She's been doing it for months, but I keep forgetting to record it. It does bug me a little, but oh well. :)

We have had a LOT of fun here, and she is such a little goon. She provides a LOT of entertainment. Today marks 5 weeks left of pregnancy! Crazy! I'm getting BIG. I don't think I'm going to take any pictures... Too embarrassing.

OH and I just want to add this: Remember my post about cleaning the temple? Jacob and I were able to go on Tuesday while grandma babysat, and it was cool. We both had a whole new appreciation for the temple, that we could never have had if we hadn't helped clean. So, if you get the opportunity, TAKE IT!! It really was neat.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

First ER trip

So we are here in Idaho for Christmas break. So far, so good. We apparently left behind a huge snowstorm, which is super sad, because snow never sticks around for long in Utah, so it will probably be gone by the time we get back (but I've got my fingers crossed it'll stay!) It's been good.

My poor little girl had her first trip to the ER. Don't worry, it wasn't really an 'emergency', but no one else in Rexburg would take our insurance, and she NEEDED to see a doctor. Just for the same old, same old- her asthma. I get so frustrated with her asthma sometimes. She is on singulair, which is supposed to help (and it definitely does) but she always has her bad reactions when we can't go to her normal doctor-- the weekends or when we're out of town. Anyway she could hardly breathe, she was wheezing Really badly. After 2 albuterol treatments and no improvement, we started calling around and ended up in the ER. After 2 breathing treatments, a chest x-ray, a test for rsv (do you know how dreadful that test is? Poor girl) an oral steroid, a steroid shot with a giant needle, and a prescription for steroids, they sent us on our way. Basically she had a small chest cold (but no fever, runny nose, etc.) and her asthma just took over. so sad.

It's been a fun trip, and I'm glad it happened at the beginning and that she is doing so much better and should have fun the rest the time!

Something cool

So I have never in my life heard of a temple being cleaned by members who are asked to volunteer. Maybe this is something that happens elsewhere, or maybe they just don't ask people in the BYU stakes. Anyway, my mom asked us if we wanted to go help clean the Rexburg temple on Monday night because their ward was the ward doing it. Anyway we went, and it was a super cool experience. Our group got to vacuum and clean the ordinance rooms and celestial room. Some of the things they do to clean are so cool. They have this carpet rake that they use to get rid of footprints, and it makes it look soooo good! Want to know what else is cool? People go clean Every. Single. Night. (ok, so not Sunday..) From 9:45-midnight. But they vacuum, dust, shine, and polish EVERY night! Cool, huh?? That's why the temple is so clean. They clean the whole thing every night! And they do stuff like clean the light fixtures once a week. Crazy, huh? We were talking to the guy who was over our little cleaning group and he was telling us all about it. (Him and a few other guys are there until 5 a.m. pretty much just cleaning all night). Stuff I do once or twice a year, they do once a week! Anyway it was a really neat experience, and I'm kinda hoping we can do it again sometime. (hopefully when I'm not large with child, haha)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Update

Samantha has been doing really well lately. She has been getting shy around strangers, which is weird for Jacob and I because we are used to going to the store and having her yell "Hi!" at the top of her lungs and wave and smile at everyone. She's a little smarty pants (I'm sure everyone says that about their kids though) and we love her so much! Last weekend we went to Idaho because my sister little girl Maggie was being blessed! Samantha LOVES baby Maggie. It made me excited for when Baby ? makes his appearance :) I didn't get a picture, but she was so cute holding little Maggie! Very precious.

Although she has been shy lately, she still is very friendly. We were at Men's Wearhouse the other day looking for a suit for Jacob, and there was another little girl there that was 3. Samantha kept going over to her saying "Come 'ere! Come 'ere!" Finally Sam went over and grabbed the girls hand and dragged her over to look at her book with her. They sat and played and chattered and looked at the book together. The other girl spoke much better English, but still seemed to understand Samantha's "Book! See? Like it?" And other condensed sentences. This is a picture of them playing together at the store:

Jacob is doing well. He has finals this week and is excited to be moving on to next semester. We're both excited for school to be over this summer! We are so excited for Christmas, and all ready to go! We only have 2 presents left to buy, which is really nice! This year we actually started budgeting for Christmas back in September. We are on a VERY tight student budget, and Jacob has been "donating" (not sure why its called a donation, since he gets paid??) plasma so that we can have some money to spend on something other than the bare necessities. Anyway, since September we have been putting in 10 bucks for our Christmas budget every time he goes, and I'm so glad we did! It's been nice to be able to spend a little bit of money on others for Christmas :)
Me? Same old. I don't like updating about myself, haha. I've been keeping really busy and time has flown by since Halloween! Thank goodness! I'm not really looking forward to January, being hugely pregnant (ok ok so I already am hugely pregnant!) and having time crawl by without the holidays, but oh well! I think I'm going to come up with a bunch of projects to do and goals for myself so I can't think about how pregnant I am :)

Baby Question Mark


That's right, baby question mark.. We are still in search of a J name.. Don't worry, we've read through all the J names about 30 times. I don't think we've missed one. Anyway, I will make a delicious baked good (I'm a good baker!) if YOU can come up with the J name we use.... Or if someone wants the responsibility of choosing, be our guest. You might think 'oh you've still got 7 weeks (yay only 7 weeks!) you have plenty of time! That's sorta true. Except we've been trying to think of one since we started thinking about having another one back in October 2009. 14 months of work and now down to 7 weeks. It FEELS like crunch time! And don't bother with the suggestion of using whatever random J name and calling him by his middle name. The middle name is chosen and not something that he could go by if he wanted to be socially accepted in this day and age!

Anyway little Baby ? is doing well. Very aggressive kicker. It's fun to watch him inside me :) Yesterday little Baby ? was sliding his leg along my stomach and you could totally see it. It was this lonng thing poking out, sliding around. I remember being able to see Samantha move around and poke me and be able to identify legs feet bum and head, but I don't remember her sliding like that. It was cool.

Things are going well. I've been itchy, but that definitely doesn't mean cholestasis is back! Time and tests will tell with that! As sore as my back has been, and as bad as my heartburn has been (didn't get either of those last pregnancy) this pregnancy is still about 10 thousand times better than the last. After having Sam, I wasn't even interested in having a boy, but if these 2 pregnancies signify the difference between my boy and girl pregnancies, I want all boys! (I can always adopt a girl later)

I have a doctor appointment this afternoon with an ultrasound to make sure everything is going well- FUN.. and here is a recent pic.. I definitely wasn't this pokey-outey with Samantha, even at 37 weeks when I gave birth! oh well!


Thanksgiving

For the first time, this year we were able to go to CA to celebrate Thanksgiving. In the past Jacob hasn't ever had more than Thursday and maybe one other day off, so definitely not worth the 9 hour drive each direction to be there 9 hours! This year we were able to go for 6 days, and it was fun! Smart as we are, we didn't take any pictures.
Some highlights

-Harry Potter 7 and Chili's
-Jacob and I had a date night and watched Eat, Pray, Love (I personally recommend the movie)
-It took us 14 hours to get home because of nasty snow in UT. Actually, I take that back. The snow really wasn't that bad, it was the traffic jams and accidents and people forgetting how to drive in the snow that took forever.
-Samantha got spoiled by everyone, but only took about 2 days to get her back into her habits of saying 'please','thank you' and getting used to not being waited on hand and foot :)
-No Black Friday shopping-- it was really a relief! even though a part of me enjoys black friday shopping.. there is something thrilling about the excitement in the air, and getting up early just for that special gift for someone you love!
-We all got sick! Well, Jacob was already sick, and Samantha and I got sick the first day we were there. The last time I got sick was back at the beginning of June when we went camping with my parents.
-PRETZELS.. I ate a lot over the break... ooooooh happy day! (now I have limited myself to 1 bag every 10 days. I get to buy another bag on Wednesday!! yay!!)
-Games! Family bonding time is important, and I love playing games to bond haha :)

It was a fun trip! It's always fun to see family, but I'd have to say the worst part was being jammed into our itsy bitsy car (Jimmy rode with us) and being 7 months pregnant on a 14 hour drive!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Content

Lately I have been feeling so content with my place in life and with my family. I look at Jacob and am so overwhelmed with love for him. He is so perfect for me. He is so sweet and makes me so incredibly happy. Not to mention he works so so hard for our family! I am overwhelmed with love for Samantha and our little guy that will soon be joining us. Having kids is truly the most incredible thing. I was reflecting the other day on the feelings and emotions those first moments of holding Samantha. I loved her more than I had ever known love in my entire life. And somehow looking at Jacob, I loved him more than that even! I keep hearing from or about people that are so miserable, and usually it seems to be a result of the poor decisions they are making in life. My heart aches for them, and I hope one day that they can figure life out and know for themselves the joy that they can have. I'm so happy and grateful for my decisions that have led me to this point in life so that I can have all these wonderful blessings. I am especially grateful for my choices that led to a temple marriage, so that I can truly have my family forever.
I'm also so grateful for the gospel and the direction that it gives me! I love the gospel! It is beautiful and pure and simple. I'm grateful that when I'm having an 'off' day I can feel my Heavenly Father's love for me so deeply. And know what? He doesn't love just me. He loves every single person, unconditionally, no matter what.

Don't get me wrong- my life is by no means perfect! I have daily struggles too! I'm just trying to be grateful for what I have, and what I know most of you have too!

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"Put some windex on it"

Jacob and I seem to be saying that to each other a lot lately. Except with the word "aquaphor" instead of windex. (For those who are lost on the quote, think My Big Fat Greek Wedding).


The stuff is amazing! We got some because Samantha gets eczema and the doctor recommended it. We put it on her after every bath, sometimes mixing it with a little prescription cream if we feel like she needs it. I'd heard of moms with cloth diapers using it as a diaper rash cream (because they can't use the zinc oxide on the cloth ones.. ruins them somehow). Samantha has sensitive skin and gets nasty rashes easily. Now when we see one start coming on we whip out the aquaphor and it's gone by the next diaper change! So nice! We have also used it on cuts, scrapes, scabs, cracked heels, chapped and cracked lips. It's kind of like vaseline, but not. It absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn't leave you feeling gooey and yucky. Anyway we love it. We like it better than Desitin , A+D ointment, Balmex, Butt paste, etc. for diaper rashes, and the many other things it does are great too! (though I have yet to try it on a zit!)

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Ham

I tried to take some nice pictures of Sam the other day.. None of them turned out, probably because she is 2 and LOVES pulling faces at the camera, but here is one that made me laugh: (click to enlarge, it really is better big!

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My first recipe!!

I'm not one who likes to cook. I do it sometimes anyway, because we'd starve or have grilled cheese every day if I didn't. It's not that I'm a bad cook. I actually have a really good nose/taste buds and can usually tell EXACTLY what I need to add to make things a little better..but I still don't like to cook. Maybe that's why I haven't posted a recipe yet? Anyway we kinda came up with this AMAZING recipe (I'm sure there are many like it though..) I like eating veggies, because I like the way they make me feel. But let's face it, they aren't much to taste plain, unless you grow your own. (maybe that's why I don't like the taste much? Cause I grew up with homegrown? Thanks a lot mom and dad ;)) And frying them seems counter-productive.

Also, this recipe might drive some of you nuts. My mom probably wouldn't ever make it because it doesn't contain any measurements.. I definitely cook like my dad- throw stuff in 'til it smells and tastes delicious.. Here goes!

(doesn't it LOOK amazing?)


What you need:
a bunch of veggies and a couple potatoes
--I used 2 potatoes, 3 large carrots, asparagus, green beans, broccoli and half an onion (next time I plan on adding a red bell pepper)
spices!
--I used Lawry's seasoning salt, garlic powder, large kosher salt, sesame seeds, annnd maybe some celery salt and onion powder (next time I plan on using a TBS or 2 of Worcestershire sauce- isn't that stuff amazing? don't know why I didn't think of it sooner)
EVOO- extra virgin olive oil 1 or 2 Tbs, tops

Directions:
I like to leave peels on my fruits and veggies when I can, because most of the nutrients are contained just barely under the skin! So I scrubbed my potatoes and carrots and sliced them up to bite or 2-bites size, and sliced half an onion. I poured a very small amount of EVOO on them, dumped some spices on them and stuck them in the oven at 400. The potatoes and carrots need to cook for about an hour, everything else 25ish minutes. I cut up the rest of the veggies and after enough time had elapsed (about 35 minutes) I pulled out my potatoes, carrots, and onions and added the rest of the veggies and then poured on a tiny bit more EVOO and dumped a nice coating of the above mentioned spices on it, and mixed it up, then back in the oven for 25 more minutes.

It's REALLY really easy, and the veggies taste so so good! Very flavorful!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Haaaalloween!!!


Here it is, my oh so typical Halloween post. A little late. We went as Monster's Inc. Jacob was Sully (though not a very good one.. but hey, it we had a very small budget and only cost a couple dollars to do all 3 costumes) and I hope Sam and I's are more obvious. Although the wings don't really go with her costume, she got those from Tinkerbell who was also at the party we went to on Friday night.

Saturday was a fun day. Since she was officially old enough to go do all the activities around town (they all said ages 2-12) We took Samantha to the provo mall in the early afternoon for a few activities and trick or treating and she had a lot of fun. After that we went trick or treating along Center Street and she also had a lot of fun there. She would say "treat" instead of trick or treat, but oh well! We were going to go to the Monster Mash party in the Riverwoods, but decided against it since it was pouring rain! We also were going to trick or treat around the neighborhood, but didn't make it very far, even with an umbrella! It was really cold windy and rainy! So we decided to go to university mall... I don't recommend this to anyone. For multiple reasons. 1-- It took us about 45 minutes to acquire 8 pieces of candy because it was SOOO packed. 2-- Everyone was so rushed about giving and getting the candy, they didn't even give her time to say "trick or treat" or "thank you" 3-- I didn't feel like anyone even cared about anyone else's costumes, everyone was just greedily in line anxiously awaiting their next piece of candy. and 4- there were people there who would go to one store and push their way through where it bottlenecks where the candy is being handed out, then go around the line to the next store. Not only is that annoying, but a terrible example to their kids, but oh well.

All in all it was a fun Halloween, and I kinda wished we'd stopped before we went to the university mall, but it was still fun! Samantha loved it and it made me excited for next year (we're definitely doing cooler costumes next year!)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mummy!

Here's our pumpkin we carved this year! Pretty cool, huh? Jacob did most of it :)

10 months?!?!?

That's right 10 months.. Apparently there is a new wives tale floating around that says pregnancy is 10 months... I'd like to clear this up for those of you who are confused. The first time I heard it when I was pregnant with Samantha I literally laughed aloud. I'm kinda one of those people that thinks about things a lot in my head. In the car I zone out and just think about how the numbers on license plates go together. For example: 78254.. I would eventually come to the conclusion that 7x8-2 is 54. And I even put the parentheses around it in my head, if needed for order of operation.

Anyway, needless to say I have known probably since I was 8 that there are Not 4 weeks in a month.. There are almost 4 1/2 (with the exception of Feb.) Let's do simple math here.. If there were 4 weeks in every month.. There would be 48 weeks a year, but there are Not 48 weeks a year, there are 52 weeks and 1 day. (unless it's leap year, but we aren't going to go into leap year.)

So back to pregnancy being 10 months (haha). I can see how those who haven't thought about how many weeks are really in a month could think this. You know, 4 weeks in a month, pregnancy is 40 weeks long.. 10 months, simple math!

To further prove my point, I have taken the minute or 2 to literally go through the calendar and count out 40 weeks. OK so they base your due date on 40 weeks after the first day of your last period. Say I began my period on March 1, 2010. My due date would be December 6, 2010. That's right.. 9 months, 5 days. If you want to get even more technical, you technically are Not even pregnant the first 2 weeks of pregnancy. For those of you who have not taken sex ed-- You ovulate and are fertilized approximately 14 days (2 weeks) after the first day of your period. Which takes us down to about 8 months 3 weeks (or 38 weeks) of actual pregnancy.

We are already pregnant 9 long months, why turn it into 10? So men can feel all bad for us? Well, they don't. They wish pregnancy was shorter just as much as we do!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

here it is.....


the baby bump at just under 6 months!

Duck pond!


Now the weather is finally not boiling roasting toasting and finally acting the way fall weather should, Samantha and I have been going to the duck pond at BYU once or twice a week for the past few weeks! It's been fun, I have a friend that lives right across the street from the duck pond and sometimes Sam and I will go before/after we pick her up/drop her off, or sometimes we meet Jacob there during one of his long breaks (MWF he has a 4 hr break between classes). Anyway it's been a ton of fun, Samantha really LOVES the ducks!



Blowing kisses to the ducks (she blows kisses at everything these days, her latest favorite to do it at is pumpkins)
Throwing bread to the ducks!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

2!

Yesterday Samantha officially turned 2!

She had an appt a few weeks ago and weighed in at a whopping 23 1/2 pounds putting her in the 10-15% and I don't remember how tall she was, but it fell just under 50%, so she's a pretty small little girl!

She is so funny and has such a fun little personality! She is obsessed with owies and loves kissing them and getting them kissed to make them better. Lately she has been shrieking just for the sake and fun of shrieking and we told her that if she kept doing it she was going to get owies in her throat (she had stayed up all night coughing the night before because of her excessive shrieking) and she ran over and kissed Jacob's throat and said 'all better'.

She's pretty smart and getting better and better about talking in sentences.

She is becoming very polite and has started saying 'please' 'thank you' and 'you're welcome' without being prompted every time.

She has ZERO desire to learn colors. She knows that anything bright pink is pink, but that is all! As hard as I try, she just ignores me, haha.

She is still deathly afraid of the poop and the toilet. Plus, her bladder apparently isn't ready for potty training yet. So far everything I've read says that they should go 1-3 hours with a dry diaper as a sign their bladder muscles are ready. She still squirts every 15-20 minutes. This is frustrating to me, because I REALLY want to potty train her before her baby brother comes along.

She loves babies and loves helping mommy. I don't know if it's a good thing. It takes me almost 15 minutes to unload the dishwasher when she 'helps' as opposed to the normal 5, and I make sure to fold laundry while she is asleep because that takes even longer with her, haha!

She still loves to dance. She LOVES her play doh and finger paint she got for her birthday. I think coloring is still her favorite activity other than taking care of her 'babies'

She loves owls- they are definitely her favorite animal, followed closely by lions. I think the only reason she even likes lions is because they growl, and she loooves growling.

She loves clothes and shoes... Jacob doesn't like this part one bit!

When Jacob gets home she yells "Hi, Babe!!" very enthusiastically. (I always call him 'babe' and that's how I greet him...) Sometimes when she is calling for him she says "Jacooob!"

Lately when she is being naughty (finds a tube of chapstick or something else she knows she isn't supposed to play with) she runs in her room and shuts the door.. Little does she know that's what I take as my cue to go check on her, haha

She tells us she is hungry by lifting up her shirt, pointing at her tummy and saying 'it hurts!!!!'

She doesn't cry when she wakes up and wants out of bed anymore (and hasn't for awhile now). It's just "Momma! Momma! Dadda!" over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over until we finally go get her.

She is a fun little girl and always keeps us laughing. We love her so much and are so happy she is part of our family!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bananas.. the pregnancy cure all?

I think that we as pregnant women underestimate the power of a banana. My first pregnancy I had No clue how amazing this fruit is. This time around when dealing with morning (or 24 hr as I like to call it) sickness my wise sister told me to eat a banana every morning. Ok, so it didn't cure the morning sickness, but it definitely helped enough so I could clean my house again!

When posting about pregnancy a couple months ago I said something about how bad I had RLS last time, and only get it on occasion this time. A friend of mine commented and said that her husband learned in a bio class that bananas and milk help prevent twitching muscles and RLS and such things. I told Jacob and he explained to me what he learned in bio and how it made perfect sense because of some scientific thing or other..haha! Since then I have been eating a few bananas a week and drinking lots and lots of milk and guess what? NO RLS! yay! I just had to share, because I had no idea my first pregnancy and reeeeally wish I would have!

It's official..

Samantha no longer sucks her thumb!! So they say your child should stop finger sucking and/or taking a pacifier by the time they are 2 1/2 to prevent permanent dental problems. Samantha will be 2 on Wednesday, and I wanted her done by age 2. She's DONE! Her thumb hasn't been anywhere near her mouth since Wednesday night last week. Last Wednesday this beauty came to me in the mail (not randomly, I ordered it off Amazon)

It worked like a charm! I wasn't going to put it on until that evening because nap time is the best time of day, but she found it in my purse and brought it to me all open and with a little smeared on her hands going "prettys!" (she loves nail polish) sooo I washed it off as best I could.. but it doesn't really wash off, haha. Anyway it was funny, the rest of the afternoon when she would habitually put her thumb in her mouth she'd immediately pull it out with a disgusted look on her face and say 'gross'. she didn't associate it with the "nail polish" she'd put on earlier, and she didn't associate it with mom and dad... it was kinda like her thumb just now tastes bad and that's the way life is. There were no tears, no drama, no traumatic moments, nothing. It was wonderful. Much easier than the pacifier removal horror stories I hear :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just to clarify...

We've had a LOT of people ask us if #2 was an accident. I just want to say: NO. Not even a tiny bit!!! We felt SO strongly that it was time, and we are so so excited that the Lord has blessed us and that we get to welcome another of His children into our home.

What I don't get.. why does everyone ask? It's not like him and Sam will even be close together- they will be 2 yrs and 3-4 months apart. Now, if they were like, 18 months, I would understand the questions.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sam's Birthday Party!

We celebrated Samantha's birthday 2 weeks early because my parents and a brother were in town visiting and we figured we might as well so that she could have a party, plus she doesn't know it wasn't the 20th.. so if you ask her how old she is, she'll tell you 2, even though she's still got a few days.

I'm incredibly proud of the cake I made her- it's all homemade, not store bought, including the owl and bird. My friend Mary helped me and we had a LOT of fun!:





Samantha with her new snow boots, Uncle Mat, and grandpa

tearing off the wrapping paper

posing for the camera in her new skirt and new shoes!

Getting ready to blow out the candles-- we were all very impressed, she knew exactly what to do with the candles and blew them out w/o any trouble!



Mom and Dad got her fingerpaint!! She loves it and we let her make her first painting that night.

Grandpa showed her that her body makes a great mural for painting...

Right before bath time, what a mess!

It was a really fun evening, thank you everyone for presents, she really and truly loves every single thing she received!!

President Packer

I just wanted to write this post and say that I love and sustain President Boyd K. Packer!!!! I listened attentively to his beautiful talk during conference and didn't even realize that there was anything to be discussed until people started posting things on facebook about saying they support Pres. Packer, or how offended they were.... To those who are/were offended I just want to say this: The Lord will not allow a prophet (President Packer is a prophet) to lead us astray. It's that simple.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Well this beautiful (though very warm) weekend has been interesting. Poor Jacob has had a rough time! I threw my back out yesterday morning and couldn't even walk or hardly move. It really was a good time for it to happen though. I didn't have anywhere I had to be, I was planning on sitting around watching conference anyway, so it kind of helped force me to stay relaxed. Samantha got a stomach bug that's been coming out the lower end... We thought yesterday was nasty, until today came along, haha! Lucky for me Jacob is awesome and I really did find the perfect weekend to injure myself, and haven't had to change any of the nastiness! Isn't he so sweet? Anyway I'm fine now.. Walkin like a champ, ha, so no worries! (oh and if any of you have any recommendations on one of those maternity support belts, let me know!)

Wasn't conference so amazing?? I love conference, they always say exactly what I need to hear.. and truth be told it was nice not having family around and having it be just us- I got a lot more out of it and was able to listen to more of it with only Samantha and Jacob as distractions. So each time conference ends, I like to set a couple of simple goals for myself to work on until the next time. I'm not really one for sharing that type of stuff, but there is one thing I really wanted to put out there:

Last week in Sacrament Meeting, the talks were on what they are usually on the week before conference-- and that is: conference. Ha. Anyway I just remember one of the speakers said that the general authorities (and other speakers, I imagine) rewrite their talks 13-16 times!!!!!! That is a lot! The point she was making with it was that if they are rewriting their talks that many times and putting that much effort into it, we should probably be listening to them more than once or twice and reading them more than once or twice. I sometimes will put on conference to listen to while I'm doing things around the house, but I am definitely still guilty of not listening to/reading the talks as often as I should. So this time my goal is this: Listen to each talk at least 5 times, and Read each talk at least 2 times.

I just want to challenge those of you who read my blog (which I know isn't that many, haha) to do better than you did last time. If that means you only have to listen to them again once and read them once, then do it! We need to take advantage of the words of our living prophets!!



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

weight weight weight

My drawers were getting too cramped as I've expanded and have had to wear more and more maternity clothes, so this morning I decided to go through and take out all my "normal" clothes. I looked longingly at all my cute little t-shirts... all size s and xs... and thought about how much work it took to get to where I wanted to be, and how much harder everyone says it is after baby #2.
If I let myself think about it too much, I get really stressed out about it. I want to look like what I looked like before, but looking back I think I spent WAY too much time worried about it. I'm definitely one of those people that is very conscientious about my appearance, and even when most of my small t-shirts were a little on the big side for 4 or 5 months there I still thought I needed to be smaller. And that's not actually the size I'm aiming for next time, I had low blood pressure issues when I was that size, and I HATE low blood pressure issues (I get them when I'm pregnant too, not fun).
I don't know, I just struggle with thoughts of finding the balance. I want to be healthy, both physically and mentally when it comes to my weight. I get frustrated looking back because I just think that I should have been content with where I was at when I looked great, and FELT great. Jacob always tell me not to go back to how I was when I was at my smallest, because he LOVES my curves, and they were pretty much gone.
Basically I want to look great and be healthy, but I don't want to be thinking about it very much. I just want to FEEL good. I want to look in the mirror and not criticize my body and just be satisfied that I'm keeping myself healthy and feel healthy and know that I am healthy and have that be enough, no matter what I look like on the outside. (granted if I'm TRULY keeping myself healthy, it can't look that bad on the outside:))

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's A......

BOY!! Weird! My instincts were right, we're having a little boy! What am I going to do with a boy?? I don't know how to be a mom to a boy, haha!

The thing I'm dreading most... Finding a NAME I like. That's right. A NAME. Easy? No. We had the PERFECT girl name picked out, so of course, we are having a boy, haha.

SO if there are any J names you like.. let me know!! (because of family tradition his name has to start with a J) Obviously 80s names are out... You know, Jeremy, Jeffery, Jared, etc. I'm not naming him Jamal... oh and nothing that ends in "iah". And Jackson is out cause every Mormon kid and their dog is named Jackson. (at least in Provo).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

I have been using/making homemade liquid laundry soap for about 9-10 months now, and I've only spent about $6 on the soap I've used up to this point. I normally would have spent about $40-50 in this amount of time. I was wondering to myself why I haven't shared it with all my blogging friends yet! Selfish, selfish!

My friends Hilary and Mari got me started on the stuff, and it really has worked very well!! sometimes I still run a load of whites with some Tide to brighten them up, but other than that, I use this for everything!

Recipe:

I bar fels naptha soap, grated

1 cup arm and hammer washing soda

1 cup borax

2 1/2 -5 gallons of hot tap water (I'll explain the difference later)

You will need a 5 gallon bucket and something to put your detergent in- I use saved juice containers (the large ones) and old liquid detergent containers, but you can use anything.

Heat up a pot of 8 c. water (don't bring it to a boil!- also anywhere from 4-16 cups works, just make sure you know how much you use!). Dump in your grated fels naptha soap and wait for it to dissolve, stirring occasionally, if desired. Dump into a 5 gallon bucket and add borax and washing soda. Make sure both are dissolved and add your water. If you go with 5 gallons just fill up your whole bucket, don't worry about measuring. If you do less than 5 gallons, there are 16 cups in a gallon. Stir a bit to make sure it's mixed. then, using a funnel and something to scoop with (I use a 4 cup liquid measuring cup) put your detergent into your containers.

NOW: to explain the difference in amount of water used. Helen, a friend of mine, has 7 boys ages 2-16, I believe. She uses the 5 gallon recipe and puts in roughly 5/8 cup detergent to each load. I imagine with boys (though hers seem pretty clean) the clothes are sometimes nice and dirty, and she has no complaints about her soap not working. Hilary uses the 2 1/2 gallon recipe and uses 1/2 cup unless the load is really dirty, when she uses 1 cup. So they've been using about the same amount of soap with very different concentrations. Last night when I made my soap I decided to meet in the middle and used 3 1/2 gallons (56 cups total) of water and plan on using 1/2 cup unless super dirty. I'll let you guys know if I think I need to use a little more.

This recipe costs about $1.50- $2.00 to make, depending where you get your ingredients! NOTE: the Orem wal-mart doesn't have the ingredients! I'm still trying to figure out the best place to buy ingredients, but it's hard to remember to look when I'm out and about. Buy Low has everything you need, but it's probably more like $2-$2.10 from there.

If you want to make some with me, or have me help you, just let me know- I'd really love to get together! :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Update on our lives

NOTE: 4 new posts today

It's been forever since I posted anything about what's beeing going on in our supremely exciting lives.
So here I am. posting. with nothing to say.
We went to California for Ariel's wedding (Jacob's baby sister) see post below
We went to Idaho for a fun weekend before school gets to busy- see post below
I've been being pregnant- see post below.

Things have been going well. Jacob just started school 2 weeks ago. He is taking 18 credits this semester, keeping super busy! But life is good. I love him so much. I love staying up late just talking and laughing with him. He truly is my very best friend, and I'm glad that after over 3 years together and 1 1/2 kids we still enjoy each other's company so much. I love that we can just have fun together! And I love that we both enjoy going out and doing things together. Jacob is such a hard worker and I'm so proud of how well he's been doing in school!

Samantha is SOO big (okay, so she's a little on the petite side for her age, but you know what I mean!!!) she is so smart. She understands almost anything we say to her. She has become really good at "using her words" rather than screaming. Or I guess more when we get her to stop screaming she's good at using them, haha. She's a sweet heart and LOVES to snuggle. Every time we snuggle I try to hold on to the moment because it is so so sweet and I know I'm lucky to have such a cuddly toddler, and who knows how #2 will be? She loves to play with her blocks, she loves to color, she loves her "babies" and her toys. She is so funny, when I'm having her "help" put her toys away, she goes and gets one of her 'babies' or stuffed animals and pretends like they are picking up the toy and putting it away. She has also been doing all of the other normal stuff (feeding them, rocking them, hugging and kissing them, and taking them for walks, etc...) for probably almost a year, but making them clean up is a new development. I can't believe she is almost 2!!! It's so crazy to me.
As for me.. I'm the boring part. I've been up to a bunch of crafting, sleeping when I can (sheesh this baby has made me tired!) reading, trying to get Sam to stop hitting (any ideas??) aaand a bunch of other boring stay at home mom stuff, haha.

Life has been good, we've been enjoying it!

Pregnancy, then and Now

This is just a comparison post of my 2 pregnancies

I'm feeling like I'm having a boy this time. Because pregnancy is not quite as bad as last time! Good, good!
--Last time I had morning (I mean 24/7) sickness the WHOLE entire time. Yeah, that was the bomb. This time I had morning (I mean 20/7) sickness only the first 15ish weeks.. Not bad, huh?! I still get pretty sick an afternoon/evening or 2 a week, but it's soooo much better than all day every day!
--Last time I was lightheaded pretty much the whole time from the 2nd trimester on and had really low blood pressure. Unfortunately, that's the same this time around also. It's a strange light headedness though. It's not getting up from sitting or laying and feeling dizzy I'm talking about. It's being unable to stand in one place for more than a minute or 2 without feeling the world grow distant and have everything swirl.
--Last time I didn't feel the baby kicking until 21ish weeks!!! Which is fairly normal for a first pregnancy, but this time I felt little 'herm' one day before I reached 17 weeks. Little 'herm' gave me some very persistent kicks that evening! I felt 'herm' on and off for the next 2 weeks, and it's only been the last 4 days or so that I've felt herm on a regular basis.
--Last time I had some round ligament and stretching pain that I thought was pretty bad. My friend Katrina had told me how much worse it was for her the second time around and BOY was she right!! It's been a lot worse this time than last!
--Last time I had a hard time being in control of my emotions. I still struggle, but I think I'm doing a lot better this time than last. Mostly exciting things make me cry... You know, like when Mockingjay came out, and when I saw the first preview for Harry Potter 7..lol no joke. Mostly it's exciting things that bring tears to my eyes, haha!

--My hair was all silky and shiny and my complexion got a little clearer last time.. This time my hair seems the same, but my face... ewwww can you say breakout city?!?!

--RLS- (restless leg syndrome) booo. Last time I had it about 4-6 nights a week and wouldn't be able to sleep, my leg(s) would just be flying all over the place tap tap tapping away. This time I've had it here and there, but whenever it's bad, a good leg rub from Jacob definitely keeps it from being too much (lets hope it stays this way!!)

--My excitement is different this time. Last time as soon as I made my ultrasound appt, I started counting down the days. on any given day I could give you the amount of weeks, days and probably hours until we found out what we were having. This time- well it's next week and I've rescheduled the appt 3 times now! Not that I'm not excited, because I am VERY excited. It's just different. The anticipation isn't killing me like it was last time. But I am excited to see :) Also just other things. I get excited to go to my appointments just because it means I have something to DO that day outside the house. I don't get excited to see how big I'm measuring or see how fast the heart beat is, etc.

My brain feels fried from writing, I'm going to add more to this post later...

Ideeho

We went up to Idaho for Labor Day weekend and had a TON of fun!

We drove up Friday night and didn't have to come back until Tuesday morning, because Jacob didn't have school til 4!





Sam decided she wantede to find out how her feet taste on the way there. Apparently they aren't too bad, cause she kept doing this!



Saturday was a FUN day! We were headed off to these beauties: (for those who don't know-- the Tetons)




We went up to Jackson Hole and a little past to Jenny Lake and hiked around to Hidden Falls! (about a 2ish mile hike 1 way) and took the boat back because it was late and we were all starved for dinner, (ok fine, and the prego lady was a bit tired! :))

Here's some pics from our beautiful hike:
I know I look scary, but check out my little brother! He just got back from his mission in May.. know anyone that wants his number? He's really shy :)

once again, scary pic of me, but look how cute my fam is!

Poor Ty stuck carrying Sam.. she is OBSESSED with the camelbacks and sucks on them ALL day. At this point, she was forcing Ty to drink some. Silly girl.

B-e-a-u-tiful


We saw a baby moose on our hike!!

Ok, I realize most people don't appreciate the nature pictures, but for those who do, isn't it so pretty?!


at the falls




After our hike we went back to Jackson and then wandered around and played tourists (it was Jacob's first time there)

Little Cowgirl!
Token Jackson Hole picture under one of the antler arches.. haha!


I WISH I had taken a picture of it, but in one of the stores they had a real T-Rex skull for sale! Apparently it is the only one for sale in the entire world! I wish I had taken a picture of the price tag-- they wanted a whopping $325,000.00 for it! That's the price of a nice house!!!



On Monday we went up to pick some scrumptious huckleberries. MMMM It was fun just being outside in the woods hanging out. We ended up getting a good amount of berries. Afterwards we had a fire and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows!







Sam doesn't have pants on in this pic. It was SO cold up in the mountains, and on our way back, she peed through her diaper (like I said, obsessed with the camelbacks) and her pants were soaked. We were hanging out in the truck while I dried her pants on the heater...

Ariel's Wedding

Ariel



Ariel and Don cuttin the cake

Helen and I! Helen is one of my favorite people in Ridgecrest!

Decorating their car! Full of balloons, windows in window paint, almost 600+ sticky notes, streamers (came later) cans under the tail thing, AND...




A nice aquarium in the trunk! Nice, eh??? Click the lower one to enlarge and see the fishies




Yeah, we're amazing. While we were brainstorming, Jacob came up with the brilliant plan, but was kidding. Silly boy KNOWS what happens if he suggests a grandiose idea around me , even if he is kidding!

These next pics are just some of Sam dancing. She danced probably an hour straight! She has loved dancing around since she was crawling. Anyway, here are some I liked

Dancin with all the boys











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