Thursday, May 27, 2010

Discovery Park

Briana showed us this amazing park in PG. It's really a park for children and not toddlers, so I wouldn't recommend going unless your kid at least walks really well, but if you want to, still go check it out! Samantha had a blast, and I'm excited for next year when she is a little bit bigger and can enjoy it more!



Whatever you Do.....

DON'T think of a PINK elephant!!!

As we all know, it's virtually impossible to NOT think of said pink elephant. (at least without a very trained and well controlled mind)

Jacob has to do these meditation things as part of a study he is participating in for a project for his psychology class this semester. I volunteered to do it with him each night. I have learned that I have an incredibly active mind. The people that are doing this study gave him a CD to use. The guy on the CD is supposed to be some renowned meditator person, but MAN he irritates me. There I am, trying to focus so hard on only my breathing, as instructed, and there he is rattling in my ear. "Don't allow your mind to wander. Your mind wants to wander to the past, or future." etc... He just goes on for at LEAST a full minute about what your mind wants to wander to, and would throw in other things we shouldn't think about during the meditation... I had the pink elephant issue in this case, for sure! Every time he would tell me not to let my mind wander to a certain area, it definitely wandered there! I have no idea how he is so renowned, but whatever, right??

HE'S BACK!!!!










That's right! It's been a long (yet short) 2 years and my little brother is finally back from his mission to Ventura, California!! It was so nice to see him! He was all glowing and totally had the adorable/nerdy missionary hairdo going on!



Monday, May 17, 2010

Cloth Diapers??

What have we been up to lately?? Not much. Really. It's been pretty crummy weather for May and not a whole lot is going on.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about switching to cloth diapers. Before you jump to conclusions, I'll educate a little-- cloth diapers are NOT as old school as they used to be (well, you can still buy those, but I think you'd be crazy after seeing what's available!) There are many available ones, and after talking to a girl about them that has a whole bunch of different ones and has been using them for a long time I realized they are actually pretty great. For me, I liked the Fuzzibunz brand.. Here is a pic that kinda explains them a bit (click to enlarge if you have bad eyesight like me and can't read it!)















Anyway, I got one to try out... And there are many pros and cons.
After calculating in every last accessory I could possibly need to go with these (there are a LOT) and rounding up on everything, we figured it would take about 12-15 months of use to pay them off. Not bad, I guess?? I don't know. They would definitely save us money in the long run, and it would be kind of nice to be spending about 30 bucks a month less in diapers...
Here are some things about them that are simply on my mind -I was going to do a pros and cons list, but so many of the things are both I'm not.

--She has a total ghetto booty with them on. Firstly, I didn't really care. Now I do. Not looks wise, but the way pants fit wise. It is a PRO because now I can buy pants her size! She is quite tall and slender so most pants are too big in the waist and not long enough, so it really will be nice to have pants that fit! CON because 3 of her bottoms for summer now don't fit!! I was excited for summer, because with shorts, if you go bermuda, size doesn't matter at all, so I was able to go down a couple sizes and they actually fit her... now they don't. and no, I can't take them back, it's been too long. SO nice for the future, but now she would be down to 2 bottoms for the summer, because we really can't afford to replace them.

--- What if I hate them??? I feel overwhelmed because if I make the decision to go for it, I'm pretty much stuck. And yes, they have a GREAT resale value, but I'd still be out at least a hundred bucks. yikes.

---Laundry. Ok, there is not a pro about this one. I simply would have to do laundry more often.

--- It really isn't that much different than changing a normal diaper.......

---Do I really want to put in all that effort? perhaps.

---I really do like the idea of producing less waste. I'm definitely NOT one of the 'go green' wackos. But at the same time, I think we need to do what we can in keeping this BEAUTIFUL world that we live in beautiful.

---Samantha will be 19 months in a few days. Which means if I get them she will probably only use them 5-10 months, but more likely 5ish (they say kids potty train earlier with cloth diapers because they can actually feel when they are wet

--you'd think being able to feel the wetness would cause more diaper rashes... Not so. They've shown there are LESS diaper rashes with cloth... and I believe it. You should feel how incredibly soft the insides of these diapers are!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's gotta be said!

I've been thinking about this blog post for awhile now. After reading this post, I decided it was time. Before I get into this I would like to say that this post definitely applies to me, but I am trying to be better! Also, this post is NOT directed at anyone in particular!!

Ashley talks about how we use the excuses that we "are just being honest" or "have the right to free speech" or "I am entitled to my own opinion" to dismiss our actions towards another human. My favorite thing she says is this: "I have also used other excuses such as 'I am just an honest person' or 'I am blunt'. However I have come to realize this, just because my mouth moves and words come out when I tell them to, does not mean I will ever have the right to criticize someone else, or put them down." (emphasis added by me) I recommend everyone go read the rest of her post, because she says it SO well!

Lately I keep seeing posts that are judgmental and critical of others. Granted, we really can write whatever we want on our blogs, but that definitely doesn't mean we should go around saying things that will hurt others. Why as women do we feel the need to put each other down all the time? Does it really matter who has less spare time? Who is skinnier? Who is in better shape? Who fought harder for breastfeeding? Who is a 'better' mommy? Whose kids are better behaved at the store? I say no. It doesn't matter. What matters is what we are doing in our own families. I am proud to be a stay at home mom, I am grateful that my husband thinks it's so important and that we are able to make it work for me to be at home. Want to know the main reason I am proud to be a stay at home mom? Because it is a decision we made and we know that our Heavenly Father is pleased with. It is a decision I am confident is right for OUR family. I know for many of you, it is the right decision to work, and that is just fine! It's more than fine, it's great! But, this post isn't about working or stay at home mommas (that was merely an example), it is about being kind.

What I am trying to say, is that the important thing is that WE are doing what is best for OUR families and that we keep Heavenly Father involved. It doesn't matter what others are doing for their families. I really and truly feel that everyone is doing what they believe is best for their families (or if they don't have a family what is best for them), so let's give everyone a break and stop criticizing them! I want everyone who reads this blog to know that I love and look up to all of you, no matter what situation you are in! You women are amazing! We are all amazing! Let's remember that!

And if you are looking for an uplifting, inspiring blog, click here. you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fondant!







I decided to try my hand at fondant! It was a lot of fun! I only had an exacto knife to cut with, so if I ever do it again I kinda want to get some cookie cutters so my edges are cleaner, but all in all I thought they turned out pretty cute!!!














I think these are my favorites















And here they are agian! :)

Catch up

I realized I haven't posted any pictures in awhile! I was going through my camera and there were a whole bunch of pictures that I completely forgot about!




























These first three are her playing dress up. She loves getting into my things and putting them on... shoes, hats, shorts, underwear, socks, necklackes, etc!















Watching TV in her new chair!











We got her a bike seat and a helmet and she LOVES going on rides! We're excited to take her again as soon as it's a little bit warmer!












UH-OH!! (one of her new favorite phrases)... if you look closely you'll notice almost every single marshmallow is gone! Little stinker.












Hangin out with Lincoln!












messy smoothie!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Utah.. so fat??

I feel like I hear how overweight Utahans and Mormons are ALLLL the time! check out this article http://calorielab.com/news/2008/07/02/fattest-states-2008/ Utah is ranked #44 in being overweight!!! So either that means 1- this article is completely false (lets face it, it could be- I DID find it on the internet) 2- Utahans aren't as overweight as people like to make them to be or 3- Utahans ARE overweight, but compared to the rest of the nation, are on the low side. Just some food for thought. (my personal opinion is #3)

Um sorry you have to copy and paste the article.. I'm not cool enough or computer savvy enough to know how to do the linky thing where you attach it to "here" or "this" etc... I know, everybody's doing it- but not me!


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