Thursday, December 21, 2006

Disappearing for a While

Graduation was wonderful. We're all so proud of Dylan. Going to stay away from Blogger for a little while. Should have a lot to post when I come back.

Merry Christmas to you all! Excited to see lots of you guys very soon!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Feeling Good

Feeling so much better about my little sissy wearing glasses. She's hardly even wearing them right now, but when she does I just think it's adorable. My house is so clean right now & that is a glorious thing. Dylan is finishing up his last things with classes this week & just dropped off a Great Harvest cinnamon roll for me & Sadie. All the neighbor gifts were dropped off last night. I looked at my list today & everything was crossed off except for mom's scrapbook pages. Have you girls completed those yet? I HAVE to get them done before we leave town or else I'll have a repeat of last year where I didn't do any. So not cool. Hoping to find time in the next few days. Excited for the big graduation.

ETA: We think "nerdy" is cool. Not a negative thing Dyl was saying about Sadie.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

She Wears Glasses

We noticed that Sadie was looking a little cross-eyed every now & then. Took her in for an exam yesterday to find out that she is far-sighted & came home with these glasses which she needs to be wearing all the time. We're going to have to work up to that though. She is interested in them, but wants to play with them. I know they can take a lot of the handling that she'll give them, but it's hard for me to watch knowing how much they cost.

I have to admit that I had a lot of really emotional mood swings about these glasses yesterday. Felt sad that those big pretty eyes of hers that I love so much are now behind a pair of glasses & don't really look the same. And, I just felt sad to see my little baby in glasses...which I guess made me more sad because she's NOT a little baby. I found it interesting that when talking to my dad last night he said "Well, this is just what she has to deal with in this life." & I knew that, just had to cry a little & get over it. But what my dad said made me wonder I am the way I am. No wonder I can think of things in this life on a spiritual level & understand & feel peace about it....because my mom & dad are the best at that. That's how I was raised. Just thought that was so cool.

And, Dylan thinks it's cool that the little one has glasses now. He says she'll be the cute, nerdy girl. And she is still cute as can be, and still the exact same girl she was the day before, and she gave me lots of hugs & kisses this morning. How do they know when their mommas need that the most? Maybe that was a little gift from my Father in Heaven's all good.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Sad But True

I am a mother who rocks her 2 year old to sleep. It wasn't always like this. Sadie has been really good at going to sleep on her own for a long time. However, since she has started crawling out of her bed over & over & over and we keep putting her back in & then the crying starts & never stops & then it's been over an hour & the girl is still not asleep, I have resorted to rocking her. Now keep in mind that we don't have a rocking chair. No space for one. So rocking my child means me standing up, holding her over my shoulder & swaying back & forth. This has always been the way we've done it & it's been fine, but it's starting to get a little difficult as my belly grows & as Sadie grows. So I am her crutch, helping her get to sleep. It's sad but true....sometimes this child rules over us. How long this can last, I don't know.

On another note: Hooray for a removable, washable cover on our Ikea sofa. We washed that last night & I'm so pleased. Goodbye fruit snack drool & smashed in goldfish crumbs.

Friday, December 15, 2006


Just wanted to share a link to a blog I've been checking out a lot lately. Kiddley. Lots of really cool ideas of stuff you can do with your kids. The paper garland that's up over there right now is so cool!


I love our knit stockings. They aren't practical for filling though. You don't want to put anything too heavy in them. So the lovely little orange in the stocking tradition, which I'd like to keep, won't fly. Since Santa has never filled the stockings at our house we've been fine, but I may need to be replacing these in the future. They are so lovely though & Sadie's is the best little striped thing with pom poms!

Thursday, December 14, 2006


From that evening at the drive-in. Ahhh, the beauty of Polaroids. I love them.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

An Apron for Miss S

Another Christmas gift for Sadie finished. Actually, this is the last one that I was working on. I found this little apron at the Target dollar spot & decided to embellish it a little bit. I had loftier plans for this thing, but Dylan kept reminding me that it's just a little cheapie thing. So it's done & that's one more thing crossed off my list. Can't wait to see Sadie in it.

So, as I mentioned to Dylan this morning, I've been trying to post daily on my blog. Sometimes I just don't have anything in me, but for the most part I have been enjoying looking for something noteworthy each day. Well, I better get going with my day. Lots to do today. Making homemade chicken noodle soup for the Primary Board Meeting tonight.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Today's Project

My project for today is cleaning the stove. I am the messiest cook & this stovetop has been needing some serious attention. Lots of boiled over pots of pasta-roni when I was sick. It's gross, but I've gotta get in there & just do it.

Working on some other fun crafty stuff but I can't share any of it because they're gifts for some of you readers.

And here is a photo of Sadie from last week. It totally captures what we're going through right now with her. Potty training & saying goodbye to naps at the same time.

It's snowing out, which seems fitting. I'm enjoying it. Snow in March....don't like it so much, but for now it's good & festive & pretty. Mom, you guys are going to be cold when you come up! It will be fun though, right!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Star & Bird

On a much happier note: I made this little star ornament & am in the process of making many more to be attached to goodie plates which will be given out as our neighbor gifts this week. I'm in love with them! Love how they turned out in the American Crafts poinsettia paper. You can find the pattern for these stars here.

And because I never posted a full picture of the bird. Don't you think it's cool! I love it!

Is It Wise?.....

to publicly journal when you're feeling very emotional & moody? Oh well, here I go. I've been feeling a little down from some of the reactions from people upon finding out the sex of our new baby. Not from all of you guys, who support me so much & make me feel so good all the time. Thanks by the way for being such good friends...even the few of you that I've never met in person. You guys are the best. Anyway, there were months when I cried & felt so sad that this little baby wasn't coming sooner. We loved her & wanted her so very badly, even before we knew she'd be a girl. I feel so strongly that we are placed in certain families & even in the order we are by our Heavenly Father...for so many reasons that maybe we'll one day be able to understand. I guess I've been offended. On a personal level & on a spiritual one as well. Why can't I just let it go? There are many times in my life when I have to forget everything beyond my family. My family meaning: Me, Dylan & our kids. This is one of those times. Asking Heavenly Father to help me be more humble. Thanking Him for all of my blessings. Thanking Him for 2 girls in a row. Thanking Him for the opportunity to be a parent which helps me grow closer to Him & helps me to understand the plan of salvation even more.

Maybe laying a few of my feelings out there will help me to feel better. I do get mad at myself that I let things bother me so....but I'm a sensitive one. There's no denying that.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

It's A Girl!

We're thrilled. Couldn't be more excited. It will be interesting to meet this little one and get to know her personality. I love the thought of having two girls. My mom's first two were both girls (first one born in the fall & second in the spring as well). I always thought it was cool how those two were such great helpers to my mom.

Ultrasounds are such an amazing thing. I loved getting a peek at the baby. Seeing her heart beating, her spine, brain, little legs & hands & fingers. Loved seeing her suck her thumb & open & close her mouth. SO CUTE! I wanted to hold her already. The straight on face shot still freaks me out though. Looks like an alien.

Anyway, I am so very tired right now & so very emotional. My list of things to do isn't getting any shorter either. I'm thankful for this little baby girl. I felt this way about Sadie & I feel the same about her...I know that she is who is supposed to come to our family next. So thankful to Heavenly Father for blessing us with these cute kids. Happy to know that Sadie will have a sister. Sisters are great & I love all of mine.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Ornament Tradition

I wanted to share our yearly ornaments that we have bought over the years. It's a fun tradition & I'm glad that we started it the very first year that Dylan & I were married.

2000. We bought this one at Pier 1. We decided to start the tradition, but decided that we just weren't the type of people to have a bride & groom ornament. So this is it. A big hand painted ball ornament. We thought it was cool.

2001. This little wooden star Dylan spotted at a craft fair. Thought it was cool. No real meaning behind it.

2002. The year we got Maddy. We never see things that look so much like Maddy. We couldn't pass it up. Got it home to find out that it's way too heavy to hang on our tree.

2003. The year we moved to Rexburg. Thought the snowflake was fitting. Dylan especially liked this one because it looks like a Chinese throwing star.

2004. I fell in love with this teardrop Santa Claus when we saw it at Cost Plus. Just thought it was so cool & pretty.

2005. A little crocheted snowman. Again, we got this one at Cost Plus.

2006. We picked this one up at Target pretty early this year. This one was Dylan's pick.

And just a few photos from around the house this morning. Have you tried Clementines? They are delicious, and this is all that's left from the 5 lbs. box we bought only two days ago.

The shoes at the doorway, sitting on a beach towel so the wet snow & dirt doesn't get tracked through the house. Loved the little dress up shoe right there in the row.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

At the Drive In

Been needing to take some photos of Dylan so he can have one to send out with his graduation announcement. Found a little window of time today while the sun was still up. I said I wanted someplace funky. He suggested the drive-in. Which indeed ended up being very funky & very cool. Got some fun photos which I can only share this one of, because I don't want to ruin the surprise of the one he decides to print. It was 30 degrees out. We took a bunch of photos in 20 minutes & then our noses were red & our hands were cold. Brought along the polaroid & went through a roll on it. Man, I love the crappy quality of the polaroid. Somehow it makes me look better. We were out of the house for about an hour total & Sadie's pull-up was dry! Woohoo! Came home feeling so happy. I love taking pictures!

Sadie Go Potty!

These are my favorite words right now. It's what Sadie says when she needs to go. She's doing so well with potty training. It's just amazing. I think that all my happiness with her wearing panties & keeping them dry is making me handle her new no nap taking self a little better. It's just not worth the fight everyday, even though she is one big crank in the evening. Hoping one day here soon she'll get so tired she'll just ask to take a nap. She still hasn't grasped the poo poo thing yet. Trying to get her to understand that it goes in the toilet too. It will be a super good day when we cross that bridge.

I ordered this dress & it came in the mail today. Sadie had to put it right on. She loves dresses & skirts. She's a funny girl. We are getting used to living with a little girl. Don't know where my baby went.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Shaping Up to Be a Good Monday

I have so many things calling my name right now. Many chores around the house, church calling & crafts I want to do. Pushed them all aside to do a little exercising this morning. It's been SO long. I have so many squishy, saggy body parts all the sudden. Okay, gotta wasn't a very long workout....gotta work myself up to it.

The big thing this morning is that Sadie has been wearing panties all morning with no major accidents. I'm so happy that she's into this right now. I'm so happy that her body is finally ready. I think this is the looking back.

We have a fun little family home evening planned tonight. Got some fun mail today. Life is good.

Hope you all are having a good start to your week too. Simple pleasures are good at this stressful time of year.

Friday, December 01, 2006


December is finally here! Turned the calendar over today. Already a few things listed, with more that haven't been jotted down yet. Starting to feel a little stress with things to prepare for the big graduation & family coming into town & Christmas too. Realizing that a written list works better than a mental list. Making preparations for a happy little celebration & looking forward to honoring my guy. Feeling like a proud wife.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

On a Roll

Finished this page last night. I don't know about the pregnancy making me all crafty. Dylan says switching to 8.5 x 11 page size has liberated me. Plus we have no tv & with Dylan working nights or doing homework, I've been looking for things to keep me busy. In any case, I'm enjoying it. This week I got a big picture order in the mail & I decided to get right to scrapbooking while they're new & I'm excited about them.
Also, Sadie is making some huge progress with potty training this week. We're in no way out of the woods yet & I don't want to bore you with the details, but I'm very proud of that little girl. We'll keep moving forward with it. One thing to note is that we've added it to our nightly prayers to pray that the Lord will help her with this. Very cool.

Today Sadie & I will go Christmas shopping down in Idaho Falls. We are wearing a diaper for this outing. Not nearly ready for the 30 minute car ride & shopping with panties on. But it will be okay. It's also freezing outside. says it's 12 degrees this morning. I DO NOT like the cold. It basically sucks. Feeling really bummed for Ryan right now way up in Canada. Anyway, hope to have a fun day & feeling optimistic despite the cold. Brrrr.

Ohh. One more happy thing. I love the way the christmas tree lights shine through my dried orange slices. So very pretty.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Naked Genes & a Happy Blur

The snow finally came. Sadie sat in the window and watched it for almost an hour. Of course, as you can see in the photo....with no clothes on. This girl never has clothes on when we're at home...unless it's dress up clothes. My mom has told me many times through my life (& I've seen pictures) of my need to take all my clothes off when I was a little girl too.

A conversation from a couple of days ago:

Me: She has my naked genes, you know?

Dylan: Yeah. Well, it's a good thing that she has my smart genes too. 'Cause a girl can't get by in life with only naked genes.

Made me laugh. Love having a husband that makes me laugh.

And here is the page I completed last night. Kinda fun to try a little felt on a scrapbook page.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Holy Crap!

Is this really my belly?!?!! I was trying to take a few self portraits featuring by growing belly, this one kinda shocked me. Maybe it's the angle, I dunno. Part of this is my fatty parts that are there regularly (which I am mostly okay with). But I kinda think this is a pretty photo. I want that bump to be there. I want to look pregnant.

I'll hit 20 weeks in just a few days. That's half way through the pregnancy already!! How did that happen so fast. We'll find out in about a week & a half if we've got a little boy or a little girl in there. I'm so anxious! I'm not pulling for one or the other, just ready to know & be able to bond more with this little one....and think of names....and shop for clothes.....and make cute stuff.

Monday, November 27, 2006

I'll Be Your Bird

I just finished this purse today & I am so in love with it I want to marry it!!! It's a Christmas gift for Miss Sadie. Can I tell you how in love with felt I am! It was really fun to work with. The inspiration came from this magazine page pulled out from a Martha Stewart magazine. I think it was an article on embroidery. And here's a close-up of the stitching & bird detail. (Told you I have a thing for birds right now). The color is really off in this photo. I had planned on making this for Sadie's birthday, but I got sick. Now, it's finally done in time for Christmas. I hope she likes it.

O Christmas Tree

We got the tree all decorated a few nights ago. I'm glad we finally found a time to do it together as a family. Sadie has ornaments that are hers (ones that grandma's have bought for her) & she thinks that's pretty cool. A friend of mine stopped by and commented that I have a theme to my tree. A few years ago (when we were in our Vegas house) I did get/make a lot of new things for the tree with a "natural" theme in mind. I made ornaments out of pine cones & dried orange slices, and I bought berry sprigs & curly twigs to stick on the branches. I love our tree.

I also love, love, love the Christmas tree all lit up in the morning.

We're supposed to get a TON of snow today & tomorrow. Time to shut ourselves in & work on things around the house, I guess. Just worried about Dylan who has to travel 30 miles to work & back tonight. We'll see how severe the storm is.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Welcome Christmas Season

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving over at the Stoddard's home. I forgot to bring my camera, so not one photo taken yesterday. Oh well.

I went out shopping this morning & ended up coming back with NOTHING. It was very frustrating. We got too late of a start. We've been talking for months now about buying a portable DVD player (for car trips only) at the after Thanksgiving sales. So we came up empty. BUT we've found one online for a great price & all will be good. It's not fun being out there with all those people. I came home feeling so moody. Glad I decided to set up the nativity. I felt so much better & could relax. I love my nativity set. I love the size of it & I just think it's so pretty, but one thing I love the most is that Mary can hold the baby. I just think that's so special.

I've been wanting to replace the simple little stable for a few years now & almost bought a more substantial one a few weeks ago, but decided that this is just not the year. It will have to wait one or two more years. Even that small amount of money can be used somewhere else.

So, I'm very happy to welcome the Christmas season. Trying to keep it simple! I cannot believe my out of control urge to want to buy EVERYTHING for Sadie. So not cool.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Good Start to the Day

I decided to get up this morning & scrapbook. Glad I did. I love this page. I accomplished something fun. I feel better. Now I can get to work on all that other stuff I don't really want to do with a little more pep in my step.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Play Doh In the Morning

The grown up in me does not want to let the colors of the play doh mix. I have to tell myself that a 4-pack of the stuff only costs about a dollar. That I need to let her be a kid & do what feels fun. Let her create & experiment & be curious. But when she starts eating it, it's time to put it away.

And of course it's all done in her bright pink tutu which has a bare section because I ran out of tule when making it & have never bought anymore to finish it. She's happy with it the way it is. Dylan tells me I should finish it though. He thinks it looks strange. We don't want the dress up clothes to look strange. No way.

On another note, I am feeling more pregnant. Eating Tums daily. Wearing maternity clothes, or at least pants. Having a regular 2nd dinner. And feeling baby movements. All things which make me go....."oh yeah. I'm pregnant." Excited to find out the gender of the baby in a few weeks. Really getting curious about that.

Driving home from a church meeting last night, a Beetles cd playing, hearing the words: "nothing's gonna change my world". Got me thinking about all the change that will be happening in our lives here pretty soon with Dylan graduating in ONE MONTH!! It's amazing how very calm I feel about this. Not really any anxiety on my part. I don't feel like my world is going to change. My world meaning my family & the love I experience everyday with them. That goes with us wherever we go. As long as we're together, it's all good.

One thing I love: Dylan & Sadie in the morning, both with messy hair. I recognized that today. Wanted to record it. Just a little daily happiness.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Macaroni with Beef

I tried a new recipe last night that I found while looking through old issues of Martha Stewart Kids magazines. It was very well received so I thought I'd share.

Macaroni with Beef

8 oz. elbow macaroni
1 lbs. ground beef
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 cans (8 oz. each) tomato sauce
1-1/2 cups cooked frozen or fresh corn (I just used 1 can, drained)

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain, set aside. Brown ground beef w/ the onion. Drain; Add cumin, chili powder, salt & pepper. Stir in tomato sauce & corn. Cook until sauce comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in macaroni. Serve warm.

We also made this garlic bread recipe with it. This is so much better than just sprinkling on garlic powder, which I usually do.

Garlic Bread

1 loaf french bread
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
2 small cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice bread in half horizontally. In small bowl mix butter, garlic & salt. Spread on cut sides of both bread halves. Reclose halves to form a sandwich. Wrap in aluminum foil. Bake 10 minutes. Switch oven setting to broil. Remove bread from oven & remove foil. Lay bread halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Place under broiler until butter bubbles & edges of bread start to turn brown, about 30 seconds. Let cool slightly then slice & serve.

Friday, November 17, 2006

I Am Getting Stuff Done Today....

Even if my hair's not done yet.

*Ordered photos from Snapfish for holiday crafting & etc.
*Working on the laundry. Even folding it when it comes right out of the dryer. Love Sadie climbing into the pile and saying "hot!"
*Picking up all toys. And I mean ALL. Nothing got picked up yesterday.
*Sweeping the floors & vacuuming. Getting rid of all the Maddy hair. At least for a couple days.
*I have a few primary duties that I have yet to get to, but I will.
*and of course I've been surfing the internet with our wonderful new high-speed connection. In doing so I found a new blog. Check it out here. She has a link to the pattern for the cool paper star ornaments she made & also shows a tutorial for her cookie sheet advent calendar. Thought some of you girls might be interested, Heather?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Baby Gift

I finished a receiving blanket & two burp cloths in this darling polka dot fabric. (I really love polka dots & stripes too) It's for my sister Amber, who is very stylish in such an easy, breezy, laid back kinda way. Does that make any sense? I thought the colors really fit her. She's also in the hospital at right this very moment delivering her new baby boy Crew Jackson. Love that name. Hoping all goes well & waiting to hear the news. We'll have to get this gift in the mail today.

And here's a pretty bad photo of Sadie with her little turkey craft we did last week. She was seriously grinning from ear to ear while we were making this. When Dylan got home she said "Look dad! My chicken. Feathers on it." See sometimes I am a good mom.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Sometimes I Feel Like...

*I'm saying the same things over & over everyday.
*I'm picking up the same stuff every day.

And I feel that way because I am & I am.
One of those days. Not feeling very cheerful. BUT I did start feeling the baby kick, so there's my happiness for today. Maybe I'll feel a little better tomorrow.

Now if Sadie could just stay out of the fridge, that'd be nice.

Owl & Kitty

Just got the Urban Outfitters holiday catalog in the mail today. Check out this super cute little guy.

And of course, Hello Kitty. She's just so darling.

I don't have to buy this stuff. I just love looking at all the decorations. Part of the fun of Christmas.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Getting a Little Excited Around Here

For Christmas, that is. Well, Sadie is excited for "crimpis" & I am excited for Christmas. We've been talking about Santa & singing carols....and we've been driving Dylan a little crazy. I even went so far as to ask him if we could put the tree up already. I don't know why I'm extra giddy this year, but I think it has a lot to do with Sadie. Kinda fun to relive it all though this little girl.

We went shopping this week & ended up buying our ornament for the year. (We buy a new family ornament each year. One of our traditions.) I'll post more about that once we get the tree up. We also grabbed this red bird ornament, which has a really long feather tail. It's cool. We both have a thing for birds right now & just couldn't resist. It's getting cold outside. We had a few snow flurries today. Just feels like time to shut ourselves in, eat yummy, warm foods & cozy up inside. I guess all of that just naturally makes me think of Christmas. Hmm.

And here is what Sadie looked like when she fell asleep for her nap: Dress up shoes & pink tutu. Perfect sleeping attire.

New Shoes

Yes. I am doing an entire blog post about my new shoes.

I just got these darling Keds in the mail yesterday, and I'm in love. They were a little more than I spend on shoes these days, but Dylan talked me into them & I know I'll get some good use out of them. They are so darling! Please excuse my dry skin in the photo. My favorite part: the adorable orange fabric inside. So cute!

Also, why are shoe boxes so cool? Dylan & I both kinda have this thing for them. He says it's the thought of filling them w/ stuff. I'd have to agree.

Friday, November 10, 2006


Sadie is really into books right now. She loves to sit on our laps while we read to her & as soon as the book is over she says "again". Well, sometimes she says "amen" instead of "the end".

We are big fans of Mo Willems around here. Ever since Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Dylan also bought me Knuffle Bunny for one of my birthdays & Sadie is quite fond of it also. We just checked out Leonardo, the Terrible Monster from the library. Sadie loves it.

Just bought this one that came in the mail today. It's cute. Sadie's pretty interested in it & I'm hoping it gets her more interested in potty training.

So, I'm thinking Santa may need to bring some books to Sadie this year. Any suggestions? What books do/did your kids just love @ this age?

Monday, November 06, 2006

Creepy Cabbage Patch

So when we were at DI the other night, I found this really messed-up homemade cabbage patch doll while looking on the toy aisle w/ Sadie. We had to take it over to the book aisle for Dylan to see & we all got a good laugh. Just look at this thing. Dylan says it has a burn victim's face. The body is all misshapen, fat belly, one foot bigger than the other, tons of uneven hair. This thing is a mess. I can't believe the maker of this actually donated it instead of sending right to the trash & can you believe the thrift store is asking $3.00 for it! Insane.

Anyway, it's kinda been a joke all weekend. Just out of the blue one of us will say "creepy cabbage patch" and we both just laugh. Best one was when Dylan was coming in for a kiss & I blurted it out. Hee hee. Well, naturally we had to go back there today & get a photo of this crazy thing. Hope you get a good laugh too.
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