Monday, July 31, 2006

Tag Album

I finished a little tag album for myself last night. Just a little album for me with all my favorite photos from the last couple months. It's 6 tags, so 12 photos. Here are a few shots of it. I still need to tie some ribbon to the ring. I don't have any on hand that I liked, so I'll need to be on the lookout when I'm shopping.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Corners of My Home

There's a group on Flikr that posts photos of their homes. Little corners. Spots that make them happy. The group is called Corners of My Home & I think it is a rad idea. I thought I'd do this here on my blog, and for some reason I immediately thought of this spot in our bathroom. We have a kid. A very cool kid. Her stuff is everywhere. Little reminders of her existence. While her stuff everywhere can sometimes drive me crazy, it never does in this little corner. Because it's always contained, in that green basket. It's organized. It's colorful. It makes me happy.

Self Portrait

Sadie & I dancing in the living room yesterday. Put the camera on the top of the tv & set the timer. Love the blur.

AND....check out how big my little baby is. Can't believe how tall she is getting.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

My 2 Favorite Fortunes

This is a photo of Dyl & I. A polaroid that Haley took of us. During the time that we were engaged. The early, early days of "us". I think it was sometime after the holidays, because I think she got that Polaroid camera as a Christmas gift. Anyway, this photo sits in our apartment, framed, along with this fortune that I always loved from the minute I pulled it out of that cookie. "The star of happiness is shining on you". I've always agreed with that. I think of this fortune whenever I think of how blessed I am in my life & whenever I think of my little family. So cool.

Here's my second favorite. Right now it is taped on a shelf above where my sewing machine used to be...where all my craft stuff was before I moved most of it out to the dining room. "Work on ideas that are creative & can bring fine results". Lovely, isn't it & I think it was made just for me. Chanel & I talked about this same thing just yesterday. I am just not the best at finishing things I start. I have great intentions & I think I'm pretty good in the creative ideas area, just need to work on bringing about some fine results. And, with that, I think this fortune needs to be moved out to my new work station.

Little Miss Bossy

Taking over the bowl of popcorn.

Just a little bit about Sadie right now:

She is always saying "mine". She has even said things like "my moon", "my sunshine" & "my pants" (referring to the jeans that I was wearing).

Also constantly asking "what's this?". It's her new favorite game. When looking through books, pointing to things out the car window while we're driving, or just any ol' time. Very curious about the world around her.

My favorite word that she says right now is "tooted". Perhaps I should teach her to say "excuse me" after she does that, but for some reason "I tooted" just makes me smile.

Dylan's favorite word that she says is "crazy". Like "I cwazy" or "cwazy tings" (crazy things).

She loves nursery. Loves singing "Popcorn Popping", "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" & "The Itsy Bitsy Spider". Loves the snacks & the kids & the toys.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

These Two

I don't know anybody more cool, fun & beautiful than these two.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Return of the Self Portrait & Goals

I decided to take a self portrait again. Haven't done this in a while. I don't know why the eyes. I guess that's just what I feel like exposing of myself today.

I have been a little down about myself lately. Not loving my body. Not feeling pretty. Felt it was time I make some new goals & try to actually stick to them this time. I have been working out harder & actually feel a lot better about myself today. It's crazy how much better you feel when you're trying a little harder.

My goals are to eat a little less & move a little more. To actually try to exercise my problem areas (my upperbody & midsection). Also trying to maintain a little more order around the house. Be a better homemaker, I suppose. And I want to work on finishing projects & finding more time to express myself creatively.

I'm trying really hard to love my physical self. I'm fairly confident with myself as a person, just have never had a real love for my body. Something I don't want to pass on to Sadie. I want to love these lumps & bumps, which I should maybe refer to as "curves". Something I'll probably be working on for a while.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Visual Bits from Today

I tried to take a nap...

just now. I was having big crocodile tear yawns, yet when I went to lay down I couldn't sleep at all.

I had all this stuff on my mind. None of which should be keeping a person awake when they're really tired. Here it goes:

*I found this blog just the other day & I can't get enough of it. I've been going back through her archives. Soaking up all the coolness & craftiness. Very inspiring. It makes me want to sew, real bad.

*We got the new issue of Ready Made Magazine in the mail today. A great magazine. There's an article this month about Airstream trailers. Dylan & I have always talked about getting an old one. One of those things we say we want in the future & right now in the future means when Dylan graduates. So, we say...."when you graduate" but really it means sometime in the future, probably a few years from now. Anyway, got me thinking about all the stuff we want. A place to live where we have a studio. Maybe one for each of us. Or, just one w/ my stuff & his stuff together. We'd like to have a detached studio. A building in the back yard all our own. I want tons of stuff for paper crafts & all kinds of crafts. I want more photography equipment. Dylan wants screenprinting equipment. All kinds of stuff that costs money. Stuff that would be oh so fun.

*Started thinking about how we want all the stuff, but we want a few more kiddies too. Want to have fun, but kids can be expensive & we want to have college funds for all of them.

*Oh! I also thought about having a back yard. We talk abot this one a lot. We want a super cool back yard, with a deck, and cool furniture, and all kinds of twinkly lights strung in the trees, and a screen & projector to watch movies outside.

Are we just a couple of big kids or what!? We just want to have fun & be cool. Anyway....dreams....dreams that keep me from taking a nice nap. It will be cool to see what our future has in store. It will be cool to see if we make it happen.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

So Cute

Sadie hasn't been a big lunch eater. Usually, she'd eat after her nap at around 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon, but I could never get her to eat much during the lunch hour. Today she came to me and said "mama, hunch." I asked her what she wanted for lunch and she said "honey". So I made her a peanut butter & honey sandwich, cut in half on the diagonal. Asked her if she wanted to sit at the table & she said "no. box." So she sat & ate her sandwich in this plastic container & played with a toy. I grabbed my camera because I thought it was just too cute.

I'm glad that Sadie's hair is growing, but a lot of times I just feel like it's real raggedy & there's still not much I can do with it. How pretty is it in this picture though? She just looks so soft. The shirt she's wearing we just bought for her at Old Navy. We saw it. It looked so much like Sadie. We just had to buy it. Horsie & pink! Two of Sadie's favorite things. Really it's a unicorn, but we'll just say it's a horse.

And then here's the girl talking to Maddy. I think she was telling the dog to stay away from her sandwich.

She's almost 2. She's bossy. She knows what she wants. She makes demands. She's still sweet & cute. Today she said "love you mama" just out of the blue. She's fun. And I could kiss & nibble her so so soft skin all day.

*Also, I feel like I haven't been taking as many photos as of late. I forgot how good it feels to open up the blinds, let the light in & just start snapping. I've been thinking that I need to start a photo a day again.

My Ragamuffin

How do you spell that?

Haven't posted in a while. Just been a little blah since being sick. I went to bed last night at 9:45. I was out like a light. Up this morning at 6:00 to go to the gym. I feel great. Still might try to take a nap this afternoon. Just cause I can.

The little black car wouldn't start for Dylan the other day down in Idaho Falls. We couldn't get it jumped, so had to have it towed to the repair shop. They didn't get a chance to even look at it yesterday, so I'm driving Dylan to work this morning. I'm getting really sick of driving down there every day. Hopefully it will all get resolved today & it won't have to be a major repair. Keeping my fingers crossed.

One of my favorite things that Sadie says right now: "sup dad?" (what's up dad).

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Been a Little Sick Around Here

I got terribly sick a few nights ago. The flu, I suppose. I am convinced that it is a horrible thing when the mom of the family gets sick. The house just doesn't operate like it should. Dylan did do a fabulous job of helping me out & taking care of Sadie & I was so very thankful to the sister in my ward that I called in desperation to come take Sadie for a little bit.

I am feeling much, much better now. Just trying to get my energy back up.

Sadie is so incredibly fun right now. She just seems bigger & older every day. Dylan & I are constantly talking about how the baby in her is just slipping away. I LOVE her. I want her to always be herself. She is hilarious. Such a character & it's great! I'm also convinced that she is the smartest little almost 2 year old girl in the world. She's the best. My little buddy, everyday.

A Scene From Our Dinner Table

Sadie sitting on the table, in a tutu, licking her plate. Dylan eating & working on his project at the same time. I just had to snap a few. Yes, this is my life.

Just to note....we did all sit down and eat together like normal people for about 10 minutes. This is after I cleared the table...Dylan just happened to still be eating & Sadie just happened to still be licking.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

We Had the Most Delicious Dinner Tonight!!

Really. Just look how beautiful this is:

Dylan & I both noticed this recipe for Pulled-Pork Tacos in one of my Real Simple magazines. He mentioned a couple times that I should try it. He didn't notice that it was in the section where all recipes contained apricot jam. After I mentioned the jam, he was a little concerned. But I told him that it still sounded really good to me. SO....tonight was the night.

The meat cooked in the oven for 4 hours!!! The house smelled divine. And when dinner time finally rolled around we were lovin' it!!! Kept on eating until we were stuffed. This one is definitely a keeper.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


* Last night was Dylan's turn to plan Family Home Evening. He decided we should put pictures in this frame that we've had for quite a while. So here's the finished product. Pictures & a little bit of patterned paper from my scrapbook supply. We hung it right by the front door. I LOVE it!!! It's us. and it makes me really happy right now.

While looking through the photos trying to chose a few to put in the frame, I got a little choked up. I think I said to Dylan...."we are so happy!" I know that already. It's just so cool to see that in all the pictures that I love so much. So much happiness & fun & love for each other as just the overall theme in our photos.

* Dylan & I went on a date last Saturday night. It's been a little while & it was so much FUN! We had dinner at the Pineapple Grill (which has become our favorite little restaurant in town) & then saw Nacho Libre. We loved the movie...laughed through the entire thing. As always, it was so much fun to have some time together.

* I have School House Rock songs in my head. That is the netflix movie Sadie has had for the past week or so. It's going back today.

* Sadie is getting worse with fighting going to sleep. She's now doing it at night as well. Yesterday she didn't take a nap at all. She reached her breaking point at 5:30 at the dinner table & started falling asleep in her chair. I got her out & let her sleep for 20 minutes, then woke her up & put her in the tub. We started trying to put her to bed at 8:00 & she finally fell asleep at 10:00, after screaming FOREVER....stuff like....piggy back ride....color.....change diaper. Twice I had to go in & put her pajamas back on, and once her diaper back on. Finally we took her in the car for a ride. Girl was a wreck & needless to say, so was I. She's making up for it today. She's already been napping for 2 hours & I can't believe it.....but I'm missing her. She needs to wake up already.

* We went down to Target today. 30 miles down to Idaho Falls & back just to go to Target, but Dylan could tell I needed some time out of the house. We got the necessities....diapers (yes. holding off on potty training at the moment), deodorant, ziploc bags & what not. Then just looked around. We have so much fun just looking. Target has so much stuff that is just cool. And why are fresh school supplies so exciting?!

Anyway.....that is the stuff of right now. Making barbecue chicken tonight & pasta salad. Looking forward to it!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Why We Fight

Last blog post for the week. WooHoo! I made it.

On a more serious note. Dylan & I watched this movie a couple nights ago. Why We Fight. Dylan put it on our netflix queue & I wasn't sure what to expect of it. I thought it might be a real radical & in your face movie about the war in Iraq. Wasn't like that at all.

BUT....I feel this way after the movie. I have even less trust in the politicians leading our country. They have absolutely no interest in people. No interest in you or I. No interest in the people of Iraq. (we all know liberating the Iraqi people was NEVER a reason for this war!) All they care about is themselves & their own gain.

It makes me sad that our democracy is so corrupted. That most Americans are losing trust in their country & their government, because they are constantly being lied to by those in power.

What can I do? What can I do about it? I don't really know. I'm confused. I've been thinking about it & I feel that my role as a mother is very important. I want to teach my children to question things that don't seem right. To be educated & to guard against anything that doesn't feel right. And NOT to chose one political party & only support & vote that one side. There are good & bad people on both sides.

My role as a mother Is very important. Teaching my children the gospel & the peace that can be felt through living it will go beyond just them. It will extend to their friends & everybody else they touch in life. And I will be able to have an influence on the friends that they bring home as well. I don't know what more to do then to try to spread as much good in my own life as I can.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Random Stuff

Here is the link to the Three Berry Trifle recipe. Ipuna asked for it & I don't know if anybody else wanted it.

So last night with my alone time....Chanel was right. I did rush around like a mad-woman trying to get as much done as I could. I swept & vacuumed my floors. I cleaned my kitchen & scrubbed my sink. I did some scrapbooking (worked on the album for baby Lauren Grace which is oh so very close to being done!!!). Then I sat down to look at some books I picked up at the library (a few cookbooks & a photoshop how-to book). It was fun.

I got my hair cut today. I absolutely love getting my hair done. Makes me very happy. And I'm even more blonde this time.

Dylan & I watched a movie last night that really moved me. Hope to post more about it later, but I need to get my thoughts together.

And do you guys remember this thing!! So funny!!! For some reason I thought of this last night & Dylan & I were talking about the sandwiches we used to make in them. Ham & cheese was big. I know all the Duke kids remember our little pizza pockets. Yuck. That sounds so gross now...but we loved 'em then.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

I'm All Alone....In a Good Way

We just ran into DeeAnn & Annie Stoddard at the grocery store & they asked if they could take Sadie. So we said sure! She's going to have dinner with them & then go with them to Meg's game. Dylan just left for an AIGA meeting up on campus & I have a couple hours before Sadie will be home.

What to do. What to do. Should I clean? Should I scrapbook? Should I read a book? I feel so lost. I'm not used to this. But it's great! Well, don't want to waste my time here. Just wanted to get my post in for the day.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Patriotic Dessert

Because I always told myself I would do these kind of things when I got older & had a family of my own...

I kept telling Dylan all week that I was going to make a patriotic dessert for the 4th of July. He'd laugh at me....really....because it does sound quite funny "patriotic dessert". Anyway, I ended up going with this Three Berry Trifle. I left the strawberries off to the side (Dylan does not like them). And I must admit it was quite a tasty one. No cool whip on this.....that's whipped cream that I actually made in my mixer....from whipping cream of course. Made a big difference in taste.....and calories & fat too I'm sure.

Anyway, it was fun.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

4th of July Parade

Sadie & I went down to the parade this morning. We had a lot of fun, but not as much as we could have if Dylan had been there. He was scheduled to work today, but that's good since he gets paid extra.

This is one day out of the year that I really love Rexburg. The parade is so much fun. Sadie liked the horses & the dance groups. She would clap her hands & shake her bum along to their music. She also liked the Junior Miss girls in their formal dresses. She called them princesses. I didn't take many pictures because I had to keep a close eye on my little one. I'm not to happy with this super squinty one of Sadie, but it's all I've got.

After the parade we went over to the carousel where they were running free rides. You know Sadie was super excited. And I was glad that it all wore her out enough so she'd take a good nap today.

BBQ and fireworks tonight. Should be lots of fun. And Dylan will be home to join in on all of it with us. Yay!

Monday, July 03, 2006

She is a....

*milk guzzler

*hair twirler

*bath water drinker

*and all of the sudden....a nap fighter.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Little Mommy Sadie

Well I'm taking Dylan's challenge to make a blog post every day this week. Had to think for a little bit tonight. Blogging wasn't right there in the front of my mind, but I'm glad I did cause I want to remember this about Miss Sadie.

Sadie has had a little surge of interest in her babydoll. She pushes her around in the stroller. Puts the blanket over her & gives her a toy to play with while they walk. She'll walk up to me or Dylan and say "Hi!" Dylan & I will talk to her say stuff like: "What a cute baby you have. She looks just like you. You must be such a proud momma. She's cute, can I give her a kiss?" And Sadie will say "Yeeeah" or "Yeeeees" (love it when she draws out those words).

She takes the baby to her play kitchen, puts her in the baby seat at the table & cooks her some "hunch". She puts the food in front of her & says "here you go, baby." Then she takes her to the sink & washes her hands & face.

She'll lay the baby blanket on the ground & lay her baby down next to her...and smile at her....with squinched up eyes. It's so sweet. That smile she gives her is the one that gets me the most.

Last night it was storming out. Lightning & thunder. Sadie was too scared to go to sleep on her own. So I brought her in on our bed & laid down with her. She fell asleep pretty quickly with my arm under her neck. Me holding Sadie & Sadie holding her baby.

It's just too cute. I know it's in her nature to be interested in this type of play. Typical "girl" stuff I guess....but I have to admit it still makes me a very proud momma. Maybe a little bit of evidence that I'm doing a good job. Maybe that she understands that I do all of this stuff for her because I love her. I don't know. I know I'm crazy, but it makes me happy to watch her.
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