Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Almost a Week

since my last post. I have not been feeling well. It's 2pm & I haven't showered yet. Sadie & I are both still in our jammies. The house is a mess. Oh well. She WILL NOT take a nap today. Here she is in her jammies & tutu holding a Pixies album. It has planets & stuff on the cover. She takes it off the shelf and says to me, "mom, sunshine, rockets."

Sadie has been asking for a ponytail for quite a while. For church on Sunday I gave her a little one. She loved it. Had to tell everybody she saw that day about her ponytail.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Splash Park

We've been having some fun at the new splash park in town. We've gone the past 2 days. Here are a few photos from Tuesday when Dylan went with us.

Been having a little trouble w/ blogger & now that I can finally get my posts up, I don't have much to say. I hope to start working on a purse that I'm making Sadie for her birthday. It's going to be super easy to make.....I just need to get myself going on it.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Feeling A Little Emotional

I was thinking a lot about the birth of Sadie these past few days. I know it is because Lilia had her baby on Thursday. (Ella is such a cutie by the way, excited to meet her) I'm not usually like this, but I think because she had a c-section, it's got me thinking about my hospital stay a few years ago. Thinking about all the bad stuff, the hard stuff, the stuff that scared me out of my mind. But I also remembered the special time it was for Dylan & I. Something we went through together.....just me & him. That will remain a piece of history that belongs to just me & him. I'm so thankful for him. He is an incredible husband & the love of my life.

I had a memory from that time in the hospital that I didn't want to forget again. The whole 4 days in the hospital, I had a really hard time moving around. Getting up out of bed took some time. When Dylan would go home to shower, I'd ask him to get Sadie for me & I'd just hold her. Just in case she cried, I didn't want to try to get up too fast. I'd lay her across my chest, with her little head on my shoulder. I'd just stare at her & enjoy the peace. Once a nurse came in to do whatever they do & she said to me, "you've been holding her for quite a while, do you want be to put her in her bed?" Of course I told her no. Just a really sweet, special moment.

Oh my goodness, I Love my family!!!! Am I missing out because I'm a stay at home mother? Absolutely not! This is the life I always wanted. There is more happiness within the four walls of our little apartment, than we could find anywhere out there in the world.

Dylan has said that he hates coming home to an empty house & if he knows Sadie & I won't be here, he'll go to the library or something to waste time. I thought that was really strange. Time alone can be really nice sometimes. Since becoming a mom, the times that I am completely alone are extremely rare. It's a hard thing to get used to.....but you do just that, get used to it. I think it's sweet that Dylan wants to be with us....even when we're loud & dramatic & annoying.

Thinking about all this...I need to be a little easier on my self. My husband & daughter love me....chubby tummy & all. Wardrobe void of any style & they love me just the same. Why do I worry about all that CRAP when I could use that energy to more fully live my life w/ my sweet baby & husband?

Friday, August 18, 2006

Cookie. Flower. Bike.

Today was a fun day. I made some chocolate chip cookies for the ward party this evening. Here's a shot of Sadie enjoying one.
Dylan walked to the campus for his class this afternoon. He came home with these. A handful of flowers from the side of the road, complete with a few ants crawling on them. Such a sweetie. These really brightened my day.
Finally got Sadie her bike today. She is completely in love with it. Her feet don't quite reach the pedals yet, but she scoots along pushing off the ground. We have been trying to hold off until her birthday for this, but I was just getting tired of hearing her say...."Mom! Kids! Bike! I ride it." In a real whiney voice.

Oh yeah.....a conversation from earlier today when we were heading to WalMart to pick up the bike:

Sadie: essited.

Me: Are you excited?

Sadie. Yes mom. Bike!

So dang cute.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Some Randomness From Me Today

So, I have a new calling. 2nd Counselor in the primary presidency. I'm over the primary program in sacrament meeting & I'm a little nervous. We have our first presidency meeting in a couple hours. Hoping all goes well.

I'm addicted to blogs. It's true. Decided that every now & then I might share a few that are making me happy. One worth checking out is Simply Recipes. I'm trying her Chipotle Bean Tostadas tonight complete with refried beans from scratch. Her photos are beautiful & it totally makes me want to cook & feel like I'm a Food Network TV star or a domestic goddess.

Fall is in the air. I don't know how to feel about this. It's true that I love the fall. It is my very most favorite season. Just think orange & browns & pumpkins & sweaters & apple crisp. The air is crisp & it's blowing through the windows & it's just so pleasant. I just made a batch of strawberry jam. Stocking up my freezer. I'm just a little sad to see the summer go. I hope we actually get in one camping trip in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

So Proud

Dylan's BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) project finally went up this week. I cannot even tell you how proud I am of him. I've posted a few photos here. He will be posting more over on his blog. SO MUCH work went into this. So much time. Many nights where I had to go to bed by myself & he'd finally come to bed in the early morning hours. So happy to have my husband back. His project looks incredible! It's so cool to finally see it all displayed & even more cool to see people coming by the "gallery" to look at it & get a little excited about it themselves.

Dylan's parents were up for the weekend to be here for the show opening, which meant an awful lot to Dylan. Bob & I helped Dylan get it all up on the wall. While we were setting up, students & teachers would come by & couldn't help but stop & look. One of Dylan's professors told Bob that Dylan is one of the most beloved design students & that his work always has a lot of color & a lot of personality. So totally cool!

I'm sad that I didn't get a good photo of Dylan by his project. The lighting was horrible! Duh! Why didn't I just turn on the flash?!! He looked super cute in his blazer.

Anyway, We're just really happy around this house. Stress & anxiety that's been lingering for quite a while is finally lifted. I'm just in love with Dylan's project. Really excited to see what happens with him career wise once he finishes his last semester of school this fall. I have so much confidence in him & expect great things.

By the way....his project is the complete branding, signage & packaging for a comic book store called Wordballoon. But it's not your typical nerdy comic book store. As he puts it...it's more like a comic bookstore. I'm sure he'll have more over on his blog soon.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Whole Wheat Bread

I've had some requests for the bread recipe I used. It makes 4 loaves. I cut the recipe in half & made just two loaves to see if that would cover our needs. Here is the original recipe:

12 c. wheat flour
1 c. white flour
2 Tbsp. yeast
5 c. hot water
1 c. honey
1 c. olive oil
2 Tbsp. salt

dissolve the yeast in hot water. Add 4 cups of the wheat flour. Add honey & olive oil & let rest 10 minutes. Mix in rest of wheat flour, white flour & salt. Turn dough out onto floured surface & knead. Shape into loaves & place in greased bread pans. Let rise in warm place until double in size. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes.

A couple things:

* I used my stand mixer to do most of the kneading. Use your dough hooks. You can do the same with your handheld mixer. When kneading, keep adding flour (wheat or white...whichever) until the dough no longer feels sticky.

*Watch it when it's baking. About halfway through the baking time, or once the bread is nice & golden on top, place a tin foil tent over them so they don't get too done on top. Don't seal the tin foil over the bread, just a loose tent to protect it.

Hope this makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions. We ate half a loaf on Sunday for our "snack". We've already cut into our second loaf today.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Sun + Sand + Water = Tired Baby (& Momma)

Sadie & I went with DeeAnn, Meg & Annie to Rigby Lake today. We had a great time. I loved this picture...even with the little blobs of mud on her & all. She really is quite a cutie in her bathing suit, I think.

Seems like we've been keeping really busy around here, but it feels like we haven't really accomplished anything of importance.

I baked bread yesterday & I must say that it turned out wonderfully. A big hit! So, this is the beginning of homemade wheat bread that I plan on making every week for all our bread needs (toast & sandwiches). There is something really cool about throwing all these ingredients together & making something so yummy. Something so basic & fresh & natural.

I'm trying to make more from scratch. Trying to lower our intake of all the crap that is put in the convenience foods that we've gotten so used to. Tonight I made meatballs, which didn't take much time at all & they tasted fabulous. So much better than a bag of frozen ones ever could. I got a recipe for refried beans from scratch as well....excited to try those on tostadas for a meat free dinner. Okay.....I'm on a crazy, eat healthier kick here. Can you tell?

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Wee Bunny

I'm doing pretty good with completing projects right now. Helps that Dylan is always working on his BFA project. I get bored w/ no access to the computer & no movies to watch. So here is what I did last night:

This is a Wee Bunny. I found the pattern for her here. And there is a flickr group with photos of other's wee bunny creations here.

To tell the truth I wasn't too pleased with how my bunny turned out. She didn't look like the pattern picture. Her head is more pointy & she's not as round & smooth all over. But I am not as good of a seamstress as the pattern's creator. Today I feel different about her. I absolutely LOVE her! It's all because of this girl:

Sadie spotted her sitting up on the shelf while she was eating breakfast & said "bunny!!!!" "I hold it!!!" I wouldn't let her touch it until she finished breakfast because her hands & face were so dirty. But once she was cleaned up I gave it to her and she was so sweet with it. It's such a great shape. Fits perfectly under her arm. Loved watching her carry it around & push it in her stroller.

It felt great to get out my sewing machine & sewing box & get my hands on some fabric. I've got some other sewing projects on my list now. A tote bag for church, and apron for me & one for Sadie, a backpack for Sadie & a pillow for Sadie.

Look Mom....

We're dancing & brushing at the same time.

These two make me smile more than anything. I love my life because they're in it. Thanks for being a super fun dad, Dyl.

Sadie & I went down to Idaho Falls yesterday. We took some of her old clothes to a kids store that buys & sells used stuff. They would only buy back the stuff out of our bag that was GAP or Old Navy & since there wasn't much of those brands we only got a couple dollars. Sadie ended up spotting this Wiggles guitar on her own. The Wiggles & guitars are really high on her list of super cool things so I couldn't pass it up. After applying the amount we made from selling back clothes it only cost $.82.

She has been attached to it. She had to carry it into every store that we went to after that, which was Target & the mall. And, she played with it almost non-stop since we brought it home. It is a bit annoying that there isn't a volume control on the thing, but Dylan being the genius that he is, put a piece of packing tape over the speaker & it's made a huge difference.

At Target I picked up a couple of loaf pans & I plan on starting to make my own bread. I got all inspired to do this after a bread making enrichment a couple weeks ago...and after looking on my bread label & seeing that it contains enriched flour & high fructose corn syrup.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Baby Album

Finally complete (well minus the photos & journaling that Chanel will do) & in the hands of it's rightful owners. I'm so happy to finally get this album completed & sent off to the Adams. So happy with the finished product. So happy that Chanel likes it. So happy to share a piece of me with that family that I love so much & I hope they enjoy looking at it for years to come.

I sure did put 11 pictures on this post. Sorry about the glare, I was too lazy to take all the pages out of the sleeves to photograph.

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