Saturday, February 28, 2009


My little boy is growing up! My last blog about him was full of frustration over potty-training. Well, he has decided to be a big boy and has been wearing his Thomas the Train underwear proudly this past week. With only a few exceptions the first few days, he has remained clean and dry even overnight! I'm so proud of him!

Tonight, we celebrated his accomplishment by taking him out to eat at our favorite family restaurant.

I want to thank all my friends who have shared experiences and tips with me. That support has definitely helped me not get too stressed out about this whole process.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Movie Review: The Family Man

Here's something we don't get to do often - Dan and I watched a movie on TV this weekend: "The Family Man". It stars Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni and was made in 2000. I'd never heard of it before so it must not have been popular or I was too out of it when it came out. The year 2000 was a busy year for me.

We both thought it was a great movie. Nicolas Cage plays a Wall Street whiz who had left his college girlfriend to pursue success 13 years earlier. One day, he wakes up married to her. I won't give the rest of the movie away but suffice it to say that he learns a big lesson. It reminded me of how grateful I am for a wonderful husband and family. I wouldn't trade what I have for a million dollars (or more). If you haven't seen this movie before, it's worth checking out.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Birthday Girl

Ellie's birthday was last Saturday. I can't believe she's one!! She's definitely a big girl now. Just within the past couple of weeks, she started eating crackers, bread, and bananas.
She loves to play peek-a-boo and show us that she's "so big!"

Ellie also signs "more" when she wants more of something and waves "hello". She mainly says Da-da and cries Ma-ma when she's sad.

We had yummy chocolate cake with ice cream to celebrate Ellie's birthday. Here are pictures of the cake and of Ellie enjoying it.

After eating cake, we opened presents. She loves her new toys.

Friday, February 6, 2009


I've been bug tagged by a friend. You're supposed to list 10 things that bug you and then tag 10 friends. I don't know if I have 10 friends I could bug about this that haven't already been bug-tagged so I'm just going to pick on Holly C., Jody Z., Steph Q., Mandy A., and Janie L. I'd love to find out what bugs you!

My friends who wrote their lists said that they don't really get bugged. Well, I, unfortunately, am not as laid back and I do get bugged by a lot of things. I guess I just have to be more patient, which is really hard to do. (Ironically, I had a hard time thinking of 10 things that bug me.)

1. I go to the store to get one thing I really needed for dinner and end up buying a bunch of stuff but forget to buy that one thing. My kids must have really sucked away a lot of my brain cells!

2. Interrupting people. I hate being interrupted so when I realize I'm the one doing it, I feel terrible!

3. Being tail-gated. Ooh, I get mad and I try extra hard to hover on the speed limit. I guess this is considered passive aggressive so I've been working on it. Fortunately, I don't spend that much time driving around and Cheyenne is a little town. I used to live in the DC area and you really do have to be aggressive there. Though I wouldn't get in the way of tail-gaters (there are a lot of them out in that area) because I'd probably get shot!

4. When people smoke in parks. I know it's a free country and people can do what they want. But it still bugs me because usually I have my kids with me and I don't want them to be inhaling second-hand smoke.

5. Commercials. I'm so glad I have TiVo so I can skip them!

6. When I realize I just wasted 2 hours on the computer and got nothing accomplished. The internet and email are great but it's easy to get sucked in!

7. When I get insomnia and my kids are sleeping fine.

8. When my son says, "Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy,..." and doesn't really have anything to say. Obviously he's just trying to get my attention. Now, why doesn't he do that to Dan?

9. Exercising 6 days a week for two months straight and not really seeing any results.

10. When it's dinner time and I'm still in my pj's! Some days are better than others.

This whole list makes me depressed. I'm going to make a list of things that I love so I'm not depressed anymore:
1. My hubby. :-) I love having someone to share everything with.
2. My two beautiful children. I don't think I knew true joy before they came along.
3. The restored gospel - can't imagine life without it.
4. Dark chocolate. Mmm!!
5. Exercising. Even if I don't see results right away, sweating makes me feel good. I especially enjoy running - all those endorphins are great!
6. Taking a nap.
7. Food. You should check out my blog on food.
8. Reading. I can just eat those books up. Give me a book and I'll be happy for hours.
9. Traveling. My favorite show is "House Hunters International" because I get to see what life is like in other countries.
10. Living in America.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pulled Over

I bet you've never had this happen to you before:

A few weeks ago, I was returning home from the library with my kids. I took a left turn with a cop car behind me. It wasn't a big deal because I'm usually a good driver and I "try" not to speed (although my husband tells me I do). Anyway, I wasn't speeding so when I looked in the rearview mirror a few minutes later and the cruiser's lights were flashing I wondered to myself why he was still behind me when I was obeying all traffic laws. Then, I realized that he was trying to pull me over!! So, a couple blocks later, I was able to safely pull over and remained calm.

He asked me if I'd realized that my registration has been expired since August. Shock and disbelief was all over my face. I said really? I had no idea. He asked to see my registration. Fortunately, I had the receipt from the last time I'd renewed my registration (in 2007) and the receipt said it did indeed expire in 08/2008. Uh-oh. I told him that I hadn't seen any renewal notices in the mail or I'd have taken care of it right away. Then, I told him that they must have sent it to my old address and it must not have gotten forwarded. He asked for my license which I had to get out of the purse which was in the trunk. He also asked to see proof of insurance - which was in the glove compartment. Did I seem disorganized or what?

He went back to his car to check the info and I sat in the car waiting. I wondered why it was taking him so long and I knew he was probably writing a ticket. Great! He came back and told me that my registration was expired but that he wasn't going to cite me for that if I'd promise to call the county treasurer (who does the registration) and take care of it. Then, he showed me a ticket and said that however, I didn't have current proof of insurance so that's what the ticket was for. But, he said that I could get the ticket (and $400 fee) waived if I brought current proof of insurance information to the county court or to the police department.

Well, needless to say, I was relieved that he was actually nice about my registration because he could've given me a ticket for that and I couldn't argue with it. But, instead he gave me the ticket for the insurance which I could easily get out of because AT LEAST that was in order. Whew!! I took care of the ticket later that day because I did not want to have that hanging over my head.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


A couple of weeks ago, for Family Home Evening, we wrote our goals for this year on cardstock paper. Each person had his/her goals, even our baby whose goals were to sleep through the night and eat real food (she loves nursing!). Then, we cut out images that are related to each goal and glued them by our lists. The goals are posted in visible places so we can look at them every day.

A good friend of mine said that a goal is not a goal until it's written down. I think there's something to that thought. When we wrote down our goals, I thought to myself that it's going to be pretty tough to accomplish some of them. However, as I have walked past each person's poster, I've realized that we've each made a little progress toward those goals. I think it's been helpful to be reminded of our goals everyday and it feels good to know we're a bit closer to the end result.