remember when … it was warm

remember when… we lived in florida and it was warm and we didn’t need lotion.

remember when… we lived in phoenix and it was 5,000 degrees in the summer.

remember when… the grass was green and soft, even here in utah.

remember when… things were alive and the sky was blue and we went walking in the warmth every day.

there exists such a time as summer. i miss you summer. come again soon.

a 30-minute sampling

wrestle for 10 minutes with an arched-back Truman to get him dressed for the day. phew. task accomplished.
max poops. nasty smell. sore bottom. time for a bath.
not letting tru take a bath because i just wrestled his clothes on.
decide that tru and i can sort the laundry in the bathroom while max soaks.
tru reaches over to splash in the tub.
max cries about it.
laundry sorted.
splash… head first… with all clothes on. Tru had an ‘uh-oh’ look on his face.
max still crying about Tru upsetting his bath.
take Tru’s clothes off. wring clothes out.
get max out because he won’t stop crying.
drain tub.
realize max has a massive bloody nose all over his towel.
just washed all the towels… and now more need to be bleached.
tru is playing in the bath with no water. chilly, i’m sure.
clothes on max. bloody nose stopped.
wrestle for 5 minutes to get tru’s clothes on.
get max settled on the couch with blankie and pillow to watch a movie.
put tru down for night-night.
only… tru is not sleeping.
sigh….
mom breaks and eats a chocolate chip cookie.
so much for my 25 minutes of treadmill exercise this morning.
sigh…

2011 Family Goals

Part of my Positive CHANGE movement includes establishing new family goals and habits. My bro-and sis-in law set up their family goals in daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. I liked it… so we went with that idea. For FHE we had everyone brainstorm ideas for family goals. Here’s what we came up with:

We generally have FHE once a week, but it’s usually thrown together 5 seconds before. I want one of those neat fhe boards with the vinyl and all… but since it hasn’t happened for like a year, we’re going with the only thing Heather knows… printing digital prints at Costco. GO laminated Costco Prints!!! We’ll put a doo-bobbie-twisty-thing in the middle so the center circle can turn.

The other thing that needs to happen in this home is making sure we really get to our chores. The kids do awesome on their daily chores. But sometimes Saturday morning comes and Abe is done by 9 a.m. and is asking to play. I know the house still needs work, but sometimes I can’t think of an extra job on the spot. Here’s my solution which I know will be tweaked. Basically by Saturday Evening each of the items should be checked off. Obviously some need to be done several times a week…. like sweep kitchen… but this will give me a checklist to give the kids. Wouldn’t it be lovely if all these were actually accomplished and we could have a perfectly tidy home on Sundays. Oh – looks like I need to add some laundry duties on there too. We don’t want the mountains to overcome us.

I guess we’ll give it a GO! and try and make NEW good things happen around here.

Scripture a Day : 10

Today’s Scripture comes from Hannah’s Scripture Devotional at FHE. I love Ephesians! Yeppers – I helped direct her there. It was a good lead-in for our fhe on family goals.

A Cozy Winter

Last summer the theme was “A Colorful Summer”.
In the fall I chose, “A Joyful Autumn”.
We’re now on “A Cozy Winter.”
Even though with our drafty windows, I feel like wintertime is anything but cozy…. mostly I feel like calling it a chilly or dreary winter… but we’re aiming for positive, eh? Plus, I love this quote about how winter is a time for comfort, home… and I would add FAMILY.
I have oodles of pages to catch up on, but I’m still loving this simple format to summarize each week. When I take time on Sunday night to put it together, it helps me recognize the good in our week.
Despite all the sickness we’ve had around here this week, I can still say I love my Beautiful, Ordinary life. We are blessed.

p.s. it’s Saturday night

p.s.  my love, Jimmy, had the delightful experience of gathering groceries at Walmart on Saturday night.  Generally he sticks to the list.  But tonight, he came home with potato chips, oreos, twizzlers, and lots o’ hot chocolate packets.  Mostly it was just funny because it’s not like him to do that.  Tonight I might have come home with Milano’s if I was doing the shopping.

p.s. Do you think it means I’m old when I need one of these to keep track of medications and vitamins? I mean – I’m almost 35. I seriously can’t remember 5 minutes after I’ve taken something. The one Jimmy bought for me (see above shopping trip)… was recommended by the arthritis society for easy open. Now I might actually remember to take all my vitamins. They should make these containers with alarms though too so I can take them on time.

p.s. Tru and Max seemed to pull a Freaky-Friday swap on us this afternoon. Tru started climbing all over the place and going down the slide. And Max got a glassy look in his eye and laid down on the couch with his juice. I’m glad Tru is on the mend … and am hopeful that Max only has a slight cold instead of the croup that it sounds like. ay-ay-ay.

p.s. the lights went out at the American Fork Temple today. Of course, nobody panicked. Work went on as usual. Love those smiley temple workers. Also… admire the courage of Adam and Eve. I highly doubt Eve was a whiney wife. Imagine going from living in the Garden of Eden… to the lone and dreary world… which I imagine would give any of us a fright. She was the first mother… and had to figure all that birthing and parenting stuff out without a mother to learn from. COURAGE! Love that example.

p.s. Remember when I had a soft coral colored shirt from Banana Republic… like back in high school. It was my favorite ever! I loved the color and it was so soft. Anyhoo… when I was in need of a new purse (p.s. several day old milk leaking from a sippy cup in a purse still stinks even after 3 washings)… I found the same style for half the price and it happened to be the awesome coral color of the banana republic shirt from days past. Fun for summer – eh. I love this purse because it holds water bottle or sippy cup on the outside side pockets (just remember to remove them same day)

p.s. we got barstools this week. yay! My friend moved and mentioned on her bloggie that their barstools were for sale. We snagged them quickly and got 3 nice sturdy ones for $60. I put the kids to work scrubbing them for Saturday Chores and they are really great. I only took a photo of the before… and I’m not posting the goobs on this blog. Excited about barstools!

p.s. I guess Max got a hold of the camera this week. I just downloaded the images and I saw this one of our computer screen. I do like this photo of our fam.

p.s. Hannah came home from school the other day with this hairdo that she had done herself. She looked like a cute little Scandinavian girlie.

Sometimes you get what you ask for

Remember how I asked for no more barfing… please? Except for one small incident with Max, we have been blessed with no more barfing.

BUT… now that we have no more barfing here at home, poor little Tru-Tru is worse. His eyes are red and runny. His nose is red and runny. He wants to snuggle instead of run. The doctor told us today that wee little Tru has a wee bit of crackling in his lung = pneumonia. Add that to his major congestion and croup, he’s a pretty sick kiddo. Poor little Tru-Tru. He got an antibiotic shot for the pneumonia, a dose of steroid to help the croup, and a round of amoxicillin for the next 10 days. I’m SO glad for the inspiration to take him in today. He got a priesthood blessing tonight and he sighed. Pray for Tru.

In other news: Max. This boy made me cry tears of JOY tonight. We were watching a movie and he was bouncing all over the couch behind us. He bounced over to me and gave me a big kiss on the cheek. Then he kept on bouncing. Even though he plants kisses frequently, this one really touched me. Then he sat on my lap and snuggled (a miracle for that energetic 3-year-old). Later, I was playing on the kitchen floor with him while dad made his hot chocolate. He is just plain happy. His smile glows. His laugh is so sincere and cute. When I tucked him into bed he requested a few songs. When we got to I Love to See the Temple, he sang along. It was sweet to me that though he hardly speaks full sentences, he can sing special little songs. Max is a JOY today. He is a little sunshine!

Scripture a Day : 6

I asked Miss Hannah what her favorite scripture was that I could share today. She said, “The one that used to be Abe’s favorite.” This used to be Abe’s favorite because he found a book called Jacob (also the name of a good friend). He opened it up, pointed, and landed on Jacob 5:71. And ya know… it is a good one.
I cropped out most of the scripture (tsk, tsk, I know). But this was my favorite part relating to my life as mother. It’s not just about laboring harder… it’s about working together with the Lord… and then we will see the JOY. I like that.

No more BARFing, please.

Just yesterday I was thinking to myself (with a grateful heart) that we had been pretty lucky to avoid having lots of barfing sicknesses in our family over the past 8 years. Munch… crunch… I’m now eating my words. Shouldn’t have thought it… nope. Things swiftly change.

Abe must have caught a flu bug yesterday at school. He came home just fine but after a few hours said his stomach hurt. I thought he was hungry and told him he could wait an hour for dinner. Well… he was for real sick. Oops. Poor boy. He tried to eat a bit of dinner but couldn’t. So Hannah helped him set up a bed upstairs (She’s a great little nurse). Right before bed… barfo. Gross! But – he made it in the bowl. Yay!

Anyhoo… nobody wants to read a big long blah about barf. I’ll make a long night and story a bit shorter … Max and Abe were still under the weather this morning. Though Tru didn’t have the barfs he is going on a week with a green goobie nose. So… 3 little sickie boys…. what to do? I’ll just say it was a long day.
I think it’s a 24-hour thing and hopefully Hannah won’t get it and we’ll be in the clear. Please!

I’m an Amazon Mom

I heard recently about the benefits of joining Amazon Mom. At first I did it because there was no obligation and I got free Amazon Prime shipping for Christmas presents. Then I priced their diaper subscriptions and found I could save 6 cents + per diaper. Right now we buy LUVS at Walmart for 19 cents each (+ tax). After 30% off with the Amazon subscription the diapers came out to about 13 cents. They seem to be the cheapest yet still work for us. So anyhoo… I’m excited to receive my first shipment and see how it all goes.
Mostly I wish I could buy all things on subscription with free shipping and no tax… how about food storage items like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, flour, wheat, rice, hot chocolate mix, oreos (ok – kidding!).