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!).

Scripture a Day : 4

I guess I may not sneak these scripture posts in every day… as I seemed to miss day 3.  Anyhoo… this scripture I saw on the Thomas Kinkade painting in my piano room with this painting.

LIGHT is always good… especially at 4 o’clock when all is crazy in the house. Hang on Heather!

The Adventures of Truman and Max

1. Piano Tunes from Tru
2. Emptying pots from the dishwasher (actually helpful!)
3. Unloading silverware (actually helpful!)
4. Max pushing Tru around the kitchen. Both loving it! Not safe, really!
5. Max trying to push Tru out of the picture.  I love Tru’s wee toothy grin.
6. Max feeding Buzz fishies.
7. A tower of Legos built with dad. So Tall!
8. Hannah reading to Max in a holiday-break quiet time. {Max misses the kids when they are in school}
9. Abe attempting to put Max’s boots on Tru. Very funny to watch!

Unphotographable Moments from today:
~ 6 poopy diapers in one day. {Yes, this would be today. We have one smelly house.}
~ 3 baths
~ A Feast of pancakes for Tru for breakfast {seriously – this kid ate like 3}
~ Kisses on the lips from Max
~ 5,000 wipes of Tru’s boogie nose. wah-wah.
~ Max hurting Tru and immediately saying sorry with a love and smooch {without any prompting from mom}
~ Max feasting on loads of dinner crepes. We couldn’t keep up.
Oh – and so much more…

Overall, a good day.   It’s somewhat nice to be back to a normal schedule, though I do miss my Hannah and Abe helpers.  And now, pardon me, but I’m exhausted from following these tots around all day and I’m going to bed!

2011: THREE little words… ONE big idea

I’ve been thinking for a few months now about my ONE LITTLE WORD for 2011. I kept coming back to all things I need to CHANGE in our home and our lifestyle to not just survive my life as mother but to ENDURE WELL … HAPPILY. So yes, I’m breaking all the One Little Word rules… and changed it to be One BIG idea… three LITTLE words.

Create = the action
Positive = all good, uplifting, onward, inspired of God
Change = to improve or make better

For a long time now, I’ve felt like we need to evaluate our life… see what’s workin’, what’s not, what stresses, what relieves, what drains, what builds, what keeps us going (and do more of that!). I think it’s about a change of lifestyle and choices – to create the life we want to have. So – looking forward to that in 2011. It’s going to build some character because CHANGE is not always easy for this girl, especially if it involves more than just thinking about inspiring things… action girl! Action!

“In order to keep getting more of what you already have, keep doing what you are doing.
If you want something different, you must DO something different.”

Lucy MacDonald

Scripture a Day : 2

Usually with this scripture, I focus on the “I Will Go & Do.” But in my need for HOPE in my mission as mother and parent, when I read this, I thought of the commandment to “multiply, and replenish the earth” {Moses 2:28) and to “Train up a child in the way he should go” {Proverbs 22:6}. The Lord will prepare a way for us to make this happen. Love that HOPE!

Scripture a Day : 1

I had this idea for the post-holiday-blahs… to share a scripture-a-day in January… Mostly, it’s because I need some encouragement to be more diligent in my scripture study. And a scripture a day definitely won’t hurt … INSPIRATION is always good.