Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Times I don't have mastitis, because I do now
Times I have energy to work, because I don't now
The hour long conversation I had with my daughter in college
A brilliant husband who understands me
An eleven-year-old son who knows the two-year-old's bedtime routine and willingly puts him to bed every night
A six-year-old girl who spent an hour cleaning her room then came downstairs and said, "Mom, I just LOVE to clean!" She even cleaned and organized her teen-aged sister's closet
An eight-year-old boy who made funny noises for about ten minutes over the twin's playpen to try to keep him entertained
A teen-aged daughter who did the same
The same teen-aged daughter, for deleting all of the songs from her IPOD that were morally questionable
The millions of varieties of beautiful flowers
Friends that understand what it's like to have the hardest job in the world
A sister who calls me AT LEAST twice a day
A mom who is my best friend
Two daughters who are darn good at writing poems. To read them, you can click here or here
A son who can drive, but isn't in town right now, so I have to
The pills that keep my thyroid functioning
A toddler who kisses me dozens of times every day
Dora on Nickelodeon, for when I can't stretch myself any further
Having the blessing of bringing two babies into the world at once
Blogging, because it causes me to look at things in new ways
A friend who came over to hold babies while I potted my plants and who told me my newest container creation was a masterpiece and sounded like she really meant it
A sixth grade teacher who really, REALLY cares
The amount of time my kids spend holding the twins when John is out of town. I don't know what I would do without them
Finally getting the twins on a schedule and being able to sleep for five hours straight!
The fact that God created music
The fact that God created rainbows
Going to bed on a memory foam mattress
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Things that brought me joy in the last twenty-four hours:
My twins waking up only once during the night. Progress!
Going to my daughters blog and seeing that she wrote a book of poems about love, nature and God, took related photographs and had it printed and turned into a beautiful coffee table book.
My 6-year-old asking where the broom is....because she actually wanted to sweep her room!
Driving down the road to see Uncle J taking a walk after an extended stay in the hospital from which he wasn't expected to return. He was wearing an old cowboy hat and using a cane. I stopped to say hi and to let him know that it was great to see him out walking. He was happy to talk to Johnny and seemed sincerely grateful that we had stopped.
Talking to my husband about the possibility of him taking a different job that would allow him more time with the family.
Going to CG, the big town near us, with a dear friend, to visit the plant nurseries and get some girl talk in
Eating the bread Kyla made the night before with fresh ground wheat from our food storage
Eating the butter John made the day before with the cream from our cow
Eating the homemade raspberry jam someone anonymously gave me out of the goodness of their heart
Nursing the babies
Getting a visit from John's mom and showing her the progress on our house
Going to Pat's house for a get-together with friends by the pool
Seeing Kyla take Johnny around the pool to try to get him used to the water
Hearing my contractor telling a couple that I did a good job designing the kitchen and that I was good at drawing out the plans on graph paper
Seeing my carpenter actually here working, as he has been AWOL for many weeks!
Buying a huge, beautiful terra cotta pot for $14! You've gotta love Mexico!
Buying a plant that John loves to put in the pot
Asking Johnny, "Donde estan tus zapatos" (where are your shoes) and listening to him answer, "No se" (I don't know)
Talking to my dad on the phone
Knowing that kissing Johnny's booboo actually did make it feel better
Seeing the babies smile as I brought the kitchen chair over to their swings, sat down on it, and put on my makeup in front of them
Going to Reid's Court of Honor to see him earn his second class
Having three people offer to hold a baby at the court of honor
Watching Kyla lovingly put Johnny to bed after a long day without being asked.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Jobs I've Had: Hamburger flipper, pizza deliverer, convenience store clerk in Germany, piano teacher, Candle lady and El Paso candle team trainer. Oh, and wife and mom.
Movies I can Watch Over and Over Again: Shadowlands, Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Elf
Guilty Pleasures: The dark chocolate icecream I make from my fresh cow's milk, Doritos, and too much surfing the internet
Places I've Lived: Texas, Louisiana, Germany, Mexico
TV Shows I Enjoy: Seinfeld, Jon and Kate plus eight, Kids by the Dozen, Fox News,
The first things I thought when I saw my significant other the first time: "I'm going to marry that man! Wait....what? He's probably already married and just visiting from the stake."
Places I've Been on Vacation: Hawaii, Guaymas, San Carlos, Puerto Penasco, Paradise Island in The Bahamas (earned a trip there selling a lot of candles), Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Luxenburg, The Netherlands. Belgium.
Favorite Foods: Sushi, peanut butter and honey sandwiches with psyllium husks and, again, the homemade dark chcolate icecream
Websites I Visit Daily: blogspot.com, my bank. com
Magazines I Subscribe To: The Ensign, The Friend, The New Era, Home, Parents
Nicknames I've Had: Nerner (that's the only way I could say my name),
Your Turn. I Tag: Bobbi
1. pick up the nearest book: I'm at my mom's house, there are no books around me, and I'm breastfeeding, so I can't get up!
2. turn to page 123: Same as above
3. find the 5th sentence: Sams as above
4. post the 5th sentence on your blog: Same as above
Okay, BJ, don't ever say I never did anything for you!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Loads of laundry I've washed, dried, folded, and put away - 4
Plants I've potted in containers - 9
Number of times I've nursed the babies - 18
Number of times I've checked my blog for comments - 9
Annoying kid movies I've gone through - 2
Gallons of milk our cow produced - 4
Gallons we sold - 2
Number of times I've tried to distract Johnny from having a meltdown by asking him if we should buy some kitties - 2
Number of times I've looked really closely at Johnny's black eye in amazement at how purple it is - 11
People I've waved to on the road in our tiny Mexican town - 14
Number of times I've pretended like I understood spanish, but really didn't - 6
Number of times I've gone out to see my plants and just stared at them - 2
Number of times I've wandered through our house under construction to see the progress - 3
Number of times I've been disappointed at the progress - 3
Number of times I've loaded, run and unloaded the dishwasher - 3
Eggs we've collected from our chickens - 7
Number of people who attended our scripture study and prayer - 11
Number of times I've nursed the babies from midnight to 6:00 AM - 5
Number of times both twins smiled at me at the same time - 4
Raising a bunch of kids in a rural Mexican town - PRICELESS
Conor, 16, babysat for two hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon without complaining. Later in the evening, he asked me if I needed help with the twins' baths before he went to bed.
Kyla, 13, drew an awesome color pencil sketch of a picturesque place and hung it up on the fridge. She also willingly babysat while I performed at a church function.
Reid, 11, played an awesome piano solo at his band concert. He rocked!
Landon, 8, initiated a tutor session with his friend's mom to be sure to finish his homework.
Claire, 6, carried the twins around all day, even though they weigh about a third of her weight.
Johnny, 2, didn't have any meltdowns today. Progress! He also learned how to say "Nemo, and Devon's stupid". I know, not very nice, but he said it very clearly! (Sorry Devon.)
Joseph, 3 months, slept through a trip to two nurseries, to pick up a friend and a trip to the torta stand, and made about fifty people smile at a ward dinner!
Hyrum, 3 months, did the same as above and also sat through a two hour rehearsal happily listening to the music.
(I know, the pictures don't match up with the comments, but I can't find my camera. :( )
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Today began a little earlier than usual as Johnny woke up crying at 6:00 am. Reid and Landon were trying to console him, but to no avail. I brought him downstairs and we cuddled together on my favorite recliner for about half an hour, then the babies woke up and I started the day.
At 9:30, three sisters from our ward came over to practice for a performance we will be giving on Thursday night for the high priests. It was really fun practicing with them as they all sing like angels. Directly after this rehearsal, I met with another singer to practice his piece. However, to my utmost humiliation, the piece was too difficult for me to sightread, so I had to tell him that we would have to forego his number. Conor helped me immensely during these rehearsals with the twins and Johnny.
The day progressed with me planting some beautiful trailing geraniums in a terra cotta pot and creating a container arrangement for the guest suite. I found that I kept going into the guest room just to look at the new plants. They quite literally bring such life into the room!
Around lunch time, I got a call from Landon as he was feeling sick and dizzy. These seem to be the symptoms of a bug that's going around town. The weirdest bugs show up in this small community and EVERYONE gets a turn getting to know them! Claire was also sick. Her fever got up to 103 degrees, so I finally broke down and gave her Motrin. I recently bought an otoscope, so I will use it tomorrow to see if she has in ear infection. If so, John's dad will pick up some antibiotics in town and hopefully, that will fix the problem. That is one thing I truly love about Mexico. Easy access to prescriptions drugs!
During the afternoon, I made several rounds of the house to see the progress the men have been making. Small decisions had to be made, like ceiling color and which way a bathroom door should open. Hopefully we made the correct choices!
In the evening, I remembered that the kids had their church activities tonight and as I reread the email announcement for it, I was horrified to realize that Kyla was supposed to bring cookies or brownies. And she had to leave in 15 minutes! I cried to her, "hold the baby, whichever one is fussing, and I will find a no-bake recipe!" With help from her and Reid with the babies, and Mary having taken Johnny to talk to her cows, we were able to get a batch of no-bake oatmeal things ready in time for her to take to her activity. Thank goodness for allrecipes.com!
After getting her and Conor off to their activies, Mary returned with Johnny and told me that John's parents hadn't gone to the temple after all. I asked her to go with me to visit them, as I needed help keeping the twins awake until 9:00. She agreed and we had a great visit. However, not only the twins, but Johnny also, fell asleep while we were there, defeating the purpose of the visit, but it made the time with them all the more relaxing.
I arrived home, bathed the twins, put Johnny to bed, fixed Landon and Claire a vitamin C drink, did scripture study, said family prayer, did a double nursing session, put the babies to bed, set the timer for 20 minutes and cleaned stuff, ate a salad and now it's midnight and I'm blogging it. And after this, I am going to eat some ice cream. Okay, boring, but that's all I got!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
One way I do it is by having fun kitchen appliances. Here's what I have and why:
P.S. I'm not getting paid to advertize for these companies, I would just like to show you how you can make your life easier, too!
First we have the automatic icecream maker. You don't have to worry about having rock salt and ice on hand and you don't even have to use a freezer bowl. This baby has a compressor built right in. It only makes a quart and a half, but for me, it is worth it if my eight-year-old can use it.
Next we have our rice maker. This is only a 10-cup model, which is a little small for our family, but it works for now. I like it because it has a timer which will let you decide when you want it to start cooking. Awesome!
We now have our wheat grinder. After careful consideration, I chose the Golden Grain Grinder because it is close to industrial strength, yet very beautiful to have out on the countertop. It also actually grinds with stones instead of metal, which doesn't allow the flour to heat up and lose valuable nutrients. Isn't it gorgeous?
To use the grain I grind, I have this bread machine. I like it because it makes two-pound, upright loaves. Of course, it has a timer so you can add your ingredients into the pan at night and wake up the next morning to the smell of baking bread. It's a GREAT way to start the day!
Next, onto our our crockpot. I love this one because it has a lid with a rubber seal that can be latched down for easy travel. Great for when you sign up on the clipboard for compassionate service!
Last, but not least, we have our double cereal dispenser. It looks so nice that we can leave it out on our counter. The kids don't leave half-opened bags of cereal in the pantry anymore and it is a great conversation piece in the kitchen!
What do you use in your kitchen to make your life easier?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
These are pictures of the guest suite we are putting together. We would love to have you come visit us in Mexico!
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