Saturday, December 29, 2007
But on to my great day. We went shopping and miraculously flew through the return lines. Five or six stores later Magnet took Maggie to his parent's house and put her down for a nap while I proceeded to spend about three hours in the mall. I spent the first two leisurly hitting all the shops and some great sales without feeling rushed. It was SO nice! I can't remember the last time I went shopping alone at so much leisure. Then for the last hour I sat in a really comfy chair at Barnes and Noble and inhaled the beginnings of a few books. The first one left me exhaling in disappointment (too much swearing for my taste), but the second has me holding my breath; I'm headed to the library ASAP to check it out. At 6pm Magnet and Maggie picked me up from Barnes and Noble and we went to Olive Garden for dinner to celebrate his aunt's wedding. (Congratulations Aunt Julie and Uncle Ray!!!)
Oh, and I also got my haircut today, so I just feel totally spoiled! And one more thing...at Olive Garden we had their raspberry cheesecake. Yummmmmm.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Twice in the last few days Maggie has gotten out of bed, planted herself on the stairs and conked out. Last time Magnet found her and put her in bed (she was going down for the night). Today it happened during her nap time so I took some pictures and let her finish out her nap on the stairs. Crazy girl! I think she had a hard time going down for her nap today because I told her she couldn't watch a Dora movie we checked out from the library until after she woke up.
Also, notice that she is now dressing herself and doing her own hair--mix-matched socks, Rambo hair-do, and her Tinkerbell t-shirt that she refuses to let me wash because she wants to wear it every day and night. It's become a real battle and I have to sneak it into the washing machine after distracting her.
Also, I found it amusing that Magnet got her to do several things she didn't want to do this evening (like clean up the sea of books on her bedroom floor) by challenging her to do it as fast as Tinkerbell, and saying things like, "Tinkerbell loves helping Peter Pan; can you help me clean up these books?" It totally worked. Aw, my little Tink.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
One of the Christmas tree farms up here sets up shop on a piece of Flowers to Go property every year, so every year Magnet's parent's get two free fresh-cut Christmas trees. Both last year and this year we've been the lucky recipients of a free tree, but we lost our coupon this year!
I've been so distraught over losing it, even though I'm not sure it was my fault. I've searched the house high and low and have no idea where it disappeared to. Maggie has probably found a great hiding place for it. Who knows, but Magnet surprised us and brought home a Christmas tree last night! I guess the tree people believed his story about his upset wife and they gave him a tree for free. We had so much fun decorating it last night! I need to crochet quite a few more snowflakes, though. Will's grandma made all the ones on there right now. Aren't they beautiful??
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Watching the giant snowflakes float against our kitchen window has helped me soak up the season this past weekend. Between jammin' to Raffi's Christmas album with Maggie to decorating the house, it's really beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! It's so fun to hear Maggie run back and forth between our two nativities shouting "Merry Christmas!" She likes to hide baby Jesus in all sorts of random places (like buckled into her carseat!). It makes me nervous, but she always seems to remember where she last put him. Anyway, our house really feels like home and so magical at this time of year. When we came in the house after being out and about in the snow storm yesterday it felt so good to step inside our cozy home. I just love it!
Well, we're headed into a party-packed week with three Christmas parties to go to! It's insane how dead last week was compared to how busy this week will be, that is, if it doesn't snow!
Below is a picture of Maggie helping me make Christmas cookies this afternoon. They taste a lot better than they look! It was a spontaneous endeavor and we were lacking some necessary supplies like a rolling pin, cutesy decorations and my mom's to-die-for recipe. Next time. Don't worry, we didn't gift a plate of these Smurf-looking things to our new neighbors. :)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Life of Pi-Yann Martel
Grapes of Wrath-John Steinbeck
East of Eden-John Steinbeck
Eats, Shoots and Leaves-Lynn Truss
The Wedding-Nicholas Sparks
The Rescue-Nicholas Sparks
Nights in Rodanthe-Nicholas Sparks
True Believer-Nicholas Sparks
Uncle Tom’s Cabin-Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Firm-John Grisham
The Gaurdian-Nicholas Sparks
At First Sight-Nicholas Sparks
Angels and Demons-Dan Brown
Night Time is My Time-Mary Higgins Clark
Message in a Bottle-Nicholas Sparks
A Bend in the Road-Nicholas Sparks
Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen
The Five People You Meet in Heaven-Mitch Albom
The Read Aloud Handbook-Jim Trelease
Sarah Bishop-Scott O Dell
The Day No Pigs Would Die-Robert Newton Peck
Playful Parenting-Lawrence J. Cohen
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-Ann Brashares
The Glass Castle-Jeannette Walls
Memoirs of a Geisha-Arthur Golden
The Catcher in the Rye-J.D. Salinger
The House On Mango Street-Sandra Cisneros
The Five Love Languages-Gary Chapman
The Secret Life of Bees-Sue Monk Kidd
For One More Day-Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie-Mitch Albom
The Giver-Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue-Lois Lowry
Skipping Christmas-John Grisham
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter-Kim Edwards
The #1 Ladies Detective Agency-Alexander McCall Smith
Dear John-Nicholas Sparks
Tears of the Giraffe-Alexander McCall Smith
Morality for Girls-Alexander McCall Smith
The Kalahari Typing School For Men-Alexander McCall Smith
The Full Cupboard of Life-Alexander McCall Smith
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies-Alexander McCall Smith
No Plot, No Problem-Chris Baty
Blue Shoes and Happiness-Alexander McCall Smith
Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
Darcy’s Story-Janet Aylmer
Fishers of Men; The Kingdom and the Crown-Gerald Lund
Come Unto Me; The Kingdom and the Crown-Gerald Lund
He is Risen; The Kingdom and the Crown-Gerald Lund
Number the Stars-Lois Lowry
Little Women-Louisa May Alcott
New Moon-Stephenie Meyer
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
PS. I've had one other article published in this magazine if you're interested in more: "What I Wish I Would Have Known For My First Pregnancy."
Also, we took Maggie to the Seattle Temple for the first time on Saturday and she loved it. She kept calling the Angel Moroni a little baby. It was funny and just fun to be there with her.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Nicki tagged me, so I have to think of six random tid-bits about myself and then tag six more people. Here's what I've come up with:
1. I hate calling people. I love being called, and I like to talk on the phone, but I hate dialing the digits. It's weird. There are a few exceptions to that. I do like to call my family, my husband and a few friends, but mostly I hate it. It's ironic that I was a print journalism major since I had to call all kinds of people for interviews. It stretched me and made me get better at calling people, but I still don't like it.
2. I think families with children that are all one gender are adorable. I would love to have all girls. I hate to say that because I could very well have a little boy on the way, which would be totally wonderful, too, but I really like the idea of having all girls. If I had had a boy first, I'm sure I would have loved all boys...well, I don't know about that. I am kind of a girlie-girl. We'll just see what happens; we find out the gender next Friday!!
3. I love cold cereal. I eat a bowl every morning and every night. My theory for why I like cereal so much is because it's the easiest thing on the planet to fix, it's not terribly unhealthy, and if it weren't for cereal, I wouldn't drink milk, and I need my calcium.
4. I really love to write, although I'm very chicken about it. I always hesitate to publicize this hobby of mine because then I feel like if I ever write something, like now for instance, people will analyze how well-written or not it is. I rarely-rarely-rarely let people read what I've written unless I think it's absolutely perfect first, which it never is. But I make myself tell people what I'm working on so they'll follow up on my progress. Right now I have 80 pages of a novel under my wing and it's been at 80 pages for several months now. It was my new year's resolution to finish a rough draft of a novel by the year's end. Maybe this will get me plugging along again because it's almost the end of the year!
5. If I could change one physical feature about myself it would be my hair. I have never liked my hair and I despise it now more than ever because ever since I had Isabella it's gone even more psycho on me. It's been a life-long bugger. I didn't even start growing hair until I was two. (Imagine Isabella without hair right now. Yikes!) Then I hit puberty and an ugly perm never grew out. I don't mean to complain. Luckily my hair is fixable. It just takes a lot of time to get it to look normal. That's why it's always up! Something I wouldn't change about myself is my profile. I like it.
6. Ah, number six. Not to sound regretful, but one of the things I'd go back and do again if I could is I would go to German school like the rest of my genius trilingual siblings instead of the American military high school. I hate explaining to everyone I meet that I'm from Germany but I'm not fluent in German. All I can say for myself is that I can get around. Whatever that means. It's made me dread the "where are you from" question when I should enjoy it because it's pretty cool to say that Heidelberg is home. Instead it just ends up being embarrassing. That's it!
(Thanks, Nicki. That was fun!)
Now I tag Melissa, Amy, Kandis, Wendy, Amanda and Heather!
Monday, October 22, 2007
For FHE tonight we carved a pumpkin with Bella. It was funny how opinionated she was about how we carved the nose, eyes and mouth. I gave her a lot of options and she was very insistent on diamond eyes, a square nose and a heart-shaped mouth. She also insisted that the pumpkin's name be Isabella, and when I told her we were having a pumpkin party she was convinced that it was the pumpkin's bday, and that it was turning two. I've never been big into Halloween, but having her around makes it so much fun. I can't wait to dress her up as Tinkerbell.
Isabella's also been saying the greatest things lately. Today on the way home from a RS brunch she begged me to let her hold the pan of muffins I had, some laden with frosting. I told her she could hold them but couldn't eat them 'til we got home and could share them with Dadddy. I really thought the seran wrap would keep her from eating them, plus she had just eaten a bunch of muffins at the brunch. Anyway, the whole way home she kept saying, "Daddy's gonna like these!" She probably said it twenty times, but I didn't think much of it until I unbuckled her to find crumbs and frosting everywhere.
On a sweeter note, she said "I love you, Mommy" clear out of the blue yesterday. She tells me she loves me all the time, but it's usually prompted by me saying it first. It was soooo sweet to hear her say it randomly like that. I'm loving the twos.
By the way, I cut Will's hair for the first time in a long time on Saturday. It was a success! The last time I cut his hair was at BYU when we were engaged and it was disaster. I also trimmed Bella's hair. I'm feeling quite accomplished. :)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Didn't they do a great job?? I'm still on the hunt for the perfect duvet cover (not off of craigslist), but I'm having little luck finding the perfect thing. I'm way too picky about it, I know.
Will's parents, the flower gurus, helped me put flowers in our flower boxes, which I'm loving. It's really brought some color and personality to our house.
I'll throw in a few more pictures of our living room and dining room, just for fun. It all looks much better in life, but these will do:
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Ever since the wedding I can't get a special song out of my head. It's called "BabyLove." Scarlet wrote the song for her new husband and sang it at the wedding. There was harldy a dry eye, and I seriously can't get it out of my system. It's so good. Here's a link to some of her other music: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=218829399&MyToken=44df2c5d-9476-4036-afdf-3c2983421504 (BabyLove isn't on there yet, unfortunately, but check out her other songs!) Here's a few more pics:
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