Sunday, October 28, 2007

Tinkerbell!



Above are some pictures of our Tinkerbell before the ward Trunk or Treat last night. By the way, for those interested, we've put potty-training on hold. I'm relieved! Sleeping in a "big bed" has been quite the success, though!

Friday, October 26, 2007

HELP!


Maggie has seemed ready for the past month or so to start potty training. I thought. Actually, I thought I was the one holding us up. I just wasn't quite ready for accidents and all that jazz. Well, today I caught her doing the thing she does when she poos (I hope I'm not grossing anyone out), and so we ran to the potty and made it in time for her to finish the job in the toilet. Well, after we cleaned up she refused to put on a new diaper, so for some reason I decided it was time for her to wear the pretty princess panties she's been begging me to let her wear for weeks.

That was around noon. She's had SEVEN accidents since then!! I don't think she's ready after all, but it seems like I heard somewhere that once you start there's no looking back or you're just going to make it worse for yourself. Is that true? I have all these potty training books on hold at the library, but I just jumped the gun for some reason. We're going to the library first thing tomorrow to pick them up. haha

As if that weren't enough of a milestone, I finished the patchwork duvet cover I've been making for Maggie today. The poor little girl has probably been wonderin' if I'd ever finish. I've been a slave to it ever since we moved in. Similar to the cute way she begged me to let her wear her big girl panties, she's been beggin me to let her sleep in her big bed. I've been telling her for the past two weeks that she could sleep in it when I finished her duvet cover. It just so happens that I finished it tonight, and she noticed and wasn't about to let me back out of my promise, soooo as of about a half-hour ago she's been sleeping in her big bed with her duvet cover.
I can't believe I'm jumping into these two big toddler milestones in the same day! Agh!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I've been tagged!



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

Pumpkin Party!




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

More on the Move (All interior-designer people look with merciful eyes!)

(Just a fun picture of Isabella hiding underndeath Will's desk before I start. )


Ah! Moving! It's not all that fun, but living in our own new place has made the minimal chaos and stress well worth it. Of course, it wasn't smooth sailing and there are a lot of things yet to be checked off our to-do lists. For instance, we haven't been able to get the drinking water thingy-majig to work on our craigslist.com-purchased fridge, and after Will and his dad spent a lot of time refinishing our bed, which looks amazing, we slipped the mattress into the frame to find out that our bed isn't a queen like the seller told us, but a king!! So annoying. And so while buying pretty much everything off of craigslist--fridge, sectional couch, mattresses, washer and dryer, tv, etc.--has spotted us some great deals, it came with a few headaches, like the headache I feel coming on when I think about having to go on a king-sized mattress hunt. Oh well. :)

Will went to Tacoma (40 minute drive) to buy the "queen" bed we found on craigslist a few months ago. It's always a little risky driving too long a distance to buy something you've only seen pictures of, even if you've asked the seller every possible question to make sure it's what you want. We once drove all the way to Seattle (1.5 hour drive with a borrowed truck that guzzles gas) to buy some couches that were in "perfect" condition only to arrive to couches that had marker drawings all over them. We obviously didn't purchase them and drove home pretty annoyed. Since then I've been even more cautious and really inquisitive before I decide to buy anything. Unfortunately, when Will got to Tacoma to buy the exotic wooden canopy bed he arrived, yet again, to a bed that was pretty trashed--scratches everywhere, filthy, dinged up-- but because the seller brought down the price and it was really cheap to begin with, he decided to buy it and came home with sand paper so we could sand it down and stain it for many FHEs to come. After four hours of sanding away during FHE refinishing activity #1 (luckily, we had two sanding machines) we were exhausted and quit. Isabella and I dropped out of the fun after the sanding was done and Will and his dad ended up doing the rest. I wish I would have taken some before pictures (picture a really old UGLY bed), but here's an after-pic. (Disregard messy bed.)





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:



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