Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving with Aunt Lulu

I am so thankful that my sister Lauren got to spend Thanksgiving with us this year. It was a blast to have a shopping buddy and someone to watch chic flicks with. We may have done a little too much shopping, however, because the other night when Maggie was trying to think of three things she's thankful for during her bedtime prayers she said, "Thank Thee for Woo Woo (Lauren), Thank Thee for shopping, and Thank Thee for Target!" I was laughing so hard.

Lauren also helped me pick out some fun new glasses, which I don't have a picture of yet. But I do have a picture of the fun "fake" glasses I also got. Who knew my head was miniature? The optomitrist lady insisted I needed glasses from the children's section! I was very reluctant at first, but found some cute ones. Plus the kids' frames were much cheaper.

Lauren also took our family Christmas picture for us. They turned out cute, although Maggiewas acting like a overworked model in most of them, closing her eyes because she was "sleepy" and refusing to look into the camera. That girl!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Book Worm

Here's a list of the books I've read in the last few years. I'll highlight the ones that I thought were especially good reads if you're looking for a new book. (Yes, I'm a sucker for Nicholas Sparks books.) Oh, and I really liked the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith, but I have to say that after the third or fourth one they all kind of read the same to me. Books that I wouldn't recommend on my list are Smashed and The Memory Keepers Daughter.

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
Smashed-Koren Zailkis
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
Twilight-Stephenie Meyer
Little Women-Louisa May Alcott
New Moon-Stephenie Meyer

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

This doesn't happen very often...

If you see a copy of the Nov/Dec issue of LDS Living Magazine check out my article, "Christmas Card Craze! Or click here to read it online! It's about Christmas cards. I get so excited when I get published because, like I said, it doesn't happen very often!

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

It's a BOY!!

Sooo, now that I've publicized to the world that I would love to have all girls, I get to announce how wrong I was about that. After seeing little Magson during our 45-minute ultrasound today, I'm in love and HE'S so what I want. I can't wait for him to get here!

I couldn't believe how well we got to see his cute little face, and Maggie couldn't stop saying "baby brother!" through the entire thing. I wish I had a scanner so I could post an ultrasound pic, but oh well.

I've also been wanting to "tag" Maggie and write six random things about her since she's got such a budding personality and I've been slacking with her baby book and journaling lately.

1. This girl wakes up every morning and asks me if we're going shopping. She loves to shop! I don't have any problem taking her shopping with me; in fact, it's usually more fun when she's around because she likes to give me her opinion, and she truly has an opinion about the things I buy. Today we were in TJ Maxx on the hunt for maternity clothes and she wasn't in a cart. (Bad idea, but she was loving every second.) Anyway, she ran up to me with the cutest shirt and said, "Mommy, I like this one." I said, "Me too!" And we bought it. She also likes to point out random things in the house and ask me where I got them. She usually says something like, "Did you get that at Wal-mart?" or "Did you get that at Target?" It's funny.

2. Maggie is the best sleeper! I can count on one hand the times she has fussed about going to bed. I love it. We do our thing--jammies, brush, stories, prayer and a few lullabies--and it's goodnight! Usually she entertains herself for ten minutes or so after I'm gone by singing and reading to herself.

3. Maggie has a quiet confidence about her. Will and I love to observe how when she gets around other kids who aren't into sharing (a phase she's fast-approaching, I'm sure) she just shrugs it off and goes and finds something else to play with. It's kind of hard to explain, but even her nursery leader from our Poulsbo ward told me how Isabella just has this natural confidence about her and really doesn't let others get to her.

4. My favorite physical feature about my girl is her smile. She has a killer smile and beautiful lips.

5. She loves jumping on our little mini-tramp. I've taught her how to do tuck jumps, straddle jumps and jump full turns. She likes to get on it and have me dictate which jumps to do and then we switch and she tells me which jumps to do. It's pretty fun, but it's getting harder to jump like that while pregnant.

6. Finally, Maggie is very polite! But she doesn't completely grasp when to say what, either that or she's prompting me to say thank you all the time. For example, she does something nice or hands me something while saying, "Thank you, mommy!" She also says, "I wanna hold you, Mommy" when she wants me to hold her. It makes me laugh. :)



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