Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hansel and Gretel Craft Shoppe

I'm so excited about this post!! My good friend, Stephanie, has just opened up the CUTEST Etsy shop! So many fun little paper crafts.

What little girl doesn't love paper dolls?!?! I got these for Payson and for my sisters for Christmas. And I'm not ashamed to admit that I play with them too. They're just so fun and stylish!!!

And they're laminated so they won't rip and tear and ruin. They also come with velcro and make great quiet activities at church, etc.

She has these fun family albums, all ready for you to just add photos. I love that. Super easy!

Jack got this one in his stocking for Christmas. This little dino book is too cute. On each page the little dinosaurs have velcro'd 3D pieces to take on and off. Jack loves his. Again, GREAT quiet activity at church!!

This one I don't have yet, but need to get from Steph!! Little chore charts! I'll bet these would keep my kids excited about getting their chores done!!

Anyway, I was so excited for Stephanie about getting her shop up and running that I had to post about it! AND if you like what you see, she's got a great $25 giveaway going on over at Craftaholics Anonymous right now! Linda, the craftaholic herself is also a friend of mine. Her husband was actually one of Jason's roommates in college. They're just the cutest! And her blog is SO fun! So go check out Linda and Stephanie!!!!

I only put a few pictures on here, but if you head over to Steph's shop you can see more pictures of each product. Like the pages of the books and stuff. So cute!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Guess what time it is!!


I know, January isn't even through yet, but we already have all our forms, so I'm done! I've filed! Yay! Now I don't have to worry about it over the next couple of months.

We tried filing online last year with Taxact. It was a little confusing at first and I was super nervous about screwing it up, but it ended up being pretty easy! Every time I made a mistake it would let me know and I'd correct it and resubmit. AND it was FREE. Federal returns are completely free. And there's no state tax in Wyoming so we didn't have to bother with that. I paid nothing to file and got plenty of money back. :) I like that!

So now I've filed electronically and just get to wait for my e-mail confirming that I didn't make any mistakes and that our return was accepted. And in a few days I'll have plenty of extra cash to play around with!! Yay!!

(And just in case you're wondering, that money will go towards a new leather sectional. I can't wait!!)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Prison time for Murder?

How much time do you think I would serve for murdering my 3 1/2 year old who just broke my very favorite several thousand dollar custom built entertainment center?? Because right now all I can think of is wringing his tiny little neck!!!!!!!

(And just in case anyone is worried, as angry as I am, which is a MILD term for how I'm feeling right now, I would NEVER lay a hand on my children. Just had to vent.)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Baby Girl???

Six years this little girl has been the light of my life. I can't believe it's been a whole SIX years!! She's just growing up faster than I can wrap my brain around! When she was born it seemed like it would be an eternity before she was walking. Now, she's in dance and school and reading and turning into this beautiful young lady right in front of me and there's nothing I can do to stop her! Happy 6th birthday, beautiful Payson! We love you more than you'll ever know!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

13 Weeks

WOW!! We've made it this far! I can hardly believe it!! We have a fun little home doppler to listen to baby's heart (well, mostly to reassure mommy that baby is still in there!!) and we were finally able to find his/her little heart beating away this morning.

I could go on and on and on about how different it is to be pregnant after losing 3 babies. I was so innocent and naive as to what can actually go wrong during pregnancy with Payson and Jack. And I was so blessed to live that way! I was able to just fully embrace every wonderful moment! This pregnancy has been so different! Having made it to 13+ weeks now I sometimes want to say, "Wow! We're actually going to have a baby this time around!" And then reality reminds me that this is not necessarily true. I don't say that to sound like a pessimist. I don't want to be. But it's the truth. My heart has learned that at any moment everything can change. So I try to change my focus and just live grateful for each moment that this little one is with us.

That said, there is so much hope in that number!! 13 whole weeks!! Is this one really coming in just some short months?!

Monday, January 10, 2011

11 Lessons for Those Contemplating Having Children

I just read this online. It cracked me up. It's so true! And hilarious! I think #8 is my favorite. :) P.S. I don't know why when I copied and pasted it all went to one side like this. And I can't seem to fix it. Oh well!

Lesson 1

1. Go to the grocery store.

2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.

3. Go home.

4. Pick up the paper.

5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2

Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...

1. Methods of discipline.

2. Lack of patience.

3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.

4. Allowing their children to run wild.

5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.

Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...

1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)

2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.

3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.

4. Set the alarm for 3AM.

5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.

6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.

7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.

8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.

9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4

Can you stand the mess children make? To find out...

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.

2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.

3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.

4. Then rub them on the clean walls.

5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.

6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5

Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.

1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.

2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this - all morning.

Lesson 6

Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.

1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment.

Leave it there.

2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.

3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.

4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7

Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8

1. Hollow out a melon.

2. Make a small hole in the side.

3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.

4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.

5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.

6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9

Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10

Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11

Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

**This is all very tongue in cheek; anyone who is parent will say 'it's all worth it!' Share it with your friends, both those who do and don't have kids. I guarantee they'll get a chuckle out of it. Remember, a sense of humor is one of the most important things you'll need when you become a parent!**

Thursday, January 6, 2011

This handsome guy turns 30 today!! I'm married to an old man. Happy birthday to the best birthday buddy ever! We love you!