Thursday, May 28, 2009

A little sweetheart

Yesterday my brother Michael's wife Bethany went into labor about six weeks early, and although we were all scared for a while, it seems little Jacob is here to stay!

He is 4 lbs 8 ounces I believe. That's half the size of my babies so I don't know what I would do. But the perspective of this picture doesn't make him seem so tiny, does it? He looks just darling, and a lot like Michael I think. Best of luck you guys!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I shower at night, because who wants to wake up even earlier than 3:30? Anyway sometimes get a kick out of what my hair looks like in the morning. Here are my bangs before I tackled them with my curling iron.

Remind you of anyone?

Friday, May 22, 2009


I'm finally posting these pictures from April, when Lagoon opened. When I told Max we were going that day to Lagoon, he ran around the house yelling, "Yeay, it's spring!" He waited for this all winter.

In the picture below, Nona (JB's mom) took Max on the Puff roller coaster. I love this picture. Uncle Bart and cousin Emily are in front of Max.

The three cousins. I love this look -- "Do you know how to pilot this thing?"

Benny and me waiting for a ride. He looks so much smaller here, and it was only a month and a half ago. Babies grow so fast.

Benny's not sure what to think of this car ride. Max wants it to go faster.

He likes the planes. But his hand is on that toy machine gun. Not sure how I feel about that message!

You know, I can't remember the last ride I rode besides the carousel and train. I spend so much time putting the boys on all the kid rides. Plus I will admit I'm a big huge coward.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


"What else can I use my chain saw on?"

"Take another picture of me!"

Wook at those cute wittle toesies.

This is how you pluck flowers off the snowball bush.

"No, pick that one, Benny."

Here mom!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Another update

I haven't posted in a while, sorry. I've been busy at work. Something about our Governor going to be the next US Ambassador to China. At home we play outside whenever possible. The boys love to dig in the dirt, ride bikes, play ball and try to turn on the hose. It's good to be feeling better in the spring time!

By day I'm busy with reality. At night, reality TV. I'm sad to see Dancing With the Stars and American Idol end for the summer. But really, I feel like I was watching American Idol for MONTHS anyway so it's good to take a break.

Pictures coming soon of random things because it's been a while since I showed off my little smilers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My pants and me

Why is it that my pants I find on sale never seem to look as good on me as my pants I pay full price for?

When I was pregnant with Max, I paid good money for a pair of maternity jeans from Gap. I love them. I felt actually cute in them while pregnant. During my second pregnancy, I found another pair of pregnancy jeans for 10 bucks at an unamed store. I felt great about the price, but never really felt good in them. I think they tapered at the ankles. But when you are that round in the middle, doesn't everything taper at the ankles?

Today I am wearing a pair of slacks I found for 8 dollars. I love a bargain. But whenever I pass a window or mirror I go, "hmmmm." I don't really like how they look on me. However when I wear the dark wash jeans I got a few months ago for full price I see the mirror and say, "Now THAT'S a bum to be proud of!"

What's with you, pants god? Do I look better in more expensive pants because I paid more so I subconsciously think I look good ("I had better look good, I paid good money!!")? Or does more expensive really equal better quality?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bathroom Blues

During our recovery in the coughing cave that is our house, we have a problem that we haven't quite taken care of yet.

Our upstairs bathroom that we always use had a pipe that was leaking into the ceiling and walls of our downstairs bathroom that we rarely use. JB had to break a way in to fix the pipe.

Thankfully we never did anything to the bathroom when we moved in. We painted everywhere else in the house and added new tile to the upstairs bathroom. Now we will redo the downstairs bathroom -- some day. Some day.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

An update

JB went to the InstaCare. He also has a double ear infection, and possibly strep. But the Dr didn't take a strep test. She said the antibiotics for his ears would clear it up anyway. Am I next??? My head is pounding, my pulse is rushing. What is this feeling? Burning like a flame. Does it have a name?Either I'm going to burst into a song from "Wicked" or my meds are making me loopy.

I have found some success so far today with a sticker chart called "Max's Medicine Chart." Everytime he takes his medicine he gets a sticker. When it's full he gets the prize toy on top of the fridge. It helped during the Great Poop Standoff of 2008.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sick, Sick, Sick

A nasty cold virus has knocked our whole family flat. JB is the sickest I have ever seen him. Ben is on the mend. But Max's cough has been so barkingly, uncontrollably bad that I took him to the doctor yesterday. My neighbor said it could be the croup (to which I say, isn't that something Anne Shirley helped cure Minnie May of years ago?). But the doctor said it's just a bad bad bug. Plus she says he has a double ear infection now. The poor poor boy is so miserable.

As I was wheeling him into the store after our doctor visit to get yet more medicine and a humidifier, he started coughing again. Someone near us said "It's the swine flu." I wanted to turn around and yell, "Listen lady, I work for the news. Don't tell ME about swine flu! The doctor says it's a bad virus, and as you can tell he's covering his cough with a tissue, and I have hand sanitizer coming out my ears here as I push this cart."

The humidifier didn't seem to help his cough overnight, unless it could have been worse. And does anyone know how to make a stubborn almost-four-year-old take their medicine? I can understand not wanting to take Children's Tylenol or Benadryl, maybe he thinks they taste bad. But he needs to take the antibiotics for his ears, and he throws a fit.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Funny ha ha

This week I was walking around the neighborhood next to Max while he rode his big boy bike. About a block ahead of us we saw a woman walking two dogs. Max said, "Look momma, she has a big back." Quick to sense a teaching moment I was about to offer wisdom about how we are all different, God loves us all -- but he inturrupted with: "And you have a big chest!"

Thanks Max, thanks. I would also like to thank my genes.

Speaking of, Max keeps asking me when we will have another baby in our house. I sputter and say, "Don't you like our baby?" He looks at me like, "You mean Ben, the tall 17-month-old who takes my toys and grabs fistfuls of my hair when he doesn't get what he wants and squeals like a baby banshee?" He wants a new little baby.

I think Max has been watching Shrek the Third too much.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Park City Possibilities

I was sent to Park City yesterday for a story on swine flu. After filing my stories and washing my hands, I drove by the house where JB's Nana (his mom's mom) lived on Main Street. We always like to drive by and check on it whenever we are there, because it represents all the possibilites that never will be for the family -- she sold it before Park City became THE IT PLACE.

Now it appears someone is turning the house and awesome barn into a distillery and saloon. But wouldn't that barn be a great place for a BBQ joint? All the Sundance stars could saunter in. Sigh.

PS - At least it looks like from the picture on the sign that they will try to keep the structural integrity of the house and barn intact. I hope they keep the W on the front door, too. It was still there yesterday.