Monday, May 30, 2011

Crusty Monday

disclaimer: i love memorial day, this post is completely irregardless of the fact that it's a great holiday!

a few things to be crusty about today.

Crusty #1

the boys and i took a hike over the hill from the school they're going to attend this fall. i thought that the boys could walk over the hill after school. well, after today, here is the conclusion.....

can you see our house?
the walk itself wasn't bad. the views, spectacular. on the school-side of the hill, there's a nice trail. on our side however, we had to do a little trail-blazing. which was kinda fun except for ONE thing.

eight-legged freaks, otherwise known as ticks. i hate them, loathe them and we were stopping every 10 feet to pick them off of ourselves. and if you want nightmares tonight, go to google images and search for ticks. this was the least scariest photo i could find.

we arrived home and de-ticked ourselves. luckily no one got bit. but we wont be trail-blazing in the foothills anytime soon.

Crusty #2

my photo blog is already full. to my demise, i happen to love full resolution, high quality photos. they're so crisp and clean. so i broke down and moved all my photos to smugmug. for future use, there is a link on the side of this page to link you to my photos, if you're interested in that stuff.  it definitely helps me to get more traffic if you "like" some of the photos ;)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

In Memory....

the boys and i went to the Golden Gate cemetery to place flags on all the graves.

it hits me when i hear the patriotic music of the bagpipes coming down from the hill.

and for the next 30 minutes or so, my eyes are wet with tears, the lump in my throat makes my voice crack and i'm overwhelmed by the sacrifice so many have made for our country and the everyday freedoms we take for granted. i'm overwhelmed by the people who show up to pay their respects. it's just awesome.

okay so i'm a sap. i still cant say the pledge of allegiance or sing the national anthem without that lump pushing against my throat.

and it just breaks my heart to see people have disrespect for our heroes. the same people who are exercising the same freedoms these people died for.

<----- click on mace for more photos

for your memorial day weekend down time, i highly recommend this movie. if you're a sap like me, you'll cry through the whole thing, but it's worth it!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

it's the little things that make us smile

what is she doing now?

you may find her with her nose in this book...


just follow the drips of Hershey's syrup.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

evolution of a fish

remember this baby?

and remember this kid? (<----- click here, seriously for some good laughs, watch the videos on that old post, that kid was so funny!)

well he's evolving.

 learning to tread water
 hanging out on the edge of the pool because i'm bored, and that's how i roll
 diving for the ring
 jumping in the pool, trying to make the biggest splash possible

he's been in swim lessons for about 4 months and he loves it!

his teacher recommended that he skip a level because he's just too advanced (and fearless) for their age group.

way to go Mason!

watch out Michael Phelps, you have some competition coming!

Friday, May 20, 2011

because i can....

this is what mace and i had for lunch....

because it's that kind of day.

and instead of favorites friday, it's sicky friday (doesn't quite roll off the tongue),

and because i can.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

a post that actually fits the title of my blog

 today was a typical day, to give you a glimpse, it consisted of the following:

  • removing 5 splinters
  • getting yelled at by the neighbor for basketballs going into his yard
  • friends coming over to play Mario Cart and Halo
  • mud on my carpet
  • searching for something that was, and still is, lost
  • saving the cat from a moment of torment
  • falling asleep on the couch with mason while watching "Curious George 2"
  • sneaking some chocolate dipped s'mores from Trader Joe's so they wouldn't catch me
  • picking up used snotty tissues from behind beds
  • being asked if they could keep slugs as pets

Monday, May 16, 2011

Crusty Monday Injury Complaints

i am feeling crusty about blogger's "read-only day" and am i the only one that lost something? but now to the good stuff....

notice i didn't blog on friday? didn't think so, but this leads to my crusties today. i hate getting injured, no matter how minor. it sucks. it seems to come in waves. it never fails to humble me.

last wednesday, i was putting dishes away. as i was shoving utensils in the drawer, my thumbnail nicked the side of the drawer giving me a beautifully placed splinter under my nail. i could see that it went pretty far down.... but i didn't really want to deal with it so i calmly dealt with the pain all day. later that night, i let the hubby dig in there with some tweezers, but all we got were a few chunks of wood.... after a restless night of trying to sleep with a hot throbbing thumb, i thought maybe i should go to the doc and get it out. so i called around, only to find that no one could squeeze me in and was told to "just go to the ER" several times. i just couldn't do it. the ER? really? for a stupid splinter?

so friday, i wake up and the thing is oozing yellow puss. i squeeze out as much as my stomach will handle and decide to go in... only after i get the house clean of course. around 11am, after hair and make-up (to lessen the embarrassment of going in for such a lame reason) i headed to the ER with mace in-tow.

so, i'll spare you all gory and boring details like:
  • sitting in the waiting room for hours
  • the old people comparing fall injuries
  • the 3 patients that coded
  • the crack whore trying to get free prescriptions
  • the drunk homeless dude, who made many appearances throughout the day
  • the fact that they couldn't get my finger numb meaning lots of shots
  • i picked like the busiest day ever in that particular ER
but i survived! the doc (who was super cool) cut a portion of my nail off and got the little sucker out. and i guess it had gotten pretty infected. he said that it was a good thing i'd come in (made me feel a little less like a dork).

moral of the story:

opposable thumbs, may be slightly overrated, however, the things that i noticed are hard to do without a working thumb
  • curling my eyelashes
  • hitting the lock/unlock button on the car remote
  • fastening my bra in the back
  • and a few more....
if you've made it this far through this most-boring post ever, you deserve a treat! your treat is .... a photo of mason and what he is up to right now.....

will he ever tire of Indiana Jones? he's having a marathon day....

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Sunday's Cupcake Concoctions

    what is it about Sundays that brings on a hungry sweet tooth? i seriously sit in church with motivation veering in the wrong direction... i find myself thinking about what i'm going to make for lunch when i get home. complete with side dish, drink and dessert. fast Sundays are the worst. by the time i hit relief society, i'm lost in a world of foody thoughts.

    my hubby has been missing Crown Burgers (a Utah hotspot). so today i concocted a pastrami burger, fresh with homemade onion rings, fry sauce and potatoes. then for dessert i made peanut butter cookie dough cupcakes. oh, so sinful! i think i've concocted a little piece of heaven. yes i just used sin and heaven in the same analogy. and yes, you just may find me on the kitchen floor licking the beaters caked with peanut butter frosting. it is that good.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    just a month left with him

    the car door slammed shut and i looked back at mason, all alone in the very back seat. "well it's just you and me again today buddy, what should we do?"


    "should we have a party? just the two of us?"


    "okay, i'll make eggs with peppers and mushrooms!"

    mason scowls and curls his upper lip "no! ew!"

    after a few minutes....

    mason says, "mom, remember those days when you would let me play video games without practicing my letters? i want one of those days."

    i guess this mom just cant win. after bringing in the garbage cans he heads straight for his room to outfit himself for a morning of "scaring the cat."

    so far she doesn't look too bothered.

    once again i'm reminded of how short my time is with having him to myself during the day.

    i think i just may miss it.

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    Crusty Monday Morning Musings

    in talking with Mr. My Three Sons last night, i realized most poignantly that i despise waking up.

    i envy "morning people." and it's to you i make my plea. how DO you enjoy it? i tried the "do it for long enough and it'll become habit" thing. yeah 5 months of waking up at 5 am, and mr. habit never showed so i gave up.

    i love my bed. i love to sleep. at night when i fall into my bed, a big smile spreads across my face and it's like falling in love all over again, everyday.

    then the morning bells ring and it doesn't matter if i slept 12 or 2 hours, i never want to get up. i just want to stay there and go back to sleep. and it's soooo much harder when it's dark. and cold.

    on the days i do get up early for no reason (it happens, like once a year, but it happens!) i do love it, i get so much accomplished and i feel great. but how, pray-tell, do you get over the HUMP of waking up?

    because i don't like it.

    DISCLAIMER: i'm a happy person. i'm rarely sad or depressed. my kids haven't been late to school once, i get up in plenty of time to get them fed, clothed and out the door without rushing. i'm just sayin...

    Sunday, May 8, 2011

    Kitchen Koncoctions

    I just caught myself in the kitchen making these.... Sometimes I wonder what possesses these onsets. I'll be happily doing something and then BAM all of the sudden I'll find myself making something I shouldn't. Today, is Mother's Day, however. I deserve it, right?
    Yesterday, I made these... They're just your basic everyday rolls. But they were so pretty and my camera is so fun, I just had to snap a shot. Made them for a Memorial service in which I'm sure they weren't appreciated because they were broken apart and tossed in with the Costco rolls. Looks-wise you almost couldn't tell the difference. But you sure could taste it! YUM!! But so NOT a healthy roll. Full-on white bleached flour, with lots of butter and a dash of sugar. Don't drool on your keyboard!
    On a more healthy note, I'm trying really hard to cook healthier. About a week ago, I attempted a meatloaf recipe with flaxseed. Talk about an EPIC failure. While eating it, I kept trying to push away the thoughts of "this must be what dog food tastes and feels like going down." So the next day I attempted a save by sauteeing the meat in a pan, stirring in pasta sauce and serving over spaghetti noodles. The kids ate the noodles and sauce but wouldn't touch the meat. I couldn't blame them. I didn't eat it myself.
    ::tossing THAT recipe in the trash::
     Anyone has any good recipes with flaxseed that actually are palatable, I would LOVE them!

    This was surprisingly a bigger hit than I expected. (Tofu and Veggie stir fry with pork over somen noodles with homemade stir fry sauce)

    Oh man, I need all the help I can get. I have no problem cooking with butter, sugar, fat, starches, etc etc.... But I have very few recipes that are genuinely healthy all around that the family will LOVE. I do have a few, in fact I'll post them on my recipe blog ;)

    This is a cry for help.

    and healthy family friendly recipes/ideas.....

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    Friday Favorites and Foreverness

    a few years ago, nick and i went up to boise, idaho for one of nick's cousin's missionary send-off. this particular young man is well-liked by all that know him and the service was packed and overflowing into the gym behind the chapel.... anyway, the bishop asked all of the men and young men in the room to stand and sing, "Army of Helaman."

    i was surrounded by men singing this song with fervor and faithfulness. it was amazing, my heart was so full that my eyes spilled over with love for the men in my life. especially the three that i'm raising, i looked at them and knew my responsibility as a mother was great. i saw them grown into men of strong character, men that love their God and Savior. it was then that i realized the importance of my calling as their mom.

    it used to be a cute primary song and now it means so much more to me.

    The story of the 2000 stripling warriors or the "Army of Helaman."
    Alma 53:1021; Alma 56:4456; Alma 58:39
    And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all—they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted. Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.
    Alma 53:2021
    The people of Ammon, who were called the Anti-Nephi-Lehies, had covenanted with God never to kill, even in war. They lived in the land of Zarahemla, where Nephite armies protected them from the Lamanites. (See Alma 53:1012.)
    However, as the Anti-Nephi-Lehies saw the danger and everything the Nephites suffered for them, they wanted to break their covenant and fight to defend themselves. But Helaman, the leader of the Church, persuaded them not to fight. He worried that they might lose their souls if they broke their covenants. (See Alma 53:1315.)
    The Anti-Nephi-Lehies had many sons who had not made the covenant not to go to war. Two thousand of these young men gathered together and promised to defend the liberty of their people and the Nephites. They asked Helaman to be their leader. (See Alma 53:1619.)
    Although they were young, these men were strong and brave. Most important, they were trustworthy and obeyed God's commandments; "they were men of truth" (Alma 53:21; see also Alma 53:20). Helaman called them his sons, and they called him father. When Helaman asked them if they were willing to go to battle, they answered, "Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth" (Alma 56:46; see also Alma 56:4445).
    These brave young men did not fear death. They valued the freedom of their people more than their own lives. Their mothers had taught them that if they trusted in God, He would protect them. (See Alma 56:4748.)
    Helaman led his young warriors in a terrible battle against the Lamanites. With the help of Helaman's army, the Nephites won the battle. Helaman feared that many of his sons had been killed, but to his great joy, he found that not one had been killed. The young men had fought with the strength of God, and He had protected them. (See Alma 56:49, Alma 56:5456; Alma 58:39.)

    it's always interesting to me how tragedy can change you, change your outlook on life, change your feelings about death. my heart is full today, perhaps on a day that it shouldn't be. we lost a family member this week and his funeral is tomorrow. my heart is full because i have the peace of knowing truth in my life. i know where i came from, i know where i am and what i need to do, and i know where i'm going and how to get there. and even though kate looked beautiful in her "fairy tale" wedding this last week, i have no desire for her life, because i have exactly what i want, an eternal marriage that extends beyond the grave (to a very handsome and faithful prince, i might add). and i have 3 young men that are amazing and full of love for their Savior. seriously, what more could i want? i know it's not mormon culture to stand up and shout "AMEN!" or "Hallelujah!" but sometimes i wish it were.... because sometimes i want to.