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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Snow?!

So, as you may have guessed, we had snow. Nothing major that stuck to the ground, but we had very large snowflakes falling at our house for over an hour on Saturday. Friday had been a lovely day. In the 80's, we went to the park etc. Then Saturday comes and WHAM! It's a huge drop in temp - over 20 degrees for the high- and it is snowing. There is lasting snow up on the mountains...

The funny thing was Violet sitting by the sliding glass door, staring out the window. She was waiting until there was enough for her to go and play in. She was disappointed when I told her she would have to wait, and that it wasn't Christmas Eve. She decided since there was snow, that once she woke up in the morning Santa would have been by.

I wonder sometimes what it would be like to look at the world through a child's eyes again. Violet was sitting on my lap the other day and decided to look at my hair. Then she started telling me about how Heavenly Father made us, and how it didn't look like he glued our hair on. It looked like he poked small holes in our heads and stuck the hair in. I laughed and told her she must be right!

We went to another performance at the Desert Star with our friends. First we went to eat at the Olive Garden, which tasted sooooooo good! Then we saw Spamlet - which was hilarious! I'm pretty sure that is one of my favorites. I am excited for the next time we go, and for next season! The lineup looks fabulous. Other than that I will be continuing to "get ready" aka- keep up on the everyday tasks- for the baby. Only a few more days. :)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Less than a week!

I had my last Dr. Appointment yesterday! Hurray! Next time I see him will be at the hospital! My parents will be here soon. It will be nice to have help during the day with the other two. I've been saving a couple of errands for when they arrive, so I can avoid taking kids.
Ashton's room has a funky smell. I think it is like something burning/burnt but Darin doesn't agree with me. Hopefully we can figure out what is going on so I can sleep better at night. Any suggestions?
We have some fun things planned for this weekend. It's Desert Star time again! We are seeing Spamlet. Should be great. Plus it's the only time Darin takes me for a date! ;) Plus on Saturday afternoon I am going to lunch with a friend and to get pedicures. I will have cute feet if nothing else, during my c-section. There is a new beauty college here in town, so that is where we are going. They are cheap, but hopefully high quality. We shall see.....
Plus, it is our last weekend to try and get things done before Myra and my parents are here. You should see the lists! I can't get any extra stuff done. I have a hard enough time keeping up on dishes, laundry and the everyday cleaning. UGH! I think my parent's will just have to overlook a messy house.
So, there are only 6 DAYS LEFT TO PLAY THE EXPECT NET BABY GAME! If anyone wants to change their guess, I think you can. Just click on the icon to the left. And for those of you who voted on the survey, one other person (besides me) got it right. Ashton is going to be Sully for Halloween. Yay for cute costumes from fabulous Aunts! Well, I'm off to do dishes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The smell of fresh paint....

That is pretty much what the upstairs portion of my house smells like. Mainly just the east side. Since we had so many problems with Ashton and the dresser & changing table, we had to do a little revamping. Ashton was moved into Vi's room and Vi into Ashton's, so she can share with Myra. We decided to paint the room. Violet wanted pink and yellow stripes at first, then half pink half yellow. We compromised and this is what she got.


Sorry the quality isn't that great, but you know how it goes. The lump in the bed is Vi. She was asleep when we took the pictures.





We will eventually put up a border between the Stripes and the pink. Probably princesses or something. The room is a little crowded, but I think this will work out much better! It was a lot of work! Darin did an amazing job. He got all of the painting finished in only 3 days! We moved furniture on the 4th. For the few nights he was painting, Vi & Ashton bunked together. That was interesting to say the least. Now Ashton's room is pretty bare, but the just means he can't tear it apart.
It's a good thing the walls are a neutral color. A boy can have a yellow room. We need to get him some boyish wall hangings and such. It took a few days to get everything reorganized, hung and in place. There are still a couple minor things to do, but the hard past is over!!! I'm thankful Darin got this project done quickly, since time was running out! We now have the changing table in our room, along with the cradle. We will also have the recliner up there for me to sleep in for the first few days home from the hospital. Getting in and out of bed is a big pain (literally) after a c-section. I found the base to the car seat! Now I just need to clean it and get it installed int he van. I think I'll save that task for when my parents are here.
Today it has warmed up a little, which is nice. the kids were playing in the back yard and I was trying to read a book. Well, enjoy the pictures of Violet and Myra's room.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GRANDPA ANDREW!!!! AND TO ANDREW BRADY TOMORROW, AND UNCLE DAVID TOMORROW!!!!
I had to come back and add the best part of the whole deal. So there were large door stops on the wall. We took it off to paint, and as expected a huge hole in the wall. Darin patched it up and painted. When we were taking the tape off, I said that he needed to put the door stop back on. He picks it up to remount it, and WHAM! Ashton came running into the room, slamming open the door, and yes, creating a brand new hole. So much for that repair!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Getting Mail

It is so cute how little kids (ok I admit, I'm guilty of this too!) get so excited about getting mail or packages! Violet recently got a box in the mail from her Grandma Andrew. She had been waiting for days and it finally came! She got a beautiful new Sunday dress. Here is a picture of her in it.


She loved that it had a little jacket and sparkles. You could definitely tell where we sat during church! Ashton also got a new shirt, and we got some new born diapers for Myra. Yay diapers! Thank you so much Grandma! We love everything!

I am officially down to single digits. Only 9 days to go! Only one more Dr.'s appointment! My parents will be here in about a week. We have had a couple of big projects at the house lately. Hopefully I can get some pictures and tell you all about them soon.

We have a couple "heart friends" whoa re in need of prayers right now. They have either recently had surgery (Ian), or are having it soon (Alex). You can check out their stories on their respective blogs. They are on my friend list.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Holy Hail!

When I woke up this morning it was nice and grey outside. It was nice for a change of pace. The mountains look like someone took a large sifter and dusted the tops with powdered sugar. Only I know what looks like sugar is actually snow! It is barely fall, and there is already snow. Leave it to Utah to jump from summer to Winter in one week! I was out running errands and as of noon it was only 49 degrees. Weird!

While I was out and about there was the typical rain. Super dark clouds! The rain slowly turned to slush, and then huge balls of hail! The kids liked it for about two seconds and then wanted to be brought in ASAP. I guess we wont be needing to water the lawn any longer!

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I also wanted to post this poem that my cousin wrote about our great grandparents. It sure brings back a lot of memories! There are a coupl of pics, but I can't get them to work....


BOUNTIFUL

Conglomerate rock house upon the hill
Humble hut that is built by his hand
Unpretentious orchard supplies the meal
Panoramic scene of a cultivated land

Fat, short, and bald he waits within abode
Promenading to Rocket Park we go
Taught us ironic poetry as we strode.
Mode of rotating work and play he’d show.

Soft, calm and wise his companion is she
Gathering acorns down a creek bed trail
Her hands stitch a quilt out under tall tree.
Keeps and arranges in books all her mail.

Modest home becomes lonely for Grandma
Visits with flowers to grave of Grandpa.

Jennie Smith

Saturday, September 22, 2007

My Celebrity look - alikes.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Only Two Weeks Left!

Not that I am anxious or anything, but I only have 2 weeks until my scheduled C-section. Now I just need to have the energy to get the things done that I want to.... ::sigh:: Just as a reminder to anyone who hasn't played yet and wants too, we have our online game at Expectnet.com. Just click on the link to the left and the game name is number4. this game will be closed once the baby is born, so only 2 weeks to play!!

We are in the midst of painting and rearranging rooms. Ashton did not work out having a dresser and changing table in his room. He created huge messes, so we are having a girls room and a boys room. I'll post pictures once we finish painting the girls' room. I've got clothes and blankets all unpacked. Now I just really need to stock up on diapers, wipes and lotion. And I need to locate the base to my car seat. Hmmm, where is that? I think that I might put up fall decorations this weekend. It's not too early is it? I think I'll enjoy it more if I do it now, rather than wait until I have a newborn.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

High School

Thanks Jenny. I stole your posting idea!
Senior year.....

1. Who were your best friends?
I didn't have one in particular......mainly the Humanities Tree Hugging Group (you know who you are!)

2. What sports did you play?
I played softball my sophomore (JV) and Junior (Varsity) year. Not well, but I played.

3. What kind of car did you drive?
Ok let's see if I can remember this all correctly. First I had a Buick Skylark. The color of which was lovingly referred to as a "crusty pee color." Then I had a Tan Ford Tempo. This was hit by a not so intelligent class mate my junior year. It was replaced by a white Ford Tempo. Two days before my senior prom an elderly man resembling Santa Clause decided to try and turn left, but hit me instead.....Then I had my Blue Ford Taurus, which thankfully survived until college. **Important note***None, I repeat NONE of the tempo incidents were my fault. People just liked to hit me!

4. On Friday nights what were you doing?
After work, usually hanging out with friends. This meant either bowling, or a movie, playing games at someones house....

5.Were you a party animal?
Isn't a Party Animal usually drunk and out of their head?! So, definitely NOT!

6. Were you considered a flirt?
I didn't consider my self so. A lot of my friends were guys, but other people thought I was...So, maybe unintentionally?

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
I was in Concert Choir and Show Choir

8. Were you a nerd?
Because I got good grades, yes I suppose.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled?
Uh, NO!

10. Can you still sing the fight song?
Did we even have a fight song? If we did, I still have never heard it.

"11. Who was your favorite teacher?
Let's see, pretty much all of the Humanities teachers (except a certain core (English/History)teacher, who shall remain nameless...) Mrs. Canfield was more of a friend than a teacher. I still exchange b-day and Christmas cards with her. Mrs. Hanel will always stick out in my mind. She was so loving and had such strength. She died from Breast Cancer my Junior Year. I remember visiting her at her home and helping her pick out new carpet...

12. Where did you sit during lunch?
We usually ate in the G- wing commonly known as Humanities.....Sometimes int he quad if there was something going on.

13. Name the school's full name?
Piner High School

14. School mascot?
Prospector Pete

15. School colors?
Maroon, Gold & White

16. Rival high school?
Take your pick... either Santa Rosa High, Montgomery, but probably Elsie Allen

17. Did you go to prom?
Yes, Junior and Senior Year! With Scott Keisig and Nick Weiss

18. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
It was great seeing friends everyday, and I had a lot of fun. I don't miss the drama, that's for sure!

19. What do you remember most about graduation?
Well, It was hot on the bleachers.....Probably getting a piggy back ride from my friend (I think it was Sean) off of the field once it was over and we had retrieved our caps.

20. Where did you go senior skip day?
To the Beach!

21. Favorite memory?
There are so many......how do you choose just one? Probably when we would all go bowling.

22. Were you in any clubs?
Ok, so let's see....Concert Choir and Show choir counted, as did Softball. Plus there was Math Club (don't ask!) and Swing club which I helped found, Key Club and our unofficial Mormon Maffia!

23. Where did you go most often for lunch?
We were closed campus, so..no where!

24. Have you gained some weight since then?
Let's see....I am 37 weeks pregnant with kid number 4. Don't go there!

25. Who was your senior prom date?
Nick Weiss

26. Are you planning on going to your 10-year reunion?
If they have one, I am so there! Plus I think there would be a humanities reunion for the 5 or six years it was around. Anyone else agree with me on that?

27. Who was your home room teacher?
What is home room?

28. Who will re-post this after you?
Maybe Becky, since I swear she is one of the few people that actually reads my blog. :)

29. Who was your high school sweetheart?
I had my first official boyfriend for only about the last two weeks of school. Nick Weiss.

30. Do you still talk to people from high school?
Of course! Most don't live in the same state as me, so it's either snail mail or email!

31. Did you win prom queen or king?
yeah right!

32. Where did you work in high school?
The summer before my Sophomore or Junior year (I can't remember) I worked at the Sonoma County Fair at the Danish Pan Puff Stand. There was always babysitting. Summer & Junior year I worked in the mall at the Country Crow, and then Summer, Senior Year and Summer I worked as a receptionist at a dance studio called Fantastic Feet.

33. What were your grades?
Straight A's! Top 10 of my class!

34. What was your dress style?
Jeans and a tee shirt. Most of my shirts were colorful. no browns, or tans, or much red. Lots of blues and greens and yellows.

35. What year did you graduate?
1999 - The Best!

Man, that was long, but brought back a lot of memories. Good Times!

Darin's Pasttime Poll

For those of you wanting to know.......there was a little controversy with this poll. Apparently I wasn't specific enough. I meant which does Darin not actually do, mainly because he doesn't have time....not which does he not like to do at all. I meant for the answer to be reading Fantasy Adventure books. He would like to, if he had all the time in the world. He hasn't ready many in the 7 years we have been married. The one he actually doesn't enjoy doing as much, is researching stuff on the internet. He spends a lot of time researching different computer equipment and such. So, I suppose in a way, both answers are correct....but if I had my way, you are all wrong again!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Weekend


The weekends are my favorite part of the week since Darin is home and we actually get to spend time with him. We were pretty busy again this weekend, but having a late night on Friday doesn't help. Darin had his nephew and some friends over to play D & D. They stayed up wwwaaaayyyy too late. I have to remind Darin that he isn't a teenager anymore. He is an old man and his body can't handle that kind of torture! Needless to say, we didn't get off to a great start on Saturday. Mostly a lazy morning.

Part of the reason I like the weekends so much is that Darin will take over a lot of the cooking. He made pancakes for brunch. I had leftover apple pie filling syrup on mine and they were to die for! The we did some chores and house work and ran errands. Then we got to go to our friend's house for a birthday party. The guys mostly ended up watching the BYU game while the rest of us visited. We had a good time and a yummy dinner. Yay, Melissa didn't have to cook!

Sunday Darin made breakfast again, before church! Then he made a scrumptious dinner of Chicken & Rice & Broccoli casserole and a yummy dessert. Now that it is Monday again, I'll have to cook dinner. Oh well. The weather has cooled down a little, so hopefully that will help make my next 2 1/2 weeks less uncomfortable. Ok, off to do chores and get Ashton's room ready to paint. I have a feeling it is going to be a long week!
ps- Sorry about the poor quality of the picture. It was a phone camera. But here I am, none the less at 36 weeks.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Blustery Day

Today definitely qualifies as a blustery day. I don't think the wind has stopped howling for more than five minutes. We went to the park today, as we do most Fridays, and I felt like I was going to be blown over. When you are 36 weeks pregnant, this is quite a feat! We haven't had the most exciting day, just your typical stuff. My Grandma & Grandpa Crook stopped by on their way through town. It is always great to see them. They are on their way up to Wyoming for a funeral. My grandma brought the last two mittens for the festival of trees, and we got some of my grandpa's homemade candy!

I worked on a couple of freezer meals, trying to prepare for when the baby comes. I wish I had a bigger freezer. I'm sure it will get emptied soon though. 3 weeks seems so close, yet the days seem to go by slowly because I don't want to wipe myself out and do too much. Plus I avoid going any where with the kids as much as humanly possible. My friend Jen stopped by yesterday to check on me since I quit going to volleyball. I guess the gals from my ward hadn't been attending, so no one knew if something had happened to me or what. I assured her I was fine, no pre- term labor or bed rest or anything like that. I just couldn't hack it anymore. Maybe I'll go next week and just watch everyone else play...... yeah right!

My dad has officially corrupted my son. I had to purchase new Sunday shoes for Ashton since he'd out grown his boots. We picked out a pair - I opted for ones that tie, hoping he'd keep those on better than slip ons. As we were leaving the isle he saw some cowboy boots. And I hear, " Mom, can we get them? Can we mom?" If they had been the same price I might have considered it, but they were almost twice as much. Plus, I know my dad like to take him boot shopping and he always finds cuter, better quality boots anyway. It was just cute that Ashton kept saying Can we mom? Can we?

Happy Birthday to Elaine's friend Handen! I can't believe he is six! It is also Jacob's Birthday today. We will get to celebrate with him tomorrow at his home. Our heart friend Brinley just turned three. Happy Birthday everyone!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Just for Laughs


I thought this was funny.....

In case the print is too small, it says, " I can't sleep, breathe or walk. How am I supposed to find the energy to glow?"

I called the Dentist, and he said not to worry about bringing him in until he is three. I guess that is good news. I helped my friend can apple pie filling today. It is YUMMY!!!!!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

My Little Freak of Nature

I swear if it isn't one thing with my kids, it's something else. So, Ashton's front two teeth are at a weird angle. I've asked the dentist about it, and he said that usually happens when things are too crowded. When I had him look, Ashton was still in the process of getting his canine teeth, so not all were in yet. I was looking at his mouth today and, WHAT! Ashton has an extra tooth!

Holy Cow, right. So between his first set of molars on the top (he still hasn't gotten in his 2 year molars) he has 7 teeth instead of 6 like "normal". I've gone back and check a couple time's today to make sure I wasn't just seeing things, but there are still 7. No wonder his teeth look crowded, because they are. I get to call our dentist first thing in the morning and set up an appointment for Ashton. Yay, more bills! Violet has had very expensive teeth so far, hopefully we can get this taken care of and he wont have extra permanent teeth. The amazing thing is that on my mom's side of the family, there are several members who are missing teeth (they never came in). I guess Ashton got their extra. Hopefully just one though. I'll keep you posted on what happens.

PS - For the 3 of you who voted on my poll regarding my favorite Ice Cream flavor, it is vanilla. You were all wrong! Better luck next time!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Saturday

We had a semi busy Saturday, but it was pretty fun! We went over to Nancy's and began putting things together for Elaine's tree for the Festival of Trees. The tree has a Care Bear theme this year. We hot glued a bunch of tiny guys onto ornaments like wooden rocking horses, wreaths, skis, sleds, all kinds of fun stuff. We compiled everything we have so far. It is going to be a cute tree.

We are still throwing around ideas for the skirt. We will have the floor of our entire area covered with batting or something like that so it will look like it is on a cloud. We will probably spray on something that is glittery onto the cloud. We also still need an idea for a tree topper. We were thinking a gigantic star? Also, we haven't really decided what to do for garland. We were trying to figure out how to incorporate rainbows.....All in all we had a pretty productive time. It was fun to see everyone. It had been a while. We need to do more with them.

We left straight from there to Primary Children's Hospital for the annual Hearts of Hope summer picnic. It was excellent weather, and we were able to meet a lot of new heart families. Not many of us who have been apart of the group for a "long time" were there. Hopefully some changes will becoming soon and we will really be able to promote awareness of Congenital Heart Defects.

It was fun to see the kids and how much they had grown in the last year. There were a couple new babies, and several int he hospital who are recovering from procedures or surgeries. There were only 3 families who attended who have lost their heart kids. It is a little bitter sweet for us. It is great to see everyone's children doing well, and to promote CHD awareness, but sad that our heart kids can't be there anymore. Plus being at the hospital brings back many memories. I suppose being pregnant and hormonal didn't help matters any.

We were able to have one of the quilts from the CHD quilt awareness project at the picnic. It just so happened (ok it wasn't a coincidence) to be the quilt with Elaine's quilt block and my Mom's quilt block. I get to have it at my house for the next few weeks. It is fun to look at and see all the different kids, and fabrics. It is a great project. Anyone who has a relative (child or adult, living or deceased) who had/has a CHD can request a block be made, free of charge. The link is: http://www.chdquilt.org It is a great project that I highly recommend. There are pictures of the finished quilts on the site. Elaine's block is on quilt #36 on the top row. You can recognize it because it has Buzz Lightyear material and Snow White. My mom's is the yellow floral one next to it. Enjoy!

Friday, September 7, 2007

What a Peach!

It has taken me quite a while to get this post finished. my energy levels have bottomed out. Plus Ashton isn't taking naps anymore - crazy child- so I am limited to my time on the computer. So last Saturday we decided to can our peaches that we had gotten. This was our first time doing them solo. In the past when we have canned we've had friends or family there who were experienced.


It took us a while to get the ball rolling. Darin was not thrilled with the prospect of canning, but there was no way I could do it all by my self. Wouldn't I be a site trying to reach to the stove to take off jars with my big belly! I'm not sure I could stretch my arms that far without having go go gadget arms. So, after a few phone calls to parents with silly random questions, we figured things out.

Violet was our helper. She was excited at first to be peeling peaches, but a four year old's time span isn't long. But we had her stay the entire time. I hope it was a good learning experience for her as far as working together as a family. We don't have a garden, so this was a good way for her to learn. We talked about why we were canning and why we were all helping.

When the first batch came off the stove, I was nervous. I'd heard stories about not being able to can well on flat top stoves. The jars took a little long to seal, but when they finally had, I was excited. Darin laughed at me, but was having horror filled day dreams of all these jars, full of unsealed peaches that had to be eaten right away. All 20 quarts sealed. I have yet to open a bottle and taste them, but they look beautiful!

Darin and violet kept having races to see whose pile of skins was the tallest. Not the biggest, just the tallest. Violet was very proud of herself. Here is a picture of her pile!



Violet also sorted her peach skins according to color for a while, and then size. She snuck a few nibbles, but wasn't too bad. I think she ate much more last year. I'm glad the task is over with. I know the peaches wont last until next year, but it's a cheap way to get peaches. The kitchen didn't end up being too messy. I spilled syrup on the floor, so that was a sticky mess, but nothing too major. Maybe next year we will be more ambitious and can a larger amount. We will see.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Golden Onion Days

The Golden Onion Days in Payson is a big to do! We had a lot of fun this year. Friday is always the 1/2 price day for rides, so we like to go then. This was the first year that Ashton wanted to ride the rides. He would throw the biggest fits when it was time to get off! Crazy! Violet said her favorite was the carousel. Ashton was a little unsure of this one at first, but ended up loving it because he got to sit on a horse. Ashton also enjoyed the 2 car/motorcycle rides he went on with Violet. They also went on a flying saucer ride that went up pretty high, and a ducky one that just went around in circles.


There are always a bunch of craft booths and food booths. We wandered around there for a while, until the kids got too tired. We also got them snow cones, which they devoured. I didn't get to spend the time I wanted at the booths, but that is just as well, seeing as how I would have ended up just spending money I shouldn't. :) We timed things just right so the fireworks were just starting as we returned home. We are lucky and can see them from our front yard or upstairs windows. They are launched over at the Jr. High, right after the High School Football Game. Violet and Ashton were so tired by this point they only watched for a few minutes and then wanted to hit the sack.


There are many parts of Onion Days that we don't participate in. There is a early morning breakfast on Saturday, 5 K & 10 K walk/run, baking contests, baby contests, Sunday devotional, Music int he Park, talent shows, Battle of the Bands. We didn't make the book drive this year which is at the Library....maybe next year. There is also a play running that weekend. This year the Payson City Theater did the Scarlet Pimpernel. I knew several people in it and was disappointed not to be able to attend. I hear it was fabulous!


Monday morning we went to the parade. This was our first year going. It was hot, but we lucked out and sat with friends who had set up a canopy. Violet and Ashton got a bunch of candy. There were about 4 marching bands (which is one of the best parts of a parade)a bunch of dance groups, and a lot of local "royalty". Ashton liked waving at the princesses and Vi like to ogle over their dresses. Overall it was a lot of fun! Yay Labor Day and Onion Days!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Kids say the Darndest things....

I am in the process of working on a couple of posts. We have had a lot going on lately. I'll get them up as soon as I can. Thanks for the 3 of you who voted on Vi's favorite color poll. I guess that was too easy of a question since you all got it right. Her favorite color is yellow! Ok, for the quick little funny about Violet. On Sunday she was very intently watching the Book of Mormon video that the church puts out, with the kids book. They are the same videos I had as a child. Anyway, Darin came into the family room and started talking to Violet. She got so angry at Darin and said, "Dad! These are true things what I am watching. I need to learn them." It was so funny that she got so upset at having her learning interrupted. Maybe this is one of t hose, you had to be there experiences, but I thought it was hilarious.