Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bird Expert

Last night Dallin talked for an entire hour before falling asleep! These are the moments that I cherish because I get to peek into the soul of my child.

One of his cute rambling thoughts went something like this....

"If I were a bird expert I would find lots of robins."

"All I do is scare birds away."

"I am a bird scarer expert! hahaha!!"

I am often amazed at his thought process and surprised by his vocabulary. I guess that's what happens when you have older siblings, right?

If three year olds didn't throw so many tantrums I would want them to stay this age forever! haha!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

Good morning everyone....and Happy St. Patrick's Day!! 

We made green scrambled eggs today and Dallin went to town on the food coloring. I am not a fan of food colorings, but sometimes you just have to use them.

It's amazing how exciting something so simple can be....

The day has just begun, and there are all so many St. Patrick's Day plans on the agenda (that would be Ashley's list of things to do today).

1) Wear Green
2) Call Daddy and make him pinch himself for forgetting to take green to wear to his conference
3) Make green popcorn balls
4) Pinch everyone not wearing green (right not that's me because my jamas are blue!)
5) Hunt for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
6) Paint a green picture

There are a few more random green things, but these are the most important!

¡¡happy st. patrick's day!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ashley's Baptism

Although I was still terribly sick we did manage to get a couple of pictures of Ashley on her baptism day.

First, receiving her new scriptures from her Grandma Justice (she has been anxious about having her very own scriptures for over a year)...

And, standing with mom and dad by the font...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Belt Trends for 2011

I am a big fan of cute belts!

I am loving the 2011 trend of wearing belts over shirts and jackets, dresses and sweaters.

In the Fall of 2010 the belts were worn at or below the waist which frankly is quite unflattering! But now...they are at or above the waist which is fantastic!!

I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.

For starters...there were some fabulous belts worn to accent the waist at the SAG Awards!

And maybe this is too trendy, but I just love the skinny belt over a jacket to bring in the waist.

Although this dress is way too short to be worn in public, I like how the belt just makes it all pop!

Do you have any favorite fashion sites?

I have some money set aside for Spring/Summer clothes, and all I can seem to look at is shoes and belts...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Asthma, the ER, and Stimulated Thoughts

I know, it is 3 am so why am I awake you ask? Here's why:

For the past 24+ hours I have been having some pretty bad bronchial spasms. I got the Influenza B which then settled in my chest and for 10 days I have felt that my body is possessed by some other thing (actually a virus to be more precise!).

So I went to the ER last night after my toenails turned purple and I coughed and gagged until I thought I'd throw-up. They pumped me up with steroids and stimulants and sent me home in 1 hour flat! I know, I should have demanded more for $1000 bill, but I had a massive headache from the drugs.

While I lay there my thoughts wandered in the strangest places. Like the fact that I haven't exercised in 2 weeks and that my body felt like a big blob on the ER gurney that must of been ordered from the Pediatric catalog. Are they trying to save money?! Because I think my little visit might have paid for a bigger gurney! I know, such a silly thought...but seriously, I felt like my voluptuous 150+ pounds were going to fall off the edges (or maybe that was my head spinning)!!

Now I am at home wide awake on stimulants and still struggling to breathe. Great no?

The funny thing about all this is the things I think about while laying in bed not able to sleep. Does this happen to you? Does your brain jump all over the place from thought to thought as you lay in bed...not sleeping?! Well here are some of my crazy thoughts:

1) I should be a diplomat (along with the Mr.). I could use my little bit of French, Italian, Portuguese and LOTS of Spanish to translate part-time for the embassy.

2) I love rubbing my legs on my Egyptian cotton sheets. Too bad you can't stunt the growth of leg hair  by just rubbing them on your comfy sheets, no?

3) I should write a book....about parenting! haha!!! What a joke, cause I am such a good parent!! You know me and all my crazy philosophies on parenting (like those need to be in a book!). I actually should try focusing on being a parent and get out of bed for my kids!!

So there you have thoughts when on too many stimulants and steroids! What do you think? Am I headed for the crazy house?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Foreign Services...a diplomat's family??

My mind is exploding with so many thoughts of the "possible" future...

Last week I filled out paperwork to apply Jesse for the foreign services. I know, the test isn't even until June so there's no rush in deciding if this is the right path for us.

The strangest part of this is that I have felt (quite strongly) that we are being called to somewhere else in the world. There is a HUGE part of me that wants to ignore know the part that thinks about cleanliness, vaccinations (eww...would we have to give those to our kids?) and parasites. That's the pessimist in me...

On the other hand, the optimist in me is thinking of all the adventures, opportunities and friends that await us on the other side of the world. The teaching and learning experiences. The Gospel. News sights and smells. Exotic foods. Exciting cultural changes!

I also keep thinking of Jesse. Would he enjoy being a diplomat? Absolutely!! Would He enjoy being all over the world? I really don't know. He liked Guatemala, but it was also pretty hard at times.

Last night I woke up and thought, "No Way! I am not going to be thousands of miles away from my family!!" The crazy thing is I woke up this morning and realized I already am! I guess living in South Idaho has spoiled me a little. I get to see in-law's regularly and have even had several siblings visit me. They didn't do that when we were in Guatemala or North Idaho, so really it wouldn't be much different than that.

Then I was searching this morning and saw this...

Now all I can think is,
"Yes! Send ME!!"

I am just dying to know where you would want to go...inspire me! haha!

Seriously, if you could be posted anywhere in the world where would it to be?