Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Facebook, Friends and Fun

So I finally joined Facebook. I have heard it mentioned in conversations for a long time now. But I wasn't sure I wanted to add myself into the mix.
It has been really fun!
I have found family members, childhood friends, friends from high school, old mission companions, and friends that I see everyday at the gym. I love it. It is so fun to see pictures and hear what everyone is doing in their "real" lives. I love it.

Rob finally got me a computer of my own, now I don't have to wait for him to let me have time on the computer. He is on his pretty much every waking minute of the day. So I am more than excited!

My new year's goals are going well. I have been keeping my hair done, in fact yesterday I had about 15 minutes after getting home from the gym to get showered, hair done and dressed before I had to head out to take Adam to therapy, and I did it!!!

As for the dates with my kids, so far I have been able to take Avalon out and Rob was able to take Adam out bowling. So two down, two to go.

Date nights?? Well I still need to find a regular babysitter so this will be more feasible. But I will get it accomplished.

Finances, well we have purchased quicken and I have been spending time getting all the bank accounts and bills put in so we can track the finances more closely. This is mainly for Rob. He is such a geek, he seems to have to have information on a computer screen to have it sink in!! lol
I have also been tracking every penny I spend. I got a little notebook from Target that has a really nice set up to track where you are spending and how much in different categories. It is by Jane Chatzky, and I really like it. There is a quote from her in the front, that says, "People who track their spending, spend less and save more." That is what I am looking to do. I have noticed that I am not so quick to go through a drive through or run to the grocery store because I know I have to write down what I spend there. Now if I could get Rob to do the same..... I know he wont! Any ideas you guys have that may help me on this?

Well the day has begun, and I have Adam down stairs playing Hungry, Hungry Hippos and making tons of noise, so I should get going here. Oh, well!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New year new me-update

So I did go and get a new haircut yesterday. It is much shorter than it has been in the last few years. I also did highlights (in a salon) for the first time. We did some blond and a slightly red tones and it turned out so pretty!!!
After the color was finished and I was in the chair getting blown dry my back was to the mirror. I hadn't had a chance to see the results. The lady in the chair next to me said, "Your color turned out gorgeous!" I replied that I was excited to see, too but that I had not seen it yet. So the stylist turned the chair around like it was the big reveal on What Not to Wear.
I was so excited I screamed! It is so cute!! She did a great job and I am excited to do it everyday, because I love it!!

I didn't go out and run in the last few days, because I am still recovering from the cold and cough the whole family has passed around. And besides that it is stinking cold out. The wind has been blowing very hard the last couple of days. I am looking forward to spring!

I am going to be taking all of the Christmas decorations down today. No one seems to even be noticing them anymore. The kids have moved on. On to the toys and cats. I am hoping to keep them entertained with a movie while I get everything taken down and put away. This is something that is just easier without helpers!

We are all preparing to head back into normal life tomorrow. We have had nearly three weeks of disruption around here with illness and the holidays. I am pretty excited to get back to normal, even though normal is busy, I am happier busy.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


It is a little hard to believe another year is upon us!
2009 just seemed to pass at lightening pace. With lots of changes in our family my days were increasingly busy and the days just began to fly by.
We began the year house hunting and finished it by moving into a semi-custom built home. It is everything I asked for and more. I never thought it would be possible to have a home like this. But the Lord blessed us incredibly and all the right doors seemed to open and everything just fell into place. We are exactly where we are supposed to be, and it feels great to know that! I never imagined we could have a home this wonderful.
All of the kids started school this year in one form or another. Avalon got into the charter school for the area and is absolutely loving it. Alana is looking forward to going there this fall, but is loving Kindergarten and is doing spectacularly! She is smart as a whip, just like her dad! She constantly amazes me at the keen observations she makes and the very complex things she figures out. Adam started preschool four days a week this year over the two days a week last year, and he is absolutely thriving. He loves his class and looks forward to it every day. He too is amazingly smart, he is constantly amazing his teachers. He is always the first one with the correct answer and is doing so well. Archer is doing preschool one day a week and loves it. He gets mad at me everyday that is not a school day. When we drop Adam at his classroom and I don't drop Archer off, he is really upset. He would happily go everyday of the week, but of course, he is only two and they only offer one day a week programs for guys his age. Maybe next year!

I have been thinking a lot about the upcoming year and the things I would like to accomplish. Never resolutions, those seem to be broken before January ends. Goals, that is more my style.

Relationship: Twice monthly date nights with my sweet honey!
Kids: Once monthly "dates" for each child.
Spiritual: Read the Book of Mormon together as a family. --And on my own as well.
Financial: Actually live by a budget! --No more 20 and 50-ing the checking account to death!
Physical: Turn myself into a runner! I still have at least 50 pounds to lose and I will! No move fast food or soda. New year, new me! I am going to make 2010 my prettiest yet, new haircut, hair and makeup done everyday.

Well, things are off to a good start! Oh, and I am going to be a better blogger too!! And I expect you, my sweet readers to be better too, and leave comments!!


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Life is so busy......


Another huge catch up post.
It has been so long I hardly know where to start!
Well, we moved into our new house on November 5th. The movers were very careful and really did a wonderful job. So different from our move down from Mass. Nothing was broken, the only surprise (and not a good one!) Was that it actually ended up costing double the quote they had given us. And I had packed the whole house myself. And it is a good thing I did, for them to pack one box was $40 dollars. Yes, you read that right FORTY!! So thankfully I had a wonderful friend in the ward who went out hunting for boxes for me on more than one occasion, she literally saved me thousands of dollars, THANK YOU Sherry!!

The house turned out great and we really love it! It is such a great house and we love the area we live in so much. It is closer to everything we do, now I am not spending several hours a day in the car running the kids to their various appointments. What a relief that has been.

In other news, Rob had to have his appendix taken out. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, we were our shopping (buying a new TV and Blu-ray on sale!!) He mentioned that his stomach was really bothering him. But he thought it was something silly like gas that would just pass. Throughout the day I would occasionally ask how he was feeling, and it was the same. That night he didn't come to bed until midnight. That is when I knew we had a problem. (We are serious grandpas and go to bed at 9:00PM at the latest, typically.)
I asked how he was feeling and he said a little worse, so I asked him to show me specifically where the pain was....lower right hand side. I called my mom just to confirm my suspicions and off to the emergency room we went. I called my good friend Rachael and she rushed right over and ended up staying all night and most of the next day with my kids. THANKS again Rachael!
So by 8:00AM he was heading into surgery. He had a bit of trouble coming out of the anesthesia, I guess at one point he was screaming for me. The nurse had to yell at him to calm down. It was a little scary for a little while.
He has been resting and took a week off of work and it almost back to normal. It is amazing what they can do know laproscopically(sp?)that just a few years ago was a pretty big cut and a long recovery.

Rob stayed busy by setting up tons of appointments with fence contractors. We have had a pretty steady stream of guys coming to give us quotes, not only for the fence but a patio and built-in bookcases too.

No work is being done today though, because we are being pounded with SNOW!! We have not had snow like this in all the time we have lived in Virginia. It is reminding me of some of the storms that we would get on a regular basis near Buffalo, NY. We are going to have a big job to dig back out!!

And in the way of very exciting news, we have two new little guys at our house. We got two new kittens yesterday. Max and Murphey are both orange tabbys and they are so cute and so fun. The kids love them, especially the girls, they are hauling them around and taking care of them like they are babies. It is so cute to watch them. Alana was really excited to help me scoop out the litter box this morning. We will see how long that lasts.
Unfortunately though, I think I may be allergic to them. Last night I went to bed with really itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. And today was bad until I took some Benedryl. We will have to see how this goes.
I really like them and don't want to have to get rid of them, and the kids would be heartbroken, so for now I will just suffer through.

Those of you who I usually send Christmas cards to, please forgive me for not getting them out this year and know that we love and think of you often and wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The House is Finished!!

We had our quality walk through this last Wednesday and we will be closing next Wednesday!!
And I am pleased to report the house is GORGEOUS!!! Wow! I am so excited. It turned out so beautiful!

It is a little hard to imaging while you are picking tile and wood and carpet and cabinets and light fixtures, etc., etc., etc., how everything is going to look on a large scale and all together. And I must say, I did a good job!!!

We are very excited to move next week. The movers are scheduled, Rob has taken the week off of work, kids are arranged for. And off we go. Hopefully very smoothly!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Big Boy!!

Our little Archer turned 2 years old today!! I cannot believe how quickly time flies. He has grown into such a fun and sweet little boy. He is usually very happy and loves to laugh.

He has started talking up a storm. He loves to sing the ABCs and count. He knows most of the letter sounds and understands that they make up words, and has tried to sound out many words after watching his siblings sounding out words and reading.

He had a fun day and loved the chocolate cake for his party. He received some new toys and a big ball of his own and some new clothes.

I cannot believe 2 years has already gone by!! It seems like just a few days since he was born. The year he was born there was a huge heat wave that week and I was so happy to have an air conditioned home. He was just a happy little clam in there and was not coming on his own so I was induced at 41 weeks. And his birth was totally and completely pain free, I am not kidding!!
Because I was induced the contractions were not strong at all, I couldn't even feel them when they came in and said, you are dilated to a four, do you want an epidural now? I said, well I am not in any pain at all, but why not.........

So they placed the epi and within 2 hours he was born, and I did not feel one twinge of pain. I will tell you what, that is the way to give birth!! I was so easy I couldn't believe I had even had a baby. (After 3 quite painful no medication births this was heaven.)

I am so happy to have this little man in my life. He is such a joy and sweet happy boy! I love him to pieces!! Happy Birthday ARCHER!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Summer is winding down.....

Well Grandma is here for a couple of weeks and we have already been very busy. We headed up to Massachusetts to check out our old renters and check in the new family that will be residing there.
It was a quick trip, and very exhausting! But I must say I have children who are wonderful travelers. We spent about 19 hours in the car in 3 days and they did GREAT!! The only whines were when they were hungry or tired. (Which thankfully wasn't too often)

The new tenants seem like really good people and are very excited to have our home for a year or two. I hope they are very happy there.

We have all the kids registered for their respective schools and all is well. And school starts the week after Grandma leaves. The kids are all very excited and the girls even did a fashion show for Grandma this afternoon, modeling all of their new school clothes.

Before long they day will be even busier with dropping off and picking up of children from 3 different places. But I think I have the timing down and everything should run smoothly most days. And things will calm down considerably when we are able to move into our new house.

The house is still moving forward, not many noticeable changes lately, they have been doing all the plumbing and wiring and such. We should be ready for drywall in the next week or two. We still have an estimated completion time of "November", no more specific than that, "November", it is kind of making me a little crazy, don't these people know I need to plan and think and stew about all of these things. I cant even schedule movers until right before the move, because we don't have a specific date!! AAAHHHH!!!! But I can still do lots to get ready. And when my mom leaves I am going to start packing like crazy. If I do a little each day it won't take me long until we are ready to go!!

But, I must get going..........dinner is here, get the door it's Domino's!