Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston) When I hear this song I am taken back to my first New Years Eve party that I was able to go to by myself. I think I was about 13. This song kind of symbolizes my young freedom. My friends and I would sing it at the top of our lungs until our voices were hoarse and we could sing no more.
Groovy Kind of Love (Phil Collins) Ahhh, I remember the first time I really listened to this song. I was 12 years old and had just come home from a dance and I was in love and I thought it would last forever. This song was my anthem for my love (too bad he didn't know I was alive!).
One Week (Barenaked Ladies) The college days flood back to me full force when I hear this song. I remember loving the video. I remember my roommates and I listening to it over and over trying to get the words down. "Chickety China the Chinese chicken you have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'... " What does that even mean?
Where Have All the Flowers Gone I heard this song for the first time when my brother sang it with his guitar. I remember listening to the lyrics and just feeling such a sadness for all the people whose lives have been affected by war. When will we ever learn?
Okay, there are so many that I could put and I don't want to bore you. These are just the songs that I've heard recently that have brought back memories for me.
There is one last song that will always hold a very special place in my heart because it helped me through a very difficult time.
Fly (Celine Dion) I heard this song while I was going through my second miscarriage. My first miscarriage was at 8 weeks, and my second one was at 16 weeks. I had to deliver the second baby. It was a boy and we named him Samuel. We were able to hold him. He weighed 8 oz and was 6 inches long. He was so tiny! It was a bittersweet moment to hold him. It was a very hard time for both of us and I had a hard time dealing with it. I was angry and confused and scared. And I missed our little boy, even though I had never known him; I felt like a part of me was missing. Then I heard this song. I feel like it was a blessing from above that I found this song when I did because it was very healing for me. I was able to find some sort of peace when I listened to it. These were the words I wanted to say to the babies that I had lost. Even though life has gone on and we've healed and are happy and we have two beautiful children I don't think I'll ever forget that time...and in a way I don't want to. When I listen to this song I feel connected to Samuel again and like to imagine what he's doing now. If you get a chance, listen to the song...I think it's very powerful. Here are the lyrics:
Here is Kevin rinsing the cleaner off. He used a little sprayer at first, but then we ended dragging up the garden hose. He created quite a little contraption to collect the water to try to preserve our carpet.
Look at all the ickiness that came out of the A/C. My job was to make sure the water got into the bucket.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
You've ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.
You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton
You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey on Blossom
If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock"
It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
You played the game "MASH"(Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)
You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.
You know the profound meaning of " WAX ON , WAX OFF"
You wanted to be a Goonie.
You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us...head-to-toe)
You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.
You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
You took lunch boxes to school...and traded Garbage Pailkids in the schoolyard.
You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.
You still get the urge to say "NOT" after every sentence.
You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes.
After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?" You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"
You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
You have ever played with a Skip-It.
You remember watching both Gremlins movies.
You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.
You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.
You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB"
You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell," The ORIGINAL class.
You know all the words to Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name.
You just sang those words to yourself.
You still sing "We are the World"
You tight rolled your jeans.
You owned a bannana clip.
You remember "Where's the Beef?"
You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?"
You're still singing You Give Love a Bad Name in your head, aren't you!
**This was emailed to me awhile ago and thought it was funny...and pretty accurate!
Monday, May 21, 2007
My handsome men!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
We are so excited because Grandma Pat and Aunt Wendy came down from Utah and we went to see the movie together. My mom came as well and we had a good time.
Friday, May 18, 2007
They also had Artville, a place where kids under 4 could play. It was very hands-on. This is Cade in the submarine looking out at everyone. There was a slide, a little "theatre" where the kids could put on costumes and act things out, an arts and crafts room, a little kitchen playroom, a garden. There was so much to do.
They also had a little area for the babies where there were different colors and textures. Myla loved it.
My favorite thing is to watch Myla and Cade play together. This is them acting like doggies. Really, Cade is acting like a doggy and Myla is giggling and crawling after him.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Fast forward to Myla and for some reason I went back to putting on diaper rash cream. She's had a pretty bad diaper rash the past couple of days, it even had some blistering. I kept slathering on the cream, but it just kept getting redder and redder. Last night I remembered the flour again and browned some up and put it on her and WHALAH! this morning there is barely any sign of the rash! I don't know how it works, but it works!
All you do is put about 1/2 cup of white flour in a frying pan, turn the heat on medium, and stir until it is about the color of sand (it'll take about 15 minutes). Let it cool all the way before you put it on the bum (I just throw it in the freezer). Just apply it to the diaper rash area, put the diaper on, and let it do it's magic.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Me: Kevin, our house is haunted. The printer talked to us last night and someone turned on the Harry Potter movie.
Kevin: Christie, our house is not haunted.
Me: Yes it is!
Kevin: It's simple really. The power went out and when it went back on everything reloaded.
Kevin: All of that stuff happens every time our power goes out.
Me: Oh (sheepish laughter)
I'm such a scaredy cat at night.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Today I was also able to reflect on the honor of being a mother. My heart just overflows with joy and love when I watch my children. They are such special little people and I feel so honored they have been entrusted to my care. The pictures below are the moments when I met my babies for the first time. I love these pictures. When I talked to both of them for the first time they turned their heads toward my voice. It was so sweet. These are my first moments of motherhood with each child.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
A- age: 27
B- bed size: queen
C- Chore you hate: any chore that takes longer than I originally thought. Other than that, I'm game.
D- Dessert you love: raspberry or lime sorbet (sherbet)
E- Essential start of your day: shower
F- Favorite musical artist: Howard Shore
G- Gold or Silver: Neither (see letter P)
H- Have to Have: water
I- Instruments you play: the mouth trumpet
J- Job title: CAD Draftsman
K- Kids: 2; Cade and Myla
L- Living arrangements: little townhouse ("cozy" undermines the emphasis on "little")
M- Most favorite month: October (My wife's birthday, Halloween, it starts to cool off, the leaves start to turn colors in places with regular climates... so many wonderful things!)
N- Nickname: None, I generally don't do much that makes me worthy of a nickname
O- Ordered last on the internet: A video card for my computer
P- Phobia: jewelry, lipstick, and the elderly...I think I must have been traumatized by a great aunt or some other relative wearing gaudy jewelry and chunky lipstick. (Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl!)
Q- Quote: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Walt Emerson
R- Right or Left handed: Right
S- Siblings: 4; Ryan, Jay, Paul, & Wendy
T- Traffic tickets you've received: 4 and a few warnings. Three were for speeding, one was a photo ticket for allegedly running a red light - I'm not convinced the camera was properly synchronized with the light.
U- Unique Talent: being able to memorize movies after seeing them a single time but being unable to remember anything important. And I do a few voices.
V- Veggie you hate: None that I can think of...I even like brussel sprouts.
W- Worst habit: staying up too late
X- What body part would you Xerox?: my hand - I wouldn't dare do anything heavier (I knew a guy who broke the glass by sitting on the copier, a doctor got the pleasure of removing the shards from him - copiers are not built for that!)
Y- Yummy food you make: toast, cold cereal, eggs, grilled sandwiches, top ramen... you know, the basics!
Z- Zodiac sign: Virgo
Okay, now it's your turn! Who are you A to Z?
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The turquoise bracelet Myla is wearing was actually made by my Grandpa Webb and I wore it when I was Myla's age. I can't really describe the feeling I had when I put it on Myla. I love that I am able to pass on something to my daughter that my Grandpa made for me. My Grandpa Webb passed away a few years ago. I will always remember how much he loved children and how talented and hardworking he was. He was totally devoted to his family. I miss him.
Monday, May 7, 2007
B- bed size: queen
C- Chore you hate: folding laundry and putting away dishes
D- Dessert you love: hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream melting on top
E- Essential start of your day: kisses!
F- Favorite musical artist: currently, Rascal Flatts
G- Gold or Silver: A little of both
H- Have to Have: air conditioning!
I- Instruments you play: violin
J- Job title: Domestic goddess
K- Kids: 2; Cade and Myla
L- Living arrangements: cozy little townhouse
M- Most favorite month: October
N- Nickname: Chris (original, I know)
O- Ordered last on the internet: photo book for my mom for Mother's day
P- Phobia: the dark
Q- Quote: "Patience is heavenly." I don't remember where I read this, but I wrote it out in big letters and taped it to my wall so I see it every morning before I go downstairs.
R- Right or Left handed: Right
S- Siblings: 5; James, Nicki, Richard, David, Jacob
T- Traffic tickets you've received: 2; one for speeding on my way home from Vegas with my cousin, one was a photo ticket for (allegedly) running a red light at Alma School and Southern.
U- Unique Talent: pulling my hubby’s leg hair with my toes. I’ve got Supertoes. I should write a theme song for them.
V- Veggie you hate: okra! Yuck, yuck, yuck.
W- Worst habit: eating sweets
X- What body part would you Xerox?: my foot
Y- Yummy food you make: chicken parmesean
Z- Zodiac sign: Libra
Okay, now it's your turn! Who are you A to Z?
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Kevin mentioned this morning that it's kinda weird that we celebrate Cinco do Mayo. We're not Mexican, do not have Mexican ancestry, and really don't even know WHY Cinco de Mayo is even celebrated. I say bring on the Mexican food. That's all the reason I need. And boy did we eat...and eat...and eat some more. I started of on Cuatro de Mayo with a lunch with some friends. We had nachos and tacos and some good laughs. We all piled in my little townhouse, almost standing room only. :) It was great to get some girl time. Later that night we played Settlers of Catan with our good friends the Blakes. We had fun! Except their baby, Ty, was an angel while Myla and Cade were little stinkers. I'm thinking they really don't like us to have a social life. We'll remember this when they are teenagers...(insert sinister laugh here, ha ha ha ha).
Saturday was such a beautiful day and we didn't want it to go to waste. We took the kids to the zoo for a couple of hours. It was so nice and breezy. It was beautiful. I think the whole city of Phoenix had the same idea as us because it was super busy. Saturday night we went to a potluck at the church where we had some more great Mexican food and fun. Cade even got to hit the pinata. He loosened it up for the rest of the kids. :) I ran to get my camera to take a pic but he was done before I got there. After the ward party we went to my brother and sis-in-law's house for some of her great bean dip and we played Nintendo Wii. It was so cool! I really have no love for video games, but this was awesome. Instead of shooting aliens and walking through their guts and gore we golfed and bowled. It was pretty cool.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Basically I started with the aqua dotted paper and added the flowers and other embellishments. I was alot easier than I thought it'd be. It was good to be able to add something, and if I didn't like it I could trash it. It was fun to do the color on the black and white. At first I was intimidated by Photoshop, but there are so many tutorials online. When I saw the tutorial for this I just picked a pic and went for it. The best part is that there is no clean up, no small pieces for Myla to find and put in her mouth, no scissors for Cade to get ahold of, no mess hanging around. I love it! So when I finish my layouts I can get them printed in a hardbound book for a good price at Shutterfly. All in all, it's cheaper, cleaner, and in my opinion, funner (who said "funner" isn't a word?).
Anyway, I just thought I'd share my excitement about it. If you are interested, one of my favorite websites that has tons of tutorials and free supplies is Shabby Princess.
The water was shallow everywhere, so she was able to crawl around and find fun things to put in her mouth. Needless to say, Mommy was pretty on-guard the whole time. By the way, Myla is an official crawler!! We are so excited. Yesterday I couldn't keep her out of the kitchen. She pulled down the kitchen cart on herself. I discovered that I need to re-babyproof the house.
When it was time to leave, Cade didn't want to go. So we started out our little trip the same way--crying because he didn't want to play in the water, then crying because he didn't want to leave the water. It's always nice to go full circle. :) But at least we had a good time in between.