Monday, May 31, 2010

All Grown Up

Doesn't she just look all grown up. My almost 4 year old.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


I collected all my toiletries that had been stored (shoved) into various places throughout the house. I piled them on the dining room table. I cannot believe how many bottles of whatever I have. Remind me next time I go to Target, Bath and Body Works, The Body Shop, etc. that I don't need more of whatever.
I went through it all and quickly corraled it into bins and totes. I wish my cupboards were cute and new, but they are organized. I thought I would share some photos. Far from Martha Stewart worthy photos, but so much better then what they were.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

We have been reading a lot lately. I've been trying to keep the TV turned off and let the kids play more. We've also been trying to read more. We have a little section of our bookshelf with books that we are currently reading. The Book of Mormon For Latter-day Saint Families is a great book, we love the pictures and the definitions. Isabelle and I are reading each afternoon after Karter goes down for his nap. We are currently reading the unabridged Winnie the Pooh books. We also are practicing the alphabet (she pretty much knows them all) from the Museum ABC book. In the evenings we read from a chapter book. We just finished the last Tucket book by Gary Paulsen. Now we are in the middle of Farmer Boy. I love, love, love reading with my kids.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Reporting Week 4

So, I'm halfway done!! Hardest parts of doing this. Its hard to go out to eat and eat at other people's homes. Its hard to count calories, ALL, THE, TIME. Its hard to wake up at 520am to go walking. Its hard to do this day after day and not see results coming as fast as I would like.

BUT, its great to have my clothes fitting a bit better. Its great to feel healthy and strong each day. Its great to know that I'm giving my kids a good example of healthy eating. Its great to feel like I'm headed in the right direction, slow and steady wins the race. Right??

So this last week I was 45 minutes short on my exercise. I now, pretty sad. I'm only exercising 5 hours a week and I came up short. I blame it on a few rainy mornings and Steve being gone Friday night/Saturday morning on a Father/Son campout with Jakob. I'm going to make up for it this week.

I've decided to change the way I count my calories. I'm going to count my calories on a weekly basis, making sure I'm eating at least 1000 calories a day, but allowing myself to have some flexibility. So, there you have it. My week.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Jakob will come home from school most days and work on his homework without me even asking him to. I'm not sure how long it will last, but I'm loving the fact that he is motivated to do it on his own now.

A few weeks ago we were learning about space with Isabelle's Preschool Group. I made a few pictures with definitions of different objects found in space. In the picture below Jakob decided to make a little book and copy these space definition pages into his book. He spent a lot of time working on it and putting it all together. I was very impressed!

Friday, May 21, 2010

I'm So Glad.....

I'm so glad when Daddy comes home.
Glad as I can be.
Karter is so excited when his dad comes home from work. When he realizes he is home he runs to the door saying, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!!"
Steve loves it just as much, if not more than Karter. Its bittersweet to think that one day he won't be running to the door to welcome his dad home.
But for now we get to enjoy the daily novelty of Karter's sweet little voice welcoming his daddy home.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Does anyone have a good spicy (mild) chili recipe?? I have a sweet chile I like, but Steve's not a fan. I tried a spicy one tonight and I wasn't too impressed. I'm wanting to try some good recipes.

My New Neice and Birthday Wishes

My baby sister had her baby yesterday. A beautiful baby girl!! I'm so excited for her!! When I heard that she was in labor yesterday I seriously considered jumping in the car and making a mad dash to Utah!! My mom and I kept calling each other throughout the day with updates and progress on her labor. I'm hoping someone will post some pictures soon so I can see this new little neice of mine. I can't wait to meet her.

Also, Happy Birthday Marie!! (Baby's birthday, May 19th. Marie's birthday, May 20th.) What a wonderful way to celebrate your day with a new baby girl. I can't think of a better birthday present.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Wrinkle In Time

Love. That is what I took away from this book. Laurie said that her mother use to read this to her and her siblings when they were younger. I thought of that as I was reading, thinking of why she would choose to read this to her children. I quickly learned why. There are so many lessons to be learned in this book. It teaches real self worth, it teaches family, it teaches courage, it teaches trust, it teaches faith, and most of all it teaches love. When I finished reading I realized that when I love, when I'm feeling love, I can handle anything. Happiness with Steve, patience with the kids, kindness and compassion to others, hope with myself, forgiveness, faith, all of these come so easily when I feel love. This book made me want to learn to love better, practice feeling love always. This will be a must read with the kids.

The next book I'm reading is Keaton's favorite, The Hero and the Crown by Robert McKinley.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I love flowers! But flowers from my munchkins are the very best. To think that they go out and play, see some flowers, think of their mom, and bring them to me. These were some they brought to me this last Sunday, after a walk with their dad. Now they sit by my sink and brighten my day.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Reporting Week 3

This last week went well. I'm still following all my little rules and moving forward. I do have to say that I am getting tired of eating the same old things each day. I get bored with food, especially when I place so many restrictions on what I'm eating. I truly can eat a huge variety of food with what I'm doing, it just takes a lot of work to find new recipes and try them out. I get stuck eating the same old stuff and craving something different.

This yummy dinner is one that I tried a couple weeks ago. It was really good and I enjoyed it. It can be found here. The recipe for the yogurt sauce I made with tofutti (nondairy sour cream) and it wasn't that great. I would like to try it with the yogurt someday. Jakob was a good sport about eating it. Isabelle ate the tomatoes and the avocados. Steve said they were okay, he wasn't a big fan of the cabbage. Karter excitedly ate a whole bowl of black beans, but wouldn't touch the edamame. I love feeding them such healthy food, even if they only try a couple things, even if they don't like some things, I know that if I keep doing it they will learn to love it. Someday. Maybe.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Nighttime Visitor

We have had a late night visitor join us in bed several times these last few months. She is either scared, lonely, cold, ect. The reasons vary, but she always has one when she comes into our room.

I remember getting into bed with my parents at this age. I would go to my mom's side of the bed and when she pulled back the covers I knew I could climb in. I remember being so hot sleeping between my parents. I would push the blankets down so I could cool off. (I'm sure my parents loved that!) I remember feeling safe and happy sleeping in bed with them.

With these happy memories as my guide, I have always let my kids sleep with us when they have come into our room in the middle of the night. Well, little Miss Isabelle has taken advantage of my hospitality and joined us most nights. She is not the easiest person to sleep with (I'm sure I wasn't either) and we don't sleep that great with her in our bed. We finally had to set some limits. She can still come into our rooms, but most nights we tell her to go back to her bed. A couple times a week she gets to climb in with us. I keep reminding myself to enjoy these times. She won't want to sleep with us forever (though sometimes I wonder) and the time will come when this won't happen. So, I'm enjoying the simple moments even if I lose a little sleep in the process.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Weekend News

Every Monday Jakob writes what he has done on the weekend. This is what he brought home from school a couple weeks ago. He was reporting on the weekend he had while Steve, Karter, and I went to Las Vegas for my Grandpa's 90th Birthday. He stayed home with Isabelle and his Grandpa and Grandma Moon.

He writes,
"I had a wonderful weekend. My grammy come over. Then my mom and dad and my brother went to the temple. (??? Not sure if he thought we were going to the temple.) My mother left some presents for my sister and me. The first present was some books, then I got the last Peter Pan movie, then I got some crayons, then some paper, then some bars, then I watched The Night at the Museum, then Peter Pan, then I watched Peter Pan."
The picture is of him sitting and watching these movies on TV.
Love that he is writing and recording his own stories.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I have lilacs!! I grew up with lilacs in practically every house we lived in. I remember my mom bringing them into our home, putting them in vases around our house, and loving to breathe them in! In our first home in Banks we had a tiny lilac plant. I think the first year we had 1-2 flowers. I have about 10 lilac plants in my yard now, a few of them are quite a bit taller then I am. I filled my kitchen with them this last week. They are a lovely reminder that Spring is here and Summer is on its way.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Reporting - Week 1

I've been making 100% whole wheat bread and it is actually turning out!!
This week was good in the sense that I followed my plan. One of the problems I have is that I'm not really writing down what I'm eating in an organized way. I notice as I move forward that it becomes easier to not be as strict with tracking my calories and water when I'm not writing it all down. I have decided to make a simple weekly chart that I have to fill out each day. I have it in the kitchen so I can easily mark the water I drink and the food that I eat.

This last week I also had a couple days where I just didn't have a lot of food in my house. I needed to go grocery shopping and I didn't have a lot of the little things that I needed to make what I usually eat. There were a couple times I wanted to cheat because I was hungry and I had to get creative (really creative) with what I would make!!

Reporting back each week on the blog makes a world of difference for me. I feel silly typing this for the world to read, not that the world is reading it and not that anyone is reading it, but just the idea that SOMEONE might read it keeps me on track with what I'm doing. I realize that I really eat quite well, I just allow myself to cheat a bit, normally only a couple times a week. But those little bits add up to not seeing the results I want to see. It really hasn't been that hard to do what I've been doing. The hardest part is counting calories. Knowing I have to do it leaves me with no way out. I have been the master of talking myself out of doing something or cheating a little bit. This way I know I can't cheat without having to post it here and I just don't want to do that. (Too much pride, I guess.) AND, I am seeing results.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


I've rearranged furniture again and in the process decided to create this little corner. I love it, the kids love it, it is so perfect!! A lovely place in front of a sunny window. The kids have spent a lot of time sitting, playing, reading, etc. the last few days. And to think, all it took was a little rearranging.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I finally finished it!! Funny story. I checked out this book from the library. When I got home I opened it and noticed that it was written in comic book format. I thought it was interesting, but Melissa told me it was very different then any book she has read, so I figured I was just seeing the differences.

When I finally started reading the introduction I noticed that it was the comic book version of the actually book. I headed back to the library and finally got the actually book. It sat for a little bit before I started reading it.

It is a very interesting story. I'm not a huge reader of fantasy, but it looks like many of my family members really like them. This story is easy to get into, lots going on, lots to entertain. Throughout the book I was often wondering if this man had truly entered a different world or if he had somehow lost his sanity. The ending left me with the same question. What did you think Melissa?

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle is next on my list. I don't have it yet so hopefully I will get it and start reading this next week.

My original booklist is here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Just A Simple Note.

A few nights ago I found this on my desk after I put the kids to bed. This is the first time
Jakob has left me a note on his own. What a sweet thing to see as I sat down after a full day with the kids and a bunch of bills to work on. Just a reminder that he really does love me. He reminded me that it doesn't take much to brighten someones day.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Reporting - Week 1

So, this last week I stayed on track with my new eating/exercise routine. My only downfall was eating more servings of bread. I forgot this last Monday and had three servings of bread. Then on Saturday I made homemade whole wheat bread and couldn't help but eat 3 pieces of bread throughout the afternoon. I made sure I counted it into my daily calories.

My biggest success was going out to eat with Steve last night. We went to dinner so I had to save my calories throughout the day. I ordered blackened salmon, grilled vegetables, and a baked sweet potato (no butter or brown sugar). So yummy! I ate it all,was so full, and stayed within my 1200 calories!!

Really, it was easy to stay on track. I'm use to eating this way throughout my normal days. Like I said in my earlier post, its the going out to eat/celebrations that throw me off track. Knowing I was accountable made it easy to make the right choices.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

An Amigo??

I asked this girl what she wanted to be when she grew up. I thought she would say a mom. She is always playing she is a mom and playing and taking care of her babies, stuffed animals, and Jack our Kitty.
Well, she responded, with great enthusiam, that she wants to be a cowboy or a three amigo. Really, that is what Isabelle wants to be when she grows up.
I guess thats what you get for letting your three year old watch The Three Amigos. (It wasn't me really, it was Steve.)
She already can do the "My Little Buttercup" dance. She'll do it for you when you come and visit. She loves to perform. You should come to visit us just to see her do the dance. Its worth the trip.