Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How Studying Gets Done In Our Home....

Adam says he gets plenty done but I just can't see how... I think a toy laptop and a toy smart phone are on the Christmas list this year.

Monday, September 26, 2011

All That I Need to Do

I read this on my friend Connie's blog and it cracked me up... but lets face it... it's a little how I have been feeling. (Not the- I'm awesome part but that the- everyone else is and I need to be better.) I have to remind myself each day NOT to give myself grief about not being the most awesome at what people say I need to be awesome at.

"The Girl in a Whirl"
by ‘Dr. Sue’
(a.k.a. Vickie Gunther)
Look at me, look at me, look at me now!
You could do what I do if you only knew how.
I study the scriptures one hour each day;
I bake, I upholster, I scrub, and I pray.

I always keep all the commandments completely;
I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.
I help in their classrooms!  I sew all they wear!
I drive them to practice!  I cut all their hair!

I memorize names of the General Authorities;
I focus on things to be done by priorities.
I play the piano! I bless with my talents!
My toilets all sparkle! My checkbooks all balance!

Each week every child gets a one-on-one date;
I attend all my meetings (on time! Never late!)
I’m taking a class on the teachings of Paul,
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all.

I track my bad habits ’til each is abolished;
Our t-shirts are ironed! My toenails are polished!
Our family home evenings are always delightful;
The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.

I do genealogy faithfully, too. It’s easy to do all the things that I do!

I rise each day early, refreshed and awake;
I know all the names of each youth in my stake!
I read to my children! I help all my neighbors!
I bless the community, too, with my labors.

I exercise and I cook menus gourmet;
My visiting teaching is done the first day!
(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.
It’s the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters.)

I chart resolutions and check off each goal;
I seek each “lost lamb” on my Primary roll.
I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all.

I write in my journal! I sing in the choir!
Each day, I write “thank you’s” to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!
My kids get straight A’s! And their bedrooms are clean!

I have a home business to help make some money;
I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.
I go to the temple at least once a week;
I change the car’s tires! I fix the sink’s leak!

I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread;
I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.
I make sure I rotate our two-years’ supply;
My shopping for Christmas is done by July!

These things are not hard; It’s good if you do them;
You can if you try! Just set goals and pursue them!
It’s easy to do all the things that I do!
If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!

It’s easy!” she said...
and then she dropped dead.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

And Onward

I am having a seriously hard time coming up with new titles for the posts where I am just updating you on what we are doing. :) But, the last time I did that was the 6th of September so I am going to try my best to go through the dates and see what we have done. (Luckily Adam keeps a google calendar so this shouldn't be too difficult.)

Sep 8th- DENTIST! This shouldn't be a big deal but if you must know I havent been to the dentist since early 2008. YEAH. I hate the dentist. But, one of new West Virginia best friends is a dental hygenist so... Adam and I made appts. And I do admit- it does feel nice to be clean :)

Sep 12th- I started the process of going blond again! I miss my blond hair- and Adam's b-day gift to me was a day at the salon! My friend Katie came too and got her hair cut so it was super fun. (Though the girl who did mine did a good job but took HOURS. And that is not an exaggeration. I wont be going to that salon again. But still- my hair looks good so I'm not going to make a fuss :)

Sep 13th- my first book club meeting! That I actually made it to haha! It was super fun- there are a load of really smart girls in it, and it was SO NICE to really dive into a novel again. Makes me miss school. We read My Antonia which is one of my favs so that is even better. If you like memoirs read it. SO good.

Logan also had his first WV doctors appt. We chose Adam's dean as our pediatrician. :) But it was a good choice- he is WONDERFUL and I love how professional his office is. I have realized that I am one of those parents who prefers the professional to the "homey" offices. At least when it comes to my pediatrician.

Sep 14th- I turned 25! Great age to be. Logan and I went to Ihop for a mommy son breakfast. Then I got dolled up and then we went shopping, and I had a FATTY Burger King lunch. Then Adam came home and I napped while he studied then we went to Olive Garden for dinner. It was our first ever bad experience with Olive Garden- the service and food quality just wasn't up to par. But, it was still good and fun to take Logan. After Logan went to bed Adam and I ate loads of chocolate cake and watched a movie of MY choice- lucky for Adam I was craving Vin Diesel instead of Barbara Streisand or the BBC. All in all, one pair of shoes, expensive shampoo, loads of fatty food and new clothes for Logan later, it was a great way to turn a quarter of a century :)

Sep 17th- I was suppose to go into Pittsburgh while Adam had an intense study day but the girls I go with had so much to do and weren't feeling well, so instead we went and had breakfast at Panera (I tried the new cinnamon crunch Bagel? OH MY GOSH. SOOO good!) and then shopped a flea market sale thing. I got an awesome high chair for Logan for 5 bucks! And he is super excited about getting to sit up and eat instead of recline :) And he loves to paint with his food on the tray. So an all over win win.

Sep 18th- Adam and I gave talks in church. Adams was on the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood and mine was on The Word of Wisdom. I was super inspired by it so I will write a whole blog about it later. And I taught my first primary class ever. It wasn't awesome- but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. In a class of 8, there are 3 amazing kids, two that make me want to throttle them, and then the rest are just chill :) Not too bad of odds for 5 year olds I guess. They sang me happy birthday and gave me chocolate during sharing time which was fun.

Sep 21- Adam went to his first Cub Scout Pack Meeting. He said it was good- that there were too many women there :) They tried to "relief society" it to death. Meaning the kids made centerpieces and such. Adam wants to butch it up. "here's your merit badge- here's a cookie. Great job." Really. What else do 8 year old boys need? I even agree that centerpiences may be a little much.

Sep 22- my best WV friend Katie had her birthday so we, and our other best WV friend Summer went to Cold Stone for ice cream. We went at 8 so Katie's hubby could take her out to eat and I could put Logan to bed. Neither of these women have kids and they are so AMAZING about being willing to take Logan all over the place with u, but it was nice to get out just the girls.

Sep 23- Adam took his second series of tests. He was super nervous before them even though he did so amazingly well on his first set. He said every time he studied he just felt like he missed something. But, he said the tests went well enough, that he is sure he passed though he is not so sure past that. (That's what he felt last time though and he got a 92%.) We wont know the results till Monday or Tuesday but I am sure he did well.
It was also the first day of fall which gave ME cause to celebrate because I LOVE the fall. Sweatshirts from here on out- yeah! I am so excited to see the east coast live up to what it professes with fall foliage. We have a great view from our deck so I will keep you posted on whether it delivers or not.

Sep 24th- we stayed in!! Adam is having a no study weekends, and since there was a WVU football game, and the city was pushed 100 time past capacity, and since Adam and I hate sports- we were just happy to sit inside and read, play video games, watch shows and love on Logan.
...Who hit 6th months! Yeah! I cant believe that 6th months ago I was 200 pounds and dying to get the kid out of me. He is so much fun- I am so glad I have him. (And I am so glad I have ten pounds to go before I hit goal weight haha!)
So you see- we keep ourselves pretty busy. And to fill up empty days there is always cooking and cleaning, and studying and reading and laundry, and just plain sitting together and taking and doing nada. Which is so important to us now. That and playing with Logan are just our best times ever.

Yeah to a loaded September!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

6 Months

I think having a kid is kind of like being in college. Remember when you were all excited to start up school in September, and then all of a sudden its finals week and your going, "Wait- what the crap?! All i know is Me Gusta!"

I feel like it was yesterday- really- that Logan was waking me up all hours of the night to eat, and all of a sudden I am realizing that he is smart and devious enough to realize that when I put him on a blanket on his tummy with a toy JUST out of reach in hopes that it will encourage him to crawl, he can just pull the blanket towards him and get the toy without any effort.

At 6 Months Logan is:
-16lbs 26in. 25% haha! Deff my little man. The doctor says he is super healthy and I feed him a great diet so I am not worried.
-such an attention hog
-lazy as all get out :) Will not crawl- but mostly because he cries after being on his stomach for more than ten minutes.
-LOVES sitting up on the couch- sits up GREAT all on his own. (Except when he gets super excited he tends to fling his limbs which makes him loose balance and topple over.)
-Loves to stand and play in his exersaucer
-Wants anything Mommy and Daddy have. Food, phones, waterbottles, computers etc.
-way prefers daddy. Adam can get this kid to make happy sounds I only dream of
-will eat ANYTHING. I have triumphed and even gotten him to like cereal. Hurrah!
-still no teeth...
-almost fully weaned. I LOVED packing away my nursing bras
-making new sounds like Ba, and Da
-loves to hold his cup by the handles, and is getting really close to being able to hold his own bottle
-is working from three naps down to two... though they are a long two so I don't mind
-is basically just the biggest bag of fun EVER. Adam and I could sit and watch him all day. And sometimes on the weekends that's just what we do :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

We Read Together So We Stay Together

I posted this picture on my facebook but I love it SOO Much I had to post it here as well. Hilarious no? :)
So true to form for our little family as well. I have this dream of when we get our pictures taken for Christmas of all three of us on the couch, Adam with his heavy medical text books, Logan with his x-men board book, and me with something like Anne of Green Gables or Wuthering Heights. That is how we spend most of our evenings and I LOVE it. Though usually Adam is also taking notes on his computer, Logan is really eating his books, and usually I am reading on the i-pad or reading TO Logan. (Frog and Toad are our new favorites. SO DARN FUNNY.) Still, its the principle of the matter. We are a book family.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chica Sexy

I know you wonder if I am ever going to run out of ZUmba Videos for you :) But here is another I love.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

All of Me

There is one certain part of myself that I have struggled with for a very long time. And that is somehow, getting all the totally different parts of myself to... mix together. I'm writing about this today because in reading all of my friends blogs, as I hopped from one to the other, I felt pangs of desire and guilt because of all the things I wanted to be/have and just knowing that I cant have them all at the same time. Though I want too.

The best way I can explain this is actually to tell you what my life was like the night Adam proposed to me.

I was in my senior year of college. And really I had, on the path of my life, come to not a fork but a tree.

Branch 1- stay in my literature classes. Peruse my written career. Go to Grad School. Be that woman in her ivy colored house with her words. (How much I still want this you will never understand. How jealous I am of my friends who are published makes me feel guilt all the time. I am happy for them- but very jealous.)

Branch 2- move to someplace and live with/near a friend who had introduced me to a world of fashion and glamor and speed and lights and excitement and fulfillment and hard work- a life I had loved since I was 13 and learned i had a fair hand at designing dresses. Its the side of me my friends laughed at when we went to London and they all stared at the old bui8ldings and I felt I would be lucky to tear myself away from the Burberry outlet. I really do miss the world of glamor. I try to keep it for myself but its hard the time of life I am in. I miss expensive clothes- bags that smell of leather- foreign restaurants with food I cant pronounce. Part of me very much does want to live the life of Vogue.

Branch 3- go on a mission. I wanted, and still want, the years of highest devotion a person can give- to concentrate and think solely on my religion- to serve, to teach, to bring light, to feel light myself. This path is easier to handle because I know I WILL have it someday, and because I DO live with some devotion every day. But sometimes I do feel like I have missed out on a certain depth of understanding with my faith, that could only have been gotten had I dedicated those 18 months when I was 21.

Branch 4- the branch I chose. Marriage- motherhood. Two things I have dreamed of since the moment I was born. I am not sad in the least I chose this branch. Don't think that. These past four years with Adam truly have been the very best of my life. I love him more than myself- I love US. Every single day I have with him and now with my son, are joys. Even when they are hard. Mostly because the good days more than make up for the bad ones. I know I made the right choice- and given the chance I would do the same thing over and over.

Sometime... I just miss all the other sides of me. Sometimes I do want to be everything at once. That's all.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Birthday Truths

When I was in high school I was part of an after school writers group. One day we were discussing truth, and my teacher encouraged us to go home and write about what things we knew were true. I wrote a poem, that ended up turning into a list (I know, usually it goes the other way around) and I called it- 16 Truths for Living Life. And what I had done was go back through memory and think of significant things I had learned in life, in accordance with the year I had lived it.

Every year on my birthday I go back and read through this list, and then think about the year that I have just lived, and what I have learned during it. And then I write a new truth to that past year and add it to my list and post it here. :) So this is my list, with an explanation of this years addition at the end.
(And I added some explanations to truths that I realized may be obscure to an outsider because they are based so much on my experience.)

What I’ve Learned
25 Truths for Living Life
1. When you’re learning how to walk, the standing back up part is important.
2. The most important word is not I or mine.
3. Potty training is hard
4. Always, always ask why
5. Don’t pick California poppies in California
6. Daisies are always free
7. When faced with the choice of getting to keep a toy that you want, and getting to say good bye to a friend you may never see again, always give up the Barbie for the chance to say good-bye.
8. Have faith.
9. Always have an imagination and always use it.
10. Barney is not as cool as you once thought.
11. Write-always write.
12. Work hard for yourself- not for your teachers or for your parents- but just for you.
13. Love your family. Someday they will be all that you have left.
14. Learn who you are, love who you are, be who you are.
15. Fall in love.
16. Dance the way you do when no one is watching.
17. People don’t die. They take a long vacation and go visit God.
18. You don’t know everything. In fact, you don’t know much at all. What you do know though, is that the only way to live is with God and His son, because it is then that you find joy.
19. Someday someone will make you realize that you can hold the world. And even if he ends up hurting you, you’ll know that every tear will be worth it because your love was real. Because it was when you loved him that you found yourself closest to God.
20. Learn how to live by yourself and love being alone. It will be very lonesome for quite some time but when it gets really bad, the Lord will send you a friend who will make the loneliness more tolerable.
21. Sometimes you loose sight of who you are. When this happens the best remedy is to just take off you clothes and jump into the water.
22. Love is not hard. Situations may be hard. Creating romance may be hard. But love itself, is very easy.
23. Do not let anyone or anything tell you to hurry. This is YOUR time. You need to live life, not be life.
24. Patience is a virtue that if you don't garner naturally, it will be forced upon you.
25. You MUST trust yourself- you know who you are. Now have FAITH in that person.

I think motherhood has really taught me this. Also the spiritual growth I have made over the year. But really- people and places and things (books, websites, classes etc) will tell you what to do, how to do it, how to feel, what to expect- and if you "believe everything you hear" and hear so much you dont let yourself hear yourself- you will go nuts.
People give me advice about being a mom (wife, person, scholar, writer, sister, friend etc) and they are QUALIFIED people. But what it comes down to- I just need to do what feels right to me and my kid. What keeps us happy. I dont do everything my pediatrician says. So shoot me. My kid is still SUPER healthy, very well developed, and we are HAPPY.
So what I have learned this year is that I have spent so much time in the past learning who I am and developing who I am- now I need to have faith in the person that I am- faith in my own knowledge, strength, instincts, faith in my closeness to God. Over the past year I cant tell you how many times I have sat down and said- I know I am close to the Lord, so I know that my inspiration is not false. Though it may not go by prescribed ideas, as long as it stays within accordance to the gospel, then I need to TRUST my own feelings and ideas.

Happy Quarter of a century to me, and happy Wednesday to you! :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chillin' - Wale Ft. LADY GAGA

I once posted on facebook that I LOVE lady Gaga and I got some... negative responses. That's when I realized that i actually know NOTHING about Lady Gaga at all. I just know that I LOVE her music and that it is great to work out too. Maybe I should be better about working out, or listening at all, to people that I know more about. When it comes to sweating I am just looking for a beat really.

Anyways- no matter your lady gaga preferences, I am SURE that you will love this. Take a look.

The Happy-Haps

I'm sorry that my "week of seriousness" only lasted two days :) Goes to show that I should NEVER make a commitment to do something every day becasue I never know what is really going to happen. And in my defense I really continued to ber serious, but Adam had his huge test this past weekend (In med school its like they have a final every 3 weeks) and he said that even me typing got on his nerves.

Apparently me giving him space however worked fine because he got a 92%! To give you an idea, there were 114 that took the test, the average score was a 85, the median score was a 88, one person got a 63, and one a 99. So Adam was firm in the just above the average area. There has been a lot of happiness in our home since he found out his score. Not only are we thrilled that he did so well, but it has given Adam a lot more confidence that he is where he is suppose to be and that he will pass through med school just fine. It also showed him that he has been studying just the right amount, so now he doesn't have to feel guilty about taking large spaces of time off on the weekends to play with Logan and I.
Back along the lines about me getting serious about weight loss... I am STILL 151. Ugh. BUT- instead of getting discouraged I have actually gotten a lot of help and encouragement. A girl at church told me that she always holds onto her last ten pu8nds until she is done breast feeding. And my mom reminded me that as long as I am eating healthy and getting my exercise in- it'll come off. And the podcast I listen too- Fat to Fit Radio has the same philosophy. They say as long as you really are eating right- you know not cutting corners and such- and really are working hard to get exercise, it'll come off. The point is to build a healthy lifestyle that you can live your whole life. Not to starve yourself for a week to loose two pounds.

So I haven't gotten bummed out and have done great so far this week. And I feel good and that's what matters. And kind of in this same line of thought... Adam and i have decided to "branch" out in our lunch menus. Basically Adam said he was done with sandwiches for a long while, and the lunchables weren't cutting it, so we are trying out wraps. When we were at BYU the Morris Center used to have one day a week when they had a wrap bar, and it was the only day we went back to the dorms to eat lunch instead of staying on campus. Because the wraps were SOOO good!!

So I have been looking for healthy filling and super yummy wrap ideas and I found this one that I made today. I haven't had a verdict back from Adam yet but... I love it. So I am putting it here. :)

Slow Cooker Turkey, Bacon and Avocado Wraps

Slow Cooker Turkey, Bacon and Avocado Wraps
  • PREP TIME 20 Min
  • TOTAL TIME 5 Hr 20 Min
4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 lb turkey breast tenderloins, cut crosswise into 1-inch slices
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
1 medium ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and mashed
2 cups shredded lettuce
1/2 cup drained roasted red or yellow bell peppers (from 7-oz jar), large pieces cut up
8 Old El Paso® flour tortillas (6 or 8 inch), heated
  • 1 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almost crisp. Add turkey slices to skillet; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is brown on all sides.
  • 2 Spray 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place turkey mixture in cooker. Top with barbecue sauce and taco seasoning mix; stir to mix well.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 5 to 6 hours.
  • 4 Remove turkey from cooker; place on cutting board. Use 2 forks to break up turkey; return turkey to cooker. Layer avocado, lettuce, turkey mixture and bell peppers on tortillas; roll up.

Expert Tips

To warm tortillas, wrap them in foil and heat in the oven at 325°F for about 7 minutes. Or place them on a microwavable plate, cover with microwavable waxed paper and microwave on High 45 to 60 seconds.

Tender, low-fat meats, like the turkey tenderloins in this recipe, will get dry and tough if overcooked, so follow the cooking times carefully.

In other news... I have discovered a new love. Family History. Weird. I have an old room-mate who is SUPER into it, and she is always talking about it- and to be honest I never got into it. I never thought the importance of it. But our ward threw a get together all about HOW to do it- and so me and some of the girls went. And truth be told- its easy! And super exciting! I love! Granted, I have already hit a stumbling block with my mom's dads family, but I am actually excited to go to the family history library this week and have the ladies help me out.

To be honest, I don't know if I have gotten to the point where I have a testimony of the importance of the work. (I think once I take the names to the temple I will.) But it is SUPER fun. I have always liked history anyways, and to discover... my own? To see where my family comes from, and where they lived... it's super cool for me. And fun. So I am excited to add that to my "hobbies" list.

And along the lines of churchy stuff, Adam and I got callings! Adam is the Cub Scout Committee Chair Person. Our ward is REALLY good about making sure the med students still get to put school first. And Adam is glad that even though it is a scouting calling- he doesn't have to go camping :) And he is working with the other first year med student in our ward who got called to be the co-chair. Nice.
I am the 4/5 year olds Sunday school teacher. To be honest- I am pretty nervous. I am good at teaching- but I have never had to relate and keep control of 9 5 year olds before. However, they have me a great setting apart blessing, and my mom- who is the most amazing teacher in the entire world and loves primary- gave me some great advice so I am feeling better. And it helps that next Sunday is stake conference so I don't have to teach until the 18th which gives me some extra time to think and prepare.
Logan has just been a ridiculous joy. I mean it. Sometimes Adam tells me that Logan has to play in his room because if he is in the living room where Adam is studying, he is so cute that Adam gets distracted. Granted, he still cries, and still hates Sundays- but my goodness nothing makes you feel so good as when I walk into a room and having him look over at me and burst into a smile at the sight of me. And like Adam has said, at this age you know when they smile or cry that it is true genuine happiness or sadness. So its not like Logan is pretending to be happy to see me. He really does just like me that much! :)I think that's all I got for you... test, callings, recipe, family history, logan's darling... its raining like cats and dogs here which unlike everyone else I LOVE. Bring on the 50 and 60 degrees. I want to wear my sweaters! :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Five months!

Logan hit five months last week! He has DEFINITELY gone through a growth spurt since we have been here- I would guess he's a good 16 or 17 lbs and 26 or 27 inches. He's starting to look less like a baby and more like a toddler too.

Life with Logan these days is always an extreme. He is either the utmost joy and I can't get enough of him... or he is like a screaming demon :) (Never really that bad- but there are some days where its all I can do...)

He sleeps a good 12 hours now... which is affecting his naps lately- we are only getting 3 1 hour naps when he usually takes 2 2 hour naps and 1 1 hour nap. I miss getting things done...

Logan reminds me of my little bother- he wants center stage. If I'm talking to friends and its been a few minutes since anyone has admired him he will draw his attention back to you. LOUDLY. But once you DO look at him he rewards your efforts with adorable faces and laughs :) (Sometimes I feel like he is training me more than I him...)

And really- he is so much fun to hold and watch and get to laugh that I don't mind sacrificing my dishes most of the time. Adam and I can't get enough of him. He is learning so much and so fast! He really focuses on our phones now, or a computer, or a book. When Adam and I facetime he actually watches Adam- I love watching him work things out and figure things out.

We are on the verge of crawling. I put Logan on his stomach and a toy just out of his reach and you can watch him wiggle and struggle to get to it. He gets SUPER man when he can't- but I figure its good for him right? The effort? Poor kids wants to move so bad. He loves to stand and rock-

He loves to sit now that he can. No more reclining for our son which means we have to invest in a bath seat and a booster seat soon cuz Logan gets mad when he cant sit on his own. He can do it really well without support too- its just that the moment he looks down and sees his toes he wants those, and reaching for them usually makes him topple over. :)

No teeth yet but I think Logan wants those as much as he wants to walk. He chews- and I really mean chew, not suck- on EVERYTHING he can get his hands on. Clothes, toes, hair... if its near him or in his hand it goes into the mouth. (I have a feeling he is going to be one of those kids to eat dirt...)

Logan is rarely quiet anymore. He is either laughing, talking, blowing raspberries, spitting, squealing, screaming, crying- I could do without the angry screaming but the rest of it I LOVE :) I love having conversations with him, when he will focus on my face- sometimes even grab it between his hands, and talk to me. Those are some of my favorite moments.

He can be a handful but I think I would be bummed if he wasn't. I love his spirit- I love how strong his little personality is now. I love that he is his own little self. I know I will have to fight upstream against it later- but I would be sad if he was easy to wade through :)