Saturday, October 20, 2012

October

Logan and I were sitting on the couch taking pictures of each other and I was going through them afterwards (you know, deleting ones of just his nose) and realized there were a TON of photos (and AKA things) we had done that I had not shared!

Logan and I have been trying to keep up with our goal of doing a Halloween activity every day. We HAVE been thrown off by Logan being sick (for a whole week poor man- check out the no voice video bellow- so funny) and Adams exams and two days of Halloween costume making.
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BUT, we have managed to have some fun. We made Halloween noise makers, "booed" some friends from church, shared fall harvest apples with friends, made ghost decorations with our feet, read Halloween books, watched Halloween Mickey Mouse cartoons, have gone on more walks, made LOTS of treats... its been a party really :)
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For one of our fall activities we also had a chance to go to the Springs Festival. Sort of like a fall, vendor, extravaganza in Maryland. We went with a couple of friends and had an AWESOME time. Logan loved playing in the rain, meeting real animals, and watching people make apple butter. I enjoyed carnival style kettle corn and getting some adorable home made Christmas gifts for people.
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Adam has been a studying fool. But its paying off- he's done great on all of his exams and I am so darn proud of him! He and Logan have each other wrapped around their fingers. They are so in love its adorable. And I am woman enough to admit that I am a little jealous.
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Besides making Halloween costumes :) I have been writing A LOT. I had the GREATEST opportunity to go to a writers conference in Charleston a weekend ago, and got to sit in on Q and A's with Charlene Harris and Tamora Pierce which was amazing. Tamora not only told me I had a pretty face, but shook my hand, and signed my book. :) I got some great advice from the both of them on publishing which was just what I wanted. It was a long drive to take on my own, and Adam was a saint for watching Logan on one of his only real days off, but I think they had just as much fun together as I did on my own :)
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Logan is darling. I doubt he stops moving in his sleep. Makes it hard to clean I tell you. He wants to be friends with everyone (Adam told me he has seen Logan trying to kiss all the kids in Nursery) and do everything everyone else does. He has actually screamed because he cant drive and has to sit in his car seat  (And for the record I have never done anything to let him think he COULD drive.) Besides being sick he has ushered in FOUR new teeth (yay!) and learns new words every day. His directions he is best at- all day I hear, in, out, up, down!
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As a family we have been trying more new and healthy foods (hello to my first homemade lasagna and LOTS more black bean brownies.) We have been going on walks, reading comics, and re-watching some old lame Hercules show (live action) that apparently Adam loved as a kid and is currently the only show Logan will through for more than a half hour. (the show really is lame- but also SO darn hilarious its totally worth watching.) Basically there is just a lot of sitting back, laughing, and relaxing.
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(We have the best family ever.)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nathan Bransford

You may recognize the name- he writes the Jacob Wonderbar books (I have never read them but have heard them touted.) He also used to be a literary agent and currently writes a blog to help writers write better, and get published.

He is hilarious. I LOVE his blog.

Whether you are a reader, writer, teacher, parent, or just enjoy something relatively smart and funny you will LOVE his blog.

I am linking two of his posts that are basically about writing no-no's. I was laughing so hard when I finished with them my side hurt. (Teachers, this is a must read I mean it- so darn funny.)

Writing Maladies Post 1

Writing Maladies Post 2

Here is a hint of what you will be missing if you do NOT read these blogs:

From Post One:
Chatty Cathy: So, like, I don't know if you've noticed but OMG teenagers use so much freaking slang!!! And multiple exclamation points!!! In a novel not a blog post!!! And so I'm all putting tons of freaking repetitious verbal tics into totes every sentence and it's majorly exhausting the reader because WAIT I NEED TO USE ALL CAPS.

(BTW- I totally use all caps. In my books. Must revise that.)

From Post Two:
Fantasy Overload:
“We are hearty warriors! Let us share a hearty chuckle! Ha ha ha!” Pentrarch said.
There was a glint in Lentwendon’s eye as he took a swill from a mighty cistern of ale. He bellowed a deep laugh and clapped his friend on the back.
“I say,” Pentrarch said, “What is it about fantasy novels that lends itself to such stilted, manly camaraderie? Do we not have normal interactions?” 
“We do not,” Lentwendon said, his voice suddenly grave. “We do not. We prefer to express our friendship with great noise and clapping of shoulders and brood quietly but stoically when matters turn serious. It is the same with our women.”
“Oh yes,” Pentrarch said “Our women are quietly supportive that we must do battle in far off lands, and they always have weary, knowing eyes. In truth they are the strong ones.”
Lentwendon nodded as he stared quietly at his cistern. “And ale, always ale.”

Friday, October 5, 2012

Blessed

I have actually thought about and considered writing this post for a few days now and always backed out because I worried that it would sound a little like... well, bragging. When really, I want you to understand that it is more like that chapter in Alma, when one of the Sons of Helaman gets upset at Amuleck for bragging about how great he is when he says, "No, I am exulting in my God."

Guess what? My life is amazing at the moment and I want to talk about it because it makes me feel even better to do that. But I titled this post blessed for a reason. Because that is why my life is good. That is what I AM right now. Blessed.

I talked with my sister on the phone the other night for a few hours. She is adjusting to her midterms at her first semester at BYU so my naturally anxiety prone sister is a STRESS CASE at the moment. While we were talking Logan was SCREAMING at me because he could not hold the phone so I put Carrie on speaker so Logan could feel like he was a part of the conversation. Carolyn started to laugh as she listened to him running around his room babbling and she said, "I can't wait until my life is like yours."

That made me think. Often times I still feel like I am stuck in the middle of my life. I am not at home with my parents anymore but we are still college students. We still are living in a tiny apartment on the tiniest budget that we can. I feel like life hasn't really begun. And I am SO grateful my sister knocked me out of that way of thinking.

When I was in high school I actually wrote a short story called My Married Life Fantasy.  I'll have to post it on here sometime because that is exactly all it was. My sixteen year old idea of what my life would be like when I was like... 30. Here, in a nutshell, is what happens:

I am writing a book at my desk.

I get interrupted by my kids coming home from school. We go to the kitchen to talk about their day, and laud over the perfect spelling tests, and lament over the boys that wont pay enough attention to them, and eat cookies.

My husband comes home. (Remember, I wrote this is before I married Adam.) He is wearing a bloody doctors coat and starts to complain about his last surgery. I give him a look and when he sees the kids he stops his story. He kisses me and then so I can finish making our crock pot dinner, he takes my over eager 5 year old son outside to play basketball so I can talk to our preteen daughter.

End.

Hilarious right? (It really is a fun thing to read over.)
What is more fun is to look at what my average day is now:

I am writing a book at my desk.

Logan wakes up from a nap and I take him into the kitchen for a snack and he babbles at me in the form of a conversation. (Usually him saying mama, me saying what, then him pointing around at things and saying what they are.)

Adam starts to get frustrated from all our noise while he is studying so Logan and I go play in his room and I sort of try to clean. 

Around five I go to make dinner. Logan is grabbing onto my legs and being impossible because he is hungry and I am not looking directly at him. Adam comes to the rescue by taking him into the living room and bouncing him on my exercise ball so I can have five minutes to cook.

Parallels right?

You guys- I AM living my dream. I spend my day taking care of the best husband God put on earth, teaching the CUTEST boy two people ever made, and writing books that sometimes I feel are so good I believe that there is no way I wrote them. (Not the whole book, just parts.)

I am so blessed. I am so blessed that I am married to who I am married too, and that I have the son that I do. Both who are so loving and so happy and so conscious of me and my needs.

I am so blessed that since my miscarriage I have had a constant flow of ideas and desire to write. Usually my writing goes through phases- a few months off, a few months on. But since January I have been a book machine and it FULFILLS me. Me as a person me. Not me the wife or me the mother. Me Sarah. I really believe this is because the Lord knew how hard this year was going to be on me and he said, "Here is a gift that makes it bearable."

Not just bearable. Great. In a totally different way than I had imagined it being.

It saddens me to realize how hard it has been for me to get past the things I thought I wanted and needed to see all that I really have. I am not saying that those desires were not righteous. In fact I still want them. I still look forward to the day when we have a yard and a dishwasher and I don't have to think about how many cans of pumpkin I can afford right now. I look forward to the day when I have more than one child to tell me about their lives.

But... I am so blessed that Anxiety Girl found my rose colored glasses and reminded me to carpe diem.

Life is not really worth living any other way is it?

So today, just for reading this post, I bequeath to you my pink shades :) Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Celebrate

Halloween is not a beloved holiday in our home. We hate to be scared. But, I love the fall and more, I love to have something to look forward too. So I have been desperately perusing Pinterest and my own brain to find ways to look forward too and get ready for Halloween without it being scary. (We just celebrate fun costumes, candy, and warm colors in this house :)

This desire has sort of piggy backed on my desire to be a better mother :) and I have sort of made the goal that Logan and I would do an activity together every day that was fall/ Halloween themed. We have made it three days so far and I am proud :)

October 1st- I made paper candy corns and let Logan decorate them. With markers. (Don't worry they were washable, but he sure had fun with his face :) I think he LOVED that markers don't have to have any pressure to make a mark.
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We also broke out some dollar store Halloween stickers. Also a big hit :) I hung the candy corn on my closet door. Ill have to take a finished picture because they are CUTE!
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October 2nd- People all over pinterest always laud over "sensory play" and sensory bins. I don't know what kind of kids you have but my son is 18 months and STILL eats everything. So I decided to do a sensory play that he could eat. Spider rings in jello :)
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He was unsure about the jello at first.
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But he LOVES his prizes.
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(This is just a photo of him trying to kiss me through my phone. Darling.)
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October 3rd- we went on a nature walk. We have a parking lot at our apartment that people WHIZZ through, and hardly any nature, but sometimes a body just needs to get out.
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We collected sticks and stuff that I am going to use to make a fall themed wreath for a door. I was surprised that we managed to entertain ourselves for almost an hour. Logan loved it.
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These are our collected goodies :) Ill make the actual wreath another day I think.
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Happy Early Halloween!

Also let it be known that the month of September went down as a HUGE success. I lost two pounds, learned how to french braid my own hair, and as of tonight finished yet another novel. Huzzah! (Again, if any one is bored enough to read a Camelot esque story for content let me know!)