Saturday, November 27, 2010

Our Christmas card...

It's not too early to start making & sharing our Christmas card...Hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

...such is life...

Anna's 15th month appt went well today...her stats are 75% for head circ, 45% for weight, and 75% for height.  She hasn't been nursing for a week and she's been doing great!  I wish my body would get the hint and stop producing milk though! (tmi?  Sorry!)

Jacob was crying in his room last night after I put him down...when I went in to see what was wrong he asked me to give him a hug, and told me he missed daddy :(  It totally made me cry, because I miss him too.  We haven't seen much of him for a week :(  He went camping w/ the young men last week and came back saturday.  Then sunday morning he left to California for work.  He's going to be back tonight though...so  we're all pretty excited about that!  He's going to be in Salt Lake all day tomorrow for work, so we won't see him much, but we're blessed he has a job...so I'm not complaining!

I took the kids to the pool on monday evening, and as we were playing in the pool I see Jacob staring at the female life guard, and hear him quoting the Sandlot "...close to me, oily, smiling, close to me, oily, smiling..."  What a funny kid!  I love him!  Sometimes he'll wake up and the first thing he says is "The great Bambino!"  He loves the Sandlot, I just wish we had it edited...some of the words on there totally inapropriate :(  I haven't let him watch it lately b/c he picked up one of the words and he keeps saying it and laughing, eventhough he knows he shouldn't...he's been sent to the corner a few times for that.

He's been accident free for 4 days today!  :)  Potty training has been easier than I had imagined...because it has been 8 days since I started, and 4 of those days he's been accident free! :)  He's such a big boy now, he's so proud he goes in the 'big potty' now!  Anna is such a sweetie too, she's been teething and being weaned off at the same time!  She does so well!  She got two shots today too and she's doing great! I had to buy her new earrings and the ones I got her, irritated her ears! :( ...so she's been dealing with that as well.  But she's amazing, you would never know it!  I love to cuddle with her, she doesn't like it as much anymore, but I want to enjoy it while it lasts!

Well, I better go get her, she just woke up from her nap.  I love it when they wake up happy from their naps.

Kevin (Father in law) is coming over later while they take a nap...I may go get my nails done...still deciding if I should or not...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Before I forget...

I wanted to write a couple of things down before I forget....

Today was the first day I didn't nurse Anna at all...It's probably harder on me than on her...I just hope she sleeps through the night...we shall see. 
Also, as of this past sunday she has been taking about a dozen steps at a time...she still prefers to scoot and one-leg crawl sometimes...but she's gaining more and more confidence every day with her walking.  She also goes up and down the stairs quite fast!

When I was putting Jacob down for the night I asked him if he wanted to pray...fully expecting him to say no, I was a little surprised when he said he would.  He said one of the sweetest prayers...
He prayed so he wouldn't be scared of the wind and the rain outside (he wakes up crying b/c of this sometimes).  He also prayed that he wouldn't be scared of the cars outside, or the trucks, or the jeeps, or the sounds outside.  He prayed for Anna so she could play with him and be happy. He said:
 'please bless Bapa and Jon so they can be safe...(a little pause) for me" :) 
He prayed for his dad and mom, and he prayed so he could be happy.  He prayed so he could play baseball, and hockey...in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.  What a big boy he's turning out to be!  I'm so proud of him and Anna :)
Today's day 3 of his potty training too, he started off awesome...today was a little rough b/c he just didn't have the motivation to go potty every hour like we have been the last couple of days.  He would say he didn't need to go, refuse to go, then have a pee (and once a poop) accident :(  He fully peed downstairs once too :(  It's been a little discouraging, but tonight Randy had a brilliant idea (as always).  He suggested I give him a treat after he went, so he could be more motivated...and of course it worked!  He is still sleeping in pullups, so once I run out of those I'll be losing sleep I guess.  He's also still in his crib so I've been pretty spoiled as far as them sleeping through the night. 
We'll see how tomorrow goes...
Randy goes camping w/ the young men tomorrow and comes back on saturday...we sure are going to miss him! 
I better go get my P90X on or I'll be too tired to exercise! (I know I should probably be exercising in the morning...but nights just work out better for me, I'm just NOT a morning person)...
Good night!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Remember...

Jacob turned 3 yesterday and I can hardly believe it!  He will always be my baby boy though :)
I wanted to write down some cute things he does so I don't forget:

*At night, when he's in his room and not quite ready to go to sleep, he sings at the top of his lungs!  Last night it was "Happy Birthday Jacob..."

*He has endless imagination!  I love it!

*He is VERY active, he loves sports, especially baseball and lately soccer.

*He likes to 'read' me books before he goes to sleep sometimes...I'm amazed at how much he absorbs...some books he can 'read' word per word!

*He loves music, especially Vertical Horizon right now...he has a few songs on repeat on his i-pod (It's actually Randy's but Jacob uses it more).

*He says "pot" at the end of sentences where he doesn't know the word eg. "That's a nice... pot"

*Sometimes when he has done something he shouldn't have he'll say "It's ok mom"....eg. "It's ok mom, it's only water!"

*He has really been trying to be nice to his sister lately, he calls her baby by the way.  If anybody asks him what her name is he says "It's baby Anna!"

*If we're out and about and Anna starts to cry he tries to calm her down by saying "It's ok, I'm right here see?"

*He wants to be Randy!  Everything Randy does he wants to do.

*He's a little parrot!  He talks non-stop, and even when he doesn't know the words we're saying, he'll repeat it and ask what it means.  He likes to join into adult conversations too...he doesn't want to be left out.

*He colors w/ both hands, eats with his right, and hits the baseball left handed...I'm still not sure if he's really ambidextrous or left handed.

*Just when I think I'm going crazy he'll come up to me ask me "Mom, what's wrong?" 

*He's very loving and he loves to cuddle with me :)

*He is very soft hearted, and will get emotional when watching certain movies (eg. "Meet the
Robinsons" when the baby is left crying in front of the door)

*He loves to learn!  Anything from new words to how to use things, he never stops learning!

*He refuses to read 'princess books'  (He saw a couple of those in his room one night and said "those are for baby Anna)  Maybe b/c of the princess party we had for her?

*He will randomly say "Mom/or Dad I love you!" and give us a big hug...sometimes he'll say "I love you guys"

*He also randomly says "I'm so proud of you!"  and "good job! you did it!"

*If you ever watch YoGabbaGabba then you know about the 'cool tricks'  Out of the blue, Jacob will say "Hi my name is Jacob, and my cool trick is..."  It changes all the time.

*He loves this show and he quotes their songs.... ♪ "Keep trying, keep trying, don't give up, never give up..."♪

This list is getting long, it's mostly for me to remember though.  I love my little Jacob, and I'm so grateful to be his mommy :)  He's definitely a defiant toddler sometimes, but he's learning and growing, and we couldn't be prouder of him :)

We took both kids to see Toy Story 3 on Wed, as part of Jacob's birthday celebration.  They loved it!  It was both their first time at the movies, and we were glad they were happily entertained for 2 hours!  We also took them swimming earlier in the day, and they had fun.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A tiny step in the right direction?!

When we got home from our trip to Canada, I had a plan.  By the end of June I was going to have Jacob potty-trained, and Anna weaned off!  It sucks when reality kicks you in the butt!  Especially my butt because it's so BIG! LOL

The day after we got home, I was putting Anna down for her nap, and came out to find Jacob in the bathroom washing his hands!  I opened the door (he had closed it), and asked what he was doing.  He told me he was washing his hands because he went potty in the little potty!  He was using it as a stool, and was standing there, without a diaper!  I thought I was seeing things!  He was telling the truth though, he had gone #1, then closed the little potty and used it as a stool to wash his hands, with soap even! 
Ever since then, I have been trying to get him to go again...and he hasn't been motivated at all :( 
Today however, out of the blue he told me he wanted to go to the big potty like dad!  So we went, and he stood there, and we waited, and waited, and waited, and nothing. :(  I praised him for trying and told him to tell me when he had to go again so we could go to the big potty.  We've been reading the book "Zacks Potty" (which I got at Deseret Book for $1), and I think it is slowly helping J realize he can do it too! 
So today was a tiny step in the right direction...we'll see how things go the rest of the month.  I see all these kids J's age that are already trained and it makes me feel like I'm not doing my job as a mom sometimes.  But then I remember..."he'll go when he's ready!"

Little Anna is now officially 13 months old.  I really thought she was ready to stop nursing right before we left on our trip, because she was eating more food, and nursing less.  We (Randy and I) decided it would be in everyone's best interest if I nursed her on our trip.  I'm glad I did!  She was so out of her comfort zone, it really helped to soother her.  I'm a great believer in letting your kids tell you when they're ready to stop nursing.  I consider it a blessing, and recognize that not everyone is able to nurse as long as I do, and not everyone is able to/ or may not want to nurse their children.  That being said, I am surprised by the number of people who are shocked that I'm "still nursing" Every child is different, and just as Jacob will go when he's ready, Anna will stop nursing when she's ready. :) 
Yesterday was a crazy busy day so I ended up nursing Anna for her lunch instead of her regular 'food lunch' , so today she's been wanting to nurse more.  I know I'm going to miss it when I'm no longer nursing, so I'm trying to stay positive about it, and not rush her, if she's not ready.  We shall see where we are with this at the end of the month.

On another note, I have a lot of friends and family who are super talented, and super creative...hopefully some of that will rub off on me.
Sometimes I feel like I'm years behind everyone!  :( 
I wish I had taken the time to learn when I was younger, so I could be a great cook, baker, know how to sew, decorate etc...
It's hard to find the time to learn those things on my own now...but I want to.  I don't want my kids and or kids' friends to be like: Jacob/Anna- "Mom made cookies!"  Their friends- "Let's go to so and so's house instead!"  LOL   I'm still trying to find the perfect recipe for home-made choc chip cookies...wish me luck!

At the end of the day, it's all about my children, and us parents being happy...but wouldn't it be nice if I made the best cookies!? :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Catching up...

It has been close to a month since my last post!
We got back from Canada on May 28th, we went up there for 9 days for one of my sisters' wedding.  I loved all the attention the kids got!  They were showered with hugs and kisses (and gifts) all day every day we were there!  My immediate family were the only ones who had met our children, actually one of my brothers and one of my sisters hadn't met Anna yet (Missions).  I loved seeing everyone again, it had been 3 years since I had been up there.
My sister's wedding was wonderful, it's always so nice to see a couple so in love!  I love weddings!





I have to admit it got a little chaotic at times (because I was in the wedding party)...I realized how easy we have it here with a temple just minutes away.  We drove 3 hours to Cardston the night before and stayed in a hotel that night.  The next day we went to the ceremony at the temple, took pictures, had a mini picnic w/ the kids (lunch), then drove back another 3 hours to Calgary.  We put Anna down for a nap for less than an hour, then off we went to the reception.  She had a rough day!  Both our kids are super scheduled, they have a time they wake up, eat, sleep, etc, etc...it's perfect for every day living...not so good for travelling : (
They both slept through the night all the nights we were there though, so I can't complain, they were just super unhappy at the end of the day (aka when our friends and family had us over or took us out to dinner).  Most of what everyone saw was two unhappy little kids, but I promise they're not usually like that!  They had their moments too where they were perfectly happy...it's just hard being a 1 and 2 year old and being in a new and unfamiliar environment.  What did we learn?  Our children are amazing!  They really tried their very best to adapt and to be somewhat happy.  It gave me hope for when they're older too...
I have posted pics of our trip on facebook...it's so much easier to post videos and pics on there...

I'm not gonna lie...it was hard to say good bye! I miss my familia already! :(

The day we got home, the kids took almost a 3 hour nap, then went to bed for the night around 8 and slept until 9:30 and 10 the next morning!  They were TIRED! 

I have to mention that they were both teething during our trip too...which doesn't make it any easier on them...why must teething take forever?  I wish all their teeth would come in at once, then they would be miserable for a few days but it would be over with...wishful thinking right?

After the wedding we got to go sight-seeing a little bit and we got together with some friends and family.  My sisters and mom took the kids for one afternoon and we got to go on a date! It was so weird at first...we didn't know wether to take a nap or go out!  We ended up going shopping, and it was so fun just the two of us! 

We have been home for almost a week now and both kids seem to be back to their old happy selves :)  We went out to dinner and movie last night to celebrate Randy's birthday.  I asked Randy if he felt so free because we have gone on two dates in less than a week...and he said "no, because after this date, we get to go home!" LOL  He's such a great helper.  I would go crazy without him!  I love my children, but once in a while, it's nice when it's just us two. :)

Happy Birthday Mijo!  I hope  you know how much you are loved, and how blessed we are to have you in our lives...



-At the Calgary Tower-

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Cinderella Story...

We celebrated Anna's birthday on saturday, she turned 1!  I can't believe how fast my litle baby is growing!  I feel like time is just going so fast, and yet I'm happy she has been learning all kinds of new things and keeps developing and learning every day. 

I decided soon after she was born that for her first birhtday we would have a princess party.  You see, she is the only girl in the Taylor Tots, so I wanted her to be able to look back at the pictures from her party and see what a true princess she is.  I couldn't ask for a better baby!  She is such a joy! 

It has been a bitter-sweet weekend for me b/c I feel like I want her to stay this age forever, but at the same time I know she will continue to grow and develop, and I'm excited for her future.  I tell her we're going to be best friends!  She already loves her little purse, and watches 'project runway' with me, so her and I will get along just fine! 

I'm really grateful for our dear friends and family who joined us on this special day.  Thank you all for your constant love and support.

I love being a mom to my wonderful children.  I say to Randy often how I didn't realize how selfish I was living my life until I had kids!  They have taught me so many things, and I feel like I'm continuing to become a better person, partly because of my experiences as a mother.  I am truly blessed to have happy, healthy children who adore me!  I think when they become teenagers and don't want to hang out with me anymore I will be sad :(  But until then, I will enjoy every minute of it!

I love my children and husband more than life itself, and I will do my best to make sure they know that every day.






I wish I had been able to get Anna to smile...there was so much going on that she didn't want to stop and smile for one second!  Oh well, maybe next year!



My friend Sherry made Anna her Cinderella dress, I love it! She even made her a chocker and head band...Anna was not a fan of the chocker, every time I tried to put it on her she would cry...so sadly she didn't wear it. :(







































Friday, April 30, 2010

I'm bringing Spring back!

Forget about bringing Sexy back...I'm bringing Spring back!  (If only through my blog...)

The way the weather has been the last couple of days, has given us a lot more time indoors...and what better thing to do than get caught up on my blog!?  (I guess there are more productive things I could be doing)...
But since Anna's napping, and Jacob is happily playing w/ his toys and watching curious George...why not post some pics!?
For family home evening this past monday, we decided it was the perfect Spring weather, to get some ice cream, and fly a kite!  We went to the MTC Learning Park in Ogden.  It was a nice day, it just wasn't as windy as we thought it was to fly a kite.
Jacob was so cute!  He kept bringing me 'flowers' (aka weeds)!  He had so much fun that by the time we got home he was ready for bed!  He didn't even talk in his room before falling asleep like he usually does...Here are some pics of our little outing :)






These were my 'flowers' :)




















This is how we knew it was time to go home...
(He was frustrated with his kite here)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Baby

Hahahaha!  I bet you thought I was announcing I was preggers again!  My new baby is actually a new blog!  I decided to dedicate this blog for Family Adventures (as the title suggests)...and all my fitness/deal findings will now be posted on my new blog! 
Come check it out!  It's called Healthy, Provident Life...I like it! 
Hope to see your comments on there!
I'll be posting some family pics on this one soon...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pampers diaper deal...

Here's a great deal on Pampers diapers and wipes. The best part is, you don't need to leave your house to do it!

Here's what you do step by step:

■Register with Diapers.com for a new account. Note: this offer is good for new accounts only.

■Add the following items to your cart:

■Pampers Cruisers Dry Max Diapers- Economy Plus Pack, $42.99

■Pampers Sensitive Thick Wipes Tub, $3.99

■Pampers Sensitive Wipes Tub, $3.49


■Use the promo code DPRDSCT at checkout to receive $10 off your order and FREE shipping over $49.

■Your out of pocket costs will be $40.49.

■Print and submit this mail-in rebate and submit within four weeks to receive $14.97 back. I submitted this and got the $14.97 back!

■Print and submit for the $100 P&G Coupon Booklet for spending $50 on P&G products (before coupons).

After you receive your MIR, you’ll have paid just $25.52 for an extra large case of diapers, 2 tubs of wipes, and qualify for the $100 in P&G coupons!

You can use one manufaturer coupon per item. You need to send your packing slip from your order, along with any coupons to get credited. (if you want to use man coupons you need to submit them first to diapers.com and then once they show up on your account you can use them to place your order) I didn't send any in, b/c even w/out man coupons it's still a great deal for these diapers!

* Make this deal better by shopping through Ebates  (1% cashback and a $5 bonus when you sign up!)

I did the math, and for a size 3 box (160 diapers) you'll be paying about 0.11 cents per diaper! That's better than buying them at Costco! (The lowest we've paid is about 0.16 cents per diaper at Costco)
Hope this helps someone out there!  I had posted this on facebook too, but I thought I'd post it here as well.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lime Ricki

If you're a fan of modest swim wear, you may want to check out Lime Ricki. They have a giveaway right now on their blog...so I thought I'd post it in case anybody I know is interested in entering...I hope I win!  But if I don't, I hope someone I know wins! :)  Yay!  Summer's just around the corner :)  Go here to enter the giveaway.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Patience...

I was reading an article not long ago titled "10 Things Women Do That Drive Guys Crazy" (as in 'annoying')and I was shocked at how many of those things I do!  It was kind of fun to read the article, but I was also reminded of how patient Randy is to put up with almost all those 10 things (and then some) that I do!
The funniest for me is the 'disorganized dishwasher' I didn't know there was a 'certain way' to organize your dish washer (until I married Randy that is)...and now that I know...it makes sense and I can fit more dishes in there!  who knew!?
Thanks mijo, for being so patient! 



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Friday, March 12, 2010

Victoria's Secret


Victoria's Secret has free shipping today with all their online orders(NO minimum purchase) with code SHIPFREE.  Plus, with every online order you'll get a VS gift card worth at least $10(could be more).  They have a lot of things clearanced for under $10.  You can also go through Ebates and make 2% on your online purchase!  Happy Shopping!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Once upon a time...

There were 3 little Taylor Tots, and they were the cutest little babies...





But they grow so fast...And this is them now...Still the cutest, just not babies anymore.



Sorry Michelle,this was the only pic the boys stayed semi-still for!


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bad breath?

Nala must have been worried about having bad breath this morning.  I was gone w/ the kids for about 30 minutes...only to find this nice surprise in the front room when I got back:



She ate almost 2 full packs of gum, a couple of oreos, and whatever cereal was left in the cereal box. I thought I closed the pantry before I left...but I guess I should have checked again.

I don't know about you, but chewing just one piece of the 'Big Red' gum is enough for me...and she ATE the whole package (aluminum wrappers and all)...

I've given her some hydrogen peroxide (the vet told us to give her a 1/2 tsp so she'll throw it all up). She's outside right now and doesn't want to come in...
Let's just hope she has a good rest of the day and an even better night!
Gotta love our Nala!

Monday, February 15, 2010

My own...

Hurray!  I got a personal trainer (read previous post...) I didn't win it though...Randy got it for me!  I'm planning on giving it a try tonight and starting either the 6 day or 30 day challenge (depending on which is more flexible)...I'll be sure to blog about my experience.  I'm so excited to start working out again...last week was a rough one...wish me luck!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Personal Trainer

I wish I could afford a 'real' personal trainer!  It would give me all the motivation I need to keep working out and to eat healthy every day...so I thought I'd give this giveaway a shot...they're giving away an EA Sports Active Personal Trainer!  I want to win one!!


Go here to enter the giveaway

p.s. tired of my giveaways?  I figure it doesn't hurt to enter, and someday I may actually win something!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Week 5

Happy Groundhog Day! I guess he saw his shadow...so we still have another 6 weeks left of winter...just when I thought spring was around the corner! Oh well, the last few days have been nice, other than the 'inversion' The air is so dirty right now, I feel bad for people w/ asthma.

This week has been a great week! I lost 3.5 lbs! I didn't do anything special, just stuck to my regular work out and tried not to snack after dinner (most nights) :)
This week I'm doing ok so far, I only managed to squeeze in 30 mins of exercise yesterday instead of my usual hour. With the super bowl coming up this weekend I hope everyone stays on track...I plan to at least have a platter of raw veggies around so I don't over indulge on wings or cheetos!

It's a new month which means I can start over and recommit to accomplishing my goals...I started slacking on my 'organizing' goals, so I gotta make up for that, but I was able to fit (more like squeeze) into my pre-pregnancy jeans the other day and that just made my day! I have been in an awkward 'in between' stage since I had Anna...Too small to fit into my maternity clothes, yet too big to fit into my regular clothes...Isn't it funny how such a little thing can have such a big impact? I still have a way to go, but it's these little victories that will help me to progress. I have decided that although exercising is not my favorite thing in the world right now...eventually I will like it, and by then I will have seen benefits from it...so I'm sticking with it!

On another note, Valentine's day is just around the corner! I remember the days I used to look forward to a trip to Victoria's Secret...not so much lately! I'm working on it though, so maybe in two weeks I'll change my mind :) Sorry I may have shared too much just now....
I'm sure I'm not the only woman out there with this issue. Sometimes it's just hard to look in the mirror after having kids (especially when you had the amazing body that I did! hahahaha I hope you don't think I'm being serious here)...but then I remember how beautiful, healthy, and blessed my children are...and suddenly a few stretch marks here and there don't seem so horrible! I would do it over again in a heart beat for my children.  Plus, it helps that I have such a supportive and loving husband...who still finds me attractive.  Sometimes I just need to not doubt that, and be grateful I've been blessed with children.

It IS important to make time for ourselves, and to have some 'me' time. I don't think it's selfish, because as the main caregiver, if we're not feeling good, we can't take care of our families. So a trip to the salon or spa once in a while is almost a requirement to staying sane! Even just little things help...have you ever had a nice bath and then done your nails or something, and you almost feel like a new person!? I have! I always say a little nail polish on your toe nails goes a long way! Speaking of, I need a pedicure asap :) 
Randy always makes it a point to buy me things that make me feel 'pretty' ( sounds kinda pathetic, but sometimes I need 'stuff') such as my favorite (though expensive) perfume J'adore, and my favorite (though over priced) brand of make up Lanc√≥me.  How many of your husbands know the exact shade of foundation/powder you wear?  Randy does!  Because he buys it for me all the time!  Thanks mijo!

The moral of the story is, take care of yourself so you can then take care of others....everyone's happier that way. 

Have a fun week and though I ramble a lot, I will be blogging again soon! (Lucky you)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

4 week status...

I lost 2 pounds!  yay!  That brings my total to 4 pounds lost in 4 weeks! 1 pound/ week is exactly what I need to be doing :)

This past week I exercised more than the previous one.  I also started a food diary...which lasted about 3 days! :(  Since I'm nursing it just wasn't accurate for me.  I tried to make it on 1224 calories/day a couple of those 3 days...and by the third day I felt like I had been fasting for a week!  So maybe I need to call my doctor and see how many calories he suggests for a nursing mother.  I read somewhere (maybe fitness magazine?) that it should be more like 1900 calories/day.  That sounds better!

Good luck in your efforts to lose weight and we'll see how I do this week!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Solution? Maybe

Everytime we go out to eat with our two wonderful kids(not being sarcastic, they really are wonderful) I am reminded why we hardly ever do!  Little Princess Anna does ok as long as she's entertained.  I guess Jacob is the same way, except what works one day to entertain him, may bore him to death the next! 
So I found this giveaway for a 'designer diner'  this is how they describe it "This handy little mat does double duty with a wipe-clean placemat on one side and a reusable chalk mat on the other. The Designer Diner also includes a 12 piece box of (non-toxic) chalk hidden in a coordinating pouch that easily detaches. And mamas, don't worry about it taking up your whole diaper bag. Simply roll the Designer Diner up and tie the matching ribbon to secure."
I entered the giveaway and I'm excited to see if I win!  If I don't win...I may just have to buy one...

You can go here to enter the giveaway!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

3rd Week...

This week was one of those weeks that I'd rather not re-live again :)  Only because I only exercised once this week! :(  I had two sick kids, a sick husband, and now a sick me...so that's my excuse!  Really though, it's been rough w/ the kids having a cold, I was just so tired at the end of the day for exercise, and forget about waking up early for it.  I was up multiple times during the night and the only time the kids have both slept in past 8 am and I have felt well rested was the last couple of days! 
So enough complaining right? 
I'm not going to let a rough week ruin my ultimate goal (lose 20 pounds by the end of May)...So last night after everyone was asleep, I stayed up and exercised w/ the help of our Wii fit!  I ran about 8.5 miles! YAY!  It felt good to sweat after not exercising for 5 days!  So I didn't loose any weight this week, but I didn't gain any either...so this week I just gotta concentrate on exercising more regularly.  Does anybody else have a hard time spelling exercise?  I spell check it EVERY time!  You'd think I would know how to spell it by now.

On another note, I said my next post would be about my cute kids w/ pictures included so here I go.
Anna is now a crawling little princess!  She wants to put everything in her mouth, and has started standing in her crib and pack n' play!  My little baby is not so little anymore, and that makes me kinda sad.  I take twice as long putting her down to sleep lately because I just love how soft, warm and cuddly she is!  She's sure a mama's girl!  Poor Randy tries to help with her and as long as she doesn't see me she's fine (most of the time), but as soon as she sees me, she wants me to hold her.  How can you resist a little princess like this? 






Our little Jacob is such a bright little guy.  He learns so many words and things every day, he amazes me.  Yesterday I had the hardest time getting him to let me bathe him...so Randy got home from work and tried and tried to convince him to go upstairs and take a bath.  Finally Randy convinced him by promising bubbles in the tub!  Jacob got a 'blueberry' scented bubble bath bottle in his stocking for Christmas, and we still hadn't used it.  So Randy bathed him, and Jacob was just so agreeable and happy, I just couldn't believe it!  He had been throwing fits everytime I even mentioned the word 'bath'...
Sometimes Randy's got the magic touch with the kids! 

Here's Jacob at Autie Kay's house on Christmas Eve


He loves wearing his BYU hat!


Here he is at the Temple Square Lights...exploring!


I was happy Randy was able to bathe Jacob, because it gave me time to catch up on my reading!  I don't have time to read books, I actually rarely have the time to read 'an article', so it was nice to just relax for a few minutes and read "Elle magazine" of all the magazines I have! LOL  I have so many magazines, I fill up our 'recycle' bin every other week!  I had free subscriptions to a whole bunch of magazines this year, everything from 'Parents' to 'Martha Stewart Living' to 'Shape'  Most of the subscriptions have expired, but it was fun to have all those mags to read...not that I read them all, I have to admit, most times they just took up space in my kitchen.  Anyways, where is this going?  Oh yeah, I got them all from my favorite blog http://www.hip2save.com/ I just love it!

These past couple of weeks I have been slowly 'dejunking' my house, and it shows!  I don't get so overwhelmed now, and I'm not constantly stressing about things I need to do around the house.  It has been nice for everyone!  So I've had success becoming 'somewhat' organized, and I'll continue working at it, as well as working on my weight loss.

Have a happy week and I'll keep updating my progress!