what a pain

well, i changed my layout, and in doing so, i guess i deleted some info. so, i am missing some links to some of my friends/family's blogs! if you see your name on this list please send me and email with a link to your blog!

sara chadwick
heather fry
betty mortensen
joe mortensen



Six Years Ago Today...

...Brad and I got married! Yep, today is our 6th Wedding Anniversary. I can't believe it.

We met in September, and were married by December. So, technically I've only known him for just over 6 years all together. CRAZY!

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful husband, and beautiful, funny, crazy children. I love being a wife and mother. My life is so full and so is my heart. (How's that for cheesy???)

Our engagement photo.



Seven Weeks Already...

I can hardly believe 7 weeks have gone by...our little Drew isn't so little anymore! Last week I had my 6 week post-partum check up, and after they weighed me, I weighed myself again holding the baby to get an idea of how big he was. Well, according to their scale, he is about 13 lbs! That seemed huge to me...but he is quite a little tank, so maybe it's right?!?!

Anyway, I took a few pics the other day and decided to find some of Jakob and Joshy when they were about the same age, just to compare. In my opinion, Drew looks more like Jakob did at this age than Joshy...but we all know how much they change! We still can't determine what color his eyes are...maybe green, or blue. There isn't much brown in them, but they are very dark. We'll see!

He is a happy little guy, still pretty mellow and such a sweetie. He smiles and coos at us and it's just the cutest thing ever. I love my boys!

Drew at 7 weeks

Jakob at about 6 weeks

Joshy at 6 weeks

Who do you think he resembles most?


Good Friday

When we got home from picking up Jakob (and Kai) from school on Friday, I needed to put Joshy down for a nap, but he didn't want to of course, so he said he would take a nap on my bed. Well, in the past this has usually ended up with him jumping on my bed and just playing instead of sleeping. So I was reluctant to agree, but because his big blue eyes are just so hard to resist sometimes (and because I just REALLY wanted him to take a nap!), I agreed. I then got the baby out of his carseat and changed his diaper. Then on my way back out to the living room, I snuck a peek in at Joshy who was miraculously ASLEEP! What a nice feeling...knowing that I wasn't going to have to battle with a 2-year-old to take a nap today! So I turned around with a smile on my face to go sit down and nurse Drew and watch some of my favorite things - Food Network and HGTV. Well, as I walked into the living room I realized Jakob wasn't there, the back sliding door was open and our back gate was also open. After brief moment of panic I saw him standing just a few feet outside our gate, intently watching the tree trimmers chop branches off the trees. I reminded him he was never allowed to go outside of our gate alone, and asked him to come in. Of course then he was begging and pleading with me to stay out there to watch the workers. So, then I said he could keep the gate open, but had to stay right inside of it to watch them. That way I could see him from where I would be sitting on the couch. He agreed, without any argument...which surprised me just about as much as Joshy falling asleep on my bed in under 5 minutes! At this point, I said to myself, "Today is a good day." And I went back in the house to nurse the baby. At first Jakob was just standing at the gate, then he had moved a chair over to the gate, then he moved his table, then he came in and asked for "project supplies" (construction paper, scissors, crayons, etc.) so he could work on a project while he watched the men trim the trees. Once I finished nursing Drew, I propped him up on my nursing pillow and went to grab my camera. I had to document this day. So, here is Joshy sleeping soundly, Jakob sitting at the gate, and Drew, just chillin' on the couch. Gotta love afternoons like that!!!!!!!!!!!!


FYI Jane Austen Lovers

A while back I posted something about PBS showing tons of Jane Austen movies starting in January. Well, here's an updated list of what will be showing when.

MASTERPIECE THEATRE'S “The Complete Jane Austen” on PBS (check with your local station for times)

Persuasion - January 13, 2008
*starring Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones

Northanger Abbey - January 20, 2008
*starring Felicity Jones and JJ Feild

Mansfield Park - January 27, 2008
*starring Billie Piper (Doctor Who) and Blake Ritson

Miss Austen Regrets - February 3, 2008

Pride and Prejudice - February 10 - 24, 2008
*starring Colin Firth

Emma - March 23, 2008 at 9pm
*starring Kate Beckinsale

Sense and Sensibility - March 30 - April 6, 2008
*starring Hattie Morahan and David Morrissey


They finally announced who was cast as Edward Cullen...

Robert Pattinson. He played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter...for those of you who recognize him!

What do you think???


Proud Moment

Some of you may remember a couple of months ago I mentioned that I was going to jump right in and try to potty train Joshy before the baby was born. Well, unfortunately that didn't happen because right after I decided to do that, both of my grandfathers passed away within a 2 week period and we were traveling alot - which is not conducive to potty training. So, I put it off, and then when we only had 5-6 weeks left before the baby came, I decided that it wouldn't be worth it to even start because it would probably all go down the tubes (no pun intended) once the baby came. So, now the baby is here and Joshy is pretty much potty training himself. It's great! He's about half-way there. So, here's a picture of the proud boy...he loves doing things "just like Jakob!" It's great to have a big brother to look up to!


Blake Lewis

So, this is for any of you out there who watched American Idol with Blake Lewis - the beatboxer. I thought he was amazing and totally loved his performances. He is so talented. Well, yesterday I bought his new CD and I think it's great. Check out his website for more info:

Santa Baby

Isn't he the cutest little Santa you've ever seen??? :)


Lets Say Thanks

It's FREE...

Have a card sent out to the troops.

They don't ask for personal information, just your first name, state, and home town.

If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we are behind them...

I got a little teary-eyed just looking at all the handmade card designs. They are all made by kids and are just amazing. Check it out!


Looky Book

Hey all you moms (and dads!) out there who love to find fun new books for your kids! Check out this cool website http://www.lookybook.com to see books, cover to cover. It's awesome! Just register (it's FREE) and have fun browsing tons of cool kids' books!


But It Tastes Good!!!!

Last night for our FHE activity we let the boys decorate a gingerbread house. Of course they loved every minute of it and most of the time Joshy was laying on the table eating the candy. Jakob was a bit more methodical about his decorating.

Well, this morning, I came out of my room to find Joshy picking the candy off of the house. (We had mistakenly left it out on the table last night...) So I said, "Joshy, don't eat candy for breakfast!" To which he replied so matter-of-factly, "But it tastes good!" Gotta love 2-year-olds!


Somewhat psychotic...

That's how I am feeling today. I know it's a mixture of exhaustion, hormones, pain (breast infection & the WORST case of cold sores on my lip EVER), annoyance at how nasty my house is right now, etc., etc., etc. But knowing that doesn't make me feel any better about being a crazy woman. In fact I think it might be better to just be crazy for no reason at all. Didn't someone once say, "Ignorance is bliss?" Being crazy, but not knowing you're crazy or WHY you're crazy might be nice. (See...I am somewhat pscyhotic!)

side note: Drew turned 1 month old yesterday...and I can't believe how fast it's going by and how fat the little guy is getting. Yes. Fat. He has a double chin. CUTE!

So, I guess the fact that I've made it this far and am just now having psychotic moments is probably a good thing.

I hope you're all having a "normal" and "fun" weekend!



Ok, so it's been a while since I've posted anything of substance. I promise, I am not a shallow girl who only cares about reading Twilight! :)

On a more serious note...I don't know if any of you have heard of "Baby Grace" or not, but I was reading an article about her today stating that the parents admitted to torturing and killing her. She was only 2 years old. Her body was in a storage bin that was found by a fisherman. This was in Galveston, TX. That is the beach I went to as a teenager. Her parents live in the town I grew up in (Spring, TX). I could actually picture the place where she was found. After reading the horrid details of what happened to the little girl I had to stop and take a minute to be grateful for my children and that they are in a safe and loving home.

There is too much unimaginable abuse and pain in this world and if it wasn't for our Savior and the Atonement, I think I would be constantly depressed. But instead I have hope. Hope that people will choose to do the right thing. Hope that the victims' suffering will end soon. Hope that someday, somewhere, those victims will know what it feels like to be loved and be happy.

I am so grateful that I grew up in a loving home, with parents who sacrificed for my welfare and who strived daily to teach me what is right and loved me unconditionally.



Ok...so it's been said (and is QUITE obvious) that I'm a little obsessed with the Twilight series. Ever since I found out who is playing Bella in the movie, I can't stop thinking about who will play Edward. I never saw Star Wars with Hayden Christensen, and have in fact never seen anything with him, but I couldn't get him out of my mind as a good possible Edward. So, I looked him up on google and found a TON of really good pictures, but this one caught my eye as what I pictured Edward like. What do you think?

"Edward stood in the halo of the porch light, looking like a male model in an advertisement for raincoats." Twilight, p. 358.



For those of you obsessed with the Twilight series like I am, you might be interested in seeing who has been cast as Bella for the movie. Check it out!



I was having a little fun with the camera this afternoon...

Tiny toes.

Mad face.

On his tummy.


12 Days Old

Well, Andrew/Drew is almost 2 weeks old! I can't believe it! He's doing great, getting bigger and stronger every day.

My mom was with us until yesterday afternoon. She was amazingly helpful! She was cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, entertaining my kids, helping with the baby, etc. the whole time. We really appreciated it and were sad to see her go. Thanks mom, we love you!


You know you're the mom of boys when...

This is from a Tonka ad that both Brad and I found quite amusing, and true! So we thought we'd share...

You know you're the mom of a boy when...
he surprises you with a bouquet of flowers with the roots still attached!

Your son might be shy, or the type to smother you with hugs and kisses. Either way, the important thing is to keep showing him how much you love him, while letting him express his feelings his way!

You're sure to feel like a real boy's mom...
when you say things like, "No, you may NOT climb the bookcase!"

Boys don't just like to be active, they need to be. Give him the space he needs for his boundless energy -- and structure and guidelines to help keep him safe.

Have you ever heard yourself say...
"No, you cannot place your sister/brother 'under arrest'!"

Boys love to fantasize about being a hero! Vehicle play helps them act out their dreams, letting them race to the rescue and crash into the bad guys' hangout. So give your boy the tools he needs to explore his active imagination!

If you're the mom of a boy...
you probably think "preschool age" means how much you'll age before he enters school!

During a play date, your son and his friend are playing peacefully -- on opposite ends of the room! Chances are, the boys are getting along fine, they're just engrossed in their own play. Despite how it may appear, they're still enjoying each other's company!

Moms of boys...
have homes that are decorated with dump trucks on the coffee table!

Give him a truck, car or train and watch his eyes light up! Boys love anything that moves, and there's no end to the ways they can play with it. Ask him about the different "missions" his vehicles are going on...you'll be amazed at the stories he tells you!

Did you ever think that someday...
you'd know how to make race-car noises -- by car models?

Boys are often slower to start talking than girls are -- but they quickly learn to open up when they spend time with more talkative children. Encourage your boy to talk by asking him questions about his toys and his friends...soon you may have a real chatterbox on your hands!

The Kite Runner

For any of you who might be interested, there is a movie of The Kite Runner coming out in December (I believe).

Click here to see the trailer.

I loved this book...it was very powerful, so I'm hoping the movie will do it justice!

Identity Crisis

Last week I gave Joshy a haircut...his curls had turned into a two-inch halo/afro and just weren't so cute anymore. So, I decided to give him a trim...and when that didn't seem right, I cut more off. So, this is what he ended up with...

After he was all cleaned up, he walked into my room and saw his reflection in our mirrored closet door. He kind of did a double take and then said, "I'm Jakob!" It was really funny, but also very cute to see him realize he now looked like Jakob with his short hair. Such a funny kid!


Sleepy baby...

So, tonight at 7:27pm, Andrew will be officially 1 week old! I can't believe it. Here is a picture of him doing what he does best...SNOOZING!

He is such a sweet, mellow little guy...but since we've only known him for a week, I'm not sure it will stay that way! We are excited to get to know him better and find out what kind of personality he has. Before Joshy was born, I wasn't sure there could be another kid with as unique of a personality as Jakob...BOY WAS I WRONG! They are both such funny characters and so different from each other. So, I am really curious to see what the future holds as far as his personality goes!

Thanks for all the congratulations and well wishes. It means a lot to me to know that so many people care about us!

Big brothers

I don't know what I really expected out of Jakob and Joshy, but I must admit I have been pleasantly surprised by the love and affection they show toward their new little brother! Here are a few cute pictures of them holding the baby.

Even though you can't see the baby, this is Joshy giving him a hug.

Joshy saying "CHEESE!"

Jakob does a really good job holding him!

Putting on the armor of God

Last night for FHE we read about Captain Moroni and about finding protection in righteousness. So, part of our lesson was an activity where we dressed up the boys in "armor" representing the armor described in Ephesians 6:14-? - Loin girting (towel), breastplate (backpack), helmet (steamer), sword (spatula), shield (pie tin), footwear (snow clogs). Once they had all the armor on, we threw cereal at them to show them that the armor was protecting them. Of course Josh just wanted to eat the cereal (Crunch Berries) instead of throw it! But, they had a lot of fun and the pictures are pretty funny...so here ya go!


Welcome Home

Drew and I came home today...just wanted to thank all of you for your congrats and well wishes! We are both doing great!

...More pictures and posts coming soon!!


He's Finally Here!!!

Well to start off this is actually Brad and this is my first attempt ever in my life to post a blog. So I hope I don't screw things up too bad.

Well Andrew James Hanson was born at 7:27 PM on Tuesday, October 30th at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long. Definitely the smallest of the 3 babies so far, and that made things move rather quickly.

Well here is a play by play of how I saw things happen. I am sure that Shari will have her own version but she can correct that at a later date. Here goes.

We arrived at the hospital at approximately 12:15 in the afternoon. After getting Shari checked in and familiar with the room they began her on her IV and Pitosin or however the heck you spell it. At this point she was still only dilated to a 2. She continued to have contractions but nothing too serious. At about 4:30 Dr. Braithwaite came in and broke her water to hopefully get things going. At this point she was still only dilated to a 2. Our nurse all along said that she wanted this baby to come between 7 and 7:30 PM which is when she was ending her shift. Obviously with this time table that did not seem to be the case and Shari's doctor even came by and said that based on all the numbers he would guess we would see this baby around 10 or 11. The contractions began getting stronger, longer and a lot closer together and at about 6:30 Shari asked for the epidural. The soonest they could get the anesthesiologist in was when the new one showed up for his shift at 7 PM. So he came in at 7 and got her epidural going and he wrapped that up at about 7:15 PM. At this point Shari was laying on her side and looked like she was in a lot of pain and apparently said something to her new nurse. I then asked the nurse what was going on and she said that Shari was feeling a lot of pressure and was wanting to push. She checked Shari and this point, and I am guessing she had to be at a 10 cause she immediately called for help from another nurse and got Dr. Clayton in there rather quickly. Once the Dr. got there it was a matter of 3 or 4 pushes and no more than 5 to 7 minutes and Andrew was here. Our schedule was so out of whack and he came so much quicker than we anticipated that Shari's mom who is here from China for this didn't even make it to the hospital in time.

I am sure that I left things out, but I hopefully got enough information in here for everyone. Shari and Andrew are doing great. He looks amazingly healthy. As one of the nurses put it, "He looks perfectly cooked!" We are very grateful for this new little miracle. If anybody would like to visit her or give her a call, I know she would love it. Just send an e-mail to her e-mail and I will be checking it and will get you her phone number or room number.


Golden Compass - FYI

I'm sure most of you have seen previews for this movie, or have heard about somewhere. My sister sent me this link to snopes.com with more info. I too thought it looked like kind of a cool movie until I read this...very disappointing in my opinion!

Click here for the full story: GOLDEN COMPASS

Pumpkin Patch 2007

Reaching Toward The Savior

I receive these kinds of quotes every day, called "LDS Gems" -- and wanted to share this one with you.

"Seeking [the] fruit of righteousness, it is no wonder that we. . stretch with longing and adoration toward the Savior, for we know He extends 'the arm of mercy towards them that put their trust in him'(Mosiah 29:20). Because this glorious promise is true, where else would we look, where else would we reach, where else would we come but to Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, the Lamb of God, our Messiah?

"I know that 'the Son of Righteousness arise[s] with healing in his wings' (3 Nephi 25:2) . . . for each one of us. He would guide and bless and gather us--if we will choose to come unto Him. May we do so every day of our lives."

(Anne C. Pingree, "To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 115)


Trunk-or-Treat 2007

Last night was our annual tri-ward Trunk-or-Treat...the kids had a blast!

Here are a few pics...


5 Things Tag

My sis-in-law Sara tagged me...so here ya go!

5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
(I was 19!!!)

1. Loading/unloading baggage & cargo at the airport in Houston.
2. Living at my parents' house in Houston
3. Going to college
4. Travelling alot b/c I worked for an airline
5. Wondering what in the world I should do with my life!!!!

5 things on my "to-do" list today:

1. Take Jakob and Kai to preschool
2. Drop off treats for the people I visit teach
3. Attempt to get the baby room more organized
4. Make a schedule of what my kids do for my mom (or whoever watches them while I'm in the hospital!)
5. Work on making the posters for December's HFPE

5 snacks I enjoy:

1. Fresh fruit
2. Graham crackers and milk
3. String cheese (or any kind of cheese for that matter!)
4. Cheetos
5. Pretzels

5 songs I know the lyrics to:

1. Two Step - Dave Matthews Band
2. Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
3. I Am A Child Of God - all verses (and a ton of other primary songs!)
4. Ants Marching - DMB
5. Popular - Wicked Soundtrack

5 things I would do if I was a millionaire:

1. Pay off all debts
2. Buy a new car - Expedition XL or Suburban/Yukon XL
3. Contribute a large amount to my kids' college/mission funds
4. Invest
5. Buy a house

5 bad habits:

1. Short/hot temper
2. Sometimes too outspoken
3. Procrastinating
4. Letting my house get too messy
5. Being lazy

5 things I'd never wear again:

1. Neon colors
2. Stretch pants
3. Tight-rolled jeans
4. short shorts
5. Overalls

5 things I like to do:

1. Read
2. Blog (and read blogs!)
3. Watch movies
4. Swim or go to the beach
5. Learn new recipes

5 favorite toys:

1. Computer (now)
2. TiVo (now)
3. Jam Ball (as a child)
4. Nintendo (then AND now!)


Jane Austen Lovers - FYI


Looking ahead into 2008, Masterpiece Theater on PBS suggests you flag January 13th in your datebook. That's when "The Complete Jane Austen" begins airing on Sunday nights, with new presentations of Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. The lineup also includes Emma, the acclaimed film starring Kate Beckinsale (and the best version of Emma in my opinion!), and Pride and Prejudice, the Emmy award-winning miniseries that made Colin Firth a heartthrob. Miss Austen Regrets, a true story based on Jane Austen's own letters and diaries, will also be a part of the four-month marathon.

I think that living in a house full of testosterone entitles me to a four-month marathon of Jane Austen romance stories...don't you????

Looking forward to January...


The end is in sight...

Well, so much for delivering at 39 weeks. My doc never should have mentioned that he'd induce a week early if he wasn't serious. SHEESH. Ok, so I'm over it. Now I know that if I don't at least deliver in the next few days, I'm scheduled to be induced on Tuesday, October 30th at 11am. So, of course I've known that there would be an end to this pregnancy, but it's nice to know the date it will end! :) Unfortunately I am pretty much guaranteed to miss out on Halloween stuff. But, if I'm still pregnant on Saturday then I guess I can enjoy seeing my kids dressed up at our annual tri-ward Trunk-or-Treat. So, today I've been trying to just keep living life...and not thinking about how disappointed I am that I'm having this baby early. Well, I guess it gives me time to finish up some of the random things that need to be done. Plus, since I'm still pregnant I get to go to my Book Club tonight and talk about Twilight with everyone! YAY! That will be really fun. My mom arrived yesterday from China...so she is trying to get over jetlag, but I guess it's a good thing I haven't already had the baby, because by next week her body should be adjusted and she'll feel more able to help out. I'm glad she's here and I am really glad that it's almost over. I'm just DONE. But, I guess he's nice and cozy in there and doesn't intend on making is debut any time soon. Why is my womb so dang comfortable??? Ha ha. Just kidding. :)


Fall 2008?????

So, I finished Eclipse this morning...and was left feeling very frustrated knowing that book #4 Breaking Dawn won't be out until next year...if that. AHHHHHH. I hate waiting.

However, I was very excited to see that Stephenie Meyer is also working on another version of Twilight written from Edward's perspective. Click here to check out chapter 1 of Midnight Sun.

For more info about the Twilight series or the author, go to: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/


Just a little obsessed...

This month's pick for my book club is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I had heard alot about it and also had a few people tell me that they thought I would love it and should read it sometime. Well, I just figured it would have to wait until I had time. So, I was naturally really excited when I heard we'd be reading it this month.

I must admit, it took me a little to get into it...but a lot of that had to do with the fact that I could never sit down to read more than a few paragraphs at a time without being interrupted. BUT, once I got into it, I could not put it down! Then once I finished it, I could not wait to get my hands on the second book in the series, New Moon.

In an effort to save some money, I spent some time checking online, but the thought of waiting for it to be shipped was driving me crazy. I needed it NOW. So, when Brad called me from Costco on Tuesday evening to ask if we needed anything, I asked him to look for it. Well, they didn't have it, but they did have the third book, Eclipse, (for something like $10.50 and it is $18.99 elsewhere) so he asked if I wanted it. OF COURSE! But what was I going to do? I couldn't read that yet...I still desperately wanted to get my hands on #2.

So, later we went to Target...and I thought that maybe, just maybe I'd get lucky and they'd have it there. (Target doesn't really have the best selection of books...so I didn't have my hopes up TOO high.) Well, lo and behold, they had ONE copy. (on sale for like $16 or something) I snatched it up and was so excited to continue reading when we got home.

Well of course I'm finished with that, and already half way done with #3...mainly because it's easy "young adult" fiction, but also because I LOVE the story! It's great fun.

It has been a long time since I've been this "obsessed" (as Brad likes to call it) with a book/series. I'm also grateful for the timing...because I know with baby #3 just around the corner, this just wouldn't be possible.

What books have sucked you in? I'd love to know!


Still nothing yet...

I'm dilated 1 cm and 50 % effaced.

No talk of inducing me yet.

Doc wants to see me next week -- to strip my membranes.

(That just sounds SO pleasant, doesn't it?)

I've never had that done...so I have no idea what to expect.

We're keeping our fingers crossed that I will just go into labor so we can meet this kid already!!!!!



I took an online ink-blot test today...I've never taken one, and was curious. (How fitting!) Here are the results:

"Shari, your subconscious mind is driven most by Curiosity

You are full of questions about life, people, and your own potential. You spend more time than others imagining the possibilities for your life — and you're open to things others are too afraid to consider. You have an almost physical need to know and do more. It's only through new experiences that you feel a greater understanding of yourself and the world. You also have a rebellious streak that shows up when you feel unable to truly influence the world or circumstances around you. Your appetite for novel experiences also shows an openness others don't have, but wish they did. Your psyche is very rich; the more you learn about it, the more you will understand who you really are."


It's a hat/treat bucket!

Yesterday I bought these cute little Halloween treat buckets at Target. First of all, I was really excited because they resemble the ones from Pottery Barn Kids that I had been eyeing online for a few days, on sale for $7.99 from $12.99. Well, at Target they were $7.99 and very cute and I didn't have to wait for them to be shipped, or pay for shipping! So I went for it. Well, my kids apparently decided to turn them into funny hats...and they were being quite cute, so here are a few pictures for you to enjoy...my little pumpkin head boy and spider head boy...


Nothing yet...

I saw my doctor today, and kind of expected him to check me since he's been saying all along that he wants me to deliver at 39 weeks. Well, nope. No check. He said he'd check next week and then we'd go from there. He jokingly said, "So just show up next week and be dilated to 7cm and we'll head over to the hospital." HA! Yeah right. If I could pick a day to have this baby, it would probably be the 23rd. I don't know why. But I know that I don't get to pick the day...so I should just stop thinking about it and go on with my life! The baby will come when he is ready.


Check it out!

Bright and early yesterday morning, my sister-in-law Evaly came over for a photo shoot of Joshy. (We never took him in for his 2 yr portraits) Click on the link below to see a preview of some of the shots...He's getting so big!


Thanks Evaly! They are so cute and we can't wait to see more!



Being the self-diagnosed/professed arachniphobe (sp?) that I am...I was really freaked out last night when we pulled up to our garage and as it was going up I spotted a huge spider climbing up the door. (This time of year there are spiders EVERYWHERE here and it is my least favorite part of my favorite season!) So, already feeling a little creeped out, we get out of the car and are walking around to come inside when I spot another fairly large spider hanging upside down in it's web on one of our camping chairs. I put my arms out to block the boys from coming any closer in fear of it being a black widow, and sure enough I see the red spot. I told Brad (who was already at the front door) and he was like, "Get the kids away from it! Go the other way!" Well I guess the spider could sense all the fear/commotion going on and it hurried back up somewhere into the chair. So we quickly walked past, making sure not to bump into the chair and got inside where Joshy proclaimed, "We're safe!" Isn't it funny how a 2-year-old picks up on things like that?

As I was singing the boys to sleep, Brad went back outside to locate and identify the spider -- to kill it. Well, he found it back in it's web and sprayed it with some bug spray. Then this morning he found it dead on the ground and showed it to me. He said maybe it was a male black widow or just immature because it had a lot of brown on it. So we flushed it down the toilet and it was semi-forgotten about.

Well, you've heard me mention the problem with my kids playing with the dirt in the backyard before...and the huge mess they made the other day was still out there waiting to be cleaned up. So, since the weather was really nice today and there was a nice breeze, I decided I'd go clean up all the dirt, fix the fence and spray off the patio. While I was kneeling down by the fence, I noticed a small, white, spiky ball in the middle of a spider web. I immediately knew it was an egg sac and was creeped out BIG TIME all over again. Just imagining the hundreds of little spiders crawling out sent chills down the back of my neck. Well, right above that spider web, was one of my son's mini tonka trucks, just resting on that ledge of the fence. "Great," I think, "Joshy has been out here INCHES away from this thing!!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!" So then I grabbed the broom and started sweeping/swiping off all the spider webs I could find and smashing all of the egg sacs I could find (about 10-12). EWWWWWWWWWWWW!

This is the kind of sacrifice a mother makes to keep her kids safe! Doing something that absolutely grosses/creeps you out and that you are afraid of for the good of someone else, is definitely love. RIGHT? :)

So anyway, as soon as I was finished with that, I got online and looked up "spiky egg sacs" and found some answers. It is a "Brown Widow" not a black widow, but still dangerous. Check out this blog to see some pictures that someone else posted:

http://bugyou.blogspot.com/2007_07_01_archive.html That blogger lives in Tustin, which is like 10 minutes from where I live.

So...although I am SO glad it's finally OCTOBER and almost HALLOWEEN and my baby boy is almost due...I am not glad about all the spiders!!!!!! YUCK!


Life isn't so bad after all...

When you're a hormonal, control-freak, type-a personality, pregnant woman...you tend to act a little crazy sometimes. Ok, well maybe not all women who fall into those categories act crazy, but I DO! I know I talked about the "beast" last week...well it started to rear it's ugly head again this morning.

I haven't had the most energy lately to get normal household tasks done, so on days like today when I wake up and actually have the energy and drive to get things done, I am a force to be reckoned with. Well, I had a list of things that needed to be done, one of which was preparing a soup for our HFPE night tonight. So, as I'm busily chopping onions, garlic, cilantro, etc. my boys are playing out in the backyard. I'm grateful that they are entertaining themselves outside while I do this, but also worried that they are making a HUGE mess with the dirt from the garden. Well, I had good reason to be worried. As I plugged in the crockpot and turned it on, Joshy comes around the corner with his big Tonka dump truck filled with dirt. I calmly asked him to take it back outside because I don't want the dirt in the house. As I watch him turn it around and push it back across the living room, I see that the truck and his shoes are covered with clods of wet dirt (not mud, but wet dirt...wet enough that it stuck to the wheels and his shoes).

I grab the mini-vac to clean it up and as I look over at the sliding door, I see Jakob carrying part of the little fence I had put up around the garden. This is where I start to lose it. I walk over to the door, ask him "WHAT...ARE...YOU...DOING?" Uh-oh. There's the beast again. He looks at me with a look that tells me he KNOWS what he is doing is wrong. The dirt-filled dump truck never made it back outside, it was sitting on the doormat which was also covered with dirt, right inside the door. So, I tell both boys that they are to come inside and sit on the bottom step (our time-out spot). Of course there is a lot of screaming and crying and protesting...but THERE IS DIRT/MUD everywhere now and I am NOT happy that I have to clean it up. I'm thinking, "Is this seriously the price I have to pay just to have 10 minutes to get something done?" SHEESH. Ok, so I vacuum all of the dirt up, and then after I've done that, realize that I should have had them take their shoes off because now there is even more dirt in the house. So, I then have to clean that up AGAIN. All this anger and frustration is just eating my energy for the day...which makes me even angrier and more frustrated! My boys are looking sad and pathetic and afraid of their crazy mommy, and all I can think of is just getting everything ready to get out of the house and start my errands.
So, the shoes come off and are thrown on the front porch -- out of sight, out of mind. I know Joshy and if he could play with dirty shoes, or anything invovling dirt, he would. And he'd love making that mess. But what I wish he would understand is that I DO NOT love cleaning up that mess! He's 2. How can I honestly expect him to understand that?
So, I'm storming around getting everything ready to go while both boys remain on the step. Oh, wait, no, just Jakob remained on the step. Joshy went upstairs and shut himself in the bathroom. Jakob warns me that Joshy's probably sticking his hands in the toilet. To which I reply, "Oh well."
I get the diaper bag ready and grab what I need and head out to the car. Jakob starts to panic - "Wait, Mom!" Then I call to him to come get in the car. He looks very relieved and excited because today is Park Day. Then I say to him, "Stay in your seat. I am going to get Joshy." I walk back inside and can hear the bathroom door handle rattling. Joshy is stuck in the bathroom saying, "I can't do it Mom. Help, Mom, I can't do it Mom." So I open the door and to my surprise don't see any water anywhere. The toilet looks untouched (thank goodness) and the only bummer is that I can smell his stinky diaper. So, we change his diaper and head out to the car.
Once I have them both buckled in, I sit there for a moment with the A/C on full blast trying to cool off and clear my head. I feel terrible about how I yelled at them and how I handled the situation. I start to think, "These are my angels. They do not deserve to be treated like that. EVER."
So, I start to cry a little bit, and Jakob says, "Are you OK Mom?"
I reply, "No."
He says, "What's wrong?"
Joshy says, "You bonked your head?"
"I feel bad about yelling at you, " I say.
Joshy says again, "You got an owie? You bonked your head?"
Jakob answers, "No, Mommy feels bad for us because we were bad."
I say, "No, I feel bad because I lost control and yelled at you."
"It's OK Mom," says Jakob.
"No, it's not OK. It's not OK for me to yell at you and get so mad like that," I say.
"I'm sorry I was playing in the dirt and made a mess, " says Jakob.
"Thank you for saying your sorry. I'm sorry I yelled at you," I replied.
Then I turned around and looked at them and said, "I love you guys more than anything and I don't want you to be afraid of me because I'm scary when I get mad. I am so sorry."
Then Jakob, being the true angel he is, says, "Mom, let's say a good prayer before we go, to help you feel better and not be so sad."
To that I say, "Ok, that's a good idea," and think to myself, how did I ever get so lucky to have a sweet kid like this??????
Jakob proceeds to say a sweet, sincere prayer asking for me to be blessed to not be sad and to feel better and for he and Joshy not to be bad anymore.
That totally changed my mood and my attitude for the day. Thank goodness for children who are so sweet and innocent. I just need to work harder on remembering that and not focusing so much on all the stupid little naughty things they do.
I know I truly am blessed to have beautiful healthy boys, and wouldn't trade them for anything. I pray that I will be able to show them how much I love them and not lose control so much when they do things to make me mad.
Today was an eye opener...one that I needed desperately...


Sad, But True

Among the few unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy that I experience is loud snoring. So loud in fact that my husband (who can snore quite loudly at times himself) couldn't fall asleep last night, and ended up sleeping out on the couch.


Well, I must say that even though I was snoring loudly, it wasn't loud enough to wake me up -- which I have done before.

This is one symptom that has accompanied each of my pregnancies...so I fear I will not escape it. Although I don't think I snore when I'm not pregnant, it is embarassing to picture myself sawing logs.


Stop and smell the...

...Plumeria!!!! I bet you thought I was going to say "roses," right?? Well, this plant is in our front yard and it finally bloomed. It's gorgeous and it smells so good too. It is also reason #1 for me to smile today. After being in such a foul mood over the past few days, I woke up today with a resolve to be happy. By the way, last night at my book club, it was pointed out to me that it was a full moon, and that could have seriously been affecting my mood in addition to all the other things! I believe it! Well, here are a few other things that made me smile today...

My kids think it's really funny to get stuck in between our mattress and footboard. Jakob is big enough to get himself out, but Joshy is literally stuck. He can't get out once he's in. So this morning, I hear him calling from the other room (in a fairly calm voice I might add) "Please help me. Please help me. Mommy, please help me..." I immediately knew what he had done, and so I wasn't panicked and started to walk into the room. Brad said, "You should take a picture of that..." and so I did! It definitely made me smile and I'm glad I took a picture so that someday I can show them one of the crazy things they did when they were little.

In an effort to get out and get some sunshine and fresh air today, we went to visit Centennial Farm - a working farm located at the OC Fairgrounds. It has chickens, cows, sheep, goats, llamas, roosters, pigs, donkeys, peacocks and a horse. So the kids totally love it and I love it because it's small enough to walk around the entire thing in less than an hour and it's F-R-E-E!! This was my favorite part of our visit today. This cute little piglet (only a few weeks old) kept sticking his/her snout through the fence to sniff us. SO CUTE! How could you not smile at that?

And my last reason to smile today (so far) is that Brad's heart is healthy. He had an EKG last week and went back to follow up today and found out everything is normal. I wasn't super worried, but you know there is always that little voice in your head that says, "what if?" and you can't help but be worried. He's very happy about the results as well. We are on our way to a healthier lifestyle and to enjoying our lives more!

Thank you all for your comments/words of encouragement -- when I'm feeling crappy it is so nice to know that people understand and most of all, care about me. :)

I should only have about 4 weeks (or 3 if I am induced early) left until this baby comes...and I can hardly believe it. It really has flown by, and we are so excited. Speaking of which...I just thought of another reason to smile today. Joshy likes to look at my belly button (go figure!) and so he asked me to lift up my shirt so he could see it. So we were talking about the baby and I said, "Can you give the baby a kiss?" He bends over and blows a huge raspberry...making both of us laugh, and the baby kick! So he did it a few more times and it was so sweet. Sorry - no pics of that moment!