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!