Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wedding & Birthday

I had a really stressful time getting ready for our trip on Saturday, but it all worked out well. We left around 9:30 and met up with James's family in Heber for lunch. We then got a few groceries and headed up to the cabin.

It was a fun few days despite us all having colds. The kids coughed a lot the first night and kept me awake, but I slept a lot better by the third night. We only went to sacrament meeting on Sunday because of our goopy-nosed kids. That, and I was exhausted from the night before, so I took a nap.

We had fun cooking on Saturday night for the family. James made fries, and I brought along some chili. I made a few breakfasts too. Being in the kitchen is something I absolutely love, and cooking for other people is so much fun!

We played games together a few times. Cranium is the family favorite, and for good reason. It's always hilarious to play it all together.

Monday, I went shopping with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law for our birthdays. I didn't find a ton of stuff because I hate wearing long sleeves/sweaters, but I did get one shirt, a new purse, and a bread box, plus some nice socks for James. James took me to dinner on Monday night. We got a giant order of sushi to share and then went to another place for a little cup of gelato. Both were delicious. Dinner without the kids happens once every few months, so it was a treat.

Tuesday was Kitch's wedding at the Mt. Timp temple. I didn't actually see the wedding. James and I watched 11 kids. It was a little stressful, but overall it was a gorgeous day. We took pictures and went to the dinner at Olive Garden. I had my first try to eggplant parm (minus the cheese), and it was very yummy. We went to Cabela's afterward, then the reception, and then finally drove home and arrived around 11:30. The kids were completely worn out and slept well.

Yesterday was my birthday! James made me breakfast and I opened presents. Then, I took a long bath while watching some TV before taking Joseph to sign up for kindergarten. We had lunch, relaxed some more, and I made my cake. My visiting teachers surprised me with dinner at Ichiban (Asian place), which was delicious. We had a great time.

I did a little shopping with birthday money at Ross and got another shirt and some exercise pants. I still have a little more money which I'll save for D.I. We finished the evening with some chocolate-orange cake and catching up on some TV shows. All in all, it was a great birthday, possibly my best yet! One of my favorite things is hearing my little boys sing to me. I'm excited to read all the books I got and use my new kitchen things which will be coming soon (a new griddle and nice chef knife.) Now, time to plan Kenny's birthday and Easter, which fall on the same day this year. :)

Friday, March 20, 2015

On the Road Again

We're leaving for Heber tomorrow to spend a weekend at a cabin with James's family. I think I'm excited about it. Packing always puts me in a bad mood. I wish it didn't take all day to clean, do laundry, and get everything ready, but it does!

I did another toy purge in the boys' room after a particularly horrible evening of trying to get them to pick up their stuff. It felt great! I definitely get rid of more stuff when I'm angry. Cleanup was much easier today, so that made me pretty happy.

My kids all have colds, but I think they'll be okay in a few days. I'm grateful that it doesn't disrupt their sleep too much.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


I know it's been 3 weeks or so since I posted last. Hopefully I can remember all the main events of what's been going on.

I've been consumed with family history work since mid-December and spent about 3 hours a day cleaning up my file up to mid-March. Finally, I am done! I have synced my personal file back to the 12th generation with what's online, merged duplicates, attached sources, and requested ordinances. It turns out that we were able to request about 350 ordinances (about 150 different people) that had been overlooked. It's a good feeling, though it will take a long time for my family and me to complete them. Having my own family names is a good motivation to attend the temple more often. I need it, because it's hard to get myself out the door for a few hours sometimes. For now, I'm not working on any more family history. When I do, it will be more sporadic and on cousin lines. I'm feeling a little burned out, but grateful for the work I've been able to do during naptime.

It wasn't all just hard work. I got hooked on watching Doctor Who. Yeah, it took about 5 tries to get hooked, but I did! I started with season 5 of the newer stuff (the 11th doctor). He is definitely my favorite. Once I got sucked into the story, I found it much easier to go back to the lower-budget episodes. :)

I've been trying lots of new recipes, mostly soups and desserts. I used to think healthy desserts were dumb, but since I'm definitely in danger of becoming diabetic (mom and grandma both are/were), I'm trying to be more careful about my sugar intake (with varied success depending on my mood). So far, I've found a really healthy brownie and PB cookie dough recipe, and I'm going to try a healthy version of chocolate chip cookies. The healthy versions taste a lot better than I thought they would. I haven't blogged any new recipes, but I will once I make my way through my stack of "to try" recipes and figure out my absolute favorites.

James's foot has been hurting. What was thought to be cellulitis is actually gout. He's on steroids and enjoying making jokes about it. (Like, "Hey, I should work out tonight, because I'll be on steroids and get big muscles!")

I got contacts again. Hurray!

It snowed 6 inches last week, but it's all melted already. I've been optimistically wearing shorts/capris.

Katie's molars all came in, making her a much happier baby. She's not walking yet, which makes her the latest walker of my kids.

I've been thinking/praying about Joseph's schooling, and I finally received a solid answer. He is going to attend public school. That could change in the future, but for now, he's going! That takes a lot of worry off my mind. I just wasn't sure for the longest time. I've never felt "ready" to send him to school until now. I know I'll live through it even though I'll be home with the two who fight all the time.

Kenny is pretty much the same. We will start potty training when he turns 3, which is just around the corner.

Everything is going well for us. Aside from these events, life has been pretty routine. Coming up soon, we'll have two weddings, three trips altogether, and two birthdays. Also, there's Pi Day and St. Patty's. Who doesn't love a good holiday? Hopefully I'll get some pictures too.