Thursday, July 31, 2008
1. Link the person who tagged you…In my case, Katie.
2. Post these rules.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them
1. For as long as I can remember, I have been very sensitive to motion and afraid of heights. Roller-coaster rides have always been absolutely terrifying to me. In fact, when I was little, I remember going on the Dumbo ride at Disneyland, and being absolutely terrified... I hated it! I don't understand (and totally admire) how people ride those things for FUN! I just don't get that!
But, over the last couple years, I have been trying to conquer this fear of mine. Jon and I went to Kings Island, and we started with the kiddie rides and worked our way up to the really scary ones. By the end of the day, my poor hubby had scars on his arms from my fingernails digging into his skin. The next adventure to help me overcome my fear was the hot air balloon ride which was wonderful, but no big deal compared to what's coming up. The whole purpose of the hot air balloon ride was to get me primed for... sky-diving!!! We have one last gift certificate that expires at the end of this month. (I got these certificates for my birthday 2 years ago, and now that time is running out, and I'd better work up the courage to do it... and quick!) My brother Ben, (who has also been afraid of heights) and I are going to take the leap together! It will be such an amazing accomplishment. It's on my list of 100 goals to complete in my lifetime. I just hope I can do it! Stay tuned for a future blog this month... hopefully it won't be one of depressed defeat.
2. I eat ice cream with a fork. I don't know why... Jon always teases me about it... but it just seems more logical that way, because then I can dig out the chunks more easily.
3. I habitually lose things. I can't tell you how many times I've lost my keys, I usually blame it on being pregnant (because that has been my state for much of the last few years), but the honest truth is, I was scatter-brained before I had kids, and I'm much more scatter-brained now that I've had kids.
4. I despise sponges. I know that sounds totally bizarre. But, I just can't touch them unless they're brand new. I think it's cause I saw a documentary once about how the average sponge hosts 7 BILLION bacteria. It grossed me out so much, I could never touch one again. I just can't stand the thought of wiping all that stuff around the whole kitchen. Bleh!! In case you're wondering- I do clean. But I use a dishwand, handtowels, and paper towel products.
5. I don't drink anything other than milk and water. I figure I can eat more that way, since I'm not downing all those quick calories from pop and/or juice.
6. I am hyperactively passionate about time management. When I'm on vacation, or spending free time with my hubby or the kids, I have no problem relaxing and doing nothing except being together. But if I'm waiting in the car at a traffic light, or folding laundry, or even watching a movie, I have to do something else too. For example in the car, I have a sign-language book to help me learn new signs when I'm stuck in traffic (no, I don't do it while driving!). Or when I'm folding the laundary, or doing dishes, etc. I always listen to a book on cd. I also have a problem with watching tv or movies. Occasionally it's fine, but after a while I have this overwhelming sense that I should be out living my life instead of watching someone else live theirs. I just feel this sense of urgency that there's just too much work to be done to waste any time in this life. Sheri Dew said something once that really inspired me... "We no longer have the luxury of spending our time on anything that doesn't lead us and our families closer to Christ."
So there you go... there's a few of my quirks... Hmmm, who should I tag now?
Thursday, July 24, 2008
She woke up to a nice surprise! :)
Our beatiful birthday girl! She's becoming such a little lady.
I can't believe she's 5!!! (Notice Charity in the background... she was pleased with herself because she successfully snuck her finger in the cake for a little taste before I could catch her!)
There she is... going for more! (She's definitely her mama's girl)
Five years ago today, our first sweet daughter joined our family. I have to say, the experience of becoming a mother did not start off like I had hoped. Getting Celeste into the world was THE MOST grueling and painful thing I have ever experienced and have experienced since. I had 18 hours of back labor with her... the epidural wore off, and they refused to give me another one. The doctor wanted me to be able to feel so I could push her out (total nonsense). Poor little Celeste was stuck in the birth canal so long, that she had the worst cone head ever! And I was a complete disaster. My eyes were bloodshot and my face was swollen for days afterward... I looked like I had been beaten... I was just a wreck. (Luckily we didn't have a digital camera at the time, so I don't have any pics!) But whenever Celeste is disrespectful toward me, Jon often interrupts and firmly asks, "Excuse me young lady... do you have any idea what your mother went through to get you here?" Somtimes I wonder if Heavenly Father allowed me to experience that pain to help me develop patience and long-suffering for what was to come. Anyway, as soon as I saw her, I knew it was ALL WORTH IT. Celeste has been such a joy to us from the start.
It's unbelievable how much personality is crammed in her little body. She's just a little firecracker, and has been from day one!
This smile lights up my life! She's the life of the party, and she loves being in the spotlight.
She also has a sweetness and a tenderness about her that I just love so much. She's so willing to help her mommy, and she adores her little brothers and sister.
She's creative, artistic and very smart. She also comes up with the wildest outfits!
She's also just as headstrong and strong-willed (stubborn) as her mother. But I think those personality traits will serve her well in the future. She'll be driven and determined and she'll make things happen.
I LOVE her sense of fun! She's adventurous and fearless. I love how much joy she brings to everyone around her.
Here's a short video clip to give you a glimpse of her spunk!
I'm always interested in hearing about what traditions other families have established. Traditions and rituals can serve to make a family unique and create a strong sense of unity. What are some of your family traditions?
When we were all ready to go, we got out of the pool and Benny was really upset and he starts crying.
Me: "What's wrong Benny?"
Benny: "Mommy, I never got to pee in the pool."
"Benny, it's too late now... just hold it, and we'll just go potty at home, ok?" trying to calm him down.
THEN being the irrational toddler he is sometimes, he starts freaking out, and says, "But wait... you said I could pee in the pool!!" I'm trying to calm him down and keep him quiet, but it soon escalates, and he starts yelling, "I wanted to pee in pool!!" "YOU SAID I COULD PEE IN THE POOL MOMMY!!!" over and over. So I'm just shushing him, and smiling politely at the onlookers who by that time were whispering and laughing. I was so embarrassed!!
It was one of those moments where all I wanted to do was just get out of there... fast, so I grabbed ALL our stuff and all the kids and whisked them away. I think it might be a while before we visit the pool again (well THAT one anyway.)
Ahh, the joys of motherhood.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This was a visit from the Prophet Moroni from the Book of Mormon who compared the trials of his day with our own. What a blessing it is to have the restored gospel in my life, and to know the truthfulness of these things. I am so grateful that I'll never stand alone in this life, because I stand with the prophets of God.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
On her own initiative Celeste was reading from the Children's Book of Mormon and teaching baby Jacob about Jesus. It was really a precious moment for me.
But after we were done reading together, Benny put a swim diaper on their head (don't ask me why), and then of course eveyone else had to have one... so the night ended with a new twist on the game of "ride the horsey".
It's all about the little things with these kids. There's never a dull moment around here!
At the Island Metropark... Celeste looks perfectly fine in this picture, but she "spit it out" (puked) in the car on the way home about 15 minutes after I took this. I guess she was having so much fun, she didn't realize she was sick. I love her enthusiasm!
Geocaching (treasure hunting) with Daddy. This has been such a fun hobby for us! For those of you who don't know what it is, there are little caches hidden all over the place... usually in parks, The coordinates are listed online and you use a GPS to find them. In the cache, you'll find an assortment of treasures (usually junk) but the kids are always absolutely thrilled! The rule is you leave an item for each one you take. So the kids each get to choose one treasure, and then we try to leave church DVDs, cds, etc. We always have Jon find it first, and then he takes the kids near it, so they think they found it. :) This is a hobby that serves so many great purposes... time with family, time outdoors, good exercise, fresh air, a surprise for the kids, missionary opportunity, etc. I highly recommend it as a fun activity that can strenghthen families!
This was a 'movie at the park' night in our community to raise money for our local Police Department. We had a great time together but we only got to watch half of the movie because there was a huge thunderstorm that night, so they sent everyone home (electronic equipment and lightning... not a good combination.)
Monday, July 14, 2008
Almost ready for take-off!!
Woo-hoo! Flying high!
Holding on for dear life!! he he ;)
Having a moment of reflection...
There is our shadow in the distance
Getting ready to land!
We skimmed the trees during the landing, but we made it safe and sound. Unfortunately, we landed in some guy's backyard- and my hubby almost died (but I'll save that for another blog post).
Happy to be alive! I'm such a dork, haha!
Whew! What a day! I'd better get to bed... We've got some more livin' to do tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
After 18, and 16 grueling hour births, the 4 hours and 2 pushes it took to welcome Charity into our family was a wonderful surprise! She was a dream baby from the start!
Making faces in the mirror... as you can see, she fits right in with the rest of the crazy bunch!
Here's a video I found of Charity's very first washing machine. (It's a cute routine Jon has done with all the kids as babies)
She thoroughly enjoyed her birthday cake during our special night out! Happy Birthday Charity! Could you be any cuter??