Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Snow Day!!

Growing up in California, I was always jealous of those kids that lived in places that got snow and got to have snow days. My only knowledge of snow days came from TV shows and books and they showed a great day of no school - meaning no tests, no boring lectures, no homework - and being able to play in the HUGE piles of snow making snowmen, throwing snowballs, and enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate afterwards. Sounds like the best day ever, huh?

Now let me introduce you to a snow day in Albuquerque. Last night a storm came through and we got less than an inch of snow (well, we got that much where we live on the west side; the east side got a little bit more than that). When I got up at 7:00 to go get Porter up for school, there was a notice that the schools were on a 2 hour delay, meaning they would start 2 hours later than normal. About an hour later, a notice came out that the schools were closed because it was too icy. So we spent the day wasting it away - I guess there were some perks. The most ridiculous part was the snow and ice was melted by 10:00, so there wasn't even anything to play with when we finally got dressed (we could've built a three inch snowman!).

Despite it all, it was a great day. It was one of the rare Tuesdays I didn't have my MOPS group or scrapbooking group, so we didn't have the pressure of having to go anywhere. We got to relax all morning and I got to spend the day with my boys. The boys even got along today better than they usually do. Yea, Snow Day!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Week Three

I honestly and truely hate cold and flu season. We are starting week three of sickness - Porter had a nasty cough and congestion with a fever two weeks ago; so bad that he had to miss two days of school. Then just as soon as he got well, Andrew ended up coughing and with a stuffy nose and was quite onry for all of last week. And just now that he's looking better, Zach is starting to cough and has a stuffy nose. And I was just marveling the days before Porter was sick how lucky I was to not have any sick children. Hopefully it will end quickly with Zach and we can kiss the cold bug good-bye for a long time. Luckily, Rhett and I had been able to stay healthy (knock on wood). I guess I should be grateful that a cough and stuffy nose is all they have; nevertheless, I prefer the boys healthy. I'm just going to pray that the warm weather and springtime come quickly this year.

On a more somber note, I am so sad to hear our prophet, Gordon B. Hinkley passed away tonight. What a wonderful, wonderful man. I pray that I can be but a fraction of the person that he was. And I'm overjoyed to know that he is with his wife again; the way he would talk about her after her passing, you could tell he missed her dearly. I'm sure it was a sweet reunion.

I think I'm done planning for preschool tomorrow - we are going to be learning about circles and the number zero. It's so fun to be with those little people. I better get to bed so I can get up early to work out tomorrow - I'm still going!! I'm starting to get bored already, but I'm trying to push through it. Any suggestions??

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bag Tag

I've been tagged to reveal the contents of my bag. I still have a purse, and even though it's a snug fit for everything I have in there, it works. Here's what I carry around:

- my wallet
- a small bottle of hand sanitizer
- a small tube of lotion
- a pack of Trident gum
- a comb (to comb the boys' messy hair - and have yet to actually use)
- a small notepad
- a pen
- cell phone (which is only in there when I go places)

Not all that exciting, but just an insight into me! I tag Alissa, Michelle, Natalie, and Deon. Let's see those bags!

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Alissa and now must share 6 habits of mine that y'all don't know about me... Here I go:

1. I eat my candy bars in stages - I can't just bite into them. Kit Kats - I bite off all the chocolate then eat the wafers; Snickers - I eat the nuts and caramel on top first, then the nougat; Twix - I bite the cookie off first, then eat the caramel; and the list goes on.

2. I have to (HAVE TO) wash my face and brush my teeth before I go to bed. Even if I fall asleep on the couch, I have to wash and brush before I can even get into my bed. If I don't, I feel disgusting in the morning.

3. I can't be touched when I'm sleeping. Even to touch toes bothers me. Rhett hates this because he always likes to cuddle and I just want to sleep by myself.

4. To go to sleep, I have to be laying on my left side with the covers pulled up to my ears. In the summer it's a bit more lax, but usually the sheet is just pulled up. I also always have to have a glass of water on my nightstand. I hate to wake up thirsty and not have anything to drink.

5. Clutter drives me nuts. I hate it when things accumulate on the counters, tables, and such. I'm not always quick to get rid of it, but I still don't like it.

6. It drives me bonkers when things are not put away where they are supposed to go. Utensils, pans, pantry items - even if they are in a different spot in the cubbard, pantry, etc. I have to move them to their exact place.

There. Now you know more about me! And I'm tagging Amanda Peterson, Jen Nielsen, Jana Perkins, and Jodi Peterson. All others may participate as well. I want to know those habits!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Zach!

Zachary turned 4 years old yesterday! He had a great day - the Primary sang a birthday song to him and he received lots of fun presents. However, he wouldn't say he was officially four until he blew out his candles! His request this year was for a football cake; and I, of course, obliged. He enjoyed his day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Just a little somethin'...

I bought an exercise ball a few weeks ago in hopes that it would give me something new to try out to keep me motivated to work out. The boys pulled it out today in boredom and so I spent the next 45 minutes bouncing Andrew and Zach on it then bouncing them onto the couch; then the boys would lay on it and hold on while I rolled them back and forth. At least it's getting used, huh? (And I sure got a workout - my arms were tired after bouncing 37-pound Zach on it then onto the couch! Maybe it wasn't a waste of money...)

It has been so cold here in Albuquerque. Tonight the boys and I went to Wal-Mart while Rhett had the Young Men at our house and the temperature gage in the van dropped 25 degrees in the first few minutes of our trip - from 47 (the car had been in the garage) all the way down to 22 degrees. That's not even fun...

I have been working for the past week or so on getting ready for a little preschool that I am going to do with Zach and a couple of other children from the ward. I'm actually really excited about it and everywhere I look I find new ideas for it. I just love teaching children and seeing the excitement on their faces when they learn something new - I guess that's why I'm a mom, eh??

Buy the way - I have kept my New Year's resolution to work out at least 3 times a week so far - yea, me!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Here we go again...

One of my new year's goals is to work out and get back in shape. And I'm getting a little help from Zach...he broke his leg again last Wednesday - same leg, same place as last time - so we're back to carrying him around everywhere for the next 4 1/2 weeks. This time I'm not quite sure how it happened...all I know is that he got in a fight with the door jam and lost. He has a spiral fracture in his lower right leg which hopefully didn't injure his growth plate. He was so excited to get a cast this time and had his color picked out two days before we even went to the orthopedic doctor. The nice part is that since he's done this before, he's more familiar with how to get around and can get on and off the couch, up and down the stairs and around by himself, so he's not completely dependant.

FYI - The boy's 37 pounds, so I'm going to have some good-looking biceps in a month!