Thursday, September 25, 2008


With the dreary summer t.v. schedule I always look forward to the new adventures that the fall season has to offer my favorite characters. Both "real" people (Dancing w/the Stars, Biggest Loser, Amazing Race, etc.) and fictional people (ER, Samantha Who?, Brother's & Sisters, etc.) BUT the most anticipated, the most missed show, the one that I am DYING to see tonight (yeah tonight) is GREY'S ANATOMY. I just LOVE this show. It also helps that Russell loves it, so we watch it together. I am super excited for tonight 2 hour season premier!!!

If you are in love with this show like me, then take the quiz!

I'm a Cristina! (Hugh, didn't picture that!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

All my bags are packed...

Today we sent Sally to the farm. I know that when parents tell thier children that the family pet has been sent to a "farm" where it can play and run free that it doesn't always happen that way. Luckily we know a farm and a Grandma willing to drive from Las Vegas to MO to get to that farm.

I feel bad, mostly for my husband who has a wife that can't handle animals AND children. Sally has been peeing on my rugs since July and I'm afraid of where else. I'm happy that she'll have a big barn to play in now, with lots of friends. And we will have a chance to see her.

So goodbye to Sally. Some of us will miss you. We hope you enjoy Missouri and life on the farm.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Counter Productive

This morning I went to the gym to try out a new class. It was a tough class, that will get harder once we get used to doing it the right way.


This is what I ate for lunch.

Umm... so maybe if I didn't eat 3 gigantic cookies I wouldn't need to go to the gym!


As parents we make threats all the time. Threats like if you don't eat your vegetables then you don't get ice cream. If you don't clean your room, your friend can't come over. ETC.

Just a few minutes ago I was cleaning Hunter's poopy underwear and bum, because he had an "accident". He was busy playing the Wii and didn't pause and go to the bathroom. He just went in his pants, then paused the game and asked me to help clean up.

I HATE this!

So I was talking to him about the same things we've said a billion times. "Listen to your body" "stop what you are doing" "go to the bathroom". Now the threat... I told him that if he didn't stop playing his game and go poo poo in the potty that I would give his game to a little boy that knows how to go poo poo in the potty. He immediately started crying.

After all was clean we went to the kitchen to eat lunch. He asked how I was going to find a little boy. I said that I was sure that it wouldn't be hard for me to find someone that knows how to poo poo in the potty.

He said, "Then where am I going to live once you get a new little boy."

Soooo that threat didn't come across right.

I said that of course I was going to keep him and that I loved him, I just didn't love his poopy pants.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Tuesday nights just got GREAT. The Biggest Loser has returned! I LOVE this show. And even though most of the time I am eating a big bowl of ice cream while I'm watching (last night it was super buttery popcorn), it is so inspiring. Maybe this season since I've been going to the gym I'll be able to do more than just wish I had a better/healthier lifestyle. If you want to read about what my sister and I thought about last night's show, just check out her blog. We are hilarious!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Jesus is a Friend of Mine...

Just so you know that I'm not blog stealing... I found this you tube laugh from Navel Gaving at its Finest who found it from,

When you listen to it you don't know whether to laugh out loud or just stare dumbfounded, but in the end it will make you smile! Enjoy! :)

New Approach

After talking to a friend of mine today, I decided to take a new approach on getting thanked for a thankless job. She told me that she tells her husband exactly what she did that day and that she'd appreciate it if he noticed what she did.

So I called Russell and told him that when he came home from work that I'd appreciate it if he would notice that I did all of the laundry, folded it all and put it all away. He said that he'd be happy to.

Stay tuned...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Honey, I'm Home

Well, this is what my wonderful husband said when he came home...

Hi Beautiful! Have you seen the living room? tired!

Yesterday my sister Cathy told me about a R.S. thing she went to. One of the speakers said that if you have a clean sink, then you feel better etc. SO I decided to take on that challenge. I also decided to up the anty by cleaning the disgusting microwave. Since I was in the kitchen anyway, I wiped down all the counters, some of the walls and cabinets and the stove. The sink and microwave look great and it does make me feel better.
All was quiet in the living room, so I decided to scrub the table, sweep the floor AND mop!

I guess you always should be suspious of quiet, even if you are only one room away. This was the scene that met my eyes when I turned around.

I'm too tired to contemplate even the thought of cleaning up. I guess it will still be there tomorrow.

Now my biggest question is, will my husband even notice all of the cleaning that I did in the kitchen?


There wasn't any sizes for Cannon or Isaac. What should they be? Should Russell and I dress up?

Audrey's Decision

What should Audrey wear in Disneyland for Halloween?

Hunter's Decision

For Halloween this year we are going to Disneyland with Russell's family. Hooray! My sister Cathy was given this HUGE box of costumes from Disney! So we have some choices to make. Please vote on what Hunter should be this year, it's a tough choice!

Alarm Clock

Lately our alarm clocks haven't been working. Alarm clock #1 (aka Hunter) has been still getting up at his normal time (6:30ish), but instead of getting us up to help him he has been going to the living room and turning on the t.v. by himself. He has even learned how to get to the cartoon channel that he wants, and how to change to play a video game. As long as he likes the game then he lets us keep sleeping.

Alarm clock #2 (aka Audrey) has been sleeping to 7:30 and once even 8:30! So her crying to get out of bed hasn't been there to wake us up.

Cannon, after eating around 5:00 am doesn't wake up until around 8:00 to eat again.

You'd think that we'd be getting an overabundance of sleep and would be happy and cheerful, but Russell still doesn't go to bed until midnight (or later) and I get woken up by Cannon fussing, sometimes Audrey crying and Hunter getting into bed with us and then putting his knees in my back all night.

So the extra sleep in the morning has been very helpful, but I really wish I could get a full night sleep! Or maybe even a nap someday. That hardly ever happens.

So I'm craby, cranky and just unpleasant to be around most days. One day I even blammed yoga for my crabbiness, but then realized that it was probally just lack of sleep. I mean really, who gets crabby after yoga? Isn't that supposed to be peaceful?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fun in the Sandbox

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This was the kids playing in the sand playground at Joe's Crab Shack. They loved it. I wish we lived closer to the beach. Maybe we'll have to take a road trip. California isn't too far...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Happy Early Birthday (To Me!)

My birtday isn't until the end of the month, but my boys surprised me with a new small camera. (To replace the one that Audrey broke when she threw it at Hunter's head). This camera is little so I can take it anywhere, so hurray for being able to take more pictures. We also went out to eat at Joe's Crab Shack. YUM! THANKS FAMILY FOR MAKING ME FEEL SPECIAL! I LOVE YOU ALL!

Friday, September 5, 2008

About Me

I recieved this email from my friend Teresa (I forwarded it to some of you, hoping to get a response) and thought I'd post my answers, so you can get to know me.

Hit forward and place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not, and send it to your friends (including me).
This is for your entire life!

( ) Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(x) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
(x ) Been on a plane
(x) Been lost
(x) Been on the opposite side of the country-
(x) Gone to Washington , DC
(x) Swam in the ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
( ) Played cops and robbers
(x) Recently colored with crayons
( ) Sang Karaoke WITHOUT OTHERS
(x) Paid for a meal with coins only?
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't?
(x) Made prank calls
( ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(x) Danced in the rain
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
( ) Watched the sunrise with someone you care about
(X) Blown bubbles
(x) Gone ice-skating
(x)Been skinny dipping outdoors
(x) Gone to the movies

1. Any nicknames? no

2. Mother's name? Pat

3. Favorite drink? ~ Root Beer

4. Tattoo? NO

5. Body piercing? ~ NO

6. How much do you love your job? ~ I don't want to be doing anything else.

7 . Birthplace? ~ Minnesota

8. Favorite vacation spot? ~ Cruise

9. Ever been to Africa ? ~ no

10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? ~ Of course!

11. Ever been on TV? no

12. Ever steal a traffic sign? Do traffic cones count?

13. Ever been in a car accident? no

14. Drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? ~ 4

15. Favorite salad dressing? ~ ranch

16. Favorite pie? apple

17. Favorite number? ~ 3

18. Favorite movie? ~ depends

19. Favorite holiday? ~ Christmas & 4th of July

20. Favorite dessert? ~ any

21. Favorite food? ~ depends

22. Favorite day of the week? ~ Thursday

23. Favorite brand of body wash? ~ Bath & Body Works

24. Favorite toothpaste? ~ crest

25. Favorite smell? newly mowed lawn

26. What do you do to relax ~ read

27. How do you see yourself in 10 years? with all my kids in school!

28. Furthest place you will send this message? ~ Canada (Aunt Bev)

29. Who will respond to this the fastest? ~ you, well you don't really have to respond, but if you do I'd enjoy getting to know more about you too!

No Worries

Don't worry friends. When you come to visit and sit on our couch, it has been cleaned.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


So when is potty training really complete? Hunter has had several on purpose accidents lately that are very disgusting. I am so grossed out by cleaning his poopy underwear. Today tops off a very frustrating potty trainging experience.

I asked him why the couch felt wet. I thought that maybe he had spilled his cup (which isn't allowed in the living room anyway). Nope. He told me that maybe Audrey had pulled down her pants and peed on the couch. WHAT did he just say? I told him that he was lying to me and he said yes, he had done that. So now he isn't allowed to sit on the couches for the day and when I have time he will steam clean them.

After lunch I was changing Audrey's diaper and he came and told me that Audrey pulled down her pants and peed in his room. I told him that he was lying again and went to look what happened. This time he peed into a container and in a drawer of his tool box. I made him wash them out.

So not only do I have to deal with a cat that is peeing on my rugs, but now I have a son that will pee wherever. AND he lies about it!

What do I do?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Chimp Mama

Grooming one another (cleaning the hair of another chimp) is a major occupation among chimpanzees in a group.

I LOVE to "groom" my kids. Russell finds it a little disturbing that pick at my children's scalp, ears, toes, etc. I don't know why I do it. When I see something there, I just pick at it until its gone. I know, it is a gross obsession, but I can't help myself.