Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Playing this again and again...it was soooo hard!
Anderson (While watching this clip) "That is sad."
Carrying this to elementary school...
Driving these around empty pastures...
Using my little record player to listen to this...
Singing along with this....
Pretending not to like this but I think I saw every episode....
I tag Alicia, Noelle, Rachel, Brenda and Jan.
What 10 things can you remember?
Posted by Amy J. at 10:45 AM
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
So I've been able to keep my house clean for well over a week now and it's been easy! This morning I stopped to think about why this is suddenly possible when it has been unthinkable the last 10 months...er...years. Things are getting organized, the laundry is done and I'm vacuuming more than twice a month. It wasn't even a conscious decision it just seemed to happen. There are three things that changed in the last few weeks and I think all three have caused this amazing turn of events.
#1 I began Weight Watchers. Branson is almost 10 months and it is well beyond time to get rid of the unwanted pounds of my last three pregnancies. I started 2 1/2 weeks ago and have lost over 7 pounds. My goal is not to only focus on shedding the weight, but to eat more healthy and well balanced meals and snacks. My doctor has very kindly told me that if I don't lose 20 pounds (come on Doc...it's more like 40) I am at high risk for both diabetes and high blood pressure later in life. I feel great. I am not down on myself with that CONSTANT, awful, nagging, FAT feeling. Oh I know that I don't look like a swim suit model...yet, but I am finally doing something about it and that feels amazing.
#2 Don't judge me for this one...I am not doing PTO, I am not volunteering to help with the fundraiser and I am NOT doing the school yearbook this year! It feels wonderful to be at home and get things done. After years as PTO president, in a way I feel I have done my time. Oh I'll volunteer in the classroom and of course I am still doing the book fair, there's absolutely NO question about that! But my phone isn't ringing off the hook. And when someone does call I allow myself to say "no" and guess what happens....nothing! Lightning doesn't strike you on the spot, and your calendar isn't jammed with stuff. (Don't we LDS ladies have a busy enough calendar with Scouts, activity days, enrichment, Sunday School lessons, day camp, kids homework, choir concerts, Visiting Teaching...) So for those of you who are thinking bad thoughts about me right now because I am boycotting volunteering...I love you. When people call asking for help I will refer them to you!
#3 I am scrapbooking again. As I mentioned before I hadn't actually done it in a long time and it feels so good to do something for me again. Something that I love and feel good about. It helps when the house is clean and the laundry is being rotated to have a guilt free session at the computer to blog and scrapbook.
Posted by Amy J. at 7:05 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
When I opened our side door to dump the garbage I found this cute little guy sitting on the door frame.
Apparently... either he wasn't over far enough or I was in a big hurry after taking this picture of him because several hours later...
Anderson: Hey mom, there's a squashed Preying Mantis in the door jam!
Mom: Is he still alive?
Anderson: Uhhhh, he's twitching...
Cayden and Anderson loved playing on their crib mattress when they were toddlers.
Apparently... Branson does too.
Anderson and Cayden get very frustrated learning how to tie knots. Grandpa Cazier gets very frustrated teaching how to tie knots.
I DO NOT like dogs. I do not like our dog.
Apparently... I am out voted by yet another member of our family. (Dang it, Branson was my last shot)
Our deck is way over due for a good refinishing job.
Apparently... playing in the sunshine outweighs slivers in the hands and knees.
What a pathetic attempt at a creative post!
Apparently... I need to get out more.
Posted by Amy J. at 6:46 AM
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Dad: I am not going to smell your armpits Cayden.
Mom: I'll smell them.
DISCLAIMER: I really thought I was safe on this one, he's only 11, he showered this morning and Anderson hasn't smelled bad a day in his life and he's 13!
Mom: Oh my goodness Cayden you reek! Put on some deodorant.
Mom: No, seriously Cayden. If you smell like that you need to put deodorant on every day!
Cayden: See Anderson I told you. I do have B.O. Now I am truly a man!
Mom: Cayden...smelling bad does not make you a man.
Cayden: But that's how all the guys in high school smell.
Posted by Amy J. at 1:51 PM
Friday, September 19, 2008
Or do you think about the things in life that you can celebrate?
GOOD CLEAN SILLINESS
BIG TIME HELP & BIG TIME LOVE
QUESTIONS FROM ANDERSON:
"Hey mom! Do you think Bill Gates ever has a yard sale?"
AMAZING WARD ACTIVITIES WITH ELEPHANT EARS, FACE PAINTING AND PHOTO CONTEST...AND SUGAR
WINNING AWARDS AT THE PHOTO CONTEST!
Sydney's picture received the 3rd place award in the ABSTRACT category.
Anderson's picture of Belle won the 3rd place award in the ANIMAL category.My bird photo won 2nd in the ANIMAL division and my hallway picture won 2nd in the ABSTRACT category. My photo Rubik's Cube won 2nd in the craft contest. But beside winning a yummy chocolaty prize the kids loved getting to use my new camera and Cayden wasn't too sad about not winning after I gave him all my ribbons to eat.
BRANSON LEARNING TO PULL HIMSELF TO A STANDING POSITION
LEARNING AND LOVING MY NEW HOBBY OF DIGI SCRAPBOOKING!
Can I just say how incredible this is! I consider scrapbooking my #1 hobby right next to reading but I hadn't created an actual 12x12 layout in over a year and a half! This past week I have made at least 5 full layouts each day and it is fun and there is no mess, and it's free (until I print them out of course) What about all my patterned papers and rubber stamps and punches you ask? Oh I use them all the time for all kinds of crafts and cards and miscellaneous projects. I love love love digi scrapbooking!So maybe I was feeling a bit blue...and maybe I stayed away from blogging for a week to pout...but there so much every day to celebrate! (Oh...and I've kept my house clean for over a week! Now THAT'S something to celebrate!!!)
Posted by Amy J. at 8:16 AM
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
OK so we don't always get the answers we want. Like I want to know why Sydney decided my cuts in the cornbread weren't good enough for her. But here are some answers that I can give...
Remember Logic Puzzle #1:
The answer is that Fred is guilty. They key point to solving this puzzle; each suspect tells 2 truths and only 1 lie. At closer look you will find that both Tom and Bill have two statements that plead their innocence. These have to be the truth since only one statement is a lie. Knowing that their remaining statement is false you can deduct that Fred did indeed through the brick.
Now the Results of Logic Puzzle #2:
A slightly easier puzzle, Jasper is a Bear. The clue here is that Bulldogs always lie. All you have to do is find the guy that claims he is not a Bulldog and you will know that he in fact is a Bulldog. Now that you know that Ted is the Bulldog you know that he lies so Jasper is not a bat. Then Joe and Sam are either Bats or Bears. Because Bears always tell the truth the guy who is the Bear will say he is NOT a bat...so Joe is our Bear, the truth teller, and he says that Jasper is a Bear. Clear as MUD?
Alicia reminded me that I never posted the answers to my book backgrounds from way back when...some of you were dead on...some of you were way off. But since it is all in fun, here are the correct answers...
Peak was taken on the hood of my Dad's loaner car. I read while driving on a trip to Le Grand.
Fablehaven was taken at low tide on the beautiful flat rocks on Vancouver Island...nothing man made or unnatural about this "flooring".
I think everyone got Hidden Talents right. It was taken on a sandy beach.
Posted by Amy J. at 7:07 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Audrey 11 months~Branson 10 months
Posted by Amy J. at 11:10 AM