sometimes i'm really thankful for the convenience of online shopping. no, not for fun kind of shopping like clothes and shoes (although i am thankful for that too). i'm talking about ordering diapers, wipes, deodorant...you know, things other people are really going to be thankful i was able to purchase too when I have super busy weeks coming up like this one. :)
the kids tun 18 months this Wednesday! i told them now that they are old enough for nursery (yipee!!), they can stop growing up now. we did our first week of swimming lessons last week and another one this week. they love it but not as much as i thought they would. i honestly think josh has the most fun of any of us - he is such a fun dad.
this weekend was so much fun - shopping with josh and the kids, garage saleing with mom green, and josh and i saw Mary Poppins on Broadway (in Sacramento). love that movie. the play was pretty good too. today was fathers day and the kids and i had fun spoiling josh. for dinner we made steak (josh did that part), grilled squash from our garden, grilled corn on the cob, yummy fresh pineapple and strawberry salad, and garlic blue cheese mashed potatoes (so good!). i love weekends. at least it's only a four day week this week!
I joined THIS CHALLENGE and I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty dang excited (as if the HUGE orange button on the right side of my blog didn't give give that away). I started walking last week and so far I've done 12 miles! I feel like 120 miles in 3 months is do-able but still a challenge for me since before last week I wasn't doing anything. So, I've been walking on my lunch breaks at work...and I may have jogged a little today...in my work clothes. Don't tell anybody :) I'm excited too because about 11 of my coworkers decided to do it too, so we have a little office challenge going on at the same time. I'm exhausted but I know it'll get easier with time, and I know my body will thank me for this.
This post is long overdue but I have to blog about my fun girls trip earlier this month.
About a year ago three of my very good friends and roommates from BYU started talking about the idea of getting together for a girls weekend in San Francisco. A couple weeks ago we finally did it and I was so happy to see them and spend the weekend together! I hadn't seen Jane or Velay since my wedding in 2007 and I hadn't seen my mama Liz in about 6 years! We stayed with Jane who lives in San Fran and she was a great tour guide. We visited all the must-sees- Ghirardelli, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Union Square shopping, "Postcard Row" (Full House!!), Lombard St, and Jane knew of some great restaurants which were YUMmy. Here are a few pics of our adventures...
It was awesome to catch up with these girls and stay up talking 'till 1 in the morning like we used to. I was 17 when I met these girls so they played a big part of who I am now. It just makes me so happy to know we are all married in the temple with our own little families and are all relatively happy. Hopefully it won't be this long until we see each other again! (Alaska cruise anyone??!).
I was feeling adventurous and made this for dinner last night. Um, it was delicious. You should try it. Oh and if you want another really good (and easy) recipe, we had this one earlier this week which was also very tasty. Go me, cooking more than once in one week (if crock pot dinners count as cooking LOL).
i'm so excited to announce that....we got two new fruit trees! :)
meet mr. eureka lemon tree
and mrs. juicy pomegranate
we are really looking forward to raising these two special spirits and are especially excited for all the yummy fruit they will give us! we wanted to get like 6 other trees at the nursery but they are not cheap, so maybe another week when our budget is replenished :)
of course we can't forget our other yard family members who were so good to us last year: mr. cherry tree and his son junior, mr and mrs plum, ms. pear and miss apple, (who i hope will be more giving this year since we didn't get to eat any of her apples last year before the birds got them). oh, and we love you too strawberries and blueberries.
have i ever said how thankful i am to have a yard where we can plant and grow what we want? well, I AM! i love having food storage that we grow ourselves. up next: finishing the vegetable garden!
sometime i'm actually going to get around to posting some "for reals" posts, but for now i will just say:
1. we have started sleep training the babies (ie letting them "cry it out"). this is the second night and yes, they're crying as i type, but somehow i feel a total sense of freedom knowing it's ok for me to do this and it's good for both of us. last night was the first time in their lives i think that they went to sleep on their own!
2. i just read on facebook that my SIL ashley is having a baby boy in august and i am SOOO super duper excited. yay for a new nephew!
3. i think i'm going to make this tomorrow and i'm hoping it really does taste like thai food!
yep, i'm officially a Notary Public for the state of CA. i even performed my first notarial act today at work (don't tell anyone but i was really nervous!). i think being a notary will be fun though...something new is nice sometimes.
by the way, sorry about that last post. i just re-read it and boy, what a downer. that's not fun. i have good news to post today though. even though it's raining and has been for what seems like for-ev-er, i love the rain. i love the smell and the feeling of getting all cozy inside. josh even turned on our pellet stove last night. BUT, as much as i love the rain i love a change in seasons even more.
SPRING is on the way people. tomorrow is the official first day of spring! (i just googled it so you know it must be true). our plum trees have already bloomed and leafed (is that a word?). our apple tree now has popcorn popping and our cherry trees (my favorite) are coming along too. not to mention our daffodils are bloomed and our ONE bright pink tulip is up and beautiful.
i especially love the symbolism of spring and new life and renewal. maybe i'll blog more about that around Easter time :)
Someone please tell me why I am not motivated to lose weight? Well, I take that back. I go through phases of being motivated (like from 8am-12pm today I ate really healthy but then I just blew it the rest of the day - ending with Cold Stone ice cream). I seriously don't know what is wrong with me! I can't seem to STAY motivated and it's driving me nuts. I don't want to pay for Weight Watchers, but I try almost daily to do it on my own and I just slip and end up overeating and feeling crappy. I seriously need to find motivation again soon or I'm going to be back at my pregnancy weight here pretty quick. Blech!
Eden and Ezra discovered a new drawer this past week and have been having fun pulling all my cake pans out and banging them on the kitchen floor, etc. This morning they started at it again (probably because this is the only non-child proofed drawer within their reach...) and I just let them at it because we had just woken up and it was giving me a chance to get ready for the day. Pretty soon I heard Ezzy crying and when I came into the kitchen I saw this...
LOL. They were cracking me up! Luckily I had my camera on the counter and snapped a few shots of them crammed in their little drawer. I don't know why, but they LOVE to get into boxes and buckets and baskets and apparently oven drawers. The other day Ezra was trying to sit it the tiniest little box at my parents house (smaller than a shoebox) and pretty soon Eden came over and tried to wedge her way in there with him. They are so silly.
PS I know Eden's hair is crazy in these pics. She will NOT keep a hair tie in her hair for anything!
So twice a year J gets a bonus - not very big, but just some money that isn't in our normal budget. I always tell him he gets to pick what we spend it on because it's "extra". This year he surprised me and wanted to spend it on living room blinds! I've been wanting them since we moved in so I was so excited! Of course I didn't get a "before" picture because that would have been fun to post on here, but the old blinds were vertical metal blinds that were huge and bulky - just completely dated. Now the room feels so much more cozy :) Oh and we got a set for our larger kitchen window too. So, a small part of one of my goals (updating the house) is complete.
The babies have been sick again and Ezra had a really bad fever the last couple of days. So, my weekend was spent cuddling this sick little boy...
Chasing around this crazy (and sick) little girl...
And of course hanging out with this favorite guy... (he was thinking i was crazy for taking his picture just now...) and he is also feeling sick btw
Ezzy got so bad we even took him to the doctor this morning...but of course they said just let it run it's course. no ear infection or anything else they can do anything about. poor thing was so miserable yesterday and this morning - he just sat on my lap and didn't play or eat or anything. luckily i actually think he's starting to feel better now. i can hear him banging pots and pans in the kitchen as i type.
it is just sad to watch them suffer and not be able to do anything about it. being a mom is hard! :)
Today we watched Ramona and Beezus and it was such a cute movie. Probably one of the best movies I've seen in a really long time. No swearing (other than "GUTS"), no sexual innuendos, no violence. Just a really cute and funny movie with a real family with two parents in the home and good family values. I usually end up getting up and doing stuff around the house while a movie is on just because I don't care to watch most movies anymore. This one was enjoyable (and refreshing) to watch.
I love having twins. I love seeing how unique they each are (and knowing it is their personalities because they are being raised the same). It is so fun to have a boy and girl and see how they interact with each other and with everyone around them. I think one of the very best things about having twins is that they always have a playmate. If one of them is sleeping while the other is awake they simply don't know what to do with themselves. They usually end up wandering around whining and bored. I'm just so thankful that they have each other and I hope they're always close.
Interestingly I don't find myself calling them "the twins" much, if at all. I usually call them "the babies" or by their names. I don't mind AT ALL when other people refer to them that way. I think being a twin will always be a big part of their identity and should be because it's really special. I guess I just don't want them to feel like their "twinhood" is their only identity and I want to make sure I recognized them for their own individuality.
Anyway, their differences fascinate me. Take something as simple as eating for instance. Here are some pictures of them in their high chairs a couple of days ago. I don't know if you can tell, but Ezra's tray is so neat and tidy and he was picking up each piece of food with his two fingers one at a time. Eden's, on the other hand, is so messy and crazy. She thought the peas were fun to squish all over her hands and tray and hair. Her facial expression in this picture explains it all.
They are so funny. These next pictures I just had to post because, well, they're adorable :)
we found the cutest park a couple of blocks from us (on Almond if any of you are near us and want to check it out). we took the kids there on friday after josh got home from work. it was so much fun to watch E & E explore. while we were there a couple came with their set of twin boys who are about a month than our kids so that was fun too.
this was taken right after miss independent ran off and bonked her head on the cement :(
look ma, i'm swinging (not too sure about it)
hehehe she did NOT like the swings. love her hair though.
Last year we were surprised to discover that our funny bushes out back were blueberry bushes. They produced a ton of fruit and we're still using the berries that we froze. I actually like them a lot more now that we grow them (before I wasn't a big fan). This weekend I decided to try to make my very first blueberry pie. It turned out pretty darn well, especially with vanilla ice cream!
what a wonderful weekend. other than feeling sick still, we've had fun.
friday the babies and i went for a nice foggy walk and spent the day together. then that night we went with the trogdons to LEATHERBYS (!). i've been craving it so that was yummy, even if my brownie did taste like cardboard.
yesterday i was feeling so icky again. i woke up that morning with a terrible pain in my chest and had to do my inhaler before i could breathe comfortably again. josh had to leave me to work overtime all day which was sad, but i'm thankful for the money and that we have jobs...
today was stake conference. it was a broadcast from SLC for 67 stakes in northern california. the talks were wonderful. even though i spent most of the time chasing ezra around the hallway, they were broadcasting it in so many rooms i could pretty much hear the talks no matter where i was so that was nice. one thing that really struck me was that i need to read the scriptures to my children every day. new GOAL for my list :) that and attending the temple at least once a month. after conference we spent some time with mom green which was nice.
welp nothing else really happening. another week starts tomorrow. at least it's only a 4 day work week for me - actually i won't have to work a 5 day week until like the 2nd week in March. woot woot!
i know i know, it's been a bad blog week. this nasty cold is lingering WAY too long (like this is the 3rd week of hacking cough long). ugh.
you know what's annoying? one year olds and dishwasher dials! why are they so intent on turning it, especially of course while it's running. grr. i may have sprayed them with the sink hose a time or two. i know i'm a horrible parent.
lastly, my hubs isn't home and hasn't called and it's now 5 minutes to 7. i am going to eat without him if he doesn't get here in 5 minutes because i'm starving.
confession time. we have been in our ward for about 15 months now and i still feel like i don't know anybody (we're in primary and we have two 1 year olds - those are my excuses).
about a month or two ago one of my few friends, who was also in our last ward with us, invited me to join the bunco group she and some other girls were forming. she said it would be a "12 month" commitment and i hesitated a little because i've never played bunco and didn't know what i was getting myself into. but, i joined because frankly it's time for me to stop hiding behind my babies and actually meet people and be social again dang it!
so, last night was our first bunco night and it was a lot of fun. 12 girls, good food, lots of chatting and of course bunco playing. oh and i won some pretty little bowls as my prize for lowest score LOL.
as a side: i'm thankful for josh because he has always supported and encouraged me to have friend/girl time. oh, and he also bought me these:
remember in elementary school when you got a choice between a chocolate or regular milk carton with your lunch? i must have been crazy back then because i remember thinking the chocolate milk was way too "chocolatey" and i always went for the white milk. would that i still hated it, but no more. the most delicious beverage ever is BYU chocolate milk, but i'll settle for nesquik in a pinch. like this week. i have been addicted to chocolate milk this week...and i may or may not have had a glass every day. mmmmm.
well it's January again so naturally i've been reflecting on the last year. 2010 was definitely an interesting year in the green house. actually looking back the year seems like a blur. sometimes i think things like, we went to utah last summer or we did this or that...but i'm actually thinking of 2009. almost like 2010 didn't happen in some ways. weird. of course it's been a wonderful first year as a mother and watching my cutie patooties grow and learn so much...but i've realized something. i've been in a funk for pretty much...well, pretty much the whole year. i think a lot of it was postpartum depression. nothing too severe but enough to make me not feel like myself and not feel motivated to set goals or do anything to improve myself.
i think i'm finally starting to break out of the funk and get back to myself. i'm finally back down to my pre-pregnancy weight (heaviest pre-preg but it's something) and starting to feel pretty again. josh and i both hate that i have to work right now, but we're making plans and feeling good about them. i am thankful that at least heavenly father has made work more bearable these days. i'm learning to find happiness even though i'm not a stay at home mom (yet!). i'm having fun with josh as we learn how to be parents and laugh at our "learning experiences" and our kids' funny personalities.
so i thought i'd share some of my goals for 2011 - now that i've actually made some:
✭one is to BLOG more. i think it's healthy to write thoughts down and since i've been terrible at keeping my journal (funk, remember) i am setting a goal to blog at least 3 times weekly. we'll see if i can keep it up.
✭i want to become a crazy COUPON lady. i am really inspired by some of these blogs i read where people save 50-75% off their grocery bill. oh the possibilities if i could save this kind of money! as part of this goal i want to have 1 year of household supplies (cleaners, TP, toothpaste, soap etc) as well as at least a year supply of food stocked up by the end of the year.
✭COOK more. i haven't really cooked more than once a week since the babies were born. part of it is that i don't get home from work until about 6:30pm so josh is usually the one to cook...or we just fend for ourselves. i'm going to try to look up some crockpot meals and other ideas for prepping dinner maybe the night before and then just cooking it the next day. ideas welcome on this one.
✭make QUIET BOOKS for my kids. my mom had one for us when we were little and i loved to flip through it and do all the activities during sacrament meeting. this has been on my "to do" list since before i even had the babies and i actually have all my ideas on paper - just need to get busy.
✭this one should be at the top of this little list i'm typing. study my SCRIPTURES every day. this is one i actually haven't slacked on necessarily, but i want to have more meaningful scripture study daily (key word here is study and not just read).
✭lose WEIGHT. i have a goal in mind but i don't really feel the need to share the details. ok, maybe i'll just say that i would like to lose at least another 30 lbs. heck who knows, maybe i'll even get up enough gusto to do some exercise too.
✭this spring/summer i am going to plant a GARDEN. we had a pitiful garden last year which we planted in a hurry and then neglected. this year i really want to plant and eat what we grow - then we'll be eating healthy and saving money. some things on my list to plant: tomatoes (heirloom, beefsteak, cherry), green beans, corn, jalapenos, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, basil, chives, cucumbers and possibly strawberries, onions & potatoes. i also would like to plant more fruit trees (citrus - grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange), but that depends on time and money so i'm not commiting to them because i know those may or may not happen this year :)
✭sort of along those same lines, i want to make JAMS & JELLIES this summer. i particularly want to learn to make pepper jelly. it is so yummy! then i can give it away at christmas and won't have to think about what i'm going to give my neighbors when that time comes around. see, thinking ahead here :)
✭organize and decorate our OFFICE. this room is the catch-all in our house and i need to get a handle on it! i have a file cabinet but do i use it? sure, i use it...to stack all my filing paperwork on top. i have a theme in mind (josh will like it). after 1 1/2 years in our house i think it's about time i make time to do this one.
✭do some UPDATES on our house. we have a whole list of things to do, but probably most of them won't happen until some of our other financial goals are met. but this year i would at least like to paint and update the blinds in our living room. i want to update our kitchen too but i can't decide what to do with it, so for now it sits looking bland and boring. oh well, at least i have a kitchen :)
so, i have some other goals too but i'm not entirely sure i will be able to accomplish them (because they depend on factors outside myself). but i would love to pay off our VAN and quit my job to stay at HOME fulltime, but like i said, plans are in the works and we'll see what happens.
well, if you stuck around to read all of that, thanks. just needed to get it out of my brain and somewhere else so i can start focusing on my goals!! this is my 2nd blog post this week, so at least that one's going well. i'm feeling de-funkified more each day so i have high hopes for the others too.
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a Christian. I believe that the Bible is the word of God, AND I also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. The Book of Mormon is a book translated from ancient records from people who lived in this land (the Americas) before and after Christ's birth.
A few months ago our Bishop at church challenged us to read the Book of Mormon again by the end of the year. I got a late start, so I ended up reading 10 - 20 pages a day, but I'm happy to say that I finished it on New Year's Eve. This was great experience for me and strengthened my testimony that I know this book is true! I have read it many times and try to read at least parts of it daily. But, this time I read it front to back in such a short amount of time that I could really see the fulfillment of the prophecies about Jesus Christ. Prophets from the beginning of the book all the way through the end prophesied and testified of the Savior. The day I read about Christ's birth and the signs being fulfilled I rejoiced! The Savior came! He was born and lived on the earth. He atoned and died for each of us. The most amazing thing to me, though, is that he was ressurected and lives again! And he opened the gates for all of us to live again.
I'm thankful for that knowledge and for this book which is truly "Another Testament of Jesus Christ".