Wednesday, August 18, 2010

my planner

This is the longest time in the history of April that I have kept a planner. We are going on 3 months now...I found my planner at Savers for $1 and I love it. Luckily when the year is up I can buy another one HERE - won't get it for a dollar...but still.

This planner almost looks like mine- love the set up. Love the style. Love that it's big. Big is always better.

I have planner issues. I've never been able to keep one longer than 2 weeks- and funny enough, I usually end up misplacing my planners and finding them when the year has expired. Aren't they supposed to keep me organized?

But for some mystical reason, this time around, I am loving my planner and using it, and relying on it. I even cross off and put check marks on things I have done. I circle what needs to be done. I even have phone numbers and grocery lists in my planner. It is great.

but the favorite part of my planner? the quotes on the bottom of each page.

Like this one:
"I have learned that to be with those I like is enough." ~ Walt Whitman

"There shall be an eternal summer in a grateful heart." ~ Celia Thaxter

"Whatever you are, be a good one." ~ Abraham Lincoln.

anyway- so how's your planner?

Weigh in Wednesday: Last Wednesday 180-. Today- 177. I'm just sort of bouncing around the same weight by 3 pounds or so- time to kick things up a notch I suppose. I have to get out of maternity clothes eventually right?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ju ju kaye

happy birthday Julia.

Ok so your birthday was really on Sunday. But you're only 3. And three year olds luckily don't have a clue about how dates and calendars really work. The first 3 or 4 years of a child's life gives parents time to learn and make mistakes- and not be condemned for doing so. Because when they're 5 or 6, it's all over. "My birthday is in exactly 2 weeks, 3 days, 15 hours and 25 minutes." There's no way of forgetting birthdays then.

I didn't space Ju-Ju's birthday- well not entirely. I just didn't have the energy to celebrate it on her birthday- and either did she. She wasn't feeling too hot. Well actually she was feeling hot- a fever.

But today we celebrate. Just us...and Joette. A cake we all decorate together- a couple presents- Duck Duck Goose and Hide-and-Go-Seek with Daddy. (he makes it scary!)

Love you Julia. You are so interesting to me. I can't think of anyone more unpredictable than you. I so wish you came with an instruction book. I know the front page would read, "handle with care" and "warning: explosive"

but I love so so much. You make me smile. I love your little words and the way you pronounce your "S's". I love how you ask me to scratch your back before bed. What 3 year old wants their back scratched? I love how you are concerned about everyone's happiness.

Stop growing please. Oh just stay little forever.

Friday, August 06, 2010


liquidificador- that is the word "blender" in Portuguese. Isn't that the longest word ever for something so simple like "blender"?

It's so hard to worry, or have a bad bad, or be angry if the song "Sweet Disposition" by the Temper Traps is playing...try it. The song just makes you feel like everything is going to be ok. It's like driving in the canyons with the windows down in perfect weather...beautiful scenery- it's like children laughing and running through the sprinklers. Just a feel good song.

I believe in music therapy.

Listen to the song- it's the first song on my playlist. I am listening to it right now and suddenly now I just want to hug and jump off a dock into a lake at midnight. (with a swimsuit on this time- for those few who are wondering)

Isn't it funny what music can do?

weigh in wednesday- 177 lbs...2 lbs up 2 lbs down- whatever.

Joette is in town and so we are going to the gym, drinking almond milk and chopping vegetables daily. We decided to make August our makeover month.

I love little Xander. He was starting to cry and grunt all day so I took him to the chiropractor. Worked wonders. I am sold.

I am thankful for air conditioning. Not thankful for my power bill. HOLY SMOKES.

I love how the health club has huge sunflowers planted in their flowerbeds. Someone happy planted those flowers. Totally unexpected- love it.

I saw a bumper sticker that said, "I love jet noise." I love jet noise too! I love living close to an air force base. Every now and then the big booming jets flying by will get my heart all pumping and I just want to start singing "Oh say can you see!!!"

two spouts of mastitis- I felt like I was poisoned or something. It actually reminded me of when I got Dengue on my mission. I couldn't even get out of bed without Chay's help. But I just drank a gallon plus of water each time and nursed and pumped like crazy and I beat it!- symptoms gone in 12 hours. Phew.

Is there anything more sweet and precious than a newborn?

My sister is amazing. She has such a HUGE purpose in this life. My girls love her more than me right now. She truly is a Mother in Zion.

Pictures of the little guy: