Wednesday, August 29

Hair Trauma

Did I mention I've had to do all of this the last few days with crappy hair? I think my 1-year-old managed to throw away my flat-iron without me noticing (we've searched the entire house and with her history of throwing away her binky, stuffed animals, my keys, my hair brush, her toothbrush, tupperware, books, and countless other items that I find throughout the day, this seems like the best explanation.) Thanks little one!

Tuesday, August 28

No turning back

First let me apologize beforehand if this entry is quite lengthy. There is simply no other way to explain.

I've been meaning to get back to the last sentence of my previous blog. You know, the one about starting work. First of all, I've never worked a day since my first child was born. I've been with my kids all day, every day for their whole lives. I love being able to stay home with my kids and watch them grow up (it happens so fast). But, as every mother knows, sometimes I just need a little break away from them so I don't go crazy. I've been thinking the last couple of months that maybe I should get a part-time job just so I can change up my days a little bit and interract with other adults. Well, before I knew it, a great opportunity came up last week. My husband let me know of a technical writer/editor position opening up at Scientech, an engineering company
based in I.F. that builds operating systems for nuclear reactors around the world. (What the ?)

I don't know anything about nuclear reactors, engineering, operating systems, and anything else in the technical field. How in the heck was I going to write manuals and documents explaining stuff I had no clue about. degree is in professional writing/editing and I have some editing experience so Jim prodded me to go for it. To make a long story short, I submitted my resume'; they called me the next day (Friday) at 9:30, wanted an interview at 10:30(I hadn't even showered and it was my daughter's first week of Kindergarten); and hired me at 11:30.

OKAY!!! So now I have a job, need a baby-sitter, am going camping in like three hours, have our house on the market and must keep it clean for unexpected showings, and start full-time on Monday morning. What just happened to my freedom of being lazy all day, every day if I want. Yes, they want me 40 hours this first week to train ("and I've never had to leave my kids all day?" RIGHT-I cried the first morning trying to leave). The first day by noon I was thinking "what the heck did I get myself into" and wanted to bag the whole thing as I sat crying in my car, eating lunch alone and missing my kids. Did I mention that my husband, who found me the job in the first place and pushed me to get it, was out of town my first two days. Aahhh!!! But today went much better and I feel way more confident in my abilities and a little more familiar with their computer programs and systems. We'll see how the next few days go. After this week, I only have to work 20 hours a week, which is perfect because I get to set my own hours. The pay is amazing and I still can spend all morning with my kids, take my daughter to kindergarten on my way, and be gone while my other two are taking their afternoon nap. I found a great baby-sitter who will come to my house, and her first day (today) went great. The kids love her! Yes people, I realize I am trying to justify becoming a working mom, but the situation couldn't be any more perfect for me. Oh, except that I still don't know much about nuclear reactors.

Sunday, August 26

Into the woods...

We went camping the last couple of days with our little family. It was a lot of fun, and of course I forgot my camera. I'm such an idiot! We took a 16-mile 4-wheeler ride up in the mountains and after surviving quite a rough, steep trail(with all of us on one 4-wheeler) we found a beautiful little lake at the bottom of the trail. The surroundings were amazing, and I was reminded how awesome nature really is. We saw lot's of butterflys, dragon flys, chipmunks, a grouse, and even a doe with her fawn along the trail. The kids loved it! It was a fun trip and we even got some swimming in(kid's favorite), and some smore eating in(my favorite). We wanted to get in one more trip before the cold settles in and the busy schedules take over. Did I mention I start work on Monday morning.....aahhhhhh!!!!

Wednesday, August 22

Boring boob tube

I don't know about any of you, but I can't wait for all of the fall premiers to start. For some reason, I get sucked into all of them and if it weren't for DVR, my poor children would be watching a lot of shows they shouldn't. Good thing summer t.v. has nothing to offer(except for Curtis on "Take Home Chef") so I can be a good mom half of the year. Good luck waiting for all of you fellow primetime junkies!

1st Day of School

I always hear of these Moms who cry uncontrollably and can't let their children go on the first day of school. Well, Ashytn's first day of kindergarten was today, and I sent her off with all smiles and a hallelujah. Not that I'm cold and uncaring, but knowing how excited she was made it easier to let her go. She's been counting down the days for the last month, and we've been playing at her school playground pretending she's at recess. Ashtyn is the easiest child who will adjust to anything. She has the sweetest disposition and loves everything. Her teacher told me today how Ashtyn tried to comfort a little boy in her class who was crying by sitting by him and rubbing his back. She was born a nurturer. I know I am playing the proud mom, but it is so nice to have such a caring, easy-going child. I need to enjoy her all I can because I can't say the same for her two younger sisters.

Monday, August 20

Bear Scare

I went to a retreat with some women from my ward to a cabin in Island Park this weekend. It was so much fun to get away. The pransker in me came out and suggested an idea to scare all of the girls. I rode up with a friend from the ward who also has a cabin just down the street from the one we stayed in. I've stayed at my friend's cabin a few times and inside they have a full bear mount. We snuck out and brought the bear back (with a little help from some guys who were staying at her cabin) and placed it (quietly) outside one of the windows. We went inside and a few minutes later, the guys started growling near the open window. The girls started freaking out and when they looked up and saw a bear at the window (claws up, mouth open) everyone started screaming and scrambling across the room. A couple of the girls actually got scratches and rug burns from the other ladies climbing over them. It was pretty hilarious! By the way, there have actually been three real bear sightings on the island in the past week. I couldn't have picked a better scare!

Thursday, August 16

In Memory

Just a few pictures I have since my Grandpa moved here two years ago from California. It was so nice to have him close his last couple of years and let my children get to know their great-grandpa. This last week has been hectic with all of the family in town for his funeral. It was so nice to see all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. The funeral was so nice and everything turned out just right. We had military rights for Grandpa at the cemetery. It was so touching to see those elderly men (knowing there are not many left) showing respect for their fellow comrade.

Grandpa wanted me to give his life sketch, and I was honored to do so yet dumbfounded why he'd want me. I can only think that he heard me speak at my college graduation a few years ago and was so unimpressed that he wanted to give me a second chance at public speaking, or he was so impressed that he wanted a scholar (ha, ha) to speak at his funeral. Whatever reason, I was touched. Now that things have calmed down and the company has left my house, I'll try to be a more frequent blogger to all of you who can't get through their day without knowing what I've been up to (I only wish I was that popular). Anyways, a hard week to get through but one that brought family together to share in our love for a very dear grandfather.

Friday, August 10

What a day

I managed to be quite productive today without even a plan to start with this morning. I can only be lazy for too long. My crossed-off list today:
  1. Bathed all three(wait, 4) girls
  2. Washed and folded(that's the hard part) six loads of laundry
  3. Cleaned out the kitty litter box(thank goodness for the canal by our house)
  4. Changed all three girl's bedding(thus contributing to the laundry)
  5. Baked banana bread and cookies as "thankyou's" for the neighbors(minus a few from the baker's taste-test)
  6. Loaded and unloaded the dishwasher(twice)
  7. Went to Home Depot for a new sprinkler head(those dang "honey-do's")
  8. Vacuumed the entire downstairs and furniture(thanks Tillie for all the cat hair)
(Notice there is no mention of going to the gym-I've been on a two-week excercise hiatus. It's been kind of nice to sleep-in!)
I know this doesn't seem like a lot to all you Martha's out there, but for me(who has not one ounce of Martha blood in her), it's quite the accomplishment. Now for today....

In Honor

What a great man. President Faust has always been one of my favorites because of his quiet, gentle, caring nature. Maybe his path crossed my Grandpa's en route to eternity.

Wednesday, August 8

Met with Glory

"When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices. When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries." Tibetan Buddhist saying

My Grandpa passed away tonight. He's been wanting to go home for some time. I know he was met with love and open arms from a very proud and loving Heavenly Father. I was so blessed to have the chance to see him yesterday and tonight only 15 minutes before he died. I was able to tell him I love him and sit by his bed and hold his hand. I know he knew I was there. I will cherish those last moments with him when he was so close to his Savior. I love you, Grandpa.

Friday, August 3

This could just be my last post

My husband and I are headed to Lagoon for his annual company party. The kids are staying at Grandma's and we are totally going to live it up with our Thelma's lemonade and theme-park churros. Can you drink and ride? We are so excited to ride the new Wicked roller coaster (yes the one pictured heading straight down and upside down). Are we crazy? I'm somewhat of a thrill-seeker, but as I'm climbing onto the ride, the many images of "rides-gone-wrong" enter the back of my mind. Like the little girl whose feet were ripped off on a ride at a theme-park a few weeks ago. Or the several pictures of dangling bodies hanging from rides trying not to fall to their death. Wish me luck! And check the news this weekend for any mishaps! It could just be me!

Thursday, August 2

Gram and the Girls

Jim's Grandma from New Mexico came for a visit last week. We don't get to see her that often so it was really nice to spend some time together. My girls make their blog debut with this picture. I know what you're thinkng. Don't the girls look awfully close in age? The younger two often get mistaken for twins since they are practically the same size. They weigh the exact same(not kidding), wear the same size of diaper, and many of the same clothes. I guess Heavenly Father was trying to test (and humble, and bless) me when he sent them 12 months apart. Let me just give my testimony that birth control and nursing(together) don't always prevent babies! But aren't they adorable? Ashytn 5, Jordyn 2, and Avery 1. Yes, I do find ways to stay busy. In fact, I've been trying to clean the same bathroom for a week now. I think mommy needs a maid, or nanny, or cook, or manny; I'm not picky-I'll take whatever!

Wednesday, August 1

All Gone!

In reference to my last blog, the little tool symbol has somehow magically disappeared. I swear it was there!


For all you bloggers out there, how in the heck do I get that little tool symbol on my sidebar off? I cannot figure it out, and the little thing all over my page is driving me crazy. Please help an unsavvy-computer-mom!