Friday, September 28

March of Dimes

I saw this You Tube video today and was touched. I am so thankful and blessed to have 3 children who have come very easily and very healthy. My heart goes out to all the women who experience problems/complications with their pregnancies and birth. March of Dimes is usually one of the charities I often give to, but I have to be honest that I sometimes get annoyed because I get something almost every two weeks from them. (I end up giving the address label stickers to my kids to play with). I guess it helps to see this video and realize how much of a difference this charity makes. If you have any extra change, send it their way!

Wednesday, September 26

I think I can, I think I can....

I apologize for not updating my blog more! The days just keep getting crazier. Working everyday is starting to throw me for a loop. The hours are great, but I'm used to having a day to do errands, you know, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning the house. I'm trying to fit all that into my mornings and it's getting a bit hectic. This week in review thus far:

  • Monday morning-went to the store to buy a b-day present for Ashtyn's friend (her party was that afternoon); visiting teachers came

  • Tuesday morning-went visiting teaching to 3 ladies (yes, the end of the month must be coming); attended my first Primary presidency meeting. Did I mention I was called this Sunday as the Primary Secretary-the busiest secretary out of any organization in the church. Remember a few blogs ago when I said Primary is a divine calling NOT FOR ME! I guess someone with connections must have read my blog!

  • Wednesday morning- the Primary Secretary came this morning to train me. Now along with work I have weekly meetings and 1-2 hours of computer work for primary each week and bishopric meetings every other Sunday. Bring it on!

  • I've had to do all of this before 11:00 each day to get back home, get the kids fed, and Ashtyn off to school before the baby-sitter comes and I leave for work.

Wow! I'm exhausted. I forgot to mention the meeting with the architect Tuesday morning to design our house plans and the no sleep Monday night staying up to go over all of the details of the house plans.

I also opened up my Parenting magazine for a quick read before bed and saw their need for freelance writers. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has always been my dream to write for this magazine. Seriously! My degree is in professional writing; I have 3 kids for experience on the subject matter; I have already written a couple of articles for my sample writing packet; I work as an editor both of novels and technical documents; and let's face it, I'm dang funny and they'd love me so much, they'd turn me into a regular column each month. It is meant to be, I swear!

Wish me luck the rest of the week! My butt is going to be glued to the computer chair (and some to the couch late at night since I'm DVR'ing all of the season premiers). Let's pray my kids still want me after this crazy week!

Wednesday, September 19

My kids will never do that!

Let me first apologize to any men out there who happen to come across this. I know how much you love anything to do with this subject.

I know all of you mothers out there, and pre-mothers also, have gone through the "my child will never do that" series:

  • My child will never have a binky past 1, especially in church.
  • My child will never look like a rag-muffin in public.
  • My child will never have a snotty nose or dirty face.
  • My child will never act like that....
  • My child will never wear clothes that don't match.
  • My child will never have diaper rash because I'll always change their diaper right when it's wet.
  • Blah, blah, blah, blah

Of course I was one of those girls who always said this whenever I witnessed another child doing something or looking like something I didn't approve of for my future children. Of course I would have perfect, clean, well-behaved, put-together children. Don't we all think that? Let me just tell you, expectations are meant to be broken.

For the most part, my children are the sweet, pure, well-behaved, beautiful children that I always dreamed of. But....I can't leave for church without knowing I have two binkys (one backup); I once let my daughter go to the store in her raggy, dress-up Snow White dress; one of my kids always has a runny nose; my 5 year-old-daughter ended up changing the poopy baby the other day because I was on the phone and she was sick of smelling her sister; and the worst of all, I came into the bathroom the other day to find the scene in the above picture. Didn't I just get something like that on my email and was so thankful my children would never do something like that?

Oh, and did I mention, their timing was perfect as the inevitable day for Mommy was fast approaching and I had just purchased that box the day before. Back to Wal-Mart for the embarrasing "lone box of tampons in the shopping cart". Hey, at least it wasn't a pregancy test, huh!

Friday, September 14

No time to Chat

Just a quick hello to everyone. I don't have a lot of time to blog this week. My husband has been in Santa Fe for three days and I'm crazy enough to have an open house this weekend. Yes, our house is for sale! So with work, kid care, and house cleaning to it's best, I don't think I've even sat down to take a break the last few days. I'll have to count these few minutes! Remind me to post about our exciting "tampon incidence" that I swore my kids would never do. In the meantime, if you know of anyone who wants to move to Idaho Falls and is looking in the $450,00-$500,00 range, send them my way. I'm getting sick of always keeping it clean!!!

Here's our lovely Hassman home soon to go to the first bidder:

Tuesday, September 11

Ridin' the Bull

I was talked into riding the bull at the fair this year. I actually did quite well and didn't fall off 'til the very end. For those who haven't experienced this rush, I advise you to "work-out" your wrist before. It kills! This picture brings up one question: Who looks meaner, Me or the Bull?

Monday, September 10

Fair Fantastic!

We went to the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot last week. It was tons of fun as usual. The kids loved all the animals, especially the goats and bunnies. We were all amazed at the 765 lb. pig, even though the smell was awful. The parents loved all the yummy food and fun booths. Ashtyn even got to be on t.v. when the weatherman asked her to help him on the news. She stood so straight and still the whole time trying to look grown up. It was a great night with Grandma and Grandpa, great-grandpa and grandma, and Cameron, Katie, and the boys. Until next year...

Friday, September 7

Perfect Pair

Since I started work and Ashtyn started school, we've been missing out on our afternoons together. So on Monday, the two of us went to the salon to spend some quality time together. Ashtyn got her first pedicure! She was a little ticklish but absolutely loved the pink sparkly polish and flower design. She also got her fingernails painted while Mommy got her toes done. It was so cute to be there with her at such a big girl, grownup moment.

Girls are so fun!

Tuesday, September 4

Not so divine of a Sunday

Now that we've established my husband being gone this weekend, what did I do you ask? Absolutely nothing! I did brave church by myself with the three little ones. I tried to get a cute picture of them in their matching dresses, but Avery was not having it. As was the rest of the day. Did I mention it was the first Sunday switching to 9:00 a.m. with Sacrament last? Getting up and getting the girls ready on time was a feat in itself. I had to wake the two little ones up at 8:30, shove some breakfast in, slap a dress on, and run a comb through their hair. After dropping Jordyn off (screaming) in nursery, I made my way to primary (with Avery) to sit with my class who thought they didn't have a teacher. Oh, and by the way, the teacher of the other CTR class just went in to labor this morning (6 weeks early), "can you take her class, too?" Sure, why not? So I had 14 kids in class, with Avery who was an absolute terror(she apparently doesn't like to hold still or be quiet in church), and tried to get through a lesson on the sacrament, which turned into a lesson on "Didn't Jesus know wine was bad?". AAAHHH!!!! Primary is definitely a divine calling NOT FOR ME. I then had to make it through sacrament with three tired kids who had already had enough of the chapel (yes, primary is in the chapel because our ward is made up of kids) and had already eaten the snacks-I understand it was fast sunday but throw me a frickin' bone. Everything's ok 'cause I can go home and take a nap, right? Yeah right! Jordy came in about six times, every five minutes:

  • "Mommy, I'm poopy."
  • "Mommy, I need a snack."
  • "Mommy, can you open my fruit snacks."
  • "Mommy, my little feets hurt."
  • "Mommy, I fell off the couch."
  • "Mommy, Avery is awake."
Awesome! Jim comes home later than he originally thinks, and when he calls to tell me, I can hear my brother in the background, "You better be naked and ready to ----." Whatever spiritual uplift, though it be small, I managed to get on this wonderful Sunday was just completely diminished. Hope you all had a great one!

My husband left me for my brother

Ok-so instead of camping or doing something fun with the WHOLE family like every other family did this Labor Day weekend, my husband left us alone to go camping/scouting with my brother. Somehow my brother always gets in the way of family time. Jim always teases me that he's gonna leave me for my brother. And what's with scouting anyway? Like the elk and deer are going to be in the same place the actual week of "the hunt". I think it's just another excuse to get out. I'm going to start "scouting" stores before their sales to see if I can fill my tag.

I'm sure the boys got some great male bonding time (whatever that entails-I don't want to know). Actually, they were pretending they were the dude from Man vs. Wild and tried to start a fire with just sticks for 2 1/2 hours. They also didn't take much food because they would just eat the fish they were going to catch. Or at least a nice snake!