Tuesday, February 20, 2007

what a do

do you like my hair, i worked hard on it

our couch

here's our couch. it's not the ugliest couch in the world but it is definitely not my style. it is pretty comfy though!

Monday, February 19, 2007

our weekend

Saturday was a beautiful day. I think it actually hit 60 degrees. We decided it was the perfect day to mow or lawns. We don't have a lawn mower since we've never had lawns before, so we went to josh's mom's house and borrowed her mower. Our niece and nephew we're over there so brought them home so the girls could have cousin play time. Josh decided to mow the front first so they could all play in the back. Well they wanted nothing to do with playing outside. I was so frustrated. They have been begging all week to go outside but it has been raining and cold almost the whole time time we've been here. So i put a movie on and went outside to check on things in the front and realized I had never seen josh mow a lawn so I broke out the camera.

After he finished I realized I had never mowed a lawn before so I took over and did the back. About halfway into it I realized I got jipped cause my lawn was about twice as big as his. It was fine though, except for the fact that my hands hurt and were itchy and swollen when I was done. I think it was just from the shaking of the lawn mower. After we finished the yard work we just went back to Josh's mom's house and hung out there and ate dinner and then came home and crashed. Sunday we went to our new ward and were shocked by how small it is. To give you and idea there were five kids in the nursery including Maddy, every primary class is actually 2 classes combined and there were 4 elders in Elder's Quorum. After church we just came home and rested and did the dishes and went back to Josh's mom's (notice a theme here?) because she said a friend of hers was getting rid of a couch that we could have. At this point i was down for whatever 2 weeks without nowhere to sit and you'll pretty much take anything. It id in nice condition but it horrible colors and so not my style. Oh well. It's a place to sit. They must have been getting a bunch of new stuff because Josh also came home with a dresser a lamp and was told he can come back and get a set of bunk beds. Sweet! That was our all exciting weekend. What did you do ?

Saturday, February 17, 2007

i wish i would have had this earlier


Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick
behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

Obtain a 55-gallon box of LEGOs (or you may substitute roofing
tacks). Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a
blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream
because this would wake a child at night.

Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them
with you as you shop. Always keep them in sight and pay for
anything they eat or damage.

Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net
bag making sure that all the arms stay inside.

Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend
from the ceiling with a cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to
insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal into the mouth of the jug, while
pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on
the floor.

Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8-12
pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 3:00 p.m. begin
to waltz and hum with the bag until 9:00 p.m. Lay down your bag
and set your alarm for 10:00 p.m. Get up, pick up your bag, and
sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more
and sing these too until 4:00 a. m. Set alarm for 5:00 a.m. Get
up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.

Take an egg carton. Using a pair of scissors and pot of paint,
turn it into an alligator. Now take a toilet paper tube and turn
it into an attractive Christmas candle. Use only scotch tape and
a piece of foil. Last, take a milk carton, a Ping-Pong ball, and
an empty box of Cocoa Puffs. Make an exact replica of the Eiffel

Forget the BMW and buy a station wagon. Buy a chocolate ice cream
cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a
dime. Stick it into the cassette player. Take a family size
package of chocolate chip cookies. Mash them into the back seat.
Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There, perfect.

Obtain a large bean bag chair and attach it to the front of your
clothes. Leave it there for 9 months. Now remove 10 of the beans.

Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask
the clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest food store.
Go to the head office and arrange for your paycheck to be
directly deposited to the store. Purchase a newspaper. Go home
and read it quietly for the last time.

Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how
they can improve their discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet
training and child's table manners. Suggest many ways they can
improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their
children to run wild. Enjoy this experience. It will be the last
time you will have all the answers.

Friday, February 16, 2007

check us out

View this video montage created at One True Media
kids vids

kids say the darndest things.

last night i was doing some stuff for josh so he could start school and kimber walked up to me and said "what are you doing" i said just doing stuff so dad can go to college" kimber "oh, (gasp) what's college?" me "it's school for grown up" kimber "oh phew, i thought it was jail."

Thursday, February 15, 2007

guess what

it's random acts of kindness week. what a great week. Celebrate

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Everything you never needed to know

Your real name:


2. Your Gangsta Name: (first 4 letters of real name plus izzle:}


3. Your Detective Name: (fav color and fav animal)

Red Penguin ( i don't have a favorite animal but penguin popped into my head first)

4. Your Soap Opera Name: (middle name, and childhood street)

Merie Decatur or Merie Orange

5. Your Star Wars Name: (the last 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom's maiden name)


6. Your Super Hero Name: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink)

Yellow Dr Pepper (isn't that Mountain dew?)

7. Your Iraqi Name: (2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, any letter of your middle name, 2nd letter of your mom's maiden name, 3rd letter of your dad's middle name, 1st letter of a sibling's first name, last letter of your mom's middle name)


8. Your Witness Protection Program Name: (great-grandmother/grandfather's first name and Jones)

Mary Jones

9. Your Goth name: (black, and the name of one your pets).

Black Beast ( ha ha ha)

Play along at home!

Happy Valentines Day (if you celebrate it)

Valentine's Day ugh. I really, really don't like this day. It's not because I've had crappy Valentine's days in the past although the year josh got me card and stuck $60 in it was pretty bad. It just seems like strictly a way for companies to squeeze more money out of us. And when did it become unacceptable to just give your significant other just a card, i mean when did us women become so materialistic that it had to be diamonds or some other ridiculously expensive item that we got. Honestly as cliche as it sounds I would much rather get flowers, a love note, or even a piece of jewelry on some completely random day because my hubby was thinking about me and wanted to surprise me. Not because the calendar told him to. So if you're a fan of V Day i hope it's everything you want it to be, if not, Happy Wednesday, isn't it great that you got to wake up and live another day on this beautiful planet?

PS i posted like 6 things yesterday be sure to check 'em out!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

my first montage

check check check it out


a few pictures.

this is what i woke up to this morning. i heart sleeping kids!!

these curtains were here in our house when we got here, at first i wanted to throw up a little in my mouth when i saw them but they are actually starting to grow on me. they match our bedding, so we'll see if i can make it cute. the other pictures are from one of the girls room.

my camera

i finally found it. check out these pictures kimber took. she's quite the photographer.


so, i think blogging is really fun but with our mac computer i haven't figured out how to add all the little cutsey add ins like you all have and out your pictures spaced fun throughout the post. all i have on mine are spell check and add pictures. so if anyone else is blogging on a mac and would like to share some wisdom with me i would love you forever. also i like to go around and read other people's blogs (yes, even people i don't know) but i have to tell you it's starting to make me feel like a horrible mom. i look at the cute crafty things you all do for your kids and i realized my poor kids sure got jipped. i don't own a sewing machine so i therefor don't own cute scraps of fabric. i tried to sew one time and i about had a panic attack. i don't really have a creative bone in my body. i have a mountain of scrapbooking stuff, but have yet to use it because i get such anxiety about messing up. maybe i will make josh buy me a sewing machine and just start with the simplest pattern. what is the easiest thing to sew??

Friday, February 2, 2007

thought this interesting

24 to 36 Months
What I may do:
ü Copy your words and actions.
ü Be able to say my age.
ü Show an interest in using the toilet.
ü Match objects by shape and color.
ü Talk to myself to practice new words.
ü Ask "Why?" a lot.
ü Have many tantrums because I am frustrated.
ü Use three-word sentences like "Mommy hold me!"
ü Say about 50-300 words and have better pronunciation.
ü Walk up and down stairs using one foot (instead of both feet) for each stair.
ü Like to use one hand more than the other.
ü Be able to open doors.
ü Show an interest in other children.
ü Know if I am a boy or girl.

How you can help my development:
ü Give me four-piece puzzles and musical instruments to play with.
ü Watch me to see what I like and do not like. I may refuse many foods.
ü Sing the alphabet song and read books with colors and shapes.
ü Ask me about things that happened in the past like "Who gave you that toy?"
ü Read to me.
ü Ask me questions when I play like "What are you doing?"
ü Kick and throw balls with me.
ü Give me beads (1 1/2" wide) to put on a string. Make sure I don't swallow them!
ü Give me opportunities to play with other children.
ü Keep objects you do not want me to touch away from my reach.
ü Help me do things by myself like buttoning.
3 to 4 Years
What I may do:
ü Draw a circle or square if you draw one first.
ü Confuse some words when I speak.
ü Be able to sing a simple song.
ü Use action words (verbs).
ü Pedal a tricycle.
ü Hop on one foot.
ü Be able to wash my hands.
ü Stack six objects on top of each other.
ü Be comfortable being apart from you.
ü Wait for my turn and share with others.
ü Be able to do many things by myself like brush my teeth, undress, and eat.

To help my development:
ü Encourage me to practice drawing.
ü Teach me new words and read to me.
ü Bounce and catch a large ball with me.
ü With new experiences, prepare me by telling me what to expect.
ü Try to keep a regular schedule for my playtimes, mealtimes, and bedtimes.
ü Offer choices to me so I can make some decisions.
ü Give me objects that I can match and count like blocks, cups, or plastic spoons.
4 to 5 Years
What I may do:
ü Be able to match objects by size.
ü Draw a face with eyes, a mouth, and a nose.
ü Learn to write the alphabet.
ü Know most colors.
ü Draw a triangle or diamond after you draw one first.
ü Speak in five-word sentences and tell stories.
ü Have trouble saying the f, l, r, s, v, or z sound.
ü Like to ask how, when, and where questions.
ü Jump.
ü Be able to take off m y clothes.
ü Walk a straight line.
ü Play with other children.

To help my development:
ü Sing songs that have body motions.
ü Teach me facts like my address, birth month, first/last names, parents’ names, and telephone number.
ü Help me write letters of the alphabet.
ü Teach me to wash and dry my hands.
ü Encourage me to do activities by myself and ask for help when I need it.
ü Let me plan activities with you.
ü Schedule both active and quiet playtimes.
ü Let me brush or comb my hair.

5 to 6 Years
What I may do:
ü Understand the difference between left and right.
ü Know books are read from left to right and top to bottom.
ü Count to 100.
ü Have trouble saying the l or th sound.
ü Write my name with some mistakes.
ü Catch a ball and jump rope.
ü Skip and climb well.
ü Ride a bicycle.
ü Have a lot of energy and enjoy moving around.
ü Be more sensitive to others' feelings.

To help my development:
ü Play games like "Follow the Leader" and "Simon Says."
ü Give me puzzles with 10-15 pieces.
ü Ask me questions that I can answer.
ü Give me picture books with simple sentences to look at and read.
ü Encourage me to use words about how I feel.
ü Let me answer the telephone sometimes.
ü Teach me to tie my shoelaces.
ü Give me objects that I can take apart and put back together.
ü Practice using scissors with me.
ü Let me dress myself.
ü Encourage and praise my efforts.