Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

Christmas morning is so much fun! I love the traditions, the anticipation, and the joy on the kids' faces when they see what has been left for them under the tree.

These super-cool cowboy costumes were made by Mitch's mom.

Warm and fashionable beanies made by my mom.
(Thanks, Grandmas!)

This look on Caleb's face is priceless. He just realized what they'd unwrapped.

This was Adam's favorite gift.

We had a joyful Christmas. ;-)

But the best part was just being together.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Right now there is a tiny life growing within me. A brain is building, a tiny heart is beating, and even the fingernails are now complete. Our baby is due on June 27.

We're so excited!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Reasons to Avoid Exercising

I find that I am adept at finding reasons to avoid exercising. I remember watching a commercial where a woman dressed in leotards got out her exercise ball and weights. Then in the next frame she was lying on the floor with her feet propped on the ball, talking on the phone. There was a caption that went something like this:
"30% of people intending to exercise find a reason not to."
I scoffed at this commercial. Where was the self control? The discipline? The motivation? I think I was in denial.

I don't scoff anymore. In fact, I have begun directing those same questions at myself when, as I prod myself toward my weights, my mind, oh so easily, produces a reason NOT to use them.
Here are some of the reasons I give myself:

In the past I have gotten out of bed early to exercise before the kids wake up (best way to do it!).
Reason #1: Sleep is very important to one's health.
In a physical education class I took in college, I specifically remember the instructor stressing these three points: sleep, diet, and exercise. In that order.

So if I sleep until Adam wakes me up, we launch into the whirlwind of getting kids ready for school, packing lunches, fixing breakfast, etc. When we return home from dropping Dallin and Caleb off at school, that should be prime exercising time. Exercise, shower, go pick up Dallin from preschool. Right?
Reason #2: Exercising takes away from time with my children.

Well, where does that leave Adam for all that time? I'll tell you where it leaves him. On the couch in front of the TV. What kind of a selfish mother would sit her child in front of the TV to spend time for herself?

One great solution for my troubles is to push Adam and Dallin in the stroller and walk Caleb to school.
Reason #3: It's chilly.
(Yes, I know we live in one of the warmest climates in the US. You have permission to scoff).
Reason #4: We don't have time.
The kids are taking a long time to eat breakfast. Someone is sleeping late (see Reason #1 above). I forgot, until the moment we are leaving, to pack Caleb a lunch, etc.

What if I could justify reason #2 and I did my exercising during Adam's nap, while Dallin plays educational computer games?
Reason #5: I like to be showered and dressed in the a.m. preferably with either my hair done or my makeup on.

When I exercise I usually a)sweat enough to require a shower afterwards, and b)perform exercises that require me to wear non-restrictive clothing, aka sweats or stretch pants.

Okay then, I'll exercise around 9:00 p.m. after the kids are in bed.
Reason #6: I am exhausted.

I've had a full day. I've cleaned up mess after mess, paid bills, changed diapers, stood in line at the post office, baked cookies, played Buzz Lightyear vs. Emperor Zurg, pushed kids in the swing, mopped my floors, gone visiting teaching, made dinner, helped with homework, bathed bouncy kids, and read bedtime stories.
Reason #7: This is my only time to myself.

Reason #8: This is my time to spend with my husband.

Let's say that the planets align and the rational part of my mind will not fully accept these reasons. Actually, having put them to words many of them seem a little silly (what's wrong with showering at 2:30 in the afternoon?)
Doubt not, somewhere it will come out that:
Reason #9: I'm feeling under the weather.
I can't breathe out of my nose. My chest is congested. I have a headache.

Or, finally, if all other reasons fail,
Reason #10: I'd rather be sitting at my computer.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a happy Thanksgiving. Our guests included another family in the neighborhood and two of Mitchs friends. It was a mixed group but we all enjoyed each other's company and all the great food!

It had rained the night before and the kids discovered plenty of super-gooey, fun mud to play in.

Dallin decided to dive right in and slather it on.

The garden hose comes in handy for moments like these.

Mmmm. Adam's favorite pie was Frozen German Chocolate.

A few days after the feast, Caleb got the wish-power half of the wishbone.

I'm just so thankful for everything I have been given in my life. I love Thanksgiving because it's a time set aside for us all to reflect on those things and remember how much we truly have. I believe a lot of happiness comes from being grateful.

My Birthday

I had a great birthday. Mitch arranged for a friend of mine to watch Dallin and Adam so he could take me out to lunch. I love spending time with my husband. After dinner we played games and ate the cake that Mitch baked for me himself!

They sang to me and the kids presented me with gifts. It was just lovely.