Friday, October 31, 2008

I am a Bette

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You Are a Bette!


You are a Bette -- "I must be strong"

Bettes are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Stand up for yourself... and me.

  • * Be confident, strong, and direct.

  • * Don't gossip about me or betray my trust.

  • * Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.

  • * Give me space to be alone.

  • * Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don't flatter me.

  • * I often speak in an assertive way. Don't automatically assume it's a personal attack.

  • * When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that's just the way I am.

What I Like About Being a Bette

  • * being independent and self-reliant

  • * being able to take charge and meet challenges head on

  • * being courageous, straightforward, and honest

  • * getting all the enjoyment I can out of life

  • * supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me

  • * upholding just causes

What's Hard About Being a Bette

  • * overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don't intend to

  • * being restless and impatient with others' incompetence

  • * sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it

  • * never forgetting injuries or injustices

  • * putting too much pressure on myself

  • * getting high blood pressure when people don't obey the rules or when things don't go right

Bettes as Children Often

  • * are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit

  • * are sometimes loners

  • * seize control so they won't be controlled

  • * figure out others' weaknesses

  • * attack verbally or physically when provoked

  • * take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings

Bettes as Parents

  • * are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted

  • * are sometimes overprotective

  • * can be demanding, controlling, and rigid

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Birthday, Sawyer

It's your first birthday today, Sawyer. How do you feel?

Growing up is hard to do.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


In Language Arts Olivia is learning about paragraphs. I gave her a list of three words and told her to write a paragraph about one of them. The list of words was baby, game or bed. This is what Olivia wrote:

If that isn't bad enough, Olivia came up and started rubbing my belly at the trunk or treat. Does she know something I don't?

Tag...I'm it.

My friend Backy tagged me a few weeks ago. Oops! I guess I should check her blog more often.

1. The great relationship I have with Jody
2. My children- they are all I ever dreamed of
3. Olivia rocking it in gymnastics

1. Losing a loved one
2. Getting in a car accident
3. Heights

1. Catch up on my scrapbooking
2. Work on my Masters
3. Grow a garden that actually produces food

1. Clipping coupons
2. Bargain shopping
3. Organizing this house

1. Leaving BYU. I have dreams all the time that I go back to finish my degree.
2. Not spending more time with my grandpa when I lived in Utah
3. Not protecting my sister when we were little

1. I was born in a truck. I'm a Ford girl!
2. I am 5 ft 3.5 inches. (And yes the .5 matters)
3. I am very pragmatic but horrible at making decisions.

I tag Sendai, Pa and crazy Sarah.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Random thoughts

I splurged and bought a pretty shower curtain. I usually buy the cheap $1 liners from the dollar store. The one we had up was getting gross so I took it down. I could have sworn I got two the last time I bought one. I couldn't find it though. I ended up taping up a plastic pink table cloth for a shower curtain to tide us over until I made it to the store. How hillbilly is that! I decided to buy a fabric shower curtain so I can wash it and reuse it. While the kids and I were trying to decided which one to buy, Olivia had to point out the cheap liners. That's my girl. We settled on a green paisley shower curtain. Jody said it looks like a fabric that I would wear. It looks great in the bathroom. It matches my green walls perfectly. And it brings a smile to my face everytime I see it.
MIL bought the kids a wii yesterday. I was secretly giddy with excitement over the purchase. Jody said I could get one for my birthday, but I was too cheap to buy one. I had been stalking craigslist hoping for a deal. So MIL bought the system. I bought an extra controller and a chicken shoot game. After we got home I realized we needed a component connector to hook the wii to the tv. The punk kid at Target told me the system came with one, but it didn't. I also bought a game for Paxton and a game for me. Olivia bought her own game since she was originally saving her money for the wii. This little game system has already taken a chunk out of our wallet. It's going to be a lot of fun. I plan on trying out my new game while the kids are in bed tonight.
My older sister has put her house on the market in Nebraska and is planning to move here. They found a house that they are going to put a bid on. I cannot even express how happy this makes me. It's going to be so weird and wonderful to have some of my family so close. I'll have someone to shop with and clean with and cook with and celebrate birthdays and holidays with and call on when I'm sick or stressed or need help. I hope I'm not driving her crazy with all my incessant calls for updates on the packing/selling/buying situation.
We had a skunk situation that deserves its own blog post. Our house is now referred to as Skunk Hollow. I have never burned so many candles in my life. Yet another perk of country living.
The weather has finally cooled off. We are waiting on our electrician to come do some maintenance on our Hardy Wood Furnace before we fire it up. Since we are using the electric heat, we have been keeping the heat set at 66. Using the oven helps warm the house up so I've been trying to bake a lot. I love this time of year!

Becoming a boy

Sawyer got his first hair cut today. Several people told me how cute "she" was lately so I knew it was time. I have to admit this milestone makes me sad. It means my baby isn't a baby anymore. He looks so different with his hair short. They grow up too fast.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Super Saturday

Olivia and I set up at the market on Saturday. It was the first time we set up without Jody. MIL watched the boys so Olivia and I had some quality time together. We loaded the van full with tables and stuff to sale. I sold some of the items I have bought for cheap bargain shopping: pads, air fresheners, cleaners, razors, diapers, etc. Olivia set up with toys. I made about $70 and Olivia made about $7, and we were only set up for about 2 hours. Not a bad day at all.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A wise man once said

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn."
-Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

Today I turn 29. How crazy is that?! We went to the market this morning where I found some good deals. We came home and loaded up FIL's goats to take to the goat auction.

Olivia wanted Jody to take her to get me chocolates (shhh! she doesn't know I know what she wants to get me for my birthday), but Jody couldn't take her because FIL got called into work so Jody had to take the goats to the auction for him. Olivia had a good cry about that. So instead she made me a "scrapbook" and gave me a card. MIL must have found the card for her. Olivia was so proud that she scratched out the 'Happy Mother's Day' on the inside of the card and wrote happy birthday. Paxton was disappointed that I only got one present. He was looking forward to helping me open them.

I took a two hour nap this afternoon. It was wonderful. We splurged and went to Wings to Go for supper and Sonic for dessert. The kids were very well behaved which is an added bonus.

So this is my last year as a twenty something. I swear it seems like just yesterday I was turning 18. 29 years old, married for 8+ years and the mother of three kids. I'm such a grown up now. I'm "getting old" as Olivia would say. And she hasn't even noticed all the grey hair I am starting to see in the mirror.

I wouldn't change a thing. This is the life I dreamed of as a kid. Ok, let's be honest. I wouldn't mind a bigger house and a tidier family, but that would just be an added bonus.

So here's to another year!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Poor baby

We went to some yard sales today and ended up at a friend's house where they were having a yard sale. We stayed and chatted for awhile. When we were getting ready to leave, Paxton decided to run the opposite direction with Sawyer in the stroller. He flipped it over on the cement. I picked it up and Sawyer was bleeding like crazy. His face was scratched up and he busted his mouth open above his top front teeth. I called the ped and there wasn't really anything they can do for it. Poor things lip is all swollen and his face has a serious case of road rash.

This afternoon I took the kids to ride bikes. Sawyer was sitting on the ground playing with twigs and rocks. Paxton started messing with him and knocked him over backwards. I was about to lose it on Paxton at that point.

Jody came with a pair of channel locks to tighten the training wheels on Paxton's bike. He left them on the ground and Sawyer started playing with them. Wouldn't you know he knocked himself below the eye that wasn't all scratched up and left a bruise.

To make him feel better, Jody put Sawyer on Paxton's bike and rode him around. I told Jody to please not injure Sawyer because I don't think I could handle it. A few minutes later Sawyer's foot got caught in the rear tire, and he started crying.

I swear I need a bubble for this kid today.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Well child check-ups

Sawyer and Paxton had well child check-ups today. The stats are:
weight 37 lbs
height 41.25 in
bp 98/60

weight 20 lbs
height 27.75 in
head circ 18.5 in

Both boys are doing great. Sawyer got another DTaP shot. The ped suggested bringing him back in 2 months since he is "behind" on the immunization schedule. No kidding! I've started having pain in my boobs again and Sawyer has been nursing funny so I mentioned to the ped that I thought Sawyer might be getting thrush again. I really don't think he was treated long enough to get rid of it in the first place. He checked Sawyer's mouth and said it was clear and then gave me some spill about how yeast is naturally in our body so it might just be a fact of life for me. Whatever. Sawyer has a big white patch on his tongue again this evening and I have had more itching and burning as the day has progressed. I think we might try gentian violet and GSE pills tomorrow. I'm also doing research on probiotics. I want this stuff gone for good!

Monday, October 6, 2008


A friend sent me this forward. Can I get an Amen?

One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asks about his bill and the barber replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The florist is pleased and leaves the shop.

When the barber goes to open his shop the next morning there is a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The cop is happy and leaves the shop.

The next morning when the barber goes to open up there is a 'thank you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Later that day, a college professor comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The professor is very happy and leaves the shop.

The next morning when the barber opens his shop, there is a 'thank you' card and a dozen different books, such as 'How to Improve Your Business' and 'Becoming More Successful'.

Then, a Congressman comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The Congressman is very happy and leaves the shop.

The next morning when the barber goes to open up, there are a dozen congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the members of our Congress.

Vote carefully this year.

You've got to be kidding me!

I heard about this story on talk radio.

The town is looking into the possibility of an English only resolution, to discourage people from speaking foreign languages in public.

Are you kidding me?! Are people really that narrow-minded? The mayor was right when he called himself a hillbilly.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday, Paxton!

My little boy is 4 today. What a blessing he is in our lives! He's such a shy little thing and didn't want anyone but family at his birthday party. He got toys and clothes and is happy as a clam to play with everything. I can't believe how much he has grown and changed over this last year. It seems like just yesterday he was learning how to walk and talk. I can't imagine my world without him. I love you baby boy. I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

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