Saturday, June 28, 2008

My new job

I am now working for this guy here. I am really excited about it. In about a month I will be doing his coaching. The clients he trains in the gym have coaching included in their packages. I will do phone calls and emails with them to hold them accountable and teach them things about our system. I will also do the blog for his website and answer the "Ask Michael" questions people ask on his website. Right now I'm doing misc computer projects for him while we get all the kinks worked out on the coaching side. I'm really excited about it!

(I will still have my own personal clients, so don't you guys worry!)

Great Grandma's 95th Birthday Party!

We had a birthday party for my grandma who turned the big 9-5 last Saturday. It was a lot of fun. Some of her grandkids came in from out of town and it was so fun to see everyone. My grandma loved having so much family all in one place celebrating her birthday! Happy Birthday Grandma! We love you!

(I just couldn't resist that last picture!)

Swimming Lessons Part I

Caleb had his first of three swimming lesson sessions a few weeks ago. He did a great job. By the end of the week he was jumping off the diving board and coming to the surface all by himself. Then the teacher would help him flip to his back and he would kick to the side. He did the same thing off the slide. I have some videos of him doing this but I can't figure them out on our new computer. (Yes, our old computer died and we had to get a new one. That's where I've been.) I will get the videos posted as soon as I can.

This is the adorable dress my parents brought Brynley home from Hawaii. She loves it and call it her "wonderful dress". She made me take 5 pictures of her in this dress at Caleb's swimming lessons. I just chose the cutest to post here. They all look about the same though.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to Brandon, my dad and my father in law! We love you guys so much!

Sunday: A day of rest?

Oh my. I am so utterly exhausted after today. I am serious when I say I did not sit down (to relax) from 7:45am to 6pm. Here's how the day went:
I wake up to Caleb at 7:45am. This is really sleeping in for him. Which normally I would totally appreciate but I had so much to do today that it took away an hour of the time I needed. (Sad, that I had so much to do on a sunday, right? I guess that's just what happens sometimes). I hurried and started working on our Father's Day breakfast of "Pull Aparts" or monkey bread as many people call it. I have never gotten this recipe to work since living in UT. After the perscribed 30 minutes, the top layer is crispy but you pick it up and it is all dough underneath. I thought I'd try it again but with no luck. During the cooking, we opened father's day gifts, I took a shower and printed up some last minute things for our Presidency meeting. I'm the Primary Secretary and we got a new presidency this week so I have had my hands FULL with printing them up stuff and doing updated rosters and photo directories, etc. Took the bfast out at 9:15 because I had to. It wasn't done yet, but my meeting was at 9:30. We ate and I left.
My meeting was long because it was our first one so I didn't get home until about 11:30. I was so happy when I saw that my wonderful husband had cleaned up the kitchen, finished cooking the pull aparts and bathed and dressed the kids! He is the best! I had to hurry and come downstairs and make some changes to some primary papers that needed to be copied at church. Then I got myself ready and the "bag" ready and we had to leave for church at 12:30 because we walk and I had tons of copies to make and the kids had to be their early to sing to the dads.
Church was crazy. I guess I got to semi relax in Sacrament Meeting. If you count listening to Sacrament Meeting with a 2 and 4 year old relaxing. I didn't stop for a second during the second two hours getting people their copies of stuff and passing out sub sign ups and handing out fliers and lesson schedules etc.
After church I had to hurry and make dinner because Brandon left at 5:15 to go to Seattle for work. So, I made dinner, ate dinner and cleaned up from dinner. At 6pm I turned on a movie for the kids and fell asleep on the couch for a while.

Ahhhh.... Don't you love lazy, relaxing Sundays?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Springville's Art City Days

We took part in a bunch of Art City Days festivities yesterday and it was so much fun! First I woke the kids at 6:15 to go see the hot air balloons taking off. They thought that was so cool! They're favorite part was the fire that blew into the balloons as they were starting to go up.
It was very very cold for the middle of June!

But there was still much excitement. (No this picture was not posed! I just got lucky!)

Brynley got a little grouchy after a while because she was "thirsty for water" and I was not prepared.

That afternoon we went to the craft fair and it was awful! Imagine about 20 outdoor tents where kids could make crafts, some cool, some silly (drawing a picture on a paper plate? c'mon.) There were tons of people everywhere and a line of at least 10 people at most booths. Not my idea of fun. We were there for about an hour and all we did was get faces painted. We walked through the booths looking for a short line and couldn't find one so we waited in line for about 15-20 min to get the kids faces painted, walked around looking for another short line, couldn't find one, so we left. But the kids really liked getting thier faces painted!

That night was the most anticipated activity! It was a Big Kahuna Beach Party: A Tribute to the Beach Boys Concert in an outdoor ampitheater!!! It was so much fun! We called a bunch of people from our ward and met there early with picnic dinners and played at the park while we waited for the concert to start. The band was great! They were actually a really good impersonation group and we had so much fun dancing and letting the kids run around while we listened to the great music. We stayed until 9:30 which is unheard of for us. We are usually major sticklers about bedtime but we were having so much and the kids were being so good so we kept staying. It brought back major childhood memories of going to the Monday night concerts in the park and getting KFC and meeting people from our ward at the outdoor ampitheater in Claremont. It was very nostalgic and fun!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Name Poll

Do you like the name Aubrey or Lexie better? Not sure about middle names yet. (Please don't be offended if we don't go with your preference. Also, I know there is a way to put a poll thing on your blog but I don't feel like doing that.)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Update on the canned chicken...

Remember how I said one bottle didn't seal? Well, I opened it and used it tonight and it was AMAZING!!! I stuck a fork in the bottle to try to get a chunk out and it just shredded. It was cooked so perfectly. I thought that it would probobly be ok in recipes but maybe not so much by itself, but I seriously could have eaten the entire jar. It was so tender and yummy. I definately prefer it over regular canned chicken. It tasted so much fresher. I'm not sure how much of that will change over time.

In answer to some of your questions... It is very very easy. It takes a lot of time but not hands on time. You just can't leave your house while it's going because you have to watch it. You have to use a pressure canner not a steam canner like you usually do for fruit. And, no, you don't have to refrigerate it. Just stick it on your shelf for about 4-6 years. I also did the math and figured out that ounce for ounce it is about 40 cents cheaper to can in yourself the first time and almost half the price once you own the jars. You are not supposed to use jars you bought used (like at DI) in pressure canners because you don't know how old they are or their condition. You are supposed to buy them new and then you can reuse them after that.

Let me know if you guys have any questions! I just found myself a new hobby! I'll let you know how ground beef turns out when I try it!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

24 Weeks

Ok, I edited this and changed the picture. I just couldn't look at the other one. I think this one is cuter. :-)

Anyway, I just wanted to do an update on how I'm feeling. I hope this post doesn't sound to whiney... I just want to document my feelings, so if I do this again hopefully I will feel better reading these posts. So, I feel about as great as I look in this picture. I am huge. Seriously. My stomach is measuring about the same as I was at about 28-29 weeks with my other pregnancies. (Yes, I measure my stomach, I know it's wierd.) I am still eating healthy and everything but I just keep getting bigger and bigger... really fast. Also, and this is my main complaint, my back is killing me. I don't know if she is sitting on my sciatic nerve or what but by 6pm most days it hurts to walk around and by 8pm I can't walk at all. It's a really low pain, not like in my lower back muscles. It's down around my tail bone, that low. I'm not sure what it is. I do get shooting pains down my left leg and I'm assuming that's my sciatic nerve. I'm hoping it'll get better but I think it is something I'll just have to live with for the next ... ugh... 3 months. That sounds so long!

Anyway, enough complaining. Here's some other things. I'm having lots of Braxton Hicks contractions. Sometimes a really lot of them. I probobly have 10 a day usually. I'm still working out. Not hard at all. All I can really do is walk or ride my bike. I still lift, but I swear, someone is making the weights at the gym heavier. My strength is gone. But that's ok, it'll be back. She is moving around a ton. But, like the others, whenever someone besides me puts their hand on my belly she stops. I don't think Brandon's even felt her move yet. Hmmm... what else. I'm hard up on things to wear. Most of my maternity clothes I bought when I was pregnant with Caleb and they are so ugly now. I guess it makes sense. It has been 5 years. I guess that's about it! I'll update again in a month!

Look how domestic I am!

Guess what I did this weekend! I canned chicken! Yes, I really canned my own chicken. Wierd, I know. But it was so fun and I'm so proud of myself. I borrowed my mother-in-law's pressure canner and my friend, Lisa, and I figured it out together. It was actually really really easy. If any of you want me to show you how I can. I was planning on doing 12 pounds of chicken but I was having so much fun and chicken was still on sale so I did 12 more pounds. Out of 24 pints of chicken only one didn't seal! So, they don't look entirely appetizing... But I'm sure when I go to use them they'll taste fine in a recipe. I actually opened the can that didn't seal to check it out and it shredded with one pull of the fork so it's cooked perfectly! I'm so proud of myself!

Also, check out my garden! Behind Caleb are the peas and carrots. The next picture is tomato plants and strawberries. And the last picture is zuchinni. Not pictured are squash, cucumber and bell peppers. Actually, the bell peppers aren't even poking through the ground yet... maybe they won't be joining us this year. We shall see.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Memorial Day in Seattle!

We just got back from a week in Seattle visiting Brandon's parents! We did so many fun things and had such a great time! I'll let the pictures tell the story:

The first day we were there (well second day, the first day was sunday and we went to the ward Brandon grew up in) we went into Seattle to the Locks. The kids loved seeing the boats and watching the water go up and down.

After the locks we had lunch at Ivars (mmmm....) and then went to the Seattle Aquarium. We saw tons of fish, felt star fish, anemenes and sea urchins at the tide pools and saw seals, sharks and other sea life.

The next day we went up the Olympic Peninsula and stayed in an old house at Fort Flagler State Park. That was awesome and the kids had so much fun.

It was right on the coast so the first day we played at the beach. Brynley LOVED the beach!

Caleb found a big cliff to climb up and slide down on his bum. Luckily no jeans were harmed in the process.

The second day there we explored the old military bunkers and played in the woods. Caleb loved the dark tunnels back in the bunkers and Brynley loved walking through the woods. At the biggest bunker we had a pine cone fight and that was so fun!

The next day we cleaned up and came home and relaxed the rest of the day. My pregnant body was hurting after the exhausting trip!

The last day in Seattle we went to Point Defiance Zoo. The zoo was great! It was small (something I like in zoo's) and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We got there around 2-ish and saw a ton of school buses. But then as we walked in we saw that all the school kids were leaving and the rest of the afternoon the place was ours! There is an aquarium in the zoo and they had full on baluga whales! They were awesome! They also had huge (3300 lb) walrus' that were amazing to watch. The kids loved it!

That is all the fun stuff we packed into one week! We can't wait to go again soon!