Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Like mama always said

It is 11:45 in the morning and I have had quite the day so far. Our car has been having a hard time starting lately.. something wrong with the ignition, but Chris found a way for me to basically bend down and hot wire the car until we can get it looked at. Imagine me running errands yesterday.. bending down and hot wiring my car every time I start it with two kids in the car. I am surprised no one called the police with how suspicious that would look. Today I went to drop off cookies for a girl at my church, and I have never been to her house before. As I am pulling down her very steep driveway, I realize,"Oh crap, I shouldn't park down this steep driveway, because this will be just one more complicated thing to deal with amongst hot wiring my car and having to worry about the car rolling down in neutral when I am trying to start the car etc..." Well, to make a long story short, as I was backing up this steep driveway focusing on not killing the car so I wouldn't have to hot wire it on a hill.. I backed into a tree. I backed into it so fast that the back of my car including one of the bumpers is extremely dented and messed up and a chunk of the tree was actually embedded into my car. Dang blind spots! My back for some reason hurts a little bit now, but one positive thing out of this ordeal is the kids seem to be perfectly fine.
As a very unorganized person, my mom gave me valuable advice when I had Sofia regarding my house. "When you have little kids around, a mess begets a mess." Basically she was telling me that when you leave one mess out with little kids around, that mess will likely turn into another mess. I think the whole mess of the car in the first place applies to this quote." Oh well, such is life. No messed up car is going to ruin my merry Christmas.. maybe just my day.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

My Kiddos

So since Sunday is my church/family/reflection day for the week, I have been thinking about goals that I want to set for myslef for the new year. It is amazing how having kids makes me constantly think about ways that I want to progress as a person. I obviously wanted to progress as a person before I had kids, but I was also happy slacking off and not being focused many times as well. I still am often a slacker and not focused.. but the difference now is that I notice more. When I think about the kind of people I hope my kids will grow up to be, I can't help but wonder if how I live my life is a good example for them. I want to be a good example of a well rounded woman, emotioanlly, physically, mentally, and especially spiritually. I am definitely learning more and more that kids come with their certain temperements and traits which obviously means that nature has a big part in how kids are, but hopefully the influnece that I do have will be good enough to help guide them into being great human beings. It is amazing how at such a young age, I can imagine how Sofia will be as a teenager. That girl isn't going to take any crap from anyone :). Although I realized as I got older that my parents were not perfect people or parents, I have to give them alot of credit for the good kids they raised. It makes me want to be a little easier on my parents when I imagine my own kids judging my job as a parent someday :). Okay.. enough sentimentalism for one day I say. I hope everyone is having a great Holiday season!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


These are my random thoughts for the day:
*Why don't I fit into any of my clothes anymore? Even though I look at a closet full of clothes, hardly any of them fit me right. Either my clothes are way to small for me after having two kids, or they are my way too big for me transition clothes that don't fit me anymore. I told Chris that I would seriously get rid of half of my wardrobe if I could just buy a few outfits that fit me just right. So for those of you who are smaller than me or bigger than me.. come and get clothes from me :). Even though I am only a good 10-12 pounds away from where I would like to be weight wise.. it's amazing how having two kids really shifts your body.. and nothing fits right.
*I miss reading books. I look at a shelf of books I want to read, but since Gabe wants to be held so much.. I am not getting a lot of reading done (or anything else). Family, listen up.. Christmas break I want help with kids so I can read a book :).
*Poor Gabe has been so congested the last couple of nights, and he is miserable.
*Christmas is coming so soon.. I am so excited!!!
*I hate to admit it, but I really like some kids music. I remember driving with Jaime and laughing at her singing along to the Backyardagins, but I really have to admit that there is really some tolerable kids music out there(as well as music that drives me nuts). I love the curious george soundtrack, Raffi (he is a classic), and I always look on itunes and find musicians who have written or redone kid's songs. Barenaked ladies, Bob Dylan,Sarah Mclachlan, the Dixie Chicks...they've all done kids music. I also just checked out two cute cds from the library that have more modern funky arrangements: "Songs for Wiggleworms," and "Sing with a Child."
*I am seriously contemplating coercing some of my friends here into taking a belly dancing class next term just to add some spice to my life :). (For those of you who live here, you can run but you can't hide... I will be recruiting you).
*I have the recipe for the best sugar cookies. They are more spicy and lemony and then your average recipe, and that is why I like them. I also put cream cheese frosting on top (I just used the recipe from I will not lie and say these are good for you, but they are yummy!
4 &1/2 cups flour
1/4 teas salt
1/4 teas cream of tartar
1 1/2 teas cinna.
1/2 all spice (optional for any spice)
1/4 teas cloves
1/4 teas ginger

Mix separate
2 1/2 stick of butter
1 cup sugar
6 ounces cream cheese
1-2 tablespoons lemon zest peel
5 tablespoons of juice of the lemon

Mix Dry with buttery cream cheese delight
refrigerate at least a couple hours

bake 350* 8-10 minutes
You may be wondering if there could be a more random post, but it is so nice to have my own blog, because I can do whatever I want :)!
p.s. I promise that I will be posting pictures of the kids soon, I have been experiencing some technical difficulties with my camera lately :).

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Dessert Anyone?

For all of you out there who are torn between your addiction to chocolate and your desire to lose those last 10-15 post baby pounds.. do I have an answer for you. I would like to introduce you to these Healthy Choice fudge bars. With only 100 calories, and 1.5 grams of fat, a person can eat one of these suckers guilt free every day, and I do. They taste so good, and there are very few snacks with only 100 calories. Now, if only I could stop eating these Holiday goodies and get my booty out the door running in the cold.. I might be able to lose that extra weight "Sigh." p.s. I will post pictures of the kiddos soon!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Bearded Men

Sofia thinks that all bearded men are Jesus. When she sees pictures of Santa Claus or anyone else with a beard, she always yells "Jesus!" Yesterday we were at the grocery store in the produce aisle when Sofia saw a bearded man. "Mama, Jesus, Jesus" she started yelling. When the man ignored her, she yelled,"Hi Jesus, hi Jesus" over and over. The man gave us a weird look and walked away. I don't know what his problem was... I would take it as a compliment if someone thought I was Jesus (well maybe not, because that would mean that I would have to be a bearded woman..but you know what I'm saying). Kids say the darndest things :)

Monday, December 3, 2007

I'm an Extreme Nerd

Isn't Gabe so sweet?? I am loving all of his smiles and cooing action lately. He still insists on being held 24/7, but he actually did sleep for almost two hours on his own this morning without realizing that he wasn't in my arms.. so that is progress I suppose. I will try to get more pictures of Sofia up soon, but she is so hard to take pictures of lately, because since she is so used to pictures being taken of her, she now just automatically says "cheese" and does a fake grin every time she is front of a camera. Sofia is also quite the sassy girl. Although I don't think that she understands the concept of age and years, she insists that she is 5 years old, not 2. Also, when we try asking her what colors different things are and we correct her, she informs us that she actually is right. What will this girl be like when she is 12?
I also would like know if any of you get sucked into "Extreme Home Makeover" like we do? I am guaranteed to cry ever time at least 4 times throughout the show, and Chris may not like me to admit that he usually gets a little teary eyed too. This week he especially got into it, because it focused on this dad working full time and going to school full time so he can someday hopefully find a cure for the disease his 4 children have. See, I bet that you are teary eyed just hearing about it!