Monday, July 31, 2006

So I just finished reading...

...another issue of "Mothering" magazine. And, of course, loved it! :p It had a great article on epidurals. There were also a couple of articles about childhood, play, and toys. Kind of makes me want to go through the boys' room and throw out all the loud battery operated plastic toys they have in there... Once again, an eye opening read, to say the least. :o)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

We're back!

We had a really fun week at Aspen Grove. It was great to see all of Dave's family. We don't get to see them very often, some of his siblings and their families we hadn't seen for 2 years. It was so fun to hang out, talk, and watch all the kids play together and enjoy their "classes". I guess the fact that we were totally exhausted by the time we got home was a good sign that we had a great week. :p Here are some pictures.

Tyler and his cousin Kiley

Bryan at the pool

Tyler, Dave and Kaylee

Kaylee

chillin' in the stroller

digging for "gold"

yum, ice cream

Tyler and Kaylee trying badminton

Kaylee

Friday, July 21, 2006

Men... A Vent

Okay, so Dave really is an awesome husband. He helps out so much with the kids, and works really hard on his school and research. But sometimes I just look at him and think "What's your deal???" Like today. He went to the store earlier this week and bought two cartons of eggs. I was going to make scrambled eggs for lunch today, and noticed that one of the cartons had an expiration date of June 4th... So Dave just left to go to the storage to get our luggage. I asked him if he could run by the store (it's on the way!), take the receipt and the eggs, and ask to have them exchanged. No big deal, takes five minutes. And he wouldn't do it! His argument, it's just $1.50. Um, so? We need eggs! It's not worth it to him. Whatever. Then he says they're probably still good, anyway. Hello, they're from JUNE 4th! Way expired... So, he's gone, the eggs are still here. And guess who'll be making another run to the store...

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I should be mopping the kitchen...

...but I'm too lazy. Playing on the computer instead. :p This week has been crazy. Dave has been spending a lot of time at school trying to get everything ready for his paper. He's going to a presentation at the end of August, and has to have the paper submitted by August 7th. Since we're going on a family reunion for a week (leaving on Saturday), he figured he'd like to get just about everything ready before going. So he's been going back to school after putting the kids in bed, which leaves me home alone. What do I do with my free time? Not clean the house. I'm so worn out by the end of the day that I end up just sitting in front of the computer surfing the net, or watching TV. Gosh, some days I feel so unproductive. I sit and wonder how on earth other people keep their house so nice and neat looking. How do they do it??? I tried Flylady for a while, but it didn't really work out for me. No matter what I do, there seems to always be a mess somewhere. Maybe I expect perfection, but since it seems so out of reach, I don't even try??? I don't know. All I know is that I'm pretty sure I was not born to be a homemaker. :p Oh well, we all have different challenges in life, right? I'm sure one of these days I'll figure out how too keep my house clean, and if it takes till I'm 80... Though by then I'm sure I'll have grandkids come over to help me out. ;o)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I love "Mothering" magazine!

It's quickly become one of my favorite reads. My friend has a subscription, and I've started reading all of the back issues. There are so many things that I read, and I think "Wow, that's exactly how I feel/think", all put into words. Love it! :o)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Random Ramblings

...it's HOT
...Kaylee lost our cell phone. Since Dave had turned it off so she could play with it, we don't have the option of calling it...
...it's really HOT
...dinner time is much better when you have meals planned out ahead of time
...it's really really HOT
...Kaylee is getting molars, which has not been fun
...did I mention it's HOT???

Thursday, July 13, 2006

We're back!

Okay, so we've been back for a week now... Life gets so crazy busy! Our flight home went well for the most part. The kids did awesome. They kept themselves entertained, and slept through the whole second leg of our flight. Very nice. The only "problem" we had was annoying JFK. I swear I will never fly through JFK again if I can help it... It was awful, the people there totally incompetent. We actually got through immigration just fine, but customs was a different story. I had to gate check my stroller, because apparently you can't just pick it up at the airplane at JFK. That totally annoyed me, as with three kids, I really kind of needed my stroller. So, I was told it was going to come out with the rest of my checked luggage. After going through immigration, we went on to the baggage claim to wait. Just to be sure, I asked a lady at the information desk there where my stroller would be coming out (it sometimes goes to oversized). She assured me that it would be coming out at the regular baggage claim. So we wait, and our suitcase and bags get there fairly quickly. But no stroller. We wait and wait and wait some more, and still no stroller. What reassured me was other people with little kids still waiting for their stroller. After what seemed like forever, we asked one of the guys working there for the strollers. He went to check, and told us they were coming. Sure enough, after another wait the strollers started coming out. Everyone's but mine... I asked again, and was told that I would need to claim it as lost once I got to SLC. Nice... By this time, I had spent a little over an hour waiting. So I put Kaylee in her sling, and picked up my luggage the best I could to continue on to customs. On my way there, I happened to walk by oversized luggage, and wouldn't you know it, there was my stroller. Just a few feet away (around the corner) the whole time, while everyone assured me that it was going to go to regular baggage claim. Yeah, I was mad. Customs was awful, they had like 2 people working for 500 people having to go through. So we stood in line forever. Halfway through, Bryan needed to go pee. So we got out of line to go look for the bathrooms, which were all the way on the other side of the baggage claim area. When we came back, we got back in line. After an eternity waiting, we got through customs and went to re-check our luggage (more lines). Someone finally felt sorry for me with my three kids and 5 bags and let me cut in front. Now, if you thought finally, no more lines, think again. Here comes the security check. Which took another half hour. Then I found out our departure gate had changed, and I ended up having to walk forever to find the new gate. I got there just as they were boarding us. So I had initially started out with a 3 hour layover. It usually takes about 45 minutes to one hour to get through immigration and customs, so I thought we had plenty of time to go find our gate and get something to eat. So NOT the case... I ended up being grateful for the 3 hour layover. Any less than that, and we may just have missed our connecting flight... Needless to say, I was glad when we were finally in our seats and on our way home. Everything went really smoothly in SLC. For one, we knew to go to oversized to claim our stroller, and our other bags got there really quickly, too. I'm just glad I won't have to make another trip like this for a while... :p
Being home has been good. The kids are glad to be back home with their friends, and I've enjoyed visiting with my friends. The boys are taking swimming lessons this week and next, which they love. We're looking forward to a family vacation with Dave's family in 1.5 weeks, which thankfully is only about a 2.5 hour drive away. Yeah, we're really happy about that. :p Everyone's pretty much over jet lag, too, except Kaylee, but she's getting better. At least now when she wakes up between midnight and 1 a.m., she goes right back to sleep rather than wanting to play. ;o) And daddy is everyone's favorite these days. :o)