Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More Tagging...

Yes, yes...thank you Lea. Although this ranks under one of those, "who the heck wants to read this??" categories. So we'll say it's purely for family history/scrapbooking purposes.



Big thanks to Greg who decided to try this one out as well. So if you thought you already knew FAR TOO MUCH information about us already - here's some more...

Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves.

RACHAEL

1. I'm a clean freak. I start to get cranky if the bathroom hasn't been cleaned, beds are unmade, the rugs need to be vacuumed - you get the idea. And I'm obsessive with floor boards, light switches and door knobs. Always good to have 1 or 2 containers of Lysol wipes at hand. One of my biggest stresses is coming home from a vacation - or even a day trip - to a messy house.

2. I'm a walking advertisement for Eddie Bauer. Not that I buy solely from EB - I just feel most comfortable in their style.

3. I'm somewhat of a closet Han Solo and Princess Leia fan. That's all I'll say on that.

4. I dislike talking on the phone - even with my husband. It has nothing to do with the person on the other line, I just dislike the whole process. Seriously - nothing personal. I'm more of an email person.

5. I have a huge weakness for chocolate chip cookies, Indian food, and apple beer (although not eaten all together).

6. I read every night before falling asleep. That age-old advice about not reading in bed because it will affect your sleep habits has never applied to me. It's been my nightly ritual for almost 8 years. It doesn't take long - sometimes 1/2 a page - other nights I can almost make a full chapter. But it's a joyous way to wind down and spend time with Greg (who usually is reading next to me).

GREG

1. I eat too much good (bad) food – such as Oreo’s, candy, and soda. I have no self control with these and I would rather run ½ hour a day than quit. It is a good thing I don’t drink alcohol or smoke.

2. No supermodel or actress could ever be as sexy to me as my wife is. She doesn’t believe me, but maybe that’s a good thing. To all the supermodels and actresses out there – can you please take “no” for an answer???

3. Sometimes, I wish I was Han Solo. That’s all I’ll say on that.

4. If I could be any tree, I would be a gun. Seriously, I feel that if every responsible and capable person owned and carried a gun there would be almost no crime. Last I checked there has never been a violent crime committed at a gun show, and nobody has ever been shot, either.

5. Fruits don’t belong in desserts.

6. In my home we will not only obey the laws of thermodynamics, we will understand the laws of thermodynamics. And my daughter is going to be a nun. You might not think those 2 topics belong in the same group, but until you can explain to me why a particle can borrow energy from its future self, only to repay itself later, you’ll just have to live with it.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Making Her Debut




E has finally decided to show her bright side. Sadly, she reserves these smiles mostly for her dad. Her mom's just some milk machine, kids driving, meal making, argument negotiator, healer of injuries, house cleaning person. Sigh!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Useless Information

Taken from my cousin Kelly's website. Email me if you post on yours - would love to read more of these...

5 THINGS I WAS DOING 10 YEARS AGO

1. BYU junior year with my 4 favorite roommates, including my cousin Kelly
2. Dating a guy named Kelly
3. Writing weekly letters to another guy in the Philippines :)
4. Loving American Humanities with Dr. Bassett & not loving Econ 110
5. Sending out resumes/cover letters for a humanities internship in DC

5 THINGS ON MY TO-DO LIST TODAY

1. Laundry (it's overflowing because I changed all the sheets yesterday)
2. Go to Costco - "loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick a' butta'"
3. J to preschool
4. Defrost turkey for slow cooker - BBQ turkey tacos tonight
5. Take kids to the library - J needs more books for reading time

5 THINGS I WOULD DO IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS

1. Hire a babysitter so I could exercise/lose pregnancy weight
2. Give 10% to my church and another 10% to the Perpetual Education Fund
3. Buy steak, strawberries, avocados and blueberries on a regular basis
4. Buy the high-end, name brand diapers
5. Pedicures and massages more often

5 THINGS I WILL NEVER WEAR AGAIN

1. Big bows (or any bow) in my hair
2. A two piece swimsuit
3. My maternity clothes
4. Belly-revealing shirts (I think I wore one twice 10 years ago)
5. Blue eye shadow - sad but true - I was make-up challenged in junior high

5 FAVORITE TOYS

1. Our computer - I'm online much more often than I should be
2. Scrapbooking bag - love getting together with friends to throw pictures together
3. DVD player - I'm a sucker for watching favorite movies again and again
4. Digital camera
5. Stratego - I have to beg Greg to play with me. I've loved it since 5th grade

Saturday, October 13, 2007

When it Rains...it Floods



So here's the numbers -


6 inches of rain in 2 hours


3 hours for Greg to get home from work


30 gallons of water emptied from our cellar


4 wardrobe boxes lost


= you do the math


Welcome to Connecticut baby!


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Our Pretty Girl, the White Dress and a Prophet of God


This past weekend we had the amazing privilege of blessing E up in Sharon, VT at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Monument. By sheer good timing, Greg's parents are currently serving there as mission directors and consequently, we blessed L about 10 feet from the original home of Joseph Smith's family.




Another highlight of the event - E was blessed in a dress my mother sewed for my own blessing 31 years ago.


Thanks to the devoted care of my grandmother, the dress is still in my hands and in superb condition (albeit, just a bit snug on L). Here's a couple pictures of my blessing day - love the one with my grandfathers!













One very proud big brother...





I am thrilled we all got to experience this at the memorial. So amazing! I love knowing that Joseph saw God and Jesus Christ. My favorite apostle - Elder Maxwell - says it best -

What followed Joseph Smith’s prayer in the spring of 1820 irrevocably illuminated our view of God, ourselves, others, life, even the universe! A young boy in a small grove of trees began receiving answers to mankind’s oldest and largest questions! But young Joseph certainly did not go into the Sacred Grove seeking the restoration of the holy priesthood and the holy endowment, the sealing power, and all the keys thereof. He did not even know of their existence! He merely wanted to know which of several churches to join. His prayer was for personal and tactical guidance. The response, however, was of global and eternal significance!



...given all of the foregoing, “what can I say more” except “Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!”



-Neal A. Maxwell-


Monday, October 8, 2007

All the Pretty Leaves





Apparently every fall season thousands of people flock to New England country to see...leaves. Laugh though you may (I sure did), it was really breathtaking. We chose Vermont. The abundance of color, the red barns in the foreground and spreads of green fields - I found myself overwhelmed with gratitude for the chance to be here. Who knows where we'll be next year. Fall is my favorite time of year and...wow! What a great year!








Note: all these locations were reached in a mini-van (yes, Shayne and Lea - that's 266 vs. 244) playing both Keith Urban and the most recent Pride and Prejudice soundtrack. It kept the kids either happy or asleep - whichever one was needed at the time :)



























We were all pretty tired on the way home...

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Fumbling Through Exhaustion

What's the hardest part of having 3 kids??

When one child gets sick, they all get sick!

Don't worry - all the handwashing and hand sanitizers wont save you - although you may think you're trying your best.

What's the second hardest part of having 3 kids??


I use to survive on 5-6 hours of sleep with 2. Now I do much, much less. And with less sleep, things like the following just inevitably happen...



So this post is dedicated to the extremely talented woman and lyrics that understand my pain -

Shawn Colvin



Another Long One

If losing sleep were any indication
Of the loving that I've missed
I would wrap myself around you
But how likely can that be when I feel like this
And if life were not unfortunate
And reason blew like summer through the trees
I would stop to let you catch me
But I think that you would find me on my knees

And it's gonna be another long one tonight
It's just me and my well-intentioned spite
I said someone did this to me
But no one did, there's no injustices
I just can't afford to be right no more
I bought myself another bad dream tonight
With these little boys (A&J) in my head sleeping tight
It's gonna be another long one tonight