Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Week in Review

Here's a little catchup review of the last week:

*Went to Royal on Tuesday to attend a card making party at Angies house.

*Helped Grandma weed the vegtable garden.

*Went to a wedding reception

*Attended the Othello stake 24th of July party (at which Hunter decided to go to the bathroom by himself....without telling me)

*Came home Friday and then went to body step class with Megan after not going to the gym for a week...yeah, it hurt.

*Jason came home late Friday night

*Went to dinner on Saturday with Craig and Angie and then played Phase 10 until way to late.

*Church, song practice, and then Jason left for Seattle again. (Wow, that went way too fast)

*My Mom and niece Isabella came Sunday night.

*Shopping with my Mom and Bella Monday until they left for Spokane in the evening.

*Today: Start catching up on housework!







Saturday, July 26, 2008

Quotables from my 3 year old:

1.Hunter: Mom, you have an ow-ee? You need to go to the doctor. The doctor needs to kiss you!

2.Hunter:(to his dad) I want to be a fireman when I grow up! (Anyone who knows about the rivalry between police officers and firemen will understand why this is funny to us!)

3.Me:
(in exasperation) Hunter, why won't you listen to me?
Hunter: What?

Here's a joke I saw on my friend Haley's blog:

"I was talking to this guy the other day who was telling me about his CDO condition. 'It's like OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) but with the letters in the right order.'"

Ok, there's my weekend humor. Now I've got to get back to paying attention to my husband while he's home for a day and a half. Although, I'm already tired of being his target for combat practice. (He tried to practice hand cuffing on me but luckily my wrist is still injured.)

Monday, July 21, 2008

One Week Down...

Lots more to go. Jason got home from his first week of the academy late Friday night. We looked at each other and agreed that this was going to be a long haul. He was grateful to be home and sleep in our soft bed and eat edible food again. (Apparently the food there is terrible. I felt sorry for him so I cooked all his favorites.) We stayed up way too late that night talking and laughing as he told me stories and described what it was like. It sounds like a mixture of college, the MTC, and the military. It's tough (I wouldn't last two hours in there), but he's still excited about it and glad to be there. He left yesterday afternoon to go back and it felt like he had just gotten home!

On the bright side...

I've gotten into my own little routine of doing things my way and enjoying a little alone time. I don't have to cook a big meal every day, I get to watch old sappy romance films and even invite girl friends over if I want. My scrapbook stuff has taken over the kitchen table, I can talk on the phone more, and I've also been able to keep the house cleaner and the laundry done. I've even taken over some of his jobs, like mowing the lawn and taking out the garbage, but I don't mind at all. (I may do a better job...)

Don't get me wrong...I still miss him and need him. Especially since I STILL can't handle killing spiders.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Weekend Funnies

Have a great weekend!


Campaign Promises Moms Want to Hear

1. The National Institute of Health will give a large grant to find a cure for stretch marks by the year 2010.

2. The IRS will allow you to write off up to 100 lost barrettes, socks, pacifiers, mittens, stuffed animals, and blankies per annum.

3. National and local weather alerts will also be able to predict temper tantrums.

4. Any parent who wants to enter her newborn in a clinical trial for colic research can simply drop off the baby every evening and return when the crying stops.

5. Families will receive a free Toddler GPS system--complete with cookie jar alarm--upon their child's first birthday or first steps, whichever comes first.

6. Beginning with 2009 models, all family cars wil have to come equipped with soundproof barriers behind the front seats.

7. For every hour of baby-induced sleep deprivation you endure, the government will compensate you with a state-sponsered spa experience, including a 60 minute massage, aromatherapy facial, and all the things you'd dream of if you ever got any sleep.

8. Mothers will be permitted to use passport and driver's license photos from back before their shirts were accessorized with grape jelly and their lipstick was "borrowed" by Barbie.


----Parenting Magazine

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Hard Weekend...


Jason is now officially in the police academy. He checked in yesterday and started classes today. He'll be gone 4 months and graduates the end of November, but luckily he'll get to come home every weekend since the department gave him a car and is paying for gas.
McKay seemed to sense that Daddy was leaving because for the last few days he's been extremely clingy to Jason and not sleeping well at all. As Jason was packing McKay followed him around crying to be picked up and cuddled. He did NOT want me, even if I held him and followed Jason around the house. These are some pictures I took as Jason was about to leave.

The night before he left NO ONE got any sleep because not only did McKay cry all night for Jason to hold him, Hunter got a high fever and started throwing up. The poor thing was so sick I don't think he was even aware that his Dad was leaving. He was zoned out on the couch most of the day.
This is Jason waving good bye as he's leaving with Officer Anderson who has already been in the academy for three months. They'll travel to Seattle together until he graduates.
McKay sat by the door and cried for a good 10 minutes after Jason left. My heart was just breaking for the poor little thing!
Poor Hunter was sick all day. He threw up a few more times at Grandmas house before I finally brought him home. I feel so bad for Jason's mom--she didn't get any sleep either and had to wash all the stuff that Hunter got sick on. Thanks Mom! I love you for taking care of us amidst all the chaos and exhaustion. Here's a sweet moment I caught while cousin Sam was trying to make Hunter feel better by rubbing his back.

So, I might be a little lonely for the next few months. Visitors are welcome. Phone calls are appreciated. Babysitting would be heavenly. I'll keep updating about how Jason is doing.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Weekend Humor--Our Marriage Could Be a Sitcom

This weeks version of Weekend Humor is a little sampling from my own life. You can laugh at me--I'm used to it.

Sometimes I feel like the dialogue between Jason and I could be on a sitcom. Like this morning, we seemed to be on a roll. I started making the bed and gave him this "You should be helping me since we share this bed and you are just standing there doing nothing" look. He picked up on it and grabbed the sheets, starting to help me. As he did this he began mocking me in a helpless Southern bell voice,

"Help me Jason, I need help..."

I gave him a dark look and said,

"I don't have a Southern accent."

He began again,

"Help me, please help me Jason. I need help thank you very very much!" -- this time in his best Indian Quicky-Mart owner accent.

"Very funny."

Then about an hour later we had some more interesting dialogue. Here's the backstory to this one:
About a week after Jason got hired as a police officer I was pulled over in Pasco and got a speeding ticket. I was SO embarassed because I didn't pull the "I'm the wife of a cop" card to get out of it because he had JUST gotten hired, and I certainly didn't want to confess this to my Super Law Abiding husband. So, I paid the ticket and never told him. Well, last night we were getting him ready to go into the academy and I was feeling inclined to share this information with him. Enough time had passed, I was a little emotional, and I didn't want to hide anything from him. He took it well, even though it was $120 fine. Back to this morning...

Now, Jason isn't a "prissy" guy, but he spends a FORTUNE on expensive hair gel--you know, the kind you can only get at a salon. We've been a lot thriftier lately however, since he wasn't working for those three months. Well this morning I found a receipt from the salon for $17 for-- that's right, HAIR GEL. I couldn't let it go. I started giving him the "$17 hair gel is NOT what we should be spending money on right now" lecture. He let me ream him for a few minutes before the lightbulb went off. Suddenly he turned on me with a wicked look in his eyes.

"So, do you know how much hair gel I could have bought with $120?

I stopped, surprised. "Why would you need THAT much hair gel? What do you..."
Suddenly I knew where he was going with this.

He continued. "At least I didn't hide the receipt from you. I don't hide things from you. And $17 is a LOT cheaper than $120!"

There was a deep silence. I faced him. "Call it even?"

"Deal."

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Memory Game

My sister in law Angie has this game on her blog. Here's how we play.

1. Leave a comment on this post about a memory you have with me whether it seems significant or not. (Sometimes the most INsignificant memories are the best!) Seriously. ANY memory.

2. If you have a blog, do the same on yours. (TAG!)

3. You can also leave a memory about Jason...

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July

We had a great weekend. The BEST part is that my brother Omar came and spent it with us. I am THRILLED to say that he just moved to Spokane which is only 2 hours away from me! This is quite a treat since he's been in Southern Cal for the last year and in Ohio for the last five years before that. He's finally finished 10 years of medical training and has now begun working as a facial/cranial surgeon and Ear Nose and Throat specialist in Spokane. He's a brilliant doctor and a hilarious guy and I am SO glad he is going to be close by from now on. (Now he and Jason can continue their Michigan/Ohio rivalry in person. In fact, Jason wore his Michigan shirt and hat on Friday just to annoy him!)
Anyway, we kept Omar pretty busy. We took him down to Royal City for the 4th and had a barbeque with Jasons family. Jason showed him around the farm on 4 wheelers and explained how the mint was harvested. We also took him to pick cherries out of the orchard which he thought were the best cherries he'd ever had. Friday night we went to Othello for the big fireworks display. Jason had to work, but he was just working there at the park passing out Police badge stickers to little kids most of the time. We took him to the police station where Jason gave us the official tour, and I finally got to meet some of the people Jason works with. Omar also showed me some of the medical journals he's written and some photos of the patients he's operated on. It was great to just hang out with my brother. I know he missed his family and I really wish I could have seen them, but they'll be up here soon too!
I should have taken more pictures, but here are the ones I got:

Omar with McKay. McKay wouldn't leave him alone the whole weekend!
Grandma and Hunter

Waiting for the fireworks to start with Sam

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

O my Hunter...



I'm careful about what my kids watch. I know there's a lot of junk out there for kids, and I think I'm conservative in what I allow. Sesame Street is one I like, as is Little Einsteins, and a few others. Some of the new Disney/Pixar films have some adult humor in them I'm not thrilled about, but I always thought I'd be safe with the classic Disney movies. You know, the ones WE grew up on. So I was a little more than surprised when Hunter approached me the other day, stuck his finger in my face and shouted, "You imbicile!" I knew exactly where it had come from. He had been watching 101 Dalmations and picked up that little phrase from Cruella DeVille. Okay, time to teach him what is and isn't appropriate to repeat to his mother...

What have your kids said to surprise you?