Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
- A non-denominational community candlelight/Christmas carol service
- A relaxing dinner out at a nice restaurant
- An exciting drive to see the best lit homes of San Antonio
- Back at home, a short, spiritual reading of Luke II, retelling the Christmas story to Ty, more singing.
- A fun, happy opening of the Christmas Pajamas
- Excitement of going to bed, knowing Santa is going to visit.
What really happens:
- Tyler wakes up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, and whines all day long.
- Braving the crowds for some last minute shopping, waiting as other people buy the "limited, closeout" item at Circuit City that we want, but our sales guy doesn't know what he's doing and can't reserve it on the computer. Finally, after asking 25 different people for help, we get the last one, but not before waiting in a whole other long line to retrieve the item.
- Going to the bank to cash some checks, the bank teller gives us $250 instead of $25, so we have to turn around and wait in line again just to return money that she gave us erroneously! She was pretty thankful, though! :)
- All of us currently on anti-biotics (for the second course) crash midday and try to rest a little.
- We're still a bit fatigued, so we decide to ditch the candlelight service.
- Time to go out to eat! Only our desired restaurant is closed.
- Because of ravenous hunger, we decide to stay on the same road, so our choices are Sonic or Texas Roadhouse. We choose Roadhouse.
- As we are waiting for our table, Brad eats some of the peanuts that they have there. Ty doesn't like peanuts and tells Daddy to stop eating them. Daddy says he can eat them if he wants. Ty starts to gag because Daddy is eating the peanuts (if you know Ty, you know that he gags all the time when he thinks something we're eating is gross).
- Daddy continues to eat the peanuts.
- Ty continues to gag.
- Mommy asks Daddy to not eat any more peanuts.
- Daddy continues to eat peanuts.
- Tyler gags big, and then throws up all over Daddy.
- Tyler starts crying.
- Daddy takes Tyler to clean up puke.
- We finally get seated.
- Tyler won't walk to the table because "The peanuts make it dirty!". He's talking about the famous peanuts shells all over the floor.
- Tyler so tired and whiny, Daddy has him lay his head on his lap.
- Tyler doesn't quite have enough room for his legs to be straight, so he keeps pushing Daddy off the bench.
- Mommy and Daddy tell Tyler to knock it off.
- Tyler keeps pushing.
- Daddy finally moves over to sit next to Mommy and gives Tyler the whole bench.
- Mommy makes room for Daddy and in the process knocks her whole glass of ice water on Tyler.
- Tyler screams in horror!
- Daddy tries to use the cloth napkins to dry Tyler off.
- Now Tyler screams because the napkin was his "pillow".
- Mommy and Daddy decide to get the food "to go"
- Once we're in the car, Ty is just peachy keen happy.
- Mommy and Daddy aren't so happy with him.
- We skip the Christmas lights drive, just wanting to go home and eat!
- We get home and Daddy's order is without his mashed potatoes, rice, and beans! He's not too happy about it!
- After dinner, Tyler screams that he doesn't know how to pick up his toys that we tell him must be picked up before Santa can come.
- By this time, we just want him in bed, so we skip Luke II, play a round of Silent Night and call it good.
- Mom and Dad have a discussion on whether he should be able to open his new pajamas even though he's whining and not picking up his toys.
- We decide to just let him and get him in them and go to bed.
- Tyler happily opens his pajamas.
- Tired, whiny boy is out before his head hits the pillow.
How's that for expert parenting and creating the perfect holiday? Good thing there's tomorrow!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
It's kinda funny, because although we live here, Brad's parents are the ones that showed us around downtown. They had been here several years ago for a week-long convention, and we had never really toured downtown and the Riverwalk. We had a great evening touring the Alamo, riding the boat down the Riverwalk, listening to live music, visiting Santa, and I ordered my first ribs at a restaurant (probably my last--they're just too messy).
Friday, December 14, 2007
But sometimes my dreams aren't as nice. I have several recurring dreams that always fool me into panicking, even though I KNOW they aren't real! The top three are:
1. Teeth Falling Out. I know this is a common one, and dream analyzers say that it means you feel like you're out of control. Hmmm. Consciously I don't feel that way, but do tend to be a bit of a control freak, so it's not way surprising.
2. Failing Math Class. This is always at BYU, and I find out at the end of the semester that I have this math class that I thought I had dropped. Now I only have two days to make everything up, and I know it's impossible! I always freak out because I know Dad will flip if I get an F. This is probably recurring because I tend to be a procrastinator in real life.
3. Snakes. This is a fairly new one, since we moved to Texas. It's based on reality. When we were in Houston, Brad was mowing the lawn and I heard this extrememly loud, almost girly (sorry, hun, but it's true) scream. I happened to be right by the window and looked out to see a snake slither away under the fence. YIKES! Now I dream about snakes all over in the house, on the driveway, etc. I think it just represents my total hatred for all things slimy and buggy and germ-infested.
What are your recurring dreams?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A million things go through my head of what he could have done. It's morning and this is the first thing he says to me.
"Sorry for what?"
"Next time I'll give you hugs, too. Hugs and kisses, cause you're my best friend."
Ahhh...melt my heart! Last night when we were doing hugs and kisses before bedtime, he gave me kisses, but he decided he didn't want to give me hugs. I didn't really think much of it. But apparently he did, because that's the first thing he said to me this morning. Sweet thing.
There are moments in motherhood that make me want to pull out my hair. And then there are moments like these that make those other times totally worth it.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Things I Sold This Week on Craigslist:
New kitchen has one over the oven.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
- I like our Elders. I have a lot of respect for them. They're good guys.
- Of course the Elders had a Golden Investigator just walk in to church today. Man, they're being blessed! Elder F is just a baptizing machine!
- The Elders came with us to Karen's house today. We did it as a last-ditch effort and came out with her committed to baptism. Crazy! Elder F is so good! He's just amazing to me. Sometimes he can be really cheezy, but he's so sincere. He's a great friend. We just kinda click.
- Today was district meeting. Elder F gave us interviews. We just talked a lot about the area, and he asked me how I felt about how things were going. I told him how much I looked up to and admired him and what an example he was to me. He said the same things about me...the spirit was strong as he shared some experiences he's had on his mission...I have so much respect for him. He's had so many problems and trials on his mission and he's overcome them all.
- Okay, just gotta write one really cute thing about Elder F. They went to a flower shop to check on someone who works there, and while they did, he sent a flower to his sister. Is that too cute, or what?! How many brothers do that?
- Okay, I might as well come out with it, because I'm sure that anyone reading this already has guessed, but I really like Elder F. He is really a special, special guy. I'm at the point where I would love to marry this guy, and I keep wondering if I will. It's really strange for me, cause I think it's the spirit, but wonder if it's just infatuation. I guess it doesn't really matter, because we're on missions right now, serving together, and that's all. CRAZY STUFF, HUH?! I never imagined that I'd think about this stuff on my mission!
- Well, just erase everything I said about Elder F (marrying him at least). I'm sure it's just infatuation. I need to cool my jets for a while. I don't want to be one of those girls that goes ga-ga over missionaries. YUCK! Life is confusing!
- We went to the Elder's baptism tonight. During the song, a little girl came and sat on his lap and I about died. He was so cute with her. She was only four and she was singing along, reading the hymnal. It was cute. And I was looking at that and he looked up and gave the biggest smile to me. Aughhhhh. I need to get a GRIP! I need to FOCUS ON MISSIONARY WORK! Hello, Schultzy. Anybody in there?!?
- My heart is in a lump. Elder F is getting transferred to be a zone leader in Joplin. I'm gonna miss him so much. What an impact he's made on my life. What a spiritual giant! This is what I hate about missions. I hate saying goodbye. I guess I really have to trust the Lord that He knows what He's doing, and that if our paths are to cross again, they will. Actually, it probably will be good cause I'll be able to focus easier, but he was also an inspiration at the same time. Gosh I'm speaking about him as if he were dead! Oh well.
- Enough of this guy talk! I'm on a mission. I don't know what's gonna happen in the future--I'll just have to wait and see. Now's NOT the time to worry about it, is it?
- Well, a new chapter in mission life has begun. I'm a trainer now! Transfers were good. I got to say goodbye to Elder F. He's such a good guy. I'll miss him. But I've got a job ahead of me. I'm nervous to train. I need to have a lot of faith and work really really hard.
Time traveled on, and I did see Elder F every once in a while at mission meetings, and as he became Assistant to the President. We always seemed to be able to pick up right where we left off. It was never awkward between us; we enjoyed a genuine friendship. I was able to focus on missionary work and not let thoughts of him be a distraction for most of the time. But as the time approached for him to go home, I worried. Again, excerpts from my journal:
- I'm totally sad. I feel like I'm losing one of my best friends, and my heart aches. I mean, I know that what happens, happens, and that the Lord will take care of me, and the Lord will take care of him, but it still hurts to say goodbye. This is probably totally the end--I mean we'll still have great memories and fond feelings, but he'll probably get married, and hopefully I'll get married, and that will be that.
- I've had a really neat morning. I prayed to stay focused, of course, but I caught myself thinking about him, so I knelt back down again. I asked for peace about my feelings for Elder F and I got this incredibly peaceful feeling that it's all going to work out with him. It's strange, because this affirmative answer is what I really want, so I'm always wondering if I'm just making myself feel that. But I really feel like that was my answer! Who knows. All I know is that I feel confident that the Lord is in control...I can let go for right now and feel peace. So I will.
And I did. I served the rest of my mission working harder than I ever had. I scarcely had a thought about Elder F, and when I did, I just felt peace.
We didn't write, or call, even when I got home. It wasn't until about six months after coming home from my mission, back at BYU, that I thought about Elder F again and decided to call him up. Again, we just picked up where we left off, and we seemed to click. Only he was dating someone else, and I was pretty busy with school and work. A couple months later, he was no longer dating the other girl, and I wasn't as busy, so we went on a double date to the Manti pagent. And the rest, they say, is history. One month later we were engaged; four months later I became Sister F.
It's now eight crazy, happy years later, and we're still going strong. And Elder F, or Brad as I call him now, is still a little bit cheezy at times, but still genuinely sincere. And I love him for it!
Friday, November 23, 2007
- The Love of my Savior
- Forever Families
- My patriarchal blessing says my husband will be kind to me, and considerate of me, and we will love one another with all our hearts. It is spot on: Brad could not be any more kind or considerate. And my whole heart belongs to him.
- My little 3 year old ball of energy and sweetness and just a tidge of Drama King.
- Despite all the feminine problems, I LOVE being a woman.
- Finally settling down in our new beautiful home.
- Even though we get frustrated with the corporate side of things sometimes, Brad has a job that he LOVES, and that's important when he'll be spending 30+ years doing it!
- The fact that no matter where we go, the Church helps us instantly belong.
- The diversity in San Antonio--I've never been a minority before, and it's enlightening.
- Being able to afford a few little extras every once in a while.
- A back porch where we can watch the sunset.
- A mom and dad that raised me so well.
- A sister who, despite a ten year age difference, has always treated me like a best friend instead of an annoyance.
- Great in-laws--couldn't ask for any better!
- A sunny disposition.
- The gift and power of Music.
- The opportunity to graduate from BYU (it only took six whole years!)
- Friends and family scattered all across the country.
- Blogging, which has brought me back in touch with some of those dear ones.
- A really good king-sized mattress.
- Pretty linens to go on that king-sized mattress!
- Blue Bell Ice Cream.
- Spencer and Sara living 2.5 minutes away from us.
- Sara's yummy pecan/pumpkin dessert served warm with Blue Bell Homemade Vannilla on it that we had for Thanksgiving yesterday.
- That my first turkey turned out okay.
- That I could call my mother-in-law early in the morning on Thanksgiving when I was panicking and grossing out over the raw (and not quite thawed) turkey.
- A great relationship with Ty's birth family.
- The fact that Heavenly Father has a plan for us, and loves us, and wants us to be happy, and that everything that we go through is for our best good.
- The Food Network
- An upstairs laundry room, so I don't have to haul laundry up and down the stairs.
- Not getting sick when everyone around me did this week (I'm still crossing my fingers, and taking my vitamins!)
- That the furniture people are finally coming tomorrow to replace the defective couch they sold us!
- The Beck-to Harline play in last year's BYU/Utah game.
- The hope that BYU will win again this year, though hopefully not in such a down-to-the-minute way--I can't take the suspense!
- The internet.
- High speed internet.
- Ceiling fans.
- Air conditioning.
- Two cars that run.
- Brad's work car, that helps to keep his personal car running.
- Our only live plant, Norman, a Christmas cactus that was given to us by our first landlord, is still alive, even though we have greatly mistreated him at times.
- Smiling at people, and having them smile back.
- Singing in the ward choir.
- The fact that we will get reimbursed for our moving expenses.
- LSU losing to Arkansas.
- A&M beating Texas. Go Aggies!
- The craisins that Sara put in her green salad. Really yummy.
- The memories made with awesome grandparents that helped to shape who I am today.
- The support of my parents in all my activities as a kid.
- The holiness and sacredness of the Temple.
- The selfless and consecrated service my parents have given the last eight years and counting.
- The feeling I get when people really enjoy my food.
- Are we really only on 58?!?
- The smell of cinamon at Christmastime.
- The first time each spring when I smell a hyacinth.
- Every time I see a golden retriever and think of good old Mindy.
- How blessed am I to have been born in this time period, in this country, in this church, in this family!
- I enjoy reading magazines. My current subscriptions: Ensign, Reader's Digest, Oregon Coast, Family Fun, Parenting, Kraft Food & Family, Better Homes and Gardens, and Woman's Day. (Some are free, and some were gifts)
- I like the way my birthday rhymes when I say the numbers.
- I like that my middle name, Cay, starts with a C.
- I had a great adolescence. So many people hate that time in their lives, but I loved it.
- Singing alto is fun and I'm glad I can read notes and harmonize.
- The opportunity I had to teach for three years. I loved being a professional, and helping provide for our family.
- The leadership opportunities I've had.
- That Heavenly Father answers my prayers.
- That other people pray for me.
- The sisterhood of Relief Society.
- When Tyler gives me a spontaneous hug or kiss or I love you mom.
- The hope that we have at least another child in our future.
- The lack of stress over whether we will have another one--faith that God has a plan for our family and will lead us to where we need to be when the time is right for another child. He's always led us before, He'll continue to do so.
- Our family's cabin in Florence, Oregon: my favorite place on earth.
- That my mom made me practice my piano, and continued to pay for lessons, even when I didn't practice. She'll never know the gift that that ability has been to my life.
- That people can always change.
- Times like this morning, after making a fort, just playing, the three of us, our family, together.
- Phone calls just to say hi.
- Phone calls just to say hi that are on our Verizon network, or after hours or on weekends!
- That bleach took away the grape juice stains on our countertops!
- Playing on sports teams.
- Feeling part of a community.
- Loving the community I live in.
- Finding great deals.
- Thinking about Harold doing the Black Friday shopping for Susan at 4am.
- Reading the short heartwarming novel, Christmas Jars.
- Time to myself after bedtime.
- H.E. Buddy Bucks (a little reward for kids at the local supermarket. Ty loves them!)
- Texas pride.
- Never forgetting my Oregon roots.
- My mission to Oklahoma and Missouri
- Great pictures.
- Great college roommates.
- My favorite Sacrament hymn: As Now We Take the Sacrament
- Laughing with my husband.
- Finishing this list!!!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Tyler got his first shiner yesterday...in Nursery, of all places! I guess he collided with a girl. This was taken yesterday--it looks way worse today. Bad enough that everywhere we went today people asked him what happened to his eye. All he would say is, "I'm okay now. I'm okay." One lady asked if it was an accident and he said, "No, I just ran away from her." I know people are thinking I'm a child-beater!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
On a side note, it's funny how my "Contemporary Cottage" tastes have become mainly just the Contemporary part and less of the Cottage part in this house. Just the combination of the new furniture and the current light fixtures, paint colors, and draperies that has helped it turn out that way. It's kinda fun decorating a house!
Anyway...back to Wal Mart. What are your feelings on the place?
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Favorite thing about buying a house?
No mortgage payment until
That allowed us to treat ourselves to some new furniture:
Cute, huh? We are loving our new house and although it's still a big mess of boxes right now, it's already becoming "Home."
So come visit, y'all!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
We'll be leaving Houston this week, and although these last six months were a bit tough because we didn't know how long we'd actually be here, there was a lot we liked about this place that I want to be sure and remember:
- Trees! Who knew? I sure didn't know before I came here, how green Houston is! Especially up where we are in The Woodlands, the trees are tall and green and beautiful.
- The view from our house. We are surrounded on three sides with forest. It is so wonderful to wake up in the morning and open the blinds and all I see is green forest! It feels like we're in the country, even though we aren't. Unfortunately, all that vegetation caused the bug and critter population to be out of control!
- Our ward. The Oakwood ward in the Houston North Stake is so great! People were so friendly and inviting, even though they knew we wouldn't be here long.
- BBQ--People here know how to do it right. We ate at several BBQ's in the area, but our favorite is Pit Master on Rayford-Sawdust Road.
- Library. Although the buildings were a lot smaller than what I was used to at the Salt Lake City library, there were some things that I definitely liked. I liked that you could return your books to any library within the system. I loved the children's programs. I loved that they had a little book shop where you could buy books for 50 cents and magazines for 10 cents! They had lots of children's DVD's to check out, and I liked how they displayed their new books. Oh. And Ty loved playing in the Conroe Library's school bus.
- Parks and pools. Almost every subdivision has their own park and pool. Although it was too hot to use the park all summer!
- Grocery shopping. So many choices! I loved getting my circulars and deciding what two stores I would shop at that week. Randalls(Safeway), Kroger(Smith's) and HEB were my favorites. San Antonio doesn't have as many choices in grocery shopping. HEB has kind of choked all the other stores out of business.
- Small town Texas: we have loved going to all the small town festivals and gatherings just outside of Houston. It will be fun to get to know the small towns outside of San Antonio, too.
- Sunsets. The sky here is incredible! And the sunsets with the tall tress as a silhouette are breathtaking.
P.S. I don't know when that picture was taken, but I've certainly NEVER seen the freeway that empty!
Monday, October 22, 2007
It's good in a way, I guess. At least I know I'm not a stone-cold human being without feelings. But seriously, is there any way to control it? It's really embarrassing. I hate being the only one crying all the time!
Just take the last few days as a typical example:
- Driving home from San Antonio, I'm alone because we took two cars, and Brad has Ty with him. I put in my CDs and cry basically the whole time because I'm so grateful for my life and my two boys, and the Temple, and my family, and sad that I'm away from them, but happy that I know the Lord has a plan for us, blah, blah, blah.
- At a thrift store, Ty talks to a lady all cute, and she says, "He'll grow up so fast," and I blurt out, "I know!" and start bawling all over because he is growing up so fast!
- Football game--so proud of the players for working so hard. It reminds me of my joy in playing sports, and the fun I had. I cry at the end of another game as a player makes a winning field goal--I'm so happy for him for playing through the pressure!
- Just thinking--I didn't even hear it this time, I just thought about it--about that Tim McGraw song, "If you're readin' this, with my Momma sittin' there, it looks like I only got a one-way ticket outta here..." all about a man who doesn't come home from the war. This one was late at night. I had to go wake up Brad and just hug and kiss him because he was alive.
- Primary program--the whole thing--I never make it through a primary program! I can't even sub in primary without just bawling. Kids singing and bearing testimony gets me every time!
- Gospel Doctrine, Relief Society. I can never make it out of church.
- Getting Ty's birthmom's wedding announcement--so happy for her, so thankful for her decision to place Ty with us.
- Reading Sue's post.
- Reading Emily's post.
- Ty playing the message my mom left on the machine for him for his birthday over and over again and the sheer joy on his face, and me thinking about how he used to be so close to his grandparents, and how we've taken him away from them. Waaahhhhhhh.
Those are just the examples I could think of right now. I'm sure there were more tearfests that I just don't recall because they are so commonplace. When I'm alone I really don't mind it; a good cry feels good. But Ty has started noticing, and asks me why I'm sad. How do I explain that it's a good cry? Does anyone else struggle with this? Any tips on controlling it?
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Older, mature trees, house is 15K cheaper than the other two.
This is in my favorite neighborhood, very close to the freeway, surprisingly spacious.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Of course we went swimming every day. Ty's getting to be quite the kicker. He can kick himself across the pool all by himself (with his life jacket and floaty on).
I don't have to do a liquor store anymore! Found a new business for me in Longview, Texas called Sally's Good Foods!