Friday, February 27, 2009

Mama called the doctor...

Dear Doctor:

You cannot use the words "testicles" and "penis" when talking to my son and not expect him to erupt into uncontrollable laughter. He is after all, twelve years old. It just isn't realistic! Anyway, that was nothing. You should have seen him AFTER you left the room!

Judge us as you may... those are just not words we use very frequently in our home... (though I must say, they have been used much more frequently since our trip in to see you!)

Yours sincerely,

Michael's mother.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Petra needs a makover and Mike needs a date...

So Jane did this cute tag post where you google your name and then the word "needs" and you post the ten first things that come up. Very cute... here is what it came up with for me and Mike...

Petra needs a makeover
Petra needs a home
Petra needs to make water but there's a cow in front of the door
Petra needs her own front door
Petra needs Itunes exclusive
Petra needs a loan of $650
Petra needs a visitor centre
Petra needs little explanation
Petra needs a lesson in men
Petra needs conservation and preservation

Mike needs a date
Mike needs a kidney donor for a transplant
Mike needs a light razoring
Mike needs to get a clue RIGHT NOW
Mike needs your help
Mike needs to update his myspace page
Mike needs a wee video clip
Mike needs to calm down
Mike needs a heart
Mike needs a vacation

I think I will just resist commenting on any of these. :) Thanks Jane, that was fun. If you read this, I tag you! :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Some people never learn...

My kids are actually quite intelligent kids when it comes to school, but at home I swear they need some extra tutoring. Here are some of the things I hope they hurry up and get through those thick skulls of theirs:
  • The chore chart posted on the refrigerator is non-negotiable. No amount of protesting is going to change the fact that what is listed on that day has to be done before TV, texting, or social events.
  • I don't care how many clothes you have hanging in your closet, if your laundry basket is overflowing, you need to do laundry.
  • You can't have a filthy pig-sty of a bedroom for 13 days, clean it on the 14th day and hope that I give you allowance.
  • If I tell you your music is too loud, it is too loud. Arguing with me is not going to help your cause... it will just make me take the stereo out of your room.
  • If there is snow on the ground, no amount of begging is going to convince me to let you wear shorts outside.
  • You are not going to get on my good side by eating a sandwich at 5:00pm and then telling me you are not hungry when I serve dinner at 5:30pm.
  • Telling me my room is messy too is not going to get you out of cleaning your room. (And my room isn't by the way...)
  • It is generally not a good idea to tell me you are not feeling good enough to go to basketball practice and then ask to go play with your friends.
  • Please oh please don't tell me I don't understand how you feel... believe me, I DO.
  • Telling me you are tired of me nagging you is only going to tick me off. Trust me.
  • If you live under my roof, you abide by my rules. The End.

I am sure there are more things, but these are the ones I can think of off of the top of my head after last nights family council. When will they learn that if they just do what we ask of them, their life would be so much sweeter. :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Get Back Up....

I was truly inspired by this video my mum sent me...

(Sorry, you will have to mute Mamma Mia at the bottom.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Time works wonders...

So Hot Hubby and I really do try to do Family Home Evening on a regular basis, but quite frankly, our lessons can be... well... lame! You know how it goes... you suddenly realize after dinner that it is Monday and you desperately grab a book from the shelf and read about some church principle... (unlike my kids who take like two hours to prepare their lessons with visual aids and handouts and everything!) We are so pathetic.

Anyway, it was seeming like this past Monday was gonna be Family Lame Night again... we had nothing planned... but it actually turned out ok. A song, a prayer, a game of domino's and some Dunford donuts picked up from the *secret Dunford bakery... all we needed was a good gospel lesson and we could call it a success! Enter Hot Hubby.

He hands us notebooks and pens reads us this story/article/whatever you want to call it about setting goals called "Just 15 minutes a day". I was seriously intrigued. The main idea was that you can accomplish anything you want if you will just set aside 15 minutes a day to tackle it and work for the full 15 minutes. So for example, if I want to sort out a closet, but I just don't have the time, I work 15 mins a day on it till it is done.

Let me tell you! I think this could change my life. It can work in so many facets... cleaning, organizing, learning to play a musical instrument, exercising, learning a new language, gardening, writing a book, tidying the garage, filing papers, planning menu's, making a nice dessert, BLOGGING, ...anything you want! It puts a new spin on setting goals. I am now keeping a list of things I would like to get done and working through it 15 mins a day at a time. Yesterday I went through my clothes closet. Today I am going through a ton of old computer equipment to see what I can get rid of, and if I don't finish today it's ok... I can take another 15 minutes tomorrow. :)

Right now it is actually even fun. I look forward to seeing what I can get done in that little amount of time and I am surprised at how many little blocks of 15 minutes I can find each day.

Anyhow. Why not try it for yourself? Chances are you might find you have a little more time than you think! And thanks Hot Hubby for helping our Family Home Evening not be lame this week! :)

*If you haven't found the Dunford Bakery in West Jordan, please allow me to assist you! We just found it a couple of months ago and we are regulars now... hop on over to 8556 S 2940 W (in the middle of nowhere), for fresh Dunford donuts, (6.99/dozen), Dunford Bread (as low as $1.25 a loaf, $0.99 on Monday's), and other treats. It is the bomb, and yes, they accept credit & debit cards. When trying to find it, it looks like a big warehouse, but you will know you have found it when you see the big donut on the top of the building. :)

Friday, February 6, 2009

The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose...

So I think everyone knows that we are house hunting right now. I lay awake most of last night contemplating the decisions we are faced with and I have to admit, I am not in a good place mentally. :( When we moved here from Maryland it was tough on my kids. Consequently we promised them that when we bought a house, it would stay in the same school system that we are renting in currently. What I didn't count on was any of us getting so attached to the WARD that we are in.

If you have ever lived in Utah you know that ward boundaries are very small. I can walk to anyone in my wards house in less than 10 minutes. So if we say we want to stay in our ward, it drastically limits the houses that we can look at. I have been saying for the past three months, (to the chagrin of Mike and the kids), that we probably won't stay in the ward, and a lot of the houses we have looked at are outside of the ward boundaries. However, this week particularly, I personally have felt a deep desire to stay in our ward. Maybe it is because I hate change so much. Or maybe it is because we have made really good friends in this ward... I have joked about it "being a good way to get released from my YW calling", but I have realized this week just how much I love the YW and how hard it would be to say goodbye to them. We took them to the Draper Temple open house on Wednesday, and it was just a most incredible night. I mean... look at this group...



They are absolutely awesome. I can't think of anything I would rather do in the church than be with them. I love them so much.

So we are faced with a difficult decision right now and I am asking a strange request of anyone reading this who believes in God. Would you please pray for our family that we choose the right path, that we will find the home that we are supposed to be in and that we will know it when we get there. We can use all the prayers we can get. :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The truth hurts...

While I was playing the postlude on the organ on Sunday, Braxton Hotton brought me this most fantastic drawing.


So I'm sorry to have to break the news to you all, but I AM his favorite cutie Petra... wishing won't help you... it is just how it is. And just so you know, he is my favorite Braxton too. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUD! I hope you have a fabulous day! :)

(Stolen off his mom's website.)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

There's a little child in all of us...

What do I like best about the Superbowl? I have to say it is usually the food. However, that was not the highlight of my day this year, (though the food was super yummy.) We had Jenna, Erik, Tyler and Rylie over and the highlight for me was playing with the kiddies.




We dug out the Knex that Mike Jr used to play with and we probably sat for at least an hour making stuff with it. I can honestly admit that I don't remember anything about the game, or even ONE of the commercials. Here is the bike I made though:



The kiddies also had me dressing polly pockets all afternoon and even spent time baking sugar cookies with Miss Dee. All in all, it was a most excellent adventure. :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Tag!

MaryBeth at My Very Own Lifetime Movie tagged me with a Happy Tag!

Here are the rules:

  1. Link to the person who has tagged you.
  2. Write down six things that make you happy.
  3. Post the rules, tag six others and let them know you did it.
  4. Then tell the person when your entry is complete.
Six things that make me happy: (It's way hard to choose.)

  1. Freshly baked bread smothered in Nutella
  2. Finding bargains at 80-90% off
  3. GNO with DeAnna when the boys go to camp, Mommy-Michael time with Mike Jr when DeAnna is out with friends, or Date night with Hot Hubby
  4. Clean bedrooms with no stacks of laundry
  5. Extended family gatherings... no mater how hectic... I love them!
  6. Mama Mia Music
I tag:

  1. Karen
  2. Ruthanne
  3. Annie
  4. Candace
  5. DeAnna
  6. And I will try Jenna... even though she hasn't posted in two months... maybe she will start up again :)