Saturday, September 8, 2012
Last Friday was my grandma Stephenson's funeral. She had dementia for several years but what lead to her health decline was a skin cancer removal surgery about a week before her death. I remember her as petite (only about 5'2 and 100lbs), vibrant, quick, thoughtful, and probably one of the classiest people I have ever known. She taught me to crochet, cross stitch and knit. She also permed my hair when I was 11 or so. Mostly I just remember her as making me feel special and important.
In the past couple of years I've only seen her maybe once or twice a year and we only live an hour or two apart. Why have I seen her so little? Probably just because I just feel really awkward around old people that have a hard time remembering who I am. Does that sound just so heartless or what? I hate that about myself but it's the truth. Trying to make conversation with someone who can't make conversation is just really hard. At the funeral I was really sad because of the grandma I knew when I was younger and the way I remember her.
So what has been consuming my days? Car searching. I finally found one, and purchased it BY MYSELF. Torry hasn't even seen it (he's gone hunting for the weekend, and said go for it if I found a good deal). It's a 2003 GMC Denali with about 100k miles on it. True I would love something newer with less miles, but this just happens to be in our price range. Even better is that we paid CASH; no car payment. Torry & I have owned 2 sedans (the LAMO Volvo and the Hyundai Sonata) for the past 9 months. The plan was to save up and get an SUV. Well we got the SUV just sooner than expected. The kids love it. Camden has asked several times, "Mommy, can I go play in the car?"
Katelyn is gone at her friend Janae's house for a sleepover, Torry is gone hunting, and my brother Rob went fishing all day with friends. That leaves me Rob's wife, Tiffany, Camden & Lucy. What do we do? Go shop.
First we went to make a few changes at Ivory Homes design center (Did I mention we are building a house?). Tiff helped me make some decisions on the flooring. I changed the carpet & hard flooring. Tile is still the same.
Anyway, then we went to Hobby Lobby to make these (see right). What are they, you ask? Totally awesome pom pom jars, one for each of my kids. When they do something good, they get a pom pom. When the jar is full, we will go on a trip to the dollar store and they can pick a toy. It was Tiff's sister's idea, and I copied it. I thought it was such a cute idea. Hopefully it will help them want to finish dinner, do chores and be nice to siblings. We'll see how it works...
After the craft store we went home for a bit then decided to go the Women's Expo at UVU where I got the necklace on the left. I know, I know, these seem to be everywhere right now but I love it. And it was only $15. I've got to try to find something to wear with it tomorrow to church.
Well, off to watch a Dateline NBC show on Drew Peterson who killed his wife. Or I might watch something on Netflix (yay! I signed up for an account!). Torry's still gone hunting so I have control of the remote. ;)
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tennis today was annoying. It's really like my brain was not working. Maybe it was the time? I woke up at 6a to be there by 6:30. The coach kept giving me pointers on my ground strokes (like follow through, "shaving" the ball and turning my body before I hit). I would remember his pointers for 2 shots, then revert back to my old ways of doing things. I didn't do very well this morning.
Kate & Camden were totally on each other's case today. It's like they were doing everything they could just to bug each other. I even bought them new toys today (which I NEVER do except for birthdays and Christmas) because I feel like they have been bored lately. Annoyance.
On a more positive note, I was able to enjoy these sweet moments with my kids.
Lucy has been insisting on eating at the bar with Kate & Camden. I love her cute hair. It's like this baby fine, thin hair that will not do anything that I want. But I love it.
Haha my mom usually picks the veggies every other day or so. Well, she forgot for a few days. And we got some giant zucchini. Giant. I'm giving them to Torry's co-worker for her to shred freeze.
Lunch. YUM. Blake (my 24 year old awesome brother) made me this lunch. To.Die.For. So so so good. It was a balsamic vinegar reduction drizzled over tomatoes, mozzarella, and toasted bread with thyme on it. I've just got to figure out how to quickly make this so I can have it every day.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
It makes me sad how day to day memories fade. I heard a quote that made me bawl. "The biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make... I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of [my children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less" (Anna Quindlen, Loud and Clear 8, 10-11." Ugh. I read one lazy Saturday morning in bed and it made me feel awful. I got in the shower and just bawled. Then I came to the decision that I really need to be better at recording my days. Even though they may be sometimes the same as the previous day, I know that there will be a day that I long just to hear Lucy's little voice say "no", Camden's play car noise and Katelyn's constant talking.
So instead of feeling like I must write for an audience and everything that comes with that, I've decided to just write for me and my family. Because even though it is a little inconvenient now, hopefully it will be priceless someday.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
So this morning I was upstairs getting ready for the day when Camden sneaked downstairs when I wasn't watching. When I went to go look for him, I found him again with the bag of trail mix dumped on the ottoman. Except for this time he had picked out all of the M&M's and was happily sitting on the first stair with his little pile, munching on his M&M's at 8:30 am.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sooooo, it's been awhile, eh? My new years resolution is to update our family blog more regularly. I will stick to this one!
We went to see Santa Clause today. Kate was so excited, we rehursed what we would say to Santa several times in the car on the way to the mall. #1: I've been a good girl. #2: I want a Princess bicycle.
Much to my surprise, Camden was so excited to see Santa! I was sort of expecting him to be scared of him. I think he's watched enough Christmas movies this year that he knows who Santa is.
Afterwards we went on the mall train. Yes, a train. It's a cute little 4 car train that drives down the middle of South Towne Mall on the bottom level. It's a little pricy ($3 bucks per person!) but my kids absolutely loved it. As we were sitting in the car, Kate would say "Chug-a-Chug-a" and Camden would finish and say "CHOO-CHOO!" It was really cute.