Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Want a near death experience?

Try a whole day of pushing a stroller around the fair in blistering heat, then coming home to do an hour of extreme plyometrics. (oh, add a sunburn.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Henry is officially 2!

If you asked Henry any time in the last 3 months how old he is his answer was a proud "2!" Of course, up until last Friday, that was an embellishment.

We spent his birthday making preparations for his party on Saturday. We took a trip to Raley's to visit his favorite cookie lady at the bakery and buy some last minute party stuff. He got to pick out Ice cream flavors (mint chocolate chip and Neapolitan were his choices, I was surprised at how picky he was.) He also chose a special dinner for that evening... big surprise, it was chicken nuggets and tator tots. We had a fun evening as a family, gave him one gift, and went to Baskin Robbins for some birthday ice cream. It was a great day!

It didn't really end there though. I stayed up until 1:30 am finishing up his cake! This was a really big deal to Henry. I often say that Henry's mind is made up of 90% baseball and 10% cake. Anytime we mentioned his birthday for weeks in advance he would shout "CAKE!" as though to let us know this was his top priority on that day! There will be more about the cake in the pictures... all I can say is it was difficult, (so don't ask me to make one for your kid) and it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped (but I am a perfectionist.)

His Yo Gabba Gabba party was awesome! We had almost all of our family there, though we missed Dylan who was very sick, and Uncle Kalen who was taking care of him. He got so many toys we are donating a huge bag of his old ones to the ward nursery! I couldn't believe how excited he got at present time! It was hilarious... even with the cards he would scream with delight, then run around and show everyone. SO CUTE!

I am so proud to be Henry's mommy. He is such a good boy and is always showing love to others. I am positively crazy about this kid!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!!!!

MaryEllen and Emmett got Henry this Cookie Monster farmer. He is kind of obsessed with Cookie Monster.

I cut the shape of these characters out of gum paste (kind of like fondant but dries hard...almost tastes like a necco wafer.) let them dry for 48 hours, then I painted on their features with food coloring gel and food safe markers.

DJ Lance Rock sans glasses and fluffy hat.

The finished product. My major concern with this cake was that my grandpa, who is 80, and like many very old white men, is a little racist, would be opposed to eating a cake with a black guy popping out of the top. Luckily for us, he kept his comments to himself.

It's Dancey - dance time!!!

Quite a haul, eh?

Aunt Patrice was nearly attacked by this herd of kids who all wanted to see the Plex Key- taur close up!

Henry was so excited at the party about his presents and guests, he hardly ate a bite of the much anticipated cake. Here he is relishing every morsel of the last piece the next day after church.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Spinning plates

Lately I feel like a bit of a sideshow act. You know the spinning plates guy. He must keep all the plates spinning or one will fall... and the more plates he adds the harder it gets. I just want to go through a few of my plates here, so that everyone can see why I have let my blogging plate fall to the ground a few times.

Plates 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5: My Family. Actually , Emmett probably counts for 3 or 4 plates on his own, and Henry, because he is almost 2, counts for at least that many. MaryEllen is going through a helpful phase, so take away 1 plate, but she is also going through a whiny phase, so you can add 2 for the headache she gives me nearly everyday. Brian actually isn't a plate. He is like a partner in my routine. But unfortunately, it is MY routine and there are only so many plates he can take off of my hands at any given time.

Next plate: Housework. I know, I know, I am a housewife. I should expect that there is going to be housework. But I SWEAR! Sometimes it feels like no matter how much I clean, how much LAUNDRY I do, how many times I do the dishes a day, it NEVER GETS DONE!!!! I know I should accept that it will never get it done and just let some of it go, but truth be told, it makes me crazier to live with it than to try to keep up and fail. That plate I just keep dropping. (It must be
Correll, because it never breaks.)

Next plate: Uppercase Living. This one has slowed to a near stop on multiple occasions. But every time I tell Brian I am going to throw in the towel and stop trying, I get a new order from a past client. Or someone calls and finally wants to book that open house she planned on 6 months ago. Right now I am at a standstill. The plate is just barely hanging on, because I have no bookings and the new Catalog just came out with TONS of new product and awesome options for designing your own stuff and I am totally overwhelmed!! (If anyone is interested, please visit my website. This is not a sales pitch, I just really love this stuff. http://lori.uppercaseliving.net )

We had a stomach flu hit our house and all of the plates dropped
momentarily for about 3 1/2 days, but were back now.

We have had fun plates, too over the past few weeks. Here are a few:

I got to sing the National anthem at the 5K for Alzheimer's Aid a few weeks ago and I was introduced by Mayor Kevin Johnson. That was Awesome. (Aren't you glad Heather Fargo didn't win? It isn't as exciting to say "I was introduced by Mayor Heather Fargo." Sorry Fargo fans.) I ran the 5K and MaryEllen did the kids fun run. Emmett even went along on it with my mom and finished at a pretty decent time for a 4 month old.

MaryEllen started soccer and Brian is her coach. He does an awesome job and the girls all seem to really love him. Mary Ellen looks so cute in her little soccer get- up!

I went to see Julie & Julia with my mom and Grandma. I was the youngest person in the theater, but funnier than that, my mom, at 52 was probably the second youngest! It was a sea of white, grey and dyed Ashe blond heads. We loved the movie. If Meryl Streep doesn't win an Oscar for her portrayal as Julia Child it will be a crime! 15 minutes into the movie I had already forgotten that she wasn't Julia herself! I highly recommend the movie, it is very very cute.

I almost forgot one of my most time consuming and exhausting plates! P90X!!! Brian and I are on day 12 of the 90 day extreme home fitness program and let me tell you... it is EXTREME!!! It was created by a guy named Tony Horton who is totally crazy, but in a really likable way. We do a different routine every night of the week and they range anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 hours of CONSTANT work. I wake up sore every day BUT I LOVE IT!!! I plan on posting before and after photos every 30 days, so you can look forward to the first installment in a couple of weeks.

I guess that's it. It seems like a lot when I'm actually living it, but when I look at it all written down it doesn't seem quite as bad. I think what I am starting to realize is this. It's just like I said at the
beginning, the more plates you add, the harder it gets... but here's the kicker: That also makes it all the more amazing and rewarding when you can accomplish it! I may not have all of my plates spinning super fast all of the time, and I may drop one on occasion, but I chose to be a plate spinner. This is my sideshow and I'm sticking to it!

Emmett fell asleep and his pacifier gave him this pig nose. TOO CUTE!

Look at that face!

I love this guy!

MaryEllen and her cousin Brianna at the finish line. Henry cheered for them the whole time!

Brian's Uncle Al and Aunt Zella came to visit last Sunday. MaryEllen took both of these pictures.

I made this cute blanket and burp cloths for my friends new baby girl. Congrats Bonnie and Sean!