Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Our weekend adventures

I did not post too much this last weekend, except for my Memorial Day post and my nomadic walking post, but neither were about our weekend. This was because we had quite the busy weekend. It rained all weekend (has it even ever stopped raining lol?????) so we were stuck indoors, but we still had a wonderful time!

Saturday morning I had my last art class for the month of May. We made Memorial Day campsites, Animal Faces and American flags, as well as had our art show for the parents. It was fun and most of those kids won't be back until next fall, I will miss them greatly! :) After my art class, I went home for lunch with my boys (ham sandwiches and vegetable soup yum!) and then we went out to one of Lon's good friend Sean's new folf field to check it out. For those of you that don't know, folf is Frizbee golf. Plain and simple. :)

Grandpa Steve had been helping Sean out with the folf goals, or whatever they're called lol, and Lon helped them put some of them up. Alan and I had not seen the whole field yet, so it was nice for us to get out and run in the sun. However the sun was short lived and the rain came back after about a half an hour, so we went inside to sit by Sean's fireplace, have hot chocolate and listen to the radio. Alan loved watching the fire, and then we realized he had never seen a fire like that before. He thought it was so cool to sit with the grownups on the couch and sip his NOT hot chocolate (we just mixed his with milk). He felt like a big boy!

Sunday, we woke up to breakfast made by Lon- bacon, eggs and toast. It was rainy, which spoiled our plans to go to a park, so we decided to take Alan to the Imaginarium, our local mall's indoor play area. After Alan's nap, we met up with Aunt Natalie, Aunt April and Uncle Kalvin. There was a lot of people at the Imaginarium, which at first was a little intimidating for Alan. But after he saw Uncle Kalvin running around, having a blast playing with the other kids, Alan decided to join in. :) They played for a good hour and a half, and then we got fruit drinks from Orange Julius. Alan loved his triple berry fruit drink! Yum! Then we went up to the FOE for Kari and Ryan's high school graduation party! It was fun going up there and Alan enjoyed playing with Kari's brothers and her neighbor. Plus the food was good, and Miss Kari looked beautiful. :) We had quite the fun time up there.

Monday was a lot more low key than the other two days, but we had various activities nonetheless. We had breakfast, then went to the Veteran's Memorial Cemetary afterwards to deliver our flags and poppies. It was raining, so we weren't able to stay long and Alan was all bundled up. But Alan was able to pick his "veteran" so to speak lol, walk up to the gravestone, put the poppy down (the flags you had to stick in so they were too hard for him), and then do a crayon etching of the name. He loved doing it all by himself! I think some people thought it was weird that we were "drawing" on the gravestones, but when I explained what we were doing to the VFW group there, everyone joined in! I wish I would have been able to get pictures, but it was too gloomy and rainy for any of the pictures to come out right. We had a wonderful time doing that though. :)

After going to the cemetary, we went over to Grandma and Grandpa's house for a indoor BBQ lol. We had burgers and hot dogs,  but only Grandpa Kevin ventured outside. We all played inside with Alan, and watched Monsters v.s. Aliens and Megamind. We all together observed the Moment of Rememberence at three, and I was even able to find a good Taps video on YouTube for us to watch. I was going to put it up here for you to also view, but my stupid computer won't let me. Sorry. :)

Then Grandma decided to treat us kids to a movie. So we went and saw Kung Fu Panda 2. I was a little skeptical of this movie when I first saw the previews, but it was a really good movie! Po and all the other characters are back, only this time they're fighting a peacock leader with his wolf army. The peacock's army had just developed gunpowder, supposdly ending the Kung Fu rein on China. Po even finds out what happened to his parents (We all knew the goose wasn't his real dad lmao, can you say freak breeding experiement??), which is intense! :D I laughed and cried throughout this movie, it moved me on many levels. Alan fell asleep halfway through it, the little turd! :P We had quite the fun time at the movies, and it was a wonderful way to close our Memorial Day weekend. :)



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Hope everyone else had a great weekend as well! How was yours???

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is pretty important in my family, as we have a lot of loved ones who served or are serving in the military. My husband was even almost in the Navy. He was only turned away because of his eye problems (he has blood pressure issues in his eye and doctors are concerned he might have glaucoma in later years). But Uncle Chris is in the Navy, Uncle Cameron is in the Army, cousin Joseph and his mother are in the Air Force, and Great Grandpa Louie and Great Grandma Audrey are both vetrans. Not to mention all of our friends that serve in the military. I just got a message from a good guy friend of mine that he was to be stationed in Greece for the next two years. I love you buddy, be safe. :) And all of my girlfriends whose husbands serve in the military, I don't think I could count how many there are with two hands! My point is, Patriotism and the Military are very important in my family, and thus we take holidays like Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and the fourth of July very seriously. We make a point to have fun and relax, but always remember to thank those that help keep us free. :)






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A short history of Memorial Day for those that don't know:
It was orginally called Decoration Day, because it involved women going out and decorating the graves of the war dead. While there is rumored to be many birthplaces of this holiday, the one that was officially declared by a president is Waterloo, New York. Memorial Day was officially made a holiday in 1868 and the first observed Memorial Day was May 30, 1868- where flowers were placed on the graves of the Union and Confederate armies. It was only really acknowledged by the northern states, the southern states chose to celebrate it on a different day entirely until after World War I. The holiday originally was for celebrating only Civil War veterans until after World War I, when it changed to celebrating all Americans who died fighting in a war.

Moina Michael was the first person to wear red poppies for Memorial Day, and she started that in 1915. The poppies for war veterans idea flourished in other countries like France first, before coming back to the US in 1922. Memorial Day 1922 was the first year that the VFW made articfial poppies to sell. The funds went to help disabled veterans. Now a days, it is common for people to buy or wear red poppies for Memorial Day, and Ms. Michael is forever remembered for her work for the National Poppy movement.






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Unfortunately, Memorial Day traditions have diminished with the ages. Nowadays, if you ask a child what Memorial Day is about, most will tell you camping or school being out. Parades are no longer held, graves are left unkept and undecorated, and even some people even think that this is a day for remembering all dead.






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My family is not one of those families. We remember what Memorial Day is for and what it is about. Today amongst our family fun, we will be taking the time to visit Grandpa Louie and wishing him a happy holiday. We will also be making a trip to the local veteran's cemetary and placing four flags (one for each family member, even Rosalie!) and four red poppies on eight different graves that are decoration less. All war dead should be remembered on this day, even if they don't have family to remember them. :) I want to also try this new idea of doing crayon etchings of the names on each grave we decorate. We will also be participating in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3.


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I urge you, blogging Americans, to also take some time today to thank a person serving or someone who has passed while serving for your freedom. Military people don't ever get enough credit, and we need to remind them, not just today, but everyday how important they are to us! Happy Memorial Day everyone! Stay safe!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Walking does wonders for the nomadic soul in me.

I have this crazy theory kicking around in my head. I would like to share it with you, my readers. Please bare with me, I may get a little wild with this one. :D I'm very passionate about it.

There's a reason why people, why my family in general as well as everyone else, is not happy about their daily life and it is because humans are no longer listening to their natural instincts of being nomadic. 

In a completely natural world, humans would be nomadic. Think Native American or some African tribes, they are a wonderful example. Humans (in nature) travel with their prey, whether it be a pack of deer, antelope, or gazelles. They have developed somewhat portable shelters, and they follow the pack wherever it leads them. Its a really simple, yet beautiful concept.

This obviously is not the case with modern day people. We spend all day inside moving from one shelter to another. We start in the morning at their house, then go to their car, to their job, back to their car, to a restaurant, to their car again for errands, back to work, back to their car, and then back home. They never get to go outside. Its sad really, having built buildings for sheltering us and now they trap us like caged birds. We stay inside all day, never look outside, at the sky, at the sun. Even for those few seconds that we are outside, transitioning from building to car, we ignore the beauties of nature.

I want to change this. I encourage people to start walking one place (work, the store, etc.) at least once a week. Be sure you actually enjoy your walk too, don't just get to your destination. Give yourself time to walk, and then smell the flowers, look at the sky, watch the squirrels (or dogs lol), enjoy it.

There's a bit of a catch to this, something that will dishearten some people. In order to get the full "effect" of this theory, you have to plan out your walk, and WALK IT NO MATTER WHAT WEATHER. If its windy, you still walk. If its raining, you still walk. If it starts sleeting or snowing, YOU STILL WALK. Get the point??? :)

The natural humans didn't have the option to take their SUV out to go follow that prey, so neither will you. (This of course becomes null and void once your safety is involved. I do not encourage anyone to walk during any Weather Channel warnings.) This will help out with gas costs, your physique, the enviroment and it will help feed your primal human mind, so to speak lol.

I feel like a changed person now that I walk to and from work everyday. I have walked for a week and a half now, and even walked on Tuesday during the heavy rains and flash flooding downtown. I was soaked when I got home, but my spirits were high! I've been taking Alan and Lon on Sunday walks as well, and Alan "inner puppy" (Have I told you readers the Inner Animal Theory? Probably not lol. Post to come!) has come out! He loves to walk, especially outside! 

I hope no one takes offense to this post. Please remember, I am a hippie and sometimes my views on the world can be a little... CRAZY! :D If you don't agree with this post, that's fine but please do not take offense. I understand that not all people stay inside all the time, its just how I've been feeling lately! :P Love you all, see you tomorrow! Peace!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Five Question Friday!! May 27, 2011

Hope everyone has a wonderful day today! I know mine will be long and most likely stressful because I work from 10 am to 8 pm with a half an hour lunch break. But at least Saturday I only work two hours and then I have my childhood friend's baby shower. Then Sunday is Family Day and its also my good friend and co-worker Kari's graduation party. It will be a good weekend for us, and I'm so proud of Kari! Congratulations lady! I love you!


Me and the beautiful Kari!


The weather is starting to get better here in Billings. It has only rained lightly the past few days. I have been able to walk to and from work the past three days, and that has been an awesome stress reliever for me! I have to post about my theory on modern walking and pedestrian travel, hopefully sometime this weekend!

Here's Five Question Friday!! Enjoy!




Do you apologize to your kids?
Of course I apologize to my kid and to all children, if I have made a mistake or an error in judgment. Children are people too, and if you make a mistake and catch yourself, you should apologize to them. It also shows the child that you respect them individually and see them on the same level. It can really help children developmentally to see adults make a mistake and then act responsibly by apologizing.

Now to get off my soap box lmao...

What color are your nails right now?
A mixture of lilac purple and natural nail color. From my wedding, which was like over a month ago lol. Is it okay to leave nail polish on that long???? :P

When you were growing up, how difficult was it for you to stay home from school sick? (As in, did you have to vomit or just say "I don't feel good".)
My mom is an elementary teacher lol, so it was always hard for any of us kids to stay home sick. We had to be vomiting or have a fever or be contagious to get out of school.

As an adult, I agree with what my mother did and will probably do the same for Alan.

When is the last time you bought a new comforter for your bed?
I have not bought a new comforter for our bed since before Alan was born. Thank goodness, we have received a new comforter every year for Christmas. So the last one we got was a pretty black patterned one that we got for Christmas in '10.

Favorite website(s)?
Blogger, Facebook,  YouTube, and Twitter

Yep, I'm your basic social internet butterfly lol. My favorite websites are all social networks. But hey, its how I keep track of my family. :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Toddler Talk Thursdays! May 25, 2011

I am very proud to say, that I am hosted in this edition's Toddler Talk Thursdays! :D Thank you to Lolo and the girls of TTT for choosing my question.



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This week's topic:
What is your toddler's bath time routine?

Alan loves to take baths! Its one of his favorite things to do, hop in the tub and splash for a half an hour. :) Last year, we struggled with bathing him because of his fear of running water (faucets scare him lol, poor guy!) but this year he is a fish! Don't you love how that works???

Our bath time normally starts with Alan and I going into the bathroom and turning on the faucet, then having Alan throw all his bath toys into the tub. I try to have him be in the room with me while the tub is filling, so he continues to get used to the sound it makes. Then I put in his seat and he goes in after it.

I use a cup to rinse his head, and always make it into a splashing game so he doesn't get scared. I wet his head and body and then lather on the shampoo. I wash his hair and scrub up his body. I'll let him sit in the soap for a minute and then rinse it off. Then I let him play, encouraging him to splash and kick. Every five minutes until the end of bathtime, I am sure to pour some water on him, just to rinse off any soap I missed. Then once he's been in there for a while, I get him out and dry him off. I lotion his whole body with baby lotion and put him in a sleeper (I normally go for the footed ones so his newly cleaned feet stay that way lol) and comb his blonde locks. :)

When he turns two, we will graduate from the bathtub seat and just use a slip mat in the bath tub. I'm just a paranoid mama lol and even though I'm with him the whole time he's in the tub,
I get nervous thinking about him slipping or falling over. I know, I know, I'm just crazy! :P
Idea for next week's topic:
How do you teach your toddler to properly treat animals?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Well Montana's Drought is over!!

This was quoted from a close friend of mine, Korbin's mother Erica, on Tuesday. Ever since I have been a child, I have heard how Montana is stuck in a drought. I've heard it from my grandpa, a rancher and farmer, and my dad, an avid outdoorsman, as well as many various people. Now I don't know if this drought is a real drought, or a fictional mind block in the majority of Montanans lmao... (Just poking fun here, I don't need any offensive comments on this post). But whatever drought it is, its gotta be over by now!!!!

It has been raining here for about a week now, almost non-stop. I guess it has been raining most places around the US but man, has it made a lot of problems for Montanans.





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There is flooding all over the state, and there are flood warnings for most of Montana in place until Saturday. Alan's great aunt and uncle are stranded in there house outside of Molt, MT. And Korbin's (Alan's BFF) family is stranded on the reservation due to flooding knocking out the main bridges. Billings residents have been lucky to only have heavy rain without flooding all week, until last night.




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Last night, it rained one inch an hour and the valley of Billings started to become a swimming pool, complete with waterfalls rolling off the rims.




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All roads to the Heights were closed due to flooding and rockslides. And we at Child Watch, prepared to move our children to the second floor. Thankfully, the rain slowed down by eight and we were all able to go home safely. But still, look at the damages the next day!!




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There was so much damage done to Billings and all of Montana in general, that we made the National news! Rescue troops have been working non-stop and there are groups collecting supplies. My family wanted to help in any way we could, since we felt so blessed that our family was safe after the storm. So we donated food, diapers, wipes, old clothing that Alan can't fit into anymore and blankets we don't use either to be sent out to Lodge Grass.

I hope that the rest of the US is recovering from the rains and the tornadoes. How is your family faring this crazy Spring weather???

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday!! May 24, 2011

Good morning everyone! Today is Alan's LAST art class for the school year! :( He and his father get the summer break off from art class so that I can take Alan to swimming lessons and we can go camping several times in the summer, guilt-free. :) I'm still really said that its his last class with me for a while, he's only been going for 3 months now, but I'm already used to having him. Plus I love all the art work he makes each class. Our house walls have never been more decorated. :) Oh well, he will start up again in September. I just have to remember to grab my camera for pictures- today we have our family art show!

The Undomestic Mama has not posted a Top Two Tuesday blog hop yet, so I will go ahead with Oh Amanda's Top Ten Tuesday! Enjoy!



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Top Ten Baby Names!!

***This baby names are copyrighted- In the sense that no one else in my family can steal these names for their own children!!! Lol not that anyone will want some of these names, they are German and Danish! That means they sound weird... But do you see my obsession with A names? Ahhhhhh!***

#10 Thorsen
Odelle

#9 Ryker
Adala

#8 Aberleigh
Josslynn

#7 Orsen
Adelaide

#6 Aison
Vivika

 #5 Delvin
Acadia

#4 Ammon
Malena

#3 Matthias
Aurora

#2 Akton
Marleigh

#1 Deklan
Aleeka

Monday, May 23, 2011

One month anniversary!

Things have been so stressful lately (though it doesn't seem that way from my posts, I try to keep my blog positive), I didn't even realize that today was Lon and I's one month anniversary of our wedding! This month seemed to fly by for us, as I'm sure the next few will. :)




I love you so much Lon, I will be happily married to you forever. This is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship and a wonderful family. We may be at a stressful point in our lives but we are so strong together, life can only get better from here! I love you and Alan. You are my life.




These photos are of course thanks to the ever wonderful Jeff Bryson. Thanks again Jeff!

Motivational Mondays!!



For Motivational Monday today, I want to share with you bloggers a video that was shown to me by my boss at work on Saturday. This video is more about leadership than motivation but its beautiful none the less. I also just LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEE that a corporate company like Ted and IBM (the company's this video was made for) used a hippie dancing at a festival for a leadership speech! Watch this and enjoy, its really cool and it makes a point! Happy Monday!

Btw, I used to be the "Lone Nut" all the time at hippie festivals and I'm a little jealous after watching this. I want to go to a festival!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Meet Me on Monday!! May 23, 2011

Yesterday was a great day for us. We spent the day hanging out together as a family and then went over to my parent's house for dinner. We decided to not go anywhere in the car yesterday, so we walked to and from Grandma's house. For dinner there, we had fajitas. Yum! They were so good and even Alan ate some! :) Good day altogether.

This week I work my usual 40 hours and then Saturday is a childhood friend's baby shower and Sunday is Kari's graduation party. I'm not too excited for the work week, but can't wait for the weekend lol! After co-sleeping with us last night (which resulted in me getting zero sleep), this morning Alan woke up the earliest he has ever woken up: at 6:30 AM! But today is payday for me, which means its really everyone else's payday and not mine lol because all of my money is already being sent off. Blah gotta love adult hood. :P

For now though, here's Meet Me on Monday!!





What is your favorite bagel flavor?
Lol we had bagels for lunch yesterday. :) I really like the cheddar flavored bagels and the seven grain bagels for lunch, but for breakfast I like blueberry bagels.

If you had an extra $100 right now, what would you spend it on?
Do you really want to know?? It won't be a fun answer, its an adult answer. :)

Really???? Okay.

I would spend the extra $100 on bills. Most likely medicine or therapy bills. Blah no fun! :)

What is the last thing that you felt guilty about doing?
Not brushing Alan's teeth yesterday. He normally gets them brushed before nap time and at bedtime, and yesterday we all just passed out in our bed for nap time. So no teeth brushed. :\ Then we got home late from Grandma and Grandpa's house last night and in the rush of getting him to bed before eleven lol, we forgot again to brush them. :(

Soft serve ice cream or hand dipped?
I definitely like soft serve ice cream best. Hand dipped is okay, but soft serve ice cream is soooooooooooooooooo good. :D


Are you allergic to anything?
Just pet dandruff, which unfortunately means that when we do get Alan his puppy, he will be an outside dog. :(

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Aunt April's Ballet Recital

Last night was my baby sister's ballet recital. Although she primarily dances at Diversity Dance Studio, she studies ballet and pre pointe at the School of Classical Ballet. For the sake of less typing lol, I will refer to them as DDS and SCB. :) I am an alumnai to Tracy's School of Dance (what DDS used to be named) and of SCB, and am very proud of her for following in my footsteps. :D

This recital was for SCB, though she didn't preform any pointe. She preformed two dances that were both beautiful! Alan and I went with my family, and gave Lon a break. I ran into some old classmates, teachers and students, which was fun because they all got to see how big Alan was and got to see my wedding ring and talk about the wedding. :) I love all my dance girls!

The first dance April did as an a Capella piece called X13, choreographed by the wonderful Leigh Schanfein. I have taken classes from her, she is an amazing dancer! They did a interpretive dance that involved running and then yelling "Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh, duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" lol while dramatically slapping their hips, sides and shoulders. They were dressed in jazz pants and white collared shirts with a tie. It was a pretty comical dance. :) I loved it! I think it was a statement about business people, always monotonus and running, coming out of their shells and yelling. :) Great dance, good job Leigh!

Her second dance was to a Mozart classic called Rondo Alla Turca choreographed by the director Betty Loos. This is a traditional SCB song and I have danced to it in their Summer Intensive. It is a favorite of mine. :) They were dressed in dark blue dresses, which accented April's gorgeous red hair. The girls danced this dance beautifully. I've danced too many dances to remember what Rondo Betty had taught me, but if that was the traditional dance to Rondo then it very well could have been! :) She was a beautiful dancer in it though, you definitely can see her passion.

There were a few other dances that also really caught my family's eyes. There was a great dance done by my old class where they pretended to be wind up dolls. It was so cool looking! Then another group danced to Papparazzi by Lady Gaga, where they used disposable cameras for their flashes! It was really interesting, Alan and Kalvin loved that one! I also really enjoyed the trio who danced to Johhny Cash's God's Gonna Cut you Down. The girls were dressed in long striped dresses, looking like beautiful jail birds. :) Alan and Kalvin thought it was cool how they rolled around everywhere lol (they did a lot of floorwork for this piece). The last one that we really enjoyed was from April's pointe class that she will be preforming with next year. They did a sailor influenced pointe danced to the Colonel Bogey March (also known as the Comet tune lol, Kalvin and Natalie started singing it during the dance lol). It was really simple pointe moves, but they are still beginners. I liked it because it gave my family an idea of what April would be doing in class next year.

Alan behaved so well too! I prepared myself for this trip again (like at Natalie's tonsil appointment) with toys, snacks and coloring supplies.Thankfully I was successful last night and didn't even need to break out the coloring supplies or my back up candy! Alan was engrossed by the dancers for most of the recital, and even when he got bored with the slower moving, girly ones (he's a boy, c'mon lol) he still behaved and played quietly with his toys! Good boy! He was way better than the three and five year old that were running around the venue, laughing and disturbing everyone. :) I rewarded his good behavior with cake at the reception, even though it was ten lol. He deserved it!

All in all, the recital went so great. I am so glad that Alan and I went! Now, for DDS's recital in June lol. Can't wait! :D

Saturday, May 21, 2011

To move or not to move.

That is the question currently consuming our minds.

Our one year lease at our current apartment ends June 17, 2011 and as of July first we will automatically be switching to a month to month lease. Before Lon became a SAHD, we were planning on moving out and renting another place for six more months before buying our own house. Now that Lon is a SAHD, our plans have changed.

We have two options, and neither of them sound good to me right now lol. But we have to pick one...

We could move to another, hopefully cheaper apartment. This is option one. There are already some "cons" that I can think of for this option. I don't know if we can afford a deposit and a first month's rent right now, with all that I am already paying for by myself. I know that we could use an apartment with cheaper rent, but I fear the process of moving will cost too much. Unless we got our full deposit back from this apartment, which isn't likely in our eyes because of the messes my son has caused in this house. But then again I dunno what parents get their deposits back lol. Kids make messes. :) Really the only "pro" I can think of for this option is the hopefully cheaper rent. If we move, I was planning on looking into rent controlled apartments or looking for an apartment a hundred dollars or so cheaper than this one.

However the other option is stay on the month to month lease until we can afford to move, probably not until around Alan's second birthday. The biggest "con" I can think of right away is I am not sure if I feel comfortable having a kid and living in a month to month lease. I've done that before, and the second month of the lease the landlord evicted us so that they could move in family members (Is that even legal???). I was okay by myself, but could not imagine being faced with something like that with Alan. It makes my stomach churn. :\ This landlord is a little more trustworthy than the one that evicted me but I still have nightmares about it.

Another "con" that has been brought to our attention recently by two of our neighbors is black mold. Our house is over 105 years old and both neighbors had mentioned to us seeing black mold in their apartments and being sick all winter. This scares me because I know what black mold can do to a person. *Shudder* We have yet to find any black mold in our apartment but let me tell you the minute we do we are moving, without a doubt. But my neighbors are calling the city to have them come check the building hopefully sometime next week. This will be our main determiner.

For now, I continue to go to back and forth between these two options. I know I will make the right decision by July but until then I ponder. To move or not to move. Like the great Hamlet, only less philosophical lol. :P

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy birthday Korbin!!

Today is Alan's best friend Korbin's second birthday.




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Yesterday Alan went with me to work (another advantage to SAHD:Alan stays home too!) to celebrate Korbin's birthday. Alan, Lon and I drew Korbin an Elmo birthday card. Korbin loved it. :) Then we let the boys play and they ran all over, terrorized other children lol, and climbed just about everything in site. When we were ready for a break from them lol, we threw them up in a high chair for cupcakes. And they were some yummy cupcakes! Alan and Korbin enhaled theirs in under a minute lmao. What wild boys. :) Overall, it was a great day with Alan and his best friend. Happy birthday Korbin!

Five Question Friday!! May 20, 2011

Happy Friday everyone! I work from 9:30 to 4 with an hour lunch break on Saturday but Sunday I have off! This weekend will be good for us. :)

Unfortunately, today is another rainy, windy day in the Big Sky. It is day two??? Or maybe day three of constant rain, but I guess that has been the case with almost half of the United States. This stinks for my family though because I have been trying to walk to and from work everyday, so that we can only use my car and save on gas. Lon keeps the car at home with Alan for emergencies and I walk to and from work. But today is the first day that Lon has declared it too rainy for me to walk lol. Darn. :) So I will be taking the car in and Lon will be left with his car for emergencies, which isn't that bad except that it has no gas lol. But for emergencies it will suffice. :)

Tonight, after work we are going to Grandma and Grandpa's house for dinner. We haven't seen them hardly all week, and Alan really misses them! Plus it'll be nice to have a good hearty meal for dinner. :) Can't wait!

But for now, here's Five Question Friday!!







Do you and your spouse go to bed at the same time?
We normally do, unless he's just exhausted from the day and I have a blog to type out for the next day. Otherwise, we stay up together until one of us whines to the other lol. :)

A question for the ladies...What kind of facial hair do you like on your man?
Just as long as he doesn't grow a System of a Down beard, then my man can have whatever facial hair he wants. I like my facial hair lol. :) And boy, does he look good with some hair on his chin. Ooooh another advantage to him being a SAHD now, no shaving! :P








And for those who don't know what a System of a Down beard is... For your viewing pleasure!

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What's the worst vacation you've ever taken?
Thinking back, I don't really think I've ever had a bad vacation, so I definitely don't have a worst vacation lol. Most of the time when I go on a vacation, I'm so excited to be on vacation in general that I have a great time. :) I know, I know... I'm lucky lol. :P

What's the first-ever blog you followed?
That's easy. It was Jill (haha see why I chose her??) at The Real Life of a Red Head. I absolutely adore this woman, she has been through so much and is so very strong because of it. :) Check her out please!











Do you enjoy amusement parks?
I do, though unfortunately I have not gone to one since I was in high school. The last amusement park thing I went to was Disneyland, and that was in '07. But I absolutely cannot wait until Alan is a year or two older, because we are taking him to Lagoon in Utah!








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I have never been there myself, but Lon has (he is originally from Utah) and has had many good memories there. I cannot wait until the three of us can go create our own good memories together! Hopefully next summer or the one after that! :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Toddler Talk Thursdays and Adventures of a SAHD

I've been debating on whether or not to share some information with you, my lovely blog readers. On one hand it seems slightly too personal to share online because it deals with a family dispute but on the other hand it is about a major change in my family's life, thus should probably be documented. As you can tell, this debate has held me back from posting these past few days, its given me somewhat of a writer's block. And this I apologize for.

I have come to the conclusion to let you know what you "Need to know" as the military says lol. I will not share the family dispute with you, because that is uneccessary and unfair to the other members involved. So I will share with you this: For his personal mental health, Lon has quit the Village Inn. He felt that he could not work there any longer in the mental state he was in and could not wait to find another job first, so he quit last Friday.

Our plan for him right now is to take a break from the work world for a month, and focus on being a stay at home dad and bettering himself mentally. His therapist fully supports us in our choice and agrees to help him recover from his mental ailments. This will happen until mid-June early-July, when he we look for another job. We all just feel that this will be the best for him and his Bipolar Mania right now.

This makes things very tight on the finances end. I only ever took my job as a secondary job, not a main supporting job. So I have already been needing to figure out a way to save. We will probably struggle and go without for a while, but I am really to make the sacrafice for my husband's health. We will keep chugging along and keep pulling through, because we're the Andersens! :D

On a different note, I do want my husband to come on and do a guest post about being a SAHD and the differences between a SAHD and a SAHM, but that is all for later. For now, please enjoy this week's edition of Toddler Talk Thursdays!



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This Week’s Topic: 
How do you teach your child the alphabet or numbers?

We are not your average parents, and Alan is not your average child. At 20 months, he can count to ten by himself, say over one hundred words and almost sing the whole alphabet. He is a VERY smart little boy, but I attribute a lot of that to us and how we treat him. I am the daughter of an elementary school teacher and am an art teacher myself. Learning is important to this family, and my son feels the same way. My son has wanted to be a "big boy" since he was about... four months old lol, so we have been treating him that way for a while now.

We basically treat him like a two or three year old child, unless its disciplining (we still discipline Alan like a toddler with the distraction technique). But he uses the potty at home, eats the same meals we do, is allowed to play with us or in another room, and only takes an hour nap each day. We also talk to him like a big boy, instead of using baby talk.

I honestly hate baby talk. It brings the kid down, and teaches them mispronounciation. Baby talk should only be for babies. But not even babies that are starting to talk themselves. I have never baby-talked to Alan. Even when he was a newborn, my voice stayed normal and I prounounced everything right.

Anyways back to the learning (I went off on a tangent lol), we do lots of different things to teach Alan his letters, numbers and words. I read to him several times a day and have been reading everyday to him since he was six weeks old. Nowadays, I ask him to help me. If he knows a character's name or an easy word (like ball) I'll ask him what it is before reading it. He normally answers right away. :) We also sing lots of songs, including the alphabet. Alan really likes to sing the alphabet, I've heard him sing it even with no one else in the room!

I have him also count everything. Whether its snacks on his tray, or his clothing (one sock, two socks), or toys we're picking up, or even food I'm making, we count how many they're are of everything. He even can count by himself now. Lon and I have heard him counting his toy cars in the living room while we're not even around! Smart boy!

Idea for next week's topic:
How does your toddler's bathtime routine usually go?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday!! May 17, 2011

So I still do not know what is up with The Undomestic Mama, but am at least grateful she posted again six days ago. For this week, we will be linking up with Oh Amanda at Top Ten Tuesday. Similar to Top Two Tuesday lol. :) Only with this blog hop, you choose your own Top Ten... Hmmmmm what to do....


Top Ten {Tuesday}



Top Ten Favorite Zoo Animals

I love going to the zoo, especially our zoo in Montana. :) So I thought that this would be a fun Top Ten to do today. We are hoping to go back to Zoo Montana asap, because Alan also enjoys it and they have the grizzly cubs now! Can't wait to see them!

#10 Peacocks... Because they're obnoxious and ruin zoo garden weddings lol. :P My cousin had her wedding in the zoo gardens and during the ceremony, one of the male peacocks got really confrontational with the priest and was "ca-awing" at the bride and groom lol. It was really annoying but made for some really beautiful wedding photos. :)

#9 Hippopotamuses... Because they are just weird. I dunno lol, but there's something cute about them too.

#8 Tigers




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#7 Red Pandas... We have these at Zoo Montana and they are pretty adorable little things. They also are quite interesting animals.


#6 Zebras




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#5 Lions




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#4 Giraffes... Giraffes are surprisingly cool animals, they are really aggressive and protective of their young. Plus those furry horn things are the cutest! :D

#3 Monkeys




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#2 Wolves... I have always thought wolves were really interesting animals. I like how they can survive in a pack or on their own. Plus there's a reason they were domesticated and are now man's best friend in so many different breeds,  wolves are excellent protectors and are loyal to their pack. All these wonderful qualities in such a beautiful animal.


#1 Elephants



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Hope you enjoyed today's Top Ten Tuesday! Have a great day today and a wonderful Wednesday! Peace! :D

Monday, May 16, 2011

Motivational Mondays!!

I know, I did three Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes last week but when I came across this poem today I couldn't resist using it for this week's edition! I would also like to announce that as of today, I have had over 2,000 viewers on this blog! Whoohoo! I want to thank everyone who has ever read my blog and a big hug to all my followers! I love all of you! :) Enjoy this post and have a great Monday! See you tomorrow for Top Two Tuesday! :D





Success
by: Ralph Waldo Emerson


To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others,
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Meet Me on Monday! May 16, 2011

Happy Monday! Today we are planning on getting some more wedding gifts put away, continuing with Alan's potty training, and then I work from 3 to 8. Not too exciting of a day lol. :) But for now, enjoy Meet Me on Monday!




Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?
Definitely smooth peanut butter. Crunchy peanut butter grosses me out for some odd reason. I like peanuts, just not in my peanut butter lol. Weird huh? :)


What is your favorite color Rose?
I'm traditional when it comes to my roses. My favorite color of rose is red. And do I love red roses! :) They are one of my favorite flowers, right up there with sunflowers and calla lilies.


I even had red rose petals in my wedding. :) Love this photo, look how my photographer Jeff Bryson caught the petals falling!


Do you remove your shoes when you walk into your home?
Yes we do. My husband and I are very clean people and we prefer to keep the outdoors, well outdoors lol. We vacuum all the time to keep the floors clean for Alan, so its just easier to have everyone be in their socks or bare foot when inside the house. We even take off Alan's shoes when he comes inside. :)

What is your favorite season?
Summer. :) I love the warmth, the sunshine, the holidays, the birthdays, the vacations, all the swimming, just about everything about summer. 



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Approximately how many hours a day do you spend blogging?
Only about an hour or two. I check up on my blog maybe two or three times a day otherwise, but not very much.

Now my time spent reading blogs, that's a different story entirely. :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunny Sunday Musings

Today has been an awesome, sunny, beautiful, lazy Sunday for us. The three of us have yet to actually leave the house or talk to anyone (except for maybe online I guess) but we are so happy spending time alone together, away from all the drama. Here's some of what happened today:

Alan surprised us just before nap time lol. He was playing in the living room while Lon was working on his invention in Alan's room and I was doing some cleaning in our bedroom. When we are at home we usually just keep him in underwear/diaper or underwear/diaper and a shirt, but he has *yet* to learn to take them off. Well it got real quiet in the living room so I went in to investigate. And I came across a bare butt Alan running around giggling and slapping his boy parts. Lmao! :D It was seriously the funniest thing I have ever seen!

We quickly clothed his little butt and looked everywhere to see if he had had an accident, and he did not pee or poop ANYWHERE!! Go big boy! :D

This potty training thing is actually working out for us. When we are at home, Alan wears one of his cool Sesame Street underwear and we go potty every half hour or if Alan feels like he needs to. He is getting so good at letting us know, he always makes a funny face and says, "Potty?" Then we rush him to his Elmo potty and he goes most times! We hardly ever have accidents (none yesterday, only one on Friday) and I think he is about ready for going potty at Child Watch!

We also started opening up our wedding gifts today. Yes it has been three weeks yesterday but we don't have the room in this apartment for *most* of our gifts, but there was a few that we couldn't wait to open. :) We opened our coffee maker, our noodle cooker, my filing briefcase, and our blender. The noodle cooker works really nice, and we love how its microwavable! Made us some really yummmy mac and cheese for lunch! :) Lon is IN LOVE with the coffee maker, I think he's had at least ten cups today lmao! My filing briefcase works perfectly for holding all my student's art projects! And we haven't tried the blender, but hope to get some fruit soon for smoothies!! Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us, and thanks for all the gifts!

I was shopping for Alan's BFF Korbin online while Alan was napping this afternoon. Later this month is Korbin's 2nd birthday and we are all very excited for his party. Alan loves Korbin like a brother, so I wanted to get him something really special. I have a few ideas but I cannot decide. Here are a few of them:




I think a fun car toy like this would be fun for him...

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Or an Elmo lego toy set... Alan loves his.

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Or sidewalk chalk. I know this one says 4+ but I know these giant chalks work really well with toddlers, under supervision of course. :)

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We are about to head over to Grandma and Grandpa's house for a barbeque. Can't wait to spend the rest of my day outside with my loved ones! I will update later with how our time went.

See you tomorrow for Motivational and Meet Me on Monday blog hops! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Peace!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nothing to post really...

So I was going post another wedding photos post tonight after I got off of work, but among many other bad things that happened, our laptop's mouse died (or so Lon claims). Let me explain lol, since Lon is an inventor, as soon as something electronic dies in our household my husband immediately snatches it up and dissects it for his inventions. So I came home from my overly long work day to a mouse-less computer and an excited husband. Grrr. :P I think he's gonna use it in his arm lol. :)

And I DO. NOT. USE. LAPTOP. TOUCHSCREEN. MOUSES.

Nope.

Lol that's kinda a lie, cos I'm using it right now. Shhhh. :P

But I cannot seem to get the touchscreen to work enough for me (or maybe its my fingers) so that I can upload more wedding photos on here. :( I'm sorry.

Today was a stressful day for me, both at work and in my personal life. I have only relaxed and spent time with my boys since I got off. I don't really have a lot to write about, but hopefully tomorrow I will have more.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Five Question Friday!! May 13, 2011

Happy Friday everyone! Today was a beautiful day outside, a balmy 62 degrees lol. :) We didn't have a lot of time to spend outdoors, but we spent ten minutes before work out on the porch and out in the front yard. And some tulips bloomed in the planter by the porch! Alan thought they were "soooooo peety" lol. :) Then I worked from two to six at a super slow Child Watch. Alan got to see his best friend Korbin, and they caused terror around the daycare. :)

As some of you may have noticed, I am missing my last two posts from yesterday on here. This is because they were removed by Blogger during the shutdown (though I do not understand why) and for some reason, were not put back. :\ I hope this does not continue to happen. Has anyone else experienced this????

I work most of Saturday, and then Sunday is our traditional Family Day. As for now, here's Five Question Friday!







Tube socks, calf socks, crew, ankle, none?
Ankle socks if I have to wear some. Otherwise I prefer barefoot or in sandals. I'm a hippie, hello??? :P

Was your childs (children's) name a mutual decision or was it a debate? If you don't have children, do you plan on giving your spouse a say, or do you have a name you MUST have, regardless if your other half likes it or not?!
Alan Mikael was mutual. Alan was originally to be named Wayne (read about it here) but after he was born, he looked nothing like a Wayne. So for the first two days, Lon and I discussed just about every name combination before settling on Alan Mikael.

For our next however, I'm pretty set on Deklan for a boy or Aleeka for a girl. But of course, these could change when the baby is born. :)


What is your favorite type of weather?
I really like weather like we had today- low 60s, slight breeze, sunshine- the perfect spring day.


If left to your own devices, what time would you wake up every day?
Hahaha 2 pm or possibly 4 or 5 pm I could be Rip van Winkle if I was allowed to.


Have you bought your cemetery plots yet?
Well considering my husband is 23 and I am only 21, no we have not lol. We have no reason to even start thinking about our death and funeral plannings. The furthest we have gone in that area is to decide who would take care of Alan if we both passed. But I haven't even begun to think if I would want to be buried or cemated. I think buried, but definitely not in a cemetary. Maybe in the woods someone. Do they allow that??? :P

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Playing the Waiting Game... with a toddler in tow!

As most of you read in my earlier post, Aunt Natalie is getting her tonsils removed today. This is just one day shy of a week since her car accident, and the big sister inside keeps worrying about that fact. But her surgeon said she was fine to continue with the planned surgery today.



That was not my only anxiety about Natalie's surgery, I had another. Natalie is afraid of needles, IVs, and surgeries; and all her life she has had her big sister (me) by her side when she has to encounter these things. I have always gotten out of school and sat in the waiting room with my mother until she comes out. She's never really had a surgery and has only had a handful of ER visits, but I've been there for all of them. I was one of the first people she asked for while the EMTs were loading her on the stretcher last Friday. <3 So naturally, she asked me to come with her to her tonsil removal surgery this morning.



I couldn't say no to her, so I said yes. But then began the dilemma of leaving Alan at daycare and losing an hour tonight, having Lon take Alan to work with him (An adventure in its own) or risking everything lol and taking him with me.



I decided the lesser of the three evils was to just take him with me. But I had a tactful game plan already set into system lol:



-Alan always gets "levels" of freedom (for lack of a better name) when he's out in public like this. If he's very well behaved, he can play on the table in front of me. If he won't stay at the table and play, then he is placed in the chair next to me to play. If he continues to misbehave, then he moves to my lap. And the last place, the "refocus" place (like time out, only not so negative) is outside in a foyer area or just out the door. We sit and talk, with no toys, for a minute, and then go back in and try it again. Notice how I don't take his toy away until the last one???



-Now I also am very attentitive to Alan's mood and interest in the toy he's playing with. If he starts to act bored (boredom is the main bad guy when it comes to toddlers lol) with the toy, I swap it out with another, different toy. Or we trying reading his books. Or I pull out his crayons and paper to color. But toddlers have pretty short attention spans and distraction is the best technique to prevent a meltdown.



-The last distraction technique was food and drink. I had several types of drinks for Alan (milk, apple juice, water, and V8 Splash) as well as several types of snacks (granola bar, rice crispy treats, fruit snacks and candy as a last minute thing) to give his to distract at any moment. I had made sure that he had eaten just before we left, to help his demeanor a little as well.



I am proud to say, that in that whole hour and a half that we were there, Alan did not have one meltdown!!! :D He got close a couple times, but I saved him with distraction. I am so proud of both Alan and I! This may have been a minor thing (we just survived in a waiting room lol) but I feel very accomplished as a mother! I kept him well behaved, playing and quiet THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE THERE! Even when we transitioned to the Pre Op room and then back to the waiting room. :) And Alan was even seen as a cute little boy by everyone (surprise there lol), he got a lot of compliments!



Okay, okay, I am done gloating lol. But I am proud. *Beams* Let's just call this a Good Mama Accomplishment. :D See you tomorrow for Five Question Friday.

Toddler Talk Thursdays!! May 12, 2011

This morning I am taking a great risk and embarking on quite the insane little adventure with my toddler in tow... I am taking my sister to her tonsil surgery appointment.

*Deep breaths* This involves me taking Alan and Aunt Natalie to the hospital, and waiting with a nervous Aunt Natalie, all while entertaining a bored Alan, FOR ONE WHOLE HOUR. If not a little bit more time, depending on when they take her back. *Gulp*

:) This Toddler Talk Thursday topic fits perfectly with today's adventure, as I will tell you WHAT exactly I have packed to *crossing fingers* hopefully sway Alan from having any "I'm Really Bored and You Won't Let Me Play With Things I Know I'm Not Supposed To" meltdowns of nuclear proportions (This is no exaggeration, my son can throw one hell of a tantrum!).

So here's Toddler Talk Thursdays!



Sippy Cup Mom

This Week’s Topic: 

What do you pack for a day out with your toddler?

Very simple. Or kinda simple I guess lol. :) I think I just precieve it as simple because I load my diaper bag each night, instead in the morning before we leave, that way its not a rushed thing.  I know, I'm a little OCD but this quirk is beneficial I think! :P

Anyways lol, I normally pack:

Diapers
Wipes

Rash Cream (he's teething, he still gets rashes lol)
Extra change of clothes
Coat
Snacks
Meals (if we're out during one)
Drinks for Alan and I
Extra water bottle
Alan's cellphone and key set
2 different types of toys
3 various books
A few sheets of paper
Crayons
 My wallet (I don't carry a purse)

I always try to make sure I have everything, even all the extra toys and books, because my son is always wanting something new to play with. This is especially the case when we are required to "wait" for something lol. I rotate out the toys and its distracts him enough. :) I also always need to have Alan's toy cell phone and keys, otherwise he demands mine for the day. And its really hard to function without your cell phone or keys lol. :)

Idea for next week's topic:
What type of teething relievers (tablets, gel, or ice, etc.) do you use?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

100TH POST!! Martha Graham, haircuts, Art class and Big boy underwear!

So this post just kinda snuck up on me lol, but its my 100TH POST TODAY!!! Wow, it doesn't feel like I have been blogging for that long (though in reality if I had blogged November through February I would have already hit this point) but here I am!

Happy 100! I hope for 1000+ more posts lol!

Today is the wonderful Martha Graham's 117th birthday. Martha Graham is a brilliant dancer and choreographer who influenced a lot of modern dancers, such as myself. For those that don't know, I studied dance for 12 years at Tracy's School of Dance. Dance and movement in general is very important to me, and Martha Graham felt the same way. She developed a wonderful technique and many different moves that are now used all over the world today. She was so important that Google dedicated their name doodle to her today. I urge you to go online to view it, I can only get the photo of it on here, and the movement is what is the best. :) I love how she spells the word backwards too. Check it out!



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On haircuts, because it looks as though both Alan and I need one. :D Alan's hair hasn't been cut in almost a year (we cut it last summer once). And mine is going on three years since its seen clippers lol. So Lon and I have been talking and we decided that we want to keep Alan's beautiful blonde locks long! :) And as for me, I have scheduled a hair cut appointment for later this morning (I will come back after and do my best to get a pic up!) and I am still debating how long I'd like to leave it. I *could* be the good person and donate 10 or 12 inches of my hair to Locks for Love, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to go back to that short of hair. So for now, here are some ideas that I will be telling the hairstylist to base my hair off of. Btw, the hairstylist is an old manager and an old friend, she's ONE of the only people I will trust to cut my hair lmao! I love my hair a lot, and tend to get picky when it comes to things related to it. :)

I have always liked Jennifer Aniston and her hair, but this newer hairstyle is cute! Maybe something like this?


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I REALLY like something like this! I love the body she has! Dunno though, that might be the way its styled, not the cut lol (can you tell I know nothing about hairstyle? I'm a hippie lol). But I like the long bottom layers in the cut for sure!


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Or something like this! I dunno who this is, but I like her hair! :D


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Alan's art class yesterday went so great! We were missing one kid because of the rainy weather, but still had a fun time! We made Bear Habitats for the bear cubs released for the public at Zoo Montana on Earth Day, Puff Ball Butterflies and Catepillars, and a Woodland drawing. The bears turned out absolutely adorable! They were definitely my favorite project of the week, and Alan did so well with them! He helped Lon tear the paper for the bushes and tree tops and helped color the tree bark and grass. He was even helping glue! He's been developing so well with art, I'm so proud! I can't wait to see him continue to grow into a wonderful artist! :)

I forgot to mention this in an earlier post, but Alan got his big boy underwear this weekend! He was so proud to go to the store to pick them out! My big boy! :D This is the pack that he picked out-



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which is lucky for us, because it has so many, one for everyday of the week! Yay! He wore a pair all morning at home yesterday, and we only had one accident! Whoo! We're taking a break from them this morning (but still doing the potty training, just in diapers) because of me leaving him with Lon for my haircut. But he's doing so well! We're so proud! :D


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Lol I bet no one has had such a random 100th post, but its how I flow. :) Hope you all enjoyed the ride, I know I did! Have a great Wednesday, and I'll pop back in later to try and get that haircut photo up. Maybe I can use my sister's digital camera... See you tomorrow for Toddler Talk Thursday!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy birthday Uncle Darren!

Today is my oldest brother Darren's 23rd birthday.


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Darren, you came into my family's life just 3 years ago but it feels like you have been my brother all my life. I love you to the moon and back. :)

You may only be just a few months older than me, but I definitely think you're the perfect big brother for me. :) You've always looked out for me, taken care of me a few times when I was sick, supported me when I was pregnant with Alan but too scared to tell Mom, and I know you'd do the same for my son or husband. <3



  Aunt Rachael and Uncle Darren at the wedding


You were Lon's Best Man in our wedding, and deservedly so, because you are a great friend to him too! I can't wait until you marry Rachael and we can celebrate your love for each other. You're a wonderful father to Connor and a fantastic fiance to Rachael. They're both lucky to have you. :) I guess what I'm trying to say with all of this rambling is thank you for everything you've done, we love you so much and happy birthday. :) Can't wait until we go out this weekend! Love you brother. <3

Monday, May 9, 2011

Motivational Mondays!! May 9, 2011

Happy Monday! Hope everyone enjoyed my Before Wedding photos and I hope you enjoy this week's Motivational Monday! Here are a few quotes from the great Ralph Waldo Emerson!





“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"...Every artist was first an amateur. Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail. Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side. Every hero becomes a bore at last. Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified. Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"...Great geniuses have the shortest biographies. Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events. Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world. Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Once again, you can head on over to Jennifer's page here to view her Motivational Monday! Have a great Tuesday! I know I will, its Alan's art class and my brother's birthday! :D

Mother's Day Update and Before the Wedding photos!

Since Mother's Day was yesterday, there will be no Meet Me on Monday this week. However, you can still stop at Java's blog to see what's up in her life here.

My Mother's Day was grand! Lon let me sleep in until 10! :D The boys got me a hand drawn card and four roses- one for each family member, even Rosalie! Then we took a nap together and went out to dinner with my mom and family at Hu Hut Mongolian Grill. We had never been there, and it was quite the delicious experience! :) Alan even ate egg rolls! It was a wonderful Family Sunday and a great Mother's Day! Hope everyone else's was grand as well. :)

Okay, I've been getting so many comments on here and FB about the wedding photos that I have posted my second set of pictures there, so its my blog's turn now! Please enjoy these Before Wedding photos! :D





Jenelle lacing me up.






Tying the bow.






Kari did my makeup and Jenelle did my hair. :) They both did a wonderful job!






I couldn't resist putting this one up! Alan combing his hair after seeing mama's hair being done. :D






Kalvin riding his scooter in his suit. Silly boy!






Lon adjusting Alan's tie. <3 This one is sooooo sweet!






Lon, Alan and Kalvin looking at the pinwheels.






My brother Darren (also Best Man) with his fiance Rachael.






Lon standing with Judge Hernadez.






About to get married! <3 


For friends and family members, go here and use the password to view and purchase photos. Hope everyone has a great Monday! See you tomorrow for Top Two Tuesday! Peace!