Archive for the ‘Hollidays’ Category

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Back and digging out

January 2, 2009

It seems to me that no matter how much I prepare and clean before we leave for a long trip, there is always a mountain to dig out from afterward. This Christmas was no exception!

We have been trying something new this year. Living down here in our tiny corner of Arizona, we find that we lack for some options. For example, we have two choices for heating our home here. We can either pay out the nose for Propane or you can heat with a wood burning stove. There are no Natural Gas lines here, and if you ask for an electric furnace you will actually be laughed at. Anyway, the last two years we heated with the stove and a little of the propane heat at night. We kept the thermostat low on purpose, but it was way too easy to turn it up for “just a little while” to help. This year though, we decided that paying $300 a month for heat was just not practical and therefore we would heat with only the wood burning stove.

We have been doing really well with it, Sultry Husband heads out about every day to split firewood and fill the wood box up. We didn’t get an early jump on splitting and gathering the wood because of Princess Peanut’s birth in June, but we at least were able to get enough.

Here is where it got interesting though. We left for a week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. We wanted to share “First Night” in Salt Lake with our older girls. The dogs are fine in the cold, but the birds were a bit of a problem. After some phone calls, we were able to take our African Grey, Jasper to the sanctuary for the week. While we took Tiki, our Quaker Parrot with us in a small traveling cage.

When we arrived home last night, it was cold. I mean a bone chilling, deep down freezing cold. I was glad that a friend of ours told us to turn off the water to the house and bleed the lines so we wouldn’t have busted pipes to deal with. SH and I stayed up really late just to make sure we could get enough heat into the house for the night. Even with that effort though, this morning was way more than uncomfortable. Both older girls climbed into bed with us because SH and I have a nice heating blanket.

Next year, I think I will ask a friend of mine to start a fire a few hours before we get home… other than that, the trip was fabulous! More details on our actual vacation when I get time to pull pictures off my computer. For now, there is a mountain of laundry to put away and ten billion odds and ends to sort through… wish me luck!

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The longest 2 minutes

December 24, 2008

After reading the Christmas Story, singing Christmas songs, reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and setting out cookies and milk, we sent our children to bed.

Not even two minutes later, M came out of her room with a dejected look on her face. When asked what was the matter, she stated “I toss and I turn, but I just can’t go to sleep”.

Man it must be rough. I wonder what she can do in another four.

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Pinch Pinch

March 17, 2008

A few days ago we told our girls about the upcoming St. Patrick’s day. They were seriously excited, as they are for any day that comes with a “holiday” label. M picked out her outfit for school on Saturday. L talked about how exciting it was to pinch people.

We warned the girls that they may want to wear green pajamas to bed on Sunday night. Otherwise, Daddy might have to pinch them early in the morning. They loved the idea of sneaking into our room and pinching him if they could. He does have pajamas that have green in them, but to be a good sport, he decided not to wear them to bed. He told the girls that if they came in early enough, they might get to pinch him.

About 3am, L snuck into our bed and quietly pinched her daddy while saying “pinch, pinch, pinch”. I was so asleep that I barely remembered it, but I do remember her saying “I am tired, I am going back to my bed now.”

Later this morning, Sultry Husband made green eggs and ham for breakfast. L wouldn’t try it at first, but I reminded her of the book and that it was a holiday, and suddenly breakfast was a tasty treat. She even asked for seconds (which is rare for her).

As M put it when I dropped her off for school, happy pinching day everyone!

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Home Again

December 31, 2007

Wow, we are finally home again. With both sets of parents living in northern Utah, it is easy to see them both, yet hard to feel like you spent enough time at either place. Splitting up the vacation is definitely a good thing, but I had to pack the car one too many times I say!

So, our first order of business was to get up to Logan and SH’s parents house. We left on Saturday morning, but I felt horrible. Pregnant sick horrible. I sat in the passenger seatย  and tried to close my eyes. After about an hour and a half, we stopped and picked up a pizza for lunch. I hardly wanted to look at it, but knew that if I didn’t eat I would just have to throw up in another 15 minutes, so I indulged. An hour after that, we had to stop again. This time for me to run into a bathroom to throw up. Yuck. We spent the next hour at that very same place because I couldn’t stop. That’s right folks, the worst pregnant sick of my life, and I spent it in a Wendy’s bathroom! Good times.

Our little 7 or so hour drive turned into a torture session lasting 9 1/2 hours. I about died by the end, all I wanted to do was lay down for two days. I did my best to enjoy our time there, and I did feel better.

Christmas morning was fun, M came into our room at 4 am! Come on people that is just WRONG! We sent her back to bed every 20 minutes till we finally dragged our hides out of bed at 6, begging the grandparents to get up so our kids could do Christmas. I didn’t even get a nap that day. Can you say painful?! It was a great Christmas anyway, just a bit tiring.

The next day, we went sledding with cousins and had a blast. By evening we were packed up and ready to move on to my parents house. That drive was uneventful, only 1 1/2 hours, so not nearly as ugly. Thursday, we played with cousins (a different set) and hung out. My brother was about to leave with his family to visit their other grandparents, when my dad discovered my brother’s dog out in the garage, sitting by a torn up box of rat poison. Needless to say, my brother and I ran her over to the doggie emergency room. She definitely ate a lot of poison, but will be just fine. Bella we love you!

I thought that this was eventful enough, when we decided to go sledding on Saturday with my sister and her kids. We decided to drive over to the hill because of our little kids, and we left a few minutes after the big kids started walking. When we got there, they were going off of a big jump made by someone else. I couldn’t wait to get some pictures. It looked fun, but scary to me. By the time we got out there, my nephew went off, landed wrong, and snapped his arm in two places. NO! We struggled to get him back up to my car, picked up my mom, and they took him over to the emergency room where they spent most of the afternoon trying to set the arm. The poor guy!

The drive home was a beautiful thing. It was snowing pretty hard when we left, so we were a bit nervous. We thought that we would have to take the long way around and skip the shorter mountain route. Within an hour though, we were out of the snow and back into blue skies and dry roads. Further south, the mountain road looked so promising that we took it, totally clear, totally beautiful, and I loved M’s comment most of all. She said over and over through the drive “this is our most peaceful drive ever. I want us to always be happy while we drive”. The girls didn’t argue much, played well together, and most of all when we walked in the house, we weren’t frazzled like usual. It was awesome!

All in all, it was a great week. I am with SH though when he says that all family gatherings should take place in the summer so we never have to travel through snow. Fat chance, but it would be nice…

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Because I needed a laugh this morning.

December 18, 2007

I just played in the Messiah this last weekend. Rewarding, mostly. I have to gripe that Handel didn’t give any breaks to the lead instrumentalists in each section. Seriously, I play every single measure, but about 11. Which makes me exhausted by the end! My arms are still sore… Anyway, some friends of ours pointed out the funniest Youtube video. Well, it isn’t technically a video, it is just a black picture with background music. But, I laughed so hard that I cried. Which I guess isn’t all that hard for me to do these days. Stupid Pregnancy Hormones!

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Christmas Concert

November 27, 2007

This weekend I have a Christmas Concert with the symphony. My director asked Sultry Husband to write little blurbs to go between the pieces, then he wanted SH to also play the part of the announcer. So, tonight SH and the girls came to my final rehearsal.

The person who usually sits next to me was not there tonight, so M sat there instead. Man was it distracting to have her staring at me, but totally fun. She told me that I need to teach her to play so she can be there with me. I am so all over that one. Now to find the moola for a violin ๐Ÿ˜‰ A great problem to face. I loved the way she told me though “Mommy, you need to teach me to play. So I can come sit with you all the time. And you can be my teacher, so I can come have a lesson any time I want!” So adorable!

Wondering where L was during all of this? Why, dancing out in the audience of course! She had quite the interpretive dance going on for a while. Then SH joined her and ended up just twirling her around the room.

I think that I just need them to come to every rehearsal. Yup, that is the way to go…

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Thanksgiving

November 22, 2007

I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving. I know that we did, it was nice. We spent the day lounging around, relaxing, imagine that ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway I want to keep this short because I need to relax after all my relaxing. Happy Thanksgiving all!

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