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Friday, February 29, 2008

Something Dumb I Said This Morning

I just thought this was funny, so I had to share.
I've been setting my alarm for 6:30 all week and Steve finally asked me why this morning. My response: "So I can beat the kids up," meaning "so I can get up and ready before the kids." It sounded so bad and as soon as I realized what I said I started cracking up along with "of course I would never beat the kids!" comments.. :)

Yes, We are Completely Insane.. But, on the Plus Side, I ROCK! :)

So, we're moving, again.. I KNOW - WE'RE NUTS! We just did this a month ago, but it turns out the apartment we moved into is really a party apartment complex and not a good place to live if you have small children and actually want them to sleep. We've been surrounded by neighbors who LOVE their music and either love it too much, or are losing their hearing because they play it LOUD. Shaking appliances loud. Waking deeply sleeping children loud. On one occassion, I'm pretty convinced it was at the top volume level - I've never heard anything like it. So we talked to our landlord and he offered to move us into a house (with 3 bedrooms - yea!). Funny story about this house is that we're friends with the old tenants and that it's in Steve's parents' ward and about a billion people approached us on our last visit to that ward telling us we should live there. So, we will be - tomorrow.
The amazing part about all of this is that I got everything packed up in less than 24 hours. AWESOME, huh? :) I'm really proud of myself and really relieved that it's all done. I guess it's a lot easier to pack when you unpacked only a month ago and everything's still super organized. I also created a new system with all of the kids' toys - they're in storage boxes with the lids off so all we have to do with their stuff is pop the lids on those babies and we're done. Amazing how much time that saved me.
So, I just had to share this rather embarrassing/exciting information with all of you. I'll post pictures of our new home when we're settled. :)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Scary Mary

We love Mary Poppins, so this video had us rolling! :)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Truck for Sale!


With the loss of my income, we've decided to sell our truck, just to be certain that we're living within our means. It's in awesome condition and has been really great to tread through blizzards. But, the snow's melting and just about everything I need to get to in Logan is in walking distance, it's a real non-necessity right now. We have the car paid off, which is why we're keeping it instead.
Anyway, if you're interested or know anyone who is, let us know! :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

More Joseph Play


He really cracks me up a lot of the time! This morning he got the octopus and was playing with it and then told me that it was hungry. I said, "OK, give it some breakfast," so went into the kitchen with the octopus.

When I went in to see what he was up to I found that he put the octopus in his chair, got some cereal out, put it in a cup, and placed it in front of the octopus. :) What a sweet boy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Maybe Putting Our Movies on this Shelf Wasn't Such a Great Idea


The Birth of a Blog

We're moved and settled in Logan now. It's wonderful to be home with this kids and the change has brought me into this new crusade to be as frugal as humanly possible. It's actually pretty fun. :)
I've started a blog to sort of document what I'm doing and what I'm discovering. It can be found here: Adventures in the Life of a Frugal Mommy.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sibling Love


Joseph LOVES Drew - she is seriously one of his favorite people and is by her side about 80% of the time when she's with us. Whenever they're quiet (which is rare), you can count on finding them snuggling up in a chair together. He loves her so much and she's such a good big sister to him and Kathrynn. :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thanks Katie!!

My friend Katie, who is the queen of all scrapbookers, rose to action when she saw my last post and created my adorable new header! Isn't she awesome?! :)

Thanks so much, Katie!

Friday, February 8, 2008

So Sweet :)



This is Kathrynn's big thing - anytime she finds anything soft on the floor, she has to lay on it - it's really cute. Joseph thought so, too and decided to lay down with her. It was really sweet. :)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

This Blog is Officially Updated

Phew! It took me forever to get to it, but I finally have all of the pictures and stories that I wanted to add uploaded in the blog. Updates go as far back as November - the oldest is "Joseph the Dinosaur" - so if you have some free time, have fun perusing the blog. :) I really didn't want to go without adding Joseph's birthday and Christmas and there were lots of other milestones/funny stories that needed to be added.
So, enjoy! :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

By the way, that was NOT an announcement!

I know how some of you are.. the word "pregnancy" pops out of my mouth and you instantly think I'm expecting. Nope, not so. :) I can just thoroughly empathize with that article as I am still suffering memory loss, 10 1/2 months postpartum..

Don't expect any such announcement for several years. I'll at least have Kathrynn potty trained before there's another little Paulson running around. :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Here You Have It -- Pregnancy Really DOES Cause Memory Loss

.. from CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/02/05/pregnancy.memory/index.html)
Pregnancy does cause memory loss, study says

(CNN) -- Science has now confirmed what expectant moms already know: Carrying a baby makes them more forgetful.

Researchers suspect that pregnant women's forgetfulness stems from hormone shifts and lifestyle changes.

A recent study by two Australian researchers has found that pregnant women do experience a slight loss of memory -- and in many cases, the forgetfulness continues after birth.

The memory loss is subtle, and usually involves unfamiliar or demanding tasks, Dr. Julie Henry, one of the authors of the study, told CNN on Tuesday.

"What we found is that memory tasks which are more challenging or more novel, or those that would require multitasking -- these types of tasks are likely to be disrupted," said Henry, a senior lecturer in Sydney's University of New South Wales.
For example, a pregnant woman is more likely to forget a new telephone number, but she is able to recall a number she has dialed many times before, Henry said.
Henry and her colleague, Dr. Peter Rendell of Melbourne's Australian Catholic University, analyzed 14 studies from around the world that tested the memory performances of more than 1,000 women -- expectant women, mothers and non-pregnant females.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, found that the memory loss can extend up to a year after birth.

The researchers could not establish whether the forgetfulness lasts longer because none of the research they analyzed went beyond the one-year observational period.
Henry and Rendell said that more research is needed to determine what causes the loss at such a critical period of a woman's life. It may result from hormonal changes or from a lifestyle shift, Henry said.

"You're probably more preoccupied with the upcoming birth and (how) your whole life is going to be changing," she said. "You're going to have more difficult sleeping. And other studies have shown that sleep deficiency definitely disrupts cognitive performance. There's no reason to think it won't do so during pregnancy."
So, has Henry experienced the syndrome firsthand?

"I haven't yet," she said, laughing. "It hasn't put me off."

Kathrynn Takes a Stand

I know I already did a post on Kathrynn standing up, but it's just so cute, so I have to do another.
I think my favorite thing that she does when she stands is that she always looks down at her legs like she's thinking "Wow! Look what I'm doing!" She's adorable. :)

Joseph Did This

Kathrynn got this little doll for Christmas and Joseph saw it in her room and told me "She needs to sleep." I said OK and he left with the doll. I later went into his room and this is what I found. (The doggie and kittie are the animals he sleeps with every night.)

Kathrynn has Four Teeth Now!

Those upper two were a BEAST to get in.. accompanied by fever and vomiting - the works. I only know it was her teeth because her doctor tested her for everything else and it was inconclusive and as soon as the teeth broke through, everything stopped and she was back to her normal happy self.
I'm dreading molars if that's what her two top teeth do. :-S
(if you look closely, you can see that that's her leg up near her face.. she likes to stretch like that)


Getting to Know You..

OK, so first my friend, Nissa, sent this to me via email.. then I sent it to my friend, Sarah, who posted it on her blog. Since it's my fault she started this, I feel the need to comply. :) So, here you go:

Welcome to the new 2008 edition of Getting to know your Friends!

Okay here's what you're supposed to do, try not to be lame and spoil the fun: Change all the answers so they apply to you. Then (in a twist only found here!) post it to your blog! Can't wait to read all of your blogs!

1. What is your occupation: Stay at home mommy
2. What color are your socks right now: No socks - just cold toes
3. What are you listening to right now: Kathrynn get into everything and growl and giggle
4. What was the last thing you ate: Oatmeal
5. Can you drive stick shift: Yep, I do everyday
6. Last person talked to on the phone: Steve
7. How old are you: 30 :-( Still pouting about it..
8. Did you lie in #8?: Nope
9. What's your favorite sport to watch: Football and basketball live, love watching figure skating on TV
10. Have you ever dyed your hair: Yes, but am in the process of getting it back to its natural color
11. Do you have any pets: 2 cats who don't live with us at the moment - they're at Steve's parents' house
12. If you could be anywhere else right now where would you be? Somewhere warm
13. What's the last movie you've seen: White Noise 2 - it was awful, don't watch it.
14. What's your favorite day of the week? Saturday, it's the only day we don't HAVE to be anywhere
15. How do you prevent anger? I've just started reading my scriptures when I think I'm about to lose it - it really helps.
16. What was your favorite toy when you were little: My dollhouse.
17. What's your favorite season: In Texas it was fall, because it meant the summer was over, but I'm SOO looking forward to spring up here.
18. Hugs or Kisses? Kisses from Steve, hugs from everyone else.
19. Cherries or Blueberries: Cherries right off the tree. :)
20. Who's most likely to replicate this? Kara? Maybe? I don't know!
21. Current living arrangement: Apartment in Sandy, UT, but moving to another apartment in Logan on Saturday.
22. When was the last time you cried: Last night - but really was only a whimper - I've had insomnia for 2 weeks and was getting really sick of not being able to sleep.
23. What is in the bottom of your closet: Shoes, and a box of my scrapbooking/craft stuff.
24. What did you do last night? I WAS going to watch Lost with Steve, but he fell asleep at like 7:30, so I surfed the web and went to bed.
25. Favorite smells: My kids after baths, the smell in the air before a big thunderstrom hits, really great smelling candles, my inlaws' house right before dinner
26. Who inspires you: Steve and the kids - no one has ever motivated me to be the best version of myself like they do.
27. What were you afraid of as a little kid: The dark
28. Do you prefer plain, cheese, or spicy hamburger: Cheese
29. Favorite dog breed: Lhaso Apso
30. How many states have you lived in? 3- Texas, Idaho and Utah
31. How do you think people describe you? Still at a loss on this one.. :)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Refugees

I decided that I needed to deep clean our kitchen in preparation for our big move - and never are my kids so interested in me than when I'm trying to be dedicated in doing something. After consistently trying to redirect their attention and physically moving them out of my way, I created a barrier with a folded up box. Thought it would work and keep them from wanting to come in the kitchen. Not so. The barrier created even MORE appeal to getting in there and in the middle of my work.

OK, so it was cute and I ended up taking lots of pictures - and Joseph thought he was being HILARIOUS.


"Uh, Mommy, what's with the wall blocking me?"


"Ha! I found a hole!"

"Al...most...there!"

"Yeah, I'm pretty cute, huh? Why don't you just let me in?"

"Finally made it!"

"Hey, good idea, Kathrynn!"

The Sippy Cup

I decided to see if Kathrynn would be willing to drink from a sippy cup (because she LOVES drinking from my cup any time she can), and Joseph took it upon himself to teach her for me - he is, after all, an expert in this area... and very persistant.
Such a good big brother. :)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

My New Favorite Song

This is the video for Ingrid Michaelson's song "The Way I Am." Kind of a funky video, but I LOVE this song!!

Kathrynn and the Duck

I shot this just a couple of minutes ago and it was so cute that I had to post it right away. :) Sorry about how dark and grainy it is.. we're in the middle of packing and I had no extra sources of light..
video

Friday, February 1, 2008

Playing - Nicely - Together

I love it when this happens!